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v r w r r r 222-G720 Sportslino For the latest sports scores and results. Today's television highlights; NBC 1 p.m. Football: Pittsburgh at Kansas City CBS 2 p.m. Football: Minnesota at Green Bay CBC 4 p.m. CFL Football: Hamilton at Ottawa NBC 4 p.m. Football: New England at Denver Sunday, Hov. 11, 1979 COLLEGE SCORES HORSE RACING INSIDE OF SPORTS DETROIT FREE PRESS OUTDOORS grams u Purdue jolts U-M 24 21; Bucks roll By MICK McCABE Fret Press Sport Wrller . WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. The University of Michigan ran out of miracles here Saturday afternoon. Strapped with four interceptions and an atrocious kicking game, the Wolverines fell short in their patented fourth-quarter rally and lost a 24-21 heart-breaker to Purdue. The U-M loss mean that not only will the Wolverines (8-2 and 6-1 in the Big Ten) have to beat undefeated Ohio State next week if they hope to go to the Rose Bowl again, but Purdue (7-2 overall and 6-1) will also have to lose to Indiana University next Saturday. Should the Wolverines beat Ohio State and Purdue beat Indiana, the Big Ten season would end in a tie and Ohio State .would go to the Rose Bowl based on the best overall record of the three teams. - "Gentlemen, don't take that Indiana game for granted," U-M coach Bo Schembechier said, "I played at Indiana. I know." BUT ALL OF that could have been avoided had the 10th- VT lim llifclllawhins Bucs inflated? No, Lions are just in big depression Just to refresh your memory: The date was April 24, 1974. The city of Tampa, Fla., long famous for its fine cigars and black bean soup, was awarded a franchise in the prestigious National Football League. Naturally, the natives were ecstatic. In Detroit, the news was greeted with a yawn. The hometown Lions, after all, had finished second in their division in each of the five previous seasons, so they certainly had nothing to fear from a newborn expansion team. On Dec. 5, 1974, real estate tycoon Hugh F. Culverhouse obtained the ownership of the still-to-be-formed, still-to-be-named, still playerless Tampa team. Three days later, the Lions whipped Cincinnati, 2319, for their seventh victory of the season under new coach Rick Forzano, : thereby assuring themselves of yet another second place finish. ' On March 30, 1976, the exisiting teams in the NFL gave 'Tampa Bay 39 veteran players of varying ability as a foundation for its fledgling football team. The Lions donated linebacker Larry Ball, who lasted one year and never started a game. On Dec. 12, 1976, the Bucs completed their first season on the face of the earth by losing for the 14th consecutive time. The previous evening, the Lions also lost, thereby falling to third in the NFC's Central sector their poorest position since 1968. ' Bucs board viclory express One year later, almost to the day on Dec. 11, 1977 ' after losing an unprecedented 26 in a row, the Buccaneers knocked over New Orleans, 33-14, for their first victory ever. Saints' coach Hank Stram was so chagrined, he publicly incinerated the official film Qf the game. That same afternoon, the Lions also won a thriller as Leonard Thompson blocked a David Lee punt with nine seconds to go and carried the ball into the end zone to upset Baltimore, 13-10. Now it is the 1 1th of November, 1979, and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who this afternoon visit the dome Bill Ford didn't build, are no longer the laughing stock of the league. In fact, in all of professional foot ball, only two teams the incumbent Super Bowlers from Pittsburgh and Dallas boast better records. Johnny Carson no longer makes Jokes about the team from Tampa Bay. And Howard Cosell has begun including highlights of the Bucs' games on his halftime shows on Monday night. Barring a complete collapse In the the six weeks that remain, the Buccaneers not only will be invited to participate in next month's playoffs, they'll be one of the host teams. I I don't mind telling you I was 1 2 years old the last time the Lions hosted one of those things. But that's another ? story. . . ': Still, in spite of the discrepancy in their respective records, I get the feeling the lowly, last-place, all-too-often lifeless Lions are not all that Impressed with this afternoon's opponents. ! But then, who is? in the minds of most football fans, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still just a bunch of Sad Sacks from Central Florida. - They have never been featured on Monday Night Foot-'5 ball. In fact, they never even have been on national TV. If : ; they do, indeed, survive the remainder of the regular season and reach the playoffs, they will be carried, coast to coast, ' for the first time. The network will have no other choice. Noiv Tampa hays at critics When the Bucs win, as they have done seven times already this season, folks snicker and call it a fluke. And when they fall, it is never because they have had an off-day, as befalls the best of teams, but rather because they are . basically Inept. Each Sunday, they are called upon to prove themselves ; anew. And when they do, the results are dismissed as Inconclusive People point to Tampa Bay's lofty position atop the standings and proclaim that just demonstrates how pitifully weak the Central Division really is. It has been said, off the record, of course, that if the Buccaneers were across the way in the rugged American Conference, they would not win a game. All of which, as you might well expect, galls the Bucs greatly. They groan because guys like defensive end Lee Roy Selmon and linebacker David Lewis have never been recognized as All-Pros, claiming such stars have been deprived of the acclaim due them merely because they wear the orange and white of Tampa Bay. They cringe while ' ' critics continue to call them losers and credit their recent rash of success to sheer luck. Which leaves me wondering this morning: If the Buccaneers are, in fact, still a joke at 7-3, whet does that make the eyesores in silver and blue? W ranked Wolverines scored from two yards out on a fourth "We called it because I thought it would work," Schem- down play late in the fourth quarter. bechler said. The Wolverines had rallied from a 24-6 deficit with just "Someone was covering Butch," Wangler said when asked over 1 0 minutes left to play. A 37-yard run by Butch Woolf oik why he didn't pitch the ball. and a pass interference call in the end zone set up Roosevelt "I don't know if that play was good execution or bad Smith's one-yard touchdown. execution," said Purdue coach Jim Young. "Ail I know is we Curtis Greer recovered a Purdue fumble on U-M's 41 and stopped them." then John Wangler went to work, passing to tight end Doug The Wolverines, however, had one more chance at the Marsh for gains of 18 and 14 yards before he hit Ralph Clayton victory., with a 20-yarder at the Purdue two-yard line. . U-M stopped Purdue on downs, and instead of punting the Two plays later, Woolfolk scored from the two to cut ball from near the goal line, Purdue elected to take a two-point Purdue's lead to 24-19 with 3:41 remaining. safety and kickoff at the 20. Linebacker Andy Cannavino deflected a Mark Herrmann "I guess they figures were were coming after them, and pass and hung on as he returned the ball to Purdue's 27. A they were right," Schembechier said, scoreen pass to Woolfolk got the ball to the 10-yard line. - . THAT GAVE U-M the ball at its own 46 with 59 seconds ON FIRST DOWN, Wangler hit Norm Betts in the end zone, remaining. Wangler was sacked for a five-yard loss on first but the reserve tight end dropped the ballafter being stuck by dwn and Woolfolk dropped a second down pass. Woolfolk Wayne Smith. After an incompletlon, Wangler scrambled to caught a seven-yard gain on third down, but U-M was faced the two, to set up the fourth down play. with a fourth and seven situation at its 49. After not running the option for nearly the entire game, U- 0" fourtn down Wangler threw deep to Anthony Carter. M came up with the option play and Wangler was sacked at the The ball was overthrown and U-M was finished with only 17 l u Deiore ne could get off a pitch. It was strictly a run option, seconas remaining. Wangler did not have the option to pass. See U-M, Page5F ... x -uu,,-. f 1 Ivjr1"""? - 15-""'" . 111 Tl wC It jo----) IP f ') ' . W n Jm$$ A ' WV' tlr V I , jesB! Hiiiliiii Hose Bowl: Here's how it slacks up After all the ifs are sorted out, Michigan still has one. chance of coming up with a shot at the roses: The Wolverines must beat Ohio State in Ann Arbor next Saturday, and Indiana must beat Purdue at Indiana, for Michigan to travel West Michigan and OSU would be tied for the conference title, and a Wolverine win in their head-to-head match would give them the edge. But any other combination means the Buckeyes will battle in the Rose Bowl Jan. 1. Even if Michigan wins next weekend, a Purdue victory in Indiana sends Ohio State to Pasadena. The three teams would finish In a three-way tie, but OSU would have the best overall record 10-1 to 9-2 for both U-M and Purdue. In case of ties or an Ohio State win next week, well, there's always next year for Michigan. Bucks rout Ioiva to grab title share COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio State's league-leading defense, sparked by freshman Marcus Marek, forced Iowa into 1 0 turnovers Saturday in a 34-7 rout that gave the third-ranked Buckeyes at least a Big Ten Conference co-championship. The undefeated Buckeyes Top 20 teams ran their overall record to 10- 0 and can clinch a Rose Bowl berth next week by winning at Michigan, which suffered Its first league loss at Purdue as the Boilermakers scored a 24-21 victory. Ohio State is now 7-0 in the Big Ten while Michigan and Purdue are tied for second with 6-1 conference marks with one week remaining. - Marek, a linebacker, intercepted two passes and recovered one fumble as Ohio State settled the issue by halftime by posting a 27-0 lead. OHIO STATE forced Iowa quarterback Phil Suess into two lost fumbles and three interceptions, which led to the Hawkeyes' worst defeat of the season and dropped Iowa to records of 4-6 overall and 3-4 in the Big Ten. Sophomore quarterback Art Schlichter became Ohio State's all-time passing leader when he connected on an eight-yard toss to Ty Hicks in the opening moments of the game. Schlichter now has 2,-573 yards in the air. Don Un-verferth set the previous record of 2,518 yards from 1963-65. Schlichter ran one yard for a touchdown and passed 34 yards to Doug Donley for an- See BUCKEYES, Page 4F How th Top 20 teams In the Asso ciated Press major college football poll fared In Saturday's games (this year's recoras in paremnesesi: t ALABAMA (6-01 at Louisiana bt., incomplete. 2 NEBRASKA (9-0) Peat Kansas St., 21-12. 3 OHIO STATE (10-0) peat lowa, 114-7. 4 SOUTHERN CAL (8-0-1) at Washington, incomplete. S HOUSTON (8-01 vs. lexas, incomplete. OKLAHOMA (8-1) peat Kansas, as-u. 7 FLORIDA STATE (8-0) vs. south Carolina, incomplete. I TEXAS (8-1) at Houston, night. t ARKANSAS (8-1) beat Baylor, 2S-2U. 10 MICHIGAN (8-2) lost to Purdue, 24-21. 11 BRIGHAM YOUNG (8-0) at Long Beacn St., incomplete. 12 PITTSBURGH (8-1) beat west Virginia, 24-17. 13 NOTRE DAME (6-2) lost to tennessee, 40-lB. 14 PURDUE (8-2) beat Michigan, 24-21. 15 WASHINGTON (7-2) vs. southern uai., incomplete 18 AUBURN (7-2) beat Mississippi St., 14-3. 17 BAYLOR (8-3) lost to Arkansas, 23-20. 18 CLEM80N (7-2) beat North Carolina, 13-10. It SOUTH CAROLINA (6-2) at Monaa st., incomplete. 20 WAKE FORE8T (8-2) oeat uuKe, 1-14. Purdue running back Ben McCall (13) gets a couple yards, but no more, as Michigan guard Mike Trgovac UPI Photo (barely visible) latches on from behind and tackle Chris Godfrey (farther back) gets poised for the kill. On the inside: CMU wins tillc Central Michigan University beats Eastern Michigan, 37-14, and wins its first-ever Mid-American Conference championshipPage 6F. Saginaw Valley State ties Wayne State, 7-7, to win the Great Lakes conference Page 8F. Nebraska, the nation's No. 2-ratcd team, whips Kansas State, 21-12 Page 8F. Notre Dame, ranked 13th in the nation, is thrashed by Tennessee, 40-18 Page 8F. SHAMROCKS KOLL, 26-8 CC clobbers Fordson By HAL SCHRAM Free Press Sports Writer Detroit Catholic Central's best football team in a generation soundly beat Dearborn Fordson, 26-8, Saturday afternoon before an overflow crowd of 9,000 fans at Birmingham Groves and got a full measure of satisfaction out of this its 10th straight victory of the season. The Shamrocks of coach Tom Mach got even with the pollsters who had dumped them from the No. 1 rating two weeks ago in . favor of Fordson in this a battle between the No. 1 and No. 2 ranked Class A powers in the State. The victory also means the west-siders advance to next week's semifinals against Hazel Park where another victory will send them to the Silverdome for the second time in a month. Just last week CC defeated DeLa-Salle for the Catholic League title in the Dome. "We're ready for a solid performance," . predicted Mach 30 minutes before the kick-off. Things didn't change too much two minutes later when reserve halfback Fred Hallway was carried from the field with a sprained ankle after twisting his foot on the slippery turf. BUT EVEN WITH his injury Hallway smiled from the sidelines as his teammates came up with two quick second period touchdowns to rub out an 8-0 Fordson lead. See CENTRAL, Page 10F ' fill I It I: 's w ft tHlf 4 (V""" f 14 . y - i a v . r- ,b.t Willis Reed Ex-Kiiieks' coach Reed set to meet with Pistons . Former New York Knicks' coach Willis Reed was scheduled to talk with Pistons' owner William Davidson in Detroit on Saturday as the Pistons continued their search for a successor to Dick Vitale, who was fired Thursday. Reed, who captained the Knicks to two National Basketball Association championships, was less successful as a coach. He was dismissed a year ago and Red Holzman, a former Knicks' coach, was rehired. A Pistons' spokesman said he had no information on the See REED, Page 3F ri ff I fi )l v 1 I i. J" TJ Hv'lU Free Press Photo by MARY SCHROEOER Catholic Central's Bill Mathews (arm raised) is congratulated Saturday after scoring the Shamrocks' first TD. MSU runs away from Minnesota By CHARLIE VINCENT Free Press Sports Writer EAST LANSING Michigan State, the team that returned the forward pass to respectability in the Big Ten, defeated Minnesota 31-17 Saturday without completing a single pass. The Spartans ran 72 offensive plays on this gray and blustery afternoon and only four times all in the first half did quarterback Bryan Clark put the football in the air. It was only the eighth time In history that the Spartans have failed to complete a pass and no one in the Spartan Stadium press box not even sports Information director Fred Stabley, who is retiring after 33 years at MSU could recall the last time it happened. WITH THEIR passing game under wraps, the Spartans turned their offense over almost entirely to their tail- See MSU, Page OF

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