2- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, January 24, 1994
Here is how the top 25 teams in college basketball fared this
weekend, with first place votes are in parentheses. Games played
are through Jan. 23.
Dallas comes through on Johnson's
promise of victory, crushes Niners
IRVING, Texas (AP)- Jimmy
Johnson is a prophet and a healer.
True to his word, the Dallas Cow-
boys beat San Francisco on Sunday
and are headed to their second straight
Super Bowl against the Buffalo Bills.
And Emmitt Smith, whose sepa-
rated shoulder was pronounced
"healed" by Johnson last Tuesday,
dominated the 38-21 victory with 144
net yards in the first half, when the
Cowboys took a 28-7 lead.
Overall, he rushed for 88 yards
and caught seven passes for 85 yards
as the Cowboys made it even easier
than Johnson's prediction Friday night
on a local radio show - he had said
the game would be close for three
quarters and the Cowboys would break
it open in the fourth.
They did it two quarters earlier,
scoring touchdowns on four of their
five first-half possessions and break-
ing loose with two TDs in less than
four minutes after the Niners had tied
it at 7-all on the first play of the
They added a fourth touchdown
with 58 seconds left in the half and
then held off San Francisco in the
second half after Troy Aikman was
knocked out of the game when hit in
the head by Dennis Brown's knee.
It hardly mattered.
Aikman's replacement, Bernie
Kosar, hit a 42-yard TD pass to Alvin
Harper to open up a 21-point lead just
3:23 after the Niners had cut it to 14
points and seemingly grabbed the
momentum on a 4-yard TD run by
That made it 35-14 and it was
over. Eddie Murray tacked on a 50-
yard field goal.
If this seems familiar, it should
Harper's 70-yard reception broke
the Niners' back after they had come
within four points in last year's 30-20
loss to Dallas in this same game. And
now the Cowboys go to Atlanta seek-
ing a double-double - they beat the
Bills last year 52-17 for the title.
Not only did Smith shine, but so
did the Dallas quarterbacks.
Aikman was 14 of 18 for 177
yards before being knocked out of the
game on the first series after intermis-
sion. Kosar finished 5 of 8 for 83
But the Dallas defense was also a
major factor, holding Steve Young to
27 of 44 for 220 yards, sacking him
four times, intercepting him once and
keeping him from leading the 49ers to
a Super Bowl that Montana did four
times in San Francisco.
The defense changed the game
early in the second quarter after Daryl
Johnston's 4-yard touchdown run
gave the Cowboys a 14-7 lead in a
game that was taking on the appear-
ance of a shootout.
That was just what Johnson had
hinted at in his prediction. But that
changed on two plays-starting when
the Niners had a second-and-6 on
Young found Ricky Watters in the
flat, a play that's been a big gainer
over the years for the Niners. But
linebacker Dixon Edwards blasted
Watters for a 6-yard loss at the 21.
Now it was third-and-12 and
Young threw over the middle. It was
intercepted by Thomas Everett and
put the Cowboys on the 24.
Athlete of the W~eek
WHO: Bob Young
TEAM: Men's Gymnastics
HOMETOwN: Puyallup, WA
WHY: Young took the top spot in the all-around this weekend against
Western Michigan with a 55.90. The Wolverines took the team
competition 279.95-261.2 over the Broncos.
BACKGROUND: Recorded team-best scores in rings, parellel bars, and
all-around in 1993.
Bills pound Chiefs, capture record
fourth straight conference, crown.
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP)-
Sorry, America, the Bills are back
and Joe's not.
The Buffalo Bills advanced to an
unprecedented fourth straight Super
Bowl on Sunday, beating Joe Mon-
tana and the Kansas City Chiefs, 30-
What much of America outside of
western New York feared --the only
team to lose three consecutive Super
Bowls, heading to Atlanta to try again
- came true because Thurman Tho-
mas was unstoppable.
The Chiefs, who lost in their first.
championship game since the 1969
season, and Montana, 4-0 in Super
Bowls, were kept off-balance by
Buffalo's aggressive defense.
The Bills knocked Montana from
the game early in the third quarter,
while Kansas City's defense kept
groping at Thomas, who rushed for
186 yards - 131 by halftime - and.
This was the same Thomas who
rushed for only 44 yards on Nov. 28,,
when the Chiefs battered the Bills 23'-
7. The NFL's combined yardage
leader when the Bills won the AFC "
title in 1990, '91 and '92,
Thomas went over 1,000 yards
rushing in playoff competition with
his biggest playoff output and second
most of his career.
Buffalo, which lost the last three
Super Bowls by a combined 109-60,
has won its four AFC titles by an
The Bills will face Dallas, which' 0
beat them in the 1993 Super Bowl 52-
17, next Sunday at the Georgia Dome-
Montana struggled throughout tlie'
first half, at one point hitting just
three of 14 passes. He was sidelined r
when hit by three Bills on the thiud
play of the second half - his helmet-
collided with Jeff Wright's helmet,;
and then he struck the turf.
The 37-year-old veteran left the
game dazed, the same feeling the
Chiefs' defense must have had at-
tempting to deal with Thomas. Mon-
tana finished 9-for-23 for 125 yards.
Dave Krieg, Montana's replace-
ment, took the Chiefs 90" yards in 14
plays, including afourth-down, 19-yard
pass to Keith Cash, and Marcus Allen
scored from the 1, making it 20-13.
The Bills, showing their champi-
onship form -no other team has won
four consecutive AFC, NFC or NFL
crowns - answered immediately.'
Thomas had an 11-yard run and a
15-yard reception in a 79-yard drive
that stalled inside the l. Steve Christie
kicked an 18-yard field goal with
11:55 to go.
Never. In the 28-year history of
the Super Bowl, the same two
teams have never met each
other in consecutive years.
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