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Wednesday, November 20, 1968


Page Seven

Wednesday, November 20, 1968 THE MiCHIGAN DAILY

Sports Beat Sports Beat Sports Beat
By David Weir

Wood's kids lean, clean, nd ready

.. Making it
an eveny dozen


When Michigan and Ohio State play for the Big Ten title this
Saturday, it won't be the first time that the conference championship
rested on the outcome.
Thumbing through the record books serves to verify what every-
one thinks is true: that the Michigan-OSU clash is traditionally THE
game in the Big Ten.
By my unofficial count, at least 11 conference titles in the past
42 years have been determined by the outcome of the Wolverine-
Buckeye contest.
In those eleven games, only once has the margin of victory been
greater than two touchdowns. (That one time was in 1955, when Ohio
won 17-0.)
The 11 previous title showdowns:
0 1926-Michigan won 17-16, and tied Northwestern for the
title with a 5-0 record. OSU finished 3-1. The margin
of victory was provided by Clark, the Ohio quarterback
who missed an extra point after a last-minute touch-
* 1931-Ohio State won 20-7, 'thereby knocking the Wolverines
into a three-way tie for the title with Purdue and North-
western with 5-1 records. Ohio followed with a 4-2 mark.
It was a pair of "white-shirted speedsters" named 'Car-
roll and Cramer who sealed the Wolverine's fate in this
' early-season contest.
! 1932-Michigan won 14-0. This one gave the Wolverines the
title and Ohio State its only loss. Quarterback Harry
Newman's accurate heaves rendered the highly-touted
Buckeyes helpless.
* 1933-Michigan won the game and the title, 13-0. Michigan's
record was 5-0-1 and OSU's was 4-1, The only mar on the
Wolverine season was a scoreless tie with the Brown Jug
* 1942-Ohio State won 21-7, and finished in undisputed pos-
session of first place with a 5-1 record. Wisconsin end-
ed up in second placee at 4-1 followed by Michigan at
3-2. The Wolverines entered the game 7-5 favorites
and if they had won would have tied the Badgers for
the title.
* 1944-Ohio won 18-14 for the championship with an unde-
feated 6-0 record. Michigan finished 5-2. A Wolverine
win would have secured the title outright, because of
the difference in number of conference games scheduled.
! 1949-The game ended in a tie, 7-7. The two teams also tied
for the title with 4-1-1 marks. Ohio's touchdown came
in the final quarter and made the score 7-6. The first
conversion attempt was wide of the goalposts, but
Michigan was offside. The second try was good.
* 1950-Michigan won 9-3 in what was probably the most famous
tilt of all. Dubbed the "Snow Bowl" classic because of a
foot of snow on the ground at game-time and a contin-
uous blizzard throughout, the game featured Wolverine
linebacker Tony Momsen and defensive tackle Al Wahl
as the unlikely stars. Momsen blocked a kick and fell on
the ball in the end zone for a touchdown; Wahl blocked
another punt and the ball bounced right out of the end
zone for a safety. There were 45 punts in the game.-
* 1954-Ohio State won the game 21-7 to cop the league title
with a 7-0 record. Michigan and Wisconsin tied for
second place with 5-2 records. Had the Wolverines won,
they would have tied for the championship. But "Hop-
along" Cassidy had other ideas, and he led the Ohioans
from an early 7-0 deficit to victory and an undefeated
Rose Bowl season.
*1955-Ohio won again 17-0. OSU finished in first place with
a 6-0 mark, Michigan State was second at 5-1, ,and
Michigan ended up in third place with a 5-2 record. Had
the Wolverines won, they would have copped both the
title and a trip to the Rose Bowl. Once again, however,
it was "Hopalong" Cassidy making the difference, as he
finished his career by gaining 146 yards in 28 carries
in Michigan Stadium.
! 1964-Michigan won 10-0. The Wolverines finished in first
place with a 6-1 record and the Buckeyes followed in
second with a 5-1 mark. The game matched the na-
tion's leading ground attack (Michigan) against the
Big Ten's best rushing defense (OSU), but it was the
Michigan defensive unit, led by Rick Volk and Bill
Yearby that made the difference.
Overall, in the eleven title-deciding contests, both teams have won
t five and there hasbeen one tie. In addition a number of other games
have figured indirectly in the conference championship.
In all, the teams have played 64 times since the first 36-0 Mich-
igan victory in 1897. The Wolverines hold an edge in the series, 37-
Michigan clubs coached by Bump Elliott are only 3-6 against

By PHIL BROWN before he can be completely sat- been the "big game" for Hayes
Th e y ' r e young, they're fast, isfied. and the Buckeyes. Michigan re-
cruits heavily in Ohio, for one
they're strong-and they're undle-{ His Ohio State squad, ranked reason, and Woody likes to prove
feated. second nationally in the major to the stars he loses that they
It's about as much as a football polls, must play Michigan for the made a big mistake.
conference championship Satur-
coach could be reasonably ex- day, and Woody wants that win But Hayes has an even bigger
pected to ask of his team, but more than any other victory his reason for wanting to win this
Woody Hayes has one more re- boys have gained this season particular game-the Rose Bowl
quest to make of his Buckeyes The Michigan bash has alwaysj thatgasttthe c to k
The last, time the Buckeyes took
the Big Ten title 1961), theOhio
State Athletic Council voted to
stayhome in a squabble over the
Big Ten' contract with the Rose
Bowl Committee.
Hayes was burned, to say the
least. Minnesota went west in-
S.. stead, and it took the Buckeye
mentor years to repair the damage'
r:,....*{to his recruiting strength that the
decision had caused.
- Now there is no possibility of
f -... .... 'f. "}.hr., , }f the Council vetoing a Bowl bid,
:.and Hayes is hungry to take his
youthful charges on a guided tour
of Pasadena.

Michigan in defense against scor-
ing in the Big Ten, and the Buck-j
eyes have only one senior in their
starting platoon.
More notable, however, is the
OSU offense, which ranks tenthj
in the nation in scoring with an


linemen; Mayes and Foley are
generally regarded as the finest
tandem at their positions in the
country, and both should be high
pro draft picks.
But it has been the sophomores
who have given the Buckeyes
flash on offense. Rex Kern has
beenhthecmost consistent passer
in the conference this season,
throwing infrequently but dan-
gerously to open up defenses set
to. stop the powerful OSU ground
And when Kern was injured
against Illinois earlier this season,.
another sophomore-Ron Macie-
jowski-filled his shoes capably.
Jan White, 6'2" and 214 pounds,
has been the starter at split end
from the season's outset, while
Bruce Jankowski, 5'11" and 192

ner whose credentials approach
those of the Wolverines' Ron
Johnson: Iowa's Ed Podolak was
the conference's leading ground-
gainer when the Hawkeyes faced
Dear Michigan Wolverines:
Let's have the State of Michi-
gan represented at the Rose
(signed) Beat the
Buckeyes Committee
Michigan State University
Ohio State, but he was held to
45 yards in 15 carries.
The Buckeyes must also go
against the Big Ten's stingiest de-
fense, and that, too, could pose
quite a problem. Oddly enough,
most observers are predicting a
scoring battle, with each team's
total in the upper 20s or higher.

average of 3iu.8 points per game, pounds, operates as a flanker.
Hayes was smart enough to The game facing Hayes and his
hang on to a few of his return- l eager youngsters is their biggest
ees, like fullback Jim Otis, and of the year.
tackles Rufus Mayes and Dave They have faced only one run-

The Wolverines are equally F
anxious to make the holiday so-
journ to California, but Hayes is o
confident that his boys will come b



through. And it's easy to under-
stand why he should think that
The Buckeye freshman team of.
a year ago was touted as the finest
in OhioState's proud history, and
Hayes sent out the call to great
numbers of those stars to make
up the nucleus of this year's var-
sity squad.
Established veterans-like quar-
terback Bill Long-were nudgedl
by sophomores. The Buckeyes have
played their eight games to date
with an average of 11 sophomores
in their starting offensive and
defensive lineups.
Ohio State ranks right behind'

Otis personifies the Hayes the-
ry of offense with his continual
attering . of opposing defensive

Gridde Picklings

Michigan plays Ohio State this Saturday for a trip to the Rose
Bowl. You're crazy if you think it's not true.

1. MICHIGAN .. at ohio state ..
(pick score)
2. Michigan State at North-
3. Minnesota at Wisconsin
4. Iowa at Illinois
5. Indiana at Purdue
6. Kansas at Missouri
7. Duke at North Carolina
8. Oregon at Oregon State
9. Southern Cal at UCLA

10. Baylor at SMU
11. Syracuse at West Virginia
12. Harvard at Yale
13. Alabama vs. Auburn at
14. Cornell at Princeton
15. Miami (Fla.) at Florida
16. Maryland at Virginia
17. Nebraska at Oklahoma
18. South Carolina at Clemson
19. Washington vs. Washington
State at Spokane
29. Pomona at Occidental

-Associated Press
REX KERN, right, practices throwing the pigskin along with
Ron Maciejowski yesterday in chilly Columbus. These two fellows
figure prominently on Ohio State offensive plays because they
are quarterbacks, first and 'second team respectively.

A fe flurie fro thepas

Fly Boeing 707 Jets

Photo Editor
It was 1-8 years ago that theyj
played the famous snowbowl -
famous for its bitter cold weatherI
and famous winners, the Michi-
gan Wolverines.
What was it slike to play foot-
ball in a blizzard, when it was
snowing so hard that the quarter-
back couldn't see his right end,
when the ground was so hard it
was like running on cement, and
the field had to be shoveled off
tvwice each quarter.
While visiting with Bob at the
University Photo Services yester-
day, he related this story about
one facet of the game:
"You see, Michigan was ahead
in the last quarter of the game,
and it was snowing like hell, the
right halfback, (it was called the
right halfback then, now it's a
flankerback, or tail back), the
right half back was Leo Koceski,.
and they were ahead and Koceski
he kept going up to the line and
saying 'Man, I can smell those
roses, man I can smell them.'
"Well, this got the Ohio line all"
riled up and every time Koceski
would go and start talking aboutI
the roses, those Ohio guys would1
snort and growl, calilng him a

Pollack and all kinds of things.
If they ever got their hands on
Koceski they would have nailed
him, but he didn't carry the ball
much, and the Buckeyes just tack-
Iled all the potential ball carriers
on each play. They couldn't see
who had the ball, and the only
way they could stop the play was
to tackle anyone who they thought
might have the ball.
I got this story from Don Du-
fek's father-in-law, who is the
parkingalot attendant infront of
the LSA Building now.
Don Dufek, as it turns out, was
a pretty good reference for a
story about the snow bowl. Not
only was he an eye-witness to the
historical event, but he played
fullback for the Wolverines that
day 18 years ago.
"I don't know anything about
a story like that", Dufek told the
Daily yesterday, "but there is a
story about the Illinois-Northwes-
tern game that sounds similar.
That same weekend of the snow-
bowl, Illinois played Northwestern,
land Michigan only had a chance
for the Rose Bowl bid if North-
western beat Illinois.
i Rose Bowl bound Illinois got the
first touchdown in that game, but
gradually Northwestern got up

more and more steam, and took
the lead. "That's when the North-'
western players u werengoing up to
the line and muttering "Rose
Bowl huh, Rose Bowl," and of
course this really aggravated Il-
linois. But our game in Columbus,
it was sobittercold, and snowy,
I'm sure half the stories are fic-
ticious. That game was just ,a
matter of survival. It was noth-
ing like a normal game.
There were 45 punts, Michi-
gan never made a first down dur-
ing the whole game; we would run
the ball for two plays and then
punt on third down. The only time
we scored was on a safety, and
another blocked kick that ended
up on their goal line.
It was nothing like a regukar"
game at all, youknowthey had to
shovel off the yard lines all dur-
ing the game."


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