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Tuesday, November 19, 1968

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

Tuesday, November 19, 1968 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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Johnson s

new

national

record

verified

By ROBIN WRIGHT
It's official . . .
Michigan's prodigious halfback
Ron Johnson claimed the major
college, single-game rushing rec-
ord 347 yards in Saturday's al-
most single-handed 34-9 troun-
cing of Wisconsin.
Johnson broke the 340-yard
mark set by Eugene "Mercury"
Morris of West Texas State on
October 6" against Montana State.,
Johnson also tied Red Grange's
Big Ten record of five touch-
downs; set a new high of 30 game
points on runs 35, 67, 1, 60 and 49
yards, and set a new career rush-}
ing record of 2,349 yards.
Commenting on his achieve-
ments;, the surprised captain ex-
plained, "I still don't believe I
ran that far.
"I thought I'd made maybe 250
yards or so, but I never imagined
CLOSED
CIRCUIT?
The Michigan - Ohio State
game will not be televised Sat-
urday, Athletic Director Donald
Canham announced yesterday.
There is a good chance, how-
ever, that a closed circuit show-
ing will be made available to
University students (probably in
the Events Building). A definite
announcement will be made lat-
er in the week.
I'd rup over 340 yards. It was a
total surprise."
But he added, "I did know I'd
tied a record with five touch-
downs."
Recording all but 17 of Michi-
gan's net rushing yards in the
game, Johnson chalked up 212
yards in his five touchdown car-
ries.
And despite Wisconsin's two-
point lead at the half, Johnson
claimed "I never had any fear we
couldn't beat them. "Saturday was
just a matter of overlooking Wis-
consin and pointing on to Ohio
State.
"The first half we didn't execute
our moves. We didn't change any
of our plays in the second half; we
just came back and executed our
plays better. And we came through
W beautifully."

dai ly'
sports
NIGHT EDITOR:
DIANA ROMANCIUK
Looking ahead as Saturday's Big
Ten duel with Ohio State, John-'
son predicted "I'm very confident
and eager to meet Ohio State. This
is the climax of our dreams and
aspirations. I think we're ready to
play them.
"We can't play down this game.
When we played Michigan State
we always had the thought of
other games ahead.
"But this is it. We don't have
anything after this..Everything is
at stake in this game and the
team feels it."
Johnson admitted, "Ohio State
is a good team. But if we play our
regular game, and are able to
execute our plays, there's no way
they can beat us."
Although several players in-
curred slight injuries Saturday,
Coach Elliott has assured that no
injuries will keep any of his start-
ers out of the line-up on Satur-
day.
Middle guard Henry Hill was
temporarily sidelined with a char-
ley-horse, lineback Tom Stincic
has a sore achilles tendon, Michi-
gan's interception man and All-
Big Ten safety Tom Curtis excited
briefly with a bruised ankle, and
defensive end Paul Seymour left
because of dizzy spells.
Elliott described the Ohio State
team as "a powerful ball club with
a huge offensive line.
"Their two tackles are as big as
any two in the Big Ten and their
two ends are as quick as anyone.
When they played .Purdue, they
were as tough as they had to be.
They've got solid people all
through their defensive p oon.,
Johnson eclipsed five of former
Michigan All-American great Tom
Harmon's records while doing the
Wisconsin mash, and now has a
shot at surpassing Harmon's other
three Michigan records.
Comparing the two halfbacks,'
former Michigan football coachl

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A DAY FOR THE TUBE
Mud dominates

-Daily-Jay Cassidy
November 16, 1968... . R. J. runs for 347

and athletic director H. O. (Fritz)
Crisler remarked, "They have one
grea thing in common-they're
unusually gifted as athletes.
"They both have fine speed,
great instincts and great com-
petitive hearts.
"I think Johnson's a strong
runner, probably stronger than
Harmon. Harmon had strong basic
instincts too, complemented with
good faking abilities.
"But it's hard to make com-
pasons between Harmon and
Johnson as they played under
different rules. Harmon played
both defense and offense, plus he
was a passer, a punter, and a
field goal kicker.

"Harmon had a greater variety
of skills, although I wouldn't
doubt that Johnson could do the
samr- thing in a two-platoon sys-
tem."
Although Johnson took all the
honors, other players deserve hon-
orable mention, notably Johnson's
chief blocker Garvie Craw.
Craw was especially impressive
in springing Johnson loose for
those long-yardage touchdowns.
Although he reinjured his legs, as
usual, Craw was the key factor in;
Johnson TD block.
Crisler also had compliments for
the monster fullback, "Craw is an
excellent blocker. He blocks in a!
similar way for Johnson that

Evaskevski did for Harmon.
"But neither of them really'
needs to knock people down to ef-'
fectively block. All Craw has to
do is stagger the opposition for
backs like Johnson and Harmon
to be off and beyond reach. With
a slower back you'd have to hold;
the opposition longer."
Maybe with Craw's assistance'
on Saturday Johnson can surpass
all Harmon's' records and leave
Michigan with a new legend.
B Iboard
The Women's Volleyball team
has challenged t h e university
faculty to a game this after-
noon at 5:10 in Waterman Gym.
The team will also meet Michi-
gan State Thursday in East
Lansing.
There will be a PEP RALLY
on the Diag at 7:30 Thursday
night. The pre-victory r a ll y,
sponsored by the M-Club, will
feature appearances by the Pep
Band and Prof. Hazel "Doc"
Losh, as, well as members of
Michigan's Rose-Bowl bound
football team.

By JOE MARKER
Make no mistake about it, Ohio
State is ready for the invasion
from the North t h i s Saturday.
They left no .doubt as they con-
vincingly trounced upstart Iowa
33-27, in the rain, and mud at
Iowa City.
Iowa came into the game at a
high emotional peak after a 68-34
lambasting of Northwestern the
week before. Playing before their
boisterous partisans, the Hawk-
eyes were figured to p u t up a
staunchbattle against the B i g
Ten co-leaders.
In fact, most experts were fav-
oring Ohio State by one touch-
down or less. Although technically
their judgment was vindicated by
the score, the game itself was any-
thing but that close.
TOO LATE
The Buckeyes piled up a 33713
lead midway in the fourth quar-
ter before Iowa managed two late
touchdowns to make the score re-
spectable. I
It was slow, systematic Hayes-
like \destruction from the opening
whistle fashioned by a choking de-
fense, coupled with the thunder-
ing of fullback Jim Otis and dart-
like scampers of quarterback Rex
Kern.
Ohio State punched across its
first touchdown with less than
three minutes in the game, Otis
blasting up the middle for the fin-
al seven yards. Kern widened the
lead to 12-0 midway in the second
quarter, climaxing a 70-yard drive
with a two-yard gallop, and for
all practical purposes the game
was over.
DESPITE THE MUD
The Buckeyes sloshed through
the mud for 337 yards, with Otis
accounting for 166 and Kern 74.
Meanwhile the league's top de-I
fense, held Ed Podolak, who held
the conference rushing record, to
a mere 45 yards.
Iowa did manage 247 yards
through the air, but this was
largely accomplished after the
game was out of reach.
In other action, Michigan State{
fumbled the ball away four times
and bowed to Purdue, 9-0. Both
offenses were held down by the
rain, snow, and high winds which
swept ,Spartan Stadium. T h e
Boilermakers got all the points
they needed on the opening drive
of the game which netted a 32-
yard Jeff Jones field goal.
The only touchdown of the
game came as the result of Pur-

third quarter for a 20-6 victory.
Minnesota, rebounding from a
midseason slump, has now scored
two convincing triumphs over In-
diana teams, having beaten Pur-
due 27-13 last week. Fullback Jim
Carter, capping a fine career for
the Gophers, scored three touch-
downs for the second game in a
row,
The highlight of the game, in
which Minnesota w a s penalized
100 yard's, occurred in the final
minutes when a f ree-for-all broke
out. Jerry Grecco, an injured In-
diana tackle, culminated the ac-
tion when he walked onto the field
and broke his crutch over a Min-
nesota player's head.
I linois registered its first vic-
tory of the season and won the
football championship of that
state as it powered past North-
western, 14-0, to complete t h e
slate of five dull Big Ten encount-
ers.
The victory lifted Illinois out of
the ignominy of cellar life' with
Wisconsin, and into the rarefied
atmosphere of ninth place. Full-
back Rich Johnson pounded the
Northwestern line 199 yards, as
Illinois passed only seven times
the entire game.
There is nothing else in t h i s
game worth talking about, so I
won't bore the reader with details.

JIM CARTER
due recovering a fumble at the
State 22 in the third quarter. The
rest of the game was an inutter-
able bore to the surprisingly large
crowd of 68,362, and another ex-
hibition of Spartan ineptness that
left them with a 1-5 mark.
Minnesota put an end to In-
diana's hopes of a share of the
Big Ten championship by explod-
ing for three touchdowns in the

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FINAL NOTICE

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Big Ten

Standings

New York 32,
O q l l' n ,' H e i d i 1 4
(EDITOR'S NOTE: The above h adhine appeared in yesterday's New
York Daily News. Here's why, and what happened next.)
NEW YOR (P) - In anything but a storybook ending, it has
been decided by a bunch of grown men that the next time television
has to choose between Joe Namath and Heidi, the little orphan girl
from the Swiss Alps is going to be left standing out in the cold.
That was the decision reached yesterday following the storm of
protest that erupted Sunday night when NBC pushed a button that
cut off the New York-Oakland football game with one minute to go
and started a two hour adaptation of the classic for little tots.
While NBC ruled in favor of little children all over the country
at the time, the network apparently reversed its field yesterday after
angry fans went so far as to call the New York Police Department,
tying up the most elaborate emergency call system in the world.
What happened was simple: At exactly 7 p.m., EST, a button was
pushed at NBC in New York that knocked down the lines carrying
the Jets-Raiders game and started Heidi flowing from East to West.
And so, while little children all over the country watched Heidi,
irate fathers grabbed for phones to protest wherever they could.
While they were on the phone and Heidi was on the way to her
grandfather's house in the mountains, the Raiders were on the way to
turning the game around, scoring two touchdowns in the final minute
for a 43-32 victory..
The score at NBC was different. As soon as Heidi began, a count-
er-order was issued to try and put the game back on, but by the time
the lines were restored the game was over, and the protests already
reached proportions that blew the NBC switchboard.
"It was," said NBC President Julian Goodman, "a forgiveable er-
ror committed by human beings who were concerned about the child-
ren expecting to see Heidi."

MICHIGAN
Ohio State
Indiana
Minnesota
Purdue.
Iowa
Michigan State
Northwestern
Illinois
Wisconsin

w
6
6,
41
4
4
3
1
1
0

L
0
0
2
2
2
3
5
5
-5
6

Big Ten
Pct. PF
1.000 193
1.000 190
.667 139
.667 126
.667 144
.500 219
.167 108
.167 74
.167 79,
.000 46

All Games

PA
65
100
137
110
. 77
177
100
215
147
191

W
8
8
6
5
7
4
4
1
1
0

L
1
0
3
4
2
5
5
8
9

Pet.
.889
1.000
.667
.556
.778
.445
.445
.111
.111
.000

PF
263
246
215
184
253
285
171
95
94
70

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PA
'105
120
224
175
129
276
137
294
296
287

Last Week's Results
MICHIGAN 34, Wisconsin 9
Ohio State 33, Iowa 27
Purdue 9, Michigan State 0
Minnesota 20, Indiana 6
Illinois 14, Northwestern 0

Saturday's Games
MICHIGAN at Ohio State
Michigan State at Northwestern
Indiana at Purdue
Minnesota at Wisconsin
Iowa at Illinois

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