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The Michigan Deily-Tuesday, Decen
OHIO STATE BA TTLES USC IN ROSE BOWL
Holidays filled with bowl action
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OHIO STA TE vs. SOUTHERN CAL.
It was way back in 1901
that Fielding H. Yost led his
Michigan team to Pasadena
to compete against Stanford
in what was to be the first
Rose Bowl game. The highly
superior men in blue walked
away with a 49-0 win withY
the players from Stanford
leaving the field before
time ran out.
Not many people can remember that first Rose
Bowl game, but it's starting to become difficult to
even remember the last time a Big Ten team
defeated its West Coast rivals. The last time that
happened was back on New Year's day 1974, when
Ohio State whipped USC 42-21. Since then it's been
five years of nothing but frustration for BiF Ten
teams in Pasadena.
USC is going to try to stretch that string to six
straight by preventing a repeat of the '74 game. Both
teams come into the game undefeated and highly
ranked. USC is 10-0-1 and ranked second in both polls,
with the Trojans only blemish on their record coming
in a 21-21 tie against Stanford. Meanwhile the Ohio
State Buckeyes are a perfect 11-0-0 and stand one not-
ch behind their opponents in the polls.
Ohio State's success this year came as a bit of a
surprise. Prior to the season's start, most experts
picked the Buckeyes for a fourth place finish behind
Purdue, Michigan and Michigan State. The key to the
year's surprising success can be attributed to first
year coach Earle Bruce and sophomore quarterback
Filling in for a lelgend is not easy to do, however
Bruce has done just about anything one could do to
make the people of Columbus forget Woody Hayes.
He has earned the respect of all his players and more
importantly earned a trip to the Rose Bowl with a
There seem to be two reasons for Bruce's over-
whelming success. First of all, he opened up the of-
fense and let Schlichter do what he does best: throw
the football. Schlichter completed 94 of 179 passes for
1519 yards and 13 touchdowns, good enough to rank
him fifth in the nation in passing.
The other factor was the great performance of the
defense, which was criticized in the preseason. The
defense allowed a stingy 10 points a game, while the
offense piled up an average of 34.
USC, on the other hand, was ranked number one by
almost everyone before the season started. They
didn't drop from that ranking until the shocking tie
with Stanford. The strength of Coach John Robinson's
Trojans lies in their well-balanced, but explosive, of-
Tailbck Charles White leads the nation in running
with 1803 yards in 293 carries for a 6.2 average. His
,sensational year moved him into second in all-time
rushing yardage behind former Heisman 'Trophy
winner Tony Dorsett.
The other half of USC's two pronged attack is All-
American quarterback Paul McDonald. His 153 com-
pletions in 240 attempts for 1989 yards and 17 touch-
downs ranked him third in the nation in passing.
All together, it rooks like the 1980 Rose Bowl could
be the best matgp-up of the year. If Alabama should
lose the Sugar Bowl, the Rose Bowl winner would un-
doubtedly stake its claim to the national champion-
NEBRASKA rs. HOUSTON
The Cornhuskers of
Nebraska will square off
against the Houston
Cougars in the 1980 Cotton
Bowl on New Year's Day in
Both teams have 10-1
records, although Ne-
braska was the runner-
up in the Big Eight while
Houston shared the Southwest Conference title with
Sugar Bowl-bound Arkansas. Houston earned its bid
to the Cotton Bowl because the Cougars defeated
Arkansas 13-10 earlier this season.
Jeff -Quinn and Tim Hager have shared the quar-
terbacking duties for Nebraska, but Quinn has
emerged as the leader of the 'Husker offense. Quinn
has hit on 51.6% of his passes for 624 yards and four
scores, and he has run for another 240 yards.
I-BACK JARVIS Redwine has rushed for 1024 yards
and 8 scores, having taken the job away from I. M.
Hipp, one of Nebraska's all-time leading rushers,
earlier this season. All-American tight end Junior
Miller is a fine receiver and he is also dangerous
carrying the ball on reverses.
Nebraska's "no name" defense has allowed only
10.3 points per game to their opponents, and it recor-
ded three consecutive shut-outs earlier this season.
The Cougars' veer formation offense is run-
-oriented, and quarterback Delrick Brown runs the
option extremely well. Gerald Clark and John
Newhouse, the brother of Dallas Cowboy running
back Robert Newhouse, give Houston a pair of backs
who are capable of breaking away for a long gainer at
The play that doomed Michigan.
Ohio State's Jim Laughlin col-
lides with Michigan punter Bryan
Virgil after taking Virgil's kick in
the chest. Buckeye Todd Bell re-
covered and scored, as Ohio State
notched its first win over Michi-
gan in four years.
JANUAR Y 1
New Orleans, Louisiana
ARKANSAS vs. ALABAMA
For the third consecutive
year, the Alabama Crimson
Tide will spend New Year's
Day in New Orleans and play
in the prestigious Sugar Bowl.
Bear Bryant's squad duels the
Arkansas Razorbacks, in a
game featuring two of the best
quarterbacks in the country.
Arkansas QB Kevin Scanlon
completed 92 of 139 passes and threw for 1,212 yards
and 9 touchdowns. He led the Southwest Conference
in passing and was named Offensive Player of the
Year in the SWC.
By defeating Auburn on December first in Bir-
mingham, Alabama recorded a perfect season and
gained the Southeastern Conference crown. The
number one ranked Crimson Tide is lead, by all-_
purpose quarterback Steadman Shealy.
Shealy has gained an average of 5.2 yards per rush.
He also has a passing completion percentage of .556
(45/81), throwing for 717 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Arkansas reached the Sugar Bowl by virtue of the
upset win by the Texas Longhorns over Texas A&M,
coupled with a Houston victory over Rice.
Alabama reached the Sugar Bowl with an un-
blemished conference record and a twenty game
winning streak, the longest in the nation.
Arkansas coach Lou Holtz summed up the game in
a few well-chosen words, "It's two great teams
playing each other." Well put coach.
This year's Sugar Bowl could be the closest, most
exciting game played this New Year's Day. Look for
the high-flying, talented Razorbacks to shock the
Crimson Tide, crushing their hopes for another
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overemphasized, however. This
statistic is based on the total passing
yardage of the opposition, and most of
the yardage gained through the air oc-
curred in the early games, as a result
of big North Carolina leads which for-
ced their foes to put the ball up more of-
A HUGE QUESTION mark remains
as to whether the Tar Heels can put the
clamps on Michigan, however. Curry
and Nicholson are very good
linebackers and may. be able to par-
tially stop Michigan tailback Butch
Woolfolk, but the secondary could be in
for a long day if Wangler's passes to
Clayton, Carter, and tight end Doug
Marsh are accurate.
North Carolina coach Dick Crum
would probably like nothing better than
for Dickey to regain full health and be
installed as the starter in the bowl
game. And we all know how Bo likes
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