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Tuesday, October 26, 1971


Page Nine

Tuesday, October 26, 197 'I THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine

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Passing over
the passing game
IF BO SCHEMBECHLER has one regret about the current
football season, it's that he can not convince doubters that the
forward pass is not the ultimate football weapon.
However he's been trying pretty hard to prove that point.
The Michigan football tean has scored 35 touchdowns this year
on their way to a 7-0'record. Only four of these tallies have come
on passes. The Wolverines have run 559 offensive plays thus far
and only 77 of them were passes. Of their 2651 total yards, only
478 have come through the air.
Obviously, Michigan has been doing reasonably well
without throwing the ball. But there are still those who ask
Bo, "What happens when you have to go to the air?" And no
matter what Schembechler says, he can never convince them
that rushing can win games. About his only retort left is,
"I'll bet you say the same thing about Oklahoma." Last Sat-
urday the Sooners rushed for 711 yards as they won 75-28.
The Michigan contest with Minnesota is a case in point. The
Gophers played a good game but the Wolverines won 35-7 without
sweating too much. As Schembechler commented, "I wouldn't
say that we were lucky to win."
Passing was certainly a minor part of that victory. Quarter-
backs Tom Slade and Larry Cipa completed only two of 10 at-
tempts for the whopping total of 18 yards. Conversely Minnesota
got 193 yards in the air, but didn't come close to winning.
Schembechler would have liked for Slade to have thrown better,
but, with a grin on his face, mentioned that, "When you get 390
and some yards on the grounds you don't sweat the passing too
Actually last Saturday was a bad day in the air even
for Michigan. Both quarterbacks had open receivers, but they
either couldn't spot them or they couldn't get the ball to
them. Cipa's first pass was intercepted but he did manage
to hit wingback Larry Gustafson for a touchdown at the end
of the game, ona five-yard flip. However Slade had Bo Rather
open at least a few times and underthrew the ball. Accord-
ing to Schembechler, "Slade just didn't throw well, he didn't
throw well, at all."
Of course it really ddesn't make that much difference any-
way. The only reason that Schembechler was disappointed with
the a'erial attack was that "throwing so poorly kept us from
breaking the game open.''
In the same vein there are those that doubt the Wolverine
pass defense which gave up so many yards to the Gophers. But
as Bo commented, "If they can't get the yardage running they'll
get it passing." Since the Michigan rush defense is super-stingy,
the Gophers were bound to go to the air and complete at least a
few. Besides Gopher quarterback Craig Currey is considered
excellent and Schembechler compares tight end Doug Kings-
writer to Jim Mandich, ex-Michigan All-American.
Though they give up yards through the air the Wolverine
defense, number one in the nation against scoring, keeps the ball
out of the endzone. Holding his own question and answer session,
Bo announced, "How many games have we played? Seven. How
many touchdowns have we given up? Five. Five touchdowns ins
seven games? The hell with it."
Many of the Minnesota passes were short flips to Kings-
writer and Schembechler doesn't think that they could have
been stopped. But he was upset about the 73-yard touchdown
bomb to George Honza. "There's no way that they should
have completed that pass," Schembechler complained. "We
made a mistake on the pass coverage and didn't get deep
enough in the zone. But you just don't throw those things
against a zone. That's the longest touchdown pass since I've
been at Michigan."
One of the reasons Michigan hasn't had to pass this year is
that when they need a change from the various I formations,
they can switch into the triple option and confuse the enemy
without resorting to the pass. According o Schembechler, "The
triple option really helps. We keep running it more each week
4 and it worked very well against Minnesota.
"We also use it to give the ball to Glenn Doughty more,"
Schembechler added. "He's a great blocking back but I
never want to forget that he can run the ball. However we
won't use the option exclusively because the I formation
lets us do some good things." Though he didn't mention it,
Schembechler might have added that you can even pass off
the I, just in case the running backs get tired.

MINNEAPOLIS (,') - C a g e y
cornerback Ed Sharockman inter-
cepted two passes-one leading to
the game's only touchdown - and
made a pair of key tackles as the
Minnesota Vikings embarrassed
the Baltimore Colts 10-3 last night
in a battle of ballyhooed National
Football League division leaders.
Dave Osborn slammed in from
two yards out and Fred Cox kicked
the point-after as the Vikings took
a 7-0 lead with 4:32 left to play
in the first period.
It came after Ed Sharockman
intercepted a pass from Earl Mor-
rall, who skipped out of the pocket
under heavy pressure, at the Colts'
29 and returned it to the 27.
Cuozzo hit tight end Stu Voight,
who eluded Jim Duncan's tackle
at the 15 for a 25-yard gain to set
up Osborn's score.
Karl Kassulke had intercepted a
Morrall pass earlier in the period
to stop a Baltimore threat at the
Minnesota 14.
Norm Bulaich streaked 40 yards
on a draw play on Baltimore's first
drive to the Minnesota 21, but the

Vikings escaped any damage when
Kassulke intercepted the Morrall
pass that bounced off Tom Mit-
chell, starting in place of regular
tight end John Mackey.
The Colts continued to dominate
the game in the second period-.
but still could not score.
A holding penalty early in the
period snuffed out a 36-yard pass
from Morrall to Ed Hinton at the
Vikings' two. Then Jim O'Brien,
the Super Bowl hero who had
kicked 11 straight regular-season
field goals, missed for the first
time this year from the Minne-
sota 45.
The Colts, still not ruffled, drove

right back. But with a first down
on the Minnesota 13, they saw that
thrust expire when M a c k e y
couldn't hold halfback Tom Matte's
fourth down pass in the end zone
from the five with six minutes left
in the half.
The Vikings again escaped with
1:14 left in the quarter when Sha-
rockman intercepted in the end
zone after the Colts moved to the
Minnesota 28. At the half, Minne-
sota led 7-0.
The Vikings drove past mid-field
under their own power for the first
time early in the third period and
Cuozzo set up a 32-yard field goal
that gaverMinnesota a 10-0 lead
with 6:55 remaining in the quarter.
Cuozzo, dumped twice by Bubba
Smith on the drive which started
on the Minnesota 28, connected for
gains of 26 yards to Oscar Reed
and 20 to Voight at the Colts' 22
before the march sputtered.
In contrast to the first half, tne
Colts were unable to advance into
Viking territory as Morrall was
sacked twice in the third period

for 21 yards in losses and Balti-
more was assessed its second hold-
ing penalty.
The victory in the tense ,Iefen-
sive struggle waged between the
two acknowledged Super Bowl
contenders kept the Vikings in
first place in the Central Division
of the National Conference with a
5-1 record.
The defeat, in the first game
since 1966 in which the Colts have
been unable to score a touchdown,
dropped the defending Super Bowl
champions into second place behind
Miami in the American Conference
East with a 4-2 record to the Dol-
phins' 4-1-1.
But despite Sharockman's four
outstanding plays, he had to share
the hero's role with the entire
Minnesota defense, which turned
back .a late bid for victory when
John Unitas came on at quarter-
back for Earl Morrall in the fourth
Unitas led the Colts to their first
score of the game on a 40-yard
field goal by Jim O'Brien, then
led them back to the Vikings' two-
yard line in the last minute, only
to have his fourth-down pass to a
diving Eddie Hinton fall wide of
the mark.
Virtually all by himself, Sharock-
man had blunted a Baltimore of-
fense that moved almost at will
during the first half but was unable
to cross the goal by land or air
against the strong Vikings as
threat after threat went by the

Potent Sooners trash Wildcats,
upstart Cougars scalp Indians

-Associated Press
CAUGHT IN a ma'e of deep purple, Baltimore Colt receiver Tom
Mitchell, an ex-uac mugger, throws himself out in a vain attempt
for the football. Karl Kussulke of the Vikings, however, did not
play in vain. The Vikings made a habit of taking Baltimore passes
as they gained a 10-3 win in a sluggish defensive battle.

This week, football became for
the two top-rankedteams in the
country not a contest of skill but
an excuse for a legalized blood-
bath. Oklahoma, shooting for a
number-one ranking among major
college teams, handed Kansas
State an unbelievable shellacking,
75-28, while ,Nebraska soundly
whipped Oklahoma State 41-13.
In Manhattan, Kan., Oklahoma
ran for 711 yards, a Big Eight rec-
ord, with Greg Pruitt garnering
294 of them, also a Big Eight rec-
ord. Pruitt scored three touch-
downs and Roy Bell,this running
mate, tallied four more.
Kansas State, who before the
game was ranked ninth in the na-
tion in defense against the rush,
folded under the constant pressure
of the Oklahoma attack. The Wish-
bone T under the direction of quar-
terback Jack Mildren overpowered
the K-State team which had held
11th-ranked Colorado to less than
100 yards running earlier this year.
Vince Gibson, coach of the Wild-
cats, said the Sooners had the
most powerful running attack he
had ever seen. When asked about
the ability 'of Pruitt, Gibson re-
plied that the little halfback from
Oklahoma was "the best I've ever
seen, better than Sayers in his
The Sooners, who scored the first
ten times they had their hands on
the ball, were not to be denied.
They took a 41-14 lead into the
dressing room at halftime, and
added 34 more in the second half.
The high score run up by Okla-
homa may have been in retribution
for the 59 points run up by Kansas
State against the Sooners two
years ago. Gibson did not think
that the score was all that vindi-
cative, proclaiming that such scor-
ing is part of the game. He did
note that Lynn Dickey, the star

in the 1969 K-State rout, was re-
moved with 12 minutes to go, and
that 1 a s t Saturday Oklahoma
scored with eight seconds to go.
Engaging in speculation about
the Nebraska-Oklahoma showdown
this coming Thanksgiving, Gibson
pointed out that Oklahoma's de-
fense was not quite the machine
their offense was. His quarterback
Don Morrison completed 20 passes
against Oklahoma. The entire K-
State team accounted for more
than 380 total yards in a losing
Nebraska, not content to rest
on its laurels, was led by Jeff Kin-
ney and Jon Rodgers, each with
two touchdowns. The Huskers took
a 21-0 halftime lead which they
never relinquished.
Rogers highlighted the second
half with a 92-yard punt return,
while Kinney helped out with scor-
ing runs of 12 and 24 yards. Quar-
terback Jerry Tagge was again
on the mark as Nebraska did noth-
ing to 'hinder their number-one
national ranking.
Arkansas joined the parade of
slaughters by top-ranked powers
with a 60-21 victory over North
Texas State in a non-conference
game. Joe Ferguson, the Razor-
backs Heisman trophy candidate
at quarterback, threw two touch-
down passes, the first and second
allowed by North Texas this year.
Mike Saint, making his first start,
scored four more on the ground.
It seems that no one wants to
be the Pacific 8's representative
to the Rose Bowl. All teams seem
content to forfeit that right away.
The latest in the line of Rose Bowl
contenders to fall is Stanford, last
week's number ten team in the
nation. Don Sweet, who missed a
27 yard field goal earlier in the
game, hit on one of the same
yardage as the gun sounded to
give 24-point underdog Washing-
ton State a 24-23 victory over the
The Washington State team held
the high-powered Stanford offense
to 23 points and drove thiem back
with three minutes remaining in
the game.

John Winsebury had given the
Indians the lead with an 88-yard
punt return with nine minutes re-
In the battle of effete intellectual
snobs, Dartmouth maintained its
perfect Ivy League record with
yet another last second field goal
to outpoint Harvard 16-13. Tedl
Perry, who finally converted, had
previously missed field goals from
the Harvard 14 and 21.



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Fiery Clark.
will wear
Bullet togs
BALTIMORE OP)-Archie Clark,
recently acquired by the Baltimore
Bullets f r o m the Philadelphia
76ers, will play his first game with
the Bullets at Milwaukee tonight,
the Bullets announced yesterday.
Clark, who was supposed to ap-
pear Friday with the Bullets
against the New York Knicks at
Baltimore in a National Basketball
Association game, failed to show
and was suspended, as was team-
mate Earl Monroe.
The Bullets released a statement
from Clark late last night, which'
was an apology to the Baltimore
"I'd like to apologize to the Bul-;
lets fans for the two games that
I have missed. But upon receiv-
ing certain information from my
former advisor, Fred Rosenfield,
I was led to believe one thing
which turned out to be another.
"So I felt I had no alternative
but to take time off to think things
over before joining the ball club."





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By The Associated Press one of the remaining three first-
Explosive Oklahoma sliced 14 place ballots.
more p o i n t s off top - ranked Michigan whipped Minnesota
Nebraska's lead yesterday in The 35-7 and received 883 points, Ala-
Associated Press college football bama downed Houston 34-20 and
poll following a 75-28 mangling of got 788 while Auburn trimmed
ansas State. Clemson 35-13 and totaled 637
Nebraska's defending national points.
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State 41-13 and received 31 first- Southern California, fell from
place votes and 1,044 points from sixth to 12th while Penn State,
a nationwide panel of sports writ- Georgia and Arkansas each took
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There was no change among the State clobbered Texas Christian
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1. Nebraska 31 (7-0) 1044
2. Oklahoma 21 (6-0) 1020
3. MICHIGAN 1 (7-0) 833
4. Alabama 1 (7-0) 788,
5. Auburn 1 (6-0) 637
6. ,Penn State (6-0) 557
7, Georgia (7-0) 503
8. Arkansas (6-1) 493
9. Colorado (6-1) 331
10. Ohio State (5-1) 305
11. Louisiana State (5-1) 273
12. Notre Dame (5-1) 235~
13. Arizona State (5-1) 110
14. Texas (4-2) 94
15. Toledo (7-0) 80
16. Tennessee (4-2) 67I
17. Stanford (5-2) 57
18. Air Force (5-1) 44
19. Florida State (6-1) 16
20. Southern California (3-4) 13
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