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Out of the Blue
By Geoff Larcom

The Michigan Daily-Thursday, November 15, 1979--Page 11
SATURDAY'S GAMES DECIDE RIVALS
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T ISIONS AND MEMORIES of a rivalry that began a new chapter when
' Bo Schembechler took over as Michigan coach in 1969 ... Since that
Mime, only once has the winning margin exceeded 12 points. Eight times it's
been less than that.
1969 - Undefeated Ohio State, clad in creamy away white, warms up.
,jack Tatum, Rex Kern, Jim Otis - names seen all year in Sports Illustrated.
How can Michigan hope to beat this team? Michigan Stadium is in bedlam
all afternoon, as the Wolverines, still smarting from a 50-14 humiliation the
' 4ear before, upset Ohio State. Simply incredible. The first half score reads
24-12, and that's the way it ends. The North goalpost goes down with a groan
of cracking metal under the weight of ecstatic fans..
1970 - Ohio State's revenge. Kern, Tatum and Co. roll to a decisive 20-9
.win. What a difference a year makes. The Buckeyes hold Michigan to a
paltry 37 yards on the ground. The Michigan players dress in silence ...
. 1971 - A gong show of football craziness. Billy Taylor and Reggie
Mackenzie anchor one of Schembechler's strongest teams. Yet OSU, only 6-3
.on the season, leads Michigan in the fourth quarter, 7-3. The minutes tick
down. Finally, Taylor breaks down the right sideline, and a crunching block
,by Fritz Seyferth springs him for a 21-yard touchdown.
,. Then comes the fun. Woody Hayes makes mincemeat of the sideline
markers after Tom Darden intercepts a Buckeye pass. Did he interfere?
Nobody knew for sure, and Michigan breathes a giant sigh of relief. Hello,
Ijose Bowl!
1972 - Oh, did this hurt if you were from Michigan. The Wolverines led
in nearly every offensive category, yet lose, 14-11. Why? Guts and poise - a
truckload of it on the Ohio State side, with two mind-bending goal-line stands
thwarting Michigan. A three-point margin, yet the score seems closer than
that. First-and-goal, Michigan at the one in the second quarter. They don't
score. Then, nine minutes-to play and fourth-and-goal on the OSU one. A field
goal try? Not on your life. Franklin's quarterback sneak fails and Ohio
Stadium explodes in an avalanche of noise.
1973 - Ohio State ranked number one, Michigan is fourth. Both un-
defeated. And after the 10-10 tie, Michigan is massively frustrated. OSU
takes a ten-point lead at the half, while Michigan gets its ten in the second.
With 24 seconds left, Mike Lantry's field goal sails wide. Dennis
{ranklin breaks his collarbone and the athletic directors select the
]uckeyes to go to the Rose Bowl. Schembechler is furious.. ..
1974 - Tom Klaban kicks four field goals, after the Wolverines take a 10-
0 lead in Columbus. The scoreboard blinks down to 18 seconds. Lantry, the
Vietnam veteran with the mighty left leg, nails one from the 23-yard-line.
'Michigan signals good, OSU waves that it's wide. The home team's right.
'thousands of 'Michigan fans slump back in their TV room
ifhairs ... Michigan wonders when the jinx will end ...
1975 - This isn't the year.. . The hex continues. Total exasperation for
Michigan. Over the last six years, Michigan has been 57-0-2 coming into the
Buckeye matchup Only once during that span have the Buckeyes lost, with
this year's result a 21-14 comeback win by Hayes' charges.
Freshman Rick Leach engineers a 14-7 Michigan' lead and all seems
well. But the bucks score within 59 seconds late in the fourth quarter to pull
it out. How could it happen? Easy. Huge Pete Johnson, the Buckeyes' 240-
pound fullback, crashes in for the tying score. But no ties this year for
Michigan. Leach's desperation pass is intercepted by Ray Griffin. He retur-
ns it to the two, and it's Johnson, unstoppable, falling backwards into the end
zone.
1976 - The spell ends in Columbus. After a scoreless first half, what was
perhaps Schembechler's finest squad scores 22 unanswered points. It's Bo's
finest hour, and the critics are finally silenced.
1977 - Two in a row for Bo. Now, Hayes seemingly must wear the
unlucky shoe. Ohio State pushes Michigan all over the field, with only six
points to sow for all its offensive troubles. Late in the game, linebacker
John Anderson whacks Rod Gerald deep in Michigan territory. The ball
bounces away and Derek Howard recovers, cradling the ball in his blue jer-
sey. A defensivegniracle ...
1978 - Michigan wins its third in a row. Is my TV set showing the right
game? Leach hits Rodney Fester on a slick slant-in pattern for the only
,score Michigan needs in the 14-3 victory. Rose Bowl, it's time to give it one
more try...
1979 - Hayes is gone, and a new chapter begins. Here's hoping the
writer of the plot remains the same ...
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By THOMAS J. SHAHEEN
The major college bowl games-
Cotton, Orange, Rose and Sugar-are
among the biggest sports spectacles in
America. Just two days before the bids
are handed out; even the experts can't
agree on who the participants will be.
The Rose Bowl picture seems to be
the clearest, although nothing is cer-
tain. The Pacific-10 champion faces the
Big Ten champ in the annual battle for
the roses on New Year's Day. In the
Pac-10, Southern California is all but
assured of a bid. The fourth-ranked
Trojans could only lose the bid if Pac-10
officials declare a group of Arizona
State players ineligible. In this case
Washington's loss to Arizona State
would be erased, leaving them a game
behind the Trojans. UCLA would then
have to defeat heavily-favored
Southern Cal in the season finale for
Washington to go. The Trojans
automatically win the title if no ruling
is made.
IN THE BIG TEN, Ohio State has the
inside track. A win or tie against
Michigan would assure coach Earle

Bruce's Buckeyes a trip to Pasadena.
For the Wolverines to go, Indiana must
beat Purdue, and Michigan has to
defeat the Buckeyes. If Purdue wins
over Indiana, Ohio State will qualify, no
matter what the result of Saturday's
game in Ann Arbor.
Should Michigan lose the Rose Bowl
bid, the Gator Bowl could accom-
modate the Wolverines. "A team that
will carry a crowd is always attractive
to a bowl city," said ABC sportscaster
Keith Jackson. "Michigan has alumni
all over the country and would be an at-
tractive representative in the Gator
Bowl. The Wolverines could also play in
the Cotton or Fiesta Bowls."
Texas, Arkansas and Houston are
tied for first place in the Southwest Con-
ference, where the champion hosts the
Cotton Bowl. Arkansas is considered
the favorite. Texas has the toughest
schedule, and a three-way tie would
boost the Razorbacks into the Cotton
Bowl, since Texas and Houston have
played in the contest most recently.
Texas must win its remaining three
games and Arkansas has to lose to
Texas A&M or Southern Methodist for

the Longhorns to receive the bid.
ONE OF THE Big Ten teams, Florida
State, and Pittsburgh are all considered
possible opponents in the Cotton Bowl.
Top-ranked Alabama has even been
mentioned.
The Big Eight champion receives an
automatic Orange Bowl berth, and once
again the Nebrasksa-Oklahoma game
determines the representative. For
pollsters, Nebraska would be the ideal
choice because Alabama is a possible
opponent if the Crimson Tide isn't in-
vited to the Sugar Bowl. This would set
up a mythical national championship
game.
If the Tide wins a Sugar Bowl bid, the
Big Ten runner-up may be invited to the
Orange Bowl. "Big Ten representatives
have a proven track record in the
Orange Bowl," said Bill Ward, chair-
man of the Orange Bowl Selection
Committee. "The outcome of the
Georgia-Auburn game is important in
the final decision. Florida State is also
being considered."
WITHOUT A DOUBT, the Georgia-
Auburn game is vital to the bowl pic-
ture. If the Bulldogs defeat Auburn,
Eaves honored
Sophomore Murray Eaves became
the second Wolverine in a row to be
honored a WCHA player of the week af-
ter he scored five goals and five assists
against Notre Dame last weekend.
Eaves has now taken over the WCHA
scoring lead with seven goals and
twelve assists for 19 points.

they will automatically be the SugarA
Bowl representative from the Southeast'
Conference. Georgia is considered
by many to be unworthy of a bid. They
have lost four nonconference games
this year, but have remained un-
defeated in'league play. If they finish
that way, under SEC rules, they would
go to New Orleans because Alabama
went last year. This would free
Alabama to go wherever it wants,
clouding up the bowl scene even more.
Possible opponents of the SEC winner
in the Sugar Bowl are Texas, Florida
State, Houston, Pittsburgh or even a Big,
Ten team.
Sound confusing? Well, it is. A
clearer picture will be painted this
Saturday when the invitations are sent
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SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Snow Bowi for Bo?

ANN ARBOR (UPI) - Athletic
Director Don Canham of Michigan is
thinking of starting his own holiday
bowl game, using the Pontiac Silver-
dome to stage the first college bowl
game in the North to be played during
the winter,. f
"There's a lot that has to happen,"
Canham cautioned after outlining a
plan that could cbnceivably pair the Big
Eight and Big Ten runnersup or
possibly Notre Dame in bowl game
during the Christmas-New Year
holiday week.
"We've got to get it approved by the
events committee of the NCAA, we've
got to find the right dates, we've got to
dovetail with the Detroit Lions' playoff
possibilities.
"At the present time, it's just in the
thinking stage," Canham said. He
believes he would have little trouble
selling a game such as Oklahoma-
Michigan to national television. "But
we finally have a chance to do it and
we're going after it."
Dawkins destroys
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The
Philadelphia 76ers not only lost the
game, but will get a bill of $295 for an
emphatic dunk shot by center Darryl
Dawkins that shattered the glass back-
board and bent the support pole.
John Begzos, general manager of the
Kansas City Kings, said yesterday the
damaging dunk shot was avoidable.
The 76ers will be billed, Begzos ad-
ded. "You can rest assured of that."
It happened 38 seconds into the
second half. The 6-foot-11, 258-pound
Dawkins took a pass from Maurice
Cheeks, and soared up for orne of his
spectacular dunks.
As the ball slammed through the net,
the backboard shattered, showering the
court with pieces of glass.

Goltz signs
LOS ANGELES - Free agent pitcher
Dave Goltz agreed to terms on a six-
year contract yesterday with the Los
Angeles Dodgers, club Vice President
Al Campanis said.
"Our scouting reports showed that
Dave.vas the best pitcher available" in
the free agent re-entry draft, Campanis
said.
The 30-year-old Goltz, who has
fashioned six consecutive years of win-
ning in double figures with the Min-
nesota Twins, was the first player ever
to be drafted-by the maximum 13 teams
in the firstround of the draft.
-AP
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NEW YORK - Lorinda deRoulet,
chief operating officer of the New York
Mets, has told some employees that the
National League baseball club will
definitely be sold, it was reported by the
New York Daily News.
In today's editions, the News repor-
ted that Mrs. deRoulet called the Mets
front office staff together last Thursday
afternoon to announce that the club is in
the process of being sold.
The paper reported that a tearful
deRoulet said the club "is up for sale"
and "it is just a matter of screening the
buyers."
-AP
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