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Sunday, September 26, 1971


Page Nine


'M' defE
UCLA head football c o a c h Pepper
Rodgers ("I've never been dominated by
a team so much as today") knew better
than to mess around with Michigan's de-
So the first time his Bruins had posses-
sion of the ball in Michigan Stadium yes-
terady, they ran two plays and then made
the prudent decision to punt.
"What did you want me to do?" he
asked, after the game. "We had third
down and 12 on the six. What were we
supposed to do?"
Rodgers had seen films of the Wolverine
defense and he was impressed, but not
so much as he was when he actually saw
it play. "To me they looked better physi-
cally than Texas in the films," Rodgers
said. "Then today they just dominated
our offense."
Dominated may be understating the
case. Allowing just 216 total yards-all
but 61 of them in the fourth quarter when
the game was wrapped up - Michigan
notched its second straight shutout. If it
hadn't been for a questionable interfer-
ence call on Tom Darden against North-
western, it might be three.
Setting the pace was the defensive line,
which gave up only 39 yards on the ground
and subjected Bruin quarterback Mike



Flores to an incredible pass rush.
Flores was dumped seven times while
attempting to pass for a total loss of 57
yards and was harrassed in his own back-
field so much on other times that he threw
The junior college transfer, who was
billed as a good passer, completed 14
passes for 177 yards, but the Bruin pass-
ing game was not really that effective be-
cause of the number of times Flores
couldn't even get the pass off.
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler seem-
ed to cover the subject pretty thoroughly
when he said of the defense, "They've
been playing very well. They can play the
pass; they can play the run; and (chuckle)
they can blitz."
Defensive end Butch Carpenter, who
led the way by chasing Flores around
the backfield on UCLA's first pass at-
tempt until he finally threw in despera-
tion to the arms of surprised Michigan
lineman Dave Gallagher, said, "We all
had a good day today, especially (tackle)
Tom Beckman. Tom was really in (the
UCLA backfield) all the time. By the
end of the season, I think he'll be recog-
nized as one of the best around."
Beckman explained that one of the rea-
sons the pass rush was so effective is that
Flores is strictly a passing quarterback.

"When they pass," he said, "there's no
holds barred. You know they're just going
to pass and not try to run it out of there."
Flores, who Rodgers admitted is not
much of a runner, showed himself to be
resourceful-though not resourceful enough
- by scrambling away from onrushing
lineman on a number of plays.'
"I remember one play," said Gallagher,
"when Beckman rushed in and I followed'
and we both got to Flores. but somehow he
got away. He would get out with his
quickness, but he would only run laterally,
not forward."
UCLA's offensive line did not object
to much to the Wolverines' activities.
"Their tackles just blocked one on one,"
said middle guard Greg Ellis, "so it was
easy for us to get around them. Also,
they couldn't handle our angle forma-
The Wolverines worked hard in practice
last week because they felt they had
something to prove and they think they
have gone a long way toward proving it.
."We were ready for this game," was the
usual understatementfrom Schembechler,
whose teams presumably are ready for
every game, but many of the players felt
yesterday's game was more important
than the normal non-conference contest.
"We always get ready when we're play-

ing a Pac 8 team," said defensive stand-
out Mike Taylor. "Some people think the
Big Ten can't compete with Pac 8 teams.
I feel we can. Lots of people feel we
hadn't played anybody when we played
Northwestern and Virginia. This was like
our test."
Ellis, in fact, considered the game a
personal test for the defensive line. "We
knew we wanted to find out how good we
really are," he said.
Well, how good did Ellis think he and
his buddies were? "We feel we can hold
our own with anybody in the country,"
he said, modestly.
The reason Ellis' statement is so modest
is that Rodgers, whose team played Texas
last week, said, "Today, they (Michigan)
were better than Texas the way they
moved the ball-especially, defensively."
Texas is merely the third-ranked team in
the country.
When a team wins a game 38-0, many
people- look at the offense first, but in
Michigan's case, the defense has sparked
the club this year. "Our defense is great,
outasight-every one of them," said tail-
back Billy Taylor.
Carpenter returned the compliment, say-
ing, "People don't realize that we've got
so much power offensively that it helps
the defense."

-Daily-Jim Wallace
WOLVERINE SAFETYMAN Tom Darden (35) races down the sideline with a pass interception in
yesterday's 38-0 rout of UCLA. Darden intercepted a Mike Flores pass on the Michigan 8-yard line
stopping a Bruin drive and ran it back all the way for a fourth period Wolverine touchdown.
o ernes


the line with only one thought in
mind. No doubt realizing the evil
deeds Carpenter was about to per-
petrate on him, Flores dumped off
a quick safety valve right into the
hands of Michigan defensive tackle
Dave Gallagher who scampered
three yards to the 18.
Afte~r a niftyv 12 yard aerial from



out to lunch
mort noveck

Michigan, with its offense
capitalizing on n u m e r o u s
UCLA mistakes, and its de-
fense putting together another
!superb 60 -minute effort,
smashed its way to a 38-0

It wasn't ..
.f h . he expected
YESTERDAY'S football game with the UCLA Bruins didn't live
up to its billing as a tough intersectional clash, but if anyone
cares they gmust be from Los Angeles.
Certainly none of the local residents were disappointed.
After Virginia the fans expected the Wolverines to blow anyone
who dared to enter out of the stadium. The players wanted to
beat UCLA convincingly and even Michigan coach Bo Schem-
bechler has never been heard to complain about winning.
He did insist though, that he didn't expect it to be as easy
as it was. "I just don't think that we're 38 points better than
UCLA." he maintained. "I though that we'd go into the fourth
quarter struggling for a win, but we got some breaks early and
took advantage of them."
Schembechler spent the week before the contest mat-
tering that the Bruins should have beaten Texas and that
they were big and tough. He kept claiming that Michigan
would be lucky to win by one point, but no one seemed to
believe him, including his own players.
The squad came out ready to win big and none were more
prepared than tailback Bill Taylor. "We wanted to let them know
where we were coming from," he said. "We want people to recog-
nize Michigan. This is one of the best teams we'll play and we
physically beat them."
Taylor wasted little time in introducing himself to the Bruins
as he carried the ball on the first six Michigan plays from
scrimmage. In the first five he was devastatingly effective on the
It could be argued that Taylor had gained a step in speed
by shaving his mustache off Friday night, but he attributes his
success to more technical considerations. "It just happened that
UCLA was in a defense where I could be effective carrying the
ball," he explained. "Everything was just right so they gave me
the ball and I got some yards."
The Bruins made some adjustments in the second half and
held Taylor in check, but it wasn't his fault. "They were keying
on me more, and every time we started on the sweep they were
It wasn't hard for UCLA to ready themselves for Taylor
in the second half as they saw little other than running backs
punching into the line. After playing a slightly more free-
wheeling style than normal in the first half, Schembechler
returned to his usual conservative brand of football in the
Quarterback Kevin Casey, who went to the air nine times in
the opening half, threw the ball only twice in the second. All six
of his completions came in the first half, and this newly found
passing attack helped keep the Bruins off balance.
In the final periods Schembechler had him keep it on the
ground so UCLA was ready to crunch the running backs coming
through. It wasn't that Bo suddenly lost confidence in Casey, in
fact he called his first half performance excellent, but that with
a 24-0 lead he didn't want to do anything-that could give UCLA
a break.
"We purposely made the second half slower," he explained.
I'm not going to take chances in my own territory when I'm 24
ahead. For what we wanted to do we didn't play a bad second
half. We just don't throw the ball and do fancy stuff wher we're
Passing is supposed to be harder when it's raining, but all of
Casey's successful aerials came before the precipitation stopped.
"I think that the receiver actually has an advantage when it's
wet," Schembechler claimed. "He knows where te ball's going so
the slippery footing is harder on the defensive backs. I don't
think that the weather affected our passing at all."
If the weather didn't affect the Michigan game, it could
also be said that neither did the Bruins. For a time it seemed
that yesterday's yame was a replay of the Virginia affair as
the Wolverines took command at the beginning. But UCLA
came back and fought, at least physically.
"They got in some good licks," Schembechler noted. "Rather
got hit good and Coyle got a hip pointer." Wolfman Frank Gus-
ich also suffered a minor hip injury and Taylor had his leg

victory over the Bruins yester- NIGHT EDITORS: RANDY PHILLIPS and AL SHACKELFORD Kevin Casey to Glenn Doughty, Ed
day despite a day long drizzle Shuttlesworth squirmed the final
and slippery Tartan Turf. yard to push the Michigan lead to
The Wolverines came out hitting, 14-0. On looking only at the sta-
both on offense and defense, and early, and we put it in the end- the deep man on UCLA's punt re- tistics, one would believe that
put 17 big points on the scoreboard zone." turn team, called for a fair catch, Doughty is having a rather poor
during the first quarter, then play- The Bruins' freshman head and then tried to run with the foot- year. In three games, he has rush-
ed semi-conservative football the coach, Pepper Rodgers also had ball. The result was a half the ed a meager 35 yards and caught
rest of the way to rack up their high praise for the Wolverines. distance to the goal penalty against three passes.
third consecutive victory and their "On this day they were better the Bruins which pushed them But, quite possibly, Doughty is
seccnd shutout in a row than Texas (who beat UCLA last back iside their owvn five, the most important part of the
The defense played theiirusual week, 28-10), especially defensive- Stuck near the Bruin goal line, Wolverine offense. Last week, he
"ofte deningseld beaking ly. We were stymied on offense Rodgers decided to punt after two was voted the "Champion of the
often bending, seldom breaking and were lucky to get anything cracks at the Michigan front four
shutout by holding the Bruinsat at all. They are very good and proved ineffective. Tom Daden More sports Page 7
bay from the two yard line in the very talented. We've never been started the Wolverines on their
waigrcns Dn on h dominated like that." way to victory by lugging the'
waning Seconds. Dana Cin, who dMintok the leather back 22 yards to the Bruin Week" on offense for his superb
skillfully split the uprights with Michigan took the opeimng kick- 20 blocking. This week, the senior
five extra points and a field goal,i off (the third straight time) and From there, it was only a mat- speedster added a new dimension
made the key defensive play from it looked like the Virginia game ter of time until fullback Fritz to his game with his dynamic punt
his linebacker position as he bat- all over again as Michigan cranked Seyferth blasted in from the six- coverage.
ted down UCLA quarterback Mike out three straight first downs, inch line while carrying four Bruins On almost every punt, either
Flores' pass on the last play of the mostly on the quick, Jimmy Brown ion his back. Doughty or tight end Tom Seal
game to leave the Michigan goal legs of Billy Taylor. But the Bruin T
line untrammeled. defense proved to be more potent lean back in their seats and take safetymen. The Bruins were able
Head coach Bo Schem~bechler than that of the hapless Cavaliers a good chug of Boone's Farm after to return only five of eight punts
was concise in his post game an and held Michigan at the Bruin 37, Coin's kickoff before the offense for a grand total of 22 yards, cer-
alysis. Schembechler said, "We got forcing a punt. was back on the field. tainly a factor in the outcome of
some breaks early, and we took Then, in another one of those Flores had dropped back to pass the game.
advantage of them. We played a plays that make the referees reach on third and six when defensive Linebacker Mike Taylor supplied
good first half, we moved the ball for their rulebooks, Ron Carver, end Butch Carpenter broke through the next Wolverine break as he
rZins brui ted played his favorite game, "Sepa-
rate the Ballcarrier from the Foot-
ball," on J Bruin halfback Marv
Mich. UCLA SCORE BY QUARTERS 1 2 3 4 F PUNTING Kendricks. When Michigan bogged
FIRST DOWNS 15 12 UCLA 0 0 0 0 0 No Yds Avg Long down, Coin put his toe into a 31-
Rushing 11 4 UCLA yard field goal to make the score

Casey rolls out

Number of rushes
Yards gained rushing 2
Yards lost rushing
Intercepted by
Yards interceptions returned
Punt Returns, number
Punt returns, yards
Kickoff returns, number
Kickoff returns, yards
Number of punts
Average yards
Had blocked
Fumbles lost
Yards Penalized





Att Gain1
2 9
2 12
23 112
6 18
14 53
1 3
:3 6
2 7
1 1
2 25
58 246



TD Flores
0 Johnson
0 Campbell
1 Mancini
0 Flores

Rushing 17-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Att Gain Loss Net TD Unfortunately, as the second
8 0 -59 -59 01
7 15 1 14 0 quarter got under way, the Wol-
9 21 1 20 0Overine offense proved to be the
9 50 3 47 0 antithesis of its first quarter self.
3 12 1 Once crisp blocks suddenly be-
39 104 65 39 0 came soggy, sharp cuts rounded,
PASSING and lucky breaks failed to mate-
Att Com Int Yds TD rialize.
27 14 2 177 0
RECEIVING Until midway in the second quar-
No YDS TD ter, Michigan was able to put to-
3 30 gether only one sustained drive.
3 56 0 And even that drive sputtered and
1 8 0}stuttered, until Casey hit Bo Rath-
1 6 0 er with a sideline pass which
1 25 0 Rather broke for 32 yards and a
21 0 touchdown.
1 12 0 Michigan's rock hard defensive
14 17.7 0 line and its hard working defen-
No Yds Avg Long sive backs were the key to the
9 38 39.8 56 first half, however, as they held

the highly regarded Bruins to 381
total yards, 47 in the air, and -9
on the ground.
The third quarter proved to be a
battle of the punters as each team
kicked the ball four times. UCLA
had a grand total of 22 net yards
in that quarter while the Wolver-
ines were hardly better with 30.
But while Michigan's excuse was
not wanting to take any chances
with its lead (Michigan threw only
one pass in the quarter) the Bruins
offense was simply ineffective until
the final minutes of the game.
After the game, Schembechler
defended his strategy, saying, "All
they needed was for us to give
them a couple of breaks and
they're back in it."
But it was Michigan which got
the next break of the game mid-
way through the final quarter when
Flores, who had guided the team
62 yards in four plays to the Mich-
igan 18, tried to dump the ball to
a secondary receiver while fending
off a Wolverine blitz.
Darden picked off the ball at the
eight, and, like the proverbial bat
out of hell, took off down the side-
lines. He cut back at the Michigan

35, and avoided the last Uclan
tackler inside the 20 on his way
to the second longest pass inter-
ception return in Wolverine history.
Darden dismissed his intercep-
tion, saying "I picked up a couple
of good blocks," but he was ready
and willing to talk about the de-
fensive squad.
"This is the best defense I've
ever played on," he said. "We
play a conservative type of de-
fense. We don't try to gamble. Our
goal as a team, and as individuals
too, is just to get into the Rbse
The Wolverines added their final
tally with 91 seconds to go as
Harry Banks, who may soon be
pressing Taylor for the starting
halfback job, dove in from the four
after some nifty runs by Alan
"Cowboy" Walker.
In summation, Bo said, "UCLA's
a good team. I think we're better
than they are, but I don't think
we're 38 points better than they
are. We really got ready for this
game. We really did."
Looking at the final score, that
seems pretty obvious.

Att Com Int Yds
11 6 0 70

TD Johnson
1 Kendricks

8 9RCIIN Mancini
39.9 39.8 No YDS TD Campbel
0 0 Seyferth 1 5 0 Lassner
0 1 Rather 2 42 1 TOTA
0 1 Doughty 2 21 04
3 3 O Taylor 1 2 0 r
35 231 TOTALS 6 70 1! Barnes



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Michigan 38, UCLA 0
USC 28, Illinois 0
Michigan State 31, Oregon St. 14
Baylor 10, Indiana 0
Penn State 44, Iowa 14
Washington State 31, Minnesota 20
Northwestern 12, Syracuse 6
Colorado 20, Ohio State 14
Notre Dame 8, Purdue 7
LSU 38, Wisconsin 28
Oklahoma 55, Pittsburgh 29
Boston College 40, Navy 6
Iowa State 44, New Mexico 20
Alabama 38, Florida 0
Auburn 10, Tennessee 9
Vanderbilt 49, Mississippi State 19
Texas 28, Texas Tech 0
Stanford 38, Oregon 17
Heidelberg 9, Olivet 0
Idaho 10, Colorado State 0
Central Conn. St. 51, Adelphi 0
Coast Guard 26, Colby College 13
Dartmouth 31, Massachussets 7
Ithaca 8, Denison Univ. 7
Middlebury 35, Wesleyan 28
Rochester 39, Hamilton Col. 0
Springfield 42, Amherst 21
Union ColleEe 24. St. Lawrence 17

Bridgewater, Va. 20, W. Maryland 13
Ft. Valley St. 33, Fayetteville 13
Northwood Tex. 7, Austin College 6
Tulsa 21, Arkansas 20
Wm. & Mary 40, Davidson Col. 14
So. Carolina 24, No. Carolina St. 6
Rice 14, Tulane 11
Citadel 44, Boston Univ. 37
Fairmont 35, West Va. State 22
Newberry Col. 13, Catawba Col. 0
Army 16, Georgia Tech 13
Auburn 10, Tennessee 9
Marshall Univ. 15, Xavier 13
Grambling 20, Arkansas AM & N 16
Adrian 12, Bluffton 0
Houston 12, Cincinnati 3
Kansas St. 23, Brigham Young 7
Missouri 24, South Methodist 12
Nebraska 34, Texas A&M 7
Ohio 37, Kent State 21
Oklahoma State 24, Virginia Tech 16
Wooster 27, Albion 7
Wayne State 34, Ferris State 6
N. Michigan 37, Central Michigan 14
W. Michigan 27, N. Illinois 17
Wyoming 19, Air Force 13
Arizona State 41, Utah 21
California 34. San Jose State 10


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