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    18—The Daily Collegian Friday, Oct. 24, 1986
Lions
Continued from page 15,
“It’s tough to tell on film,” Pater
no said. "They’re obviously very
quick. Whether they’re quicker
than Oklahoma or some other peo
ple, I have no way of knowing. In all
the films I’ve looked at, they’ve
been on Astroturf. All the films I’ve
looked at- have been in color.
There’s a tendency to be a little
quicker on Astroturf and look a
little quicker in color.”
Being a black and white kinda
team that plays on nonplastic
grass, Penn State could come out of
this game with a real team-speed
problem to go with its plain brown
image.
So since it had to be done, Ala
bama was made the favorite by six
points. Meanwhile, the official AP
prediction is calling for a 24-17
Alabama victory.
Maybe it’s because Paterno has
insisted that the Lions’ passing
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game was going to have to be on
target for them to have a shot a the
Tide. Against Syracuse it managed
only 88 yards. Then again, it only
attempted 16 passes.
After breathing the same air as
Miami’s Vinny Teslaverde and oth
er Heisman Trophy hopefuls, Penn
State quarterback John Shaffer has
come down to earth, statistically
speaking.
Fortunately for the Lions, what’s
been lost in the air has been made
up on the ground with the powerful
running of fullbacks Tim Manoa
and Steve Smith. Manoa has aver
aged 6.9 yards per carry, while
Smith is the team’s fourth leading
rusher as well as its third leading
receiver. Tailback D.J. Dozier, the
team’s leading rusher with 420
yards has yet to run for 100 yards in
a game, but his third-string back up
has, as Blair Thomas ran for 132 in
just three carries last week.
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Other miscellaneous factors:
Penn State’s kicking game has been
in a season-long rut as Massimo
Manca has hit on only three of nine
field goal attempts while the Tide’s
Van Tiffin has been nearly perfect
hitting on nine of 10.
The Lions have never beaten Ala
bama in the Tide’s home state in
two tries. As a matter of fact, no
body’s beaten Alabama at Bryant-
Denny Stadium since Vanderbilt
did it Sept. 29,1984.
Penn State hasn’t even played on
the road since Boston College
Sept. 20. Just to be safe, the Lions
are preparing for both the Tide and
the crowd.
“We’re going to have some noise
on the (practice) field today and
tomorrow for about 20 minutes,”
Paterno said Wednesday. “We
haven’t been on the road in four
weeks and sometimes you forget
some of the things you have to do.”
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Series
Continued from Page 15
Perkins at the helm, Alabama re
turned to Happy Valley, this time
undefeated and No. 3 in the country.
The Lions, meanwhile, were strug
gling with a 2-3 record, but were
riding a two-game winning streak.
Penn State roared out of the start
ing gates, and thanks to quarterback
Doug Strang (three touchdown
passes) and then-freshman D.-J. Doz
ier (163 yards rushing), the Lions led
34-7 going into fourth quarter.
But the Tide put on a furious
comeback, scoring three fourth-quar
ter touchdowns to narrow the score to
34-28. A blocked field goal gave Ala-
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The Flyers, with Mark Howe scoring one goal and
assisting on three others, broke the Penguins’ seven
game winning streak with a 5-3 victory.
The Penguins fell one short of the season-opening
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bama the ball with three minutes The Beaver Stadium crowd went
remaining. wild, and the Lions held on for the
Anchored by quarterback Walter win
Lewis, the Tide rolled down the field.
With seconds remaining, Lewis found
Preston Gothard open in the end zone.
Gothard caught the pass, but officials
ruled that Gothard was out of bounds.
Instant replays showed that Gothard
had been in and the touchdown should
have counted
Alabama was given one more shot
when Penn State was penalized for
being offsides. This time, Alabama
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So, the series continues tomorrow
in Tuscaloosa as No. 2 Alabama takes
on No. 6 Penn State. And if history is
any indication, the game should be
one of the more bizarre and compet
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record of eight consecutive victories, accomplished by
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The victory left the Flyers undefeated in six games.
“We were really up for tonight’s game,” Flyers center
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"We’re undefeated and hopefully we can keep it going,”
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By STACEY JACOBSON
Collegian Sports Writer
If ever there was a time to watch a
soccer game, that time is now. The
Lions’ regular season is nearing its
end and each of the five games re
maining is crucial.
Crucial games mean hard, enthu
siastic play and Notre Dame is just
the team to ignite that fire in the
Lions. Penn State matches up against
the Fighting Irish tonight at 7:15 at
Jeffrey Field.
Notre Dame has a growing soccer
program which has really taken off in
the past five years. The school recent
ly hired a new coach, Dennis Grace,
who has extensively recruited both
American and international players.
“This year they’re starting to make
a name for themselves,” said Head
Coach Walter Bahr. “They knocked
off Conneticut and tied Akron, two
teams usually in the national rank
ings. They have an aggressive team.
They are coming in here with a good
reputation and we expect to have our
hands full.”
Assistant Coach Barry Gorman,
referring to the Lions’ inconsistent
play this season, said Penn Stale is
i capable of rising to Notre Dame’s
challenge if the right Penn State team
shows up to play.
“There are three teams and we
don’t know which one is going to show
up,” Gorman said. “The team that
played against Hartwick (a 3-2 Penn
State win), the team that plays in
patches and the team that stands
around and spectates. We’re hoping
the team from (the) Hartwick
(game) will reemerge and play for
the next number of games.”
Neither coach was pleased with the
team’s performance Tuesday in the
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“I was unhappy with the way we
played, but I had to be satisfied that
we did get a victory,” Bahr said.
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By DAVID SEAMON
Collegian Sports Writer
The No. 15 women’s volleyball
team will put its 16-match winning
streak and unblemished Atlantic
10 record on the line this weekend
as the Lady Lions travel to New
England to take on Massachusetts
tonight and Rhode Island tomor
row evening.
The inconsistencies which
plagued the Lady Lions for the
better part of the season seem
ingly have vanished. Although
they did struggle a little in their
four-game defeat of Kentucky last
Saturday, the Lady Lions came
back Sunday to play what Head
Coach Russ Rose called “the best
match of this year” in white-wash
ing rival Pittsburgh.
Co-captain Ellen Hensler attrib
utes the Lady Lions’ development
over the course of the year to
teamwork.
"I think we’re playing more as a
team,” she said. “We are really
playing well together.”
Penn State will once again be
without the services of hitter Heidi
Pilecki. Pilecki, who injured her
ankle in the victory over West
Virginia last weekend, is off her
crutches and is expected to be
running and warming up next
week.
Samantha Johns will be again
called upon to fill Pilecki’s shoes.
The junior from Pittsburgh played
well in Pilecki’s spot last week
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despite being in an unfamiliar
position.
“Sam’s doing really well,” As
sistant Coach Lori Rose said.
“She’s a back row player, but
when we called on her to hit she
was tough.
“She plays great defense, and is
a great passer and server. When
you have those things the blocking
and hitting come around.”
As the regular season winds
down for the Lady Lions, their
confidence level is gaining steam.
They are cruising by teams they
normally have no trouble with,
and playing a you-come-and-get
me game with their A-10 rivals. In
fact, the Lady Lions have never
lost an A-10 match.
So why does playing Rhode Is
land worry middle hitter Izetta
Phillips?
“They (Rhode Island) are just
like Pitt,” Phillips noted.
“They’re a big rival that is always
ready to play us.”
When it is all said and done, the
Lady Lions know they can beat
anybody at any given lime. A-10
Player of the Week Lisa Leap, who
constantly strives to better her
performance point after' point,
epitomizes her team’s quiet confi
dence.
“I know we can win, but you can
never go into a match thinking
that you’re definitely going to win
the match,” Leap said. "You just
have to think that you’re going to
play the best possible match that
you can.”
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