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Page 8-Saturday, November 12, 1977-The Michigan Daily
Blue poised to subdue Purdue

Special to The Daily
WEST LAFAYETTE-Everything is on the line today for tne micnigan
Wolverines. Purdue hosts the sixth ranked Wolverines with Michigan facing
a must win situation.
Michigan needs a win to keep pace with front running Ohio State. A loss
Would kill the possibility of a second consecutive Rose Bowl trip. Barring an up-
set in Columbus today, this clash with the Boilermakers will determine if
Michigan stays in the Big Ten race.
Despite Purdue's mediocre 5-4 record, Coach Jim Young thinks his team is
ready for Michigan. "We're as excited as we've been all year,". Young said.
Michigan is very quick defensively and hard toscore on.
"You have to use a combination of passing and running to beat them,"
Young added. "We have to be able to run the ball and get our passing yardage
when the game is in the balance."
Bo Schembechler, Young's old boss, envisions the same attack out of the
underdog Boilermakers. "We expect Mark Herrmann to throw a little more
today but they will run some too," he said. "Purdue has a good fullback in John
Skibinski, 6-1, 233 pound senior, did most of the blocking for Scott Dierking
last year in Purdue's 16-14 upset victory. Dierking shredded the Blue defense
for 162 yards. Dierking has graduated, but Skibinski paces the Boilermaker
ground game with 587 yards and three touchdowns.
Purdue owns a three game winning 'streak including wins over Wisconsin
and Iowa. Quarterback Herrmann, the Big Ten's leading passer, is largely
responsible for the surge. Herrmann sometimes operated out of the shotgun to
confuse the opposition. However, the lanky freshman is not much of an option
quarterback. The Purdue ground game consists mainly of Skibinski's power
The Purdue defense leads the Big Ten in interceptions with 13 but Blue
quarterback Rick Leach probably won't go to the air unless he is forced to.
Even with a moist grass field, Michigan will stick with the rushing of
Russell Davis and Harlan Huckleby.
Huckleby, still feeling the effects of a pulled hamstring, has struggled in
recent games, but Schembechler is still confident in the junior speedster.
"harlan is a quality kid," he said. "He's had a few problems lately but he'll
snap out of it."
There would be no better time for Huckleby to break loose than this after-

noon against Purdue. The Boilermaker defense is vulnerable to the runs
yielding an average of four yards per carry.
A sellout crowd of 69,000 is expected for the revenge battle in Ross-Ade
Stadium. Kickoff is at 1:30 p.m. Ann Arbor time.



Mark Schmerge (230)...
John Powers (260)......
Gerry Szara (240)......
Walt Downing (255).....
Mark Donahue (245)....
Mike Kenn (245)......
Rick White (200)........
Rick Leach (190).......
Harlan Huckleby (200)..
Russell Davis (220).....
Ralph Clayton (210).....
John Anderson (220)...
Curtin Greer (235)....
Steve Graves (220).....
Chris Godfrey (250)....
Dom Tedesco (210) .....
Ron Simpkins (220)....
Jerry Meter (206) .....


......(80) Dave Young (220)
.......(71) John Lefeber (26)
... (74) Steve McKenzie (245)
........ (63) Pete Quinn (240)
.... (66) Dale Schwann (240)
... (64) Mike Barberich (255)
.... (21) Reggie Arnold (210)
... (8) Mark Herrmann (180)
.. (36) Robert Williams (180)
.... (31) John Skibinski (225)
.. (81) Raymond Smith (190)

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....... (34) Lee Larkins
......(94) Calvin Clark
......(62) Roger Ruwe
........ (91) Jeff Senica+
..... (85) Keena Turner
... (48) Fred Arrington
...... (58) Kevin Motts
.......(20) Rock Supan
...... (17) Jerome King
.........(46) Pat Harris
.......(45) Willie Harris



Dwight Hicks (180).....
Mike Jolly (180)......
Derek Howard (190)....'
Jim Pickens (180).....

Doily Photo by JOHN KNOX
Meet 'ya at the pass
Michigan's Mark Miller (14) and Michigan State's Dan Sutton (26) battle for the
puck in front of Spartan goalie Dave Versical. The Wolverines and Spartans
continue their home and home series tonight with the action switching to Munn
Arena in East Lansing. The story of last night's game is on page 9.

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Spiteful State welcomes winless Wildcats

In just one week the number of teams in con-
tention for the Big Ten football title dropped from
nine to three. Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan
State posted impressive wins last weekend, to pull
away from the pack and become the only teams left
with a shot at this year's crown.
Michigan State must beat Northwestern and
hope for an Indiana upset at Ohio State to keep their
championship hopes alive. The statistics favor
MSU, which ranks in the top five in the four offen-
sive categories, (rushing, passing, total offense and
THE SPARTANS WILL have a hard time forget-
ting last year when Northwestern gained its only
victory of the season at the expense of the Spartans.
Michigan State will go into the Northwestern
game with a three-game conference winning streak,
identical to that which they had before last year's
Wildcat game. But MSU coach Darryl Rogers is not
expecting an easy game against Northwestern.
"This is a much better football team than people
give it credit for," said Rogers. "Its offensive line is
as good as any in the Big Ten. We must play the
Wildcats with emotion. We're not good enough to do

IT LOOKS LIKE the Ohio State-Indiana contest
will be a game for breaking records. The number
one and two Big Ten rushers, Ric Enis of Indiana
with 733 yards and a 122.2 yard per game average,
and OSU's Ron Springs with 709 yards and a 118.2
yard average, will both be going for records today.
Overall, Springs holds a slight lead with 931,
yards to Enis' 918. Enis needs just 82 yards to become
the fourth back in IU history to go over the 1,000
yard mark. If Springs gains 69 yards, he will give
the Buckeyes a 1,000 yard rusher for the fifth
straight season.
Another Hoosier gunning for a recerd is split-end
Keith Calvin,who needs just two more catches to tie
the school record of 116 career receptions.
Ohio State will be looking to clinch at least a
share of the conference championship ndIndiana'
coach Lee Corso knows his team will need a nearly.
"perfect game to win. ~ d
"TRICKERY OR GIMMICKS won't do it," said
Corso. "It takes a sound game plan, a strong
kicking game, near perfect execution both offen-
sively and defensively, a minimum of mistakes -
and probably some luck along the way."
The four remaining teams pair identical losing
streaks. Iowa and Wisconsin, each having dropped

their last four games, clash at Wisconsin, while
Minnesota and Illinois saddled with two consecutive
losses apiece battle at Illinois.
An aerial game should be in order at Wisconsin
as Iowa ranks second in team passing and Wiscon-
sin ranks fourth. Hawkeye Mike Brady stands fifth
in pass receiving while Badger David Charles is in
the sixth spot.
THE I4AWKEYE'S defense "does a lot of shif-
ting in the line," said Wisconsin coach John Jar-
dine, so the Badger offense must be prepared to
charge blocking patterns. Wisconsin will also con-
centrate on ways of penetrating a possibly
vulnerable pass defense.
Minnesota with a 5-4 overall record will be
assured a winning jseason- with ac victory' over
Illinois. The best the Illini.can do is finish 4-4 in the
Big Teh if t defeatMihneseta and Northwestern.
Both coaches are looking for consistency in their
teams. "We had 22 penalties in our last two games,
"Illini coach Gary Moeller said," That takes con-
sistency out of your offense and we don't have the
big play offense to overcome those setbacks."
Minnesota coach Cal Stoll seeks consistency
especially since the Gophers were leading after
three quarters in each of their last two losses.

District meet places
Blue in strange spot

Michigan's cross country team
finds itself in an unusual position
today as it competes in the sixth
annual NCAA District IV champion-
ships at 11:00 on the University golf
In the past three years, the Wolver-
ines entered the meet as the Big Ten
champions and favorites to capture
team honors. But after a fourth place
finish in the conference meet last
weekend the Wolverines must come
up with a stellar performance in
order to qualify for the trip to the
NCAA championships in Spokane,
Washington on November 21.
Michigan will be one of 22 teams,
running on the 10,000 meter course
for the five qualifying spots allotted
to District IV. The district covers
teams competing in Ohio, Illinois,
Indiana, Minnesota, Michigan, and
Wisconsin. In addition to the first five
teams, the top five individuals not on
a qualifying team may run in the
NCAA meet.
Among the favorites for team
honors will be Big Ten champion
Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio State, and
Cleveland State.
For the Wolverines to make it to
Spokane, coach Ron Warhurst said
the team could technically qualify if
it placed anywhere in the top five.
But he felt realistically, "we're going
to have to win the thing or place an,
extremely close second to go. Our
chances are as good as anyone.
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Pacing the Michigan attack will be
senior Bill Donakowski who will be
shooting for his third straight cham-
pionship in as many weeks. The
Dearborn native captured the Cen-
tral Collegiate Conference title two
weeks ago and claimed individual
honors in the Big Ten meet.
He'll be joined by juniors Mike
McGuire, Bruce McFee, and Doug
Sweazey, sophomore Dave Lewis,
freshman Gary Parenteau and senior
Bob Scheper.
Both Scheper and Parenteau, who
finished 25th in the Central Colle-
giate meet, are changes in the lineup
which ran for the Big Ten title.
"We prepared the same as we
would've if we had won the Big Ten,"
said Warhurst, whose teams have
finished second in this meet the past
two years. "This is our home course
and our guys are going to be out there
running for their pride. They don't
have to prove anything to anyone but
For Donakowski, the meet pre-
sents the opportunity to leave Michi-
gan on a winning note and snap the
course record of 32:01, set last year
by Greg Meyer.
"I'll be trying to win the individual
title with minimal effort," said Dona-
kowski, who finished fifth in this
meet last year. "I'm pretty confident
and I don't think anyone can beat me
on my home course.
"I still think we're the best team in
the midwest and I think we'll be
going out to show everyone what we

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