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Extra Day Happy One Roses in Orange-land for NL I Hushers Blasts ISo. 1 By DON FORSYTHE Miami Everything continued to come up roses for football team Sunday. The Cornhuskers learned of their winning the Football Writers Association of America Grantland Rice trophy as No. 1 football the team, while spending an extra day of an expense-paid vacation on Miami Beach. The scheduled return flight to Lincoln Sunday was postponed because of the blizzard which struck Nebraska. If anybody was unhappy about it, he let it show. If going to be stranded, Miami Beach a bad place in which to be stuck. At i 0 i the Cornhuskers were scheduled for a noon takeoff, but University athletic officials and the Board of Regents met Monday afternoon and decided to delay the departure until 9 a.m. Tuesday morning, Miami time. The Cornhuskers will arrive in Lincoln at 11 a.m. on a direct chartered flight. Officials decided that since transportation from the airport into the city after a Monday arrival the would be risky. The extra stay in Miami was one bill that NU business manager Bill Fisher have to worry about. LINCOLN, NEBRASKA JAN. 4, PAGE 11 Eastern Airlines, which provided the charter arrangements for the Cornhuskers, was stuck with the tab because it was unable to complete the terms of the contract. The estimated cost of the over was some $3,000. But that was the only discouraging news for Eastern all weekend, however. Sunday the airline announced a record 13,800 outgoing passengers to other points as a mass post-holiday exodus began. Saturday it had reported 12,083 departures. Both totals broke old record of 11,600 Miami departures set last Easter. Also locked in by the Lincoln blizzard was the Nebraska Alumni Association charter flight from Ft. Lauderdale. The 250-member alumni party had been scheduled for a midnight takeoff Sunday, but departure was set back 20 hours to 8 p.m. Monday. While the bulk of the Cornhusker party was awaiting a return to Lincoln, coach Bob Devaney and seniors Dan Schnciss, Guy Ingles and Paul Rogers were headed by Tampa and All-American Bowl. Devaney is the coach of the North team. Also headed for Tampa was Nebraska defensive line coach Monte Kiffin. one of about 10 candidates scheduled for interviews for the coaching vacancy at Tampa University. The job was opened last week when Tampa coach Fran Curci took the Miami University coaching post. Cowboy Fortunes Change Rapidly Statistics 49ers First downs 22 15 Yards rushing 229 61 Yards passing 90 246 Return yardage 31 5 Passes 7-20-0 19-40-2 Punts 6-40 5-41 Fumbies lost Penalties 75 51 San Francisco Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys readily admits he thought his chances of reaching the big money of the National Football League Super Bowl were a flat zero just six short weeks ago. Yet these same big Cowboys now prepare to battle Colts in the premier football show at Miami on Jan. 17. ofiense will provide much the same challenge as did the reasoned Landry after his team of desire beat San Francisco 1710 on Sunday in chilly Kezar Stadium to capture the championship of the National Football Conference. Going back less tiian two months, Dallas had just lost to St. Louis 38-0 and early in the season had fallen to Minnesota by an 54-13. And there was that history of tiie Cowboys losing big games title battles to Green Bay in 1966 and 1967 and failing lo get past the first playoff rounds the next two years. History repeat when they battled the 49ers. With a tremendous running game powered by rookie Duane Thomas and gutsy Walt Garrison, Dallas beat the favored 49ers. That knocked off the second West Coast hopeful for t.he Super Bowl. Only hours earlier in Baltimore the Colts whipped Oakland 27-17 in the American Conference finale. Landry declared the victory over the 49ers must take the off his he pointed out quickly is one game He feels quarterbacks John Brodie of the 49ers and Johnny Unitas of the Colts present similar problems. waas fabulous this season and I think I aged 20 years in the second half he declared. you play Baltimore, playing another great pro in Unitas. like San Francisco, is a passing team with great receivers. give us about the same challenge as did the Thomas, a 220-pound rookie from West Texas State, scored the touchdown that broke a 3-3 tie in partisan Kezar and Garrison scored the one that made the final difference on a five- yard pass from quarterback Craig Morton. First-half scoring came on a 16-yard field goal by Bruce Gossett of the 49ers and a 21- yarder by Mike Clark. There were keys to the victory and keys to the previous six games the Cowboys had won in succession after being only 54 after that one-sided loss to St. Louis. Roy interception waas the real key Landry declared in a steaming, jam-packed dressing room. the key to the game was our ability to run the A later key was a pass interference penalty. On interception, Brodie had been dropped at his 14 for a seven-yard loss by Dave Edwards. He threw next, a low one that Jordan caught at his shoetops at the 17 and returned to the 13, setting up run for the first touchdown with four minutes gone in the second half. was trying to throw it into the Brodie admitted. guy made a great 'Diomas, who gained 143 yards rushing during the game, credited his offensive line for Tom Landrv O' Dallas touchdown on the ensuing play. misread the blocks and started to go outside before I realized I supposed to go inside tackle and when I corrected, the hole still Thomas declared. shows just how great our line really Exuberant Texan Garrison scored on the first play after the Mel Phillips was charged with interference at the five on a pass intended for Bob Hayes a 24- yard penalty on a pass which obviously was far over the intended receiver. sprained an ankle on the second fensive series and most players would have been out the rest of the Landry com- i mented. stay out. He I played on guts alone and be awfully sore the next few i Commenting on rookie! Thomas, Landry added, is the guy who put us on our six- game winning streak and we just continue with This leaves Calvin Hill, last NFL rookie-of the- year, on the bench. I Bob Lilly, the veteran defensive tackle, gave his opinion of the complete reversal of the Cowboy fortunes after the disastrous St. Louis game. think we knew we were a lot better than that. We started pulling together, enjoying the game of football again and getting confidence. It evolves, I think. We knew were a lot better than 38-0 and Landry calls it admitting the phrase might be described as corny. On the ground, the Cowboys gained 229 yards to 61 for San Francisco. In the air, it was San Francisco 246 to 90 for D'allas. Raleigh, N.C., (UPI)Undefeated Nebraska has been chosen winner of the Grantland Rice award given by the Football Writers Association of America to the outstanding college football team, it was announced Sunday by Dick Herbert, president of the association. The Cornhuskers, who compiled an 11-0-1 season with a 17-12 victory over LSU in the Orange Bowl, missed by only two points of being a unanimous choice in the voting of the five-man selection committee. Notre Dame finished second. Texas was third. Four of the five committee men rated Nebraska first, with Notre Dame getting the other No. 1 vote. The Irish were second on four ballots. Texas got four votes for third, with Arizona State getting one. The committee was I made up of former presi- dents of the Football I Writers. They are Arnie I Burdick of the Syracuse I Post Standard, Furman I Busher of the Atlanta I Journal, Maury White of I the Des Moines Register, 5 Blackie Sherrod of the I Dallas Times-Herald, and I Jon Mooney of the Salt Lake City Tribune. i Remarks Miami CT) The Notre Dame then Dallas 0 3 14 San Francisco ...................3 0 7 Gossett 16. Clark 21. 13 run, Clark kick. 5 pass from AAorton. Clark kick. 26 pass from Brodie. Gossett kick. Cornhusker Welcome Out Lincoln Chamber of Commerce officials said Monday that the giant welcome home celebration planned for the arrival of the Cornhusker football team had been canceled because of blizzard conditions. They suggested instead that Husker faithful send a card of congratulations to the team. Address it to: Cornhusker Football Team, University of Nebraska Coliseum, Lincoln. Bob Snow, public relations director of the Chamber, said the group had of signs and placards ready for the greeting, but just save them for next year and Nebraska Cornhuskers wanted to play ranked No. 1 in the Orange Bowl. I But, says Nebraska coach Bob Devaney, the Fighting Irish I lost their crown and they simply deserve it back now. i see how The Associated Press could vote for anyone but Nebraska. We were No. 3 when we went in, I but we won the bowl said Devaney whose team defeated 5 Orange Bowl opponent Louisiana State 17-12. Dame is a fine Devaney added Monday I morning. think they should be among the top two or I three maybe, but I see how they could be I Ara Claims 1 remarks followed a statement made Sunday 5 by Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian who said his team' a greater challenge by playing No. l-ranked Texas I in the Cotton Bowl than Nebraska did in going to the Orange I I full of B.S. to make statements like said Devaney. Dame was only able to score a field goal I against LSU on their own field. And I donT think Notre Dame would like to have another go round with I Parseghian feels his team should be strongly considered I in the final Associated Press polls this week which will i determine the national collegiate football champion. Including their 24-11 Cotton Bowl victory over Texas. Notre record if 10-1. But Nebraska is the only major un- 1 defeated team with a 11-0-1 showing. I also had an invitation from the Orange I Parseghian said. we knew we be No. 1 by going to the i Orange Bowl. Someone else then would have had to beat i Devaney said Texas the team to beat Nov. 14, I when Nebraska got the Orange Bowl bid. Notre Dame was i ranked No .1 at the time. I Devaney Had Galletl Parseghian I we made our choice, Notre Dame wa's No. 1 ia 1 the country. They were unbeaten. The boys took a vote and I they all said they wanted to play the that was the i highest ranked at the time. They wanted to play Notre Dame. So I called Parseghian to try to find out where they were going to play but he tell me. He just know at the Notre Dame received its bids the followmg week. Nebraska accepted the Orange Bowl bid Nov. 15, and Devaney said, was later that week that the polls came out and Texas was No. say we were running away from the top team in the Devaney said. Devaney noted that the only blemish on his team record was a 21-21 tie with Southern Cal early in the season. And it was Southern Cal which finally beat then undefeated Notre Dame 38-28 on Nov. 28. is overlooking the two most important tacts, said Devaney. did better against our two wmmon opponents LSU and Southern Cal and we are undefeated. They are not. as 'simple as Wesleyan-JFK. Tilt C.aiiceled The Monday night basketball game between Nebraska Wesleyan University and John F. Kennedy College has been canceled, NWU officials said. Raiders Now Super Believers in Doubted Colts SUUitict Raiders Colts First downs 16 18 Rushing yardago 107 p6 Passing yardage 229 237 Return yardage 70 122 Passes 18-35-3 11 -WO Punts 5-40 6-47 Fumbles lost Yards penalized 20 10 Baltimore The Baltimore Colts, doubted by their followers and outcasts in the American Football Conference, are on their way to the Super Fwcing the breaks which coach Don McCafferty said would make the difference, the Colts polished off the Oakland Raiders 27-17 to win the AFC title Sunday and debunk charges they had yet to prove themselves. Now on to Miami for a Jan. 17 Super Bowl date against the Dallas Cowboys, who defeated the San Francisco 49ers 17-10 for the National Conference championship, and a shot at another $15,000 prize. The Colts will collect a minimum $8,500 for whipping the favored Raiders, but there was more money at stake. this will wipe out our game against Kansas City which millions of people saw on said Dick Bielski, coach of Baltimore receivers. Even Baltimore fans were willing to write off the Colts after they were manhandled 44-24 by the Chiefs in the second game of the season. Nothing the Colts did later changed the early season opinions. Even when they won the Eastern Division with an 11-2-1 record, the Colts were accused of having faced patsy opposition. In addition, as one of three former National Football League teams switched to the AFC with 10 onetime American League teams, the Colts were considered outsiders. But the Raiders were the last of the old AFL teams left, and the Super Bowl will match two longtime NFL rivals. A 68-yard touchdown pass from 37-year-old John Unitas to to Ray Perkins, after Oakland had pulled to within 20-17 early in the fourth quarter, sent the Raiders down to defeat. Perkins, bothered by a broken toe and suffering from a fever which limited his practice during the week to 20 minutes, broke free as the Colts used four wide receivers in a play pattern tried for the first time this year. George Blanda, 43- year-old wonder whose last- minute heroics during the regular season brought the Raiders to the title game, rallied them again after starting quarterback Daryle Lamonica was hurt in the second period. But the Colts moved ahead to stay on rookie Jim second field goal, and then made it 20-10 when rookie Norm Bulaich scored his second touchdown. rugged defense, which blanked the Cincinnati Bengals 17-0 in the playoff opener, dumped Oakland quarterbacks five times for 48 yards in losses and picked off three interceptions. In addition, Sam Havrilak of the Baltimore special team recovered a fumbled punt by George Atkinson to set up a second period TD which put the Colts ahead 10-0, was our best performance of the McCafferty said. I think reached our peak since making adjustments after we suffered some injuries. Our best football is still ahead of Bulaich, No. 1 draft pick who blossomed late after overcoming injuries and an early tendency to fumble, gained 71 yards on 22 carries. Unitas completed just 11 of 30 passes for 245 yards, but lost only eight yards behind the line and intercepted. The Colts, who lost to the New York Jets in their only previous Super Bowl appearance, sent the leading passer to the bench when end Bubba Smith smacked down Lamonica and injured his groin. is as big if not bigger than playing in the Super defensive tackle Billy Ray Smith said of game. one thought we could do rush Blanda as hard as we Billy Ray said, we were set up more against the Blanda completed 17 of 32 passes for 271 yards, including a 38-yarder to Fred Bilet- nikoff in the third period which tied it 10-10 and a 15-yarder to Warren Wells to pull Oakland to within 20-17. Both scoring drives went 80 yards. Despite TDs on passing, executive owner AI Davis left his press box seat to scream at the assistant coaches spotting nearby after the Raiders passed unsuccessfully following a series of first downs on the ground. Oakland coach John Madden, who said he had seen Unitas play defended his own play selection as nothing unusual. Raiders 0 3 7 Colts ...............................3 710 7-27 O'Brien 16. 2 run, O'Brien kick. Blanda 48. 38 pass from Blanda. Blanda kick. O'Brien 23. 11 run, O'Brien kick. 15 pass from Blanda. Blanda kick. 68 pass from Unitas, O'Brien kick. Four Escape Travel Woes Miaim. Fla. Four Nebraska football players escaped the airline travel problem which left thousands of Cornhusker fans stranded here because of a snow blizzard in Lincoln. The players made early departures for other postseason appearances following 17-12 conquest of LSU in the Orange Bowl. The four included Bob Newton and Dave Walline, who left Saturday for Senior Bowl practices in Mobile, and Joe Orduna and Jerry Murtaugh, who left, Sunday for Honolulu to compete in the Hula Bowl. Two Ivy League Coaches Named Compiled from News Wires New head football coaches were named Monday at Harvard and Dartmouth. Joe Restic, coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League for the past two seasons, is the new head coach at Harvard. Jack Crouthamel, a former all-Ivy League halfback at Dartmouth who served the past two seasons at his alma mater, will head the Indians. AP WIREPHOTOt Baltimore running back Tom Nowatzke embraces his coach Don McCafferty (left), after the Colts won American Conference championship game. Ex-Oklahoma back Eddie Hinton played a key part in the 27-17 win.

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