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Deep in the land of Dixie,
where the cotton grows white
and the people speak in
drawls, lies the city that many
Johnny Rebs feel is still the
capital of the nation-Atlanta,
Georgia. Come Christmas.
Day, Atlanta will be the scene
of the 11th Annual Peach
Bowl, pitting (pun intended) the Purdue
Boilermakers (8-2-1) against the Georgia Tech
Yellow Jackets (7-4).
THE PEACH BOWL marks only the second time
in Purdue's 92-year history that the Boilermakers
will make a post-season appearance in a football
game. Their only other bowl game was in 1967, when
they came back from Pasadena with roses after
beating USC, 14-13.
"We're really excited and happy to play in the
Peach Bowl and to have the opportunity to play on
national television on Christmas Day," second-year
head coach Jim Young said. "We put a sign up in the
players' locker room before last season that reads
'Reserved For The Next Purdue Bowl Team.' We'll
be putting a picture in it now."
THE BOILERMAKERS sat atop the Big Ten
standings for the entire season until their
confrontation with Michigan in Ann Arbor. Purdue
finished for the year in third place, a half game
behind co-champs Michigan and Michigan State.
Their offense has been led all season by its
sophomore passing sensation Mark Herrmann, but
the second-year slinger was sidelined early in the
Michigan game with a pinched nerve and saw
limited action in the Boilermakers' regular season
finale for the Old Oaken Bucket against Indiana.
The Yellow Jackets got off to a shaky start this
season, with losses to Duke and California, before
they turned it around with seven consecutive
victories until they were stopped by Notre Dame.
HALL OF FAME BOWL
TEXAS A&M vs. IOWA STATE
With Texas A&M holding a
7-4 record matched up against
8-3 Iowa State in the Hall of
Fame Bowl, some close cut
competition should be pro-
IOWA STATE will be at a
disadvantage with ten of its
players recently declared
academically ineligible for the bowl, including
four starters. Freshman defensive tackle Chris
Boskey, who led the Big Eight Conference in tackles
with 131 this year, was among those declared
ineligible. He was also voted by AP and UPI as the
Big Eight Conference newcomer of the year.
Also declared ineligible was junior quarterback
Terry Rubley, who led the Cyclones in the Peach
Bowl last year. Rubley lost his position to junior
college transfer Walter Grant this season.
Grant took over the quarterback spot midway
through this season. He holds to his credit five
touchdown passes and has run for three others.
Iowa State's offense is powered by two year All-
Conference tailback DexterGreen. He is fourth in
all time Big Eight rushing, and he is among the top
ten in career scoring with 228 points.
TEXAS A&M IS led by quarterback Mike Mosley.
Tailback Curtis Dickey, with 10 touchdowns to his
credit, will also drive the Aggie offense.
Texas A&M place kicker Tony Franklin is the
leading scorer on the team and holds 17 NCAA
records. -DIANE SILVER
HOLIDA Y BOWL
San Diego, California
NAVY vs. BIRGHAM YOUNG
them in mind. Navy (8-3) is going to its first post-
season contest since the 1964 Cotton Bowl. There is
no better spot in the nation to send the Midshipmen
than the site of America's largest naval station.
THE OPPONENTS are the Cougars of Brigham
Young who likewise had a 8-3 mark and almost
nowhere to play over the holidays.
BYU Avon the title in the Western Athletic Con-
ference (WAC) whose champion used to
automatically earn a berth in the Fiesta Bowl. But
that game was created especially for Arizona State
who has since defected to the Pac-10. The Fiesta
Bowl people had developed something respectable
and they didn't want to lose that image by con-
tinuing the commitment with the WAC. Instead, the
Holiday Bowl agreed to give the orphaned con-
ference a home.
Brigham Young is favored in this game, although
not too many people are familiar with the Cougars..
They play a brand of football that could pass for the
neighborhood pickup game.
Coach LaVell Edwards' philosophy is anything
goes-up, around and over as BYU's offensive stats
Quarteback Jim McMahon has passed for 1263
yards and run for another 261. Fullback Bill Ring
has gained 509 yards, a 4.5 average.
Navy can counter with QB Bob Leszczynski who
led the team against Michigan last year, and a
defense that is one of the toughest in the nation.
LIBER TY BOWL
MISSOURI vs. L.S. U.
By PAUL CAMPBELL
When the wire service All-American
teams came out, it was only a mild sur-
prise that Michigan's Ron Simpkins
was passed over as a first team
After all, 1978 was a vintage year for
these most versatile of defenders, and
no one could deny the credentials of Bob
Golic of Notre Dame, Tom Cousineau of
Ohio State, or Jerry Robinson of UCLA.
But it was quite surprising that Sim-
pkins didn't even break into the second
team. It was a shock that he failed to
receive honorable mention.
In fact, the man who had 156 tackles
this year had one honor taken away
from him. Last year, he was first team
all-Big Ten. This year, he had to settle
for second string behind Cousineau and
Indiana's Joe Norman.
Still, the junior from Detroit can't get
too lathered up when talking about the
conspicuous lack of praise he has
"I know what I did," said Simpkins,
who called the defensive signals for
Michigan from his spot in the middle.
"I led in tackles on the d which was best
in the Big Ten."
The Michigan squad led the con-
ference in every significant defensive
category - total defense (213.1 yards
per game), rushing and passing defen-
se (113.2 and 99.9 yards per game) and
scoring defense (7.1 points per game.)
But the stats belie the fact that the
defense had to overcome a mid-season
crisis of confidence after they gave up
496 yards to Michigan State.
"That's probably - make that
definitely - the hardest week of prac-
tice I can remember," said Simpkins of
the five days following the loss to the
Spartans. "It was us against
everybody who thought they could
move on us.
The defense gave up only 33 points in
the last six games and the defense had
fulfilled its goal of another trip to the
Rose Bowl. On the coast, USC held off
UCLA again, regrettably nullifying
Simpkins' chance to be spotlighted in
competition with Robinson.
Simpkins has already shared the field-
with the other two first team
linebackers. When Michigan beat Notre
Dame, Golic played well but Simpkins
was the game's leading tackler. When
it was Cousineau vs. Simpkins, the
Buckeye senior came up with more
tackles, but Simpkins and Michigan
walked off w
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San Diego, the city known
for illegal aliens and high
suicide rates, has come up
with another winner: the Holi-
Competing in the inaugural
contest will be a couple of'
teams who must have thought
the bowl was originated with
Alexander the Great, aka
Louisiana State's All-Ameican
tailback Charles Alexander,
should enjoy facing Missouri's
defense in the Liberty Bowl.
The Tigers' defense allowed
an average of 200 yards rush-
ing per game this year, which
is enough to make Alexander's
See FINALLY, Page 20
MICHIGAN 31, Illinois 0
MICHIGAN 28, Notre Dame 14
MICHIGAN 52, Duke 0
MICHIGAN 21, Arizona 17
Mich. State 24, MICHIGAN 14
MICHIGAN 42, Wisconsin 0
MICHIGAN 42, Minnesota 10
MICHIGAN 34, Iowa 0
MICHIGAN 59, N'western 14
MICHIGAN 24, Purdue 6
MICHIGAN 14, Ohio State 3
USC 17, Texas Tech 9
USC 37, Oregon 10
USC 24, Alabama 14
USC 30, Michigan St. 9
Arizona St. 20, USC 7
USC 38, Oregon St. 7
USC 42, California 17
USC 13, Stanford 7
USC 28, Washington 10
USC 17, UCLA 10
USC 27, Notre Dame 25
USC 21, Hawaii 5
INSIDE LINEBACKER Ron Simpkins (40) makes one of his team high 155 tackles during action of the 34-0 Michigan victory
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against us. How much they (Michigan)
throw will depend on how successful
their running game is, but we do expect
them to throw a great deal more than
they have in the past."
Thus it seems the Trojans will be
ready for anything; be it of the aerial or
ambulatory type. So Bo and his charges
had better be prepared to come up with
something that the Trojans won't be
looking for or it will be another long,
long ride back from the coast on the
evening of January 1st.
MICHIGAN IS ONLY the second Big
Ten team ever to .play in three
successive Rose Bowls. Ohio State first
turned the trick, and actually competed
in four straight between 1973 and 1976.
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