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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - January 4, 1983, Tokyo, JapanTuesday january 4, 1983. He a Pacific stars and stripes fc1 f a. A q Bull sports 23 it s disappointed but proud new Orleans a they came into the game As , the nation s Only undefeated untied major College football team but that was Small Consolation to the Georgia football players who watched the National championship get away from them. To a Man they Felt they had lost the title in a27-23 loss to second ranked Penn state in the sugar bowl on new year s does t mean a thing said Center Wayne Radloff of Georgia s unblemished regular s All Down the this was our season today said Rover Back Terry Hoage. Should Penn state be no. 1 now there s no doubt said running Back Herschel Walker. They deserve Walker the Heisman trophy Winner finished the game with 103 Yards on 28 carries. He said after the game that Penn state stunting slanting defences were effective in bottling up the Georgia running played very Well Walker said. They played As champions and they beat us. The really shut our running game Down at coach Vince Dooley said he was disappointed but proud of his team. I m very proud of my team coming Back a halftime when it looked like we might have been out of it and again at the end of the game and have a Chance to win it he said. Dooley said he considered trying an on sidekick after Georgia had narrowed the score to 27-23 with just under four minutes left in the game. If i knew then what i know now we Wouldhave tried the onside kick he said. I thought we could Stop them. I knew the were going to run the Ball. I just did t think they d be Able to Knock out some first and his players said they feel Penn state should be voted National beat us they deserve it said Radloff Georgia s team said he was t surprised by Penn state s running expected them to come out and run run a lot he said. Their running game was on and we had trouble stopping it. We played Sloppy. They got it in the clutch when they needed it. You have to give them credit. They deserve to be sugar from Page 24 gingered Penn state s Triumph passing the Lions into position for two touchdowns and two Field Goa sin the first half and helping build a 20-3 Lions unbeaten three times in Paterno s 17 years at the Helm but each time a bridesmaid instead of a Bride in the final rankings built their 17-Point Lead on touchdown runs of two and nine Yards by cur Warner and Field goals of 38 and 45 Yards by Nick then withstood a lightning Georgia strike that produced touchdown with five seconds left in the first half plus a 69-Yard drive following the second half Kickoff. However Penn state safety mar Krobinson intercepted two Georgia passes in the third Quarter an Blackledge took advantage of the second one heaving a 48-Yardtouchdown bomb to Gregg Garrity who got behind freshman cornerback Tony Flack and made a sensational1 diving catch in the end zone with13 16 left in the game. That proved decisive when Georgia scored with 3 54 remaining on a nine Yard pass from Joh Lastinger to tight end Clarence Kay. However Herschel Walker Georgia s three time All America tailback was stopped cold when retried to run for a two Point con version. Praise f of Dooley Penn state deserves All the credit and All the glory and certainly deserves to be no. 1," said Georgia coach Vince Dooley echoing Many of his , who was held to 103 Yards Well below his regular season aver age said they played As champions and they beat us. Are they no. 1?there s no Blackledge who completed his first five passes and was 9-of-16 for 160 Yards in the first half stunned the record Louisiana super dome football crowd of 78,124 with an80-Yard scoring drive following the opening Lions needed Only seven plays and 2 51 on the clock with Black ledge connecting on All four of his pass attempts for 74 Yards including consecutive strikes of 33 Yards tonight end Mike Mccloskey and 27 to Garrity As Paterno unveiled formation with two flankers on the same Side plus two tight put the Ball on the Georgia 9. Blackledge hit Mccloskey for seven Yards before Warner rambled untouched around left end. Warne finished with 117 Yards on 18 carries. Bulldogs Tough Georgia Winner of 33 of 35 game sin the last three seasons and seeking its second National Crown in three years promptly marched from its 20 to the Penn state 10, with Walker carrying six times for 40 Yards. Kevin Butler s 27-Yard Field goal at8 55 made it 7-3. Walker gained 103 Yards on 28 state dominated the rest of the half Walker managed Only 35more Yards in the first two periods until a 10-Yard touchdown Pas from Lastinger to Herman Archie five seconds before the intermission got Georgia Back in the game. Walker who was held pretty Muchin Check after averaging 159.3 during the regular season pulled Georgia within 20-17 on a one Yard plunge at 4 23 of the third period. But Blackledge s Long touchdown pass to Garrity gave the Lions just enough to withstand Georgia s late charge. After Georgia s last touchdown Penn state held the Ball until forced to punt with six seconds s 11-Man Rush failed to Block the kick by Ralph Giacomarro who Only flubbed one punt All evening and the Ball trickled into the bulldogs end zone As time expired. We want Joe the ecstatic Penn state Tea lifted Paterno to their shoulders and bore him toward the locker room and perhaps that Long sought nation Al championship. Paterno seemed to think so pumping a fist in the air and finally raising his Index Finger inthe traditional we re no. 1" sign. Meanwhile the More than 12,500penn state fans chanted we want Joe we want Joe Penn state quarterback Todd Blackledge grabs for the Ball after fumbling it As he is hit by Georgia s Jimmy Payne in first half action of the sugar bowl at new Orleans. Penn state won 27-23 to stake its claim As the National College football Champion. A writers pick Penn state Gainesville Fla. A the football writers association of America chose Penn state Ashe National College football Cham Pion sunday following their 27-23defeat of previously top rated Georgia in the sugar Hairston of the Gainesville Sun president of the association said the Kittany Lions were the unanimous Choice of a five Man committee. Southern methodist was second Georgia third and Nebraska committee consisted of Bill Lumpkin of the Birmingham Post Herald Jack Gallagher of the Houston Post Bob Smizik of the Pittsburgh press Bob Hen Tzen of the Topeka capital journal and John Bansch of the Indianapolis Star. A 23-Yard pass from Blackledge Trail american flanker Kenny Jackson started a Penn state drive from its32 to the Georgia 21 and set up Gancitano s first Field goal at 3 13 of the second period. Gancitano missed a 47-Yard at tempt later in the period after a 66-Yard punt return by Kevin the Lions drove 65 Yards in nine plays after a 24-Yard punt return Bbaugh and took a 17-3 Lead when Warner scored from nine Yards outta 12 17. Warner took a pitch out and started around right end the stopped Short Cut Back and raced up the Middle for the touchdown. A36-Yard pass from Blackledge to Garrity started that strike. Penn state which had managed Only one touchdown and two Field goals in losing three previous sugar bowls got a 45-Yard Field goal from Gancitano longest in any of the school s 21 bowl games with 44 seconds left in the half after moving from its 44 to the Georgia 28. The drive included a 13-Yard toss fro Blackledge to Mccloskey. Georgia then gave its supporter something to cheer about after Walker returned the Kickoff 23 Yards to the 34. Lastinger completed passes of 17 Yards to Kay and 13 Tearchie. He then hit Kevin Harris at the Penn state 20 and Harrilla Geraled the Ball to Walker who rambled to the 10. On the next play Lastinger hit Archie for a touch completed two passes for 35 Yards and fullback Chris Mccarthy bolted for 15 to set up Walker s to plunge. But Penn state began its winning drive with 17seconds left in the third period after defensive end Walker Lee Ashley pressured Lastinger into an errant pass which Robinson picked by Warner Jon Williams and Skeeter Nichols got the Ball to the Georgia 48 before Blackledge and Garrity teamed up for the winning touchdown. Baugh who set a Penn state Bow record by returning five punts for 106 Yards fumbled one at his 43 Coset up Georgia s last score. Mac Arthur bowl to Kittany Lions new Orleans a the National football foundation and Hall of Fame announced sunday that Penn state was a unanimous Choice for the Macarthur bowl As it National College football Champion for 1982.the foundation s awards com Mittee was polled saturday night by executive director James l. Mcdowell or. Following Penn state s27-23 Victory Over top rated Georgia in the sugar said formal presentation of the Macarthur bowl would take place at the College football Hall of Fame at Kings Island Ohio next summer. Meanwhile Penn state will receive a Macarthur bowl plaque in on Campus ceremonies at a Date to be announced

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