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'Cats catch

Wolverine

(Continued from Page 1)
team had committed in its previous
three games..
"THE ARIZONA offense controlled
the ball quite a bit on us and that con-
tributed to our problems."
The Wildcats managed 256 total yar-
ds while Michigan was collecting 273,
out passing the Wolverines 92 yards to
50.
"I'm surprised that they ran as well
as they did," said Schembechler, "but I
knew they'd run on us.'"
Arizona dominated the entire first
half, as they led Michigan in every of-
fensive catergory at the end of the
second quarter. Sophomore fullback
Hubert Oliver did the most damage to
the Wolverines as he rambled for 80 of
his team high 99 yards in the first half.
THE ONLY BRIGHT spot Michigan
could point to during the half came at
5:04 of the first quarter as tailback
Harlan Huckleby raced around left end
for 26 of his game high 104 rushing yar-
ds. The big gainer 'Huckleby moved
ahead of. former Michigan great Tom
Harmon into sixth place on the all-time
Michigan rushing list with 2,219 yards.
Teammate Russell Davis also eclipsed
the 2,000 yard mark in rushing, gaining
76 yards for a total of 2,069 and eighth
place on the all-time list.
In the three plays following Huckley's
run, Michigan was stopped short of the
first down, forcing Greg Willner to popa
40-yard punt down to the Arizona four.
On the Wildcats first play, the 5-9 Oliver
fumbled the ball following a jarring hit
by tackle Curtis Greer, and outslide
linebacker Tom Seabron recovered for
Michigan at the Arizona two.
On the next play, Huckleby took a pit-
chout from Leach and scampered off
left end for Michigan's first touchdown.
The Willner conversion put the
Wolverines up 7-0, but the lead was
short lived.
FOLLOWING THE kickoff, Arizona
took possession of their own 28, but
managed only five yards in the next

s napping
three downs. Wildcat punter Frank
Garcia lofted his kick to keep back ended the Wildcats' scoring for, the da
Mike Harden who fumbled the ball over and set the stage for Michigan
his shoulder down to the Michigan 19- comeback.
yard line where Arizona linebacke Jack Leach made the most of a wide ope
Housley recovered for the Wildcats. Dough Marsh, flinging a 21-yard pass
Four plays later, tailback Larry the tight end who went untouched ti
Heater steamed off left guard for the final nine yards, capping a 73-yar
touchdown. Arizona's Bill Zivic conver- drive in nine plays to cut the Arizg
ted, and the game was knotted at 7-7 as lead to 17-14 and end the scoring in ti
the first quarter ended. first half following the conversion.
Michigan could muster only one yard It wasn't until late in the third qua
on its next possession and Willner was ter that the action picked up agai:
forced to punt again. His 44-yard boot Arizona was forced to punt after the
placed the ball on the Arizona 33-yard second drive of the quarter stallet
line. The Wildcat drive stalled as defen- Garcia dropped back to punt with ti
sive back Gene Bell broke up two con- ball resting on the Arizona 15-yard lin
secutive passes and Arizona was forced but middle guard Dale Keitz stormedi
to settle for a 24-yard Zivic field goal, for a block with the ball going out on tl
giving the 'Cats a 10-7 lead., Arizona one.
MICHIGAN TOOK control following THREE PLAYS later on the openir
the kickoff on their own 25-yard line and play of the fourth quarter, Leach drol
on their first play, Leach fumbled at- ped back to pass to tight end Mar
tempting to pitch out to Huckeby and Schmerge, but was intercepted in th
Arizona defensive end Fred Bledsore endzone.
recovered at the Wolverine 21. Five Michigan move 68 yards in 13 play
plays later, fullback Oliver took a pit- 12 on the ground following Arizona
cout and raced 10 yards for Arizona's possession, with Davis going over fq
second touchdown. Zivic's conversion the winning touchdown.
A near 'Cat-astrophe

La)iyrfolo by)
MIKE HARDEN, left, commits a costly fumble on a first quarter Arizona punt.

Campbell's Scoop
by Paul Campbell

Big Ten
Standings

Conference

Wisconsin .......
MICHIGAN .....
Purdue........
Ohio State.......
Iowa..........
Michigan State ..
Minnesota.....
Indiana-........
Illinois.......
Northwestern ...

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MICHIGAN ARIZONA
First downs................ 16 1 15
Rushing (att/yds).......... 55/223 52/164
Passing (att/com/int) ..... 9/3/1 15/S/0
Passing yards.............. 50 92
Total Offensive.............273 256
Punts (no./avg)..........6/38.0 8/41.3
Fumbles (no./lost).........2/2 1/1
Penalties (no./yds)......... 1/5 0/0'
SCORING PLAYS
1st M-Huckleby, 2 yd. run(Willner kick)
A-Heater, I yd. run (Zivic kick)
2nd A-Zivic,.24 yd. field goal
A-Oliver, 10 yd. run (Zivic kick)
M-Marsh, 30 yd. pass from Leach (Willner kick)
4th M-R. Davis, 1yd. run (Willner kick)
SCORING
Michigan ......................... 7 7 0 7-21
Arizona...................... 7 10 0 0-17
RUSHING
MICHIGAN

Leach.....................
ARIZONA
Oliver.....................
Heater .........................
Nelson ......................
Krohn......................
PASSING
MICHIGAN
ATTI
Leach...................9
ARIZONA
Krohn ..................15
RECEIVING
MICHIGAN

18 ' 43

25
14
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57
7
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Arizona offense.
. Wolre rine look-a-like
T HE WAY ARIZONA coach Tony Mason had it figured, there was only
one way for his team to beat Michigan. They had to "tough it out" up
the middle, going head-to-head and trying to run right over the Michigan
defense.
No finesse, just straight ahead power football.
At first, this notion seemed quite impertinent. I mean, could Mason
really have expected that he could bring his sunshine-loving Southwester-
ners into an Ann Arbor autumn and beat Michigan's Midwestern toughs at
their own game? Surely the man must realize that no one beats Michigan on
the ground. Much less a team from the PAC-10, where, as we all know, foot-
ball games are won by sheer gimmickry. Give him one, maybe two series of
plays and he'd go scrambling for his old playbook, filled with pass pays,
double reverses and an occasional earthquake.
But Mason's team trashed my pre-conceptions in the first half. They
didn't just run the ball, they ran it behind superb blocking. They ran it right
up the gut, outgaining Michigan by almost 60 yards. Both of their touch-
downs came on running plays. When they passed, it often times was to a
back flaring out. Mason had done something few coaches have done in
Michigan Stadium--he'd played it even more conservatively than Bo
Schembechler.
"We thought they could be run on," Mason said after the game.."But we
also knew that Michigan was too quick to be beat outside-the shortest
distance is right at 'em.''
What Mason said he saw in the film was a typical Michigan defen-
se-smaller than most on the line, but highly mobile, agile, and skilled in the
art of -pursuit. What he had up his sleeve was one of the largest collections of
offensive linemen Michigan has seen. Arizona's five starters on the line
collectively tipped the scales at 1282 pounds. Michigan's defensive counter-
parts weighted a mere 1120 pounds, which gave the Wildcats better than a 30
pound advantage in each matchup.
He also knew he had a fine pair of running backs in Larry Heater and
Hubert Oliver. Tailback Heater had been the star for the first four games,
but yesterday was Oliver's turn to shine. He carried the ball 25 times and
caught four passes, accounting for 135 yards of total offense.
Schembechler was taking an I-told-you-so attitude about the performan-
ce of Oliver and Heater. "We haven't seen a better pair of running backs
come up against us in a long while," Schembechler said. "They've been,
doing it all year, sok it's no surprise to us they did it today."t
But Bo is not used to seeing it being done so well against a Michigan
defense. He confessed that he was surprised-surprised that.Arizona con-
trolled the ball so well.
So why doesn't every team come in here and run a million times up the
middle?
Simple. Few teams have an offensive line like Arizona's. Those guys
weren't just five jelly rolls, they were good blockers. Oliver was tough, too.
Not many teams have a back who can absorb the bruises of 25 trips into the
teeth of a defense and still be effective.
Most of all, few teams have a coach like Mason. You can believe him
when he speaks of his system. "I can't motivate all at once," Mason said.
"It takes patience and time."
He's had a classic coaching education. A gaudy record in football-rich
Ohio, eight years as a Big Ten assistant, and three years as the head coach at
Cincinnati where he built the team up to a 9-2 record. Last year he premiered
at Arizona with a 5-7 record. This year's team is better, and next year's will
undoutedly be better yet.
So, if you're wondering why the Wolverines had to struggle considerably
more than is their custom, look no further than Mason. He was calm after
the loss, because he knew his team had done their best. Arizona is good, but
Mason knows that he was beaten by a better team. He fielded questions
thoughtfully, and even found time for humor when he was asked if he missed
the Big Ten.
"Have you ever been to Arizona?" he asked.

8 0

Next Week's Games'
Michigan State at MICHIGAN
Northwestern at Indiana
Ohio State at Purdue
Iowa at Minnesota
Wisconsin at Illinois

Marsh .....................
Clayton ....................
ARIZONA
Oliver ..........................
Harvey..... ...............
Holmes ......................
Beyer ...........................
Katnik .............. r...........

NO. YDS
2 34
1 16

L

ATT
Huckleby ........................ 18
R. Davis........................ 19

YDS AVG
104 5.8
76 4.0

4
1
1
1

36
35
11
7
3

BIG TEN RO0UND UP

SMU
By The Associated Press
COLUMBUS - Fourteenth-ranked
Ohio State survived a final-seconcl
missed field goal by Eddie Garcia for a
35-35 college tie yesterday with
Southern Methoidst, a two-touchdown
underdog.
Garcia's field goal-bid from 47 yards
out sailed wide to the left with two.
seconds remaining on the clock.
Dave Hill's interception of an Art
Schlichter pass provided the Mustangs
with their final drive toward the field
goal. Hill intercepted Schlichter at the
Ohio State 37 and SMU's sophomore
passing whiz, Mike Ford, led the
Mustangs to the Ohio State 29, setting
up Garcia's field goal attempt.
For complete details on the Notre
Dame-Michigan State game and results
from the baseball playoffs as well, see
more sports on pages 8 and 9.
Ford, intercepted seven times in a 35-
7 defeat by the Buckeyes last season,
completed 36 or 57 passes for 341 yards.
He figured in four touchdowns for SMU.
Ford ran three times for 1-yard
touchdowns and passed 11 yards to
Elton Garrett.
Ohio State rallied from a 21-14 half-
time deficit, piling up 21 points in the
third quarter before Ford scored a pair

fights
The Mustang quarterback ran for 2
points that tied the score at 35-35 with
3:41 to go.
The Mustangs had lost seven straight
times to Buckeye teams coached by
Woody Hayes. The tie left both squads
with 2-1-1 records.
Wisconsin 34, Indiana 7
MADISON-Ira Matthews scored on
runs of six and 26 yards and returned a
punt 71 yards for another touchdown,
leading Wisconsin to a 34-7 Big Ten vic-
tory over Indiana yesterday.
Matthews rushed 18 times for 87 yar-
ds and quarterback Mike Kalasmiki
scored on a one-yard sneak for the
Badgers, 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big
Ten. Indiana, 1-3 this season and 0-1 in
the conference, failed to convert a first
down on seven successive possessions
from early in the first quarter until late
in the second, while Wisconsin built a
21-0 lead. * * *
Purdue 14, Wake Forest 7
WEST LAFAYETTE-Quarterback
Mark Herrmann passed for 188 yards
yesterday and directed Purdue's four-
th-quarter drive capped by Russell
Pope's 2-yard touchdown run that lifted
the Boilermakers past Wake Forest 14-
7.

OSU to draw

Purdue managed only two field goals
by Scott Sovereen through the first
three periods, and Wake Forest went
ahead 7-6 on a touchdown by James
McDougald three plays after Purdue's
Tony Gallivan fumbled a Wake Forest
punt. * * *
Oregon St. 1 7,Minnesota 14
MINNEAPOLIS-Tim Smith re-,
turned a kickoff 90 yards for a touch-
down late in the first quarter and quar-
terback Steve Smith lofted a third-
quarter touchdown pass yesterday, lif-
ting Oregon State to a 17-14 upset vic-
tory over Minnesota.
Smith's 90-yard return came on the
enusing kickoff after Minnesota had
driven 83 yards to assume a 7-3 lead.
Smith scooted from right to left, break-
ing open about midfield, and outracing
two Gopher defenders down the left
sidelines to put Oregon State on top 10-7.
Utah 13, Iowa 9
IOWA CITY-Quarterback Randy
Gomez threw for 148 yards and a touch"
down and sophomore running back
Tony Lindsay ran for 136 yards to lead
Utah to a 13-9 intersectional upset
yesterday over Iowa.
Gomez hit 13 of 28 passes, including a
five-yarder to Lindsay fo a touchdown.
Iowa, 1-3, failed to sustain an offen-

sive drive and was limited to just thre
field goals by Scott Schilling.
Utah, 3-1, also got kicking help fro
Jeff Ituck who kicked field goals of 2
and 46 yards.
ASU 56, Northwestern 14
EVANgTON-Quarterback Mar
Malone hurled three touchdown pass
and ran for two more scores yesterda
to lead Arizona State's Sun Devils to e
56-14 intersectional football victor3
over Northwestern's winless Wildcats.
Boosting their record to 4-1, the SuI
Devils amassed 566 yards in total offen
se and quickly ran up a 21-0 lead in th(
first quarter over Northwestern, whicl
had only a scoreless tie to show agains
four defeats.
* * *
Missouri 45, Illinois 3
COLUMBIA, Mo.-Quarterback Phi
Bradley completed 12 of 16 passes in th
first half, one a 70-yard touchdowr
bomb to Stevie Sly, in driving Missour
to a 45-3 romp over Illinois in noncon
ference football yesterday.
Bradley, an Illinois product, found
the range on 14 of 21 aerials overall. The
tosses accounted for 189 yards as
Missouri avenged two consecutive up-
set defeats at the hands of the Illini and
boosted its record to 3-2.

of touchdowns in the final

15 minutes.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
MICHIGAN 21, Arizona 17
Missouri 45, Illinois 3
Wisconsin 34, Indiana 7
Utah 13, Iowa 9
NotreDame 29 Michigan State 25
Oregon State 17, Minnesota 14
Arizona State 56, Northwestern 14
Ohio State 35, SMU 35
Purdue 14, Wake Forest 7
Lehigh 27, Delaware 17
Maryland 31, North Carolina St. 7
Nebraska 23, Iowa State 0
Oklahoma 31, Texas 10
Texas A&M 38, Texas Tech 9
Alabama 20, Washington 17
Louisiana St. 34, Florida 21

SCORES
Penn State 30, Kentucky 0
Georgia Tech 6, South Carolina 3
Georgia 42, Mississippi 3
Miam (O) 7, North Carolina 3
Duke 20, Virginia 13
Tennessee 31, Army 13
Tulane 38, Vanderbilt 3
Clemson 38, Virginia Tech 7
Central Michigan 17, Ohio U. 3
Ball St.7,Indian St. 0
Slippery Rock 14, California, Pa. 3
BASEBALL PLAYOFFS-

Syracuse 31, W. Virginia 15
Pittsburgh 32, Boston College 15
Rutgers 28, Yale 27
Harvard 24, Colgate 21
Houston 20, Baylor 18
Colorado 17, Kansas 7
California 21, Oregon 18
Western Michigan 14, Kent St. 0
Brown 44, Princeton 16
Boston U. 20, Dartmouth 17
Utah St. 24, Brigham Young7
Kansas St.18, Oklahoma St. 7
Penn 31, Columbia 19

Los Angeles 4, Philadelphia 3 (Wins best of five series)
New York 2, Kansas City 1 (Wins best of five series)

MISTAKES STYMIE OFFENSE:

Three big errors disappoint Bo

By RICK MADDOCK
Oh, how sweet it would have been for the Wolverines
if they could have maintained their one turnover a
game average. Why then, the 104,913 fans at the
stadium yesterday would have been able to sit back
and enjoy a normal, one-sided Michigan triumph.
Instead, the fans viewed three costly mistakes.
"Every football team .in America makes mistakes.
That's fundamental," Michigan Coach Bo
Schembechler said. "You just try to avoid them as
much as possible. We've just been lucky. You get a
little complacent, thinking you're not going to do it
when you only have won a game. We are not
msunhumn

ahead on a field goal, the turnover plague struck again.
This time Rick Leach was just about ready to pitch the
ball to Harlan Huckleby. Leach was hit and the ball
spurted out. Defensive end Fred Bledsoe fell on the
ball, giving Arizona possession on the Michigan 21-
yard line. Five plays later, Arizona went ahead, 17-7.
"We did not execute well today. I'm disappointed in
some of the things that we did. Things that I don't think
we ought to be doing," Schembechler said.
AND FINALLY, the turnover that could have broken
the Wolverines' hearts, but didn't came right at the
start of the fourth quarter. Down by three, the
Wolverines had just come up with the big play - a

passes, and you can't throw an interception in the end
zone when you need a field goal to tie. You can't do
those things. That's just unbelievable," Schembechler
said.
"How can you do the things that we did? How can
you do that. We're going to have to look at that with
some degree of. . . I may even have to lose my poise,"
Schembechler added.
The Wolverines could have lost their poise after the
interception, Leach's first of the year, but they did not.
They came back and drove 68 yards in 13 plays on their
next possession.
"We knew we could come back and get the job done,"
fullback Russell Davis said. "'I think the mistakes
came from a laknfenneentration."

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