w Thursday, November 19, 1970
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thu rsdoy, November 19, 1970 THE MICHiGAN DAILY Page Nrn~
IT BEGAN last April, Columbus' affair with signs, at the open-
ing of spring football practice. Ohio State Coach Woody
Hayes ceremoniously placed a large mat directly across the
entrance leading from the Buckeye locker room.
The mat was not one of welcome either, with bold letters
Buckeye players were left to their imaginations in de-
vising appropriate symbols for the blanks, and their imagi-
nations have had eight more months to dream up fantasies.
Sd, as a matter of course, have the Buckeye fans. Unlike the
players, however, the residents of Columbus have been much
more explicit-even 'to the point of being arrested for dirty
bumper stickers - in their expressions of loyalty and enthus-
The city is flowing with buttons, bumper stickers, and
signs. The mayor has issued a proclamation and a bank has
donated billboard space (see picture, front page) so that Ohio
State boosters can more readily rally behind the team.
When remodeling of the Huntington National Bank
was begun weeks ago, a fence was erected around the con-
struction site. From that a space for a billboard was creat-
ed 50 feet wide by 71 feet high.
"We wanted to use the space for promoting civic ac-
tivities," assistant public relations director Martha Babing-
* ton explained, "and with the upcoming Ohio-Michigan
game, we thought that was a good place to begin."
A program was established whereby fans could phone
in graffiti-style slogans, with the most original being posted
on the giant board located in downtown Columbus.
After the game this Saturday, the slogans will be removed
and the space used for another civic project. "Or we may
blanket it with roses," responded assistant director Babington,
"and leave it up 'till January."
The slogans will not be destroyed in any case until after
bank president Edward Huwalt paints the game score in a
reserved spot smack in the center of the billboard. His ac-
tion, incidently, is not dependent on who loses the game.
Elsewhere in the city weeks ago, Ohio State students were
j discussing with Columbus Mayor Maynard Sensenbrenner the
possibilities for a mayoral proclamation. Mayor Sensenbrenner
was more than willing, he himself being an avid Buckeye fan.
Outlining the basis of his BEAT MICHIGAN WEEK,
the mayor explained, "It is a proclamation which says
that it is mandatory to the health and welfare of the good
citizens of the city of Columbus and the state of Ohio,
and the students of Ohio State University that Ohio State
As a response to Mayor Sensenbrenner, Ann Arbor's Mayor
Robert J. Harris came out with his version of the campaign
statement. "I, Robert J. Harris, mayor of the city of Ann
Arbor hereby declare this week GOODBY COLUMBUS WEEK
and express regrets to all citizens of Ohio for what is about to
happen on the football field this Saturday."
Senator Robert Griffin of Michigan and Senator William
Saxbe of Ohio wagered a Coho Salmon to a bushel of buck-
eyes and a bottle of Scotch whiskey on the game's outcome.
Mayor Sensenbrenner may have to plant a tree in Ann
The principles in the contest also have some views on
all the ruckus.
Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler drawled out dryly,
"Ain't no bumper stickers ever won a football game." He didn't
think mats were very effective either. "Why should they help?
Because your feet are cleaner or what?"
Making sure that no one received a false impression, he was
quick to add with a chuckle, "We do some of those same things
too. But you can bet we won't have any signs posted with
last year's score on it."
And what about Hayes?
Two days ago, in a dramatic gesture, Woody had at-
tendents roll up the scoreboard mat and quietly carry it
inside his off-limits locker room.
NEW YORK (/)--Johnny Bench
of the Cincinnati Reds, the 22-
year-old slugging king of the
major leagues, added another
crown yesterday, when he became
the youngest player ever to w~in a
Most Valuable Player Award.
Bench, led the majors in home
runs with 45 and runs batted in
Swith 148 while leading the Reds; sf
to the National League pennant.
The young, strong catcher re-
ceived 22 of the 24 first-place
votes and a total of 326 points.
Billy Williams of the Chicago Cubs
was second with the other two
first-place votes and 218 points.
Bench is only the second player
in the 40-year ,history of MVP
balloting to win the award at the
age of 22. Stan Musial was 22
when he won in 1943.
GO BLU R
Be o Winner
By BILL ALTERMAN
Officially they are called the
Ohio State Buckeyes.
For the last three years,
however, the appelations ap-
pearing were more like:
"The best college team in the
"The college team of the
"The greatest team in the his-
tory of football;"
And on and on and on, until
last November when Michigan
gave the storybook an unhappy
Nevertheless, OSU is one of
the finest teams in the country
this year, and although they
have been in some close games,
they remain unbeaten and un-
What prompted much of the
sensationalism was the fabled
Buckeye class of 1968. Much
has been written about this
group and 13 of them are start-
ers this year. Two 'years ago
they were youthful and inex-
perienced, but they whirled
through their schedule unde-
feated. To their credit were
triumphs over Purdue, which
had been ranked number one,
Michigan, and USC in the Rose
Bowl. The Buckeyes were on top
of the world and it appeared
that so long as those sophomores
were in Columbus, Ohio State
would stay that way.
Last year, every major pre-
season poll (except Playboy's)
put them at the topof thealist.
They were looked upon as a
true dynasty which could only
be stopped by graduation.
For the first eight games they
lived up to their reputation.
Every game was a runaway with
27 points being their smallest
margin of victory. Week after
week the polls gave them almost
every first place vote. Woody
Hayes was heard to grumble
about the no-repeat rule keep-
ing them out of the Rose Bowl.
Some people began comparing
them to the Minnesota Vikings.
Then BAM! They were mur-
dered in Ann Arbor.
Nonetheless, at the beginning
of this year the consensus was
Ann Arbor was a fluke and the
Buckeye Machine w o u I d once
again roll through their oppo-
Through the first half of the
season OSU was indeed ranked
number one. Except for a few
early games however, Ohio State
has had to struggle to emerge
victorious, and they currently
rank fifth, one notch behind
Michigan in the AP poll.
Yet those long ago sopho-
mores are still there and their
capability, if not their football
fortunes, remain undiminished.
The two most heralded names
have been Rex Kern and Jack
Tatum. In his first two years
the six-footh184 p o un d Kern
garnered 3,091 total yards to set
an OSU career total offense
record. A rollout quarterback, he
is known more for his ball-
handling and running ability
than his passing. This year has
been a rough one, though, for
Kern, who has been playing
with a bruised shoulder. Hayes
frequently has gone to Kern's
backup man, Ron Maciejowski,
when the Buckeye offense has
Cornerback Tatum is reputed
to be the best athlete in college
football today. A fullback in
high school, Hayes moved him
to cornerback. The 208 pound
senior madea reputation for
himself there on Oct. 12, 1968
when, playing up close, he stop-
ped Purdue's Leroy Keyes to 19
yards in seven carries.
It is no secret that coaches,
including Michigan's Bo Schem-
bechler, deliberately run to the
short side of the field in order
to avoid Tatum. Last year Ta-
tum, along with returning mid-
dle guard Jim Stillwagon were
unanimous All - American
Another senior who has start-
ed for three years in a row is
linebacker Doug Adams. Adams
usually plays the wide side of
the field while junior Stan
White works on the short side.
On the line both Stillwagon
and open side end Mark Debevc
have been regulars for three
years. Junior Ken Luttner plays
the other defensive end slot.
It is the defense thatrhas had
to carry the burden for Woody
Hayes. Time and a g a i n they
have had to stop the opposition
in the second half in order to
let Ohio State squeak by. Last
week was indicative of their sea-
son long performance. Allowing
Purdue a total of only three
first downs, the defense 'four
times rose up and stopped the
Boilermakers d e e p in Buckeye
territory. The offense finally
moved in for a field goal and
Hayes was the proud owner of a
Only against a fired-up Illi-
nois team, when they allowed
29 points, was the defense cause
Twice, against Illinois and
Northwestern, they have trailed
at the half. Purdue was 7-7 at
the half and OSU held razor
thin margins against Duke and
Wisconsin going into the final
30 minutes, 6-3 and 10-7 respec-
tively. Each time the offense
finally got it moving in the sec-
ond half to pull it out. Indeed,
in third quarter action, the
Buckeyes have outscored the
More often than not, the
Buckeye resurgence is led by
senior fullback John Brocking-
ton. Last year the 220 pound
fullback had the misfortune to
start behind All-American Jim
Otis. This, however, has been
Brockington's year to shine,
s c o r i n g 15 touchdowns and
gaining 963 yards on the ground.
With Brockington the big man,
OSU ranks third nationally in
A sore-shouldered Kern, third
in the Heisman Trophy ballot-
ing a year ago, is not the out-
standing quarterback he was
the last two years. His rushing
yardage is down and his passing
is near the bottom in the Big
Maciejowski has been alter-
nating with Kern for much of
Rex Kern (10) seeks daylight amidst Boilermakers
the year, last week playing the
entire fourth quarter. Though
not as good a runner as Kern,
"Mace" is considered thebetter
passer. Even he has had his
troubles, however, as against
Wisconsin when the Badgers
picked off four of his passes.
Others in the all-senior back-
field are wingback Larry Zelina
and halfback Leo Hayden. Hay-
den is used mostly as a blocker
while Zelina is equally adept at
running or receiving. In his
sophomore year he averaged a
phenomenal 8.7 yards per carry
and hauled down 15 passes.
Against Purdue last weet he
suffered a p u 11 e d hamstring
muscle and may not be ready to
play against Michigan. If Zelina
is unable to play, junior Tom
Campana will get the starting
Seniors Bruce Jankowski and
Jan White are OSU's talented
ends. Jankowski, the split end,
has led the Buckeyes in receiv-
ing the past two years, hauling
in 31 in 1968 and 23 last year.
This season he has pulled in ten
including a crucial 52 yarder
setting up the Buckeyes' win-
ning field goal against the Boil-
White, too, has started for
the last three seasons. The 212
pound tight end also had 123
receptions last year with five
touchdown catches to his credit.
It is on the offensive line OSU
has had the most trouble. The
only players back in their orig-
inal positions from last year are
junior center Tom De Leone
and senior tackle Dave Cheney.
At guard Hayes has had to do
a bit of reshuffling.: Phil Strick-
land, who played linebacker last
year was shifted to guard when
that spot needed filling earlier
in the year. The other guard,
Dick Kuhn is also a transplant.
For two years he was the back-
up end. The -two seniors have
only been playing together since
Along with Cheney, Woody
has 240 pound sophomore Jim
Hicks at the tackle spot.
And last but not least, The
Coach-Wayne Woodrow Hayes.
In his 20 years he has com-
piled a 133-42-7 record with
three national and six Big Ten
championships to his credit. He
is also supposed to be the
roughest coach in the game.
Indeed, reports out of Colum-
bus-which everyone, including
the players have denied-have
it that many are fed up with
football there. It has also been
suggested that some of those
talented seniors have just got-
ten sick of playing for Hayes,
which ,might account for their
less than super showing this
Regardless of what the play-
ers think of him though, he has
one attribute that no one can
deny, an ability to win football
games. Centered around his
"Three yards and a cloud of
dust" philosophy, his teams have
a way of coming through in the
clutch. Of course, the coach has
a habit of doing a little extra
to make sure they do-like put-
ting a mat in front of the locker
room door with a certain 24-12
score on it.
REX KERN, Ohio State quarterback is on his way down, where
he spent a good portion of last year's 24-12 upset by Michigan.
Kern, who is now sharing the quarterbacking duties with Ron
Maciejowski, can expect to once again be visited this Saturday
by Wolverines Mike Keller (90), Tom Darden (35), and their
playmates. He does not have to worry about Cecil Pryor (55),
however, who graduated.
Plus an outstanding
cast of stars in...
"SWING OUT SWEET LAND"
Duke does his first
TV special for the
King of Beers...
and that is special!
Duke does his first
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