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Page Eighteen


Sunday, December 5, 1971

Sunday. December 5, 1971


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After thi comeback victory
over Purdue, Michigan assistant
coach George Mans, during a
radio interview, was asked how
he thought the Wolverines pulled
it out. He gave several reasons,
but the one he seemed to em-
phasize was the poise of the sen-
iors under stress, which was also
evidenced against Ohio State.
As he put it, "The seniors are
the ones who have been to the
wars." On the. basis of their
combat experience the seniors
are expected to project a calm
and confidence to their team-
mates in tight situations and
then go ahead and take the
The Wolverine grid class of
'72 has been to many wars, 32
of them, in fact. When t h e y
burst onto the scene in 1969,
their bang as sophomores was
viewed as a whimper because
they were overshadowed by the
achievements of the year prev-
ious by a bunch of sophs at that
school somewhat south of Ann
A bor.
With the victory over Purdue
those Michigan sophs of t w o
years ago equaled the three year
win total of those other sophs
(27 wns). and, by accomplish-
ing half of the flourish they ex-
pect to go out in, they bettered
However, it is not only as sen-
iors that the class, of '72 has
borne the brunt of battle. From
the noticeable and expected
rushing heroics of Glenn Dough-
ty and Billy Taylor as sopho-
mores to the quite inconspic-
uous. and unexpectedly a b e ,

eviden t
filling in for injured teammates
of Guy Murdock, Mike Keller,
and Butch Carpenter also as
rookies, the fact that this class
was a bit different has been
Their coach, Bo Schembech-
ler, is at a loss to explain why
this has been so. "Fifteen have
won two letters, but they're more
than good players. They have
good character, ambition, and
they are unselfish. They set high
goals for themselves, most of
which they have achieved and
they're still working on the oth-
ers. They were good sophomores,
now they're good seniors. I don't
think I had much to do with
The man who recruited them,
Bump Elliott, also cannot ac-'
count for why they turned out
the way they did. "Generally
when recruiting you just look
for good athletes. You hope in
the future that the basic atti-
tudes, academics, and talent
will be there. It is easy to mold
a great attitude of one towards
another based upon the respect
as people, athetes, and students,
that this group had among
Elliott continues, "One factor
that I think had something to
do with it is the fact that when
they were freshmen, Ron John-
son was giving the team super
leadership. This group has been
the driving force of the team
through this time. A class like
this is invaluable to a program.
I'm proud to have been a part
of them."
No one, then, knows how it
happened, or exactly what it is.

It also seems that no one feels
they deserve credit for gather-
ing of the group. Thehexplana-
tions of the seniors themselves
stay within this indefinite vein,
although many mention Elliott
as the prime reason they chose
Michigan and Schembechler as
their inspiration toward a win-
ning attitude.
So it seems we are witnessing
what could be called a natural
phenomenon of the right people
in the right place at the right
time. What is concealed from
both the participants and ob-
servers is the something that
enabled it all to get together
in such glorious fashion.
A short history of their feats
may perhaps illuminate the
mystery. The first recorded ac-
complishments of the class of '72
occurred on September 20, 1969
against unsuspecting Vander-
bilt. Five of them started: Glenn
Doughty, Tom Darden, B u t c h
Carpenter, Mike Keller, a n d
Guy Murdock. Doughty gained
138 yards in 15 carries, 80 of
which came on a touchdown run
which became the fifth longest
in Michigan history.
As if Doughty was not enough,
Keller blocked a punt which was
picked up for another touch-
down and the Commodores were
Such things do wonders for
egos and as co-captain G u y
Murdock tells it, "One reason
the coaches give us for the way
we are is our attitude when we
were freshmen and sophomores.
Bill Todd, our freshman coach
said we had the potential to be
national champions.
"We really want to win, but
you have to give Bo credit in
the respect of our winning at-
titude. It was in us, but he got
it started. He gave us the feel
of winning."
They continued to reinforce
this wining attitude with only
detours caused by Missouri and
Michigan State marring the im-
printing. They made sophomore
mistakes, but they more than
made up for them.
B. T. had fumbled the first
time he held the ball for Mich-
igan. During the Minnesota
game, when Doughty was hurt,
he more than made up for his
miscue. With his three touch-
downs and 151 yards he sparked
the team to a necesary victory
to keep them hot on the Buck-
eyes' trail.
Mike Taylor had worked his
way into the starting lineup by
the seventh game and Schem-
bechler experimented with his
touchdown twins in the same
backfield. This plan was not as
successful the following season
as it was at this time.
Their contributions to the all
important last game were 84
yards from B. T., a drive-sus-






When the 1971 football season kicked
off last September Michigan knew it had
a good team, a team picked in pre-season
polls as one of the nation's ten best, and
chosen to win the Big Ten title.
But no one knew how good the Wolver-
ines really would be. Everyone was wor-
ried about replacing key defensive play-
ers like Henry Hill, Marty Huff, and
Jim Betts and strengthening the offen-
sive line.
The defense, instead of slipping from
last season's prominence 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 top-
But the biggest roadblock seen in the
way of an undefeated season was the lack

of suitable replacement for Don Moor-
head at quarterback. Without a skillful
passer and ball-handler, it was assumed
the Wolverines -could not hope to match
last year's 9-1 performance.
When the season opened at Northwest-
ern in the Wolverines' earliest Big Ten
opener on record, Bo Schembechler chose
sophomore Kevin Casey to lead the Mich-
igan attack. Casey had some trouble gen-
erating a Michigan offensive attack ear-
ly but the defense contained the Wildcats
and gave the offense the breaks needed
to salvage a 21-6 victory.
Bo Rather scored two of the Wolver-
ines' touchdowns - one on a surprise
end-around play which Schembechler
hasn't used since and again by recovering
a blocked field goal in the Northwestern
end zone.
After that treacherous start in Evan-

ston the Wolverines came back home for
three of the easiest games since the days
of Fielding Yost's point-a-minute teams.
Consecutive shutouts of Virginia, UCLA,
and Navy by 56-0, 38-0, and 46-0 counts
gave 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
Against Virginia, Michigan utilized 18
different backs including all five quar-
terbacks, amassed total yardage of 562
yards including 491 on the ground and
recorded 33 first downs. The passing at-
tack remained rather dormant but ob-
viously wasn't of much concern in an
eight touchdown victory.
Ed Shuttlesworth made his initial home
performance an impressive one by bulling
for 107 yards in 16 carries to lead the

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Season Results

21 Northwestern
56 Virginia
46 Navy
24 Michigan State
35 Illinois
35 Minnesota
61 Indiana
63 Iowa


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taining catch by Mike Oldham,
and the killing of the 1 a s t
Buckeye drive by a Darden in-.
And they were on their way.
Schembechler was carving dia-
monds out of the raw material
Elliott had mined for him.
Co-captain Frank Gusch not-
es, "Bo has always stressed sen-
ior leadership. He doesn't ex-
tract it from us. It just so hap-
pens that we're here, we're sen-
iors and we're just applying
what we have. That may be the
reason it's more noticeable than
with other senior groups."
With the onset of the 1970
season, the painless extraction
continued, with more members
of the class of '72 making their
presence, if not their faces,
known. Seven started the Ari-
zona game and by season's end,
eleven had earned starting as-
B. T. retained the rushing
leadership which he would tri-
plicate in 1971 with 911 yards
and added the scoring crown
with 11 touchdowns. He s u r-
passed himself by two in 1971.
Dana Coin kicked the longest
field goal in Michigan history,
one of 42 yards. Mike Taylor
was second to Marty Huff with
98 tackles.- -
Fritz Seyferth placed himself
up next to the immortal T o m
Harmon and the unstoppable
Garvie Craw by scoring four
touchdowns against Minnesota.
And Tom Darden tied for the
interception lead with five steals
and scored the only defensive
touchdown of the season by fall-
ing on a fumble caused by Mike
Taylor in the end zone.
Thus, with only the agony of
Columbus blemishing their re-
cord, they kept working their
way towards what they consid-
ered inevitable. Butch Carpen-
ter explains what has been driv-
ing them. "When we were first
up here together we realized the
talent we had on the freshman
team. We set some goals we
wanted to accomplish then."
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"We might have been a little
cocky to set them. Everything
we've done has been a matter
of accomplishing and achieving
these goals. They're within our
grasp now and we're not go-
ing to lose them. We've paid the
price so far and we'll continue
to do so."
Bruce Elliott observes. "I
think one of the key factors is
the fact that there are no rac-
ial problems. Just a few of the
guys helped bring it together
and it lasted. Another is that
most of the ones who stuck it
out are playing; they're the core
of seniors and of the team."
Carpenter reiterates this. "A
big part is the understanding
between black and white within
the class."
So in this welcoming environ-
ment the goals wer'e set and as
Mike Oldham notes, "Then we
sort of convinced everyone else
that we could do it. After all,
when you work as hard as we've
worked, you want to have some-
thing to show for it."
They have quite a bit to show
for their labors. In the season
of 1971, thirteen started. B. T.
was on his way to 1214 yards for
the season and past Johnson's
career record with 500 yards to
spare. His 13 touchdowns
brought him to within one of
Harmon's career record of 33.
During the Illinois game,
Doughty satiated his taste for
the end zone and also demon-
strated that Michigan wasn't
completely devoid of a passing
Mike Taylor, Keller, Tom
Beckman and Carpenter caus-
ed and recovered innumerable
losses and fumbles. With the as-
sistance of the insatiable offen-
sive machine, Coin broke the
NCAA season record for conse-
cutive PATs with four to spare.
He also came through with all
the calm and collection neces-
sary for the situation to point
his toe in the right direction and
beat Purdue.
In the most important game of
their careers, Coin and his al-
most automatic toe again sup-
plied the margin of victory. B.
T. saved a touchdown and then
redeemed it, and the season, for
the Wolverines with the aid of
a magnificent block by Seyferth.
Darden came up with the most
important interception of his
career and the class of '72 had
reached two-thirds of their
goals relatively unimpeded.
Reggie McKenzie voiced their
sentiments. "When we meet
Ohio State, it'll be a sad, but
glad day. We'll be glad to get at
them,-but we hate to leave the
people we've been with for four
years. The class of '72 has gat
to go down as the maJor part
of threeteams. The freshmen of
'68 have fulfilled their part.
There'll be a lot of grown men
crying on November 20."


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10 Ohio State


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grumbling about the lack of
there is no way that they can ge
But if they are fortunate enoug
and gain a bowl berth the same c
the opposite problem, too much re
too much it gets bored with the ro
is lost and no matter how well t
ments their performance will show
ested in playing the game.
The 1970 Michigan Rose Bom
problem, and Bo Schembechler
1971 Wolverines become the 19
same problem won't set in.
The 1969 team was still ready
season ended. They were coming o
and they were determined to prov
thy were indeed the best of the
the feeling was gone. Of course
that morning had a lot to do wt
problems that had developed duri
Schembechler was a new come
as a head coach. He was determi
make any, mistakes and he drove
the bowl as he did-in pre-season r
might have honed the edge even fir
The team scrimmaged in A
for the coast and lost defensive h,
a broken arm. They opened di
injury toll mounted. Glenn Do
Garvie Craw sustained a painfu
fullback Fritz Seyferth also pulle
Practicing twice a day with a
tice field each time, the squad i
might have managed to get them
the meantime, he was having his
publicity obligations and their at
dinners and snacks Schembechler
He was also driving himself re
Michigan tradition. in the Rose
obligated to kill himself getting his
did. The problems mounted to a
Schembechler wound up in the 1
in the game went down with his
turned into a disaster.
Determined not to repeat
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