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MONDAY, DEC. 12, 1988 Post Falls' Putzier adjusting to life in dog-eat-dog NFL From Pittsburgh, the last stop in his remarkable odyssey around the National Football League, Rollin Putzier reveals a few facts he's gathered about pro football. He's learned that loyalty is a foreign concept. That the Green Bay Packers are run like a McDonald's franchise ("Wait, that might not A be fair because I don't want to cknock McDonald's"). That "Mean" Joe Greene is , 4 equally intense as a coach as he - was a player. And perhaps more than DAVE anything else, he's amazed at how well linemen hold and how BOLING quickly management lets go. Start writer Now, after several months of lommonon rejection and self-doubt, after being bounced from one NFL city to the next, Putzier has seemingly taken root as a defensive lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers. From the time he was a junior at Post Falls High, through his four years at Oregon, Putzier has been hearing that he was a can't-miss pro - prospect. Until recently, though, he has missed. Let's join Putzier's travels in Green Bay, where the 6-4, 275-pounder landed as a fourth-round draft choice. "They had me playing nose guard exclusively, and I wasn't that comfortable with it since I had only played it one season at Oregon," Putzier said. But that was hardly the only thing that made Putzier uncomfortable. "Green Bay has some serious problems. Like, when I got there, I had to buy my own shoes. I couldn't believe it. They had some old beat up ones I could wear, but if you wanted new ones you had to buy them $55. "I swear to God on my life, with the Packers you have to buy your own shoes." And then there was Green Bay itself. "I hated Green Bay. It's about 85,000 (population) and there's more to do in Post Falls than in Green Bay." Putzier fought fairly constant pain in one of his feet while with the Packers. "They said it was turf toe and, basically, they injected it and told me to play." Later, after going to his own doctor, Putzier was told he had a broken bone in his foot. Putzier heard that he was a victim of the final cut from a friend the Packers released the information to the press before telling the players. "I went to the stadium to clean out my locker and reporters were really pushing for a comment from me and I ended up blowing up, telling them where to put their microphones," Putzier said. "It was a bad scene. But there were a lot of bitter feelings and it wasn't just me." No, another Packer victimized by the cut was detained at the airport after making bomb threats. With Green Bay in the rear-view mirror, Putzier went to workouts at Pittsburgh, Chicago, Kansas City, New York Jets, Dallas, Phoenix, Houston and San Francisco. There may have been others but those are the places he could remember off the top of his head. "It was really a bad time for me; I started doubting myself and wondering if it was all worth it," he said. "There was a lot of things going through my mind and it was pretty hard to cope with. "I just kept thinking that things happen for certain reasons and that something positive would come out of it." Then, in a flurry, the Jets, Kansas City and Pittsburgh all began making bids for his services. "Pittsburgh is giving me a little more than I was getting from Green Bay, actually," Putzier said. "And a lot of it is guaranteed.' The Steelers are struggling this season, but Putzier said the city and the coaching staff are carrying a good attitude about it all. "There's so much pride in their football here, and this is such a young team 22 guys are either first- or second-year players. I think everybody is looking forward to next year." Playing every position on the defensive line, Putzier is learning the game at the knee of one of the masters Joe Green. "I really like him; he's intense and competitive and he's a perfectionist. And I'll tell you, he can still pack a wallop." Putzier describes the Steelers' practices as daily challenges spiced with sporadic fights. "There's fights all the time and a lot of swearing at each other," he said. "It's just everybody fighting for his job. Plus there's probably a lot of frustration that's built up." With a $1,000-a-month apartment and a contract that invites him back next season, Putzier may now be tasting the success that has long been promised him. "I'm really just now starting to feel good about myself again. Feeling like I'm wanted again. "But what I've learned is that this is a business and there's absolutely no loyalty in it," he said. "The money is nice and the life is nice, but, realistically, I have to understand that it could be over any minute." By Dave Boling Staff writer Keith Gilbertson, Idaho's football coach, was about to put up a "Help Wanted: Quarterback" sign Saturday in his team's Division I-AA national semifinal playoff game against Furman. , All-American John Friesz was in uniform but hardly able to play, hobbling as he was on a sprained ankle. , Friesz' replacement, freshman Andy Beitia, got separated from his senses for a time and sophomore Steve Nolan, who was already on the list for post-season knee surgery, had to be pulled off the field when he aggravated the injury. Beitia shook off the cobwebs and returned, but not before Gilbertson had started sifting through alternatives. "I don't know, I guess John Pleas would have gone Into the game and run the Gonzaga Prep offense," Gilbertson joked after the 38-7 loss. Pleas, the Vandals' free safety and, punter, was recruited to Idaho as a quarterback, but hasn't played there since his first season at Moscow five years ago. - Gilbertson said he never once considered putting Friesz in the game, but, evidently, virtually everyone else would have been fair game if Beitia had gone down again. Associated Press With one week remaining in the NFL season, four teams are in the playoffs and 12 others still have a shot. On Sunday, the Chicago Bears clinched the NFC Central crown with a 13-12 victory over Detroit, while the Minnesota Vikings were upset 18-6 by Green Bay. San Francisco also qualified for at least a wild card when it beat New Orleans 30-17. A 49ers victory over the Rams next week gives them the NFC West title. But a Rams' victory coupled with a Falcons' win over the Saints would make the Rams the winner. In a three-way tie at 10-6, San Fran Associated Press SEATTLE In one week, the Seattle Seahawks went from one touchdown, two first downs and 65 yards of offense to six touchdowns, 30 first downs and 450 yards. "I can't explain it," Seahawks coach Chuck Knox said after a 42-14 victory over the Denver Broncos Sunday night. "Every week is different in this league. This was this week and last week was last week." Almost everything worked for the Seahawks' offense. Knox, with new owner Kenneth Behring standing close by on the sidelines, watched with glee as the Seahawks scored their most points in a game this season. Curt Warner rushed for a team-record four touchdowns and Dave Krieg completed 19 of 22 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns as the Seahawks moved Into the lead in the AFC West. Seattle, 8-7, can win its first AFC West title next Sunday by beating the Los Angeles Raiders. "You can't ask for anything better than this," Knox said. The loss knocked the two-time defend VANDALS NOTEBOOK ThE SPOKESMAN-REVIE7f OP (0) N'TO Playoff picture st11111 a giarcht mess cisco wins with the best record in games between the three teams. In the NFC East, the Giants remained one game ahead of Philadelphia. If the Giants beat the Jets next week, they win the division. If the Giants lose and the Eagles beat Dallas, Philadelphia takes the division. Buffalo has clinched the AFC East at 12-3. Cincinnati must beat Washington next Saturday to clinch the AFC Central. They also can win if Cleveland beats Houston in the final game. In the AFC wild-card race, if Houston beats Cleveland next week, it gets a wild card unless it wins the division. 01-vpland eliminates the Colts by Curt Warner sees his opening and makes his cut on way to another 100-yard effort in the Seahawks' 42-14 win over the Broncos. Seahawks bust Broncos, 4244 It was a red-eyed and somber Beitia that came out of the Vandal locker room at the request of reporters following the loss. Beitia had completed 15 of 36 passes for 149 yards and one interception as the Vandal offense, which had averaged 450 yards a game, was held to 250. "I wanted us to win this one, not for me, but for the seniors on the team," Beitia said. "I'm feeling really bad for them." II Gilbertson tried to salve the loss for those seniors on the flight home, though. After the long flight from Greenville, S.C. to Lewiston began, Gilbertson moved all the coaches out of the First Class section and directed the team's seniors to take those seats. Wins by Furman and Georgia Southern (over Eastern Kentucky) in the semifinals sets up a rather ridiculous rematch for the national title. Not ridiculous in who is playing, but where they have to go to play Pocatello. These two schools, which are situated 250 miles apart, met for the title in 1985 in Tacoma. "It doesn't make a whole lot of sense for Georgia A F W E S T ititilitiM11111111111N111 W L I Pct. PF PA Seattle 8 7 0 .533 296 292 Denver 7 8 0 .467 306 342 L.A. Raiders 7 8 0 .467 288 326 San Diego 5 10 0 .333 207 319 Kansas City 4 10 1 .300 241 296 Sunday's results New York Giants 28, Kansas City 12 Buffalo 37, Los Angeles Raiders 21 San Diego 20, Pittsburgh 14 Seattle 42, Denver 14 Next Saturday's game New England at Denver, 1 p.m. Next Sunday's games Seattle at Los Angeles Raiders, 1 p.m. Kansas City at San Diego, 1 p.m. ing AFC champion Broncos out of the NFL playoffs with one regular season game left. "I felt like a doormat today," said Denver quarterback John Elway. "They were walking all over us. I was amazed we couldn't play better when we knew coming into this game we could control 4100111idaMb06601W011,111oladM101Plik beating Miami tonight, but does not secure a playoff berth. The Browns would get a wild-card spot by winning their final two games. Doing so would make Cleveland 11-5. Houston would be 10-6 and would get the other wild card, regardless of what the Pats do. However, New England can clinch a wild-card berth by beating Denver, coupled with Cleveland losing to Miami or Houston. The Pats would beat out the Browns with a better conference record. If Cleveland loses to Miami and beats Houston, and the Patriots defeat the Broncos, all three finish at 10-6. In that case, the Pats win a three-way tiebreak our destiny." Warner, coming off a career-low 10- yard rushing performance in a 13-7 loss to New England last Sunday, scored on runs of 1, 1, 13 and 12 yards. He rushed 23 times for 126 yards to go over the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the fourth time in his six-year pro career. "I try to have it together every week, but the defense they get paid, too," Warner said. Krieg had scoring passes of 14 yards to fullback John L. Williams and 7 yards to tight end John Spagnola. Williams also rushed for more than 100 yards, the second time both Williams and Warner have rushed for more than 100 yards each this season. Williams carried the ball 20 times for 109 yards. "We certainly had all the motivation in the world tonight," Knox said. "We played with a lot of emotion." The Seahawks scored on all six of their possessions in the first three quarters, and didn't punt until there was 10:36 left in the game. Denver scored on a 15-yard touchdown pass from John Elway to Mark Jackson in the second quarter and a 3- yard run by Steve Sewell with 28 sec Southern and Furman to go out to Idaho to play, but we'll go anywhere we're asked to play for a national championship," said Jimmy Satterfield, Furman head coach. "When we played in 1985, there were probably 5,000 people there and probably half of them knew who we were. This championship site determination has got to be looked at." So, too, does the NCAA stance on team travel. Idaho had booked a charter to Greenville for a cost of $66,000, but the NCAA, which pays the expenses for a travel party of 70, mandated that the Vandals take a Continental charter arranged through the NCAA's travel agency. Flight and bus arrangements made by the NCAA, according to Idaho athletic director Gary Hunter, cost the school roughly 810,000 more than the arrangements Idaho administrators had made. "I would not say there is any kick-back arrangements; or that anything is being done illegally," Hunter said. "But sometimes the arrangements made by the NCAA might work to the detriment of the participant school." III No drug testing was done following Idaho's game Saturday. The week before, however, two Vandals had produced specimens that tested positive for banned substances. lj PAGE Cl CLASSIREDSC5 er with a better conference record. Should Cleveland lose both games, the Patriots lose to Denver and Indianapolis beat Buffalo, all three would finish 9-7 and Houston would be 10-6. Either Houston or Cincinnati (whichever doesn't win the division) would get one wild card. Indianapolis gets the other spot the Colts and Patriots eliminate the Browns by better conference record and the Colts eliminate the Patriots with a better record against common opponents. The NFC wild-card race, is, well, wild. Because of the many NFC combinations for the wild-card slots, the league said it would take until today, at the earliest, to sort out the situation. AP photo onds left. Denver's Rich Karlis missed field goal attempts of 52 and 37 yards, the Seahawks stopped a Denver drive on downs on the Seattle 6-yard line with 12:12 to go and Rufus Porter of the Seahawks recovered an Elway fumble on the Seattle 25 with 9:27 left. Elway completed 21 of 34 passes for 270 yards. He was sacked four times. Jackson had his third straight 100- yard receiving game, the first Denver wide receiver to do that since Lionel Taylor in 1961. The Seahawks led 28-7 at halftime, scoring touchdowns on all four of their possessions in the first half and scoring three touchdowns in the second quarter. Seattle went 97, 48, 55 and 75 yards for its four first-half touchdowns. The Seahawks scored their first touchdown on the 14-yard pass from Krieg to Williams at 10:22 of the first quarter. Warner has rushed for three touchdowns five times in his career. 'It is the first time Seattle has swept Denver since 1982. The Seahawks won their season opener in Denver 21-14. , Quarterback drought had Gilbertson looking for volunteers Senior offensive tackle Greg Hale and defensive end Jim Routos did not accompany the team to Furman and although the university would not identify the players, sources have confirmed that the two had been ruled ineligible by the NCAA. Before the game Saturday, a representative of the New York Giants asked reporters of the whereabouts of Hale, the promising tackle he had come down to scout. Reached in Moscow Sunday, Hale said he thought the time was not right to comment on the situation. a Drug testing by the NCAA is far from random. Appearances in the I-AA playoffs expose players to testing. Twelve players from each team six starters and six reserves can be tested. The NCAA employees chose those to be tested and they do so, reportedly, by judging players' body types. The largest linemen and the team's most talented players are said to be sure bets to be handed the specimen jars. 1111 The purple-clad Paladin fans many wearing sweatshirts bearing the endearing initials "FAL" booed gustily as Idaho scored its only touchdown with 30 seconds left in the game. At that point, the field was hit with a shower of potatoes the bulk of which, though, fell short of the intended mark and actually pelted the Furman players on the sideline. . ,, ' , , i , It!" i'? , :,,,:it's'4"'"0,, , , , I ,., , , . , , , , ' I 03, ..-1,4000 4 , f t ' . 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LI Post Falls' Putzier IP , Ilayollif plicture still:III a giant mess ,, , f Associated Press cisco wins with the best record in games beating Miami tonight, but does not se- er with a better conference record. , ; sti to in ! 'adjung life With one week remaining in the NFL between the three teams. cure a playoff berth. The Browns would Should Cleveland lose both games, the season, four teams are in the playoffs In the NFC East, the Giants remained get a wild-card spot by winning their fi- Patriots lose to Denver and Indianapolis , and 12 others still have a shot. one game ahead of Philadelphia. If the nal two games. Doing so would make beat Buffalo, all three would finish 9-7 1 dog-eat-dog NFL clinched Sunday, the Chicago Bears Giants beat the Jets next week, they win Cleveland 11-5. Houston would be 10-6 and Houston would be 10-6. Either Hous- ' the NFC Central crown with a the division. If the Giants lose and the and would get the other wild card, re- ton or Cincinnati (whichever doesn't win I ' 13-12 victory over Detroit, while the Eagles beat Dallas, Philadelphia takes gardless of what the Pats do. the division) would get one wild card. ,I From Pittsburgh, the last stop in his Minnesota Vikings were upset 18-6 by the division. Indianapolis gets the other spot - the However New England can clinch a remarkable odyssey around the National Football Green Bay. Buffalo has clinched the AFC East at wild-card b'erth by beating Denver, cou- Colts and Patriots eliminate the Browns League, Rollin Putzier reveals a few facts he's San Francisco also qualified for at 12-3. Cincinnati must beat Washington by better conference record and the gathered about pro football. least a wild card when it beat New Or- next Saturday to clinch the AFC Cen- ' an , fi ouston led with Cleveld losin The Pats would g to Miami beat out the or Colts eliminate the Patriots with a bet- 1 . , He's learned that loyalty is a leans 30-17. .A 49ers victory over the tral. They also can win if Cleveland ter record against common opponents. Iforeign concept. Rams next week gives them the NFC beats Houston in the final game. Browns with a better conference record. The NFC wild-card race, is, well, 11 if: ' That the Green Bay Packers West title. But a Rams' victory coupled In the AFC wild-card race, if Houston If Cleveland loses to Miami and beats wild. Because of the many NFC combi- NI are run like cDonald' with a Falcons' win o Saints beats Cleveland t k, it gets a wild Houston, and the Patriots defeat the nations for the wild-card slots, the i e a s over the eve next wee i ..,,,; franchise ("Wait, that might not would make the Rams the winner. card - unless it wins the division. Broncos, all three finish at 10-6. In that league said it would take until today, at I ' I I be fair because I don't want to In a three-way tie at 10-6, San Fran- 01-vland eliminates the Colts by case, the Pats win a three-way tiebreak- the earliest, to sort out the situation. ; -4' c- I knock McDonald's"). , That "Mean" Joe Greene is , . - equally intense as a coach as he , ' , fk, e ':,.it's""'l I 1 , 'I was a player. , , - ,!' I - ,,,,,e, 4 gr , ' ' .,,,,.., ., , ,, --- - , And perhaps more than , r , , r , DAVE anything else, he's amazed at , , 4,,,,,,,,,,, , A r' 11, 4 t IP ,e ' ' 4 ). , BOLING how well linemen hold and how ,,,-. '"; , 1, . .-. . , I : s ' ' k , quickly management lets go. , ; 1., ' 4 i, tle , , Staff writer Now, after several months of , t '' I ' ' , , ,., . 111.4.40.14. rejection and self-doubt, after , . . el"'" being bounced from one NFL "' , . . t t ,. , ,,,,,,,, city to the next, Putzier has seemingly taken root , 1. - . Aol'C,,,s'v ' , ,,,.. as a defensive lineman with the Pittsburgh Steelers. . From the time he was a junior at Post Falls tlt, i 4 ii ,,,: I , , ,, , ; ',, , High, through his four years at Oregon, Putzier - 0 ; .,,, ; t: ,.' I V , ..,,,,I1 , has been hearing that he was a can't-miss pro IA ,,,,,,- ,:i I I ( , - prospect. , ,,,,,- ,,, 1 . IL-I , i - Until recently, though, he has missed. , ,...-."'s - - , ' . I r z . Let's join Putzier's travels in Green Bay, where eil i , i , . i . , I the 6-4, 275-pounder landed as a fourth-round tS1 ' '' draft choice. ' t "They had me playing nose guard exclusively, , i ' - and I wasn't that comfortable with it since I had ',. . '. I only played it one season at Oregon, Putzier said. I , ,t I .44,., , 4 But that was hardly the only thing that made I ti::,, 0 ' '''41 1 li, It ss '' 4 Putzier uncomfortable. "Green Bay has some serious problems Like, 04,0''' 4 '''' . , , when I got there, I had to buy my own shoes I , ,, A-, . , . - , ...---, , t, ,,,,..-- .--; . . ' couldn't believe it They had some old beat up , , t ,,, ,,,,, ones I could wear, but if you wanted new ones you - 't ''' 1 '7 .6 ., 1 "e " .''' sit'' had to buy them - $55. .1 ',0 - '' ' i ' . . "I swear to God on my life, with the Packers ' A , -a , , , - k - --&... , , l' you have to buy your own shoes." e ,.. , -, .-: - . , . 0e . . And then there was Green Bay itself 'k?,4 " 1 ,,,,, . 0"e'' , , .' ' , "I hated Green Bay. It's about 85,000 , '040. ", (population) and there's more to do in Post Falls , 0. , , 1 ' than in Green Bay." ; , - .. , - ,, I. t , Putzier fought fairly constant pain in one of his ,, , feet while with the Packers "They said it was turf toe and, basically, they injected it and told me to : ,,f - , , -, , , .A - - - , - pla i , a----.,,,,,,,,,. ' , , 4, , - - , ; Later, after going to his own doctor, Putzier , .f , J,, , I i , was told he had a broken bone in his foot ' ' 0:1 if g ,0 Putzier heard that he was a victim of the final ; t i i '! cut from a friend - the Packers released the , ..,-, . , - information to the press before telling the players , " ' , ' , , 40' . I t . ' "I went to the stadium to clean out my locker i , , , ' and reporters were really pushing for a comment I , , , . , l - - ' ' ' " 4 lioe , - t,,-. ,' -4' , , , from me and I ended up blowing up, telling them . , , ,, 4N . where to put their microphones," Putzier said. "It , - I was a bad scene. But there were a lot of bitter r t ., . , , , , feelings and it wasn't just me." . . ; ..00 :. , No, another Packer victimized by the cut was , . A, - -.0 detained at the airport after making bomb , , , threats. .-- - ' , , .. ,, ....r,, , . . , , ,,, " , With Green Bay in the rear-view mirror, ., , , Sit,.....e, .. ,p. Putzier went to workouts at Pittsburgh, Chicago, '' , . ',' Kansas City, New York Jets, Dallas, Phoenix, Houston and San Francisco. There may have been -, - others but those are the places he could remember ' off the top of his head. Ty - "It was really a bad time for me; I started 5.,ao," doubting myself and wondering if it was all worth 4 ,,,,. t,,,, 'NI . . 44 4 it," he said. "There was a lot of things going t Air - - '- - through my mind and it was pretty hard to cope with. AP photo ' "I just kept thinking that things happen for Curt Warner sees his opening and makes his cut on way to another 100-yard effort in the Seahawks' 42-14 win over the Broncos. certain reasons and that something positive would come out of it." Then, in a flurry, the Jets, Kansas City and Pittsburgh all began making bids for his services. "Pittsburgh is giving me a little more than I was getting from Green Bay, actually," Putzier said. "And a lot of it is guaranteed.' The Steelers are struggling this season, but Putzier said the city and the coaching staff are Associated Press A F CM E S TatilialitilitiMa our destiny." onds left. carrying a good attitude about it all. SEATTLE - In one week, the Seattle Warner, coming off a career-low 10- Denver's Rich Karlis missed field "There's so much pride in their football here, Seahawks went from one touchdown, WLI Pct. ee PA yard rushing performance in a 13-7 loss goal attempts of 52 and 37 yards, the and this is such a young team - 22 guys are either two first downs and 65 yards of offense stti, 8 .5 292 to New England last Sunday, scored on Seahawks stopped a Denver drive on 7 0 33 296 first- or second-year players. I think everybody is to six touchdowns, 30 first downs and - - runs of 1, 1, 13 and 12 yards. He rushed downs on the Seattle 6-yard line with looking forward to next year." 450 yards. Denver 7 8 0 .467 306 342 23 times for 126 yards to go over the 12:12 to go and Rufus Porter of the LA. R 7 8 0 .467 288 326 Playing every position on the defensive line, "I can't explain it," Seahawks coach San Daiiego ders 5 10 0 .333 207 319 1,000-yard rushing mark for the fourth Seahawks recovered an Elway fumble Putzier is learning the game at the knee of one of Chuck Knox said after a 42-14 victory Kansas City 4 10 1 .300 241 296 time in his six-year pro career. on the Seattle 25 with 9:27 left. the masters - Joe Green. over the Denver Broncos Sunday night. "I try to have it together every week, Elway completed 21 of 34 passes for . "I really like him; he's intense and competitive "Every week is different in this league. Sunday's results but the defense - they get paid, too," 270 yards. He was sacked four times. and he's a perfectionist. And I'll tell you, he can This was this week and last week was New York Giants 28, Kansas City 12 Warner said. Jackson had his third straight 100- still pack a wallop." last week." Buffalo 37, Los Angeles Raiders 21 Krieg had scoring passes of 14 yards Yard receiving game, the first Denver Putzier describes the Steelers' practices as Almost everything worked for the San Diego 20, Pittsburgh 14 to fullback John L. Williams and 7 yards rec eiver wide reiver to do that since Lionel daily challenges spiced with sporadic fights. Seahawks' offense. Seattle 42, Denver 14 "There's fights all the time and a lot of swearing Knox, with new owner Kenneth Behr- to tight end John Spagnola. Williams Taylor in 1961. also rushed for more 100 t yards, the The Seahawks led 28-7 at halftime, at each other," he said. "It's just everybody ing standing close by on the sidelines, Next Saturday's game scoring touchdowns on all four of their fighting for his job. Plus there's probably a lot of watched with glee as the Seahawks New England at Denver, 1 p.m. second time both Williams and Warner ssessions in the first half and scoring frustration that's built up." scored their most points in a game this Next Sunday's games have rushed for more than 100 yards Po each this season. Williams carried the three touchdowns in the second quarter. With a $1,000-a-month apartment and a season. 1 Seattle at Los Angeles Raiders, 1 p.m. ball 20 times for 109 yards. Seattle went 97, 48, 55 and 75 yards contract that invites him back next season, Curt Warner rushed for a team-record Kansas City at San Diego, 1 p.m. "We certainly had all the motivation for its four first-half touchdowns. Putzier may now be tasting the success that has four touchdowns and Dave Krieg corn- in the world tonight," Knox said. "We The Seahawks scored their first long been promised him. pleted 19 of 22 passes for 220 yards and played with a lot of emotion." touchdown on the 14-yard pass from "I'm really just now starting to feel good about two touchdowns as the Seahawks moved in AFC champion Broncos out of the The Seahawks scored on all six of Krieg to Williams at 10:22 of the first myself again. Feeling like I'm wanted again. Into the lead in the AFC West. NFL playoffs with one regular season their possessions in the first three quar- quarter. "But what I've learned is that this is a business Seattle, 8-7, can win its first AFC game left. ters, and didn't punt until there was and there's absolutely no loyalty in it," he said. West title next Sunday by beating the "I felt like a doormat today," said 10:36 left in the game. Warner has rushed for three touch- "The money is nice and the life is nice, but, Los Angeles Raiders. Denver quarterback John Elway. "They Denver scored on a 15-yard touch- downs five times in his career. realistically, I have to understand that it could be "You can't ask for anything better were walking all over us. I was amazed down pass from John Elway to Mark 'It is the first time Seattle has swept over any minute." than this," Knox said. we couldn't play better when we knew Jackson in the second quarter and a 3- Denver since 1982. The Seahawks won The loss knocked the two-time defend- coming into this game we could control yard run by Steve Sewell with 28 sec- their season opener in Denver 21-14. , Quarterback drought had Gilbertson looking for volunteers . , Southern and Furman to go out to Idaho to play, but Senior offensive tackle Greg Hale and defensive end By Dave Boling we'll go anywhere we're asked to play for a national Jim Routos did not accompany the team to Furman Staff writer VANDALS NOTEBOOK championship," said Jimmy Satterfield, Furman head and although the university would not identify the Keith Gilbertson, Idaho's football coach, was about coach. "When we played in 1985, there were probably players, sources have confirmed that the two had been to put up a "Help Wanted: Quarterback" sign Saturday 5,000 people there and probably half of them knew ruled ineligible by the NCAA. in his team's Division I-AA national semifinal playoff It was a red-eyed and somber Beitia that came who we were. This championship site determination Before the game Saturday, a representative of the game against Furman. out of the Vandal locker room at the request of report- has got to be looked at." New York Giants asked reporters of the whereabouts , All-American John Friesz was in uniform but hardly era following the loss. So, too, does the NCAA stance on team travel. of Hale, the promising tackle he had come down to able to play, hobbling as he was on a sprained ankle. Beitia had completed 15 of 36 passes for 149 yards Idaho had booked a charter to Greenville for a cost scout. , Friesz' replacement, freshman Andy Beitia, got sep- and one interception as the Vandal offense, which had of $66,000, but the NCAA, which pays the expenses for Reached in Moscow Sunday, Hale said he thought arated from his senses for a time and sophomore Steve averaged 450 yards a game, was held to 250. a travel party of 70, mandated that the Vandals take a the time was not right to comment on the situation. Nolan, who was already on the list for post-season "I wanted us to win this one, not for me, but for the Continental charter arranged through the NCAA's Drug testing by the NCAA is far from random. knee surgery, had to be pulled off the field when he seniors on the team," Beitia said. "I'm feeling really travel agency. Appearances in the I-AA playoffs expose players to aggravated the injury. bad for them." testing. Twelve players from each team - six starters Beitia shook off the cobwebs and returned, but not II Gilbertson tried to salve the loss for those seniors Flight and bus arrangements made by the NCAA, and six reserves - can be tested. before Gilbertson had started sifting through alterna- on the flight ' ht home, though. according to Idaho athletic director Gary Hunter, cost the school roughly 310,000 more than the arrange- The NCAA employees chose those to be tested and fives. After the long flight from Greenville, SC. to Lewis- the do so re rtedl b Judging in la ers' bod y t ments Idaho administrators had made. IY 1 r 3' y g g p y res. "I don't know, I guess John Pleas would have gone ton began, Gilbertson moved all the coaches out of the "I would not say there is any kick-back arrange- he arges linemen and the team ' s most talented players are said to be sure bets to be handed the sped- bertson joked after the 38-7 loss. men - Into the game and run the Gonzaga Prep offense," Gil- First Class section and directed the team's seniors to ments; or that anything is being done illegally," Hunt- take those seats. er said. "But sometimes the arrangements made by n jars. , - Pleas, the Vandals' free safety and, punter, was re- I Wins by Furman and Georgia Southern (over the NCAA might work to the detriment of the partici- 1111 The purple-clad Paladin fans - many wearing " cruited to Idaho as a quarterback, but hasn't played Eastern Kentucky) in the semifinals sets up a rather pant school." sweatshirts bearing the endearing initials "FAL - ' there since his first season at Moscow - five years ridiculous rematch for the national title. booed gustily as Idaho scored its only touchdown with , ago. Not ridiculous in who is playing, but where they 111 No drug testing was done following Idaho's game 30 seconds left in the game. . Gilbertson said he never once considered putting have to go to play - Pocatello. Saturday. At that point, the field was hit with a shower of Friesz in the game, but evidently, virtually everyone These two schools, which are situated 250 miles The week before, however, two Vandals had pro- potatoes - the bulk of which, though, fell short of the else would have been fair game if Beitia had gone apart, met for the title in 1985 in Tacoma. duced specimens that tested positive for banned sub- intended mark and actually pelted the Furman play- stances. down again. "It doesn't make a whole lot of sense for Georgia ers on the sideline. , , . i .., . . , , , r-00.4.4m.04, - imop...044,..04.0.0.04.,,e..4.4,404. 0.0.....,0- !lo I field Is, the ive on e with of the 'umble ;es for es. t 100- )enver Lionel !time, r their coring arter. yards first from a first s won 4. , 141 , D . re end Irman 'y the i been of the ;bouts wn to ;ought m. Th . ers to arters KI and YPes lented Ot ) ."-' 1 with ver of of the , , , ,

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