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Page 4-Saturday, December 10, 1977-The Michigan Daily
Seniors hope to finish with victor

The Michigan Daily-Saturday, Dece

Huskies: New face in Pasad

For twelve Michigan seniors, the Rose
Bowl clash against Washington marks
the final time they shall start a game in
a Michigan uniform. Since their fresh-
man year, the Wolverines have a
career record of 38-6-2.
The players have' won two and lost
two against Ohio State. They have won
the Big Ten title. But one challenge
remains unconquered. These
Wolverines have never been associated
with a victory in a Bowl game.
senior leadership carried Michigan to a
season ending four straight victories af-
ter the stunning loss at Minnesota.
Some teams lose and have a tough time
putting it all together again. However,
the Wolverines managed to overcome
adversity and secure a share of the Big
Ten championship. Schembechler at-
tributes a lot of this to his senior class.
Leading the pack were co-captains
Walt Downing and Dwight Hicks. At
center Downing earned All-American
honors and had a fine year. Downing is
a big, quick center who gets off the line
fast and should be grabbed quickly in
the pro draft.
The hard-hitting Hicks, a second
team All-American led the Wolverines
in interceptions with three. Hicks might
best be remembered for his intercep-
tion against Ohio State which set up
Michigan's first touchdown a month

ago. A wolfman who switched over
from safety, Hicks also did a solid job
returning punts finishing second in the
conference with a 9.6 average.
In addition to Downing, three other
linemen finish up their careers in
Pasadena. Tackle Mike Kenn, a three
year starter, had a solid career at
Michigan. The 6-6 Evanston, Illinois
native came to Michigan as a tight end
before Schembechler shifted him to
tackle. Schembechler felt Kenn was a
consistent performer all year. Kenn
also earned a berth on the All-American
second team.
TWO FORMER high school team-
mates proceeded to start at guard for
Michigan the past two years. Two-time
All-American Mark Donahue and
Gerry Szara prepped together at
Brother Rice High School in Chicago.
Schembechler calls Donahue the best
offensive lineman he has coached since
Reggie McKenzie (now with the Buffalo
Bills). Szara started in 1976 and.
pushed himself back into the starting
line-up this season after Greg Bartnick
started in the first three games.
The last graduating senior on the
Michigan offense is fifth year man Rick
White. White snared two touchdown
passes on the year including a big one in
the 24-14 victory over Michigan State.
Defensively, six of Michigan's star-
ters finish up their eligibility in the
Rose Bowl. Both of Michigan's outside
linebackers, John Anderson and

Dominic Tedesco had good years for
the Wolverines.
Tedesco gained a starting berth early
last season and went on to become one
of Michigan's steadiest defensive per-

formers. Tedesco seemed always to be
around the football as he finished this
season with four fumble recoveries. He
also possesses good quickness which
See MICHIGAN, Page 6

For the first time since Oregon State
played in the 1965 game, the Pac-8
representative in the Rose Bowl will not
be from the state of California.
broke the 12 year Golden State grip by
winning the league title outright.
Ironically, it was Southern California
that helped end the dominance when it
defeated UCLA with some last minute
The last time the Huskies were in the
Rose Bowl was the 1964 game against.
Illinois. Despite its lengthy hiatus,
Washington is no stranger to the Rose
Bowl having played there seven times
in the past-the same amount of times
as Michigan.
However, once in Pasadena, the
Huskies have fallen on their faces
emerging with a less than imposing 2-4-
1 record. Interestingly, Washington has
represented the Pac-8 three times. That
number equals the amount of times the'
other Pacific Northwest teams
(Washington State, Oregon and Oregon
State) have made an appearance
against Big 'Pen teams.
THE FIRST TIME Washington was
in the Rose Bowl (1924) it hadn't even
won the conference. But California, the
only team that defeated the Huskies all
year, was not interested in the Rose
Bowl and declined to play Navy.
Washington needed a fourth quarter
touchdown to tie the game at 14-14, one
of only three Rose Bowls to end in a
In 1926 Alabama poured 20 points
across the goal in the third quarter to
erase a 12-0 Huskie lead. Washington
countered with a touchdown in the final
period to fall just short, 20-19 in what
was considered one of the best Rose
Bowl games.
when Pittsburgh blanked Washington
21-0 to deny the Huskies a bowl win for

the third time.
It was seven years later against USC
that Washington made its next Rose
Bowl appearance, but the results were
the same. Because of the war, the game
was played for the conference cham-
pionship explaining why two teams
from the same conference squared off
for the first and only time in RoseBowl
history. The 29-0 rout was the second
straight Washington whitewash.
THE 1960 GAME pitted number six
Wisconsin against number eight
Washington in the 14th annual classic
between the Pac-8 and the Big Ten. In
the previous 13 contests, the mid-

westerners claimed victory every time
but once (a USC 7-0 squeaker over the
But Huskie quarterback Bob
Schloredt, blind in one eye, guided his
team to a 44-8 lambasting of the
Badgers for Washington's first bowl
win in Pasadena in five tries.
THE HUSKIES liked it so much that
they returned the next year and came
up with a bigger jackpot: Their 1961 op-
ponent was Minnesota, the number one
team in the nation. But this didn't faze
Schloredt as he won his second straight
Player of the Game award for his per-
formance in Washington's 17-7 upset.

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