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TEMBER 29, 1963 r

'THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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40
'M'Running Game
Sophomores Pace Triumph
As Cecchini, Claney Sparkle
(Continued from Page 1)

Topples

the half. This series was featured
by three passes from Evashevski
to Laskey, including a -32-yard
bomb which put them on the Mus-
tangs' five. The Michigan signal-
caller then lobbed another aerial
to Laskey, who was all alone in
paydirt.
The Wolverines' final score came
late in the third period when start-
ing tackle Tom Keating picked off
a Thomas pass on his own 4 7.
Mustangs Maaled

MICI

1HI

First Downs.

Rushing1
Passing
Penalty
Total No. of Rushes 4
Net ards--Rushing 25
Passing 19
Forward Passes Att.
Completed i
Intercepted by
Yds.einterceptions ret.
Total Plays (Rushes and

GAN SMU
15 19
11 8
3 10
1 1
45 42
:58 109
253
10 27
7 15
2 0
7 0

Passes)
Punts, Number
Average 'distance
Kickoffs, returned by
Yards Kicks Ret.
Punts
Kickoffs
Fumbles, Number
Balls Lost by ,
Penalties, Number
Yards penalized

55
4
29
41
40
1
3
2
4'7

RUSHING
Michigan
Tries Net
Clancy 7 64
Rindfuss 4 58
O'Donnell 1 50
Evashevski 7 25
Dehlin 5 24
Wells 4 21
Anthony 9. 20
Chapman 1 5
Sparkman 2 4
Bay ; '1 0
Quist 1 0
Rowser 1 -1
Chandler 2 -12
Totals 45 258
Southern Methodist
Tries Net
Gannon 8 31
Roderick - 6 21
Sherwin 5 19
Thomas 13 19
Caughran 3 6
Tabore4 6
Campblell' 2 4
Beckett 1 3
Totals 42 109

69
6
44
5
75
0
75
1"
s
60
Avg.
9.1
14.5
54.0
3.6
4,8
53
2.2
5.0
2.0
0.0
0.0
-1.0
-6.0
5.8
Avg.
3.9
3.5
3.8
1.5
2.0
1.5
2.4
3.0
2.1

Clancy picked up most of the
yardage on this drive by collecting
36 yards in three plays, and was
helped out by two Evashevski-to-
John Henderson passes which put
the ball on the two. Anthony cross-
ed the goal line three plays later.
Thomas finally got his team
rolling in the final stanza. SMU's
first scoring campaign originated
on its 17, and featured three
Thomas-to-Gannon aerials ac-
counting for 53 yards. Another
pass to end Dave Corder set up
Gannon's four-yard scoring run to
break the ice for SMU with 6%
minutes left in the game.
Recover Kick
The Mustangs capitalized on
the on-side kick strategy to gain
control of the ball right after their
first score. Dick Stark fell on the
ball on the 50, and some more
Thomas passing and running en-
abled the Mustangs to score six
plays later.
The major thorn in the Wolver-
ines' side, except for the omni-
present triple threat Thomas, was
halfback-end John Roderick, a
sprinter, who gave Michigan head-
aches with his lightning-fast end
runs, especially in the first half.
But Michigan bottled him up
thereafter, so that his total ground
gain for the afternoon was but
24 yards.
Line Strong.,
The big story for the Michigan
defense was told on the line.
Whereas the pass defense was
shaky throughout the game, the
Mustangs rarely penetrated the
Wolverine up front. The starting
interior line of O'Donnell, Keating,
Toin Cecchini, Rich Hahn, and Bill
Yearby all stopped SMU cold on
defense and opened some good
holes for Clancy, Rindfuss, et al on
offense.
Southern Methodist played their
version of the "I" formation to
the fullest, but it didn't seem to
bother Michigan a great deal. On
every play from scrimmage, they
lined up all four backs behind the
center, and then shifted into
countless variations of the wing-T,
often sending one or two men in
motion. But Michigan's line play
generally nullified their well-plan-
ned offensive maneuvers.
Statistics Don't Lie?'
Although Michigan clearly won
the game on the field, they didn't
do that well statistically. SMU'
won the first down derby, 19 to 15,
and their total of 362 yards rush-
and passing matched the Wolver-
ines' total exactly. The Mustangs
had the edge in passing yardage,
253-104, but Michigan outdistanc-
ed them on the ground, 258-109.
The Wolverines' leading ground
gainer was Clancy with 64 yards'
in seven carries, with Rindfuss
close behind with 58 in four tries.
Evashevski accounted for all of
his team's passing pickup wvith sev-
en completions in 10 attempts. His
favorite target was Laskey, who;
snagged three throws for 46 yards.

RUNNING WILD-Fullback Mel Anthony (37) breaks through the SMU line during Michigan's 27-16 romp over the Mustangs yesterday.
Outstanding sophomore teammates Bill Yearby (75) and Tom Cec chini (53) help clear Anthony's path, as Don January (52), Mustang
center, pursues for the tackle. Anthony and his fellow Michigan running backs amassed 258 yards on the ground to SMU's 109, pacing
a 21 point attack during a wild second quarter. Frosty Evashevski took over the top quarterback spot, engineering Michigan's passing
attack.
63,659 FANS HAPPY:
Evashevski Proves Himselfas Starter

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By JIM BERGER

PASSING
Michigan
Att. Comp. Yds.
Evashevski 10 7 104
Southern Methodist
Att. Comp. Yds.
Thomas 24 13 213
Caughran 2 2 39
Camspbel 1 0 0
Totals 27 15 253

Associate Sports Editor
Michigan football fans were
smiling again after a year of de-
feat and discouragement.
The Wolverines, opening" the
season before a Band Day crowd
of 63,659, pushed over three touch-
downs in the second period to drop
the Southern Methodist Mustangs,
27-16.
"It started out as a real tough
game and SMU had the edge,"
said Michigan coach Bump Elliott,
"but the fumble was the turning
point in the game."
It was Brian Patchen who re-
covered that crucial Southern
Methodist fumble on the two yard
line in the closing seconds of the
first quarter. The Wolverines
sparked by junior halfback Dick
Rindfuss then marched 98 yards
in six plays for the first score.
The Wolverines tallied twice
more in the second period, but the
play that tamed the Mustangs
was Captain Joe O'Donnell's fake
punt. With a f.3urth down and
eight to go situation, O'Donnell
took off down the right side of
the field and when he stopped, 50
yards later, it was Michigan 13,
SMU 0.
"Joe did it himself," Elliott
said, "he was going to punt but
saw the end commit himself."

Laskey
Conley.
Hoync
Henders
TotabS
Gannon
Stark
Hillary
Rodericl
Jernigax
Corder
Utchey
Graves
Totals

PASS RECEIVING
Michigan
No. Yds.
3 46
1 24
3 19
on 2 15
7 104
Southern Methodist
No. Yds.
4 64
2 55
3 55
k 2 36
n 1 17
1 14
1 1i
1 1
s ~15 253

Avg.
15.3
24.0
19.0
7.5
14.9
Avg.
16.0
27.5
18.3
18.0
17.0
14.0
11.0
1.
16.i9

"I saw the side of their line
collapse," said O'Donnell in the
dressing room after the game.
O'Donnell had made a similar
move in a recent scrimmage. The
results were the same.
Elliott pulled a surprise move in
starting junior quarterback Frosty
Evashevski, and the results greatly
pleased the Michigan mentor. "It
looks like Evashevski will stay in
the number one spot," Elliott said
after the game. Frosty completed
seven of 10 passes and picked up
25 yards on seven rushes. Bob
Timberlake was scheduled to start,
but towards the end of last week,
Elliott named Evashevski.
* *
Michigan starte, four sopho-
mores yesterday, and Elliott was
quite pleased with all of them.
"There was a lot of pressure on all
of them and they came through."
Sophomore left halfback Jack
Clancy drew great praise by El-
liott. As Michigan's leading ground
gainer, Clancy picked up 64 yards
in seven carries. "I was most im-
pressed by Clancy," said SMU
coach Harden Fry, "he looks like
a real hard runner."
Other starting sophomores were
right halfback Dick Wells, center
Tom Cecchini, and right tackle
Bill Yearby.
The SMU coach also felt the
turning point was that crucial
fumble. "Actually we deserved to
lose anyhow," Fry said, "the fum-
ble was the turning point but we
were outplayed.
"They outweighed us badly and
we couldn't run through them at
all," Fry continued. "Michigan
looks like a real good team and
we think you're going to have a
fine season."
A bad break for the Mustangs
was the injury to defensive spe-
cialist John Hughes. He was
blocked out on the first play and
sprained his right ankle. However,
he managed to play, making many
outstanding defensive plays.
Southern Methodist did uncover
a flagrant weakness in the Wol-
verines, their spotty pass defense.
With Navy and Roger Staubach
coming to Ann Arbor next Satur-
day, Michigan can expect a similar
aerial barrage. "Our pass defense
needs a lot of improvement but

-Daily-James Keson
COURAGEOUS CAPTAIN-An unidentified SMU defender momentarily trips Joe O'Donnell (69),
Michigan captain, during the Wolverine's 50-yard dash for a touchdown. Normally a guard and
kicker, O'Donnell ran the ball from a fake punt formation and outlegged opponents for the. six
points. For the ex-high school, All-State fullback, it marked the first TD of his college career.
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