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''?oge Six

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wednesday, October 11, 1972

1'a g~ Six THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, October 11, 1972

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By DAN BORUS
College football is a game of
innovation, a constant battle to
gain the upper hand. Both the
offensive and defensive strate-
gists toil mightily to develop a
weapon that will tip the scales
in their favor so that they can
control the tempo of play.
This has opened the game up
to all sorts of imitation and fads
especially if the innovation looks
like a success. Usually it is the
offense that propels the defense
to desperate X and 0 strategy
conferences and planning ses-
sions.'.
The game drifts in its orien-
tation. Only a couple of years
ago a pro-style passer was
deemed necessary for winning
football. But today, as every
college grid buff knows, the
trend is Wishbone with a capital
W.
Everybody from Number two
ranked Oklahoma to flash in the
pan Michigan State to academic
all-star Yale possesses a wish-
bone. It is almost as if an of-
fense without a wishbone is like
a rock band without an ampli-
fier.
The wishbone, however, it not
a toy that can be employed in-
discriminately. To run it prop-
erly a team needs 1) a quarter-

back who can think on the gal-
lop 2) a mobile line 3) fast
backs.A poor ball handler or a
slow back can break a wishbone
with the offense holding the
short side of the bone.
Essentially, the wishbone is
based on a triple option, the ex-
act choice eventually determin-
ed by defensive reaction.
The three deep backs line up
behind the quarterback in a Y
formation, the fullback directly
behind the signal caller and the
other two backs slightly deeper
set, branching off to form the
Y.
As soon as the ball is snap-
ped, the quarterback fakes to
one of his backs (generally the
fullback), freezing the lineback-
ers for that vital split second.
In that one second the ball han-
dler heads laterally down the
line of scrimmage with his two
deep backs trailing. As he
reaches the end, the defense has
already lost that vital step and
all that remains is to beat the
defensive end.
Forked, the end must com-
mit himself as the other backs
are rolling right with the quar-
terback. If the defender choses
to attack the quarterback, the

Wish bone

ball is pitched to the wingback
and the offense is off goalward.
On the other hand if the end
anticipates the pitch and moves
toward the back, the crafty quar-
terback tucks the pigskin under
his arm and turns on the jets
upfield. Oklahoma's Jack Mil-
dren was superb at making the
split decision that is required
and as such earned national
prominence.
The third option is the full-
back counterplay. The pitch is
faked to a back, the quick hole
is opened, and the fullback
scoots through. Since he is lin-
ed up closer to the line of scrim-
mage, a quick starting fullback
can eat up six or seven yards, as
- the linebacker has )een de-
stroyed by the fake. The coun-
ter is also easier on the offen-
sive linemen as they do not have
to hold their blocks for any
great duration.
Wishbone proliferation is the
word of the day in college foot-
ball and coaches and players
are taking note. "You can't beat
the Wishbone," opines Okla-
homa's star running back and
Heisman trophy candidate can-
didate Greg Pruitt, "only out-
score it."
But notall coaches are con-
_vinced. Their high need for
achievement running rampant,
they have been working night
and day to counter the new wea-
pon that is as potent as an F-111,
but not as costly.
One sutch coach is Missouri's
Al Onifrio. Although the Tigers,
once the stellar defenders of the
Big Eight, have fallen upon hard
times, they produced one re-
markable feat last year, even in
losing. Yes, the Missouri Tigers,
who finished the year with a bril-
liant 1-10 mark, stopped the
Oklahoma wishbone.

lef en
They lost, due to inadequate
offense, but the Sooner ground
game had the wind taken out of
its sprints. Realizing that the
Wishbone is not a passing for-
mation and that Mildren threw
only when interested in testing
the hypothesis that leather can
stay airborne, Onifrio installed
an eight man line, making it
impossible for the Sooners to
reach the outside ranks.
This broke down the zone
coverage on passing, but it did
put 10 men against nine on line
play, and the Sooners were con-
fined to short bursts up the mid-
dle. Onifrio was willing to give
them that, he said in a tele-
phone interview in order to halt
the onslaught.
Most college offenses are
based on a 5-3-3 set-up and the
center plays an important part
in leading the sweeps and coun-
ters, since no one lines up di-
rectly in front of him. Onifrio
sometimes switched to a 6-2-3,
neutralizing the center and giv-
ing his linebackers and defensive
backs a chance to stop the
sweep.
Notre Dame's Ara Parseghian
had a different version of (Stop
the Wishbone) in the 1971 Cot-
ton Bowl against then No. 1
ranked Texas. Arranging his ba-
sic five man front, he inverted
his linebackers, instructing the
middle defender to follow the
fullback, all-star Steve Wooster.
The tactic was a success. Woos-
ter fumbled five times, failed to
make a big third down play, andl
the sweeps led by Jim Bertleson
did not net the yardage they
had against teams of lesser sta-1
ture.
Although Texas had passed
some previously, the coverage
by the Irish and play by Clar-'

es uessin
ence Ellis was crucial in clip- the amazing amount of
ping the top-ranked Longhorns. tion and ball handlin
Yet the tactic does not always fense, when improper
work/ It requires concentration, will yield turnovers
fast, lean linebackers, and de- homa, for instance, ow
fensive ends who can swarm nation's premier wishb
over the quarterback. ed the ball over an a
In last year's contest between five times a game-
Nebraska and Oklahoma, the that Bo Schembechl
play of Rich Glover, the Corn- only have nightmares
husker defensive end, and Larry Theoretically, the k
Jacobson blunted but did not ping the wishbone, ish
stop the Wishbone. Their great defensive backs come
lateral pursuit and their ability ly and turn the play b
to neutralize some of the holes linebackers and/or hav
opened up by the Okie line, turn it to the tackle.1
stopped thg Sooner offense' from many teams have fo
routing the Huskers. when you chalk it 1.
Fortunately for the defense, green board you gott
the wishbone is, in a way its out and the two just
own worst enemy. As a result of same.

9

I coordina-
g, the of-
rly timed,
s. Okla-
rner of the
bone, turn-
average of
-something
er's boys
about.
ey to stop-
having the
up quick-
ack to the
ve the end
But as so
und out,
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Polomen gain respect

By FRED LUCAS
"You know we must be getting
popular, last week after the game
we found empty Boones Farm
bottles in the bleachers," remark-
ed John Pheney, coach of Mich-
igan's water polo team. And
Pheney'swteam is not only' gaining
student support, it is also growing

bility of recruiting and sport scho-
larships. Pheney places a lot of
the credit for the team's steady
development on swimming coach
Gus Stager, a man who Pheney
says, "has done more for water
polo in this school than any other
coach has done for any other school
in our conference."

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in strength. Michigan's water polo Yet despite this type of back-
team hung two straight defeats on ing, Michigan's team missed an
Indiana, defending four time cham- opportunity to travel to California
pion of the Midwest Water Polo last year due to lack of funds.
Conference, 9-3 and 11-7 over the Michigan's biggest opponents rhis
past weekend. year are the University of Ken-
From its beginnings as an off- tucky, Loyola and not to be count-
season conditioning for swimmers el out yet, Indiana. Michigan will
to today's title contention team, face Loyola in it's next big meet
water polo at Michigan is continu- Nov. 3, 4, and 5, here at home.
ing to grow. "We're getting an Admission to any game is 30c, 70
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our games," said' Coach Pheney, to help cover gas costs for their
emphasizing the growing interest away games.
in the sport. Oh and if you come, don't forget
What does water polo have to the Boones Farm.
offer the spectator? Action. There
more body contact in this sport
than in any other. Most of theM i h g a n
action occurs underwater where
the referee can't see what's hap-
Michigan's team is strong. IldtI
boasts four starting seniors, who' o l s
have been playing under Pheney's
direction for the four years they've
played with the team. All but four
men on the squad are members of
the swim team, thus giving them
more stamina, and endurance dur- By The Associated Press
ing the game. Alabama moved up to challenge
With this type of team, a wide Southern Calofirnia and Oklahoma
open game of outlasting the oppo- in The Associated Press college
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has depth.
The team is also lucky to have
a player like Steve McCarthy, cap-
tain of the squad. Coach Pheney,
explained that water polo is very
much a team sport and that the
captain's job demands real leader-
ship qualities.
He is the only member of the
team who may speak to the referee
during the game. This necessitates
a complete knowledge of the rules
of the sport.
Water polo's growth at Michigan
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NBA
New York 113, Seattle 89
Baltimore 102, Cleveland 90
Chicago 95, Philadelphia 89
Atlanta 120, Buffalo 109

Bear Bryant isn't sure his team
rates it - for now.
"I'm iot sure we're the third
best team in the country right
now," Bryant said, "but I think
we're going to be better. I cer-
tainly appreciate the confidence
the sports writers and sports-
casters have in our footballteam.
The 5-6-7-8 spots again went to
Michigan, a 35-7 victor over Navy;
idle Nebraska; Notre Dame, which
blanked Michigan State 16-0, and
Louisiana State, a 12-6 winner over
Rice.
SThe Top Twenty Teams, with first-
place votes in parentheses, season re-
cords and total points. Points tabu-
lated on basis of 20-18-16-14-12-10-9-8-
7-6-5-4-3-2-1:
1. Southern California 34 5-0 964
2. Oklahoma 15 3-0 912
3. Alabama 4-0 677
4. Ohio State 1 3-0 625
5. Michigan 4-0 596
6. Nebraska 3-1 549
7. Notre Dame 3-0 460
8. Louisiana State 4-0 418
9. Auburn 4-0 241
10. Texas 3-0 240
11. Tennessee 4-1 201
12. Washington 5-0 200
13. Colorado 4-1 174
14. UCLA 4-1 137
15. Penn State 3-1 108
16. Air Force 4-0 97
17. Stanford 3-1 41
18. Iowa State 3-0 33
19. Oklahoma State 3-1 19
20. Arkansas 3-1 15
Others receiving votes, listed alpha-
betically: Arizona State, Florida, Flori-
da, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Indi-
ana, Louisville, Mississippi, Southern
Methodist, Tulane, West Virginia.
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