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Page 10/The Battalion/Wednesday, October 15, 1986
Sherrill says SWC race just beginning
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By Homer Jacobs
Assistant Sports Editor
At his weekly Tuesday press con
ference, Texas A&M Coach Jackie
Sherrill tried to downplay the signif
icance of Saturday’s showdown be
tween A&M and Baylor in terms of
the Southwest Conference race.
“Anybody talking about going to
Dallas at this time, (the SWC race)
won’t be settled for a long time, re
gardless of whether you win or lose,”
Sherrill said.
But with Sherrill clad in a bright
green sports jacket and yellow pais
ley tie, it made it hard to believe the
Baylor-A&M battle would be just an
other conference game.
Sherrill said a crowd between
74,000 and 76,000 is expected in
Kyle Field to watch the No. 1 1 Ag
gies take on the No. 20 Bears, a team
that is probably better than its 4-2 re
“Baylor is the best 4-2 team in the
country,” Sherrill said.
He said if the Aggies are going to
win the game, defensive pressure on
Baylor quarterback Cody Carlson
will be the key.
But getting to Carlson could be a
formidable task according to Baylor
Coach Grant Teaff.
“People have found it hard to blitz
on us,” Teaff said in a telephone
hookup Tuesday.
Although the game matches two
solid defenses, Teaff said no one can
really shut down A&M’s offense.
“You hope to keep it from getting
way out ahead of you,” he said. “And
you hope you can get lucky enough
to win the ball game.”
The Aggies may need a little luck
as well to beat the Bears because
A&M’s injury list is unusually long.
Sherrill said five players definitely
will be out for Saturday’s game.
They include backup fullback Ira
Valentine (sprained ankle), 12th
Man Kickoff Team member Bill
Walker (knee), backup wide receiver
Greg Dillon (bruised thigh), backup
defensive back Anthony Taylor
(knee), and special teams member
Lance Haverda (concussion).
Eleven other players, including
quarterback Kevin Murray, center
Matt Wilson, wide receiver Shea
Walker and right tackle Marshall
Land, have nagging injuries that will
limit their practice time this week
but shouldn’t keep them out of ac-
tion o" < 5'>tnrrGv
Sherrill said the Aggie offense^
to eliminate the mistakes that hut
hampered A&M lately and prepay
for Baylor’s roaming All-Ameritj
li ce safety Thomas Everett.
“Everett, pound for pound, is tin
most productive player in tlj
league,” Sherrill said.
Sherrill also said he wants tostt
12th Man towels out in force, I*
cause the A&M crowd could be t
biggest factor in the game.
"Certainly, the crowd, the ho®
and the noise will be a big advantag f
to us,” he said. “And not likeotfe
places, our people don't lean
1 hey II stay here for 60 minutes,anj
the crowd noise will beallthe*at
down to the end.”
A&M’s Flowers earns AP honors
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(AP) — A little advice by the coach
helped Texas A&M cornerback
James Flowers pick off two passes,
returning one 25 yards for a touch
down in A&M’s 19-7 win over Hous
ton. It also netted him the Asso
ciated Press Defensive Player of the
With A&M ahead 12-0 early in the
fourth quarter, Flowers, a senior
from Bryan, picked off a Mike Davis
toss and scrambled down the side
line for the Aggies’ only touchdown
of the game.
“Before that series (defensive sec
ondary) Coach (Curley) Hallman
told me to get inside,” Flowers said.
“He said they were throwing short
slant passes.
And it was another slant pass. I
got a nice break, and just saw noth
ing but end zone.”
On the next Houston series, Flow
ers picked off another Davis pass,
this time at the UH 40, and returned
it 29 yards to the Houston 11 to set
up A&M’s final field goal.
Flowers said he thought he would
make it into the end zone again.
“I was looking forward to it,” he
Remember the Billy Joe Tolliver
of 1985? Well, he showed up again.
Recall the Tolliver who broke the
Southwest Conference single game
passing record with 26 of 43 passes
for 422 yards and five touchdowns
against Texas Christian last year?
The Texas Tech quarterback
wasn’t quite that prolific against the
Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday
but he still directed the Red Raiders
to the upset of the year.
Tolliver, a redshirt sophomore
from Boyd, was named the AP Of
fensive Player of the Week for his
exploits against the eighth-ranked
unbeaten Razorbacks in a 17-7 vic
Tolliver’s story is one of boom,
bust, boom.
The Red Raiders were a high-fly
ing offensive outfit last year but
Jerry Moore was fired and David
McWilliams, a defensive specialist,
was hired.
Tech’s offense took a holiday in
runaway victories by Miami, I exas
A&M and Baylor.
Tolliver showed his poise against
the Hogs by completing 19 of 34
passes for 168 yards and directing
the offense like a senior.
“The difference in his play from a
lot of the other games this year is
that he executed the offense, every
phase of it, the running, the drop
back passing, the quick passes and
the sprint out passes,” McWilliams
“Only twice in (he entire game did
he move out of the pocket when he
shouldn’t have. He’s young and still
learning but he’s getting better every
The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder
guided the Raiders 58-yards to a
touchdown on six plays in the sec
ond period.
Tolliver put the game-clinching
touchdown on the board in the last
quarter himself, sneaking across on
fourth and one to climax a 35-yard
scoring drive.
The AP Top 20
By The Associated Press
The Top 20 teams in the Associated
college football poll with first-placevw-
parentheses. 1986 record, total Kn
based on 20-19-18-17-16-15-14-13-12-Wi.
8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 and
ranking In
lost WS.; I •
1. Miami, Fla. (56)
1,175 1 |
2. Alabama (2)
1,099 2 ■
3. Nebraska
1,018 3 |
4. Michigan
986 t I
5. Oklahoma
946 t |
6. Penn State (1)
892 5 |
7. Auburn
861 7 I
8. Iowa
753 V I
9. Washington
676 12 1
10. Arizona St.
619 131
11. Texas A&M
559 11 f
12. LSD
524 13 ||
13. Mississippi St.
345 19
14. Arkansas
338 !
15. So. California
325 9 1
16. Arizona
296 !’
17. Clemson
293 2!
18. North Carolina 4-0-1
147 •
19. UCLA
116 •
20. Baylor
94 13
(tie) SMU
Sox smash Angels to even series
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston
Red Sox, behind Dennis “Oil Can”
Boyd’s gutty pitching and Spike
Owen’s four hits, charged past the
California Angels 10-4 Tuesday
night, tying the American League
playoffs and setting up a decisive
seventh game.
By winning Game 6, the Red Sox
overcame a 3-1 deficit in the best-of-
seven series and put themselves in
the position they wanted. Roger
Clemens, Boston’s ace right-hander
and the most dominant pitcher in
baseball this season, will start Game
7 Wednesday night, opposed by left
hander John Candelaria.
The deciding game will mark yet
another chance for the Angels to win
the first pennant in their 26-year his
tory and for Manager Gene Mauch
to reach his first World Series in 25
California, which was one strike
from the pennant Sunday, played
for the third straight game without
rookie first baseman Wally Joyner. It
has not been determined whether
Joyner, batting .455 in the playoffs
before being hospitalized with a bac
terial infection in his lower right leg,
will be available for Game 7.
The Angels started Game 6 like
they did not need Joyner, taking a 2-
0 lead in the first inning on consec
utive RBI doubles by Reggie Jackson
and Doug DeCinces. California went
on to load the bases and seemed to
be one batter away from knocking
out Boyd before being overhauled
by the Boston express.
A packed crowd of 32,998, not in
cluding fans wedged on top of
nearby rooftops and clinging to
high-rise signs above Fenway Park,
watched Boston tie it in the bottom
of the first and break the game open
by scoring five times in the third, two
on first baseman Bobby Grich’s
throwing error.
Marty Barrett added three hits for
the Red Sox, who totaled 16 in all
and pinned the loss on Kirk McCas-
The fidgety Boyd, meanwhile, set
tled down from his shaky start and
breezed through the middle innings.
His only blemish after his first-in
ning troubles was a solo home run by
Brian Downing in the seventh, and
he left the game after seven innings
to a thunderous roar of “Oil Can, Oil
Boyd pitched nine-hit ball over
seven innings, striking out five and
walking one.
The Angels added another run in
the eighth off Bob Stanley when
Dick Schofield singled and later
trotted home on Ow T en’s throwing
error from shortstop, but the run
was meaningless.
Boyd overcame a first inning in
which he threw 44 pitches and was
nearly out of the game. With one
out, Ruppert Jones fouled off seve
ral balls and walked on 1 1 pitches.
With two outs, Jackson doubled high
off the
Jl-high wall in leftit-
DeCinces followed with*dm
cen higher off the wall in left,a
oston pitching coach Bill Fisdit :lo'
alked hurriedly to the moundii ! . ["ill
iippei quit klv began warming up
1 he Angels went on to load i)
ases on a single and hit batsman it
)t e Boyd saved himselfandthefe' i se\
ox bv retiring Rob Wilfongot
Major League Baseball
Championship Series
Tuesday, Oct. 14
New York 2, Houston 1,12 innings, New York leads series 3-2
Boston 10, California 4, series tied 3-3
Wednesday, Oct. 15
New York (Ojeda 18-5) at Houston (Knepper 16-10), 2 pm
California (Candelaria 10-2) at Boston (Clemens 24-4), 7:20pm I
Thursday, Oct. 16
New York (Darling 15-6) at Houston (Scott 18-10), If necessary,7:20pm *
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