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Only Smith, MeNitt Miss
Yesterday's Easy Practice






Alex Callahan, Jerry Marciniak
and Tony Rio who were grounded
by the Spartans, were all in uni-
form for yesterday's light practice
After working through a series
of light contact plays, the team
heard scouting reports on Navy by
Coach Matt Patanelli who saw the
Middies bruise Boston University,
"Navy was very Impressive
against Boston," noted Patanelli.
'"Their quarterback, Joe Tran-
chini is a dangerous passer."

. .' gains against MSU

BROWNS,, 49ers WIN-
Lions Tie Green Bay

Shrugging off chance after
chance, the Detroit Lions missed
three scoring 1 chances in the
fourth quarter and tied Green
Bay, 13-13, Sunday.
A fumble by Ken Webb, Bobby
Layne's intercepted third down
pass and a 15-yard field goal at-
tempt missed , by Jim Martin
helped ring down the scoring cur-
tain for the Lions.
Stability reigned in other league,
quarters with Cleveland paralyz-
Ing Pittsburgh with the rifle arm
of quarterback Milt Plum and the
running of Jim Brown to win,
LA Wins, 33-3J
Los Angeles spoiled San Fran-9
cisco's Sunday afternoon by]
handing them a decisive 33-3 de-
feat. Philadelphia, gave Coach
Buck Shaw something to smile4

about by nipping New York, 27-24
with a fourth quarter field goal.
Coach Paul Brown thought the
Steeler game was easy enough to
remove regulars. Brown and Plum
in the fourth quarter after they
scored a total of five touchdowns.
Consistency was Lou Groza's
trademark as he converted six
times and booted one 32 yards for
three points,
Los Angeles held San Francis-
co to a total of 11 first downs and
85 yards on the ground -in the
weekend's most pronounced.de-
feat. The Ram line was largely
responsible for the 49ers sickly of-
fensive punch.
National Football League stand-
ings find Baltimore and Cleve-
land resting at the tops of the
western and eastern divisions
with the Bears and Giants in sec-
ondary roles.

Michigan Edges Huber, 22-14

touchdowns and picked up over 200
yards rushing.'
yGreene squeaked by Williams,
22-20 as another speedy back,
Roger Prelesnik, counted three
times for the victors. Dick Touma
threw to Prelesnik for two of the
scores and Mike Bazany passed
for the last. Ben Leonard starred
for the losers, passing for three
Cooley, relying on the arm of
Art Gnewuch, rallied to whip Hins-
dale, 12-2. Gnewuch hit Ed Moren-
berg and Dave Fauri for the TD's,
A tough Kelsey squad won over
Scott, 14-2, as Dick DeCoster threw
two scoring heaves to ends Gary
McDonald and Terry Sokay. Nick
Liakonis sparked Taylor to a 12-0
victory over Adams, running 40
yards for one score and passing to
Elliot Pearnan for the other.
Lloyd Blanks Anderson
Lloyd shut out Anderson, 12-0,
as Rich Rau received two touch-
down flips to account for the win-
ners' margin. Allen-Rumsey scored
twice on the pass combination of
Scott Cleveland and Clark Kretz-
chner as they beat Wenley,e 14-0.
Van Tyne upset favored Reeves,
1-0, making the farthest penetra-
tion in the overtime period.
The Big Red of Gomberg flashed
some of its old power in whipping
Hayden, 12-0. Stan Pincurra pass-
ed to Dave Carpenter for both
Tops In Collegiate
Tonsorial Queries Invited
The Dascola Barbers
Near Michigan Theater

In "B" action, Cooley came from
behind on a pass from Dave Kratze
to George Benton to eke out an'
8-6 win and Wenley tallied on a
pass from Dave Sheehy to Thad
Koza to beat Hayden, 6-0.
Hinsdale Wins, 22-0
Hinsdale's "B" team, led by Bob
Peterhans, blanked Scott, 22-0.
Peterhans figured in all three
scores, running for two and passing
for the last touchdown. Van Tyne
scored once on a pass from Tom
Smith to Joe Golden, but it was
enough to edge Greene, 6-0.
Kelsey also .won, 6-0, over Lloyd
with Steve Schmidt striking pay-
dirt on a toss froni Charles Strif-
fler. Michigan nipped Strauss, 1-0
in overtime and Chicago staved off
Adams' last drive to preserve a
6-0 win.
Allen-Rumsey scored three times
to crush Williams, 20-0, with Dave
Crandall taking two TD aerials
from Frank Vellucci while Gom-
berg rolled over Taylor, 24-0, with
Dick Lyons passing for two scores
and running for the third.
Auburn Tops
AP GY ridPoll
Auburn moved into the number
one spot in the Associated Press
weekly poll of collegiatae football
The Tigers were followed in the
top ten by Oklahoma, Army,
Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wiscon--
sin, Mississippi, Clemson, Michi-
gan State and Pittsburgh..
Michigan, by virtue of holding
MSU to a 12-12 tie, was promoted
to 14th place. The Wolverines op-
ponent this Saturday, Navy, was
ranked 12th.

- A New Policy
IN THE MIDST of the rough and hard-fought game that nobody won
last Saturday afternoon there was evidence of a new policy on the
part of Michigan Coach Bennie Oosterbaan. The genial mentor, in his
11th year as head coach of the Wolverine gridders, has often been
accused of many coaching mistales-a fate that meets almost every
college football coach, no matter how great or small his talents.
An area in which Oosterbaan has most often been attacked is
the handling of personnel-in other words, who plays what and when.
During his first years at the helm little was said of this, since college
teams were playing.under unlimited substitution rules, and generally
used offensive and defensive platoons and many specialists.
However, after the limited substitution rule came in, and player
had to go both ways, Oosterba an drew criticism. Along with Mcigan
State, and many other Big Ten squads, he and his Michigan Aides
used a variation of two platoon football-lining up two squads, and
rotating them during the game, each playing both offense and defense.
The reason that the Wolverine coach was criticized was the man
ner in which he would switch his two squads-often at critical times
in the game, and with subsequent failure. Of course, thip. type of
criticism is only second-guessing-but it sounds quite convitcing when
the team doesn't win the key games.
One big trouble with the two'-string system in the past few years
has been depth. Michigan hasn't been able to field two full units that
could match those of Michigan State, Ohio State and sometimes otler
Big Ten schools. While the first units often played even, when it came
to the second'squads, the other schools had a distinct advantage.
Man by Man Substitun . .
A T EAST LANSING last Saturday there -was a new look in Qoster-
baan's substituting policy. Instead of platoon changes-like Spartan
Coach Duffy Daugherty was using-the Michigan mentors sent in their
subs one or two at a time. One can't say that this had any direct result
on the game's surprising outcome, but there can be little doubtthat
it helped.
The advantages of this man-by-man switching are many. To begin
with, there is consistency, since the majority of the players on the field
aren't fresh at any one time, nor are they exhausted. By careful
watching the coaches can leave those who are playing well In the
game, and spell those that are tired and lagging. The result In men
used is the same. Oosterbaan used two men at every line posilion
against Michigan State, and all of the linemen played an inspired
Actually, the coaches around the national football gridirons this
year are aided slightly in substitutions by the new relaxed rule change.
Subs may be sent in more frequently than in the last few years,.and
by expert coaching one can approach the former two, platoon system.
With one exception Oosterbaan used the rule change to his utmost
advantage against the Spartans Saturday. He was able to spell hi top
offensive backs on defense all afternoon by using Gary McNtt and
Jack Zachary as defensive specialists.'Tony Rio and Gene Sisinyak,
alternate fullbacks behind Captain John Herrnstein, were also used
in this capacity and performed brilliantly. The only time the system
backfired was on the Spartan punt that John Halstead blocked in the
fourth'quarter, and Jerry Marciniak recovered on the MSU six yard
This gave Michigan an excellent opportgnity for scoring a third
touchdown, except that there was no Wolverine quarterback on the
field. Rugged Bob Ptacek, who played the entire game on offense and
much on defense was resting, and Oosterbaan had to suffer a five-yard
penalty to get him back in the game.
Two Platoon Again .. .?
MANY OBSERVERS feel that the NCAA rules committee is on the
way back to two-platoon football. This year's change is near the
former state of unlimited substitution, and in a few more years the
normal trend would be. in that direction. Michigan State followers
have expressed great hope that this is true. Under the old rule former
Spartan coach, now Athletic Director, Clarence "Biggie" Munn had
a fabulous football machine-using offensive, defensive, passing, kick-
ing and running specialists-that functioned like clockwork. It is
likely, with the huge numbers of football hopefuls on the East Lansing
campus each year, that the same phenomenon would occur under
Daugherty. Perhaps Michigan is best off under the present rule.
Rather than credit Oosterbaan with the new Michigan policy,
many of his critics will tend to believe that it was an accident brought
on by circumstances that faced him in Spartan Stadium last weekend.
For one thing, Michigan was plagued by the perennial "Iniury jinx."
The lack of Stan Noskin meant that Ptacek was the only experience&d
quarterback available. Jim Dickey was the only completely well center,
although sophomore Dick Syring saw some action in the second half.
As the game went on so many Michigan men were hurt that the
coaches couldn't have used a two-unit system unless they had dug deep
into the third string.
Whether brought on by these circumstances, or by the perception
of the coaches, there can be little doubt that the team played better

than any Michigan grid outfit in many years. They didn't win the
game, but for all practical purposes Michigan State lost it.
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