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the sports
take two game lead in Series
United Press International
P° wer ANGELES — Now, having
toe Na " sm oked” away by rookie Boh
he site « h in the ninth inning of Wed-
im Elec l iv night’s gripping second game
■ World Series, the New York
le cente 1 >es can understand the frustra-
e W 'U E« be Boston Red Sox must have
trucks I;
? r °j ecti; vas a finish ironically reminis-
be allow I ,f (he Yankees’ 5-4 playoff win
ctof |( le !l : he Red Sox 10 days ago.
Jti Dodgers, behind the "Pen-
tustbetilp ower ” of Ron Cey’s three-run
to majo!
were holding a precarious
Lj going into the ninth inning,
cuttingj I h j (heir relief ace, Terry
d is-is. ;;; to get the last three Yankee
I and what looked to be the
It part of the order coming to
I field soi F r
duledfoi I Manager Bob Lemon had
| ut of spare infielders so he
l^Hn’t pinch-lit for his light-
thecuttiij Ljhortstop Bucky Dent. So
e this yeug
re major
Dent singled to start things off. Roy
White’s bouncer back to the mound
moved Dent into scoring position at
However, the next batter was Paul
Blair and Lemon had no one to hit for
him either. So Blair walked. And
Dodger Manager Tommy Lasorda
walked too, to the mound. He
wanted Welch, the 20-year-old
right-hander who became a profes
sional only a little over a year ago.
Welch got the right-handed hit
ting Thurman Munson on a liner to
right — then came Reggie Jackson,
who had driven in all their previous
three runs on a two-run double in the
third and an infield out in the
A strike, a ball, three straight
fouls, another ball, another foul,
another ball and finally a majestic
swing and a miss. Bedlam.
Tommy just gave me the ball and
told me to throw strikes,” said
Welch. “I wanted to go after them
and make them hit my best pitch,
that’s why I threw all fastballs.”
Jackson, who threw his bat against
the dugout wall in disgust after his
strikeout, was asked later if he felt a
little like Yastrzemski in the
Yankee-Red Sox playoff game.
“No,” he answered tersely and
then added, “I was upset about
something but I’m not gonna talk
about it. He did an outstanding job.
He put the pitches where he wanted
them. I just got beat, that’s all.”
Although trailing now two games
to nothing with at least two question
able starters from here on out.
Lemon remained unflappable in the
face of yet one more uphill battle.
“When I took over the club, I had
two months to get things going,” said
Lemon, “this time I’ve got only a
couple of days. But I felt Catfish
(Yankee starter Jim Hunter) pitched
very well. He had things under con
trol except when Cey got to him.”
Hunter went six innings for the
Yankees, giving up all seven hits and
four runs.
“If any team can come back from a
two-game deficit we can,” said
Hunter. “We’ve done it all year.
There is no reason to panic. You
either do it or you don’t. Guidry can
get us back on the right track Friday,
then we can go from there.”
Up until Cey’s homer, Hunter
looked like a winner. The Dodger
third baseman hit a 2-0 pitch into the
seats in leftcenter field over the 385-
foot mark.
“It was a slider that I didn’t get far
enough away from him,” said
Cey, who singled home the first
Dodger run in the fourth, got to
Hunter two innings later when, after
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Univetsl r , ' let ^ er to set rus hing or pas-
[as set the SWC team rushing
j |of 3,745 yards in 1970, but
A&M is giving it a strong run
588 yards through the first
lames. That Longhorn team
;ed 374.5 yards per game and
ggies are at 397 per game
into their final seven starts.
I /(if Pltn there’s passing, where SMU
1.^0 [quite up to the record pace by
6 Rice team — but closing
76 Owls passed for 303.4
game and after a busy day at
igline in Saturday’s 35-35 tie
ipheric s )hjo State, SMU is gaining at
eof280 passing yards a game,
only are the Aggies ahead of
st rushing season ever posted
SWC they’re gaining at a rate
ould top the total offense re
ts on thet Arkansas averaged 445.3 yards
1, while the Aggies are gain-
;r sutnmao 485.7 yards a game.
individaully, an Aggie and a
1977 repo !g are challenging the lead-
rm weati
is Dickey had another out-
igday in the Aggies’ 38-9 vic-
_er Texas Tech to open up a
dden « 1 g ame g ap over Houston’s
tt King in individual rushing.
, now third in the nation in
is gaining 148.5 yards per
e 'ght yards a try and is scor-
uchdown every seventh time
dies the ball.
s Mike Ford grabbed the
lead with one of the top
days in SWC passing his-
ords 36 completions are the
most ever by a conference
■a a game, being bettered
V another SMU soph
another Ohio State team,
Hixson hitting 37 against the
es in 1968.
s 57 attempts also ties for
i m p s t in SWC annals and
, P ass >ng yards he gained is
a best.
[wise, Texas A&M held onto
in five of the six team offen-
defensive categories. In
11°pacing the conference in
rushing offense, the Aggies
otal defense (160.2 yards a
rushing defense (79.7) and
| defense (80.5 yards). The
u ( * unse has yielded one
flU ' n ^ plays run by four
,* 0 °k individual leads in both
a 20.7 completions per
ln total offense at 280
r ev k e Smith, Baylor’s trans-
ihes'aMfi held ? eC ° nd in both
| 16 completions a game
singles by Davey Lopes and Reggie
Smith, he slammed a 2-0 pitch over
the wall in left-center.
"With two outs and two on, I was
just looking for something I felt I
could hit hard,” explained Cey. “But
when I hit it, I knew it was out.
“We’re not looking ahead,” Cey
emphasized following his four RBI
performance. “Now we will concen
trate on the game at hand and the
one ahead of us is Game 3.
“The Yankees have a good ball
club. They fought from behind all
year long. I don’t believe that just
because you’ve won the first two
games you have a lock on the Series. ”
Cey was heavy in his praise of
“Hunter is an outstanding person
and a player,” he stressed. “As far as
I’m concerned, he’s the same pitcher
who pitched for the Oakland A s in
Bill North, who will start in center
field in place of Rick Monday at New
York Friday night against Yankee
lefthander Ron Guidry, said out loud
what everyone was thinking.
“We did what had to be done in
Los Angeles,” he smiled. “If they
had won one game here, they would
have done what they wanted. Now
we can afford to lose one in New York
and they can’t.”
For the 15th time this year, the
Yankees will be calling on Guidry,
their 25-game winning mealticket, to
come to their rescue after a defeat.
The Dodgers will counter with vete
ran right-hander Don Sutton.
World Series Schedule
Los Angeles 11, New York 5
Los Angeles 4, New York 3
Friday—Los Angeles at New York, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday—Los Angeles at New York, 2:30 p. m.
Sunday— x-Los Angeles at New York, 3:30 p. m.
Tuesday— x-New York at Los Angeles, 7:30
Wednesday— x-New York at Los Angeles, 7:30
x-if necessary
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her in the
and 206 yards.
Texas Tech freshman Maury
Buford opened the widest lead in
the individual categories, getting off
a 75-yard punt and averaging 47
yards on nine kicks. Buford now
holds a 46.1 average on 31 kicks
while runner-up Russell Erxleben of
Texas, the 1976 NCAA champion,
fell to a 42.4 average.
Conference quips: With one third
of the home games played (15 down,
31 to go). Southwest Conference
football attendance is almost 25 per
cent ahead of the record pace it set
in 1976. Saturday’s four home
games, including the Texas-Okla-
homa game in the Cotton Bowl,
drew 217,583 for a capacity of
227,000 seats. That put the average
attendance for the 15 home games at
48,792, which is 24.3 percent ahead
of the record average attendance of
39,240 set two years ago. Also in
danger of falling is the total atten
dance mark of 2,076,682 set last
year in 53 home games, as Satur
day’s crowds pushed the total
through 15 games to 731,889.
Not only is Baylor off to the most
frustrating start in SWC history with
four straight losses by a total of 14
points, it also stands as the four
closest losses in a row by any SWC
team ever. The 1959 Texas Aggies
and the '62 SMU Mustangs both lost
their last four games by a total of 16
points and the ‘72 Aggies lost four
straight by 18, but no SWC team
has ever come near dropping their
first four by such a low combined
score as have the ‘78 Bears. TCU is
the nearest with its first four games
in '39 being decided by 20 points,
but that team dropped its first three
by seven total points and lost its
fourth by 13. Baylor’s biggest defeat
this year was the six-pointer to Ohio
If you noticed here last week that
SMU sophomore Mike Ford had al
ready gained more yards passing
than Davey O’Brien did in his entire
collegiate career, you might also be
interested in knowing that Curtis
Dickey’s 2,298 rushing yards less
than half-way through his junior
year puts him ahead of the career
totals of such notables as Donny
Anderson, Kyle Rote and John
David Crow. And, if you’re not feel
ing old enough, yet, he’s just 55
yards shy of Steve Worster’s career
Mike Ford, the runner? Yes, the
SMU quarteback’s 36 completions
in the 35-35 tie with Ohio State
were the second most in a game in
SWC history (SMU’s Chuck Hixson
completed 37 his sophomore year
against Ohio State), but consider
Ford’s running game against the
Buckeyes: Ron Meyer says Ford cal
led six quarterback running plays,
scored touchdowns on three of
them, made crucial first downs on
two more, and ran over the tying
two-pointer on the last.
TCU’s Craig Richardson has
caught 23 passes in two and a half
games — he didn’t have one thrown
toward him against Oregon or in the
second half against Penn State —
making him one of the busiest re
ceivers among SWC running backs.
Top receiver among running backs
in SWC history was Rice’s James
Sykes, who caught 76 in 1976 — just
four off the SWC record posted by
SMU’s Jerry Levias in 1968.
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