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Saturday, September 28, 1974



Saturday, September 28, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY. Page Seven

Bo Schembechler's appraisal
of every Wolverine football
game reads like a form letter,
no matter who poses the oppo-
sition. Phrases such as "We're
going to have to play an out-
standing game to defeat - -'
and "They have a lot of real
good football players", constant-
ly creep into the conversation.
The uninitiated listener gets
the impression each week
threatens the end of Michigan's
30 home game home unbeaten
The Average fan eventually
learns to ignore Bo's platitudes
and troop to the stadium pre-
pared for another Maize and
Blue demolition show.
THE PHRASES remain the
same, but atmosphere differs
this time around. Owners of a
stunning upset over Penn State
last Saturday, Navy arrives
with high morale.
Michigan must also respect
the Middies talent, deftly dis-
played in their 7-6 victory. The
loss marked Penn State's first
regular season defeat since 1972,

a special pleasure for the light-
ly regarded Midshipmen.
Navy's high morale and 2-0
record may not intimidate the
Michigan machine, but Wolver-
ine followers don't expect a
slaughter like the one they an-
ticipated but didn't get last
Michigan a prohibitive favor-
ite walked into last year's
game with the Midshipmen, and
limped out with a 14-0 victory
that was not clinched until the
final second.
The swarming Navy defense
harrassed Dennis Franklin all
afternoon, sacking him six
times. Franklin threw no com-
pletions in but three attempts,
and was finally forced from
the game with a broken finger.
Though they scored no points
by their efforts, the Navy of-
fense also made its presence
known. Senior quarterback Al
Glenny completed fifteen pass-
es for 173 yards, and would
have added to both totals had
not his receivers dropped sev-
eral passes.
NAVY'S performance in that
game prompted Schembechler




healthy for the first
year, which should
very potent attack.

time this
mean a

to ruefully remark, "That was
the worst coaching job I've
ever done."
So, a difficult job faces the
Wolverine gridders this after-
noon. But before one falls for
Bo's sob story, one should con-s
sider that this year's Michigan
team passesses some talent of
its own.
The Wolverine attack posses-
ses more balance than any of
Bo's previous editions. The
ground attack can go inside or
outside with equal ability, and
Franklin can throw the ball,
as any Colorado partisan will
tell you.
The aerial attack moved
Michigan on crucial third
downs against the Buffaloes,
with Jim Smith and Greg Den-
Boer earning every word of
their coaches' praise for their
clutch catches. What is more,
the entire offensive backfield is

NAVY COACH George Welch
is well aware of the danger he
faces from Franklin. "The,
thing that makes Michigan
tough is Franklin because he
can both run and pass."
If the offensive line were in
the same shape as the back-
field, not even Schembechler
could find cause for worry. But
the blockers incurred Bo's dis-
pleasure by their perform-1
ances to date.
As Schembechler puts it, "I'm
not pleased with our guard and
tackle play so far. We just
haven't been getting the play
we're needing from them."
If the line comes through,
Michigan should be able to
move the ball against a Navy
defense that yielded 28 points
to Virginia, and bent, but did
not break, against Penn State.j
the Blue defense with an in-
teresting challenge. The Middies
have some excellent people at
the skill positions. Cleveland
Cooper leads the assault. The
senior halfback holds all the
Naval Academy's career rush-

ing records. Joining him in the
backfield is fullback Bob Jack-
son, whom Bo regards very
Wide receivers Ike Owens, a
speed merchant, and Robin
Ameen will test the Michigan
secondary, if quarterback Phil
Poirier chooses to pass.
Navy's offensive problems re-
side in the middle of their line,
which gives away twenty-five
pounds per man to its Michigan
defensive counterparts. But
Schembechler feels the Middies'
quickness cancels out their lack
of size.
The biggest problem facing
Michigan defense may be in-
juries, as two starters will miss
action. Defensive end Larry
Johnson will sit out this game
with a knee injury, and his spot
will be taken by Larry Banks.
Linebacker Carl Russ will see
limited action, but his replace-
ment,, Calvin O'Neal, made
seven solo tackles and three
assists against Colorado.
Last year's game with Navy
showed the Michigan team the
consequences of taking an op-
ponent too lightly. The fate of
Penn State last Saturday re-
inforced the lesson. The team
has been warned - they will
not forget.




Jim Smith (200)
Steve King (245)
Kirk Lewis (240)
Dennis Franks (225)
Dave Metz (235)
Pat Tumpane (240)
Greg DenBoer (233)
Dennis Franklin (180)
Chuck Heater (210)
Rob Lytle (190)
Gil Chapman (180)
Dan Jilek (205)
Jeff Perlinger (235)
Tim Davis (210)
Greg Morton (230)
Larry Banks (210)
Steve Strinko (235)
Calvin O'Neal (222)
Don Dufek (195)
Dave Elliot (170)
Harry Banks (185)
Dave Brown (188)

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Isaiah Owens (189)
Randall Seaward (228)
Clift Collier (213)
Gary Reed (210)
Bill Driscoll (214)
Richard Feckler (240)
Jim Woolley (225)
Phil Poirier (184)
Bob Jackson (231)
Cleveland Cooper (187)
Robin Ameen (160)
Tim Hardin (208)
Dave Papak (234)
Jeff Hoobler (228)
George Markulis (226)
Mark Thorpe (201)
Tom Gardner (203)
Andy Bushak (235)
Chet Moeller (188)
Ed Jeter (185)j
Leonard Mokan (181)i
Gene Ford (181)


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Daily Photo by KEN FINK
MIDDIES Dan Driscoll (58) and Tim Harden (84) watch
in fascination as Navy's tacklers bring down Michigan's
Gordie Bell (5). Driscoll graduated last year from the Naval
Academy so the Wolverines do not have to worry about
his tackling abilities this afternoon; but left end Harden will
be on hand to try and stop the Michigan offense. The Wolver-
ines defeated Navy 14-0 in a tough battle last year. Michigan
is hoping that Navy does not pull the same trick as the
Academy did against Penn State last week - defeating the
Nittany Lions 7-6.

For the first time in a long
time, the Big Ten will take to
the gridiron on a Saturday after-
noon with a winning reputation
to maintain. After handling
their opponents admirably last
week, the Big Ten can boast
about two teams in the Top
Ten (Ohio State and Michigan),
two more in the Top Twenty
(Wisconsin and Illinois), and
another receiving honorable
mention (Michigan State).
Michigan State, trying to chal-
lenge the Wolverines' reputation
as the premier team in the

State, faces a tough contest asi
they battle UCLA on the Coast.
Coach Denny Stolz is doing a
creditable job in bringing
around the football program in
East Lansing.
The Spartans have won their
first two games quite hand-
ily, as the defense has allowed
the opponents to cross the
goal line just once. Mean -
while, the offense has averag-
ed thirty points per game.
However, UCLA is no patsy,
and State needs this win to
make believers out of the
many skeptics that still re-


The fact that UCLA was hu-
miliated by losing to lowly Iowa,
will make the task an even
tougher one. The loss knocked
the Bruins, the Pacific 8's only
hope to dethrone USC, out of
the Top Twenty. A victory over
MSU would help to drown out
the bad feelings that remain as
a result of the Iowa game. The
contest is rated a toss-up.
In other games, Southern
Methodist travels to Columbus, ,
Ohio to try to tame the num-
ber-one rated Buckeyes.
Last week Woody revealed
another weapon to strike terror
in the hearts of opponents:
Archie Griffin's brother, fresh-
man Ray Griffin, who merely
scored two touchdowns against!
Oregon State.
Purdue, coming off a dis-
appointing tie with Miami of.
Ohio, travels to South Bend to
clash with the second ranked
team in the nation, Notre Dame.
I, J!

passed for 242 yards last week.
Speaking of Nebraska, now
ranked number 10, they will
have a chance to get back at
another Big Ten team, as the
Huskers face Northwestern.
The Wildcats couldn't hold
down Notre Dame last week,
and will need to be at their
best for the Cornhuskers.
Another team that has jumped
into national prominence, is the
sixteenth rated Fighting illini
of Illinois. They lambasted high-
ly regarded Stanford last week,
41-7, as Mike Gow intercepted
four passes. This week Illinois
hosts the Washington State
Cougars on regional TV, who de-
feated Idaho last week, 17-10.
The other two games involv-
ing Big Ten teams feature Min-
nesota and Indiana, face Texas
Christian and Kentucky, respec-

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Southern California, reeling
from a 22-7 thrashing at the
hands of the Arkansas Razor-j
backs two weeks ago, will try to
make amends today as they
travel to meet the undefeated
Pittsburgh Panthers.
The eighth-ranked Panthers
are currently riding on a twoI
game winning streak, enjoying
a prosperous return to big time
football under head coach
Johnny Majors. The intersec-
tional tilt features two of theG
finest college running backs in
the nation-Pitt's sterling soph-
omore All-American Tony Dor-
sett and Southern Cal's Anthony
"AD" Davis.
COACH John McKay's Tro-
jans are trying to pick up the

pieces after the crushing open-
ing game loss to the unheralded
This year's edition of the Car-
dinal and Gold was supposed to
have been one of Southern Cal's
finest, with such talent as Davis,
quarterback Pat Haden, whom
McKay has called the best
passer he has even seen, ex-
perienced receivers such as
tight end Jim O'Bradovich and
split end Johnny McKay, and
All-American linebacker Rich-
ard (Batman) Wood.
But Southern Cal's only touch-.
down against Arkansas came
from a 106 yard kickoff return
by Davis. It was the first time
the Trojan offense hadn't scored
since the 1967 championship
team was shut out 3-0 by Ore-

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gon. offensive line.
Haden failed McKay's praise In other big games around the
by having his worst night in country, sixth ranked Texas
football, throwing four intercep- travels to Lubbock to meet up-
tions and completing only six of set minded Texas Tech. The
18 passes for 54 yards. Longhorns trounced Wyoming
The offense as a whole gained convincingly last week and are
only a paltry 213 yards while looking for a repeat perform-
the defense gave up 262 on the ance today.
ground. Powerful Oklahoma entertains
PITTSBURGH IS ready and undefeated Utah State at Nor-
waiting for the Trojans, know- man where the Sooners hope
ing a victory over Southern Cal to extend their winning streak
would serve further notice that to eighteen games. Alabama and
the Panthers are no longer the Vanderbilt face each other in
doormat of college football. opening their SEC football cam-
Johnny Majors has made re- paign.
markable progress in just two ,
years at Pitt, as he led the ::
Panthers to the Fiesta Bowl BT.
last season.
Dorsett, nicknamed TD by his Sta i
loyal fans, gained 1568 yards
last season as a freshman and
has showed no signs of slowing Conference Games
down this year. In the Panthers' W L
opener against New Mexico, TD MICHIGAN 1 0
rambled for 81 yards, his Ohio State 1 0
"worst" performance as a col- Michigan State 1 0
legiate. Wisconsin 1 0
THE WEAK spot in the Pitts- Illinois 1 0
burgh armor appears to be in Purdue 0 1
the defensive line where they Iowa 0 1
have a genuine All-American Indiana 0 1
candidate in middle guard Gary Minnesota 0 1
Burley. However, inexperience Northwestern 0 1
flanks him at end and tackle.T
The linebacking is relatively N Today Games
strong, as well as the secondary. Navy at MICHIGAN
Southern California hopes to So. Methodist at Ohio St.
rebound strongly against Pitt. Purdue at Notre Dame
The Trojans just have too much Penn St. at Iowa
talent to be as bad as they were Texas Christian at Minnesota
against Arkansas. Wisconsin at Colorado
THE PANTHERS' inexperi- Indiana at Kentucky
enced defensive line will be in Michigan St. at UCLA
for their toughest battle yet Northwestern at Nebraska
against Southern Cal's veteran Washington St. at Illinois
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Aspro axed
Manager Phil Seghi of the
Cleveland Indians said last
night Ken Aspromonte's con-
tract as manager will not be
renewed and Aspromonte
will not be with the baseball
team next year.
The Fighting Irish, fresh off a
49-3 undoing of Northwestern,
should keep on the tails of Ohio
State in the polls by defeating
the Boilermakers.
One team to feel sorry for
this week is the Iowa Hawk-
eyes. They must face Penn
State, who lost to Navy last
week in what had to be the
biggest upset so far this year.
Facing teams of Penn State's
caliber is nothing new toIowa,
however. Already they've had
to face Michigan and UCLA, and
only the most loyal Iowa fan
would have predicted that the
Hawkeyes would be 1-1 after the
first two games. Quarterback
Rob Fick will have to be in top
form in order to give Iowa a
chance against Penn State.
Another Big Ten teamkwith a
powerhouse in the making is
the Wisconsin Badgers. They
face the Colorado Buffaloes, who
have been humiliated on succes-
sive weekends by Louisiana
State and Michigan. The Bad-
gers jumped to eleventh in the
polls as they surprised Nebraska
last week. They boast a fine
passer in QB Gregg Bohlig, who

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