BOWLING—FRED CONNER of Mar Vista, Calif. defeated Paul Moser 191-180 in the final game to win the $60,000 Waukegan Open by 12 pins. It was Conner's first victory on the PBA tour.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL—For the last several seasons, Penn State had been heavily favored to beat Temple, but in 1975 and '76 the Lions squeaked by with one-point wins. This year it took a 23-yard field goal by Matt Bahr with 10 seconds remaining for Penn State to escape with a 10-7 victory. Alabama Quarterback Jeff Rutledge led the Crimson Tide to a 20-3 victory over Nebraska, passing four yards for one touchdown and scoring another on a three-yard keeper. Alabama's defense was the deciding factor, holding Rick Berns, I. M. Hipp & Co. to 110 yards rushing. In other games, Randy Boyette kicked a 41-yard field goal and James Hale picked up a blocked quick kick and raced 10 yards for a touchdown as Southern Mississippi edged Richmond 10-7; Tulsa beat Arkansas State 21-20; and Mississippi State defeated West Texas State 28-0.
PRO FOOTBALL—Richard Todd tossed three touchdown passes, including one of 47 yards and another of 43 yards to Wesley Walker, and Pat Leahy kicked four field goals as the New York Jets upset Miami 33-20. New England Quarterback Steve Grogan threw what he thought was going to be the winning score early in the fourth quarter, a 45-yarder to newly acquired Harold Jackson, but Brad Dusek, a former Patriot, grabbed a fumble by Horace Ivory and ran 31 yards for a touchdown with 2:40 left to give Washington a 16-14 victory. It was defense all the way in New Orleans, highlighted by Safety Tommy Myers' three interceptions, including one he ran back 97 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown, as the Saints upset Minnesota 31-24. With a 13-0 lead in the fourth quarter, Los Angeles thought it had the game sewed up, but Philadelphia's Ron Jaworski connected with Ken Payne on a 24-yard scoring pass and the Eagles went ahead on a 57-yard punt return by Wally Henry and Nick Mike-Mayer's conversion with 5:33 left. Quarterback Pat Haden rallied the Rams, however, leading them on a 60-yard march that was climaxed by a 46-yard field goal seven seconds before the gun by rookie Frank Corral—his third of the game—for a 16-14 L.A. victory. Walter Payton, playing with an injured shoulder, rushed for 101 yards and a fourth-period touchdown, and Roland Harper plunged over from the one with 1:56 left, as Chicago beat St. Louis 17-10. Kansas City survived a last-minute surge by Cincinnati for a 24-23 defeat of the Bengals, its first victory over Cincinnati since 1970. Tony Adams, subbing for injured Quarterback Mike Livingston, led the Chiefs on scoring drives of 55, 76 and 59 yards. A 67-yard scoring pass from Joe Pisarcik to Johnny Perkins led the Giants to a 19-13 victory over Tampa Bay. Replacing the injured Jerry Golsteyn, Pisarcik completed nine of 15 passes for 156 yards. Denver got key interceptions from Safeties Bill Thompson and Bernard Jackson as the Broncos defeated Oakland 14-6. Rookie John Jefferson caught two touchdown passes from Dan Fouts, and Defensive Tackle Gary Johnson intercepted a pass and ran 52 yards to score another as San Diego beat Seattle 24-20. Ozzie Newsome ran 33 yards on an end-around play to lead Cleveland to a 24-7 win over San Francisco. Atlanta beat Houston 20-14, Fred Steinfort kicking two second-half field goals. Terry Bradshaw threw two touchdown passes as Pittsburgh whipped Buffalo 28-17, and Quarterback David Whitehurst led Green Bay to a 13-7 victory over Detroit, whose second-half rally fell short.
GOLF—JOHN COOK won the 78th U.S. Amateur championship, defeating Scott Hoch 5 and 4 in Plainfield, N.J. (page 88).
September 10, 1978
HARNESS RACING—SPEEDY SOMOLLI, driven by Howard Beissinger, won the first and third heats to take the $241,280 Hambletonian for 3-year-old trotters at Du Quoin, Ill. The colt set world records with his clocking of 1:55 in the first heat (three-fifths of a second better than the old mark) and his accumulated time for the three heats (5:47). Florida Pro, who won the second heat, was also clocked at 1:55 (page 26).
HORSE RACING—TERLINGUA ($2.20), the unbeaten 2-year-old daughter of Secretariat, with Darrel McHargue up, swept to a nine-length victory over Beauty Hour in the $122,440 Debutante Stakes at Del Mar. The winner was timed in a stakes-record 1:36[1/5] for the mile.
Tempest queen ($5.20), Jorge Velasquez up, beat Lulubo by 5½ lengths to win the $52,850 Gazelle Handicap at Belmont Park. The 3-year-old filly covered the 1‚Äö√Ñ√∂‚àö√±‚àö¬µ miles in 1:49[4/5].
MOTOR SPORTS—Averaging 145.158 mph in his LolaCosworth, AL UNSER beat Pancho Carter by more than 14 miles to win the $300,000 California 500 and complete a sweep of the Triple Crown of Indy car racing. Only five of the 31 starters finished.
SOCCER—ASL: In the first round of the Eastern Division playoffs, Jose Neto scored three of New Jersey's goals as the Americans defeated Indy 4-2 and advanced to the two-game second round, where they met the New York Apollo. New York lost the first game 2-0, but won the next 5-2, as Charlie McCarthy scored the key goal, to make the finals, the series being decided by total goals. Ramon Moraldo scored the decisive penalty kick following a scoreless sudden-death overtime period to lead California past Southern California 2-1 in the Western Division opening playoff. In the second round, Los Angeles eliminated California as Mai Roche and Jim Rolland excelled. Roche scored the only goal in the first game for a 1-0 L.A. victory, and Rolland, the league's scoring leader and MVP, scored twice in a 4-1 Skyhawk win, moving them into the finals against the Apollo.
TENNIS—MANUEL ORANTES won the $200,000 U.S. Pro Championship for the second straight year, defeating Harold Solomon 6-4, 6-3 at the Longwood Cricket Club in Brookline, Mass.
TRACK & FIELD—Three women's world records were set and one tied at the European Championships in Prague: VILMA BARDAUSKIENE of the Soviet Union in the long jump (23'3¼"), bettering her own record by one inch; MARITA KOCH of East Germany in the 400 (48.94), breaking her record by .08 second; TATYANA ZELENTSEVA of the Soviet Union in the 400-meter hurdles (54.88), bettering her own record by .43 second; and SARA SIMEONI of Italy tying her record of 6'7" in the high jump.
VOLLEYBALL—Orange County, the defending International Volleyball Association champion, took a 1-0 lead in the Western Division playoffs by defeating Santa Barbara three games to one. In the Continental Division, Tucson opened its playoff series with a three-game sweep of El Paso-Juarez.
MILEPOSTS—NAMED: As coach of the North American Soccer League's Tulsa Roughnecks, ALAN HINTON, 35, former assistant coach and forward for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Hinton replaces Alex Skotarek.
SIGNED: By the New York Knicks, free agent Center MARVIN WEBSTER, to a five-year contract for a reported $3 million. Webster averaged 14 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.98 blocked shots per game last year, and led the Seattle SuperSonics to the NBA playoff finals, where they lost to Washington.