The Selma Times-Journal from Selma, Alabama on December 31, 1971 · 5
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

A Publisher Extra Newspaper

The Selma Times-Journal from Selma, Alabama · 5

Publication:
Location:
Selma, Alabama
Issue Date:
Friday, December 31, 1971
Page:
5
Start Free Trial
Cancel

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 31 y;i--THf SELMA TimES-JOURNAL 3 In Struggle For No. 1 Alabama -Nebraska To Settle College Football Supremacy By SAM EZELL Times-Journal Sports Editor MIAMI Undefeated Nebraska and Alabama fooball teams with President Richard Nixon watching - clash here Saturday night in a contest that will settle at least temporarily collegiate gridiron supremacy Kickoff time for the nationally televised (NBC) game is 7 pm. (Alabama time), and the matchup of the nations No. 1 (Nebraska) and No. 2 (Alabama) teams is likely to attract the largest viewing audience ever. The game will also be broadcast around the world by the Armed Forces Radio Network. - ' Tickets to this dream game of the century have been gone for weeks Alabama and Nebraska boosters snapped up those ducats available to them the first day they went on sale, and Orange Bowl officials report greater interest in t h i s years game than at any time in the 38-year history of the Miami-based post season event. Nothing but nbthing could possibly steal the spotlight from the 12-0 Comhuskers and 11-0 Crimson Tide. However, fans have found its extremely difficult to locate hotel accommodations. A Sunday afternoon contest herei Saturdays 38th Orange Bowl i back Jerry Tagge, slotback between American Conference game will match two of the na- Johnny Rodgers and I-haok Jeff finalists of the National Football tions most exciting football Kinney, who between them own Leape defending Super! teams, the Crimson Tide and its 1 27 school records. Simes-luurnnl Bowl champion Baltimore and Miami has really created a cramped situation in this South Florida resort metropolis. Wishbone - T offense featuring Johnny Italian Stallion Mus-so, the Comhuskers and their T-formation, triggered by quarter- And while the offense is the thing that pleases the spectators, defense is what makes coaches smile, and Alabama and Nebraska both excell in this category . Leading the Nebraska defense will be middle guard Rich Glover, defensive tackles Larry Jacobson and Bill Janssen, defensive end Willie Harper, line backer Bob Terrio and safety Bill Kosch. r Defensive captain Robin Parkhouse leads the Alabama defensive charge from his end position. He gets plenty of help from a linebacking crew that includes Jeff Rouzie, Tom Sur-las, Chuck Strickland and Wayne Hall. Steve Higginbotham, who stole seven enemy passes during 71, tops in the Southeastern Conerence, guards the deep secondary for the Tide. Perhaps the strong point of the Alabama team this season has been the blocking of the offensive line, the secret to a successful Wishbone-T offense. Center Jimmy Grammer and pards John Hannah and Jimmy Rosser head up the forward wall for Alabama, with tackles Buddy Brown and Jim Krapf the real unsung heroes. Actually it took a great deal of desire, dedication, determination and likely a lot of luck to get the Crimson Tide to the Or-range Bowl unbeaten. Only Grammer and Rosser are seniors among the interior line men, and only Grammer is playing the same position he was a year ago. In addition to the numerous changes to the interior line, the swich to the Wishbone-T al9o meant the Tide must abandon the style attack it had lived (12 wins) and died (10 losses) by in the past two seasons, the forward pass. By comparison, Alabama attempted 84 passes in 71. In 69 and 70 Alabama passers attemped 650 passes. Krapf, Rosser and Brown making die position changes and the entire Alabama squad switching its offense, the Tide launched 71 with a 17-10 win over4 Southern Cal and appeared to pt better as the season progressed. The year was capped, by a 31-7 win over previously unbeaten Auburn. Nebraska, oarrying the albatross of a national championship about its neck, broke from the starting game in fine fashion, holding its first six oppo-bamas, on Thanksgiving Day, points per game while scoring 393 per outing. The Comhuskers big moment came two days earlier than Ala-bamas, on Thanksgiving Da y, against then unbeaten Oklahoma. Nebraska came from behind to nip the Sooners 35-31. Alabama then completed the Super Bowl pairings with its win over Auburn. Saturdays winner in the Orange Bowl will surely have undisputed claim to the college footballs national championship at least until 72 pre-season practice begins. ALABAMA LINEBACKERS MAY HOLD KEY TO CHAMPIONSHIP ROOM ...Tides Jeff Rouzie (56), Wayne Hall (50), Chuck Strickland (36) and Tom Sorias (42) in Miami. (AP Wirephoto) Orange Bowl Matchup Could Be Forerunner Of Future College Football Playoffs By TOM EMORY Associated Press Sports Writer The Nebraska-Alabama meeting in the Orange Bowl could be a forerunner of college football playoffs to determine a national champion. But for now its just the best game fate and the bowl makers arranged for New Years Day. There are other bowls in the holiday week, including the Sugar, Rose and Cotton bowls, also Jan. 1. None have the flavor, however, of the match-up between the No. i Comhuskers and the No. 2 Crimson Tide. Nebraska is a deadly efficient offensive and defensive machine which earlier this year defeated then No. 2-ranked Oklahoma. The Huskers are not as colorful a team as Alabama but under Coach Bob Devaney have a 31-game unbeaten streak, including 22 straight victories. The team also is look ing for its second consecutive national title. Coach Bear Bryant of Alabama has won three national championships A Tide victory over Nebraska would give him a fourth. Hes relying on slashing running back Johnny Musso and the Wishbone-T to make up in speed what hhis tteam lacks a g a i n st the Oornihuskrs strength. Oklahoma passed on Nebraska and it appears Alabama may try to do the same with Terry Davis at quarterback Davis threw only 66 times during the season, but completed 42 for 452 yards and eight touchdowns. Meanwhile, in New Orleans, Oklahoma and Auburn are preparing for the Sugar Bowl. The Sooners use the Wishbone-T, an offense Auburn saw in its game against Alabama'? The Sooners had the most po- Alabama Season Alabama 11-(M) Nebraska 12-0-0 Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama Alabama 17, Southern Cal 10 42, Sou. Miss. 6 38, Florida 0 40, Ole Miss 6 42, Vanderbilt 0 32, Tennessee 15 34, Houston 20 41, Miss. State 10 14, La. State 7 31, Miami 3 31, Auburn 7 Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Nebraska Nebrasjka 34, Oregon 7 35, Minnesota 7 34, Texas A&M 7 42, Utah State 6 36, Missouri 0 55, Kansas 0 41, Okla. St. 13 31, Colorado 7 37, Iowa State 0 44, Kansas State 17 35, Oklahoma 31 45, Hawaii 3 Issel Consistant Against Squires By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS For American Basketball Association consistency, try the Virginia Squires and Kentuckys Dan Issel. The Squires topped Carolina 124-120 Thursday night the third straight victory for Virginia over the Cougars in as many nights. And Issel scored 21 points in the first half and then hit the same number after intermission for a game total of 42 points, leading Kentucky to a 111-89 victory over the Floridians. In other ABA action Thursday night, Dallas topped Memphis 102-99 and Utah downed Denver 103-98 in a double-header played at Denver. Two of the ABAs prize rookies Julius Erving of Virginia and Jim McDaniels of Carolina put on spectacular shows against one another but iii the end it was the extra help Erving got from teammate Charlie Scott that made the difference against the Cougars. Erving fired 33 points and grabbed 22 rebounds far the Squires while McDaniels hit 38 rebounds and blocked six shots for Carolina. Buf Charlie Scott, who finished with 31 points, dropped in a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining to clinch the victory for the Squires. Virginia beat Carolina in Roanoke, Raleigh and Norfolk on consecutive nights this week. Issel led Kentucky to its eighth victory in nine games, a romp over the Floridians. He had help from another outstanding ABA rookie, big Artis Gilmore, who had 25 points and 19 rebounds. Issel and Gilmore combined for 12 points as Kentucky ran off to a 16-4 lead in the first five minutes. Steve Jones stung his farmer teammates with four straight free throws and then Joe Hamilton hit three in a row as Dallas defeated Memphis. Jones led all scorers with 25 points while Johnny Neumanns 23 paced the Pros. tent sewing team during the season and Coach Ralph Jordan of Auburn admits his teams defense must be extremely sharp to stop the likes of quarterback Jack Mildren, and running backs Greg Pruitt and Joe Wylie. Auburn has a top scoring threat of its own in Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan, a quarterback, and his favorite target, wide receiver Terry Beasley. Stanford faces another high-scoring offense in Michigan in the Rose Bowl, and Coach John Ralston says the Pacific-8 champions will .lose if the defense must play p per cent of the game. He says the team must cut down the Wolverines running and force more passing. Coach Bo Schlembechler of Big Ten champion Michigan says Stanford is the best pass- Jordan Taps Tide Fairbanks Neb. NEW ORLEANS (AP) -Coaches Ralph Shug Jordan of Auburn and Chuck Fairbanks of Oklahoma briefly turned their attention Thursday to the Orange Bowl showdown between No. 1 Nebraska and No. 2 Alabama when asked for their predictions on the outcome. Im going to ride with Alabama, said Jordan, whose only defeat this year was by the Crimson Tide 31-7. "Personally Id chose Nebraska, said Fairbanks, whos Sooners lost their perfect record in a 35-31 loss to the Comhuskers. It ought to be a very close type game, Fairbanks added. It might not be all that high scoring. Both teams can play defense. ing team his players have faced all season, but the defense cant be content to just worry albout the pass. He warns the Indians run well, and would not hesitate if Michigan was concentrating too much on defending against a passing attack. Quarterback Eddie Phillips has been chosen as the starting Texas quarterback against Penn State in the Cotton Bowl after being out with mrlfiple injuries this season. The Nittany Lions now must worry about Phillips engineering of the Wishbone while the Longhorns also will have their problems with the Penn State offense which features such runners as Lydell Mitchell and Franco Harris In tonights Gator Bowl, or for this year, the Brother Bowl, Georgia, coached by Vince Dooley, plays North Carolina, coached by his brother, Bill. Georgia, No. 6 in national rankings, has an offense sparked by strong running quarterback Andy Johnson, and scatback Jimmy The Greek Poulos. North Carolina, the Atlantic Coast Conference champion, has three 500-plus yar rushers in Lewis Green Giant Jolley, George Hamilton and Ike Oglesby. Houstons triple-optio offense takes on Colorados strong-charging Buffalos in the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl in another New Years Eve game. The Cougars have led the nation in offense for five yearn and have in the backfield Robert New-house, who averaged 159 yards per game. Colorado has sophomore. Chprley Davis who rush ed foff U386 yards-lSst season to become the schools best-rusher in history. SLAUGHTERING SALMON NEW YORK (AP) - One of the major feeding grounds for Atlantic salmon was discovered In the Davis Strait off West Greenland less (ban 10 years ago. In 1965 Danish fishermen took 36 tons of salmon from jfllis high seas feeding area. Last year about 300 Danes in 35 trawlers took more than 2 Vt million pounds of salmon in nets which stretch for 10 miles. American sportsmen say . this type of netting is preventing the feeding salmon from returning to Canadian and Norwegian rivers and streams where they spawn -Tide-Husker Starters- Tbe starting lineups: NEBRASKA OFFENSE Split end Woody Cox Left tackle Daryl White Left guard Dick Rupert Center Doug Dumler Right guard Keith Wortman Right tackle Carl Johnson Tight end Jerry List Quarterback Jerry Tagge I-Back Jeff Kinney Slotback Johnny Rodgers Fullback Bill Olds NEBRASKA DEFENSE Left end John Adkins Left tackle Larry Jacobson Middle guard Rich Glover Right tackle Bill Janssen Right end Willie Harper Weakside linebacker Bob Terrio Strongside linebacker Jim Branch Monster Dave Mason Left camerback Joe Blahak Right camerback Jim Anderson Safety Bill Kosch ALABAMA OFFENSE Split end David Bailey Ldt tackle Jim Krapf Left guard Jimmy Rosser Center Jimmy Grammer Right guard John Hannah Right tackle Buddy Brown Tight end Jim Simmons Quarterback Terry Davis Left halfback Johnny Musso Right halfback Joe LaBue Fullback Steve Biscegtia ALABAMA DEFENSE Left end Robin Parkhouse Left tackle Terry Rowell Right tackle Jeff Beard Right end John Mitchell Weakside linebacker Tom Surlas Strongside linebacker Jeff Rouzie Middle linebacker Chuck Strickland Left camerback Steve Higginbotham Right comerback Steve Williams Strong safety Lanny Norris Safety Steve Wade Clemson Winner In Poinsettia GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) -The Atlantic Coast Conference Tigers of Clemson are the Poinsettia Basketball Classic champions today, holding a 77-67 victory over Auburns Southeastern Conference Tigers. Dave Angel scored 27 points and pulled down 22 rebounds in setting the pace for Clemson and he was honored by being voted the tournaments most valuable player. The Holy Cross Crusaders, led by three players with 25 or more points each, won the consolation game in Thursday nights windup, downing host Furman, 104-88. Denny Odle scored 21 points and Terrell Suit provided 11 as Clemson pushed its season mark to 4-2, while dropping Auburn to a 4-4 record. Henry Harris led Auburn wth 13 points and Dan Kirkland and A1 Leapheart added 10 points each. Holy Cross was led by Gene Doyle who had 26 points and 21 rebounds. He had 25-point help from teammates Buddy Venne and Stan Grayson Unlikely Laker Will Get Bored With Winning SEATTLE (AP) - It is altogether unlikely, Jim McMillan says, that he will become bored with winning, even though the Los Angeles Lakers string is 30 games long now and is timed by months. Spencer Haywood of the Seattle SuperSonics had expressed some concern about ennui gently settling over McMillan and the rest of the Lakers. He had mentioned it to McMillan Thursday night as the Lakers gutted the Sonics 122-106 to continue their major league winning srtreak. Haywood aSked me during the game, Dont you get tired of winning? McMillan recalled. I told him no, because we beat teams differently every night. This version called for Wilt Chamberlain to pull down 24 rebounds, Jerry West to assist on 11 baskets, and the Lakers to go off on scoring streaks of 12 and 10 straight points and a 26-9 rout when pressured by the Sonics. Jim was outstanding tonight, Coach Bill Shaman said. Hes the complete ball player. He does a the intelligent things. We didnt try U, go to him in the first half, but we did in the second. Even without the Lakers ! looking for him, McMillan scored 16 points in the first half, 12 of them in the last four minutes of the second period, including six during the Lakers 12-point streak. His scoring helped the Lakers come from the low end of a 43-42 score to lead 56-45 at halftime. Seattle charged back to take an 83-82 lead with just over 10 minutes left in the game. But before McMillan, Chamberlain and West, who had 28 points, sat down for the night, the Lakers outscored Seattle 26-9 in one streak and had taken a luxuriant 111-92 lead. Elsewhere, in the NBA Thursday, Baltimore defeated New York 110-102, Golden State ripped Detroit 128-122, Chicago whacked Portland 117-92, Houston whipped Atlanta 129-115 and Phoenix downed Buffalo 123-102. Elvin Hayes poured in 42 points and Rudy Tomjanovich grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds as Houston ripped Atlanta. Hayes hit 25 points in the first half and then he and little Calvin Murphy pulled the Rockets into a comfortable lead in the final period. Lou Hudson had 28 for the Hawks. Jack Marins 33 points led Baltimore past New York, ending the Knicks seven-game winning streak. Archie Clark added 24 for the Bullets, who ! led by as many as 30 points be- fore standing off a late New I York rally. Ex-Bullet Earl Monroe led the Knicks with 21 points. Chicago won its seventh straight, beating Portland easily. Norm Van Lier scored six points in a 13-0 Chicago spurt that put the Bulls in control in the second period. Van Lier fin I ished with 24 points and Bob i Love had 21 for the Bulls. The Golden State Warriors, down by 20 points at halftime, ran off a 17-2 spurt in the fourth period and overtook Detroit. Nate Thurmond hit 42 points, one shy of his career peak, to lead the Warriors. Dave Bing, recently returned after eye surgery, had 30 for the Pistons. Paul Sils and Dick Van Ars-dale hit 19 points apiece, leading six Phoenix shooters in double figures as the Suns defeated Buffalo. SHAPE WITH GET SOME TODAY AT YOUR DOOR or AT THE STORE CALL 874-6663 FOR HOME DELIVERY Glau&Ueak DAIRIES, INC ITS 50 MILES FRESHER

Clipped articles people have found on this page

Get access to Newspapers.com

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 22,200+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Publisher Extra® Newspapers

  • Exclusive licensed content from premium publishers like the The Selma Times-Journal
  • Archives through last month
  • Continually updated

Try it free