Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on November 2, 1980 · Page 89
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Sunday, November 2, 1980
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Today's television highlights; CBS 1:00 p.m. Lions football: San Francisco at Detroit CBC 2:00 p.m. CFL football: Toronto at Hamilton NBC 4:00 p.m. NFL football: Houston at Denver ABC 4:00 p.m. Auto Racing: Can-Am Challenge Sunday, Hov. 2, 1930 the scoreboard Complete sports rundown. Page 4. COLLEGE SCORES INSIDE OF SPORTS LJ DETROIT FREE PRESS HORSE RACING OUTDOORS IBB 1BD Upstart Mississippi St. downs Alabama, 6-3 JACKSON, Miss. (AP) Sophomore Dana Moore kicked two second-half field goals as the Mississippi State Bulldogs rode an inspired defense to a 6-3 upset of top-ranked Alabama . Saturday, ending college football s longest winning streak at 28. The Crimson Tide waged a desperation drive to rescue victory in the waning moments, moving to the Bulldog three, but defensive end Billy Jackson preserved the triumph by recovering quarterback Don Jacobs' fumble. Moore kicked field goals of 37 yards in the third quarter and 22 yards early in the last period as the Bulldogs handed Alabama its first defeat since a 24-14 loss to Southern California in 1978. ALABAMA'S ONLY score came on Peter Kim's 49-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half. Bama fell to 7-1 for the season, 3-1 in the Southeastern Conference. Mississippi State Improved its record to 7-2 and 3-1 in the SEC as representatives of five bowls watched the shocker. Alabama got its last chance when sophomore Mike Pitts blocked Moore's attempt at a 48-yard field goal, giving the Crimson Tide the ball at the Mississippi State 47. Jacobs hit a 25-yard pass to Major Ogilvie, a 14-yarder to Jesse Bendross and a 16-yarder to Bart Krout to the three. But on the next play, defensive end Tyrone Keys hit Jacobs, causing the fumble recovered by Jackson with six seconds left. THE BULLDOGS FUMBLED while trying to run out the clock but recovered at their one as the partisan crowd swarmed onto the field in celebration. Alabama was plagued by four lost fumbles and a defense led by Jackson, a freshman, and linebackers Johnie Cooks and Don Edwards, among the heroes of the Bulldogs' first victory over Alabama since 1957. Jackson helped kill an Alabama threat in the middle of the fourth quarter when the Crimson Tide defensive end Gary DeNiro recovered a fumble by freshman quarterback John Bond at the Bulldog 44. The Tide moved to the Mississippi State 37, but Jackson and defensive tackle Ricky George sacked Jacobs for a three-yard loss on fourth and three. Jackson's recovery of backup quarterback Alan Gray's fumble at the Alabama 29 set up Moore's 37-yard field goal. Bond, who gained 94 yards on 20 carries, directed the Bulldogs on a 67-yard drive to the Alabama five, putting Moore in postion for his 22-yarder with 13:35 left in the game. Alabama entered the game with the nation's third best rushing offense. IValkor runs wild Freshman running back Herschel Walker outshines South Carolina senior George Rogers in Georgia's 13-10 victory. Page 6H. ' Oklahoma quarterback J.C. Watts rips for three touchdowns to lead the Sooner s to a 41-7 upset of North Carolina. Page 6H. Central Michigan rolls over Eastern Michigan, 51-15, in Mtd-Amertcan Conference play. Page 2H Grand Valley pulls a stunning upset of unbeaten Northwqpd, 17-13, in GLIAL ac tion, rage sn. Adrian sews up its MIAA crown with a 28-3 drubbing of Kalamazoo. Page 8H. Purdue boils over lowly Northwestern, 52-31, in Big Ten play. Page 6H. , Jim awlxins Green & white losers pack them in, week after week EAST LANSING From Flint and Farmington and Frankenmuth, they came again Saturday afternoon. From Sturgis and Southfield and St. Clair Shores. In cars and campers and vans. Seventy-seven thou sand, one hundred and fifty-three of them. They came wearing their green and white beanies and their green and white sweaters and their green and! white scarves. They partied in the parking lots, slurp-' ing their Bloody Marys and their bourbon and their beer. Then, for the fourth time in four Saturdays this fall, they filled every seat in Spartan Stadium, and a few of; the aisles, too. Amazing. They talk with ereedy admiration about Don Canham, the Midas Man from down the road in Ann Arbor, and how he somehow stuffs 105,000 fannies into his 105,000 seats every Saturday. They call him a genius. A wizard. A wonder worker. But look at the product Don Canham has to sell: A perennial national powerhouse. A Big Ten contender every year. A team that is virtually bowl-bound each autumn, even before the season begins. No wonder 105,000 automatically show up at Michigan week after week. Spartans looked worse than 48-16i But why Michigan State? Why do the Spartans sell' out and sell out and sell out? Certainly not because of the brand of football they' are playing. They are, as their 1-7 record attests, one of the worst teams attempting to operate at the major college level. The only club in the conference that Michigan State might beat is woefully incompetent Northwest ern, which happens to be next on the agenda. Instead of a bowl bid, the Spartans goal is somehow to dodge the distinction of becoming the losingest team to wear the green and white since 1917. And they are losing that struggle. Some attraction. Still the cash customers keep coming, gladly paying $10 a visit. . What they witnessed Saturday afternoon could hardly be described as entertaining, even for the Ohio State fans on hand. Sure the Spartans raised a few eyebrows when they jumped to a 7-0 first period lead over the big, bad Buckeyes, but you just knew it couldn't last. The Spartans, though game, were hopelessly outclassed. Again. In fact, from my seat in the press box, the game did not appear nearly as close as the 48-16 final score suggests. But thousands of Michigan State students, who passed up an afternoon at Dooley's to fill the cheap seats in the south end of the oval, didn't seem to mind. They found another way to amuse themselves. Six times during the course of the slaughter, the football was kicked through the goal posts at that end of the stadium. And six times, the kids refused to give the ball back, as is the custom here and everywhere else in the country. Instead, they flipped or fired it backward, up and up and up, until the ball finally flew over the top edge of the stadium and out into the parking lot. It is, I was told, the latest craze the hottest thing since passing coeds up and down the stands was considered cool. Smart students leave early At the going rate of $42 a ball, that made it a $252 afternoon for the two schools involved, which were responsible for providing the footballs. Mindful, no doubt, of that expensive fact, and not wanting to make matters worse, the Spartans did the decent thing after they scored their final touchdown early in the fourth period. They economically chose to try to pass for the two-point conversion, taking care to make sure the ball stayed out of the stands. The pass was incomplete, of course, but the athletic department of Michigan State University saved $42. Their fun denied them, the MSU students headed for the exits en masse, even though 12 minutes of football remained. Or maybe they already knew their Spartans would never get near the goal line again. But the students will be back next week. You can bet on that. And they won't be alone. Amazing. Spartans buried, 48-16, by Buckeyes By CHARLIE VINCENT Free Pre$ Sports Writer EAST LANSING - The Michigan State Spartans were mathematically eliminated from the race for the Big Ten football cham pionship Saturday, a month after they had been realistically counted out. Ohio State took care of the formality with a 48-16 thrashing of Michigan State before 77,153 fans in Spartan Stadium. Now 1-7 for the season, the Spartans are in danger of finishing with the school's poorest record since going 0-9 in 1917. Ohio State, on the other hand, has now won 13 straight Big Ten games since Earle Bruce took over as head coach a year ago and the team is right where it expected to be at the head of the conference standings. Saturday the Buckeyes did as they pleased against the Spartans, amassing 603 total yards and running up the hlghtest point total against MSU since the 1976 opener, when the Buckeyes blanked the Spartans in their first game of probation, 49-21. "I hope nobody's looking for any excuses from us, because we haven't got any," head coach Muddy Waters said. "They (the Buck eyes) have a fine football team. We tried. We didn't want to lose. We didn't prepare to lose it . . . Ohio State just has some tremendous talent and I think that was evident today." MICHIGAN STATE scored first, however, on a 34-yard pass from quarterback John Leister to flanker Tony Gilbert, who had gotten behind OSU's Todd Bell in the deepest reaches of the end zone. Morten Andersen kicked the extra point and the Spartans led, 7-0, with only 5:54 gone in the game.' From then on, they were buried beneath an avalanche of Ohio State scoring plays. Helsman Trophy candidate Art Schlichter threw touchdown passes of 38 and 1 9 yards to Gary Williams. Schlichter ran in from the one. Vlade Janakievski kicked field goals of 27 and 44 yards and converted six extra points. Tim Spencer ran in from the one. And, See MSU, Page 8H ,w ' H&gSJ ..... v. - Ys jJC: Free Press Photo bv ALAN KAMUDA MSU defender Nate Hannah can't keep up with Gary Williams, who gathers in pass for Ohio State's first TD. Michigan awesome in Indiana win, 35-0 top 20 teams By MICK McCABE Free Press Sports Writer BLOOMINGTON, Ind. Lee Corso was right and Bo Schembechler was wrong. The Indiana head coach was perfect in his observation last week that the University of Michigan was still a running team; the U-M coach was dead wrong when he said the Hoosiers do not beat themselves. On a beautiful day here Saturday the University of Michigan piled up 349 yards rushing and Indiana turned the ball over seven times as the Wolverines rolled to an easy 35-0 victory. The win was the fifth straight lor the 18th-ranked Wolverines (6-2), who remain tied with Purdue and Ohio State for the Big Ten lead with a 5-0 conference record. Indiana entered the game with illusions of grandeur, hoping for an upset that would make up for last year's disappointing loss on the last play of the gam?. Instead, the Hoo siers got embarrassed a d dropped to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in the coi Tence.- BUT THIS YEAR the Moosiers did not have to wait as long as they . a year ago to go down to defeat. It was a iuch quicker death this time and the Hoosit were their own executioners. Electricity on ice: College hockey is booming, and Michigan is one of its hotbeds. For a look at the sport and some of the people and issues involved, see the Inside of Sports, Page 10H. After Larry Ricks scored on a 46-yard sprint early in the game, the Hoosiers began to play giveaway on the ensuing kickoff. John Roggeman fumbled the short kickoff near the sidelines and Jeff Cohen recoverd on U-M's 22-yard line. Two plays later Ricks followed Stanley Edwards' block into the end zone for a 14-0. "I was going down field and I was supposed to be the contain man," said Cohen, who lines up near one of the sidelines. "I saw the back running up and I hit him after he caught the ball. When I hit him low some other guys hit him high and I saw the ball lying on the ground. I didn't know if the ball was dead so I picked it up and it was ours. "Yeah, I guess you could call it the turning point. We've been talking about getting the special teams to make some big plays and today we did." "The first two touchdowns took us out of it," said Corso. "They just overwhelmed us. We could not stop their running game. They were just too quick for us. We could not adjust to their quickness. We were unable to practice against it. We dug ourselves into a hole early and could not get untracked. They beat us in every way." INDIANA QUARTERBACK Tim Clifford was the Big Ten's most valuable player a year ago but he certainly didn't look the part against the Wolverines. The U-M defense intercepted the senior QB four times in posting its first shutout of the season. See U-M, Page 8H How the top 20 teams In the Assoclat ed Press college football poll fared Satur day (records In parentheses): Alabai.ia (7-1-0) lost to Mississippi St., 6-3. UCLA 0) at Arizona, incompltsie. Notre Dame (7-0-0) beat Navy, 33-0. Georgia (8-0-0) beat South Carolina, 13-10. Florida State (7-1-0) vs. Tulsa, night. North Carolina (7-1-0) lost to Oklahoma. 41-7. 7 Southern Cal ,.r 0-1) vs. California, incomplete. 8 Nebraska (7-1-0) beat Missouri, 38-16. 9 Ohio State (7-1-0) beat Michigan St., 48-16. . 10 Baylor (7-0-0) vs. San Jose St., incomplete. 11 Pittsburgh (6-1-0) at Syracuse, incomplete. 12 Texas (5-1-0) at Texas Tech, incomplete. 13 Penn State (7-1-0) beat Miami, Fla., 24-12 14 South Carolina (6-2-0) lost to Georgia, 13-0. 15 Missouri (6-2-0) tost to Nebraska, 38-16. 16 Oklahoma (5-2-0) beat North Carolina, 41-7. 17 Brlgham Young (6-1-0) vs. Texas-El Paso, inc. 18 Michigan (6-2-0) beat Indiana, 35-0. 10 8. Methodist (5-2-0) vs. Texas A&M, incomplete. 20 Purdue (6-2-0) beat Northwestern, 52-31. E. Illinois dumps Northern. 35-28 By JACK SAYLOR Free Press Sports Writer ' MARQUETTE Eastern Illinois sneaked a shotgun into Memorial Stadium Saturday and Northern Michigan University's undefeated football record got blown to bits. It was aerial fallout from a UP Halloween as the Panthers turned a comeback trick that was no treat to coach Bill Rademacher's Wildcats. Northern took an 8-0 record into the game and a No. 1 rating among its NCAA Division 2 peers. But the Wildcats got shot down when Eastern's Jeff Christensen loaded up his shotgun. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound sophomore, a transfer from Northwestern, did in Northern's hapless pass defense by hitting 18 of 31 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns and he didn't enter the game until the second quarter. HIS UNDERSTUDY, Chuck Wright, came back long enough to pitch another touchdown pass as the Panthers, second-rated power in Division 2, overcame a 21-0 deficit to down NMU, 35-28. The chill winds blowing off the adjacent Great Lake cooled off the home team instead of the visitors and Eastern proved . . . well, Superior. The loss probably cost Northern the championship of the Mid-Continent Conference (Eastern Illinois now has the inside track), but the Wildcats still coddle hopes of getting into the Division 2 playoffs. "I hope we will get in, said the disappointed Rademacher. "We were No. 1 and they were No. 2 and we played almost to a deadlock I think we'll get in the playoffs." NMU had plenty of firepower of its own as QB Phil Kessel passed for 285 yards and four touchdowns. But he also coughed up four interceptions, which proved suicidal. THE WILDCATS proved a one-dimensional team and their pass defense couldn't cope. See NORTHERN, Page 2H

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