The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on November 1, 1981 · Page 21
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W)t unbay flantagraph, NOV. 1, 1981 SECTION w-i jim l v q . BARNHART 1 rtS - PANTAGRAPH SPORTS EDITOR J f VV, j- Bradley wcmen fortunate to get Joe Stowell JOE STOWELL, THAT fast-talking, enthusiastic, intense former college basketball coach is no longer in the former category. Stowell, who resigned as Bradley University men's coach four seasons ago, is back where he belongs riding the bench, shouting to and at players, and even providing the officials with a little expert advice. When Stowell was named Bradley women's basketball coach in the spring, the maneuver may have created what could be the biggest mis-match in collegiate coaching. No one outcoached Joe Stowell. They might have out-talented him but when it came to preparation and making 'Mm-.'. 4 vMS decisions on the bench, v "V ; ... . I w -.ir, J r""" ""-Sw r - -m.- m win t I I I ? . 3y f -iaii.frM(MiraMlMiMaa J- , KaaF--" ' Pantagraph pHotoMre Mathtrly. 0Hifrfa - - Illinois running back Joe Curtis looks for yardage as he moves past Iowa linebacker Mel Cole. Illini on ground is tight end Rich Siler. See additional photos on C2 and C4. Joe Stowell never many equals. And if the Bradley program gets the kind of financial support the national powers do, it's all over. Bradley will become a habitual visitor to the national finals. Stowell himself is worth 20 points per game to any team. Bradley, which is making the move into Division 1, didn't appoint a token when it named Stowell. Stowell will be 55 years old Dec. 24 but he still plays every day, believing had turns to defense darn good defensive team." White was also impressed with Iowa nose guard Pat Dean. "He pushed our linemen back in our backfield all day," said White. Illini center Greg Boeke said, "Dean is quick. He was beating me." Max McCartney, assistant head coach and defensive coordinator, said the Illini went into the game with a virtually new defensive secondary. "We lost Mark Jones last week for the season," said McCartney. "So, we started Bishop at the weak corner and moved George to strong safety. Mike Heavan, a freshman, is normally a cornerback but we moved him to free safety. It was the first time George had ever played safety. We went into the game with just five defensive backs." Illinois By JIM BARNHART Pantograph tporti editor CHAMPAIGN The University of Illinois defense, regarded as iffy in ' pre-season speculation and playing second fiddle to the vaunted Illini offense, had its finest hour Saturday as it forced three" key turnovers in a 24-7 football victory over the University of Iowa, toppling the Hawkeyes from the Big 10 Conference lead. The Illini parlayed two pass interceptions and a recovered fumble into three touchdowns before a Memorial Stadium crowd of 66,877 people. "That is, by far, the best defensive effort we've had since I've been here," said Illinois coach Mike White, who has turned the program around in less than two seasons. The Illini, who remain in the conference title chase with a 4-2 record, have won four straight games in Memorial Stadium, the longest streak at home since 1965. Illinois' last perfect home season came in 1951 when it was 4-0. Illinois has one remaining home game with Indiana Nov. 14. Illinois has a 5-3 season record, the first time it has won five in one season since 1976. It has not won more games than it lost since 1974 when it was 6-4-1. Iowa has a 5-3 season record and a 3-2 conference mark. But, Illinois and quarterback Tony . Eason had their consecutive 300-yards plus passing streaks stopped. Illinois had gone 10 straight conference games with 300-plus passing yards. Ironically, it was Iowa which held the Illini under 300 before the skein began. Iowa limited Eason to joe Stowell V0H tcan ei acn,? points across better by demonstration than by blackboard diagrams. "I'm totally involved and it's enjoyable," admitted Stowell. "I'm tired too. Before, I had assistants like Joe Allen or Charley Buescher who could take over practice while I went up into the stands and watched. But, now I'm doing it all myself." STOWELL ISN'T backing away from his normal manner of teaching fundamentals. "I'm using the same drills I did with the men," explained Joe. "Girls don't jump as well as men and their skill levels are not as good, but they will work just as hard. "There's really not that much difference between coaching the men and the women." Stowell said the women have made the adjustment to him, a demanding leader. But Stowell has yet to make one adjustment to the women. "I haven't adjusted to their crying when they get hurt," admitted Stowell. "I am used to athletes crying because of emotion but not because of physical pain." Bradley hasn't been awarding full scholarships and five partial ones had been given out before Stowell got the job. "We've got one regular back," said Stowell. "Ten of our 14 players are new and four of the 10 are walk-ons. Next year, we hope to give two or three full scholarships. quarterback Gordy Bohannon passed to Jeff Brown for a touchdown. On the play previous to the pass, Illinois defensive back Craig Zirbel stepped in front of a Bohannon pass but dropped the ball. Cornerback Dennis Bishop set up the next Illinois touchdown when he intercepted a Bohannon pass on the Illini 48 and returned it 46 yards. Joe Curtis ran for two yards and Eason then lobbed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Williams. After Bass converted, it was 24-7 with 14:55 left. Iowa got to the Illinois 8-yard line late in the game but defensive back Rick George tackled Gales, who fumbled. Mark Butkus recovered for Illinois. White was informed that Eason was 37 yards short of 300 when the Illini got the ball again. But freshman Jack Trudeau, at Eason's suggestion, went in at quarterback. "I'm happy that 300-yards business is over with," said White. "Tony had a fairly good game. He tried to roll out a couple of times on bad plays and made them worse. It was a learning experience for him." When asked by an Iowa newsman if the 300-yards had been a monkey on his back, Eason replied, "You're the second guy that's asked me that. That 300 yards business doesn't add pressure to anybody." White said Iowa end Andre Tippett is the finest defensive player the Illini have faced since he's been head coach. "Their pass rush is as good as we've seen and Tippett is virtually unblockable," said White. "You try to roll out against those guys and you're in a jam. That's a final touchdown of the first half with 1:35 remaining as McJunkins hit Dreher with a 34-yard touchdown. Schroeder added the conversion kick for a 24 0 lead. Wichita State had 179 yards rushing and 175 yards passing in the first half. ISU was limited to 24 yards rushing and 40 yards passing in the first half. McJunkins, who was masterful at running the option offense, finished the day with 211 yards passing and lawa lllinoit - 1 1 ;-m im.i0'-B 77 yd l'f'0 goal IHmO'-Burard IutiOH racovfry in and 0n ' Ban lihnon-W.li.tmi M yd pan from Eaon i Bai c ioa-Bron IJ d pan t'om Bohannon I N'( not ll.cfcl ni.no.- w.iiiam t yd pa l'm Eawn 'Ba '! YARDSTICK lawa II 41131 JJI III U )4 )1 ' Jl JJ 14 0 40 ;4i J I 4-41 M 20 F .f down Rutnat yardl PaVJ.ng ya'd pufn yarat " Saoitf 4 M Punli 4 i FumtolM lotl 4 Fnaitet yafdi 4 4J Tima of Mo-ir,n 74 40 INDIVIDUAL lTTlTi. RUHINO - Iowa Pnill.pl II-J. Ba'inrrtiJ G'angr 4 ?i lllmou. Ihom-at K Vu'pny J Jl Cu"' 4 II PASSING - lowa &at 14 II 1 11' Bonannon 1 14 I 104 lllmoit. fa 100 71 M 0 741 Btff iVINO - Iowa B'Own 7 10 IrVabB 41 Vonll 1 llhno.t W.M.anM 4 17. l- Oif' J 44 yV.uon Si Sm.ih ; 70. Varim 7 II 64 rushing. Hobson paced Shocker runner with 137 yards. 263 yards passing, the first time he'd been held under 300 in conference play this season. But Eason lost 66 yards when receiver Mike Martin dropped a bomb in the first quarter. Receiver John Lopez dropped another long pass. Illinois' first touchdown, which came after Mike Bass' 27-yard field goal had produced a 3-0 lead, belonged to the defense. Iowa had second down on its own 7-yard line when quarterback Pete Gales retreated to his own end zone to pass. Linebacker Ron Ferrari tackled Gales, who fumbled. Line-backler Pete Burgard fell on it for a touchdown. Bass kicked the point-after-touchdown and it was 10-0 with 10:56 left in the half. "I tried to get a piece of the ball." said Ferrari. "But I thought it was a safety and didn't know it was a touchdown until I saw the points go up on the scoreboard." Three plays later, defensive back Charles Armstead intercepted a long Gales pass on the Illinois 19-yard line. The Illini moved to the 44 where Eason faked to fullback Calvin Thomas, then faked again to wide receiver Martin who came back to Eason as though he were going to run the end-around. Eason then straightened up and rifled a pass to Oliver Williams who was behind the Iowa secondary. Bass converted and it was 17-0 with 7:18 to go in the half. "They really bit on that fake," said Eason. Iowa scored on its next possession, moving from its own 5-yard line to the Illinois 12 where turned as dismal as the rainy weather moments later. McJunkins went to work as he marched the Shockers 93 yards in 11 plays to cap their first scoring drive with 3:10 remaining In the lntial quarter. The big plays in the drive were a 29-yard run by Dwayne Hobson, a 20-yard McJunkins to Ron Horton pass and a 17-yard touchdown pass from McJunkins to Don Dreher. Doug Schroeder added the conversion kick. ISU was unable to mount a drive on its next possession; Wichita State got the ball back and again scored on an 11 -play drive which covered 89 yards. McJunkins passed to Kevin Murphy fur the final 31 yards. It appeared that McJunkins overthrew his Intended receiver (Reuben Erkles), but Murphy was in the right place at the right time to haul in the pass for the score. Schroeder added the conversion kick for a 14-0 lead with 12 03 remaining in the first half. Schroeder added a 34-yard field goal with 5 26 left In the first half to cap a 54-yard drive In 13 plays to give the Shockers a 17-0 lead. The Shockers then added their Prince paces Wichita by ISU the "We knew they were an option team." said Otolski. "They didn't do anything we didn't expect. McJunkins gets my vote as an All-American quarterback He's very good. Imu Holtz (Arkansas' roach) said two years ago when they played Wichita State that McJunkins was $ REDBIRDS, pagt CJ "WE'D LIKE to go in the direction of Illinois State women's basketball. I admire the ISU schedule; it's one of the toughest around. I'd like to get ISU on our schedule soon. We've got Iowa and Marquette for next year. You have to have a good schedule to bring in the fans." Stowell also plans to use his pressure defenses and running game although he admits the Braves will pay the penalty for awhile. "Girls come from schools where they've played zones." said Stowell. "You can't sit in a 2-3 zone and be exciting. I've had players like Dave Klobucher. Charley Buescher, Chuck Westendorf. and Steve Doty go out of here, get experience as freshman-sophomore coaches, and then take varsity jobs. "Well, women high school coaches don't have that kind of experience. In the past, most of them have just been some teacher they've given the Job to. I think the calibre of women's basketball has gotten better In the last three or four years. "They're also starting to play at a younger age." THE BRADLEY women will divorce themselves from the men on scheduling. "Before, our women played at 5:30 p.m. or as preliminaries for the men's games," explained Joe. "We're going to 7:30 p.m. on different nights. We will play one preliminary before a televised game. We're going to have grade school girls teams play our prelims. "We're going to sell season tickets and we re going to have a band at every game. Last year, they had a pretty good team and the games were free but not many people showed up." Stowell admits some people have told him he's putting the cart before the horse but he believes he can make the program go. Wonder if he'll slam his fist on the floor as hard as he did the night the Jolt sent his wristwatch flying halfway across the court? Of course, he will. By BRYAN BLOODWORTH Pantograph itaM WICHITA. Kan. - The Prince was definitely on the prowl at Cessna Stadium here Saturday. Prince McJunkins. Wichita State University's multi-talented Junior quarterback, directed the Shocker offense to a school record 618 yards and a 38-7 Missouri Valley Conference victory over Illinois State before 8.120 people. Wichita State's 618 yards was the most yardage ever allowed by an ISU defense. The old record was 578 set by Northern Illinois In 1962 and Marshall University in 1975. "We Just didn't play defense in the first half." said ISU coach Bob Otolskl. "I was disappointed In our defensive play. We weren't hitting in the first half." The Shockers also set a school record with 36 first downs, three shy of the Missouri Valley Conference record held by Tulsa. Wichita State had 18 first downs in the first half.-ISU managed just 11 in the game. . One of the few ISU bright spots -a 67-yard punt by quarterback Steve Gumble on a third down play which pinned Wichita State down at Its 7-yard line In the first quarter INSIDE Wabash beats Titans C2 Miami stuns Penn State C3 Ohio State triumphs C3 Cross country roundup C9 Bowling column C12

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