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8 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 25, 1993

Green Bay has Sharpe day.
Receiver's four TDs spark 37-14 rout of Bucs

Detroit Lions quarterback Rodney Peete (9) scrambles for a 13-yard gain before being taken down by Los Angeles
Rams Gerald Robinson (97) and Blair Bush (51) in the first quarter of yesterday's Detroit victory in Anaheim.
Last-on a sk D iftast Lion
cl& s c n ' *tsHanson's field goal squeaks Detroit past L.A., 16-13

The idea was simple: get the ball
in Sterling Sharpe's hands.
The Green Bay Packers did so,
naturally, by throwing to the record-
setting receiver. And by letting him
run, which makes sense, considering
his speed and moves. And by letting
him take two snaps at quarterback
and even throw a pass.
Sharpe was magnificent Sunday,
sparking the Packers to a 37-14 rout
of Tampa Bay. He caught 10 passes
for 147 yards and four scores, three in
the first half, when Green Bay (3-3)
took a 24-0 lead.
He also ran for five yards and
threw a one-yard completion to Mark
Clayton while playing quarterback in
the second quarter.
"When the Packers get in the red
zone, they throw to Sterling Sharpe,"
said Bucs cornerback Martin
Mayhew."When it's third-and-eight,
they get the ball to Sterling Sharpe ...
Their whole offense is based on get-
ting him the ball." Sharpe, who re-
fuses to do interviews, caughtan NFL-
record 108 passes last year. Sunday's
effort was his 21st 100-yard game
and his third against NFC Central
rival Tampa Bay (1-5).
Brett Favre was outstanding, too,
with 20 completions in 35 attempts
for 268 yards and the four touch-
In addition to the offensive on-
slaught at Tampa, Terrell Buckley,
LeRoy Butler and Johnny Holland
each had interceptions and Bryce Paup
had two sacks.
"We really looked good on both
sides of the ball," Favre said. "The
effort's always been there. That's
never been a problem, but execution
has been in the past three or four
games. Finally, we put it all together."
Oilers 28, Bengals 12
The stormy week for the Oilers
ended with a victory over winless
Cincinnati (0-7). Warren Moon threw
for two touchdowns, including the
first in the NFL for Gary Wellman, as
the Bengals remained winless at the
Astrodome since 1984.
Houston (3-4) took lots of heat
this week for its treatment of tackle
David Williams. Williams, who
skipped last Sunday's game to be
with his wife and first-born child, was
docked his weekly paycheck of

Green Bay Packers' wide reciver Sterling Sharpe heads for the endzone
after pulling in 30-yard Brett Favre touchdown pass against Tampa Bay.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -Jason
Hanson kicked his third field goal of
the game with four seconds remain-
ing Sunday to give the Detroit Lions
a 16-13 victory over the Rams and
spoil an inipressive NFL debut by
Los Angeles quarterback T.J. Rubley.
Rubley, who replaced the strug-
gling Jim Everett, threw two touch-
down passes in the last 4:19 to draw
the Rams even.Tony Zendejas missed
the extra-point kick after the second
A 45-yard kickoff return by
Vernon Turner to the Rams' 44helped
set up the winning field goal by De-
troit (5-2). Rodney Peete completed
passes of 13 yards to Barry Sanders
and25 yards toRodney Holman, down
to the Rams' one-yard line, to set
Hanson up.
Rubley, taking over for Everett on
the Rams' second series of the second
half, completed 12 of 17 passes for
151 yards, including TDs of four and
21 yards to Ernie Jones, the latter with

'1:52 left.
Rubley pulled the Rams (2-5)
within 13-7 when he marched them
80 yards on his second series, capping
the drive with aperfectly timed, lofted
pass to Jones in the end zone.
Rubley, who completed nine
straight passes at one point, drove
them 68 yards to the tying score, a
pass over the middle to Jones. But
Zendejas' extra point attempt hit the
leftupright. Rubley, whoalsoreplaced
Mike Pagel as the holder, had trouble
setting the ball for Zendejas.
Sanders, contained by the Rams'
defense most of the game, gave De-
troit a 13-0 lead when he scored on a
five-yard run midway through the fi-
nal quarter.
Detroit's first six points came on
Hanson's field goals of 25 yards in
the second quarter and 24 yards in the
Peete, who had wonback his start-
ing job in the previous game, com-
pleted 15 of 25 for 249 yards with one

interception. Sanders carried 26 times
for 91 yards.
Everett, who became the Rams'
starter in 1986, had a rocky game. He
completed just two of nine passes for
12 yards, with two sacks, one inter-
ception and one lost fumble.
After Everett failed to move the
team on the Rams' first possession of
the second half, Rubley began warm-
ing up on the sidelines and came on --
to rousing cheers at Anaheim Sta-
dium - for his first NFL game.
Rubley, a second-year pro out of
Tulsa who spent 1992 as the Rams'
inactive No. 3 quarterback, was im-
pressive in preseason games this sea-
son, completing 22 of 48 for 319
yards and one touchdown, and scram-
bling eight times for 47 yards.
Everett's rollercoaster season has
included an NFC offensive player of
the week award after completing 19
of 28 for 316 yards in Los Angeles'
28-13 victory over Houston on Sept.

$111,111 for missing the victory over
New England. But he returned to the
starting lineup against the Bengals.
"I'm just glad I got this game
behind me," Williams said. "It's just
incredible how things have gone. It
amazed me last week how they snow-
balled. Hopefully that's all behind us
Bills 19, Jets 10
When the Bills stalled on offense,
the defense came to the rescue. Darryl
Talley's 61-yard interception return
gave the Bills their only touchdown.
Steve Christie kicked four field goals
and Thurman Thomas ran for 117
Until Talley grabbed Boomer
Esiason's pass in the flat one play
after New York's James Hasty had an
interception, the Bills couldn't get in
the end zone. And the Jets (2-4) didn't
get there after an 80-yard .drive to
open the game led to Brad Baxter's
one-yard TD run.

Buffalo (5-1) held the ball forover@
37 minutes, gained 413 yards and
didn't punt until five minutes were
left in the game.
New York has lost three straight.
Falcons 26, Saints 15
After opening the season with five
straight defeats, Atlanta has won two
straight. After beginning with five@
successive victories, the Saints have
fallen twice in a row.
Bobby Hebert, the quarterback the
Saints did not want, returned to New
Orleans and hit 13 of 16 passes for
132 yards 'and two touchdowns.
Hebert replaced Billy Joe Tolliver
early in the game when Tolliver hurt
his shoulder and made the Saints re-
gret not re-signing him.
"I faced a lot of emotions coming
here," the Louisiananative said. "I'm
not so naive that I didn't know they
were going to boo me. I'm like the
Benedict Arnold of New Orleans,
going to Atlanta of all places."



The Islanders and Flyers, once opponents in the Patrick Division, are now members of the Atlantic Division.
Loss of names means loss of tradition

Call 911. Tell the police to issue
an A.P.B.
The National Hockey League that
I remember is missing.
When I was growing up it was a
daily ritual to check the NHL stand-
ings in the sports section. What hap-
pened last night in the Norris Divi-
sion? Who's leading the Patrick?

look more like the NBA than the
What was the Campbell Confer-
ence is now the Western. Today's
Eastern Conference used to go by the
name of Prince of Wales Conference.
The Norris, Smythe, Adams, and
Patrick divisions are now called Cen-
tral, Pacific, Northeast, and Atlantic.
The day after this season started I
took my firstlook atthe standings and

there were only six teams in the league
and the Mighty Ducks didn't exist.
Or if the lad was as lucky as I was
he or she would have a dad who
would talk about the glory days of the
game. The days when goalies didn't
wear masks, Gordie Howe terrorized
the league with both his scoring touch
and his elbows, and the days when the
Red Wings actually won Stanley Cups
instead of just talking about them.


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