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courage, guts, intestinal forti-
tude, or whatever you want to call
it, a guy needs an awful lot of
the stuff to even whisper the
names of Bo Batchelder and Abra-
ham Lincoln in the same sentence.
Yes, the same Abe Lincoln that
walked miles to return a few cents
in change to a customer he over-
charged, the Log Cabin Lincoln,
the President who was known as
"honest Abe;" his character was
molded on the same Illinois soil
that could produce a Bo Batch-
The Tragedy
The tragedy of it all is that the
Michigan Wolverines, fresh from
a 50-14 killing of Wisconsin, must
face Batchelder and mates on the
Champaign, Ill., turf this very!
But who, you ask, is Bo Batch-
Batchelder is a 6'2", 220 pound.
Junior defensive end for the Fight-
ing Illini. Heralding from Peoria
Heights, Ill., he looks like any
other college football player, but
Batchelder is different. To put it
bluntly, Bo Batchelder is a thief
whose actions on the gridiron last
Radio Coverage
The Michigan - Illinois game
will be carried on radio stations
today. The kickoff'is scheduled
for 2:30 Ann Arbor time.
Saturday against Purdue would
have made another son of the
Land of Lincoln, Al Capone, hang
his head in shame.
*A Rumor
Rumor has it that a slight rum-
ble was heard at Lincoln's Tomb
at 4:01 p.m. on that black day
when the defiled log splitter rolled
over in his grave, the same time
that Illinois' Batchelder establish-
ed his name in infamy for all
The play began harmlessly
enough, when that amazing won-
der from Purdue, Bob Griese, roll-
ed around his end in the fourth
quarter. Batchelder rambled over
from 'his defensive position and
crashed into the Heisman Trophy
Batchelder wasn't satisfied with
just tackling Griese, though. He
had to grab the prized pigskin
from the hands of the red-faced
Boilermaker quarterback and run.
Run he did, and 55 yards later, the
long arm of the law, in the per-
sonage of an .embarrassed Griese,
reined in the football-snatcher,
but the damage was done.
Rash Act
The rash act set up the third
and final Illini touchdown in their
21-0 upset of Purdue.
Commenting on the play yes-
terday, Illinois coach Pete Elliott
called the act "phenomenal. I've
never seen anything like it in all
my years of coaching."
The Wolverines hope that their
coach Elliott, brother Bump, won't
have to say the same thing after
today's tilt.





But if the* Fighting Illini were
up for the. last week's game, Mich-
igan should beware for Illinois
has even more reason to be out
for blood this week. Michigan's
Elliott-coached teams have won
six games in a row at the Illini's
expense, five against his brother
Well Aware
Illinois is well aware of the
lickings they've taken at the
hands of the Wolverines. In
Batchelder's words. "We want to
win this one for the coach. We
are impressed by the Michigan
team, but it's our tui'n to win."
In the eyes of some observers,
the gameswill match two of the
best teams in the country at the
present time, two teams who put1
everything together just a couple
of weeks too late. The Illini have
won their last three contests,l
sporting a 4-3 record overall,1
while the Wolverines finally ex-1
ploded last week, displaying the
ability that 'everyone knew wast
Mutual Respect
Both coaches, while refusing to
place their own teams among the
nation's leaders, displayed respect
for the opposing team. The Illini
mentor said, "Michigan is a tre-
mendous football team, and we'll
have to go all out to beat them,"
while his brother termed 'the Illi-
nois squad "a good sound footballa
squad, which I)as made great pro-
gress since the first game."
Illinois has enough talent on its
team to win without resorting to
steals by Batchelder, which makes
his deed all the worse. Bump, says
that Jim Grabowski, the Illini
bulldozer, is "the best fullback in
the nation."
If statistics are any indication,
the senior workhorse ranks among
the best fullbacks of all time. He
has gained more yardage rushing
(2,27 yards). than any other Big
Ten player ever.
As for the Rest
The wing-footed Roman god,
Mercury, didn't have anything on
the rest of the Illinois backfield
either. As Wolverine coach Tony
Mason puts it, "They're all speed-
sters, and they can all fly." Bump
agrees, stating, "Illinois is the
fastest, team we've played all
Halfbacks Ron Bess and Sam
Price have teamed with Grabow-
ski to bring felicity to the Illini
ground attack this season. Price,
nicknamed "Priceless," has aver-
aged 4.2 yards a carry.
It takes a good team to halt
this grinding offense. Mason con-
tinued, "We only hope that Gra-
bowski doesn't have a great day."
Quarterback Fred Custardo adds
the finishing touches to this po-
tent Illinois machine. He has com-
pleted passes at .a .514 clip, firing
seven touchdown strikes. "Cus-
tardo uses Grabowski very effec-
tivdly to open up their air attack,"
Mason noted.
Wright End
Custardo has a sticky-fingered
end, sophomore Ken , Wright, to
haul in his passes. Wright has
caught 28 aerials already this sea-



Steve Smith (230)...........LE .......... John Wright
Charlie Kines (240) ..........LT .......... Eddie Russell


Dennis Flanagan (215) .......LG .........Ron Guenther (205)
Joe Dayton (220) ............ C ........... Kai Anderson (230),
Don Bailey (200) ...........RG .............Bill Allen (235)
Tom Mack (235) ............RT .......... Willis Fields (280)

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Jack Clancy (200) .....,... , . RE ...........Craig Timko
Wally Gabler (195) ......... QB .........Fred Custardo
Rick Sygar (180) .............LH ..... ,.....Ron Bess
Carl Ward (180) ... ..........RH .... , ......Sam Price


Dave Fisher '(215).......... .
son, and he too has speed. Th
Illini end holds the state hig
school record for the 180-yard lo'
hurdles, in addition to his othe
Sounds devastating, doesn't if
But the Wolverines will be for
tunate this afternoon. Pete sai
that another star back, Cyril Pin
der, will probably be absent fron
the lineup along with defensiv
standout Trenton Jackson, a
Olympic sprinter. Both men ar
out with injuries, along with en
Mickey Smith.
Leads Defense
With Batchelder, who wa
named Lineman of the Week fc
his antics against Purdue by th
AP and UPI, leading the defensiv
unit, the Illini held the Boiler
makers to their smallest offensiv
output of the season. "That fact

FB .-......Jim Grabowski

alone, testifies to their strength,"
says Mason.
The Wolverines will meeet a
young Illinois squad that has ma-
tured into a solid football team,
but the Illini will be taking on a
revitalized Michigan, a team that
appears to have finally put
everything together.
As Wally Weber told the Bos-
ton Patriot scout at practice
Thursday, "You are going to see
more than Jim Grabowski down
there in Champaign on Saturday."
He's going to see a Michigan of-
fense that rolled up 513 yards a
week ago, behind the running of
Carl Ward, Rick Sygar, and Dave
Fisher, and the passing combina-
tion of Wally Gabler-Jack Clancy.'
If the Wolverines can only stay
away from Batchelder. He could
be a bad influence....

in the MSU line to score from seven yards out in a game that
Illinois lost 22-12. Grabowski recently eclipsed the all-time career
rushing record in the Big Ten, and currently ranks 40th among
all rushers in NCAA history with three games left to play.

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