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Sunday, September 12, 1971

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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EVANSTON
B Schembechler knows the rules. It's not how you play the
game, it's who wins.'
Michigan beat Northwestern yesterday in the Big Ten
opener, but it was not a polished performance. Michigan will
play better football in other games: They'll haye to in order to
keep winning, but it is Northwestern, not Michigan, that is sad-
dled with an opening day loss. And that's what it's all about.
Bo put it best when he commented later, "It was no master-
piece, but it was effective."
The Wolverines made mistakes. They were penalized for
87 yards and penalties are caused by mistakes. Quarterback
Kevin Casey was dumped twice, and getting tackled for a loss
isn't in any play book in the country. Sophomore Punter Barry
Dotzaur's first two punts were short, and left the Wildcats in
good field position.
But Michigan didn't let the mistakes spoil it's debut.
When the offense fell short, the defense stood tall. As
Schembechler said in the locker room after the game, "I
can't say enough about the defense. They had their backs in
there and did a super job."
Junior Tom Kee led the way with 16 tackles with Mike
Taylor close behind at 14. But more important, the defense
caused Northwestern mistakes. They picked off three passes,
broke up four more and recovered two fumbles.
It was nothing unusual, though. The Wolverines are used to
having their defense take up the slack. The offense has been
slow starting in the past so the defense is used to holding the
opposition in neutral until the Wolverine offense gets in gear.
Last year it took four games until the attackers got rolling. It
should be sooner this time around. The Wildcats got more
total yards than the Wolverines, but it was mostly the Wildcat's
first half margin that held up.
The offense improved dramatically in the second half.
It hasn't returned to Mammoth Blue Wave form yet, but the
progress could be seen. Casey looked more assured after
the break in the locker room. In the first half he got
dumped when he got chased. In the second he scrambled
better and managed to get rid of the ball to Glenn Doughty
while under strong pursuit. That play was called back, but
it showed that Casey was learning.
Halfback Bill Taylor also improved in the second half.
Schembechler couldn't explain it other than to say that the
whole offense had better control in the second half.
Bo rather scored his first touchdown before halftime, but
in the second half he and Paul Seymour added a little pass
receiving to the Wolverine repertoire.
There were other improvements visible in yesterday's game,
but there are even more to come. Neither coach felt that his
team was ready yesterday and with more work both should
improve.
Schembechler couldn't specify any areas that needed
practice, saying that "We just have a lot of work to do this
week." He thought that both squads on the field yesterday
were "damn good teams," but added that it was impossible
to get a team ready to play top flight competition in three
weeks.
Alex Agase of Northwestern agreed. "Both teams were a
little ragged." He commented, but we just made more crucial
4 mistakes."
Time and effort should cure the ills for Michigan. Penalties
will be eliminated. Casey and the other sophomores will gain
experience and the offense will improve. Plays and situations
will be practiced that had to be omitted from previous drills
and with practice will come greater expertise. When the timing.
starts clicking better the ball will move with greater ease.
Schembechler expects to team to improve and yesterdayy's sec-
ond half gave evidence that they will.
Bo should know. He's been there before. Everywhere. Michi-
gan picked up a touchdown in the second half when North-
western defensive back Jack Dustin batted down a short field
goal attempt and Bo Rather fell on it in the end zone for a
Wolverine touchdown.
A freak play right? Not to Bo.
Back when Bo was at Miami of Ohio and Ara Par-
seghian was coaching Northwestern a Miami defender
reached up and tipped a punt before it fell into the end
zone. The Wildcats covered it for a touchdown. The play
happened in the same stadium and at the very side of the
field as yesterday's blooper. It was on a field goal this time,
but the same rule covers all loose balls in the end zone.
Schembechler was sure from the start that Rather's re-
covery meant a touchdown for Michigan. The officials took
a while to decide and Alex Agase remains unconvinced but Bo
was certain. Just as he was certain that Rather would know
what to do when it happened.
The Wolverines know what to do. They did it, some of the
time, yesterday. They were having trouble doing it all the time,
but they did it enough. And they will do it more, and with more
polish, as they gain experience and confidence.
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College Scores
East South Carolina 24, Georgia Tech 7

By RICK CORNFELD
Special To The Daily
EVANSTON - The Wolver-
ines ground out yard after
crunching yard in the season
football opener against con-
ference r i v a 1 Northwestern
and defeated the Wildcats,
21-6, yesterday putting them-
selves in the driver's seat for
the Big Ten championship.
Michigan isn't claiming any-
thing yet in a race which
broke tradition by pitting con-
ference teams against each other
in the first week, but the Wol-
verines' position looks good after
defeating Northwestern, a pre-
season favorite to contend for the
title.
Michigan's defense, in recent
years the bulwark of the Wolver-
ine g a me, held Northwestern
scoreless until late in the contest
and kept a jittery offense in the
game until its own brute force
and a freak touchdown were added
to ice the victory.
The start of the game saw the
Wildcats knock on the door three
times before the Wolverines stop-
ped the drives flat. Meanwhile, the
offense took nearly two quarters
to get going.
"It's tough to get ready for a
game like this in just three weeks,"

SPORTS
NIGHT EDITORS: ELLIOT LEGOW and RANDY PHILLIPS
Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler "Rather was very effective to-
said after the game, refering to day," Schembechler understated.
the early season start caused by Then praising Shuttlesworth, the
the move to an 11-game schedule. hulking sophomore he inserted' in
When the offense finally started the lineup in the second quarter,
moving, however, it did so with Schembechler added, "He punched
punishing effectiveness. Michigan out a few first downs against a
ran and ran and ran against an sturdy defense."
experienced Wildcat defensive The Wolverine defense played
line, racking up 213 yards. the way it has done in the past.
Sophomore quarterback Kevin It allowed Northwestern to move
Casey, playing his first varsity the ball around the field - the
game, went to the air only11 Wildcats gained 276 total yards
times for four completions and against 247 for Michigan - so
one interception out of a total of long as they didn't penetrate the
70 plays from scrimmage. The rest end zone.
of the time saw him giving the
ball to Bill Taylor, Ed Shuttles- Northwestern coach Alex Agase
worth, and Fritz Seyferth, who pointed to the strong Wolverine
drove through the Wildcat line defense deep in its territory as
with brutal ferocity, one of the factors contributing to
Michigan's most effective offen- the Michigan win. "Michigan's
sive play, however, was an end good defensively," Agase said, "but
around by split end Bo Rather, a also it was our first quarter of
play used three times for a total the season. Scoring when inside
of 49 yards and one touchdown. the 20 comes with more game ex-
perience."

Rather good show

FIRST DOWNS
Rushing
Passing
Penalty
TOTAL NO. OF FUSHES
NET YARDS-
Rushing
Passing
FORWARD PASSES
ATTEMPTED
Completed
Intercepted by
Yds. Intercept.
Ret'd
TOTAL PLAYS
(Rushes and Passes)
KICKOFFS RET'D. BY
YARDS KICKS
RETURNED
Punts
Kickoffs
FUMBLES, No.
Ball lost by
PENALTIES, No.
Yards penalized

Mich.
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Casey
Rather
Seymlouir
Totzals
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PASSING
Att. Comp.I
11 4
PASS RECEIVING
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PUNTING

213 '76
34 199

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NORTHWESTERN
Rushing
Att. Gain L
Robinson 17 27
Cooks 9 34
Daigneau )
P'earson 1 5
Anderson 7 26
Totals 35 92
PASSING
Att. Comp.I
Daignean 3 17
PASS RECEIVING
No. Y
Lash 7
Anderson 3
Craig2
Pearson 4
Cooks 1
CTotals 17
PUNTING
Northwestern

The closest the Wildcats came
to scoring in the first half was
Int. Yds. with a fourth down and two yards
1 34 to go on Michigan's 10. Agase de-
o. Yds. cided to go for the first down and
3 26 Tom Beckman stopped r u n n e r
1 48Johnny Cooks on the 11. "We
1 3 thoughtthey signaled one yard to
No. Avg. go. Otherwise, we'd have gone for
8 37 a field goal."
W h i l e Northwestern had 80
Loss Net yards of the field to move around
3 24 in, Michigan was unable to man-
0 34 age even a first down until mid-
3 way in the second quarter. Short-
0 26 ly afterwards, the Wolverines be-
16 76 gan their first touchdown drive.
Int. Yds. It took the Wolverines only sev-
3' 199 en plays, five of them on the
ground, to go 53 yards for the
ds. TD score. Shuttlesworth carried the
24z ball four times, pushing through
36 the line for 16 yards.

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Taylor
Casey
Seyferth
Rather
Shuttlesworth
Doughty
Totals

Rushing
Tries GainsJ
28 109
8 17
8 28

Loss
4
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Net
105
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28

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199
No.
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3 49 0 49 SCORE BY PERIODS:
10 33 0 33 MICHIGAN 0 7 14
2 7 0 7 Northwestern 0 0 0
59 243 30 213 ATTENDANCE: 42,472

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1 The score came on Rather's sec-
1 ond end around from 18 yards out.
"We have a man who's supposed
to contain that play," Agase said,
3' "but Rather is so quick he beat us
on sheer speed."
6 That made the half-time score
7-0.

-Daily-Sarart1wich
NORTHWESTERN'S JIM LASH is surrounded by a trio of Wolverine defenders after snaring a pass
in yesterday's loss to Michigan. Tom Darden (35) has Lash by the knees while Tom Kee (37) and
Bruce Elliott (21) move in for the kill.
S o o n after the second half had hoped to stay close in the and one for pass interference by
started came one of the strangest third quarter and then come back Tom Darden.
touchdowns in college football his- in the fourth when we had the "The only success they had wea
tory. A Wolverine drive had stalled wind at our backs," Agase said. on the pass interference: when we
at the 34 and Dana Coin was Actually by the start of the had them stopped," Schembechle
brought in for a 52-yard field goal fourth quarter the Wildcats were said. "And unless the films prov0
attempt.three touchdowns back. Toward me wrong I think Darden made, a.
The kick was just short, but the end of the third period Frank great play."
JackDusinback for a possible
runback, leaped and tipped the Gusich intercepted a Maurie Daig- Northwestern's tally came on=a
ball forward. Few besides the alert neau pass, giving Michigan the two yard pass to Cooks from Daig-
Wolverines were aware of it at the ball at Northwestern's 39. Six run- neau, who in all completed, 17 oi
time, but Dustin had made it a ning plays' including a 11-yard 31 for 199 yards. Seven comple-
free ball. Anybody's for the claim- Rather end around and an extra tions were to Jim Lash.
ing. point and Michigan was three Agase, whose mother died four
Rather rushed in and pounced touchdowns ahead. days ago, hardly participated in
on the ball for Michigan's second The score came on a five-yard practice toward the end of the
score. "I have never seen that run by Bill Taylor, who wound up week, and felt the play of both
happen before in all my years in the day with 105 yards on 28 car- teams was sloppy:. "It's a shame
football," Agase said. ries. two football teams had to open
"All of us knew the ball was The shutout could not be pre- like that because mistakes were
alive, but it was covered before served, however. In the final quar- made. We were both a little rag-
we could even yell at our players, ter Northwestern drove 88 yards ged, but we were more ragged than
"Schembechler said. "Our players in 11 plays for the touchdown, they were, I guess.
are taught to cover any ball - I then failed on a two point con- Then, just before leaving for his
don't give a damn what it is." version attempt. Twice the Wild- mnether's wake, he muttered, "We
That touchdown changed the cats were aided by Michigan pen. finally came close to having a
entire Northwestern strategy. "We alties, one for roughing the passer decent footballteam.. ."
LSU UPENDED:
Nebraska offense rolls

By The Associated Press
r : LINCOLN, Neb. - Mighty Ne-
Sbraska completely dominated Ore-
gon as the defending national
champion Cornhuskers methodical-
ly rolled to a 34-7 victory yester-
day in an ,intersectional football
*.. opener for both teams.
: ;: "It was the 20th consecutive
game without a loss for Nebraska,
ranked No. 2 in the pre-season
Associated Press poll.
Gary Dixon, formerly a junior
".}:college halfback, scored three
times on short runs while the vet-
eran Cornhusker defense complete-
ly throttled the potent Duck of-
fense.
feNebraska's first three scores
came after sustained marches as
the Huskers drove 67 yards in the
first period, 47 yards in the second
period and 99 yards in the third
BILL TAYLOR (42), Michigan tailback, eludes the grasp of Northwestern's Eric Hutchinson (31), quarter.
as his teammate Ed Shuttelsworth attempts to help out with a block. Taylor's running was a major Jeff Kinney scored from one
factor in the Wolverines' 21-6 victory, gaining 105 yards in 28 carries. yard out in the first quarter. Dixon
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ran in from two yards out in the
second period, and from two yards
out again in the third period. He
then swept right end for a six-yard
touchdown on the first play of the
final quarter.
Colorado shocks Tigers
BATON ROUGE-Colorado soph-
omore. Charlie Davis, who left the
Texas plains for football in the
Rocky Mountains, sped through
Louisiana State's vanuted defense
for 175 yards and two :cuchdowns
last night asftherBuffaloes upset
the heavily favored Tigers 31-21
in the season's opener for both
teams.
The 198-pound Davis, who hails
from West Columbia, Texas, scoot-
ed 47 yards for a Colorado touch-
down in the fourth period and
went three yards for a Buffalo
score inrthe third period.
The sophomore - laden Colorado
squad, underdogs by two touch-
downs to an LSU team rated ninth
in preseason rankings, ripped an
LSU defense that led the nation
against the rushing game last
season.
* * *
Pitt stops UCLA
LOS ANGELES - Reserve Dave
Havern threw a 10-yard touch-
down-strike to Leslie Block in the
fourth quarter as the Pittsburgh
Panthers came from behind to
upset UCLA 29-25 last night in a
wild intersectional game.

Grambl ing coasts
NEW YORK-Charles Smith, a
junior split end, caught seven pass-
es for 187 yards, scoring once and
setting up two other touchdowns
and a field goal .as. Grambling de-
feated Morgan State 31-13 last
night.
Smith, a 6-foot, 190-pounder
from Monroe, La.; put Grambling's
famed Tigers in front 14-7 on the
final scrimmage play of the first
period, when he turned a screen
pass from Matthew. Reed into a
48-yard touchdown.
Huskies howl
SEATTLE - Washington's Hus-
kies, stung by an early touch-
down, capitalized on an alert de-
fense, to crush the University of
California at S a n t a Barbara
Gauchos 65-7 in the 1971 football
opener for both squads yesterday.
Washington took the opening
kickoff but lost the ball on the
Santa Barbara 44 when sophomore
fullback Jerry Ingalls' fumble was
recovered by Bill Hinds.
Gaucho quarterback Randy Pa-
lomino then drove his team 57
yards in 11 plays and capped the
drive with an eight-yard pass to
Mike Anton.
Ingalls atoned for his mis-
handle by diving over right tackle
three minutes later to put the
huskies on the scoreboard.

Lehigh 28, Hofstra Univ 0
Fairmont 20, Waynesburg 0
Coast Guard 21, Maine Maritime 6
Central Conn St 21, Springfield 0
Indiana U, Pa. 26, St. Norbert 7
Mideast
Michigan 21, Northwestern 6
Michigan State 10, Illinois 0
Minnesota 28, Indiana 0
Oklahoma State 26, Mississippi St 7
Kansas 34, Washington St. 4
Luther College 31, Valley City 0
Nebraska 34, Oregon 7
Nebraska Wesley 26, Dane College 6
Utah State 10, KansasSt. Univ 7
Wisconsin 31, Northern Illinois 0
Albion 0, Taylor 0
Ball State 9, Cent Michigan 6
North Mich 14, Wise, Whitewater 0
St. Joseph's Ind. 44 Ind. Centrall 7
Stout State 14, Lakeand Col 6
Valparaiso 27, Wabash 6
West Mich 35, Illinois St. Univ 7

Georgetown Col 7, Bluffton 0
Kentucky State 34, Langston 7
Georgia 56, Oregon State 25
Villanova 28, Maryland 13
Mississippi Val 8, Alabama A&M 7
Murray State 32, West Carolina 7
Northwood Mich 20, Glenviille St 19
Carson-Newman 17, East Tenn St 10
Ellon College 7, Woffoord 6
Florida State 24. South Mississippi 9
Tolledo 45, East Carolina 0
Tulane 20, Texas Tech 9
Vanderbilt 20, Chattanooga 19
Wake Forest 27, Davidson Col 7
Bluefield State 28, Concord Col 12
Colorado 31, Louisiana State 21
Memphis State 30, West Texas State 0
Florence State 24, Middle Tenn St. 14
Mississippi 29, Long Beach St 13
Shepherd Col 14, West Va Wesley 0
West Va State 28, West Va Tech 7
William & Mary 35, Citadel 28
Southwest
Hlarding Col 32. Austin College 7

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By The Associated Press
COLUMBUS -- Quarterback Don Lam-
ka, a defensive reserve for the last two
seasons, scored four touchdowns and piled
up 211 total yards yesterday, leading de-
fending champion Ohio State to a 52-21
victory over Iowa in a Big Ten opener.
Lamka, a Cleveland senior who filled
in for all-America cornerback Jack Tatum
in 1970,dashed 21, 19, 6 and 1 yards for
his 24 points, making a flashy debut in
the rain.
John Bledsoe, another in a long line of
powerful Ohio State fullbacks, smashed
through the small Iowa defense for 151
yards and a pair of touchdowns. He ran
3 and 11 yards for his scores.
The victory, the 18th in a row at home
for the Buckeyes, ruined Frank Lauterbur's
coaching debut. Lauterbur guided Toledo
to the Mid-American title last year.
Rain hampered both sides. Iowa furn-

could only eke out a 10-0 victory over
Illinois in the Big Ten football opener for
both teams yesterday.
A 48-yard field goal by Boroys Shlapak
in the second period was the first MSU
counter. Eric "The Flea' Allen carried in
from the six in the fourth quarter after
Ron Curl recovered an Illinois fumble on
the Illini 25 to start the drive.
When starting quarterback Mike Ras-
mussen couldnt get the team rolling, back-
up quarterback George Mihaiu was sent in
for the Spartans in the second period.
Mihaiu was supposed to be a runner
rather than a passer but he was hitting his
receivers and taking the team down field.
But a penalty set State back and a second
field goal by Shlapak, the soccer style
kicker, was short.
* * *
Hoosiers humbled

Kingsriter, 13 to Kevin Hamm and 11 to
Cook - all three set up by spectacular
defensive plays.
The closest Indiana came to scoring
was in the second period when Chris Gart-
ners 39-yard field goal attempt was wide
by inches.
Perfetti unloaded a 59-yard punt on the
first play of the second period. Hoosier
Dan Lintner bobbled the ball as Bart Bue-
tow hit him, and Todd Randall recovered
on the Indiana 12 to set up the second
score.
* * *
Badgers breeze
MADISON - Stumpy Rufus Ferguson
ran four and 42 yards for touchdowns and
Greg Johnson streaked 85 yards with a%
punt return yesterday to lead slow-start-
ing Wisconsin to ,a 31-0 college football
victory over outmanned Northern Illinois.
Reserve quarterback Rudy Steiner added

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