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Cats Seek Win No. 2
UK Hopes To Fend Off Bearcat Comeback
Coach Jerry Claiborne's Kentucky Wildcats, 1-1 after a come-from-behind 16-11 victory over Tulane, will remain home for the third week in a row as they entertain Cincinnati at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in Commonwealth Stadium.
Coach Dave Currey's Bearcats had won three in a row before bowing to Alabama 45-10 Saturday in Tuscaloosa. They will be without starting quarterback Danny McCoin, who received a broken ankle late in the first half against the Tide.
McCoin had rallied the Bearcats on a 76-yard drive that cut the Tide lead to 14-7 on a three-yard run by Reggie Taylor. After Alabama made it 21-7, Robert Barone kicked a 27-yard field goal for Cincinnati in the second period.
The Bearcats threatened just twice after McCoin went out, moving to the Alabama 19 once before losing the ball on a fumble by McCoin's replacement, Billy Davis.
Meanwhile, back at Commonwealth Stadium, the Wildcats led 10-0 at halftime and then fell
Wildcat Grid Notes
Kentucky's junior quarterback "Dollar Bill" Ransdell has passed the 3,000-yard career passing yardage mark and is zeroing in on Vita "Babe" Parilli's UK record of 4,669 yards set in 1949-51.
Ransdell connected on 22 of 34 passes for 303 yards in UK's 16-11 victory over Tulane and now is 37 of 68 for 615 yards in two games to date. This 1985 production has brought his career total to 3,086 yards, only 1,583 yards short of Parilli's mark.
Ransdell has a career record of 247 completions in 446 attempts for 55.4 percent in 21 games. Randy Jenkins holds the records with 363 of 638 attempts in 46 games. Parilli hit 55.8 percent for the UK percentage record.
Parilli holds the UK record for total offense with 4,466 yards. Ransdell has a career total of 2,976 yards (passing and minus rushing).
Wildcat sophomore Mark Higgs, who carried for touchdowns of five and 20 yards against Tulane, now has career totals of 95 carries for 562 yards (5.9 ypc) and seven TDs, which averages a touchdown for every 13.6 carries. He set a UK season record of 6.3 yards per carry last year with 75 carries for 4761 yards. The record for "over 200" carries is 5.5 set by Son-
ny Collins in 1974. Higgs has 20 carries for 86 yards this season.
Junior tailback Mark Logan has carried 38 times for 147 yards, caught seven passes for 73 yards and returned four kickoffs 46 yards and now has a career total of 1,387 all-purpose yards running.
A visitor in the UK locker room after the Wildcats defeated Tulane, 16-11, was John Pierce, a Harrison County native who holds the UK record for most field goals in a season (11 in 1974). He also holds season records for most field goal attempts (27 in 1975), and most points by a kicker (58 in 1974), and career records of most field goals attempted (56) and made (24) and most points by a kicker (133).
Wildcat sophomore Joey Worley had his first miss of the season, from 45 yards out, and was one of two against Tulane after going 4 for 4 in the opener against Bowling Green.
Worley is 3 of 3 in extra point attempts, which gives him 18 for 18 for his career. The record for consecutive extra points is 41, set by Tom Griggs (1978-81).
With Russ Small
New Sports Call-in Show To Make Debut
An exciting, new sports call-in radio show will begin next Monday across the Commonwealth and provide sports fans with two hours of live talk show commentary Monday through Friday.
Sportscaster Russ Small, a native of Boston (Mass.) who has done extensive sports play-byplay and talk shows, will be host of the nightly show from the headquarters of the Kentucky Network in Louisville.
A statewide network of thirteen stations will kick off the show on Monday, September 30.
Small, who comes to Kentucky from Minneapolis, Minnesota, has worked everything from hockey to basketball and football, and has a tremendous knowledge of sports.
Commenting on the new show, Small says, "I really enjoy doing this type of show. I just like to sit back, discuss sports and enjoy the flow. I'm not one of those who pretend to know everything. We just want to talk sports and have a good time."
The new sports talk show has been put together by the Kentucky Network and it will be broadcast nightly year-round. It will cover
all sports according to Tom Stevens, the company's executive vice-president. It will emphasis in-season sports.
Opening week guests include: UK's Jerry Claiborne, Louisville's Howard Schnellenberger, Clemson's Danny Ford, Syracuse's Dick McPherson, UK play-by-play announcer Cawood Ledford, Pro Football Weekly editor Hub Arkush, Sport Magazine college basketball editor Tom Kertes, WTBS' Bob Neal, Western's Dave Roberts, Eastern's Roy Kidd, Murray's Frank Beamer, and Morehead's Bill Baldridge.
The 8 p. m.9 p. m. segment each Monday will be called "Cats' Pause Sports Call" and will include TCP publisher Oscar Combs along with a guest from the world of basketball or football.
Stations already lined up for the first show are: WAVG, Louisville; WVLK, Lexington; WCMI, Ashland; WBRT, Bardstown; WMMG, Brandenburg; WHIR, Danville; WIOK, Falmouth; WKCB, Hindman; WXID, Mayfield; WNGO-FM, Mayfield, WPAD, Paducah; WEKY, Richmond and WSFC, Somerset.
behind 11-10 as Tulane quarterback Ken Karcher completed 9 of 10 passes on a 12-play, 73-yard drive in the fourth period.
Karcher's six-yard TD pass to flanker Troy Wright cut a 10-3 deficit to 10-9 with 3:43 remaining. Then, Tulane went ahead 11-10 with a two-point conversion pass to tailback Mitch Doze.
In one of the finest closing drives in UK football history, the Wildcats drove 71 yards in four plays. Starting at the UK 29 after a 19-yard kickoff return by Mark Logan, Bill Ransdell hit Chris Derry for a one-yard screen, then completed a 15-yard pass to end Mark Wheeler.
On the next play, Ransdell again screened to Derry, who bulled his way 35 yards to the 20. Sophomore Mark Higgs, who scored UK's first TD from the five in the second quarter, skirted to his right for the winning score. A two-point pass was nullified by an interference penalty.
The Wildcat-Bearcat series dates back to 1894, when UK lost 32-4 at Cincinnati. Kentucky holds a 16-7-3 edge.
Senior end Brian Williams leads the defensive Cat Paws parade this week with a total of five for his fine performance against Tulane. He was credited with six first hits, seven assists, three sacks and a key tackle.
Credited with three Paws each were tackles Jon Dumbauld (two sacks and a tipped pass), Jerry Reese (a sack and a tackle for a loss) and John Shannon (tackle for loss, knock 'em back, great effort).
End Steve Mazza, who led in tackles with 10 first hits and two assists (also a sack and a TFL) and linebacker Chris Chenault (five firsts, six assists, a sack and pressure the quarterback) had two each. Single Paws went to backs Barry Alexander, Maurice Douglass, Tony Mayes, David Johnson and Russell Hairston; linebackers Larry Smith and Jeff Kremer; guards Don Duckworth and Tom Wilkins and kicker Joey Worley.
Fullback Chris Derry led the offense with eight Paws (great catch, three big plays, winning grade, two miscellaneous honors and "Player of the Week." Earning four Paws each were: Cornell Burbage, Mark Logan and Eric Pitts.
Others recognized: three eachTim Jones and Bill Ransdell; twoJim Reichwein; one Dermontti Dawson, Cisco Bryant, Matt Lucas, Tom Richey, Tom Wheary, Mark Wheeler, Jay Tesar and Joey Worley.
Offensive LineKen Pietrowiak Offensive BackChris Derry Defensive LineBrian Williams and John Shannon
Defensive BackMaurice Douglass Kicking GameJay Tesar
Wildcat head trainer Al Green reports various bumps and bruises received by UK players in the Tulane game, but nothing that should keep anyone out of action against Cincinnati Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium.
The most serious injuries were: senior center Ken Pietrowiak, hyperextended and bruised elbow, freshman runner Anthony Gardner, shoulder sprain.
Quarterback Bill Ransdell is just banged up from getting hit so much by the Green Wave defense (five sacks), Green said. Cats Puzzle, Delight Kentucky Fans
To say Kentucky football fans left Commonwealth Stadium Saturday puzzled, but happy, would be the understatement of the young season. Still, a win is a win is a win.
True, the Big Blue faithful would rather have enjoyed an ole fashion lopsided win to help prove the embarrassing 20-16 loss to Bowling Green a week earlier was truly a fluke. Not only was a lopsided win missing, but the Cats had to use everything in their bag of tricks to pull out their first victory of the season in the game's final minutes.
From the positive side, Kentucky clearly showed it will not revert to its losing ways of three years ago. Bill Ransdell's direction of the winning drive, combined with the pass receiving of Chris Derry, the runnning of Mark Higgs and the excellent blocking of Mark Wheeler, Tom Wheary. and an up-and-coming offensive line, breathed new life into the Wildcat offense when it counted most as Kentucky scored a 16-11 come-from-behind victory over visiting Tulane.
Many of the 56.800-plus were wondering if the Wildcats would make a rerun of the previous Saturday's season-opening loss. No such disaster this time.
For a couple minutes there, just seconds after Tulane scored what appeared to be its own winning touchdown and two-point conversion, wild nightmares were racing across the minds of some.
After all, the Cats would have been saddled with an 0-2 mark in what would prove to be the easiest two-game portion of the 1985 schedule. A couple media types were moved to flip the pages of their Kentucky media guide back to the 1982 season when UK went 0-10-1. Had UK lost to Tulane, the Wildcats most likely would still have fared better than that season, but there would have been no guarantees.
Coming up this week is a date with Cincinnati which was undefeated before running into an Alabama team of old in Tuscaloosa Saturday. The Bearcats would have been better off had they stayed in the Queen City and gavethe Tide a forfeit. The final score was 45-10 as the Tide rolled up over 500 yards of offense. UC though, showed it could move the ball as evidenced by its 403 yards, including 224 yards via the air on 21 of 31 attempts from a pair of quarterbacks.
Starter Danny McCoin went down with an ankle injury late in the second period after com pleting 14 of 18 for 158 yards and the Bearcats trailing by only 14-7. McCoin's status for the UK game wasn't known at presstime.
So, with the Tulane game safely tucked away, the Wildcats get ready for more of the same this Saturday. It will be the third straight week that the Wildcats will have to face a highly successful passing attack, something which UK is begin ning to adjust to.
The UK defense struggled most of the day against Bowling Green, but the Wildcat defen sive unit gave a galliant effort for three full quarters last Saturday, before bending in the fourth period. If practice makes perfect, UK should be ready for the Cincinnatians this time Offensively, UK appeared to have a good game plan, except that its execution often was interrupted by a variety of mistakes, anything from dropped passes, to interceptions, to fumbles to penalties. Still, it was a great eat 71-yard drive in 1:26 which spelled victory for UK.
If Kentucky is to enjoy a successful season in 1985, it must begin to show significant im-
provement this week and a mere victory over Cincinnati may not be enough. Prior to the beginning of the season, UK would have been a prohibitive favorite on Cincinnati. Now, UK figures to be a slight favorite over the team from up North.
Saying a win is a must would be grossly understating UK's situation for upcoming weeks. Two weeks from today, the SEC race officially begins for Kentucky. There was a time when UK could be excused for looking ahead to its encounter with Mississippi State. Not now. Kentucky cannot even be looking ahead to next week's battle with highly regarded Clemson.
No, looking ahead proved costly against Bowling Green. Supposedly, the Cats weren't looking ahead when Tulane almost ambushed them Saturday, and there's no question that Cincinnati is better than either of UK's first two opponents. It'll be a real street-fight and the outcome could favor either club. If Kentucky loses, the Wildcats will have to play out a schedule which will have no post season actually and probably sub .500 mark. Don't believe the Cats want any part of such an uneventful December. Kentucky will go 2-1 on the season.
Visiting Kentucky over the weekend on the basketball front was 6-6 guard Derrick Miller of Savannah, Georgia.
Miller, who is considered a candidate for both point guard and second guard, plays at Bible Baptist and is on most everyone's top 100 list. He's tanked No. 42 in the nation by All Star Sports.
On campus the previous weekend with Rex Chapman of Owensboro and Reggie Hanson of Pulaski County was Duane Schintzius, the 7-1, 220-pound center from Brandon, Florida.
Schintzuius is considered one of the nation's top five centers and is one of three or four centers being recruited by UK, in addition to Louisville Eastern's Felton Spencer. Duane averaged 13 points per game and 10 rebounds per contest last season for Brandon High.
One SEC recruiter says, "they do not come much bigger or better. He is as fine a big man as there is in the country. Duane is the type of player you can build a team around."
Duane Schintzius
Hoop experts say he came into his own this past summer as he starred at camps in Princeton, New Jersey and in tournaments at Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Those recruiting bird dogs insist Schintzuius will become a great shot blocker in college. Other schools after the big seven-footer in addition to Kentucky are Florida, Villanova. Hawaii, North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina.
With 6-7 Reggie Hanson verbally committed to Kentucky, the Pulaski County senior gives Eddie Sutton his first recruit since being named Kentucky's head coach back in April.
Sutton's first recruit has to be met with a chorus of congratulations, not just because he's a homestate product (he's really only half and half in that respect), but more importantly because Sutton is ready to take a shot on developing players as well as just choosing the so-called blue-chippers.
This isn't to say Hanson won't be a great player, just the opposite. First of all. Reggie is just sixteen years old. You can see it in his physique. He's slender, looks like he's in the midst of his growing years. Those close to him, including his prep coach Dave Fraley, believe the youngster will grow to 6-9 within the next year or so.
It's not been mentioned by anyone, but one has to wonder just how good this kid could be if he were red-shirted his freshman or sophomore year in college. Hanson is the third member of his family to earn a college basketball scholarship. According to his coach (with no reflection on his two older brothers), Reggie is the best.
Back to the part about being only a half and half as far as being Kentucky bred. Actually, Reggie has lived in Kentucky only since his grade school days. He's a native of North Carolina, but his mother moved to Pulaski County after his oldest brother came to Ken tucky to live with a relative and fell in love with the Bluegrass State.
And true to most natives of Tobacco Row, Reggie dreamed of playing for the Carolina blue during his early years. As one bystander sug gested during Hanson's press conference last
Reggie Hanson
week, the blue just got a little deeper when he arrived in Kentucky, as in Big Blue.
It's getting close to playing the numbers game with UK basketball recruits, now that Hanson has committed. If the current numbers hold up, Kentucky will be able to sign six players this coming season. The current squad roster has twelve players with three seniorsKenny Walker, Roger Harden and LeRoy Byrd. So, with obvious (unless you use the Denny Crum arithmetic) subtraction, Kentucky will have six scholarships to offer, unless someone should unexpectedly depart.
With Hanson's announcement, you're down to five. Cross out two more slots for the likes of Rex Chapman and Felton Spencer. Scholarships will be reserved for them until the two inform Eddie Sutton otherwise. That leaves three grants to be offered.
You almost have to figure that Kentucky would lean to guards or centers to fill at least two of those other spots, for more than one reason. First of all. Kentucky is loaded with forwards. After the coming season, you've got Winston Bennett, Richard Madison, Cedric Jenkins, Todd Ziegler, and Irving Thomas all returning. UK might sign another forward, especially if Sutton decides to play Jenkins in the post with Robert Lock. For this season, that appears almost a necessity because Lock is the only other center on the roster.
After this season, UK has Paul Andrews and James Blackmon returning for their senior year with Ed Davender being a junior. The need is obvious there. Not only is a blue-chip guard in heavy demand immediately, the Cats also need to sign at least one extra guard in the event of an injury.
Almost as imperative is another big man, perhaps one who could swing from forward to the post position. Then again, Sutton may just want to sign the best athletic talent available, regardless of position. It's just the begining in a way, but the early November signing date most assuredly have the college recruiters scurring the nation from coast to coast.
Still on the basketball front, recruiting super scout Rick Bolus tabs 6-7 forward Jerry Crosby of Oldham County as his top sleeper for the upcoming basketball season.
Bolus says Crosby is "a good scorer and passer who is starting to come on. He averaged 9 ppg and 6 rpg as a junior on a team that went to the Sweet Sixteen and caught the eyes of many scouts at the Blue-Chip III camp this past summer."
Crosby needs more physical strength, but he's got bundles of strength upstairs, owning a 4.0 GPA. Schools such as Davidson, Miami of Ohio, Austin Peay, Furman. Navy and Air Force are expressing interest in him.
Bolus' number two sleeper in Kentucky is 6-5 forward Andy Chambers of Franklin County who should be a low mid-major player. "A dynamite inbetweener who run the floors, jumps and scores the points in the paint area," according to Bolus. Shoots 51 percent and plays sound defense. He's being pursued by the likes of Northern Kentucky, Georgetown, Kentucky State, r
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How does the old saying go? When the going gets tough. . .the tough get going? Well. Kentucky's offense, which was held to 10 points for almost four quarters, struck for a quick, game-saving touchdown to beat the visiting Tulane Green Wave 16-11 at Commonwealth Stadium last Saturday.
Tulane looked like it was in control following a successful two-point conversion on a pass from Ken Karcher to a wide-open Mitch Doze with 3:43 remaining. The southern Independents pulled within one as Karcher ended a 12-play. 73-yard drive with a six yard strike to Troy Wright.
With the Green Wave ahead for the first time in the ball game (11-10). UK started the winning drive following a Mark Logan 19-yard kickoff return to the Wildcats' 29.
Kentucky needed only four plays to score. On second down from the UK 30 quarterback Bill Ransdell hooked up with tight end Mark Wheeler for a 15 yard gain. Ransdell then threw a screen pass to fullback Chris Derry. The senior from Villa Hills followed his trail of Wildcat blockers and rambled down the left sidelines for 35 yards, giving UK the ball on the Green Wave's 20.
' He's a horse," said defensive end Steve Mazza about the running ability of Derry. "He's John Riggins the II."
With a deafening roar from the 56,812. sophomore running back Mark Higgs dashed off right tackle and sprinted to the outside untouched for the winning TD. His path was made clear by some outstanding blocking from the right side of the line  Jim Reichwein. Tom Richey and tight end Mark Wheeler. Higgs picked the opening mainly because of one particular block.
" It was 46 right (off right tackle), but Tom Wheary made such a good block on the end." said a delighted Higgs. "So I bounced outside. I knew I had it then because there was nothing but green grass ahead."
"I thought Kentucky played very hard late in the game." said Tulane coach Mack Brown. "They have come a long way in three years.
"Actually, everything was good for us in the second half except for that last drive."
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Derry Helped Set Cats Up For The Kill.
And Higgs Puts Final Nail In Coffin
On this first day of fall UK's defense was given a second chance to redeem themselves. This time they didn't give Karcher and troops a chance.
Following Kentucky's go-ahead TD with only 2:17 remaining, Tulane had one more chance to pull out the win. Unlike on their previous drive, the Green Wave's offensive line couldn't contain the fierce rush of their opponents.
Starting from Tulane's 21 yard line Karcher never did have enough time to find an open receiver. On first down and with Jerry Reese in persuit he barely got the pass off. Chris Chenault then sprang through the line and nailed the QB for a four-yard loss. An illegal procedure call put the ball back on the 13. Now Karcher and Tulane was faced with a desperate situation.
Another strong rush forced the Green Wave's to throw over the head of Zeno. On fourth down Karcher again looked for his favorite receiver, but it was to no avail. Zeno was open, but Karcher threw the pass too low.
Kentucky took over on the TU 13 yard line with 1:20 remaining. Since Tulane had only one timeout left its chances slipped away on Karcher's incompletion to Zeno.
Chenault, a redshirt freshman, played like a true veteran. The defensive tackle had a game-leading 13 tackles, including seven first-hitters. Defensive ends Mazza and Brian Williams also had outstanding performances contributing nine and eight tackles, respectively.
After only recording two sacks in the opener, Kentucky's defense racked up five against Tulane: Williams (2), Mike Velotta (1), Dumbauld (1) and Mazza (1). Larry Smith is gradually returning back to his old self. Smith had seven tackles and broke up three aerials.
Punter Jay Tesar continues to be a big suprise. He kicked the ball four times averaging 44.8 yards per boot. Late in the first quarter the freshman kicked a booming spiral that covered a career-high 53 yards. Tesar's worst kick of.the day traveled 37 yards.
Kentucky came out of the gates looking like a different ball club, much better than it did the previous week against Bowling Green. The offensive line, led by center Ken Pietrowiak and guard Vernon Johnson, was opening holes for Logan and Higgs while allowing Ransdell plenty of time to pick out his receivers.
For the game Ransdell hit on 22 of 34 passes (including two interceptions) for 302 yards. It marked the second straight week that the Elizabethtown native threw for more than 300 yards.
The versatile Derry was again a hidden weapon. Time after time last season the tough, hard-nose back was left uncovered for a quick outlet pass. Against Tulane the screen to the brusing back was left unguarded. Derry picked up a team-high 108 yards on seven receptions.
Despite the loss Tulane's Karcher, a transfer from Notre Dame, had a fine afternoon. The 6-foot-l, 204-pound signal caller connected on 27 of 42 aerials netting 236 yards.
Karcher's favorite target on this day was Marc Zeno. Zeno caught eight passes for 119 yards. Tailback Rodney Hunter was on the receiving end of seven Karcher passes netting 52 yards. Logan and Higgs paced the ground attack rushing for 53 and 50 yards respectively. The speedster from Owensboro scored both TD's and caught three passes totalling 58 yards. For the afternoon Higgs compiled 108 yards on offense.
Still, there were numerous mistakes Kentucky could do without.
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Tulane's senior linebacker John Thomas was giving the Wildcat offense Tits all day. He was credited with nine tackles, including two (for minus eight total yard) for losses. As far as miscues Tulane's slate was clean  no intereccptions or fumbles lost.
One thing coach Jerry Claiborne was probably happy to see was the level of intensity. During prc-gamc warmups the players seemed to be ready; the coaches were hyped up; and the crowd seemed to be finally awake after taking a sabbaticle the week before.
"I thought the big improvement was our intensity," said Claiborne during his post-game interview with the media. "We were very intense. So much so that we might have been tight."
Kentucky outgained the visitors 388 to 254 and also netted more first downs 19 to 14, but could never get a comfortable lead. Mistakes played a big part in keeping the Green Wave in the ball game. For example:
*With Kentucky leading 10-3 with 6:41 remaining in the third quarter, the home team started to take control. On third and seven from the TU 33, Derry caught a screen pass from Ransdell and cut upfield and appeared headed to the goal line. A Tulane defender knocked the ball out of his hands as Tulane's Curt Baham covered the ball on the two yard line.
*On the first play in the fourth quarter Cornell Burbage looked like he was on his way for an 86-yard touchdown return of a Wayne Clement's punt. A funny thing happened on the way. With only one blocker to beat Burbage appeared to have run into one of his teammates and fell down on the Tulane 39. While falling down he lost the ball as well and the Green Wave recovered.
*Ransdell was intereccpted twice in Tulane territory. The junior's first intereception came late in the second quarter when his pass was deflected off a defensive lineman's helmet and picked off by Karl Chambers at the Tulane 22. UK held only a 10-0 advantage at the time. Ransdell's other interecption was thrown on the very next series. On first and five, with no UK receivers within five yards of the pass, Eric Thomas picked off the misfired aerial with ease. Tulane now took over on its own 47 with 27 seconds left at halftime. The Green Wave moved the ball to Kentucky's 28 with only five ticks remaining. Clements field goal attempt, however, drifted wide to the right as the score stayed the same after two quarters, 10-0.
Jones And Bozick Get Ready
Doze 'Hypnotized' Mayes For 2 Points
After holding Tulane on downs Kentucky started its initial series of the game at the UK 42. Following two Ransdell incompletions, sophomore kicker Joe Worley game in to attempt a 36 yarder. Worley connected on his fifth straight field goal of the season as UK took a 3-0 lead with 9:43 remaining in the first quarter.
The Wildcats first touchdown was set up by a third-down strike from Ransdell to Higgs. From the Tulane 25, Ransdell spotted his fullback wide open over the middle. Higgs lunged for the catch and was tackled by Thurston Harrison at the five.
On the very next play Higgs took the handoff. . .was then drilled at the two. . .but streatch-ed the ball over the goal line for the score. Worley's PAT gave UK a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Tulane closed the gap to 10-3 on the strength of a Clement's 33-yard field goal with 6:41 remaining in the third stanza. The team's traded possession after possesion before the Green
Wave's final scoring drive.
TU's defense stiffened a fourth-quarter Wildcat drive on the Tulane 27. Worley came in and tried to give the Cats a little breathing room. His kick from 45 yards, however, sailed to the left. It was Worley's first miss this season in six tries.
From the TU 27 Karcher then went to work. On third and six an 18-yard completion to Zeno gave Tulane a first down on its 49 yard line. Six plays later the Green Wave were at the UK 19 and knocking at the door with less than five minutes remaining. A big play in that sequence was a 22-yard strike to. . .you guessed it, Zeno.
Following a one yard gain, Tulane was now forced with second down and nine at the 18. Karcher spotted Wright over the middle. Wright almost made it into the end zone, but safety Russell Hairston stopped him just short. An illegal procedure penalty against the offense moved the ball back to the six, but that didn't phase the Tulane quarterback. On second down from the six Karcher stood calmly in the pocket waiting for an open receiver. He hurled a bullet over the middle to Wright, who was standing all alone in the back of the end zone. Wright's TD, followed by a successful two-point conversion, gave Tulane a one point lead.
It was a lead which didn't last too long however.
Following are Coach Jerry Claiborne's post game comments after his team defeated Tulane 16-11 last Saturday afternoon at Commonwealth Stadium:
Your comments on the game?
Coach Claiborne: "I thought the big improvement was our intensity. In fact we might have been so intense that we might have been a little tight. I thought there was a lot more physical contact, especially by our defense. When their receivers caught the ball today I thought our defensive people came to the ball and made some good hits. I thought that was a big improvement. I thought that we came off the ball a little bit better. Offensively, that was an improvement. We still are making too many mistakes. I'm talking about mistakes that can beat you, such as: the fumble on the two yard line; a dropped pass on the five yard line for a first down; and we could have run for a touchdown on that punt return and then we fumbled the ball. We've just got to eliminate those type of errors. But I can't fault (our players) because nobody on the football team gave up. Getting behind like we did. . .last week week when we got behind late in the game we really didn't bear down, and we could have possibly won that one on the last play. Today,
Mack And Jerry
they got behind and took the football and moved it down the field. After missing the field goal (in the fourth quarter) it would have been a good time for the defense to have a letdown. They went out there and went after the passer and got a great rush on him. They put the pressure to him (Ken Karcher) and got a big break when they got the penalty  I think they had 12 men on the field. That was a big, big break for us. Again, we could have had a letdown after we lost