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The Michigan Doily-Saturday, January 7, 1978-Page 7
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For some Michigan seniors the
football season did not end with the'
27-20 Rose Bowl loss to Washington
last Monday. Some post-season all-
star games, including the Hula,
Senior and the initial Challenge
Bowl, have Wolverine players on the
roster. However, the Michigan phase
of the seniors career ended on a very
sour note with the loss in Pasadena. 1
"The game was there for the
taking," said All-American guard
Mark Donahue. "It slipped away
twice. You gotta give Washington
"Ending my career with a loss is
tough, but what can I say?" contin-
ued Donahue, who will be joined in
the Hula Bowl by teammates Walt1
Downing and John Anderson., "We
may have lost all three Bowl games,
but I have no regrets. I have
memories and friends from Michigan
that I will keep for the rest of my
MOST WOLVERINES took pride in
the fact that they came back from a
24-0 deficit and nearly won the game
by scoring four touchdowns in the
last nineteen minutes of the game.
"I am impressed with this Michi-
gan team - being down so badly and
coming back with a chance to win the
game," said Coach Bo Schembech-
"In the second half, we got it
together and started to play like we
could," said Rick Leach. "We didn't
do enough. But we never quit - we
came back like champions."
"We just fell short," said wingback
Ralph Clayton, who juggled a Leach
pass and barely dropped it for the
tying touchdown late in the game.

"We didn't want to lose again. But we
wanted to say if we did lose that we
fought like hell."
INDEED, MICHIGAN fought like
hell, but the Blue offense just
couldn't push across that final touch-
down. Schembechler would definitely
have gone for the two point conver-
sion if the Wolverines managed to
pull within a point.
Under pressure, Michigan came to
life, but the weak first half perform-
ance gave Washington just enough
leeway to preserve the Rose Bowl
victory - the fourth consecutive
year a Pac-8 club has copped the
Native Californians weren't sur
prised with the outcome. They wit-
nessed the Husky destruction of
Southern Cal and at the same time
were not impressed with Michigan's
14-6 victory over Ohio State. The
Huskies used a balanced attack to
down the Trojans and the west coast
partisans saw the Big Ten title clash
as an extremely dull type of football.
The Pac-8 co-player of the year,
Husky quarterback Warren Moon,
provided Michigan with a test it
hadn't received in the regular sea-
son. Moon, as Schembechler stated
before the game, was indeed the best
quarterback the Wolverines encoun-
tered this season.
WITH THE BOWL extravaganza
behind, the Big Ten really took it on
the chin. Minnesota and Ohio State
joined the Wolverines as losers over
the holidays. On the other hand, the
Pac-8 finished 3-0 in Bowl competi-
However, the Big Ten does get one
last chance to win a Bowl game this

Daily Photo by ANDY FREEBERC
WHILE STANLEY EDWARDS led the way, Rick Leach cranked out the yardage
on the Rose Bowl turf. Leach did not have much of a day rushing wise as he only
collected a net total of five yards, but the junior from Flin had a tremendous
passing day. He was 14-for-27, totalling 239 yards, which included a 76-yard
touchdown pass to Curt Stephenson, a Rose Bowl record.
full court
Michigan's offense . .
. relies on its defense
W HENEVER I VIEW Nhis year's Michigan basketball team-whether it
W be during a game or merely in practice-I constantly ask myself
what type of team is the Big Ten's defending champs. Are they serious
Big Ten contenders? If not, can they at least make the NCAA tourna-
The Big Ten, as we have heard over and over, is a rugged basketball
conference. No one knows how many legitimate contenders there are, and
what makes the situation more complicated is that the non-contenders
have the talent to play spoiler throughout the year.
As simple as it sounds, home court performance looks as though it's
going to separate the contenders from the spoilers. To stay in the race, Big
Ten teams will have to win at home, because once a team faces a must win
situation on the road it's like trying to roll double sixes in backgammon
to win ... or percentage wise, even worse than that.
As for the Wolverines, their non-conference home performance has
been disappointing. They needed an early victory against Louisville to prove
to themselves, and the rest of the basketball world, that they were a national
power, at least at home. Michigan played well, but it lost.
Then on the road came the fold in the final minutes to Alabama.
Finally, another fold occurred but this was not to a national power, and
it was not on the road. The once mighty Wolverines fell to Toledo in Crisler.
The question is whether Michigan can use their stunning loss as an
incentive to push themselves. Also, can the local cagers build themselves
into a legitimate contender or at least gain a NCAA bid?
In order for the Wolverines to be able to answer yes to one of the
preceding questions, not only will they have to be virtually unbeatable at
home, but they will have to consistently use a pressure defense. Their size
disadvantage almost warrants this type of play. Another key factor will
be the performance of the substitutes.
A pressure defense requires constant hawking and continuous move-
ment. An excellent example of this is Tom Staton. Sometime when you're at
a game watch him for a couple of minutes. Don't watch him too long though,
because he will tire you out. He never stops moving.
The pressure defense wears players out, maing the bench all that
more important. A team that relies on a hawking defense needs fresh
players, and ones that can substitute with enough authority so that they
don't cause the team to lose control of its established game.
Michigan substituted well against a less than complete Northwestern
team on Thursday. "Our starters really didn't perform well (in the second
half) until down the stretch. I think part of that was due to the fact that
they played with intensity and played hard in the first half. That's what we
want them to do-play hard and go hard for as long as they can," said
assistant coach Bill Frieder.
When the time comes for substitutes, the Michigan coaching staff still
doesn't have any clear cut answers. "We're still searching as to who's our
third guard and who's our third forward," Frieder said.
"I tried to match up with Tex (Winter, Northwestern's coach). When
he went with three big men, then I came in with Heuerman for McGee.
When he had Roberson, Marifke and another guard on the floor, we used
Staton and another guard. So we tried to match up size wise with them,"
Frieder added.
"That wasn't anything that I decided to do on my own. John and I
discussed that. We felt our loss to Toledo was due to the fact that our kids
got tired and we let them play out there," Frieder concluded.
You may be asking, "What about offense?" With most teams the defense
and the offense blend together, with a slight emphasis on one or the other.
Then you have the run and gun teams, ones that depend on high-power
offense. In a way Michigan is like this, except it cannot rebound well enough
to build an entire game plan around this concept.
Michigan's offense, more so than other teams' offenses, depends on its
defense. The defense must cause mistakes, so that the offense can take off
down the court. Sure, you have to have a patient offense at times, but
Michigan's strength is its speed. To win the Wolverines have to be able to
run, and to run they must force the turnovers.
"In order for us to run we've got to force some turnover situations,"
David Baxter said. "We're going to have to scrap, because Minnesota's
big and we're not. We can't just go out there and let teams take advantage
of us. We've got to force the action away from the ball."
In tomorrow's Minnesota contest, an important trend to note will be
how tough Michigan's defense is hawking at the start of the game. If the
defense is not tight, then the Wolverines will get trounced by the Golden

Daily Photo by ALAN BILINSKY a
THE FINAL TOUCHDOWN of the year for Michigan came in the Rose Bowl on a
32 yard touchdown pass from Rick Leach to Stanley Edwards. Edwards, a fresh-
man tailback, raised the ball in happiness as the score was 27-20. Little did he
know that his six would be the last flicker on Michigan's part of the scoreboard.

winger. One week from today the best
seniors of the Pac-8 square off with
the best of the Big Ten in the first
Challenge Bowl in Seattle, Washing-
ton. Moon and- three other team-

mates will represent the Pac-8 while
Dwight Hicks, James Pickens and-
Mike Kenn take the field for the Big :

Another defeat: leers ambushed

Special to The Daily
MADISON-It was Rudy Varvari's
birthday but Wisconsin spoiled the
party. The Badgers scored seven
straight goals to erase an early 1-0
Wolverine lead as a sell-out crowd of
8,662 saw Wisconsin defeat Michigan, 8-
2, here last night.
Varvari was in top form, but he
received little help from his team-
mates. In fact, Michigan played con-
fused and disorgaized all game long.
The Badgers scored four of the five
goals in the third period but.the game
was decided by then.
The first period was all Wisconsin,
as the Badgers repeatedly peppered
the Wolverine net with every type of
shot imaginable.
Varvari turned back 18 of the 19
shots he faced. Some of his saves
were so spectacular, even the Wis-
consin fans were applauding.
EVEN SO, Michigan scored first.

Senior captain John McCahill dug a
loose puck out from a jam-up in front
of the players' benches and fed it
ahead to Kip Maurer.
Maurer carried the puck over the
Badger blue line and threw it over to
Bill Thayer who promptly drilled a
shot high over Wisconsin goalie,
Julian Baretta's left shoulder.
But that lead did not last long. Theme
Badgers' Rod Romanchuck picked
up an errant clearing pass during a
Michigan power play and tied the
game on a break-away goal at 12:19
of the period.
Wisconsin dominated the Wolver-
ines in all phases of the game
throughout the entire second period,
scoring three unanswered goals to
take a 4-1 lead.
BADGER LEFT winger Les
Grauer broke the 1-1 tie at 6:25 of the
period mainly because of Michigan's
inability to get the puck out of its own
zone. Grauer was handed the puck by

the Blue defense and, shooting it
through a screen, beat Varvari.
Defenseman Bob Suter assisted on
the play.
Wolverine center Dave Debol, who
rarely spends time in the penalty
box, was whistled off the ice half a
minute later. Wisconsin cashed in on
the man advantage.
NORM MCINTOSH slipped a pret-
ty pass across the goal mouth where
Theran Welsh tipped it, by the
Wolverine netminder, upping the
Badger lead to 3-1.
Michigan's Tim Manning picked up
a tripping penalty at 8:35 and it took
Wisconsin only 15 seconds to notch its
second power play goal. Mark John-
son blasted a low drive along the ice
past Varvari.
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take nearly 100,000 years to reach
Alpha Centauri, the nearest star, at a
distance of 4.3 light years.


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Scoring: 1. M-Thayer (Maurer, McCahill) 9:13;
2. W-Romanchuk (Eaves) 12:19.
Penalties: W-Kavolinas (elbowing) 11:40: M-
Waymann (roughing) 14:37.
Scoring: 3. W-Grauer (B. Suter) 6:25; 4. W-
Welsh (M. Johnson,>McIntosh) 8:12; 5. W-M.
Johnson (Eaves, Welsh) 8:50.
Penalties: M-Debol (hooking) 7:05: M-Man-
ning (tripping) 8:25; W-Grauer (unsportsmanlike
Scoring: 6. W- Ulseth (Paves. Welsh) 7:41: 7.
W-M. Johnson (unassisted) 15::32; 8. W-Scheid
(Capouch. Murray Johnson) 1li:13: 9. M-Miller

(Oiver, Turner) 17:21; 11. M. Johnson (unassisted)
Penalties: M-lloene (interference) 7:12:
M-Iloene (hooking) 10:21: W-Welsh (tripping)
11:16: M-Ierg (slashing) 11:19: W-B. Johnson
(slashing) 11:49: W-Bench (delay of game) 19:01.
1 2 3 T
M IC IGI AN ............................. l )0 i-2
Wisconsin............................. 1 :3 4-8
1 2 3 T
Varvari (M).........................19 8 11-38
Baretta (WV)........................... 5 9 10-24


from Dept. of Recreational Sports
7 Afternoons of Skiing
7 Lessons (1 hr. each)
... Including Transportation &
Rental Equipment


If you're planning on going to the
Michigan - Minnesota basketball
game today, plan again. The game
has been rescheduled for tomorrow
at 2:00 p.m. thanks to regional
television.dForget what your ticket
has printed on it. The tickets were
printed way ahead of the schedule's
The women's basketball team will
give a demonstration and play an
intra-squad game at the Central
Campus Recreation Building tomor-
row, January 8 at 7:00 p.m. During
halftime the team members will take

on all comers in a free throw
challenge contest with the winners
receiving tickets to the January 10
women's game.
Entries for I.M. basketball in
men's, women's and co-rec divisiong
are due on Monday, January 9 at the
I.M. Building on Hoover St. For more
information, call 763-3362.
The Department of Recreational
Sports is looking for I.M. sports
officials in basketball and volleyball.
No experience is necessary, training
is provided. If you're interested, call
Sandy Sanders, 763-3562.

Leaving 12:30 pm On These Dates. ... Jan. 10, 17, 24,.
31, Feb. 7, 14, 21............... Return At 5:15
PRICE: $65 with own equipment
$88 with equipment rental
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Housing Available for Winter Semester
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