The Selma Times-Journal from Selma, Alabama on January 2, 1972 · 6
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The Selma Times-Journal from Selma, Alabama · 6

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Sunday, January 2, 1972
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Orange Turns Sour For Crimson Tide Sanger made It 28-0 with 8:49 left in the first half. It appeared that it would rain more than Nebraska touchdowns in this 38th Orange Bowl Classic two hours before kickoff as the skies over the sunshine state opened and dumped gallons of water on the playing surface. An hour before kickoff rain was still blowing in sheets across the Orange Bowl polyturf surface but 15 minutes later the rain was gone, and only traces of the downpour was evident ait kickoff time. Nebraskas overpowering defense touted Alabama to o n 1 y five first downs in the first half, and four of them come late in the second quarter when quarterback Terry Davis, who attempted only 66 passes as the Tide crushed regular season opponents, took to the air in an effort to get on the scoreboard. Despite the aerial effort of Davis and a couple of trick By SAM EZELL Sports Editor MIAMI The sign read The Tide Tried . . . BUT THEYRE STILL NO. 3: NEBRASKA NO. 1, OKLAHOMA NO. 2. And that just about summed up the 38th annual Orange Bowl Classic here Saturday night, won by Nebraska 38-6 over the previously undefeated Crimson Tide of Alabama It was the powerful Corn-buskers 23rd victory in a row, 32nd straight game without defeat, 13th victory of the 1971 season and firmly entrenched them as the No. 1 college football team in the United States. Oklahoma, a 35-31 loser to Nebraska on Thanksgiving Day crushed Auburn 40-22, Saturday afternoon m the Sugar Bowl in its bid to reclaim the No. 2 spot, held by the Crimson Tide prior to Saturdays Orange Bowl contest. Six different players joined in - the- touchdown parade for the Comhuskers, who turned the battle of the century into gtricfly a ooe-team show before a capacity live audience of 78. 151 and millions more in an international television audience. The Huskers aU-time leading ground gainer and touchdown maker, Jeff Kinney scored from two yards out, speed merchant Johnny Rodgers daAed 77 yards with a punt and Jerry Tagge, Gary Dixon and Van Brownson scored on short plunges. Rich Sanger booted a 21yard field goal and three extra points. Alabamas kne touchdown was scored on a keeper by Terry Davis in the third quarter after the Comhuskers had assumed a commanding 28-0 lead in the first half. The Tide swung in Nebraska's favor with thunderbolt like quickness late in the first quarter as they first got the ball near midfield on a muffed Alabama punt attempt and then was presented their first scoring opportunity wb the toil first and Alabama two after a pass interference penalty. The Huskers, favored by a touchdown, really didnt need the hand. Following the contest A 1 a-bama head Coach Bear Bryant said his Tide was defeated by a far superior team. They just toyed with us time. They were one of t h e greatest if not the greatest team I have ever seen. They were better prepared than us, be explained. In the Nebraska dressing room Oorrhusker boss Bob Devaney, wirm ingest active coach In college football, called it the biggest win in his career. Our defense created some breaks with good, hard tackling in the first half, and this helped a lot. No, I didnt think it would be easy. Then, perhaps looking toward the Associated Press final poll of the season this week, Devan-ey said, I think I would have to vote for Oklahoma for No. 2 team in the nation. As so often happens in a contest such as this, die find statistics were misleading, showing Alabama with more first downs than Nebraska, 16-15, and only a short defence behind in total yards. 342-288. The Tide outgained Nebraska 241-183 on the ground. Kinney was the leading ' " " contest 3 yards in 20 attempts, who win likely be named of the game at the Bcfwi banquet Sunday night, completed 11 of 19 passes for 158 yards. Johnny Mus-o. who played little after the third period, led Alabama with 79 yards in 15 carries. Davis bad 61 yards in 14 carries and Butch Hobson, who replaced Davis after the latter was in-jured in the fourth period, had 59 fo. 15 tries. The first two breaks of t he By MIKE RATHET , tonight .won 11 straight games him. I really didnt think it ball game, both jn favor of Ne- Associated Press Sports Writer for us. I dont think they went was interference. plays, Davis throwing to Wayne Wheeler who flipped to Johnny Musso in both occasoins, each good for first downs, Alabamq still trailed the defending national champion Comhuskers 28-9 at the half. Nebraska Alabama 15 First downs 16 47-133 Rushes-yards 58-241 159 '-'Passing yardage 47 166 Return yardage 164 11-20-2 Passes 3-13-2 5-42 Punts 7-43 2 Fumbles lost 2 50 Yards penalized 58 Alabamas first serious bid of the game for a touchdown came on its first possession of t h e third period, but died in t h e arms of Joe Blafaak, when he intercepted a pass in the Nebraska end zone. Alabama, after stopping Nebraskas initial series of the quarter, drove to the Oomhuskers 14. But Davis toss to David Bailey in the end zone was underthrown, with Rlabak intercepting. After again stopping the big Huskers, Alabama came rolling back behind the running of Davis, who carried for 28 yards and then far 14 for a first down at the Nebraska 10. Bischeglia got three up the middle before Davis sprinted around the left side of the Nebraska defense to the three. Musso drove over right tackle, but didnt get a yard as he landed in the arms of Glover, bringing up a fourth down play. Davis ran the keeper to his left, and without faking followed a Musso block into the end zone with 5:49 toft in the third period. Joe LaBues bid for two Doints fell short, leaving Ala-bima 22 points behind with more than 20" minutes of playing time remaining. Nebraska bounced back behind the passing Tagge and rolled to the Alabama four before a third down pass into tie end zone fell incomplete. Sanger came in to kick a 21-yard field goal on the final play of the third quarter, boosting the Cornhuskers margin to 31-6 with 15 minutes toft to play. The two teams then exchanged the ball in the opening minutes of the fourth period, with neither gaining a first down, before Alabama started to work at its own 11. Musso carried 14 yards to the Tides 30 before Davis long pass Wheeler at the Nebraska 30 fe 1 incomplete. Alabama then su -fered a damaging blow with braska took over on downs at the 39. The Tide held Nebraska second stringers on the next series and was in good field position at the 30 following a 15 yard personal foul penalty against the Huskers. But Ben- 15 yard personal foul penalty, ny Rippetoes first pass attempt putting the ball back on th of the game was intercepted by Tide 15. On the next play Alabama suffered a heavier blow when Davis left the game with a shoulder injury (11:08 remaining) after again sweeping three yards to his left. Butch Hobson, in his first play of the game, lost two on a passing attempt. He gained three on the next play, but was far short of the yardage needed for a first down, an all important possession of the pigskin as the clock joined the white shirted Comhuskers as an opponent of the Crimson Tide. Alabamas first break of the game came with 9:18 left in the contest when Tom Surlas fell, on a . Van -Brownson fumble at the Alabama 48. However, with Davis sitting on the bench with his toft arm taped to his side, tlie Tide's offense bogged down just past midfield and Ne- Jim Anderson and returned to the Alabama two. Nebraska sub quarterback Brownson scared on a keeper two plays later and Sanger split the uprights to push the Comhuskers margin to 32 points, 38-6, with 4:45 left. Nebraska 14 14 3 738 Alabama ...... 0 0 6 06 Neb - Kinney 2 run. Kick failed. Neb turn. Damkroger Tagge. . Neb - Tagge 1 run. kick. Neb Dixon I "run. kick. - Ala Davis 3 run. Run failed. Neb. FG Sanger 21. Neb Brownson 1 run. Sanger kick. A - 78,151. No. 1 Nebraska Celebrating By HUBERT MIZELL Associated Press Sports Writer MIAMI (AP) Nebraska rejoiced at midfield of the Orange Bowl after locking up a second straight national championship Saturday night and Alabama Coach Paul Bear Bryant showed his respect for the Comhuskers by raising a salute amid shouts of Were No. 1. Nebraska smothered the Crimson Tide 38-6 in a showdown between the nations two top-ranked college teams and Bryant looked like just another proud Comhusker fen mobbing the red-shirted heroes. This is one of the greatest teams ever to play football, Nebraska Coach Bob Devaney declared, toweling his chubby face after being thrown into the shower by his players. Asked when he became convinced the Huskers were among the games greats, Devaney said: Tonight. The victory, equalling Bryants worst defeat in a glorious 27-year coaching career was Nebraskas 23rd straight Mid extended its , nonlosing streak to 32 Ater ranking Nebraska No. 1, Devaney said when pressed about national rankings. I would put Oklahoma No. 2 and maybe Colorado should be No. 3. All three are from the powerful Big Eight Conference. Oklahoma, loser only to the Huskers, smashed Alabamas eross-statee rival Auburn 40-22 in the Sugar Bowl. Colorado decked Houston in the Bluebonnet Bowl and fell wily to Nebraska and Oklahoma, The Big Eight is the toughest conference .. . no contest, said massive Husker defensive lineman Rich Glover. Nebraska is, of course, on top with Oklahoma second and Colorado definitely third. As for the beaten Bama team, Glover said, Iguess w hit a little too tough and a little too quick. As far as Im concerned, the pressure was off after we whipped Oklahoma 35-31. Johnny Rodgers, who broke a 77-vard punt return for a touchdown. said, It started slowly, but then opened up and all I could see between me and the goal was that green carpet. Devaney said the Orange Bowl triumph was probably our most important victory ever, but the Oklahoma game on Thanksgiving had to be more exciting. How This Newspaper Helps Advertisers. braska, ptos Johnny Rogers 77 yard punt return on the final ptey of the first period gave the Oornhudters from the Big Eight Conference a quick 14-0 lead over the Southeastern Conference champions, and the game took on the complexion of a rout early in the secoad quarter as the lead mounted to 28-0. First Alabama got a bad snap from center on a punting situation from the Nebraska 40. Kicker Gregg Gantt fomhiod "the bai, tried to run and was tackled for a seven yard loss.' This Hardy & Heinz Insurance A Real Estate City National Bank Bldg. Frank Rartri -Chris B. Heim MIAMI (API Alabama 001 iere Panmng to got em- As forhis fumble of a kick-Ccnoh Paul TU-ar r. harassed and pushed around, off that led to Nebraskas third t touchdown and a 21-0 toad, Wil-braska Saturday night after a lams sa Somebody ; hit, me huiruiiatang Orange Bowl defeat I have to assume it all nap- gjd never saw him. I fieri because Nebraska was dont remember anything while shouldering the entire pened because Nebraska was blame for the worst ptist-season j so great and I did such a loss of his 27-year careet. I job. I Surely tteyareooi The downfall for Alabama, j sing , halfback Johnny Musso seemed to be remembering every poor play. We were so bad. he said. a X . . lilt? UVWiildll IW of the greatest if not the great- w with tMmr noe'6i- tgap witn eet teams I've ever seen, Bryant said as smoke drifted from a prette aangti-g m ms fingers. We were beaten soundly by a far superior team. They were . better prepared than our team. I feel like I bad a real poor plan not taking anything away from Nebraska. Asked why he felt his game plan was poor, Brvant replied: The same people we played a pass in terference penalty against de- , miri r.. , who disagreed with the call force us into all that set up Nebraska's first 111056 mistakes. We set em up. touchdown. Everybody on offense will grade the lowest they have all "I was running with himfthe year. I believe we were up for receiver) and was at the point the game got tight. where I was waiting for him to I And all 'the time he talked, go for the. ball: Williams ex- j his head was bowed and he plained, He tried to go for the shredded his bright red jersey ball hnd turned into me: I put into thin strips and let them hands up to siufv I didnt touc.1 fall to the floor. Any speaker knows that in order for him to get his message across to his audience with greatest effectiveness, he must first be familiar with that audience. Thats why we make every effort to define our circulation audience with absolute accuracy and clarity with facts verified by ABC audit. We want you to know the size of your audience, where members uf that audience live, what they pay, and other information designed to help you prepare more effective sales messages. -7 v Ask to see this information this week. 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