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Sunday, September 28, 1969

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

The

saga

of

Billy

Harris

By JOEL BLOCK
Sports Editor
Billy Harris, junior split end for the Michigan Wolverines
is unhappy about his 59-yard touchdown reception against
Washington yesterday.
Oh sure, he's glad about scoring and all that, but listen to
his problem. "Long passes are nice but they cut down your play-
ing time," Harris told me yesterday with a straight face.
Some cynics claim it was the watchful eye of ABC which
drove the second-stringer to such ,a feat but history proves
otherwise. Last year Harris caught TD bombs in four consecutive
games, starting with a crucial fourth quarter reception against
Indiana. Not only was he high for the Wolverines in touchdown
passes, but also was named honorable mention All Big Ten.
And like this year, he spent most his time keeping the
Michigan bench warm, playing behind Jerry Imsland for all
but the Minnesota and Northwestern games.
Harris talked about his catch with the technical acumen of
a Lance Rentzel, "On that play I was the second of three possi-
ble options for the quarterback (Jim Betts). He first lpoks-for
the tight end (Paul Seymour) who's cutting into the area I
clear out. Then he looks at the deep man, me,'and if I'm not open
he runs for all he can get.
-"On this particular play 'the defensive back was looking at
me while I was following the ball. I saw the football from the
time it left Betts' hands until it reached mine. The back cover-
ing me saw it at the last second but it was just out of his reach."
Harris took what he calls a "hop-step" right after he caught
the ball "just in case the defensive back tried one on those diving
touchdown saves."
The funny thing about Harris is that he makes the big play
and muffs the little one. Last year he clearly dropped three
passes which were thrown to him in the California game.
There are a lot of strange things about Betts, too. Last
year he played both. running back (behind Johnson) and flanker
back when injuries dropped up on the offensive squad. Now he
has returned to the quarterback position he vacated after his
freshman year. And now he, like Harris is caught in the unfor-
tunate position of playing behind a superlative athlete.
Yesterday's 45-7 was impressive and they first string will
probably get all the credit. But few will recognize the enormous
amount of talent the Wolverines have in their reserves. Coach
Bo Schembechler had guard Frank Titus switch off with Dick
Calderazzo and sophomore linebacker Mike Taylor interchange
with regular Ed Moore.
All this proves that the pre-season speculation about Mich-
igan's lack of depth is only partially true. With talent like
Betts, Harris, etc., the Fat Man (Woody) better not rest easy if
one of the Wolverine regulars can't make it.

Daily--Jim Diehl

(,let I oughty (22) follO is (;Lrvie CI (aw

Bill Cusumano
The joke
runs wild
Tony Mason used to tell some great jokes while he was an
assistant coach at Michigan. For instance, there was the one
about Don Moorhead being the best sophomore quarterback in
the Big Ten last year. Everyone used to laugh like hell at that
one.-
It seemed like Mason had forgotten about that kid
that the fat boy in Columbus had playing. You know,
what's his name, Corn or something like that. Ain't
nobody laughing anymore, though.
Because in two weeks Don Moorhead has rolledup over
400 yards in total offense, scored five touchdowns and passed
for another while leading the offense to a total of 87 points.
But what's more important is that Moorhead makes the big
play and that was the story yesterday. Seven times the junior
quarterback came up with the big first down when it was need-
ed, four of the plays coming on third down situations and three
on fourth down.
Moorhead totally frustrated the Washington defense with
his running, passing and mastery of the option play. He con-
stantly befuddled the Husky defenders with his fakes and then
cut in to gain valuable yardage. For the second week in a row
Moorhead rolled up more than 100 yards on the ground, which
brings up the interesting possibility of a quarterback gaining
1,000 yards rushing in a season.
Off Moorhead's first two games that possibility is
not such a bad one either. The big quarterback runs like
a halfback, with good speed, power and a fine ability to
cut. On one of his touchdowns yesterday he simply blasted
through two Huskies to reach the end zone. On another
play, a 33 yard scramble, he made two superb cuts and
outran three would be tacklers.
But physical talents are not enough to make a good
quarterback. There are .two other requisites, brains and good
football sense. Moorhead has both.
His handling of the option demonstrates his excellent
sense of football. In a split second Moorhead must decide whe-
ther to pitch or keep. The fact that he has been tackled for a
loss only once this season indicates that he makes the right
decision in the majority of cases. The option has been the
bread and butter play and Moorhead certainly has been spread-
ing it thick.,
Moorhead makes himself a complete quarterback by being
smart. While it is true that Bo Schembechler does call all of
the plays, Moorhead does have the option to switch off. How-
ever, the true indication of his quick mind came on his first
touchdown yesterday.
Moorhead turned the wrong way on the two yard
line and found no one to hand off to. Instead of standing
in bewilderment, though, he immediately rectified the situa-
tion by rolling into the end ozne for a score. "I realized it
was the wrong way immediately," he commented later in the
lockerroom, "so I just did the next best thing."
Schembechler smiled over his quarterback's play after'
the game, but also was somewhat happy. "He knows real fast
when he's wrong," was the coach's grinning comment. Schem-
bechler had great praise for Moorhead's performance on the
whole, though. "Moorhead did real well." Bo admitted, "even
though he had a couple of bad plays."
The Michigan mentor's praise was echoed by Jim Owens,
head man for Washington. "Moorhead executes real well," he
said admiringly. "He's real poised, he had the ability to get the
ball to his receivers and they ran good routes for him."
The praise that has resulted from his performance must
be particularly sweet to Moorhead. Stepping into Dennis
Brown's shoes was a difficult task, but he has made it seem
easy. No longer murmuring rememberances of Brown heard in

--Daily-Andy Sacks
Billy Harris (80) crosses the goal
Buffaloes

-Nittany
By 'Tle Asoeiated l'res'
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.
Lydell Mitchell and Don Abbey
lead a potent Penn State rushing
game-minus star halfback Char-
lie Pittman-as the Nittany Lions
took theh' 13th straight victory,
27-3. against stubborn Colorado
yesterday.
Held scoreless by the Buffaloes
in the first quarter, the Lions
bounced back for 17 points in the
second quarter with Abbey scor-
ing first, bulling his way 40 yards
up the middle.
Mike Reitz added the first of
two field goals the next time the
Lions got the ball after the run- I 015
ning of Mitchell, Franco Harris KNOB
and Joel Ramich set the score up. bolted t
Quai'terback Chuck Burkhart iii the
tossed a 20-yard pass to end Greg then sur
Edmonds and the Lions got 15 rall- by
more on a penalty. Harris then 45- 19ie
took a 13-yard pass and Mitchell ference
drove to the five in two tries be- TheI
fore the Lions scored again with recoveri
Harris racing over, into tw
But the Buffaloes were un- goal in
daunted and quarterback Bob An- ing 80
derson, held to only four yards kick-off
rushing in the first half, guided game.
Colorado downfield in 16 plays The A
to th(' 19-yard line where Dave mdt
Haney kicked the field goal for in thet
the Buffaloes only scoie. more q
Defensive halfback Paul John- tosseds
son took the Colorado kickoff and
scooted 91 yards up the middle 34 yar
for a touchdown to put the game rierofr. w
out of i'each. passes x

Lions

roar

past

tlaiysports
0I . . . Eric Sie
.. . Eric Siegel

tronce herC',
XVILLE. Tenn.-Tennessee
o a three touchdown lead;
first half yesterday and
:vived a gallant second half
Auburn to ti'im the Tigers
n the Southeastern Con-
opener for both teams.
Vols had . turned fumble
es and pass interceptions
o touchdowns and a field
the first half after driv-
yards with the opening
in the regionally televised
Auburn comeback had trim-
e Tennessee lead to 24-16
third quarter when sopho-F
quarterback Pat Sullivanj
scoring bombs of 70 and
is to tailback Mike Cur-

behind to up end the Vols in their
1968 game.
Tulsa blanked., 55-0
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - A rag-
ing Arkansas defense shattered
the Tulsa attack, scored one
touchdown and set up four other
E scores as the third-ranked Razor-
backs routed the Hurricanes 55-
0 here yesterday afternoon.
It was Arkansas' second straight
shutout and the first time Tulsa
had been shutout in 26 games.
The Razorbacks took a 24-0
halftime lead as its defense inter-
cepted two passes, recovered two
fumbles and turned a Tulsa punt-
ing situation into an abortive run
that gave Arkansas the ball on
Tulsa's 22 in the first two quart-

cepted three passes and recovered
five of Tulsa's seven fumbles.
Sooners nab Panthers'
NORMAN, Okla. --.- Super soph-
omore Jack Mildren fueled sixth-
ranked Oklahoma to a 37-8 vic-
tory over Pittsburgh yesterday as
the Sooners romped to their
second straight lop-sided football
vi tory.
Mildren, a red-headed quarter-
back from Abilene, Tex., scored
twice-including a 78-yard third-
quarter dash-and totaled 1961
yards running and passing in a
little more than three quarters.
His performance helped take up
the slack left by a sub-par after-'
noon for limping Heisman Trophy
candidate Steve Owens.
Owens suffered a deep bruise in
his right thigh as the SoonersI
rolled to a 48-21 season opening
I victory over Wisconsin last week.
He was at less than full speed ycs-
"+
Billboard
The University of Michigan
wrestling team will hold its
first practice tomorrow at 3:30
p.m. in the Events Bldg. All in-
terested candidates for both the
freshman and varsity teams
should come to this meeting.

terday but still managed three
one-yard touchdown runs and 104,
yards rushing in 29 carries.
(rimisoni 'Tide surges
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. --- The Ala-
bama Crimson Tide, directed by
Scott Hunter, found its offensive1
College
(CKIMW L~PIC'KINGS
Mit'higai 45. Washington 7
t-ic higa S te 23, SMU 15
Ohio state 62, Texas Christian 0
Purdue 28, Notre Dame 14
California 17, Indiana 14
NortIwestern at USC, inc.
Missouri:37.,Illinois 6
t'1A 34. Wisconsin 23
Ohio . 3 Minnesota 33
Iowa ,i Wa ~ shingtort St. 35
IFlorida St. 16, Miami 14-
Kansas 13. Syracuse 0
Rutgers 29, Princeton 0
'lennes', .15. auburn 19
Kamsas State at Arizona, inc.
Nebraska 14. 'eas A -&M 0
Army 16, Vanderbilt 6
Wyoming ?7, Air Force 25
Ga. Tech 17, Bay lor 0
xba non Vale 7, Di'kinson o
4 ~
Boston ('olhLege 21, avty 14
Bttlalo 16, Massaehusi'tt s 6
PeniStdate 7 olorado:3
tafayette 36, Columbia ?
hiarvard 13. Holy Cross 0
Penn 28, Bucknell 17^
Colg ate 28, (ornell °t
llennselaetr 29, Conly 28
Connecticut 19, Yale 1I
Dartmouth 31, New hampshire 0
1 :linhioro 40, Slippery Rock 13
rowvn 21, Rhode hIl la 0
Wake Forest 16, Virginia Tech 10

punch last night, scored the first
eight times it handled the ball,
and defeated Southern Mississippi
63-14.
Hunter combined almost flaw-
less passing with the running of
Pete Jilleba, Johnny Musso and
Pete Moore to put the game out
of reach f the Southerners.
Scores
Fordlimni Ge. aintield 0
Hartford 55. arrisburg 14
Ichtmond 38, Roanoke 7
Midwest
Iowa state 10, Brigham Young 0
Mliami (Ohio) 24, West. Mich. 20
L.ake Forest 36, Kalanajo 15
Kent State 23, Xavier 7
Eastern Alichigan 10. Akron 3
Michigan Techi i1, Winona o
North Dakota 35, South Dakota 26
Bowlintg Green 2_7, Dayton 7
Toledo 38, Marshal 13
Alorningside 32, So. Dakota State 22
Southwest
Oklahomna 37, Pitt 8
Arkasas55,Tulsa 0
ColoradoSMate 50, Wichita St. 21
Oklahoma State 24, Houston 18
Far West
Stanlord 28, Oregon 0
lexas 49, Texas Tech 7
South
V'irginia 10, Duke 0
t eorma 30, Clemson 0
North Carolina St. 24, laryland 7
South Carolina 14, North Carolina 6
Kentucky 10, 'Mississippi 9
Aabama 63, So. Miss. 14
ltavidson 77, Furman 14
'the citadel 14. Arkansas St. 10
Wes-t 'Virginia 35, Tulane 17
Arkansas A&M 0, Arkansas Tech 0
'lampa i, Parsons 0
Florida 47, Mississippi St. :35

io caught three touchdown By the time the game ended,
when the "Tigers came from the Arkansas defense had inter-

MOORHEAD, DOUGHTY DAZZLING:
'Michigan blows Washingtont off field

continued from Page 1) successful kick made the score
streak by capturing an onside 38-7..
kick at Michigan's 49-yard line Michigan seemed satisfied with
and pushing the ball up the middle its lead and sent in the substi-s
to the seven/yard line. The team tutes the next time it had thej
then gained their only score on a ball. Somebody must have for-,
seven yard toss when Buddy Ken- gotten to tell quarterback Jims
namer slipped away from Michi- Betts not to worry since he re-
gan's wolfman, Tom Darden. leased a 59-yard heave to Bill
Washington's kick for the point - -
after was the first successful
one of the game. 11.«' T

Harris on the firs
Wolverines' final t
spotted Harris asa
ceiver and -fired t
mrun. Harris grabbe
his shoulder on th
and outsprinted th
final point after
successful kick,
WFody?

t play for the
ally. Betts had
a secondary re-
he ball on the

Pro Standings

TV I.' 03 /

The Wolverines seemed totally
unaffected by the score. Five plays
after the kickoff, Doughty scram-
bled into the end zone from the
19-yard line, as usual on an end
sweep. Michigan tried a kick after
the touchdown and finally tallied
their first point after touchdown.
Since Bo wasn't satisfied with
his 24 point edge, Michigan tried
to keep on the pressure. Washing-
ton drove to Michigan's 10-yard
line, but Barry Pierson picked off
a Husky pass in the end zone.
Taking the ball on the 20, they
established one of their most im-
pressive drives of the game. On a
third and seven situation Moor-
head drilled a pass to Paul Sta-

FINAL STATISICS
September 27, 1969
AM It,

WAs I

FIRST DOWNS 34
Rushing 2?
Passing it
Penalty I
TOTAL NO. 1USIIES 63
NET YDS. - iRushing 362
P'assing 219
FORWARDS PASSES ATT. 23
Completed 15
Intercepted by It
Yards inter. ret'd 27
TOTAL PLAYS
(Rushes and Passes) 86
PUNTS, No. '
Average distance 3..
KICKOFFS, returned by 2
YARDS KICKS RETURNED 17
Punts -7
Kickoffs 24
FUMBLES, Number I

18
13
4
Si
?30
230
17
0
68
4
31
119
119

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Ae 12-yard line EASTERN CONFERENCE
e defender. The 'apitol Di .sision
attempt was a 1 I. '1' Pet. Pts.
atepDwsalallas 1 0 0 1.000 24
Washington I o 0 1.000 26
- Phladelphia o I o .000 20
Nw Orleans 0 1 o .000 20
New r Century Division
(Iccl~and 1 0 0 1.000 27
4ittsb0rg0 1 0 0 1.00016
Niew York I o o 1.000 24
\G st. Louis o 1 0 .000 3
;t. Iimp. Int. YdsWETR CONFERENCE
14 0 160 'Coastal Division
1 0 59 Los Angeles 1 0 0 1.000 27
l ( 0 0; Atlanta 1 0 0 1,1004 24
3 1 0 0 19 Baltimore o 1 0 .000 20
IVI N San lrancisco 0 1 0 .000 12
Number Yds (entral Division
(:5TGeen Ba 1 0 0 1.00)0 17
5 96 Chica o o i1 0 .000 23
1 6 Detroit 0 1 0 .000 13
1 59 Minesota 0 1 0 .000 23
Totals 15 219 Today's Games
NrewYork at Detroit
,TON Washington at Cleveland
NG Atlanta at Los Angeles
es Gains Loss Net Dallas at New Orleans
83 0 83 Baltimore at Minnesota
6 14 9 San irancisco vs Green Bay at
1 33 0 33 Milwaukee
S 32 0 32 Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
1 0 2 (I hticago at St. Louis
4 1' 0 1' A.IERICAN LEAGUE

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