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November 08, 1977 - Image 11

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*Down to
the wire
By Don MacLachlan
A little matter of revenge ..
before the BIG game
jF IVE DAYS to go.
Once that final gun sounds in West Lafayette on Saturday Bo
Schembechler can turn his thoughts completely to Ohio State. But a victory
Saturday is essential if Michigan wants to stay in the race for the roses.
Schembechler can almost taste it now. The pitfall at Minnesota is past,
the injury pr-tifem 'stabilized and the Wolverines are converging on that
crucial goal-winning the Big Ten title.
First, Michigan must take to the road again. Indeed, it's never easy to
win in opposing territory. The grass field at Purdue really shouldn't make
that much of a difference-unless the weather makes for treacherous
"I think grass slows any team down," Schembeciler said at his weekly
press luncheon yesterday. "We will practice on grass Thursday. Tuesday
and Wednesday will be tough practices that we have to film under the
lights-so we will be on the Tartan turf."
Blue keeps both eyes on Purdue
Schembechler and his Wolverines have come too far to let it slip away.
In no way will they look past the revenge battle against Purdue. In fact, it's
a matter of immense concern for Schembechler. Only after a win is secured
can the Michigan coach open up and tell everyone about Ohio State and how
great a battle he envisions. But in the meantime..;
"We've pointed these two games all season long," Schembechler said.
"We knew these would be two of the real toughies. If we don't win them both
we may be sitting at home. All we have to do at Purdue is win-it doesn't
make any difference how we do it."
A lot of thoughts cruise through the Michigan mentor's mind regarding
Purdue: The Boilermaker passing attack, under the direction of Mark
Herrmann, provides a severe test. Purdue has no back-up fullback this week
unless Kevin King makes it back from a knee injury. Purdue owns a three
game winning streak. The possibility of not facing those Buckeyes for the
title exists unless his team beats the Boilermakers.
Schembechler also talked a little bit about the Pac-8 race yesterday and
he seemed interested in the sites of the final two games. Whoever is on the
road faces a tough time-and Bo knows where his team plays this weekend.
Southern Cal blew out Stanford 49-0 last Saturday. The Trojans, UCLA
and Washington are all tied for the conference lead with two games
"Stanford was on the !road and Southern Cal must have played well,"
Schembechler said. "USC still has a couple of players to go with out there. i
lean towards USC to win the conference."
What about Southern Cal at Washington this weekend?
"It's at Washington-wow," Schembechler said, shaking his head.
Will Number One get knocked off?
"The question is if anyone is going to get Texas," Schembechler con-
c tinued. "They play Texas A&M at A&M? Oh brother, that could be
something. There will be some good games coming up in the next few
" weeks. '
Southern Cal's schedule resembles the Wolverines. A tester on the road
this weekend and the biggies (against UCLA) at home for the finale. Both
teams are gunning for the Rose Bowl. Schembechler favors the Trojans in
the Pac-8 race-but who in the Big Ten? For him, it all depends on the out-
come of the game Saturday.,
The bowl bids come out at six o'clock November 19, a mere two hours af-
ter the conclusion of the Michigan-Ohio State confrontation. Even if
Michigan loses another game it stands a very good chance of receiving a
third consecutive bowl invitation. But don't tell Bo that. He wants that Pur-
due game extra bad-with a win the Rose Bowl invitation lies in his own
=hands-but not until then.
"When we get an invitation I ask Bo about going," said Michigan
atlhletic director Don Canham "It's his decision. If he wants to play in the
Camelia Bowl it's fine with me.'
Bo knows what Bowl invitation he's gunning for. There are just two more
road blocks to high jump before a return trip to Pasadena can be scheduled.
But tripping on the stepping stone this week kills all possibilities.
Schembechler was rather quiet yesterday. Per chance, he was saving
his talking for next week.

Emotion charges M

Emotion plays an important role in
football. After the Minnesota upset,
no Michigan player took it harder
than linebacker Jerry Meter.
"Emotion is a big thing," Meter
said. "You work on technique all
week and when Saturday comes, you
gotta be up. That is where the
emotion takes over."
"It is hard to not have any emotion
playing in front of 100,000 fans,"
Meter added. "It is a thrill playing in
front of so many people. It gets your
adrenalin going and really picks you
The preparation for Purdue started
yesterday and the emotional level
will continue to rise until the kickoff-
Saturday in West Lafayette. Last
year's upset loss in Ross Ade
Stadium should be an added incen-
"The emotional pitch started yes-
terday when we showed up for prac-
tice," Meter said. "You can't mea-
sure it, you just see how it is.

Thursday you can feel it in the air,
and on Friday you are really getting
juiced up for the game. Then, at one
o'clock on Saturday, it's just going to
bust loose."
Bo Schembechler keeps the Wol-
verines motivated and psyched up all
week long -- he doesn't wait for the
emotional level to build suddenly.
"That is how you could lose
games," Meter said. "If you take
four days of emotion and cram it into
one. That's probably where a lot of
games are won and lost.
"It's not just contained in practice
either," Meter continued. "It's a
funny thing - sometimes I wake up
in the morning and think of how I will
play in a certain situation on Satur-
day. My mind just slips away and I
think about the game coming up."
Meter's contemplation has result-
ed in a steady performance all year.
Ron Simpkins and Meter lead the
Wolverines in tackles with 126 and 87
respectively. Add John Anderson and
Dom Tedesco to this duo, and

Michigan has
Meter and Si
and quicker,"
bechler, than
Calvin O'Neal
year ago. Aithi
frameis by no
relies more
strength to mal
Meter shared
Vogele last yi
tackles. This3
Birmingham he
and leads thet
deflections wh
"I'm very ple
can't say I've
opportunity to
with my career
hundred minu
career with the
players too.
"I've played
on the demo
man," Meter a

The Michigan Daily-Tuesdd, November 8, 1977-Page 11
4er s batter
a national championship and chat
itself a fine set of was a part of me. Whenever I get
depressed about not playing well I
impkins are "smaller think back to,my freshman year.
according to Schem- We've got 22 other guys but theref
the combination of playing. You can't pity yourself - itt
and Jerry Vogele a just isn't fair."y'
tough a 6-3, 210-pound With the 'extra pressure and a
means small, Meter possible conference championship at
on quickness than stake, Meter will be ready to go all.
ke the tackles. out against Purdue and Ohio State.
I the starting spot with "I've grown up with pressure and
ear and recorded 78 it's fun," Meter said. "ft is some-
year the junior from thing to set your goals on and get you+
as started every game emotional. Purdue is a must game or
team with three pass all our dreams will be washed
ile pouncing on two away."
-ased," Meter said. "I AubkcServse ofths
never been given the n ATheAdverk Cound
play. I'd be pleased
if I played one or one

tes. I measure my
success of the other
a lot but I spent time
teams as a fresh-
dded. "We got close to


ti , .

All of Michigan's new ba
talent has made Coach Johnr
job of selecting a starting lir
the November 26 opener
Western Kentucky a sticky sit
ON SUNDAY, Orr got anot
at his team under game-lik
tions as he sent the squad th
fifty minute scrimmage.
Freshmen Mike McGee at
Heuerman opened at thel
spots for the Blue team, ar
bined with Joel Thompson a
and Dave Baxter and Tom S
the guards. The White tear
tered with Len Lillard and
J.V. player Cornel Williams
forwards, Tom Bergen at cen
freshmen Mark Bodnar and
Johnson at the guards.
The main problem facing
finalizing his lineup is cho
center. With the absence
Hubbard, due to knee surge
pivot position remains open t
6-8 Thompson, 6-7 Heuerma
Mike Robinson or 6-9 Bergen.
ORR WOULD not list his f
ters in any particular order,
say that Thompson and He
would be used at both cent
forward, while Robinson and
would play solely at center.
"Joel and Rob were the tw(
centers in the scrimmage," C
yesterday after having the ch
view the game film. "Joel did
job of rebounding and R
scoring well with 18 unofficial
--- -

and did a pretty good job with the re- Robins
sketball bounds. Hardyt
ny Orr's "Overall we did not look very But i
neup for good," Orr said. "We ran a lot, but which
against we didn't board well and we got tired Buffalo
tuation. in the second half. We didn't have unoffici
her look any good defense and we still have to both to
e situa- get into better condition." minutes
rough a ORR SHUTTLED all fourteen the Blu
players into the lineup, switching cumula
nd Paul Staton from forward to guard,
forward Thompson from center to forward
nd com- and Heuerman from forward to
t center center.
taton at "We just moved different guys
m coun- around to see where the best combin-
former ation was," Orr said. "We'll work
at the through Thursday and then we'll be
iter and pretty pat on our lineup. We should at
Johnny least have it narrowed to eight or
- nine by then."
Orr in While Orr's comments centered on
osing a the negative aspects of the scrim-
of Phil mage, he was quick to point out that
try, the "shooting-wise we were terrific,"
o either and noted the fine offensive game
an, -6-10 tgrned in by Johnson.
"HE WAS really surprising be-
our cen- cause he hadn't played that well up to
but did that point," remarked Orr. "McGee.

on Joel, Baxter, Staton, and
'at forward) all played well."
t was the play of Johnson
stood out the most, as the
,New York native hit for an
al total of 29 points to lead
eams in the regulation, 40
s. Hardy chipped in 27 to pace
e squad in a game where a
hive score was not kept.

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