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Page Eight


Sunday, October 13, 1974

Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Sunday, October 13, 1 974

Denny Stolz stood in the visitors locker
room facing an unpleasant, but unavoid-
able task: trying to explain away the
;<..Spartan's fifth straight loss to Michi-
To the inevitable "What happened?"
he responded, "You saw the game, you
must know what happened out there."
IF STOLZ' personality were different,
it would be easy to sympathize with the
fr* youthful Michigan State mentor. Once
" again, his team has failed to achieve
the primary goal of any MSU season-a
victory over the hated Wolverines.
But waste no tears on Denny Stolz.
Yesterday's 21-7 Michigan victory was
"A_ handed to the Wolverines by State's own
Michigan's second touchdown came
when the MSU punting game broke
down, leaving punter Tom Birney alone
near the end zone to face the wrath of
Dan Jilek. And Michigan's final points
came when Jim Smith slipped past the
Spartan secondary to grab a 44-yard TD
toss as the first half expired.
Stolz was very defensive when ques-
tioned about that pass. "We were play-
ing the right defense, but we just didn't
Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN execute it right," he claimed.
MICHIGAN DEFENSIVE END Dan Jilek slams into State's Tom Bierney after the Spartan punter let a low snap bounce THIS BRINGS to mind an interesting
past him. Moments later Jilek fell on the loose ball in the end zone to put Michigan ahead, 14-0. The fumble was one of a series point. Coaches usually take great pains to
of costly mistakes by Michigan State. insure that their defensive backs execute

the prevent defense perfectly. One has to
question the coaching when a breakdown
of that magnitude occurs.
One could also question the quality
of coaching that went into the Spartan
offensive unit. That bunch came through
with enough fumbles (four lost) intercep-
tions (two) and missed blocking assign-
ments (innumerable) to offset any
chance State might have had to parlay
Michigan's lackluster offensive perform-
ance into an upset.
You can say what you will about Bo
Schembechler's conservative offensive
philosophy, but his teams usually do
not make mistakes. Michigan State
teams do, and often at the worst pos-
sible moment.
BUT STOLZ didn't seem to care. "We
run an option offense, and you've got to
expect some fumbles running the op-
And on Michigan's four fumbles (two
lost): "We expected them to fumble.
This is the first time they've been hit all
To hear Stolz tell it, the game was a
moral victory for his team. "Our guys
weren't pushed around out there. Does
anybody in this locker room really look
down?" (No Spartan players were cry-
And in response to a question about



Burt Smith and last November's Rose
Bowl vote: "That's all television talk. ;Do
you think their middle guard on a fourth
and one play remembered the Rase
Bowl Vote?"
To which middle guard Tim Davis r'-
sponded, "We weren't really concerned
about that, we just wanted to go out'
and beat them. But we were conscious
of the vote in the back of our minds. We
thought of a lot of things; this was a
big game, and Stolz said he could beat
STOLZ HAS MUCH to be concerned
about in the weeks ahead. There is a
good chance State could finish with an-
other losing season.
Michigan's unheralded freshman class
appears to be just as good as MSU's
highly touted bunch. And the fine poten-
tial of Stolz' players is being wasted by
their inability to play good fundamental
football. Those impatient Spartan alumni
cannot be held off much longer.
As the MSU players left the locker
room for the bus ride home, they passed
a sign that listed the scores of the last
f~",r Michigan-Michigan State games.
Under 1974 was a question mark.
That question mark can now be re-
placed by the numerals 21-7. No amount
of explaining by Denny Stolz can make
that score go dway.

George Hastings wu


Expert claims . . .

. ..'I' coaching poor M

A very unusual utterance was heard in the Michigan press
room yesterday after the 21-7 Wolverine victory over Michigan
"That was bad coaching for Michigan in the second half,"
the voice said.
Who had dared to offer such a suggestion to Bo Schembech-1
ler, one of the most successful college football coaches ever?1
Had Denny Stolz gone beserk from frustration and journeyedi
across the hall to insult his chief tormentor? Had a foolish young'
sportswriter ventured to test the Schembechler temper?
No, it was Bo himself speaking the sacreligious syllables, and
his criticism of his own performance reflected the less-than-1
satisfying Michigan performance out on the gridiron.
Schembechler referred, of course, to the sorry show put on
by his offensive platoon in the final two periods. It was his faulty3
playcalling that was behind it, he claimed.1
"I did a real sloppy job out there in the second half," Bo
admitted. "We shoulda run right at 'em-I didn't let our
offense run at them enough."
Indeed, the second half Michigan offense did not seem to be
inspired by genius. The Wolverines gained a mere 101 yards
in the thirty plays they ran. They registered only four first
downs, and did not get their first one until well into the fourth
quarter. And, of course, they failed to even come close to scoring.1
Bo insisted on taking all the responsibility. "I don't blame
the kids," he emphasized. "I blame myself. We got a 21-0 lead
and then weatried to get a little too fancy. When you get a little
older like I am, I guess you get a little frivolous."

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From Wire Service Reports
COLUMBUS - Top-rankedj
Ohio State, stung by an early
Wisconsin touchdown, stormed
back behind the running and
passing of quarterback Cornelius
Greene and three pass inter-
ceptions by safety Bruce Ruhl
for a 52-7 victory over the;
11th-ranked Badgers yesterday.
Greene, who carried 16 times
for 146yards, scored onruns
of 11 and six yards and hit;
five of seven passes for 81I
yards, including a six-yard
touchdown toss to wingback
Brian Baschnagel.
All-American Archie Griffin
had his 16th straight 100-yardj
rushing game, getting 110j
yards in 18 carries and scor-
ing the first Buckeyes' touch-
down on a nine-yard run.
Wisconsin coach John Jardine
called Ohio State the best team
he's seen in his five years as
a Big Ten football coach.
"Since I've been in the Big

i S portF
game, "this is the bes
we've played.
"Their offense is mor
tile than last year," he
A record Ohio Stadium
of 87,717 witnessed the g
* * *
Hoosiers harass

ing passes and Dan Beaver
kicked two field goals to lead
Illinois to a 27-23 Big Ten vic-
tory over Purdue.
The Illini, 2-0 in the confer-
ence and 4-1 overall, never
trailed. But they couldn't clinch
the game until their defenders
broke up a Mark Vitali pass in
the Illinois end zone with 3:05
left to play.
t team
r Hawkeyes humble
e versa-1
added. IOWA CITY - Iowa struck for
n crowd two touchdowns in less than a
ame. minute late in the first quarter,
and linebacker Dan LaFleur
recovered a fumble in the end
zone in the third period to lift
the Hawkeyes to a 35-10 victory
homore over Northwestern yesterday-
led for their first Big Ten win since
hdowns, 1972.
caught Iowa's 35 tallies were also the
from most points scored by a Hawk-
es yes- eye team since 1970.
a to a! Iowa is now 2-3 overall and
victory 1-1 in the Big Ten, while the
ta. Wildcats dropped to 1-4 and 0-2.
diana's -- -
r, and
at 1-1.
quarter, Texas
s made Hy The Associated Press
ll. Mm- Three of the nation's top-
ndiana's ranked teamsnarrowly averted fi
but nev- disaster and three others were tc
ber. not as lucky yesterday in col- v
Stallylege football action that sawi
d quar- the second, third and ninth o
goal by ranked teams pull out last-min-
ute victories. d


Courtney Snyder ramb
160 yards and two touch
and junior Trent Smock
two touchdown passes
quarterback Terry Jon
terday, leading Indiana
34-3 Big Ten football
over punchless Minnesot
The victory ended Ind
11-game losing string,
ing their longest ever
evened the Hoosiers'c
ence record this year
Indiana now is 1-4 ove

MICHIGAN STATE QUARTERBACK Charlie Baggett eaves Michigan's Rick Koschalk behind
as he heads downfield. Baggett's scrambling n etted the Spartans theIr lone touchdown when
he completed a 15-yard pass to tight end Mik e Cobb after eluding a series of Wolverine de-
fenders. It wasn't enough to offset two key MS U fumbles, though. Sorry, Charlie.

Ten," Jardine said after the
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Actually, it was hard to accept the idea that it was allI
Schembechler's fault. It was just not the most impressive
overall display ever by a Michigan offense. Denny FranklinI
was not as sharp as he normally is, the holes for the runners
did not appear as regularly as in other games, and the
Wolverines made lots of mistakes.
The errors-four fumbles, two of them lost to the opposition-
disturbed the head man the most. "I didn't think we'd kick the
ball around out there like we did," Bo grumbled. "We could've
executed a lot better out there on offense."
But worse than the fumbles, Michigan's offense just could
not get up any momentum. The first touchdown drive looked
great, as. Michigan stayed on the ground for 48 yards in eight
plays right over and around the stunned Spartans. Outside of the
gorgeus bomb Franklin dropped in Jim Smith's waiting arms on
the last play of the first half, that was it for the Wolverines'
offensively. They never again put more than two first downs
Offensive lineman Pat Tumpane, after a hard day in the
trenches, tended to agree with his coach that there wasn't
enough good old up-the-middle "gut football." "I don't think
we punched inside like we should've," he said.
Franklin, obviously pained from the bruised ribs that forcedf
him to the sideline midway through the third stanza, felt that
sloppy execution was the key.
"Maybe we didn't run inside as much today as we usually
do," he explained, "but whichever plays we did run, we just
didn't execute them properly. We weren't really able to get
together any kind of a drive."
On the other hand, while the 'M' offense sputtered, the de-
pendable defense played magnificently. The Wolverines shut
off the Spartans with a mere 43 first-half yards, and only 142
for the game. Only the trickiness of Charlie Baggett, who time
and time again slipped out of the clutches of big Michigan
linemen chasing him around his own backfield, kept even a
flicker of life in the Spartan attack.
Michigan's defenders got big lift from the play of Calvin
O'Neal, who stepped into the middle-backer spot of injured
Steve Strinko and did a bang-up job. The middle of the Blue
line was also tremendous, as middle guard Timmy Davis
flashed the form that made him such a crowd-pleaser a year
ago, and tackles Jeff Perlinger and Greg Morton seemed to
spend the whole day crashing into the Spartan backfield.
The defense even registered a score of its own, when ends
Dan Jilek and Mike Holmes swarmed in to knock the ball away
from fumble-fingered State nunter Tom Birney and pounce on

Big Ten
Conference Games




Ohio State 2 0
Illinois 2 0
Wisconsin 1 1
Michigan St. 1 1
Indiana 1 1
Iowa 1 1
Purdue 0 2
Minnesota 0 2
Northwestern 0 2




Except for the thirdc
Indiana completely dot
the game as the Gopher
numerous 'errors and
virtually no offense at a
nesota moved close to Ir
goal line several times t
er could put the ball ov
The only Minnesota
came early in the secon
ter on a 32 yard field1
Steve Goldberg.
* * *

Third - ranked Alabama's ed to have picked up the yard-
3ucky Berrey kicked a 36-yard age when he fumbed.
ield goal with 33 seconds left All-American linebacker Rod
o give the Crimson Tide an 8-7 Scholte recovered at the 50.
ictory over Florida State. Oklahoma marched to the Long-
And the ninth-ranked Fight- horn 21, where Tony DiRienzo
ng Irish scored with 3:08 left kicked the winning field goal.
n Wayne Bullock's two-yard The victory extended the Sooner

Missouri's backup quarterback
Steve Pisarkiewicz, came in t
lead the Tigers to three fourth
quarter, touchdowns.
Pisarkiewicz ran two yards t
score after a 71-yard driv
which began with just 11:2
left, and then passed nine yard
to Mark Miller to end a 25-yar

Next Week's Games
MICHIGAN at Wisconsin
Indiana at Ohio State
Michigan State at Illinois
Iowa at Minnesota
Purdue at Northwestern


Beaver shoots
Johnson grabbed two long scor-

No. 2 Oklahoma converted a
fourth-quarter Texas fumble in-
to a 37-yard field goal in the
waning moments and a 16-13
victory over the Longhorns,
threeTtouchdown underdogs.



ive to earn a 10-3 victory over'
he Rice Owls.
But No. 5 Nebraska, eighth-
ranked Florida, and No. 6t
Texas Tech found themselves
the victims of upsets. Mis-
souri beat the Cornhuskers 21-
10, Vanderbilt clouted Florida
24-10, and Texas A&M, ranked
sixteenth, rolled over bitter
rival Texas Tech 28-7.
In Dallas, with the score tied'
3-13, Longhorn Coach Darrell
loyal opted to go for the first
own on fourth and one. Texas
ullback Earl Campbell appear-1

Florida State led - Alabama drive ,that began with a fum:
7-3 when the Seminoles gave up recovery.
a safety to the Crimson Tide. Reserve quarterback Dav
Punter Joe Downing ran out of Lee scored one touchdow
the end zone with a little more and passed for anotheri
than a minute left, giving Ala- l e a d i n g Vanderbilt in i
bama two more points and set- Southeastern Conference u
ting up a free kick that drove set of Florida.
the Tide back into its own ter- Lee gave Vandy a 14-7 le
ritory. in the third quarter when
Berrey's field goal capped the scored from seven yards, a
ensuing Alabama drive to give then he hit tight end Ba
the Crimson Tide its fifth Berton with a five-yard scor


unbeaten string to 19.

Oakland wins opener

LOS ANGELES (/P)-Reggie Jackson, hobbled
by a painful leg injury that made him a
doubtful starter until just before game time,
walloped a 400-foot home run yesterday, help-
ing the Oakland A's to a 3-2 victory over the
Los Angeles Dodgers in the opening game of
the 1974 World Series.
With a record Dodger Stadium crowd of 55,974
watching, Los Angeles repeatedly threatened
to break the game open, outhitting the A's 11-6.
BUT WHEN IT was over, the opening game
of baseball's 71st World Series belonged to
Oakland, mostly because of Jackson's homer
and the relief pitching of Rollie Fingers.
In the second inning, with the count one ball
and one strike, Dodger starter Andy Messer-
smith made a mistake on Jackson and Reggie
unloaded on the pitch, sending it soaring into
the left-center field seats for the game's first

In the fifth inning, they caught up with the
Oakland starter and knocked him out.
With one out, Davey Lopes hit a bouncer to
shortstop. Campaneris tried to short-hop the
ball but was unable to handle it and Lopes was
safe on the error.
The Dodgers, who seemed anxious to test
Oakland catcher Ray Fosse's arm, sent Lopes
on a hit-and-run play and Bill Buckner rifled'
a single to right.
JACKSON CHARGED the ball, had trouble
picking it up and third base coach Tommy
LaSorda began waving furiously for Lopes to
keep running.
Jackson recovered quickly but Lopes had that
extra step and, when Jackson heaved a wild
throw back to the infield, Lopes scored easily.
When Jimmy Wynn followed with a walk,
Dark came out to lift Holtzman, who had sur-
rendered seven hits in 4% innings.
ntif ofnPthn h..llnnn 'nrnm nFnarc th.br

Michigan 21, Mich. St. 7
Illinois 27, Purdue 23
Indiana 34, Minnesota 3
Iowa 35, Northwestern 10
Ohio State 52, Wisconsin 7
Kansas 20. Kansas St. 13
LSU 20, Tennessee 10
Missouri 21, Nebraska 10
Oklahoma 16, Texas 13
Pittsburgh 31, W. Virginia 14
Rutgers 37, Lehigh 16
Stanford at UCLA, inc.
Texas A&M 28, Texas Tech 7
Tulane 10. Air Force 3
Miamno (0) 31. Ohio U 3
Georgia Tech 29, N. Carolina 28
Maryland 41, Clemson 0
Vanderbilt 24. Florida 10
Alma 17, Albion 3
Daily Libels 42, State News 0
Alabama 8, Florida State 7
Auburn 31, Kentucky 13

straight victory.
Bullock's winning touchdown
against Rice ended Notre
Dame's only sustained drive
of the day, going 80 yards in
20 plays.
Alan Pringle put Rice ahead
3-0 in the first quarter on a 36-
yard field goal, but Dave Reeve
tied the score with 1:03 remain-
ing in the half with a 45-yard
field goal.
Nehraska had led 10-0 after
the first three quarters, but

strike in the fourth quarter.
Skip Walker scored three sec
and - quarter TDs in T e x a
MM's Soithwest Conferenc
victory over Texas Tech. Walk
er scored his first two touci
dow-s in a span of 1:22, t,
first on a one-yard plunge '
cap a b?-yard drive and tt
se ond from three out after a
interception off Tech's Tomm
The loss was Tech's first
14 grmes.

Spartans spiff icated

MICHIGAN 7 14 0 0-21
Michigan State 0 0 0 7- 7
MICHIGAN - Bell, 13-yard run
(Lantry kick)
MICHIGAN - Jilek, recovered
fumble in end zone (Lantry kick)
MICHIGAN - Smith, 44-yard pass
from Franklin (Lantry kick)
MICH. STATE - Cobb, 15-yard





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