The Montgomery Advertiser from Montgomery, Alabama on October 2, 1983 · 55
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The Alabama Journal and AdvertiserSunday, October 2, 1983 Outdoors SEC roundup Small colleges Baseball Campbell passes AU to wi bWJ PHILLIP il MADCUAII n By BOB MAYES Advertiser Sports Writer AUBURN - The lights on the scoreboards at either end of Jordan-Hare made a benign attempt at telling the story: Auburn 27, Florida State 24. But it was more than that. Much, much more. It was spine-tingling, bone-chilling and heart-stopping. From Auburn's 55-yard touchdown march on the first series of the game, to Florida State's hell-fbr-leather desperation drive in the final two minutes, this one was something to behold. v ) ' fv(- 1 i - ' - - v . I , r v ' " - 1 Statistics Florid! St. It 117 7-24 Auburn 7 II 7-27 Aub Parks pasl from Campbell (Del Greco kirk) F'SU C Jones S pasl trom Lowery I Hall kick ) FSU-FG Hall 33 Aub-FG Del Greco 45 Aub-FG Del Greco 38 Aub Afjee 27 pass from Campbell (Del Greco kick) FSU-Lowery 1 run IHall kick I FSU-Lowery I run (Hall Klckl Aub James IS pass from Campbell (Del Greco kick) A-75,625 FSU Auk First downs 22 22 Rushes-yards 31-128 54-213 152 0 12-2M Passing yards 273 Return yards -2 Passes 22-40-2 Punts 4-3 Fumbles-losl II Penalties-yards 4-20 Time of Possession 27:19 1-1 4-22 32 41 IMtoht h llwl rimer Auburn's Tommie Agee breaks away from Florida State defender ...Tigers' Pal Arrington moves in to make block during Auburn's 27-21 victory A U's comeback win to be remembered AUBURN It was a classic, one of those games that will be discussed and debated for years to come. It was a golden day for Auburn football. Auburn's 27-24 victory over Florida State here Saturday was a story of not giving up, of riding a wild ' emotional roller coaster that didn't stop until the Jordan-Hare Stadium crowd counted down the last 20 seconds as Auburn players leaped for joy. Courage often is an overused word in the world of games, but it was here in abundance on the first day of October. There was Florida State fighting back from a 20-10 half time deficit to grab the lead at 24-20 with 6:45 left in the game. Then there was Auburn, rallying behind cool and steady Randy Campbell, taking the lead back at 27-24 with 1:59 left. Still, Florida State came back, refusing to believe it was beaten. Finally, Gregg Carr wrote the happy Auburn ending when he intercepted Kelly Lowrey's pass with 50 seconds left. Even as his teammates were seemingly trying to bury him in the turf, Carr's heart was soaring. "I was in the clouds, even though I was on the ground," Carr said. "It's something I'll always remember, but I really can't explain how I felt." Tigers battered but happy It was a battered and bruised Auburn team that went happily to celebrate Saturday night. Bo Jackson, who had one of the finest games of his career, didn't feel like talking. Lionel James talked, as he always does, but was in obvious pain. All-conference lineman David Jordan didn't play a down. Neither did cornerback Jimmie Warren. Donnie Humphrey, who pressured Lowrey on the final interception, was limping still from a knee injury two weeks old. Ben Thomas played only sparingly. But the numbers flaming on the scoreboard were more soothing than the best tonic. Florida State, too, was wounded. Greg Allen, the nation's leading rusher, didn't play. His replacement, Roosevelt Snipes, went down with a shoulder separation. Seminoles hard to stop But there might never have been a more potent offense on the Jordan-Hare field. Florida State easily could have scored more, could have won the game. Even Nebraska, which won 41-7 here last season, didn't earn as much respect as Bobby Bowden's men. "Hell no," Humphrey answered quickly when asked if he'd ever played a better offensive team. "They're like a pro team," someone muttered on the sidelines as Florida State drove ever closer to what would have been the winning touchdown. That Auburn, a team which prides itself on defense, felt good about holding Florida State to 24 points says a lot about the sophisticated attack it faced. "You just can't shut them down," defensive coordinator Frank Orgel said. "There's no way." Auburn didn't. But Florida State's defense, conspicuously absent in the Seminoles' first three games, came to play, too. As much as the offense, the defense almost pulled the game out of the fire. Auburn, which scored with ridiculous ease on its first drive, found itself with its back to the wall when two plays failed to make a yard and a first down late in the third quarter. "They were a lot more physical than they have been," Crowe said, "a lot more than on film. It wasn't that they were better than we thought. They just played much better than they have before this season." Campbell kept cool under fire There were plenty of heroes for Auburn. But when the window dressing is stripped away, perhaps Campbell was the biggest hero of all. For the first time in his career, he threw three touchdown passes in a game. He twice connected on fourth-down passes on the winning drive, the second time for the winning touchdown. See MARSHALL, page 2F It was a battle of college football heavyweights. Auburn, ranked 10th and armed with a tested, veteran defense, against Florida State, ranked 17th and owner of one of the most prolific offenses in the land. It was the kind of game which makes football immortals of mere college-aged young men. Randy Campbell, Gregg Carr, Bo Jackson, Lionel James and Donnie Humphrey, all of whom had already left their mark at Auburn, indelibly underscored their names again. This game dripped drama. Momentum swung like a giant pendulum. Until Carr stepped in front of a Kelly Lowery pass with 50 seconds left in the game to decide the issue, nobody, but nobody, knew which team would emerge victorious. A decade from now, after time has stripped away the glitter and the tensil, what transpired on a splendid autumn afternoon here Saturday may be recalled as one of the most sterling chapters in Auburn football history. but none was ever so important as the Tracy Ashley sensed something was up. one he threw with 1:59 remaining in this j , u i mcu iu litem uii, saw nauiejr, game. playing the right corner. "But because It was the most dramatic play of the "It was a great college football game with a lot of courage and guts displayed on each side," said Auburn coach Pat Dye. It was a game filled with memorable moments, with great plays and individual heroics. But it boiled down to three passes thrown in the final 3:14 two by Campbell, one by Lowrey. Auburn caught all three. ' PASS ONE. , Campbell threw three touchdown passes for the first time in his career, of the crowd noise the other guys (Rocky Kinsey and Brian McCrary) couldn't hear me. "I saw what was happening. If they had gotten the call we would have been sound and the play never would have worked." See CAMPBELL, page 2F game. Florida State led 24-20 and was desperately trying to cling to the lead Lowrey had given it on a 1-yard quarterback sneak minutes earliers. The clock was racing toward the two-minute mark when Campbell brought the Tigers to the line to face a fourth-and-8. James broke the wishbone by splitting left, and Seminole cornerback Tide rallies to beat Tigers v I By KATHY LUMPKIN Journal Sports Writer TUSCALOOSA Somebody forgot to teach the Memphis State Tigers any manners. For awhile, the Tigers seemed to forget what is expected of homecoming guests. But a friendly reminder from Alabama made the Tigers perfect visitors as the Crimson Tide rolled to a 44-13 victory Saturday afternoon at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Lowly regarded Memphis State shocked the partisan crowd by running v" Statistics L 03 17 13 N-ll M 13 21 tt-44 Memphis State Alabama 5 U MS-F G Glosson 27 MS R Sparkman 4. pass from D Sparkman iGlossnn kick i Ala-F G Tiffin 42 Ala-Jones 7, pass from Lewis I Tiffin kicki Ala Lewis I run iTiffin kick) MS-F G Glosson 48 Ala-Patrick 2. run i Tiffin klckl Ala-F G Tiffin 34 Ala-Richardson 36. pass from Lewis Tiffin kicki Ala-SmKh 8 pass from Lewis iTiffin kicki Ala-F G Tiffin 51 A-60.210 J Memphis State Alabama II S3 38 112 54-208 102 15S 42 23 12-25-fl 1219-2 8-4l 343 4-2 1-t 11-89 M2 24 52 35 08 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards Time of Possession 4- 'V ' .f J - ).M,lwmmti .1 .. Hi i n. V Top Twenty Here is how the Top Twenty teams in the Associated Press college football poll fared Saturday: 1. Nebraska (5-0-0) beat Syracuse 63-7 2. Texas (3-0-0) beat Rice 42-6 3. Arizona (4-0-1) tied California 33-33 4. Iowa (3-1-0) lost to Illinois 33-0 5. North Carolina (5-0-0) beat Ga. Tech 38-21 6. Alabama (4-0-0) beat Memphis State 44-13 7. West Virginia (5-0-0) beat Pittsburgh 24-21 8. Ohio State (3-1-0) beat Minnesota 69-18 9. Oklahoma (2-1-0) beat Kansas State 10. Auburn (3-1-0) beat Florida State 27-24 11. Georgia (3-0-1) beat Miss. State 20-7 12. Florida (4-0-1) beat LSU 31-17 13. SMU (4-0-0) beat Texas-Arlington 34-0. 14. Michigan (3-1-0) beat Indiana 43-18 15. Miami, Fl. (4-1-0) beat Duke 56-17 16. LSU (2-2-0) lost to Florida 31-17 17. Florida State (2-2-0) lost to Auburn 27-24 18. Washington (3-1-0) beat Navy 27-10 19. Maryland (3-1-0 beat Virginia 23-3 x 20. Arizona State (2-0-1) played Stanford at night Photo b Joe honaer Alabama runner is hauled down in Memphis State's secondary ...Charles Creenhill ( 8 ) leads charge for Memphis State during 44-1 3 Alabama victory Troy State falls, 17-0 and throwing its way to a 10-0 lead over mighty Alabama. That's when Alabama's hospitality broke under the strain. After closing the lead on a Van Tiffin first-half field goal, the Tide got down to serious business in the second half. Alabama scored the first two times it touched the ball in the second half to take the lead for the first time. The defense let up for one more Memphis State assault before closing the door on the Tigers. "A win is a win," Alabama head coach Ray Perkins said. "And I guess any win is a great win. I don't want to take anything away from Memphis State. They were ready to play and did a good job. They had a good game plan, defensively and offensively." The final score really doesn't tell the entire story. It fails to show how Memphis State totally ruled the field in the first half, taking advantage of costly Alabama penalties and turnovers. What it does show is how Alabama again used Donnie Van Wie, still recovering from a knee injury suffered two weeks ago against Valdosta State, may have kept the Trojans from closing the deficit to 10-9 early in the third period. Substitute Yong Diloroy barely missed tries of 30 and 37 yards in the first half, and the See TROY, page 6F fairy tale 4-0 start under new head coach Chan Gailey. The Choctaws deserved the victory, too, rolling up 378 yards rushing to Troy State's 122. But the Trojans left the field knowing that things could have been very different in their bid for the Gulf South Conference lead. The absence of standout place-kicker By MIKE LAND Journal Sports Writer CLINTON, Miss. - One injury, one error and one monster of an opponent combined to burst Troy State's bubble here Saturday night: Second-ranked Mississippi College shut out No. 6 Troy State 17-0, introducing some nasty reality to the Trojans' See TIDE, page 3F 'is

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