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THE MICHIGAN DAILY - ROSE BOWL SUPPLEMENT

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THE MICHIGAN DAILY - ROSE BOWL SUPPLEM

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Sunday, December 5, 1971

Sunday, Decembr 5, 1971

THE MICHIGAN DAILY - ROSE BOWL SUPPLEM

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eyes of Ohio State 24-10 and to Big with Illinois for 11 fumbles in But the Wishbone offense with
By FRANK LONGO Ten champions Michigan 35-6. MSU's opening 10-0 victory, one which the Spartans had been ex-
For the most part, this year's
Big Ten footbal season went jt But Illinois came back and took which didn't give too much of an perimenting began to click with
like everyone expected it to. But its next five games to finish in a outlook on the potential of the Eric Allen as the key, and sud-
tie for third place with MSU and team. denly East Lansing was talking of
it certainly wasn't without its sur- OSU with a 5-3 record. State followed this with a 10-0 roses.
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Michigan, Northwestern, Q h i o Similarly, Purdue pulled a mid- loss to Georgia Tech, proving the MSU rolled over Iowa and Pur-
State, and Michigan State were season surprise by dropping out of ineffectiveness of the MSU offense. due and capped this sequence with
chosen way back in September to contention for the conference title When the next Saturday brought 17-10 "upset" of Ohio State. Now
finish the season in that order. and a possible Rose Bowl berth a 31-14 win over Oregon State, no- only if Michigan would lose its last
And that they did with five losses. body knew quite what to think. two games and the Spartans win'
tion of the last two tying for third The Boilermakers lost their first After consecutive heartbreaking their final two, the two would tie
place. two games as Sonny Sixkiller out- losses to Notre Dame 14-2, Mich- for league - honors and Michigan
And almost anyone could tell you dueled Gary Danielson to give igan 24-13, and Wisconsin 31-28, State would be invited to Pasa-1
that Indiana and Iowa would end Washington a 38-35 win. most - sport fans were willing to dena by virtue of the fact that
up at the bottom, although the ! In the next one Notre Dame used write off coach Duffy Daugherty they had been away the longest.
order would sometimes be re- a fumble recovery in the end zone and the 1971 season. But, although Michigan State
versed. and a two-point conversion to hand
But the action in the middle of Purdue an 8-7 loss.
the pack was confusing, indeed. But the Boilermakers established
The Fighting Illini started out themselves by winning their next
like they couldn't possibly finish three games, all conference con
higher than tenth. tests, over Iowa, Minnesota, and t
The first three games were total Northwestern.
disaster as Illinois was shutout But the Boilermakers were upset
consecutively by Michigan State by Illinois the following week 21-7,-.-
10-0, North Carolina 37-0, and and then were crushed by Mich-
Southern California 28-0. igan State 43-10. Eric Allen rushed
In the fourth, the Illini managed for 350 yards in that one.i
to score two touchdowns, and even The final three games were I "
held a 14-7 halftime lead over losses to Wisconsin, Michigan, and.
Washington and Sonny Sixkiller. Indiana to give Purdue a very dis- -t > .
But in the second half the Illini fell appointing season, especially since
apart and the Huskies went home they were expected to finish about -
victors by a 52-14 score. fifth in the league.
Their next tow games were bet- Michigan State provided still an-
ter played losses, but losses never- other surprise in a year of sur-}
theless. The Illini lost to the Buck- prises. The Spartans combined

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Conference All Games
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0 269 70 11 0 0 409 70
0 193 127 7 4 0 212 148
0 149 131 5 6 0 163 238
0 192 131 6 5 0 225 169
0 175 97 6 4 0 224 120
0 161 200 4 6 1 240 258
0 168 182 3 7 0 210 218
0 147 193 4 7 0 212 281
0 121 235 3 8 0 152 269
0 67 283 1 10 0 93 363

-Daily-David Margolick
MIKE WELLS, (12) Illinois' quarterback fades to pass against
Michigan in the Illini's 35-6 loss to the Wolverines. After that
defeat the Illini rallied to put together five. consecutive Big
Ten triumphs.

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hsmashed the Gophers, it was rob-
bed of a possible post-season date
as Michigan slipped by Purdue.
Finally the Spartans lost out in
the fight for second place as they
were defeated by Northwestern in
the closing game of the year 28-7.
The Ohio State Buckeyes were
chosen au a pre-season poll to fin-
ish the schedule in third place,
and that they did. But along the
way the Bucks convinced a few
people that they were champion-
ship material.
OSU had lost most of its team
from the previous banner year
and a number of early season in-
juries seemed to destine the Bucks
for at best a second or third place
finish.
But the Bucks opened with a
52-21 pasting of Iowa and even the
most staunch anti-Buckeye rooters
had to believe that Ohio State
couldn't be counted out yet.
After a week off, Colorado in-
vaded Ohio Stadium and- promptly
handed the Buckeyes their first
home loss since 1967. But the
Bucks were out to prove that they
still belonged high in the national
rankings . The next week they
routed the California Golden Bears
35-3.
Back into the conference sched-
ule, Ohio State rolled over Illinois
24-10, Indiana 27-7, Wisconsin 31-6,
and squeaked by Minnesota 14-12.
Then came the heartbreakers.
Michigan State came to town to
smother the Buckeyes 17-10, OSU's
first home league loss since 1967.
The Bucks still had a chance to
claim a co-championship if they
won their final two games, but
those hopes were dashed by North-
western the final weekend as the
Wildcats pulled out a 14-10 victory.
There were other highlights, too.
The fall of so many rushing records
in a single season kept the sta-
tistics-watchers on their toes.
Michigan State's Allen broke the
single game rushing record with
350 yards against Purdue. He
eclipsed the old mark of 347 set
by Michigan's own Ron Johnson
back in 1968 against Wisconsin.
And although most Big Ten
teams fared poorly once again in
games against non-conference foes,
there is promise for an improve-
ment of the Big Ten as a whole in
the future.'
Illinois had another undefeated
freshman football team this year
to go with the 1970 squad. And
now that they have a good coach
in Bob Blackman, look for an im-
proved team in '72.
Also Woody Hayes, after going
through one rebuilding year this
season, should have another title
contender next year. Ohio State's
frosh squad was undefeated this
year and scored 120 points in three
games.
Micihgan State loses its most
potent threat, Eric Allen, and the
Wishbone can't be as effective
without him.
Purdue will be excellent. Gary
Danielson and Steve Burke both
returnat quarterback. Also almost
the whole defense will be coming
back, along with offensive runner-
receivers Darryl Stingley and Otis
Armstrong.
Of course Michigan will be pow-
erful again making for a confer-
ence which could conceivably be-
gin the big return to the dominance
of the past.

By CHUCK BLOOM and
THERESA SWEDO
They spoke the magic number
out in the Pac-8 conference and
the number was 1.6. This caused
California. and the finest sopho-
more in the nation, Jim McAlister,
to be declared ineligible by the
NCAA.
Thusly, the Pac-8 race, already
loaded with possible contenders,
was thrown into a cocked hat.
When the dust and smoke cleared,
defending champion Stanford still
held the title.
Despite three setbacks during
their season, Stanford was assured
the Pac-8 championship and a vir-
tual Rose Bowl berth two weeks
before the schedule ended. Their
losses were suffered at the hands
of lowly Washington State, the San!
Jose State Spartans and Puke.
- Stanford finished up the season
with an 8-3 overall record, and a
6-1 in the Pac-8. This latter record
is somewhat in dispute because of.
the California controversy, how-
ever.
The combination of quarterback
Don Bunce, his fine receivers John
Winesberry and Miles Moore, and
the "Thunder Chicken" defense'
sent the Indians this year to a
garden filled with roses.
But way back this past summer,
the Pac-8 race looked more con-
fused. Everybody but Stanford up-
setter Washington State was in1
the running, while Southern Cali-
fornia, UCLA, Washington, and
Stanford headed the list of title-"
seekers. California and Oregon,
with explosive offenses and er-I
ratic defenses, were the dark
horses.
Then the NCAA stepped in and
invoked its 1.6 rule. Basically, the1
rule states that an athlete must
predict a 1.6 grade point average
in his freshman year.

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Washington
USC
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In the McAlister case, the UCLA an average of 14.8 points a game,
star forgot to take the NCAA test a figure that included three shut-
on the proper day and instead took outs.
it at a later date. The make-up The offense, led by fullback Sam
test was set up by UCLA; but the Cunningham's 742 yards rushing,
school somehow failed to inform was mediocre. Quarterback Jimmy
the NCAA of this fact. McAlister' Jones was disappointing after two
was suspended for a year and the previously outstanding years.
Bruins were suddenly deprived of The Trojans lost their opener to
their running attack. Alabama 17-10. After a pair of
The case with the California shutouts over Rice and Illinois,
Golden Bears is slightly different. USC was drubbed by Oklahoma
Their star running back, Isaac 33-20. Losses to Oregon and Stan-
Curtis, also failed to predict 1.6, ford were followed by victories
but he didn't take the test at all. over Notre Dame (28-14) and Cali-
Curtis, who is a junior, was sus- fornia (28-0). This past year was
pended shortly after McAlister. not the best of years for coach
Unlike UCLA, California refused to John McKay and company as they
cut Curtis from the team. ended up with a 6-4-1 record.
The Bears stated that since Cur- Rose petals were quickly crush-
tis was an excellent student, main- ed into only sweet smelling memo-
taining a fine average, there was ries for the Washington Huskies
no need for any action. Alas, the and Sonny Sixkiller, as three close
NCAA thought otherwise and sus- losses put them out of the running
pended California from all post- early. They could take some com-
season activities for one year. fort in the fact that they finished
The Bears' southern neighbors, 20th in the AP poll after compiling
USC, are traditionally known as an 8-3 record.
"a team with all of the talent and Sixkiller finished the year as
none of the luck." the 18th most effective quarterback
Certainly the luck was not there in the nation, completing 126 out
this season, but for the first time of 297 for 2,068 yards and 13 touch-
in several years, neither was the downs. His shoddy completion rec-
talent. The Trojan defense, known ord, 42.4 per cent, was indicative
as the "Wild Bunch," was not as of the entire Washington perform-
wild, or effective, as they should ance.
have been. Southern Cal gave up Oregon had the offense to come
out4a winner witherunner Bobby
Moore and quarterback Danny
Fouts. But the Ducks lacked other
essential components of a victor-
ious football team, such as con-
sistency, defense and the impor-
tant plus of a favorable schedule.
Quarterback Fouts, who achieved
a second spot nationally in passing
last year, fell to twelfth this year
and second in his conference. He;
completed 123 out of 247 attempts
for 2,564 yards and nine touch-1
downs. Moore, the Pac-8's leading
runner, finished ninth in the nation
with 1,211 yards, seven touch-
downs, and an average of 121 yards'
per game.
California went into their final
game of the season against San-
ford with an outside chance of
going to Pasadena. But the Bears
went into hibernation early and
lost 14-0. I
Oregon State played well for the
caliber of their team, finishing 5-6
for the season. They also upset
ninth ranked Arizona State 24-18
on their way to their final stand-
ing.
UCLA, without McAlister, man-
aged to win only two games out
of nine. As the Pac-8 season ended,
29) and Tim Robnett Stanford found herself on top. It
may not have been all her own
the run doing, but who's going to argue?

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INDIAN QUARTERBACK DON BUT
Bunce captured both the conferenc
crowns in leading the Indians to an
in the footsteps of his predecessor,
Plunkett, Bunce rolled up 2,513 yar
cent of his pass attempts.

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