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The Michigan DaIly-Sunday September 25, 1977-Page 9
MSU COMEBACK CORRALS COWBOYS

State
By DAVE RENBARGER
Special to The Daily
SEAST LANSING - "That first half
A was the poorest half of football I've
ever be en associated with," said
Michigan State football coach Darryl
Rogers.
"That second half was the poorest
we've played," said' Wyoming foot-
ball coach Bill Lewis.
Both men were referring to yester-
day's meeting between the two
teams, and, after the Spartans'
come-from-behind 34-16 triumph, it
became apparent that State's worst
..effort was no match for the Cowboys'
level of futility,
The first thirty minutes saw the
Spartans commit almost every men-
tal error imaginable. Four dropped
passes, several key penalties,two
.C ,short punts, three missed field goals
plus two turnovers, stymied drive
3~C~ after drive.
-\CaW yoming's offensive unit parlayed
these miscues into two touchdowns
and a field goal for a 16-0 halftime
C advantage. '
After the intermission, an aroused
State offensive squad put on a show
C seldom seen in Spartan Stadium,
racking up its 34 points in a
AP Photo 17 -minute span. A 53-yard field
MARK BRAMMER (91), tight end for Michigan State, slips by a Wyoming defensive back with an Eddie Smith pass in yester- goal by Hans Neilson and an 82-yard
day's rainy contest In East I snsing. The Spartans lassoed the Cowboys, 34-16, to raise their record to 2-1 touchdown bomb from Eddie Smith

rOlls,
to Kirk Gibson highlighted the blit
After falling to move after talin
the opening kickoff, a 30-yard punt lb
State's Ray Stachowlcz gave thi
Cowboysygood field position at the;
own 40 yard line. Fullback Myroi
Hardeman broke loose for a 48-yar
jaunt down the right sideline, Tha
set up a 29-yard field goal by Da
Christopulos, giving Wyoming a 3
edge.
Cowboy quarterback Hugh Albor
starting hi first game, engineered,
73-yard touchdown drive culminatin
on a three-yard burst by La Fra
Simmons.
A f t e r Christopulos' conversi
made it 10-0, MSU took the kickof
and, on the next play, QB Edd
Smith spotted his favorite targe
Kirk Gibson 40 yards downfield an
10 yards behind the nearest Cowbo
defender.
Smith laid the ball right into hi
arms, but the usually-sure-hand4
Gibson dropped it.
On the following play, Cowbo
lineman Francis Chesley picked off
Smith aerial and rambled to ti
Spartan 13tyard line. Albora's subs
quent touchdown made it 16-0, as t]
extra point try sailed wide to ti
right.
While, the rain-soaked crowd
55,214 took in the Band Day festiviti
on the field, Rogers and his troops
the locker room conducted a "'g
check."*
"We didn't do anything different
on the board," he said. "It wasn't
board check. It was a gutcheck.
'Whatever it was, it certain]
helped. In t he third quarter tiSa t n o ned t er c m b c
partans mounted their com ebac
turning three Cowboy fumbles on
short punt into twenty third-quart
points.

34-16
tz After Nielsonls 53-yarder, his ca-
reer best, got State on the board,
y hustling linebacker Mike Dean re
covered his first of two fumbles, and
ir tailback Leroy McGee scored his
first of three TD's on a one-yard
rd plunge to get State within six.
at Seven minutes later, the Spartans
n found themselves on top, 20-16, by
-0 virtue of a 37-yard boot by Nielson
and another one-yard TD 'run by
a, McGee.
a MSU's defense, meanwhile, una
ag saddled the Cowboys' running game
n throughout the second half. Wyoming
managed only 35 total yards and but
on one first down after halftime.
ff In the final stanza, Smith and
ie Gibson connected for a one-play,
, 82-yard touchdown "drive." McGee
nd closed out the scoring with a 10-yard

ON-SIDE KICK SETS UP FG
Bucks lose battle in final seconds

(continued from Page i) c
PEACOCK GAINED two yards,
avic Overstreet got two more and
levins picked up one before Pea-
k hurtled across from two yards
ut,: bringing Oklahoma within two
ioirfts with 1:29 to go.
Von Schamann's bouncing kickoff
truck an Ohio State player, and
(ike Babb pounced on it at mid-

field. Blevins passed 18 yards to
Rhodes and three running plays,
interspersed by several timeouts, set
up the decisive field goal.
Oklahoma has won all three games
this season while Ohio State has a 2-1
record.
Oklahoma had stunned the huge
crowd, along with an ABC-TV audi-
ence, by taking a 17-0 lead in the

opening period.
The Sooners scored on a 23-yard
dash by Peacock with a team-
mate's fumble, Billy Simms' 14-yard
run after Ohio State fumbled at its 16
and the first of three field goals by

von Schamann. But it was all Ohio
State from the time von Schamann
made it 20-0 just two minutes into the
second period u n t i l Castignola's
fourth-period bobble swung the tide
back to Oklahoma.

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DETROIT - Home runs by Ted
ox, Carl Yastrzemski and Fred
ynn powered the Boston Red Sox to
6-2 victory over the Detroit Tigers
esterday and kept the Sox' pennant
opes alive in the Ameripan League
ast.
The victory moved Boston within
% games of first-place New York,
hich was rained out at Torogto.
Rookie right-hander Mike Paxton,
0-5, gained the victory with relief
elp from Bill Campbell, who regis-
ered his 29th save by pitching the
inal two innings.
The Tigers opened the scoring
h e n Phil Mankowski's second-
nning double scored Steve Kemp,
hq had walked.
Boston tied it when designated
itter Cox drilled his first major
eague home run off Milt Wilcox, 6-2.
After Jim Rice walked to start the
ixth, Yastrzemski hit a first pitch
B~JILLBO(AIDV
Michigan season hockey tickets
will go on sale on Monday at 8:30
a.n. at the Michigan ticket office.
Tickets for the 17 home games will
cost the general public $50, faculty
and staff $30 and students $21.
nformation on single game tickets
that are sold over the counter will be
announced at a later date. The 1977
NCAA runners-up open their home
season on Saturday, October 22 at
Yost Ice Arena, completing a home
and home series with Bowling Green.'

for his 26th home run of the season to
move the Sox ahead 31.
Carlton Fisk followed with a single
and scored when Lynn drilled his 18th
homer of the season just inside the
foul pole in right field, it king 1 5-1.
CLEVELAND -Ken Singleton
and rookie Eddie Murray stroked
consecutive solo home runs in the
ninth inning to snap a 1-1 tie and lift
the Baltimore Orioles to a 4-1 win
over the Cleveland Indians yester-
day. The win moved Baltimore
within 2 games of New York.
Baltimore starter Jim Palmer,
19-11, scattered seven hits in winning
his sixth straight decision. Cleveland
starter Dennis Eckersley, 14-13, was
tagged with the loss despite striking
out a season high 12 batters in 8%
innings before Jim Bibby came on in
relief. Bibby balked home the final
Orioles' run.
Cleveland loaded the bases with
none out in the eighth. Paul Dade
opened with a walk and advanced to
second on Duane Kuiper's sacrifice
bunt, which Palmer was unable to
field cleanly. Larvell Blanks followed
with a bunt single to load the bases.
Palmer then induced Andre Thorn-
ton to pop out and struck out Bruce
Bochte before Al Bumbry robbed
Rico Carty of a grand-slam homer
with a leaping catch at the top of the
center field fence.

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