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Page 20-Sunday, December 10, 1978-The Michigan Daily

The Michigan Doily-Sunday, Dec(

Finally, the end of the bowl games


(Continued from Page 18)
The senior running back gained 1118 yards on 262
carries this season, utilizing a style that has im-
pressed a number of pro scouts. Alexander has led
the Bayou Tigers to a fairly impressive 8-3 season.
MISSOURI HAS had a very inconsistent year. The
Tigers stunned Notre Dame in the first game of the
seasson with a surprising 3-0 upset. Yet the same
defense that dwarfed the Fighting Irish offense has
yielded to much inferior opponents, allowing nearly
20 points per game.
On the other hand, Missouri features a highly
potent offense. In 11 games the Tigers put 348 points
on the board including 35 in their upset of sixth
ranked Nebraska. Running back James Wilder, the
key to their offensive attack, accounted for four
touchdowns in that contest.
Neither team exhibits a stingy defense and each
boasts a dangerous ground attack. Thus the Liberty.
Bowl could turn into one of the holiday's more in-
teresting and high scoring affairs.
Tempe, Arizona

A bowl game usually
rewards a team for a good
season, but for Fiesta Bowl
contestants UCLA (8-3) and
Arkansas (9-2) the contest
serves as a consolation for a
somewhat disappointing cam-
Lou Holtz' Razorbacks,
rated as high as second in the country in pre-
season polls, never incurred a major upset in their
11 games, but they were sidetracked by league
rivals Texas and Houston, and that was enough to
knock them out of the Southwest Conference title
AS FOR PAC-10 runnerup UCLA, it was the same
old story. Once again the Bruins came up short in
their showdown with Southern California, and they
had to settle for a date in Tempe, Arizona on
Christmas Day instead of New Year's roses.
Both teams operate out of the Veer formation, in
which running tends to move off the tackles rather
than inside. As a result, the game could be decided
on the outside running of UCLA's Theotis Brown
(1,199 yards) and Arkansas' Ben Cowins (858 yar-
NEITHER TEAM passes a great deal, although
Bruin quarterback Rick Bashore and Razorback
helmsman Ron Calcagni are both versatile enough
to complement their running with an occasional toss

upstairs. When they do throw, Calcagni has the bet-
ter success rate, nearly 60 per cent, while Bashore
hits his receivers 48 per cent of the time.
Houston, Texas

The Georgia Bulldogs'
appearance in this year's
Bluebonnet Bowl is more than
surprising, it's just about a
The Bulldogs (9-1-1), who
take on pass-happy Stanford
(7-4) in the New Year's Eve

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Troj an
Southern California football coach working
John Robinson is already looking streak,
forward to 1979. Robinson's 11-1 Michig
Trojans will usher in the New Year by Wolver
returning to the Rose Bowl after a one- droppe
year absence, and the third-year coach This;
is itching to get at it. that pu
"You've got two great schools USC ha
competing," said Robinson of the some of
pending showdown which features 24 poin
USC's explosive, never-say-die offense against
against Michigan's stingy, lightning- Notre D
fast defense. But ti
"I'm really looking forward to it," plenty
continued Robinson, adding with a justifict
laugh, "It'll be one game I won't miss. shutout
But then the USC team- doesn't two oth
generally miss any post-season bowl In ado
activity in a gridiron tradition that ended u
dates back to the John McKay era. The defense
Trojans have appeared in eight of the defense
last 13 Pasadena classics, and have also 14thpin p
made token appearances in the Liberty So it A
and Bluebonnet Bowls over that span. power cc
What's more, USC has both the most defense
bowl victories (17) and the highest bowl Paul Mc
winning percentage (.738) of any team Year's D

ory. And they're currently
g on a four-game bowl winning
including their 14-6 conquest of
an two years ago. The
ines, in comparison, have
d their last five bowls.
year's Michigan squad knows
utting a lid on the Trojan's
ve attack will be no easy chore.
as proved that it can score on
the nation's best teams, putting
nts up against Alabama, 30
Michigan State and 27 against
hen again, the Wolverines have
of confidence in their own
ve unit, and not without
ion. Michigan chalked up four
s this season and just missed
dition, the Michigan defenders
p second in the nation in scoring
this year, fourth in total
eighth in rushing defense and
assing defense.
will obviously be a power versus
onfrontation when the Wolverine
lines up against Charlies White,
cDonald and company on New
Day. And it is likely that the

winner of this confrontation will
emerge as the winner of the 65th annual
run for the roses.
Bo Schembechler summed up his-
feelings of USC's offense. "They've got
great running backs, a big offensive
line and a great quarterback. They've
got everything."
And, as Schembechler knows only too-
well, the Trojans are also great at
mixing up their offense, with the ability
to runor pass.
"We're balanced," said Robinson of
his offense, lead by the rushing of
tailback White and ,the passing of
quarterback McDonald. "We want to
keep the defense guessing.
"I think the key in trying to beat any
superior defensive team is to keep them
from knowing what we're going to do."
When USC does decide to run the ball,
it won't be difficult for the Wolverines
to guess who the ball carrier will be.
White, who finished fourth in the
Heisman Trophy balloting as a junior,
is indeed the Trojan workhorse.
The 5-11, 185-pounder averaged more
than 28 carries through USC's first 11
games, and toted the pigskin 37 times
for 205 yards in the memorable 27-25

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classic, were expected to
finish near the bottom of the Southeastern
Conference this year. But led by a tough,
determined defense, they wound up just one point
short of winning the conference crown.
And Stanford, led by its, great passing
quarterback Steve Dils, is making its second
straight bowl appearance, having beaten Louisiana
State in last year's Sun Bowl. -BRIAN MILLER

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Charles White: record breaker
(Continued from Page 5)
AS USC TAILBACKS go, White is not exceptionally big or fast, but he's not
exactly tiny either. Garrett and Davis were the smaller ones around, 5-9, 180, while
Bell was the biggest at 6-2, 220.
"Anthony Davis, Charlie White and Mike Garrett are similar. Charlie is the
most physical," Robinson said. "He's not real big. He's an aggressive runner that
can make you miss, but he's not an escapist. He doesn't get away just by making
you miss. He can run aggressively .and he can run on the break. Those are the
things that a tailback must do."
Back in the 1977 Rose Bowl, Bell was the key man. The hard hitting Michigan
defense disposed of Bell after the game was five minutes old by knocking him
unconscious. Replacing Bell was a freshman who graduated from San Fernando
High School named Charles White.
HE BAFFLED THE Michigan defense, gaining 114 yards in 32 carries for a 3.6
average. With 3:03 left in the game, and USC ahead 7-6, White trotted into the end
zone on a seven yard run through right tackle. On the Trojans first drive of the
game he carried eight times for 35 yards. He dove into the end zone-on a fake as
quarterback Vince Evans rolled out on 3rd-and-one for the first USC score.
White has improved since his freshman days, too. "He's become more
consistent and more aggressive. He's a much more physical runner on the inside, a
lot like Anthony Davis," Robinson said.
Not only does White pose a problem for the Wolverine defense when he has the
ball, but they have to prevent from going after him on the fake. The Trojan offense
is based on confusing the opponent by mixing White runs with play-action passes.
"We have a couple of plays where we give him the fake. I think whenever we
go to give him the ball, he gets attention," Robinson said.
Chances are he will get plenty of attention on January 1, 1979 from the
Michigan defesne. "Charles White is a super athlete. We're going to have to run
and hustle like never before to contain him," Michigan defensive captain Jerry
Meter said.
The matchup should prove interesting, since USC respects Michigan's stingy
defense. "I'm sure the Michigan defense will be the best defense he's played
against. I think the runners on both teams will have to earn every inch," Robinson
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Every great USC team-and even
some not-so-great ones-boast an
excellent tailback. The reason being
that the Trojans use the power I
formation, which was developed by
former USC coach John McKay. In this
formation, the tailback is the key man.
The key men in the past include such
names as O.J. Simpson, Anthony Davis,
Mike Garrett, Ricky Bell and Clarence
Davis. Garrett won the Heisman
Trophy in 1965 and Simpson in 1968.
They are the only Heisman winners in
USC's history.
Currently, the man in that illustrious
position is Charles White, a 5-11, 185
pound junior. He has gained 1760 yards.
on the ground this year and made a bid
to become USC's third Heisman

winner. White finished fourth in the
"I THINK HE is in the same category
as all the great USC tailbacks," USC
coach John Robinson said. "I don't
think anyone is in the same category as
O.J. Simpson. He's a legend.
"He's become very much a team guy.
The core of the football team is
centered around the guy with the ball.
None of the USC tailbacks could be
anything but team centered," Robinson
As a junior White has not only broken
the USC career rushing statistic, but
the Pacific Ten one as well. He has a
career total of 4096 yards. Overall he
has 21 career -100-yard rushing games,
33 touchdowns, 29 on the ground.
In 1978 he has a 146.6 rushing average

per game, including nine 100-yard
rushing games. His best games came
against Notre Dame-205 yards,
Stanford-201 yards and Alabama
(when the Tide was number one)-189
yards. White is the country's number
one all-purpose runner, which takes in
rushing, receiving and kick-off returns,
with over 174 average yards per game.
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