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Page 18-Tuesday, December 11, 1979-The Michigan Daily

The Michigan Daily-Tuesday, Dece

All you want to know about bowls

Last chance: Seniors prime'

four games to a Knee injury. In seven games,
however, Streater became the total offense career
leader for the Vols, compiling 1035 yards passing, 374
rushing, passing for seven touchdowns, and rushing
for seven more scores.
The bad news for Purdue is that Streater is expec-
ted to be healthy for the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl, and
he's the ideal well-rounded captain for Tennessee's
balanced pro-set attack. That attack also includes
tight end Reggie Harper (21 passes, 288 yards, 3
TD's) and running back Hubert Simpson (750 yards,
5.4 yards/carry).
Tennessee's biggest win this year came over Notre
Dame, 40-18. Their two losses came against top
ranked Alabama, along with an upset at the hands of
Rutgers.
-Martha Crall
PEA CH BOWL
DECEMBER 31
at
Atlanta, Georgia
BA YLOR -vs. CLEMSON
Baylor's last bowl game
win came in 1963, when the
Bears trimmed LSU in the
Bluebonnet Bowl, 14-7. ~f
Coach Grant Teaff, in his *
eighth year at Baylor leads
his surprising, talented
team against Clemson in
the Peach Bowl.
Last year's 3-8 Baylor
team has undergone a huge
turnaround this year, having been ranked 16th
nationally. Clemson has been 13th in the nation.
Baylor, primarily a running team, is led by
sophomore tailbck Walter Abercrombie. Abercrom-
bie paced the Bears' ground attack this season,
gaining 850 yards. Freshman quarterback Mike
Brannan pilots the offense for the Bears, and has
thrown for 571 yards, including two touchdowns.
On defense, middle linebacker Mike Singletary is
the dominant figure. Singletary, with 168 tackles, has

been elected to the Football Writers' First Team All-
America. Defensive end Andrew Melontree leads the
Bears in sacks with 18.
Clemson, last year's 17-15 winner over Ohio State in
the Gator Bowl Woody Hayes made famous, has
another strong squad, led by coach Danny Ford, who
made his postseason debut in the dramatic Gator Bowl
victory.
Key players to watch on offense for the Tigers are
leading rusher Marvin Sims, with 702 yards, and
quarterback Billy Lott. Lott scored the winning
touchdown this year against North Carolina and
Notre Dame.
The Clemson defense is led by defensive tackle Jim
Stuckey, who also made the Football Writers' All-
America first team. Linebacker Bubba Brown is also
a standout with 126 tackles through the first ten
games.
-Thomas J. Shaheen
HALL OF FAME BOWL
DECEMBER 29
at
Birmingham, Alabama
MISSOURI vs. SOUTH CAROLINA

Coach Warren Powers' Missouri team, led by quar-
terback Bill Bradley, shows a balanced attack which
was able to score 20 points on both Nebraska's and
Oklahoma's tough defenses.
The airways are open for Bradley and his favorite
target, tight end Andy Ellis. The two have teamed up
for the majority of the Missouri passing attack. The
Missouri defense is strong, and led by nose guard
Norm Goodman who has held two of the nation's top
teams to less than 25 points.
South Carolina, with an 8-3 record, has also played
an abundance of bowl teams. The Gamecocks lost to
Florida State and Gator Bowl contestant North
Carolina. Big wins for the Gamecocks were
highlighted by the powerful running of tailbck George
Rodgers, whose 286 carries for 1548 yards and nine
touchdowns ranks him second in the nation this year
in rushing. Rodgers ran all over Tangerine bowl con-
testant Wake Forest, while quarterback Garry Har-
per went seven for 11 against Peach Bowl bound
Clemson in a 13-9 victory this year.
The December 29 contest in Alabama's Legion field
should be a hard fought battle, probably one of the
more interesting bowl matchups.
-Dan Conlin
FIESTA BOWL
DECEMBER 25
at
Tempe, Arizona
PITTSBURGH rs. ARIZONA
From Tempe, Arizona, the

By DAN PERRIN
If you thought the offspring of Detroit
auto company executives were spoiled
rotten, just take a look at the fans,
followers and football players at
Michigan.
Three straight years, the Wolverines
win or tie for the Big Ten championship
and earn the right to meet the Pacific
Ten titlist in the 'Granddaddy of the
bowl games', the Rose Bowl.
Then, this season, the Blue gridders.
lose three regula season games, finish
third in the conference, and are
relegated to the Gator Bowl, and
everyone is disappointed and
depressed.
MANY FANS INSIST it's not worth
the money to go see Michigan (8-3)
take on an unranked team like North
Carolina (7-3-1) in a place like Jackson-
ville, Florida.

In other words, some people are ex-
tremely perturbed that the Wolverines
have to finish the season playing in a
lesser bowl. Some people, that is.
Surprisingly, although there are
some obvious hints of disappointment,
the majority of the players are going in-
to the December 28 match-up with as
positive an attitude as can be expected.
THE GAME IS especially meaningful
to the seniors on the 1979 Wolverine
squad. Michigan has lost its last two
games and the last thing the graduating
gridders want to do is end their career
with another loss.
"I feel it (the bowl game) is an oppor-
tunity to regain some pride," said
senior defensive back Mark- Braman.
"I'd like to go out a winner and that's
the way I look at this game."
"I think the biggest thing right now
with our class is that we want to leave

excited about the Gator Bowl,
especially right after the 18-15 loss to
the Buckeyes.
"AFTER THE OHIO State loss, you
don't want to go anywhere," said
Schembechler two days after the con-
test. "Sunday you're still reluctant, but
then Monday you're ready to go again."
Marsh, a senior who led the team in
receptions with 30 for 556 yards and
three touchdowns, agreed with his
coach.
"I don't think it's a letdown," ad-
mitted Marsh with a change of heart. "I
just think it's something we're not
ready to accept right now at this point
in time. I feel come game time we'll be
ready to accept it, meet the challenge,
go out, and win."
BUT, LIKE IT or not, the Wolverines
will be spending their Christmas break

Michigan isn
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lightly. That's
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the Michigan ;

Although the Hall of Fame
Bowl is only in its third year,
and is far from being a big
holiday contest, this year's
game between Missouri and
South Carolina promises to
be full of excitment.
In the past two years the
Hall of Fame committee has

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settled for teams which have come into their own for
one season and fallen from sight since then. The Min-
nesota vs. Maryland matchup in the first year of the
bowl didn't bring much national interest, and neither
did last year's Iowa State vs. Texas A&M holiday
special.
This year's teams give the bowl respectability.
Although the two's records aren't sparkling, both
have thrown scares into big bowl teams, losing by
narrow margins.

land which brought you Frank
Kush and his intriguing
Arizona State recruiting
techniques, comes this year's
Fiesta Bowl, pitting 10-1 Pit-
tsburgh and 6-4-1 Arizona in a
Christmas Day matchup.
The sole blemish on the Pan-

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thers' record this year came
See BUT, Page 19

Big Ten Standings

Atlantic (oast Standings

Conference

Ohio St.
Purdue
MICHIGAN
Indiana
Iowa
Michigan St.
Minnesota
Wisconsin
Illinois
Northwestern

W
8
7
6
5
4
3
3
3
1
0

L
0
1
2
3
4
5
5
5
6
9

T
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
1

Overall
W L T
11 0 0
9 2 0
8 3 -0
7 4 0
5 5 1
5 6 0
4 6 1
4 7 0
2 8 1

N. Caro. St.
Clemson
Wk. Forest
Maryland
N. CAROLINA
Virginia
Duke
Ga. Tech

W
5
4
4
4
3
2
0
0

L
1
2
2
2
3
4
6
0

T
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Conference

Overall
W L T
7 4 0
8 3 0
8 3 0
7 4 0
7 3 1
6 5 0
2 8 1
4 6 1

Eraman Jolly
... taking NC seriously . . . tough luck for MSU

0 1 10 0

Simpkins Scho

A Detroit News columnist, two
days before the Wolverines' fateful
season-ending loss to Big Ten champ
Ohio State, called the Gator Bowl "one'
of those minor, fleebag (sic) bowls"
and added, "Michigan has too
distinguished a name and too untar-
nished a reputation to sell itself to a
second-rate bowl. It would be an em-
barrassment to such a prideful univer-
sity ..."
Even Michigan tight end Doug Marsh
admitted a couple of days after the
game: "... I don't particularly want to
go to the Gator Bowl because I've been
somewhat spoiled-having gone to the
Rose Bowl the past three years."

winners," echoed senior co-captain Ron
Simpkins, Michigan's all-time leading
tackler. "The Gator Bowl gives us that
opportunity."
"EVERY YEAR I'VE been here so
far," recalls reserve tailback Tony
Leoni, also a senior, "the other three
teams haven't gone out as winners. We
want to do that once and for all."
Even coach Schembechler feels the
desire to win is incentive enough for his
team. "They're all football players.
That's all you need. The seniors want to
win their last game. You don't want to
go out with two (sic) losses."
But Schembechler admits and the
players agree that it wasn't easy to get

... wants that last game
in Florida, not California. And that's
not so bad according to Schembechler.
"Our program is geared to go to bowl
games," observed Schembechler.
"We've never been to the Gator Bowl. I
think it'll be good experience."
That it should. Just because

That it should. Just because anywhere."

...'bowl
"Because v
bowl this ye
have somethir
Jolly. "But tl
they're not go
talk all they w
anywhere."

BOWLS: THE SCHEMBECHLER YEARS
1970 ROSE BOWL.......................... Southern Cal 10, MICHIGAN 13
1972 ROSE BOWL...............................Stanford 13, MICHIGAN 12
1976 ORANGE BOWL...........:.............. Oklahoma 14, MICHIGAN 6
1977 ROSE BOWL............................ Southern Cal 14, MICHIGAN 6
1978 ROSE BOWL...........................Washington 27, MICHIGAN 20
1979 ROSE BOWL........ .............Southern Cal 17, MICHIGAN 10
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