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Thursday, November 18, 1976


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De fense


Remember those goal-line stands?
Or those fourth quarter interceptions?
Or how about that infamous batter-
ing of Dennis Franklin that resulted
in that even more infamous Rose Bowl
Since 1972, the Ohio State defense
has played a giant role in the Wol-
verines' final game blues. Michigan
has crossed the Buckeye, goal-line a
mere five times in the last four years.
This year's Wolverines arrive in Co-
lumbus leading the nation in scoring
and rushing, and hoping to reverse
the trend of the seventies. And the
just two, touchdowns in their last four
games. The OSU defense all year has
given up just under 12 points a game.
"Their defense is exceptionally
good," says coach Bo Schembechler.
"It is absolutely the best we have
played this year."
It all starts in the trenches with
the "Buckeye B-line" - Bob Brudzin-

ski, Nick Buonamici, Eddie Beamon,
Airon Brown, and Kelton Dansler.
Scouts from across the country call
this the quickest defensive unit ever
to play at Ohio State.
Senior tackle Buonamici had the
audacity to criticize Woody Hayes aft-
er last year's Rose Bowl, and the iras-
cible Hayes suspended him for the 1976
enough penance to be reinstated at the
start of spring practice. He has gone
on to have one of the finest seasons
for a 'defensive tackle in OSU his-
OSU boosters compare senior left
end Brudzinski to All Pro ex-Buckeye
Jim Houston. Many others call middle-
guard Brown the quickest of all the
interior linemen, reminiscent of former
Michigan great Tim Davis.
While the accolades continue to go
to the front five, the linebackers also
excel. Senior Ed Thompson and sopho-
more Tom Cousineau are quietly lead-
ing the team in tackles.
The OSU secondary drew criticism

earlier this season after a one-point
loss to Missouri. The Buckeyes rank
ninth in Big Ten pass defense and have
three starters in their first title game.
RAY GRIFFIN had first shot at
this year's tailback spot, vacated by
two-time Heisman winning brother
Archie, but he passed it up to stay at
Griffin, whose interception led to the
Buckeyes winning scores last year,
keys the OSU pass defense. Iowa coach
Bob Commings calls Griffin, "the best
defensive player I saw all year."
Freshman Mike' Guess, and juniors
Joe Allegro and Tom Roche round out
the Buck backs that hope to contain
Jim Smith and the other Michigan re-
One big Buckeye question mark may
be the kicking game, which still has
two-time All American 'Tom Skladany.
ing and place-kicking this season, and
the Bucks are concerned with the
strength of his leg.
Skladany's punting is six yards off

his NCAA leading 47-yard average of
last year, but it is still respectable.
His place-kicking, both long and short,
has been erratic.
The Wolverines may test this chink
in the OSU armour. But Skladany's de-
gree of importance depends on how
many points Michigan can score Sat-
Since Bo's arrival in 1968, the Wol-
verines are averaging only 10 points
a game in Columbus, a total this year's
team averages every quarter.
what is gradually building into a "jinx"
situation this Saturday? Or will those
little nuisances of recent OSU games
come cropping up to make this an-
other rose-less New Year's?
Anyway, those of us who relish
these almost inevitable clashes every
year can find consolation in Saturday's
lineups. The Buckeyes' defense loses
all of three seniors; Michigan's offense
only two.
Anybody know the odds on another
game of the century next year in
Ann Arbor?

Aided by a Gordon Bell block, Rich Leach tries to elude Ohio State defensive standout
Ray Griffin in last year's game in Ann Arbor. Griffin, brother of Heisman trophy winner
Archie Griffin, picked off two passes and made several key tackles in leading the Buck=
eyes to a 21-14 victory.





Touching all NoDa
the bases By BOB MILLER
North Dakota, once the door-
__ __ _ _ _ _ _Bill Stieg mat of the Western Collegiate;
Hockey Association, continues to
be the surprise team of the
The little things . . . league as the second month of
action gets underway.
TheFighting Sioux placed in
. . . m ake the difuferen e j a tie for lasthone year ago, and,
now find themselves on the
other end of the standings.
THIS COULD BE THE YEAR, couldn't it? Michigan hockey coach Dan
Farrell commented that North
Things look pretty good for Michigan this Saturday, right? Dakota and Michigan were the
As good or better than the last few years, at least, only surprises in the youngF
Jimmy the Greek favors the Wolverines by six. The AP and season. h
UPI polls rank them above Ohio State. OSU lost a game and tied at .500 by Christmas, andswe
one, and the Buckeyes had trouble beating Minnesota last week. still are after losing 8 or 9
Meanwhile, the Wolverines have apparently gotten over their lettermen after last year," said
little slip-up in West Lafayette. That win over Illinois last week Farrell.
was impressive in all respects. . Also deadloc:ked for first place
in the conference is Wisconsin.
That one loss could even help Michian - the players ~...._
know they can be beaten if they don't '- all out, and the.
added pressure of preserving a perfect record and number-I
one ranking is gone. T ak r

k surprises /WCHA



However, the Badgers and the
NoDaks record of 5-1 is per-
centage points better than the
Wolverines 5-3.
"Wisconsin is where we ex-
pected them to be," Farrell
said. Wisconsin is number one
in both polls with an overall
record of 7-1, the lone setback
to Michigan in overtime. Since
then the Badgers have reeled
off seven straight wins.
Defending NCAA champions
Minnesota sport a 3-2-1 mark,
good for fourth place behind the
Trailing the Gophers by a
'oint are Colorado College and
leiMhigan's next opponent, Den-
ver. Colorado College caused a
commotion when they swept
Michigan Tech to start the sea-
ant -onsl

son, but then the Tigers have The Spartans may not have
slowed up a bit, splitting with the same assurance. MSU stands Bear with us one more time, and wade through this last
North Dakota, and dropping two at 2-4, tied with Notre Dame: set of GRIDDES. Take one more chance on a smallone-item
against the Badgers at Madison. for eighth place, fresh off a siz fo izza o J ge the in b mdi, Friday
At Denver, Michigan runs into double loss to Minnesota.izza from Pizza Bob's. Just get them by midnight Friday
a tough opponent in the Pio- Dv"Michigan State lost a lot of to the Daily. Then go to sleep, we'll wake you in time for bas-
neers. The Wolverines have not players," said Farrell, "they ketball season.
fared well in the Mile High City lost 85 per cent of their goal NOVEMBER 20 22) Pittsburgh at Penn St
1 lately and Farrell is hopeful that scorers." 1) MICHIGAN at Ohio State 23) William and Mary at
the team's luck will change out "Michigan State is not sur- (Pick score) Richmond
there this time around. prising anyone, at least they are 2) Northwestern at Illinois 24) UCLA at USC
Michigan Tech, NCAA final- where I expected them to be," 3) Iowa at Michigan St. 25) Syracuse at W. Virginia
ists three years running, is off I said Farrell. 4) Minnesota at Wisconsin 26) Villanova at Temple
to a bland 3-5 record, trading The Fighting Irish have been 5) Indiana at Purdue 27) Indiana St. at VMI
with Michigan, Michigan State, besieged by injuries which 6) Louisville at Boston U. 28) Washington at Washington
Denver but losing twice to have crippled the defense. As 7) Stanford at California St. (Spokane)
Colorado College. a consequence the Irish have 8) Vanderbilt at Cincinnati 29) Wyoming at Air Force
lost and won a lot of wide 9) South Carolina at Clemson 30) DAILY LIBELS at Ohio St.
H o w e v e r Farrell assures, onen, high-scoring affairs. 10) Duke at North Carolina Lantern
"there is nothing to be excited Coach Lefty Smith agrees that 11) Texas, El Paso at Hawaii NOVEMBER 27
j about. Michigan Tech tradition- it is fan pleasing hockey, but 12) Virginia Tech at Florida (Still must be in by
ally doesn't get off to a fast not satisfying to the coach. . St. Midnight, Nov. 19)
start. ___ At the bottom of the heap is! 13) Western M rhigan at Cen- 31) Baylor at Texas Christian
Minnesota Duluth. The Bulldogs: tral Michigan )32) Army vs. Navy (Philadel-
Iic " did manage a point from a tie 14) Iowa St. at Oklahoma St. phia)
on the road at Minnesota. but 15) Houston at Texas Tech 33) Georgia Tech at Georgia
that is all they have managed. 16) Kentucky at Tennessee 34) Ioly Cross at Boston Col-
..17) Southern Illinois at Mar- , lege
While in the midst of a four- shall 35) Arizona St. at Arizona
will have to get accustomed to 18) Memphis St. at Southern 36) Texas Tech at Arkansas
e ; Mississippi 37) Alabama at Auburn (Birm-
the cellar as they arethe only 19) Mississippi at Mississippi ingham)
obvious weak link in the WCHA St. (Jackson), 38) Notre Dame at USC
tential. Included are sophomore chain 20) Oklahoma at Nebraska 39) Oregon St at Hawaii
Mike Darland, freshman Lee _ka t bs 4 T A&M t Tas
Carter (took second in last21Ore
year's Illinois high school state -^
n *n....l1

Michigan's rushing is powerful, its passing good enough to
keep the Bucks worried. Besides, there is a' bunch of seniors-
including a few five-'year -men-who are tired of losing to Woody. een
That's incentive enough, right?

wuith Donie r4


So how come I'm worried for these Wolverines? Worried that Over at the corner of Hoover
this might not be the year, that they and their fans may be and State, there is a team that
frustrated again? How come I keep thinking back . . . has been working out since the
opening of the school year. No,
1972: Watching the game on TV, I see Michigan with first it's not Michigan's well-known
and goal from the one at the end of the first half. football squad, nor the Big Ten
champion harriers. Who are
Chuck Heater loses a yard on a pitch. Then he slips go- these hard-working young men,
ing wide. Bob Thornbladh goes up the middle for nothing. you ask? It's the Michigan
Dennis Franklin fumbles the fourth down snap. Men's Varsity Swim Team.
But there's another half to go, once again Michigan gets down Coming off third place Big
clos, ths tme t thefiv. Hary BnksTen and 13th place NCAA finish-
close, this time to the five. Harry Banks gets only one yard es last year, Coach Gig Stag-
around end. He's stopoed inches short on the next plav. Michi- er's 76-77 boys look tough
gan tries again. And again. And that's all. Ohio State wins, 14-11. enough to repeat, if not im-
1973: Sitting in the end zone seats, I watch as Franklin gets prove, their previous finish.
up slowly-too slowly--helped by trainers and watched wor- Senior Gordon Downie is the
riedly by teammates. His collarbone cracked, he'll miss the last team's proven star, winning a
couple minutes of this great struggle. tan in the Montreal Olym-
Three ,plays later, the ball is flying toward the goal posts, pies this past summer. He
turning slowly end-over-end, carrying incredibly far. It sails past also performed superbly in last
the left upright, less than a yard wide. year's league meet, placing
second, third and fourth in
Then, suddenly, Michigan has the ball back, and again, the 1650-yard, 200-yard, and
Mike Lantry's kick somehow trails off to the side. The game 500-yard freestyle events.
ends, 10-10. As Stager puts it, "We will
be strongest in any event that
1974: I turn to my friend as Michigan's field goal team takes Gordon swims in. He is in a
the field with 18 seconds left. I want to go down near the field class all by himself, high above
so we can run out there when Michigan wins. My friend says we the rest of the team."
should wait. Rounding out the Veteran line-
tio are freestvlers Joe Bauier,
Moments later, the referee is waving his arms to the side Larrv Schroeder (finished ninth
and Michigan has lost, 12-10. "1 had a hunch," says my friend. in 50-freestyle in Big Ten), and
1975: Cornelius Greene somehow avoids Michigan's Timmy 'T165 Stewart (placed eiehth in
Davis, scrambling, searching for a receiver but not panicking. Josh Luce and Rick Peper
He finally lets loose with a pass up the sideline and Ohio State (took fourth in 200 - breast-
is on its way to a touchdown. Tie game. stroke and sixth in 100-breast-
stroke as a freshman): back-
Rick Leach starts thro«wing the ball hig l and s ana and stroker Rob Helt: and butter-
eventally into the arms of Ray Griffin. His runback and Pete fliers Fred Yawger and John
Johnson's touchdown plunge are, somehow, not too surpris- Daly (swam to a third in 200-
ing. Neither is the 21-14 final. bhtterfly), Daly also swam on
the Puerto Rican Olympic
What does all this add up to? Three Mij'higan losses, a tie team.-
and no Rose Bowl trips. But the average score is so very close- Lost to graduation are stars
only three points separate the teams. Three points . . . Tom Sziuba, Alan McClatchey,
Lets face it: confident predictions by impartial observers and diver Don Craie.
are absurd when it comes to present-day Ohio State-Michigan inesg ire some promising
games. freshmen comprising of Kev-
You can go on forever. comnaring statistics, evaluating per- in Morgan from Monroe and
sonnel and trying to guess each team's emotional state. But hometown hero Paul Grif-
that kind of talk leads yonu right back to where you started: *:* *:""'*
the game is too close to call. The teams are too evenly matched j A
to call it confidently one way or the other. Michigan mismatch
days are over. If you want to show your true
Blue spirit for the Wolverines'
Rob Lvtle won't be able to break tnekles as he did upcoming battle at Columbus,
againstIndiana and Northwestern. The offensive line isn't make it out to the Mudbowl
going to n I Ohio State hb-k at will as It did Minhiean :Pep Rally tonight at 8 p.m. at
State. Rick Le-ah won't he ahlQ to imnlv toss the ball over the corner of Washtenaw and
the Buckeyes' heads as he did against Navy. S. University. You can demon-
strate your enthusiasm with the
Neither team has a siu "ifirnnt edge in personnel. So what likes of Bob Ufer, the cheer-
decidps a oam- bko th; Q7Th ,, i.nr i'aiFle j-t1ies do-emotion, leaders, the pep band and Mr.
mental er'nr. .litft ks. like those in the last four games. Bo Schembechler himself.

more mciaar, Stev met n oe I eveau }
Clark from Birmingham Groves "Matt will measure up to any- ....
and Dave Price, Class B champ body on a given day. He's a
in the breaststroke from Utica. great competitor," explains DETRC
Other newcomers are Scott Coach Kimball.
Weir, Mark Colman and Jay The swim team will probably Roston
Herrald. , capture third place in the Big HO~stC
"Our big problem is pride, " aTenas they did last year and Phenver
suggests Coach Stager. "The could possibly challenge Wis- Pho
older swimmers have 'senioritis' consin for second.
-not enough senior leadership. The opening mt of the sea- DETR
They think they can get in son is this Saturday, November N.Y. R
sha the e n Atlanta

OIT 118, New Orleans 95
ao 123, Philadelphia 117
ngton 111, N.Y. Knicks 97
104, Atlanta 91
on 120, Buffalo 114 (OT)
r112, N.Y. Nets 78
x 108, Milwaukee 95
OIT 5, St. Louis 5
angers 3, Chicago 2
;a 6, Colorado 3
o 1, Montreal 0
and 3, Minnesota 3



fifth, a double winner in the
Class A State Meet for Ann
Arbor Huron.
Not far behind them are two

and they're going

to getcaught: .u, at 7:30 at Matt Mann Pool I
against Toronto.


"If this pattern changes, we
can put together an extreme-!
lv talented team," added Stag-
er. I TA
Somersaulting to the divers, C H R I STM S
Coach Dick Kimball notes,' BREAK
"With the loss of All -Ameri- SPE.C A LS
can Don Craine, this year
!will primarily be a rebuild- t
ie year."
The springboard brigade will
definitely be hurting without
Craine, who placed third in the'
NCAA in both one and three-
meter diving.
Top diver this yeart isso ho-
soh-more Matt Chelich, three time/
Indiana state champion in high
school. Chelich finished strong
last year, being the only fresh-
man to make the top forty at
the NCAA meet. - _______
Behind him are a group of )3~
divers with a great deal of po-
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