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Sunday, October 14, 1973


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Special To The Daily
EAST LANSING-They huddled beneath
their umbrellas here yesterday in Spartan
Stadium, these Michigan State alums,
and peered out at the green figures with
the proud w a r r i o r s painted on their
And when they got up to leave, some
in the second period, some in the third,
their b 1 a n k expressions told a million
Never, not since the late 1940's when
their alma mater's gridiron tradition was
forged, had they seen a Michigan State
football team so disgraced at the feet of
despised Michigan.
Never had they seen their team punt
twice on third down while trailing by a
sizeable margin.
And no, never, had they seen a Mich-
igan State team lie down and almost ask
for mercy.
AS THE STATE alums hurried out of
their grotesque cement stadium the words
they had sung with such expectation an
hour or two earlier-'"Its specialty is win-
ning, and those Spartans play good ball"
-must have stuck in their throats.
Once you've experienced something, and
liked it, it's tough not to want it again. To
put it in very simple terms, that's what
the situation is right now in East Lansing.





Seven years ago the Spartans were at
the absolute pinnacle champions in 1965,
They were national champions in 1965,
second in 1966.
If you think that maybe memories of
those years still aren't fresh, the wall
opposite the main door to the Spartan
dressing room might change your mind.
On it hang full-size team pictures of the
four MSU squads that have made it to
bowl games-one to the Orange, three to
the Rose.
The awesome pressure of this "win-or-
else" environment finally got to the de-
lightful maestro who had orchestrated all
those glorious Saturdays, Duffy Daugher-
ty, last year.
SO YESTERDAY was the first time
that the new man, 40-year-old Denny
Stolz, got his shot at whipping Michigan,
which is surely the thing that his school
wants the most.
He had turned a lot of doubters into
believers one weekend ago in South Bend,
when his team went down by the sur-
prisingly competitive score of 14-10.
And after Bo Schembechler read off
the lengthy Wolverine injury list last
Monday, Stolz' chancbs of making good
his claim of "turning Michigan State into
a national contender this year" seemed
at least within the realm of possibility.

The elements of an upset were all there
yesterday-a wild, sellout crowd, the bit-
ter rivalry, and a driving rainstorm,
which if nothing else can serve as a
great equalizer.
But almost incredibly the Spartans came
out of the tunnel and proceeded to fumble
the ball away six times to their intrastate
rivals, never once mounting any kind of
serious challenge, before eventually limp-
ing off with the worst beating any Mich-
igan team has handed a State team in
26 years.
THE PACK of reporters asked Stolz af-
terward in the morgue-like Spartan locker
room how it could have happened, and all
the broken coach could do was try to
"I thought this team was just so ready,"
he said, almost in a whisper. "I was con-
vinced that it would be a low-scoring
game, and that we would win.
"I've been in football a long time, and
things like this happen sometimes. But
it sure hasn't happened to me before."
He stayed ancd answered every last
question, and there were some tough ones.
Like why did he elect to punt twice in the
first half on third down with his team
Stolz had to know what such a move
would do to the people he is so desperate-

ly trying to impress. And after the first
time, when the students faintly chanted in
derision, "Bring Back D'.ffy," you knew
what the next Bill Simpson punt would
"We punted in order to gain field posi-
tion and because I thought we might
fumble again," he tersely said. "And if
I had to do it all over again I'd so the
same thing."
AND NO MATTER how hard it may
have been for Stolz, he admitted that his
team had played a terrible game when
everything was on the line.
"My defense played well," he said,
"but that doesn't mean much. I felt help-
less out there. This is a total loss, a com-
pletely embarrassing afternoon."
But others, particularly , Michigan line-
man Dave Gallagher, saw something quite
different than Stolz did.
"It's sort of sad," Gallagher said,
"that they just didn't have it. They just
sort of gave up out there."
Fumbles are one thing, sure, but if
what Gallagher and tens of thousands of
Spartan followers are thinking is true,
Michigan State football may have lost
Once the will to hit is gone, and it
;certainly seemed that way in the second
half, there isn't all that much left.

Daily Photo by STEVE KAGAN
DAVE GALLAGHER (71), Michigan's senior defensive tackle and team co-captain, closes in on Spar-
tan quarterback- Charlie Baggett in action during yesterday's intrastate clash. Wolverine defenders
sacked Baggett for 63 yards in losses, and held the entire Spartan squad to 40 yards net rushing as
they recorded their third straight shutout.





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Michigan's defense .. .
... simply devastating
Dan Boru -
YESTERDAY'S PARTY was over almost before it began. The
big grid brouhaha, replete with all the pageantry and undis-
tilled emotion this rivalry is famous for was a big bust.
That you can credit to a bunch of ball-hawking aggressive
Wolverine defenders.
As seemingly the entire Red Cedar River descended on
Spartan Stadium, a well-prepared Maize and Blue defense stood
its slippery turf, calm and collected.
"We were ready for them," grinned co-captain and
defensive tackle Dave Gallagher. "We knew they were a
running team and we knew what we had to do. We did it.
We dominated them!"
You're not supposed to do those things in these emotional
barnburners. You're supposed to eke them out in the last second
or trick them with an end-around or a fake field goal.
But that wasn't the script yesterday. After all the words
about how it was supposed to be so tough-it wasn't. Thirteen
plays-nearly one third of the snaps the outmanned Spartans
ran from scrimmage-were run for minus yardage, totalling 67
yards in all. In all, the "running" Spartans could manage but
52 overland yards.
Torrential downpours are supposed to give an advantage
to the offensive player on the notion that he knows where
he is going and the defensive player does not. But Maize
and Blue defensive stalwarts Gallagher, Don Warner and
Steve Strinko cut down all. the outside threats, shedding
the offensive interference with ease.
Michigan State mentor Denny Stolz attributed the Spartans'
uncharacteristic "fumble fingers," which led to nine fumbles
and six Michigan recoveries, to the tropical weather. Gallagher
did not quite concur.
"If you hit them right, they're gonna drop the football. And
we hit them right."
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler reasoned that the State
miscues were due- to "the attempt for the extra yard."
"We told our runners to forego the extra yard, which is
really so important in a game like this, and just hold onto the
ball. I guess they didn't."
That extra yard may have been the' only extra thing the
supposedly rough and tough Spartans tried for. "I was really
surprised that they didn't hit harder," exclaimed Gallagher,
drying himself in the Michigan locker room. "Last year Mich-
igan State was the most physical gme we played. Those
guards, DeLamielteure especially, hit really hard. They really
stung, in fact, I had to change my face mask at halftime, it
ws so badly mangled."
Ratifying that point, linebacker Strinko added, "They didn't
attack our defense. They tried' to guess our angles and that
never works. Their guards waited too long to see where we
were going and after that it was all over. They never stung
us the way Iowa did."
Michigan's edge was more than an inspiration and
talent one-it was also an edge of awareness. While Stolz'
charges took the field in what appeared to be regular cleats,
the Wolverines entered the game sporting a special Adidas
shoe with twice as many cleats. Schembechler, who once
lost a Rose Bowl for want of the right type of shoe, was not
about to have that happen in this crucial game.
This Michigan State victory marks the third straight shutout
for the Big Blue defenders and the one they are the most proud
of. Both Strinko and Gallagher raved about the performance
of the entire defense. "We really wanted this game. We were
all up for it," said Strinko. "We were very well prepared. At
the last moment we thought that they'd pull some 'surprises.
But they didn't."
"Yes, we wanted this game," added Gallagher. "It was just
the kind of game we wanted. You beat a running game with
quickness and with technique. Everybody, everybody was work-
ing together. It was tremendous.
Across the hall, from the jubilant Wolverine locker room,
a disconsolate Denny Stolz tried to make sense out of what
can be called a fiasco. "I'm not proud of our execution on
offense," said Stolz, softly. "But Michigan is an excellent de-
fensive team. They really come at you."
Four shutouts is one of Schembechler's defensive goals
for the season. And the well coordinated defensive unit,
utilizing its angling sets and quickness, seems a good bet to
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Harms. The ball was alertly grab-
bed by Wolverine Tom Jensen.
Dennis Franklin marched 'the
Wolverines to the State nine-yard
line before the drive was stopped
on a diving interception by Mike
Duda. Three plays later and light-
ning struck. The Michigan punt
return unit, which last week fea-
tured Chapman on an 83-yard
jaunt, put the first points on the
board. This time, however, it was
Dave Brown's turn.
HE HAULED in Bill Simpson's
low driving punt, shotby two Spar-
tan defenders and was off to the!
races on the way to a 53-yard
scoring romp. Mike Lantry added
the extra point and with 3:56 left
in the opening quarter, Michigan
was on top 7-0.
The crowd of 76,303 was still
buzzing over Brown's run when
the Maize and Blue got the ball
again on, what else, another Spar-
tan fumble. On State's first play
after the kickoff, Tyrone Wilson
was belted by Don Dufek and Dave
Elliott came up with the ball.
Coach Bo Schembechler's wreck-
ing crew, now 5-0 on the season,j
had to settle for a 35-yard fieldI
goal by Lantry. It came with 1:321
left in the opening stanza and gave!
Michigan a 10-0 lead.
MSU's COMEDY of errors con-
tinued two plays later when Bag-!
gett fumbled again. Steve Strinko
recovered this one and Michiganj


I designed to give the sluggish
Wolverine offense a lift.
Mike Hoban, and Kirk Lewis on
the front line, the Wolverines were
having trouble moving the ball.
So Schembechler pulled a real
psyche move. "Chapman is built
near the ground and I said before
the game 'If this rain keeps up I
just have a feeling this is a Chap-
man day'," Bo reflected.
The rain kept up and it was a
Chapman day. After two ex-
changes of punts the 'Jersey Jet'
took a first down handoff at his
47, slid off left tackle and splashed
his way down . the sideline for a
53-yard TD. The Spartans fell like
autumn leaves in their vain effort
to catch Chapman from behind.
"WE CAUGHT 'EM in a safety
blitz," noted Schembechler, "and
once you're through the line with
a blitz on there's nobody back
The rest of the half was score-
less and the Wolverines went to,

both offensive playbooks to simple
running plays up the middle.
made its final costly mistake, the
one that nailed the lid on its cof-
fin. Simpson fumbled the snap
from center on an attempted punt
and Dufek pulled him down after
a futile running effort.
Franklin deftly moved his team
goalward and the 23 yard drive
culminated with a six-yard scoring
pitch from Franklin to tight end
Paul Seal. The TD was scored just
five seconds into the final quarter.
Lantry converted and it was 24-0.
Spartan mentor Stolz was- very
impressed with the Michigan field
general's play.
"He (Franklin) did a nice job.
Especially when you figure in all
that hardware he had on his left
hand (to protect a broken finger)."
Michigan's final touchdown came
after, yes Martha, another Spartan
fumble. Jeff Perlinger picked this
one up and eight plays later Ed
Shuttlesworth plowed into the end-
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set up shop on the Spartan 37. the dry shelter of the locker room stretched his PAT streak to 18
At this point Schembechler re- with a comfortable 17-0 lead. and the Wolverines had bagged
placed Chuck Heater at tailback The rain came down in torrents their biggest win of the season, a
with the fleet Chapman, a move in the third stanza, cutting back convincing 31-0 mauling of the
Splish splash! helpless Spartans.

Doil Photo by STEVE KAGAN
JUNIOR TAILBACK GIL CHAPMAN (24) takes off on his 53-yard touchdown run in the second quarter
of yesterday's game against Michigan State. In the background is Spartan . defensive tackle Greg
Schaum (95) in vain pursuit of the speedy Chapman, who rushed for 117. yards across the rain-soaked
Tartan Turf in front of 76,303 cold and wet fans.

First Downs . 7 12'
Rushes 37-40 60-229
Passing yards 102 21
Passes 6-9-0 2-6-1
Fumbles-lost 9-6 4-1
Penalties-yards 3-17 5-35
MICHIGAN 10 7 0 14-31
Michigan: Brown, 53-yard punt return;
(Lantry kick)
Michigan: Lantry, 35-yard FG
Michigan: Chapman, 53-yard ;run; (Lan-
try kick)
Michigan: Seal, 6-yard pass from
Franklin; (Lantry kick)
Michigan: Shuttleswor.th, 2-yard run;
(Lantry kick)
MICHIGAN STATE att. yds. avg.
Wilson 8 28 3.5
Jackson, L. 5 11 2.2
Brown 5 9 1.8
Holt 1 1 1.0
Baggett 17 -7 -2.4
Center pass on punt 1 -2 -2.01




117 5.9
49 3.3
15 2.5
14 1.8
13 6.5
11 11.0
7 1.0
3 3.0

Buckeyes whitewash Badgers

MICHIGAN STATE att. comp. int.yds.
Baggett 9 6 0 102
Franklin 6 2 1 21

Jackson, L.
Jones, M.





2 21 10.5
no. yds. avg.
8 262 32.8!
6 260 43.31
1 16 16.0

By The Associated Press
MADISON - Top-ranked Ohio
State, springing Archie Griffin for
169 yards in 29 carries and smoth-
ering Wisconsin's vaunted rushing
attack, rolled to a 24-0 college foot-
ball victory yesterday for its fourth
win in as many starts.
Griffin, last year's freshman
sensation, injured a leg in the
fourth quarter but earlier ram-
bled for a total of 82 yards to
spark a pair of long Buckeye
scoring drives in the first and
third periods.
Bruce Elia and Cornelius Greene!
scored touchdowns on respective]
runs of one and two yards. The
Buckeyes wrapped up their second
Big Ten victory on a 36-yard field
goal by Blair Conway and a one-
yard touchdown run by Elia, both
in the fourth quarter.
* * *

Upchurch added 76 yards and a
touchdown as the Minnesota Goph-1
ers frustrated Indiana 24-3 yester-c
day in Big Ten football.
King, a 218-pound senior, car-
ried 32 times, blasting into the
end zone with an 11-yard run
that lifted the Gophers to a 9-0
halftime lead.!
Upchurch, a 165-pound junior,
shot 12 yards for his fourth-quar-!
ter touchdown that insured Min-!
nesota's second victory in five
Mitch moves
EVANSTON - Mitch Anderson
completed his first eight passes
and then threw a clinching 29-yard
touchdown strike to Pat McNa-t
mara yesterday to lead North-
western to a 31-15 Big Ten victory
over winless Iowa. '

recovered an Iowa fumble and
moved 37 yards for a touchdown
on the Anderson-McNamara pass.
** *
Tony takes
COLUMBIA, Mo. - Safety Tony
Gillick intercepted Dave Humm's
pass on a two-point conversion try
with one minute left and underdog
Missouri preserved a 13-12 upset
victory over second-ranked Ne-
braska yesterday.
A stadium record crowd watch-
ed the visiting Cornhuskers knock
furiously at the Missouri touch-
down doors three times earlier
and the Tigers turned them
Missouri, ranked 12th, went into
the lead with 2:01 left when Tom
Mulkey scored on a one-yard run
after the Tigers were given their
opportunity seconds earlier when
Scott Anderson recovered Randv

Holtzman beats MNets;
Millan's error costly
i t
OAKLAND (P) - Pitcher Ken Ha.relson, called it a "powder-
Holtzman, batting for only the sec- puff hop," but it was enough to.
ond time all year, delivered a key beat the Mets.f
double and New York's Felix Mil- Holtzman's hit was no powder
lan made a fatal error, helping the puff, though. It was a sharply hitt
Oakland "A's to a 2-1 victory yes- ball past third base.
terday in baseball's World Series "I just wanted to put the bat on
opener that seemed to rob some of the ball," he said. "I didn't carer
the magic from the Mets. where it went."
Both Oakland runs were unearn- The Mets obviously missed oneI
ed following Millan's third-inning of their most potent batters, Rusty1
error and the Cinderella Mets, who Staub. Willie Mays started in place
out hit the A's 7-4, wasted a fistful E of Staub, still troubled by thez
of chances after that in a futile at- bruised right shoulder he suffered
tempt - to overtake the defending in the National League playoffs.
world champions. "I hope Rusty can play tomor-
With a less-than-capacity crowd row." Mavs said. "It's not that;

hona, led by sophomore Steve Da-
vis, a 20-year-old licensed Baptist
minister who is a Wishbone-T wiz-
ard, handed Texas Coach Darrel
Royal the worst defeat of his ca-
reer yesterday 52-13 in a nationally-
televised embarrassment,
Davis threw two touchdown pass-
es and ran for two more scores as
Oklahoma Coach Barry Switzer
dreamed up "a special scheme"
for the fast-reacting Texas second-
MICHIGAN 31, Michigan State 0
Ohio State 24,.Wisconsin 0
Illinois 15, Purdue 13
Minnesota 24, Indiana 3
Northwestern 31, Iowa 15
Missouri 13, Nebraska 12
Colorado 38, Air Force 17
Oklahoma 52, Texas 13
Louisiana State 20, Auburn 6
Tennessee 20, Georgia Tech 14
Alabama 35. Florida 14
UCLA 59, Stanford 13
N. C. State 24, Maryland 22
Miami, Fla. 15, Boston Col. 10
Pittsburgh 35, West Virginia 7 ,
Delaware 35, Connecticut 7
Harvard 57, Columbia 0
Massachusetts 20, Boston U. 0
Kent State 21, Bowling Green 7
DAILY LIBELS 31,, Michigan State
News 0,
rulane 2 , Duke 17
Miami, Ohio 10, Ohio U. 6
Notre Dame 28, Rice 0
navy 23, Syracuse 14
Oregon 41, California 10
e.oethf. rn al46 ash.in ;tn St. 3

eaver boots Anderson, in completing his first Borg's fumbled punt at the Ne-
CHAMPAGNE - L itt 1 e Dan eight passes, helped2the Wildcats braska four-yard line.
CHAMAGNE - L It l eDanbuild up a quick 24-0 lead but
Beaver's Big Ten record-breaking Northwestern didn't put the game
fifth field goal of 32 yards with beyond reach until late in the Steve slings
29 seconds left gave Illinois a third quarter when the Wildcats DALLAS - Sixth-ranked Okla-
thrilling 15-13 conference football'
victory over Purdue yesterday. ..""................. ".s...:....................................
Beaver, 159-pound son of a for-
mer Big Ten Standings
mer African missionary, bootedj.as
the game-deciding field goal afterj
Purdue had moved into a 13-12 Conference All Games
lead on quarterback Bo Bobrow- WIT PF PA W L T PF PA
ski's 37-yard touchdown run early MICHIGAN 2 0 0 62 7 5 0 0 147 17
in the third period. Ohio State 2 0 0 80 7 4 0 0 144 13
Beaver, eariler kicking field Illinois 2 0_0 43 27 3 2 0 80 75
goals of 52, 44, 35 and 34 yards, Northwestern 2 0 0 45 25 2 3 0 71 104
broke the previous single game Purdue 1 1 0 27 28 2 3 0 80 79
r -- nr i .f Purdue 1 1 t27t28 2 3 .

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