Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on November 17, 1977 · Page 24
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 24

Garden City, Kansas
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Thursday, November 17, 1977
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Page 8A Garden Cily Telegram Thursday, November 17,1977 Buster Bowl Record at 1 -2 Garden City Community College's Broncbusters will be attempting to even their all- lime post-season record at 2-2 in Saturday's Beef Empire Bowl. GCCC stands 1-2 in its three previous bowl appearances, the sole victory coming last November over Northeastern Oklahoma in the inaugural Beef Bowl. The Busters made their initial post-season appearance in the 1950 Little Sugar Bowl in Monroe, La. Del Mar of Corpus Christi, Texas outclassed coach Jack Morris' squad, 41-0. GCCC had notched a 9-1 regular-season mark, losing only to Hutchinson, 27-6, en route to the Jayhawk Juco Conference Western Division title. In the championship game against eastern king Coffeyville, the Busters' Verlyn Bryson booted a 36- yard field goal with less than a minute remaining for a 10-9 win. Garden City's second bowl showing came in 1967 when the Busters lost to Ellsworth, Iowa in the Sterling, Kan. Silver Bowl. GCCC romped through the regular schedule undefeated until Fort Scott chalked up a 19-18 victory a few days after the Busters had been selected to participate in the bowl. Then, before the largest crowd ever to witness a GCCC athletic event—5,122 — Ellsworth hammered the Busters, 35-14. The Garden City touchdowns came late in the game against Iowa reserves. The winners rolled to a 35-0 lead before GCCC could muster its fifth first down. Bowl fortunes changed in 1976: GCCC stomped eighth- ranked Northeastern Oklahoma, 28-13, in the first Beef Bowl. With sophomore Terry Cornelius gaining 154 yards and Kent Robinette spearheading a tenacious defensive effort, GCCC broke away from a 7-7 halftime deadlock to win going away. Let's Keep The Trophy In Garden City Beat The Artichokes SOUTHWESTERN BUSINESS SYSTEMS 8tli aud Kansas .Wenuu GARDEN Cm, KANSAS Plumi--: 316-276-7638 Flashback: Nov. 20,1976 It's doubtful many Garden City Community College football fans will forget Nov. 20,1976. On that cold Saturday night one year ago, the Broncbusters ushered in the Beef Empire Bowl with a 28-13 upset of Northeastern Oklahoma. Coach Moe Cotter's squad brought a 7-4 record into the game, but more im-' portantly, a two-game losing streak. After GCCC accepted the bowl selection committee's invitation to participate in the post-season classic, it was hammered, 38-0, at Coffeyville, and 31-16 by Fort Scott in the regular season finale. Only 170 fans visited Memorial Stadium for the finale. Skepticism abounded as the Busters prepared for the eighth-rated Golden Norsemen. But whatever doubts may have existed were dispelled when GCCC blew open a tight Beef Bowl in the third quarter. The first half ended in a 7-7 deadlock. Each team's first four possessions culminated in punts, before GCCC pieced together a 70-yard, 10-play drive for a 7-0 lead. All-America halfback Robert Robertson, who rushed for 1,411 yards on the year, got the TD from three yards away at the 2:09 mark. NEO quarterback Bill Vining drew the Norsemen even about 10 minutes later on a three-yard run, then watched as the defensive units dominated action until intermission. Then, inspired by Cotter's halftime lecturing, the Busters exploded in the third quarter. Garden City native Ron German kicked off the scoring spurt when he gathered in a 28-yard screen pass off a fake field goal. Terry Cornelius, who was named the outstanding offensive player of the game for his 154 yards rushing, increased GCCC's cushion to 21-7 on a one-yard run at the 5:11 mark. Erron Dillingham drove the stake into NEO's heart 11 minutes later when he caught a 33-yard scoring strike from Ronn Reynolds. GCCC rolled up 24 first downs, 263 yards rushing, and hit 9-19 passes for 130 yards. NEO could manage only 290 total yards. Kent Robinette, a. 6-3, .258-pound Buster lineman, was named outstanding defensive player of the game. WELCOME TO THE 2ND BEEF EMPIRE CLASSIC BOWL Good Luck Broncs! CONCRETE — IMC — Holcomb, Kansas Support The Broncs! Attend The Beef Empire Bowl Classic 208 N. Main Garden City. K». 67B46 Your First Stop For Fine Men's and Boys' Wear MARK II Western Kansas' Largest Sedgef ield Dealer

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