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Tuesday,. November 5, 1908

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

Tuesday, .November 5, 1968 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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wolverine

interceptions

sti le

wildcat

hopes

By JOEL BLOCK
If the .;Michigan Band didn't
sound right in their half time per-
formance Saturday at Northwes-
OW tern, you can blame it on Dan
Parks.
In complete disrespect for one of
Band Director William D. Revelli's
able musicians, Parks stuffed a
football down the white bell of a
tuba following his 50-yard inter-
ception rinback.
The touchdown play c a m e
shortly before the end of the half
and it was the finale of a 73
Michigan's star halfback
Ron Johnson has been nom
iated for the Kodak All-
America Team. If chosen
over seven other nominees,
he will appear with Amer-
ica's 21 other top players onf
a December 6, TV special.r
second blitzkrieg in. which Mich-
4 igan invaded . the Northwestern
endzone three times. It gave the
Wolverines a 28-0 halftime edge
and a 35-0 victory, their sixth in
a row after an abortive opener
with 'Calif ornia.
Parks interception typified the
type of defensive play which has
14 made them a national power.
Northwestern quarterback. D a v e
Shelbourne rolled left and stopped
to pass. Michigan defensive right
end Cecil Pryor threw his hands
up in the air at the instant Shel-
bourne released the ball.
Pryor was still several feet away
from Shelbourne and could only
Rug gers lose
in Windy City;
win At home
The Michigan Rugby Football
club traveled to Chicago over the
weekend and dropped two games
to the. Chicago Lions, one of the
best teams in the Midwest Rugby
Union.
The first contest was a standoff
for most of the game. Michigan
failed 'to score late in the second
half after pushing almost to the'
goal line. Chicago then pulled out
a 5-0 victory with a last-minute'
try and conversion.
The second team got on t h e
scoreboard via tries by Tom Storey
and Jeff Gril (convertedh by Bob
Gault), but lost 25-10.
Back at home on Sunday, the
ruggers took on Forest City of
London, Ontario and salvaged the
weekend with a 9-3 wn.
Tries by Paul Howard and Jer-
ry Swift. neither. converted, and,
a penalty kick by John Williams
accounted for the Michigan'scor-
ing. That ;gamhe closed out the,
Southwest' Ontario Rugby Union
seasoi; Michigan finishing with a_
six-two record.
Next Saturday~ the ruggers en-
tertain Illinois on Wines Field
, following the football game.

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t daily
sports
NIGHT EDITOR:
BILL DINNER
manage to tip the ball behind him.
Parks, who was also in on the
pass rush with Pryor, instantly
turned around and caught the ball
with the ease of R. C. Owens on
an alley-oop pass from Y. A.
Tittle.
From then on, Parks showed the
form he learned as. a fullback in
high school, picking up blockers as
he rambled down the sideline for
the score. i
Parks and Pryor were not the
only Wolverine defensive linemen
to play around in the Northwest-
ern backfield Saturday afternoon.
Henry Hill, Wolverine middle

guard, casually brushed aside
blocker after blocker to get to the
Wildcat ball carrier time and time
again.t
Brian Healy, Michigan's injured
'left cornerback, viewed the game
from the sidelines for the first
time in 17 games. After seeing
Hill toss Northwestern's S h e 1-
bourne for a four yard loss in the
second quarter, Healy responded
with "that's one of the big rea-
sons we're winning this year.
Henry Hill is a hell of a player."
In total, the defensive line
caught the hapless Shelbourne 10
times behind the line of scrim-
mage. Most of these defensive
plays were individual efforts as the
outweighed defensive line ran over,
around, and through their slower
Wildcat opponents.
The Wolverine defensive back-
field, not to be outdone by their
teammates on the line, picked off
four Northwestern passes in a
manner which the great L i o n
backfield of Night Train L a n e
and Yale Lary would envy.
All-American candidate T o m
Curtis stole two Shelbourne pass-,

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Big

Ten Standings

1

Big Ten

All Games

ICHIGAN
Ohio State
[ndiana
Purdue
Minnesota
Iowa
Michigan State
Northwestern
Illinois
Wisconsin

w
4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1
0
0

L
0
0
1
1
2
2
3
3
4
4

Pct:
1.000
1.000
.750
.750
.500
.500
.250
.250
.000
.000

PF
123
114
109
122
79,
124
86
40
65
30

PA
56
65
95
50
91
110
67
133
111
114

W
6
6
5
6
3
3
4
1
0
0

L
1
0
2
1
4
4
3
6
7
7

Pet.
.857
1.000
.714
.857
.429
.429
.571
.143
.000
.000

PF
193
170
185
231
137
190
149
61
80
54

PA
96
85
182
105
156
209
104
212
260
210

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Gridde Pickings

1

es and a cumulative 64 yards on
the runbacks. On the first steal
he looked like Rudy Tomjanovich
snapping off a rebound as he pull-
ed down the errant aerial with two
Wildcat receivers on his back.
Reserve safety Kieta made a
picture book interception on the
Michigan 21 in the fourth quarter.
Playing his man loosely in a mo-
dified "prevent defense", Kieta an-
ticipated the pass, stepped in front
of the Northwestern receiver, and
took the ball on the dead run.
The startled Wildcat offenders
finally caught him 24 yards ,later
but the momentum Kieta generat-
ed by his interception carried the
Wolverines to their final score.
The most crucial interception
from the defense's point of view
was probably the one perpetrated
by Mark Werner at the close of
the game. Werner, Michigan's re-
gular punter and a second team
defensive back, stopped a last gasp
drive by the inept Northwestern
offense with a diving fingertip
steal on the Wolverine one yard
line.
Kieta might have been a little
disappointed in his steal, though.
It was the only Michigan inter-
ception that didn't include a run-
back. In fact, the four other inter-

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Who would have picked lowly Iowa to upset formerly touted
Minnesota last Saturday? And who could have guessed that the
Georgia-Houston tilt would end in a 10-10 deadlock? And is there a
man among us who could have accurately predicted that the SMU
Mustangs would trip, stumble and ultimately fall to the Texas Long-
horns 38-7? Jim Eskra didn't guess any of these things, but he is the
happy winner of last week's Gridde Pickings contest anyway.:
Well, so much for recent history. What lies in store, you may
wonder, for the coming week.
First, the victor of this week's California-USC contest will pro-
bably be the Pacific Eight's representative to the New Years Day Rose.
Bowl classic. Will California, who faltered into a tie with Washington
last week, be able to stop the Orange Juice Machine? Only time will
tell. It has been said that USC is in for trouble.
Before the 1968 season opened, the Harvard-Princeton clash was
seen as the Game-of-the-Year in the Ivy League. But Princeton's un-
forseen loss to Pennsylvania two weeks ago makes this week's game
atPrinceton just another stepping stone for Harvard on their way to
the Ivy League title. Maybe.
But the really tough pick this week is the last one. The Thorough-
breds of Murray State will gallop down to Clarksville, Tenn., for their
annual contest with the Austin Peay State University Governors.
Although victimized by a 20-37 score in 1967, ,the Thoroughbreds
managed to put together a credible 4-6 record. The Scarlet and White
Governors last year could scratch up only one other win on their
way to a 2-8 season mark. Both teams are up for this game, and even
the crystal ball remains cloudy on this one.
So sharpen up your pencils and get to work, all you football par-
tisans out there. For the winner of this week's Gridde Pickings con-
test, good o' Nick and George and-Sam at the good o' Cottage -Inn
have a good o' pizza waiting. But be sure to enter before Friday mid-

Eastern Division
W L
Boston 6 2
Cincinnati 6 2
Baltimore 8 3
Detroit 4 4
New York 5 6
Philadelphia 3 4
Milwaukee 2 6
Western Division
San Diego 4 3
Los Angeles 5 4
xPhoenix 4 4
Atlanta 4 5
Chicago 4 6
xSan Francisco 3 5
Seattle 3 7
xLate game not included.

Pct.
.750
.750
727
.500
.455
.428
.250
.571
.556
.500
.444
.400
.375
.300

ception returns average a whop-
ping 34 yards. Not bad for DE-
FENSIVE halfbacks.
Looking back on the North-
western game, it seems evident
that the Wolverine defenders re-
versed that time-worn football
adage: "The best defense is a
good offense."

NBA Standings

1

GB
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2
3
3
4z
I-,
X12
1
2

HENRY HILL, MICHIGAN i -Daily--Thomas R. Copi
middle guard, puts the crunch
to an unidentified Northwest-
ern ,player in Saturday's game UT LE VICTC by B"kLa
at Evanston. Hill played an out- b
standing game and made him-
self quite familiar to NU quar-
terback Dave Shelbourne (15).

Yesterday's Results
San Francisco at Phoenix, inc.
Only game scheduled.
Today's Games
New York at San Diego
Los Angeles at Chicago
Only games scheduled.

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1. Illinois at MICHIGAN (pick
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sr2. Indiana at Michigan State
3. Purdue at Minnesota
4. Northwestern at Iowa
5. Ohio State at Wisconsin
6. Boston College at Army,
7. Miami, Fla. at Penn State
8. Louisiana State vs. Alabama.
at Birmingham
9. North Carolina State at Duke
10. Georgia vs. Florida at
Jackson, Fla.

11. Texas A&M at SMU
12. Washington at Stanford
13. California at Southern
California,
14. UCLA at Oregon State
15. South Carolina at Wake
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16. Oklahoma at Kansas'
17. Navy at Georgia Tech
18. Harvard at Princeton
19. Louisville at Cincinnati
20. Murray State at Austin Peay

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