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Saturday, November 21, 1970

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Nine

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MICHIGAN

OHIO STATE

(30)
(71)
(53)
(65)
(60)
(72)
(85)
(27)
(42)
(32)
(22)

Paul Staroba (195
Jack Harpring (229)
Guy Murdock (215)
Reggie McKenzie (225)
Tom Coyle (228)
Dan Dierdorf (240)
Paul Seymour (235)
Don Moorhead (200)
Billy Taylor (200)
Fritz Seyferth (202
Glenn Doughty (195)

SE
LG
C
LG
RG
RT
TE
QB
TB
FB
HB

(82)
(65)
(57)
(52)
(62)
(75)
(80)
(10)
(22)
(16)
(42)

Bruce Jankowski (188)
John Hicks (247)
Dick Kuhn (221)
Tom DeLeone (221)
Phil Strickland (225)
Dave Cheney (227)
Jan White (209)
Rex Kern (184)
Leo Hayden (214)
Larry Zelina (193)
John Brockington (200)

Defense

(91)
(99)
(39)
(82)
(90)
(33)
(70)
(14)
(21)
(35)
(23)

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)

LE
LT
MG
RT
RE
WLB
MLB
WOLF
DHB
DHB
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(70)
(68)
(67)
(87)
(88)
(63)
(32)
(28)
(26)
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Mark Debevc (220)
George Hasenohrl (248)
Jim Stillwagon (225)
Ralph Holloway (230)
Ken Luttner (209)
Stan White (222)
Doug Adams (214)
Jack Tatum (208)
Harry Howard (192)
Tim Anderson (200)
Mike Sensibaugh (182)

cN O R t US
SPORTS
NIGHT EDITORS: TERRI FOUCHEY and ELLIOT LEGOW

-Daily-Thomas R. Copi

Woody

-Daily-Thomas R. Copt

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By PAT ATKINS
Special To The Daily
COLUMBUS - What hap-
pens on the football field
this afternoon does not
teeter on the predetermined
statistics of efficient offens-
es, high ranking in the polls,
impenetrable defenses, or
even the noise of the crowd
- although all those help
compose the balance board.
For this game compares
to no other Michigan - Ohio
State game in the history of
the Big Ten -- two unde-
Beated teams meeting to set-
tle the conference champ-
ionship.
When the comparing is over
and the board balances, the un-
The Michigan-Ohio State game
begins at 1:15 and will be tele-
vised on WXYZ-TV, channel 7.
It will also be carried over radio
stations WWJ, 950 AM; WPAG,
1050 AM; WAAM, 1600 AM;
WUOM, 91.7 FM and WCBN, 650
AM.
knowables of fumbles, of in-
juries, of mental preparedness,
of game breaks, and the weath-
er (which promises to be clear),
will decide the winner.
Sure, Don Moorhead and his
receivers have gained more than
1000 yards and scored seven
touchdowns, whereas everyone
* knows Rex Kern has had his
troubles this year with 343
yards passing and two aerial
touchdowns to his credit in one
less game.
But Ohio State has rushed for
2519 yards in eight games to
Michigan's 2471 yards in nine.
"It's the little things that win
the big football games," Ohio
State Coach Woody Hayes said

in his post-practice press con-
ference yesterday. "That's why
I do things like take my play-
ers out of the dorms on nights
before important games. I've
done it on and off for years."
Michigan Coach Bo Schem-
bechler has said before that
Ohio State is not his biggest
worry. "I worry more about
what we do in terms of n o t
making the mistakes, of n o t
helping them. If we can avoid
the mistakes and play enthus-
iastic football, we'll be in the
game," Schembechler reported.
A difference exists, however,
in worrying about a team and
thinking about them, and now
that only one game remains,
neither Schembechler nor Hayes
denies that they've been obliv-
ious to the other's team until
this week.
What they've seen each other
mold, is, not surprisingly, two
fairly similar teams, since both
coaches prefer running to pass-
ing and steady defenses to
showy offenses.
The teams are one-two in total
Big Ten offense, Michigan aver-
aging 5.3 yards per play and
Ohio State 4.9. They're one-
two in rushing average as well,
the Buckeyes leading 4.8 to 4.7.
Where the difference lies this
season is in passing. Michigan
tops the Big Ten there, also, and
Ohio State is far behind. It is in
passing offense that Schem-
bechler places some of the
game's balance.
"Neither one of us has to rely
on the forward pass. Passing
could be extremely important in
this game. However, both of us
can do without it - except
when we meet each other."
Schembechler said.
With Kern bothered all sea-
son by a sore shoulder, H a y e s
has been forced to go to Ron
Maciejowski when he's needed
reliable passing. "Occasionally,
Kern slips one in there like he
used to. but he just doesn't have
the same release. It's obvious

-Daily-Thomas R. Copi
MIDDLE GUARD HENRY HILL (39) drops Ohio State's heralded fullback Jim Otis (35) during last season's 24-12 trouncing of the
Buckeyes. Otis, who is now playing with the New Orleans Saints, has just taken a handoff from quarterback Rex Kern (10) who will
be calling the signals for Ohio State again today. Other Wolverines ready to lend a hand are Pete Newell (82), Fred Grambau (92),
Marty Huff (70), Mike Taylor (33) and Mike Keller (90).

on this and that
Columbus, OhiO:
the night before.. .
eric siegel
COLUMBUS
Friday night. Ohio State versus Michigan. In Columbus.
High Street, the main drag that weaves the Ohio State
University campus with the bookstores, bars and small pharm-
acies and clothing stores that belong to the town, is bursting
at the seams.
People are everywhere, IR the streets, on the sidewalks, in
cars and on motorcycles, chanting and screaming. It's worse than
Colorado Avenue in Pasadena on New Year's Eve, when people
line both sides of the street to celebrate the New Year and wait
for the Rose Bowl Parade, and November 20 is not even a holiday.
and there is no parade scheduled for Saturday morning.
The cops are out in force, too, dozens of them, in cars and
on foot, but, for once, Ohio police are not trying to suppress or
enforce anything. If anything the flashing red (Ohio State)
and blue (Michigan) lights on their cars only add to the festive
air around the OSU campus.
Tonight's demonstration, to borrow a term from the politico,
is by far the largest and noisiest of the week, but it is not the
first. Wednesday night, reporters who had been spending the
week here wondering where all the kampus kolor they were sup-
posed to write about was, found out what Columbus is about
before a big football game.
Late that night, a spontaneous crowd of about 2000 students
gathered on the campus for a march, chanting slogans and
shouting for a Buckeye victory.
Wednesday's demonstration, and the overall excitement in
the dorms on campus, prompted OSU's Coach Woody Hayes to
move his players from the dorms to a local hotel two nights
before the game instead of one so they could get more sleep.
By Thursday, with the excitement for the game mounting,
whole sides of buildings were covered with sheets with painted
slogans about the game. Some of the wording on the signs--
though not the sentiment-even affected the prudent sen-
sitivity of the chauvenisic local police, who entered dorms and
told the residents to remove what they isaid were "objectionable"
signs.
Then Thursday night, Columbus exploded with student
sentiment for the first time since the anti-war demonstrations
this spring. Students who had been rational about the game in
the afternoon ("I think we might have a little more incentive
and I hope we win," was a typical comment, "but I'm not sure
we will,") were running along High Street with bugles, banners
and pots and pans, jumping into convertibles with their tops
down and a dozen people jammed into them in the 30-degree
night.
"Beat Michigan . ... Beat Michigan....... Go Bucks ....
Beat Michigan .... We don't give a damn for the whole state of
Michigan .... We're Number One .... We're Number One."
But even Thursday night was just the prelude. Today-24
hours before game time-the number one song in town is the
Ohio State fight song, and it's blaring from just about every
building that has electricity.
And today was Senior Tackle Day, the day when the Buck-
eye seniors go up and tackle a dummy to symbolize the final
day of their careers before the hootin', hollerin' Buckeye hero-
worshippers on the OSU campus.
That started the night. It's still early as far as the eve of
the Michigan-OSU contests go. Everyone's already gotten
tanked up on their 3.2 beer and has yelled and shouted every
possible variation of the Go-Bucks-Beat Michigan slogan, but
from the looks of things now, they'ie nowhere near ready to
stop.
In fact, the OSU student government and Columbus city
and police officials expect the celebrating to go on through
Saturday night. They've arranged to block off a large chunk of
High Street after the game for a block party victory celebration,
and local barowners have stocked extra barrels of beer.
Everyone is looking to avoid a recurrence of situations here
two years ago after the suner sohs of '85 whinned Purdue 13-0

from the films," Hayes explain-
ed.
As a consequence, Hayes has
had to depend more heavily on
the belly offense than Michigan
has. "We like to give the ball to
the fullback and to do that you
need the belly," Hayes said.
'The play makes the back and
we'vehad consistently g o o d
fullbacks. We're going to stick
with it."
Buckeye fullback John Brock-
ington, with 15 touchdowns
and 963 yards rushing this sea-
son, is heads above the efforts
of the numerous Wolverines
who've played at that position
- Fritz Seyferth, Bill Taylor,
and Lance Scheffler.
The most potent scorer f o r
Michiganhas been, not Taylor
the fullback, but Taylor the
tailback. From his preferred posi-
tion, Taylor has crossed the
goal line 10 times and he's trav-
eled altogether 880 net yards
with the pigskin.
Despite Kern's nagging i n -
jury, Hayes will be starting his
captain quarterback today. The
other wounded Buckeye, L a r r y
Zelina, will not likely start, but
will be available on the side-
line.
Schembechler remains s t i11
wary of Ohio State's passing
attack. "I have great respect for
both Kern and Maciejowski," he
said. "I'll tell you this, though,
we'll start Moorhead."
Though Moorhead ranks be-
low three other quarterbacks in
Big Ten statistics, he has be-
come the Wolverines' most ir-

replaceable player. "Moorhead is
the most effective quarterback
we've faced," Hayes noted.
Neither flashiness, nor size, nor
stamina, but efficiency and ef-
fectiveness have been the trade-
mark of both Moorhead and the
Michigan offense.
That could be said equally of
Ohio State's rushing offense.
although Hayes looks to the
specialty teams in this game as
factors. "We worked on our
kicking game in particular this
week because that's very impor-
tant now this late in the season,"
he said.

"Our offense is better than
last year. They had a perfect
first half against Minnesota"
Hayes added. "Our defense has
been superb." When the offense
has been unable to move for
either Michigan of OSU, it has
been the defense that kept them
both undefeated.
Middle guards, Jim Stillwag-
on of Ohio State and Henry
Hill of Michigan are rated the
best in the Big Ten.
"I would say we use a little
more slant on defense than
Ohio State," Schembechler ex-
plained. "They're a little more

even and use the wolf in the
pass rotation less."
With linebacking and second-
ary speed equal to Michigan,
Ohio State will make it diffi-
cult for the Wolverines to run
wide as they're used to doing.
"We haven't played a team
the caliber of Ohio State,"
Schembechler said, "and they
haven't played a team the cali-
ber of us."
This afternoon, on national
television, the teeter-totter com-
paring of two top-caliber teams
will come to rest with only one
team up.

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