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Worthwwt Arkons.j TIMES, Wed., Sept. 18, 1974 FAYITTIVILLE, ARKANSAS ^^ Grant Hall HI! jjiimraniiiitiiiffiinniiiiiiraamiiiiiiiMiiraiiiiiiiiiinffl Professional Baseball AMERICAN LEAGUE Ferguson Gives Hog Fans Second Night To Remember New York iilllmore oston levcland Milwaukee Detroit And you thought the Arkansas-Southern Cal game was exciting. That was a Cakewalk, compared · to the Buffalo- Oakland game. Tulsa weatherman Don Woods said his friend Gusty passed- out before Monday Night Foothall was over. Gusty wasn't the only ctie who missed the fourth-quarter heroics of quarterback Joe Ferguson. All over town ' Tuesday, people moaned, "Why did I go to bed before it was over?" Those who persevered saw a remarkable finish. In the final two minutes, Ferguson won the game, lost it and won it again. After Howard Cosell conceded the game to Oakland, Buffalo went ahead again and Oakland nearly counter-punched. The Bills jumped ahead eavly on the running of O.J. Simpson and Jim Braxton, timely passing by Ferguson and an improved defense. But on his 12th carry for his 78th yard late in the first half, Simpson sprained an ankle. T h o u s a n d s o f Buffalo throats dried up i n mid- cheer, making audible the drunk who cried, "Come on, O.J., shake it o f f ? " GOOD BREAK That O.J. couldn't shake it off may be the best break Buffalo will 'get all year. For it . gave Ferguson a chance to do his thing in the second half. Joe's thing is passing, and no one does it any better. Given time and an open receiver, Ferguson will connect as often as anyone. The fact that he was intercepted six times in one game at Arkansas shows only that any great passer can be stopped if the overall defense is good enough. For proof of that statement, one need go back no further than Saturday night, when Pat Haden called 30 pass plays and had six completions. He threw four interceptions and had to scramble 12 times. Ferguson's best moments a'gainst Oakland came on the Bills' final two drives. With his team facing fourth and six and trailing 13-7, Joe drilled a low strike to Ahmad Rashad in the end- zone with 1:56 to play; Besides Joe Namath and a couple of others, who else could have completed that pass? After Oakland went back ahead 20-11 on a fumble runback, Ferguson had 1:08 to negotiate 72 yards. Zip, zip, zip and the ball was at the Raider 13. From there, Joe hit Rashad again and the Bills led 21-20. BLANDA READY Long-time Oakland-watchers bit their nails. Why couldn't Ferguson have waited until fourth down again instead of throwing the touchdown pass on second down? Now there were still 26 seconds left -plenty of time for the Heidi gang. George Blanda had turned 47 during the game, but his competitive age was still 22. Sure enough, the Raiders set up a 50-yard field goal try for Blanda with six seconds left. Think, now. When was the last time you saw him miss one that meant a ball game? But he pushed this one to the right, saving Erie County from its second eerie silence of the night. The Bills, who were winning the game with Simpson, kept winning it with Ferguson. That should discourage teams from stacking overly against Simpson. If it doesn't, Buffalo Coach Lou Saban is likely to turn Joe loose again. As - for Ferguson's a l l around performance, reaction is mixed. Some observers point out that his ball handling has improved and that he seems more mobile as a runner and scrambler. They also point to his full- b a c k - 1 i k e block which enabled O.J. to gain 10 extra yards on a field- reversing run early in the game. But others lament his fumbled snap against Oakland, recalling all the time he did the same thing at A r k a n s a s . They also shudder over his missed tackle of Art Thorns, who scooped up a Braxton fumble and ran for the touchdown that put Oakland ahead 20-M. Asked what be thought of Ferguson's play, Frank Broyles said, "All of our coaches said they thought it was as good a job as any quarterback has ever done. I know all Arkansas fans are as proud of Joe as they can be." But didn't he see the ·game? "I'm so embarrassed," said Broyles. "I went to sleep after three-and-a-half quarters, and my wife couldn't wake me up for the end of the game. She said she hollered, screamed and do any good. Finally, she woke me up in time for the replay of the last touchdown pass." SHOULD HAVE KNOWN He should have known the last half-quarter would be the most exciting. That's the way it was Saturday night -- or at least it seemed so down on the field. Arkansas had pretty much sealed the game with 8:33 left, just after basketball Coach Eddie Sutton said. "This is a big play." Southern Cal trailed 20-7 and faced third down. Hadcn threw accurately, but Brad Thomas made a spectacular interception. From then on, the Razorbacks celebrated. Student manager John (Luigi) Vig- lietti yelled, "This is the upset of the year, baby!" Richard LaFargue heard him and added, "The bookies better leave the country [" Mark Miller was smiling, but he said, "I don't like these last few minutes. We've gotta win. We deserve it -- those defensive linemen are working their tails off out there." Marsh White was suffering a little with bruised ribs, but he broke into a smile that made two years of frustration seem like a distant memory. "This is our lime," he said softly. "This the payoff." B i l l Montgomery w a s explaining Arkansas' pass coverage when he interrupted himself to say, "That's unbelievable!" Linebacker Marvin Daily had hit Trojan tight end Jim Obradovich so hard that the ball . popped 10 feet into the air. TRIUMPH FOR FORTE As the fans counted off the last 10 seconds, Ike Forte raised both arms in triumph, all the while .explaining his touchdown run. "I saw that the cornerback was pursuing too fast," he said. "As a running back, there are certain things you just know. I knew I could cut back and score." T o m m y Harris. who played as .well as anyone, formalized the victory by s l a p p i n g palms .with S w e e ' p e a , the dancing Razorback. O u t s i d e t h e players' d r e s s i n g room, Stacey Green summarized her fiance John Rhiddlehoover's play: "Fantastic." And six- year-old Chrissy Acuff told everyone, "Billy Burns is my brother-in-law." The only player who seemed in any way disappointed was Floyd Hogan, who had two interceptions. Advised that it was Haden who had kept him from scoring after his first interception, Hogan said, "Is THAT who it was?" Haden runs a 4.7 40, but Ik/gan does a D.7 100. Still, that was only a trifling matter. Hogan had been quoted all week to the effect that the Arkansas defense was ready for Haden, and he proved it along with everyone else. Upstairs, Bill Curl was asked how he liked his first game as Arkansas Sports Information Director. His reply was a carefully thought out "Whooshieu- .vhoo." liiist W L 80 G8 79 70 76 71 72 75 72 77 68 80 West 84 65 79 69 77 73 72 72 Oakland 84 65 .564 Texas 79 69 .534 Minnesota 77 73 .613 Chicago 72 77 .483 Can City 72 77 .4B3 California 60 89 .403 Tuesday's Games Detroit 5, Boston 3 Baltimore 4, New York 0 Kansas City 2, Oakland 1 Milwaukee 3, Cleveland 2 California at Texas, ppd., wet grounds Minnesota 8, Chicago 0 Wednesday Gnines Detroit (LaGrow 8-16) at Bos ton (Marichal 5-1), N Baltimore (Cuellar 19-10) at New York (Ddbson 16-14), N Cleveland (Bosnian 6-4) at Milwaukee (Kobcl 6-12), N Oakland at (Holtzman 18-14) Kansas City (Spliltorff 13-17), N California (Hassler 4-11 and Tanana 12-17) at Texas (Jenkins 23-11 and Hargan 11-8), 2, N Minnesota (Goltz 9-8) at Chicago (Kaat 17-13), N · Thursday's Games Detroit at Boston, N Baltimore at New York, Oakland at Kansas City, Only games scheduled NATIONAL LEAGUE East W L 68 Palmer's Shutout Brings Orioles Within 1V2 Of Top By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS As Jim Palmer painfully found out this season, the Cy Young Awjircl doesn't do anything for a sore arm. Palmer helped salvage some of what's left of his long season with a masterful seven-hit shutout Tuesday night, pitching the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-0 victory over the New York Yankees. It was a crucial -game for the Orioles since a loss would have dropped them 3'A games behind the high-flying Yankees in the American League East. Elsewhere in the American League, ilhc Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3; the Kansas City Royals edged the Oakland A's 2-1; the Milwaukee Brewers shaded .the Cleveland Indians 3-2; the Minnesota Twins punished the Chicago White Sox 8-0, and the Califor- BREWERS 3, INDIANS t Darrcll Porter's 12th horn* run an da pinch single by Bob Hansen produced two seventh- inning runs to tile the victory in Milwaukee's favor. n i a Angels-TeXHS game was' rained out. ' Rangers Hogs Spend TimeOnOSU Defensive Set St. Louis Pittsburgh Philaphia Montreal New York Chicago Angeles Cincinnati Atlanta rlouston San Fran San Diego 77 73 69 67 61 West 93 91 82 75 68 54 Pet. .541 .524 .493 .469 .456 .415 .628 .611 .547 .503 .453 .360 7 1014 12 18 Vi 2Vz 12 1814 26 40 Tuesday's Results Chicago 4, Philadelphia 2 St. Louis 2, Pittsburgh 1, 13 innings New York at Montreal, ppd., wet grounds San Diego 6, Cincinnati 1 Houston 7, Los Angeles 0 Atlanta -1, San Francisco 3 Wednesday Games Atlanta (Morion 15 10) at San Francisco (Montefusco 2-1) Chicago (Reuschel 13-12) at (AP Wire photo) CHAMPION THIEF AT WORK .. .St. Louis Cardinals lejt fielder Lou Brock goes into second on a Wth inning steal during action with the Pirates Tuesday night, as second baseman Rennie Stennett reaches for the loose throw /rom catcher Manny Singiiitten. Brock took third when the throw want into left /teld Palmer's victory, his seventh 19 decisions, moved the Orioles within IVa games of the Yankees. The pressure shifted back and forth Tuesday night as P/ilmer and Yankee ace, Doc Medich, 18-14, matched zeroes for six innings. But Elrod Hcndricks doubled with one out in the seventh, took third on Mark Bclanger's single \vhen Medich covering first, and Brock's Running Paves Way Cards Nip Bucs In 13 Philadelphia (Lonborg 15-11), N St. Louis (McGlothen 16-9) at Pittsburgh (Hooker. 12-11), N New York (Matlack 12-12 and Scaver 11-8) at Montreal (Rogers 13-20 and Blair 9-7), 2, twilight Cincinnati (Gullett 17-10) at San Diego (Jones 7-21), N Houston (Dierkcr 10-9) at Los Angeles (Downing 5-6). N Thursday's Games Chicago at Philadelphia Sl.Louis at Pittsburgh : San Diego at Los Angeles Cincinnati "at San Francisco Only games scheduled PITTSBURGH (AP) --'Liuie, lean Lou Brock had just glided into the No. 2 spot on baseball's all-time stolen base list, but he iv( seemed surprised that he had ; D O S drawn a swarm of reporters.. stepping off the mound toj "Let them boo," he added psyche himself. I with a devilish grin. "I hate and people anyway. I think a relief leftficldcr Lou Piniella's throw to the plate on Al Bumbry's sacrifice fly for the only run Palmer needed. TIGERS 5, RED SOX 3 Al Kaline would love to end liis career this season but before he does there's a little matter of seven more hits. That's all Kaline needs to join a very exclusive club, the 3,000-hit club. So far only 11 players hold keys to the fraternity. Kaline's 2,993rd hit sparked a sixth-inning rally which lifted the Tigers to thetir victory over the faltering Red Sox, dropping them 3'/2 first-place The Arkansas Razorbacks defense tried to adapt itself to tha Oklahoma State University wishbone Tuesday as the Razorbacks went through their second day of drills since thei* 22-7 victory over Southern CalW fornia last week. "We ran the first .defense against the second offense...." Coach Frank Broyles said. "It s taking time, but the defense did become better adjusted to the wishbone toward the end of practice." The Razorbacks stressed reaction to the new formations they will face when they play OSU Saturday night, just "W e concentrated on learning " ' the new sets we will, bo faced with this weekend," Broyles said. Broyles said he was flattered that the Razorbacks were cho- sCn one of the nation's 10 best college football teams this week. The Razorbacks ranked 10th in The Associated Press games behind the Yankees in the AL "I walk off the mound e myself confidence," Hrasky explained from behind a dark moustache. League Leaders "Why me? Go see rabosky,. Simmons Gibson, .," he "I'm talking basically when I'm on the mound," he added. 1 "We've always felt we had - i «,i(i, -, n.V/i aid with a pull smilo arini- smile aftei AMERICAN LEAGUE BATTING (375 at bats)Carew, Min, .364; Hargrove Tex, .330. RUNS--Ystrzmski, Bsn, 89; R.Jackson, Oak, 86. RUNS BATTED IN--Burroughs, Tex, 115; Bando, Oak, 102. H I T S -- C a r e w , Min, 203; T.Davis. Bal, 162; Money, Mil. 162; KHenderson, Chi, 162. DOUBLES Rudi, Oak, 36; KHenderson. Chi, 35; KC, 35. elping the St. Louis Cardinals, njs - ]ast 2 6 appearances, dge the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 -13 innings Tuesday night. True, Brock alone hadn't given the Cardinals their sixth win n a row and sent the Pirates to their sixth straight loss, and Brock alone hadn't boosted St. Louis Vk games ahead of run- ler-up Pittsburgh in the National League East. Yet it was he who had scored the winning run after his second stolen base of the game. The score was 1-1 into the 13th when Brock lined a single to left. It was his first hit of the game off Pirate lefty Jerry Reuss, who lost despite a start- to-finish eight-hitter. "The only foolprooof way to slop Brock is to keep him off base," Reuss said later, Brock had reached base twice previously. In the third he had been caught stealing. In the 10th he had stolen second to extend his own single season record to 10B. No. 109 came neatly and cleaning in the 13th inning after "Tonight was the first time I the best club," said Hrabosky. got booed and I liked it," added "But the Pirates are a good lhe Cardinal lefty, who has club and they're not going to a)]owed jl|st one earned r u n jn f o l d _ We have to keep on win . - ' " i nmg. ROYALS 2, A'S 1 Steve Busby's 20th win, a tidy three-hitter, stopped the defending champion A's in their tracks. Busby, 20-14, yielded two singles to Bill North and one to Joe Rudi. George Brett's run- scoring single up the middle in the seventh made Busby a winner over Jim "Catfish" Hunter. weekly poll. Sophomore fullback Allan Watson missed practice because of a strained bacK. Ika Forte practiced, but he ran at half-speed. B r I s o n Manor, Chuck McKinney and Waymon Hawkins missed practice for the second consecutive day due to bruises. Defensive end William Watkins was injured during drills when he was clipped. Broyles said he thought Watkins could return to practice by Thursday. The Razorback's other starter end, Ivan Jordan, practiced Tuesday after missing the Monday workout. Asked about the progress of halfback Jerry Eckwood, Broyles said Eckwood would see a a doctor in St. Louis next week. DEAN-GUYLL Tire Center SPECIAL PURCHASE SALE UNIROYAL PRICED TO ROLL!! 2 Fiberglass Belts 2 Polyester Cord Plies TRIPLES--Rivers, Cal, 11; Otis, KC. 9. HOME RUNS--D.Allen, Chi, 32; R.Jackson, Oak, 29. S T O L E N BASES--North, Oak. 51; Carew, Min, 36. PITCHING (14 Decisions)Champion, Mi, 11-3, .786, 3.41 Jenkins, Tex, 23-11, .676, 2.90. Reuss had made six straight tosses to first. "My legs aren't strong at this point, but we have a trainer .... _ _ . who massages them for me ev- McRae,: eryday." Brock said. j It was his 744th career steal. STRIKEOUTS--N.Ryan, Cal, 337; Blyleven, Min, 224. NATIONAL LEAGUE BATTING (375 at bats) -Garr, Atl, .354; Garvey, LA, .325. RUNS--Schmidt, Phi, 104; Morgan. Cin, 103. RUNS BATTED IN--Bench, Cin. 117; Schmidt. Phi. 115. Atl, 204; Ga- one more than former base thief Eddie Collins, whose 1930 retirement came nine years before Brock was born. "I was fatigued in the 13lh, hut I was able to read Reuss' body movement and get a good jump." said Brock. "Even if they had pitched out r78-T4 .+ F.E.T. 2.17 "laekwall Tubeless Duniven Unsurprised By His Award-Winning Tech Debut HITS--Garr, vey, LA. 193. DOUBLES--Rose, Cin, 41; Sfargell, Pgh, 35; Bench, Cin, 35. TRIPLES--Garr. Atl, 16; D.Cash, Phi, 11; A.Oliver. Pgh, 11. HOME RUNS^Schmidt, Phi, 16: Wynn, LA, 31. STOLEN BASES--Brock, StL, 109; Morgan, Cin, 68. PITCHING (14 Decisions)-John, LA, 13-3, .813. 2.58 Caldwell, SF, 13-4, .765, 3.02. STRIKEOUTS--Carlton, Phi, 213; Mcssrmth LA, 205. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS It's a long way from Mr. McLean High School of 1971 to The Associated Press' Southwest Conference Offensive Player of the Week, but sandy- haired, blue-eyed Tommy Duniven, who has an All-America, Jack Armstrong appearance, seems unsurprised by it all. Making his first varsity start at quarterback, Duniven calmly led the Texas Tech Red Haid- ers to a 24-3 thumping of Iowa State to earn the majority of the ballots from writers who vote the weekly award. "I'm really not surprised t h a l i , ,, I had that good of an outing bc-| *' cause Ihe team really played I morning. I got a little anxious when I threw that interception in the second quarter but Coach (Jim) Carlen old me: 'Don't worry about it . . and I didn't." The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Duniven who led the Tech freshmen to a 5-0 record with victories over Oklahoma, Houston, and Arkansas in 1972, said he got some kidding about the movie the team saw Friday night trying to relax. "It was called "Death Duniven laughed. "I worry about the mean Wish'," didn't Duniven completed nine of 12 well around me," said Duiven.lpasses for 76 yards and one "Oh, I was nervous Saturday I touchdown. they wouldn't have gotten me," he added. After stealing second. Brock ook third on a sacrifice bunt y Ted Sizemore and trotted lome w i t h the winning un when Ted Simmons belted sacrifice fly to the warning rack in left. That one run was enough bc- ausc Cardinals starter Bob Gibson ami reliever Al Hrabos- y combined for a no-hitter ,ver the final 9 2-3 innings. T h e 38-year-old Gibson allowed a solo homer by Al Oliver in the first, but he checked he Pirates over the next eight nnings. Hrabosky, who pitched the final four innings to raise his record to 7-1, drew loud boos jecausc of his penchant for FHS Booster Club Activity The Fayetlcvillc High Schoo Athletic Booster Club will hold an open house at the High School Student Center following t h e Fayettcvillc-RusseHvilli football game Friday night. All football players, thei dates and their parents, alont with Booster Club members, are welcome to attend. The Booster Club has als announced that the films o each Friday night's Biilhlo; gnmcs may be viewed in Coacl Doyne Davis' office at Bulldog Stadium each Monday mornini Jat 7:30. G78-15 -f F.E.T. 2.74 Blackwall Tubeless Brock, McBride Establish New Theft Record PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Lou Brock's season total of 109 sto- lens bases plus the 28 swiped by teammate Bake McBride add up to a new major leagu* record fa rtwo players-on the same team. Their total was boosted to 137 here Tuesday night when Brock stole two bases in a 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates. The former record of 136 was held jointly by Maury Wills (104) and Willie Davis (32) of tile Dodgers in 1062 and Clyde Milan (74) and Danny Moellcr (62) of the Washington Senators in 1913. H78-15 + F.E.T. 2.97 Blackwalt Tubeless SALE HELD OVER THRU SAT., SEPT. 21st DEAN · GUYLL TIRE CENTERS 8:00 a.m.-J:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri. -- Sat. 8:00 a.m.-liOO p.m. 601 West 6th St. Fayetteville Phone 442-616 1112 71 By-Past BenionvilU, Ark. Phon« 273-7123 VA Mile West on Hwy. 62 from Junction 62B and 71B lik

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