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Page Four


Sunday, December 5, 1971

Sunday, December 5, 1971



Jim Plunkett is gone but the
Thunder Chickens remain alive
and clucking.
Their baallkks are heard all
over the Pacific Eight confer-
ence, in fact. And, for the second
year in succession, the Thunder
Chickens, and - the rest of the
Stanford Indians, have played
their way into the Pac Eight
title and a trip to the Rose Bowl.
In 1970 the Indians were the
glamor team of the conference,
with a future Heisman Trophy
winning quarterback, a sticky
fingered end named Vataha, a
golden toed kicker named Horo-
witz, and of course the fantastic
fowl. the Thunder Chickens.
1971 was a season of adjust-
ment for the Indians. Most of
the adjustment came of offense,
where the letter perfect, pro-
style drop back slinger Plunkett
had to be replaced. His replace-
ment, Don Bunce, used an en-
tirely different style, a roll out,
which was possibly not as well
suited to the pocket blocking
which the offensive line had been
used to providing.
Also gone was Vataha, an end
who was on the receiving end of
many a Plunkett aerial over
three campaigns in Palo Alto.
In his place stepped John Wines-
berry, a sophomore, who is heir
apparent to the title of premier
pass catcher.

The third adjustment, possib-
ly the most severe, was the re-
placement of Steve Horowitz with
Rod Garcia, which is a big
change on anybody's team.
1971 was supposed to be the
year of another team, and an-
other spectacular quarterback,
but coach John Ralston was able
to piece together his decimated
squad well enough to deny Wash-
ington and Sonny Sixkiller a
share of the glory which Stan-
ford had lanquished in the year
The quarterback, Bunce, had
entered school as a classmate of
Plunkett, and had lost out to the
big dude as a sophomore. But,
through the miracle of red-shirt-
ing, Ralston was able to have
his cake and eat it too.
Although it was widely ac-
knowledged that Bunce was a
capable helmsman, he surprised
everyone by leading the confer-
ence in passing yardage over the
course of the season.-
Bunce completed 162 of 297
passes for 13 touchdowns and
2275 yards in 1971, which isn't
had for a two year back-up man.
His completion percentage was
54.5 per cent and he averaged
over 206 yards per game pass-
ing, nearly 20 yards per game
better than Sixkiller.
The tone for the season was
set in the very first contest,

against Missouri, from the tough
Big Eight. The Thunder Chickens
and their mates held the Tigers
to less than 100 yards during the
game, while Bunce hit for over
200 yards in the air, as the In-
dians won 19-0.
The Stanford scoring was ac-
complished through the big play,
the bomb .more often than not.
Ralston could see that at that
early point that the Indians
didn't have the horses to sus-
tain a long drive on the ground,
and that the quick strike capa-
bility was a must.
Stanford also suffered a dostly
injury against Mizzou, as Hillary
Shockley, the Indians' only ac-
ceptable power runner incurred
a leg ailment which hobbled him
on and off throughout the season.
With Shockley's loss, Stanford
became more dependent than
ever on the big play,bandits
weakness in putting the ball over
from -inside the 20 yard line
The situation┬░ was bearable
howeversagainst Stanford's next
opponent, Army. The Cadets of-
fered little challenge as both
the offense and the defense had
easy times en route to the 38-3
The third game saw the Thun-
der Chickens meet orne of the
two runners who master them-
for an entire game. Bobby

Moore gained 150 yards and led
Oregon across the goalline for
17 points,
However the Ducks couldn't
crow about their success against
the Chickens because the Indian
offensetput across 38 points to
carry the day.
The' fourth game halted the
Stanford dreams about an unde-
feated season as the enemy,
Duke, had the Stanford style
pegged and was able to shut off


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Season Results
19 Missouri
38 Army
38 Oregon
3 Duke
17 Washington
33 Southern Calif.
23 Washington State
31 Oregon State
12 San Jose State
14 California


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the long pass effectively. The
Indians managed to outgain the
Blue Devils nearly two to one,
but couldn't budge their defense
once within close scoring range,
Without Shockley as an inside
threat the I n d i a n s couldn't
breakdown the Devils' deep cov-
erage and Garcia's toe gave
Stanford the only pointstthey pro-
duced in the 9-3 loss.
Bunce, in his personal duel
with Sixkiller the next week took
Washington out of the ranks of
the undefeated as the beautiful
birds dropped Sixkiller for losses
totaling 42 yards, dumping the
Huskies 17-6.
The Huskie running game was
held to minus yardage in the
first half and defensive back
Benny Barnes iced the contest
with three interceptions.
Against Southern Cal the fol-
lowing week, Stanford maintain-
ed a perfect conference record
with 33-18 trouncing. Again the
old nemesis, goalline impotence
plagued the offense asa drive
failed to score on three attempts
from the Trojan 3 yard line.
As in the past the big play was
the answer as reserve fullback
Reggie Sanderson, playing in
place of the injured Shockley
scored on an 80 yard jaunt. For
the first and only time during the
season, Ralston shifted his of-
fense from the pro set to the
power I.
Although the shift appeared to
work, Ralston did not bring it
back during the balance of the

The Indians were sliced down
again the next week, by a sur-
prisingly strong Washington State
team. The Cougars, long the
doormat of the Pacific Eight,
came alive in 1971 and nearly
walked off with the conference
It was in this game that the
Thunder Chickens met their
Colonel Sanders. His name was
Bernard Jackson and he fried,
basted, baked and ate them
alive. The Cougars employed the
triple option and it worked beau-
The Washington State defense
also experienced trouble with the
Stanford attack though, and it
took a field goal by Jim Sweet
with no time showing on the
clock to beat the Indians 24-23.
Still down from the late loss
the week before. Stanford came
out against Oregon State with its
chin dragging and quickly fell
behind 24-3.
Ralston managed to bring them
back to liferbefore it was too
late however, as the key play
occurred when Bunce was sur-
rounded by a herd of Beavers
and escaped from his buck-tooth-
ed pursuers to hit Winesberry
for a quick six points.
The comeback continued and
the Indians prevailed 31-24.
The Indians dropped weak
UCLA 20-9 in a sloppy game the
following week to set the stage
for their most disappointing loss
of the year, against neighboring
San Jose State.
In that game Stanford punter
Steve Murray was dumped try-
ing to punt on his own one yard
line, providing State with a gift
of seven points.
With the score 13-6 later, as
Garcia had 'missed a conversion,
running back Jackie Brown gal-
loped home 38 yards and brought
the Indians back into range.
Ralston elected to try for two
points and Bunce was stopped
inches short on an end sweep.
A final drive moved Stanford
to the three yard line where the
drive stalled with 17 seconds left,
laying the game on the toe of
Garcia, -who had already missed
four field goals and an extra
point. The kick, coming from the
10 yard line missed and Stan-
ford went down.
The Indians salvaged the last
regular season game against
California, and will meet Mich-
igan with an 8-3 record and de-
signs for a second straight Rose
Bowl upset.

Up to 21,000 Michigan fans
will stream into sunny Southern
California this month to spend a
week or two searching for the
good life of the Los Angeles
area. The climax of most trips
will of course be the Rose Bowl
parade New Year's Day and the
football game later that after-
noon with the Wolverines go-
ing against three-time loser
For those people who have
never before seen the sights
there seem to be a multitude of
things to do and places to visit
in Southern California. There

Traditionrhas been an ii
portant part of winning
Michigan and a great part 6f
was molded by and remember(
by former coach and athlet
director Fritz Crisler. As a fo,
ball coach Crisler had his mo
successful season in 1947 wh
the Wolverines swept throu
nine opponents, then capped tl
year by blasting Southern Cal
fornia in the Rose Bowl, 49-
Preparations for the B o'
were quite different in t h o;
days. After six practices in Yo
Field House, the team and tl
official party all boarded t ]
Santa Fe Chief for the jourr
west According to Crisl
"everyone came back immec
iately following the game, ii
cluding the seniors, so thatz
class time was lost.
"All of the Rose Bowl gan
have been exciting," he adde
especially the ones we wo
But if I had to pick my pe
sonal favorite I would probal
have to say that it was the 10
game against Southern Califo
nia. I think so because it v
the first one I was involved iL
Crisler also had another re;
son for the added significar
of that game.
"It was a new projection
conference football. Just a ye;
before Illinois had won the fir
game under the agreement :
tween our league and the F
cific coast teams. We were ve
anxious to win for ourselves a:
the conference.'
In that game Michigan con
pletelydominated the Troja
By the time the first string h:
left the field the contest v
already out of reach for Sout
er Cal. But there was still ar
ther plan to take place whi
Crisler remembers as the mo
exciting he has witnessed
Rose Bowl action.
"It all started during the pr
parations before the trip we
I devised a play where t 1
wingback would spin off t
fullback and then fade back
pass to the tailback. Bob Cha
pius was our quarterback and
was a common practice the
called all of his own plays. I h
only put the play into the pra
tice sessions to help the morn
so when discussing the ga
plan with Chappius I told h
not to use it.




are certain must places to- take
in. One of them, of course, is
world - renowned Disneyland.
With its Frontierland where one
can take a ride on a replica of
a┬░ Mississippi steamboat: it is a
must and the thrilling ride on
the Matterhorn is worth a long
Recently, though, there has
been some confusion as to the
admittance of long - haired
youths to the world of Disney.
For those willing to conform to.
to their standards.it could be an
enjoyable afternoon.
The city of Anaheim which
houses Disney and a 1 s o


"Well, he didn't try it. B u t
unfortunately I hadn't discus-
sed the situation with our se-
cond quarterback, Pete Elliot.
As it turned out, we were far in
front and Elliot called the play.
Hank Fonde took the -ball and
hit Gene Derricotte with t h e
surprise touchdown pass."
With the final score of 49-0
a few writers hazarded to rsug-
gest that the Wolverines h a d
tried to equal the output of the
great 1902 team which murdered
Stanford by an identical score.
Crisler stepped down as coach
after his Rose Bowl victory and
began a twenty year stint as the
University's Director of Athlet-
ics, during which he was elect-
ed to the National Football
Foundation Hall of Fame i 1954.
Before his retirement in 1968
Fritz Crisler also directed the
building of a new all sports
arena, which was named in his
Crisler also remembers t h e
1965 Rose Bowl game vividly
when Michigan powered its way
to a 34-7 victory over Oregon
"That (Bob) Timberlake was
some kind of player. He was a
triple threat -with his passing,
running and placekicking. And
can anyone forget that 84-yard
run by Mel Anthony?"
Mr. Crisler remains very loyal
to Michigan and to the Big
Ten Conference. He doesn't
think much can be said about
the recent games in which Mith-

boasts another popular tourist
attraction, Knott's Berry Farm.
a fast-paced journey through
the frontier life of America.
Another interesting spot to see
during the day is Universal Stu-
dios where movies are- being
shot and real live stunt men can
be seen.
But these are more for the
ordinary tourist than the party-
ing 'M' fans. The students will
probably be more inclined to
feast themselves on the popular
night spots of the area which
include the Bat Cave and The
Factory. The Bat Cave was the
place of congregation two years

ago as many a fan stepped into
the pitch black darkness and
was provided with a flashlight,
used to highlight the erotic
dances of many protuberant be-
The Factory is a hangout for
the nouveau rich' and the jet
set. The only problem with
these places is that the drinking
age in the state of California
is 21 and the clubs do their
best to keep minors out, espe-
dially those from out of town.
Being the home of Santana
and Poco, Los Angeles is also
famous for its rock concerts. Al-
though many are held in the
fabulous Forum, one fine club
to spend an evening at is The
Whiskey, where Poco made its'
first public appearance.
For those with an itch to get
the feel of thef stars, a tour
through Beverly Hills past their
homes would suffice along with
a trip to Grauman's Chinese
Restaurant, where one can
stand in such famous footsteps
as those of Bert Lahr and the
There are always the adven-
turers in spirit who roam out
of the immediate area to seek
the beauty and excitement of
other regions of the countryside.
Las Vegas is the city of hope and
despair and definitely a top at-
traction with it's numerous slot

Vegetables-Crisp S


Finding where

Fritz Crisler

igan and Ohio State have fallen
prey to the Pac-8.
"You can't draw a conclusion
on just two games," he said.
"Why, two years ago it might
have been a different story with
Bo on the field."
When asked if he though the
Rose Bowl series would soon
turn around in the near future,
Herbert Orrin Grisler, a m a n
steeped in the rich tradition of
Michigan athletics and a man
who contributed immeasurably
to it, replied with a hearty, "I
hope it doesn't, and I am sure it
will not."


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