San Antonio Express from San Antonio, Texas on January 1, 1971 · Page 33
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San Antonio Express from San Antonio, Texas · Page 33

San Antonio, Texas
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Friday, January 1, 1971
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mm KARL O QUINN-S Morning Line A Tough Assigmnent in morning and went to the cabinet i fiL quarters bathroom. He seemed unsurprised to find ^oo£f a package in there instead of shaving CTeam and aspirin (which he didn’t need, since his New Year’s Kve was a quiet one), fho started the tape and took a stack of photographs from chtne looked at them as a voice came from the ma- la ^1*® photograph are intent on extending a monopolistic control of the Cotton Bowl game. 1® "^la 1^® straight Cotton Bowl contests and today they seek a third one. The man in the cap is Darrell Royal, the highly successful ^ch who invent^ 'the Wishbone-T offenke and has won 30 f i games with it. On his left, the younger man with a ireckled face and rusted hair, is Eddie Phillips, the quarterback who took over from James Street and may be even better than his predecessor who, like Phillips, never started in a losing game in college. Phillips is noted for his cuiyiing and trickery. ‘‘In the next photo are the chief offensive weapons available w the f^'o masterminds, Steve Worster and Jim Bertelsen. They gain yardage on the ground in sicke^ngly large chunks, whether it be in the middle of the line or amnd end. “In the last photo are the five men who make this ground attack function to its high degree of perfection, tackles Bobby Wuensch and Jerry Sisemore, guards Bobby Mitchell and Mike Dean, and center Jim Achilles who, at last report, had no weakness in his heel or anywhere élse. Scoring Duel Possible “Stopping these men will be a job for your team’s defense, but you may be foa'ced to outscore them. You will be facing a defense patterned after your own team’s—a 4-4 with three deep secondary men. They, also, are outstanding,^individually and as a unit. They are not as heavy as your own defenders, but are quick and fast. They will attempt to put pressure on you as a passer, and probably will succeed. “Your assignment, Mr. Theismann, if you decide to accept, is to beat the nation’s top-ranked team and end a string of 30 See MORNING LINE, Page 2D fan AntottidCiiipress \norls Texas Is Ready Showdown Cotton Bowl STEVE WORSTER Longhorn bull limping Friday, January 1, 1971 Page 1-D JOE THEISMANN keys offense on passes fo . By DAN COOK Executive Sports Editor DALLAS — Texas unleashes it’s mighty ground troops on Notre Dame at 1 p.m. Friday as the Longhorns, making their third consecutive Cotton Bowl appearance, seek to nail down an undisputed claim on their second straight national championship. The Irish, bent on revenge from last year’s 21-17 loss to Texas in this same post-season classic, are rated seven-point underdogs but Notre Dame is pinning high hopes on the pin-point passes of Joe Theismann, All-America quarterback. Texas has won 30 consecutive games since Darrell Royal installed the well- publicized Wishbone-T attack and turned loose the greatest collection of running backs the Southwest has ever known. Steve Worster’s bull-like rushes up the middle might be slowed by a bruised and swollen left knee, not to mention the tough Notre Dame line, the biggest this Texas team has faced. But Worster is due to start at his usual fullback spot while Terry Collins will stay ready on the sidelines in case the big man from Bridge City needs relief. Eddie Phillips, the junior quarterback who has been known to throw excellent passes when the occasion — and coach Royal, reluctantly—demands, is healthy and eager after some worry with a bruised knee. And halfback Jim Bertelsen, who always seems to stay ready, is set to roll with Texas’ wide moves. Notre Dame’s All-America guard, Larry DiNardo, is not expected to put on a uniform since he has been plagued with a serious knee problem since an injury late in the season but the Irish’s other All-America selection, end Tom G a t e- wood, figures to play an important role in testing Texas’ air defense. Gatewood ranks second nationally in pass receiving, having pulled in 77 for 1,123 yards and seven touchdowns. His best effort during the ’70 campaign came against Purdue when he grabbed 12 for 192 yards and three touchdowns to almost personally whip the Boilermakers. Theismann, who was runnerup to Stanford’s Jim Plunkett in the Heisman Trophy voting, is sure to look for Gatewood often. The figures on Notre Dame's quarterback reveal 155 completions from 268 passes for 2,429 yards and a completion percentage of .567, fourth best nationally. Notre Dame has just one loss on its record, a 38-28 setback at the hands of Southern Cal on a wet, muddy field and, although that defeat at the tail end of the season almost disqualifies the Irish for the national crown, Notre Dame players still see a thin chance. The Associated Press does not take its final vote until after the bowl games and the Irish feel that if they can topple Texas, Stanford can upset Ohio State and LSU can knock off Nebraska, that last vote should come their way. There are many “ifs” involved but, taking first things first, Notre Dame has its sights set on moving Texas out of the No. 1 spot. The Irish presently are rated No. 6 in the AP poll. As usual, the Cotton Bowl will get national TV coverage and the weatherman has promised a clear day, slightly warmer than it has been in Dallas. Temperature at kickoff is expected to be between 65 and 70, near perfect for football. Notre Dame played just one game on plastic turf this past season so the Irish have spent the last six days working out on the Cotton Bowl’s synthetic floor. And, almost to the man, they like it. The Irish have a balanced attack and perhaps the top running back Texas should fear is Ed Gulyas, 190-pound junior with good speed and great drive. On the other hand, Texas is expected to do what it does best, run in three directions but never the fourth. If the Steers wind up throwing more than 10 passes it probably will be because they were behind, or, far ahead, on the scoreboard. The game has been a complete sellout for weeks and Dallas scalpers are doing a lot of business — when they don’t get caught — pushing 20-yard-line seats for $50. Special bargain rates wiU, get you in the end zone for just $20. i I' I k k k k k k EDDIE PHILLIPS manipulator of Wishbone TOM GATEWOOD Notre Dame's leoding receiver IN BLUEBONNET BOWL Tide, Sooners Tie HOUSTON (AP) — Oklahoma’s young sooners drove 61 yards in the final minutes to enable Bruce Derr to kick a 42 yard field goal with 59 seconds to play to gain a 24-24 lie with Alabama’s crimson tide in the 12th Astro-Bluebonnet bowl football game Thursday night. It was a wild fourth period, with Alabama first taking a 24-21 lead as tailback Johnny Musso, fooled the Sooner defense with a razzle-dazzle 25-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Scott Hunter. After Derr’s tying kick the Tide covered an onsides kick and quickly moved to the Oklahoma 18 where a 34-yard field goal attempt by Richard Ciemny was wide to the left with just one second left. With sophomore speedster Greg Pruitt scoring two touchdowns, Oklahoma jumped to a 21-7 second-period lead and appeared to have things under control until Hunter and Musso took charge. BOW L ROUNDUP Alabama Okiahc Firsf clowns ........................... 21 19 Rushing yardage .................... 229 349 Passing yardage .................... 199 66 Return yardage ..................... 140 92 Passes ................... 14 27-1 5-7-66 Punts..................................... 4-37 5-37 Fumbles lost ............................ 1 2 Yards penalized ....................... 50 42 Aided by a 22-yard interference penalty at the sooner seven, Hunter passed five yards to David Bailey to cut the deficit to 21-14 with just 14 seconds remaining in the first half. Then on the second half kickoff, Robin Parkhouse covered an Oklahoma fumble at the Sooner 27 and Ciemny made it 2117 five plays later with a 20-yard field goal, A 7-7 first period deadlock resulted from a 54-yard Bama di'ive Hunter ended with a four-yard pass to Randy Moore : 1 71-yard Oklahoma comeback Joe wylia ended by plunging over from the two. Jack Mildren, the Sooner quarterback, then teamed with Pruitt for a pair- of 80- yard drives Pruitt ended by taking pitchouts and scampering 58 and 25 yards for the 21-7 lead. Pruitt was voted the game’s outstanding back while Jeff Fouzle, a Crimson Tide linebacker, won the honor for linemen. Alabama ......................................... 7 3 7—24 Oklahoma ........................................ 7 14 0 3—24 Aiabamo—Moora 4 pass from Hunter, Ciemny kick. Oklohomo—Wylie 2 run, Derr kick. Oklahma—Pruitt 58 run, Derr kick. Oklahomo—Pruitt 25 run, Derr kick. Alabama—Bailey 5 pass fro.m Hunter, Ciemny kick. Alabama—FG Ciemny 20. Alabama—Hunter 25 pass from Musso, Ciemny kick. Oklahoma—FG Derr 42. Attendanc*~53,822. ROUGH GOING —Albdmo fullback Dave Brungard (20) finds the opening in Oklohoma's line closing fast in first quarter action in the Bluebonnet Bowl game. Brungard only got a yard on the play.- Wire«photo -AP Grid Powers Clash Today BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Wliat if Notre Dame ties or beats No. 1 'Pexas, Stanford beats No. 2 Ohio State, Louisiana State beats No. 3 Nebraska and Air Force beats No. 4 Tennessee? Improbable, but not impossible. In fact, this is only one of the multitude of ways the college football sea.son could wind up, throwing the Top Ten rankings into a dizzy spin. Conceivably, on the eve of the New Year’s Day bowl games, any one of the top six teams in The Associated Press poll could wind up on top. And don’t forget unbeaten No. 8 Arizona State, an impressive 48-26 Peach Bowl winner over North Carolina Wednesday night. • Any change, of course, is contingent on the outcome of the Texas-Notre Dame affair in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, and the Longhorns stand a solid touchdowTi favorite to beat the No. 6 Irish a second sti’aight year in this classic.® In fact, all of the first four teams are favorites, Ohio State by as much as 10 points over No. 12 Stanford in the Rose Bowl in Pa.sadena, Calif. Nebraska i.s a touchdow'n pick over No. 5 LSU in the Orange Bowl at Miami and Tennessee a 10-pqint choice over No. 11 Air Force in the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Auburn, No. 10, will meet Mississippi in the Gator Bfwl Saturday at 2:15 p.m. EST in Jacksonville, Fla., on national television. •Fpur all-star games also are scheduled with the East-West Shrine game at Oakland Saturday, the Hula Bowl at Honolulu and the Senior Bowl at Mobile, Ala., both Jan, 9, and the All- ^Vmerica Bowl at Tampa, Fla., Jan. 10. The position is not new for the I.x)nghorns, 10-0, who entered See BOWL, Page 2D Watch Out for the Rookies LOOSE BALL —Son Francisco's Nick Jones, foreground, loses the ball on a layup as Boston's Hank Finkel breaks up the play in the .second period of their NBA game Thursday afternoon at Boston Garden. San Francisco won, 144-106. See story on Page 3D.—AP Wirephoto SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Duane Thomas and Bruce Taylor, two of pro football’s most exciting newcomers, will be bumping heads in Sunday’s National Conference title game l)etw'een the Dallas (.'owboys and San Francisco 49ers. Thomas, the Cowboys’ powerful running back, is making a strong stretch drive for the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year award. Taylor, the 49ers’ swift cornerback who paced the conference in punt returns, is a top candidate for the rookie defensive prize. They doubtless will have a conple of head-on collisions as 'he 49ers’ defensive unit tries to blunt Dallas’ potent power sweeps in the battle for a berth in the Jan. 17 Super Bowl. Thomas, drafted No. 1 by Dallas out of West Texas State where he played alongside Mercury Morris, cracked the Cowboys’ starting lineup in mid-season and has been a fixture ever since. He finished fifth in the NFC rushing parade with a total of 803 yards and a 5.3 yard average gain per carry. The 6-foot-i, 220 pounder whose rapid development has shunted teammate I’al- vin Hill —last year's rookie of the year —to the tench, lottKl the ball 30 times for 135 yards as the Kasteni Division champs edged Detroit 5-0 last week to reach the confereiu’c final. •‘We rated him the best running back we had ever drafted,” said Coach Tom Landry, pointing out that Hill was picked as a receiver a year ago, “and then he did even tetter than we expected.” T a y 1 0 r, a No. 1 pi* k from Boston University, earned a starting spot in the 49ers’ gifted defensive secondary and emerged as the league’s premier runback man as San Francisco surged to the Western Division title, its first of any kind in 25 years. The 6-foot-O, 190-pound speedster returned 43 punts—second highest number in NFL history —for 516 yards, an average of 12 per try. Like Detroit’s Lem liarney, Taylor makes the minimum of fair catches. -They can find anybody to fair catch,” he .says. “What they want is somebody to run the ball back.” ★ ★ ★ “You sure don’t want to punt to him,” said Dallas scout Ermal Allen, who watched Taylor set up both San Francisco touchdowns with lightning bolt returns in last Sunday's 17-14 playoff victory over Minnesota. “He can see a crack in the punt return wail—and he’s off.” Taylor has proven exceptionally strong on coverage for a rookie and has ovi'i’come early season difficulties handling the eoi'ner back’s other primary as- See WATCH, Page 2D ★ ★ ★ Morton Likes Kezar DALLAS (AP) — Quarterback Craig Morton of the Dallas Cowboys likes his track record in Kezar Stadium, site of Sunday’.s National Football Conference battle with San Francisco. “Ive really had some great games in Kezar, going back to the game when I was just out of California,” Morton .-¡ays. “We had to drive 80 yards in the last few minute.s to sc-ore. It was pouring rain and it probably will rain Sunday.” In 1967, Morion, who was comp:‘ting with Jerry Hhome for ttie No. 2 (|uartcr- back spot, took Dallas on a long drive to defeat San Francisco in an exhibition game on a long pass to light end Pettis Norman. Morion has worked hard in practice this week. “I made a mistake last week,” he says. xMorton w'as bothered by a bruise on his throwing arm and passed up throwing the ball before Dallas met Detroit. The result was that he hit only 4 of 18 passes in Pia 5 -(j victory. “f thought if I layed off. the pain won'd I * -iway, but it didn’t,” Morton S3' ■. “This wc^ek J said to hcck with ever nmg. If V\v got pain, I still have to go throw it.” ''■lorion hit 61 per cent of his passes in DaUa.s’ five game winning streak tnat toak the Cowboys to the championship in the NFC East. I'he iios.sible threat of rain for the game doesn’t bother the Cowboys who have relied on their finesse and stuck to the ground most of the year.

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