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Sunday, November 7, 1971


Page Nine





Rick Cornfeld
Wolverines boring?
Just ask Iowa
THE PEOPLE who have been saying Michigan football games
are boring just don't know what to watch for.
Even if you ignore the visiting cheerleader who a few weeks
ago got passed up the stands while horny sports fans tried to
cop feels, Michigan games do provide their moments of interest.
True, the way the Iowa Hawkeyes played at the start
of the second half yesterday was not quite so titillating.
But if you use your imagination you might be able to see
that they treated the ball as if they were gingerly trying to
make advances on a scared, whimpering girl.
The first few times the Hawkeyes had the ball they acted
as if the pigskin might slap them if they squeezed it in the
wrong places.
Michigan opened the half by kicking the ball to Levi
M Mitchell, who dropped the ball. Iowa recovered, and on the next
play quarterback Frank Sunderman pitched the ball behind him
but no Hawkeye bothered to catch it.
The Hawkeyes again recovered and managed to get two
plays off without mishap. But then, with Sunderman back to
kick, the snap was low, and after running around trying to
figure out what to do, he attempted to kick under a heavy
Michigan rush and missed the ball.
After the Wolverines quickly went in for a touchdown,
the story was repeated. The Hawkeyes dropped the kickoff,
recovered it and threw an interception. For a fraction of a
second the pass was actually complete to Ed Morrissey, but
he didn't want the ball any more than any of his team-
mates and allowed Mike Taylor to take it off his hands.
In those few minutes the Hawkeyes displayed before 72,000
fans an incredible gridiron ineptness. But boring . ..?
After the first three, you couldn't even say Michigan's
touchdowns were monotonous. Ed Shuttlesworth (He's the kind
of guy you like to give the ball to," said quarterback Tom
Slade) scored the first three times, but after that no less than
five Wolverines crossed the goal line.
Bill Taylor, Glenn Doughty, Bo Rather, Alan Walker
and Bob Thornbladh all scored for the Wolverines, and
Rather's dance after a brilliant reception for his TD was
enough to make the jig Taylor sometimes performs in the
end zone look like a minuet.
But to be honest, even a 63-7 victory has its bad moments
for the winners, and for the Wolverines it was the first half.
"We didn't play very well in the first half, but I tell you it's
hard playing these games," said coach Bo Schembechler, re-
ferring to the fact that it isn't easy for players to get excited
about playing weak Iowa. "But," he added, "we're ready for
Purdue and Ohio State."
Tom Slade, the first of four quarterbacks to see action,
echoed Bo's thoughts about the first half. "I was kind of upset
with my own play at the beginning," he said. "I made more
mistakes today than I have in the last three games."
Part of the trouble was the blocking on the front line,
according to wingback Glenn Doughty, who led the way for
Shuttlesworth's third touchdown by wiping out about half
the Iowa team-"It was only about two or three players,"
he said, "but it doesn't matter."
Said Doughty, "Iowa was doing some new stuff that we
weren't used to in the first half. But the coaches caught it in
the press box and we got it together after half time."
Getting it together meant three touchdowns in three pos-
sessions. "When the score got to 42, I had no choice but to
take the regulars out," Schembechler said.
It didn't make much difference. The substitutes moved
the ball as well as the first string, if not better.
"Once your substitutes go in," Schembechler said, "they
often play real well, but you've gotta realize they're playing
against a defense that's been beaten down."
Beating dowh defenses has been the Wolverines specialty
lately. One more defense beaten down and the Wolverines will
have won their second Rose Bowl invitation in three years.
"We're not talking Rose Bowl yet," said Bo "We've got a
championship to win.,"
If Glenn Doughty has his way, the championship will be
not just the Big Ten title, but also the national championship.
"I think we'll get to be number one," he said, "if they give us
a good look, man."
And nobody will even care if the pollsters get bored while


With Purdue and Ohio State
coming up next on the schedule,
the Michigan football team really
didn't feel like playing yesterday's
game with Iowa. But since they
were forced to show up, the Wol-
verines decided to do it right and
buried the Hawkeyes 63-7.
From the opening kickoff it was



apparent that, given the choice,
Michigan would have skipped the
game and boarded a plane for we didn't adjust in time. It was
West Lafayette. Coach Bo Schem- just one of those things."
bechler admitted as much saying Michigan managed to put an-
that, "it's hard for us playing other seven points on the board
these games. We're ready and before the half ended when Elliot
anxious for the last two games returned a punt 33 yards to the
with Purdue and Ohio State." Iowa three and Shuttlesworth
For a while it looked like the burst through for his third touch-
Wolverines weren't even going to down. But it was only 21-7 at the
bother to score a touchdown. Their half and the Wolverine offense
first drive stalled at midfield and had not been overly impressive.
the second ended when a Tom The situation improved in the
Slade pass was intercepted. The third quarter as Michigan ex-
,third try didn't start out very im- ploded for 28 points to turn the
pressively as Billy Taylor was hit game into a rout. An 'Iowaerror
for a three yard loss on the first gave them their first score of the
play. period, but the next three came on
But fullback Ed Shuttlesworth, fairly impressive drives.
making his first start of the sea- The Wolverines' sixth touch-
son in place of an ailing Fritz down came on a 24 yard pass to
Seyferth, ripped off runs of 11 Bo Rather. An aerial touchdown
and 26 yards, carrying Michigan is a reasonably rare occurrance
to the Iowa five yard line. He for Michigan, but Schembechler
went the final five for the touch- had hinted that the team might
down on the next play. try passing more this week. Ac-
tually they only put the ball in
Bruce Elliot picked off a Hawk- the air six times, but three of
eye pass a few seconds later and them were caught for 66 yards.
when Shuttlesworth scored his At this point Schembechler de-
second touchdown it looked like lared the game over and sent in
the rout was on. the second string. But Larry Cipa
However the Hawkeyes weren't moved the team well at quarter-
ready to roll over yet. The Michi- back and took them in for anoth-
gan defense held them virtually er score on his first series.

utive extra points with his first
kick of the day. But as the score
mounted so did Coin's streak and
as he booted the Wolverines' sixty
third point of the day he set a
new NCAA record for consecutive
extra points in one season with 51.
Coin was aware that he was
close to the record but admitted
that, "I didn't really want to think
about it. All I think about is
keeping my head down and hitting
the center of the ball." According
to Coin the kicker isn't the most
important part of conversions any-
way. "The line protection and the
center are the important parts,"
he commented. "I just want to
thank the other guys."
Schembechler had hoped to give
his starting unit more playing time
this week than they have gotten
recently. He left them in until
midway through the third period
but as he said later, "Once it got
to 40 I had to take the first string
He did deviate from his usual
plan of attack though. Taylor got
a semi-vacation as Shuttlesworth
did most of the work, picking up
112 yards. Glenn Doughty also got
a bigger share of theaction as he
carried 11 times for 58 yards and
one touchdown. Taylor carried 15
times, but only gained 80 yards
and wasn't very pleased with his
Taylor gave the fans and coach-
es a scary moment as he came off
the field apparently injured in the
second quarter, but the malady
proved to be passing. "I just got
hit in the wrong place," Taylor
remembered with pain. "I might
have to stay in tonight."
Schembechler couldn't be dis-
pleased with a 63-7 game but he
did say that, "we should have
played better in the first half."
However he's confident that the
team will be ready for the last
two games on the schedule. But
then they ought to be, they've
been practicing for the last nine

-aiy-Tom Goleb
Alan Walker 0(9) gallops goalward




motionless during their short pos-
sessions, but Taylor fumbled a bad!
pitch from Slade on the Michigan
ten yard line and Iowa recovered.
Quarterback Frank Sunderman
passed for a score on the first
play from scrimmage, putting the
Hawks back in the game. The
Michigan defense wasn't pleased
to see a shutout go down the drain
so quickly, but as wolfman Frank
Gusich commented, "those things
happen every game. All defenses
are subject to sudden changes and1

In the meantime, the Michigan
defense played one of its strongest
games. They held the Hawkeyes
to eight first downs and 97 yards
total offense. Sunderman had been
leading the Big Ten in total of-
fense' on the strength of his pass-
ing but he was only able to com-
plete four yesterday for 47 yards.
Though the game had ceased to
be a contest by the third period
suspense was not entirely absent
from the field. Dana Coin set a
new Michigan record for consec-

"We got the fucking shit kicked
out of us today."
Thus did a none-too-happy Frank
Lauterbur begin his post game
press conference yesterday. The
Iowa head coach saw little to cheer
about in the 63-7 shellacking they
received from the Wolverines and
repeated his opening comment
twice for the benefit of those who
missed it the first time around.
Except for saying his Hawkeyes
"played well in the first half,"
Lauterbur could pour forth little
that sounded positive, and with
good reasonas his team was held
to the miniscule total of 97 total
net yards.
On the ground the Hawkeyes net-
ted eight yards, a deceptive figure
which also includes a number of
yards lost attempting to pass, but
which nevertheless was a new
single game record for futility

a nigh,
against the Wolverine rush de-
In the air the Hawkeyes were
only slightly more productive as
they were only able to complete
nine in 29 attempts for 89 yards.
But the Wolverines were having
someatroublessof their own yester-
day and the score was only 21-7
at the half. At this point Lauterbur
still felt he was in the game but
then disaster, in the form of a
28 point Wolverine third quarter,
"The third quarter was the long-
est quarter I've seen in my whole
life," Lauterbur lamented, "it was
a nightmare."
The Hawkeyes' opening drive (?)
in the second half pretty much
summed up their steep descent.
On the first play after the kickoff,
which was momentarily bobbled,
Sunderman turned and pitched the
ball .back to the empty air. He
managed to recover it but two run-
ning plays left them with a fourth
and nine on their own 11. Standing
back in punt position Sunderman
fumbled the snap from center and
completely missed the ball when
he attempted to boot it. Michigan
recovered on the five and Lauter-
bur's nightmare was on as Bill
Taylor went in for the TD on the'
next play.
On their next drive a Sunderman
pass was deflected and Mike Tay-
lor picked it off on the Iowa 44.
A few minutes later it was Doughty
on a two yarder for the score.
Doubtless Lauterbur had those
two touchdowns in mind when he
complained, "If you don't make
a team drive for their touchdowns
they're gonna score a lot of points
on you. Those mistakes will get
you out of a ball game fast."

However, there was nothing
cheap about the next three Wolver-
ine drives as they went 69, 79 and
81 yards, respectively.
But by then the game was lost
and only the final score was in
doubt. Though guilty of only four
turnovers Lauterbur saw much else
wrong with his team yesterday.
Whenasked about "the few mis-
takes" the Hawkeyes made, Lau-
terbur warbled, "A few? We made
an ocean full."
Iowa's game plan did not em-
phasize either their passing or run-
ning. Lauterbur felt "We were go-
ing to try and mix our plays up,
you can't do one thing against; a
good ball club like Michigan."
Alas, at the end of one quarter
Iowa's "game plan" not only
hadn't garnered a first down, they
showed a new minus total yards,
The wind could have been a fac-
tor in the passing game as a strong
westerly breeze kept the air cur-
rents whipping around en the field.
" You can't throw deep in that
wind," Lauterbur complained.
But more likely it was the strong
Michigan pass rush which put con-
stant pressure on the Hawkeye
quarterbacks. Eight times Mich-
igan threw a Hawkeye for a loss,
three of them by defensive end
Butch Carpenter.
And although the Wolverines
made mistakes, too, Lauterbur saw
nothing but a rosy future ahead
for Michigan. "I don't know why
they're ranked o n 1 y number
three," he remarked at one point,
and later on he said openly and
frankly what everybody in Ann
Arbor is secretly wishing:
"Michigan will beat Ohio State."

Baby Blue bombards
lauded Fighting Irish



-Daily--Tom Gottlieb
Don Eaton (86) zeroes in
blun dering

Special to The Daily
The Michigan freshman team
is easily influenced. Taken to a
slashing horror movie Friday
night by coach Tirrell Burton,
they responded Saturday morning
by mutilating a strong Notre
Dame team 20-16.
Ignoring all the publicity of
the Irish yearlings who previously
defeated Mexico City and Michi-
gan State, the Wolverines literally
dominated the game from the op-
ening kickoff. With the aid of a
crushing block by Tom Jensen,
speedster Dave Brown raced 79
yards to score and Mike Lantry
added the point to make it 7-0.
Brown made a great catch later
in the period and fought off two
hapless defenders to score Michi-
gan's second touchdown. The
point-after was wide, but the Wol-
verines had forced the Irish to
play a futile game of catch-up.
The Michigan defense repeated-
ly smothered the Notre Dame of-
fensive attack. The vicious Baby
Wildcats claw Gophers
EVANSTON-Al Robinson and
Randy Anderson scored two
touchdowns each yesterday pow-
ering Northwestern to a 41-20
Big Ten homecoming victory
over Minnesota.
Robinson p u t Northwestern
ahead with a 1-yard touchdown
plunge in the first period and
Anderson broke a 20-20 tie with
a 2-yard touchdown run in the
third quarter as the Wildcats
boosted their record to 4-3 in the
Big Ten while Minnesota slump-
ed to 2-4.
The Wildcats were in command
most of the first half but held
only a 20-13 lead at intermission
as Minnesota capitalized on
Northwestern mistakes for a
pair of touchdowns.
The Gophers tied the game

Blue turned in three interceptions
and forced six fumbles recovering
four of them. Even the boisterous,
bush-league public address an-
nouncer-could not squelch Michi-
gan's steam. Time and again he
screamed words of encouragement,
to Notre Dame while obviously
trying to rattle the Wolverines. In-
stead, he only semed to fire them
up. After an insult Roger-"your
guess is as good as mine"-Keeny
managed to boom a 47 yard for
After blowing numerous chances
to break the game wide open the
Michigan Frosh went ahead 20-0
when quarterback Dennis Frank-
lin found Glen Franklin in the
corner of the end zone and hit
him with an 18 yard scoring
The Notre Dame offense was
effectively moving the ball-be-
tween the twenties. They finally
broke into the scoring column in
the fourth quarter as Ron Good-
man dove over from the one. But
Norm Long blocked the kick and
that was all the scoring for the
Throughout the game Fighting
Irish players were frequently seen
leaving the game after being on
the receiving end of stiff blows
delivered by the Wolverines. Lead-
ing the defensive charge was Rick
Van Tongeron, along with Tim
Cashen, Carl Russ and Jeff Per-
linger. The hard-hitting play of
Roy Burks and Steve Strinko and
the two-way play of Brown anc
Denny Franks combined to make
life tough for the South Benders
Michigan gained 104 yards pass-
ing and 120 yards rushing for a
total offense of 224 yards. Gi
Chapman was the top runner witt
42 yards. Notre Dame gained 342
yards but could not put it togethel
when they needed it.


By The Associated Press
COLUMBUS - Michigan State
turned two Ohio State mistakes
into touchdowns yesterday and
knocked the ninth ranked Buck-
eyes from a share of the Big Ten
football lead with a 17-10 upset.
Despite an off day and miser-
able weather conditions, Eric
"The Flea" Allen notched touch-
downs of five and one yards to
drop Ohio State to a 5-1 record
in the conference behind Mich-
igan's 6-0 mark.
Allen's scores give him school
records of 13 touchdowns and 80
points for one season.
Brad Van Pelt's fourth inter-
ception of the y._ar of a Don
Lamka pass set up Allen's first
touchdown. That gave the Spar-
tans a 10-7 lead in the second
Michigan State defensive end

Badgers bash Purdue
MADISON - Alan "A-Train"
Thompson scored from three
yards out with nine seconds left
after a 40-yard pass from Neil
Graff to Al Hannah, to rally
Wisconsin to a 14-10 Big Ten
football victory over Purdue yes-
Thompson's touchdown came
after Mike Renie's 36-yard field
goal into a 35 mile per hour wind
had given Purdue a 10-7 lead
with 2:52 left. The Boilermakers
had apparently clinched the vic-
tory when Wisconsin's Roger
Jaeger missed a 47-yard field
goal try with 1:41 left.
But Wisconsin got the ball

back on a punt and Graff's pass
to Hannah carried to the Purdue
11 with 18 seconds left. Graff
then passed to Thompson, who
fell out of bounds at the three.
Thompson carried over for the
winning touchdown on the next
The high winds hampered the
passing of both teams, who miss-
ed several scoring opportunities
before the late fireworks. Wis-
consin's John Hoffman recovered
a fumble at the Purdue 40 in the
first quarter, but the, Boiler-
maker forward wall, averaging
242 pounds, threw the Badgers
back 13 yards.
Purdue marched from its 10

to Wisconsin's 28 late in the first
period but Renie missed a 44-
yard field goal try.
Illini edge Hoosiers
BLOOMINGTON-Illinois drove
for two fourth-quarter touch-
downs and ran in a two-point
conversion after the final score
to come from behind for a 22-21
Big Ten football victory over
hapless Indiana yesterday.
The Hoosiers, winless in six
Big Ten games, had forged a
21-7 lead after three periods with
the aid of a revitalized running
attack and two pass intercep-
tions deep in Illini territory.
Junior quarterback Mike Wells
threw for a pair of touchdowns,
including a 53-yard bomb to
halfback George Uremovich, to
give his team a 7-0 lead midway

-Daily-Terry McCarthy
Ed Shuttlesworth (31) powers for a TD

Hawks Amchitkanated


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