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Page.10-Saturday, November 18, 1978--The Michigan Daily



Victory over Purdue a must in big home finale





( 7);

Gene Johnson
Bubba Paris
Greg Bartnick
Steve Nauta
John Powers
Jon Giesler
Rodney Feaster
Ralph Clayton
Russell Davis
Harlan Huckleby
Rick Leach

(234).... TE ....(88)
(284).... ST ....(74)
(241).... RG ....(71)
(256).... LG ....(66)
(254).... QT ....(76)
(188)... WR ...(87)
(210)... WB ...(41)
(235).... FB ....(37)
(198).... TB ....(40)
(194).... QB ....( 9)

Tim Eubank
Steve McKenzie
John Lefeber
Pete Quinn
Dale Schwan
Henry Feil
Bart Burrell
Mike Harris
John Macon
Russell Pope
Mark Herrmann

(46) Jerry Meter
(55) Dale Keitz
(77) Mike Trgovac
(95) Curtis Greer
(91) Tom Seabron
(40) Ron Simpkins
(41) Andy Cannavino
(42) Gene Bell
(16) Mike Jolly
(28) Mark Bramen
( 4) Michael Harden


It's the run for the roses this after-
noon at Michigan Stadium, as the
Wolverines must defeat conference
leading Purdue in order to keep their
Rose Bowl chances alive.
SEVENTH-RANKED Michigan must
win its final two games of the season if
the tean plans on making a third con-
secutive appearance out in Pasadena'.
The 16th-ranked Boilermakers, 5-0-1
following a 24-24 tie last weekend at.
Wisconsin, can ill afford a loss either.
Should Purdue lose, they would have to
beat Indiana next weekend while
Michigan, 5-1, would have to lose to
Kickoff at 1:00
Instead of the usual 1:30 kick-
off time, Michigan will battle the
Purdue Boilermakers half an
hour early, at 1:00. Make sure to
arrive at the stadium extra early.
Ohio State and Michigan State would
have to lose at home to Iowa. And the
odds on all that happening are mighty
So realistically, the loser of today's
game is out of a Rose Bowl berth.
THE GAME HOLDS a special
meaning for the 22 seniors listed on
Michigan's home roster. It includes the
entire Wolverine backfield of quarter-
back Rick Leach, tailback Harlan
Huckleby and fullback Russell Davis.

All three will be performing before
their last home crowd in their college
careers and would like nothing more
than to go out with a flurry and roll up a
big score against Purdue.
According to Bo Schembecher, it
doesn'trmatter how his team defeats the
Boilermakers, just as long as they
comeraway with a victory.
"We'll do whatever it takes to win,"
said Schembechler. "We don't care how
we do it. If we had won some of the
games the past few weeks by only seven
points people would have.been disap-
pointed. But we'll just be happy to win
this game by one point."
What undoubtedly will be a key factor
to the success of both teams is the effec-
tiveness of Leach, and Purdue's highly-
regarded quarterback, Mark Herr-
The 6-5, 194-pound Herrmann holds
the upper edge on Leach entering the
game, having completed 129 of 227
passes for 1584 yards. That's good
enough for second in the Big Ten behind
MSU's Ed Smith. In comparison, Leach
has tossed 52 completions in 105 attem-
pts for 926 yards.
BUT THE MAJOR difference- bet-
ween the two quarterbacks is that
Herrmann is strictly a passer and is not
the QB's
Rick Leach

a threat to run, whereas Leach has
ammassed 476 yards in 105 attempts
through nine games.
"Leach is a guy who can get yardage
running the ball," said Schembechler.
"Herrmann may scramble a little but
there are no plays designed for him to
run. At what Herrmann does, he's good.
At what Leach does, he does a lot.
Leach can do it all."
As a result, the Wolverines will be
keying on Herrmann's passing ability
while not overlooking 6-1 205-pound
fullback John Macon or 5-11, 186-pound
tailback Russell Pope. Macon leadsnthe
team in rushing with 781 yards and
Pope has 653. Huckleby is Michigan's
leading rusher with 670 yards.
Schembechler has been saying all
week that he doesn't want to fall into
the trap the team did against Michigan
State and key solely on the pass,
allowing Purdue to establish its running
THE MAIN concern Schembechler
voiced this week was the strength of the
Purdue defense. The Boilermakers
rank third, in total defense behind

Michigan and Ohio State and are
second to Michigan in rushing defense.
The Wolverines are second in passing
defense while Purdue ranks sixth. -
"That's where they've made their
greatest improvement over a year ago,'
said Schembechler. "Their down
people are excellent, they have the
quickest outside linebacker in the con-
ference in Kenna Turner. Their
linebacking is solid and so is their
"It's been very hard for teams to run
on them so we've got our work cut out
for us.
tackle Bubba Paris will start his second
straight game. The 6-7, 270 pound
freshman played the entire game
against Northwestern in place of Bill
Dufek. Senior Jon Giesler is the other
tackle. John, Powers will replace John
Arbeznik at offensive guard and will
team with Greg Bartnick . :. Russell
Davis is within three yards of Ed Shut-
tlesworth for sixth place on the all-time
rushing listd... Michigan holds a 21-8-0
edge in the Purdue series.

(210)... OLB ...(92) Ruben Floyd
(233)..... T ....(94) Calvin Clark
(227)... MG ...(72) Ken Loushin
(236)..... T .....(77) Marcus Jackson
(214)... OLB ...(85) Keena Turner
(223)... ILB ...(58) Kevin Motts
(217)... ILB ...(42) Mark Johanson
(199)... Wolf ...(20) Rock Supan
(181).. WHB ..(44) Wayne Smith
(197)... SHB ...(27) Rick Moss
(183).... FS ....(45) Willie Harris


Career Passing Statistics
Year Att Comp Int Pct. Yds.
1975 100 32 12 .320 680
1976 105 50 8 .476 973
1977 174 90 9 .517 1348
1978* 105 52 4 .495 -926

OSU, MSU pursue title


The cards are coming around, the
bets are high, and the final hand is ap-
proaching. Things are tight at the Big
Ten table as the teams enter the second
from the last week of conference play.
At stake is the Big Ten championship,
and Michigan, Purdue, Michigan State,
and Ohio State are hoping for a share in
the pot. Each will be watching how
everyone else plays the remaining han-
ds to decide the outcome.
Michigan State (5-1) travels to Evan-
ston to take on Northwestern (0-9-1).
The Spartans, having won handily over
Minnesota 33-9 last week, have the
easiest schedule remaining of the con-
tenders; they meet Iowa in the final
game of the season.
According to house rules, however,
Michigan State cannot cash in its chips
at the end, and thus coach Darryl

Rogers says, "All they're talking about
is the Rose Bowl. We're concerned
about winning the Big Ten champion-
Quarterback Ed Smith needs only 42
yards to become the Big Ten's all-time
passing leader. With Kirk Gibson,
Eugene Byrd, and Mark Brammer on
the receiving end, the Spartans should
clean up in the Wildcats' season finale.
Indiana could be in the spoiler's seat
as they take on Ohio State and Purdue
in their final games. The perennial
Buckeye ground game, led by senior
tailback Ron Springs and junior
fullback Paul Campbell, has been sup-
plemented by the passing of Art
Big Ten Standings

But even with the conference leading
rushing of Mark Harkrader, Hoosier
coach Lee Corso admits that a win
"would require an outstanding game on
our part."
Ohio State coach Woody Hayes, along
with Rogers, will be pulling for
Michigan to top the Boilermakers this
weekend, or for the Hoosiers to come up
with an ace-in-the-hole the following
week. That, coupled with a Buckeye
victory over Michigan, would put his
team in a tie for first place.
Should the season end with a two or
three way tie for the championship, the
Rose Bowl participant would be
decided according to how the teams in-
volved did against each other (ex-
cluding Michigan State).
In the more penny-ante games today,
Wisconsin travels to Iowa while Min-
nesota hosts Illinois.
Badger quarterback Mike Kalasmiki
teamed with junior tighteend Ray Syd-
nor in a surprising 24-24 deadlock with
Purdue last week.
Minnesota tailback Marion Barber
will add to his 624 yards rushing as the
Golden Gophers (3-3) take on faltering
Illinois (0-5-2). The Illini endured a 45-7
pounding at the hands of Ohio State last

Career Rushing Statistics
Year Att Yds. Avg. TD Long
1975 113 552 4.9 5 44
1976 114 638 6.0 10 48
1977 115' 375 3.3 7 21
1978* 105 476 4.5 12 45

Mark Herrmann
Career Passing Statistics
Year Att Comp Int Pct. Yds.
1977 319 175 27 .549 2453
1978* 227 129 9 .568 1584
Career Rushing Statistics








AP Photo
RICH LEACH WILL make 'his final appearance in Michigan Stadium today when
the Wolverines host Big Ten leading Purdue. Leach has had an outstanding foul{
year career as Michigan quarterback, setting numerous school, Big Ten, and
NCAA records since first taking the starting QB job in 1975 against Wisconsin.

*-through nine games

1. Purdue .......
Ohio State ..
Michigan St....
5. Indiana ......
Minnesota .....
7. Wisconsin ....
8. Iowa.......
9. Illinois......
10. Northwestern

Big Ten Overall
5 0 1 7 1 1
5 1 0 8 1 0
5 1 0 6 2 1
5 1 0 6 :3 0
3 3 0 4 5 0
3 3 0 4 5 0
2 3 2 4 3 2
1 5 0 1 8 0
0 5 2 1 7 2
0 7 1 0 9 1


Bowl lineups rest on key games

People come from
miles around for a

PHILADELPHIA (AP)-No. 1 ranked Penn State is going
to either the Orange, Cotton or Sugar Bowls, depending on
the results of today's game involving potential opponents.
Despite earlier reports from unnamed sources that the
Nittany Lions were considering skipping the Orange Bowl,
Penn State will opt to play No. 2 Nebraska in Miami if the
Cornhuskers beat Missouri today.
THE BIG QUESTION, yet officially unanswered, is what
do the Lions do if Nebraska loses?
One thing is certain. Penn State has no intention of going
to the Orange Bowl to meet a team with two defeats.
Nebraska, which would still be the'Orange host, lost to
Alabama in the season opener.
Now, Coach Joe Paterno has to take a look at the result of
the Georgia-Auburn game. If eighth-ranked Georgia wins, it
makes the Bulldogs at least co-champions of the
Southeastern Conference with Alabama and the automatic
host in the Sugar Bowl.
OKLAHOMA, NOW the country's fourth-ranked team af-
ter losing to Nebraska last week, faces a stiff challenge from
Oklahoma State today. The Sooners could wind up in one of
the four major bowls with a triumph over their tough Big
Eight rivals.
Alabama could tie for the conference title a week later by
also beating Auburn, but can't go to the Sugar Bowl because
it was last year's host. And since it's a tie, Georgia gets the
bowl nod.

That is assuming Alabama defeats Auburn in its final
game Nov. 25 or Auburn doesn't rise up and upset both
Georgia and Alabama, which then would place Auburn in the
Sugar Bowl.
IN THE EVENT of a Nebraska loss and a Georgia victory,
Penn State will accept a Cotton Bowl invitation to meet the
apparent Southwest Conference champion, Houston, which
has Rice and Texas Tech remaining to complete a possible
10-1 season. Houston is ranked sixth.
Then there is another direction Penn State is prepared to
Should Nebraska and Georgia lose, the Nittany Lionswill
head for New Orleans and a New Year's day game with
Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant's Alabama team, which would be
the sole champion of the Southeastern Conference and get a
pass to a second straight Sugar Bowl.
THIS ALL ADDS to three major bowls-the Rpse features
the Pac 10 and Big 10 champions-being alive for getting the
nation's No. 1 team.
Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Arkansas and Louisiana State
are four other teams with high bowl aspirations and could get
them with victories today.
Tenth-ranked Notre Dame plays No. 20 Georgia Tech in a
game involving teams with seven-game winning streaks.
Arkansas, ranked No. 13 in the country, hosts Southwest Con-
ference colleague Texas A&M and No. 17 LSU plays
Mississippi State in a Southeastern Conference game.

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