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Thursday, November 18, 1971


Page Nine

Thursday, November 18, 1971 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine



When the 1971 football sea-
son kicked off last September
Michigan knew it had a good
team, a team picked in pre-sea-
son polls as one of the nation's
ten best, and chosen to win the
Big Ten title.
But no one knew how good
the Wolverines really would be.
Everyone was worried about re-
placing key defensive players
like Henry Hill, Marty Huff,
and Jim Betts and strengthen-
ing the offensive line.
The defense, instead of slip-
ping from last season's promi-
nence reached a new peak and
has led the nation in defending
against the rush and preventing
scoring. After some early season
problems the line blocking has
also again become topnotch.
But the b i g g e s t roadblock

seen in the way of an unde-,
feated season was the lack of
suitable replacement for Don
Moorhead at quarterback. With-
out a skillful passer and ball-
handler it was assumed the
Wolverines could not hope to
match last year's 9-1 perform-
When the season opened at*
Northwestern in the Wolverines'
earliest Big Ten opener on rec-

ord Bo Schembechler chose
sophomore Kevin Casey to lead
the Michigan attack. Casey had
some trouble generating a Mich-
igan offensive attack early but
the defense contained the Wild-
cats and gave the offense the
breaks needed to salvage a 21-
6 victory.
Bo Rather scored two of the
Wolverines' touchdowns-one on
a surprise end - around p 1 a y
which Schembechler hasn't used
since and again by recovering a
blocked field goal in the North-
western end zone.
After that treacherous start
in E v a n s t o n the Wolverines
came back home for three of the
easiest games since the days of
Fielding Yost's point-a-minute
Consecutive shutouts of Vir-
ginia, UCLA, and Navy by 56-

0, 38-0, and 46-0 counts game
the Michigan third and fourth
stringers plenty of work and
helped Michigan in the polls
but didn't really provide the
Wolverines with any good tests.
A g a i n s t Virginia, Michigan
utilized 18 different backs in-
cluding all five quarterbacks,
amassed total yardage of 562
y a r d s including 491 on the
ground and recorded 33 first
downs. The passing attack re-
mained rather dormant but ob-
viously wasn't of much concern
in an eight touchdown victory.
Ed Shuttelsworth made his
initial home performance an
impressive one by bulling for
107 yards in 16 carries to lead
the Michigan offense. Bill Tay-
lor and Harry Banks each scor-
ed twice and Dana Coin contin-
ued his long extra point string
with eight good boots.





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The UCLA game was more of
the same-a strong defense ov-
erwhelmed the Bruins, forced
them into costly mistakes and
gave the Michigan offense the
ball in good scoring position.
The Wolverines registered 17
quick first quarter points and
the outcome was never in doubt
as most of the Bruins' 216 yards
in total yardage came in the
closing minutes .of the game.
And then another non - game
against N a v y. This time the
Wolverines' defense held the
Middies to only 71 yards in total
offense including 34 in rushing
gains for a two week total of 73.
While Michigan's rushers con-
tinued to move at will the pass-
ing inefficiency was beginning
to cause worries. Schembechler
experimented with Casey, Tom
Slade, and Larry Cipa against
the Midshipmen and Slade was
the most impressive, hitting on
four of seven passes and mov-
ing the team well.
So, with the Big Ten season
opening up again at Michigan
State in a battle where both
coaches always like to spring a
few surprises, Schembechler de-
cided to switch to Slade after
finally revealing that Casey had
been injured all season.
However, D u f f y Daugherty
had a few surprises of his own
for Michigan as his team opened
the nationally-televised grudge
match operating out of a wish-
bone formation.
Slade didn't fare much bet-
ter than Casey with his passing,
hitting only three of nine, but
he executed the option success-
fully and moved the Wolverines
in for two key fourth quarter
scores in ice the hard-fought
24-13 triumph.
The Wishbone didn't really
p e r t u r b the defensemen who
expected "that the Spartans
would try something new." The
188 total yards gained by MSU


In the past, Ohio State has
been known to run the "three
yards and a cloud of dust"
offense, but this season it's been
more like "three yards and
where's the doctor."
The Buckeyes have run into
an unbelievable string of in-
juries that began with veteran
John Hicks' knee injury prior to
the season opener and contin-
ued until center Tom DeLeone
had knee surgery last Sunday.
Regulars also lost to the team
over the course of the season
have been defensive back John
Hughes, offensive guard Larry
Graf, fullback John Bledsoe, de-
fensive tackle Shad Williams,
tight end Merv Teague, and
middle guard Kevin Fletcher.
Also out for the year are
Fletcher's replacement Glen
Mason, Hughes' replacement
Lou Cameron, and Teague's re-
placement Marki Straka.
The early injuries were only
an indication of things to come
as coach Woody Hayes faced his
biggest depth problem in years.
With only six regulars return-
ing from his 1970 Big Ten
championship team, Hayes' op-
ening day squad which was to
host. Iowa looked about as green
as the new AstroTurf they were
to play upon.
The injury parade continued
as defensive captain Harry
Howard suffered a knee injury
which was to keep him out of
the opener.
The Ohio State offense was
expected to sputter in the early
going as only center Tom De-
Leone returned. But Hayes, as
usual exhibited a strong run-
ning game to the tune of 402
yards as the Buckeyes crunched
V Iowa 52-21. Senior quarterback
Don Lamka switched from de-
fense.to complete five of seven
passes for 60 yards while rush-
ing for another 100.
Bledsoe continued the out-
standing- Buckeye fullback tra-
dition as he burrowed through
,. the Iowa defense for 151 yards
and two touchdowns.
The C o 1 o r a d o Buffa-
loes brought along the Big Eight
hex two weeks later in an at-
tempt to end the Buckeyes long
Ohio Stadium winning streak
which dated back to 1967.
The Buckeyes ran into a
tough Buffalo defense and an
abundance of errors as Colo-
rado did the job. 20-14.
Buffalo si-nal-callsr Ken
Johnson scampered six yards
for the first score and Cliff
Branch returned a punt 68
yards for another as Colorado
left the field with a 13-0 half-
time lead.
After both squads traded
touchdowns early in the fourth
quarter, Lamka hit Rick Mid-
dleton with a 12-yard scoring
strike and the Buckeyes were
within six. Only 2:11 remained
and Hayes called for the on-
side kick. Fred Schram kicked
off and the Buckeyes recovered

but, according to the officials,
the ball failed to go the re-
quired ten yards.
"Films show the ball definite-
ly was on the fifty," Hayes ar-
gued later that week. "I didn't
think it was going to make it,
but suddenly it took a little hop
over the line."
Lamka's passing statistics
were impressive (20-33 for 225
yards) but three of his drives
faltered inside the Colorado ten.
The 19-game at home winning
streak had disappeared and it
looked as if inexperience and
the injury problem finally
caught up with the Buckeyes.
But Ohio State bounced back
against a strong California
team and thrashed the Golden
Bears 35-3. Lamka recovered
from a mid-week injury to
march the Buckeyes to paydirt
the first two times they had the
ball. Morris Bradshaw scored
from 12 yards out and Lamka
kept on the option to score from
the four.
Three fourth quarter Buckeye
touchdowns turned the game
into a rout.
The Buckeyes travelled to Il-
linois the following week to re-
sume its Big Ten schedule leav-
ing fullback John Bledsoe be-
hind with a knee injury.
But Randy Keith admirably
filled in by scoring twice in the
Buckeyes' 24-10 win. Ohio
State grabbed a quick 14-0 lead
after two Illinois miscues. De-
fensive tackle George Hasenohrl
recovered an Illini fumble on
the OSU 38 and the Buckeyes
moved down for the score. Half-
back Rich Galbos jaunted 46
yards in two tries and Morris
Bradshaw added 15 on a single
carry to set up Keith's touch-
down plunge from the one.
Two minutes later a Terry
Masar punt was blocked by
Ohio State's Kevin Fletcher and
Mike Scannell recovered on the
Illinois two. Keith scored on the
next play.
Hayes depended on his ground
game exclusively in the first
half as Lamka failed to put the
ball in the air even once.
The Buckeyes won the next
two games easily, winning 27-7
at Indiana and 31-6 at home
against Wisconsin.
But injuries continued to
mount as Bledsie's thigh bruise
put him out for the remainder
of the season.
Also lost for the season dur-
ing that two-week period were
Graf, Williams, Teague and
The Buckeyes altered their
grind-it-out style in the Wis-
consin game as Bradshaw ex-
ploded for two 88-yard runs-
one from scrimmage and the
other on a kickoff return. Elmer
Lippert also electrified the Ohio
partisans with a 48-yard gal-
The Buckeyes barely got by
Minnesota the following Satur.-
day 14-12 as the offense sput-
tered miserably. It was the de-
fense that saved them as Go-

pher quarterback Craig Curry
was stopped inches short of the
goal line on a two-point con-
version attempt with only sec-
onds remaining.
But the offense remained sour
the next weekend and Duffy
Daugherty's S p a r t a n s were
Michigan State turned two
Ohio State mistakes into touch-
downs and handed the Buckeyes
their first Big Ten loss, 17-10.
With Ohio State leading 7-3
Brad Van Pelt intercepted ,a
Lamka pass to set up Eric Al-
len's first of two Spartan touch-
downs. Allen scored this one on
a one-yard plunge.
Late in the third quarter de-

fensive end Doug Halliday re-
covered a Bradshaw fumble at
the Buckeye 11 to set the stage
for Allen's second touchdown.
This time Allen scored from the
five to provide the Spartans
with a 17-10 lead.
The Buckeye offense floun-
dered in the final quarter and
Woody lost his first conference
game since Michigan did the
trick in 1969.
Somehow losing became a
habit as the Buckeyes were up-
set again last week by North-
western, 14-10. The loss of-
ficially eliminated the Buckeyes
from the conference race and
left them with an unimpressive
6-3 record going into this Satur-
day's game with Michigan.

included only 59 on the ground
as the Michigan defenders suc-
cessfully contained the Spartan
flea, Eric Allen.
A f t e r that Michigan came
home again for another patsy,
Illinois, and despite some first
p e r i o d mistakes overwhelmed
the Illini 35-6. 1
Al wins
HOUSTON (A) - Muhammad
Ali dropped an exhausted Buster
Mathis twice in the last two
rounds to score an unanimous
decision in their heavyweight
fight last night. Relying pri-
marily on his jab in the early
rounds, Ali controlled the fight
from its inception.
The next weekend in Minne-
sota Michigan met a new threat
-the forward pass. The Goph-
ers' Craig Curry 'pierced the
Wolverine defense for 193 pass-
ing yards but managed only one
score on a 73 yard bomb to
flankeraGeorgeaHonza. That
secondaquarteruscore tied the
game at 7-7 but Michigan ral-
lied for a 35-7 win. T a ylo r
ground out 168 yards in 33 gal-
lops against the grounded Goph-
ers and surpassed Ron John-
son's Michigan career rushing
But, the passing attack again
fell flat. Slade and Larry Cipa
combined for only two comple-
tions in ten attempts, but what
can be better than a 35-7 con-
ference win anyway?
Maybe a 61-7 pasting of In-
diana or a 63-7 devastation of
the Iowa Hawkeyes. Neither of
those games produced much ex-
citement and even the scores,
Michigan's highest in 23 years
seemed insignificant after earli-
er 56-0 wins.
The yards came easy against
both of the I's as Michigan net-
ted 489 of them against Indiana
and 559 against Iowa. Each
game included only three com-
pleted passes but why pass when
you have backs like Taylor who
ripped off 172 yards in 11 car-
ries against Indiana, Ed Shut-
tlesworth who averaged seven
per romp while netting 112
against Iowa, and reserve Alan
Walker who totaled 185 in the
two games.
After that pair of b o r i n g
romps, Michigan fans were ra-
ther unprepared for the gruel-
ing nail-bitter against Purdue
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the next week. No 500 yards of
offensive totals, or 50 yard de-
fensive performances highlight-
ed that game and most of the
second string never even got
into the game.
But Slade finally, proved he
could pass and Schembechler
found a way for Michigan to
move without an effective Tay-
lor leading the way.
Purdue even managed to score
two touchdowns and 17 points
against the Wolverines and the
game wasn't decided until Dana
Coin kicked a 25 yard field goal
with 45 seconds left to save the
Wolverine's unbeaten s e a s o n
with a 20-17 win.

If Michigan is now to ac-
complish its f i r s t undefeated
season in 23 years, it will take
a win over the Wolverines' old
friends from C olumbus of
course, there's also a score to
settle with the Buckeyes after
last year's 20-9 thumping in
Never in history has Michigan
won 11 games in one season
mainly because they have never
played 11 games in one season,
but this year's team has shown
that it is definitely one of the
strongest in Michigan's 1o n g
history of football greatness.
Even if they can't pass.

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