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Saturday, November 6, 1971


Rage Seven

Saturday, November 6, 1971 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven


A prognosticator of the 1971 collegiate
football season could not be blamed if he
developed an acute sense of split personality,
ranging from extreme confidence to extreme
On one hand the top three positions in the
major polls have been dominated by teams
who score with such ease that one might feel
that he is viewing the score of a Christian-
lion contest in ancient Rome.,
On the other hand, upsets seem to crop
up at strange moments. Pre-season favorites
Notre Dame, Arkansas, and Stanford have
bitten the dust against teams which were
not considered even good enough to finish
the season.
This weak the schiziod feeling could very
well continue. There are possibilities for up-
sets, but the top three teams should roll with
ease again. The bowl scouts, trying to get
the best possible pairings for their classics,
could develop ulcers waiting for the outcome
of some other contests.
Nebraska, the number one team in the
nation, awaits with its powerful machine the

Iowa State invasion. On paper, the number i
one defensive team in the nation should have +
no problem handling Iowa State. The 'Husk-
ers, who have never allowed more than 13
points in one game, will be shooting for
their third shutout of the season.
But Nebraska coach Bob Devaney has been
reading the other trend in college football
this year. Despite his proficient .offense an-
chored by quarterback Jerry Tagge and
halfbacks Jeff Kinney and Johnny Rodgers,
Devaney is sounding concern.
"This game could be the toughest we've
played this season. I know I said that last
week and Colorado was the toughest (the
'Huskers trounced the Buffs 31-7). But this
team is every bit as good as Colorado was
last weekend," he claimed.
Iowa State's Johnny Majors seems more
realistic in his appraisal of the game: "Ne-
braska has a. complete football team. I don't
see any weaknesses out there. I don't see
any cracks in their defense. Nebraska chews
you up and spits you out." Ah, sweet realism.
Pity the poor Missouri Tigers. Over the
year they have lost their immensely success-

ful head coach, Dan Devine, who went to
colder temperatures in Green Bay, three
starting quarterbacks, and seven games.
During one stretch the Tigers faced, back
to back, Nebraska and Colorado. This week
they have the unenviable task of facing the
Wishbone-T of the Oklahoma Sooners.
Mildren, Pruitt and Co., the number one
team in total offense, are preparing for their
much acclaimed showdown with Nebraska in
the Snake Pit in Norman on Thanksgiving.
Despite the fact that the Missouri defense
is not as weak as their record suggests, there
seems little chance that they will garner
their first Big Eight victory this weekend.
Bear Bryant, after suffering through a
couple of lean years at Alabama, has running
sensation Johnny Musso and a strong offense
to take the Tide into fourth place in the
rankings. But in their meeting in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana State has a newly recover-
ed weapon of their own, pre-season consen-
sus All-American Tommy Casanova. Casa-
nova, a defensive back, was sidelined in the
second game of the season with a muscle

pull. Alabama, which is undefeated, has been
having trouble since their important South-
eastern Conference victory over tough Ten-
The Southwestern Conference continues to
amaze observers. Arkansas, which won the
important game of the conference over
Texas a couple weeks back, seems to be bril-
liant but erratic. The offense, under the
hand of Heisman candidate Joe Ferguson,
continues to grind out the air yardage, but
the running game lags behind. Rice, how-
ever, may find, itself boiled, as a loss by
Arkansas would knock the Razorbacks from
Cotton Bowl contention, a prospect that
would boil Frank Broyles.
Texas, a team that has sustained injuries
to key offensive personnel, hosts Baylor.
Baylor was the toughest Southwestern Con-
ference foe of the Longhorns last season,
holding them to a 21-14 victory for Texas.
But Texas has had all tough ones this year
and with a new chance at the conference
crown, Darrel Royal is not about to let the
prize escape so easily.

UCLA'S RON CARVER (23) is tackled by Michigan's Paul Seal
(83) on a punt return against the Wolverines earlier this season.
Today the Bruins face Stanford in an important Pac-8 game.






Michigan defensemen prepare
icy welcome for Levi Mitchell

When Michigan meets Iowa to-
day, there may be one noticeable
similarity between the, two teams.
When either one of them wins it's
a genuine team effort; there is no
one star to pick out as responsi-
ble for the win.
But here the, similarity ends.
The Hawkeyes have managed only
one team effort ending in victory,
while the Wolverines are unde-
feated in eight starts to lead the
Big Ten. Iowa inhabits the bot-
tom spot in the conference with a
1-5 record and is 1-7 overall.
The closest thing to a standout
on either team can be found at
the, tailback spot where Michi-
gan's Billy Taylor has shattered
the all-time Wolverine career
rushing record and Iowa's Levi
Mitchell is approaching the all-
time Hawkeye mark after break-
ing former Iowa back Ed Podo-
lak's earlier this season.
The Michigan-Iowa game be-
gins at 1:30 and will be carried
over radio stations WWJ', 950
AM; WPAG, 1050 AM; WAAM,
1600 AM; WUOM 91.7 FM; and
WCBN, 650 AM.
Taylor, who rushed for 172
yards and two touchdowns last
week in the 61-7 rout of Indiana,
may be called a standout among
standouts. The rushihg game as
a whole has pounded out 2,625
yards this season with Taylor
gathering in 919 of them.
Meanwhile, the stingy Michigan
defense has yielded only 4.9 points
per contest to lead the na'tion; it
has also been the nation's stingest
against the run.
Mitchell has netted 471 yards
so far this season to lead a rather
impotent Iowa rushing game.
And the speedster from Gary,
Indiana is also a threat on kick-
off returns where he has churned
for 579 yards and a 24 yard aver-
Wolverine coach Bo Schembech-
ler is wary of the potential of
Iowa's rushing game and remark-
ed, "They can run the tailback
draw very effectively."
But oddly enough, it was not
Mitchell that Schembechler may
have been referring to, but his
replacement, Craig J o h n s o n.
Johnson took over for the injured
Mitchell in the Wisconsin game
last week and promptly gained
102 yards in leading the Hawk-
eyes to their first victory, 20-16.
Mitchell. is expected to start to-
day, though.
However, if the Hawkeyes have
any intentions of avoiding the
type of rout handed to Indiana
last week by the Wolverines, they

will have to get their passing
game into high gear. Quarterback
Frank Sunderman has the ability
and statistics to challenge Michi-
gan's secondary, but then Indiana
managed 180 yards in 17 com-
pletions and still managed only
one touchdown.
Sunderman has a good fleet of
receivers to pitch -to including split
end Dave Triplett who has latched
on 15 aerials for 276 yards and two
TD's. Triplett grabbed an 80-yard
shot last week against Wisconsin.
Mitchell, however, is the leading
receiver with 19 catches.
A consistent overall attack will
be necessary to put points on the
board againstthe Wolverines-a
team that yields ground, but gets
it back on the big plays in critical
situations. This would seem to in-'
dicate that the key for Iowa will
be their ability to use the rush-
ing game to keep the Michigan
pass rush in check.
Michigan's defensive unit likes
to hit, and has been able to force
mistakes and give the offense
good field position. Defensive sig-
nal caller and All-American can-
didate Mike Taylor leads the
squad in tackles and in forcing
fumbles. Taylor has been credited
with jarring six balls loose from
his linebacker position.
Taylor attributes the success of
the defensive unit to its co-or-
dinated play and ability to "move
to the ball effectively."
Iowa will have to avoid the
fumbling mistakes made by Mich-
igan's previous opponents to have
any chance of an upset.
Michigan will likely continue its
ball control offense of run the
ball and run it again and don't
pass unless necessary. Iowa's de-
fense is a 5-2-4 angle defense like
the Wolverines use, but this sys-
tem is new for the Hawkeyes this
season and they are just getting
together on it.
Last week Indiana made the
mistake of stacking the line
against the Wolverines and the
result was several breakaway runs
for Michigan backs when they
escaped the line of scrimmage. But
even if the Hawkeyes stack the
line Schembechler is likely to
spurn the pass. He remarked, "We
like to run, and plan to run until

somebody proves we can't." Indi-
ana certainly didn't provide proof,
and it is unlikely that Iowa will
The Wolverines came out of the
Indiana skirmish with a few tell-
ing injuries. Third string tailback
and kickoff returner Harry Banks
was lost for the season with a
knee injury, while first string of-
fensive tackle Jim Coode suffered
a collar bone injury which will
likely keep him out of today's ac-
tion. Replacing Coode will be jun-
ior Tom Poplowski.
Also hurting are wolfman Frank
Gusich and Billy Taylor. Gusich
was kept out of the Indiana game
with a hip-pointer and is doubt-
ful for today. Geoff Steger filled
in adequately and will get the
call again against Iowa. Taylor
suffered a shoulder bruise but is
ready fdr today's battle.
Dana Coin, Wolverine place-
kicker and linebacker, will be go-
ing after Rick Sygar's consecutive
point after touchdown record of 43
in a row today. Coin only needs
one more to tie.
Taylor could also crack Tom
Harmon's scoring record of 33
touchdowns with four against the
Taylor smashed Harmon's career
rushing record ' three weeks ago
against Minnesota and now has a
total of 2694 yards. Incidentally,
Taylor's biggest game of his career
came two years ago against the
Hawkeyes when he plowed for 225
Iowa is looking for its first win
over the Wolverines since 1962
when they downed Michigan 28-
14, but recent duels have shown
the Wolverines to be, overpower-
ing. The last two contests have
Michigan scoring 106 points to
Iowa's meager six. Today's con-
test could just very well add to
that lopsided total.

Ups el-mit
with Woof
Ohio State's biggest game of the
season may be their battle against
Michigan on November 20, but at
Columbus today their biggest test
yet in their quest for the Big Ten
title will be a Flea.
The Flea is Eric Allen, the fleet
Michigan State tailback who is
listed at 5-9 and 161 pounds. But
Allen has been a big man recent-
ly for the Spartans, and last week
he set an NCAA record by rushing
for 350 yards in a 43-10 pasting of
The victory over the Boiler-
makers represented the peak per-
formance of the season for Michi-
gan State. The Spartans, who are
3-2 in the Big Ten and 4-4 against
all opposition, have improved
steadily since head coach Duffy
Daughertydecided to introduce
the Wishbone-T offense into the
Michigan State attack four weeks
ago against Michigan.
The new formation failed to jell
against the Wolverines mighty de-
fense, but in their last three con-
tests the Spartans have averaged
35 points per game, and against
Purduentheyrset a conference re-
cord by amassing an incredible
698 total yards operating out of
the Wishbone.

ided Spartans collide
dy's rugged Buckeyes

Allen has been the chief wea-
pon for MSU, and he leads the Big
Ten with 913 yards and a 7.8
average. If he continues at his
present pace, he should be able to
break the conference rushing re-
cord of 1,053 yards in his final
three Big Ten games.
The Buckeyes know that they
have to stop the running of Allen
to win, but they feel that they can
do it. Defense has been the Ohio
State strong point the last sev-
eral weeks, a d the Buckeye de-
fensive unit ranks second only to
Michigan in the Big Ten.
It was the defense which saved
the Buckeyes last Saturday as
their offense sputtered against
Minnesota. OSU was able to eke
out a 14-12 victory over the Go-
phersonly when the Bgucks' de-
fensive front wall stopped Min-
nesota quarterback Craig Curry
inches short of the goal line on a
two-point conversion attempt as
time was running out.
The Ohio State running game,
usually one of the best in the
country, was only a shadow of its
former self against the Gophers,
as Buckeye runners combined for
only 135 yards.
The OSU offensive forces suf-
fered a further blow when it was
revealed that powerhouse fullback
John Bledsoe will not return to
action this year because of a thigh
Daugherty reciprocated by con-

ceding that Ohio State possessed
the first "outstanding defense"
that the Spartans have run into
since their offense has begun to
Ohio State is a touchdown fav-
orite by most predictions, but this
game is one which could go either
way. As Daugherty says, "I don't
think in a game like this it mat-
ters a whole lot who the under-
dog- is."
In the contest between North-
western and Minnesota today, the
big question is the state of Wild-
cat quarterback Maurie Daig-
neau's injured left ankle. Daig-
neau is the Big Ten's total of-
fense leader, and the performance
of his team's offense will depend
largely on how much and how
well he will be able to play.
The Gophers will counter with
Daigneau's chief rival for confer-
ence offensive honors, Craig Cur-
ry. Curry came within inches last
week of leading Minnesota, 2-3 in
the Big Ten and 3-5 overall, to a
tie of Ohio State. Northwestern,
defending 3-3 conference and 4-4
overall marks, has a tough de-
fense and will test Curry.
The Badgers were smashed by
Ohio State two Saturdays ago, but
the big- surprise was their loss at
the hands of underdog Iowa last
Saturday. Wisconsin could in-
crease its conference mark to 3-3
with a win today, but Purdue is
a touchdown favorite.

-Daily-John Upton
BILL TAYLOR (42), Michigan's Heisman Trophy candidate tail-
back cuts between blocks of All-American prospect guard Reggie
McKenzie (65) and tackle Jim Brandstatter (76) on his way to his
66 yard touchdown gallop against Indiana last Saturday.

Invincible Bucks defeat Bulls;
Havlicek's bucket sinks Pistons'

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Big Ten Standings

By The Associated Press
CHICAGO - Kareem J a b b a r
scored 10 points in a three-minute
flurry early in the fourth quarter
last night to help Milwaukee come
from behind and score a 104-102
National Basketball Association
victory over the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls, paced by Bobby Weiss
who finished with 30 points, edged
to a 45-44 halftime lead. Weiss,
who collected 15 points in the third
period, pushed the Bulls to a 74-70
advantage going into the fourth


G "
'M'harriers ramble
Fighting a brisk wind and chilly conditions, the Wolverine
cross country team offered coach Dixon Farmer and the few brave
Michigan fans a reason to look forward to the Big Ten champion-
ship as they displayed fine team power in their final home meet
of the season, the Michigan Open, yesterday afternoon.
With that big meet a mere week away, the squad showed signs
of readiness for the test as they placed six runners in the top
Pacing the effort once again was freshman sensation Keith
Brown, who finished third behind two of the nation's finest dis-
tance runners, Paul Lightfoot and Sid Sink. Brown's time of 30:42,
his best ever for six miles, established a new Michigan record.
Another freshman, Mike. Taylor, a former Pontiac Northern
star, supplied a few surprises as he finished seventh overall and
second among the Michigan placers, before a crowd of his old
teammates who attended the meet. Taylor's time of 31:33 was his
best effort of the season.
Finishing on Taylor's heels, sophomores Dave Eddy and Bill
Bolster both turned in exceptionally fine performances as they
captured the eighth and ninth places with times of 31:35 and
31:43, respectively.
Dale Arbour and Rick Schott rounded out the top Wolverine
placers with their eleventh and sixteenth place finishes.
Veteran standout Mike Pierce turned in a disappointing 33:49
to cross the finishing line in the 21st slot. Team captain Owen
McBride and freshman George Khouri, returning from an injury,
finished behind him.
However, the battle between Lightfoot and Sink offered the
real excitement of the meet as the two battled head to head over

Milwaukee r e e 1 e d off three
straight baskets to open the final
period, but Weiss and Bob Love,
who finished with 29 points, com-
bined to give the Bulls an 80-77
lead with 9:32 left.
Milwaukee then scored 14 con-
secutive points with Jabbar getting
10 on five baskets, and Milwaukee
grabbed a 91-80 advantage with
6:11 left.
The Bulls, however, closed the
gap and came within two points at
102-100 with 20 seconds to play, but
John Block scored two free throws
to ic it or te Buks. a~M' le


for the Cavaliers.
High scorer for Cleveland was
Bobby Washington who came off
the bench to connect for 19 points.
* * *
Braves bounce
ATLANTA-Randy Smith poured
in 35 points as the Buffalo Braves
broke a 105-105 tie in overtime and
rolled past the Atlanta Hawks 122-
117 in a National Basketball Asso-
ciation game last night.
The Hawks jumped off to an
early lead when Don May hit the
first shot from the free throw line.
Atlanta led by as many as 14
points in the second quarter.

Ohio State
Michigan State












Michigan State at Ohio State
Purdue at Wisconsin
Minnesota at Northwestern
Illinois at Indiana



to ice it for the Bucks. Jabbar led
all scorers with 33 points.
Pistons flounder
BOSTON--John Havlicek sank a
40-foot field goal as the final buzzer
sounded to boost the Boston Celtics
to a 103-102 National Basketball
Association victory over the De-
troit Pistons last night.
Jimmy Walker's free throw put
Detroit in front with just three
seconds left. The Celtics called
time out and set up their veteran,
captain, who came through for a
dramatic finish.
At midcourt, Don Nelson passed
in to Jo Jo White, who tossed the
ball to Havlicek on the sideline.
Havlicek whirled and tossed, con-
necting on the spectacular shot.
White led Boston with 29 points,
while Dave Cowens contributed 19.
Havlicek, held to four points in
the first half, finished with 14.
Walker topped all scorers with


(15) Bo Rather (180)
(79) Tom Poplawski , (225)
(65) Reggie McKenzie (232)
(53) Guy Murdock (210)
(60) Tom Coyle (233)
(78) Curtis Tucker (239)
(85) Paul Seymour (231)
(17) Tom Slade (198)
(31) Ed Shuttlesworth (237)
(22) Glenn Doughty (204)


SE (47)
LT (72)
L G (60)
C (58)
R G (69)
RT (76)
T E (38)
QB (13)
FB (29)
WB (21)

Dave Triplett (180)
Craig Darling (224)
Geoff Mickelson (220)
Joe Ritchie (245)
Lorin Lynch (240)
Wendell Bell (274)
Paul Jurca (211)
Frank Sunderman (205)
Steve Penney (217)
Jerry Reardon (166)

While the Big Blue go after their ninth
victory of the season in Michigan Stadium
this afternoon their freshman compatriots
will be shooting for win number one in South
Bend against Notre Dame's wide-travelling
The Baby Blue have had one outing so
far ,a close 20-18 loss to Michigan State two
weeks ago while Notre Dame has already
won twice, including a pasting 30-12 of the
Spartans last weekend.
Before that the Irish had blistered a team
of Mexican amateurs 80-0 in Mexico City.
The Irish have a huge line, offensively and
defensively, and a fleet of swift and strong
running backs.
While the Wolverines -outgained the Spar-
tans 274-236 in their meeting in East Lans-
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meet Irish
other halfback spot but the Irish are urcer-
tain of their starting fullback since regular
Wayne Bullock was injured in the MSU game,
Kelly ran for 85 yards against the Spartans
while Bullock netted 51.
Complementing the Irish running attack
is the finepassing of Tom Clements. Last
week Clements completed only nine of his
21 passes but gained 222 yards on those suc-
cesses. Pete Demmerle does most of the
receiving for the Irish, having nabbed seven
for 176 lyards against MSU.
The Irish line is as large as any varsity
could hope for. The defenseive front weighs
in aat 240 a man, and theoffense front line
averages 230.
Michigan will be counting on the abilities
of quarterbacks Dennis Franklin and Jeff
Spahn and tailback Gil Chapman to move
against the Irish behemoths. Chapman, a

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