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Wednesday, November 18, 1970


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~Wednesday, November 18, 1970 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven~

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As head coach Bo Schembech-
ler and his Mammoth Blue
Wave head into their final game
of the season, they boast a re-
cord of which any team in the
nation would be proud.
The Wolverines, the fourth
rated team in the nation, are
9-0, their most wins since 1948.
Ohio State is also undefeated
and this game marks the first
time in the history of the Big
Ten that two unbeaten teams
have met on the final day of the
season to determine a confer-
ence champion.
After Michigan's performance
in its first few games, hardly a
soul would have predicted that
the Amazing Blue would go into
its final game with an unblem-
ished record. These games were
supposed to be a mere warmup
for the mighty Wolverines, last
year's Big Ten representative to
the Rose Bowl, but they turned
out to be the Mammoth Blue
Wave's toughest tests of t h e
In the season lidlifter against
the Wildcats of Arizona, the
Wolverines showed a stunning
inability to move the ball in the
clutch situations, but won any-
way, 20-9. They scored early in
the game on a 29-yard Don
Moorhead to Billy Taylor pass
and late in the game on a six-
yard jaunt by Lance Scheffler.
ing of the dismissal of head
coach Jim Valek, led 23-12 late
in the third quarter before suc-
cumbing to two late touchdowns
by Brockington to lose, 48-29.
This time, it was the rushing
defense that found itself being
pierced, as Darrell Robinson of
Illinois gained 177 yards in the
the first half alone. He and Mike
Wells led the attack effective-
ly for much of the contest, but
Brockington eventually proved
too much for the Illini defense.
The Buckeye fullback tallied on
runs of five and 11 runs, plus a
56 yard punt return.
Brockington did the damage


-Daily-Jay Cassidy
DON MOORHEAD (27) rambles toward the end zone on an option play for Michigan's third touch-
down in the 24-12 victory over Ohio State last year. Michigan's win gave the Wolverine's the con-
ference co-championship. The two teams play in Columbus Saturday with the Big Ten crown again
at stake. OSU needs a win to assure it of a Rose Bowl berth.

But in between, they were held
in check by the less than awe-
some Arizona defense.
Michigan's defense was the
most consistent part of the
team as it held the Wildcats to
slightly over 200 yards total of-
fense and. only three field goals
as the Wolverines floundered
to a 20-9 victory.
Seven days later, the Wolver-
ines racked up victory number
two as they muscled p a s t the
Washington Huskies 17-3. The
Maize and Blue were unable to
muster an offense in the first
half and, as a result, entered the
locker room on the short end of
a 3-0 score.
But, in the second half,
Schembechler inserted Preston
Henry in the halfback slot and
Henry responded with 113 yards
in only 13 carries. He lugged the
leather for both Michigan
touchdowns on runs of eight and
30 yards, the last coming with
only 29 seconds left to ice the
victory. The defense, once again
provided the key to victory as
it still had not allowed a touch-
The Wolverines final pre-Big
Ten game turned out to be their
toughest test of the year. The
Texas A&M Aggies, looking to
come back from a 56-13 thrash-
ing by Ohio State, marched 5d
yards in the first quarter to take
a quick 7-0 lead and added a
field goal in the second period
to run their advantage to 10-
0. But then the Wolverine de-
fense stiffened, and contained

the explosive Aggie offense t
rest of the game.
The Amazing Blue got the
first break of the game near t
middle of the second quarter
Texas A&M safety Dave Elme
dorf fumbled a punt on the A
gie eight yard line and Hen
pounced on the loose ball.
took Michigan four cracks
the defensive wall before Ta
for bulled over from the one b
the score.
But it wasn't until the fin
six minutes that Michigan fi
ally took the lead as it marc
ed 62-yards with Moorhead ro
ing in from the five for t
winning touchdown. The rugg
Wolverine defense held on
preserve the victory, as ti
Wolverines squeezed by the A
gies 14-10.
The fourth game of the yea
Michigan's first conference co
test, marked a turning point
the Michigan season. Tayl
who had started the yeara
fullback, was switched to ha
back, a position he felt more
home in. He responded withI
yards and a touchdown as t
Wolverines, who held only a 6
lead after three periods explo
ed with three scores in t
final 15 minutes to batter t
Boilermakers, 29-0.
The defense, registering
first shutout of the year, he
the Purdue rushers to 36 ya
in 20 attempts and loweredi
average to 5.5 points per gar
In the classic interstate riva
ry against Michigan State t
Wolverines avenged last yea

defeat as they exploded for three
second half tallies to massacre
MSU 34-20. Taylor ground out
149 yards in 29 carries w h i 1 e
Glenn Doughty, starting at
wingback for the first time,
chipped in with 85 more. Moor-
head had a tremendous passing
day as he connected on 12 of 19
passes and one touchdown.
Paul Staroba came up with a
number of key receptions, snar-
ing 8 passes for 80 yards, many
he of them in crucial third down
eir The following week in the bat-
he tle for the Little Brown Jug,
as the Mammoth Blue Wave
n- crunched the Golden Gophers of
g- Minnesota 39-13 as Michigan's
iry defense held the potent Gopher
It rushing attack to only 69 yards
gat on the ground.
or Forced to go to the air, the
Gophers had three passes ripped
nal off by alert Michigan defend-
n- ers to stunt their attack.
h- The Wolverines' mighty of-
Al- fensive machine was also in high
he gear as it amassed 414 yards
ed on the ground and another 104
to in the air to smother Minne-
h e sota. Taylor rambled for 153
g- yards on the ground and Fritz
Seyferth scored four times to
ar, lead the Mammoth Blue Wave
n- to victory.
in On Halloween, the Mammoth
or, Blue Wave had to confront an
at upset; minded group of Badg-
lf- ers from Wisconsin. The Wol-
at. verines took an early 21-0 lead
89 but the Badgers came back to

close the gap to 21-15 in the
third period. In the closing min-
utes, however, the Amazing
Blue came back on the passing
arm of Moorhead and the sticky
fingers of Staroba.to put the
game out of reach as they
sunk the Badgers 29-15.
The Wolverines' last t w o
games were their easiest vic-
tories of the year as they smash-
ed the Illini 42-0 and crushed
the Hawkeyes 55-0. In both
games the Mammoth Blue Wave
struck early and often to break
into quick leads. Even the Wol-
verine reserves rolled up the
points on their hapless oppon-
ents and both games were de-
cided by halftime.
The brilliant Michigan d e -
fense held Illinois to 171 yards
and Iowa to only . 122 total
yards. The outclassed Hawkeyes
couldn't push the ball across the
fifty yard line until the final
minute of the game. On t h e
season, the brilliant Michigan
defenders lowered their points
allowed per game average to a
fraction above five points.
Now, finally, Schembechler
and the Wolverines can afford
the luxury of looking ahead to
the Buckeyes. As Schembechler
put it, "So much depends on
what we do next week. Next
week will tell where Michigan
should be rated."
Schembechler added, "No
matter what happens in Colum-
bus this week, I know I'll be
proud of Michigan."

By JERRY CLARKE rarely re
Still called the "Team f th of the p
Decade," the Ohio State Buck- for Oh
eyes began this season amidst it the p
one of the greatest avalanches wrong.
of publicity ever heaped upon Columbu
a collegiate football team. vtbott
Ranked number one by virtually The Bu
every major preseason poll, the three ti
Buckeyes boasted a number of ball, a
pro prospects, and figured to power
have little trouble holding on to shown i
that rating through their first the seas
eight games. Fullba
Somewhere along the way, took ov
however, something happened. off by r
Many excuses have-been offered line for
for the teams performance, but Kern an
the fact remains that Ohio a diver
State has not lived up to expec- seven pl
tations. With a spotty offense complai
and an almost totally ineffective fense, w
passing game, the Bucks have inexperi




esembled the juggernaut
past two seasons.
way the season opened
o State, it didn't look as
rognosticators would be
Texas A&M came into
us fresh from an upset
over LSU, but left on
om end of a 56-13 score.
ckeyes scored the first
mes they touched the
nd demonstrated the
and speed they had
n their first eight games
on before.
ack John Brockington
er where Jim Otis left
ipping through the Aggie
two touchdowns,' wbft
nd Ron Maciejowski ran
sified attack that saw
Mayers score. Hayes' only
nts concerned the de-
which he said was still

on this and that
The rubber game of
a three-game set
eric siegel..
YOU'RE THE COACH of an undefeated, nationally-ranked
team that is one game away from a conference champion-
ship going into the final game of the season.
You're opposed by another undefeated, nationally-ranked
team that is also one game from a conference championship and
happens to be your arch-rival.
You're Bo Schembechler or Woody Hayes. So how do
you prepare your team for the game?
"There isn't much you can do as a coach," former Mich-
igan Coach Benie Oosterbaan said the other day. "There
are some things you can do, but the situation pretty much
takes care of itself.
In his 11 year coaching career at Michigan (1948-58), Oos-
terbaan had his fair share of opportunities for getting his team
up for big -games against Ohio State. Five times in that period,
both teams went into the game to battle for the conference
Michigan won twice, Ohio State won twice, and there
was one tie. The Wolverines lost a chance to tie for another
conference championship in 1952, when they lost to Ohio
State, 27-7.
"Michigan and Ohio State has always been a terrific
struggle. It's been a real dog-eat-dog affair all along,"
Oosterbaan recalled, and the records bear him out.
Even when the Wolverinea nave won, the victories have not
come easily. There was, for example, Oosterbaan's first victory
over the Buckeyes in 1948. The Wolverines had already clinched
a tie for the conference championship with Northwestern, but
they had a perfecet 8-0 record and a top spot in the national
ranking riding on the game.
"They scorea first after we fumbled, and they made huge
chunks of yards early in the game," Oosterbaan said. "But we
tightened out belts and stopped them and we finally won, 13-3."
The following year, the Wolverines and Buckeyes played
to a 7-7 tie, but Michigan won the next game in the Snow
Bowl, 9-3.
Those were the years when the Wolverines wouldn't
stay in Columbus because the Buckeye fans used to make
too much noise at night. They were also the years that a
Big Ten team could go to the Rose Bowl once every three
And so the Wolverines, who were ranked second in 1947
and beat Southern Cal 49-0 in the Rose Bowl, won two cham-
pionships and tied for another in the next three years, but got
only one trip to Pasadena.
Things have changed a little since then. Now, a team only
has to wait one year to go to the Rose Bowl, and, though the
Buckeye fans don't seem to have toned down too much, the
Wolverines spend the night before the game in Columbus.
And Saturday, the Big Ten championship will be de-
cided in the season finale between Michigan and Ohio State
for the third year in a row. Despite all the drama of past
games, including those of '48, '49 and '50, it will be the first
time in history these two teams have battled for the cham-
pionship three years in succession.

A mild scare was in score for
the Bucks the next weekend
when they faced Duke, who then
possessed the nation's leading
passing attack. The Blue Devils
gave them all they could handle
in the first half, leading at in-
termission 3-0. It would have,
in fact, been 10-0, but a Duke
fumble at the OSU two yard
line killed a scoring drive.
In the second half, however,
it was all Ohio State, as the
Buckeyes scored three straight
touchdowns to win pulling away,
34-10. Brockington and Leo
Hayden proved too much for the
Blue Devils, and not even Hayes
could find fault with the per-
formance of the defense in the
second half.
Nor could he find fault with
the defense in the conference
opener, at 29-0 win over Michi-
gan State. While the offense
sputtered much of the after-
noon, the defense thoroughly
destroyed the Spartan offense,
setting up the first score and
constantly giving the attack
good field position.
After leading only 6-0 at the
half, the Buckeyes moved well
in the third and fourth periods.
Brockington and Maciejowski,
who came in when Kern proved
ineffective, each scored twice.
The big problem for the Bucks
was the passing game, as the
two quarterbacks combined for
only five completions in 18 at-
A recordrcrowd of 86677 show-
ed up for OSU's homecoming
the following'week, and watched
the Bucks rely on an impressive
first half in destroying Minne-
sota 28-8. Kern threw with con-
siderably more accuracy than in
the past, and Brockington had
his best day of the season with
187 yards.
But a new weakness appeared
to manifest itself as Gopher
quarterback Craig Curry con-
nected on 28 of 47 passes for
over 300 yards. Though the Min-
nesota running backs were held
to only 70 yards, Curry had all
day to throw, and his receivers
had little trouble getting open.
It was by far the least impres-
sive performance by the defense
at that point.
Illinois entertained the Buck-
eyes next, and for the first time
this season, Hayes found his
team in trouble late in the game.
The Illini, fired up after hear-
Four black players, including
two s t a r t e r s, were dismis-
sed Tuesday from the Okla-
homa State University basket-
ball team for "failure to re-
port to practice" -=apparent-
ly in connection with r a c i a
unrest at the campus during
the past week.
Coach Sam Aubrey said sen-
iors Bob Buck, John Robinson
and Jerry Retdo and sopho-
more Kenneth Jackson w e r e
dropped from te squad a f t e r
missing two practices.


14-Texas A & M
34-Michigan State


56-Texas A&M
29-Michigan State


0 10-Purdue

Today is the last day to sub-
mit staff basketball applica-
tions to maintain seating priori-
ties. Applications should be
turned in at the Ticket Office
at the corner of Hoover and
State streets.
again the next week, as the big
fullback carried the ball 42
times in a 24-10 victory over
Northwestern. It was the most
times a Buckeye back had car-
ried the'ball in one game, break-
ing the old mark of 38 set in
1943. Brockington's 161 yards
keyed the OSU attack, which
collected 21 of its 24 first downs
on the ground.
Kern completed but five pass-
es in the game, and. had three
intercepted, but stayed in the
game because of superior run-
ning. The defense gave up 118
yards to Northwestern's Mike
Adamle, but stiffened in the sec-
ond half to allow the Wildcats
only one first down. An impor-
'tant game for both teams, the
win virtually assured Ohio State
of a trip to the Rose Bowl.
Five intercepted passes blunt-
ed the passing attack, but again
Brockington proved equal to the
task as the Bucks fought off
Wisconsin 24-7. Scoring all three
touchdowns, the big fullback led
the ground game that netted
only 141 yards, its lowest output
of the year.
The defense came through
with another fine game, how-
ever, allowing just 191 yards,
and only 70 on the ground.
Keeping constant pressure on
the quarterback, it prevented
the Badgers from sustaining any
long drives, and greatly aided
the faltering offense.
Help from the defense was
needed the next weekend, too,
when the team traveled to Pur-
due. AnotherBrockington touch-
down gave the Buckeyes a short-
lived lead, but the score was
tied when Stan Brown returned
the ensuing kickoff 96 yards for
a touchdown.
The offense sputtered through
the rest of the game, and only
a 30 yard field goal with two
minutes left in the game kept
Ohio State's perfect record in-
tact. Hayes had high praise,
however, for the defense, which
held the Boilermakers to a mere
three first downs.


--Daly-Mol Noveck
Ohio State's Stan White (88)_brings down Purdue's Otis Armstrong (24)
Veteran defense to lead jeers-

Instead of opening t h e i r
schedule with a Western Col-
legiate Hockey Association lea-
gue game as they did last year,
the Wolverine icers open t h i s
year with a newly formed St.
Louis University squad.
The advantage of opening the
season with a non-conference
game is to allow freshmen, who
are eligible for varsity competi-
tion, to obtain needed game ex-
In last year's opener it was
obvious that the freshmen were
not ready for the fast pace of
WCHA action.
St. Louis has already begun its
season splitting two games with
Big Ten doormat Ohio State.
St. Louis was impressive for a
first year team.
Michigan's stronghold this'
season should be its veteran de-
fense led by junior Karl Bag-
nell in goal.Bagnell showed
signs of brilliance last year
but was often inconsistent. How-
ever experience g a i n e d by
Bagnell should make him a
more seasoned goaltender.
Protecting Bagnell is a group
of veterans. Tom Marra, the
only veteran defenseman 1 a s t
year, leads an offensive minded

fensive tandem while junior
"Punch" Cartier plays a 1on g
side sophomore Michel Jarry
who enjoyed a superb freshman
Cartier was effective Ila s t
year despite spending much of
his time in the penalty box.
Junior Jerry Lefebvre, 1 a s t
year's most improved player, re-
turns with Gary Connelly to
make up a third defensive unit.
Connelly sat out last season
with a broken leg, and his re-
turn will undoubtedly help the
defensive depth, a factor which
Michigan lacked last season.
Perhaps the biggest help to
Michigan's defense was the hir-
ing of one time Michigan de-
fenseman Phil Gross as assist-
ant coach. Gross, a three-year

letterman from 1966-69, will
help with recruiting as well as
work with the defense. , Head
Coach Al Renfrew mentioned
that Gross would immeasurably
help the team. "This will cer-
tainly allow us to do more
coaching," he added. "One man
alone can't do it all anymore."
Renfrew is not sure whether
he will use four lines or use the
traditional three. Presently he
has four separate offensive
The big question mark on the
team is how the third and
fourth lines will perform in
game competition. The first two
lines are veteran combinations.
Captain Paul Gamsby centers
the first line with speedy senior
Brian Slack on his left a n d

sophomore Mickey Shaw on his
The second line has high-
scoring Bernie Gagnon at cent-
er with senior Merle Falk and
sophomore Rick Mallette on the
Junior Bucky Straub is the
only members of the other lines
with accountable experience.
Freshman center ,Rene Des-
marais and right wing Roy
Ashworth join Straub on one
of the lines.
The fourth line is an all fresh-
man combination, with Rick
Jackson, Julian Nixon, and Bob
Speed has always been the
strength of the Wolverine of-
fense and Renfrew hopes this
year's freshman crop can con-
tinue adding this to the attack.

Frazier, Foster to battle tonight

Gridde Pickings

DETROIT ()-Bull-like Joe Frazier defends
his world heavyweight boxing championship
against lean and hungry Bob Foster here tonight
as an overwhelming 3-1 favorite and, win or lose,
he's already assured one distinction.
He becomes the first heavyweight champion in

seeking to go up in class, is promised 221/2 per
Frazier, a thick-shouldered big-thighed figure
who stands 5-11, is expected to go at around
205 pounds. Foster, a 6-3Y2 inch stringbean who
has increased his weight with special food sup-

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