Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph from Colorado Springs, Colorado on December 28, 1969 · Page 51
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Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph from Colorado Springs, Colorado · Page 51

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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Sunday, December 28, 1969
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r% T&Complete Major Bowl Game *m m \HF Preview • See Page 5-F Sunday, Dec. 28, 1969 __ _________________________________________________ Gazette Teiegraph- l-E Viks Scramble Past Rams, 2 3-20 KappSpearheads Comeback For Western Division Title Saturday. The TD and extra point that followed tied the score at 7-7. Defenders are linebacker Doug Woodlief (57) and Coy Bacon (79). Minnesota went on to take a 23-30 victory. (AP Wirephoto) By PAT THOMPSON Associated Press Sports Writer MINNEAPOLIS - ST. PAUL (AP) — Joe Kapp. Minnesota’s ugly duckling quarterback brought the Vikings back from the pdge of defeat Saturday and ran them into the National Football League championship game. Kapp passed for 1% yards, hut his 42 yards rushing swung the Western Conference championship in Minnesota’s favor as the Vikings beat the Los Angeles Rams 23-20 with a heart- stopping finish. The Vikings w ill meet the winner of Sunday's Cleveland at Dallas Eastern Conference playoff game for the NFL title at Minnesota on Jan. 4. The league champion then will play the American Football League's winner in the Super Bowl at New Orleans. Jan. 11. Los Angeles Fearsome Foursome and the passing of Roman Gabriel, who completed 22 for 150 yards, seemed to have the * * * MJNSKAPOLIS-ST PAUL <AP) - Sta- tiHUes ol the National Football League Western Conference championship game between the law Angele* Bam* a nd Minnesota Vikings Saturday: I.o* Angele* Minnesota First downs Hushing yardage Pacing yardaae Return yardage Passes Punts Fumbles lost Yard* penalized Hushing yardage I,os Angele* Minnesota 19 129 :s 2 23-32-1 3*36 0 18 97 178 35 12-19 2 3-39 1 97 3-20 •V 23 <Gos- LA Klein 3 pass from Gabriel aeti kick) Min—Osborne 1 run <Cox kick) LA — KG Gossett 20 LA Truax 2 p«*% front Gabriel <Goa: lit kick) Mtn — Osborn 1 run (Cox kick) LA KG Gossett 27 Mm — Kapp 2run <Cox kick) Min safety Gabriel tackled in end tone hv EJIer. A -47,900 game sewed up in the first half and 20-14 before Kapp brought That’s when Kapp, defying his Vikings from behind with his critics who said he couldn’t pass running and passing in the 25 or run, took over and scored the degree weather, winning touchdown His two- Vikings play in their own yard bootleg around left end Metropolitan Stadium next Sun- with 8 24 to play in the fourth day for the NFL title against quarter tied the game ‘20-20 and the winner of Sunday’s Dallas- the Vikings went ahead on Free Cleveland game to determine Cox’ conversion. the league's Super Bowl entry. “It was a bootleg.” definitely Bruce Gossett kicked field a call for a run. “Kapp said lat- goals of 20 and 27 yards, both er in the Minnesota dressing set up by Gabriel’s playmaking, room. “We hadn’t shown it that and the Ram quarterback much this year.” passed for two touchdowns. “1 didn't know you could run Dave Osborn plunged for two that fast,” someone yelled at Minnesota touchdowns, each Kapp. from one yard out. before “I can’t.” he replied KaPP rolled out for the winning Kapp’s 42 rushing yards—all score. Bill Brown laid the key in the second half—led Minneso-j^00^- leveling Ed Meador with ta rushers, and that’s what the a chest-high shot. Vikings needed according to A knot of fans raced into the Coach Bud Grant. end zone and embraced Kapp, “You can’t live by the pass once ^ie target of boos on his alone in this league.” said own held, while the capacity Grant. “We had to run the ball crovvd °f 47,900 erupted. too *. Kapp was inundated by the On the first Los Angeles play crowd as he tried to make his after Kapp's touchdown, the "ay *ld0 tocher room af- Minnesota front four showed ter the game, why it is among the best in the The Vikings came back fired jeague up after the Rams took a 17-7 Minnesota defensive end Carl halftime lead ,Eller fought off Bob Brown’s ,KaPP, fo,lnd w,dc receiver block and slammed Gabriel into ^,cne Washington for a 41-yard the end zone for a safetv and a 8a,n 10 Ram 12 Jack Par- 23-20 lead dce ^ Washington late and the Alan Page ended all Ram v‘kmgs got another six yards on hopes with 31 seconds to play penalty when he intercepted a Gabriel Kapp couldn t find a receiver pass and ran 29 vards to the Los and rat'ed to the one, from Angeles 26. Thé Vikings than *’ht*re Osborn went into the end ran out the clock for their first zone, to make it 17-4 with 9:28 Western Conference title left in thc third PCriod- T,ie 3°Gabriel’s clutch passing had year-old Minnesota quarterback given the Rams leads of 17-7 (Continued On Page 3-F) THE VIKINGS TIE IT UP — Viking back Dave Osborn (41) goes over a pile on his back to score in the first quar ter against the LA Rams in NFL Western Division playoff action in Minneapolis-St. Paul West Finally Scores, Downs East, 15-0 Shaw Leads West Attack; Anderson Scores Once By RON RAPOPORT STANFORD, Calif. (AP) A highly touted West team offense, held scoreless for three quarters, struck in the final period Saturday and beat the East 15-0 in the 43rd annual East- West Shrine Classic at Stanford Stadium. San Diego State quarterback Dennis Shaw, named the outstanding offensive player of the game, led the West to both touchdowns as Colorado’s All- American running back Bob An- Meely Puts Buffs in derson scored from one yard total offense leader in Shaw and ington tackle, was named the and UCLA’s Greg Jones took, the top pass receiver, Jerry outstanding defensive player in a three-yard scoring pass from Hendren of Idaho. the game. Shaw, But not until Shaw directed A crowd of about 73.000 Ed Gallardo of Arizona Stateithe 80-yard scoring drive that chilled fans saw the game, kicked a 31-yard field goal late ended in Anderson's touchdown On the first West scoring in the game, in the fourth period was the drive Shaw hit Hendren with The East, an eight-point un- West abe to score. A fumble an n-yard pass and then Ander- derdog, never got closer than recovery by UCLA s Mike Bal- son gained 14 yards to the West the West 29 after’Gary Yount Jou at the East 35 led to the Shaw then threw to Oregon’s of North Carolina State inter- best’s second score with 5:05, Andy Maurer and when he was cepted a pass by Anderson and remaining. j hit he lateraled behind his back returned it 26 yards to the West Shaw completed 19 of 29;to Hendren, the play covering 38. passes for 221 yards. Owens 16 yards. The West held at the 29 and gained 58 yards in 12 carries j j0nes gained six yards to the Jim O’Brien of Cincinnati tried;and Anderson had 57 yards in East's 30 and then Shaw hit a 46-yard field goal that fell seven carries. Arizona's Ron Gardin over the short. Hendren caught five passes middle for 15 yards. One play The West had the nation’s top for 90 yards. Jim Otis of Ohio later, Shaw hit Gardin at the rusher, Heisman Trophy winner State led the East with 65 yards 6 and then Art Malone of Ari- ISteve Owens of Oklahoma, the in 17 carries. Lee Brock, Wash-;zona State broke through the middle to the goal line. From there, Anderson scored, Galardo’s extra point attempt was wide to the right. Owens and Anderson each picked up key yards in the brief second touchdown drive and Jones caught Shaw’s three-yard (Continued On Page 3-F) * * * STANFORD, Calif <AP> — Statistic* of the East-West Shrina lootball tame: East West Kirnt down*15 23 Rushing yardage 157 174 Passing yardage 44 287 Return yardage25 42 Passe* 0-30-0 31-42 2 Fumble* >. 7-35t 1 Yards penalised 15 13 Passe* MB-0 *1-42-2 Punt* I*® 7-35 Fumble* lost 1 1 West East 0 0 0 15—31 o e o- o West- Aodemm 1 run (kick failed) West—Jones 3 pas* from Shaw (past failed) Weat—FG Gallardo iapjÉKsíí 7 mm WHO WANTS IT? — UCLA’s George Farmer (85) of the West team, and East defensive back Bruce Taylor (45) of Boston University reach for the ball at the East’s 10-yard line during action in the East-West Shrine game Saturday at Palo Alto, California. The pass fell incomplete and ended a West scoring threat in the second quarter. The West won the game, 15--0. (AP Wirephoto) Semi-Finals Bv LEW FERGUSON KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Cliff Mcelv spearheaded a second-half counter rally and ignited Colorado to a 72-60 victory over Nebraska Saturday night. The victory’ shoved the Buffaloes into Monday’s semifinals of the 24th Big Eight basketball tournament. Colorado will meet the winner of Saturday night’s final first round game which matched Missouri ond Iowa State. , Kansas State and Oklahoma will meet in the other semifinal game. Kansas State edged Oklahoma State 51-49 and Oklahomo outlasted Kansas 68-64 in overtime in Friday's first round | con tests, Colorado led by 11 points several times in the first half but a Nebraska rally early in the second period sparked by Jim Brooks melted the advantage to 40-39 with 15:15 left in the game. Meely then took charge for the defending Big Eight champions. He scored 15 of Colorado’s 23 points during an eight minute span as the Buffaloes roared away to a 61-41 lead with 8:37 remaining. Meely led Colorado with 27 points * and Tom Scantlebury was high for Nebraska with 24. Nebraska, now 7-2, played without starting center Leroy Chalk. PASS DIDN’T GO — Nebraska’s Al >Jissen, left, blocks a pass by Colorado’s Dudley Mitchell (5) in the Big Eight pre-season tournament at Kansas City, Mo. Be- ■HH ymmmmm. __________ hind Mitchell is Nebraska’s Marvin Stewart. Colorado won the game, 76-62, behind the strong play of Cliff Meely. (AP Wirephoto)

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