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vr MONDAY JANUAhY I 199a THE HERALD ORANGE BOWL star gets 2 sacks disrupts play By JUDY BATTISTA Herald Sports Writer Relaxing their living rooms offensive linemen across America must have felt a bit uneasy watching FedEx Orange Bowl game and the chaos wrought by the University of Warren Sapp Not college linemen Professionals They have to dread the arrival of Sapp in the NFL Sapp is a college junior but after performance five unassisted tackles one assist and two sacks for minus-17 yards it is obvious that his game is well beyond his years Nebraska moved Bren-den Stai from right to left guard at game time to face Sapp head-on because Stai is a better blocker than Joel Wilks the regular left guard You tell Nebraska won the game and the national championship 24-17 but Sapp won the battle of the line For a team leader like Sapp though that was little solace defeat never a comfort when a team Sapp said made the plays and we Sapp for one made the plays Last week when told that Stai had said Sapp always play 110 percent Sapp made a pointed challenge: Bring it on he said They tried issued a challenge to us especially to he said got to bring it I knew he block me one on one He knows that Ask Stai what he thinks of Sapp will probably hold a press conference this week to announce his draft plans He comment on them Sunday But any doubts that he will be a first-round pick? Move quickly or Sapp is likely to chase you down with proof: tt With Nebraska on 41 in the first quarter starting PATRICK FARRELL Herald Staff SUPER SAPP: Miami defensive tackle Warren Sapp blows past center Aaron Graham and yanks running back Lawrence Phillips to the ground Nebraska 48-yard line Sapp ploughed off offensive tackle Rob Zatechka and grabbed Berringer by the ankle Twelve-yard sack Sapp playfully high-stepped off the field End of drive Late in the third quarter with Nebraska driving and at 47 Berrmger foolishly tried a shovel pass to Lawrence Phillips Sapp dismissed center Aaron Graham like an annoy On one play with Graham riding on back Sapp pancaked Chris Dishman who is 305 pounds Then he threw Graham off too On another during a critical Nebraska drive at the end of the third quarter running back Clinton Childs mishandles the handoff from Bemnger As the scramble for the fumble began Sapp batted the ball away from Childs James Burgess year ends in a thud quarterback Tommie Frazier stepped back to throw Sapp nimbly moved to his left around two blockers and put his body in face as he released the ball Frazier threw the bomb high And Carlos Jones intercepted at the three End of drive On first drive of the second quarter with Brook Berrmger at quarterback it is third and seven from the complete a third-down pass Miami ance blowing by the hapless blocker Then Sapp turned to his left reached out with his right hand and yanked Phillips to the ground Loss of three Next play Berringer attempted a screen pass on third and 10 from midfield His intended receiver was Phillips Sapp was his shadow The pass was incomplete End of drive There were other highlights: JOE RIMKUS JR Herald Staff dejection in the third quarter in tears was exhausted in the fourth continued Costa whose last pass as a Hurricane was intercepted any strength left in my Costa said some players give everything they had say 95 percent of our players give 100 percent I think some people Costa was sacked five times including once for a safety but he blame anyone not going to blame my offensive said Costa whose back was full of red bruises from the long night was a lot of pressure and hard to throw under pressure We lost all there is to it We had a chance to win a national championship and we win We blow it They Nebraska won recovers As he ran off the field Sapp bellowed a succinct analysis: of that And then a defensive collapse that lasted just long enough for Nebraska to revive itself At the end jersey was gray as soot He walked off the field and held his hand up to the crowd When he went into the tunnel he did not look back UM for the NFL On Fox James Brown reported that Enckson has listen to the Philadelphia Eagles On NBC Will McDonough said Enckson continues to be the Seattle top choice The potential recruits hear the repeated national portrayal of UM in coaching flux even after Enckson insisted last week as definitively as he has that he will coach at UM again in 1995 at least and then reevaluate The football world continues to smirk wink and say Yeah Right Enckson cannot win for winning Or losing Perhaps it is because his past invites the skepticism He has said before elsewhere that he would stay put then Just as Howard Schnellenberger and Jimmy Johnson before him at UM said stay put then be surprised if Dennis follow them With Enckson as with defensive tackle Warren Sapp you look for his incentive to stay to not turn pro but you find it It does not exist Erickson coaches for an absurdly unrealistic fandom to whom anything less than a national title is failure He has accomplished enough And the ubiquitous NFL rumors (there were others: Denver Carolina attest to a marketability at its peak despite this third straight major bowl loss The off-field problems that have dogged UM and mightily irked Enckson only fuel the perception that if he leaves Miami it will be a relief virtually an escape There is the Pell Grant cloud and the NCAA sanctions that may bring unhappiest year began last Jan 1 with uncharacteristic stunning 29-0 Fiesta Bowl loss to Anzona and the media probing and nettle-some NFL rumors snaked through the year even as the Canes resumption of winning did Sunday was to reaffirm place as a premier power not decline Sunday do thaL Either way though that dissonant noise The most chaotic and troublesome year in Dennis life came full circle late Sunday night and it sounded like this: you sucked!" screamed a spectator in the Orange Bowl after Erickson left his postgame news conference Enckson stormed past his coterie toward the man and craned his face up to the stands got a Erickson yelled moving to get closer come down The University of Miami had just lost its last hope for a national championship in losing to Nebraska 24-17 On top of everything else in year there was this A man can take only so much The blown-lead result seemed an unfortunately perfect cap to one bizarre year Before this bowl began the high buzz of an eager anxious crowd filled the Orange Bowl some 40 minutes before Sunday kickoff At midfield Erickson clapped his hands as his Hurricanes stretched He paced Coughed Grimaced Spat He checked the watch on his left wrist and you had to wonder: How much time does he have left at the University of Miami? Even on this day bowl day you had to wonder Minutes passed and soon Erickson led his team off the field from warmups He was walking He raised his right index finger then began wmdmillmg his arms The coach was asking for bedlam and noise this coach who can get no peace and no quiet most personally testing year ended at 10-2 without a chance for a third national championship six seasons on his watch And the dissonant noise beat on The loss still left him at 63-9 since yet the sound was static Was this his last game here? He declined any comment postgame but speculation persists Earlier Sunday dueling rumors filled the network airwaves Each naturally had Enckson leaving UM career ends IFRANK'COSTAINffHBBOWlSf University of Miami QB Frank Costa had little success in his first bowl appearance a 29-0 loss to Arizona in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl But he fared much better in Sunday Orange Bowl Here are Costa's bowl statistics: Bowl Comp Att Yds Int TD 94 Fiesta 10 29 97 1 0 95 Orange 13 35 243 1 2 FRUSTRATING: After failing to By MiKE PHILLIPS Herald Sports Writer It ended in tears for Frank Costa the game the ccreer at the University of Miami and all the long nights that stretched out over Costa's life at UM a life that was questioned so many times No more questions now As time ran out on Costa and the University of Miami Costa sat motionless head staring at the ground Finally George Mira Jr whose dad had been UM's first great QB came over and helped Costa to his feet Then came the hug Clayton Carlin high school football coach back in Philadelphia grabbed the quarterback who was now tears grabbed him and embraced the kid who heard so much criticism quarterback Frank Coeta kneels in Nebraska in the Orange Bowl not bitter toward the school or the fans I really care what people say out there giving 100 percent getting knocked down and getting up and getting my body beat up hold my head up high got nothing to be ashamed of I played hard and gave it everything got in his years at UM was the hardest thing done in said Carlin now an assistant coach with Nebraska told him he had nothing to be ashamed of I told him he had a great career He nodded he agreed not said Costa who threw two TD passes and completed 18 of 35 for 248 yards in the 24-17 loss to sa.

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