El Paso Herald-Post from El Paso, Texas on November 28, 1977 · Page 20
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El Paso, Texas
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Monday, November 28, 1977
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El Paso Herald -Post Sports Wori El Paso & November 28, c-i Neighboring rivals clash , i iifif ; ,. Aggies hope to 'Gunn' down Miners ROBERT Ducky) Elliott (24; of U.T. ! Paso is shown carrying the ball against Brigham Young on his way to Photo by BIN ThompiM passing the 1,000 mark for the season. At the right is Marc Campbell, defensive tackle for the Cougars. By HARRV READEL If coach Ken t-Ia yrs sounds a liit!c pessimistic about New Mc.ko .State's chsi'.ces against UTEP rury.ht. i b because he's got a lot 'if respect for the Miners. The Aggies and Miners (.i.-riii'iiir w old rivalry at the Special hvenis Center at 7:20 in what wilt be the bust test for either team to fine. And everything about, the game concerns Hayes. "THERE ISN'T juM one thing UTEP does that concern!, us. Everything they do concerns us. They have a good ball club, ready to play," Hayes said. "I've seen them play three rimes and they're tough. They seem to do everything well," Hayes ;aid remem bering last year's 82-69 loss at Memorial Gym. The learns split two games ..''.St YT The Aggies won their season opener, against Western Mexico, but looked ragged in spots. Even so, iiayes wns pleased with the performance. "WE HAP A lot of turnovers, (22) but that's because of the type of offense wc run. We needed to play a S'Kxi ball club and Western is a good ball club. "We are not going to be a defensive ball club. Our defense broke down several times. That's our main concern." Hayes said. "But I'm happy, overall." Siab .Jones played briefly, but long enough to foul out of the game. "He -BOB INGRAM- Ducky's 1000 yards bigger than score THE RULES were suspended in the u.T. El Paso press box Saturday afternoon. The sign at the entrance which said, "No Cheering," was ignored and nobody was thrown out. The writers and other news media members openly cheered for Robert i Ducky Elliott to reach a mark of 1,000 yards for the season. It looked like an improbable feat at the start of the game with Brigham Young. The senior fuilOack from Bel Air needed iSi yards to become the firs'. :,uv0-yard UTEP man since Fred Wend set a national record in 1946. But as the loosely played BYU game continued, Elliott's chances picked up. He had a net of 79 at half-time. That sti'l ieft him a Ion? way to go. f Jut there was hope that he could break a ?ong run or two in the second half and eat up the distance needed. His yardage in the second ha!f was announced by the press box statisticians whenever he carried the ball. The score of the same became unimportant. It didn't matter that the Miners were taking a bad licking from BYU. There was more cheering :vi-r in," (:. .-. ihur fullback carried the ball than there is for O..I. Simpson running through airports. It was "Go, Ducky, go " His toughest day ELLIOTT MADE his 1,000th yard with 54 seconds left in the game. It was his .Idth carry of the day. He took the ball and ran twice more for good measure. He wound up with 202 yards that gave him 1,01 1 for the season. It was an emotionally and physically drained Elliott, that the players packed on their shoulders. "It was the toughest day I've had in football," said Elliott an hour or so after the game when he had been given a chance to resl and recoup. "I was completely exhausted. I was so tired, i had to throw up after the game." Well, after all. 32 times carrying the ball is an assignment Bronko Nagurs-ki might, not have wanted. In addition to his herculean labors, Ducky had a wounded knee that gave him much pain and trouble during the game. His immediate coach. Bobby Baldwin, the offensive coordinator, was keeping tabs on the sideline of Elliott's yardage. Bobby is fhe Johnny Sain of football. Sam of "Spahn and Sam and Pray for Rain" combination, has always had a 20-game winner wherever he's been a pitching coach in baseball. Baldwin has always had a 1,000-yard runner wherever he's coached. '2nd half is taken by Cowboys By TOM WHITFIELD WASHINGTON (UPl.i Dallas' "Doomsday II" defense seems to have overcome its tendency to spring leaks at inopportune limes "We went 8-0 at the be.uinnini: of the BYU RAN up the highest score of season because we won every second any Miner opponent this year in beat- half, and then w.. lost the last two ing UTEP 68-19. It wasn't a case of the weeks because we iest the second Miners giving up and throwing in the half." said Cowboy- Miners held lead Landry. "It was gnod t towel, either, They committed all kinds of sins ond half tod; like having passes intercepted for touchdowns, a fumble recovery that ended in a 92-yard touchdown run for BYU and other miscu.es. The Miners came out m their spread. When Oscar Ramirez hi; Bubba Garcia on a 53-yard scoring pass and the Miners' leading receiver took another one for five yards after a RYU punt had been blocked, the Miners actually led the Cougars 13-7, Not long afterward BYU touchdowns came in bunches. It was late in the game before the Miners could score again, this time on six-yard run by Mike McCall. They badly bobbled one TD effort. On the one yard line of BYU, the Miners tried a lateral. It was fumbled and Mark Swenson ran 32 yards for a BYU touchdown. It wasn't enough that BYU used a VanDcrWouden. a Vela-sco and an Irishman named Mc Marion. They had to bring in a Swedish player to add to the Miners' ignc- n ;he boys, tra! hah'time, haif touchdowns Sunday and t fense held lor a 1-1-7 victory a Washington Redskim,. The v,i doubly sweet because if vine sured Dallas, 8-2, the NFC Ens. pionship and sent the Redski l grasping for the "wild card ' j spot. A Sprite shower "WE WERE IN trouble early, "sai Landry, whose squad finisiie-: the -v. son with Philadelphia. San b'r.mcic and Denver. "Washington knew the had in win today, and (.hat l tth- c1g you hove, that's usually the du ference." The Cowboys tied the came mi.iwa through tne third pui..c when Koge Staubach hit Golden R-. chants with 4 yard touchdown pass They "i.t. ahead with 10:08 remaining in 'h game when rookie fony Dorse; scored on a 1-yard run set uv by StHu bach's crucial fourth down quart e: bark sneak for a first, cow;; a the 1. "1 told him 1 thought we could niak it," said Staubacb, who finished wir subpar 10-for-24 Alexander: 231 yards, 1686 total By DAVID MOFFIT Charles Aicxander closed out his record-setting season on a record- getting note Saturday night, but the u-msiana State junior had to settle for runnerup honors in the race for t: i nat'ona r;isiifS2 title Allexander ran for 231 yards and three touchdowns in the Sun Bowl-bound Bengals' 66-7 rout of Wyoming That save the 215-pound tailback 1,636 yards 371 more than any other Southeastern Con-iVM'nce performer in league history. But Earl Campbell of Texas, who gained 222 yards in his final game, wound up with 1,744 to cop rue national crown. I.wcvur, Alexander, who set another SEC record by carrying the ball ill time-: in the game, did move ahead of former leader Terry Miller i,f Oklahoma State, who ended ins season ihe previous week with l.fiSO yards. .Alexander also broke two school record.-; Saturday night when he raised his season totals for touchdowns and points to 17 and 104 respective;;, BILL MICHAEL, ending his first season at UTEP head coach, said Ari zona State and BYU were the two best mance for 138 yards. teams the .timers played, he put them Landrv said he decided to go for j in a class by themselves. after noticing a crack in the i;dskins' He agreed that had the Miners not five-man defensive front "If thev had gambled so much and had played the gone real tight and put everybody in more conservatively BYU would not have run up such a big score. "I'm sure though that BYU had something to do with us making so many turnovers," he added. The BYU players, ending a 3-2 record, gave their coach, LaVell Edwards, a Sprite shower after the game. His quarterback, Marc Wilson who looks young enough to be a high school player, threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns besides scoring one touchdown himself. It was a good day's work and will keep the BYU sophomore up there al the top or near the Lop in national pass records. "He should have been named the WAC Quarterback," said Edwards in reference to the conference team which put Dennis Sproul of Arizona State at that post. Coaches might have been swayed by Sproul's seniority. As a sophomore, Wilson has two more cracks at it. there, they might hai he said. Joe Theismami p'ayed ike entire game for the Washington Redskins and did some excellent passing. Flo threw for 231 yards arid scored one touchdown himself. The Cowboys come home next Sunday and will Play the Pmiadebkiu Eagles in the Texas Stadium. They will play at San Francisco on Monday. Dec. 12 and close out their regular season in a same witn Denver at Dallas on Dec IS. Elliott 3 on defense 'helmeted' ii.obei t i Ducky j Elliott was hardly - surprise winner of the U.T. El Paso gold helmet today. Elliott who ran for 202 yarjs against r Brigham Young to bring his season's to'.ai id i.Oll yards and his college career lofal to 2,34 yards had the most productive day of his earner. His next best rushing game was against New Mexico in 1975 when he n-'lieri 37i yards Three piayers made the Miner gold he-met award on defense They were Elroy Stoglin, junior end; Rodney Greene, junior outside lineback, and Larry Moore, freshman line backer. r 'v.; raso&KW diiain i SKNEA VtlAlK f V MAT SAVINGS! ff Johnson, Battle are Aggie coach aspirants Charley Johnson, who quarter-backed the New Mexico State Aggies to some of their finest moments in football, is probably the leading candidate to succeed Jim Bradley as head football coach at the school. Bill Battle, former Tennessee coach, also is reportedly interested in the job vacated by Jim Bradley. Other applicants include: Fred Mudra, former Florida State coach; ex-Aggie coaches Fred Click, Scott Hennington (Colorado State) and Lee Moran (Kansas State); Texas A&M defensive coordinator, Melvin Robertson. Johnson quarterbacked the St. Louis Cardinals, Houston Oilers and Denver Broncos during his pro football career and currently scouts for the Broncos. Western N.M., Aggies box MP FG FTREB PF TP ; ! j o e 7V. ,'7iS 1SJJ 33 71 11 MP FG FT REG PF TP . 10 J3 0-3 t i IS 1 1 0 0 13 . H ii 7 17 7 1 lo WN,WJ s, mm )S Diaitr, Dan Waroin. 1 I I 7' W&i -A- ': 'A 5 Year Guaronpe Jt, i Patented Grippen To f Prevent Slipping kj . ft'ern Grcrpiiic Design ,! u, '' . Give-. Distinctive took i .J' Your Executive Office I ) - i Ira W"!! SS" ill ss ? 7 1 lot i '! 122477 7 ?"V "ric. Good Thru 17477 nu U mM & FURNITURE ran a 4-M I PUnH' nWi INEXJSiH AL ' SiLlu:mriDf Kil : j no. didn't start because his timing is off since he's been injured (lower back strain) Hayes said. HAYES STARTED Greg Webb, and Bill Myers at guard, with Micah Owens, Notic Pate and Robert Gunn working inside Danny Lopez, tike Webb an El Paso native, did not play due to a healing ankle sprain. The same lineup that started Saturday against Western, probably will start tonight for the Aggies. Earl Fuller, 5-9 freshman UTEP guard, could cause problems for the Aggies, along with Jimbo Bowden, a good outside shooter. Guards are plentiful for the Aggies they used three at one time against Western, especially in the four-corners offense. TWO OF n.'K Miners' big men, Ro-sh-n Amie, art Anthony Burns face the.- Irst Aggie : "inter, but Calvin Hak - a veteran, i r-lb teams match up ah- ;. , even in heigh: ;nside. ijpt . :vho may not play for the Ay sics. vs looking forward to the Mhy- ga.i-.'. "I didn't have a good game ' here h year and I hoped to do better ::ts year." he said. Robert J imn was impressive for the Aggies, sccring j;; points and grabbing 13 reb.-unds. "Robert played well," Hayes -aid. Gunn could be a difference in the game tonight for the Aggies, who lead ;' long series, .57-44. Kevin Jones, at G-lt. :"im Crenshaw, Darold Molix and yne Rollins figure r.o see Miner playi-.g time. Campbell... urn... urn to last spoonful Texas fullback Earl Campbell, who has been exciting football fans ail season whiie leading the surprising Long-horns to an undefeated season, saved his best for last. On Saturday, in Texas' final game of the regular season and the last regular-season game of Campbell's college football career, the amazing senior gained a career-high 222 yards rushing and scored four times once on a (10-yard pass tc help the Long-horns i.e. a 57-21 victory over Texas A&M, the Southwest Conference title and a Irip :o the rortu:i How! against No a Noire Dame on Jan. 2. And he probably ran off .vith the Hcisman Trophy as well. "If Earl Campbell doesn't win the Hei.sman Trophy," said A&M defensive end Phil Bennett, "they ought to Ihrow the Ihing away.'' "HE'S SOMETHING special." added Texas' rookie coach. Fred Akers, who took his team from a 5-5-1 record lasl year to Jl-O this season. "But. even (hough he had a tremendous game, hr-'li be the first one lo tell you he didn't set all those yards by himself. 1 can't imagine what else no wouid have to do to convince people thai he should win the Hcisman Trophy." By now, most people are convinced. His four-year career total of 4,443 yards is the most ever by a Texas Longhorn and the most ever by a SWC back. He led the nation this year in rushing, with 1,744 yardsthe first piayer from the Southwest Conference ever to lead the country in that category. He also averaged 6.9 yards a carry, more than any other back wilh an appreciable number of carries, scored 19 touchdowns and could finish (he season as the nation's leading point producer. ELSEWHERE in the Top 20 Saturday, Ihinl-ranked Alabama defeated Auburn 48-21, No. 8 Penn State beat No. ft Pittsburgh 15-13, 18th-ranked Brigham Young routed Texas-EI Paso 68-19 and I9th-ranked Colorado State defeated Utah Stale 13-10. Quarterback Jeff Rutledge was outstanding for Alabama, passing for two louchdowns and picking up 295 yards in the air and on the ground. The Southeastern Conference champion Crimson Tide finished the season at 10-1 and will race Ohio State in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2. 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