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Too late . . . too late.
For the senior members of this year's edition of the Wolverines.
those words must have been echoing at the back of their minds all
through last Saturday's game.
Too late . . the Michigan defense digs in to stop a second
quarter Buckeye drive . . . but Ohio State already has a big '21'
on the scoreboard, and it's an awful big gap to close ... too big.
Too late . .. the 1967 season opens with a close win over Duke,
but five games later the Wolverine record stands at 1-5. It's a long
way to the .500 mark, and the team does its damnedest . . . but, as in
so many situations this year, the drive falls just short.,
Too late . . . January 1, 1965, finds Michigan crowned with
victory at Pasadena . . . but the guys who just finished their varsity
careers don't even get to their first varsity practice until that spring.
Seniors appearing in a Michigan uniform for the last time
in Saturday's loss to Ohio State were: Jim Berline, Stan Broad-
nax, Joe Dayton (captain), Paul D'Eramo, Jim Duffy, Tom Goss,
Jon Heffelfinger, Derrick Humphries, Paul Johnson, Pete Mair,
Dennis Monthei, Dennis Morgan, Doug Nelson, Ray Phillips, Davef
Porter, Tom Pullen, Rock Rosema, Ernie Sharpe, Royce Spencer,
John Thomas, Dick Vidmer, Dick Williamson.
And their three years show records of 4-6, 6-4, 4-6 - a totals
of 14 wins and 16 losses. Just one more game won over the three yearf
period would have put them at the .500 mark . . . but there they7
remain: a game or so below average.,
This year's team was billed as a young team . . . and it got'
younger as the season wore on. Seniors Dick Vidmer and ErnieY
Sharpe were supposed to provide the need experience in thet
backfield of a youthful offense. But by the beginning of gamez
five, junior Dennis Brown and sophomore John Gabler had takent
their place, while junior Ron Johnson had taken the glory._
On defense, safety Doug Nelson was supposed to be the
anchor of a backfield which otherwise consisted of sophomores
and a junior. But a preseason injury kept him out of the lineup
for half the season, and opposing passers found with glee that 1
the young backs had an awful lot to learn. He did return in the
second half stretch run, as Michigan coach Bump Elliott re-
marked, "They looked good by the end of the season. But," he
continued, "they really learned the hard way."
Only the lines and linebacking spots remained predominantly
senior territory for the entire season, but here too injuries or sickness
kept many of the last-year men below their potential. Tom Goss and
Dick Williamson on defense, and Ray Phillips on offense, were able
to go only part of the time, while middle guard Dennis Monthei's
knee injury in the Indiana game put him out for the season and,
forced a revariping of the entire Wolverine defensive lineup.
Yet these positions held the seniors' greatest glory. Dennis
Morgan and Rocky Rosema at linebacker and Dave Porter at de-
fensive end were the main plugs up front on defense, while center
Joe Dayton and tackle Pete Mair joined Phillips in opening the
holes for Johnson.
But it was Jim Berline who grabbed the share of the lime-
light that Johnson hadn't already taken. By grabbing 54 passes
this season, the senior end, who hadn't enough playing time to
letter last year, moved into second place in the all-time Michigan
records in pass receptions behind last year's captain, Jack Clancy.
But actually it's the 1967 team that is last,year's team now. After
the game last Saturday, a few of the seniors were taking awhile to
dress, and were looking back on the season in general and the past
few hours in particular. As one lineman muttered, "If only we'd
started a little earlier ... "
By BOB McFARLAND
Executive Sports Editor
The season in review . . a
dreadfully poor start, some flashes
of brilliance in the second quarter,
finally breaking out of their dol-
drums in the second half, and the
belated victory drive falling just
It was all there for the Wolver-
ines Saturday, packed into a mere
60 minutes of a 24-14 loss to Ohio
State., The hackneyed writer's
theme of a man's life flashing be-
fore his mind at the demise was
tritely but faithfully enacted by
the Michigan eleven in their sea-
There was the Ohio State ground
game viciously chopping through
the middle of the Michigan defen-
sive line for quick touchdowns.
There was a Wolverine offense
that left their starter gun in the
locker room. By the time it had
been retrieved, the first quarter
was over and Michigan had con-
trolled the ball for nine plays.
There were the heroics of one
Denny Brown, as he attempted to
scramble and pass Michigan back
from a three-touchdown deficit.
There was Ron Johnson, running
like he always had a hole big
enough to drive a truck through,
when a toy Volkswagen would have
had trouble squeezing through half
the time. There was Jim Berline,
no longer looked on as an imitator
of Jack Clancy, who made diving
catches appear as natural as Sam
Snead's golf swing.I
It wasn't a disgraceful loss, just
as it wasn't a disgraceful season.
But it was a loss, just like the
4-6 record was a losing one. Not
a stinging loss, or a painful record.
Instead, thinking back on the
game, and the campaign, for that
matter, produces an emptiness, the
same kind of emptiness that will
pervade Michigan Stadium at noon
on January 1.
N .ame Elliott
MIAMI (YP)-Chalmers (Bump)
Elliott, University of Michigan
head football coach, has been
selected coach of the North squad
in the annual North-South Shrine
game to be played in the Orange
Bowl Christmas Day.
Elliott coached the North in
1959 and 1960 and his teams won
William C. Brown, Shrine Game
chairman, said the South squad
coach has not been se ioc ed yet.
Billy Long. OSU's junior quar- have been then. But again, the re- (Was it Minnesota, when those
terback, took up the theme on the run began. Michigan displayed the red flags were thrown at Michigan
second play of the game, when he one quality it has shown consis- time and again? Wolverine coach
rolled to his right and lofted a pass tently all season-guts. The de- Bump Elliott, commenting on the
to halfback Dave Brungard, good fense tightened up, holding the holding after the game said, "That!
for 25 yards to the Buckeye 48- Buckeyes on the Michigan nine, certainly hurt us. We were in a!
yard line. That was only to open and the Cairns field goal attempt position to score then with time in
up the middle for Ohio State's went wide to the right. our favor.")
S tatistical Symbolism
three - yards - and - a - cloud -
of - dust men, though.
Halfbacks Rudy Hubbard and
Brungard, along with fullback Jim
Otis then proceeded to punch
through the Wolverine line for
small gains down to the Michigan
22-yard marker. Breaking into the
Michigan secondary before the
slower linemen had left their
three-point position, Hubbard gal-
loped into the end zone with nary
a scratch and Buckeye Gary Cairns
added the extra point for a 7-0
lead at the end of five minutes.
Ohio State began their second
drive on their own 36-yard line.
Woody Hayes, never one to miss a
good thing, sent Hubbard over left
guard again, and this time, he
rambled for a 25-yard gain. Five
plays later, the ball rested on the
Michigan 12-yard line, and for
variety's sake, Hubbard plunged
through the right guard slot for
his second tally, ten minutes into
the first quarter.
(Was it Navy who didn't think
they could run through the Wol-
verine defensive line, and dis-
covered the contrary to be true?)
The Wolverines had possessionj
for four more downs. Finally, the!
Michigan defenders held, however,
and the Blue offense began to roll
slowly, ever so slowly, gaining 29
yards before yielding possession.
A change in field direction cer-
tainly didn't affect the Buckeyes,
as they opened the second quarter
as potently as they initiated the
first. Long provided the big play
for Ohio State this time, a 22-yard
rollout to the Wolverine three-yard
line. He snuck over for Ohio State's
third score one play later.
(It looked like Michigan State
all over again. The Buckeyes, a
traditional rival and rated very
nearly equal in ability to the Wol-
verines, were having the kind of
field day that Hayes loves.)
Michigan hadn't yet reached its
nadir. On the third play after'
Long's touchdown, Brown thread-
ed the needle on a pass to Jim
Mandich, who fumbled after being
hit by OSU's Dave Whitfield, the
Buckeyes taking over on the Wol-
If there was ever a time when a
team felt like throwing in the
* towel, the benches. and anything
. else left on the sidelines, it must
Then, the Brown-Berline-John-'
son combination did the heavy
duty work on an 80-yard touch-+
down march, that was climaxed by
a six-yard Brown-to-Berline bullet
for the score, making it 21-7 at
(The story of the season's first
five games was much like the half-
time statistics; first downs- Ohio
State 14, Michigan 6; total plays-
Ohio State 38, Michigan 25; net'
yardage-Ohio State 238, Michigan
133. No, not much different from
a 1-4 won-lost mark.)
Opening the second half with
another sustained drive, the Wol-
verines penetrated deep into Buck-
eye territory. With a third down
and 14 yards to go at the Ohio
State 35-yard marker, Brown ap-
peared to be trapped behind the
line of scrimmage, but "scrambling
Denny" swept around right end for
21 yards. A red flag lay on the
ground at the Ohio State 30, how-
ever, and Michigan was penalized
for holding. The drive stalled, and
the Wolverines punted.
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igan with the ball on its own 171
yard-line. Paul Schmidlin. OSU's,
defensive left tackle, crashed into
Brown, causing him to fumble,!
with Schmidlin recovering on the
Michigan 15. The situation looked
drearier than a 1-5 record.
Fullback Otis ran the ball up the
middle for five straight plays, but
as Hayes said in the locker room,
"He just ran out of gas." The Wol-
verines took over on their own one-
yard line, but couldn't move the
ball out of the hole.
The Wolverines kept knocking
on the Buckeye door, however, and
a 47-yard drive, on which Johnson
gained 18 in three carries, finally
splintered the OSU barrier. Brown
fired a shot to sophomore John
Gabler for the score, Frank Titas
First Downs 17
Total No. of Rushes 37
Net Yards-Rushing 128
Forward Passes Att. 24
Intercepted by 0
Yds. Intercep. Returned 0
(Rushes and Passes) 61
Punts, Number 5
Average distance 37.6
Kickoffs, returned by 5
Yards Kicks Returned 107
Fumbles, Number 3
Ball lost by 3
Penalties, Number 3
Yards penalized 34
26 114 4.9
15 103 6.9
13 39 3.0
9 25 2.89
1 2 2.0
64 283 4.1
Att. Comp. Int. Yards
24 17 1 179
Att. Comp. Int. Yards
6 5 0 45
One touchdown back. 7:27 to go. though. Cairns kicked a 29-yard
(Michigan had scrapped its way field goal with 1:59 remaining to
back again. From a 21-0 deficit, end what hopes remained. Brown
and a 1-5 low mark, they were summed up the whole season, when
within reach of turning failure into he lofted the football into the visit-
success.) , or's stands on the last play of the
It just wasn't meant to be, game.
"We had a lot to learn, and we
learned the hard way, I'm sorry to
say," Elliott continued. "We came
back strong in the second half, and
you've got to give our boys credit.
They always played for keeps."
Both quotes don't refer to Sat-
Big Ten Standings
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