The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida on January 2, 1972 · 75
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The Miami Herald from Miami, Florida · 75

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Sunday, January 2, 1972
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t V p Sunday January 2 iteBra Cornliuskers Prom Sodners Are This morning’s question class is not who is No 1 and No 2 in college football but who is No 3? ! A fan’s hand-painted sign New Year’s Night in the Orange Bowl made a stab at an answer: “Crimson Tide But No 3 — Nebraska No 1 Oklahoma No 2” That was more than just Big Eight Conference chauvinism It was cold realism The sign seemed to tell it all for the top two teams But there may not even be many votes for Alabama for No 3 after Nebraska’s Cornhuskers shucked them down 38-6 in the most one-sided Orange Bowl Classic since Alabama dropped Syracuse 61-6 in 1953 ' The runaway 18 years ago had OBC General Manager Earnie Seiler trying to get officials to run out the clock It wouldn’t have been a bad idea — from Alabama’s standpoint — Saturday night And ths time Nebraska didn’t have to back into ' - the national championship as it did last year when it used a 17-12 Orange Bowl decision over Louisiana State to bump bowl-beaten Texas' and Ohio State State for the mythical title Nebraska came busting right in through the front door on the first evening of 1972 The door not incidentally was held wide open Fortunes of Griese BRAUCHER I Sport wrlttr i Colts beat the n Baltimore last i McCafferty ob-as “too bad both earns are in the n” II be eliminated the Eastern Divi- onists collide for time in seven Is time for the Football Confer-tpionship and a the sixth Super in 76000 witness 1972 Gary Dixon Bulls Into End Zone From 2 es to the 4 35 kickoff in the soid-out Orange Bowl will represent the largest turnout for an AFC (nee American Football League) title game The crowd lopsided with Dolphin loyalists who sweat- -ed out long and disorderly lines at the ticket windows early in the week will easily top the 62627 who watched the New York Jets defeat Oakland in 1368 at Shea Stadium MILLIONS more outside the blacked-out South Florida area will sc or hear the POPE sports editor by Alabama when two fumbles and a pass-interference set up three Nebraska touchdowns Another score on a blindingly beautiful 77-yard punt return by mini-mighty Johnny Rodgers gave the westerners a total of four touchdowns in eight minutes and 11 seconds across the first and second quarters UNTIL 1900 one of the Nebraska team’s many nicknames was Bug-Eaters They went back a bit to the olden days Saturday night except that this time they were eating Red Elephants And swallowing them whole An Alabama club that swept everything it met during the regular season did not indicate at any time during the 38th Orange Bowl Classic that it even belonged on the same field with Nebraska A downpour before the game evoked suggestions that Alabama Coach Bear Bryant might have to make good on some of those jokes about his ability to walk on water It quit raining before the opening kickoff but Nebraska kept the Tide in all evening Bryant never had a prayer at moving into a tie : with Notre Dame’s old Coach Frank Leahy for the most national championships — four “How could you foist such a mismatch like this Turn to Page 4D Col 7 game on 225 television and 250 radio stations in the nation Internationally the game will be relayed abroad by the American Forces Radio and Television Service The 1968 Jets went on to defeat Don Shula’s Colts in the tiird Super Bowl 16-7 That loss shocked not only Shula but disturbed Carroll Rosenbloom to the extent of publicly deploring his rols as "the first owner to lose the championship to an AFL team’’ That game markeaf the be- Oorts t urns Yards Out For Fourth Nebraska Touchdown Unit as Could Decide AFC Title ginning of a deteriorating Shula-Rosenbloom relationship that eventually put the coach on the road to Miami to unprecedented success in two seasons with the Dolphins and to the confrontation with his cld employer and employees this afternoon THE INFLUENCE of Shula and his former aide McCafferty is evident in the carbon-copy tactics of twarivals who split their regular-season matches The Dolphins VM 12 01 1 30 4 30 IP Streaking Johnny Rodgers Romps for 77-Yard Punt Return fields ball on bounce gains freedom for lebraskas second TD won in Miami 17-14 the Colts in Baltimore 14-3 “Our whole thought” Shula said condensing the defensive strategy on both sides “is to stop the long pass and the long run make a team work it downfield and play for the error” The trouble in Baltimore was according to Shula “that on two first-half drives John Unitas made no mistakes” In Miami he did Pressured by the defensive line 'Ahe 38-year-old quarterback 1 Sports on TV Radio T decision ' PRO FOOTBALL pm— NFC Championship— San Francisco vs Dallas Channel 4 i m —AFC Championship— Miami vs Baltlmora Channels 7 and 5 (delayed telecast) Radio PRO FOOTBALL P m— NFC Championship— San Francisco vs Dallas WKAT (1360) p m— AFC Championship- Miami vs Baltimore WIOD (610) PRO BASKETBALL tm — Floridians vs Utah wr-BS (710) ae u —Herald Staff Photo by JOHN WALTHER Jt -4 - uffV A flipped a wobbly pass intercepted by linebacker Doug Swift deep in Baltimore territory The interception led to a third-quarter touchdown that put the Dolphins in control THE FORTUNE of Unitas against 26-year-old Bob Griese will decide the direc- tion of an evenly rated struggle with rewards of $8-500 accruing to each winner $5500 to each loser Unitas will stay in his pocket of blockers “until hell i feezes yver” Shula said' rm ® 78151 Fans See Cornliuskers Keep National Crown By BOB ELLIOTT Herald Columnist Richard Nixon could have saved himself an awful lot of time Saturday night if he had placed a telephone call to Nebraska Coach Bob Devaney at the end of the first half of the 38th annual Orange Bowl football classic in the OB stadium- For when the first two periods of the collegiate Super Bowl were fmshed Deva-ney’s gang of marauders held a 28-0 lead over Paul (Bear) Bryant’s demoralized Crimson Tide proud champions of the Southeastern Conference It all wound up with a 38-6 Nebraska victory one of the biggest shockers of recent years A CROWD of 78151 sat in almost stunned silence as Nebraska kong of the tough Big Eight Conference took advantage of three Alabama mistakes in rolling to the biggest halftime leads in Orange Bowl hsitory The easy victory gave Ne-braski its second straight national championship beyond any doubt It was the 13th victory of the 1971 season for Nebraska which now owns a string of 32 games without defeat and a streak of 23 consecutive victories Alabama which went into No 2 uchdqwn¥t - 19 —Herald Staff Photo ay JOHN PINEDA Griese is more inclined to scramble a facet that worries McCafferty "His fast feet make it hard to trap him” the Baltimore coach said “He spins out very well and has been doing it all year The Dolphins have the well-balanced attack too You can’t just concentrate on stopping one person” McCafferty referred primarily to “those two big hulks” Larry Csonka and Jim Kiick and to the match- less catching and running of Paul Warfield f Section D 1 I'lirjiiTrTnTmji' Pin "nniun n ittih Yardstick Alabama Nebraska First downs rushing First downs passing First downs penalties TOTAL FIRST DOWNS Rushing plays Yards gained rushing Yards lost rushing 13 3 0 16 58 290 49 9 S 1 15 47 201 18 181 32 20 11 159 56 342 2 30 5 2 4 136 0 3 2 4 50 ivii luiuuiy ay NET YDS GAIN RUSHING 241 (Long Rushing Play) Forward passes tried Forward passes completed Yards gained passing (Long Passing Play) TOTAL OFFENSE Forward passes intercepted Yards returned int passes Number of punts Average yards punts Yards returned punts Yards returned kickoffs Fumbles Fumbles tost Number penalties Yards penalized 28 13 3 '47 17 288 0 0 7 43 3 36 128 5 2 4 58 the game with an 11-0 record and the No 2 spot in the polls behind Nebraska could well drop behind Oklahoma in the final Associated Press rankings due next week IT WAS THE worst defeats ever suffered by Alabama in bowl competition the previous sad spot coming in the 1968 Gator Bowl when Missouri whipped the Crimson Tide 35-10 It was also an extremely sweet victory for Devaney who had bowed to Bryant the only two other times they had faced each other in postseason play Nebraska had gone into the game as a modest one-touchdown favorite but the Cornhuskers’ vast superiority quickly became apparent The Cornhuskers won the 1970 national crown in this same stadium a year ago with a 17-12 OB conquest of LSU following upset losses by Ohio State (to Stanford) and Texas (to Notre Dame) but Nebraska needed no help on this night AND THE amazing luck of Earnie Seiler the Orange Bowl’s guiding genius held true as an early-evening rain halted some 30 minutes before the kickoff and the fans were treated to a typical Orange Bowl night Stangely enough Alabama ‘ wound up with 16 first downs to Nebraska’s 15 but most of the Tide’s came after the Huskers had the game under control Bama rushed for 241 yards to Nebraska’s 183 but as expected the Tide showed nothing through the air Alabama completed three of 13 passes for 47 yards while Nebraska hit on 1 1 of 20 for 159 Bama’s All-American running back Johnny Musso was checked thoroughly by the tough Nebraska defense as Alabama’s offense wound up being centered around quarterback Terry Davis Musso did gain 79 yards in 15 carries but he was kept in check when the Huskers needed to do it NEBRASKA’S heroes were numerous Quarterback Jerry Tagge for the second straight year was the leading candidate as the Most Valuable Back and middle guard Rich Glover an Turn to Page 6D Coi 1 McCAFFERTY has a couple of hulks himself in Tom Matte and Norm Bulaich both probable performers despite problems with a left knee and hamstring muscle respectively that restricted their participation in Tampa workouts If Bulaich has trouble in his first test since the Dec 11 injury against the Dolphins rookie Don Nottingham has demonstrated more Turn to Page 10D Cel 3

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