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Schlanderer on South University
1113 S. University, Ann Arbor, MI

Page 12-Friday, November 16,1979-The Michigan Daily
Buckeye defense: hard to crack

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In what was termed "a defensive
miracle" by some, the 1972 Michigan-
Ohio State game came down to one key
series of plays. Michigan All-American
Randy Logan intercepted a Buckeye
pass, and he returned to the OSU 29-
yard line. The Wolverine offense got the
ball down to the five-yard line and a fir-
st down.
Tailback Harry Banks gained one
yard on first down, advancing the ball
to the four. Banks plunged through the
line for two yards on second down, and
it was now third and goal from the two.
On third down, Bankswas stacked up at
the one-yard line. Now the game came
down to one play.
With Michigan losing 14-11 with nine
minutes remaining, Michigan Coach Bo
Schembechler elected to go, for the
touchdown. Dennis Franklin tried a
quarterback sneak, but he was stopped
short of the goal line. The Buckeye
defense had miraculously prevailed.
Defense - the trademark of great
teams and the downfall of poor ones.
The defensive squad looms largely in
crucial games, and the Ohio State
defense definitely figures to play a big
role in this $aturday's clash with the
Wolverines. ,
"Defense will again be the key. Ohio
State has a very solid defense and a

very quick defense. Like I've said
before, in a big game the defense will be
the deciding factor, and I think that the
same will hold true for this game," said
Schembechler regarding Saturday's
Before the season opened, most
critics felt that the Buckeyes' defense
would be their Achille's heel, but they
have emphatically proved the critics
wrong. The OSU defense is currently
ranked first in all categories of the Big
Ten statistics.
The Buckeyes have two shut-outs to
their credit, although Washington State
scored 29 points in their encounter with
OSU and UCLA marched up and down

the field all afternoon before Ohio State
stiffened inside the twenty, and held on
for a 17-13 victory over the Bruins.
The reason for the marked im-
provement on defense is the play of in-
side linebackers Al Washington and
Marcus Marek, a more cohesive secon-
dary, and a better pass rush than OSU
has had in recent years. Washington, a
junior who is completing his first
season as a starter, has made 97
tackles. Marek, only a freshman, has
stepped into a starting role and has
made 79 stops.
Senior cornerback Mike Guess heads
up the experienced Buckeye secondary,
which is'playing together for its second

season. Guess has four interceptions,
while junior safety Vince Skillings has
picked off three passes.
The Buckeyes defense the run and the
pass with equal tenacity, as is noted in
their league-leading marks. The OSU
defense has given up just 44 points in six
conference games; they have allowed"
their Big Ten opponents only 254.1 yar-
ds of total offense per game.
In a game which usually decides the
conference title, each defense will be
called on to respond to the challenge. It
appears that the Ohio State defense is
ready to respond admirably, as they
have in the past.


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As if being in first place in the WCHA
after the first three weeks of league
play isn't a big enough surprise for the
Michigan hockey team and its fans,
consider this. The Wolverines, for the
second week in a row, are ranked num-
ber one in the nation by a vote of ten
coaches from around the country.
Let's face it, for a team that only won
eight of its 36 games last year, scored
abo\it three goals per game and allowed
six, the complete turnaround has to
blow everybody away. Certainly, being
first in the league and country weren't
some of coach Dan Farrell's preseason
BUT THAT'S where the Wolverines
are at this point, first in the WCHA and
first in the country. Their 5-1 league
mark (7-1 overall), is one game ahead
of Minnesota and North Dakota, both of
which are 4-2. In the top ten poll, spon-
sored by Radio WMPL of Hancock, the
Wolverines received seven first place
votes to North Dakota's three.
The reasons for the turnaround are
obvious. Michigan has improved
dramatically in the three areas that
spelled its failure last season - no of-
fense, inconsistent goltending and an
inexperienced defense. Another sur-
prise is that freshmen have played a
key role in the improvement of two of
these three categories.
In the nets, freshman Paul Fricker
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has played all but one period this year,
posting a 7-1 record and a 4.57 goals
against average. His GAA took a sharp
turn upward against Notre Dame last
weekend when he let in 11 goals in
Michigan's first loss of the year. It was
Fricker's first poor outing of the season
and considering the amount of time he's
played so far this year, it was probably
bound to happen.
THE DEFENSEMEN, with an added
year of experience, have been playing
much better. There have still been a
few lapses however, when they fail to
clear people from out in front of the net
or when they get unnecessarily caught
up ice trying to help the rejuvenated of-
fense put the puck in the net. Fricker
has made them look good at times with
some great saves, but in general, the
defense is vastly improved.
Seymour sports pp. 11, 13, 14
What has to be the biggest factor in
this year's success is the offense.
Having centers Dan Lerg and Murray
Eaves healthy has really made a dif-
ference. Last season Michigan
averaged 3.60 goals scored per game.
This season, after the first eight games,
the Wolverines have scored an average
of seven goals per game. That statistic
alone could make the difference bet-
ween being 2-6 and 7-1.
Eaves and Lerg are proven scorets,
so their 19 goals between them aren't
that surprising. But freshman Bruno
Baseotto has 14 goals himself, and that
is a surprise. Farrell has said time and
time again that the WCHA is not a
freshman league but so far Baseotto
has (happily) proven him wrong.
Eaves is currently the leading scorer
in the WCHA with seven goals and 12
assists. Lerg is fourth in the league (7-
7-14) and Baseotto is right behind him

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AS FOR THE number one ranking,'
Farrell is typically nonplussed. "Ah,
it's nice to think that people think that,
highly of your team," he said. "But it's
a long season, and realistically, I don't
know if we can stay there.
Farrell is one of the ten coaches that
vote for the top ten poll each week and
asked if he voted for his own team to be
number one, he bellowed: "Hell, no. I
never vote for my own team... I think
I voted for North Dakota; they're a;
pretty good hockey team."
The number one Wolverines will put
their first place position on the line thiE,
weekend when they travel to Wisconsin
to play the Badgers in a two-gamE
series, beginning tonight with an 8:3C
EST faceoff.
THE BADGERS have split all three
of their WCHA series so far - against
Michigan Tech, Michigan State and
Minnesota-Duluth. Their 3-3 record (4-3
overall) leaves them in a fbur-way tie
for fourth place.
It will be the second road trip in a row
for Michigan, having split the series at
Notre Dame last weekend. Farrell had
been concerned about taking his young
team on the road, but the freshmen
have responded very well.
In assessing the Badgers, Farrell had
this to say: "They're a very quick team
that gives you a lot of movement;
they're not real physical. In this
respect, it makes it difficult to coach a
team like this."
INJURY REPORT: A6rward Gordie
Hampson is still wearing a cast around
his fractured left wrist and will not play
for Michigan this week. . . Defen-
seman Mark Perry had his whole front
tooth knocked out in practice this week,
so he will be wearing a special face
mask . . . Baseotto has been battling
the flu all week but is expected to be at
full strength .


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Pep Rally
fri. nite
Victory Party
sat. nite
The Count's own Pep Rally Friday nite
after the game Sat. 7:OOp.m.-on


YOU may VOTE in
The LS&A Student
Government Elections
November 19 & 20, 1979 / Monday & Tuesday
If you are currently enrolled in the LS&A College at
the following polling places:
Monday, Nov. 19:
Fishbowl ................ 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Alice Lloyd ............. 11;00 AM-1:00 PM
4:00 PM-6:00 PM
South Quad............. 11:00 AM-1:00 PM
Markley .................4:00 PM-6:30 PM
East Quad ...............4:30 PM-7:00 PM
Bursley .................. 4:30 PM-6:30 PM
West Quad .............. 5:00 PM-7:00 PM
Tuesday, Nov. 20:

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