Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska on January 4, 1971 · Page 11
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Lincoln Journal Star from Lincoln, Nebraska · Page 11

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Monday, January 4, 1971
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Extra Day h Happy One It’s Roses in Orange-land for NL I Hushers ¡üevaney Blasts ISo. 1 By DON FORSYTHE Miami — Everything continued to come up roses for Nebraska’s football team Sunday. The Cornhuskers learned of their winning the Football Writers Association of America Grantland Rice trophy as nation’s No. 1 football the team, while spending an extra day of an expense-paid vacation on Miami Beach. The Cornhuskers’ scheduled return flight to Lincoln Sunday was postponed because of the blizzard which struck Nebraska. If anybody was unhappy about it, he didn’t let it show. If you’re going to be stranded, Miami Beach isn’t a bad place in which to be stuck. At m i d - m 0 r n i n g 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 “in the dark’’ would be risky. The extra day’s stay in Miami was one bill that NU business manager Bill Fisher didn’t have to worry about. LINCOLN, NEBRASKA MON., JAN. 4, 1971-P.M. 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 lay­ 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 Eastern’s 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 Sunday’s All-American Bowl. Devaney is the coach of the North team. Also headed for Tampa was Nebraska defensive line coach Monte Kiffin. He’s 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 ^ ^ Cowboy* 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 .................. o o Penalties ........................ 75 51 San Francisco tiP!—Coach Tom Landry of the Dallas Cowboys readily admits he thought his team’s 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 Baltimore’s Colts in the premier football show at Miami on Jan. 17. “Baltimore’s ofiense will provide much the same challenge as did the 49ers,’’ 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 didn’t 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 ‘‘loser onus” off his Cowboys—although he pointed out quickly “there is one game left.’’ He feels quarterbacks John Brodie of the 49ers and Johnny Unitas of the Colts present similar problems. “Brodie waas fabulous this season and I think I aged 20 years in the second half Sunday,” he declared. “When you play Baltimore, you’re playing another great pro in Unitas. “Baltimore, like San Francisco, is a passing team with great receivers. They’ll give us about the same challenge as did the 49ers.” 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 Dallas’ 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. “Lee Roy Jordan’s interception waas the real key play,” Landry declared in a steaming, jam-packed dressing room. “But the key to the game was our ability to run the football.” A later key was a pass interference penalty. On Jordan’s 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 Thomas’ run for the game’s first touchdown with four minutes gone in the second half. “I was trying to throw it into the ground,” Brodie admitted. “The guy made a great play.” 'Diomas, who gained 143 yards rushing during the game, credited his offensive line for Tom Landrv . O' ,the Dallas touchdown on the ensuing play. “I misread the blocks and started to go outside before I realized I w^aS supposed to go inside tackle and when I corrected, the hole w^as still there,” Thomas declared. “That shows just how great our line really is.” Exuberant Texan Garrison scored on the first play after the 49ers’ 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. “Garrison sprained an ankle on the Cowboys’ second of­ fensive series and most players | would have been out the rest of | the day,” Landry com- i mented. | “He wouldn’t stay out. He I played on guts alone and he’ll | be awfully sore the next few | days.” i Commenting on rookie! Thomas, Landry added, “He is | the guy who put us on our six- = game winning streak and we | just continue with him.” | This leaves Calvin Hill, last | season’s 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. “I 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 51-14.” Landry calls it “desire,” 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 llllilHIIIilllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllilllllllllllllilllß Ara’s Remarks Miami CT) — The Notre Dame — then Dallas ............................. 0 3 14 0—17 San Francisco ...................3 0 7 0—lo SF—FG Gossett 16. Dallas—FG Clark 21. Dallas—Thomas 13 run, Clark kick. Dallas—Garrison 5 pass from AAorton. Clark kick. SF—Witcher 26 pass from Brodie. Gossett kick. A—59-625. 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 “a world” of signs and placards ready for the greeting, but “we’ll just save them for next year and hope.” 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 don’t deserve it back now. i “I can’t 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 game,” said Devaney whose team defeated 5 Orange Bowl opponent Louisiana State 17-12. = “Notre Dame is a fine team,” Devaney added Monday I morning. “I think they should be among the top two or I three maybe, but I don’t see how they could be first.” I Ara Claims ‘Greater Challeno:e’ 1 Devaney’s remarks followed a statement made ^ Sunday 5 by Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian who said his team' = “accepted a greater challenge by playing No. l-ranked Texas I in the Cotton Bowl than Nebraska did in going to the Orange I Bowl.” I “He’s full of B.S. to make statements like that,” said E Devaney. “Notre 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 LSU.” I Parseghian feels his team should be strongly considered I in the final Associated Press polls this week which will i determine the nation’s national collegiate football champion. = Including their 24-11 Cotton Bowl victory over Texas. Notre = Dame’s record if 10-1. But Nebraska is the only major un- 1 defeated team with a 11-0-1 showing. I “We also had an invitation from the Orange Bowl,” I Parseghian said. “But we knew we couldn’t be No. 1 by going to the i Orange Bowl. Someone else then would have had to beat Texas.” i Devaney said Texas wasn’t 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 “When 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 team* 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 couldn’t tell me. He just didn’t know at the time.” Notre Dame received its bids the followmg week. Nebraska accepted the Orange Bowl bid Nov. 15, and Devaney said, “it was later that week that the polls came out and Texas was No. 1.” + “You can’t say we were running away from the top team in the country,” Devaney said. j Devaney noted that the only blemish on his team s 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. . • “Parseghain is overlooking the two most important tacts, said Devaney. “We did better against our two wmmon opponents LSU and Southern Cal and we are undefeated. They are not. It’s as 'simple as that.” 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 ................. J ® Yards penalized ............ 20 10 Baltimore U?i — The Baltimore Colts, doubted by their followers and outcasts in the American Football Conference, are on their way to the Super Bowl.^ 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 it’s 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. “Maybe this will wipe out our game against Kansas City which millions of people saw on television,” 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, Oakland’s 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 O’Brien’s second field goal, and then made it 20-10 when rookie Norm Bulaich scored his second touchdown. Baltimore’s 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, ‘‘This was our best performance of the year,” McCafferty said. “But I don’t think we’ve reached our peak since making adjustments after we suffered some injuries. Our best football is still ahead of us.” Bulaich, Baltimore’s 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 wasn^t intercepted. The Colts, who lost to the New York Jets in their only previous Super Bowl appearance, sent the AFC’s leading passer to the bench when end Bubba Smith smacked down Lamonica and injured his groin. “This is as big if not bigger than playing in the Super Bowl,” defensive tackle Billy Ray Smith said of Sunday’s game. “No one thought we could do it.” “We didn’t rush Blanda as hard as we should,” Billy Ray said, “but we were set up more against the run,” 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 Oakland’s 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 “never seen Unitas play better,” defended his own team’s play selection as nothing unusual. Raiders ........................... 0 3 7 7—17 Colts ...............................3 710 7-27 Balt—FG O'Brien 16. Balt—Bulaich 2 run, O'Brien kick. Oak—FG Blanda 48. Oak—Blletnikoff 38 pass from Blanda. Blanda kick. Balt—FG O'Brien 23. Balt—Bulaich 11 run, O'Brien kick. Oak—Wells 15 pass from Blanda. Blanda kick. Balt—Perkins 68 pass from Unitas, O'Brien kick. A—56,368. 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 NU’s 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, Ala., 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 Sunday’s American Conference championship game. Ex-Oklahoma back Eddie Hinton (right* played a key part in the 27-17 win.

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