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#wSunday, October 4, 1970


Page Seven

~Sunday, October 4, 1970 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven




Michigan's sputtering, stut-
tering offense got untracked
long enough to put together a
62-yard overland touchdown
march late in the fourth quar-
ter to overcome aroused Texas
A&, 14-10, yesterday at
Michigan Stadium.
Fritz Seyferth joined the
Vranks of the Wolverines' bench,
heroes as the junior fullback
moved into the line-up after
Billy Taylor was shaken up in
the second half. Seyferth pow-
ered over the Aggies for 64
ards in 12 carries, picking up
5 crucial yards in Michigan's
march to victory.
The final drive started after an
A&M punt rolled dead on the 'M'
38. Two Bulldog charges by Sey-
ferth netted 26 yards, and the
71,732 soppy, soporific fans began
1o come to life. Three plays later,
on fourth and one from the Aggie
27, Seyferth broke over right tac-
kle for four and a vital first down.
Two plays later, Seyferth hit the
same hole for a first down on the
After two runs netted five yards,
*Moorhead caught the Aggies a
little too conscious of the inside
as he rolled around the left end

left after Staroba punted into the!
endzone. But there was not
enough time, and the harried
James couldn't find his receivers
open. Tom Darden picked off a,
last desperate toss as the clock!
ran out.
The Wolverines looked like any-
thing but world-beaters for the
first 57 minutes of the game, letj
alone the ninth-ranked team in
the nation. The Aggies swarmed
all over them in the first half
and the 10-7 halftime margin was
scarcely indicative of the Aggies'
dominance of the first two quar-
The visitors drew first blood, as
sophomore quarterback LexiJames.
got the A&M triple option rolling
late in the first quarter on a 50-
yard drive capped by halfback
Steve Burks' ten-yard sweep to.
paydirt. It was the first touch-l
down yielded by the Wolverines'
stubborn defense this season. Soc-
cer-style kicker Mike Bellar added
the point after and the Aggies1
lead, 7-0.
Michigan took the ensuing kick-
off and racked up their initial
first down of the game on a
penalty before punting the ball
James and company took over#
on the Aggie 30 and again baffled
the Wolverine defense with their
deceptive ballhandling.
James pitched out to half Brad1

t* t

short and Lance Scheffler brought
it back to the Michigan 33. An
over-zealous Aggie was charged
with a personal foul after the
tackle and Michigan had a first
down on their own 48. Despite the
favorable field position, the Wol-
verines' attack remained mired,
and Paul Staroba had to punt the
ball away from the Aggie 47.
Free safety Dave Elmendorf
called for a fair catch at the eight
yard-line, but he had trouble
keeping up with the ball in the
stiff cross-wind, and it bounced
off his shoulder onto the ground
and into the alert hands of Pres-
ton Henry.
Off tackle slants by Taylor and
The Michigan Rugby Club
won both games in its double-
header yesterday. In the first
game the "Gold" team de-
vastated the Kent State second
team 41-0. In the second con-
test the "Blue" team smashed
Kent State's first squad 24-3.

Wolverine defense startedt
more time in the Aggie b
Michigan took the kick.
begin the second half, b
manage but one first dow
punting the ball away. Th
took over on their own
James promptly scooted
eral grouping Wolverine
for 18 yards before being
out of bounds by Pete
James hurt his shoulder
play and was replaced by;
Two plays later, King
Burks' number and the
halfback broke down the]i
line for 29 yards before B(
coralled him at the Mich
Once again, however ,thes
Wolverine defense stiffen
Bellar missed on a 40-ya
goal try.
After Michigan again
punt, A&M had good field
on their own 48. Two pla
James, who was only
hurt, completed a 14-ya
to Homer May, but he
and Betts recovered on th
t igan 39.
nThe comedy of errors,Y
had only begun, as Taylor
it back on the very next p
plays later, James fumb]
the precarious pigskins
found the sideline before
verine could pounce on it.
James was not to be d
on the next play he lofte
pass that bounded off th
of the outstretched Aggi
er back into the chest o
Huff, who somehow heldc
ball to give the Wolverine
down on their own 38.
Michigan, however, was
on evening up the score,E
lineman Todd Christoph
tipped a Moorehad pass h

den brought the kick back close
to mid-field, but a personal foul
took the ball to the 32. The Wol-
verines drove down to the A&M
36, but Moorhead overthrew Star-
oba on fourth and seven, and the
Wolverines chances began to look
as dark as the autumn sky.
TL hree attempted passes cost
FELD the Aggies eight yards, as first
Mike Keller and then Newell
dumped James, and the Aggies
punted to the Michigan 38, and
to spend the stage was set for Michigan's
ackfield. wheezing drive to victory .
:-off to The Michigan defense, although
ut could ragged at times, especially in the
n before first half, came on strong in the
e Aggies late going. Newell played an es-
20, and pecially outstanding game, racking
by sev- up 15 solo tackles.
tacklers Despite the Wolverines domin-
thrown ance of the second half, the sta-
Newell. tistical edge clearly belonged to
on the A&M. They outgained the Wol-
Joe Mac verine 291-212, the difference
mostly being the inability of Moor-
g called head and his receivers to get the
junior passing game together. Moorhead
left side- hit only three of 16, but at least a
o Rather half a dozen were just plain drop-
ligan 25. ped.
stubborn Another surprise was the
ned, and strength of A&M's running game
ard field against Michigan's rugged defense,
"We expected them to run a lot,"
had to said wolfman Gusich after t h e
position game, "but they ran a little more
.ys later, than we had expected."
slightly Middle guard Henry Hill agreed:
ard pass "We expected they'd try to estab-
fumbled lish a ground game. But the triple
ie Mich- option is a fumble offense, only
they didn't fumble it often
however, enough."
fumbled ------- -- ----

and into the corner of the end- Dusek, who picked up three yards
zone for the go-ahead TD. Tim around right end. Fullback Doug
Killian converted and it looked as Neill then emerged from a hoard
though the Wolverines had sur- of blue. shirts and broke down the
vived another scare. right sideline for a 45-yard gain
The few fans who got up to before safety Jim Betts bulled him
leave were stopped dead in their out of bounds at the Michigan 22.
tracks as Elmendorf took Dana Two plays later, Burks took, a
Coin's kick-off back to the Mich- pitch around left end for seven
igan 40. With 2:45 showing on the yards to give the Aggies a first
clock, there was still plenty of down at the Michigan ten.
time for the Aggies to score, but Neill ripped off tackle for four
the reliable defense again came up as the quarter ended, but the
with the big play. Phil Seymour vchange of direction apparently
dumped James for an 11-yard loss brought new life to the Wolverine
on first down and three more defense as they stiffened, and
passes failed, giving the Wolver- A&M had to settle for a 21-yard
ines the ball. field goal by Bellar after two more
The desperate Aggies held and runs netted but one yard.
took over with about 90 seconds Bellar's kick-off was high and:
on this and that
Moorhead and Doughty:
Keeping the faith
eric siegel
FULLBACK FRITZ SEYFERTH, who came off, the bench
yesterday to gain 64 yards in 12 carries and spark Michiganj
'to a 14-10 win over stubborn Texas A&M, said after the game1
he didn't hear the catcalls directed at the Wolverines' offensive
unit at the beginning of the second half.
Split end Billy Harris did. "Did you hear all those people
yelling, 'Get a new quarterback Bo'?" Harris asked. "All I can
say is those people are yelling for the wrong thing."
Whether or not quarterback Don Moorhead heard the 1
catcalls is a moot question. He didn't need the fans to tell
him he wasn't performing up to par. Last year, Moorhead
would take his time getting dressed; yesterday, he dressed
quickly and left the lockerroom like he was being chased by
the Detroit Lions.
"The offense just hasn't been doing it," Moorhead said out-
side the Michigan lockerroom, But he was surrounded by young
autograph seekers, when he said it, and that shows that not
everyone has forgotten how good he can be.
Admittedly, Moorhead doesn't seem like the same player
who set a Michigan total offense record last season with 11341
yards in the air and 565 on the ground. In his first three games
this season, he has accumulated just 116 yards on 40 carries, and
has gained just 270 yards in the air on 21 of 63 completions.
Yesterday afternoon was particularly frustrating for
Moorhead. He carried the ball 15 times, but he wound
up with only 44 yards net rushing. When he went to the air,
his frustration took the form of incompletions and inter-
ceptions. He connected on just three of 16 passes, and
twice he threw the ball into the arms of the Aggies'
Dave Hoot.
Moorhead was not alone in his misery. Glenn Doughty, who
made people forget Ron Johnson last year before he got hurt,
picked up only 13 yards in five carries, giving him a total of
45 yards on twenty-three carries in three games.
"The offense has had a bunch of good omens," Doughty
said, talking about the Wolverines' fourth quarter 62-yard drive
which netted the winning touchdown, "but we haven't seemed
to be able to put it together. I just hope we can get it all to-
10 gether."
Getting it all together has, indeed, been a problem in each
of the first three games, The defense would get the ball, and
the offense would start a drive, only to have it stalled by
a fumble in the backfield, or a downfield pass dropped or
overthrown ."We've made a lot of mistakes," Doughty said. (
Coach Bo Schembechler is as frustrated by his team's of-
fense as anyone. "We're not scoring enough - that's obvious,"
he said. "The story on the offense is 14 points, and for sevenj
of them we only drove 10 yards."
It's easy to blame Doughty and Moorhead for the Wol-
verines' sluggish offensive start this year. They-along with
halfback Billy Taylor, who gained only 24 yards in 12 carries
against the Aggies-keyed the Wolverines' explosive, record-
setting last year. It's easy, but it's also a little unfair.I
The whole offense has been sluggish and disappointing,
but Doughty hasn't forgot how to find holes, and Moorhead,
although he doesn't have the receivers he had last year,
hasn't forgotten how to throw the ball and run the option.
'K Opposing coaches talk loudest about Michigan's defense, but
they are not about to ignore the offense.
"We've been hurt out there by a lot of little things," Harris
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Henry netted only two yards, and
on third and goal from the six,
Wolverine quarterback Don Moor-
head rolled to his right, but find-
ing no open receivers, he turned
Moorhead and a herd of Aggie
tacklers met just short of the
goal line, and the Wolverine field
general, did not get up after the
play was over. Michigan took time
out to give Moorhead time to re-
gain his senses, but he looked to be
a little groggy heading back to the
huddle. Wolverine coach Bo
Schembechler decided to take no
chances, so he removed Moorhead
in favor of Betts, who was back-
up quarterback last year before
being switched to defense-

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Taylor (33) and Huff zero in on target

a Wol-
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j.the air and strong safety David
Betts took the fourth and one Hopt hauled it in to give A&M
snap and handed off to T a y 1o r, the ball on their own 35 as the
who bulled over right tackle for third quarter drew to a close.
the score with 11:06 left in the Two first downs later, Wolfman
half. Killian converted and Mich- Frank Gusich separated J a m e s
igan was back in the game. from the ball to give Michigan the
The pace slowed noticeably af- ball on the Wolverine 41. Moor-
ter Taylor's score, as the Wolver- head followed three plays later
ines and Aggies managed but one with the encore, firing a long
first down apiece. The A&M de- bomb to Staroba that Hoot picked
fense continued to bottle up the off at the 18.
Michigan running game and The Wolverine defense finally
Moorhead's receivers had trouble ended the turnover parade by forc-
hanging onto the ball, while the ing the Aggies to punt. Tom Dar-

Earlier in the season Coach Bo
Schembechler was musing on a
peculiar habit of his football
teams. "My teams seem to start
the season slow," he said with a
puzzled shake of his head, "but as
the season progresses, they come
on like gangbusters."
This year his team is starting
slow and, so far, getting slower.
Yesterday the Wolverines began
so lethargically that the fans were
kept wondering as to whether
there would be a Saturday after-
noon football game at Michigan
To say that the Wolverines came:
on like gangbusters near the end
of the game might discredit the
profession. At the mid-point of
the final quarter, however, the
offense managed to do their job.
"The story of the offense? Four-

teen points." Schembechler said,
using the same gloomy words that'
have become more gloomy each
weekend. "There is no other story.
The only time we looked good was
on that last drive."
By coincidence, Michigan perk-
ed up when a running back, un-
used through the first half of the
game, came off the bench to re-
place an injured starter. Last
week, Preston Henry took over for
an injured Glenn Doughty in the
second half, and keyed the Mich-
ian come-back win against the

the pile-up, Taylor was bruised ferth went off tackle again, and
and the Wolverines turned over Michigan moved down to the 23-
the ball. That turned out to be yard line. Once more, at the 15-
Taylor's last play of the game. yard mark, Seyferth carried down
Taylor's replacement was Fritz: to the 12 for a first down.
Seyferth, not in any sense a speed- Then two plays later Seyferth
ster of Taylor's class. Seyferth performed in the manner to which
played behind Garvie Craw last he is accustomed, throwing a key
season, and has been touted, not block as Moorhead rolled left for
as a runner, but as a blocker. the winning touchdown.
"We tried to contain Doughty Seyferth was quick to give credit
and Taylor," Aggie Coach Gene to the Wolverine's offensive line.
Stallings said, "and I think we "With (Dan) Dierdorf up front,
did." it's easy to run. He's a heck of a

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Impotence pre vais

Gridde Pickings
MICHIGAN 14, Texas A&M 10
Illinois 27, Syracuse 0
jWest Virginia 16, Indiana 10
Arizona 17, Iowa'10
Notre Dame 29, Michigan State 0
Nebraska 35, Minnesota 10
So. Methodist 21, Northwestern 20
Ohio State 34, Duke 10
Wisconsin 29, Penn State 16
Purdue 26, Stanford 14
Washington 56, Navy 7
Kansas 49, New Mexico 23
So. California 45, Oregon State 13
North Carolina 10, Vanderbilt 7
Auburn 33, Kentucky 15
Mississippi 48, Alabama 23
Rice 28, California 0
Harvard 39, Rutgers 9
Oregon 28, Washington State 13
Fordham 14, St. Peter's 0
Boston College 32, Virginia Military 3
Princeton 24, Columbia 22
Villanova 34, Delaware 31
Pennsylvania 17, Brown 9
Cornell 41, Lehigh 14
Carnegie-Mellon 32, Oberlin '0
Dartmouth 50, Holy Cross 14
Slippery Rock 13, Shippensburg 8
Connecticut 27, New Hampshire 14
Yale 39, Colgate 7
Temple 10, Boston University 7
Sou th
Florida 14, No. Carolina State 6
Georgia Tech 28, Clemson 7
Mississippi State 7, Georgia 6
Morgan St. 54,-N. Carolina Central 15
Tennessee 48, Army 3

Texas 20, UCLA 17
Tuskegee 16, Albany St. (Ga.) 7
South Carolina 24, Virginia Tech 7
Alcorn A&M 34, Savannah State 6
Florida A&M 28, So. Carolina St. 10
Louisiana State 31, Baylor 10
North Carolina 10, Vanderbilt 7
Tulsa 27, Memphis State 12
Case Western Reserve 0,
John Carroll 0
Missouri 40, Oklahoma State 20
Kansas State 21, Colorado 20
W. Michigan 23, Bowling Green 3
Miami (0) 48, Northern Illinois 0
Lafayette 19, Drexel Tech 14
Lebanon Valley 52, Ursinus 13
Marshall 21, Xavier 14
North Dakota 18, Augustana, S.D. 7
South Dakota 41, Northern Iowa 17
Air Force 37, Colorado State 22
Iowa State 16, Utah 13
Arizona State 52, Wyoming 3
Montana 38, Weber State 29
Late Scores
Arkansas 49, Texas Christian 14
Texas at El Paso 21, N. Mexico St. 14
Tampa 35, Youngstown 13
Peru State 34, So. State, S.D. 22
N. Texas St. 37, Drake 13
Kutztown 49, East Stroudsburg 43
Grizwald Technicals35,
South Saluki State 17
L2ewishburg Polytechnical 22,
Tampa St-ate East 11
Cleveland 15, Pittsburgh 9
Miami 20, Oakland 15


Intercepted by
Yards Interceptions ret
(Rushes and Passes)
PUNTS, Number,
Average distance
KICKOFFS, returned by
Ball lost by
Yards penalized





-uun sies." Sadly for Texas A&M, Stalling's blocKer," Seyfertn expiainea.
in Huskies. policy of containment failed to More than Seyferth's running
e names were changed halt Seyferth. The 6-3 202-pound ability was new to the Michigan
The rerun opened late junior went on to gain 64 yards offensive backfield. In hopes that
rd quarter, right after total in his fourth quarter spree. changing the offensive backfield
acquired the ball on a "All we needed was a little alignment would alter the sputter-
V fumble. Running back
r went off right tackle. spark," split end Bill Harris ob- ing offensive output, Schembech-
sard, and then fumble. served after the game, "and Fritz ler began the game with Henry,
ardhigan40-yardinemI cameout therecand gave us that Doughty, and Taylor in, a.var-
extra two per cent." iance of the strong I formation.
In the Wolverine's winning 62- "I wouldn't call it experiment-
a gin yard touchdown advance at mid- ing," Schembechler said, "We did
point of the fourth quarter, Sey- move people around, but it was
Att. Comp. Int. Yds. ferth was responsible for 45 of the planned."
16 3 2 35 yards on seven carries. The drive Even Jim Betts got into the of-
Pass Receiving took four first downs and it was fansive act. When Moorhead was
Number Yds. Seyferth who came through the shaken up on the A&M one yard
1 16 pressure each time to get th line, Betts went in and handed off
1 13 down. to Taylor for a touchdown play.
Totals 3 35 With Michigan inches short on Perhaps next week-end when the
Punting their own 48, Seyferth ducked off Wolverines need a running back
No. Yds. Ave. right end and fought downfield: to come off the bench late in the
8 347 43.3 for 16 yards. That series seemed game and spark a victory ,they
Tstopped in Texas territory with might consider trying Jim Betts
TEXAS GAi& LoNt fourth and one on the 27. Sey- in the backfield again.
Tries Gains Loss Net
17 99 (0 99 ---

U Seymour
55 53 Schumacher
177 168
35 123

V'd 4


Bu rks
Du sek

15 74 4
4 , 11 0
14i 34 46
Totals 53 218 50
Att. Comp. Int.
24 11 1
2 0 1
Totals 26 11 2
Pass Receiving



Tries Gains.
5 18
15 50
12 24
11 32
12 64
Totals 55 188



1i 10
1 14
1 s
11 123


No. Yds. Ave.
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Predicted patsies prove, tough

Remember that easy schedule Michigan
was supposed to play in preparation for that
big one in November in Columbus? Well, it
has become quite apparent that the breath-
ers on the schedule just don't exist.
Yesterday's action, both at Michigan Sta-
dium and around the rest of the nation's
gridirons, was the final confirmation of this
fact. Before the season began nearly every-
one conceded the nationally ranked Wol-
verines three easy triumphs over their non-
conference opposition. Well, the Wolverines
won the contests, but each of them gave
their partisans enough cause for heart fail-
ure; with yesterday's game coming the
closest to disaster.
After the three victories over Arizona,
Washington, and Texas A&M, the Wolver-
ines were supnosed to breeze through their

now filled with a number of question mark
All season long, followers of the Maize-
and-Blue have underestimated the Wolver-
ines' opponents, and yesterday was no ex-
ception. Despite the fact that Texas A&M
had beaten a strong Louisiana State eleven
a fortnight ago, it was very difficult to think
too highly of the Aggies after their 56-13
thumping at the hands of Ohio State last
week. However, it was easy to see that last
Saturday's score was not really indicative
of A&M's ability.
After yesterday's game, Gene Stallings,
the Aggie coach, refused to compare the
Buckeyes and the Wolverines. "Both Ohio
State and Michigan have fine teams with
good defenses as does LSU. A game between
any of those teams would be a good one. The
score of last week's game should have been
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ly however, it was still a rather good one.
A good proportion of whatever troubles
the Wolverine defense had yesterday was
traceable to the A&M triple option. The of-
fensive style, the same one used by Michigan
State to defeat the Wolverines last season,
kept the Michigan defense unbalanced for a
good portion of the afternoon and enabled
the Aggies to roll up nearly 400 yards, easily
the best performance turned in against the
Wolverines this season.
Once again the story out of the Michigan's
opponent's dressing room was about the
same. In spite of defeat, the coach was gen-
erally satisfied with his team's play. Stall-
ings said, "I think my boys played a pretty
good game. Things went pretty much as we
planned; however, we thought we were go-
ing to win. We just didn't plan on fumbling
a punt inside the ten yard line."
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