The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on December 2, 1984 · Page 85
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The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois · Page 85

Bloomington, Illinois
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Sunday, December 2, 1984
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THE PANTAGRAPH, MONDAY, DEC. 3, 1984 B3 NFL ROUNDUP Raiders spoil big day for Dolphins' Marino Dan Marino, who is creating a new standard for National Football League quarterbacks' in only his second professional season, reached another plateau yesterday at Miami. But a couple of guys who may some day join him in Pro Football's Hall of Fame cut into his celebration. Marino threw for 470 yards and four touchdowns to shatter the NFL season record of 36 that he tied last Monday night he now has 40 for the season. But it was Mike Ilaynes and Marcus Allen" who prevailed as they led the Los Angeles Raiders to a 45-34 win over Miami Dolphins in a see-saw shootout that just about guaranteed the defending Super Bowl champs a spot in the playoffs. Haynes started Miami's problems by picking off a Marino pass on the Dolphins' first series and returning it 97 yards for a touchdown. He compounded them in the fourth quarter with a 54-yard return of another interception that set up a touchdown that gave the Raiders an 11 point lead. And Allen, the most valuable player of last year's Super Bowl, ran for three touchdowns, including a 52-yarder that clinched the game with 1:43 left. He had 156 yards in 20 carries for the game. "It was very nice to get the opportunity to break the record, but it would have been nicer if we'd had the opportunity to win," said Marino, whose 40 TD passes put him four better than Y.A. Tittle of the 1963 New York Giants and George Blanda of the 1961 Houston Oilers of the old American Football League. Both did it in 14 games, the same number that Marino has now played. If Marino was playing for records the Dolphins, now 122, have clinched the AFC East the Raiders to a man said they were playing for survival. And they survived at 104, the only way they can miss the final AFC wild-card spot now is if they lose both their remaining games and the New England Patriots win their two. "There's no question it was a big tip. rri Qp , -kkLJri XA '..- ;V - AP Los Angeles Rams running back Eric Dickerson (29) headed up field past New Orleans Saints free safety Frank Wattelet for a big gain during first half action yesterday in Anaheim Stadium. Dickerson ran for over 100 yards, which tied O.J. Simpson's and Earl Campbell's NFL single-season record of 1 1 100-yard plus games. Long, Iowa HONOLULU (AP) Quarterback Chuck Long engineered two long scoring drives in the fourth quarter as Iowa rallied to defeat Hawaii, 17-6, in a non-conference game here late Saturday night. Trailing '6-3, Iowa began its first touchdown drive with 14:21 remaining In the fourth quarter when Richard Pryor recovered a fumble at the Iowa 42-yard line. Long needed just eight plays to win," said Raiders Coach Tom Flores. "It's one more step toward what we're looking for and that's a wild-card berth." Haynes said that the play on which he made his interception looked like a pick play. But he said he pushed by Jimmy Cefalo and in front of intended receiver Mark Duper. "It's a timing play," he said. "Marino threw it on time and I was there on time to make the play." 49ers triumph The prize for each conference's top team is the home field in all playoff games. San Francisco locked that up in the National Conference with a 35-17 victory in Atlanta. San Francisco forced six Atlanta turnovers, turning two into touchdowns on Gary Johnson's 33-yard fumble return and Dana McLemore's 54-yard interception runback, as the 49ers put their record at 13-1. They had gone into game already champions of the NFC West. In other games, Seattle crushed Detroit, 38-17; the Los Angeles Rams shelled New Orleans, 34-21; Kansas City upset Denver, 16-13; the New York Giants defeated the New York Jets, 20-10; Dallas ripped Philadelphia, 26-10; Houston surprised Pittsburgh, 23-20, and Cincinnati shaded Cleveland, 20-17, in two overtime games; and Buffalo downed Indianapolis, 21-15. Krieg goes wild In Seattle, Dave Krieg threw a club-record five touchdown passes as the playoff-bound Seahawks took sole possession of first place in the AFC West with their eighth straight victory. Krieg, who completed 27 of 38 passes for 294 yards, had scoring passes of 13 and 3 yards to Steve Largent and 4 yards to Daryl Turner in the first half, then added fourth-quarter TD passes of 51 yards to Turner and 5 yards to Mike Tice. Eric Dickerson of the Rams, continuing his assault on O.J. Simpson's single-season rushing record of 2,003 yards, ran for 149 yards h -:?. m Vmm All' rally to down Hawaii move his team into the end zone as he passed to tight end Jonathan Hayes for the final three yards. Long also passed 15 yards to Robert Smith and BUT Bayless carried three times for 19 yards in the drive. The next time the Hawkeyes got the ball. Long marched his team 78 yards in 14 plays. Bayless, playing in place of the injured Owen Gill, carried the ball eight times during against the visiting Saints to give him 1,781 yards 222 away from the record with two games remaining. Lowery sinks Broncos ' In Kansas City, Nick Lowery kicked fourth-quarter field goals of 46, 28 and 42 yards to lift the Chiefs past Denver as the Broncos' kicker, Rich Karlis, experienced a mirror-image replay of his last-second failure of a week ago. After Lowery put the Chiefs ahead with 1:56 to play, the Broncos reached the Chiefs' 25-yard line and called on Karlis to kick the tying field goal with 10 seconds left. But Karlis, who hit the right upright a week ago in a 27-24 loss to Seattle, hit the left upright this time. Denver, dueling with Seattle for the AFC West title, fell to 11-3. The Giants, in their first "road" game at Giants Stadium against their new co-tenants, the Jets, got touchdown runs by Rob Carpenter and Joe Morris to remain tied for first in the National Conference East. They are 9-5 with two games to go in the division, as are Washington, a 31 17 winner in Minnesota last Thursday night, and Dallas. If the Giants win their final two games against St. Louis and New Orleans, they will win the NFC East title regardless of what the Redskins and Cowboys do, based on their record in division games. The Giants built a 20-3 lead one play into the fourth period on the TD runs of 1 yards by Carpenter and 8 yards by Morris and Ali Haji-Shiekh's field goals of 48 and 30 yards before the Jets scored their only TD on Ken O'Brien's 32-yard pass to Lam Jones. O'Brien had the Jets on the move again, but with about four minutes to play, cor-nerback Mark Haynes intercepted him at the Giants' goal line to preserve the final victory margin. Dorsett tops 1,000 mark In Philadelphia, Dennis Thurman's 38-yard interception return for a TD, Danny White's 57-yard scoring pass play to Ron Springs and Tony Dorsett's 110 yards rushing propelled Dallas past the drive for 45 yards. With a fourth-and-four situation at the Hawaii 8-yard line. Long passed to Scott Helverson in the end zone for Iowa's second touchdown of the final quarter. The loss ended Hawaii's seven-game winning streak and the Rian-bows finished the season 7-4. Iowa improved its record to 7-4-1, and will play Texas in the Freedom Bowl Dec. 26 in Anaheim, Calif. 1 7 I I 1 . - H . Los Angeles Raiders running back Marcus Allen (32) hurdled teammate Mickey Marvin (65) as he avoided Miami Dolphin nose tackle Bob Baumhower (73) and scored a touchdown during fourth-quarter action of yesterday's game. The Raiders defeated the Dolphins, 45-34. the Eagles. Dorsett went over 1,000 yards for the seventh time in eight seasons, failing only during strike-shortened 1982. In Houston, Joe Cooper, a mid-season replacement for injured Florian Kempf, kicked a 30-yard field goal 6:53 into the fifth period to hand the Steelers their first overtime loss ever and cut their American Conference Central lead Missouri talks to McClain MADISON, Wis. (AP) Wisconsin football coach Dave McClain is being considered for the vacant head coaching position at the University of Missouri, a UW official has confirmed. UW Associate Athletic Director Otto Breitenbach confirmed Saturday that McClain was given permission to talk to Missouri officials. The Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune reported Saturday that McClain met with Missouri athletic director Dave Hart last Monday in St. Louis to discuss the vacancy created with the firing of Warren Powers. Laver topples Emerson MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) Top-seeded Rod Laver defeated fellow Australian Roy Emerson in straight sets yesterday to capture the $25,000 Mutual Benefit Grand Masters Tennis Tournament. Cox, Schumacher post race victories Atlanta's Carl Cox and Illinois State University runner Sara Schumacher won their respective divisions in the Snow Flake Five-mile road race at Bloomington's Miller Park yesterday. Approximately 120 runners competed. Cox covered the course in 24 minutes, 58 seconds to best run-nerup Dave Hoover of Normal by 27 seconds. Normal's Tom Patten placed third with a time of 25:27. Schumacher posted a time of 28:44. In second place was Morton native Jenny Upp (29:16). Jean Swee claimed third in 33:18. See Scoreboard for age group winners. Riggins spends time in traction WASHINGTON (AP) Washington Redskins fullback John Rig-gins, who earlier this year became the oldest running back in National Football League history to gain 1,000 yards in a season, is spending the weekend in traction at Sibley Hospital nursing an injured back. Team officials say Riggins, 35, is expected to rejoin the club today. vP&iM.wT,'- 1 XV) r over Cincinnati to one game with two to go. Pittsburgh is 7-7. The kick capped the Oilers' drive with the overtime kickoff. In Cleveland, Jim Breech's 35-yard field goal five minutes into overtime gave the Bengals their victory. They overcame a 10-point deficit late in the game, tying it 17-17 with one second to play on a 1-yard TD pass from rookie quar I f v rv m ... ' Maybe next year for Buckeye Byars COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) Keith Byars didn't win the Heisman Trophy, but he says there's always next year. Byars, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound junior who finished second to Boston College's Doug Flutie in the Heisman Trophy balloting, said he's glad all the publicity and pressure is over at least for 1984. "It's pretty much a relief that it's all over because it's a lot of buildup and hype, from the middle of the summer up until this very moment," Byars told The Columbus Dispatch via telephone from the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City, site of the award ceremonies Saturday night. "The good part is you get a lot of exposure and it makes you want to go out and work harder," said the Dayton, Ohio, native, the nation's leading rusher, scorer and all-purpose runner for the Big Ten Conference champions this fall. "The bad part is if you don't play up to what people think you should, they get disappointed. I didn't win, but I came this far. So I'm going to hold my head up high and come back next year," Byars said. Flutie, a senior quarterback, had 2,240 points in voting for the "HAVE-A-BALL" LEAGUE NOW FORMING COST $6.00 A WEEK TUESDAY 9:00 P.M. MIXED LEAGUE Organizational masting Tu., Dae. 4th at 7 KM P.M. . Call for full dotall 663 CIRCLE Rt. 9 and Veterans K 1 T. ; .- : ' m .wt terback Boomer Esiason to tackle Anthony Munoz, who had lined up as a tight end. In Buffalo, Joe Dufek, replacing benched quarterback Joe Ferguson, threw first-quarter TD strikes to Tony Hunter and Byron Franklin in the Bills' victory over Indianapolis. Associated Press Heisman Trophy, signifying the best collegiate football player annually. Byars had 1,251 points. Brigham Young quarterback Robbie Bosco was third with 443 points. Byars squelched speculation that he would leave Ohio State after his junior season to seek a pro football career a year early. "People just make up and say what they want to say. You know how some sports writers are. They say, 'He's a junior. He might want to be leaving early,' and they write that. I don't know where it came from," Byars said. Cubs acquire Nelson HOUSTON (AP) The Chicago Cubs purchased catcher Jamie Nelson from the Milwaukee Brewers in the first transaction announced at baseball's annual winter meeting, the National League team announced yesterday. Nelson played the entire 1984 season at Milwaukee's Class AAA team in Vancouver. He batted .276 with four home runs and 36 runs batted in during 107 games. Nelson, 25, played 40 games with the Seattle Mariners in 1983 and batted .219 with one home run and five RBI. 16 WEEK SEASON - 7402 LANES Pkwy., Bloomington 0 f - s-4

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