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    Monday, October 26, 1987/The Battalion/Page 9
Lggies weather shaky first half for 34-21 victory
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By Anthony Wilson
Sports Writer
HOUSTON — The weather at
lice Stadium Saturday was fair to
which turned out to
fa bit of foreshadowing, because
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ball team played.
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And even though the Owls played
jjut as well as they could, A&rM
piuch too talented and overpow-
|g to let a lowly Rice team beat
tern, as the Aggies won 34-21.
The Aggies’ lack of intensity and
Ventration could be seen in the
Hunt of penalties and turnovers
tey committed.
A&M was penalized 14 times for
ards. On A&M’s second posses-
■of the First quarter, running
Darren Lewis broke a 67-yard
hat was called back on a clip-
rfpenalty by fullback Melvin Col
in the second quarter, A&M line
backer Aaron Wallace was called for
a 15-yard personal foul penalty. On
the next play, Rice running back
Todd Jones scored on a 19-yard run
to move the Owls to within four
points of A&M, 17-13.
Rice’s last touchdown drive of the
game in the fourth quarter was aided
by a roughing the passer penalty on
A&M defensive end Terry Price.
Two Fine punt returns, one a 63-
yarder by A&M flanker Rod Harris,
were called back because of penal
“The times we got the holding pe
nalties, the clipping penalty on both
punts and ensuing kickoffs, that’s
not good,” A&M Coach Jackie Sher
rill said. “There’s no question on the
big plays it took away probably 200
A&M also fumbled Five times, los
ing two of them, and quarterback
Lance Pavlas threw A&M’s only in
Aggie running back Darren Lewis
said the intensity level of the offense
was noticeably lower than it should
have been.
“The intensity we had was down,”
Lewis said. “We have to go in the
game each week with our intensity
Keith Woodside
high. We have to go out there and
lay it all out on the line.”
On the positive side, A&M’s of
fense garnered a season-high 602
yards, 434 of it via the rush.
A&M’s ground attack was led by
freshman quarterback Bucky Rich
ardson, who ran for 137 yards on
eight carries. Richardson scored one
touchdown on the day when, on
A&M’s second play from scrimmage,
he kept the ball on an option play
and sprinted 56 yards down the
right sideline.
Although he had a good day run
ning the ball, Richardson was not
pleased with his 2-of-9, 16-yard pass
ing performance.
“I was real frustrated with the way
I threw the ball today,” Richardson
said. “I’m glad we won, but I wish I
could’ve done better throwing the
A&M’s tailbacks also had a pro
ductive day running the ball.
Senior Keith Woodside tallied a
career-best 122 yards on 17 attempts
and caught two passes for 52 yards,
making him A&M’s career reception
leader with 107.
Freshman Larry Horton rushed
for 76 yards on four attempts, while
fellow freshman Lewis ran for two
touchdowns and passed for another
in the fourth period to put the Owls
away for good.
Lewis threw his first career pass
with 10 minutes left in the game and
the score 27-13. The tailback took a
pitch from Richardson, ran left and
nit freshman receiver Gary Oliver
for a 37-yard touchdown.
Lewis said the play, designed to
catch defensive backs cheating on
their pass coverage to play the run, is
not something the offense usually
works on.
“This week we really worked on it
pretty hard,” Lewis said. “Thank
goodness it turned out all right.”
Sherrill also was pleased with the
“You have to give him (Lewis)
credit,” he said. “He hung in there
and took advantage of the play and
threw a touchdown strike.”
After the Aggies’ first two posses
sions, the Owls must have thought
they were reliving the 59-7 trounc
ing Texas Tech gave them the pre
vious week.
After Richardson’s touchdown
run on A&M’s first possession, and a
14-yard touchdown run by Rice
quarterback Quentis Roper, A&M’s
second series started with another
big play.
Horton ran 73 yards down the
right sideline to Rice’s 13-yard line
before fumbling out of bounds. Le
wis scored on the next play, scam
pering the 13 yards to the end zone,
making the score 14-6.
Late in the first period, A&M line
backer Jeroy Robinson recovered a
fumbled punt return by Rice’s Dar
rell Goolsby at Rice’s 41-yard line.
On the ensuing drive, A&M settled
for a 41-yard field goal by Scott
Slater after Oliver was called for of
fensive pass interference in the end
zone on a third down play.
Rice’s Jones scored on his 19-yard
run on its first possession of the sec
ond quarter, making the score 17-13.
Pavlas took over at quarterback
for the Aggies to start the second
a uarter and promptly led a 72-yard
rive resulting in a 28-yard Slater
field goal, increasing A&M’s lead 20-
13, which was the halftime score.
At the half, A&M’s defense had
allowed Rice to roll up 200 total
yards, 151 of it rushing.
However, in the third quarter, the
“Wrecking Crew” buckled down and
the Owls could only manage 23
yards of offense. The fourth quarter
wasn’t much better for Rice as it
compiled 76 yards of offense, most
of it against A&M’s second and third
Lewis scored the only touchdown
of the third quarter on a Five-yard
run, capping an 11-play, 84-yard
Lewis’ option pass closed out the
scoring for A&M. Rice’s last touch
down came in the fourth quarter on
a Mark Comalander to Goolsby 15-
yard pass. That duo also combined
for the two point conversion to end
the scoring 34-21.
“We came out in the second half
and made the adjustments defensi
vely,” Sherrill said. “I don’t think
they had a first down in the third
quarter. But offensively we turned
the ball over and played sluggishly.”
derdog Twins win ’87 World Series
to the cc
ijnesota Twins rode the determin-
ion of Frank Viola and the decibels
Jie Dome to their First World Se-
iiesi i .unpionship by beating the St.
ouh Cardinals 4-2 in Game 7 Sun-
Kivkpatrid laypight, becoming the First team to
>i esidermahix ftn|our home games.
■he Twins, with the best home re-
ltd in baseball, won each game in
n ■ own park. T hey rallied in the
ital two games, and Greg Gagne’s
■Id single with two outs and the
^1/ Ises loaded in the sixth inning put
1 WlV ahead to stay.
Bola, who won Game 1 and lost
ntrnH toll 4, settled down after allowing
I IMUvl irolruns in the second inning. He
■ up only two more hits through
[lit innings and denied St. Louis its
1 th title.
Viola gave up six hits, struck out
tvel and didn’t walk a batter before
jlvilg way to Jeff Reardon. Viola
hat protects une^Eamed Most Valuable Player,
eing GM to tfiBie team’s most important ingre-
iles, UAH again was the Metrodome.
nday night. [.The Cardinals, the top road team
bers at 152 IfcHfe majors, were swallowed up by
:ed 80,7 percenuHcous record crowd of 55,376. A
agreement, Ubuple of controversial calls by um-
rank Jovce ^ res at First base — which haunted
:he union's330,M Bmis in 1985 — and some ma-
;M cast ballot' Juvers by Manager Whitey Herzog
■went wrong left the crippled
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This was the first Series in which
the home team won every game, and
it came in a season in which the
Twins were nearly invincible at the
Metrodome. They finished 62-25,
including three routs over St. Louis.
The Twins became the 10th dif
ferent team to win the Series in 10
years. They scored 72 runs in beat
ing Detroit in the playoffs and then
St. Louis, the most ever scored by a
club in the postseason.
Minnesota also managed to over
come the Cardinals’ success in do-or-
die situations. St. Louis is now 8-3 in
Game 7s, still the most victories by
any team in seventh games.
In this, the Year of the Home
Run, the Twins manufactured the
winning run Cardinals-style.
Danny Cox, pitching on two days’
rest and in relief for the first time
since 1984, walked Tom Brunansky
and Kent Hrbek leading off the
sixth with the score 2-2. That fin
ished Cox, who failed to retire any of
the five batters he faced, and he was
ejected by home-plate umpire Dave
Phillips as he exited. That brought
back more memories of 1985, when
Cardinals pitcher Joaquin Andujar '
was tossed from Game 7, in which
Kansas City routed St. Louis 11-0.
Todd Worrell walked pinch-hitter
Roy Smalley, playing on his 35th
birthday, before striking out Dan
Gladden with the bases loaded for
the second out. Gagne followed with
a sharp grounder that third base-
man Tom Lawless backhanded, and
Gagne beat the one-hop throw to
The Twins, whose starting lineup
outhomered St. Louis’ 183-32,
scored an insurance run in the
eighth when Tim Laudner singled
and came home on Gladden’s dou
The Twins came back despite get
ting two runners thrown out at the
plate by left fielder Vince Coleman
and possibly losing a run on Phillips’
call in the second.
Trailing 2-1, Minnesota tied it in
the fifth. Joe Magrane, who lost the
opener and was the sixth rookie to
ever start a Game 7, got the first out
and Gagne followed with a grounder
to first baseman Jim Lindeman.
Herzog brought in Cox, and
Kirby Puckett hit the first pitch for
an RBI double to right-center. Gary
Gaefti walked, but Puckett was
caught trying to steal third and
Gaetti was thrown out at the plate on
Don Baylor’s single to left.
Herzog started reserve catcher
Steve Lake for the first time in the
Series. Lake and regular catcher
Tony Pena, in the DH spot, hit RBI
des in the second inning.
Herzog took out Magrane in the
fifth and brought in an obviously
tired Cox, who threw just seven
strikes in 21 pitches.
The record crowd of 55,376 be
gan cheering 30 minutes before the
game began and both teams were ag
gressive from the start.
A running catch by Cardinals
right fielder Jose Oquendo in the
gap stopped Minnesota from scoring
in the first inning and St. Louis
struck with two runs in the second.
Two pitches, and Lindeman and
Willie McGee had singled. Pena then
lined an RBI single past Viola’s
Viola retired the next two batters
before Lake, in his first Series at-bat,
singled home McGee.
The Twins came back with a run
in their half of the inning, and a
close call by home-plate umpire
Dave Phillips may have cost them an
Twins 7 Viola is named
Most Valuable Player
Viola, the one called “Sweet Mu
sic,” was in perfect pitch for
Game 7 of the World Series.
Viola allowed six hits in eight
innings and pitched Minnesota to
a 4-2 victory Sunday over St.
Louis and was named the Most
Valuable Player of the 1987 Se-
“This is the happiest moment
of my life,” Viola said. “I’m think
ing of all my teammates, my
friends and my family.”
Viola won the first game of the
Series 10-1, allowing five hits.
But he struggled in Game 4 at
St. Louis, allowing six hits and
five runs in' , ‘3 1 /s innings. The
Twins, who finished sixth in the
American League West last sea
son, left St. Louis trailing 3-2 and
Viola was hoping to get one more
chance under the friendly Teflon
ceiling at the Metrodome.
“I was happy to have another
chance,” Viola said. “I ended the
season on a much better note
than if l had ended it on Game 4.
I would have had a bitter taste in
my mouth for a long time.”
Instead, Viola lived up to his
nickname ami threw sweet
pitches in the seventh game
Viola’s nickname comes from a
banner that hangs in the right-
field stands and reads: Frankie
“Sweet Music” Viola. Viola is 17-0
at the dome in games in which
fan Mark Dornfeld has unfurled
the banner.
Viola, who struck out seven,
joined a list of great seventh-
game World Series pitching per
There was some concern over
Viola pitching on three days’ rest.
Viola was 2-2 in his previous
five starts on three days rest, and
his ERA on those starts was 5.64.
“I felt great tonight,” Viola
said. “I had a real good fastball
and a good changeup. I could
have pitched on two days’ rest. I
have all winter to rest.”
Viola was 2-1 in the Series with
a 3.72 ERA. He is the 15th
pitcher to win the World Series
MVP, but just the third in the last
19 seasons. Pitchers won the
award 12 times in the first 14
years after the award was started
in 1955.
Viola finished the regular sea
son 17-10, but was 12-3 at home
plus the two World Series victo-
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