Page 10--Sunday, November 13, 1977-The Michigan Daily
SMERGE SNARES TWO TD'S:
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Defensive back Dwight Hicks helped
Michigan get its first points on the
board when he intercepted a Herrmann
quick-out pass at the Purdue 18 witht
5:15 left in the first quarter.
Michigan could only move the ball 7
yards after the interception and had to
settle for Greg Willner's '28-yard field
goal and a 7-3 deficit.
The Wolverines were unable to sus-
tain any kind of a drive until the second
quarter when they got the wind at their
AFTER THE first Boilermaker punt
of ,the second quarter, Michigan put
together a punishing 14'plays, 60-yard
drive with Rick Leach throwing the
final 28 yards to Mark Scherge for the
score. It was the tight end's first recep-
tion of the year.
The drive took 8:33 and combined
with Greg Wilner's conversion put
It looked as though Michigan was
going to take that lead into the dressing
room when it punted from the Purdue
44 with :41 remaining.
Purdue's Pat Harris bobbled John
Anderson's punt at the 8-yard line how-
ever, and caughed up the.ball when he
was hit by three Wolverines. Curt Step-
enson recovered the fumble at the 2-
,ROOSEVELT SMITH plunged over
the- goal line on the next play and Wil-
ner's conversion gave Michigan a 17-7
"It was definately the turning point,"
said Jim Young, an ex-Schembechler
assistant, "it gave them a cheap touch-
down before the half ended and instead
of coming out at 10-7 we were down 10
points against a tough defensive team."
The fun continued for Michigan in the
third quarter as the Wolverines scored
three times and Davis ran more like he
was in a marathon.
Davis accounted for 127 yards in the
third quarter and scored Michigan's
first touchdown of the half. Davis broke
through the middle and scored from 24
yards out with 10:38 left in the quarter
after he had picked up a 23-yard gain
over left guard.
"The offensive line left it wide open
and it was just up to me to get by the
defensive backs," Davis said.
PURDUE, BEHIND 24-7 tried to get
back in the game by passing but Dom
Tedesco intercepted a Herrmann pass
at the 30-yard line and returned it up the
sideline for a score.
"That put the frosting on the cake,"
Schembechler said. And it also sent
most of the disheartened crowd to the
exits, disappointed with the 31-7 score
First downs ...................
Return yards ...............
1 0- 7
Pope....................... 6 27
Gebert .................... 1 -11
Herrmann ................... 2 -17
Mettalic ..................... 2 -22
Mettalic ...... ........:.... 8 4/0
No. Yds. i
and unwilling to brave the cold.
Michigan picked up another 47 yards
when it took the ball down to the Purdue
26 on its next possession, but turned the
ball over when Stanley Edwards was
unable to handle a Rick Leach pitch.
Jim Pickens turned the ball right
back over to the offense with his second'
interception of the year at the Michigan
MICHIGAN made good use of the in-
terception by scoring its third touch-
down of the quarter eight plays later on
another Leach to Schmerge pass, this
time from the six-yard line. This put
Michigan ahead 38-7 with 50 seconds re-
maining in the quarter.
Davis highlighted the drive with a 44-
yard run on a third and twenty-nine
situation. The junior fullback took the
ball straight up the middle and nearly
ran around the entire Purdue defense
"He made some great cuts - some
spectacular cuts," Schembechler said.
"Of course he's been like that for us all
year. He was really fine when we really
needed him today."
Michigan paid a price for the run as
Davis was left injured on the sideline
with leg cramps after the tackle and did
not see action the rest of the game.
Schembechler did say Davis will be
'ready for the Ohio State game.
After Schmerge's second touchdown
Schembechler took out most of his first
string. The defense added insult to the
already injured' Boilermakers in the
fourth quarter when Tom Seabron
caught Herrmann trying to pass in the
end zone for a safety after Michigan
punted. The safety ended the day's
PURDUE-D. Young, 6-yd. pass from Herrmann .
MICH.-FG Willner, 28 yds.,
MICH.-Schmerge, 8-yd. pass from Leach
MICH.-Smith, 2-yd. run (Willner kick)
MICH.-Davis.24-yd.run (Willner kick)
MICH.-Tedesco, 30-yd. pass interception
MICH.-Schmerge,6-yd. pass from Leach
MIC .-Safrey - Herrmann tackled in end zone ,
Att. Yds. Av
Smerge ...................... 2
Edwards .....,............. 2
Smith ............ ......1
Marsh ........ .......1
Young............ ........ 3
Burrell ...................... 1
14 ' 7
King............ ..... 5
JUST AN OFF NIGHT-FARRELL
By ERROL SHIFMAN
Specialto The Daily
EAST LANSING - They had a
Thanksgiving celebration here last
night - Michigan played the turkey.
In a complete turnaround from
Friday night's contest Michigan
started the game looking tired and it
ended up falling flat, literally. MSU
walked over the Blue, 9-4.
Frustrated Michigan coach Dan
Farrel summed it up well, "Just a
bad night," he signed, "just an oil
night."'There wasn't much more to
A delighted MSU Amo Bessone
said Michigan din't skate or check
Scoring: 1. MSU-Heaslip (Welch. Huesing) 9:17;
2. M-Miller (Lerg) 13:10; 3. MSU-Lynch (Jelacie,
Welch) 13:33; 4. MSU-Jelacie (Mcdonald, Cough-
lin) 16: 16.
Penalties: M-McCahill (cross checking) 5:42;
M-McCahill (cross checking) 14:25; M-Hoene
(iripping) 15:32; M-Lerg (misenduct) 18:08; MSU
4Barr (tripping) 19:38.
Scoring: 5. MsU-Lynett (Heaslip, Welch) 10:20;
6 M-Olver (Waymann. Thayer) 17:51; MSU-
Welch (Jelacie. Mazzoleni) 18:26.
Penalties: M-Olver (interference) 6:06.; M-
Olver (cross checking) 9:35; MSU-Barr (hooking)
12:47; M-McCahill (holding) 18:10; M-Manning
Blue ice rs, 9-4
By Don Macdachlin
*. keyto 'ictory
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind.
T HERE WAS INTENSITY-PLUS in Ross-Ade Stadium yesterday. Both
Purdue and Michigan came out enotionally charged. But the story of
the game was thatMichigan remained sky high for 60 minutes. The Wol-
verines just kept coming after Purdue on every play. The Boilermakers
couldn't handle it.
"We knew Michigan would be ready to play when they came here and we
thought that we would be ready too," said Purdue coach Jim Young. "I don't
think we had that emotion going in the second half."
The first half was loaded with hard hitting. On the first play from
scrimmage Michigan freshman Stanley Edwards scooted four yards - and
was promptly smashed by linebacker Fred Arrington.
"That was a good lick,' Edwards said afterwards. With that play the
adrenalin started to flow. Purdue held the favored Wolverines, then took
over possession and scored in seven plays.
"I thought we had them there in the first half," said Purdue quarterback
Mark Herrmann. "Just a few plays and it got turned around."
"We had talked about falling behind earlier in the week," said Michigan
defensive tackle Curtis Greer. "We realized a situation like that could have
come up and that fired us up that much more."
The Wolverines trailed 7-0 but they certainly weren't going to just roll
over. Too much was at stake. They just kept coming at the Boilermakers.
"We never gave up whatsoever," said cornerback James Pickens.
"When you get a motive, no matter what happens you never lose sight of it.
We fell behind but we had a debt to pay. We dedicated ourselves to hitting
anybody in those uniforms."
Michigan got a break with Dwight Hicks first quarter interception at the
Purdue 18. Purdue's partisan crowd got to its feet and supported the defense.
The Wolverines asked the officials to quiet down the crowd three different
times. The inspired Boilermakers held Michigan to a field goal.
"The fans did that to us last year," recalled center Walt Downing. "We
wouldn't run a play until it got quiet. Today we were determined - this
game meant everything to us.",
"They really thought they had a chance to beat us," said Wolverine Ron
Simpkins. "Those first few series they came off the ball really hard."
Michigan put together a long drive for'its next touchdown that perched
the Wolverines on top for good. But every yard was hard earned. At this
point, Purdue still believed it could repeat last year's victory over Michigan.
When the Wolverines capitalized on a fumbled punt near the end of the half
and scored again, Purdue realized it would be tough to claw back.
Trailing 17-7, Purdue had one last chance. It took the second half kickoff
and immediately got a first down. Then, Michigan held and took over
possession - and the 'complexion of the game changed completely. Instead
of churning for three hard earned yards, Russell Davis glided through the
Purdue defense for 25 yards. The offensive line was opening enormous
"It was a matter of coming in at the half and getting our adjustments
down," said Davis, who rushed for 127 yards in the third quarter. "Bo told us
it wasn't over yet and we had to get after them."
Michigan took Bo's word to heart. Purdue began to drop passes and
jump offsides. The Boilermakers became intimidated by Michigan. Inter-
ceptions were being returned for touchdowns. Herrmann was sacked
repeatedly. The disappointed Boilermakers just unsnapped their helmets
and walked off the field - heads down.
Meanwhile, Michigan kept coming. It was a matter of team pride.
The Wolverines gobbled 'up yardage in chunks. Near the end of the third
quarter Michigan faced a third down situation with 29 yards to go. Guess
what? Davis galloped for 45 yards.
In the fourth quarter, the reserves kept churning. Tom Seabron sacked
Herrmann for a safety. In the waining minutes, Purdue found itself on the
Michigan four-yard line. On the next play, Tom Melita and William Jackson
sacked quarterback Joe Metallic for a 12-yard loss. There was no way they
were going to let up.
Michigan had its mind on one thing -- winning. It won impressively and
now can look forward to the Ohio State showdown.
"That was a nice win," Bo Schembechler said sincerely. "We were
tickled to come back here. If we'd beat them at home people would have said
we had the home field advantage. Now, it's down to the Ohio State week."
Michigan got a taste of what the Ohio State game will be like in the first
half yesterday. And just as they did against Purdue, the Wolverines will
keep coming after the Buckeyes on Saturday.
like last night." Quite an un
Michigan's futility was
during two. successive thi
Spartan scoring rushes. AF
defenseman slipped and fe
Blue line allowing an MSU fo
waltz right in both times.I
ineptitude did not end there
The Wolverines could hav
their own Keystone . Cops
When they didn't have a m
penalty box they were pass
imaginary wing position. W
did complete a pass the pu
quickly elude them. When t
shot off, the MSU defense m
they got only one.
Scoring: 8. MSU-McLaughlin (C
Cenze) 1:23; 9. M-Olver (Maurer,
10. MSU-tleaslip 3:55; 11. MSU
(Campbell, DeCenze) 4:30; 12. M-Ia
8:07; 13. MSU-DiPace (Taraskez
Penalties: MSU-Sutton (holding
4:58; M-Thayer (hooking) 9:00;:
(holding) 12:48; MSU-Sutton (elbowi
A total team effort powered this
proved inspired MSU team past the Blue.
rd period Maybe it was the sign in the Spartan
Michigan locker room that motivated them;
ell at the "Kwityourbichinandgotowork"-
orward o and they sure did.
But their The offense put forth its highest
output of the young season, while
ve staged Spartan goalie Mark Mazzoleni won
s movie. his first game of the year.
an in the Six different Spartans scored, with
ing to an Russel Welch picking up four points
hen they on a goal and three assists. Leo
ck would Lynett and Marty McLaughlin each
hey got a chipped in two goals for State. Tony
nade sure Jelacie added a-goal and two assists.
The constant MSU pressure was
Campbell, De- enough to knock Michigan goalie
Thayer) 2:03; Rick Palmer out of the game with
-McLaughlin 16:30 left in the third period.
mpson (Debol) The KO goal was scored by State's
in, Klasinski) McLaughlin, who was playing in his
first game of the year. It put MSU out
& elbowing) in front, 8-3. Palmer returned to the
7sU5 f dbench and showed his displeasure by
ng)17:25. breaking his goalie stick against the
I 2 3 T boards. It was only the second time
14 10 4 28 Farrel has pulled his goalie, but he
- didn't put the blame on Palmer.
6 10 8 24 "After 8 goals you're not gonna
' 2 3 T' prove anything by leaving him in
l2 1- there," said Farrel. "He's (Palmer)
3 2 4-9having a confidence problem right
now and he doesn't need any more
The blame definitely couldn't all be
placed on Palmer. Farrel cited the
defense as a big problem.
"We need work on defense, some of
our defensemen are struggling," said
MSU had numerous breakaways,
and the Spartans were allowed to
move right in on Palmer with the
defense there only for decoration.
Farrel was pleased, however, with
the play of freshman defenseman
"Mazzoleni was fantastic," ex-
claimed Bessone. Each time that it
seemed like Michigan might come
back Mazzoleni came up with a big
save. Any rebounds that the goalie
did allow were quickly wisked away
by a strong defense.
The Spartans gave an indication
that they were ready early. They
attempted 34 shots in the period to
Michigan's 17. They built a lead of
3-1, and after two periods it was 5-2.
MSU had'the momentum it needed to
blow the Blue out in the third stanza.
While Farrel admitted that no one
played well, he did single out fresh-
man right winger John Olver as a
bright spot. Olver scored twice, with
his first a deflection of a John
Wayman slap shot. At the time it cut
MSU's lead toA,4-2.
REVENGE IS FINE, BUT,...
OSU looms in Purdue
By JOHN NIEMEYER
Special to The Daily
WEST LAFAYETTE - Revenge,
how sweet it can be.
After a year long wait, remember-
ing the agony of a 16-14 upset by the
Boilermakers, Michigan had its mo-
ment-, thumping Purdue on its own
. THE WOLVERINES prepared
hard for this one, concentrating on
Purdue as one of the two BIG games
of the year. As Michigan coach Bo
Schembechler put it, "We've pointed
towards the tenth and eleventh
games all season."
But for all the emphasis, the
Wolverine team didn't pause long to
savor the victory. After its usual
post-game chorus of "The Victors,"
the team shifted gears and began
chanting, "We want the Bucks."
Purdue is now history. Ohio State's
Buckeyes are coming to town this
Saturday and that is what the players
are concentrating on now.
As Rick Leach put it, "now we are
going to be ready next week."
"It should be a good game and
whoever wants it the most will come
out on top," Leach went on with an-
EACH OF the Wolverines is excit-
ed about the upcoming challenge:
Senior co-captain Walt Downing
voiced the entire team's sentiment on
what will have to be done saying
simply, "We just have to play our
He went on to say, "Right now, I
think every player at every position
is at his peak. I think it, will be the
team that makes the least mistakes
that takes it."
Fullback Russell Davis echoed
Downing, adding, "I just look for a
drag out battle."
DAVIS HAD possibly the best
game of his career, rushing for 168
yards and blowing the game open in
the third quarter. When asked if he
thought it was his best perform-
ance, he said, "This was one of my
better games, but I'll have to be even
better next week."
For the seniors on %the team like
Downing and All-American guard
Mark Donahue, the game has added
meaning. For Downing, "It means a
trip to the Rose Bowl and knowing
that you beat Ohio State two in a row
and won two consecutive Big Ten
For Donahue, "It's the culmina-
tion of my whole college career. I'm
excited, really excited."
"I'M JUST optimistic. I think we
can win it," concluded Donahue,
reflecting the optimism of all the
With all the mental and physical
preparedness and performance they
demonstrated at Purdue, their confi-
dence is well founded.
Big 10 Standings
Conference All Games
W LT WL T
Ohio State ........ 7 0 0 9 1 0
MICHIGAN....... 6 1 0 9 1 0
Michigan State .... 5 1 1 6 3 1
Indiana..........3 3 1 3 6 1
Minnesota........3 4 0 6 4 0
Purdue -......... 3 4 0 5 5 0
Iowa ..............3 4 0 5 5 0;
Wisconsin.......3 5 0 5 5 0
Illinois.........2 5 0 3 7 0
Northwestern'....0 8 0 0 10 0
By GARY KICINSKI
Special to The Daily
DETROIT - Combining three first
period goals with tough defensive
play throughout the game, the De-
troit Red Wings stung the New York
Rangers, 3-1 before 15,011 enthusias-
tic fans last night at Olympia
Red Wings Dennis Poloinch, Dale
McCourt and Greg Joly found time to
score three goals during a penalty
marred first period. Y
Outstanding defensive play by the
Wings blue-liners and goalie Jim '
'1I1GAN 40.Purdue 7
Minnesota 21, Illinois 0
Ohi St.35. ndiana 7
Syracuse 20, Boston College 3
Alabama 36,Miami.Fla. 0
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