The Michigan Daily-Saturday, September.15, 1979-Page 7
KICKOFF SET FOR 3:20 FOR TV COVERAGE:
Blue, Irish collide
By BILLY NEFF
In every sport, there is a legendary team which is both
boasted about and booed lustily. No middle ground exists.
Maybe this phenomenon occurs because this team is talked
,about in the media all the time or they have their own
television network. In Notre Dame's case, the latter helps,
in addition to the legends of Gipp, Rockne and Parseghian.
Notre Dame has always had its own television network,
showcasing its talent in both football and basketball. Who
can forget the multitude of times , that home court
refereeing helped their basketball team win yet another
In fact, the partisanship for Notre Dame is so ardent that
when Ara Parseghian, maybe the best coach in their
illustrious history opted to go for a tie in 1966 against
Michigan State, he was almost crucified. The game was
being played for, the national championship and the Notre
Dame faithful did not agree with Parseghian's decision. He
was almost pressured out of his job by Notre Dame
SO WHEN the Fighting Irish come north to play another
legend in football today, not only will national prestige be at
stake but much, much more. At stake will be another year
of traditional bragging rights in the rivalry..
Both coaches made their normal over-complimentary
remarks this week. Notre'Dame's Dan Devine said, "It's
difficult to spot any weaknesses in a Bo Schembechler-
coached team, but it's easy to spot their strengths." One in-
teresting note about Devine is that he has posted two wins
against no losses in Michigan Stadium (in 1959 and 1969),
while coaching Missouri. Michigan is hoping the ten year
jinx does not continue.
On the other side of the ledger, maybe Schembechler
summed up the importance of the game best. "It will be a
very determining game in what kind of ballclub we'll
have," said Schembechler. Although not necessarily
profound statement, that's what playing a legend will do.
THE KEY to bragging rights this year will be the two, or
three, men behind center. For the Fighting Irish, Rusty
Lisch gets the call and Irish rooters are hoping his plar is
not similar to his name on Saturday.
You see, Lisch has not played since 1977 and many are
wondering how the fifth-year senior will fare.
In 1977, Lisch was at the helm during Notre Dame's one .
setback to the Mississippi Rebels. Eventually, present San
Francisco 49er quarterback, Joe Montana, stepped in and
led the Irish to the national championship.
FOr the Wolverines, B. J. Dickey, who totaled 120 yards
Coaches customary counterpart complimentsI
It 's difficult
spot any weakness-
es in a Bo Sclem -
in the air and on the ground, will get the nod again. Dickeyt
an excellent runner and option quarterback, may yield tl '-
quarterback duties to John Wangler, the better passer, I1
Michigan falls behind. Once again, neither Michigan quar-
terback is well tested.
Another key factor in this "classic matchup" could be in-
juries. Two of Michigan's best offensive linemen, Bubba
Paris and John Powers, will miss this important encounter>
On the other side of the line, three Notre Dame starters a
,missing, including returners Jay Case and Scott Zette
The game could be decided by the depth factor, and Schem--"-'
bechler has one advantage here - his reserves have playe ~~)
one game, Notre Dame's haven't.
INJURIES HAVEmalso befallen the Irish at fullba i
where sophomore Pete Buchanan and senior Dave Mitch
have fallen prey to leg injuries. Freshman John Sweene ! ,
will fill in there and his primary responsibility will be the
blocking chores for record setting running back Vagas.1)'
Michigan's ability to stop Ferguson may be the ultimate °-,
key to today's encounter. Ferguson is a game-breaker but'
Michigan has been known to be able to combat run-oriented' '
teams, being the only team to hold Archie Griffin under 106 ',
yards one year.
On offense, the Wolverines will count on Stanley Edward$'
to duplicate last week's near-100 yard performanceQ.
Freshman sensation Anthony Carter will be prepared to,
dazzle the Irish and tight end Doug Marsh will be hoping t.,o ,-
duplicate his performance of last year against the Irish
when he grabbed two touchdown passes. Both teams will
have to pass and Marsh could be a key. x
So as legend has it, whether Notre Dame wins it for ^
Rockne, Gipp or Parseghian, or Michigan for Harmon,
Oosterbaan or Leach, it will be a "classic matchup,
probably decided by the superior quarterback play of
"They're got a
great back in Vagas
n and a
Bo Sc~rhprn heppllpr
other Big Ten action
By MARTHA CRALL chalking up four touchdowns. Thanks to
Looks like the o1' preseason pollsters Herrmann and surehanded ends,
did their homework this summer when Raymond Smith and Dave Young, Pur-
they granted four Big Ten teams Top 20 due is buoyed by an explosive offensive
billings. By the same token, the attack. 01
homework and studying paid off for Herrmann's counterpart, Bruin
Purdue, Michigan, Michigan State, and quarterbac, Rick Bashore hit on 15 of 30
Ohio State, who all retained their Top attempts against Houston and three of
Twenty rankings as the Big Ten corps those passes landed in Cougar paws in-
gear up for second-week action. stead of Bruins'. On the bright side,
Football fans nationwide focus their though, tailback Freeman McNeil
attention to one of the biggest games rushed for a career high 119 yards in 26
around as fifth-ranked Purdue travels carries, as UCLA, for the first time,
to California to contend with the ever- consistently ran the I formation
tough UCLA crew in a rare night game. throughout the game.
Purdue is riding the wave of their 41-20 Yes, there are other football games
bombing of Wisconsin last Saturday. this week. Among the Big Ten teams
UCLA, ;;while no less enthusiastic., who have their hands the fullest are
about the confrontationi must over Illinois, lowa and Minnesota.
come their 24-16 loss to nationally Illinois, who was whipped soundly by
ranked Houston in their debut. the Spartans across the state, 33-16,
UCLA will field the youngest squad in must face 11th ranked Missouri. the
recent history, according to sources. Tigers are fresh off a 45-15 blowout of
Purdue coach Jim Young, never- San Diego State. Offense killers, Eric
theless, has much respect for Terry Wright and Bill Whitaker, lead the way.
Donahue's Bruins. Meanwhile, Iowa faces a very tough
"UCLA always is extremely well Oklahoma squad, this week nationally
coached, has excellent personnel, and ranked third but as yet untested in 1979,
is very physical," appraises Young. at the Sooners' home field. And the
"There's no question we'll have to be at Iowa defense has a bone to pick with the
our best both offensively and defen- Sooners, a tough one indeed-Barry
sively to be ready to beat UCLA." Switzer's wishbone, anchored by 1978
Offense, indeed! Boilermaker quar- Heisman Trophy winner Billy Sims.
schedule pits them against the Ohio"y "
-Brigade, takes part in the only inter,
conference matchup this week alorrgi-
with Ohio State. Minnesota fared welto
with the first half of the Ohio tandem':,
last week, whipping Ohio U. 24-10. A
This week's rival, 15th ranked Ohio":
State, figures to be a bit tougher for th,'
Gophers as both coaches, Joe Salem for,,
Minnesota and Earle Bruce for Ohio,-
State, try to improve their 1-0 records:}ti
The early season skeptics' question,
"Can Bruce produce?" was at least,
partially answered via O.S.U.'s lass-
week romp over Syracuse, 31-8 in the
first game in 29 seasons that Woody %;.
Hayes wasn't tearing up the sidelines _ -
for the Buckeyes.
The remaining five Big Ten tea's
line up tiis wa'y:
Indiana, who squeaked by Iowa 30=16
last week, travels to Vanderbilt.
Tailback Lonnie Johnson is coming 9ff
a three TD performance to lead the
Oregon has their work cut out 44r
them as they invade East Lansing.
Michigan State is hot from their 33ja 6
win over Illinois, which saw new B
Bert Vaughn pick up where Ed Smitfh
left off, tossing two TD passes. Morton
Anderson's foot also helped the Spar-
tans out, adding four field goals.
Wyoming travels toNorthwestern in
hopes of catching. the Wildcats down
and out after their 49-7 drubbing at the
hands of mighty Michigan.
Air Force flys into Madison to do bat-
tle with the Badgers of Wisconsin, the
unfortunate victims of Purdue's
(Herrmann's) aerial attack last week.
The Fighting Irish made one trip to the state of Michigan last season when they beat Michigan State 29-25 at Spartan
Stadium. Notre Dame is in Michigan again, this time for a regionally televised battle with the Wolverines at Michigan
Stadium beginning at 3:20.
GRIDDERS SPEND NIGHT AT CAMPUS INN
Friday night retreats no big deal
terback Mark Herrmann almost
singlehandedly beat Wisconsin,
spiraling the pigskin 291 yards and
By ELISA FRYE
=While most students were celebrating
last night in anticipation of a Michigan
victory, today, one sector of the student
pjapulaion was sequestered away,
quietly eating dinner, watching a
movie, and retiring early, also in an-
ticipation of today's game.
The Michigan football team was
spending its typical pre-game Friday
riight at the Campus Inn, without wine,
women, or any other outside distrac-
An air of secrecy surrounds the
team's Friday night retreats, but the
truth is, nothing particularly
fsbinating or out of the ordinary hap-
pJens. In fact, the routine remains
almost boringly unchanged, week after
. EACH WEEK a bus picks up the
players at the stadium and drops them
at the Campus Inn at 6 p.m. Then the
players take their overnight bags direc-
tly to their rooms, and return to the
1janquet room for supper.
; The menu is the same each week, and
reads more like several meals than one
supper. The players start off with a
bowl of New England clam chowder,
followed by a 5 oz. filet, a 7'oz. piece of
lasagne, and a baked potato. In addition
there is salad, tomatoes, peas, green
beans and rolls and butter, washed
down with an ocean of milk and
lemonade. For desert there are
After that meal, you might expect the
players to go into immediate hiber-
nation, but instead they wind down the
evening with a movie. Last week,
before trouncing Northwestern,, the
team was treated to "Dr. Strangelove."
The players then head for their'
rooms, where they find a bedtime snack
of hot chocolatr, oatmeal cookies and
apples awaiting them. And then they hit
YOU MIGHTIhink the players would
get tired of the same old thing, but, ac-
cording to Chris Crane, Banquet
Manager for Catering and Services,
spending one night a week at the Cam-
pus Inn is as much a part of their life as
going to practice every day. "It's all
part of the routine," said Crane. "Let's
put it this way, they don't have fun
Then why the mystery about such a
normal part of a football player's life?
"It's the nature of the game," ex-
plained Crane. "It's the way Bo is," he
Bo, by way, goes to his room im-
mediately after dinner and is seen by no
one the rest of the night. The rest of the
coaches hang out in the bar, according
The Hawkeyes must bounce back big
from their tough 30-26 loss to Indiana in
the last 58 seconds of last week's game.
A promising highlight for the Hawks wa
a record-tying four TD's and 142 yards
rushing by tailback Dennis Mosley.
,Minnesota, who's early season''
Dean Masztak (220)
Tim Foley (265)
Tim Huffman (265)
John Scully (245)
John Leon (240)
Rob Martinovich (260)
Dave Condeni (175)
Pete Holohan (215)
Rusty Lisch (210)
3ohn Sweeny (220)
Vagas Ferguson (194)
John Hankerd (241)
Hardy Rayam (242)
Tom Bock (240)
Joe Gramke (234)
Mike Whittington (219)
Bob Crable (220)
B. Moynihan (210)
bobby Leopold (217)
John Krimm (183)
Dave Waymer (188)
Tom Gibbons (185)
Ben Needham (214)
Curtis Greer (245)
Mike Trgovac (227)
Dale Keitz (233)
Mel Owens (230)
Ron Simpkins (220)
Andy Cannavino (220)
Stu Harris (196)
Mike Jolly (181)
Mark Bramen (197)
Michael Harden (183)
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