The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, November 28, 1977, Image 10

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Longhorns steer around Ags 57-
Battalion Sports Editor
The last time Earl Campbell
visited College Station the run-
ningback from Tyler gained 43 yards
on 15 carries. In his return engage
ment to Kyle Field, Campbell was
much more impressive as he led the
Texas Longhorns past Texas A&M
The Earl of Austin
Earl Campbell rushes for six yards against the Aggie defense, rolled past the Aggies 57-28.
On the day Campbell gained 222 yards on 27 carries as Texas
Battalion photo by Pat O’Malley
“He is the best runningback I
have ever seen,” coach Emory Bel-
lard said. “He has great speed, bal
ance and power. He is a real
dandy. ”
Aggie defensive end Phil Bennett
described Campbell in this manner.
“If Campbell doesn’t get the
Heisman then they should throw
the damn trophy away,” Bennett
said. “He is a great runningback and
a team leader. Earl is not that tough
to bring down, but he will wear you
“We made a lot of mistakes on de
fense. That has been a problem all
year. We’ve just given up too many
big plays.”
The Texas offense made the big
play all afternoon. The Longhorns
scored nine times in 16 offensive
possesions. It was the most points
ever yielded by a Texas A&M de
“There comes a time when your
defense just has to stop them,” Bel-
lard stud. “We just never did. They
did everything we expected them to
A happy afternoon for Texas
Battalion Staff
Have you ever been in the locker
room of a Southwest Conference
champion? It’s a great experience.
You can watch all the back slapping,
yelling and horseplay that goes
along with a championship.
So it was Saturday afternoon in
the Texas Longhorns’ locker room.
The players and coaches were happy
and all smiles. And they had every
right to be.
Their Longhorn team had just de
stroyed A&M 57-28. The victory as
sured the Longhorns of remaining
No. 1 in the nation going into the
Cotton Bowl game against Notre
Dame with the national cham
pionship on the line.
On some occasions, when one
team loses to another, someone
might say that the score didn’t really
convey the closeness of the game.
Not in this case. The Aggies were
lucky to ecape with only a 29 point
loss to the awesome Longhorns.
It wasn’t that close a ball game.
When you begin to pick the stars
of the game for Texas, you can come
up with a handful. There was the
dominate presence of Brad Shearer
at defensive tackle, the unbelieva
ble rushing performance of Earl
Campbell, the coolness of Randy
McEachern at quarterback and the
overall ability of the entire Texas of
fense that mauled the Aggie defense
all afternoon. And almost at will.
Texas head coach Fred Akers and
his staff spent last week developing
a game plan that would defeat the
Aggies. They had some things they
thought would work and they put
them into action.
“We went into the game knowing
we could pass on them,” said Akers
after the game. “We wanted to find
out just how good their defensive
secondary was.
“We thought that our defense
would prohibit them putting points
on the board,” said Akers. “We
didn't, so we just had to out-score
Anchoring the Texas defensive
line is all-America candidate Brad
Shearer. Shearer felt there were a
number of keys to Texas’ win.
"I think the biggest key was con
taining Woodard up the middle and
not letting him break any long runs
on us, said Shearer. The Texas de
fense held Woodard to 81 yards on
25 carrries.
“Another factor in our favor was
the field position we had throughout
the game,” said Shearer. “The wind
was a good asset to us today. On
numerous occasions our offense took
the ball over in their end of the
When the Texas defense stopped
the Aggie attack quarterback Randy
McEachern and the offense took the
ball and marched up and down Kyle
“It was easy to hit my receivers
today,” said McEachern about the
four touchdown passes he threw in
the game. “We figured we could
throw the ball today because of our
break-away speed. And A&M has
been burned deep all year.”
Since stepping into the quarter
back position in the Oklahoma
game, McEachern has matured with
each down he’s played. In Satur
day’s game, McEachern was 6 for 13
passing for 172 yards along with his
four touchdown passes. McEachern
also added 26 yards for the Texas
Coach Akers, in his first year as
head coach at Texas, took over last
year’s 5-5-1 team and molded it into
a conference champion. And Satur
day he completed his goal at the ex
pense of the Aggies.
“I wouldn't change a thing alxuit
this game or on the year, ” said
Akers relishing the victory. “After
the game we took a rather quick
vote and accepted the Cotton Bowl
“But I know how Emory feels.
He’s been on both ends of big foot
ball games, winning and losing. This
was just our day. "
So the Bluebonnet Bowl bound
Aggies have to regroup and face a
powerful Houston Cougar team this
weekend. With the game on na
tional television millions of football
fans will be watching the final regu
lar season college game of the year.
And maybe next Saturday will be
the Aggies’ day to celebrate.
Dr. Michael
— Distinguished Professor of Surgery, TAMU
— World-famous pioneer in heart transplants and
open-heart surgery
— Pres., Cardiovascular Research Center, Houston
Methodist Hospital
— Pres., Baylor College of Medicine
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do. We knew they would pass and
we definitely knew Campbell would
carry the ball. They’re just a darn
fine outfit and they deserve to be
rated as the best team in the coun
The Heisman Trophy candidate
rushed for 222 yards and three
touchdowns. He also caught a 60-
yard touchdown pass and accounted
for 282 of Texas’ 506 yards.
Campbell needed only seven more
yards to equal the Aggies’ offensive
But the Horns were not in
vincible. The Aggie wishbone
moved the ball up and down the
field with some degree of consis
tency. The Aggies scored all of their
points via the rush. Before the A&M
game, the Longhorns’ No. 1 defense
had allowed only one touchdown
“The Aggies have one hell of an
offense,” all-American tackle Brad
Shearer said. “It was a tough game,
but we knew what we had to do to
beat them.”
What they did was put points on
the board in crucial situations. One
of these situations occurred at the
start of the second half.
Texas was leading 33-14 after
intermission. Facing a tough south
erly wind, the Longhorns drove 80
yards in five plays. The score bulged
to 40-14, and it proved to be an in
surmountable lead for the Aggies.
“I’m proud of our kids because
they never gave up,” Bellard said.
“We took the wind at the start of the
second half, hoping to get good field
position if we held them. They took
it in for the score and suddenly
you’re behind by 26.
“Our offense showed a lot of
character. They scored two
touchdowns in a hurry. If our de
fense would have held, then we
would have been back in the game.
Just before the half the defense
did hold the Horns and forced them
to punt against the wind. After a
12-yard punt, A&YI found itself
with 104 seconds and only 38 yards
to negotiate for a score. But the old
time out ghost once again ba
the Aggie sideline.
“I have never heard of a
game called when youhaveai
out,” David Walker said,
over talking with the coaches
they signaled that play was
sumed. I wasn’t even on theItl
The five-yard penalty costA4]
first down and forced them Id
tempt a long field goal. FratU
55-yard effort was no good.
"I went over and talked will
official about the delay of game ^
alty,” Walker said. “1 asked 1
how you could he called for deti
game during a time out. He told
that I was right and he was son
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