T HE' M ICH IG AN D AILY
'M' Offense Has Few Chances
.Blocked Punt Leads to Defeat
"You either win .or you lose. t
That's all that, counts. And we r
lost. You gotta win. Now we've
got to suck it up, and get it in
our minds that we are going to I
win next week."
--Tony Mason 1
By JIM TINDALL
Special To The Daily
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Michigan's
Wolverines had to fight the Battle 1
of the Bulge all over again yes-
terday in. Dyche Stadium, and the
Blue wound up on the short end
of a 34-22 score.
The Battle of the Bulge had t
nothing, to do with the Wolverine '
waistline, but rather with the awe-
some, brutal display of power by ;
the offensive lines of both teams.
Powerful Blue Offense' j
How good was the Michigan~of-
fense? They were kept from scor-
ing only four times: two of these
were a blocked kick and a fumble
(both, were Converted into North-
western touchdow ns). T e othe
passes when Michigan had to pass
How good was the Northwestern
offense? When asked if North-
gasnedid not expect, oach Bump
Elliott said, "No, they just did it
Defensive !ine coach Bob Hol-
loway said after the game, "They
beat us at the line of scrimmnage-.
Their line hit us hard and once
they had momentum, we just
couldn't stop them. It was fairly
even in the first half, but. they
shoved our defense around pretty
good in the second half."
No single team has been. able,
with such regularity, to run
through the Michigan defense for
an.. entire game as Northwestern
did yesterday. Three, four,. five
yards 'at a , crack were reeled off
by the Wildcats as they marched
up and down the field in Ohio
State style. As Elliott said, "We
were simply outhit on defense."
Bob McKelvey was, the headpin
of the 'Cat backfield as he lugged
the ball an unbelievable 35 times;
picking up 136 yards. The 220-
pounder was, stopped for a loss
only once and that was for a
On the other side of the fence,
reporters found a frustrated of-
fensive line . coach in the Michi-
gan dressing room. "Frustration"
Wa:S the only word for Tony Ma-
son, who whipped last year's of-
fensive line into a rugged, preci-
sion',outfit, to describe yesterday's
Reflecting on the entire season,
he said, "This year's been so
blessed frustrating. I can't believe
it. We score 13, and they score 14.
We' score 15, and they score 16.
"Lookdoas these statistics. We had
2l first downs, and they had 20.
We gained. 216 yards rushing, and
they had 211. Yet they had 17 c
more running plays than we did. '
That is a powerful line. i
"From the very beginning we i
knew we could move the ball
against them, but we had to have I
the ball. WE HAD TO HAVE THE
"Our linemen said, 'Any way i
you want to go, we can move 'em
-the defense.' But they kept the
bal away from us. We had to ,
stop ourselves. j
"The offensive line played an
outstanding game out there. When
we were down by two and a half
touchdowns in the last period,
our boys knew we could score and
still win. They weren't walking
around with their heads bent.
They were just aching to get their
hands on the ball and move in
SsrOffense olds Own
"Going into today's game we
were second in the conference in '
offense, and we picked up more
than 300 yards today. So we at
least held our own in that depart-
Michigan's rushin statistics
were fairly even with all four back-
field starters carrying ten times
coThe hWoleinres nsde , iv
sault and battery if they had been
blocking on the street the way
they did. no the field. Charles
Kines, Dennis Flanagan, Joe Day-
ton, Don Bailey and Tom Mack
-(who was scouted by the Boston
Patriots last week) "hit and stuck"
in football jargon.
As a testimonial to the Michi-
gan offense it should be pointed
out that they scored every time
they had the ball in the first three
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quarters--with two, exceptions.
Those two exceptions were crucial.
One was a blocked kick on the
Michigan one-yard line in the
second quarter (the first blocked
kick of the year), and the other
was a Wally Gabler fumble on
the Michigan 43-yard line which
was converted into a Wildcat
touchdown a few plays later.
In the fourth quarter, Michigan
had the fall three times. The sec-
ond time, Dave Fisher ran it over
from the one, culminating a time-
consuming 91-yard scoring drive.
Sandwiched around this were two
series that were halted by in-
complete passes as Michigan was
forced to go to the air in an
effort to get on the scoreboard.
Gabler injured his knee slightly
on his leap into the end zone for
Michigan's first touchdown with
49 seconds left in the first period,
but came back to finish the game
after sitting out a series. '
Coach Bob Rolloway said in the
dressing room that, although the
injury wasn' t serious, "it did slow
him to set his foot well when he
went back to pass," which led to
several low, wobbly, un-Gabler-
like tosses in the final stanza.
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The first attempt was good but z
called back on a penalty. Then
the Wolverines lined up to kick,
but the snap went through holder '
Ernie Sharpe's mitts straight to f
the kicker, Sygar.
Kicker Sygar became thrower,
and tossed one to runner Ward. E
A Northwestern man batted it in-
to the air, and catcher Ward grab-
bed it near the 10. Catcher Ward
ran back to the 50-yard line and
launched another attempt to biz-
come the n e xt quarterback.
Thrower Ward's illegal pass was
incomplete as five men battled for,
it ;on the goal line.
.That was Michigan's last excit- i
ing moment. Northwesterni took
the next kickoff and a penalty Put
it on the Wolverine 4tt. It took
nin plys efoe McKelvey put it j
Next time the Wildcats had it,
they did it again. Virtually the
same way, a Gabler fumble put
the ball on the Wolverine 42. It
took seven plays before McKelvey
put it over from the two.
The Wolverines added one anti~-
climactic touchdown in the middle
of the fourth period. A pass in-
terference call put the ball on the' and Ward scooted in for 25. With
Michigan 23, and Gabler hit the ball on the three, Fisher lug-
Clancy for eight. ged it over.
The running attack made a Gabler's two-point conversionh
farewell appearance as Dave Fish- try pass failed, but it wasn't as
er rambled up the middle for 22' exciting as the previous miss.
What's NU, PussyCAT, 34-22?
Total No. of Rushes
17 -16 -?.''
2 3 1.5
1 1 1.0
Att. Comp. Yds.
North western 10 11
Att. Comp. Yds.
11 8 117
BEING BROUGHT TO THE GROUND is Michigan end Steve
Smith after taking an 11-yard pass from quarterback Wally
Gabler against Northwestern yesterday. Mike Buckner is doing
the tackling for the Wildcats. Gabler connected on 10 passes for
1 ' it
is at hand."
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