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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - December 19, 1982, Tokyo, Japan 26 sports Pacific stars and stripes december 1982 up picks Paterno coach of year Philadelphia up Joe just one win away from the crowning achievement of his highly successful 17year tenure at Penn was named College football coach of the year by United press whose 2 and 101 Kittany Lions can capture Penn states first Ever National championship on new years night with a Victory Over to ranked Georgia in the sugar received 28 of the 120 votes cast by sportswriters and Jerry Stovall of Louisiana state finished second in the balloting with georgias Vince whose bulldogs Are the Only unbeaten and untied team in division earned 20 votes to place the Best lifetime percentage with a 161341 career Paterno holds the top lifetime percentage among major College coaches with at least 10 years despite this he still has not captured a National championship although his 1969 and 1973 teams finished their seasons unbeaten after winning a major who will turn 56 on insists that he is not preoccupied with thoughts of a National championship As Many Penn state fans i never Felt that i Haven won he said in a Telephone interview from University All a coach can do is take his football team and play each game and try to for three we won every game we played and went to a major in those we had to beat a Tough team to finish and we we finished undefeated in 69 and 73 and we won the big we lost the big one in 78 the 1979 sugar bowl after finishing the 1978 regular season unbeaten and Ive never Felt we Haven done and if people dont want to give us that their i cant worry about i Felt weve done everything we possibly could three times to win so All this talk of a National championship Doest bother by preseason the Kittany Lions were not expected to be in a position to Challenge for they had to rebuild their offensive line and their defense and Deal with a schedule that included six teams who Are appearing in a postseason bowl but the offensive line jelled after a slow Start and the defense developed into a unit that held Penn states last six opponents to a total of 48 Paterno also discovered his team had the poise to rebound from a potentially devastating 4221 loss at Alabama to sweep its last six i think the squad was chagrined at the Way we played at he i was upset by the Way they played and i told them that if they didst Wake we we rent going to go any they All got together after i talked and said they didst want to lose any it All comes Down to the people we we have some great football they have great ability and concentration and Treyve shown it Weekin and after they took on the rest of the season with conviction and id like to take the credit for he but it really int anything Ive we knew the potential was there if we stayed weve improved More from the first game to now than any squad Ive while the offensive line Paterno placed increased emphasis on the passing game and quarterback Todd Blackledge threw for 15 touchdowns in the first four Blackledge finished with 22 touchdown passes and tailback Curt Warner reached the Yard level for the second straight Georgia coach has High Praise for Penn state up take Vince Dooley words at face value and youd have to figure theres no Way to ranked Georgia can beat second ranked Penn state in the sugar but youve got to remember the Georgia coach likes to paint future opponents bigger than Penn state is Well coached and Well disciplined All the things needed to be Dooley said at a Prebol news Confer Nencet you have to judge them by the Treyve played since the Alabama game the nit Tany Lions Lone said i agree with Penn state coach Joe Paterno that he now has the Best team Hes Ever the Only team we played in the 19 years that Ive been coach at Georgia that was similar to this Penn state team is the 1976 Pitt team which beat in the sugar bowl and won the National said we have not played another team with such Good while talking As though Penn state is Dooley Well try to find a Way to it wont be a classical but Well try to find a we certainly wont dominate the Well have to find an unconventional Way to Dooley said he Doest see where motivation should be a Factor for either team not when were both playing for the National Champ Dooley agrees that Penn state has a big Edge at quarterback since Vince Dooley Todd Blackledge of the Lions threw for Yards and 22 touchdowns while georgias John Lastinger threw for Only 907 Yards and eight Dooley said he considered Black ledge a better quarterback than Dan Marino of Pitt who beat Georgia in the last sugar bowl with a last minute touchdown of added Dooley i can afford to say that since we wont be playing Marino we have to face the fact that we have pretty much of a on dimension giving the Ball to our said when Golf team wins Japan a Brad Faxon of Furman University and John Slaughter of Houston univer sity shared the individual championship and led the american mens team to its seventh Japan collegiate Golf title the american women swept All nine singles matches to win the team title with Jody Rosenthal of the University of Tulsa winning the individual top Honor by five Joe Paterno that tailback is Herschel that not a bad and speaking of a newspaper reported that the new United states football league had offered the Georgia Junior million to turn professional next the three time Al America and Heisman trophy Winner denied receiving such an Ive never been offered million by said in not for Sale i really dont know what in Worth but Ive said in going to play for Georgia next season while nothing is Ever that what i plan to Walker agreed with his coach that Penn state will be a formidable sugar bowl but he said he viewed it As just another i dont get anymore excited about one game than said who has rushed for Yards and scored 52 touchdowns in three years of College i was no More excited about playing for the National championship when i was a freshman than i was in High i dont try to play any differently against one team than i do he it May look that Way when we Are playing against tougher teams because what i do draws More Walker said winning the Heisman trophy will have no bearing on How he plays in the sugar its just an he it Doest make you play any which completed its second perfect season in three years with its 28 Victory Over Georgia completed fall Quarter exams last week and returned to the practice Field on Dooley said the who will be gunning for their second National championship in three years when they play Penn will break for Christmas on 23 and return on the Day they Fly to new they Tell said that Penn state went Back to work on we can Only Hope that maybe Wear themselves strokes Over her teammate Kathy the winning american six Man and three woman team beat the japanese contingent with 3513 totals in the 54hole event held Over the mens and the women par72 course at the Nara Shino country since the two nation annual event started in the Japa Nese have beaten the americans Only once in for the it was their second straight Triumph against no set Faxon shot a 3underpar 69 and Slaughter a 6under 66 Friday for an identical three round total of who led going shot a but managed to beat who had a by five Rosenthals 54hole total was Borg tops Mayotte North Miami a five time Wimbledon Champion Bjorn Borg cruised to a 62 win Over Tim Mayotte in the second round of the inaugural Nastase Hampton Tennis 1982 Wimbledon and open Champion Jimmy con nors needed Only 65 minutes to beat unseeded Henri Leconte 61 in another second round is the top seed in this tournament at turn Berry Isle Racquet

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