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12The Daily Tar HeelMonday, November 6, 1989
By ERIC VVAGNON
', Three yards and a cloud of dust means
football the old-fashioned way.
Clemson beat North Carolina Saturday
the old-fashioned way, but its offense
often managed more like seven or eight
yards and a cloud of dust against the
Coming into the game leading the
ACC in rushing with an average of 210
yards per game, Clemson picked up
332 rushing yards on 70 attempts. Senior
Joe Henderson led the Tigers with 163
yards and three touchdowns.
" "This was the best game of my ca
reer," Henderson said. "I wouldn't say
it was easy, but I think the offensive
line did a great job today and made it
' The Tiger rushing attack rolled de
spite injuries to tailback Terry Allen
and fullback Wesley McFadden. Allen
needs just 234 yards to become
Clemson's all-time leading rusher but
hasn't played very much in the last few
games. Due to a knee injury, Allen had
carried the ball only four times in the
three games prior to Saturday's con
test, and he played sparingly in the first
half Saturday, gaining just 20 yards.
McFadden, after picking up 27 yards in
the first half, was injured and did not
carry the ball in the second half.
Henderson, however, and the rest of
the stable of Clemson backs made sure
head coach Danny Ford did not miss
Allen and McFadden. Henderson, a 5-foot-9,
1 86-pound tailback out of Free
hold, N.J., was the Tigers' workhorse
from the opening drive. His five carries
in the 14-play march accounted for 34
of the drive's 79 yards, including the
last four as he scored off of the option
to the right side.
"I felt pretty good after that first
drive," Henderson said. "I was running
the ball pretty well, and with the offen-.
sive line, the holes were so big you
can't help but run through them."
The Tigers went into the locker room
at the half ahead only 14-3, but the
turning point of the game, according to
Ford, was Levon Kirkland's intercep
tion just 50 seconds into the second
half. The interception gave the Tigers
the ball at the UNC 18-yard line.
Enter Henderson once again. Carry
ing the ball on four consecutive plays,
Henderson's effort and the Clemson
scoring drive were basically synony
mous. Henderson ran for five, six and
See GROUND, page 9
By NEIL AMATO
At least the North Carolina volley
ball team won the ones it was supposed
to win this weekend in Carmichael
After notching victories Friday and
Saturday in more important ACC con
tests, North Carolina fought hard but
fell to nationally-ranked Penn State on
r In a five-game heartbreaker Sunday
afternoon, the Tar Heels finally bowed
to the No. 15 Nittany Lions, 6-15, IS
IS, 16-14, 9-15,7-15.
VUNC demolished Georgia Tech in
45 minutes, 15-6, 15-5, 15-1 Saturday
night. On Friday, the Tar Heels took a
five-set barnburner from Clemson, 14
16, 15-8, 15-11,9-15, 15-4.
With the pair of ACC wins, North
Carolina clinched the ACC regular
season title, improving to 5-0 in confer
ence play and 17-7 overall. Penn State
upped its record to 29-4. UNC will
close out its ACC play with a match
against N.C. State Tuesday night at
Penn State coach Russ Rose credited
UNC for playing up to his team's level.
'That's what the good teams do,"
Rose said. "We just had to come in and
play hard. We got some things accom
plished. I guess we're a little tired.
Rose's team should be a little tired.
The Nittany Lions played three matches
in less than 24 hours, taking on N.C.
State Saturday afternoon and Duke that
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inn first preseason
By DAVE GLENN
FAYETTEVILLE The 1989-90
Tar Heels went looking for a preseason
tune-up Sunday night, and they found it
in the form of Marathon Oil.
Led by 23 points and eight rebounds
by center Scott Williams, North Caro
lina slid past the don't-run-just-gun
Marathon squad, 100-86, before 3,923
in an exhibition game at the Cumber
land County Civic Center.
Williams shot 1 0 of 1 2 from the field
and relegated Marathon's offensive
game to the perimeter at the defensive
end of the court. The 6-11 senior from
Hacienda Heights, Ca., dominated
Marathon's smallish frontcourt with
eight field goals in the first half while
helping to hold the opposition to a 45
percent shooting clip.
After leading 47-42 at the intermis
sion, UNC shot a sizzling 61 percent
from the field for the rest of way. Rick
Fox and Kevin Madden led the second-
nipped by Nittany
clinch ACC crown
UNC's match with the Nittany Lions
was a show of momentum shifts. PSU
ripped the Tar Heels in game one be
hind strong hitting from senior Puerto
Rico native Bessie Ramirez. For the
contest, Ramirez had 19 kills, the most
damaging of which may have come in
In the final game, Ramirez started
the Penn State rally that won the match.
With North Carolina leading 5-1 and
Tar Heel freshman Amy Peistrup serv
ing, Ramirez dinked to give the Nittany
Lions a side out. PSU went cn to score
eight straight points to take a 9-5 lead.
Ramirez was instrumental in the
game, recording several blocks and a
pair of kills. On match point, it was
Ramirez who blocked Tar Heel Sharon
German's spike to end the contest.
In games two and three, the Tar
Heels may have played their best vol
leyball of the season. Leading the way
for UNC were Liz Berg (32 kills, 18
digs), German (31 kills and 18 digs)
,and Peistrup (9, 15 and 63 assists).
North Carolina, which played without
the guidance of head coach Peggy
Bradley-Doppes, showed why it's a
threat to win its second consecutive
ACC Tournament title. Bradley-Doppes,
who was absent because of a fam
ily illness, was spelled by her assistant,
Don Van Zytveld.
"I thought we played well this week
end, including today," Van Zytveld said
Sunday. "Penn State's ranked nation
up Clemson wide receiver Rodney
half charge for the Tar Heels after
Marathon closed the gap to 53-49.
Fox, who played shooting guard for
most of the game, drove to the hoop for
six consecutive points to put the Tar
Heels back on track. Madden, who had
1 6 points and a team-high 1 1 rebounds,
then went into the paint for four buckets
in four minutes to put UNC up and
away at 71-60.
On the Tar Heels first play against
real opposition, Madden said: "We
know it doesn't count as far as the
standings go, but it was a chance for us
to work on execution."
UNC head coach Dean Smith said
he was pleased with his team's effort.
"This is so important for us," Smith
said. "We're glad to see some strange
faces, because we've been playing each
other so long. I'd hate to go into the
season without this kind of experience."
The 1989 experience began when
Smith answered the first question of the
season without saying a word.
ally, and so that says something for us.
We didn't take a step back today. We
continued to play well."
That was especially the case in the
second and third games. In game three,
with the Tar Heels trailing 12-8 and
Penn State seemingly rolling, Berg
spiked through a block to give UNC a
side out. Behind several Berg kills and
a vicious block by Peistrup, UNC
climbed to a tie at 14-14.
Then came what was probably the
crucial point of the match. UNC's Chris
White served and the teams pounded
the ball back and forth at each other
several times. After pairs of digs and
spikes by both teams, Berg rocketed a
spike down the left line through a block
to give UNC a 15-14 lead. White then
hit a service ace off of PSU's Tammy
Cairl for the game.
German, a senior from Dillon, S.C.,
was on fire, especially at the outset of
game five. She teamed up with Carolyn
Flanders to block Ramirez and had a
pair of monster kills to give UNC an
early four-point lead.
"Sharon German is just an offensive
machine," Rose said.
German and the rest of the Tar Heels
were very mechanical in thrashing
Georgia Tech. Against Clemson, how
ever, UNC sputtered a little until the
match came down to the wire.
Helping the Tar Heels to the mara
thon win were Peistrup (56 assists),
German (25 kills and 17 digs) and senior
Lisa Joffs (14 digs).
Fletcher after a 12-yard catch
The starting five? King Rice at the
point, Fox at off-guard and Williams,
Madden and Pete Chilcutt in the
frontcourt. Smith said this year's first
five would not be the same guessing
game as last season.
"We'll keep this starting lineup as
long as they hustle and stay healthy,"
After the starters came off for the
first time, question number two was
What about the freshmen? Marathon
Oil served as the first collegiate compe
tition for UNC rookies Matt Wenstrom,
George Lynch, Kenny Harris, Henrik
Rodl and Scott Cherry.
Wenstrom, Smith's first official 7
footer, scored eight points and pulled
down seven boards in 10 minutes of
action at center. Lynch, the Tar Heels'
highly-touted 6-7 forward from
Roanoke, Va., looked confident in his
new surroundings, adding 12 points
and grabbing four rebounds.
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Bad breaks pile
up in 8th defeat
By ANDREW PODOLSKY
Assistant Sports Editor
Following Saturday's UNC
Clemson football game in Kenan Sta
dium, Tar Heel sophomore quarterback
Todd Burnett politely answered ques
tions in the locker room, still dripping
from his long post-game shower.
When one sportswriter inadvertently
stepped on Burnett's naked foot and
apologized, Burnett softly responded,
'That's okay. That kind of thing has
been happening to me all day." Indeed.
The 2 1 st-ranked Clemson Tigers ran
over an overworked Tar Heel defense
and shut down the UNC offense en
route to a crushing 35-3 win in front of
an extremely generous headcount of
The loss was the Tar Heels' eighth
straight and dropped them to 1-8 over
all and 0-6 in the ACC. The win kept the
Tigers slim ACC title chances alive as
they improved to 8-2 and 5-2.
Clemson tailback Joe Henderson
racked up 163 yards on 25 carries and
scored three touchdowns to lead an
offense that rolled to 350 yards on the
ground and 118 yards in the air.
Meanwhile, Clemson dominated the
UNC offense. The Tiger defense held
North Carolina to an amazing minus six
yards rushing on the day and only 120
passing yards. Burnett, making his first
start of the season, was sacked six times
for minus 47 yards and tossed one inter
ception. Burnett was hit often and hard by the
Clemson defense. He rarely had time to
drop back into the pocket before two or
three Clemson defenders closed in on
him. As a result, the Tigers never trailed.
Clemson scored on its first posses
sion, and UNC responded with an eight
play, 50-yard drive, highlighted by a
48-yard pass from B umett to Joey Jauch,
that allowed UNC kicker Clint
Gwaltney to boot a 47-yard field goal
and make the score 7-3. From there, it
was all Clemson, as the Tigers went on
to score 28 unanswered points.
But as dominant as the Clemson
statistics are, they don't tell the entire
story. The Tar Heels were fired up for
the game and played well in the first
half. So well, in fact, that they were
down just 14-3 at halftime and even
that score could have been much closer.
But in the fateful first half, two costly
penalties and a fluke pass completion
by Clemson effectively put any chances
the Tar Heels had out of reach. Without
those three crucial plays, the UNC could
have mounted a more serious threat.
But with those three plays, Clemson
wore the Tar Heels down and began to
turn what could have been a decent
ballgame into a rout, leaving everyone
on the UNC side of the field saying,
On the very first possession of the
game, Clemson quarterback Chris
Morocco drove the Tigers down the
field from their own 21 to the UNC 31
on seven plays. The Tar Heel defense
held tough and the Tigers faced a cru
cial fourth-and-one situation at the UNC
Clemson coach Danny Ford decided
to go for it. When UNC linebacker
Dwight Hollier decked Terry Allen a
yard behind the line, the Tar Heel fans
exploded and the UNC team finally
seemed to have the confidence to turn
its season around.
Unfortunately, UNC was offsides
and Clemson now faced first and 10 at
the UNC 17. Henderson scampered into
the end zone four plays later: 7-0
UNC coach Mack Brown was no
ticeably disappointed with that play.
"When you're in a position to stop them
on fourth and one and you do stop them,
you cannot have the mistake of lining
up offsides," he said. "But those are the
kind of things that have been in the
history of our team this year."
After UNC responded with
Gwaltney 's field goal, Morocco started
the next Clemson drive on his own 29
yard line. On the very first play, he
winged the ball deep to his favorite
target, Gary Cooper, who was covered
closely by UNC defensive back Torin
Dorn was in perfect position and
went for the interception. He tipped the
ball once . . . twice ... but Cooper
somehow ended up with it. Result: a
52-yard reception. This time Morocco
scored on a one-yard dive four plays
later: 14-3 Clemson. But THE play of
the first-half was still yet to come.
UNC took over on its own three
yard line after a Clemson punt with
8:23 left in the first half. On the first
play, Eric Blount slashed up the middle
and rambled 97 yards for a UNC touch
down. The crowd went nuts. Blount
was buried by ecstatic teammates in the
Another penalty flag.
An illegal procedure call nullified
the play, and UNC ended up punting.
After that, a shell-shocked UNC team
was never quite the same.
"That changes the momentum of the
game. It's a very critical play. That was
a devastating momentum change,"
Brown said of the run and subsequent
"At halftime, it was real dangerous
with just a 14-3 lead especially since
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