The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on September 28, 1980 · Page 15
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The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois · Page 15

Bloomington, Illinois
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Sunday, September 28, 1980
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The Sunday Pantagraph, Sept. 28, 1980 B-3 Whistle, mistake save tie for lini -mm j. ti .. i n i ...j, , , i,, mu i. mii m amw 1 1 u.u i w. ymmiwwmuium t. nu y iwiiwwij jiuhh. LL,,,.: t v jUw-JLli!- ' " "'.J Dmnr'mn Dnliarenn y unci jwpi Air Force coach talks like winner despite tie By Fred Kroner CHAMPAIGN - Surely Air Force football coach Ken Hatfield wasn't talking to reporters about the game played ' Saturday at Memorial Stadium, in which the Falcons and Illinois struggled to a 20- 20 tie. "Andy Bark had one of the greatest catches ever (on a third-down play in the game's final minute)," Hatfield said. "It allowed us to get a first down and keep the ball for three more plays. "That probably won the football game right there." Pardon, coach. A victory? "When you come in here as 18-point underdogs and wind up with a tie, it's like a Victory," Hatfield continued. "Our kids know they fought hard. They'll know it in their hearts forever. "I was at Florida one year and Louisiana State came in with Bert Jones as a 21- point favorite. We tied 'em, 3-3. Someone said once a tie is like kissing your sister. I said that in this case it's like kissing your sister's best friend. "That's the way I feel today." Illinois players didn't feel that way. "This was a game we should have ISU, IWU ILLINOIS WESLEYAN RUSHING Nam Alt. Gain Bntt Travis. 17 2 Bob Williams 10 17 Maury Barry 4 5 Craig LaDew 4 9 Dan Ward 6 25 Todd DeFore 2 2 Rob Nauman I 1 PASSING Nama Comp. Art. Maury Barry 6 12 Dan Ward 0 7 PASS RECEIVING Namt Rtc. Rory O'Connor 3 Randy Smith 1 Craig LaDew 2 PUNTING Nama Dave Pearce AUGUSTANA RUSHING Namt Art. Gain VarK Schick 2 7 Ron Nagel 9 18 Al Kalemba 14 50 Glenn Cimera 7 20 Dan Weber 5 I Don Eli I 3 Jed Shirley I 27 Team 1 0 PASSING Namt Comp. Art. Mark Schick 5 11 Dan Weber 3 0 PASS RECEIVING Nama Rtc. Mike Strieker 3 Ron Nagel 1 Brian O'Shea I PUNTING Nama Todd Miller Team Lost Nat 48 16 4 83 14 9 0 9 0 25 0 2 0 I Int. Yds. 1 96 0 0 Yds. T O. 0 71 0 II 0 14 No. Avg. 7 45 6 Last Nat 5 2 Int. Ydi. I 25 0 0 Yd. T.O. 0 18 0 9 0 -2 NO. Avg. 8 38 0 1 80 WOW SHOWING TW 1981 HONDA INTERSTATE SEE AT SOUTHGATE HONDA "Your Honda Shop" 2441 S. Main Ph. 827-5085 Southeastern Louisiana University's Dav'" Patterson (1) exploded through tne middle of Illinols state.g punt cov. punt cov- erage for an 86-yard return before he won," said Illini cornerback Rick George. "We don't feel good about a tie." Air Force's freshman fullback, Ted Sundquist, made a mistake early, but it didn't set the tone for the game. "Teddy fumbled on our first play and Illinois scored two plays later," said Hatfield. "But he came back (leading all rushers with 142 yards) and scored a touchdown on a 63-yard run. "He gave one away; but he got one back. He had a chance to redeem himself. That's what life is all about. "I've been reading in the papers all week that Air Force is flying low that this team isn't worthy of being on the same field as Illinois. "But here's a team that's 0-3 and down by 10 points (17-7) at halftime. It didn't give up. And in the fourth quarter, when Illinois had the wind, it didn't get anything but one field goal." Once again, Hatfield alluded to his team's 'victory.' "I believe that Illinois had trouble getting its audibles off because of our yelling," he said. "That won the game for us, too." After Mike Bass' 37-yard field goal statistics SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA RUSHING Nama Art. Gain Lou Nat Robert Hickj .'. 29 139 0 139 Charlie Thomas 5 24 0 24 Greg Domiano 6 21 0 21 Johnny Wells 5 20 0 20 Mock Boatner 4 10 0 10 Kendall Denmark 2 5 0 5 PASSING Namt Comp. Art. Int. Yds. Johnny Wells 6 10 0 69 PASS RECEIVING Nama Rtc. Yds. T.D. Leslie Jackson 4 53 1 Bruce Guthmann 1 11 0 Robert Hicks I 5 0 PUNTING Namt Scott Allen ILLINOIS STATE RUSHING Namt Art. Gain Bill Fenn 16 41 No. Avg. Loss Net 0 41 Kevin Jones 3 4 I 3 Dave George 3 10 1 9 Jett Martin 10 37 0 37 Steve Gumble 7 2 22 -JO PASSING Namt Comp. Att. Int. Yds. Steve Gumble 12 21 2 198 PASS RECEIVING Namt Rtc. Yds. T.O. Rodney Kellar 5 37 1 Jim Fltibatrick 3 44 0 Eric Tapley I 62 1 Willie Boyd 2 48 0 Kevin Jones 1 7 0 PUNTING Namt No. Avg. Steve Gumble 4 36.2 Steve Moews 1 36.0 was hauled down at the ISU 4 in the second quarter Saturday at Hancock Stadium. (Pantagraph photo by Nancy Holding) tied the score for Illinois with 3 minutes, 13 seconds left, the Falcons consumed all but the final 19 seconds on a drive that stalled at the Air Force 48. "I was pleased that they were calling timeouts when we had the ball," Hatfield said. "But it's ironic because we were trying to score and I was calling for timeouts, too. Mike (White, Illinois coach) beat me to it twice." Air Force quarterback Scott Schafer had waited four years to play the Illini. He wasn't overjoyed with his performance (seven of 19 passing for 76 yards and 22 yards rushing on 19 carries), but he left his home state feeling satisfied. "There was no correspondence at all from Illinois while I was in high school (at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates)," Schafer said. "This game has been on our schedule since I was a freshman. "I kept thinking that maybe I could make them wish they'd recruited me." Schafer, who punted six times for a 38.9 average, never played any position but quarterback until last year. "We had Dave Ziebart, who holds school records in about everything at quarterback, and I wanted to play," Schafer said. "So I asked to play tight end." This year, since Ziebart graduated, Schafer returned to quarterback. Schafer agreed with Hatfield that the tie was acceptable. "When you're 0-3, a tie is not that bad," he said. "We go in each week expecting to win if you lose that you can't play this game. When I heard that Illinois was an 18-point favorite, I knew a lot of people in Vegas would be making some money if they bet on us." Added White: "They competed like heck and deserved to win." GET SET FOR WINTER mum Mft. V rnr I uTuH' ruKU ana S X OFFER GOOD WITH COUPON ONLY OFFER EXPIRES 10-20-80 THORNTON LINCOLN - MERCURY 1304 Morrissey By Mark Lewis CHAMPAIGN - A whistle that shouldn't have been and an extra point attempt that should have been forced undermanned Air Force to settle for a 20-20 tie with Illinois at Memorial Stadium Saturday in front of 45,638 people. By rights, the Illini were dead when quarterback Dave Wilson appeared to have fumbled the ball into the arms of an Air Force defender with 6:12 left in the game and the Falcons holding a 20-17 lead. Wilson, forced to scramble, hurried around right end and was headed for the Astroturf when he fumbled. One official emphatically signaled Air Force ball before he and his partners huddled and decided to replay the down because of an "inadvertanf'whistle. The Illini, naturally, retained possession and marched down the field, setting up Mike Bass' game-tying 37-yard field gal with 3:13 left. The unusual play play happened in front of the Air Force bench and Falcon Coach Ken Hatfield and the officials disagreed on what exactly happened. Scrambling "The way I saw it was the guy (Wilson) was scrambling with the ball in front of our bench," Hatfield said. "He fumbled, there was a whistle, and then his knee hit. "They tried to explain it to me differently. In fact, the official that made the call never did explain it but a side official did. "The play wasn't blown dead at the line of scrimmage, but the officials moved the ball back there. It's like saying two wrongs make a right. "I don't know if they were trying to protect the quarterback. I don't know why they made that call. It was a mistake, but let's not talk about the officials. Let's talk about our kids (from Air Force). They're the ones who have been fighting their guts out for eight weeks." Air Force did claw back after trailing 10-0 and 17-7 early in the contest. The pumped-up Falcons, who controlled play in the second half, grabbed a 20-17 lead on Charlie Heath's one-yard touchdown plunge. Then came a botched extra point try that cost Air Force dearly. Place-kicker Sean Pavlich was set to toe the ball but the pass from center came just a bit high to holder Bob Renaud. Renaud bobbled the ball momentarily, but seemed to panic and tried to get up and run around left end. Illinois defensive back Rick George stopped him cold. "Our guy (the holder) made a mistake and fumbled the ball," Hatfield said, although George didn't quite see it that way. Intentional "It almost looked intentional," George said. "He looked like he was taking it in on the snap." The Illini looked extremely sharp early on and threatened to chase Air Force back to Colorado. Illinois won the toss and chose to kick off with a 14 mph wind at its back. The move paid off when fullback Ted Sundquist fumbled on the first play from scrimmage and George recovered at the 18. Speedy Calvin Thomas gained five yards in a hurry then busted up the middle for a 13-yard touchdown with 14:10 left. Bass added the point after kick. Thomas was the workhorse of the Illini backfield, eventually gaining 103 yards on 23 carries. Backs Greg Foster and Each Installed MOTORCRAFT SHOCK SPECIAL mm 6 ynoi; Guaranteed 1 Full Year iirn-i inw - A nr rKl mcrcum mko vinli Ph. 663-6321 Mike Holmes were held out of the game due to injuries. The Illinois defense held on the next series, forcing Air Force to punt. Swift Mike Martin grabbed the 38-yard punt and gained back 28 of those yards with some fancy footwork. A shoestring tackle at the Air Force 27 is all that kept Martin out of the end zone. But Illinois couldn't crack the goal line and settled for a 28-yard Bass field goal with 8:40 left in the quarter. "I saw our players compete hard as a unit until the score was 10-zip," Illinois Coach Mike White said. "We had some competitive flashes near the end but in between we might as well have been watching the late movie." The teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter, Air Force scoring on Heath's three-yard run. Heath had to make a shoestring grab of quarterback Scott Schafer's pitch but managed to crack the end zone with 8:55 left. Pavlich's kick made it 10-7. Illinois answered with a nine-play, 83-yard march that culminated with Thomas's four-yard run. Wilson was sharp during the drive, completing all five passes he threw, including a 26-yard floater that Martin fought off an Air Force defender for. The third quarter was listless until Air Force's Sundquist, a 195-pound freshman, burst through the line and right up the middle, for a 63-yard touchdown jaunt and an Air Force lead. Illinois put together a nice drive before Bass' final field goal and did come close to a touchdown. Wilson, who competed 17 of 30 passes for 198 yards, tossed a pass to Mitch Brookins in the corner of the end zone on the down prior Gains 276 yards Allen rushes USC past Minnesota MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Marcus Allen rushed for 216 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns and Gordon Adams passed 29 yards to Kevin Williams as No. 5-ranked Southern Cal turned back stubborn Minnesota 24-7 Saturday. The Trojans, who are unbeaten in 23 straight games dating back to 1978, only led 7-0 at halftime against the aroused Gophers, who were humiliated 48-14 by USC a year ago in the Coliseum. USC, 3-0, had trouble getting un-tracked until Allen, a junior tailback, began taking advantage of the gaping holes created by the Trojans' huge offensive line. Minnesota, 1-2, had cut a 10-O lead to 10-7 on Marion Barber's 16-yard TD run midway through the fourth quarter. But Allen, the latest in a long line of great USC tailbacks, raced 20 yards for a touchdown with just 3:30 remaining. He also scored on a 37-yard jaunt with 1:02 North Carolina tops Maryland, 17-3 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - North Carolina's Amos Lawrence rushed for 103 yards as the 14th-ranked Tar Heels jarred 19th-ranked Maryland 17-3 Saturday in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both teams. Maryland tailback Charlie Wysocki was held to only 17 yards, the first time he hasn't gained more than 100 yards in five games. THE LAST 00N KING in association with CAESARS PALACE HURRAH THURSDAY, OCT. 2-s p.m. WORLD JUNIOR WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP (WBC) SWEET SAOUL MAMB1 vs. MAURICE TERMITE ' WATKINS All seats reserved: $20.00. Tickets available at Mini Union & Assembly Hall Box Olfices. For Credit Card Purchase Call 217-333-5000. ll8SBQl!llUn9l to Bass' kick. But the Air Force defender screened Brookins and the pass went through his hands. '. For the usually exhuberant White, Saturday's game left him downcast. "We're still learning things about the chemistry of this team," he said. "We tried some things today that we thought would work. If they had worked before (in previous years), I wouldn't be here now if you know what I mean. "The game shows how much work we have to do. It looked like a comedy show out there. "Out hats are off to Air Force, though. They deserved to win and I feel bad for them that they didn't." Air Forca Illinois 0 7 7 6-10 7 0 3- lll-Thomas 13 run (Bass kick) lll-FG Bass 28 AF-Smith 3 run (Pavlich kick) Ill-Thomas 4 run (Bass kick) AF-Sundquist 63 run (Pavlich kick) AF-Heath I run (kick tailed) lll-FG Bass 37 A-,638 YARDSTICK AF Total First Downs 19 By rushing 12 By passing 4 By penalty 3 Net yards gahed from scrimmage 363 By Rushing 287 By passing 76 Passes attempted 19 Completed 7 Intercepted by 0 Number of punts 7 Average distance 38.9 Number of Fumbles 4 Own fumbles recovered 1 Yards penalized 20 III IS 6 9 0 322 124 198 30 17 0 6 34.5 1 0 53 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING - Illinois, Thomas 23-105, Strader 7-21. Air Force, Sundquist 17-142, Heath 12-65. PASSING - Illinois, Wilson 17-29-0-198. Air Force, Schafer 7-19-0-76. RECEIVING - Illinois, Strader 4-47, Den-lino 3-32, Thomas 3-29, Martin 2-34, Lopez 2-28. Air Force, Bark 4-44, Moore 2-19. left to silence the near-capacity crowd of 55,115 at Memorial Stadium. Trojan safety Ronnie Lott intercepted three passes, the second of which set up USC's first touchdown in the second quarter. Adams was sacked by the Gophers on a third-and-four situation at the Minnesota 29, but the Gophers were penalized for having 12 men on the field. On the next play, Adams hit Williams in the corner of the end zone for the wide receiver's 23rd career touchdown reception. Eric Hipp booted a 39-yard field goal late in the third quarter to give Southern Cal its 10-3 lead. The Trojans, who also have beaten Tennessee and South Carolina, meet Arizona State next Saturday in Los Angeles. Arizona State was the last team to beat Southern Cal, a 20-7 upset in the third game of the 1978 season. Southern Cal Minnesota 0 7 3 14 - 24 0 0 0 7 - 7 USC K Williams 29 pass from Adams (Hipp kick) USC-FG Hipp 39 Minn-Barber 16 run (Gallery kick) USC-Allen 20 run (Hipp kick) USC-Allen 37 run (Hipp kick) A-55,115 YARDSTICK First Downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return Yards Passes Punts Fumbles-Lost Penalties-yards USC Min 12 36-197 44 7 a-19-3 6-36 4-1 , 4-36 22 60-316 92 44 6-17-1 5-30 4-2 3-25 Presents -PLUS i

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