Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on December 29, 1979 · Page 21
Get access to this page with a Free Trial

A Publisher Extra Newspaper

Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan · Page 21

Detroit, Michigan
Issue Date:
Saturday, December 29, 1979
Page 21
Start Free Trial

222-6720 Sportslino For the latest sports scores and results. THE JXl n 11 ! Today's television highlight Saturday, Dec. 29, 1979t SPORTS PEOPLE 2 T1 HORSE RACING 6 P- CLASSIFIED ADS 7-10 I jjl COMICS 11-13 J s: O 12:30 p.m. NFL Playoffs: Phila. at Tampa Bay O 4:00 p.m. NFL Playoffs: Houston at S.Diego SD 7:30 p.m. Basketball: Pistons at Atlanta O 1 1:30 p.m. Basketball: Notre Dame at Ky DETROIT FREE PRESS BO'S BOWL RECORD 0-7 mum ilWIIll M ichigan loses in Gator, 17-15 By JIM HAWKINS Free Press Sports Writer JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Quarterback B.J. Dickey threw a clutch touchdown pass to Anthony Carter late in the fourth quarter Friday night, but it wasn't enough to save the University of Michigan from yet another post-season loss. This time, it was to the University of North Carolina Tar Heels in the Gator Bowl, 17-15. And the defeat gave U-M coach Bo Schembechler an 0-7 record in bowl games in his 11-year career as head coach. And worse, it dropped his record in season-ending games to a dismal 0-10-1. The Wolverines finished the season with an 8-4 record. The Tar Heels finished 8-3-1. A SHORT KICK by All Haji-Sheikh gave the Tar Heels good field position to begin the game and a couple of clutch completions by Kupec advanced Carolina to within range of the end zone. But North Carolina place kicker Jeff Hayes proved Michigan isn't the only team that can miss a field goal, as his three-point try from 41 yards out was wide to the left. The mystery of who would start at quarterback for Michigan was quickly solved as Bo Schembechler sent John Wangler out on the field to begin the game. And the senior signal caller wasted no time in making his presence felt as he hurled a 47-yard bomb to Anthony Carter on the very first play. But a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct by Butch Woolfolk stalled that drive and quite possibly cost the Wolverines a touchdown. Again Carolina moved down the field, with Lawrence and Kupec leading the way, but again Hayes' attempted field goal, this one from 31 yards out, was wide. With time running out in the first quarter, Schembechler gambled on fourth-and-three at the Carolina 37-yard line, allowing Roosevelt Smith to run on a fake punt. But the ploy gained only one yard, giving the Tar Heels the football again. See GATOR, Page2C jy- O rJ I 'jx AP Photo Michigan's John Wangler shows the pain of a knee injury as he is helped from the field. Jim ;ti DauErins M dMtf II 1 Famous Amos Lawrence: Tar Heels9 one-man gang JACKSONVILLE, Fla. His parents named him Amos. His ability to run with a football tucked under his arm has made him famous. And he, Famous Amos Lawrence, has single-handedly made the otherwise not-terribly-talented Tar Heels of North Carolina a football force to be reckoned with, rather than merely another band of barely able also-rans from the basketball-conscious Atlantic Coast Conference. In fact, Famous Amos and he alone was the reason the Tar Heels were accorded the unenviable honor of butting heads against Michigan in Friday evening's nationally featured Gator Bowl instead of having to spend the holidays at home watching the festivities on TV . And he, Famous Amos, No. 20 on your TV screen, held the key to Carolina's undeniably slim chance of upsetting the Wolverines in their now-or-never bid to finally win a bowl game for their beloved Bo. All week the Michigan defenders drilled here on the wind-swept shore of the Atlantic Ocean with one thought in mind: Stop Amos Lawrence. Do that, the scouting reports all promised, and nine times out of 10 you'll defeat North Carolina. Never mind Matt Kupec. Don't worry about Doug Paschal. Famous Amos is the one and only Tar Heel each and every opponent sets out to try to contain. And no wonder. Gains 1 9000 yards a year In Lawrence's three seasons at Chapel Hill, -he has carried a football 3,273 yards, the fourth highest such total in ACC history. And he still has one more year to play. Despite an array of nagging injuries that have hampered him from the time he was a freshman, Lawrence has managed to gain 1,000 or more yards in each of the past three years. Only one other college player Tony Dorsett at Pittsburgh ever ran together four 1,000 yard seasons in a row. And, as Bo Schembechler and everyone else knows, as Famous Amos goes, so go the Tar Heels. He is the individual who ignites the offense. The one player in baby blue who is capable of breaking a game open on any given play. In the 16 contests in which Lawrence has been at his slashing, dashing best, running for 100 or more yards, the Tar Heels have compiled a most impressive 14-1-1 record. The rest of the time, when Lawrence has been limited by assorted .Thps and pains, they have been, quite frankly, a mediocre football team. Nevertheless, Lawrence was a young man with something to prove to the Wolverines and the national television audience Friday night. About himself, and about his Carolina teammates. "A lot of highly ranked teams put down teams in the ACC," he pointed out, echoing the sentiments of many of the Tar Heels. "They don't think we can stand up to them. "This will be a good test for us. It will be a good opportunity to show what we can do." Friday's encounter also provided Lawrence with the opportunity to show the whole country that he is for real. That, at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, he's not too small to be an outstanding running back. Not big enough for the Big Ten? In high school back home in Norfolk, Va., Lawrence had ideas of playing in the Big Ten. Ohio State was sufficiently interested to invite Amos to spend a weekend in beautiful, downtown Columbus. However, as Lawrence recalled, Woody Hayes took one look at the youngster and informed him the Buckeyes "already had a pretty good running back in Ron Spring. "But," added Lawrence, "he told me they needed a wing back. "I said to myself, 'Forget it!' " According to Lawrence, Michigan also sent him a letter but never an airplane ticket to Ann Arbor. "I'm not a big powerful back like some guys," admitted North Carolina's main man. "I don't try to knock people down. But I could. I can bowlpeople over. But I'd rather get around them. I'm more of a slashing-type runner." Indeed, given ample room to maneuver, Famous Amos can be electrifying. The secret, as Schembechler told his troops over and over all week, is to hit Lawrence early and often and deny him the openings he needs in order to operate efficiently . However, as Famous Amos has demonstrated time and time again, that's often easier said than done. Ironically, the most popular chain of fast-food emporiums in the Jacksonville area is not McDonald's or Pizza Hut or Taco Bell, but rather a a string of modest eateries known as Famous Amos restaurants. Good thing Bo Schembechler is not a superstitious man. The Toronto Maple Leafs trade right Kinger Lanny McDonald and defenseman Joel Quenneville to the Colorado Rockies for wingers Wuj Paiement and Pat Mickey. The story is on Pagx, SC. f , f if" w . Jr 6 Amos Lawrence UPI Photo by DAN DMITRUK MSU goalie Mark Mazzoleni and captain Ted Huesing stop U-M's Bruno Baseotto in the Great Lakes Tournament Friday. U-M icers rip Spartans, 7-4 By BILL McGRAW Free Press Sports Writer Two goals each by Murray Eaves and Gordie Hampson powered the University of Michigan to a 7-4 win over Michigan State Friday in the Great Lakes Invitational hockey tournament at Joe Louis Arena. In the second game, Michigan Tech edged the University Wisconsin in a battle of goalies, 1-0. It was the first time in 316 games that Wisconsin has been shut out. Michigan and Michigan Tech will meet for the championship Saturday following the consolation contest between MSU and Wisconsin, which begins at 5 p.m. In Friday's first game, delayed by problems with the arena Ice and clock, the Spartans took an early lead on the first of two goals by right wing Bob Martin, the 19-year-old brother of the Buffalo Sabres' Richard Martin. Dan Lerg, a senior from Detroit Catholic Central, tied the score for U-M at 1 7:38 of the first period on a power play when he lifted the puck over MSU goalie Mark Mazzoleni after missing two open nets earlier in the period. After Lerg's goal, the Wolverines never trailed. Goals by Hampson and Eaves, brother of Minnesota North Star Mike Eaves and son of University of Windsor hockey coach Cec Eaves, put U-M ahead 3-1 early in the second period. MICHIGAN STATE made it close for two minutes when leading scorer Leo Lynett scored at 5:32 of the period, but another goal by Eaves, the top collegiate scorer in the nation, stretched U-M's lead to 4-2, and the Spartans never crept closer for the rest of the game. Dennis May and Roger Bourne also scored for U-M. Frank Finn, a sophomore center from Livonia Stevenson, added one for MSU. Lerg had two assists for Michigan, as did right wing Bruno Basseotto. Michigan State coach Ron Mason yanked goalie Mazzoleni for Doug Belland with 12:04 left in the second period, in an attempt, Mason explained later, to "change the rhythm" of the game. It didn't work. U-M goalie Paul Fricker, a freshman from Vancouver, British Columbia, stopped 33 hots, the same number halted by the two MSU net minders. "Michigan just had too much firepower for us," Mason said. See HOCKEY, Page5C Long redeemed by 32 points V as Pistons swing 114-98 win Bengals hire l-'orrrsl (htjjj; Forrest Gregg, who coached Toronto of the Canadian Football League in 1979, Friday was named head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League. He succeeds the fired Homer Rice. By CHARLIE VINCENT Free Press Sports Writer After eight straight mismatches, the Detroit Pistons finally found their match Friday night at the Pontiac Silverdome the battered and bruised Denver Nuggets. And, at long last finally finding some one In more distress than themselves, the Pistons Lanier to Bucks: Deal came close Bob Lanier's broken left hand happened at the worst possible time, both for the big center and for the Pistons. The Free Press learned Friday night that general manager Jack McCloskey was on the telephone with Milwaukee Bucks' coach Don Nelson, completing a trade for Lanier, when McCloskey was iptlf'd of the injury. The Bucks were going to give center Kent Eenson and a pair of first round draft choices for Lanier, but the broken hand killed that deal, at least for the See LANIER, Page 5C Girls' All-State cage: 4C showed no mercy, snapping an eight-game losing streak with a 114-98 triumph over the Nuggets, who have now won just three of 12 road games this season. It was Detroit's first win since December 12 and only its third in 15 games this month. ' The Nuggets came into the Dome without the services of George McGinnis (suspended by commissioner Lawrence O'Brien for running into an official), Bo Ellis (knee surgery) and David Thompson (bruised right heel). THAT MATCHED them up nicely with the Pistons, who were without services of Bob Lanier (broken left hand) and Greg Kelser (sprained right ankle). And by halftime the Pistons had drawn exactly even in the manpower shortage, losing James McElroy with a sprained ankle. Six Pistons finished in double figures as they finally broke out of their slump, but the night belonged to John Long. Long took a lot of heat for sending up a desparatlon 25-foot jump shot with three seconds remaining in last Wednesday's 98-97 loss to Indiana. Coach Richie Adubato admitted that was not the shot he wanted taken and Lanier had a few heated words for Long in the locker room afterwards. But the confrontation didn't make Long the last bit timid. He came out gunning Friday and his first See PISTONS, Page 5C w.miMM At 1 4i 1 A - "S M,itnr dL Free Press Photo by ALAN KAMUDA Leon Douglas, who started at center Friday night in place of the injured Bob Lanier, couldn't get high enough to stop this basket by Nuggets' Dan Issel. Upstart Rebels pin 71-66 loss on U-M AP and UPI NEW ORLEANS John Stroud fired in 20 second-half points to lead lightly-regarded Mississippi to a 71-66 victory over strongly-favored Michigan in the opening game of the Sugar Bowl tournament Friday night. The victory sent the Rebels ' into Saturday's championship against the winner of the Tu-lane-Virginia Tech game played later Friday night. ; Michigan (6-2), the tournament favorite along with Virginia Tech, holds victories over such basketball notables as Dayton, Detroit and Marquette. Ole Miss, now 5-4 and picked near the bottom of the Southeastern Conference, trailed only briefly early in the game. Stroud, a 6-foot-7 senior averaging 23 points a game for the season, finished the night with 28 points to lead all scorers! Elston Turner added 23. Michigan was led by Johnny Johnson, a reserve forward-guard who came off the bench to get 16 points for See U-M, Page3C U-D wins, 64-42, will meet EMU By MICK McCABE Free Press Sports Writer Colgate and Dartmouth are two of only seven Division I college basketball teams that do not give out athletic scholarships and 3,096 fans at Cali-han Hall saw the end result Friday night in the first round of the Motor City Tournament. Both the University of Detroit and Eastern Michigan University posted first-night victories to set up Saturday's 8 p.m. finals. Dartmouth and Colgate will battle it out in the consolation game at 6 p.m. U-D opened up a 10-point lead early and coasted to a 64-42 victory over Darthmouth while EMU got a relatively easy 74-64 victory over Colgate with a second-half rush. The Dartmouth Big Green looked absolutely terrible in the first half, missing their first 11 free throw attempts and committing 10 turnovers in the first 10 minutes. They hit only 30 percent of their 6hots from the floor. In spite of this they trailed only 30-16 at the half. "We were not as sharp as we should have been in the See U-D, Page3C U-D 64, Dartmouth 42 DETROIT (M) Davis Core Cureton Nues McCrmcK Fields Koplckl Slmms - Blakev McCotter McNatt Benon Totals K 0-1 7-10 4-9 7-15 0-4 0- 4 1- 3 1-2 00 1-1 1-2 ft 0-0 2- 3 3- 5 n 0-1 4- 4 0-0 0- 0 1- 1 0-0 2- 2 reb lit 6 4 3 10 pi pts 3 I 4 1 4 17 I l5 1 0 1 4 0 2 0 2 : 1 4 26-61 12-16 42 1! 23 64 DARTMOUTH (42) Lawson Caldwell Robrlson Johnson Broil Graham Hevward Edwards Aubln Jones Rov White mta 27 13 35 16 22 24 21 21 It 4 2 2 Ii 2-4 1- 5 2- 5 2-7 2-5 2-8 4-9 1-4 0 3 1-1 0-1 0-0 H 0-1 0- 0 1- 6 4-4 0-1 0- 0 1- 6 0 0 1-2 0- 1 1- 3 0-0 rtb lit pf pti a I 4 4 Totals 17-52 6-24 42 5 17 Hilttlme: Detroit 30, Dartmouth 16. Attendance: 3,096. 1

What members have found on this page

Get access to

  • The largest online newspaper archive
  • 21,000+ newspapers from the 1700s–2000s
  • Millions of additional pages added every month

Publisher Extra Newspapers

  • Exclusive licensed content from premium publishers like the Detroit Free Press
  • Archives through last month
  • Continually updated

Try it free