Page 10-Wednesday, November 16, 1977-The Michigan Daily
iANNUAL BLUE-BUCKS BATTLE
S awI This routine never dies
By MARK FRIEDLANDER
Ohio State Lantern Sports Editor
COLUMBUS - Like Simon and Garfunkel used to
sing, "It's the same old story."
Every year, there are many Big Ten experts who
predict that things will be more even in the conference
football race during the upcoming season. Even Bo and
Woody have been heard to make this type of remark on
occasion. It's a nice thing to say, but it never happens.
Iowa head coach Bob Commings was prompted to
say at the beginning of the season, "Something crazy is
going to happen in the Big Ten this year." This philo-
sophical statement partially came true when Minnesota
defeated the Wolverines only to lose to Indiana the
following week. It's enough to drive an oddsmaker
In fact, the way Michigan played throughout the en-
tire season probably drove a few bookies out of business.
Whenever the Maize and Blue were supposed to win by a
big margin, they barely squeaked by. When they were
predicted to have a tough time, they breezed.
Ohio State seemed to play more true to form,
although they also had a close call every now and then.
This was especially true in the first game of the season
when the Buckeyes defeated Miami of ,Florida 10-0.
Of late, the Buckeyes have started out slow and have
finished very, very fast. For example, last weekend the
Scarlet and Gray were tied with Indiana, 7-7 at the half.
But looking at the final score (35-7) one would think it
was just another Ohio State romp.
But, as history has shown us, whatever has hap-
pened in the last ten weeks will probably have little ef-
fect on Saturday's outcome.
It used to be where the home field advantage would
be a big factor in this outcome. This theory has certainly
been put to rest after the last two seasons when the op-
posing team has gone home smelling roses.
One thing which has always been paramount in Ohio
State-Michigan clashes is a lot of defense. This will sure-
ly hold true again this year regardless of the fact that
both teams like to see how high the scoreboard can go.
Last year's game was quite different from most of
the others, as it turned into a totally one-sided affair. No
last second heroics were needed.
If there is one key to success in this year's game, it
will probably be which team makes the fewest mistakes.
Don't count on seeing a rusher gain 100 yards or a passer
throw for 200.
One thing to remember is that Ohio State has
already clinched a share of the Big Ten title. Thus, the
Wolverines will need a victory to share it with them. On
the other hand, Michigan has never beaten the Buck-
eyes two years in a row while Bo has been at the helm.
An anti-climactic note of this year's event is that the
winner will probably face a mediocre team at best in
Pasadena. Also, it looks as if both teams have already
blown their chance for a national championship. Thus,
only the rivalry and the atmosphere surrounding the
contest will make it an event worth national attention.
Mark Friendlander is Sports Editor of the Ohio
State Lantern. This story is part of an annual ex-
change between the Lantern and the Daily. Sports
Editor Kathy Henneghan wrote a corresponding
story for Columbus readers.
Daily Photo by ALAN BILINSKY
'HOLD' IT RIGHT THERE!' That's what Michigan defensive end Tom Seabron seems to be saying to Buckeye
back Jeff Logan in last years Wolverine-Buck battle. Seabron and the rest of his mates are looking forward to
another encounter with Ohio State this weekend. Ohio State Lantern Editor Mark Friedlander says not to expect
anything new between the old rivals.
Will Be Here For
SCHEMBECHLER-HA YES HIGHLIGHTS
e moments from M-OSU battles
By JAMIE TURNER
Since Bo Schembechler took the helm
for Michigan in 1969 and led it to an up-
set over the top-ranked Buckeyes, The
Michigan-Ohio State series has pro-
duced memorable moments for both
With the shadow of another confron-
tation approaching, members of the
Daily and the head football writer of the
Ohio State Lantern have attempted to
choose the ten greatest moments of the
last eight years.
WEDNESDAY is .. .
On South University
REALIZING THIS TASK will in-
evitably end up with some people's fa-
vorites not being recognized, Buckeye
football writer Jerry Shriver and the
Daily came up with the following.
Heaven knows that field goal kicking
has proven to be a Wolverine headache
over the last eight years. Mike Lantry's
inability to kick a ball straight 34 yards
in the 1974 game cast a shadow over the
Michigan leftfooter's career. While that
was a memorable moment ...
Bob Wood's missed field goal in the
1975 game doesn't come readily to the
mind because the play wasn't the cli-
matic moment in the game. Michigan
had just tied up the game late in the
second quarter and now the Wolverines
had the chance to take the lead.
THE 37-YARD KICK was wide to the
left ... but, if Michigan had led 10-7,.
Rick Leach's fourth quarter TD sneak
would, have given Michigan a 17-7 lead
late in the game. When the Buckeyes
scored with three minutes left, Leach
would not have been forced to throw the
ball and would not have been inter-
That '75 game provided three more
memorable moments ...
Following Leach's touchdown, Michi-
gan kicked off and soon put Ohio into a
long second down situation. From in-
side his ten, Buck QB Corny Greene
dropped back ... and back ... and back.
Suddenly Greene had only inches be-
tween him and disaster. Middle guard
Tim Davis was inches in front of him
and the end line was inches behind him.
FALLING OUT OF THE END ZONE.
Greene launched a floater that four
Wolverines had theirhands on. Too
many men spoiled the play however,
and the pass fell to the ground incom-
Given new life, Ohio began their
comeback, short passes and runs by
Archie Griffin got them deep in Michi-
gan territory. Then Pete Johnson took
over. Time and time again Woody sent
the huge fullback into the line. The ir-
reversible force beat the immovable
object this time and the game was tied
Michigan could not settle for a tie, so
the freshman Leach was forced up-
stairs. Trying for Jim Smith, the ball.
was picked off by Archie's brother Ray.
Griffin carried all the way down to the
one and it was a matter of time before
Johnson bowled his way in for/ the
Another game, another interception.
This time the result was different.
TOM DARDEN'S PICKOFF in the
last minute of the 1971 game (Shriver
kept referring to it as the "interfer-
ence") sent W. W. Hayes into hysterics
and Michigan to the Rose Bowl as a un-
defeated, untied team.
Ohio came into the '71 game out of the
Big Ten race. In fact, all week stories
coming out of Columbus was to the ef-
fect that the Bucks only had one real
scoring threat - the kick returning
ability of safety Tom Campana.
Thus warned, the Wolverines watch-
ed as Campana proceeded to run a punt
back for Ohio's only score of the day. If
it weren't for Billy Taylor's late TD
run, Michigan would have lost to a one
1972 BROUGHT MICHIGAN to the
snakepit in Columbus and the (in)-
famous goal line stand by Ohio State.
Once in the first half and again in the
second, Michigan had first and goal op-
portunities and left without a point for
their efforts. The 14-11 loss was the end
Finally, the 10-10 tie in 1973. Follow-
ing the game Big Ten athletic directors
voted the Buckeyes to Pasadena. More
than likely, the decision was based on a
play in the fourth quarter.
Michigan was putting on a flurry in
the last stanza, and Dennis Franklin
was moving the offense to the winning
points. Going back to pass, Franklin
was hit while throwing and the result
was a broken collarbone.
Franklin's injury ended his season
prematurely ... and probably Michi-
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THE OLD OAKEN DOOR creaked eerily as the two trenchcoated figure:
stepped into the inner sanctum.
"What is it that brings you to my parlor of alchemy?," whispered th4
"We must have your guidance regarding a certain matter," said one of the in
fidels, eying the dim surroundings and shrunken heads uneasily. "You see, we're
from a midwestern university. We're on the road this week and learned of some in
credible riches available at the camp of the enemy. If we pick the results of the
following 40 games correctly, then we win a treasured two-item pizza from the
palace of Pizza Bob. But hurry!! We must have our picks in to the Michigan Dail:
office by midnight Friday to qualify!"
The hag eyed them through her tired red eyes for a moment, then handed ther
"But you didn't use your powers to foresee the results of the (gulp) big game,
said the quivering figure.
"Sure I did," hissed the scrawny old witch. "The Libels by a touchdown."
"No, no," said the other figure, a grumpy fat guy, ''the OTHER big game."
"My powers of insight tell me that you didn't take your loss too well last year,
the hag said. "It may not be good for your health to hear what's going to happen t
you on national TV on Saturday."
The fat guy glared at the witch.
"Boy, you're lucky you're not a football field," he sneered, "or I'd tear up you
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