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Wolverines Mauled by Spartans in Big

Ten Opener

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Fred Katz, Associate Sports Editor
Experience in Extremes
MOST TYPES of endeavors have their continuums. The lonely and
unpopular business of losing football games can't be excepted.!
Michigan (vintage '59 and Coach Bump Elliott are now recognized'
authorities on how to close at either end of the scale.
The Wolverines last week lost in heartbreaking manner in the final
two seconds. Victory had almost been assured? They had outplayed
their opponent much of the game.
Yesterday they were a beaten ball club from the outset. They were
never in the game. They were demolished by a vastly superior outfit.
Which is the tougher type to lose? Ask any'coach and he'll surely
give you a blunt "They're all hard to lose!" reply.
Since this is the case, Bump Elliott is going to be in for a hard
season.
Because the two extremes of losing have already been experienced
in the same number of outings, neither kind of defeat will be as stun-
ning if and when they occur again. Repetition has that effect not un-
like novocaine-one slowly grows numb if the dosage is sufficient.
Maybe this type of effect is a blessing if it will make the rest of
the season any easier to endure. For regardless how hungry the youth-
ful-coaching staff and team members are for that 60-minute victory,
the facts of this year's life are too cruel to ignore. Michigan shall lose
often this fall, several more times than they shall win.
THIS IS CERTAINLY not a condemnation, for how can one sanely
condemn another for being second in ability? In desire, yes. But
Michigan doesn't fall into that category in the least.
Sophomore halfback Bennie McRae pretty well summarized the
Wolverines' attitude toward the State game Friday afternoon when he
said, "This is the game we want; the big one; D-day; we're up for
them."
This was the sentiment of a veteran of only one college game and,
who had never been on the opposite side of the Spartan line. It's.not
too difficult to imagine how those 15 seniors felt who were victims of
a 35-6 State drubbing two years ago. Or how they, plus 20 juniors,
felt after settling for a 12-12 tie one year ago in Spartan Stadium.
Yet, desire or no, Michigan had no chance yesterday once MSU's
thundering backs began rolling behind a scythe-like line.
Right now there is no reason to believe that the results are going1
to be any different against Northwestern, Wisconsin, Ohio State orl
even Illinois, which zoomed into prominence yesterday against Army.r
This should be of little surprise to anyone, for it isn't to Elliott.
He has been telling people ever since his appointment last November.
that 1959 is a rebuilding year for Michigan.football. And rebuilding is
a slow process, often painful, as it has been thus far.
But all wigl know that Michigan is on the way back when it
reaches either or both extreme degrees of another continuum-thec
scale of victory. Elliott would even settle for a comfortable spot in
the middle.
SPARTAN SIDEBARS:

MSU Defeats 'M', 34-8,

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boasts seven victories and a tie in
the last 10 games.
Game Starts Fast
Like the 1957 game, State started
fast. The two teams traded inter-
ceptions soon after Michigan State
kicked off, but the Spartans got
the best of the deal when guard
Archie Hahn picked off one of Stan
Noskin's tosses.
Hahn intercepted on the 50-yd.
line, ran 10 yards and lateralled
to Tom Wilson who earned another
nine. From there, Gary Ballman,
Martin and Adderley edged toward
the Michigan goal, with the latter
busting over the right-center of
the host's line for a two - yard
touchdown. State had needed only
five cracks at the Michigan line
to cover the 31-yd. margin to the
goal line. It was typical of the way
they "five - yarded" Michigan to
death all afternoon.
Sophomore Art'Brandstatter
smoothly kicked the extra point
as he did on three other occasions
ysteday and Michigan was behind
7-0, with the game only 5:26 min-
utes old.
Hopes Hurt
Michigan's victory hopes after
the kickoff were lowered when
game-buster McRae was the victim
of tackle Ed McLucas' hard
charge. McLucas shot the gap
through Michigan's surprised line
and caught speedster McRae for
a minus six. Three plays later

-Daily-Fred Shippey
NO, IT'S NOT GOING THROUGH HIM-But it looks that way
as Michigan's Bob Johnson breaks through the line in an attempt
to block Art Brandstatter's conversion attempt in the first period.
He got there too late and MSU led at this point, 7-0.
Elliott Offers No Excuse
For Wolverines' Defeat

Michigan was forced to punt and
State was on its way again.
Again it was Adderly playing a
key role. He got the 10-play, 56-
yd. drive going with a 9-yd. dash
around end and contributed two
first-down sprints along the -ay.
Martin punched over Michigan's
first-team line at 11:55 to score.
Stocky Fred Boylen, an MSU
guard, threw Myers for a 5-yd.
loss in similar fashion to McRae's
earlier setback. This gave State's
line a boost in morale that could
not be denied.
McRae Injured
McRae was lost to Michigan two
plays later to give State's back-
field an unquestionable edge in
speed.
If Michigan had any hopes left,
they must have been squelched by
Look and Martin early in the
second quarter. Look made his
first appearance of the year as
that stanza got underway, and
wasn't too impressive. With nine
yards to go, he threw two poor
passes on second and third downs
- forcing Martin into punting
position.
But Martin decided this was his
day-and set out to prove it. Mak-
ing his own decision, he faked a
punt on the fourth down-and-nine
situation and ran. He gained 22
yards to Michigan's 19-yd. line.
Look Guides
Look's generalship improved and
he guided his eleven to the goal
line in five plays-scoring on the
last one himself. Look drove
hrough the center of Michigan's
line, making it the third different
place that the Spartans had
pierced the Wolverine line inside
the ends for touchdowns.
A penalty forced the extra-point
try back to Michigan's 18, and also
led to Brandstatter's only missed
kick during the day.
State closed out its first-half
scoring on'ean exciting interception
return by sophomore ,Bob Suci.
The defensive halfback ended
Michigan's only creditable first-
half drive when he stole a Noskin-
to-Bob Johnson pass on the Spar-
tan seven and returned it all the
way. Suci was almost foiled in his
return attempt when he started
up the left sideline. But he cut
quick to the right and picked up
a devastating block by Pat Baker
at midfield to score untouched.
Trade Scores
Michiganrand State traded
scores in a wild last half that saw
both teams unload their benches
without second thought.
Michigan's lone touchdown was
punched over by Noskin after full-
back Tony Rio bucked the line
three times for eight needed yards.
Noskin just made it over in a
play so close that even Daugherty
questioned it after the game. Nos-
kin hit Johnson for a two-point
pass on the conversion to end the
day's scoring.

-Daly-Fred Suppey
IT TAKES ONE TO TOSS-And one to catch in this game.
Wolverine quarterback John Stamos (28, above) gets off a pass
over the outstretched hands of Spartan defender Dave Palomuaki.
But end Jim Zubkus (85, below) won't register a completion as
he is belted from behind by MSU's Larry Hudas.

By FRED KATZ
Associate Sports Editor
"There's just no excuses, when
you get beat like we did," said
Bump Elliott, perched on a foot-
locker in the Michigan dressing
room 15 minutes after Michigan
State had manhandled his Wol-
verine5 yesterday, 34-8.
"It all can be summed up sim-
ply by saying they outhit us, ana-
lyzed the 34-year-old coach. "You
can see that from our injuries."
The extent of damage to Bennie
McRae (hip), Darrel Harper,

Martin Regains Form in 'M' Pasting

(ribs), Brad Myers. (head and
knee) and Wilber Franklin (knee),
weren't known yesterday, but none
are presumed serious.
Elliott, poised and gracious fol-
lowing his second straight defeat
in his embryonic coaching career,
praised State without reservation.
"They weren't any better than
we figured they'd be; we thought
they would be great - and they
were," he said.
"They're a definite title threat
and they have the personnel to
keep going. It's going to take a
good team to beat them," Elliott
continued.
Did Michigan set its defense for
any particular back?
"We couldn't because they're
all dangerous," Elliott answered.
"They. have a strong running
backfield, with weight and speed
to match."
The 282 yards State gained
rushing compared to Michigan's
90 backs up Elliott's contention.
Turning to his own team, El-
liott said it was impossible to
single out any Wolverine "on a
day like today."
"It's difficult to tell if Michi-
gan candbounce back," he said.
"But we're not going to give up,
that's for sure. There are just too
many youngsters on the team to
give up now."

By DAVE LYON
Associate Sports Editor
Michigan State football coach
Duffy Daugherty was jovial again.
His Spartans had just handed
the Wolverines of Michigan a 34-8
pasting, and he wore a big smile
as he answered reporters' ques-,
tions.
Long noted for his genial and
relaxed attitude, Daugherty did
not have much to smile about last
season (last place in the Big Ten)
or last week (9-'7 loss to Texas
A&M).
Pleased With Martin
ut yesterday the MSU coach
was pleased in every respect about
his team's smashing victory. And
especially .about fullback Blanche
Martin.
"He loked like the Blanche of
old, didn't he," exulted Daugher-
ty. State's powerful senior full-
back, sidelined by a leg injuryt
throughout last season, had been
anything but spectacular In his
return to competition last Satur-
day.
But yesterday he returned to
the form that had distinguished
his high school career at, River
Rouge and his sophomore year at
Michigan State. In nine running
plays Martin galloped 99 yards,
and Daugherty singled- out two
"key runs" that Martin reeled off
against the Wolverines.
MSU Fumbles
The longer one came shortly{
after the half, and was the "key"
to a 81-yard State drive that end-'
ed with a lost fumble on the
Michigan one-yard line. With the
Spartans' backs to their goal line,
Martin took a pitchout from quar-
terback Tom Wilson and sprinted1
around left end for 46 yards.
The other was, of course, the
fake punt-and-run that netted 22
yards and a first down early in the
second quarter and kept State
moving on a 56-yard drive that
resulted in State's third touch-

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-Daily-Fred Shippey
AND THE BENCH WAS CLEARED--Midway through the second
half, both coaches gave some experience to their substitutes.
Michigan's Reid Bushong found a spot-of daylight and goes for
a short gain as Spartan halfback Bob Ricucci moves in for the
tackle.

FIRST DOWNS
Rushing
Passing
Penalty
TOTAL NO. OF RUSHES
NET YARDS-Rushing
Passing
FORWARD PASSES
ATTEMPTED
Completed
Intercepted by
Yards interceptions
returned
TOTAL PLAYS
(Rushes and Passes)
PUNTS, No.
Average distance
KICKOFFS, returned by
YDS. KICKS RETURNED
Punts
Kickoffs
FUMBLES, No.
Ball lost by
PENALTIES, No.
Yds. Penalized

4:
9
6

1
1
4i
94

11
6
4

24
7
2
0
65
9
39
5
98
19
79
2
1
15

17
6
3
123
70
4
35
2
91
56
35
2
1
5
59

MSU
18
15
3
0
53
282
60

the ball over from one yard out
for the Spartans' second score.
But Daugherty naturally was
careful not to emphasize Martin's
contributions as more valuable
than the overall team spirit and
desire.
Corrected Mistakes
Daugherty countered, "Even
last week they had desire. I was
disappointed at the many mis-
takes we made last Saturday, but
we corrected a lot of. those mis-
takes today."
MSU's chances for the Big Ten
title?
"Right now we're going to try
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to keep our feet on the ground."
After all, State travels to Iowa
City next weekend, and the Hawk-
eyes should be in a vengeful mood
after yesterday's loss to North-
western.

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