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Unsung Cowboys

Ramble On


The hit song among college
football fans this season must be,
"Where have all the giants gone?
Long time passing ... "
One "super" team after an-
other has fallen to one of num-
erous underdogs. And as the sea-
son quickly approaches its con-
clusion, nearly all the top-rated
teams have scarred records.
Last weekend, Southern Calif-
ornia and North Carolina were
the lastest to fall from the un-
beaten ranks. Now, only two ma-
jor college teams remain with an
unblemished record.
One is upstart Indiana.
The other is powerful Wyoming,
and they are certainly for real.
Although the national limelight
has passed over them as they
knocked off all their Western
Conference rivals, the Cowboys
now stand one game away from
an unbeaten, untied season.

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I know that on this cold bleak night,
I won't get all these grid picks right.
But just the same, it seems a shame
To pass up such a skill-filled game.
Is it LSU or maybe Duke?
Oh my god, I think I'll puke.
Is this the year of Southern Power?
Or is it Bryant's lowest hour.
Some of these teams seem rather obscure,
And each will score some points, I'm sure;
Like Muelen-blah, or Potrazeebie Tech-
I'll blow my mind, but what the heck.
And now the easiest choice of all:
The game in which our Blues play ball.
Just pick the score within two or three,
We all know who will win-don't we?
-with apologies to Robert Frost

Last year, Wyoming just missed
finishing undefeated, losing a
heart breaker to Colorado State,
12-10, late in the season. Still, it
was a most successful year for the
Cowboys, as they finished 10-1-0,
capping the season with a 28-
20 victory over Florida State in
the Sun Bowl.
Present, but deeply buried un-
der the "big name" teams in most
early polls, the Cowboys came.
into the 1967 season with 28 re-
turninig lettermen andtat least!
four potential superstars.
Piloting the team on the field
this season is defenseman-turned-
quarterback Paul Toscano, who
has broken all Wyoming passing:
Third Place
He currently owns third place
nationally in individual total of-
fense with 1,636 yards and has
completed 112 of 205 passes for
1,535 yards and 17 touchdowns.
He has piled up 101 yards run-
ning, just for variety.
While Toscano has been sparK-
ing the Wyoming offense, de-
fensive halfback Vic Washington
has been a standout in the sec-
ondary and on punt returns. The
speedy Washington, who runs the
100-yard dash in 9.7, has returned
punts 52 times for 555 yards, a
new NCAA record.
Last season, he only returned
34 punts; for a measly 443 yards.
When he is not setting punting
records, Washingtontcollaborates
with defensive halfback Dick
Speights to give the Cowboys one
of the toughest secondaries in the
country. Wyoming's pass defense
has only allowed the opposition
to score four touchdowns via the
air route all season.
- No Pushover
Meanwhile, the Cowboys' rush-
ing defense is no pushover either.
Led by tackle Mike Dirks, at
6'2" and 237 pounds, the front
wall has allowed an average of
only 44.8 yards on the ground
per game.
Tackle Peter Schoomaker also
has been a stalwart for the Cow-
boy rushing defense that rates
second in the nation. Wyoming
only has permitted six touch--
downs on the ground.
Making the job much easier for
the nation's fourth best defense
is super-kicker Jerry DePcyster.
Statistic nuts can delight them-
selves with his kicking figures.
DePoyster has scored 59 points
this year, giving hima total of 175
of three seasons, an NCAA record.
He has booted 13 field goals
this season which when added to

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his previous output gives him
another NCAA carrer mark of
34 three- poointers. DePoyster
booted four of his field goals and
four extra points in Wyoming's
lopsided victory over New Mexico
last Saturday.
Everyone Punts,
Every so often, the Cowboys
have to punt, again they rely on
DePoyster to get them out of
trouble. The senior has boomed'
off 55 kicks this year for a 41.8
yard average.
Wyoming will have to draw on,
all these resources this Saturday
when they put their record on
the line against Texas, El Paso,
who have a 6-0-1 mark so far
this year.
In case you haven't heard, UT-
EP has the top scoring team in
the nation, averaging 39 points
a game. The Miners are also in
the prime position with total of-
fense and passing offense witn
averages, respectively.
This meeting of the irresistable
force against the immovable ob-
ject may just grab a large slice
of the audience that had expected
this weekend's game between UJSC
and UCLA to be the fight for
the perfect record.
For their efforts so far, Wyo-
ming has only received a sixth
place ranking in the Associated
Press Poll.
A decisive win over tough UT-
EP could move the Cowboys way
up into the national spotlight.
At least, they are hoping it will.

7 - t. kih9 dOut .
A Letter From
An Obscure '70 LSA, Student
On November 8 I printed a column which was specifically de-
signed to attract "Letters to the Editor," a minor status symbol
which I have always coveted but seldom received. I even resorted to
bribery, offering prizes to the reader who could find the most mis-
takes in a simulated basketball game between all-time Big Ten
greats-if he would simply submit his, entry as a "Letter to the
Editor" (postmarked by midnight last night).
So far - zilch. Well, I did get one letter, which read "Norton,
your greatest mistake was writing the column in the first place."
Unfortunately, since this reader has apparently found one more
mistake than anyone else. I may have to give him the prize.
However, I did receive an interesting letter yesterday which
at least makes mention of that column, and I would like to answer
it now. (Don't complain, I was almost ready to print my phone bill.)
TO: Sports Editor of the Michigan Daily, Clark Norton
FROM: An obscure '70 LSA student
Dear Sir:
I read with interest your recent column bemoaning a con-
spicuous lack of "Letters to the Sports Editor" and was thereby
sufficiently motivated to verbalize the following comments which
have been formulating in my mind for months. It neither com-
plains nor praises, adds nor detracts, touches upon nor ignores
sports. It is merely a conglomeration of data compiled between
November 16, 1966, and November 16, 1967, which I would like
to share with the reading public.
1. No one ever promised you a rose garden.
2. Indians are just dirty cowboys.
3. San Francisco is paradise.
4. Bowie and Greencastle are irrelevant.
5. Marat de Sade was insane.
6. I can't explain myself, but I haven't forgotten, and I'll
be back.
An Obscure '70 LSA Student
Dear Obscure:
First let me say thanks for your letter. It places you close to my
heart, somewhere between Mount Vernon and the Lincoln Memorial
I should think, and I shall not forget.
I would like to respond to your comments.
1. Heck, I can't even get a Letter to the Editor. Anyway, what
are promises. A rose in the hand is worth two in the bush.
2. True, but Greeks are just sterile Italians.
3. I don't know. The last time I was there I was pretty sick
but I hear North Beach is nice.
4. And Gerbers' Baby Food is only soupy succotash. Take that.,t
5. Funny, I saw the same play.
6. I'll be waiting.
Clark Norton '68 LSA
P.S. Since you have been conglomerating data for exactly a year,
nerhaps I should wish you Happy Anniversary.
- (Note: As this paper goes to press, I have received TWO
bonafide Letters to the Editor. God is alive and operating some-
where in the U.S. Post Office Dept.)
Yaz' Easy Choice for MVP:
Keyes Paces Grid Scor&ers

1. MICHIGAN at Wisconsin


Iowa at Ohio St.
Michigan St. at Purdue
Indiana at Minnesota

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5. Illinois at Northwestern
6. UCLA at USC
7. S. Carolina at Alabama
8. Auburn at Georgia
9. N. Carolina St. at Clemson
10. Kentucky at Florida
11. Notre Dame at Georgia Tech
12. Kansas at Oklahoma ,
13. Mississippi at Tennessee
14. Nebraska at Missouri
15. New Mexico St. at New Mexico
16. N. Carolina at Duke
17. Oregon St. at Oregon
18. Utah St. at,Utah
19. Baylor at Texas Tech
20. Moravian at Muhlenberg

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Navy, GreenY
XS, S, M,

By The Associated Press
NEW YORK - Carl Yastr-
zemski of the Boston Red Sox,
coming within a single first-place
vote of unanimous selection, was
named the American League's
Most Valuable Player for the 1967
baseball season yesterday.
T h e 28-year-old outfielder,
winner of the circuit's Triple
Crown while leading the Red Sox
to their first pennant since 1946,
drew 19 votes for first place and
one for second in the balloting by
20 members of the Baseball
Writers' Association of America.
Cesar Tovar, a Minnesota
sparkplug while playing second
base, third base and center field,
drew the other first-place vote,
but finished in a seventh-place
tie in the over-all balloting. Tovar
batted .267 last season.
Yastrzemski thus failed to match
the unanimity achieved by Orlan-
do Cepeda of St. Louis Cardinals
in c a p t u r i n g the National
League's MVP award last week.
Yastrzemski collected 275 points
in becoming the first Red Sox
player since Jackie Jensen in 1958
to take the MVP prize. The voting
by two baseball writers from each
city was on a basis of 14 points
for a first-place vote, nine for
second, eight for third down to
one for each 10th place'vote.
Twins' slugger Harmon Kille-
brew placed second with 161
points followed by catcher Bill
Freehan of Detroit, 137 points
pitcher Joe Horlen of the Chica-
go White Sox 91, outfielder Al
Kaline of Detroit 88, and pitcher
Jim Lonborg of Boston, 82.
Keyes In Lead
Leroy Keyes, Purdue's all-pur-
pose halfback, is close to clinching

the individual scoring title this
year among major college football
The Boilermakers ace scored
three touchdowns in his team's
41-12 rout of Minnesota last Sat-
urday and raised his year's point
harvest to 108.
Statistics released by the Na-
tional Collegiate Sports Service,
yesterday show, Keyes has a 30-
point lead over his closest chal-
lengers, Butch Colson of East
Carolina and Doug Dalton of New
Mexico State who are tied at 78.
Rick Eber of Tulsa is fourth with
68, followed by five players tied
at 66-Lee Jones of Buffalo, Rol-
and Moss of Toledo, Dave Dickey
of Arkansas, Gene Morris of West
Texas State and Gary Beban of
UCLA. Gerald Warren of North
Carolina State rounds out the top
ten with.64.
Warren Tops Kickers
Warren maintains first place in
kick-scoring. He booted two field
goals for the Wolfpack in their
13-8 loss to Penn State to bring
his season total to 15 and now
needs only two more in Saturday's
final game gainst Clemson to
break the season mark set by
Charley Gogolak of Princeton in
The only new leader in this
week's statistics is Ron Sellers of
Florida State in pass-receiving.
Sellers now has 63 receptions in
nine games-two more than Rick
Eber of Tulsa and Phil Odle of
Brigham Young.
Joe Casas of New Mexico con-
tinues to top the list in kickoff re-
turns, with 599 yards in 22 at-
tempts. Steve Haterius of West
Texas State leads in interceptions
with 11 steals for 90 yards.

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