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nercent of all foreign service recruits edged the problem and said the de
were black in 1978, the peak of the partment was seeking a remedy.
affirmative 'action effort, the level “Major changes n department pro
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Seir that is an illusion of racial cooperation with minority officers
integration.” S themselves who have identified areas
Verdun, who works in the depart- of concern,” Redman said at the
ment’s Equal Employment Opportu- midday briefing yesterday.
nity Office, attributed falling The suit stems from the depart
recruitment rate to a decision to drop ment’s rejection of a rec°mmenda
affirmative action procedures de- tion by the Equal Employirient
signed to attract minority candi- Opportunity Commission lastSep
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become discouraged and leave, and complaint.
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The Big Game:
Lions' season riding on clash with Tide
Collegian Sports Writer
So here it is, nearly two months
into the 1986 college football season
and Penn State is undefeated and
Alabama is undefeated and both
are peeking over each others’ shoul
ders at a potential national
championship that one of them will
play for on New Year’s Day, so the
smart money says. It also says that
the loser of their game will pay with
more than its four-digit winning
percentage, although neither the
Lions or the Crimson Tide are going
to think about that until it has
become a cold reality for one or the
other sometime in the early evening
You thought Gone With the Wind
was a Southern fried barn-burner of
an epic? Don’t sell the Penn State
Sports Information Department
“Critical. Essential. Vital. Conse
quential. Significant. Momentus.
Crucial. Key. Eventful,” said the
press release.
“The biggest game of my life,”
said linebacker Shane Conlan, who
played in the Orange Bowl last
January and knows from big.
“Finally,” said everybody else.
The Lions have been skeet shooting
this season with a half-dozen clay
turkeys for targets. Tomorrow they
will be witness to a contest that is
expected to live up to all its mega
confrontation hype. And for once
that doesn’t necessarily mean
'they’ll be watching Oklahoma on
For Alabama, a loss could mean
taking a detour oh its New Year’s
road trip to New Orleans (for the
Sugar Bowl) and heading west to
Tempe (for the Fiesta Bowl) in
For the Lions it' could mean
cancelling the reservations to
Tempe, falling out of the Top 10 and
maybe even losing that one faithful
soul who votes them No. 1 in the AP
poll week in and week out. Mrs.
Paterno isn’t that understanding. N
“It’s going to make or break our
season as far as a national
championship goes,” Conlan said.
“We have to win this game or we
can kiss our national championship
So it’s official: This, is one big
game. It may not be a mini-series,
it didn’t quite make it into prime
time, and it was only about two
months in the making, but in terms
of TV drama, ABC got itself a boffo
Rocky IV ripoff. Alabama’s even
going to be wearing red when the
game begins at 3:30 p.m.
That doesn’t necesarily make
Penn State the good guy. Having
won the last confrontation between
these two teams, a 19-17 squeaker at
Beaver Stadium last season, the
Tide are the ones out for revenge.
Their shot-and-a-beer image
doesn’t even make Penn State the
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New York Times' college football
computer performed to come up
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two yards per carry on the running game.
They are a good team in second- and third
and-long situations, which we don’t want to
be in as the offense.
“We are going to have to work very hard
on our running game to be successful and
get positive yardage on the early downs so
we stay out of that third-and long situation,”
Shula added.
Shula said he will be especially prepared
for the Lions’ All-American linebacker
Shane Conlan, but he won’t turn a cheek on
the rest of the Penn State defense.
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“Shane’s a great football player and he is
a class person,” Shula said. “He is just a
tribute to hard work. He has prepared
himself, and that is why he is such a great
ball player. But they’ve got a lot of other
guys out there who play hard physical
football and they make you earn everything
you get,.”
Alabama has an All-American linebacker
of it’s own in senior Cornelius Bennett. The
6-4, 235 pound senior is a four-year starter
and two-time All-American.
This year, Bennett is seventh on the team
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Lettermen Returning: 50
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Penn State fullback Tim Manoa
(above) figures to be one of the
Lions’ most Important weapons to
morrow while Alabama’s Mike Shula
(below) is the field general that
sparks the Crimson Tide offense.
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with Penn State as its No. 1 team
this week, it couldn’t possibly have
been as complex as the equations
needed to predict the outcome of
tomorrow’s game.
Consider the following:
• While the Lions are ranked
first by the Times’ computer, the
Associated Press has them at No. 6.
The Crimson Tide, meanwhile, are
12th in the Times' poll and second in
the AP’s.
If we’re talking logic, then the
computer says the Lions will win. If
we’re talking experience and gut
feeling, the writers say the Tide will
But of course, we’re talking foot
ball which means a coin flip is at
least as valuable as the any com-
in tackles with 26 total, although he leads
the team with eight sacks for 66 yards and
has already caused three fumbles.
Like Penn State, the linebackers do the
majority of the tackling for the Tide. Lead
ing the team in tackles is inside linebacker
Gregg Gilbert with 48 followed by the other
inside linebacker, Wayne Davis, with 42.
On special teams, ’Bama features one of
the best, if not the best place kicker in the
nation in Van Tiffen. Tiffen holds every
Alabama place kicking record and a few
NCAA records to boot. Going into tomor
row’s game, Tiffen has hit 9-10 attempts this
Which is were the honor comes in. No
matter how talented a team, the Tide won’t
be able to win the game on it’s No. 2 Rank
ing, it’s All-American players, or it’s past
Shula said the biggest factor for the
Crimson Tide could be pride.
“We’re playng Penn State and we’re
going to find out a lot about ourselves,”
Shula said. “This is a game that as a team
you are going to remember, it is one of those
special ones.”
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Penn State tailback D.J. Dozier, left, takes the handoff from quarterback
John Shaffer, right, and cuts upfield during a game last season at Beaver
Stadium. Dozier and Shaffer hope to be In top form tomorrow when the
sixth-ranked Lions take on the second-ranked Albania Crimson Tide before
a national television audience.
puter logarithm. For what it’s
worth, the Times’ moved Michigan
from 18th all the way to third this
week, so its circuits may not be
screwed in as tightly as maybe they
should be.
• No one is flinching in the battle
to avoid giving the other team an
inspirational locker room clipping.
So far neither team has out-respect
ed the other.
“They’re not going to beat them
selves. If you want to beat them you
have to go and (do it yourself).
They’re not going to kick the ball
around, or do stupid things ...
They’ve got a lot of quick backs,
they throw the ball better, have a
better balanced offense than Okla
homa,” said Penn State Head
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“Right away you think of experi
ence as well as the poise and confi
dence they have among
themselves. There’s going to be a
lot of talent out there and a lot of
experience. They’re smart, they
don’t make mistakes, they make
you earn everything you get,” said
Alabama quarterback Mike Shula.
That testimony aside, physicists
are relatively sure it is impossible
to score in negative numbers.
• The Tide’s most important as
set on defense is its speed since its
size is not particularly overwhelm
ing, especially at inside linebacker.
At least that was the word going
into the game.
Penn State’s Ray Isom, right, zeros in on Alabama running back Bobby Humphrey during last year’s game at Beaver Stadium.
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A series short on games
but long on tradition
Watching from the sidelines,
dressed in a dark Penn State sweater
and wearing horn-rimmed glasses,
Joe Paterno cut a reassuring figure to
the hometown fans.
But many of them may have been
surprised to know how often the
coach grappled with his better
judgment today, acting more on im
pulse than adhering to the playbook
that he has followed for 20 years.
This time, the gambler in Paterno
was paid off with a victory.
Penn State leads Alabama 12-10 in the
fourth quarter and is faced with a
third and short from the Alabama 11
yard-line. Starting quarterback John
Shaffer, groggy and incoherent,
leaves the field after being pounded
by an Alabama defender. In comes
reserve Matt Knizner, who has tossed
but one pass in four games.
Knizner fakes the handoff to Steve
Smith up the middle, rolls right and
spots a wide open Brian Siverling.
Knizner throws. Siverling hugs the
pass and dives into the end zone for a
touchdown, The Lions hold on for a 19-
17 win. '
Thus was'the latest installment of
the Penn State-Alabama series, a
rivalry that dates back to 1959 and the
first-ever Liberty Bowl.
While the series is still in its infant
stage, Penn State and Alabama have
played some of the most competitive,
bizarre and controversial games in
the history of the game.
Why is this series so special? Well,
check this out: of the eight games
played between the two schools, only
one (1984) was not nationally or re
gionally televised. Enough said.
Entering tomorrow’s contest in
Tuscaloosa, ’Bama holds a 5-3 advan
tage, the most notable coming in the
1979 Sugar Bowl.
The dream died. It perished on the
gleaming artificial rug of the herme
tically sealed Superdome here yester
day, put to death by a swarming
Alabama defense.
Bill Lyon
Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 2, 1979.
The Lions entered the Sugar Bowl
No. 1 in the nation, but second-ranked
Alabama forced Penn State into lousy
field position and costly mistakes.
The result was a 14-7 Alabama victo
Chuck Fusina, who finished second
in the Heisman Trophy balloting, was
sacked five times and was inter
cepted four times. The Lions were
held to a scant 19 yards rushing, and
their defense, which was first in the
nation in rushing defense, was ripped
by the Tide running attack.
But the cruelest joke of all came in
the fourth quarter.
Trailing by seven, Penn State drove
the Alabama one foot-line midway
through the fourth quarter. On the
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third amd goal, Matt Suhey went up
the middle, but was thrown back by a
sea of crimson jerseys. Fourth down
saw a similar fate.
Mike Guman took the handoff and,
again, the Alabama defense led by
Barry Krauss, threw Guman back.
Penn State had another chance to
win when the Lion defense forced the
Tide to punt after three dqwns. Ala
bama shanked the punk, giving the
Lions the ball at the Alabama 20.
Penn State, however, was penalized
for having 12 men on the field.
The Lions lost, and the rest is, as
they say, history.
Alabama and Penn State first met
on a bitter cold December afternoon
at Philadelphia Stadium (now John
F. Kennedy Stadium). Bear Bryant’s
Tide entered the inaugural Liberty
Bowl with a 7-1-2 record, while Rip
Engle’s Lions were 8-2.
Alabama and Penn State battled
hard and the only touchdown came
with no time left in the first half.
HCre’s how the late Red Smith de
scribed it:
“Rushing into the play in panicky
haste, State lined up without huddling
for afield goal by (Sam) Stellatella
with Galen Hall, the second-string
quarterback, holding.
“Hall took the snap from center,
sprang up and fired a screen pass to
Roger Kochman, the dashing sopho
more halfback out on the left flat.
Charging down behind a breaking
wave of blue shirts, Kochman pitched
face-first across the goal line with the
clock showing the half ended."
Red Smith,
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Dec. 20,
The game was marred by turnovers,
but in the end, the Lions held on for a
7-0 win. Hall, the hero of the game, is
now the head coach at the University
of Florida.
Penn State and Alabama met in the
1975 Sugar Bowl as well, and again
the Lions came up short. The Tide
defense was simply too much as the
Lions lost, 13-6.
The first regular season game be
tween the two state universities came
in 1981 as a crowd of 85,133 then a
record packed Beaver Stadium.
What they would see was the Ghost
of 1979 revisted.
Alabama stopped Penn State seven
(count ’em, seven times), from inside
the Alabama four-yard line, including
four plays from the one yard-line,
early in the second half. The Tide
scored 17 points late in the second
quarter on their way to a 31-16 victo
The win was Bear Bryant 314th
career victory, tying him with Amos
Alonzo Stagg for most wins by a
collegiate coach
A year later, the undefeated Lions
traveled south to Birmingham. Trail
ing 27-21 with six minutes remaining,
the Lions were forced to punt, but
disaster struck when blocker Mike
Suter backed in to Ralph Giacomar
ro’s punt. The punt hit Suter and
richoted deep into Penn State territo
ry. Moments later, the Tide scored
and put the game out of reach.
The final score read Alabama 42,
Penn State 21, and the loss was the
only blemish in Penn State’s national
championship year.
In 1983, with Bryant gone and Ray
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