Page 8--Saturday, October 20, 1979-The Michigan Daily
QB SITUATION UP IN THE AIR
Day late, dollar short Illini
By GEOFF LARCOM
It s happened three years in a row
now and you have to wonder if this
season will be any different.
Michigan, undefeated in the con-
ference and seemingly invincible, gets
unceremoniously dumped on its
backside to an irreverent underdog
THREE YEARS AGO it was Purdue, -
16-14, in West Lafayette. The next year
Minnesota turned the upset trick in the
north country with a baffling 16-0
shutout of the Wolverines.
And last season it was Michigan State
furnishing the bitter pill, with Michigan
gagging on the sad 24-15 result.
Suffice it to say that few concerned
with Michigan football are giving
today's game with Illinois in Cham-
paign the ho-hum treatment.
NOT EVEN THE fact that the Illini
are 1-5 on the season has served to
lighten the Wolverine burden, and for
that there is ample reason.
The Wolverines, while 5-1 and sitting
pretty atop the Big Ten at 3-0, still
haven't shown the explosiveness on of-
fense that in past years made games
like this one seem so academic. Other
than that 49-7 whipping of North-
western, it's been nail biting time in
conference play throughout, with both
Michigan State and Minnesota
throwing considerable scares into the
"ILLINOIS IS NOT that bad a foot-
ball team," said Bo Schembechler.
"Since we're playing them in Cham-
paign it makes it that much tougher.
"Most of the upsets in the Big Ten
come when you are playing on the
road," he added. "Even though Ohio
State and Michigan are still at the top of
the conference, it's getting harder to
stay up there. "
A Schembechlerism if ever there was
one, right? Still, lending some credence
to Bo's claim is the fact that Illinois'
record is deceiving, that is, as 1-5 slates
GARY MOELLER'S squad lost to
Missouri by eight points, Navy by one,
and then to surprising Iowa by six,
before Purdue put the Illini away 28-14
And Moeller, a former defensive
coordinator under Schembechler, has
had more than those close-but-no-cigar
scores troubling him this season.
He lost first string quarterback Rich
Weiss in the opening game of the
season, with the job falling to Lawrence
McCullough. McCullough was hurt and
last week calling the signals was junior
IN SEEING HIS first collegiate ac-
tion in two years, McAvoy fared well,
completing 12 of 21 passes for 141 yards
and no interceptions.*As of yesterday,
McCullough was still listed as a
Meanwhile, Schembechler will con-
tinue with B.J. Dickey as his number
one man at quarterback, continually
maintaining that the two man setup
he's been using will do the ob.
One thing Moeller and co. expect
from either Dickey or substitute John
Wangler is the big play. It's a curious
fact, but ole' grind it out Michigan has
been a big play team of late, with a 66
yard bomb to Ralph Clayton providing
the winning score at East Lansing, and
Butch Woolfolk's breakaway runs
making the difference /against the
"MICHIGAN HAS great speed at
wide receiver and in the backfield,"
said Moeller. "They don'tithrow that
much, but when they do it's for long
"The running has been spotty at
times, but then those big backs will
break away for a 40 to 50 yard gain."
Indeed, Moeller's on target in his
assessment. Without those
breathtaking plays, Michigan might not
be singing an undefeated Big Ten tune
That's also another reason why
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By JON MORELAND ~ay~
As recently as two weeks ago any Midwest football AL
follower would have named the Michigan State-Purdue game confe
that will take place this afternoon as one of the key games of anyw
the season. Both teams had such high preseason hopes that about
many people thought the winner of this game would even- the e
tually be Rose Bowl bound. Bowl
Things haven't gone quite as expected for these teams, On
however. Purdue is still very much in the Big Ten race, with to Mi
their lone conference loss coming to a good, but nowhere near Iowa
great, Minnesota team. And on the other side of the card avera
State has all but been eliminated from the Rose Bowl picture. Iowa
THE LOSS AT home against Michigan two weeks ago leadir
hurt, but losing at Wisconsin last weekend virtually ended a gam
any hopes of the Spartans spending the holidays in Pasadena. Mi
Mark Herrmann, Purdue's junior quarterback who holds just forme
about every passing record in his school's history, will lead rushii
the Boilermakers against the MSU defense that allowed 38 ce in
points last Saturday. QL
Spartan quarterback Bert Vaughn is expected to return Big T
this week after missing the Wisconsin loss with a bruised to Mi
kidney. Vaughn may be less than 100 percent, and Spartan se, so
coach Darryl Rogers may call on sophomore Bryan Clark if Wi
Vaughn eppers ineffective. when
The Spartans still believe they can get an impressive bowl Badg
bid if they can come on strong in the remaining five games of totalc
the season. They need strong showings against Purdue add in last w
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LTHOUGH THERE ARE two other teams with only one
rence loss, a Purdue defeat in East Lansing (or
here else along the way for that matter) would just
t-guarantee another Michigan-Ohio State showdown at
nd of the season to determine the conference's Rose
ne of the other teams with only one loss, Iowa, plays host
innesota in the Hawkeyes' homecoming game. With
scoring more than 32 points a game and Minnesota
aging over 27, this should be a wide-open football game.
is led on offense by tailback Dennis Mosley, who is
ng the Big Ten in rushing with an average of 133.8 yards
innesota also has its share of outstanding offensive per-
ers. Fullback Garry White, who is third in the Big Ten in
rg, teams up with Marion Barber, who led the conferen-
rushing in 1978.
UARTERBACK MARK CARLSON is number two in the
en in passing after having abig game in last week's loss
chigan. Iowa is ninth in the conference in passing defen-
Carlson may have a chance to pad his statistics.
isconsin will find the going a little tougher this week
they take on Ohio State and their stingy defense. The
ers will be hard-pressed to approach the 342 yards in
offense and 38 points it ran up against Michigan State
ieek. The Buckeyes are third in the conference in total
defense, and second against the score.
Wisconsin quarterback Steve Parish,
who has completed 56.1 percent of his
passes, may be able to throw suc-
cessfully against the questionable OSU
secondary. Buckeye quarterback Art
Schlichter leads the Big Ten in total of-
INDIANA WILL be favored to remain
in the thick of the conference race when
Northwestern invades Bloomington
today. With just one conference loss
(47-6 to Ohio State last week) the
'Hoosiers are in a three way tie for third
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contender Indiana is.
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