Tuesday, November 18, 1969
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Tuesday, November 18, 1969 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine
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Bill Cusumano_____ _
Exced rin headache .. .
... number 10
The week before is the worst part, not playing Ohio
That doesn't apply to just the team and coaches, either.
Everyone, from the fans through the writers and Sports In-
formation Director, is going through one week of pure hell.
The fans, the true fans, wait in terror for the opening kick-
off. The only topic of conversation is the game and arguments
over the eventual outcome get hot and heavy.
The identification of fans with the team and their vicar-
ious suffering is almost unbelievable to behold. One person told
me yesterday that he's given up on school for the week. "Man,"
he said, "there's no way I can get anything done. I just sit
and sweat about the game." And he is joined in such sentiments
by hundreds, maybe thousands of others.
But the people who will fill the stands aren't the only
ones with problems. The biggest madhouse in Ann Arbor right
now is Will Perry's office. The Wolverine's Sports Information
Director is being besieged with requests from writers, photo-
graphers and radio and TV commentators who want to cover
the game. They come from all areas of the country and there
is just not enough room for all of them in Michigan's press
box or along the sidelines.
The contest has taken on such national significance
that the number of reporters who wish to be in Ann
Arbor has become ridiculous. They are coming from Sports
Illustrated, The New York Times and who knows how
many other publications. Even the Waterbury, Connecticut
paper wants to get in on the show. Perry's phone doesn't
stop ringing and his wife Pat, who also doubles as his
secretary, would like to disconnect it. But they voice the
same sentiment, "I wish this week would end."
The reporters have their difficulties, too. Stories have to
be written and the main problem is getting information. On
the Ohio State side the question is academic 'since the Fat
Boy from Columbus has made himself inaccessible. Buckeye
practices are closed and any communication with Woody is
done through his assistants.
Meanwhile, at Michigan, Bo Schembechler is tired of3
answering the same questions and would rather just work with
his team. Actually, you can't blame him. The questions do get
repetitive, which brings up the writer's second problem - What
more can you say, anyway?I
There really isn't much more left that can be said that
isn't already a cliche. All the nice lines have been used about
it being the game of the year and how "we're going to go at
them nose to nose" and no one really cares to read it. Everyone
knows it will be the game of the year and that's why there are
so many uptight people and so much work to do.
And the majority of the nervousness and work is, of
course, found right on the football field. The coaches and
players know full well what the game means and make no
attempt to deny it. According to Schembechler, "It is our
biggest game of the year and I'm sure it is for them, too."
The players certainly also feel that way if their attitude
after the Iowa slaughter is any indication. To a man they
expressed the opinion that there was still one more to play and
the implication was clear - they are out to avenge last year's
debacle in Columbus. The defeat rankles in the souls of last
year's players and Schembechler doesn't mind at all. "If I
got beat 50-14 I'd be upset, too," is his comment. "I wouldn't
discourage their feeling that way for the world."
But the anticipation spreads to Schembechler also. "Yes,
I would say there is more anxiety than usual this week," he
said in reply to a question of emotions. "It can't be football if
you're not totally involved. Football is an emotional game."
The emotions run higher in some weeks, though, and
this is one of them. The thing that has been in the back
of most players' minds all season has finally come, Ohio
State. "I really had wanted to play in the Ohio State
game," says injured end Phil Seymour. "To me it was the
most important game of the season." Undoubtedly many of
his teammates feel the same way.
But first they have to suffer through the week, just like
everyone else. And as the week gets shorter the wait will seem
even longer. "On Friday is when it really gets bad," Schem-
bechler admitted, and thousands of fans will agree with him.
As bad as it may get for the team, though, it just could
be worst on the fans. Somehow it's more difficult when you
can't play. For an expert's opinion ask Phil Seymour. "The
week seems a lot longer when you're not playing," he says.
Seeing as how it is only Tuesday now, it will get a lot
longer for everyone soon. Personally, I think I'll go into
hibernation. I might not make it otherwise. Game of the
year? You better believe it. Just ask the butterflies in your
stomach if you don't.
. Big Ten Standings
"Ohio State is beatable."
So said Michigan coach Bo
Schembechler. "They can be
beat just like everybody else,"
After remaining s il e n t
throughout the season about the
biggest game of the year, the
Wolverine mentor has finally
spoken out on the undefeated
And everybody knows why.
If Michigan can beat the top
ranked Bucks Saturday, they
will tie them for the Big Ten
championship and win an auto-
maticberth in the Rose Bowl.
But if the Wolverines lose the
game to give the Buckeyes two
consecutive undefeated seasons,
Michigan will tie Purdue for sec-
ond place and force the confer-
ence athletic directors to vote
on who will represent them in
So, as Schembechler put it,
"There's a lot at stake t h i s
week. This is a key game for
every possible reason."
Although the grid coach ex-
plained that "We h a v e some
ideas on how to defense them,"
he denied that the staff has any
new strategy for Saturday.
"There's no way I would
change my philosophy for this
game," he said. "What you'llsee
this week is real football - two
teams going at each other.
"There'll beanothing sensation-
al. Everything will be off our
basic plays. We have no great
new plans. It'll be a nose-to-
nose, man-to-man game."
When questioned about
whether he plans to play Bill
Taylor at'fullback after his suc-
cessful debut at that position
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against Iowa last Saturday,
Schembechler smiled and plead-
ed, "I refuse to answer on the
grounds that it might incrimi-
But he did predict a Michi-
gan victory (see gridde pick-
And he went even further by
stating "Michigan has a better
chance of beating Ohio State
than Purdue did.
"We have a more balanced
offense than Purdue and a bet-
ter defense," he explained. "Of '
course any team that gives up
eight turnovers - three fum-
bles and five interceptions -
would be hurt no matter who
"But Phipps was off balance
most of the game. He was un-
der a lot of pressure and not
"Purdue relied solely on
Phipps' arm. And that's just not
our type of game."
But the Wolverine mentor
was far from underrating the
"They're great. How can you
say otherwise. There's just no
way anyone can say anything
"Ohio State is a marvelous
moving outfit. They have real
quickness and pursuit. And
there's no question that they
have an excellent defense.
"They're a very poised ball
club," he summarized.
The match has a personal side
for both the new coach and his
Most memorable is last year's
play-off for the championship
at Columbus when Woody's boys
overworked the Wolverines 50-
Saturday could offer t h e
Michigan team a chance at re-
The play-off will also be the
first time Schembechler will
meet his former coach and boss
as chieftain of his own Big Ten
The Michigan coach played
under Hayes for two years at
Miami, and went on with him
to Ohio State as a graduate as-
sistant. He later served five
years with the Buckeye mentor
as offensive line coach.
Explaining the fact that he
hasn't had a chance to speak
with Hayes since he was of-
fered the coaching job at Mich-
igan, Schembechler noted the
traditional rivalry between the
two schools and the fact that
"No one at Michigan talks to
Schembechler went on to ex-
plain that the revenge factor
will work in Michigan's favor
since "it should give the team
every incentive in the world to
"I'd be mad too if they beat
me 50-14," he added.
The coach mentioned another
factor working in Michigan's
favor. Referring to Ohio State's
42-14 over Purdue last week, he
said, "There's always one factor
that's prominent and that's
when a team comes off a great
emotional victory, they're not
quite as sharp the next week,
"It happened to us after' Pur-
due when we played Michigan
State. And it worked in reverse
after the Missouri loss when we
came back to beat Purdue."
Noting that the 51-6 defeat
over Iowa was not that type of
victory, Schembechler explain-
ed, "That was not an emotional
DON MOORHEAD decided to carry the ball himself on a roll-out option play in the first quarter
of last Saturday's game against Iowa. Moorhead picked up 80 yards in 13 carries during the game
as Michigan easily destroyed the Hawkeyes 51-6. He also completed 3 passes for 90 yards.
game. We just went out there
and cut them up. And, despite
the score, we were still unemo-
tional after the game."
The Wolverine coach then
settled down to evaluate the
Buckeyes, who rank as the sec-
ond highest scoring team in the
country, and his own team, who
"Both teams are defensively
minded. Ohio State has an ex-
cellent defense and we like to
think ours is getting pretty good.
We're not an awesome looking
team next to them, but we're all
"At quarterback our :uys
ineasure up favorably. They are
deeper in some positions, but
at fullback we may be able to
Schembechler also made note
of the fact that Michigan has
only given up three points in the
first quarter all season, and the
Buckeyes have only permi ed
one touchdown to be scored
In contrast, the Buckeyes ha- e
scoreds114npoints on their op-
ponents in the first quarteri.
Michigan has done most of its
scoring in the second quarter.
Schembechler went on to say,
"We look at this game as a real
opportunity. It's a chance for us
to see how we can do.
"I think we have a better
chance than most people give us
credit. Anyone who has seen us
play can't say that we haven't
improved with each game," he
The Wolverine mentor con-
cluded by saying, "I hear that
25,000 people are coming up
from Ohio, and I just hope the
75,000 lichigan fans yell-and
PHIPPS AND PURDUE STOPPED:
Buckeyes clinch Big Ten tie
International Voluntary Services, Inc.
Discuss overseas job opportunities in Vietnam,
Laos, Algeria, Morocco and the Congo
By PETE KENT Purdue's Stan Brown took the,
"This is the greatest team in Buckeye kickoff on the 2-yard
Ohio State history," boasted Coach line, saw some daylight between
Woody Hayes as his Buckeyes de- four onrushing red-shirted tacklers
molished the upset-minded Boiler- and dashed down the sidelines to
In one of its least impressive1
games of the season, the slump-
ing Hoosiers of Indiana made
costly errors to help Northwestern
to a 30-27 win. The game left both
teams tied for fourth place in the
Big Ten with 3-3 records.
makers of Purdue Saturday, 42-14.!
The victory guaranteed the top-
ranked team in the country of at
least a tie for the Big Ten cham-
pionship and extended the na-
tion's longest winning streak to,
Purdue Coach Jack Mollenkopf
was thoroughly convinced of
OSU's superiority. "Their defense
is just great. Woody's also got a
helluva offense, and we didn't do
a very good job of stopping it. I
don't believe I have ever seen a
better football team."
Ace signal-caller Rex Kern, a
possible Heisman Trophy candi-
date, had no trouble in ripping
apart the Purdue defense, despite
the 23-degree weather and 20-
mile-an-hour wind. He got things
going in the middle of the first
period when Ohio State recovered
a fumbled snap on a 40-yard field
goal attempt by the Boilermakers.
TEN PLAYS LATER, nine of
them runs, Kern slipped through
right guard for a 6-yard touch-
down which gave State a lead they
Nothing was going to stop the I
Ohio State machine, which has
not been challenged yet this year.
Kern, a 6-foot, 180 pound junior
from Lancaster, Ohio, played as
well as ever, executing pitch-outs,
options, and passes perfectly, as-
suring him of another Buckeye
leaf for the already cluttered right
side of his helmet.
PURDUE'Shlone moment of
glory came with less than a min-
ute left in the first half. After a
perfect 38-yard scoring pass play
from Kern to junior tight end
Bruce Jankiwski, Ohio State held
a commanding 28-0 lead.
put Purdue on the scoreboard.
But that was the climax as far
as Purdue offense was concerned.
The second half was simply 30
minutes more of complete humil-
iation. It further strengthened the
thoughts of many of the 85,027
fans at Ohio Stadium who rated
the Buckeyes as "the greatest col-
lege team of all time."
FEW OF THE FANS IN Mad-
ison remembered the troubles Wis-
consin had last year, as the Bad-
gers ran up 55 points against the
hapless Illini. The attack was led
by second string quarterback
Gary Losse, and marked the Bad-
gers greatest offensive output
since 1962. Illinois, doomed for
sole possession of the Big T e n
cellar, salvaged 14 points in their
ninth straight loss.
Michigan State fumbled to their
fifth conference loss, this time at
the hands of Minnesota. T h e
Gophers recovered two punts
fumbled by MSU players in the
fourth quarter and turned them
into touchdowns. Each brought
Minesota from behind to their
final 14-10 margin of victory.
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