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November 21, 1971 - Image 11

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Sunday, November 21, 1971


-Page Eleven

Fans explode with


The goalposts, raised like a chicken leg and
waving like a willow in the wind. Borne out of
Michigan Stadium by thousands of adrenalin,
crazed young fans, to come to rest splintered
in a thousand sorority rooms and student garrets.
Michigan had beaten Ohio State and the fans
exploded out of the stands like so many race
horses straining at the bit. Most of the cops
smiled, intimidated by a crowd that totaled 104,-
016, more than any football crowd yet. One Ohio
State player, aiming for an over-exuberant fan,
clipped a sorority girl in the jaw. The violence
of the moment was reduced to a bitter memory,
to be recollected and hashed over at a more silent
A thousand kazoos, distributed in the stands
before the game, took their place in the wailing,
roaring mass which spewed out over the field.
"We won" or "We're number one" or "I'm drunk"
or some other happy obscenity shrilled out in the
Perhaps the crowd and the cops were taking a
hint from the addled behavior of Mister Woody
Hayes, who had thrown a few tantrums on the
field as the gridiron action turned against his
Buckeyes. The Fat Boy snapped a first-down

chain, he launched a yard marker onto the Tar-'
tan Turf, he stomped and fumed like a steam
iron, until the Michigan fans wished he would
hold his breath like a little child . . and hold
it forever.
The fans shifted and shuffled in their soggy
seats like a herd of water buffalo, frightened by
some predator. The action on the field was good
but ... the crowd was thinking of the post-game
chaos in '69. Billy Taylor and Frank Gusich and
Mike Taylor and Larry Cipa were the heroes on
the field, but the fans wanted some of the action
for themselves.
And they were stimulated by the brown-sacked
wine, or just by the happiness of seeing the Fat
Boy's heavies get beat. After all, Michigan was
a GOOD school.
And so they romped up and down the field,
slapped each other on the back, drew out the
celebration for as long as possible, until the mo-
ment when they would have to touch back down
on Earth and leave the stadium.
And leave behind the empty seats, littered with
crushed pop containers and maybe somebody's
leather gloves, and the coke and whiskey run-
hing together over the cement. And on the field,
empty end zones and a few sad kazoos crushed
into the turf.

-Daily-Robert Wargo


"It was like a movie when
they cut the sound off," Mich-
igan tailback Billy Taylor said
of his 21-yard pressure-filled
game-winning run against Ohio
State yesterday. "I couldn't hear
anything and I couldn't feel any-.
thing-I was just numb all over.
"It was a tremendous feeling.
This was my senior year, and
I knew we had won the game."
Make that THE GAME.
It was almost THE LOSS.
Through most of the game the
Wolverines were able to move
the ball almost at will-but they
couldn't score.
"It seemed like everything
we'd do went wrong in the first
half. We kept driving and mak-
ing mistakes," split end Bo
Rather said.
One of the worst mistakes was


Taylor's fumble of a pitchout at
the Ohio State 11. "The pitch was
good," Taylor said, "but my
hand was numb and I couldn't.
hold it. I was mad at myself, but
the team was great about it.
They said, 'Don't worry, come
back, come back.' When you get
down you can make more mis-
takes, so you just gotta forget
about it."

The fumble cost the Wolverines
a touchdown, and meant that
they had only a three-point lead
at halftime, but Michigan did not
let that play affect the rest of
the game.
rWhile the offense was having
trouble keeping a drive going,
the defense-well, in the words
of, a jubilant Tom Darden, "We
shut'em off !"
"I'm going to tell you, our de-
fense was superb today," said
coach Bo Schembechler.
He didn't need to say so. The
Wolverine defense was stingier
than Silas Marner. Only Tom
Campana on punt returns was
able to move against Michigan.
With five returns, he gained
more yardage than the entire
OSU offensive team-and he al-
most scored more points than
That he did not, that Michigan
was able to come back with
time running out, was even more
remarkable when you consider
that starting quarterback Tom
Slade missed the entire second
half with a hip-pointer and was
replaced by Larry Cipa.
"One real good thing for us
was Cipa coming into a tough
situation and a tough game and
doing a good job," Schembechler
Cipa, who came off the bench
and directed the offense in its
winning drive with poise, did not
expect to play at all. "You al-
ways have it in the back of your
mind that you might play," he
said, "but I really didn't think
about it."
Cipa, however, had no doubt
about his ability to move the
team. "We knew we could move
the ball," he said.
His teammates agreed. The
sentiment was put best by senior
fullback Fritz Seyferth, who
came in for an injured Ed Shut-
tlesworth and who - said, "We
had been in the same situation a
few times, like last year against
busts A

MICHIGAN'S DEFENSE, led by Mike Taylor (33), Fred Grambau (92), and Tom Kee (37), swarm
over Ohio State's Randy Keith late in yesterday's game. The Wolverine defense limited the Bucks to 78
rushing yards in 41 attempts.

from tolstoy to tinkerbell
Tough luck
Woody Hayes
jim kevra
THE MICHIGAN WOLVERINES slipped by a rampaging Ohio
State Buckeye squad yesterday afternoon, before an All-Time
World Record football crowd, but it was the delightful gnome
from Columbus who stole the show.
Woodrow "Woody" Hayes, the indefatigable mentor of the
Buckeyes, stormed the field twice during the fourth period after
the referees failed to rule pass interference on a Tom Darden
Woody's one-man show took place during the waning
moments of the contest as the Buckeyes were launching a
last-minute drive to upset the Wolverines. With third and 16
on the OSU 49-yard line, Don Lamka's pass to Dick Wakefield
was snatched by Tom Darden, the Wolverine safetyman.
After making the interception, Darden tumbled into Wake-
field before setting off upfield. At least that's the way the ref-
erees ruled it as they called the pass interception legal.
But Woody saw things differently.
According to Hayes, the contact-between receiver and defender
was made before the interception, which would mean that Darden
was guilty of interference.
When the referees failed to concur Hayes started to stomp
out on the field, thought better of it and turned around to
walk off, changed his mind again, and ambled out to midfield
to engage in a little friendly chatter with the referees, no
doubt about the weather.
The referees, being cold and wet decided to call a 15-yard
penalty on Hayes for a little known rule which states, that
coaches shall not amble onto the field to discuss the weather
during a football game.
Woody continued to stroll around on the Tartan Turf until
he was threatened with expulsion from the game, whereupon he
allowed two of his players, Tom Bartista and Randy Grandishar,
to escort him from the field of combat.
Gradishar didn't stick around long himself, as he was pulled
out of the game by the Buckeyes two plays later for directing a
few comments at the referee after being pinched for a piling-on
This second 15-yard infraction caused Hayes to decimate
a nearby down marker, then rear back and punt what was left
of it onto the field. His kick covered a little over four yards
in the air, not bad considering he was kicking into a stiff
Woody was in such a foul mood after yesterday's contest that
he refused to talk to anyone.

Texas A&M and last week
against Purdue, and had come
back. We knew that as long as
we didn't make mistakes we
could go on and score."
Move the ball Michigan did,
during the long touchdown drive
that began with seven minutes
to go on the Michigan 28 and
meant the difference between go-
ing undefeated and suffering the
slings and arrows of gloating
Buckeye fans.
The Wolverines were faced
with third down three times,
and on two of those plays they
gained a total of 30 yards. The
third time Taylor was stopped
just short of the first down at
Ohio State's 28 yard line.
That set up a situation of
fourth down and inches - one
Michigan had failed on in the
first quarter.
This time, Seyferth got the call
and dove over the line for three
yards. "There was just a little
hole," Fritz said of his play
which set up the game winning
run by Taylor. "There were men

under my feet and I knew I
could get the yardage in the air."
Seyferth said his leap, the
move he does best, was instinc-
tive. "I couldn't tell you what
I was thinking during the play.
You just do it-you don't think
about it."
Michigan's touchdown followed
immediately and Seyferth play-
ed a crucial role in that one, too,
taking Campana, OSU's tough-
est defender, out of the play with
the most important block of the
Michigan season.
"If it weren't for that block,
I couldn't have made it," Taylor
"Cipa took out the first two
men," said Seyferth, "and after
that I was supposed to go for the
widest man, and it happened to
be the safety. I 'wasn't aiming
for one man in particular."
Besides Seyferth and Cipa, Tay-
lor was assisted on the play by
Rather, whose blocking resulted
in two more Buckeyes watching
the touchdown from the soaked

Tartan Turf. "I got a piece of
linebacker Stan White," Rather
said, "and then another man, I
think it was the other side line-
backer, Vic Koegel, ran over
But the Wolverines hadn't as-
sured themselves of going un-
defeated yet-not until Darden's
disputed interception that pro-
vided Buckeye coach Woody
Hayes with a chance to do a
protest jig before 104,015 people
and two dogs.
"He (receiver Dick Wakefield)
was going down for the ball and
I was trying to go around him,"
Darden said of the third down
play during a last-effort Buck-
eye drive, "but I finally said,
'Forget it,' and jumped over
Darden, who admitted that the
lack of scoring made him dis-
couraged for the first time this
year, added, "I guess everybody
on the sidelines thought it was
pass interference..
"But I don't care."

-Daily-Tom Gottlieb
TOM DARDEN (35) picks off a Buckeye pass intended for Dick
Wakefield (91) to stave off a last minute OSU drive. Ohio State
head coach Woody Hayes claimed pass interference on the play
and stormed out onto the field to protest. Alas, all the coach
could muster for himself was a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct

Bloodied Buckeyes



(Continued from page 1)
Darden leaped over the intended receiver to
snag the ball.
Hayes went berserk on the sidelines, main-
taining that Darden should have been called
for pass interference, but as Schembechler
commented, "I thought it was one of the
great interceptions I've seen, bar none."
The rules allow the defender to touch the
receiver as long as he is going for the ball.
Since Darden made the interception, the
play was clean.
Michigan ran out the clock in four plays
and left the field winners. But it was a close
victory and it didn'c need to be. The Wol-
verine defense completely stifled the Buck-
eye attack, holding them to 138 net yards.
According to Schembechler, "our defense
was superb today. It was great, just great.


Ta'ylor fumbled twice in the first half and
both times the Buckeyes came up with the
ball. The first time, he lost it deep in Mich-
igan territory, but the defense held and no
damage was done.
The second fumble hurt more as the
Wolverines had the ball first and goal on
the OSU eight yard line. Slade was quarter-
'back at the time and his pitch to Taylor was
high but manageable. However, B.T.'s hands
were numb from the cold and he bobbled it.
Ohio recovered, stopping Michigan's best
Taylor went to the bench dejected, but he
later erased all bad memories of the day
with his touchdown run. He was the leading
ground gainer for the Wolverines, netting
118 yards. Glenn Doughty picked up 72 and
Shuttlesworth got 55 before leaving the

Between the Wolverine mistakes and Buck-
eye incompetence there weren't that many
scoring opportunities in the game. Both
teams spent most of their time around mid-
field as neither one could get good field
position. Michigan should have been able
to as they were moving the ball and Barry
Dotzauer was booming his punts. But three
of the punts rolled into the endzone for
touchbacks and Campana returned the rest.
The Wolverines went through the first ten
games of the season without giving up a
long punt return, but they had problems
with the Bucks. Ohio jammedthe plays up
the middle and Michcigan had trouble
adjusting. Dotzauer had a shot at Campana
on the long run, but was faked off.
That touchdown could have made the dif-
ference in the game, but the Wolverines

Number of rushes
Yards gained rushing
Yards lost rushing
Number attempted
Number Completed
Number intercepted
and passes)
Punt returns, number
Punt returns, yards
Kickoff returns, number
Kickoff returns, yards
Number of punts
Average yards
Had blocked

ch. Ohio
20 7
Ah 3
2 21
2 21

16 55 0 55 0





Cipa 8 22 1 21 0 15
TOTALS 71 296 8 288 1
att comp int yds TD long
Slade 3 1 0 24 0 24
Cipa 7 1 0 22 0 22
TOTALS 10 2-0 46 0
no yds TD long
Rather 2 46 0 24

no yds ave long
8 355 44.4 53
Punt returns

Two years ago when another Bo Schembechler-coached squad
6 0 16 0 5 dumped the Buckeyes 24-12, Hayes kept the press waiting for 20
2 6 0 6 6 minutes, then stuck his head out the door, and, in a 27-word
statement, admitted his defeat.

51 Dotzauer


8 8
44.4 35.4
0 0
2-2 -'2-1
0 0
2-11 0-0

B. Elliott

Kickoff Returns
att gain loss n
16 35 1
10 22 0
7 23 1
7 10 7
1 0 3
41 90 12

no yds long
2 8 6
no yds long
1 14 14
1 22 22
et TD long
34 0 6
22 0 4
22 0 12
3 0 4
-3 0 -3
78 0

Yesterday, the OSU coach held a dozen reporters on edge
for 30 minutes before sending out a representative to announce
that he had no statements to make, and would not talk to
anyone under any circumstances.
Despite the agony of their defeat, the Buckeyes didn't play
a bad game,
Their offense, which has been sputtering all season, was
again mediocre. But that was probably due in large part to the
fired-up Michigan defense which swarmed over OSU runners like
a herd of angry reindeer.
The Buckeye runners were held to a long gain of 12 yards,
that on a fullback draw by Randy Keith. In 41 rushes at the
Michigan forward wall, OSU picked up a meager 78 yards, an
average of only 1.9024 yards per carry.
The Ohio State defense played an impressive game. Although
the Wolverine's bone-crunching running game ground out 289
yards, the Bucks held on a number of key plays to allow the
mighty Michigan offense only ten points, about a quarter of their
normal offense.
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