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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1967

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE SEVEN

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15, 1 9 6 7 THE MICHIGAN DAILY PAGE SEVEN

Behind Closed Doors First Half
BOB McFARLAND (Continued from Page 1) was stolid ennu
slint t mi

Flurry

Buries

li

gh to prompt El-
i "a loncr hard

This made it 14-0 with only
2:30 left in the half but it took
raattton *Michigan only a minute to miss
on three passes, necessitating an-
Study i other Drehmann kick and setting
a Y up the long pass play, which El-
liott termed the "straw that
Michigan football tradition ..... broke our backs."
It's a strange conglomeration of people, places, and things that If the political ineptitude of
make up 88 years of victory. It's a football bowl that might even make the two teams at holding fan in-
the Roman Coliseum a little envious. It's a marching band that gives terest was disappointing, then ev-
Wolverine partisans something to applaud about on even the most en more discouraging was the in-
dismal Saturdays. It's a bunch of male cheerleaders who defy the eptitude of Michigan governor
George Romney who crossed the'

BOLL L opronaw s ae i a g
look" at his quarterbacks during
the upcoming week. This may
mean that Vidmer will be spend-
ing some more time on the bench.
Actually Brown would probably
have been on the scoreboard at
least once but for Ernie Sharpe,
who dropped two passes, one
when he wastopen all alone. El-
liott refused to blame Sharpe but
he did concede that the senior,
who had lined up in Michigan's
pro-type I formation largely as
third receiver, "didn't catch too
many."
Elliott actually didn't appear
too downhearted in the locker
room after the game. He was

more than willing to give credit
to Michigan State ("They played
a sharp football game . . . they've
got four really good running
backs and their passing game was
much better than we had expect-
ed it to be") and still found cause
for optimism in his own team's
performance: "Aside from the
bad period late in the second
quarter, we played some good
football . .. we'll be ready for the
rest of the season and I know
we'll pull ourselves together."
The redoubtable, jolly Duffy
was his usual effervescent self in
the MSU lockerroom, loosely
dressed in green corduroys, white
sox, and a sweaty jersey, exchang-
ing handshakes with familiar re-

porters as he acknowledged well-
wishers.
He agreed that the second half
was "l4ind of an anti-climax,"
then elaborated on his own stra-
tegy. "They were playing a nine
man front line, so we thought
we'd loosen them up a little by
passing. It was a calculated risk
that Jimmy Raye exploited.
"We're still far from a great
team but if we continue to im-
prove each week as much as we
have the last three weeks it won't
take us too long."

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coeducational trend year after year. field at halftime with his wife.
It's coaches like Fielding H. Yost, Harry Kipke, Fritz Romney could doubtlessly have
Crisler, Bennie Oosterbaan, and Bump Elliott. It's a squad of gained a large number of votes'
11 men who played the entire game in the 1901 Rose Bowl, a 49-0 from Wolverine fans if he had
Michigan win over Stanford. It's the three benchwarmers in that followed the lead of a young Mi-
contest rolling in the mud after the game so they could return chigan booster and made his dash
to Ann Arbor with dirty uniforms. It's 51 Michigan gridders who while the players were still on the
have been named consensus All-America. It's 499 Wolverine vic- field.
tories against only 181 defeats. Dissatisfied
Andit's "Hail to the Victors." According to witnesses, the un-
The Wolverine fight song must have felt neglected yesterday. identified student had expressed
After all, the band doesn't have much opportunity to play it during dissatisfaction with the way
a Michigan shutout. But "The Victors" suffered a defeat in the MSU, things were going after State
lockerroom that made the Indian disaster at Horseshoe Bend look When a friend urged him to "go
like child's play. out there and do something about
The Spartans were singing in the shower after their 34-0 vic- it," he didn't even hesitate.
tory and the tune wasn't "Oh, What a Beautiful Morning." What the After nearly making a chin
deep, bass voices were belting out was the following slightly altered strap tackle on Regis Cavender,
version of the Wolverine National Anthem. he was chased and carried off
"Hail to the victors valiant, the field by six Ann Arbor police
Hail to the conquering heroes, who had nearly as much trouble
Hail, hail, to Michigan, carrying out their mission as some
The HAS BEENS of the West." of the Wolverine defenders.
A lemon rind would have tasted like cane sugar at that moment The second half was a battle
in comparison. Cursing motherhood and the flag both in the same of the second string quarterbacks
breath would have been more respectful. If the Spartans had decided aco-and though Brown lost the
to sing that song on the field instead of in the lockerroom, the game scoring end 7-0, his performance
might have had a slightly different outcome.
Never was a Michigan State team in as good a position toSparty's
utter such a heresy, though. A proud Michigan tradition means a
history of good ballteams means very few stinging defeats. To MICH. MSU
put it simply, yesterday's Michigan thrashing at the hands (or First Downs 19 21
should it be legs) of Jimmy Raye and friends was the worst in 60 Passing '2 15
meetings, the nadir in a string of Wolverine efforts going back Penalty 2 1
to 1898. Only once since the 1935 campaign have the Wolverines Total No. of Rushes 46 47
looked so toothless against anyone, the occasion being a 37-0 Rushing 128 276
boiling by Purdue in 1962. Passing 88 148
Forward Passes Att. 32 16
It wasn't that Michigan gave up. The Wolverines were churn- Completed 11 7
ing as hard at the finish as they had all day. As Spartan coach Duffy Intercepted By 1 2
Yards Intercep. Returned 5 44
Daugherty said at the end of the contest, "There's one thing your Total Plays
can't take away from Michigan. They didn't quit. There is no team (Rushes and Passes) 78 63
we like to beat more, but there's no coach I'd rather lose to than El- Punts, Number 8 6
Average Distance 40.5 40.7
liott. He's a fine coach and a credit to his profession," Daugherty Kickoffs, Returned By 6 1
noted. Yards Kicks Returned 109 66
Punts 17 66

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A penalty kick by Tom Morti-
mer was all the Michigan Rugby
Football Club's 'A' team needed
yesterday to defeat the Michigan
State ruggers 3-0. The Wolverines
failed to score on numerous drives
but they controlled the ball well
and never gave Michigan State a
real scoring opportunity.
Strong forward play was res-
ponsible for a large part of the
ruggers' success. The Michigan
scrum showed good power and, by
the game's end, superior condi-
Revenge

tioning, as they finished very
strong.
The 'B' squad, meanwhile, start-
ed quickly against the Spartans,#
scoring in the first minute of play,
and went on to crush the visitors
with a steamroller offense 18-3.
All of Michigan's points came in
the first half, four goals and a
try (an unconverted goal) doing
the damage.
Flyhalf Andrew McDonald car-
ried the ball into the end zone on
a game-opening power sweep,
downed it, then kicked the conver-
sion to give the Wolverines a 5-0
lead.
John Adams, playing wing, fol-
lowed McDonald's act with one of
his own, scoring on another run
following a lineout. McDonald
again kicked the conversion, giving
Michigan a 10-0 advantage early
in the first half.
A third try, this time by center
Richard Moore, came late in the
period on a running drop-kick. Ty-
rus Gerlach's kick gave Michigan
a five-point goal and a 15 point
edge over the Spartans.

Raye
Apisa
Lee
Thomas
Lavender
Waters
Highsmit
Feraco
Bernnski
Wedem~ey
Totals
Vidmer
Brown
Totals
Raye
Feraco
Wedemey
Totals
Craw
Mandich
Gabler
Berline
Totals
Foreman
Brenner
Totals

RUSHING
MICHIGAN STATE
10
S
6
r 6
4
h 4
1
I I
yer 2
472
PASSING
MICHIGAN
Att. Coi
15
17
32 1
MICHIGAN STATE
13

77 7.7
58 7.3
41 6.8
13 2.6
44 7.3
15 3.8
7 1.8
13 13.0
8 8.0
0 0
276 5.9
omp. Yds.
5 40
6 48
11 88
6 130
1 18
0 0
7 148

Spartan power can't explain away the debacle either. Shaking
his head, a disgruntled Dave Porter remarked, "They didn't hit any-
where near as hard as last year's team: I didn't notice any outstand-
ing play on their defensive line. I just don't know," the senior de-
fensive tackled muttered.
Asked whether Michigan State hit as hard as last year,
Pete Mair, offensive tackle, chimed in a vehement "No!" The dis-
gusted Pennsylvania senior added the obvious. "Of course, what
does that make us?"
The Wolverines' prime All-American candidate, Ray Phillips,
refused to term the Jimmy Raye-Al Brenner explosion late in the
second quarter as the turning point. "How can you call that the turn-
ing point when we never got a good drive going in the entire game?"
Phillips noted.
Elliott couldn't pin down the reason behind the offensive im-
potence of the Wolverines any more than wrestler Porter. "If I could
put my finger on it, I would do something about it," the Michigan
mentor remarked.
Going over the events of the game again is an exercise in
masochism. Let it suffice to say that Michigan had Ron Johnson on
the plus side, and the agile Raye couldn't have been more effective
against a defense consisting of Buster Mathis.
As one wit Joked after Michigan's loss to Navy, Michigan
State's probably the best team in the country with a 1-2 record
and Michigan's probably the worst. An overstatement, yes, but
there was 34 points difference . . . . and maybe the tradition.
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Kickoffs 92
Fumbles,sNumber 2
Ball Lost By 2
Penalties, Number 2
Yards Penalized 30
PUNTING
MICHIGAN
No. Yds.

0
3
78

er

2

1v
PASS RECEIVING
MICHIGAN

Ave.

Drehmann 8_ 324
MICHIGAN STATE
Berllnski 6 243
RUSHING
MICHIGAN
Tries Ne
Johnson 24 10
Vidmer 7 -2

40.5
40.7

MICHIGAN STAT

No. Yds.
1 7
4 38
1 2
5 41
11 88
'E
4 62
3 86
7 148

let
07
25

Craw
Gabler
Brown
Totals

1 2
11 33
46 128

Ave.
4.4
-3.5
n
3.7
3.0
2.8

SCORE BY QUARTERS
MICHIGAN 0 0 0 0- 0
MICHIGAN STATE 7 20 0 7-34

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