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Sunday, September 19, 1976

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

vage Nine

Sunday, September 19, 1976 THE MICHIGAN DALY I~'age Nine

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Defense

ROUND GAME DEVASTATING

sparkles

in

shutout

(Continued from Page 1) lin', wild outfit anyway. Who
first down by means other than knows what we'll do next?"
a Michigan penalty.
The Wolverines took posses- S C HE M B E C H L E R' S
sign at their 26 and marched tone was light - hearted, but
downfield to score in 10 plays. between end zone pitches and
During the drive, sophomore screen passes it is clear that
tailback Harlan Huckleby car-: there has been a subtle change
riod six times for gains of six, in his coaching philosophy.
four, 17, seven, 11, and eight The Cardinals fumbled on the
yards. - first play of their next posses-
Huckleby, who became a na- sion and Michigan end Domr
tional figure in President Tedesco recovered at the 17.
Ford's campaign speech at Wingback Jim Smith took a re-
Crisler Arena last Wednesday, verse down to the four andj
later ripped off a 54 yard run Leach cruised in from that
and finished with 157 yards on same spot two plays later.
16 carries.
"OUR LINE was beautiful," The Cardinals could make'
said Huckleby, "it was like a ony six yards on their next
machine. Last year our line- possession. Michigan drove,
men were young, but now they downfield, but the drive was
are experienced and that lets choked off when Leach badly
us try things like (QB Rick) underthrew Smith and Gordy
Leach's pitch to me in the end Ceresino picked it off for Stan-
zone where I got the 56-yarder." ford.
Michigan coach Bo Schem- LEACH'S PASSING was per-
bechler also commented on the haps the only sour offensive
end zone pitch play, made more note as the sophomore hit onI
controversial because Huckleby only two of eight passes for 15
had dropped the last pitch toss- yards. But Leach directed the
ed his way. offense admirably, giving the
"Leach has guts," said Stanford defense fits with his
Scnembechler. "We're a gamb- timing on pitches, while running

i

for 70 yards in seven attempts :
(including a 48 yarder). !
"I don't care how we get
our yards," said Schembechler.
"If we get 400 yards rushing'
or passing our offense is doing,
the job, and they had trouble
with our option football." Michi-
gan finished with 546 yards. j
Stanford's next two posses-
sions were halted by miscues.
Four plays after Ceresino's in-:
terception, wolfman Jerry Zuver
tipped a Cordova pass and line-:
backer Jerry Meter picked it
off. Then, after Michigan was
stopped, the Cards fumbled at'
their own 45.
FIVE PLAYS later, fullback
Rob Lytle was sprung loose for:
a 16-yard touchdown on a beau-
tifully executed draw play.
Michigan had a 21-0 lead with
9:50 remaining in the first half.:
"We were fortunate," said
S:hembechler, "in that when we
made mistakes we held, andj
when they made mistakes weI
scored. I think people are go-i
ing to have a misconception'
of Stanford's strength. You
can't turn the ball over early
as they did and hope to win."

Four minutes later, place-I
kicker Bob Wood knocked a1
49-yard field goal up onto the
board to give Michigan a 24-0
lead. Stanford coach Jack
Christiansen grew tired of Cor-
dova's efforts and replaced him
with Benjamin.
B E N J A M I N DROP-
PED back on Stanford's next
play and fired the ball five
yards over his receiver's head
and into the waiting arms of
Jim Pickens, who returned the
bail 16 yards to the Stanford 30.
Leach hit split end Rick White
for 12 on third and eight and on
the next play second-team full-
back Russell Davis shot 16'
yards for a score.
The Cardinals then put on
their best drive of the game.
Benjamin completed six con-
secutive passes to give the
Cards a first and goal at Michi-
gan's six.
U P C O M I N G was the de-
fense's finest moment: In six

tn, but Stanford failed to call
time and precious seconds tick-
ed off.
The defense had all covered
on the next incomplete pass,
and as time ran out, James
Lofton's catch was ruled out of
bounds in the corner.
The second half was all Mich-
igan, but the Cards hac an oc-
casional moment. Huckleby
fumbled at his 18, but solid de-
fensive pressure caused an in-
complete pass on fourth and
goal from the three.
MICHIGAN popped two
big second half plays - a 64-
yard touchdown run by Smith
that was called back to the 27
due to a silly clip by split end
Curt Stephenson, and a one-
play, 85 yard drive by Russell
Davis, who popped past the
line and then sped all 215 of
his no'inds past three defensive
backs.
"We have the people," said
m i d d 1 e linebacker Calvin

I

Doily Photo by SCOTT ECCKER
SENIOR WINGBACK JIM SMITH attempts to elude Stanford safety Ralph Phillips yes-
terday. Smitty racked up 72 yards on three carries for the day including a 51-yard jaunt.

plays (the extra plays gained O'Neal, who led Michigan with
from a first down on a Michi- i 11 tackles. "This week we just
gan interference penalty), the did the job."
Cards failed to score. "That was Michigan defense
Hicks broke up a pass in the out there," said Schembechler.
end zone and then defensive "You can't give them the ball
pressure forced a bad toss. Fol- down there and shut them
lowing a Stanford offside the i ot, but we did. The defense
interference penalty gave the shut them out. They were good,
Cardinals a, first down at the very good."

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Ill E E By The Associated Press
Bill Stieg STATE COLLEGE, Pa.-Wing-
back Bob Hyatt, on his only
carry of the game, took a pitch-
M ch g an s attitude . . . out eight yards for a fourth-
period touchdown yesterday to
1 al I fgive second-ranked Ohio State
. . . inad tie d Tfference a 12-7 college football victory,
over seventh-ranked Penn State.'

leading Illinois to a surprisingly
easy 31-6 victory over sixth-
ranked Missouri yesterday.

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IT WAS ALL IN their heads.
The Michigan Wolverines knew they were better than that
fumble-filled 40-27 win over Wisconsin indicated. All week long
they overheard criticism on campus and read annoying stories in
the newspapers about their somewhat shaky performance.
It grated on their nerves to hear people questioning their
high ranking. So they decided to do something about it.
Yesterday's surprising, merciless massacre was the result-
a convincing example of the power of positive thinking.
There is no other explanation, r- 'v. Those were the
same players out there yesterday as in the opener. A week's
worth of practice didn't add a millimeter of muscle or an
extra step of quickness. Only their attitudes changed.
The importance bf a proper frame of mind cannot be over-
estimated in any sport. Tennis players have trouble concentrat-
ing when facing an inferior opponent. Basketball teams (note
Michigan) ten to stop hustling against lesser teams. That's how
upsets happen. That's how Wisconsin scored 27 points.
"Against Wisconsin," defensive lineman Greg Morton ex-
plained, "we got on the scoreboard right away and were up by
twenty at halftime. We started thinking, 'Ah, we got this game
won.' I think we let down a little and Wisconsin really put it
to us.
"Today, we wanted to go out there and play four full quar-
ters without letting up."
That made the difference. 'i'he Wolverines wanted to
prove that the Wisconsin game was a bit of a fluke-a men-
tal lapse that wouldn't happen again.
"That criticism last week affected the players on defense
a great deal," said Morton. "People were saying we had no
defense, no pass defense, no pass rush. All week long we worked
on putting pressure on the offense.
"We wanted to prove that we were the best by beating
the best passing team. That's wha we did."
The change in attitude applies to the offense as well. Fum-
bles are the missed free throws of football - they are usually
caused by a lack of concentration. Last week, Michigan fumbled
four times and because of hard tackling.
Yesterday, Michigan fumbled only once, and all game long
its execution was precise.
It is significant that the offense remained effective
throughout the game. After piling up 33 poits in the first half
against Wisconsin, the Michigan offense stagnated, seemingly
satisfied with its performance. That's when Wisconsin made
it close.
Yesterday, the Wolverines just kept youring it on, blowing
the respected Stanford defensive line out of the way and spring-
ing runners loose on a regular basis. There was no letup.
There are other explanations for the rejuvenation of the
team. Michigan was playng a highly respected team yesterday,
and that makes a big difference. The Wolverines knew they had
to work hard to win, so they gave it all they had.
Michigan came prepared yesterday, too. Stanford and
Michigan have played each other four times in the last five
years, and the Wolverines have apparently caught on to the
Cardinal ofofense.
"We were more prepared today," said Schembechler, who
was as confused as his players when Michigan faced Wisconsin's
seldom-seen multiple T offense.
But still, the key to yesterday's rout was the Wolverines'
attitudes. Everyone was sky-high. The defensive linemen storm-
ed the Stanford passers with frightful vengeance at times, and
the secondary made some splendid plays.
The entire offensive unit lived up to its pre-season build-up.
Even placekicker Bob Wood seemed especially pumped up,
sending his kickoffs into the endzoe almost every time.
"I feel very strongly that this is a mental game," said
co-captain linebacker Calvin O'Neal. "I've been here five
years, and I've learned that you have to be prepared men-
tally to win.

Quarterback Rod Gerald, who
made the pitchout to Hyatt,
scored the Buckeyes' first TD
on an eight-yard sweep at the
end of an 82-yard, second-peri-
od drive. Ohio State missed
two-point conversion run at-
tempts after each score.
COACH JOE Paterno's Penn
State Nittany Lions, on the
verge of their first shutout in
106 games, rallied on a 15-play,
87-yard march. It was capped'
with six minutes remaining in
the fourth quarter by freshman
Matt Suhey's one-yard touch-
down dive.
Penn State twice in the second
period failed to score against
the Ohio State defense after,
picking up first downs at the
Buckeye's five. Ray Griffin in-
tercepted a pass in the end
zone, blunting the first threat,t
and Joe Geise fumbled the ball'
Heisman
W-1I" n

c ' : """''"-J" """ THE ILLINI spoiled the
Tigers' home opener by com-
Spileletly bottling the vaunted
S Missouri offense, and moving at
will under the direction of
NIGHT EDITOR: Steger.
MARK WHITNEY KATHY HENNEGAN Illinois, 2-0, recovered three
Missouri fumbles, converting
two into scores and interceptingI
away the second time. next throw, however, Ohio a pass.
After Penn State's touchdown, State's Kelton Danaler inter-
Coach Woody Hayes, crunching cepted with 1:14 remaining. STEGER THREW scong
Ohio State ground game ate up OHIO STATE'S second touch- strikes of seven and 74 ,ards to
all ,but one minute, 41 seconds down resulted from a mistake the fleet Rouse, the second of
of the final six minutes, handing by Penn State punt returner which rushed the Illinois be-
the Lions their first loss of the Neil Hutton, who caught the yond reach late in the third
season after an opening-game ball in the end zone and got it quarter, 24-6.
triumph over Stanford a week out only to the three. Penn Coleman almost equaled his
ago. State was unable to gain, and a rush production of the entire
WHEN PENN State got the: short punt gave Ohio State pos- 1975 season by driving for his
ball back at its 20 after an Ohio session at the Lions' 35. It took 152 yards in 31 carries. He
State punt rolled into the end the Buckeyes only six plays to scored from two yards out in
zone with less than two minutes score the winning touchdown. the third period, and flashed
to play, the Lions had 80 yards T ers tamed for the game's final score early
to go and no timeouts left. in the fourth period.
Quarterback John Andress COLUMBIA, Mo. - Kurt Ste- Quarterback Steve Pizarkiew-
picked up on first down with a ger fired two touchdown passes icz, who engineered Missouri's
12-yard pass and ran for seven to Erick Rouse and tailback opening 46-25 upset of Southern
yards before stepping out of James Coleman rushed for 152 Cal last week, completed only
bounds to stop the clock. On his yards and two more sco:es, seven of 18 passes for 64 yards
- -- -before being removed from the
iopefulDse tgame early in the final period
pDorsett runs because of a sore shoulder.
ILLINOIS maintained cow rol
Sof the ball through much of the
-til of -e a singame on the slashing drives of
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ATLANTA (AP) - All-Ameri-
can Tony Dorsett scored three
touchdowns, rambled over the
100-yard mark for the ninth
straight game and led third-
ranked Pittsburgh to a 42-14
rout of Georgia Tech in college
football last night.
Dorsett scored on runs of six,
five and 10 yards as the Pan-
thers easily rolled to their sec-
ond straightrvictory, breaking'
the game open in the final 23
minutes by erupting for three
touchdowns.
'Reserve quarterback Matt
Cavanaugh also accounted for
three touchdowns, scoring on a!

four-yard keeper and hurling
touchdown passes of 50 and six
yards to Gordon Jones.
The victory was costly, how-
ever, since starting quarter-
back Robert Haygood left the
game early in the second
qluarter with torn ligaments
in his left knee and Pitt offi-
cials said he probably would
be sidelined for the rest of
the season.
Dorsett, a legitimate Heisman
candidate, ran for 113 yards on
27 carries, lifting his career to-
tal to 4,428 yards. He remained

749 yards shy of the all-time
career mark of 5,177 yards held
by Ohio State's Archie Griffin.
Freshman Mike Jolley scored
Tech's first touchdown on a one-
yard run and set up the other
Yellow Jackets score with a 36-
yard pass completion to John
Steele, who made a diving
catch atthe Panther one. Ad-
rian Rucker scored on the next
play.

uoeman into the middle of the
Missouri line.
Dan Beaver's 40-yard field
goal was the only scoring of the
first quarter. Illinois pusned its
margin to 10-0 early in the sec-
ond period on Steger's seven-;
yard pass to Rouse, who cut
across the middle to gather in
the ball between several de-
fenders.
Tom Gibbons' 39 yard field'
goal late in the first half cut
Illinois' halftime lead to 10-3.

Daily Photo by ALAN BILINSKY
JUNIOR SAFETY DWIGHT HICKS strains to break up
this intended touchdown pass as Jim Pickens looks on.
Hicks was successful, as the Wolverines went on to re-
cord a 51-0 triumph over the Cardinals yesterday. After
the game it was learned that Hicks injured right hand
would require surgery tomorrow.

Defense

A ma(tter of p.riIe?

MICH. STANFORD
First Downs .. 23 15
Rushing (att yds) . 61-531 28-71
Passinf g
(attl(com'yds) ..8-1-15 41-21-243'

rotal yards 546
Punting (no/'avg). 4-32
Interceptions.. 43.
Fumbles (no/lost) 1-1
Yards Penalizeds... 69
RUSHING
MICHIGAN
att. y

ds.

Ilucklehy .
R. Davis ...
'Lytle
J. Smith.
Leach
Richardson
R. Smith ...
Reid ........
K. King.
Wangler ...
Stevenson.
Lynn.
Ten.....
Francis.
Finley
Cordova-
Benjamin
Banks
Leach
Cordova
Ben jamin .

16
7
19
3
1
1
STANFORD
4
6
3
4
PASSING
MICHIGAN

157
116
101
7?
70
11
9
6
-16
19
19
18
14
-9
:3

314
6-39
1
3-
50
avg.
9.8
16.6
5.:3
?4.0
10.0
11.0
3.0
6.0
2.0
S0
3.8
4.8
6.0

RECEI1
MICHI
White
G. Johnson r
STANF
Muiroy...........
Lynn .
B. Anderson.
Hoaglin..........
Strong.
Kellar.............
Ten ...... .
Stevenson........
Francis...........
Pyle .........
SCORING
MICH-Huckleby 8-
(Wood kick) ....
MICH-Leach 4-yd.T
(Wood kick ......
MICH-Lytle 16-yd.I
(Wood kick) ...

By RICK BONINO
One side of the Michigan Stadium score-
vING board worked its circuits off yesterday
GAN afternoon. The other took an extended va-
no yds long cation.
.1 12 12 While Coach Bo Schembechler was un-
ORD derstandably pleased with both tallies, the
...5 is 16 latter brought him the most joy. After
2 72 63. seemingly taking a vacation of its own
2 26 1s last weekend, the traditionally overwhelm-
2 26 20
. ; 1 1?;ing Michigan defense appears to be back.
2 6 5 "(Defensive coordinator) Gary Moeller
1 s3 ,has never done a better job since he's
1 15 15 been here, and he's the best defensive
PLAYS AT S coach in the country," a smiling Schem-
yd. run bechler said between sips of a postgame
1 0Coke.
run MOELLER, WHO MOVED to Michigan
14 0 with Bo in 1969, further passed on the
run credit to his players and subordinates.
21 "The defensive coaches and players did
rd a super job," Moeller said. "The basic
y4. thing was that we played for four quarters
"yd. run
. 31 0 like we played the first quarter last week.
run We played with a lot of pride."
38 01
3-yd. pass Pride and preparation seemed to key
an opportune defensive turnaround against
.. 44 0 what many touted as one of the nation's
yd. run 51 0 best college passing attacks.

regains
r knowledge of the pass-oriented
)rd offense, as opposed to the oc-
tal confusion suffered against Wis-
's new-look Multiple T attack last
and.
E EXPECT TEAMS to change their
e when they face us," said Stan-
oach Jack Christiansen. "Michigan
sd their end (John Anderson) back
cotated their safety to the flanker
which is the side we usually go to.
the time we went back to the
(other) side, it was 28-0," Chris-
m lamented.
course, things didn't stop there, ex-
or the Cardinals. As a result of the
it, all Michigan defenders receive
's Club honors, a sharp contrast to
week when the coaches declined to
a Defensive Champion or Defen-
lustler.
.y may have as hard a time singling
ndividual performances this week,
,r lack of candidates but due to ov-
ndance of deserving defenders in a
team effort.
[EMBECHLER AND staff used no
than 24 defensive players and nearly
them played well. Along with the
i solid showings from stalwarts like
s Mortcn and Calvin O'Neal, most of
arters turned in at least one out-
na nlav

h ride
ers, a factor sorely missed against Wis-
consin.
Once again, the Cardinals helped dig
their own grave with their renowned pass-
ing proclivity, as their massive but vulner-
able offensive linemen received little help
from backs usually busy running pass pat-
terns.
The secondary chipped in with tight cov-
erage and some surehanded interceptions,
another surprise after last week's show-
ing, teaming with the line to produce a
pass defense which usually stymied Stan-
ford's potent aerial attack.
"We had a good rush, good coverage,
and made the quarterback hang on to the
ball longer," Hicks said. "Then he had to
throw the ball somewhere.
"Last year, Cordova came in here and
had a fantastic game - he hit every-
thing," Hicks continued. "This year, the
rush hindered his vision and he just got
shaken."
WOLVERINE FANS may be a little
shaken themselves to hear of Hick's sur-
gery, which Moeller termed "a possi-
bility." The junior safety recorded three
passes broken un, an interception, a touch-
down save and numerous hard hits, one
of which forced Stanford's first fumble.
But the "possibility" may leave Moeller
less shaken after yesterday's favorable
performances by Jerry Zuver, Derek How-
rn- andA lnr P nat Tf Ti1rks indnead fnes

2.3 MICH-Wood 49-yar
3.0 field goal
MICH-R. Davis 16-
0 (Wood kick) ...
0 MICH-Lytle 14-yd.
(Wood kick).
yds MICH-G. Johnson
15 from Leach -
Wood kick blocke
7 MICH-R. Davis 85-
236 (Wood kick)

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'LAST WEEK, WE didn't play with
the pride Michigan traditionally has had,"
said defensive back Dwight Hicks, who
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