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November 21, 1978 - Image 9

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The Michigan Daily, 1978-11-21

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Campbell's Scoop
by Paul Campbell
Bo vs: Woody .
. .that's where it's at
NI NE OUT OF TEN-two arbitary numbers put together to form a
ratio, then turned into a statistic which speaks loudly about what has
happened to Big Ten football since Glenn E. Schembechler came to
Michigan from the cradle of coaches at Miami of Ohio. You know what it
is-it's the number of times in the past decade that the Michigan-Ohio State
game has decided who will travel to Pasadena to play in the nation's oldest
and richest bowl game.
Why not ten out of ten? Well, 1971 was a strange year. A quirk of time,
when somehow Wayne Woodrow Hayes managed to field a team sufficiently
inept that the game in Ann Arbor which ended the season was played solely
for pride.
Michigan ws 10-0 and headed for the Rose Bowl; Ohio State was merely
6-3. It sounds ridiculous, but the record shows that the Buckeyes had lost to
Northwestern the week before their game against Michigan. If ever there
was to be a forgettable chapter in the saga of ths intense interstate rivalry,
1971 seemed like the year for it.J
But the game was far from forgettable, and even farther from a breeze
for the Wolverines. Neither offense could move the ball, and when Tom
Campana returned a third quarter punt 85 yards for a touchdown, the
Buckeyes took a 7-3 lead. I sat in shivery disbelief as the rain changed to
snow, then to hail, and finally to blinding sunlight.
But the tenacious Ohio State defense saw to it there was no change on the
field, rising up time and time again to thwart Michigan's one-two punch of
Billy Taylor and fullback Fritz Seyferth.
Finaly, with less than three minutes to go, the Buckeyes relented. Taylor
followed allAmerican guard Reggie McKenzie 21 yards into the end zone
without being touched. The road to a national championship. for Michigan
never seemed clearer than at that moment.
But there was still a rather large roadblock in the person of Hayes and
his players. The Buckeyes started moving the ball in the air, approaching
midfield with the clock winding down all too slow. Quarterback Don Lamka
thought he saw a man open around the Michigan 35, but defensive back Tom
Darden climbed over the back of the receiver to intercept the ball and clinch
the game for the Wolverines.'
You probably know what happened next. Hayes thought Darden had in-
terfered, and proceeded to rant and rave for 15 minutes before the game
could be resumed.
He started with a familiar gesture, flinging his cap to the ground. The of-
ficials slapped him with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. He responded
by shredding a couple yard markers. Fifteen more yards, said the officials.
The fans were delighted. The game that wasn't supposed to mean much had
turned out to be one of the most memorable scenes Michigan Stadium had
ever seen.
Forget the problems
So much for memories. What reminded me of that game was what I saw
and heard at Schembechler's weekly press conference yesterday. Sprinkled
among the overflow crowd was a cross-section of the Columbus media, the
people that should hve been able to provide the most valuable insights into
this year's Buckeyes.
To a man, they're pessimistic about Ohio State's charges on Saturday.
One radio man called this Woody's worst team in ten years. Another ex-
pressed doubt that freshman quarterback Art Schlichter could rise to the oc-
casion. He reminded everyone that, when Rick Leach was a freshman, he
threw two crucial interceptions late in the game which the Buckeyes won 21-
14. Now, said a writer for a Columbus daily, Leach and his senior teammates
will surely blow out a defense that has been a question mark all year.
They all seem to be ignoring the past. Ohio State-Michigan is more tan
a matter of who has more talent of experience. It's a contest of wills betweerr
two coaches who haven't slackened one bit in their pursuit of gridiron p'i"
fection. Woody's passionate attack on the helpless sideline implements in
1971 demonstrates how much is personally at stake for this man when he
plays Michigan.
It's the same with Schembechler. He summed up the feeling yesterday,
saying "it's impossible for me to believe that Ohio State is anything but a
great football team."
The game, which Bo called "the ultimate coaching challenge in college
football," brings out the best in both coaches and players.
"I haven't seen a team down for this game in ten years," Schembechler
said in response to further doubts that Ohio State can get ready for
Lips are tight
In a way, it also brings out the worst in Hayes and Schembechler. Nor-
mally close about injuries, they become as elusive as the first snow this
week. Fullback Paul Campbell and tailback Ron Springs comprise the meat
of the Buckeyes running game. But Springs has a bad knee and Campbell a
deep thigh bruise. Will they play? How about tight end Jimmy Moore, who is
also having injury problems? Hayes is silent, so the best that can be gleaned
from Columbus is a definite maybe.
On the Michigan side, Schembechler was willing to concede that "we're

not in bad shape." But will he choose freshman Bubba Paris or sore-
shouldered Billy Dufek to play tackle? Will John Arbeznik, coming off an
ankle injury, fit back into Bo's offensive line plans? Will defensive end Tom
Seabron, who missed over half of the Purdue game, be ready? The answers,
in order, are "Maybe," "we'll see," and "I think so."
In 1974, Bo caught a UPI photographer trying to shoot Michigan's prac-
tice from 4n apartment across the street. He dispatched a squad of assistan-
ts, and before you know it the man's camera was confiscated and the film
Both coaches always come up with something special for this game.
Hayes could start last year's quarterback, Rod Gerald, or Schlichter. Both
have seen a lot of time this'year, though Schlichterhas been number one.

The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, November 21, 1978--Pagea9

Blue breezes

This kind of game makes one look
forward to Northwestern.
Michigan displayed the running of-
fense that head coach Johnny Orr
promised and cruised to probably the
easiest win in Orr's tenure in Crisler
Arena, pummeling Windsor 128-77 last
night in an exhibition game.
CALLING IT a 'game' is over-
generous. Sophomore forward Mike
McGee got in some shooting practice,
hitting 57 per cent from the floor on his
way to a game-high 41 points.
Phil Hubbard finally got to test his
knee in a "game" situation; and
responded with 17 points and 11 reboun-
ds. The 10,012 fans had to wait until the
second half to see the Hubbard of old
when Number 45 pulled down six
rebounds and scored 13 of his points in a
strong performance which "showed
everyone his knee is well," according to
The contest was never close, even
before the tip-off started play. In fact,
Windsor didn't score until three and a

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Min. FG/A FT/A R
29 17/30 7/9 10
19 4/6 3/3 4
20 6/11 5/6 11
13 2/2 0/0 3
16 5/9 0/0 5
16 7/8 2/2 1
15 1/1 1/2 0
21 7/12 0/0 9
15 2/6 2/3 7
20 1/9 2/2 3
8 0/1 0/0 4
8 1/1 0/0 0
53/96 22/27 67




23 27 128

Haltime score-M 65, W 30

As is customary, the final week of to. Houston at Texas 7
Gridde's is double duty, which nor- 11.Mississippi States
mally would have been 40 games. (at Jackson)
However, so as not to short change our 12. NotreDame at US
faithful prognosticators out there in 13. Oregon at Oregon
Griddeland, we are going to make up 14. Utah at Utah State
for the Idaho-Idaho State game that 16. Villanova at Tem
was cancelled three weeks ago. 16. Washington vs. We
TIEREFORE, WE not only give you (at Spokane)
pizza lovin' people a full load, but then 17. Duke at North Car
some. You see, it was not usual to 18. Colorado State at 1
begin Gridde's before Michigan played 19. Cincinnati at Mem
a game, but this season we started right 20. Connecticut at Hol
off with a couple of dillies ... Nebraska 21. Wyoming at Texas
at Alabama and Northwestern at 22. Northern Illinois a
Illinois (you remember, 0-0 and all 23. Kentucky at Tenni
that). 24. Syracuse at Miam
So this year, we not only -had the 25. Texas at Baylor
record low for a winner (13-7) and the 26. Grambling at Sout
record high (20-0), but a record number 27. Brigham Young al
of games to pick (260). I hope you all en- 28. S.W. Louisiana at
joyed it. 29,Tulane at Louisiar
For those of you who are returning 30. Baylor at Texas
next year, good luck, and for those of 31. DAILY LIBELS a
you who are graduating, all I can say is TLantern
this: If in four years of picking you OTHER GAMES
never won a pizza, you ought to be Novemb
ashamed of yourselves. But keep this in 32. Pittsburgh at Pet
mind, we do accept alumni Gridde Decem)
picks, so even though you can't get 33. Texas Tech at Ark
tickets to any more football games, you 34. Auburn at Alabar
can still have a chance for honor and 35. Long Beach State
glory on' the sports pages of the 36. Holy Cross at Bost
Michigan Daily. Believe me, it's better 37. Brigham Young v
than a Michigan-Ohio State ghme any Vegas (at Toky
day. 38. Army vs. Navy (a
So long. 39. Vanderbilt at Tent
-MILLER BOBBER 40. Miari (Fla.) at F
(Griddemaster, U.S.G.-Ret.) 41. Texas A&M at Te7
By the way, this week's winner was
Bill Benedict, 5217 Couzens who (along
with a host of others) went 16-4, but his
24-10 score made him the winner.

1. MICHIGAN at Ohio State
(pick score)
2. Iowa at Michigan State
3. Purdue at Indiana
4. Minnesota at Wisconsin
5. Arizona State at Arizona
6. Florida at Florida State
7. Arkansas at Southern Methodist
8. Clemson at South Carolina.
9. Georgia Tech at Georgia

ymnasts ninth
The Michigan gymnastic team took
inth place out of 14 teams in the Windy
ity Invitational held in Chicago this
ast weekend. This marked an im-
provement of one place over the tum-
blers' tenth place finish at the Chicago
Circle campus last year.
Out, of a 12 man squad, co-captains
ob Creek and Nigel Rothwell were the
nly Wolverines to reach the finals.
Creek placed second on the high bar
while Rothwell finished in tenth place
n floor exercise.
Kurt Thoms from Indiana State
*aptured first place in the all-around
oMpetition, leading his team to a first
lace victory. Iowa State notched
econd followed by Nebraska, Southern
linois and Northern Illinois.
Next weekend the tumblers travel
ack to the Chicago area for the Mid-
est Open to be held at Rolling


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