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Saturday, October 24, ~ 97G THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Nine1








Minnesota defense challenges
resurgent Michigan offense

Looking back ...



and looking ahead
FOR AS LONG as anyone remembers Michigan's 1969 grid
campaign, they will remember the grand finale which saw
the Wolverines top number one rated Ohio State, 24-12.
But only trivia freaks, sports nuts and other demented
souls will remember the game that made it all possible, a game
played four weeks earlier in Minneapolis against the always
rugged Gophers. This was the game in which the Wolverines
proved themselves, proved that they could overcome adversity
in the best Michigan tradition.
In case you've forgotten, the Wolverines downed the
Gophers, 35-9, but the rather lopsided looking score is
scarcely indicative of the kind of game it was.
The Wolverines crawled into the locker room at halftime
trailing 9-7. They hadn't looked that bad in the first half, but
the Gophers booted three field goals and kept the Michigan
attack bottled up fairly well.
The maize and blue legions were apparently still a little
numb from the 23-12 embarrassment they had suffered the
previous Saturday at East Lansing/ Losses to Michigan State are
never easy to swallow, and last year's was particularly painful
as the Wolverines were chewed up and spit out by an inferior
Spartan team.
THE FIRST HALF of the Minnesota game last year made
it look as though Michigan was going to stay on the roller
coaster ride that was the first half of the season and settle back
to being mediocre. Indeed, it looked as though the ups and
downs that highlighted the first half of the '69 season could go
on for ever.
The Wolverines were riding high for their first two games,
lopsided waltzes over Vanderbilt and Washington. They then
played one fine quarter against rugged Missouri, only to fall
apart in the second stanza, yielding an incredible 24 points to
trail, 24-3 at the half. But Michigan was only down, not out.
They ground out two third quarter TD drives, but conveniently
re-opened the floodgates for the Tigers by allowing a punt to
be blocked, and finally lost 40-17.
But they rebound the next week to whip Purdue and
Mike Phipps 31-20 in impressive fashion, only to collapse
against the Spartans. In amassing a 3-2 record through the
first half of their season, the maize and blue had been any-
thing but consistent.
But back to Minneapolis. Quite unexpectedly, Michigan
faced their Rubicon by the Mississippi, which might have
pleased Caesar or Mark Twain, but you can bet it did nothing
for Bo Schembechler.
But Bo Schembechler did get something into his Wol-
verines at halftime. If he could bottle and patent it, he'd
be very rich, for the once lethargic Michigan squad went
out in the second half and swarmed up and down the
field like the Gophers weren't there to win going away.
But you can bet that Minnesota will be there today.
Minnesota has gotten a reputation as a team that comes on
strong in the second half of the season. But this does not mean
that they are a bad first half team, they usually just play a
nasty early schedule. This year was no exception, as they en-
dured Nebraska, Missouri and Ohio State. It is no disgrace to
lose to these teams, and Minnesota was disgraced.
On the other hand, the Gophers looked impressive in 49-7
and 23-0 wins over Ohio U. and Indiana, respectively.
THE GOPHERS would like nothing better than to rub out
the memory of two successive rather one-sided defeats by Mich-
igan and return the Little Brown Jug to the Twin Cities. A win
t! over the Wolverines would thrust the Gophers into the race for
the Big Ten title, strange though it may sound. An Ann Arbor
triumph would give them a shot at a 6-1 record and a three way
tie with Michigan and Ohio State if the Wolverines beat Ohio
State. Of course, they would have to win from Northwestern, the
last of the Big Ten's weak sisters still unbeaten in conference
Minnesota lost 28-8 at Columbus last week, which might
not look like an advantage, but it is. Michigan and Ohio
State are very similar teams, especially on defense. If past
performances are any indication, this is indeed a distinct
advantage. Two other teams have played OSU and Michigan
back to back this season, Texas A&M and Michigan State.
Both got thumped by the Bucks, but came back strong,
against the Wolverines.
The'Spartans adjusted their offense slightly and went from
no points to 20 against defenses that. are roughly equal. Intsead
of trying quick hitters like they did against the Bucks, MSU
used deep handoffs to scatback Eric Allen to offset Michigan's
extremely quick defensive linemen. It worked, as Allen skipped
and slithered through the Tartan for 152 yards.
WHAT ADJUSTMENTS the Gophers will make remain to
be seen, but Murray Warmath likes his teams to run the ball,
and the. Gophers last week must have disappointed their coach
as they got something like 38 yards on the ground while passing
49 times, completing 29.

On defense, Minnesota also has a score to settle. In the
game last year, a sophomore tailback previously distinguished
only by his ability to fumble replaced the injured Glenn Doughty
and romped for 151 yards and instant stardom. His name was
Billy Taylor, and he is back at tailback now after a slow start
at fullback. Taylor rolled for 149 yards in 19 carries last Satur-
day in his season debut at the tail of the tandem as the Mich-
igan offense found the combination and the timing to score,
' score, score.
Now if the defense can only revert to its early season
form and become stingy again, the Wolverines could go
from very good to, dare I say it, awesome.
A Detroit Free Press sports writer earlier this week wrote a
column addressed to the question of whether or not Michigan
would go undefeated this year. Coaches like Bo don't especially
like this kind of question, as it bypasses four games and goes
right to Columbus. Schembechler knows as well as anyone that
"you gotta play 'em one at a time," and he is saying that

In the beginning, Michigan
had to face the wrath of for-
eigners more than happy to par-
take of a Big Ten scalp. During
these battles, they looked on in
horror as their brothers of the
Midwest were slowly torn apart
by these eastern, western, and
southern invaders, and, that big
Irish bully in the middle of
their own block.
The Wolverines, like their
brothers, looked to the warmth
and safety of the seven game
conference schedule as a chance
to meet people who know who
is best and who is allowed to
beat whom. However, by the
whim of the schedule maker,
and, as always happens when
brother turns against brother,
the Wolverines met with even
fiercer opposition than the for-
eigners had shown. The schedule
maker formed the counter-fra-
ternity of Purdue, Michigan
State and Minnesota, sworn to
the task of ravaging and pillag-
ing the Wolverines. The first
two have failed in their duty,
but the third is more than
ready and willing to do the job
for all three.
From out of the North Coun-
try come the Golden Gophers,
big, strong, and hoping to make
sure that history doesn't repeat
itself. Last year, it was they
who went in at halftime lead-
ing 9-7, then came out and met
a suddenly motivated Wolver-
ine team and lost 35-9, provid-
ing the momentum for Michi-
gan's surge toward the confer-
The Michigan-Minnesota game
begins at 1:15 and will be car-
ried over radio stations WWJ'
950 AM; WPAG, 1050 AM; AM,
1600 AM; WUOM, 91.7 FM, and
WCBN, 650 AM. The game will
also be televised by ABC on
channel 7.


ence co-championship. A part
of their motivation is also sup-
plied by the fact that they feel
the Little Brown Jug has n o t
been in the hands of its proper
owners for the past two years.
Head coach Bo Schembechler
feels the Gophers have the
talent to fulfill their duty.
"They're the toughest of the Big
Three we've met in the confer-
ence, and the best team we've
faced so far."
Their credentials are impres-
sive. Last week, the defense
managed to throttle Rex Kern
and Company for the final 40
minutes. After allowing 21 points
in the first 20 minutes, "they
tightened up, played better all
around and stopped them cold,"
according to Schembechler.
This defense into which Billy
Taylor, Glenn Doughty, and Don
Moorhead will v e n t u r e by
ground is led by tackles Steve
Thompson, and Mike Goldberg,
along with linebackers Ron King
and Bill Light. Light has aver-
aged 10 solo tackles per game
this season.
Earning 460 total yards 1 a s t
week against Michigan State,
the Wolverine offense came to
life and dominated for the first
time this season. 304 of those
came as a result of ground as-
sauts after which most of the
question marks concerning the
Blue offense were usually plac-
ed. Taylor and Doughty seemed
at last to find the places where
they belong in this year's attack.

The passing game also flourish-
ed as Moorhead and his receiv-
ers connected on 12 passes for
156 yards.
If Moorhead and Machine
find the going by ground a bit
rough, they may turn to their
passing game which blossomed
last week, but the Gophers are
prepared to thwart their hopes
in this department, too. Jeff
Wright, the Minnesota captain,
sparks the secondary at right
half. He is considered the best
at his position in the Big Ten
and has three of the Gophers'
14 thefts to his credit.
As Schembechler noted, "I
wouldn't change their defense if
I was in their position. It work-
ed well."
If the Wolverines are expect-
ed to come out running and
throwing, their defense can ex-
pect similar behavior from the
Minnesota offense. Craig Curry,
their junior quarterback, is the
man who does both well. "He's
the best quarterback we've faced
all year. He's a great runner
and passer, so he's an especial
threat with _the option," Schem-
bechler says.
Against Ohio State, ,Curry,
who leads the Big Ten in total
offense with 558 yards in two
games, completed 28 of 47 pass-
es for 297 yards when it be-
came apparent that Tatum and
Thugs were going to be stingy
in giving up portions of their
turf. Schembechler o b s e r v e s,
"They were forced to forget
their game plan and keep throw-
ing. They passed so much be-
cause t h e y got behind so
Curry's favorite receiver last
week was sophomore tight end
Doug Kingsriter, who grabbed
seven passes for 77 yards. He
found nine different targets in
his aerial attack on the Buck-
eyes including split end Kevin
Hamm, who caught six and tight
end Bart Buetow, who snagged
The Gopher attack does, how-
ever, feature some running,
"strong, power running" Schem-
bechler describes it. Held to only
70 yards last week, the land

-Daily-Sara Krulwich
DON MOORHEAD (27) watches as Michigan's p remier running back Billy Taylor (42) carries
around end in last week's Wolverine victory over Michigan State. Taylor had his best game of
the season, rushing for 149 yards and scoring thr ee touchdowns.

assault forces are ready to break
loose. Fullback Ernie Cook and
halfback Barry Mayer have
gained a combined 671 yards
this season, averaging 5.6 and
5.2 respectively.
Cook and Mayer may be able
to run, but they should not
damage the Michigan defense as
did MSU's one man running
game, Eric Allen. "Our defense
didn't suffer a letdown, Allen
had a lot to do with it. He broke
tackles two and three times on
his long gainers. Minnesota has
a more balanced offense, but I
expect our defense to be all right
against it," Schembechler stated.
Injury-wise, the Wolverines
have tight end Tom Huiskens
defenitely out with a knee in-
jury. Guard Werner Hall is
listed as a doubtful starter as
the result of a pinched nerve in
his shoulder. Aside from these,
Michigan will have everyone
who suited up for the Michigan
State game. Against the fired-
up Gophers they need these
bodies in the same working con-
dition as they were while facing
the Spartans.

The Lineups


Paul Starboda (209)
Jack Harpring (224)
Reggie McKenzie (220)
Guy Murdock (215)
Tom Coyle (228)
Dan Dierdorf (250)
Paul Seymour (235)
Don Moorhead (200)
Bill Taylor (200),
Fritz Seyferth (202)
Glenn Doughty (195)



Kevin Hamm (212)
John Thompson (244)
Paul Tollefson (221)
Bob Eastlund (215)
Vern Winfield (224)
Alvin Hawes (245)
Bart Buetow (215)
Craig Curry (190)
Barry Mayer (215)
Ernie Cook (207)
John Marqueson (205)
Tom Lavaty (223)
Steve Thompson (234)
Rich Crawford (223)
Mike Goldberg (235)
Matt Herkenhoff (224)
Ron King (214)
Bill Light (227)
Ron Anderson (197)
Mike White (185)
Jeff Wright (187)
Walt Bowser (170)


Phil Seymour (215)
Tom Beckman (245)
Henry Hill (220)
Pete Newell (225)
Mike Keller (210)
Mike Taylor (217)
Marty Huff (230)
Frank Gusich (190)
Bruce Elliott (176)
Tom Darden (190)
Jim Betts (185)




Wildcats risk

The Northwestern Wildcats find
themselves in an unaccustomed
position today, on top. The Wild-
cats are in a three way tie with
Michigan and Ohio State for the
Big Ten lead. This represents a
big advance for the perennial cel-
lar dwellers.
But the bubble may be burst to-
day as Northwestern tests a Pur-
due team that has been both very
good and very bad at different
times this season.

The Wildcats' best is running
back Mike Adamle. Adamle, a
senior, picked up 316 yards rush-
ing in the Wisconsin game 1a s t
year, on his way to amassing 666
for the season. An All-Big T e n
selection at halfback for 1969,
Adamle has already gained 492
yards on the ground this year,
averaging 4.5 yards a carry.
Leading the offense is junior
quarterback Maurie Daigneau who
has hit for 507 yards and f i v e
touchdowns through the air in a

-Daily-Sara Krulwich
Tom Darden returns a punt against MSU

rushing dominated offense. The I
backbone of the offense, accordingj
to Northwestern coach Alex Agase,1
is the offensive lines, where the
starters from tackle to tackle are
all seniors.
Although the Wildcats record is
only 2-3, with any luck it could
have been 4-1. Against 16th
ranked UCLA, Northwestern lost
12-7 giving up a 53-yard TD pass
late in the fourth period. With a
minute remaining in the contest, a
I Wildcat receiver dropped a sure,
touchdown pass that would have
won the game.
In the Southern Methodist game
a missed conversion doomed
Northwestern to a 21-20 defeat.
In light of these performances,
and considering the quality of
their recent teams, it is under-i
standable thatAgase calls the
1970 squad "the best team I'veI
ever coached."
Despite his pleasure with this
year's squad, Agase is more than
concerned about the Purdue team
he faces today. "They're a better
team than they showed against
Notre Dame. They beat one of the
better teams in the country in
Purdue's big gun on offense is
sophomore halfback Otis Arm-
strong. Armstrong has gained:463
yards rushing, an average of 4.7
yards a try.

Co-Big Ten leader Ohio State
plays Illinois at Champaign today
in what should be little more than
exercise for the Buckeyes. The Il-
lini are up against the nation's
leading rushing offense, sixth
ranked scoring team, ninth ranked
team in total offense, and a de-
fense that is ranked in the top
Booters begin,
!busy weekend
Michigan's soccer team will
compete in two matches this
weekend. Today at 10:30 a~m.
the Wolverine booters will host
Western Michigan at Fuller
Field. Michigan is 0-2 in the
collegiate division. Michigan
will then travel to Toledo to-
morrow for a confrontation
with United of the Toledo
twenty against the rush and
against scoring.
Also in action in Big Ten play
are four teams' with a combined
record of 4-15-1, Wisconsin (1-
3-1) taken on the hurting Hoos-
iers of Indiana (1-4) in Bloom-
ington, and a pair of 1-4 teams,
Iowa and Michigan State will
shoot for their second victory at
East Lansing.


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Big Ten Standings
Conference Games
2 0 0 63 20
2 0 0 72 74
2 0 0 57 8
1 1 0 27 38
1 1 6 30) 47


All Games
0 0 114 42
3 0 113 82
0 0 147 31
4 0 51 127,
4 0 63 135




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