Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 2, 1971 · Page 13
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Section B Pages 1-8 ALTON EVENING TELEGRAPH Sports Classified Alton, Illinois), Saturday, Jan. 2, 1971 Notre Dame rubs out Texas' No. 1 claim By ED SCHUYLER JR. Associated Press Sports Writer Texas' Darrell Royal had the blues today. Ara Parseghian of Notre Dame had satisfaction and hope. Nebraska's Bob Devaney had an undefeated season and the Inside track to the No. 1 Irish had to forget USC upset DALLAS (UPI) — Notre Dame, snapping national champion Texas' 30 - game win streak in the 35th Cotton Bowl game, was merely doing what the coaches had been preaching for a month —"get that sour taste out of your mouth." There certainly was no sour taste in Irish mouths today in the wake of what Coach Ara Parseghian called "one of the biggest moments in Notre Dame history." The 24-11 upset of No. 1 ranked Texas atoned for a lot of things that have happened to Notre Dame since the school broke 45 years of tradition and came to play Texas in the 34th Cotton Bowl a year ago, only to lose 21-17 in the final minutes. "We were dejected after the loss to Southern Cal (in the final game of the regular season to drop Notre Dame to 9-1), but they made a tremendous comeback today," Parseghian said after the victory. "We had a lot to prove to people and to ourselves," said Irish defensive tackle Greg Marx. "After the Southern Cal game, the coaches told us, 'get that sour taste out of your mouths, get that sour taste out of your mouths.' "After all, we lost to a team that was unranked by giving up 38 points, and barely beat another team that wasn't ranked too high (Georgia Tech)." Parseghian revealed after the game that a new defensive concept had been the key to the victory, a man - for - man coverage in the backfield. "We used an eight - man front, but we camouflaged this real well with different adjustments," Parseghian said. "We learned a lot a year ago from Texas about the Wishbone-T and there's no way you can cover it with the typical defense." While the Notre Dame defense was putting a strong halter on the effectiveness of the Wishbone - T, Irish quarterback Joe Theismann was engineering three first half touchdowns that were enough to win. He passed 26 yards to Tom Gatewood for one, then ran three and 15 yards for the other two, while Scott Hempel contributed a 36 -yard field goal for all of the Irish points before halftime. The Texas defense, confused the first half by a lot of new Irish formations, solved their problems in the second half and almost completely shut down the Notre Dame attack. But, it was too late, The 11 points Texas mustered in the first half on a 23 - yard Happy Feller field goal and a two-yard sweep by Jim Bertelsen at the end of an 86 - yard drive was all the Longhorns could do about the Scoreboard. The fact they lost five of eight fumbles — four of them by Worster— played a tremendous role in the defeat. The big bright spot for Texas — if there could be one — was quarterback Eddie Phillips' 164 yards rushing on 23 carries and his 199 yards passing, almost a sacrilege for a Dan-ell Royal - coached team. Phillips was an overwhelming choice for the outstanding offensive player, while Notre Dame cornerback Clarence Ellis, who saved at least three Texas touchdowns with his breakups, was an even more solid choice as the top defensive player. Royal summed up his feelings with a quote from Granthtnd Rice: "I've learned something that victory cannot bring, to wipe the blood from my face and smile so no one can see the sting." ranking among the major college football teams. Meanwhile, Ohio State's Woody Hayes could ponder a "mad dog." These feelings were the aftermath of the annual New Year's Day bowl madness that saw Notre Dame upset Texas 24-11 in the Cotton Bowl, Nebraska withstand Louisiana State 17-12 in the Orange Bowl and Ohio State get upset by Stanford 27-17 in the Rose Bowl. In Fridays' other action, Tennessee whipped the Air Force 34-13. The Gator Bowl between Mississippi and Auburn and the East-West Shrine Game were on tap today. "I feel miserable and I know I'll feel even more miserable tomorrow," said Royal after watching his top- ranked Longhorns lose after 30 straight victories. ''That's what winning streaks are for ... to break," said Parseghian, whose once- beaten, sixth-ranked Fighting Irish still have hopes of being voted the top spot in the final State touchdlnvn Associated Press poll next it until week. However, with the first defeats of Texas and second- ranked Ohio Stale, the inside track to the final No. 1 ranking belongs to Devaney's thirdr-anked Cornhuskers who finished with 11 victories and a tie. "We're the only undefeated team," said Devaney. "I can't see how the Pope himself could vote for Notre Dame." Hayes, summing up his Buckeyes' setback, observed: "Either team could have won we got stopped at their 20 and they hit that mad dog pass 01 our two." It wiis a 35-yard completion by a harried Jim Plunkett that pi t Stanford on the Ohio two and set up the that put the Indians ahead 20-17. All the Cotton Bowl scoring Worster in Irish stew Steve ' Worster, University of Texas fullback, is swarmed under by a host of Notre Dame players as Worster tried vainly to get the Longhorns back in the game during the final quarter of the Cotton Bowl game in Dallas Friday. (AP Wirephoto). 'We're No. 1' hollers Devaney took place in the first half, with Notre Dame's All- Arrieruta quarterback Joe Theisir|an passing 26 yards to Tom G|atewood for one touchdown and scoring on runs of three and 15 yards. T h e i s m a n ' s three-yard touchdown run was set up followihg Notre Dame's first touchdlnvn when the Irish recovered a fumbled kickoff on the Texas 10. It. was one of five fumbles the Longhorns lost. Jim Bcrtehen ran two yards for Texas' touchdown and rtappy Feller of the Longho'rns and Scott Hempel of the ifrish traded field goals. Trailing 12-10 in the fourth quarteif, Nebraska marched to its winning touchdown over tough tSU, with quarterback Jerry JTagge scoring from the one. LSU had gone ahead with nine (points in the third quartet on a 25-yard field goal by Mal'k Lumpkin and a 31- yard touchdown pass from Buddy Lee to Al Coffee. Nebraska built a 10-3 halftimb lead on a 26-yard field g|al by Paul Rogers and Joe Orduna's thrpe-yard run. Lumpkin booted a three- pointer for LSD's firsthalf points. Ohio State fell behind 10-1, fought to a 14-10 lead but then wilted under the passing of Plunkett, the Heisman Trophy winner; as the outstanding college plbyer of the season. Following the "mad dog pass," Jackie Brown scored from a yard out to put Stanford ahead. Plunkett, who completed 20 of 30 passes for 265 yzrds. then clinched the victory with a 10-yard scoring strike to Randy Vataha. Stanford built a 10-0 first- quartelr lead on Brown's four- yard touchdown run and Steve Horowitz' 37-yard field goal. Ohio State rebounded on a pair of one-yard touchdown runs by John Brockington. Fourth-ranked Tennessee had little trouble beating the Air Fijirce behind the passing of Bobby Scott, who threw for' 288 yards and a touchdown. Don McLeary scored two Tenne$see touchdowns on runs of five and 20 yards and Bobby Majors returned a punt, 57 yards for another. Bob Parker passed for one Air Force touchdown and Darryl Haas recovered Scott's fumble in the end zone for the other. Brockington scores TD Ohio State's John Brooking!on is tackled by Stanford's Lcophus Ilayden (22) as lie. forces his way across goal line, for first Ohio State, TI) in Hose Bowl game, in Pasadena. Buckeyes' Richard Galbos (33) slops Stanford's Jack ScliuUz (44). (AP Wircphoto). 'Greatest moment' in Irish history r MIAMI (UPI) — Nebraska coach Bob Devaney, dripping from a "victory shower." said Friday night after his Corn- huskers had defeated LSU 17-12 in the Orange Bowl that he thinks his team is the best in the nation. "I think we're number one," he said. "I don't see how it could be any other way. We're the only lop team still undefeated." The only blemish on third- rated Nebraska's record was a 21-21 tie with Southern California early in the season. Nebraska was the only one of the three top rated teams to escape defeat in the New Year's bowls. Top-ranked Texas was upended by Notre A tearful ending for Eddie Phillips DALLAS (UPI) - Texas quarterback Eddie Phillips, the most obvious victim of a brutal football game, sal slumped on Ihe bench as the final seconds of his team's 30- game winning streak ticked away. He cried. But he will not remember crying. Phillips was knocked silly during the fourth quarter of Texas' 24-11 loss to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl Friday. Even in the dressing room he was slill woozy. "Let's go to the dressing room," the team trainer said. "I want to wait," said Phillips. "I want to wait." Phillips looked over the heads of the players standing in front of him and saw the Scoreboard. "They only had 24 points In the first half, didn't they?" he asked of no one in particular. Then he bowed his head again and sniffed back the tears. Phillips, who rushed for 1B4 yards and passed for 199 more, was one of a host of players who were forced to leave the game Friday. They indued Texas running back Jim Berlelsen, Notre Dame quarterback Joe Theismann and the Irish's Tom Gatewood and Clarence Ellis — all key players in the contest Texas fullback Steve Worster, who came into the game with a weak left knee, made it through the game, but sometime ( during the contest a deep* gash was opened above his nose and at contest's end blood streamed down his nose. The multitude of injuries caused Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian to have second thoughts about artificial turf. "We had good workouts on it during the week, and 1 really enjoyed it then," he said. "But I don't know now. Players were coming out .on both sides. "But, then, it was a tough- fought ball game." Dame in the Cotlon Bowl and second-ranked Ohio Slale fell to Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Devaney said LSU and Southern California were the two best teams his squad played this year. "LSU has a real fine football team and they throw real well loo," Devaney said. The coach said Ihe Corn- huskers had planned lo throw the ball frequently and in the first half planned to throw nearly every first down, althrough he said he was sure the Cornhuskers could run on LSU. "Of course, I thought we could run on them," he said. "We were able to run against everybody all season. "Joe Orduna is a great runer and Jeff (Kinney) is a good outside runner," he said of the two running backs he alternated throughout the night. Devaney said he was sure the team could come from behind when LSU took a 12-10 lead in the third quarter. Devaney said he didn't mind at all when his jubilant players threw him fully clothed into the slower after Ihe victory. "If we did this every season, I guess I could take a shower like rhis every day," he said. LSU coach Charley M c L e n d o n agreed with Devaney on Nebraska's claim ot No. 1 status. "You don't make mistakes and win against the No. 1 team in the country," he said. "If there was anything of a surprise, it was Nebraska going to a passing game as early as they aid." McLendon said ihe Corn- huskers were "awfully strong," NOTRE DAME H 10 0 0—24 TEXAS 380 0—11 TEXl-FG Feller 23 ND—fOatewood 26 puss from Thclsruunn (llempcl kick) ND-vrhclsmann 3 run (Hempel kick) ND-rTlielsiminn 15 run (Ilumpul kick) TEXK-Uertelscn 2 run (Lenter, pass from Phillips) ND-,-FG Hempel 30 A—712,000. STATISTICS N. DAME TUX. First downs Hi 20 lUishlriK yardage 1<1 (i 21 li PassltiB ynrdajje 213 210 Rctunl yardage 0 2(> Piisse.1 0-lfl-l 10-27-1 Punls 8-45.1 5-32.(i Fumbles lost I 5 Yards penalized !i2 33 OHIO STATE 773 0—17 .STANFORD 10 0 3 14—27 SCO HI NO S—Urown 4 run (llorowlt/, kick) S—Horowitz 37 FG OS—iHrochiiifUon 1 run (Suhrnm kick) S—I orowiU 4S FCi OS-iSchram 32 FG S—ijrriwn 1 run (Horowitz kick) S—Vataha 10 pass from Plunkett (Horowitz kick) STATISTICS OHIO ST. DALLAS (UPI) — Ara Parseghian had no reason to hide just exactly how strongly he felt aboul Noire Dame's 24-11 upset victory over No. 1 Texas Friday. So he came out and said it. "This has lo bo one of the biggest moments of Notre Dame athletic history," he said. "I've been in ;i lot of locker rooms in my 21 years o f coaching. But the jubilation of our team today was something I haven't experienced in a long time. "I told our club we were due for some breaks after thai Southern California game (a 38-28 loss which spoiled an otherwise undefeated season). We had eight turnovers in thai game. And we certainly capitalized on Ihe breaks we gol today." And quarterback Joe Theismann had one comment, he wanted to make above all, loo. "I've got one thing I want to say. To those people who said Ara could not win the big one —I'd like to see them explain this one." "This was a great accomplishment," Parseghian said. "We held the leading scoring team in (lie nation lo just 11 points, We held the leading rushing learn to not. much more than 200 yards (21(> to be exact) and we broke their 30-gamc winning streak. It felt pretty good." N o t r e Dame befuddled Texas' potent ground attack with a specially devised defense which employed eight men intercepting the flow of attack, but disguised it until the last minute. "We learned a lot a year ago from Texas aboul the Wishbone and even adopted the offense so we could learn more about it," Parseghian said. "We hoped we could force them lo pass, and they did. They threw 27 times. We hoped we could win that way." And even though the defensive alignment worked altnosl lo perfection, Parseghian said Texas quarterback Kddie Phillips still almost beat. it. "I've said all week that 1 was impressed with Phillips and he was great today. We had men In position to tackle him ;i!l day, but on individual effort, he gained yardage." And Ihe Notre Dame coach said Phillips' 63 - yard sprint on Ihe Longhorns' first play did not. give him any concern aboul his defense. "I saw whal happened. Our ilecp man jusl came in too quick and Phillips got by him." Theismann figured the Irish were as high emotionally for Texas as they were for rival Purdue in the second game of the season. "We were just loose enough," he said. "Yesterday 1 started lo feel il building and 1 knew we were going lo win." And Theismann thought Notre Dame's second touchdown, coming after a Texas fumble on a kickoff, could have been the turning point in the game. "I think that loosened up their defense a little bit," he said. "They might have looked up and thought they were not unbeatable after all." Ralston heaps praise on his quarterback Alton hits road, plays Mater Dei Flrnt .downs RushlllK yaidapje PnssliJK yfircliiRC Rcturfi yardage Pause; Fumh|eb lost Yards; penalized 75 li 7-20-1 0 (14 STAN. 21 M3 2C5 (J 20-31-1 NEBTASKA 10 0 0 7—17 LA. STATE 0 3 I) 0—12 NE11— F(i Ko«i:rs 2ft NF.U — Oi unda 3 plunge (Rogeis kick) LSU— I'fJ Lumpkin 3fi LSI — FG Lumpkin 25 1.SI.I— Coffee .'II puss from I IT (kick ifalled) NI7.ll— Tnuge 1 plunKC (HogerH A . .STATISTICS First jdowns Ru'.hliiK yarduge PUBBI ig yardage Retur|n yardage Pusses Punts, FumhlfB lost Yards penalized 18 132 161 14-28-2 f-37.7 3 67 . LSU 20 51 227 3 17-32-1 8-32.5 3 27 MR hour T; rFNffliSSHF AIR I 7 0 0 0—13 24 II 7 3—34 Mcl.eary 'i run (Hunt kick) Tei n— FG llunl 30 Term—Mcl.eurv 20 run (Hunt kirk) 'Id n —Thciler 10 imss from Scott (Hun kick) AF—Haa» recovured fiimhlc In end i.ine (I3;irry kk:k) Tern—Majors 57 punt return (Hun AF (kirk Tl'l A- FIIM Rush P.ISS Pit!,8 Punt 1'Ulll Yard kick) — Bassn 27 push from fulled) D—I/G Hunt ;(.') 7K.685. STATISTICS Al- Uowns Ifi YurduKe -12 YaidaKe 23'J m 2'i-W 4 24 8-34.5 )lei. l,o*l 4 i Penalized I) liuker FliNN. 24 8t> 300 -46-2 5-31.4 3 74 win i>y saying ''Isn't something? J can't say ent _" At another said: "Jim Plu PASADENA, Calif. (UPI) Coach John Ralston tried to be a gracious winner and he succeeded, but he couldn't avoid devoting the major part of his remarks on the Hose Bowl td his quarterback, .lim Plunkett. Halston appeared breathless after the Indians up'set Ohio State, a team favored by 10 points, in the Hose Bowl New Year's Day. "Great" was the word he used to describe Buckeye quarterback Hex Kern and running back .1 o h n Broekington, and In; added: ' ' T h (; y are to be congratulated as a team. We had rated Ohio State No. 1 in the nation. We have the deepest respect for them." Plunkett, lleisinaii Trophy winner and player of the game, the first Stanford Hose Bowl win in DO years, was praised by Ohio State coach Woody Hayes as well as by Halston. "He's a groat passer, but remember he's got great receivers too," said Hayes. Ralston started off his post- game analysis of the 27-17 that Plunkett n Plunkett. .1 jgh about him. point, Halston kett was the difference. He allowed us to keep the ball moving toward the goal line." And: "I don't think they (Ohio Slate) ever saw a quarterback like .lint I'lunkett before because there's none like him in the country." I'lunkett himself w;ts modest in victory and when lie was aske.d if Ohio Stale was the toughest faced, he replied: "Yes, I would have to say so." 1969-70 swwon inurlt MAKTIN, Tenn. — Southern Illinois University • Kd- wardsville copped its eighth victory in 10 starts uy disposing of Tennessee Martin, lM-7(>, here Friday. By so doing, the Cougars topped last year's vie'ury haul for the entire season by one. Jfich Rssingtoii and Denny Throneburg had 27 points apiece for the winners, SID 103, TFNNFSSI.l-.-MAHTIN 7(1 SID I.DWAKDSVII F —Illoeini-r 4, Hounds Id. Fs.'-lniiioa 2V, Tliroiiel>nn< 27, Wtircl !>. Summer; 1,1 NtlMin '-'.. Ill-own &. Wlllmli 4. I'K 4:1. I'l 17, IT 13. TFNN-MAK'llN — ItoliiiiMM) H. ll(jl)l)-, l.i, lleiulure 17. ll.unillo>i 14 Ciii.ry 'I. l-:l/';y 2. SulllMin 2, Pa«r (i, KoKers 'i, Keed I. I'K. 34. I'l H. Pt II Hayes said Kern developed a charley horse In the second quarter and added: "It kept getting worse. He played a good game!." The coach had this general observation to make: "Our game was one of missed opportunities. We moved the ball well but we couldn't get deep. We moved the ball enough, and Fin sure we oiilgaincd them for the game but they scored on their drives, we didn't." Stanford went ahead in the fourth quarter, 20-17, after end Boh Moore made a circus catch of a I'lunkett pass and the ball was on the Buckeye two. "Thai was the ball game," said Hayes. "That mad dog pass to Moore should never have happened." Moore outreached Buckeye safely Mike SensilnutgU for the ball. Commenting on the play, Plunkett said: "Handy Vataha was my primary receiver, but he was double or triple covered. I looked around for someone else open. Moore wasn't open but he caught it anyway." Alton's basketball Hedbirds, recent consolation championship winners of the Carbondale Holiday Tournament, will take on touted Mater Dei of Breose at the lalter's court tonight. Game lime is 8 o'clock. In addition, Wood River's Oilers, luckless in two starts in the Mater Dei (Breese) tourney, will travel to Ed- wardsvlllc for a Southwestern Conference game. Alton is 8-2 for the season while Mater Dei is 9-3, including a tournament title win over powerful Hast SI. Louis- Assumption. lOdwarclsville is 6-3 for the season and 0-2 in the conference while the Oilers are 2-5 overall and 0-2 in league. fOLLKGli BASKETBALL liUSl Johnson f. Smith 106. Choynoy Slutf I0:i (2 (it) South Southern Illinois 103, Tennessee- Miirtln 7« Fur West Columbia 71, Sun Jose St. •» Tuuniitim'iits J & A Springman STORM WINDOWS I.KT ACME STKETCH YOUlt FUEL DOU/AK ACME OIL CO. W. K. GQSSETT, Owner 24-Hour Service—Ph. 2M-W3S After $ p.m. 4S3-M18 t

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