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Ilichigan Defense May

Yield ew coring High



Nu Sigs, Phi Delta Phi

Nu Sigma Nu fought their way'
into th' professional fraternity
first-place playoffs by downing
Alpha Chi Sigma last night, 14-0.
The Nu Sigs were led by the
fancy passing of Francie Gut-
man. Two of his aerials were long
tosses into the end zone to Ted!
Dodenhoff. Dick McCrea accounted
for the final two points on another
pass from Gutman.
Phi Delta Phi Wins
In the other first-place playoff
game. Phi Delta Phi edged past a
tough Delta Sigma Delta squad,
8-0 The winners scored first on
a safety, but it wasn't till the final
play of the game that Phi Delta
Phi cculo push across the only TD
of the game on a pass from Fred
Houde to Walt Kocher. Phi Delta
Phi will now be matched against
Nu Sigma Nu in the championship
In second-place playoffs, Psi
Omega took Tau Epsilon Rho,
14-0, as Joe Snider tallied both
touchdowns on passes from Jim
Velis. Delta Theta Phi nipped Phi
Rho Sigma in a close 8-6 game.
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Delta Theta Phi scored on a
pass from Dick McClear to Bob
Margolin and Phi Rho Sigma
tallied on a pass from Bill Heston
to ]Dave VanEenenam, but it was
the point after TD that clinched
the game for Delta Theta Phi.
By The Associated Press
Possible All America selections
were named yesterday by the As-
sociated Press.
Those who are leading their
teams to top seasons include:
Billy Cannon of Louisiana State
who sparks the undefeated team's
offense, and Army's touchdown
twins, Pete Dawkins and Bob An-
In the Big Ten, quarterbacks
Randy Duhcan of Iowa, Dick
Thornton of Northwestern, and
Dale Hackbart of Wisconsin were
named. Fullback Bob White of
Ohio State was also mentioned,
Linemen heralded from the na-
tion's top teams were: Zeke Smith
and Jackie Burkett of Auburn,
Bob Harrison of Oklahoma, Max
Fugler of LSU, Army's Bob Novo-
gratz and Pittsburgh's John Gu-
zik. Midwestern ends under con-
sideration are: Gary Prahst of
Michigan, Sam Williams of Mich-
igan State, Curt Merz of Iowa,
who is the Big Ten leader in pass
receiving, and Rich Kreitling of
Illinois, who is second to Merz. -
Other leading backs who have
attracted attention are SMU's
great passer, Don Meredith, and
Rutgers' one-man gang, Billy

Other professional fraternitys
games included Alpha Omega tak-
ing a 14-8 battle over Phi Epsilon
Kappa and Phi Alpha Kappa over-
came Delta Sigma Pi, 8-0, on a
TD by Derick Lenters.
Phi Chi walloped Alpha Kappa
Psi on a 24-0 count. Bob Murray,
Richard Dorr,.and Roy Stambaugh
each scored six pointers for the
victorious Phi Chi squad.
Law Club forfeited to Phi Delta
Epsilon and Alpha Kappa Kappa
forfeited to Prescott in the other
scheduled professional fraternity
Volleyball Begins
Social fraternity volleyball got
underway last night. Sigma Alpha
Epsilon took Beta Theta Pi five
games to one, Sigma Phi Epsilon
beat Phi Sigma Delta 4-2, and
Zeta Beta Tau won over Chi Psi
Sigma Alpha Mu trounced Tau
Delta, Phi, 6-0; Sigma Chi downed
Delta Tau Delta, 4-2; and Alpha
Delta Phi walloped Phi Sigma
Kappa, 6-0.
In other scheduled volleyball
action, Phi Gamma Delta 6, Pi
Epsilon Phi 0; Phi Kappa Tau 4,
Phi Kappa Sigma 2; Chi Phi 4,
Theta Xi 3, in an extra match
Lambda Chi Alpha rolled over
Alpha Epsilon Pi 6-0, while Delta
Chi trounced Theta Chi, Trigon
beat Triangle, and Theta Delta
Chi chalked up victories by the
same score of 6-0.
Other social fraternity results
were: Delta Kappa Epsilon 4,
Alpha Sigma Phi 2; Sigma Nu 4,
Phi Delta Theta 2; and Delta
Upsilon 4, Acacia 2.r
In I-M handball matches last
night Alpha Sigma Phi took three
matches from Triangle and Beta
Theta Pi took three matches from
Phi, Kappa Psi. Theta Delta Chi
forfeited to Phi Kappa Tau.

Although many people may not
realize it, Michigan's 1958 football
team has an excellent chance of
breaking a 66-year-old Wolverine
grid record.
With games against Illinois, In-
diana. and Ohio State yet to be
played, Michigan has allowed its
opposition a total of 162 points in
six contests.
One has to go all the way back
to 1892 to find a Wolverine grid
team that has allowed more
points in a single season.
In the fall of 1892, Grover
Cleveland was waging a success-
ful campaign to oust President
Benjamin Harrison. Plans were
being completed for the World's
Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
The Daily was celebrating its first
year of editorial freedom.,
Allow 172 Points
And the Michigan football team
that fall was giving up 172 points
to its opposition in a 12-game
schedule, during which the Wol-
verines scred 296 points while
winning seven contests and los-
ing five. Included in that season
were such defensive lapses as
44-0 and 30-10 losses to Cornell.
Many grid seasons have come
and gone at Michigan since then,
but none-until this year--have
come close to matching the 1892
team's defensive ineptness. Even
the worst of the Wolverine f"de-
pression teams" of 1934-37 could
not' surpass the 19th century
Last year Michigan came close
to breaking the 1892 record, al-
lowing 147 points while scoring
187 in a 5-3-1 season. What is
the explanation for the deluge of

points racked up against the Wol-
verines this season?
Secondary Slow
The principal factor appears to
be Michigan's lack of speed in its
secondary defense. Wolverine de-
fenses this year have been espe-
cially vulnerable to opponents'
long downfield passes and break-
away runs.
In nearly every game this sea-
son Michigan's opposition has
scored at least once, and frequent-
ly more than once, on long pass
or running plays, thus pointing
up the slowness of the secondary,
which if faster might have pre-
vented, or at least reduced the
yardage of these long scoring
Ten times this year Michigan's!
opponents have scored on rela-
tively long runs or passes. South-
ern California, Michigan State,
Navy, Northwestern, Iowa - all
capitalized on long scoring plays
to defeat - or threaten to defeat
-the Wolverines.
Michigan needs to allow only
11 points - two touchdowns - in
Injury Halts
Warrior Ace
Johnston, rebounding and scoring
ace for the Philadelphia Warriors
underwent a knee operation that
will sideline him for at least six
Johnston was operated on in
the Temple University hospital to
remove part of the cartilage in
his left knee.

Record of 1892 Almost Certain To Fall;
Opponents Need 10 Points To Tie Mark

the final three games this year
to break the long-standing
points-against record, but it muse
be remembered that Wolverine
football teams for 80 years have
compiled an almost unbroken
record of successes.
162 Points Bad-But
Thus a Michigan team allowing
162 points in six games appears
bad when compared with past
Wolverine squads. But when com-
pared with contemporary Big Ten
teams, Michigan's defensive rec-
ord does not seem so out of line.
For example, Illinois last year
allowed 133 points and Minnesota
188, both teams finishing with
4-5 season records. Weak Indiana
gave up 307 and winless North-
western 271 points.
It cannot be denied that Mich-
igan's defensive strength and
speed have been impaired this
season by a number of injuries,
The services of competent line-
backers such as John Herrnstein,
Jim Byers, Tony Rio, and Gary
McNitt have been lost at various
times during the season.
Head Coach Bennie Oosterbaan
said that injuries to linemen,
such as Willie Smith, have also
contributed to Michigan's defen-
sive weakness this year.
Defense Stressed
Michigan coaches, however, are
coping with the defensive problem
as best they know how. Recent
practice sessions have been de-
voted primarily to defensive drills.
The performance of Michigan's
defense against Illinois here to-
morrow will indicate how success-
ful the coaches have been in solv-
ing the Wolverine defensive prob-

In Ann Arbor.

-Daily-Peter Anderson
QUARTERBACK ON THE MOVE-Bob Ptacek, Michigan quarter-
back, carries the ball downfield against Iowa last Saturday.
Attempting to form interference for him are John Walker (38) and
John Halstead (81}. Ptacek ran and passed well even as his team
was going down to defeat, 37-14. It is hoped that Ptacek will be in
top form when the Wolverines meet the Illini tomorrow in the
Michigan Stadium.

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Tomorrow's game is strictly for
the record.
In a series that has decided
many a Big Ten championship,
the 1958 edition of the Michigan-
Illinois rivalry will involve merely
an attempt by two mediocre foot-
ball teams to even out their re-
spective Conference marks.
Many have been the years
when a victory by an underdog
Illinois eleven over the Wolverines

Vctories Mark

brought an astonished gasp from
Sunday morning quarterbacks.
And a weakened Michigan
squad has even perpetrated a few
surprises of its own in the series
that got its start back in 1898
with a 12-5 Michigan win.
It is almost unbelievable that
the two teams will face each oth-
er tomorrow for the 44th time,
sporting an aggregate total of
only four triumphs in 12 tries.
Despite Michigan's lopsided

27-16 lead through the years, no
team has ever dealt the Maize and
Blue more consistent misery and
frustration than the Illini.
Considered the most historic
game of the entire series was the
1924 ambush that the Wolverines
fell victims to in the dedication
of Illinois' Memorial Stadium.
In a way it was the "dedication
game" also of one of the most
spectacular halfbacks in collegiate
history. Red Grange.
The story of how Grange single-


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Illinois Series

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handedly rocked Michigan with
four touchdowns in the first ten
minutes of play is a well-known
legend that always gives Illinois
fans consolation during not-too-
successful seasons.
It was Grange who took Michi-
gan's kickoff to start the game
and raced 90 yards for a touch-
down through the entire Wolver-
ine team.
Broke Away
twasGrange who, ten plays
later, broke away from every
Michigan defender for a 75-yd.
TD jaunt.
And 10 plays later, it was the
same flashing "77" that reversed
the field and went 56 yards for
another score.
Scored Again
Is it really necessary to relate
that it took only three more plays
before Grange once again out-
raced the Michigan secondary for
his fourth touchdown?
Even in light of the devastating
39-14 defeat Michigan found sol-
ace in the bull-like play of cap-
tain Herb Steger, the halfback
who was to become a symbol of
undying spirit for future Wolver-
ine gridders.
A picture, captioned "Fight
Like Steger," was taken that aft-
ernoon that has immortalized the
captain who refused to admit de-
The unpredictable = nature of
this series was never better illus-
trated than the following- year.


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Grange was a year older and
Illini backers sat back with con-
tent that' October 24 afternoon,
confident that their hero would
put on a repeat performance.
Perhaps it was the memory of
the year before. Maybe it was one
quick glance at the photo of their
irrepressible leader.
Whatever it was, Michigan did
itself proud. It held Grange to the
lowest total yardage in his career.
Michigan won, 3-0, replacing re-
venge with a glow of satisfaction.



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