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1910 Jug Clash Called 'Greatest Game'

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The annual Michigan-Minneso-
ta game is a classic. Throughout
the long history of the series there
have been many spectacular grid-
iron clashes, full of upsets and
thrills in contention for the Little
Brown Jug. Clark Shaughnessy,
who developed the man-in-motion
and T-formation, as the country's
leading football coach (Stanford)
during World War II, picks one
of these games-in 1910-as "the
greatest football game I ever
saw." Says Coach Shaughnessy:
"It was a game I have never seen
matched for power in the field'and
drama of opposing tactics."
The following is derived from
his personal account of the game
as a third string tackle observing
from the bench.
Old Ferry Field was jammed to
the hilt with 18,000 crowding, fren-
zied spectators. They came by spe-
cial trains, trolleys, horse buses,
and even a few by autos. They
came on an overcast, gloomy day
in the middle of November to see
one of the greatest grid clashes in
the new century. They came to see
the powerful Maize and. Blue col-
lide with the monsters from Min-
nesota, unscored upon in six games,
179 points without an opponent
crossing the goal line,
The Gopher line was mammoth,
228 pounds up and down the line.
They were confident that the pow-
erful Minnesota defense could

THE FATAL FUMBLE-It's too late for Michigan here as backs
Dave Raimey (19) and Bennie McRae (43) watch the loose ball
and the game bounce away on the Michigan five yard line. McRae
fumbled it with three and a half minutes to go to set up Minne-
sota's winning touchdown.

crush the _Wolverine offensive as-
sault and give the Gophers the
prize at stake: the western cham-
285-Lb. Guard
The Michigan line was led by
Albert Benbrook, 6-5, 285-lb. All-
America guard. But what's more
the Wolverines had the biggest as-
set on the sidelines: the incompar-
able Fielding H. Yost at the coach-
ing reins. Yost appeared chomping
on a long cigar, a yellow chrysan-
themum in his lapel. Confident,
masterful, he ran his football team
like a general would his army.
To the tune of "The Victors"
Michigan received the opening
kick-off, and promptly Joe Magid-
sahn, Wolverine left half, juggled
the pigskin and Minnesota grab-
bed hold at the Michigan 40.
The Gopher offense began to
roll behind the beefy line. Down
to the Blue 18-and there Ben-
brook and the Wolverine forward
wall held. Johnny McGovern step-
ped back for a field goal attempt.
No good.
The Gophers weren't discourag-
ed-they'd proved that they could
movetheir line against the Wol-
verines, 'the touchdowns could
wait. And true to form: Michigan's
Stan Lawton dropped back to punt
on the next series of downs. Goph-
erman Len Frank streaked in to
blocknthe kick, the ball skipped
into the IM" end zone and a Min-
nesota lineman curled on the ball.
Touchdown, Gophers! The Minne-
sota team went wild.
Called Back
But wait. "They're calling it
back-" As the ball rolled goal-
ward it had brushed umpire Frank
Hinkey and by the rule of the day
the play was void. The Gophers
were crushed. And they never fully
recovered from that unnerving
near TD. Lawton punted out safely
on the next play, and the ball went
back and forth for the entire mid-
dle part of the game.
Fourth quarter. Michigan held
the ball at the Minnesota 48. Sud-
denly Stan Wells, Michigan's 210-
lb. All-America end faded to pass
-and connected to the other end
Stan Borleske at the Minnesota
30. The Wolverines were rolling!
Next play. Wells faded again-
and again hit Borleske, this time
to the Gopher 3! Here was Michi-'
gan three yards from a goal line
Minnesota Facts
Nickname-Golden Gophers.
Enrollment-29,000 (approx.)
Home-Minneapolis, Minn.
Stadium-Memorial, 63,555.
Colors-Maroon and Gold.
Head Coach-Murray Warmath.
Coaching Staff-Denver Craw-
ford, George Nash, Robert Bos-
sons, Dick Larson, Wallace John-
son, Joe Salem, Don Grammer,
Jerry Annis.

Late Fumble Decides '61 Game

Associate Sports Editor
A lot of Michigan-Minnesota
games have been played, some for
Big Ten championships, some for
national titles, and some for noth-
ing but the Little Brown Jug.
But last year was something dif-
ferent. The teams played that way
too, Bennie McRae's last quarter
fumble on the Michigan 5-yd. line
giving Minnesota the break needed
to win.
M' Favored
Going into the game, the Wol-
verines were a touchdown choice,
despite a crushing 28-0 whipping
by Michigan State two weeks be-
fore. The Gophers had been beaten
6-0 by Missouri in the snow on
opening day, crept by Oregon 14-7
and edged Northwestern 10-3, be-
fore drubbing Illinois 33-0.
It was hardly an impressive start
for the Gophers, but as the Big
Ten and the nation was to find
out, the Gophers were just being
Michigan, meanwhile, had

steamrollered UCLA and Army be-
fore the Michigan State game and
then bounced back from the Spar-
tan loss with a 16-14 conquest of
Became All-American
The game figured to be a battle
between the Gopher line and the
Michigan backs, but it didn't turn
out that way. Minnesota's Sandy
Stephens became an All-American,
that afternoon and McRae, for all
the great running he had done for
Michigan, became one of those
"wrong way" legends.
The following events set it up.
Michigan scored early in each of
the first three periods, the first two
scores coming after Minnesota
fumbles, the third on an 11-play
drive which covered 60 yds. Going
into the fourth quarter the Wol-
verines led, 20-8.
Stephens' Turn
Then it was Stephens' turn.
With ten and a half minutes to
go in the game, the Gophers took
over. From the Michigan 46,
Stephens fired to end John Camp-
bell for the score. It was one of 11

passes he completed all day-in
31 attempts.
At the eight-minute mark, Min-
nesota mounted what appeared to
be the winning drive, Stephens
running the rollout pass-run op-
tion to perfection. Yet despite the
urging of a record homecoming
day crowd; the Gophers stalled.
Michigan took the ball on the 9-
yd. line, still holding a 20-15 lead.
Crazy Bounce
But the football took one of.its
crazy bounces.
On the first Michigan play, Mc-
Rae running off right tackle on
Michigan's favorite play was
smashed to the ground by a re-
serve Minnesota halfback. The ball
hopped loose to the Michigan five.
There Minnesota recovered.
It took them four plays to score,
but that was enough.
The Gophers won, 23-20, and
rode to the Rose Bowl for the
second straight year. Michigan
played football the rest of the
season, but it wasn't without a sad
look backward - to what might
have been.

that had never been crossed in the
face of the Minnesota line. No
team before had even come close
enough to kick a field goal. And
the Wolverines were there-and it
was the last big chance to score.
Now or Never
The stands tensed as Wells
dropped back' to short put forma-
tion. The ball was snapped-Wells
streaked forward as the two mighty
lines crashed in a giant wave. Up,
up--and then back went the Blue
ball carrier. No gain!
Benbrook went over to talk with
the Michigan quarterback Neil
McMillan. And Benbrook ordered
the Blue signal caller: "Run this
one over me." The Wolverines
broke out of the huddle.
Again Wells dropped back. Again
the lines rose in crunching cres-
cent. Wells drove forward-up, up,
and in the last second rode over
the wave of blocking into the Min-
nesota end zone on Benbrook's
back. Touchdown! The Wolverines
kicked for the extra point. Good!
6-0, Michigan. (TD's were five
points then.) Chaos reigned ram-
pant at Old Ferry Field. Michigan
had just cracked the impenetrable
Gopher line-the Wolverines were
grid kings of the day.
Bonfires, torchlight parades, and
all the victory trimming decorated
the Michigan campus as Wolverine
rooters celebrated one of the
greatest wins ever for the Maize
and Blue.
Houston at Boston College
Rhode Island at Brown
Ohio University at Buffalo
Lehigh at Columbia
Princeton at Cornell
Dartmouth at Harvard
Syracuse at Holy Cross
Boston University at Massa-
Pittsburgh vs Navy at Norfolk,
Rutgers at Pennsylvania
Colgate at Yale
Xavier (Ohio) at Villanova
Tulsa at Alabama
Auburn at Clemson
North Carolina State at Duke
Virginia Tech at Florida State
The Citadel at Furman
Tulane at Georgia Tech
Kentucky at Georgia
Florida at Louisiana State (N)
South Carolina at Maryland
Memphis State at Mississippi
Wake Forest at North Carolina
Chattanooga at Tennessee
Mississippi vs Vanderbilt at
Memphis (N)
William & Mary at Virginia
Davidson at Virginia
Richmond at Cincinnati
Nebraska at Colorado
Southern California at Illinois
Michigan State at Indiana
Purdue at Iowa
Minnesota at Michigan
Iowa State at Missouri
Notre Dame at Northwestern
Wisconsin at Ohio State
Kansas at Oklahoma State
Kansas State at Oklahoma
Montana State at Wichita
Hardin Simmons at Arkansas
Texas A & M at Baylor (N)
Texas at Rice (N)
Southern Methodist at Texas
Miami at Air Force
Texas Western at Arizona State
Penn State at California
Wyoming at Colorado State
Montana at Idaho State
North Texas State at New
Mexico State (N)
West Virginia at Oregon State
at Portland

Washington State at University
of Pacific
New Mexico at San Jose (N)
Brigha mYoung at Utah State
Brigham Young at Utah State
Oregon at Washington

"Me a tackle . . . why man, we
both knew I was a quarterback!"
That was Bobby Bell's reaction
to Minnesota head coach, Murray
Warmath, when he suggested that
Bell take over the tackle position.
Bell's surprise was not unex-
pected. In his highschool years,
he won letters in football, at the
quarterback position, and basket-
His fame as a quarterback, who
could throw the ball 70 yds. with
near-perfect accuracy and who
could out-spring all but the fast-
est of backs, spread far and wide.
So far, in fact, that word of his
deeds spread from Cleveland High
School in Shelby, N.C., all the way
to a town in Minnesota-Minne-
apolis, to be exact.
Gobbled Up
In this town was a university,
Minnesota. It quickly gobbled up
the North Carolina star.
In 1959, he played quarterback
on the freshman squad. At the
same time, Sandy Stephens was
warming to the position of start-
ing quarterback with the Gopher
Throughout the _ winter, Bell
groomed himself to the task of
trying to make Warmathand his
coaching staff forget about this
upstart 'Stephens.
Then came that meeting with

Two weeks before spring practice
was about to start, Warmath called
Bell into his office. Once there,
Bell saw his hopes of being quar-
terback dashed.
Stephens was the only quarter-
back in the Gophers' future, he
was told.-But how would he like
to play tackle?
Warmath was lavish in his praise
of Bell's all-around football abil-
ity. So sure was he that he even
predicted Bell would be "one of
the best tackles in the Big Ten."
Warmath was wrong. Bell turn-
ed out to be the best tackle in the
nation, not just in the Big Ten.
But, at that time, Bell wasn't
so sure he would be a tackle. He
thought the coach was joking and
forgot all about his little conver-
"But I guess coach didn't," Bell
declares. "We started spring prac-
tice two weeks later and I was a
And a tackle he was, but it took
First Things First
The first thing he had to learn
was how to get into a lineman's
three-point stance.
"He was knock-kneed and he ran
slough-f ooted," reminisced line
coach Denver Crawford. "His feet
flapped like a duck's."
Bell wasn't concerned with his

running with how he-ran. He told
Crawford that he's get the job
done no matter what way he ran.
The top was the next stop.
In 1961, Bell was voted to the
All-American team by Look Mag-
azine (Football Writers' Associa-
tion), Sporting News, Football
Coaches' Association, and the
ABC-TV network. He was voted to
the All-American second team by
the United Press Internatioal.
The Associated Press and the
UPI voted him to the All Big Ten
Conference first team.
He received national honors ear-
ly last season when the UPI named
him "Lineman of the Week" for
his play- against Northwestern.
Minnesota eked by Northwestern,
More .. .
Adding accomplishment to ac-
complishment, Bell took over hik-
ing the ball on punts. Despite the
fact that he had never centered the
ball before, Bell did an errorless
Bell's ability doesn't end on the
field. He is finishing his studies
as a physical, or recreational,
therapist. He hopes to work with
handicapped persons in hospitals
or institutions.
Interested in a professional ca-
reer, Bell knows that the scouts
have an eye on him.
He also has an eye on them.

Gopher Linemen Fail To Meet Tradition

What has happened to the stor-
ied "Giants of the. North"?
Year after year, Minnesota fans
have always thought that there
would be plenty of husky, raw-
boned youths from Minnesota's
"natural recruiting area" to man
the interior line positions.
It seems that the Gophers' well
has run dry, their natural re-
sources are used up.
Starting at the tackle position,
Carl Eller, a junior from Winston-
Salem, North Carolina, is the
heaviest man on the line. He tips
the scales at 240.
Eller is rated as the top tackle




thought he was a quarterback, leaps i
give the Wolverine squad the headac
Little Brown Jug in Minneapolis for

on the Minnesota squad, next to
his state-side neighbor Bobby Bell,
who plays the other tackle.
"Eller is a better blocker than
Bell," said the Gopher coaching
staff. "He's got some learning to
do on defense, but he'll learn. He's
a worker."
Eller was given the starting left
tackle position last year as an un-
tried sophomore. He played and
improved steadily through the first
four games. Then came the game
with Michigan for the Little
Brown Jug.
What Injury?
During the game, Eller broke a
bone in his left hand. That didn't
deter 'him. During the week he
practiced with a cast on his hand.
But Big Ten rules forbid a
player to wear a cast in a game
and Eller had the cast removed
for the games. This didn't seem
to bother Eller, who played the
full 60 minutes in a bruising battle
against the Badgers of Wisconsin.
(Minnesota lost by two points to
the Badgers.)
Balancing the line is Bell, play-
ing at right tackle. Bell is two
inches shorter than Eller (6'4"
vs 6'6") and twenty-two lbs. light-
er, weighing in at 218.
Bell, All-American last year, has
great speed and a natural foot-
ball ability for diagnosing plays.
Backing up the two starters is
240-lb. Minneapolis-born Fred
Nord. He's lacking in experience'
but is rated as the most improved
among the linemen.
All the other prospective tackles
are light but fast. Number three
tackle is Milt Sunde, a wiry, 207-
lb. junior from Bloomington,
Minnesota. Another lightweight
vying for the tackle slot is Jim
Krohn at 203. s
Moving toward-the center of the
line, the weight situation doesn't
improve. In fact, it worsens.
At left guard is Gene Rabel, a
6'2", 2-0-lb. sophomore, Pacing the
right side of the line is senior
Julian Hook.
Hook doesn't even break the six-
foot mark (he's only 5'10") and is
the lightest of the interior linemen
at 187 lbs. Hook's ability lies in his
timing. In 1961, he was the red-
dogging 'scourge of the opponents
Paul Benson is another product
of coach Murray Warmath's fa-
mous shifting act. Last year Bell
was at tackle instead of his nor-
mal quarterback position, this year
Benson is playing center instead

of, his usual halfback position. Dick
Enga, last year's center, has re-
turned to his fullback slot of his
sophomore year.
Benson did not go into the sea-
son unprepared for the center po-
sition. It was his outstanding sub-
stitution for Enga in last year's
Rose Bowl game that earned Ben-
son the center slot this year.
Benson isn't a heavyweight, by
any means. Like Hook, he is in the
under 200-lb. class. Benson only
hits 190 but Warmath has com-
plete confidence that he will
handle the job capably and, so far


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this season, he hasn't let his coach
That's it. Looking over the
weights of the interior linemen -
240, 218, 210, 190, 187 - the line
doesn't measure up to last year's
at all.
Even with the ends - John
Campbell and Bob Prawdzik - the
Gophers don't live up to their past.
Adding the weights of the ends
(201 and 205, respectively), the
line's averages drop to just a little
over 207 lbs. per man.
No more are the "Giants of the


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