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Once upon a time there was a
bunch of jolly green giants call-
ed the Michigan State Spartans.
They were very good at playing
football, in fact good enough to
win the Big Ten and go to the
Rose Bowl, even good enough to
be ranked first in the country.
They were good enough until UC-
LA's Gary Beban and his little
men yanked the beanstalk out
from under them and the giants

fell dead, 14-12, on New Year's
Playing their last game that
January day in Pasadena for the
Spartans were such stars as Har-
old Lucas, All-America middle
guard who anchored one of the
stingiest rushing defenses in' the
nation, and Steve Juday, the only
All-America quarterback to choose
his own pro team. All told, the
defensive line lost five of seven
men to the diploma.

Pryde will have a fall;
For pryde goeth before and shame cometh after.
-John Heywood
The Michigan State defensive unit made it obvious that they
weren't too familiar with English proverbs of the fifteenth century
after the Spartan-Penn State contest two Saturdays ago.
They exhibited more pride than a pre-fight poem by Cassius Clay
contains, and the Spartans didn't even make their's rhyme. Winning
the game easily by the score of 42-8, Michigan State was unques-
tionably overpowering. The defense looked more professional than the
'" Lions did the next day (and snot the Nittany Lions, either). But
George Webster, Bubba Smith, and the rest of the MSU anti-offense
crew looked like they had just learned that bread and water was to
be training table fare for the rest of the season.
It seems that winning was no longer enough for the proud Spar-
tans. Even winning by 34 points couldn't satisfy the Michigan State
With a bigger lead than the hare ever had on the tortoise, the
average team would have been willing to sit by complacently and let
the losers have a touchdown or two. Even a millionaire throws a bone
to the dogs once in a while.
This is not the case with Michigan State, however. When a
squad reaches the standard of excellence that MSU has, the little
things begin to count , . . like holding the opposition to negative
yardage, or shutting them out at the very least. The enemy must
not only be given a sound beating. He must be annihilated.
So in the final minutes of the Penn State rout with MSU leading
42-0, it suddenly became apparent that the Spartan second stringers
were not holding the Nittany. Lions. Yes, perish the thought, Penn
State looked as if it might desecrate the hallowed ground commonly
known as the end zone
Not that the Spartans' first uinit wasn't ready for the challenge.
After all, they had just bailed out their back-up men a few minutes
before in a similar situation. As head coach Duffy Daugherty said
after the game, "I wanted to point up to the second stringers what
you have to do to be a football team." Their coach may have had an
object lesson in mind, but his players certainly didn't. The Spartan
gridders set high standards for themselves, and if they don't meet
them, it's naturally a severe blow to their pride.
Smith and his cohorts wanted to show their coach they could
save the second string from the toothless Lions for 60 minutes and
not just 47 or 53 minutes. The sacred shutout must be preserved.
They begged and pleaded and argued with Daugherty and MSU de-
fensive aide Vince Carillot to be allowed back on the gridiron.
Cool reasoning prevailed, though. "I thought how silly it
would be for them to go in cold after they'd been on the bench a
while and possibly get banged up," Daugherty explained. Web-
ster didn't agree. He smashed his helmet to the ground before
65,763 spectators.
Trespassing on the virgin soil, Penn State did score, making the
final score 42-8. East Lansing could just as well have been Mudville
as far as Webster and Smith were concerned.
"They messed up our yardage, George," Smith complained in
the locker room. "We didn't want them to score. Last year we had
a lot of minus-yardage games and would like to have some now. If we
can't do that, we want to keep them from scoring," the 283-pound
All-America end emphasized.
Webster backed up his teammate. "See, we've got these objectives.
We have so many things we have to block out on our own score-
sheet. So we want to block out as many as we can," the rover back
noted. "What do we want to block out? Oh, things like allowing
them so many first downs, and we don't want them to score," he
Statistics do mean something, after all. When those pub-
licity men sit pouring over their figures, they can take heart for
Webster and Smith measure their performance on numbers. The
situation seems somewhat analagous to the miler who is so good
that he runs against the clock instead of his opponents.
' Duffy imposed a speaking ban on the Spartans after the Penn
State encounter. No longer can they talk to reporters. But, after all,
neither could Warren Harding and he was President.
Maybe they should print fifteenth century English proverbs
in the Farmer's Almanac.

The loss of personnel plus the being humiliated by sophomore
peculiar Big Ten disease known Beban in the Rose Bowl. Chief
as "Rose Bowl letdown" seemed among the spoilers figures to be
to doom the Spartans to at least George Webster, All Big Ten, All-
second place in the conference. America, and ever present in last
But nobody has sold the Spartans year's Michigan game.
short. They have polved the prob- State's detractors are quick to T icket Sale T hursday
lems(whatever problems a teampoint to the mistake-ridden of-
can have with five returning all- fense the Spartans presented
Americans) Sandtare currently
Americans) and are currently against the Illini last Saturday. UAC has done the impossible ! could say "Go Blue," things start-
spnding suesivhe Satudaysr MSU picked up only 137 yards All those poor, forlorn souls ed to roll.
mashing North Carolina State, rushing and 108 passing. The de- who were unable to buy, steal or Tickets go on sale at 8 a.m.
Penn State and Illinois. fense had to fashion a 95-yard forge a ticket for Saturday's MSU Thursday morning on the Diag.
"I don' think they'e had any punt return and a fancy lateral- game need not jump off tall Cost will be $2 with all tickets on
letdown at all. They're a team defensive-guard-run-40-yards play buildings. The miracle of closed T
full of enthusiasm," says George for two touchdowns and a healthy circuit television has made possi- theellwship of Christian
Mans, offensive end coach for share of the winning margin. ble the live telecast of Satur- i et i
Michgan ho asent his lt Bday's Spartan-Wolverine do-or- :30 in the Intramural Build-
Michigan who has spent his last But Mans is just as quick to die battle in Hill Auditorium. ing. There will be a film and a
two Saturday afternoons watch- build up the Spartan offense. h dpanel discussion led by head
ing Michigan State football. "They're a bunch of opportunists. Here's how it all"happened.Last baseball coach, Moby Benedict.
New Look Defense They take advantage of every- week, Jay Zulauf, -AC president,
A prime example is the new- thing the defense gives them, agonizingly realized that he, like a first-come, first-served basis
look defensive line. Bubba Smith, vr'ich is plenty. They figure if hundreds of other frustrated with no reserved seats available.
283 pounds worth of defensive they can run enough plays, soon- Michigan fans, could in no way ID's must be presented by facul-
end, is still there, but beside him er or later they'll come up with obtain a ticket for Saturday's ty and students to receive their
are five brand new faces. The the big one. They're explosive. struggle. Out of wishful thinking tickets. If both the main floor
quintet had hardly any experience They can score from anywhere on more than anything else, he call- and first balcony are sold out, $1
before this season and is consid- the field." ed Bob Neff, UAC's Service Cao- tickets for the second balcony
erably lighter than last year's A Rushing Team te chi norin bout
the possibilities of closed circuit wl epto ae



crew, but Mans points out, "they
have built up so much enthusiasm
in them that they have the same
aggressive defense." The Spartans
are aggressive enough to rate

The Spartans rank eighth in
the countrydin rushing offense, a
duty carried ably by the legs of
Clinton Jones, Bob Apisa and
Dwight Lee, all returning to the
wars with a year's experience.

TV. Both agreed that they ought
to give it a whirl, and before you


Probably the biggest question
mark at the beginning of the sea-
son was quarterback Jimmy Raye.
So far he has been able to fill
Juday's shoes. "He moves the
team," praises Mans.
The Wolverine coach settled
back to talk some more about the
Spartans' only backfield newcom-
er. "He throws well enough, bet-
ter than some people think. He's
a good short passer, but he loses
some of his touch when he throws
"What they really like to have
him do is run the option pass.
He'll fake into the line and roll out
or else run a bootleg pattern. He's
:":: .;::> :<: a scrambler and he can run like
- a halfback."
: ";;- :,;::r::::':: Washington Hurdles Opponents?
Raye 's primary target will be
split end Gene Washington. A Big
GENE WASHINGTON Ten hurdles champion, Washing-
ton is big and fast and an all
eighth in the nation in total de- Bonig Tenndas and meianchoic
fense allowing only a shade over Big Ten and All-America choice
179 yards a game last yyear.
Michigan State's coaching staff Last year, Washington made
has solved the' problem of the de- sovrins Tis ya t Shar
parture of Lucas & Co. another tans may be counting on more of
way. "Last year they had two good the same:
linebackers, so they used a five-
two defense. This year, they only --

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long extension
cord too.

Engineering students will find it well worth their
while to visit Follett's drafting supply department.
You will not only find the best selection in town, but
also professional equipment too. Such names as
Dietzgen, Post, K & E, Pickett, are just a sample of
the quality names that Follett's offers.
Follett's has all the drawing equipment including
drawing board, T-square, triangle, decimal
scale, curves, erasing shield, erasers, pencils,
ink, file, tape, brush, and other equipment.

have one good linebacker, Charlie
Thornhill, so they are using a six-



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one alignment," explains Mans.a,
Secondary Returns The Michigan State football
Backing up this line is a group squad is playing without the
of four gentlemen who could spell services of Norm Jenkins this
trouble for the Jack Clancy-Dick year. Jenkins, a first string guard,
Vidmer aerial act. All four re- was declared ineligible when he
turnees in the secondary are ex- was unable to pass a course in
perienced, and a ilttle wiser after playground administration.
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