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European Stars and Stripes (Newspaper) - December 30, 1999, Darmstadt, HesseThursday december 30, 1999 stars and stripes Page 29 Penn state Blanks a min Sandusky s sendoff by Kelley Shannon the associated press san Antonio Penn state got the outcome it wanted jus not in the game it wanted to play. Rashard Casey passed for a touchdown and ran for one As no.13 Penn state ending a three game losing Streak that Cost it possible shot at the National title Defeated no. 18 Texas am 24-0 tuesday in the Alamo bowl. No. 13 Penn state 24, no. 18 Texas am 0 it seemed like a Hollywood script All american linebacker Lavar Arrington said after Penn state s first shutout of the s too bad it s too late to show what we had but better late than state 10-3 sent longtime defensive coordinator Jerr Sandusky into retirement with a Strong performance holding Texas am to just 80 net Yards Rushing and 122 Yards passing. We played like a Penn stat defense said Sandusky the defensive coordinator since 1977."we Bent but we did t break and people made plays in the clutch. That is what did it. An that s symbolic of the Way we played so Many Many defense had car ried Penn state to a 9-0start and a no. 2 nation Al ranking before the team s title Hopes were dashed by losses to Minnesota Michigan and Michigan state avoided what could have been the first four game los ing Streak in Joe Paterno s 34-year career As coach. Penn state jumped to a 14-0lead by halftime then added an other touchdown when Casey ran in for the score from the 4 on the first play of the fourth Quarter. A 39-Yard Field goal by Travis Forney pushed the Lead to 24-0.Casey had his first Start of the season and played the whole game for Penn state which had used Casey and Kevin Thomps Onat quarterback this year. Paterno said monday that Thompson sarm was slightly sore. Casey was 8-of-16 for 146 Yards and Penn state added 175 Yard Rushing. Randy Mccown of Texas am was13-for-22 for 105 pass ing Yards but threw four interceptions Matching the career High he threw in a loss to Nebraska this sea son. Mccown was sacked three was Tough to stay positive Mccown said. We wanted to Geta Good Start and we did t. You re not going to win Many football games playing like , a Junior who might make himself available for the nil draft had a big game for Penn state with 14 tackles including one for an 8-Yard am had Only one prom Ising drive in the first half and it failed when Shane Lechler saw his 44-Yard Field goal attempt fall was Paterno s 30th bowl the associated press Penn state quarterback Rashard Casey got his first Start of the season and responded with a touchdown pass and scoring run. Appearance breaking the record of 29 he shared with Bear Bryant of Alabama. Paterno has won smorgasbord of bowl unappetizing to Many by Andrew Bagnato Chicago Tribune Chicago it s obvious. The bowls Are dying. Kansas state usually brings an entire state lock Stock and Cracker barrel to its bowl games. But the wildcats May have to eat holi Day bowl tickets this week. Honolulu s smallest bowl crowd in eight years turned out on Christmas to watch the Hometown Hawaii rainbows Cap a rousing turnaround season. And Florida is having so much trouble peddling seats to the nearby Citrus bowl that gators coach Steve Spurrier has been reduced to begging fans to attend. Won t y All come out to see us against Michigan state we d sure appreciate second thought the bowls Are booming. Oklahoma May bring As Many As 25,000 fans to Shreveport la., for its Independence bowl meeting with Mississippi on new year s Are staying from Tyler Texas to Monroe la.," Independence bowl executive director Glen Krupica said monday from Loui Siana. The entire Region is Kentucky is. Syracuse sounds like a terrific basketball matchup but in football it s a meet ing of 6-5 mediocrities. Nevertheless their music City bowl showdown is headed for a sellout. And the Rose bowl expects to attract its usual six figure throng despite fears of a mismatch Between no. 4 Wisconsin and no. 22 Stanford bowl washers and playoff advocates they tend to be the same people will argue tha College football s postseason smorgasbord never has tasted so Bland. They Point to a pro fusion of clunkers Matching mediocre teams and a sea of empty seats at some games a proof that bowls have outlived their useful anyone really need to see Wake Forest against Arizona state in the Aloha bowl an there were about 30,000 empty seats monday at the Silver dome when undefeated Marshall ripped Brigham Young 21-3. But bowl backers Are loathe to change with a system that last postseason poured $145 Mil lion into major College athletic coffers a jump of $37 million from the previous year. Conferences want the Cash. And coaches want three additional weeks of practice which is Why Louisville in t Grum bling too loudly about being sentenced to a trip to Boise Idaho for the humanitarian an nil style playoff is adopted and it is no certainty the bowls Are the Best thing we have. They might not need an overhaul but some Well intentioned tinkering might help. John Reid has spent nearly three decades trying to build a better bowl game. Widely regarded As the Dean of the modern bowl the Holiday bowl executive director tossed out a few suggestions monday from san Diego. For starters he said 23 bowls Are perhaps a third too Many. It bothers me to think that 6-5 teams go to a bowl game Reid said. It s hard to think of being rewarded for going 6-5,"Reid also would like to see a return to the Days when bowl representatives in loud poly Ester spor Coats would Cut Back room deals with athletic directors and coaches. Even though bowls were criticized for Cut Ting deals too soon and rightly so in some cases it created a tremendous amount of in Trigue Over who was going where Reid said. It was a competitive process rather than being predetermined one of the flaws in that system was that invitations often were tendered on reputation rather than achievement. That s How Penn state was Able to leverage a blockbuster bowl berth before it had played a Down in 1992. Back then critics argued the bowls had to much Power. But it was their investment after and title sponsor Money is really fro zen Krupica said. If you re going to Cove the nut you have to sell tickets the Best Way to do that is with intriguing matchup. But by tying in with conferences the bowls traded sizzle for is kind of predictable now the associated press while the Public still goes head Over heels for the elite bowls that boast prime matchup other games like the Aloha bowl continue to struggle at the Gate and with to ratings. Reid said it has taken a lot of excitement out of the , there is a distinct Lack of excite ment in Tucson Ariz Over the coming insight com showdown Between Colorado and Boston College. But Colorado is. Arizona state might have been a hot ticket in the desert. In the old Days the Liberty bowl could have inflamed passions by enticing either Ole miss or Mississippi state to take on Southern miss. Instead the Liberty is stuck with Southern miss against Colorado , the Gator or the Citrus could have paired Florida and Miami. The gators and the hurricanes Haven t met since 1987. Spurrier would t have to beg Gator fans to show up for that one. More bowl games than any other coach and now has a bowl record of 20-9-1. College briefs Alabam extends Dubose contract the associated press Tuscaloosa Ala. Ala Bama coach Mike Dubose was Given a contract Extension tues Day five months after he was nearly fired in a sexual harass ment scandal. The University trustees compensation com Mittee approved the Extension reportedly for two years through 2002.but trustees Secretary John Hicks said no details of the Exten Sion would be released until University officials had a Chance to talk with Dubose who is in Miami preparing for the Orange bowl on saturday. The contract Extension will re store time stripped away As punishment following a sexual harass ment scandal last summer. Investigators nothing Odd with Holtz s plane Columbia . Investigators say there was nothing out of the Ordinary that might have caused the crash of a plane that was going to pick up South Carolina coach Lou Holtz. The National transportation safety Board s preliminary re port released tuesday said Al flight operations were Normal when the Beech King air Turbo prop was making its approach to lady s Island on dec. 19. Pilot Dewey Sonny Foster 65, of Columbia was killed in the crash. Co Pilot Joseph Baier 77,managed to escape before a fire destroyed the plane

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