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Staubach By FRANK LUSA Star-Telegram Sports Writer IRVING From the moment Dallas' Ike Thomas zipped 89 yards to score with the opening kickoff until Los Angeles ran its last reverse fake field goal and onside kickoff there were 66595 people in Texas Stadium Thurs etc) who wondered what would happen next A heartbeat later something usually did and what eventually took place was a 28-21 Cowboys victory one that built a 112 game lead over Eastern Division runner-up Washington "Nobody is happy in Washington that's for sure" said coach Tom Landry "I hated to go against the President (a confessed Redskins fan) because he's my man" LANDRY'S endorsement to the contrary Richard Nixon would have been out-polled here Sunday by Roger Staubach for one Duane Thomas would have pulled some votes along with Lance Al-worth Bob Hayes and a ticket that included all 11 names on the defensive unit Staubach threw two touchdown passes the first a 51- yarder to Hayes that tied the game 14-14 at halftime when the Cowboys owned only three first downs The other tray By HAROLD McKINNEY StarTelegram Sports Writer COLLEGE STATION — Evidently Texas is as anxious to play Penn State as the Nittany Lions are to come down and challenge the Longhorns New Year's Day The Steers looked like they were Thursday as they rolled to their third straight outright Southwest Conference championship by crushing Texas A&M 34-14 The victory before a record Kyle Field crowd of 52090 clinched the title and assured DICK MOORE StarTeleeram Spode Writer COLLEGE STATION — Gene Stallings was fired as athletic director ond head flotball coach of Texas A&M late Thursday night after his team had lost to Texas 34-14 ' Stallings was relieved of all athletic responsibilities effective Dec 1 The action was taken at a special regents meeting attended by representatives of the university's administration and athletic council A COMMITTEE cvnsisting of representatives of the athletic council administration and regents will begin a search for Stallings' successor Stallings who was in his $ cventh season at Texas A&M compiled a 27-45-1 redord for 375 and his team won four of its last five games this season for a 5-6 finish Tarlier in a press confer- ence during the evening - p 9' I'VE GOT IT—Willie Ellison dark jersey of the Los Angeles Rams fumbles and a Dallas defender goes over the pile to recover in the second quarter Chuck GAME AT A GLANCE RAMS COWBOYS 21 First Downs 15 74 Yards Gained Rushing 112 227 Yards Gained Passing 166 20 of 36 Passes Completed 8 of 14 0 Passes Intercepted by 1 4 for 51 Punts No Avg 6 for 40 2 Fumbles Lost 0 33 Yards Penalized 25 dui 21 yards to Alworth following a Chuck Howley interception of Roman Gabriel Thomas put the finishing touches on a 77-yard drive How Top Ten Teams Fared Here's how the nation's Top Ten football teams fared Thursday 1 NEBRASKA edged Oklahoma 35-31 Thursday 2 OKLAHOMA bowed 35-31 to Nebraska 3 ALABAMA Dim Auburn Sat urday 4 MICHIGAN has finished sea son 5 AUBURN plays Alabama Saturday 6 PENN ST plays Tennessee Dec 4 7 GEORGIA defeated Georgia Tech 28-24 8 COLORADO h a s completed season 9 ARIZONA ST plays Arizona Saturday 10 LSU olays Tv lane Saturday GAME AT A GLANCE TEXAS 16 First Downs 17 263 Yards Gained Rushina 203 54 Yards Gained Passing 123 4 of 11 Passes Completed 9 of 20 3 Passes Intercepted by O 8 for 35 Punts No Avg 6 for 30 1 Fumbles Lost 2 10 Yards Penalized 48 Texas of its fourth straight appearance as host team in the Cotton Bowl Texas wasted no time in asserting its superiority erecting a 28-0 halftime lead and increasing it to 34-0 before the fired up Aggies managed to GENE STALLINGS Agyie coach fired Stallings had expressed iptimism over his chances of completing his final year of a five-year oral cintract "I know I'm the only one in this room that thinks that way" he told the reporters a a IIE SAID IIE never had a writteil contract lie said at if '' l V I P SECTION D-PAGE ONE FRIDAY MORNING NOV 26 1971 IP Ow I —Star-Telegram Photo by RON HEFLIN Howley is on the bottom of the pile The second-quarter bobble stopped a Los Angeles drive and the Cowboys won the Thursday game 28-21 Dallas Overtakes LA Sparks Cowboys' 28-21 Victory Over Rams that broke a 21-all tie in the fourth period with a five-yard pitchout that Landry described as "one of the best individual plays of the game His blocking was fair he made it on effort" BY COMPLETING their most valuable parlay of the season beating the Redskins and Rams within a five-day span the Cowboys hiked their record to 8-3 and have won four straight Washington is 6-3-1 and facing Philadelphia Sunday "We've never had two bigger victories in ANY space of time" said linebacker Lee Roy Jordan who was involved in one of the game's pivotal plays "Those two are behind us and they went in the right (win) column" The Cowboys actually were banging by their finger nails in the first half since LA owned a 241-82 monopoly in offensive yardage But the Rams committed costly mistakes — some of them forced David Ray goofed on a straight-ahead 31-yard field goal the payoff after Roger Williams covered an onside kickoff that caught the Cowboys dozing at their 42 THEY FUMBLED a reverse when Bob Lilly put the TEXAS WINS 34-14 Steer Stampede Buries Ags score with one second left in the third quarter That touchdown was the first against Texas' bruising defense in 13 quarters and came on a 72-yard 12-play drive — the first sustained march the Aggies were able to put together all day UNTIL THEN MAI simply had been overpowered by the Texas defense That coupled with costly Aggie mistakes was the difference in the game A&M was intercepted three ASA Dismisses Stallings No Successor Announced ter he led Texas A&IVI to a Southwest Conference championship in 1967 he went to then president Earl Rudder and asked him for a written contract "Ile told me I could coach at A&M as long as I wanted to" Stallings related Rudder died in 1970 and Dr Jack Williams is now president "I don't think I have done a poor coaching job I'm not quitting or resigning" Stallings declared Ile was asked if he would come back and talk to reporters after a meeting with Dr Williams and Dr O D Butler head of the athletic council Thursday night "I WOULD rather not MAI has been good to me" said the former tri-captain of the undefeated 1956 Aggie team Stallings is the seventh coach ot the last eight at Tex- Torn to Gene on rage 2 I' IP OP r V p v 11 Texas 6 1 0 Arkansas 5 1 1 TCU 420 Texas ASAI 4 3 0 SAW 330 Texas Tech 2 5 0 Rice 1 4 1 Baylor 0 6 0 It 185 181 100 96 03 83 85 49 ft FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM friz in a handoff from Gabriel to Lance Rentzel forcing a bobble that Larry Cole covered 14 yards upfield at the Cowboy 40 And they blew the fake field goal One-time Cowboy Jerry Rhome whose comeback against his mates previously as a FG holder in the uniform of Cleveland and Houston overthrew an open receiver at the Dallas 25 Those errors were enough to offset Gabriel's 20-for-35 passing show that included Ms to his tight ends Bob Klein and Pat Curran Ike Thomas put Dallas on top within 14 seconds returning straight ahead with only Turn to Two on Page 4 Pro Grid Chart NATIONAL AMERICAN East East w i t WI Dallas 8 3 0 Miami 8 1 Washington 6 3 1 Baltimore 7 3 NY Giants 4 6 0 New England 4 6 Philadelphia 3 6 1 NY Jets 4 6 St Louis 3 7 0 Buffalo 0 10 Central Central Minnesota 8 2 0 Cleveland 5 5 Detroit 7 3 1 Pittsburgh 5 5 Chicago 6 4 0 Cincinnati 3 7 Green Bay 3 6 1 Houston 1 II West West San Francisco 6 4 0 Oakland 7 1 Los Angeles 6 4 1 Kansas City 7 3 Atlanta 5 4 1 San Diego 4 6 New Orleans 3 5 2 Deriver 2 7 THURSDAY RESULTS Detroit 32 Kansas City 21 Dallas 28 Los Angeles 21 WEEKEND SCHEDULE SUNDAY—Atlanta at Minnesota Baltimore at Oakland Cleveland at Houston Denver at Pittsburgh New England at Buffalo New Orleans vs Green Bay at Milwaukee St Louis at New York Giants San Diego at Cincinnati San Francisco at New York Jets Washington at Philadelphia MONDAY—Chicago at Miami times and fumbled the ball away twice and the Longhorns converted three of those turnovers into touchdowns The Longhorns had to go only 22 yards for their first touchdown in the first quarter after recovering Ilugh McElroy's fumble of a fair catch attempt on Alan Lowry's punt Five plays later Jim 13ertelsen blasted over from the one to put Texas ahead to stay with 5:29 gone in the first quarter Steve Va lek who didn't miss until his fifth try converted Texas put the game away with 21 points in the third quarter as quarterback Donnie Wigginton splendidly directed the wishbone attack while the Texas defense was holding the Aggies without a first down 4 II WIGGINTON picked up two of the touchdowns personally the first on a one-yard keeper around the right side that ended a 44-yard drive The Aggies helped the advance along with a 15-yard Personal foul penalty Lowry's interception of a Jo 2 Mae King aerial and 15- yard return to the Aggie 12 set up the third touchdown Fullback Dennis Ladd got the TD on one-yard plunge with 3:22 left in the half After the Aggies again were unable to move the Longhorns got another scoring Turn to 'Horns On Page 2 SWC Standings Team IV L T Ns Opp 73 83 135 117 Ai 150 t 1 o o o 0 o o o ) 2 1 0 1 Nebraska Stymies Mildren OU 35-31 'Huskers Solidify Top Rank GAME AT A GLANCE NEBRASKA OKLAHOMA 19 First Downs 22 297 Yards Gained Rushing 279 65 Yards Gained Passing 188 6 of 13 Passes Completed 6 of 11 0 Passes Intercepted by 0 5 for 36 Punts No Avg 3 for 36 1 Fumbles Lost 3 5 Yards Penalted O 5 Yards Penalized 0 lly GALYN WILKINS StarTeleoram Sports Writer NORMAN Okla—It was a war of the worlds that may have burned out every picture tube in the land and indeed the brutish Nebraska Cornhuskers left thousands of hearts cracked and weeping in Oklahoma Thursday afternoon Frayed and torn by an unexpected Oklahoma weanoa --the grand and daring passing of Jack Mildren—the Iluskers proved and solidified their first rank with a four-minute come-from-behind touchdown that doomed tha Sooners 35-31 In a word a cliche it was an epic and so reminiscent of the last great colege shoot-out Texas' victory at Arkansas two autumns ago The teams flashed firm at each other for 58 minutes and 29 seconds under a cold dirty sky that dulled the ponorama 63385 red-clad patrons Even with the somber backdrop more suitable for a Sitakespearean tragedy they vere rewarded with one of the most spectacular shows in the game's 102 years IF IT WAS a tragic drama for the Oklahomans who failed with honor in a quest for a national championship it was a sweet triumph for a part-time paint salesman That's Jeff Kinney who pushed red paint for the barns of the Nebraska prairies last summer Saturday SPORTS-TV 10G EDITORIAL-W EATI-1 ER-CROSSWORD t4-WeVkA0P4kZ4 FIRST BLOOD — Johnny Rodgers (20) Nebraska right halfback is hotly pursued by Oklahoma players Tim he painted the Sooners blue with an almost single-handed touchdown drive in the fourth quarter that cinched the victory for the Orange-Bowl bound Huskers He scored three touchdowns in the second half and simply wore out the OU line all afternoon Nvi th 174 yards Kinney a 210-pound senior ran four consecutive plays on the last drive and his two yard blast shot Nebraska ahead for keeps with only 1:38 left in the game The pace and velocity of the game—a full gale—was set in the fourth minute when Nebr ask a 's Johnny Rodgers 311 Fort th : 808 Houston Street 023 S University Dr ive CIydeCampbeII - l P 4 1-" v- -e7-7-7)11 4 —Associaled Press WirephMo Welch (45) and two teammates as he takes a punt return for 72-yard touchdown in first period weaved and sprinted 62 yards to a touchdown on a punt runback FROM THEN a sense of a wild climactic finish flooded through the brick horseshoe stadium The Sooners who had come back from an 11- Turn to Nebraska on Page 4 Shirt — $13 Tie $10 PARK FREE 1 HOUR Continontot Bonk Gorogo eno Houston St Gotogo We're Cant shirt headquarters 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