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Page 10-Saturday, September 16, 1978-The Michigan Daily

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By BOB MILLER
Bo Schembechler and his coaching
staff might find themselves arrested
someday if truth in advertising laws
were ever applied to the advance billing
of their gridiron opponents.
Week after week, the affable Bo
would laud the praises of every foe
from Stanford to Wake Forest. Then,
more times than not, his Wolverines
would womp the flattered, but
outclassed visitors.
For instance -last Saturday, Illinois
walked, ran, passed and punted a better
game than Northwestern, but'the final
score (0-0) any way you look at it had to
be a moral delfeat. Yet assistant coach.
Jack Harbaugh wasn't convinced.
"They're a fine football team, as
evidenced by the performance they
gave against Northwestern," the
defensive back coach said.
Herein lies part of the problem of who
and what to believe. True,'the statistics
did favor Illinois (185 yards gained to
NU's 83, 294 yards total, 220 for the
Wildcats). But at the same time the
Illini fumbled the ball four times, losino

tough?

Bo

Some of the blame was placed on the
temperatures down on the artificial turf
(116 degrees), but after looking at those
stats, one has to wonder how much of
the heat was generated directly from
under Illini coach Gary Moeller's
collar.
"I'm disappointed we didn't win,"
said the second-year coach... "we
had several opportunities that we didn't
capitalize on because we mishandled
On the air
If the Cookie Monster gobbled up
your ticket, or you'd rather stay
home and study, listen to today's
grid action on either WPAG (1050),
WAAM (1600), or WUOM (91.7FM).
the ball."
Obviously, turnovers will play an
important, but probably not
determining factor in the game with
Michigan. If Illinois can play the same
type ofagame defensively against
Michigan as they did against NU, then
Moeller won't have to worry about
getting blown off the field as many
people have predicted.
His quarterback, Rich Weiss, enjoyed
an 8-13 passing day for 109 yards, and
no interceptions. All this from a passer
that Harbaugh rated as only adequate,
had to be a bright spot for Illinois.
"Weiss runs the option extremely
well," Harbaugh said, "and he is an
adequate passer." Schembechler also
had high praise for Weiss and

contended that with one game under his
belt, the freshman could surprise a lot
of people who are unfamiliar with his
name.
Having already played a game should
give the Illini some sort of advantage
according to Schembechler. He was not
pleased at the prospects of facing a
team that had been practicing over a
week longer than his own squad and
repeatedly voiced concern over the
progress of how his own team was
shaping up for the 1978 lid-lifter.
Schembechler does have a point,
thohgh. So far, most of college's power
teams have had lackluster and hardly
inspiring' early performances. Notre
Dame was shutout and Mizzou could
only muster a field goal ... Southern
Cal was booed at home in a dull showing
against Texas Tech ... Nebraska
looked like anything but a Big Eight
toughie, losing at Alabama .. . and
Penn State has impressed just about no
one with its two poor efforts against
such stellar teanis as Temple and
Rutgers. At least Moeller has his team
in good company.
Nonetheless, Schembechler always
seems to get enough out of his troops to
survive nearly anything on opening
day. As a matter of record, Bo, now in
his 10th year on the Michigan sidelines
has never lost an opener.
In order to win, the Wolverines will
have to contend with tailback Vince
Carter who rushed for 107 yards last
week, well more than half of the Illii
total. On the defensive, inside line
backer John ' Sullivan, a standout
senior, led Illinois with 15 tackles last
Saturday.
ON THE SIDELINES: The last time
Illinois played to a scoreless tie was in

1951, when the Illini were headed for the
Rose Bowl ... Michigan is 45-18-0
against Illinois ... The last time
Illinois beat Michigan was 1966, 28-
21 ... Illinois' top two crowds and
three of its top six were played in

Michigan Stadium (the other thre
were Rose Bowls) . . . Moeller is 34
overall, 2-6 in the Big Ten after on
season, Schembechler is 126-30-(
overall, 86-13-3 in the league, and 10-
vs. Illinois.

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THE LINEUPS

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ILLINOIS

OFFENSE

(88)
(73)
(61)
(50)
(64)
(68)
(18)
(30)
(33)
(25)
( 7)

Gene Johnson
Bill Dufek
Greg Bartnick
Steve Nauta
John Arbeznik
Jon Giesler
Rodney Feaster
Alan Mitchell,
Russell Davis
Harlan Huckleby
Rich Leach

(234).... TE ....(81)
(262).... ST ....(72)
(241).... RG ....(56)
(229)..... C .....(65)
(243).... LG ...(76)
(254).... QT ....(59)
(188).,. WR ...(85)
(185)... WB ...(82)
(223)....,FB ....(23)
(198).... TB ....(35)
(194).... QB ....(17)

Mike Sherrod
Tim Norman
Bob Noelke
Randy Taylor
Bob McClure
Mike Priebe
Tom Schooley
Eric Rouse
Wayne Strader
Vincent Carter
Rich Weiss

(220
(267)
(245)
(245)
(223)
(248
(209
(183)
(213)
(170)
(205)

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DEFENSE

(46)
(91)
(95),
(90)
(55)
(40)
(53)
(42)
(16)
(28)
( 4)

Jerry Meter
Tom Seabron
Curtis Greer
Chris Godfrey
Dale Keitz
Ron Simpkins
Mel Owens
Gene Bell
Mike Jolly
Mark Braman
Michael Harden

(210)... OLB ...(37)
(214)... OLB ...(94)
(236)..... T ....(67)
(240)..... T .....(52)
(233)... MG ...(86)
(225)... ILB ...(97)
(226)... ILB ...(38)
(199)... Wolf ...( 7)
(181).. WHB ..(14)
(197)... SHB ...(21)
(183)..... 5 .....(27)

Earnest Adams
Jerry Ramshaw
John Thiede
Dennis Flynn
Stanley Ralph
John Sullivan
John Gillen
John Venegoni
Derwin Tucker
Lloyd Levitt
Dave Kelly

(195)
(211)
(221)
(220)
(233)
(225)
(220)
(199)
(191)
(185
(190

COACHES LOOK FOR SURPRISES:

Big Ten season. revs up

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By GEOFF LARCOM
It's always great to get that first
TOLL FReEeE: 800p223-178p game over with.
Any college football coach will say
that the season opener dsp-te any pre-

eight positions," said Iowa coach Bob
Commings.
Down at Columbus, Ohio State puts
its pre-season ranking on the line
against-Penn State, already 2-0 with
victories over Temple (10-7) and
Rutgers (26-10).
"IT'S OBVIOUS Penn. State has

another fine team," said Buckeye men-
tor Woody Hayes. "They seem to be ex-
tremely well balanced, which is a
characteristic of Joe Paterno's teams."
Other Big Ten non-conference action
finds Indiana in Baton Rouge to tackle
LSU, Wisconsin at Richmond, and Min-
nesota hosting Toledo.

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season prognostications to the con-
trary, has a special tension and un-
predictability to it.
WITNESS TWO years ago, when an
ordinary Wisconsin team was able to
gouge then top-ranked Michigan for 27
points, the Wolverines' highest point
yield of the '76 season.
Compounding the difficulty for
Michigan State, Iowa, Michigan and
Purdue today is the fact that they must
open with a crucial conference game.
In addition to the Wolverines' home
duel with Illinois, today's conference
matchups include MSU at West
Lafayette to tangle with the Boiler-
makers, while Iowa takes on once-
bloodied Northwestern (0-0 tie last
week at Illinois).
The State-Purdue battle promises to
be a tight one, with Spartan quarter-
back Ed Smith and Boiler thrower
Mark Herrmann directing potent aerial
attacks. Sophomore Herrmann led the
conference in passing and total offense
last year, while Smith has All-Big Ten
flanker Kirk Gibson to go to.
WITH A Buckeye-less schedule, the
Spartans (6-1-1 last year in the con-
ference) have realistic visions of a Big
Ten title. An opening win over Purdue
is a must, however.
At Iowa City the Hawkeyes will at-
tempt to keep the Wildcats at zero in the
win column with what, should be a
strong defense.
"Our defensive front looks excellent,
and we have good veteran players at

Tricycle races tip off
new Fall Fest '78

By BRIAN MARTIN
Once you learn how, you never forget
how to ride a tricycle-at least Larry
Pulkownik hopes so.
You see, Larry has gone to an awful
lot of trouble to stage the first annual U
of M Tricycle Race scheduled for
tomorrow at noon at Palmer Field. He
has rounded up twenty 16 inch AMF
tricycles for those few people at the
University that don't have their own
trike and gathered around 100 people to
work at making sure that the races run
fairly smoothly.
In essence, people wonder why in the
world someone would go to all this
trouble to put some overgrown lugs on
tricycles.
But Pulkownik beams enthusiasm
about the project. "The reason behind
the whole thing is that it's an oppor-
tunity to bring freshmen together to
meet each other. There's going to be a
lot of people together closely, so the
chance to meet someone new is great."
There's going to be much more than

tricycle races. Other activities
scheduled include a giant pyramid
building contest, egg-throwing con-
tests, piggyback races and other
breathtaking events.
For those not too enthused to join into
the heat of battle, also on the scene will
be two live bands, records and taped
music from WCBN, and if anyone gets
thirsty during the day, 100 kegs of
beer-that's over 1500 gallons of
brewskis.
"The main focus is the games, not the
beer," Pulkownik said. "We want to
bring a little more personalization to
this huge institution. We sent out in-
vitations to some faculty members, so
hopefully some of them will come."
Pulkownik worked hard on this en-
deavor over the summer. While most of
us were collecting suntans, Pulkownik
was out collecting money to finance the
festival, which includes $5000 in prizes.
Money. was donated by UAC, MSA,
Office of Student Services and
President Fleming's office. In addition,
the Office of Student Programs lended
their expertise to Pulkownik to aid him
in bringing the whole thing off. Some
sororities and fraternities also donated
time and bodies into the project.
"We want people involved, not just
coming to get beered out and listen to
tunes all day."
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