New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Auburn, AErM to meet in Cotton Bowl, Page 9ASports
Friday, November 29,1985 Page 8AAggies blow away Longhorns, 42-10
COLLEGE STATION (AP) - Texas A&M’s first Southwest Conference game this season turned the Aggies’ season around, but it was the first quarter of Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day massacre of Texas 42-10 that put them in the Cotton Bowl.
The 15th-ranked Aggies stopped No. 18 Texas four times inside their 4-yard line in the first quarter, held on for a 7-0 halftime lead and they blew the Longhorns away with a 21-polnt third quarter explosion over a 3:36 time span.
The victory gave the Aggies the outright Southwest Conference championship and the host berth in the Cotton Bowl for the first time since the 1968 event.
“Stopping them on the goal line was the turning point in the game,’’ Aggie Coach Jackie Sherrill said "When you go for it and don’t make it, it takes something out of you For this time and this program, ifs probably the biggest victory I’ve had ”
The Aggies, 9-2, will meet the Auburn Tigers in the New Year’s Day Classic and the Longhorns will play Air Force in the Bluebonnet Bowl on New Year’s Eve afternoon.
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Texas - Hays 10 pass from Dodge (Ward kick)
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A&M — Vick 11 run (Franklin kick)
Texas A&M 0 7 21
A&M Valentine 3 run (Franklin kick)
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A&M Nelson IO pass f-om Murray (Franklin
A&M R Harris 9 pass from Murray (Franklin
A&M Vick 11 run (Franklin kick)
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Fumbles lost 2 2 1-1
Penalties yards 6 39 10 94
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INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING Texas Hunter 11 54, Norris 640 Simmons 9 37 A&M Vick 19 87, Toney 21 76, Woodside 4 20, Valentine 3 9 PASSING Texas Stafford 7 13 2, 109 yards Dodge 4 18 2, 70 yards A&M: Murray 10 17 0, 146 yards; Stump I 1-0, 39 yards RECEIVING Texas Harris 4 71, Simmons 2 5, Hays 1-10. A&M: Nelson 7 107, R Harris 3 61 Walker 1 17.
The Aggies beat Texas Tech 28-27 when the Red Raiders failed to convert a two-point conversion in the final seconds.
“Texas Tech was the turning point for our season,’’ said Aggie quarterback Kevin Murray, who threw three touchdown passes “We brought it all together at Lubbock.”
Murray also said stopping the fourth down plunge by Texas’ Edwin Simmons in the first quarter was a key to
“Anytime you hold a team like Texas on the goal line it gives you a lift,” Murray said. “This place was going wild.”
A Kyle Field record 77.607 witnessed the Aggie victory and Sherrill thinks most of the Aggie fans in the crowd will follow their team to Dallas.
“We’re trying to get the Cotton Bowl to put in 20,000 extra season,” Sherrill said. “With us and (Auburn running
back) Bo Jackson, they won’t have any trouble selling tickets.”
Murray threw touchdown passes of IO yards to Jeff Nelson and went to freshman flanker Rod Harris for scoring shots of 9 and 32 yards.
Roger Vick had a pair of 11-yard touchdown runs and Ira Valentine scored the final Aggie touchdown on a 3-yard run with 4: IO left in the game.
The Aggies burst to a 28-0 lead before the Longhorns could break the shut out with a career long 57-yard field goal by Jeff Ward and Todd Dodge’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Russell Hays in the fourth quarter.
"We played a good football team tonight and they had the best team tonight.” Texas Coach Fred Akers said. “We tried to be at our best but we weren’t.”
The Longhorns, despite their somber mood, accepted the Bluebonnet Bowl invitation.
“Sure, we’re let down,” he said. “Like I told the Bluebonnet Bowl people, we wanted to go to the Cotton Bowl and we are disappointed.
“But we’ll get over this. This team has too much character not to swallow disappointment.”
Matchup: New Braunfels Unicorns 111 -0) vs. Gregory-Portland Wildcats (8 2-1), Buccaneer Stadium, Corpus Christi IKNBT-FM)
Last yaar; Gregory Portland 21, New Braunfels 17.
Last weak: New Braunfels 45, Uvalde 14; Gregory Portland 46, Rio Grande City 8.
Common opponent None
Game notes: It was Gregory-Portland which ended New Braunfels' Class 4A title hopes with a 21-17 decision last year in San Marcos Bobcat Stadium Both teams are coming off impressive victories last week The Wildcats have advanced to the playoffs the last 17 seasons while the Unicorns have been in post season action the last four years The winner of the game will the winner of Saturday's Calallen Southwest game
Players to watch: A key match up will lib between New Braunfels nose guard Keith Cook and G P center Scott Young The Wildcats will try to establish their ground game early, and that matchup may well decide how successful the ground game will be Unicorn running back Stephen Millett seems to play best in the bigger games, as evidenced by his 203 yard performance last week Chuck Hobbs is the main ball carrier for Gregory Portland, although quarterback Scott Schmidt also like to run on the bootleg
Local injuries None
New Braunfels' Leon Sneed strains to reach a pass during a game earlier this season
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Harris picks Unicorns by 3
New Braunfels is a three point favorite over host Gregory Portland tonight in a Class 4A area playoff game
New Braunfels, ll 0 on the season, moved up to fifth in the state rankings according to the Harris Rating System after last week’s 45 14 victory over Uvalde
Gregory Portland, 8 2-1 on the year, is ranked eighth in the state The Wildcats downed Rio Grande Pity 45 8 last Friday.
In the other Area IV game, Calallen and Southwest are rated as even The winner of that game w ill play the win
ner of the New Braunfels Gregory-Portland game
In other 4A games, Lubbock Kstacudo is a four point choice over Brownwood, Denison is a 19 point pick over Waco Richfield, Sweetwater is favored by 24 over Cleburne, Austin Westlake is a touchdown favorite over Carthage, Tomball is a 20 point choice over Port Arthur Lincoln and Bay City is picked by seven over Huntsville
District 27-3A champion Cole is a three point underdog to Refugio in the 3A area playoffs, while Randolph of 31-2A is a seven point choice over Shiner
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Last week. one San Antonio sport swriter was gushing to our Tom Labmski about a “dream” matchup between New Braunfels and Southwest in the regional final
Tom was too nice to say anything, but I’m not If New Braunfels gets by the ornery Gregory-Portland Wildcats tonight and Southwest outfights Calallen, then the Mythical Bowl (Unicorns and Dragons) is liable to be more of a nightmare than adream
A week ago, Southwest’s defense knew Canyon was going to run the ball, and run and run and run The Cougars were committed to the ground game, trying to keep the ball away from Southwest’s offense
Southwest had ll men within five yards of the line of scrimmage, piled up there close enough to see Kody Smith’s dimples And the Dragons really stopped the Cougars cold — on ly 350 yards rushing I’ve seen better defense in the ABA.
New Braunfels isn’t as shy about throwing the ball as Canyon was, and the Unicorns’ ground game is as good as Canyon’s. New Braunfels could score in the 50s against Southwest’s defense, if Coach Jim Streety is so inclined
But it won’t stop there. The Dragons were pooped in the third quarter against Canyon — and the Cougars were playing a lot of people two ways against Southwest’s oneway lines With New Braunfels’ depth and size, the Unicorns will
have the Dragons worn to a frazzle in the second half And what about quarterback Ty Detmer, the best high school quarter back I’ve seen since Tommy Kramer0 Well, he doesn’t throw nearly as well with guys chasing him or in his face (neither does Dan Marino, for that matter). I also suspect that the Dragons may not get away with as much unabashed holding as they did against Canyon’s pass rush It looked like all star wrestling in there.
Blitzes from New Braunfels’ 3 4 defense won t be as easy to pick up, either Things may get messy before ifs all over And then the San Antonio folks won t be so happy. Flash seems to be more appealing than good physical football to a lot of folks.
New Braunfels’ Kim Wright didn’t get to play as much as some members of the volleyball class of ’85, but she did get something none of the others got — a conference championship.
Wright’s team, the Sam Houston LadyKats, won the Gulf Star Conference championship last week. SHSU needed only three matches in the double-elimination conference tournament to win the title.
She was the first player off the bench, and recorded 38 kills and IO aces in 36 games.
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IRVING (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys have placed themselves in perfect position for the National Conference Eastern Division s stretch run.
Quarterback Danny White rifled four touchdown passes in a 35-17 Thanksgiving Day offensive feast over the St. Louis Cardinals. It increased the Cowboys’ record to 9-4, a half game ahead of the New York Giants in the National Conference East.
“This puts us in great position in our own division,” said running back Tony Dorsett “We can control our own destiny.
“Danny was just excellent. When he’s playing like that we’re going to be hard to stop We’re ready for the big showdown now against the New York Giants (Dec. 15) in Texas Stadium.”
White hit 14 of 26 passes for 235 yards, throwing touchdown passes of 53 and 16 yards to Tony Hill, 18 yards to Mike Renfro and 19 yards to Doug Cosbie
Hill also turned passer, throwing a 42-yard pass to Cosbie off a reverse to set up Dorsett’s three-yard scoring run
"We learned after the Chicago game (a 44-0 thumping) that if we don’t play to the best of our ability we can get embarrassed,” said Dorsett “It’s a happy Thanksgiving for sure.”
Dallas is now 14 3-1 in Thanksgiving games and 4 0 against the Cardinals on the holiday.
The Cowboys are 16-1 after Thanksgiving Their next game is Dec 8 against Cincinnati.
The 4 9 Cardinals, seeking to sweep Dallas for the first time since 1970, had their moments as quarterback Neil Iximax passed for 319 yards on 28 of 43, including a five-yard scoring pass to Roy Green Dallas led only 21-17 at halftime as the Cardinals also got a two-yard touchdown run from Stump Mitchell and a 38-yard field goal from Novo Bojovic
“New York is the class of the East right now,” said Landry. “But right now we have a lot going for us and some time off Ito relax and get ready for the final three games ”
Landry said the Cowboys’ offense is coming on strong “I feel a lot better after our last two games,” Landry said. “Danny has seven touchdown passes and I think our offense will have a lot more confidence ”
White said he had a more positive attitude
“Things are starting to fall together for me,” White said “Our offense is finally getting it going ” Landry agreed, saying, “We’re starting to play well now The offense is picking up ”
Landry was so happy with the victory that he gave the team three days off and they won’t have to report for workouts until Monday.
For St Louis, it was the Cardinals’ eighth loss in their last nine games and Coach Jim Hanifan’s job is in question going into the final three games.
“We had great effort against Dallas,” Hamfan said. “I’m pleased and proud of the fact that the guys played so hard. We just didn’t take advantage of the opportunities we had ”