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*Sunday, September 24, 1970


Page Nine

~unday, September 20, 1970 THE MiCHIGAN DAILY

-Daily-Sara Krulwich
Moorhead to Staroba, 4 completions, 62 yards
The Michigan offense kick-i
ed and sputtered for the bet-I
ter part of yesterday's game,
but the defense was superb
and the Wolverines finally
ground out a 20-9 win over S
the underdog Arizona Wild-, NIGHT EDITORS: BILL ALTERMA
More Sports Pag

-Daily-Sara Krulwich





e 7

N The Wolverines could man- t
age to total only 354 yards,
186 on the ground and 168 in
the air - a total they sur-
passed in all but three games
last year. . Twice they drove
within the Arizona 25 but fail-
a ed to score; on another occas-
ion, they had the ball first and
goal on the Arizona five after
driving from their own 35, but
could only salvage a field goal
off the foot of Dana Coin.
. .The Wolverines also had a field
} f >' goal attempt blocked, fumbled a
: .,...~.... punt, and were socked with three
Daily-Sara Krulwich penalties worth a total of 42 yards.
Taylor (42) blocks for Moorhead "Our running game especially
was a disappointment," Coach Bo
WILD ESchembechler, who likes to run,
EY D said after the game. "We just
weren't blocking. We've got a lot
of work to do.
"But," Schembechler added.
"don't underestimate the fact that
we won. That's the important
By PHIL HERTZ offense, however, didn't help us. Weber felt that his team had a Quarterback Don Moorhead,
The scenario for yesterday's Weber conceded a large reason chance until the closing minutesho completed 11 of 24 passes and
ichigan - Arizona was p r e t t y be ionce o te An when Lance Scheffler's touchdown gained only 64 yards in 20 rush-
much agreed upon by most ob- zon the impotence ofMihia put the decision out of reach. He ing attempts, expressed his frus-
servers before yesterday's contest defense. "We thought Michigan did, however, feel his team was tration more succinctly. "There's
.real no one part of our offense
even got under way. was a great team because of their in trouble when they were forcedwe have to work on," he said,
The Michigan Wolverines, one dfse. e ere right; thea to settle for a third field goal. shan hi heak "We he to
oftgnto' otaldefense. We were right; they have shaking his head. "We have to
of the nation's football power- a really good defense." "When we got down so close, but work on everything.
houses, would overcome a variety were unable to get the touchdown "BUT," he added, "we'll get it
of maladies and eventually roar to Both of the defenses completely that would have put us ahead, I "Bthe
convinding victory over the Ar- throttled the other team's run- together."
convncin vicoryoverthe ri-knew we were in trouble. You 1Moorhead, who said there was
zona Wildcats, one of the weak ning games. Arizona was only able can't expect to get that close " wa Mhi shdh e
sisters of the Western Athletic to collect 84 yards on the ground again against the Michigan de- n fay byh22 pointd may
Conference, a conference n e v e r in 32 attempts. fense." have been a little down on the
noted for its grid profess. offe bue aigh praise
Everyone knew that the Wolver- THE INEFFECTIVENESS of the THROUGHOUT the poshe game the pa ofha h high praise for
ines might start sluggishly, but running game also took its toll on interview, Weber continued to em- te "Tos guysiae geat.
that before the afternoon was over the team's passing game. "It's ph h dt t thmates. Those guys are great.
ate Wolverines would have made hard to throw the ball when that's the result of the contest, but he They always get the ball for us."
short work of the Wildcats and all you're doing,' noted Weber. also was willing to look ahead. "I The Wolverine defense got the
proceeded to a thrashing triumph. Weber felt that the difference think we're going to win a lot of ball directly four times, as the
Everyone knew this was going to in the game was his team's failure games this season," was the Ari- untested secondary came up
happen; that is, everyone exceptI to get the breaks, but Weber con- zona mentor's assessment of - with three interceptions and line-
Arizona coach Bob Weber, his ceded that a good proportion of teams prospects - an assessment backer Marty Huff, who has been
staff, and his players, the luck was due to Michigan's with which Schembechler com- making interceptions a habit for
the past two years, picked a
excellence as a football team. pletely agreed, "they're better than th off the ars, id-
CONSIDERING Michigan was "Michigan's about as big andE people thought, and they're going catheralde am of tWmd
favored by 22 points before the strong as anyone in the country. to surprise a lot of people." cats heralded Brian LInstrom.
start of yesterday's game, one They may oneone of the top six Apparently everyone now con- All of Michigan's interceptions

* I
"Our running game was a disappointment,
but don't underestimate the fact that we won,"
Schembechler said.
.Ci":"':t:..:v.1.":":":"::4W.": vv . :... .r................:{":Y"}:......... r:. .:.:: . :i:L5:..... ..
of plays with the Wildcats hold- have. That kid can really knockl
ing the ball second and seven the ball. That's why I wanted to
on their 35. get four up because he could have
The ball, however, was over- won the game for them."
thrown and sophomore defensive Coin's field goal came with 3:49
back Bo Rather, who said later he remaining, enough time for Lin-
was "really scared" when the game. strom to engineer an upset.
began, picked it off along the far A few seconds later though, any*
sidelines and stepped out at the hopes the Wildcats may have hadI
Michigan 35. were dashed when Huff intercept-
ed a pass at the Arizona 27 and
"WE WERE in a zone, and Lin- brought it back 15 yards to the
strom was trying to loft it over 12. Four plays later, Scheffler,
(Frank) Gusich's head." Rather who played most of the second-
said. "My play was to pick him up half in place of a. tired Glenn
deep and I guess he just didn't Doughty, and gained 30 yards on
see me back there. I just wanted eight carries, took a pitch-out
to knock it down, but when I saw from Moorhead and went six yards
I had a chance for the intercep- for the score.
tion, I went for it." When Tim Killian kicked his
From the 35, Michigan took second conversion of the after-
eight plays and a little more than noon, Michigan had a 20-9 lead
three minutes to get down to the with only 1:08 left on the score-
Arizona five. The big plays in the board.
drive were a 15 yard Moorhead to "We hoped for a break late in
Staroba pass and a 15 yard per- the game, but instead we gave it
sonal foul against the Wildcats to Michigan," a dejected Wildcat
after the play was over. Moor- Coach Bob Weber said.,
head, who said he "did the wrong The first half was as uneventful
thing on the option too many as a 10-6 halftime score might in-
times," did the right thing twice, dicate.
running for gains of eight and Neither team could mount a
nine yards. drive on the first series of plays,
Once they got close, though, but Michigan finally put one to-!
the Wolverines stalled out and gether the second time they got
s e t t 1 e d for a field goal with the ball. Starting from their 40,:
fourth and goal at the three giv- the Wolverines marched to the
ing Michigan a 13-9 lead. Arizona 28, Moorhead hit Staroba
for 17 yards, but a clipping pen-
SCHEMBECHLER EXPLAINED alty put the ball back on the 26.
later why he decided to go for the Two plays and two incompletions
field goal. "We seldom go against later, Coin kicked a 42-yard field1
as good a placekicker as they . goal, setting a Michigan record

and giving the Wolverines a 3-0'
AFTER THE kickoff, Michigan's
defense held Arizona to four yards
in three plays, and four minutes
later, the Wolverines were on the
scoreboard again.
This time, though, the Wolverines
got seven points instead of three,
with the touchdown play coming
on a pass out in the flat to full-
back Billy Taylor, who took the
ball and streaked in for the score.
Seven plays earlier, Taylor, who
gained 64 yards on 18 carries,
wents off left guard and then cut
wide for 25 yards, bringing the
ball into Wildcat territory.
The only thing the Wildcats
could get in the first half was a
pair of field goals, one for 44 and
one for 19 yards.I
Meanwhile, the Wolverine de-
fense was holding the Wildcats tol
77 yards on the ground and a
meager 32 in the air. Overall, the
defense allowed only 84 yards
rushing, and 143 in the air.
the team in tackles with 14, stop-K

ped one Arizona drive with a
third-quarter interception, at the
Michigan 44, returned to the Wild-
cat 46, then fumbled in the air to
safety Jim Betts, who went eight
more yards with the ball. Earlier
in that quarter, Gusich put the
Maize and Blue in good field posi-
tion with an interception at the
Arizona 43, although the offense
was unable to capitalize on the
Both Weber and Schembechler
were clearly impressed with Mich-
igan's defense.
"Don't forget," Schembechler
said, "they didn't get into our end
zone." Weber, from the other
lockerroom said, "We couldn't put
our drives together. Michigan cut
off our running game and that
made it difficult to pass. (Middle
guard Henry) Hill was all over the
place and the linebackers made it
hard to run."
Hill, though, who had eight
tackles, had his own perspective
on the performance of the defense.
"We did a good job," he said, "but
we didn't do a great job. A great
job is when they don't score at


Passing ,
Intercepted by
Yds. Intercept. Ret'd
(Rushes and Passes)
Average distance 4
KICKOFFS, ret'd by
Ball lost by
fYards penalized




186 84
168 143


15 Staroba

Pass Receiving
No. Yds.
4 62
2 27
1 23
1 29
1 17
1 10
Totals 11 168
No.' Yds. Ave.
10 401 40.1
Tries Gains Loss Net
15 41 3 ,,3
10 37 1 36
6 15 5 10
1 0 0 0
Totals 32 93 9 84
Att. Comp. Int. Yds.
32 15 4 143
Pass Receiving

83 64
10 9 Lewis
0.1 41.8 Linstrom
3 4 Pittman
52 140
0 34
52 106
3 5 Linstrom
1 0
3 4
42 59 , __


Tries Gains'
11 27
20 67
18 66
2 9
8 30





No. Yds.
6 96
2 13
4 26
3, 9
Totals 15 143
No. Yds. Ave.
9 377 41.8
0 0 10-20
3 0 3-9




59 199 13 186 SCORE BY PERIODS:
sing MICHIGAN 10
att. Comp. Int. Yds. ARIZONA 3
24 11 0 168 ATTENDANCE: 80,386

would have almost expected a
fairly jubilant A r i z o n a locker
room after their near upset of the
Wolverines. However, that simply;
was not the case. Weber was close
ia tears, and the players were
taking their sweet time changing
out of their uniforms. Weber put
it succinctly, "We thought we
could win. We worked hard, and
we wanted to start fast this sea-
The Wildcats were supposed to
present the first of several weak
links in Michigan's 1970 football
schedule, but throughout presea-
son practice Wolverine mentor Bo
Schembechler refused to concede
that the season lidlifter would be
a laugher. Schembechler appar-
ently knew what he was talkig
TWO SEASONS ago, Arizona
had a good enough season to merit
a trin in the SunBnnowl .A dnitpe

teams in the country, and when cedes the future script for Ari- them"roeinlteLcond trait, two of
you're that good, a lot of plays zona's Wildcats includes a lotof them in the fourth quarter. One
that look lucky are just examples victories, and this time the script led to a second Dana Coin field
of smoothness." may be a trifle less surprising. goal and the second set up a
touchdown run by second-string
tailback Lance Scheffler.
..especiallywelcome, too, as the
., f .f.....}{.Wolverines' slender 10-6 halftime
.lead was whittled to a single point
f. f , ">f ..., +Yc., . at the start of the final frame af-
f ter sure-footed Wildcat place-
. : ............Y ... I kicker Steve Hurley booted a 33-
F c t .............%..;,.. yard field goal, his third of the
ยข . , ,4# ! f f Hurley then kicked off to Glenn
,..- Doughty, who returned the ball 10
Syards to the Michigan 20. Aided by
an interference call against Ari-
zona safety Justine Lanne at the
Michigan 34 on a pass intended
for Paul Staroba, the Wolverines
marched to midfield before being
forced to give up the ball.
} r< S Atarnha.whobunted I10otimrc

It's too early to worry, but...

"When your running game isn't going,you
can assume that you're not blocking well."
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler has
ever spoken truer words. If any single factor
could explain the Wolverines' less than awe-
some 20-9 victory over Arizona yesterday, it
would have to be their inability to generate
a consistent ground game. Michigan runners
averaged only 3.1 yards pet carry, and on
only one occasion, a 25-yard first quarter
jaunt by Billy Taylor, did a Wolverine run-
ner really break away from the rugged Wild-
cat defense.
"The defense is ahead of the offense early
in the season" is an old football cliche, and
both teams did little to disprove it yester-
day afternoon. Perhaps this partially ex-
plains the Wolverines' erratic offensive show-

Arizona's defense still deserves a large
part of the credit for slowing Michigan's
potent ground game. Middle linebacker Mark
Arneson drew special praise from Schem-
bechler. "He was everywhere - he's one
heckuva football player."
The Wolverines' offensive sluggishness
was further compounded by the Wildcats'
defensive line and volleyball team. No less
than nine of Don Moorhead's passes were
batted around by rangy Arizona linemen.
This makes Moorhead's 11-24 performance
a little more impressive, but it also made
him less effective.
"They (the Arizona line) weren't really
rushing in," Schembechler noted after the
game. "They just had their arms up in the
air and batted them down."
Even though the Wolverines won by 11

At times it looked as though the Wol-
verine defense was working outagainst in-
experienced freshmen. The Wildcats couldn't
manage a first down in the first quarter
and never bunched more than two together
throughout the game. The three Arizona
field goals were set up by an interference
call, a fumbled punt and a long bomb.
Schembechler declined to place much
stock in the 22-point margin the odds-
makers had given his team. "To try to rate
a team before they've played a single game
is silly," he said after the game, "but I'm
afraid it f-as to have some effect on the
"Perhaps we aren't yet as great a team
as some people thought we were, or perhaps
we underestimated Arizona. I'm inclined to
think it was a little of both.

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