New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 2B — Herald-Zeitung — Saturday, November 25, 2000
H —----Cornhuskers keep BCS hopes alive with last-second FG
' LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Josh Brown’s 29-yard field goal as time expired gave Nebraska (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) a 34-32 win over Colorado Friday, keeping the Cornhuskers’ slim Bowl Championship Series hopes alive.
Colorado looked like it was headed for an upset victory after Craig Ochs’ touchdown pass and 2-point conversion put the Buffaloes ahead 32-31 with 47 seconds left. But Erie Crouch, who ran for three touchdowns, directed a 47-yard drive that ended on Brown’s field goal.
Crouch ran for 125 yards on 19 carries and was 11-for-17 for 139 yards. He was 3-for-4 in the final drive, including a 17-yard pass to Bobby Newcombe with less than IO seconds left, that set up Brown’sRANGERS/'From 1B
pass attempts for 205 yards with ? no interceptions, and he was looking for No. 7 everytime he ^ dropped back to pass.
Y “Tile coaches gave us a great >. scheme,” Fuller said. “Cody and I were zoning, we had each others’ .• number tonight. We knew they . ■ were trying to man up a little and they really hadn’t played anybody that can throw the ball like we do ; and we took advantage of it, no ; doubt.”
While the Rangers’ passing game was clicking, running back Clint Haney kept things balanced ; with 148 yards on 26 carries, but ! the offense had to watch in the final 90 seconds as the Rattlers moved down the field. Fuller said it was a little nerve racking, but ; when Conway stepped in front of the Jerry Montemayor pass, it was euphoria on the Ranger sidelines, i “When (Conway) made that | play, it was like somebody upstairs ; was telling us this was our time, it J was a great play,” Fuller said.
■ The two teams traded blows all ! game long. The Rangers struck | first, taking the opening posses-| sion and driving 83 yards. Bybee ; connected with Fuller on an 8-) yard scoring toss to end the 15-I play drive that used the first 6:38 ! off the clock. Reagan Schneider’s ; first of six successful point after ; kicks made it 7-0.
; The Rattlers responded with a ; scoring drive of their own on their first possession. San Marcos ; needed only seven plays to cover ; 78 yards in 4:05 with Lukinrick Ellison scoring from two-yards out. The extra point kick by Travis Salinas tied the game at 7-7.
Smithson Valley went three and out on their next possession. To make matters worse for the Rangers, Van Kleef bobbled the snap on the punt attempt and was ’tackled at the Rangers’ 19-yard-line. The Rattlers only needed one Juan Batiste run up the middle to take their first lead of the game. Salinas pushed the kick wide right, making the score 13-7 with 52 seconds gone in the second 'quarter.
The San Marcos lead did not last long. Fuller made a handful of great catches, including two touchdown catches from Bybee from 34 and 25 yards. The Rangers regained the lead on the
Nebraska (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) has won nine straight over Colorado, but the last five have been by a total of 15 points. The Huskers, who needed overtime to beat the Buffaloes 33-30 last year, are done until their bowl game, which probably won’t be determined until next weekend.
With nine wins, the Huskers are eligible for a BCS at-large berth, but were not impressive Saturday until their final drive. Nebraska fumbled four times, losing three, had two kickoffs go out of bounds, a punt blocked, botched a punt return when the ball bounced off a blocker’s helmet, and missed a field goal.
Nebraska only kept Colorado from
scoring once in the second half, and that was by blocking a field goal.
Colorado (3-8, 3-5) ended a disappointing season with an even more disappointing loss. After Brown’s kick, several Buffaloes were face down on the artificial turf as the Cornhuskers swarmed Brown.
Coillen Johnson led the Buffaloes with 155 yards on 26 carries and three touchdowns. Ochs completed 25-of-41 for 254 yards. His 15-yard pass to John Minardi and completion to Javon Green put Colorado in position for the upyet before Nebraska’s final drive.
Crouch gave the Huskers a 31-24 lead on a 26-yard TD run with 5:20 left to play, after having scored earlier on runs
of 27 and 2 yards. The Huskers had tied it at 24 earlier in the quarter on a 20-yard field goal by Brown, who was only 3-for-7 coming into the game.
Johnson put Colorado up 24-21 with a 2-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Colorado took a 17-14 lead on Johnson’s 2-yard run with 9:57 left in the third quarter. The Buffaloes had recovered a bad pitch by Crouch, Nebraska’s third fumble of the game, and drove 73 yards on 12 plays for the lead.
Johnson was the first back to break IOO yards against the Huskers since Notre Dame’s Arnaz Battle ran for 107 in the second game of the season.
Carlos Polk intercepted an Ochs pass on the second play of the game and
returned it 39 yards for a touchdown. It was the first career TD for Polk, a senior linebacker who was playing in his final game at Memorial Stadium.
Crouch gave Nebraska a 14-0 lead with 4:48 left in the first quarter on a 27-yard run set up by Randy Stella’s blocked field goal.
Mark Mariscal cut the lead to 14-3 with a 32-yard field goal eight seconds into the second quarter. The Huskers helped the Buffaloes with penalties for rough-ing-the-passer and pass interference.
Johnson got Colorado within 14-10 on a 39-yard touchdown run with 8:28 left in the first half. The Buffaloes opened the drive at the Nebraska 47, the fourth time in the half they started in Huskers territory.
Horned Frogs thump rival Mustangs 62-7
By JAIME ARON
AP Sports Writer DALLAS — Although LaDainian Tomlinson sealed his second straight NCAA rushing title, went over 2,000 yards for the season and had a 74-yard , touchdown run, he was only a bit player Friday night as No. 13 Texas Christian beat rival Southern Methodist 62-7.
The Homed Frogs (10-1, 7-1 WAC) hardly needed Tomlinson as they scored six straight touchdowns in the second and third quarters.
The scoring streak actually went nine straight as a 43-yard field goal was followed by a 34-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-4 and a 108-yard kickoff return by LaTarence Dunbar. College rules, however, credit him with a 100-yard return.
Casey Printers highlighted the rout with a career-high four touchdown passes. He also ran for a touchdown. Printers tied his career high with 251 yards passing and set another career-best with 90 yards rushing.
The blowout was a nice way for TCU to earn a share of the conference title and reach IO wins for the first time since 1938, when it went 11-0 and won the national championship.
These Homed Frogs lost their shot at going to a BCS game by losing to San Jose State earlier this month. They’re headed to the Mobile Bowl on Dec. 20.
Tomlinson ran 26 times for 174 yards, giving him 2,158 yards this season (No. 4 all-time) and 5,263 yards in his career (No. 6 all-time). He’s the eighth player to reach 2,000 in a season.
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Smithson Valley senior receiver Cody Fuller (7) catches a touchdown pass behind a pan Marcos defender during Friday’s Division I Area Championship game at Northeast Stadium in San Antonio. The Rangers defeated the Rattlers 42-34.
34-yard Fuller catch and Schneider’s extra point with 1:49 left in the first half. The Rangers defense forced San Marcos three and out on the ensuing possession and with under a minute to play in the second quarter, the Rangers went to work from the Rattlers 46-yard-line. Smithson Valley only needed 38 seconds and five plays before Fuller recorded his first-half hat trick with 14 seconds on the clock.
Smithson Valley extended the lead to 28-13 on their first drive of the second half, thanks to great field position. A 7-yard San Marcos punt allowed the Rangeis to go to work from the San Marcos 32-yard-line. Six plays later, Bybee bulled his way over the goalline from a yard out.
San Marcos stayed in the game by putting together a long-drive that chewed up 5:58 before Batiste scored from a yard out. The Rangers defense tightened and stuffed the Rattlers two-point conversion run, making the score 28-
19 with 1:36 to play in the third quarter. San Marcos was able to keep that drive alive when Batiste picked up 26 yards on a fake punt.
Smithson Valley reclaimed the two-touchdown cushion on their ensuing possession, driving 67 yards on IO plays and using 3:11 off the clock. Fuller capped the drive with his fourth touchdown of the game, catching a fade pattern in the comer of the endzone in between double coverage. The score was the first of a combined four fourth quarter touchdowns as the teams traded big plays.
Montemayor drove the Rattlers down the field and scored on a 12-yard run and the two-point conversion to make the score 35-27 with 6:42 left. But three plays latter, Haney went up the middle and scampered 40 yards down the sideline for Smithson Valley’s final score of the game and a 42-27 lead with just over five minutes to play.
The Rattlers were not done. On the first play of their next drive, Montemayor completed his first
pass of the day and Brandon Ramirez took the' wide receiver screen and raced 63 yards for a touchdown.
Smithson Valley was able to take about three minutes off the clock before the drive stalled and Van Kleef’s punt pinned the Rattlers inside their own 20.
The Rattlers were able to keep the drama in the game by methodically moving down the field. Batiste had a 2Q-yard run. Ellison picked up 15 and Montemayor completed passes of 9 and IO yards before Conway’s game clinching interception that he returned 55 yards before being tackled with two seconds left in the game.
“He broke on the ball really well and cut in front and intercepted it and of course the return was great, but the main thing is we got the ball back and were able to run the clock out,” Hill said.
(Jason Minnix is the Sports Director at AM1420 KGNB and 92.1FM KNBT in New Braunfels).
But Simms, who had four pick-offs returned for scores this season, never wavered.
On Texas’ next drive, Simms hit Sloan Thomas on a deep out pattern. Thomas broke a tackle and turned it into a 55-yard touchdown play.
Simms struck again later in the quarter when he pump-faked on another out pattern and launched a 70-yard bomb to B.J. Johnson that made it 37-17.
As the clock wound down in the final minute, Simms turned to the crowd and waived his arms up and down as if all the expectations of him had been fulfilled.
The victory also helped Texas fulfill some of the high expectations the Longhorns had when they the started the season ranked in the Top IO.
The win gives Texas its third-consecutive nine-win season under coach Mack Brown, the ' first time the Longhorns have accomplished that feat since 1981-83. It is also likely to put Texas back into the Top IO for the first time since early September.
Johnson’s 187 receiving yards broke the Texas freshman mark of 175 set earlier this season by Williams.
Kris Stockton had field goals of
34, 31 and 30 yards to set a Texas single-season record with 22.
Farris, who had returned to A&M after a stint playing minor league baseball and had been praised by Aggies coaches for his poise this season, finished with 290 yards passing and but made two critical turnovers.
His first pass of the game was picked off of by Greg Brown, who returned it IO yards for a 7-0 Texas lead in the'opening minutes.
A&M trailed 10-7 in the second quarter when Farris killed a potential go-ahead drive with a fumble on the Texas 9.
The game was the kind of shootout the 106-year-old rivalry needed.
State bragging rights were overshadowed last year by the A&M bonfire tragedy. Twelve people and injured dozens more when the log stack for traditional, pre-game blaze collapsed.
The rivalry appeared back on track early in the week when the Longhorns defenders said Aggie fullback Ja’Mar Toombs would “fold” if hit hard enough.
Toombs scored rushed for 126 yards and scored twice against Texas last year. He managed just 53 yards on Friday and didn’t score.ScoreboardHS Football
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RESULTS CLASS SA DIVISION I Area Region I Midland Lee 45, EP Franklin 14 Lewisville (10-1) vs. Duncanville (10-1), 4 p.m. Saturday. Texas Stadium
Region ll North Mesquite 16, Tyler Lee 10, OT The Woodlands (8-2) vs. Copperas Cove (11-0), 2 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday, Alamo Heights Stadium, San Antonio Region III
Houlton Lamar (8-3) vs. Aliet Hastings (9-2), 8 ,f».m Saturday, Astrodome Aldine Eisenhower 45, Pearland 14 Region IV Austin Westlake 42, SA Holmes 28 CC Carrow 7, Donna 6
DIVISION ll Area Region I
Lubgock Monterey 49, EP Andress 23 Heller Fossil Ridge (8-3) vs Arlington Lamar (7-I, 7pm Saturday, Texas Stadium mane Cooper 44, EP Del Valle 22 Jbppell (8-5) vs. De Soto (8-3), 1 p.m. eturday, Texas Stadium
Region H ^ler John Tyler 21, Plano 13 jtoufrton Langham Creek (8-3) vs Round Rock ?*4>, Saturday, Kyle Field, College Station ptkjr (8-3) vs. Allen (9-2)„ 7:30 p m Saturday, tooo ISO Stadium
VpCpss Falls (8-3) vs Waco (6-5), 1 p.m.
Saturday, Waco ISD Stadium Region III
Houston Madison (10-1) vs. Katy (11-0), 1 p.m. Saturday, Astrodome Aldine 27, Baytown Lee 6 Houston Washington (9-2) vs. Aliet Elsik (7-4), 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Astrodome Galena Park North Shore 38, Aldine Nimitz 14 Region IV SA Marshall 24, SA Churchill 3 McAllen 28, Laredo Nixon 14 SA MacArthur 37, SA Hallandale 12 Edinburg 20, Harlingen 16
CLASS 4A DIVISION I Area Region I Frenship 61, EP Ysleta 6 WF Rider (6-5) vs FW Wyatt (6-4), 1 p.m. Saturday, Pennington Field, Bedford Region ll.
Denton Ryan 10, Dallas White 6 Corsicana 16, Greenville 9 Region III Nederland 38, Belton 7
Houston Forest Brook (11-0) vs Bay City (10-1), 2 p.m. Saturday, Pasadena Region IV Smithson Valley 42, San Marcos, 34 SA Roosevelt 47, Alice 0
DIVISION ll Area Region I
EP Riverside (8-3) vs. Big Spring (7-4), 3 p m, Saturday, Artesia, N.M.
Wichita Falls (11-0) vs, Brownwood (8-3), 1 p.m. Saturday, Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas EP Parkland (8-3) vs. Andrews (8-3), 2 p.m. Saturday, Andrews Southlake Carroll 16, Stephenville 7 Region ll
Waco University (5-6) vs. Dallas Lincoln (10-1),
2 p.m. Saturday, Lumpkin Stadium, Waxahachie Jacksonville 34, Mesquite Poteet 31 (3 OT) Ennis 46, South Oak Cliff 12 Lancaster (7-4) vs. Terrell (7-4), 1 p.m.
Saturday, Memorial Stadium, Mesquite Region III
Harker Heights (9-2) vs. Beaumont Ozen (9-2),
2 p.m. Saturday, Bowers Stadium, Huntsville La Marque 19, Willis 14
Magnolia (5-6) vs. West Orange-Stark (11-0), 10 a m. Saturday, Astrodome Dayton (7-4) vs. Friendswood (8-3), 7:30 p m. Saturday, Memonal Stadium, Pasadena Region IV Kerrville Tivy 28, Austin LBJ 8 CC Calallen 19, Floresville 0 New Braunfels 28, Lake Travis 25 Rockport-Fulton 42, CC Flour Bluff 21 CLASS 3A DIVISION I Area Region I
Littlefield (7-4) vs. Lamesa (10-1), 6 p m. Saturday, Lowery Field, Lubbock Abilene Wylie 30, Aledo 10 Region ll
Everman (10-1) vs. Kaufman (8-3), 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Birdville ISD FAAC, Haltom City Lindale (10-1) vs. Daingerfield (11-0), 2 p.m. Saturday, Homer B Johnson Stadium, Garland Region III Gatesville 34, Waco Robinson 24 Cleveland 25. Bridge City 20 Region IV Bellville 43, Bandera 0 Sinton 36, Raymondville 18
DIVISION ll Area Region I
Sanford-Fritch (9-1) vs. Midland Greenwood (8-3), 1 p.m. Saturday, Lowrey Field, Lubbock Lake Worth'29, Sweetwater 10
Muleshoe 26, Denver City 8 Ferris 47, Ballinger 28
Commerce 27, Gainesville 14 Brownsboro (7-4) vs. Spring Hill (9-2), 2 p.m. Saturday, Homer Bryce Stadium, Nacogdoches Forney 41, Wilmer-Hutchins 8 Gladewater 19, Tatum 0
Marlin (8-3) vs. China Spring (10-1), 2 p.m. Saturday, Leo Buckley Stadium, Killeen Newton 14, Rice Consolidated 9 Cameron Yoe 34, Mexia 0 Sweeny 31, Barbers Hill 7
Region IV La Grange 28, La Vernia 27 Yoakum 13, Falfurrias 6 Hondo 35, Wimberley 14 Mathis (10-1) vs. Orange Grove (9-2), 2 p.m. Saturday, Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi CLASS 2A DIVISION I Area Region I
Sonora (11-0) vs. Idalou (10-1), 6 p.m. Saturday, Abilene Wylie.
Olney 29, Friona 7
Pilot Point 13, Comanche 0 Farmersville 45, Godley 14 Region III Arp 26, Elysian Fields 8 Centerville (8-3) vs. San Augustine (5-4), 7:30 pin, Saturday, Jacksonville Region IV
Blanco (7-4) vs Brookshire Royal (7-4), 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Wimberley.
Poth (11-0) vs. Kames City (8-3), 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Bobcat Stadium, San Marcos DIVISION ll Area Region I
Stanton 40, Ozona 18
Spearman (9-2) vs. Hamlin (8-3), 2:30 p.m.
New Deal 20, Eldorado 7
Albany 34, Canadian 27
Hico 3, Henrietta 0
Whitewright (10-1) vs. Grandview (7-3), 7 p.m. Saturday, Birdville Stadium, Haltom City Celina 36, Goldthwaite 7 Cooper 28, Rio Vista 17
Omaha Paul Pewitt (6-5) vs. Lone Oak (11-0), 1 p.m. Saturday, Gladewater Mart (11-0) vs. Hemphill (9-2), 1 p.m. Saturday, Buddy Moorhead Stadium, Conroe Troup 26, West Rusk 8 Corrigan-Camden 20, Garrison 0 Region IV Jarrell 16, Brazos 12 Refugio 35, Nixon Smiley 6 Rogers 20, Ganado 6 Throe Rivers 21, Banquete 13 CLASS 1A Area Region I Springlake 23, Wheeler 21 Iraan 56, Petersburg 27 Stratford 46, Sudan 7 Rankin 15, Paducah 13
Region ll Roscoe 29, Cross Plains 0 Petrolia (7-3) vs. Celeste (10-0), 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Pennington Field Bedford Rotan 41, Baird 14 Collinsville 34, Tolar 7
Region III Beckville 6, Karnack 0 Itasca (9-2) vs. Bremond (9-1), 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Leo Buckley Stadium, Killeen
Mount Enterprise 7, Simms Bowie 0 Wortham 30, Mildred 0
Region IV Burkeville 21, Bartlett 13 Falls City 28, Agua Dulce 13 High Island 29, Milano 28 Shiner 35, Benavides 6
CLASS 6-MAN Regions I and ll Whitharral 44, Follett 30 Grandfalls-Royalty 53, Wellman-Union 52 Groom 69, Lazbuddie 28 Highland 62, Sanderson 14
Regions III and IV Trent 52, Woodson 6 Gustine (8-3) vs. Aquilla (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Hico Panther Creek 64, Strawn 14 Abbott 29, Blanket 14
TAPPS 5A Finals Dallas Bishop Lynch (11-1) vs. Addison Trinity Christian (10-2), 7:45 p.m. Saturday, Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco
TAPPS 4A Finals Fort Worth Christian (8-4) vs. Midland Christian (9-3), 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Floyd Casey Stadium, Warn
TAPPS 3A Finals
Galveston O’Connell (10-3) vs. Katy Faith West (9-3), 1 p.m. Saturday, Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco
TAPPS 2A Finals
Rockwall Christian (11-0) vs. Hallettsville Sacred Heart (10-2), 10 a.m Saturday, Floyd Casey Stadium, Waco
TAPPS 6-Man Semi-Finals El Paso Jesus Chapel (12-0) vs Greenville Christian (9-3), 2 p m. Saturday. Gail Dallas Metropolitan Christian (12-0) vs. Abilene Christian (9-2), 6 p m Saturday, Gordon