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MICHIGAN DEFENSIVE END Dominic Tedesco pressures Washington quarterback Warren Moon in Monday's Rose Bowl.
It was an infrequent defensive rush that enabled Moon to pick apart the Blue defenders in the decisive first half.

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that's what we did."
Doesn't this sound logical? If you
can't beat 'em head-to-head, you must
try something new. Michigan could
have used this thinking against the
powerful Oklahoma and USC teams. Bo
surely couldn't have expected to out-
play a superior team by merely using
the same strategy which succeeded
against the weaker teams.
The weaker Wolverine opponents in
the bowl games, like Stanford and
Washington, correctly evaluated their
shortcomings and made the necessary
changes to overcome them. But when
Michigan had to play Oklahoma and
USC on New Year's Day of 1976 and
1977, either Bo failed to note the op-
position's superiority, or he neglected
to do anything about it.
WHAT'S IMPORTANT to remember
is that the Bowl games stand entirely
separate from the regular season. The
six-week layoff means that a team must
regain the emotional high that it
possessed at the final regular season
game.
It's important not to lose that
physical peak that was achieved during
the season.
In addition, the long wait-gives
coaches the opportunity to scour films
of the opposition unlike that before any
other contest.
If a team comes out in the bowl
games looking much the same as it did
during the first eleven games, the op-
position will be ready for it. If a squad
shows some variation from its typical
style of play, then the other team will
not be as geared to stop it.
As in professional sports, the results
of the regular season may have no
bearing on what may occur in the
playoffs, where a team can claim suc-
cess with impressive showing.

UNLIKE THE professional playoffs,
however, where momentum at the end
of the season can carry over, season-
ending momentum means very little to
a bowl-bound college team.
This is where preparation is very im-
portant - where Bo's coaching abilities
may be lacking the most. Why else
hasn't Michigan played to its potential
in the bowl game, while others have
played like completely rejuvenated
squads?
Just like Michigan, Washington had
to travel far to get to Pasadena, sleep in
foreign hotel rooms and play on a
strange field for the Rose Bowl. Unlike
Michigan, the Huskies didn't show the
effects of it.
IT CAN'T BE argued that the Pacific
AP Top Twenty

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e Bowl
8 conference is superior to the Big Ten.
The Wolverines have shown little
trouble downing good Pac 8 teams
during the regular season. In fact, the
Big Ten finished 3-3 against the Pac 8
teams during the 1977 season.
With each debacle, Bo should be able
to learn from past mistakes, and make
the necessary changes to improve in
the future. In spite of his tremendous
success otherwise, he surely can't be
satisfied with the season finales.
Although this was another very suc-
cessful season, and probably Bo's best
coaching job since he took the helm in
1969, a bad aftertaste once again
lingers. Only a victory in a bowl game
will sufficiently neutralize it.

UP, Top Twenty

FINAL STANDINGS

full court
PRESS
Disappointing Holidays .. .
. Michigan provides turkey
By CUB SCHWARTZ
The holiday sports season certainly took its toll on more than house-
wives this year. Jimmy the Greek, who would have done better flipping a
coin, compiled a miserable record. Surely thousands of other betters spent
New Year's Day cursing Woody Hayes, Kenny Stabler, Barry Switzer ...
and possibly General Bo himself.
But if all this wasn't enough, the Toledo Rockets had to ring in the
New Year with a 91-84 overtime, victory over Michigan. Consider the
athetic department's "holdiay." The loss to Washington-painful, Michigan
Tech-possible, the Moscow Dynamos-predictable, but Toledo? Let's stry
pathetic.
The Rockets came to Crisler Arena with an impressive 9-2 record.
Johnny Orr was quick to point this out before the game. But Toledo hadn't
exactly played the cream of the crop. They were defeated by Detroit early
in the season after putting up a good battle. Thus, one of their losses is to
a very legitimate team.
But Toledo also lost to Central Michigan, while the Wolverines handled
the Chippewas easily, 92-79. And I'll bet Orr would be quick to point out
that the Michigan victory came during finals week, while his men were
thinking about more than pressing and passing.
A Michigan victory didn't seem too much to ask. The team was re-
bounding (one of the few times all night) from consecutive defeats at the
hands of Alabama and Athletes in Action. And while Michigan didn't come
particularly close in the final score of either game, it nevertheless stuck
with two of the nation's top amateur teams.
I am sure I wasn't the only person expecting to cheer more than the New
Year.
And for 54 minutes of the game my expectations seemed appropriate.
With 6:34 remaining the Wolverines held a comfortable 77-65 lead. Joel
Thompson had tallied 18 points while only collecting two fouls. The world
could cave in, but Joel would save the victory.
Apparently the universe collapsed, something the Wolverine center
couldn't cope with.
In the next three minutes Thompson collected fouls three, four and
five, while only putting in two points. In the meantime Toledo junior
Dick Miller rallied the Rocket comeback. Working against Thompson,
Miller collected eight points, three rebounds and a steal. The situation
didn't improve when Tom Bergen replaced the fouled out Thompson with
2:06 remaining.
By this time Toledo had narrowed the gap to 81-79, since only Thomp-
son and Dave Baxter could manage a field goal in the previous four
minutes while Toledo had pumped in 14 points.
Baxter scored the only Michigan bucket in the remaining regulation
time, while Miller netted a bucket and stole the ball to set up Harvey
Knuckles' game.tying slam dunk.
So into overtime the game went, with the fans fidgeting-anxious to
hit the New Year's parties which they were postponing to catch the game.
What they hung around for was disaster.
Toledo's hot hand, Ted Williams, beat Tommy Staton for a pair of
field goals giving the Rockets an early lead. Baxter's errant jump shot
fell into the hands of one of the five Rockets surrounding the basket. Funny
thing-not one Michigan player near the hoop for the rebound. I guess they
trusted Baxter's 39 per cent shooting better than I did.
So Toledo collected two more points and again Baxter tries a 25 footer.
And believe it or not-not one Wolverine near the boards for a rebound.
Some would say 'that's confidence.' I would say that's laziness. (I might
even say worse.)
But the worst part of the overtime came between Baxter's first and
second miss. Toledo held the ball for two minutes-uncontested. Orr seemed
willing to let Toledo sit on a four point lead. Finally Alan Hardy fouled
with :51 left. But the resulting pair of free throws put Toledo up by six
with under a minute remaining.
I simply do not understand it. Michigan had been cold as ice during
the final minutes of regulation time, it failed to score in the opening three
minutes of overtime and Orr lets Toledo stall away that much time. Maybe
I missed something. Then again maybe Orr did.
At any rate, only a Mark Lozier free throw kept Toledo from shutting
Michigan out in the five minute overtime stanza as Michigan suffered its
third loss of the season.
After the game a joyful but thoughtful Toledo fan commented, "Toledo
didn't beat Michigan-Bob Nichols (Toledo coach) beat Johnny Orr."

Rose Bowl
First downs.......
By rushing......
By passing......
By penalty......
Rushing attempts...
Yards rushing ......
Yards lost rushing..
Net yards rushing ..
Net yards passing ..
Passes attempted.
Passes completed
Had intercepted.s
Total offensive plays
Total Net Yards ....
Avg. gain per play
Fumbles: No.-Lost
Penalties: No.-Lost
Interceptions: No.-Y
Number of punts-Yr
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Punt returns: No.-Yr
K'off returns: No.-Yc
Third down efficiency
Time of possession ...
INDIVIDUAL
MICHIG
Player TCB
Leach ............. 9
R.Smith .......... 3
Edwards ......... 15
R.Davis.........18
Anderson ......... 1
Clayton ........... 2
WASHING
Player TCB
Gipson ........... 15
Rowland .......... 8
Gaines............1
Steele............ 13
Moon.............11
INDIVIDUAL
Player PA PC1
Leach.......27 14
Player PA PC.
Moon..........23 12
Wilson ....... 1 1
RECEIV
MICHIG
Player No.
R.Davis ........... 3
Clayton ........... 5
R.Smith .......... 1
Edwards.........2
R.White..........2
Stephenson ....... I
WASHING
Player No.
Gaines ............ 4
Steele ............. I
Greenwood .......:3
Gipson ............ 2
Rowland .......... 1
Stevens.......... 1
K.Richardson....1

Statistics
MICH. WASH.

1. Notre Dame (371%;) .......11-1
2. Alabama (1911).......... 11-1
3. Arkansas (5%,;)...........11-1
4. Texas (2) ............. .. 11-1
5. Penn St.................. 11-1
6. Kentucky ............... 10-1
7. Oklahoma............. 10-2
8. Pittsburgh .............. 9-2-1
9. MICHIGAN ............. 10-2
10. Washington .............. 8-4
11. Ohio St................... 9-3
12. Nebraska ................ 9-3
13. Southern Cal ............. 8-4
14. Florida St................ 10-2
15. Stanford ................. 9-3
16. San Diego St............. 10-1
17. North Carolina ......... 8-3-1
18. Arizona St................ 9-3
19. Clemson ................ 8-3-1
20. Brigham Young ........9-2

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140
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1. Notre Dame (23).........11-1
2. Alabama (13) ...........11-1
3. Arkansas (2) ............ 11-1
4. Penn St.................. 11-1
5. Texas (1)................11-1
6. Oklahoma ............. 10-2
7. Pittsburgh ........... 9-2-1
8. MICHIGAN ............. 10-2
9. Washington .............. 8-4
10. Nebraska ................ 9-3
11. Florida St............... 10-2
12. (tie) Ohio St...........9-3
12. (tie) So. Calif............. 8-4
14. North Carolina ......... 8-3-1
15. Stanford .................9-:3
16. (tie) Brigham Young ..... 9-2
16. (tie) N. Texas St..........9-2
18. Arizona St................ 9-3
19. (tie) San Diego St........ 10-1
19. (tie) N. Carolina St......8-4

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SL UMPING DEKERS BA TTLE BADGERS:

leers hope to re

By BOB MILLER
They call those kind of games
"laughers" but there is nothing
funny about them.
The Michigan hockey team contin-
ued its "Olympia jinx" over vacation
by losing two games (badly) and
winning once (barely). It won't help
any that the Wolverines will have to
work out their problems with a pair
of road games at Wisconsin tonight
and tomorrow.
AS THE ICERS prepare for the
Badgers, they will have a lot of things
to think about, such as:
" Losing the Great Lakes finals to
Michigan Tech, 8-3, the third time in
three meetings that the Huskies have
routed the Wolverines, although in
their defense, everybody seems to be
having troubles with the Huskies
lately.
" Losing to the Moscow Dynamo, a
touring Russian team, 12-0. Wiscon-
sin also lost to the Dynamo, but by
the score of 5-3.
" Defeating Lake Superior State
4-3 in overtime in a game that
Michigan did not look prepared for. It
took a fluke goal to rally the Wolver-
ines from a 3-1 deficit after two
periods.
" Having to play second-place
Wisconsin in Madison after blitzing
the Badgers twice in Ann Arbor (the
Wolverines are third in the WCHA).
Those kind of things do not make
the prospects of a successful week-
end look favorable . . . or do they?
Despite having its troubles lately,
Michigan isn't even giving the Dy-
namo game a second thought. It was
played with the idea of giving the
team some exposure to international
hockey and no one really expected
the Wolverines to do well in the

colossal mismatch.
AND WHILE ON the subject of
alibis, the fuel that fired up the
Huskies was a quote by Dave Debol
saying that Michigan would "kill"
Tech in the GLI tourney. As coach
Dan Farrell said, "We were pre-
pared for them (Tech) but they were
more prepared and ready for us."
But all that behind them, Farrell is
thinking about just one thing, Wis-
consin and only Wisconsin.
The Badgers won a couple of close
games at home.against St. Lawrence
over the break to raise their record to
13-5-1 overall.
Coincidentally, Michigan was also
in a slump at this time last year when
they came up against Wisconsin.
Although the Wolverines lost twice
11-8 and 3-2, their slump was for all
intents and purposes over.
ONCE AGAIN IT will be Mike
Eaves and Mark Johnson,.the Badg-
ers one-two scoring threat, to lead
Wisconsin against the Maize and
Blue.
But people like Tom Ulseth and
goal-tender Julian Baretta always
have top games when Michigan is the
opponent and don't think Baretta

b ound
won't be anxious to avenge his poor
performance in <an 11-3 defeat to
Michigan, by far his worst showing
in any game he has ever played fpr
Wisconsin.
Farrell will make a couple changes
in the lineup that are of some worth.
Goalie Rudy Varvari will start for
the Wolverines in tonight's game on
the strength of his nothing-short-qf-
fantastic relief job in the Lake
Superior game.
In fact, for his one and a half
periods of work, Varvari was voted to
the All-Tournament Team. The other
change will see defenseman John
Blum in uniform at Madison replac-
ing Doug Todd who has the flu and
will stay in Ann Arbor.
Managerial traits
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - General
Manager Harry Dalton of the California
Angels has definite ideas on what he'
wants in a manager.
"I want a strong person who can take
25 men for six months of the year and
get the most out of them," Dalton said.
"There is more to it than that, like find-
ing a player's best position, not asking
him to bunt when he doesn't know how,
and having control of things."

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