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SfaXSGflg 222-6720 Spoitslinc For the latest sports scores and results. Today's television highlights: O 1 p.m. Football: Miami at New England O 2 p.m. Football: Detroit at New Orleans O 4 p.m. Football: San Diego at Los Angeles O 4 p.m. CFL Football: Ottawa at Hamilton Sunday, Oct. 21, 1S79 COLLEGE SCORES 12 HORSE RACING 13 INSIDE OF SPORTS 14 DETROIT FREE PRESS OUTDOORS 15 USC HORSE GALLOPS FOR 269 YARDS LJ The White tornado rips Irish, 42-23 By JACK SAYLOR Free Press Sports Writer SOUTH BEND The Trojan Horse galloped at will over the hallowed Notre Dame greensward Saturday, out-dueling Vagas Ferguson in a Heisman Trophy showdown as Southern California out-gunned the doughty Irish, 42-23. Charles White, a six-foot, 185-pound workhorse, hauled the ball 44 times, gained a career-record 269 yards and scored four touchdowns in the nationally televised display of offensive pyrotechnics. And the Trojans needed almost all of them to offset the work of Ferguson in this showcase for two of college football's greatest runners before 59,075 fans. The Irish put their blue chips on Vagas on this balmy, breezy day . . . and he ripped for 187 yards In 25 carries and two touchdowns, but Notre Dame couldn't win one for "The Ripper." THE DIFFERENCE TURNED out to be Paul McDonald, a cool lefthanded quarterback who may be the finest southpaw out of Los Angeles since Sandy Koufax. While the Irish defenders (yes, they did play a smidgen of defense) were looking for the ever-present White, the slender McDonald was busy completing 21 of 32 passes for a whopping 31 1 yards and two touchdowns as USC compiled the most points against Notre Dame since Dan Devine arrived under the Golden Dome. "I thought our secondary did a terrible job," groaned Irish safety Dave Waymer. "USC played an errorless game and we couldn't stop them. And when that happens you Just don't win." The balance of the USC scoring was handled by Eric Hipp (rhymes with Gipp), who booted six conversions. EIGHT OF MCDONALD'S tosses went to split end Ron Garcia for 149 yards and one touchdown, but McDonald had more than a message for Garcia. He also unloaded three missies to tiny Kevin Williams, a 5-foot-8 flanker for 99 more yards and yet another touchdown. "The key was our ability to mix the pass and the run," USC coach John Robinson suggested. "I've got to credit Notre Dame. Each time we scored it seemed like it would take about eight seconds and they'd score." The grim Devine agreed. "Give more credit to Southern Cal than being critical of our team," he said. "We could have quit after they went ahead by two touchdowns, but we didn't." The unbeaten Trojans broke open a tight game (it was 7-7 at the half) by scoring See IRISH, Page 12F . .. UPI Photo Southern Cal's Charles White follows the block of Marcus Allen to gain yardage Saturday in 42-23 win. Jim w$mgM Hawkins For his brand of Hrul V Cosell pays consequences The hair on the top of his head is phoney. And, some say, so is his act. He can't hit or run or kick or throw. He has never booted ! a grounder with the bases loaded or dropped a touchdown , pass in the end zone as time expired. Nevertheless, without a doubt, he is the most despised man in all of sports. I'm speaking, of course, of How-ard Co-sell. And I will be listening attentively, for a change, Monday evening when Mighty Mouth returns to his beloved Monday Night Football. I want to hear what How-ard has to say about Baltimore now that he is safely out of town. In case you missed the news, Cosell's car was assaulted as he left Baltimore's Memorial Stadium late last Tuesday night, following the sixth game of the World Series. According to eyewitnesses, a couple of hundted fans, many of whom appeared intoxicated, surrounded Cosell's long black limousine and began rocking it, all the while shouting the most obscene insults imaginable. Before Cosell's chauffeur could maneuver the car through the crowd, they broke off the rearview mirror, ripped off the decorative chrome, and sprayed the vehicle with shaving cream. Cosell, visibly shaken, later claimed the rowdy fans had smashed the windshield. But, as is the case with so many of Howard's statements, that proved to be an exaggeration. Nevertheless, when Cosell returned to his Baltimore hotel, he was understandably upset. A shortlived retirement As he sought to unwind in the hotel bar, he began to publicly berate the press, specifically sports writers, blaming them for creating the aura of hostility that follows him wherever he goes, and for provoking that evening's unfortunate incident. " " A couple of writers present objected to Cosell's remarks and words were exchanged. Finally, Cosell stood up and announced, as only Howard can: "You win! You win! I'm going to quit. I m getting out. You win! You win! I give up." As Cosell marched out of the room, his wife turned and declared: "We quit!" Of course, Cosell was on duty the next night for the deciding game of the Series although he was surrounded at all times except when he was on the air by a phalanx of muscular, billy-club toting policemen. Jimmy Carter didn't merit that much protection. When a reporter asked what had happened to Howard's vow to resign, Cosell replied: "I recall making no such statement." I certainly am not going to try to defend those rowdy drunks. There was no excuse for what they did. ' However, I do maintain that Cosell has got to shoulder a lot of the blame for what happened. .. .,; He and he alone has made himself the hated human that he is. And most of the time, he revels in that role. ' When he is on the air, he is bigger than the game. He is the show. He is paid to be controversial, and he certainly earns his check. He will say almost anything to make people mad and make sure they remember his name. It is precisely that antagonistic attitude and the aptitude for being obnoxious that have made Cosell the television superstar he is. . The mere mention of his name in a saloon or an airport or a ball park invariably provokes an argument. A local eighth I grade teacher, trying to educate her class in the use of the ; word epitome, explained: "Howard Cosell is the epitome of - a big mouth." :X Hegol a bum tip in Boston In Boston earlier this year, as Coseli was leaving Fenway Park, an irate group of Red Sox fans lifted one side of Howard's car off the ground and came within one hearty heave-ho of turning it over. In Denver, a saloon keeper held a raffle each week; the winner was allowed to hurl a brick ' through Cosell's televised face on Monday night. In Baltimore, before each Series game, fans in the grandstand turned their backs on batting practice to holler tat Howard in the broadcast booth. In the interest of decency, their comments will not be repeated here. I "To Hell With Cosell!" read a banner above the bar in a ' fashionable downtown watering hole. "Silence is golden, Cosell," read another. "Try it sometime." Two women, wearing placards around their necks, picketed outside the ball park, seeking signatures on a " petition urging ABC to can Cosell. "Keep Sports Clean," read one sign. "Pitch Cosell!" " All because, during a football game last season, Cosell " suggested Baltimore was not a major league city. Meanwhile, the people in Pittsburgh were equally antl- Cosell, convinced that Howard was favoring the Orioles with his comments during the Series. You can bet there will be a few banners lambasting r Humble Howard in Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium Monday night. And you can bet Cosell will come equipped ' with his customary supply of outrageous comments. ,7, That's fine. So long as he is prepared to accept the ' consequences. Howard Cosell Tate takes Coetzee in 15 AP Photo Referee Carlos Berrocal shields Gerrie Coetzee from further punishment by John Tate in the 13th round. PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) "I gotcha now; I'm coming; you can't hit," Gerrie Coetzee kept telling Big John Tate during their heavyweight title bout Saturday night. . "But I didn't answer," said Tate. Tate didn't answer with his mouth, but he certainly did with his fists, as he became the successor to the World Boxing Association heavyweight championship left vacant when Muhammad Ali retired. "Hey, ma, look at me now world champion!" said Tate after the unanimous decision over Coetzee. A paid integrated crowd of 81,000 and millions of television viewers around the world watched Tate as the 24-year-old black from Knoxville, Tenn., rose to the occasion in his controversial fight with the white South African. Before the fight, the Rand Daily Mail of Johannesburg, a leading white newspaper, called the bout the most prestigious event in the history of South Africa, which has seen many of its athletes barred from international sports competition because of its racial policy. ALTHOUGH THE CROWD at the fight was integrated, It was predominately white and not nearly as boistrous as had been expected. The ticket prices ranged from about $345 down to $12 for the first sports event ever to be seen by an integrated crowd in the Loftus Versfeld rugby stadium. American civil rights groups had criticized the bout from the day it was announced. About 25 pickets appeared outside of NBC-TV's headquarters in New York Saturday, chanting, "Stop the fight, stop rascism." Tate, a hulking, soft-spoken 240-pounder, never was bothered by the criticism, or at least he didn't show it. Before the fight, Tate said, "I get paid to fight. Jesse Jackson See FIGHT, Page 3F 6 Winded U-M offense awakens in 2d half against Illinois, 277 llw.JIS-., 4 ' 11, V-t " W ;5 . By MICK McCABE Free Press Sports Writer CHAMPAIGN, 111. The llth-ranked University of Michi-gan had to overcome two opponents here Saturday afternoon to stay with Ohio State as one of two undefeated teams in m nn the Big Ten. TOP 20 iCaiTTS The Wolverines rallied to defeat Illinois, 27-7, and also finally got the better of a 35-mlle-per-hour wind that played havoc with Bo Schem-bechler's game plan. The wind was so bad that a holder was needed on kickof f s and an official had to keep his hand on the ball until the teams lined up for each play. "I CAN'T emphasize the wind enough," Schembechler said after the game. "That was a wind tunnel out there. I'm not so sure it was an advantage to have the wind at your back, except when you were kicking. "You couldn't throw into the wind and you couldn't throw with it because it gusted so much." The wind' was a factor from the opening kickoff. U-M won the coin toss and Schembechler decided to take the wind. Illinois took the ball. What Schembechler wanted was for his defense to hold Illinois and force the II-lini to punt into the wind from deep in their own territory. That didn't happen. Illinois used up over six minutes in marching the ball to U-M's 38 before a penalty AP Photo Despite being tackled by Kelvin Atkins, U-M quarterback B.J. Dickey gets off his pass Saturday. Purdue nails down MSU coffin, 14-7 By CHARLIE VINCENT Free Press Sports Writer EAST LANSING It was the largest outdoor wake in Michigan history. There were 79,561 football fans gathered in Spartan Stadium to pay their respects to what little remained of Michigan State's high hopes for the 1979 season. And with the fifth largest crowd in MSU history witnessing the event, Purdue, for all time, buried those remains with a 1 4-7 victory over the patchwork Spartans. The loss dropped Michigan State's season record to 3-4, mm 7o 'o 7o 'T-j its conference mark to 1-3 and Pur-W.Smllh 42 pass interception (Sei- Us DOStseaSOn hopes tO 0. Pur J.Smith 1 run (Seibel kick) nrriuirrn v.. :-i,..t.. MSU-S.Smlth 1 run (Andersen kick) UtCIMAiLD Dy Injuries A 79,561 J iltll..j k.. .ui. v... Pur MSU Timmiicu ujr men uwii oirfhowil-H vl k '! mistakes and an aggressive Rushes-yards 52-138 35- -5 . , . passing Yards 106 22i Purdue defense, the Spartans were held to an ail-time low of minus five yards rushing and 4-33 did not get a single first down See U-M, Page 16F How the Top 20 teams In the Associated Press major college football poll tared In Saturday's games (this year's records In parentheses): 1 ALABAMA (6-0) beat Tennessee, 27-17. 2 TEXAS (4-1) lost to Arkansas, 17-14. 3 NEBRASKA (6-0) beat Oklahoma St., 36-0. 4 SOUTHERN CAL (6-0-1) beat Notre Oame, 42-23. 5 HOUSTON (6-0) beat SMU, 37-10. ( OHIO STATE (7-0) beat Wisconsin, 59-0. 7 FLORIDA STATE (6-0) did not play. I OKLAHOMA (5-1) beat Kansas St., 38-6. I NOTRE DAME (4-2) lost to Southern Cal, 42-23. 10 ARKANSAS (6-0) beat Texas, 17-14. 11 MICHIGAN (6-1) beat Illinois, 27-7. 12' WASHINGTON (5-2) lost to Pittsburgh, 26-14. 13 BRIOHAM YOUNG (6-0) beat Wyoming, 54-14. 14 AUBURN (5-1) beat Georgia Tech, 38-1 4. 15 NO. CAROLINA STATE (5-2) lost to North Carolina, 35-21. 16 PURDUE (5-2) beat Michigan St., 14-7. 17 PITTSBURGH (5-1) beat Washington, 26-14. 11 TENNESSEE (4-2) lost to Alabama, 27-17. 11 NORTH CAROLINA (5-1) beat No. Carolina St., 35-21. 20 NAVY (6-0) beat Virginia, 17-10. 64 12-25-1 19-36-1 1-1 Return Yards Passes Punts 9-42 Fumbles-lost 3-0 Penallies-vards 4-IS luniumtiAi 1 esncoc RUSHING Purdue, Macon 17-73, On the ground. w jones n.n .n n, - Neverthees8( Michjgan rA33iwvr rurou, Herrmann Vaujhn 8 RECEI W Jones 4-26. Mlchlaan Slate. Huuhes 5-86 Byrd 4-54, Brammer 3-50, Schramm 3-11. Z5-1- J - .. - 1 T-v 1 106. Michigan State, Clark 11-20-0-166, 9 ueicusc, vy uarryi VmWiUiWdu., voun, 4-4i, own admission, "did SeeMSU,Page4F 1 1 fiv V-4 1 v Jt. Al ' t Free Press Photo by CRAIG PORTER Purdue's passing QB Mark Herrmann (9) tosses one to teammate Raymond Smith (81 ) at Spartan Stadium. Flyers power past listless Wings, 7-3 By BILL McGRAW Free' Press Sports Writer The Red Wings, outfought and sloppy, dropped their home opener to the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday, 7-3, before a record first-night crowd at a hot and foggy Olympia. The Flyers displayed their traditional brawn. and knocked various Wings off the puck all over the ice. When they weren't successfully grappling, Philadelphia was picking up pucks left for them by the Wings, and con necting on crisp passes that threaded through the Wings' scattered defense. "IT WAS a disappointing way to start the season," said Wings' coach Bobby Kromm. "I've never seen a defense play as badly. They outmus- See WINGS, Page 16F Pistons bealen by Bullets 3F Marathon With 2,890 runners having completed last week's Free Press International Marathon, final computations are still being completed on the outcome of the race. Within the next few days, the Free Press will publish names of runners who were omitted from earlier lists, as well as those whose names or running times were incorrectly given. i

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