New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 2, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Wednesday, January 2, 1991NB falls at Hays
MOUNTAIN CITY — The New Braunfels Unicorns ended 1990 with a loss at 4A power Hays, falling 74-42 in a Monday afternoon game.
The Unicorns finished the calendar year with a three-game losing streak to three of Central Texas’ top girls basketball teams: Georgetown, Pflugerville and finally the Lady Rebels.
But New Braunfels came within three points of beating Pflugerville, and also kept up with Hays for a quarter.
“We played real well the first half,” New Braunfels Coach Linda Isbell said. “We stayed with them the first quarter.”
The Unicorns trailed 19-13 at the end of one, before Hays scored 27 second-quarter points on its way to a 46-24 halftime lead.
Things would only get worse for New Braunfels, which was plagued by turnovers in the second quarter, after halftime.
“In the second half, we didn’t shoot well under the basket,’’ Isbell saki. “We were trying to force shots, and we’d telegraph the pass to who it was for.”
The Unicorns finished at 17 percent shooting from the field to com^ jrJ the matchup problem they had with Hays.
“They’re a lot taller than us,” Isbell said. “Robin (Riedei) and Cin-1 Mager) got in foul trouble. That read) helped them out in the third and fourth quarter.”
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Amy Cook, shown above in a game earlier this season, matched her season high with 10 points on Monday, but it wasn't enough to help New Braunfels overcome Hays in a non-district game. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Hurricanes batter UT
Erickson throws four TDs in Miami’s 46-3 rout
DALLAS (AP) — Miami, the collegiate team of the ’80s, got the ’90s off to a great start with a record-smashing Cotton Bowl, but it may not be enough for the defending national champions to repeat.
The twice-beaten, fourth-ranked Hurricanes, making a last desperate attempt to impress the poll voters, battered No. 3 Texas 46-3 on Tuesday as Craig Erickson threw a Cotton Bowl record four touchdown passes.
But No. 2 ranked Georgia Tech downed Nebraska 45-21 in the Florida Citrus Bowl and No. I rated Colorado defeated Notre Dame 10-9 in the Orange Bowl.
Miami Coach Dennis Erickson wasn’t hopeful.
“We gave it our best shot but when Georgia Tech won there just wasn’t any scenario I could see Miami would be voted the national champions," Erickson said after the Orange Bowl.
Early season losses to Brigham Young and Notre Dame may have doomed the Hurricanes, who won their last six games.
Miami produced the most points and widest margin of victory in Cotton Bowl history with the rout of the Southwest Conference champion Longhorns, who had won nine games in a row after an opening loss to Colorado.
Texas Cou^h David McWiliuims said “Miami deserved to be considered for consideration for No. I. If Miami isn’t the national champion, then I don’t want to play the best one.”
The Hurricanes were penalized a record 16 limes for 202 yards yet produced the worst rout in the 55-year
passes of 12 and 24 yards, found Randal Hill on a 48-yaid scoring strike, and flipped a 4-yard touchdown pass to freshman Damon Bethel.
Linebacker Darrin Smith returned an interception 34 yards for a score.
Miami makes no apologies for its rough talking, play
DALLAS (AP) — The brash Miami Hurricanes are making no apologies for their daunting and taunting defense, and the Texas Longhorns say there’s no excuse for their ineptness.
Fourth-ranked Miami bashed its way to a 46-3 rout of No. 3 Texas an Tuesday. The Hurricanes (10-2) were penalized a Cotton Bowl-record 16 times for 202 yards yet still produced the most points and largest margin of victory in Cotton Bowl history.
Dennis Erickson, who improved his record to 21-3 in two years as Miami’s coach, said the penalties, many of them for celebrating plays, didn’t bother him one bit.
“Hey, when you win 46-3, you don’t worry about penalties,’ ’ he said.
“I don’t think we played dirty or anything,” he added. "I think we just played harder, we had more intensity. And it takes two to tangle.”
“You would think that by getting that many penalties, we would have been able to move the ball better,” Texas Coach David McWilliams said.
The tone of the game was set early. Miami taunted the Longhorns when they came onto the field before the game began, then was hit by consecutive personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties on the first series.Classic
history of the Cotton Bowl on the Longhorns.
“I think any team in the country would have a tough time beating us," said quarterback Craig Erickson said.
Coach Erickson said lie would let the score speak for itself.
“I think we are the best team in the country but I’m not going to politic,’’ he said. “We lost twice. We mack our bcd and have to sleep in it. That’s all I have to say about it. I would politic for a playoff, though. It didn’t seem like we were getting much respect and we were on a mission to get respect.”
The previous Cotton Bowl record was 45 points by Boston College in 1985. Oklahoma A&M’s 34-0 victory over Texas Cliristian in 1945 was the previous largest margin of victory.
While Erickson was winning offensive MVP, Outland Trophy winner Russell Maryland led the mauling of quarterback Peter Cadere with three of the eight sacks the Hurricanes recorded.
Erickson was 17-for-26 for 272 yards in his near flawless performance.
He hit Wesley Carroll oil scoringClipping penalty could help Colorado keep No. I spot
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
On a New Year’s Day of routs, one play in one cliff-hanger might make all the difference for the national championship.
While No. 2 Georgia Tech and No. 4 Miami made strong claims to the title Tuesday with lopsided victories, top-ranked Colorado barely squeezed past No. 5 Notre Dame 10-9. That Orange Bowl win was secured thanks greatly to a clipping penalty in the final minute that negated a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown by Raghib Ismail.
Was Colorado’s narrow victory enough?
“That’s the way I feel.’’ Colorado Coach Bill McCartney said. “I think historically if you play a team as worthy as Notre Dame and you beat them, you should hold your ranking. Comparative scores really mean nothing. If you look at what Colorado has done all year, the teams we’ve beaten, we should maintain our ranking.’*
It would have been easier if the Buffaloes had followed the lead of most of Tuesday’s winners. Besides the Orange Bowl’s nail-bner, the Sugar Bowl was the only other close game. At New Orleans, No. IO Tennessee edged Virginia 23-22.
The rest of the first day of 1991 was onesided.
Georgia Tech swamped No. 19 Nebraska 45-21 in the Citrus Powl. Miami routed No. 3 Texas 46-3 in the Cotton Bowl. No. 18 Louis
ville was a 34-7 winner against No. 25 Alabama in the Fiesta Bowl.
The Rose Bowl was all No. 8 Washington, even though the 46-34 score against No. 17 Iowa was closer than the nature of the game The Hall of Fame Bowl went to No. 14 Clemson, 30-0 over No. 16 Illinois, while No. 12 Michigan romped past No. 15 Mississippi 35-3 in the Gator Bowl.
Colorado 10, Notre Dame 9
Ever since it beat Missouri with the help of a fifth down. Colorado (11-1-1) has had its standing atop the poll questioned. Now it has a tight win over the Irish (9-3) on its side.
“I hope Colorado gets it,” Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz said, “but I wouldn’t be upset if Georgia Tech got it. Both are very worthy.”
The Buffaloes rallied behind second-string QB Charles Johnson after Darian Hagan ruptured a tendon in his left knee in the first half. Down 9-3, Colorado got the winning score, a I-yard run by All-American Erie Bieniemy, in the third quarter.
With 1:05 to go, Colorado punted — shockingly — to Ismail, Notre Dame’s best weapon. He dodged several tackles, cut right and sped to the end zone. While he and two teammates celebrated in the end zone, the referee signaled a clipping penalty on Greg Davis.
‘“The return by Rocket was one of the
greatest individual efforts I ve seen,” Holtz said. “I don’t know it the clip had anything to do with the run. I suic hope it did.”
McCartney and his players praised the work of Johnson, who scored the winning TD on that infamous fifth down at Missouri.
“CJ. was tremendous,’’ McCartney said. Georgia Tech 45, Nebraska 21 At Orlando, Fla., the Yellow Jackets finished the only unbeaten season in Division I as they surged to a 21-0 lead. Shawn Jones completed 16 of 23 passes for 277 yards, including touchdowns of 22 yards to Emmett Merchant and 2 yards to William Bell. And Bell, who had 127 yards on 16 carries, scored touchdowns in the final quarter on runs of 6 and 57 yards.
The victory was the sixth straight for Tech, which finished 11-0-1 — the only blot on the season a 13-13 lie with North Carolina.
“I’m not going to wave a flag for it,” Georgia Tech Coach Bobby Ross said of the top ranking. “I do feel like we deserve it because of our won-lost record. We’ve always been kind of knocked because of our schedule, but I think the ACC was vindicated in the bowl situation.”
Indeed, the ACC was 3-1-1 in bowl games. Nebraska (9-3) was without five players who were suspended before the game for unspecified reasons. The Comhuskcrs were beaten 117-43 by die three ranked teams on
their schedule — Tech, Colorado and Oklahoma.
Louisville 34, Alabama 7
At Tempe, Ariz., Louisville was stepping up in class in its first bowl appearance in 13 years. The Cardinals (10-1-1) proved beyond doubt they belong among the elite by thrashing the Crimson Tide (7-5).
"It shows we’re on the rise and we have arrived,” said Browning Nagle, who completed 20 of 33 passes for a Fiesta Bowl-record 451 yards arid three touchdowns.
Alabama allowed only 38 points in its last seven games, but Louisville turned an interception, a fumble and a blocked punt into a 25-0 lead through one period. The Cardinals also had a bowl-record seven sacks.
Washington 46, Iowa 34
Quarterback Mark Bruncll ran for two touchdowns and threw for two more as Washington took a 33-7 lead and coasted in the highest-scoring game in Rose Bowl history. The Huskies (10-2) also got big plays from the defense and special teams in handing Iowa (8-4) its third loss in four games.
Andy Mason blocked a punt and Dana Hall picked up the ball and ran 27 yards for a touchdown, then Charles Mincy returned an interception 37 yards for another touchdown. Bruncll scored on a 5-yard run and threw 22 yards to Mario Bailey for another TD in the
first half, then scored on a 20-yard run in the third quarter. He connected again with Bailey for Washington’s final touchdown.
“I wasn’t disappointed that we gave up 34 points because we had 46,” Mincy said.
Tennessee 23, Virginia 22
The Volunteers overcame a 16-0 halftime deficit — the third time the Cavaliers have blown at least a 14-point halftime lead and lost. Tennessee drove 79 yards in the final
A gamble on fourih-and-1 at the Cavaliers’ 23 worked as Greg Antsier gained 6 yards with 50 seconds left. Andy Kelly hit Alvin Harper to take Tennessee to the 4. Amsler ran to the I with 34 seconds left, and Tony Thompson went over left guard for the winning score with 31 seconds remaining.
Thompson ran for 151 yards.
Tennessee (9-2-2) made plenty of mistakes early and Virginia (8-4) capitalized. Virginia’s scores came on a 10-yard run by Gary Steele on the first possession, a I-yard run by Terry Kirby in the second quarter, ami three field goals by Jake Mclnemcy.
But the Vols rallied on a 27-yard field goal by Greg Burke, a 7-yard TD run by Thompson, and a 15-yard scoring pass from Kelly to Carl Pickens with 4:24 left.
"When things don’t go well, we don’t pan-
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Cowboys' Alleman opts for surgery
IRVING (AP) — Injured Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman has decided to have surgery to repair his separated right shoulder and to remove bone chips in his left elbow.
Aikman was scheduled for the surgery today.
“The shoulder felt fine for the first few days,” Aikman said Tuesday of the injury he suffered in a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 23. “But it kind of stayed there. It hasn’t been feeling much better.”
Specialist Dr. Frank Jobe of Los Angeles, who has worked with Aikman before, was scheduled to perform the surgery, but he is out of the country.
Aikman said he did not want to wait three or four weeks until Jobe would be able to do the surgery. He said he wants to begin his rehabilitation sooner.
Dr. Jim Andrews of Alabama, who has worked with the Cowboys and Texas Rangers, was scheduled to perform the surgery
Aikman had held up on scheduling the surgery until it was determined late Monday night that the Cowboys would not make the National Football League playoffs.
Tile quarterback said he will not have to stay in the hospital and should be able to begin his rehab program “in roughly two months.”
Coach George Allen dies et age 72
RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) — George Allen, a hard-driving, slightly eccentric coach who had a knack for making winners out of losing teams, died Monday * 72.
Allen, who coached the Los Angeles Rams and Wallington Redskins of the NFL and two teams with the USFL, had ended a 5-year retirement to coach ai Long Beach State in December of 1989.
In m interview lait Thursday, Allen admitted that he hadn't been completely healthy since his
players drenched him with icewater lo celebrate a season -ending victory over Nevada-Las Vegas.
“We couldn’t afford Gatoradc,” he said with a smile.
Allen said his season at Long Beach State was the most rewarding of his entire carcer. He had a 6 5 record in his year as the coach after la>ng Beach was 4-8 the previous season.
Allen ranks as the winningesl coach in team history for both lite Rams and the Redskins. He was 49-17-4, a .742 percentage with Los Angeles, and 67-30-1, .691, with Washingaton.
Although he had excellent records in Ute pros, he never was able lo produce an NFL champion. The closest he came was with the Redskins in the 1972 season, when they lost 14-7 to the Miami Dolphins in the seventh Super Bowl.
Allen was known for wild spending to build a winner and trading draft choices for veterans.
Robertson, Bucks come to terms
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks and Alvin Robertson have agreed on a contract revision that includes extending the guard’s three -ycar contract through the 1997-98 season
Robertson, 28, is on a record pace with an average of 4.38 steals per game and also leads the Bucks with an average of 6.7 assists. He's second in rebounding for the Bucks with 7.1 per game and third in scoring, averaging 15.7 points. Details of the agreement were not disclosed.
Ex-Hog questioned In player's death
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former distance runner for the Arkansas Razorback track and cross-country teams was being questioned in the fatal shooting of a former Razorback basketball player, authorities said
Former Arkansas basketball player William Mills, 26, of Fayetteville, died early Tuesday morn
ing after being shot at a Fayetteville night club with a shotgun and a semiautomatic pistol, police said.
Officers said Michael Landon Byrd, 27, of Fayetteville was in custody Tuesday night. Ryrd turned himself over to authorities about three hours after die shooting, his lawyer said.
With several gunshot wounds to the chest, abdomen and leg, Mills was pronounced dead upon arrival ai the emergency room of Washington Regional ■ Medical Center at 2:07 a m.
A witness who works at the club where the shooting occurred, but who declined to be named, provided an account of the shooting to the Springdale News. He said Byrd had been ejected from the club for starting a fight with Scott Sanders, a friend of Mills.
The witness said Mills was standing a few feet in front of the club’s entrance when he was accosted by Byrd, returning to the club. Mills was shot in the leg with a shotgun, the witness said, then fled inside the club and fell down in the lobby.
The pursuing gunman “picked William up by the chest and pumped four or five rounds point-blank into his chest’’ with the pistol, the witness said.
“Then he turned and calmly walked to a while* pickup truck and drove away,” the witness said.
A native of Longview, Texas, Byrd was a distance runner on Arkansas’s track arui cross country teams from 1983 to 1985. He missed his final season because of academic ineligibility. Earlier, he had lettered in cross country, indoor track and outdoor truck.
Arkansas Basketball Coach Nolan Richardson, win) kicked Mills off the Razorback team after a series of problems with drugs, said he was shocked and saddened at Mills’ death.
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