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Sunday, November 21, 1976 THE MICHIGAN DAILY - Ppge Seven





(Continued from Page 1) chunks of yardage from Lytle I early in the second half, the
"THIS IS MY biggest thrill on the option play, and shorter, story might easily have been
ever," he said, holding one of surer yardage up the middle different.
the roses someone had deliv- from fullback Russell Davis But a Jim Pickens intercep-
ered to he jubilant Michigan when the Wolverinds needed it. tion near the end of the first
lockerroom. "It gets to you Davis churned for 83 yards half stopped the Bucks' best
after a while, coming so close and two touchdowns. His more drive and helped turn the mo-
and then going home saying, celebrated Ohio State counter- mentum in Michigan's favor.
'Oh, we should have done this, part, Pete Johnson, managed A y u.d
we should have done that.' only 21 yards in eight carries as A 21 yard run up the sideline
"This is the happiest time of Michigan's defense slowed the by tailback Jeff Logan and a
my life . . . it's hard to ex- I Bucks' rushing attack to a 24 yard scamper by quarter-
plain." crawl. back Jim Pacenta helped move
But it's not hard to explain "Without a doubt, that was the Buckeyes down to Michi-
how the Wolverines came out of the best game the defense has gan's ten.
Columbus, winners for the first nlayed;" said defensive tackle ON SECOND and eight,
time in a decade. Greg Morton, who led the Wol- Michigan linebacker Jerry Vo-;
MICHIGAN dominated the verines with 14 tackles. gele blitzed, forcing Pacenta to
second half, outgaining the "WE STOPPED the run, pres- throw a weak floater into the!
Buckeyes 259 yards to 63, total- sured the passer made inter- endzone. Pickens easily took it!
ling 16 first downs to OSU's six ceptions. We had no problems away from intended receiver'
and prunng almost twice as with motivation. You've been Greg Storer.
"We've always played well five years, you know what "The interception at the end
against them," said Michigan to do. of the first half was a costly'
coach Bo Schembechler, "bt "I'd never seen such confi- error on our part," said OSU
field goals or goal line stands dence in Bo and the team," said coach Woody Hayes. "It was
always kept us from winning. Morton. "I was talking to a my call all the way, and it was'
Going into this game, we knew few of the older alums, and just a bad call.
we could beat 'em. Going in at they said he looked just like he If we had scored then, it
half time, we still knew we did back in '69 (when Michi- might have affected the sec-
could win. gan upset OSU 24-12). ond half outcome, but I don't
"We just didn't play good of- "He came in the lockerroom want to take anything away,
fense in the first half. We made at halftime and said, 'Let's from them. They were a fine
some mistakes and didn't do make a couple of adjustments
what we wanted. When we and we can score on these
came out in the second half, guys' We went out and did it.i
we started doing what we were It's been a long time coming."
canable of." T H O U G H Michigan took
THAT MEANT gaining big ! definite control of the game

team today, and deserved to
MICHIGAN felt its second
half surge was simply a mat-
ter of playing better.
"It was a matter of execu-
tions," said Schembechler. "No
brilliant strategy was formulat-
ed at the half, it was just exe-
cution. I felt we could score if
we straightened ourselves out."
"We were a little tight in
the first half," said Lytle. "We'
weren't doing what 'we had .to.
"WE RAN UP the middle
some, and forced them to close
it up a little, then we went out-
side," said Lytle. "We loosened:
up in the second half and play-,
ed our kind of football. We
weren't playing badly in the
first half, it was just a matter
of a few little mistakes."
On the opening drive of the
half, Leach and Lytle missed
a handoff. But the sophomore
quarterback managed to cut
back against the flow and broke'
away for a 20 yard gain, put-
ting the Wolverines at the Buck-'
eye 27.
LYTLE RUNS of 11, nine and
three yards, plus an offside3

penalty, set up Davis' three-
yard TD.
Tough defense got the ball
right back for Michigan, and a
14 yard punt return by Jim
Smith.- one of several fine re-
turns by the senior - set up
Michigan's next drive.
It went 52 yards in nine plays,
highlighted by a 16 yard run by
Lytle and a surprising wing-
back reverse. On the reverse
- which hadn't been used all
season - Smith took a deep
pitch and ran the ball to the
THREE PLAYS later, Davis
dragged a couple tacklers into
the endzone for six more Michi-
gan points. Then came the
shocker - a faked kick on the
Holder Jerry Zuver took the
snap, spun around and raced
around end for two points.
A TOM ROCHE interception
stopped Michigan's next drive
at the OSU 16. But on the Buck-
eyes' first play, Zuver brought
the Blue right back with an in-
terception of his own.
Lytle ran for 11 yards, Davis
for one and Lytle for he . last
three to finish the scoring.
Smith, whose mere presence
forced Ohio State to overshift
its defense according to Schem-
bechler, was moved to tears by
the victory.
"I'M AN emotional person,"
said Smith. "I'm a senior, and
this is the best possible going
away present. If you'd have
come in earlier, you'd have
seen a lot of wet faces."
Schembecher said he knew
nothing about either USC or
UCLA, "but I realize that the
game could be for the national

I, .oul

" by Rich Lerner -

MULTI-TALENTED Michigan wingback Jim Smith is tackled by Ohio State safety Duncan
Griffin in first half action from yesterday's 22-0 triumph over the Buckeyes. Smith consistent-
aly provided the Wolverines with good field position with his dazzling returns of Tom Skla-
dany's booming punts.


Win dispels doubts...
...no Buckeye'jinx'
Snecial to the Daily




ctors celebrate

yOU'VE HEARD THE theories. Michigan couldn't win in Colum-
bus. The Wolverines were "jinxed." By ANDY GLAZER ton, who leJ Mi
According to the theories, the Wolverines outplay the Buck- special to The Daiy tackles.
eyes statistically, but when the big or key play is needed, COLUMBUS - Michigan vic- "This right h
eys satstale t cme wthe i M ehl Ohi Steets ,. tory celebration glimpses.. . max of everyt
they aren't able to come up with it. Meanwhile, Ohio State gets ... Jim Smith, the magnificent ues Morton, s
the clutch interception, field goal, pass completion, or goal line wingback, still sits in his uni- sively. "I was i
stand to better Michigan on the scoreboard.rform an hour after the game.| fall asleep 'til
Michigan buried all "jinx" theories here yesterday, stuffing He is crying. o'clock last nig
Ohio State 22-0. "This is the best going away ... Spent, exha
Yesterday, if any team was "jinxed," it was the Buckeyes. present I ever could have got- py, Rob Lytle is
Each time Michigan needed a big play to take command or eten, he says, fondling a red! reporters. Cut
keep Ohio State from reversing momentum, it rose (no pun ' I rose pensively. there, Lytle plai
intended) to the occaeion. 1 ii'"Every Michigan player has his heart out. J
"I've never felt it was a jinx". ' said Wolverine wingback a rose. The burly football the exhilarationi
Jim Smith. "But we've often asked ourselves what we had to do." players are suddenly very "We got it," L
Whatever it was the Wolverines had to do yesterday, they did. gentle...F ing weakly. "W.
Late in the second quarter with the score still knotted 0-0, "Aterviews Greg Morton, the greatest feelings
Ohio State moved the ball to the Michigan ten yard line. Well DIv Photo by SCOTT ECCKER Chevrolet defensive player of Lytle ... still
within field goal range, the Buckeyes threatened to grab a 3-0 MICHIGAN FULLBACK Russell Davis exults after scoring the game. This was Morton's; team ... when
halftime lead, and possibly 7-0. the first touchdown in yesterday's game. His three yard burst last shot too. ,have paved th
But on second and eight, linebacker Jerry Vogele blitzed over right tackle cracked the scoreless deadlock in the third "This is the biggest thing in tory. He is tooe
OSU passer Jim Pacenta, forcing him to hurry his throw, quarter of the contest. my college career,' says Mor- projecting a m
cornerback Jim Pickens intercepting his pass in the endzone. is sincere...
"The tight end tried to run a Z-route," Pickens explained. "7.. Jim Picken
"He tried to take a post pattern and get in behind me. But I Ta dow Bs 4 - den, the Ohi
caught him in the middle of it and I said 'Ah ha' and I just r1l 2 4 = 1 4 '1~ TN acslag
screened him off with my body. I felt somebody hit me, but I es the play
was catching it all the way."aneem
Michigan iiBRsewld TIand the pmuch
There was no "jinx" yesterday. a.11 .LFinJRVU- igan secondar
Thus, when Michigan came out to receive the second half through.
kickoff, the game was still scoreless. A long drive to open the "After that (int
halfwould give Michigan command of the game. The Wol- LOS ANGELES (AP) - Safe- Powerful halfback Ricky Bell In the second half, the Tro-' didn't even wan
vernes responded, moving 80 yards in 14 plays to snatch a tyman Dennis Thurman raced gained 167 yards on 36 carries jan offense came alive with ore," says Bo
7-0 lead.r 47 yards to score with a re- as the third-ranked Trojans Bell showing the way. First can do the talk
"The key to the game was the second half drive when we covered fumble before his whipped the No. 2 and pre- Glen Walker booted a 42-yard giving, insteado
took the kick and took it down and scored," said Rob Lytle, I Southern California offensiveI viously unbeaten Bruins. Pitts- field goal, then Bell scored "It ranks up
whose 165 yards rushing earned him the Chevrolet Offensive team came to life yesterday as burgh, idle yesterday, is No. 1. from the one and quarterback biggest footba
I the Trojans won their way to In the defensive struggle of Vince Evans raced 36 yards laughs Pickens t
Player of the Game award. the Rose Bowl by whipping the first half, it was the 170- on a touchdown scramble
"There wasn't any brilliant strategy formulated at halftime, UCLA, 24-14. pound Thurman, a junior from when he couldn't find a pass
just good execution," said Bo Schembechler of the. Wolverines', The triumph over the slight- nearby Santa Monica, who receiver. WYOODY
offensive turnaround between halves. ly favored Bruins, who rallied spelled the difference. UCLA failed to mount a sus-
The big play on the first scoring drive wvas a broken play for two late 'touchdowns, gave I When UCLA's Theotis Brown tained drive and didn't get a
that Rick Leach turned into a 20 yard gain.kInrecent USC the Pac-8 football ttl elet the ball squirt away after first down in the second half
Michiigan-Ohio State battles, it was the Buckeyes who turned plus the date with Big Ten 'a seven-yard run, Thurman until 6:16 remained in the game.! F It
brokenlays-ito long aies. shB ysr champion Michigan at Pasa- grabbed it out of the air and The Bruins scored with 3:59
broken plays into long gainers.dena on New Year's Day. Traced for the score. left on a nine-yard run by
There was no "jinx" yesterday. Brown and with 2:56 left on Jeffy RICK
"I'm 'still trying to figure out what happened," said Lytle, Dankworth's one-yard dive. Special to
who was to take a handoff from Leach and go off left tackle Stop and sittell the ROses UCLA finished its regular
on the play. "I guess I went too wide and Leach didn't go wide I'season, the first under 32-year- COLUMBUS
MICH. osU PASsING old coach Terry Donahue, with portly security
enough." First downs ... 23 10 Michigan I a 9-1-1 record. USC, loser to over the upper
"Ohio State's defense is similar to ours " said Leach. Every- Rushing (att/yds) 71-366 37-104 att corni t sds
body tries to pursue the ball. If you can cut back from where the Passing (att/com/int) 0-6-1 54.21 Leach 6 00;Msu osU with a date next week against and let out a l
play was supposed to go. you can get somewhere." Total yards . .366 _173 ouwt aenx ekaant n e u i
pla ws uposd t g. ouca ge smehee*Punting (no./avg) 5-41 6-52 Pacenta . . . .. 14 5 69 Notre Dame. weary sigh.
"Any quarterback that can't improvise shouldn't be in there," Interceptions.2 .. .- 1 2 PECE4NG A full house of 90,519 ga sh.
said a happy $chembechler. Fumbles (no./lost) .., . 1-0 1-1 RECEIVING Afl os f9,1 lsa "We've pu sure
'Yards penalized.p.h.e.r.s10 9 Michigan television audience that includ- mature people a
Shortly after the first score, the Wolverines went on the None ed most of the nation, watched said, surveying
.._.__.RUSHINGOC hJh bi in h I d

ichigan with 14 tion. -His eyes flash like neon!
signs that say "understate-
ere is the cli- ment."
hing," contin- "It means so much more
miling expan- 'cause we're from Ohio," adds !
fired up, didn't Bolden.
four or five "Yeah, but it's big stuff in i
ght." New Jersey too," chimes in l
austed and hap- easterner Dwight Hicks.
surrounded by "Mmmm, that rose smells
here, bruised good."
inly has played ... Calvin O'Neal, the middle
Just as plainly, linebacker that Ohio State ran
isn't superficial. away from all day, is yet an-i
Lytle says, smil- other tired, happy figure.
le've worked sol "I've been here before," says
It's one of the O'Neal. "In 1974 we didn't give!
you can have." up a touchdown to them either. I
talking of the It makes my career at Michi-
his 165 yards gan."
t way to vic- But O'Neal speaks of the team
exhausted to bes o as well. fhe
edia image. He "Morton, (John) Hennessey
and (Steve) Graves were in
ns and Jim Bol- there all day," expounds
loan defensive O'Neal. "Their, quarterback
happily. Pick-, can't scramble. The key to
]f interception the game was our defensive
yof the game, line."
*aligned Mich-
'y has come '.Bo Schembechler has his
day in the sun. The last game;
terception) they - atleast the "first" last game;
nt to play any-' has been won.
olden. "Now we "Our kids wanted so badlya
king at Thanks- to win," says Schembechler.
of our friends." This has to rank with the#
there with my great wins like 1969 (24-12 over
ll moments," No. 1 OSU)."
of his intercep- Bo shakes his head. "We'llj

feel the impact of this when
we get home. It hasn't sunk
in yet."
"There may not be too many
better teams," adds Bo ..
Rob Lytle leaves the dress-
ng room. Outside, perhaps a
hundred Michigan fans are
gathered. They begin to chant,
"Heisman, Heisman, Heisman
.. The Ohio fans have not
stayed long. Many leave 'at
the fourth quarter's start.
With eight minutes to go,
thousandshare streaming to-
wards the exits ...
Rose petals are scattered
across the Michigan locker
room floor. There is one more
game to be played, but for
..Michigan 22, Ohio State 0l.
Goodbye, Columbus ...
Big 10 Standings:
Conference All Games
SIT T Ir fl * T T


Ohio State ..
Illinois ...
Indiana .....
Wisconsin .
Michigan St.

7 1
7 1
4 4
4 4
4 4
3 5
3 5
1 7






ns die with Bucks

The Daily

- The aging,
guard leaned:
deck ra ling in1
Ohio $tadium
ingeririg, world-
got a lot of im-
round here," he
the pre-gamel
understand it."
w, Michigan and
shown the same r
fld. The differ-
the off-field per-
a matter of ma-

march again. However, an illegal procedure penalty on ivuni- ~ no yds "e
gan produced a second and twelve situation at the Buckeye ciganaft yds arrell .......... 2 42 title in his first season after
35. Once again Michigan needed the big play and once again Lt . .29 165' Logan . 15 succeeding John McKay for the+
it met with success. 'Davis. ..8 onson YTrojans.
Lea ch -94 i______ ______
Schembechler deemed this occasion appropriate to unveil a Huckleby . 43 SCORING PLAYS
new play for the Buckeyes, the record 88 250 fans and the national Smith ..I..C- vs.ar 1 16 M OSU
Clytn 1MIR.Dais 3yad unB ask~etball
television audience, a wide reverse to Smith.' An exact duplicate Cyng9 1(Wood kick) 7 03-yarrn
of the play Oklahoma ran for a touchdown against Michigan in E gOSU MICH.-Davis, 3-yard run
the Orange Bowl last ,year, Smith flew around the left side for a Logan . ... 17 63 (Zuver, run) ..... 15 0
P. Johnson ... 8 21' MICH.-Lytle, 3-yard run tg.w
1 yard gain and a first down at the nine yard line. Pacenta 12 20 (wood kick) .... 22 0 IV
Whenever the Wolverines had the ball inside the Ohio ten a : .:.n
score followed. In the past, particularly against Ohio State in 1972 1"By The Associated Press
and versus Purdue earlier this year, Michigan could not capitalize S cO R EB Dhe Top Twenty teams n The
on those opportunities. Colora K s :. 2Associated Press pre-season college'
There was no "jinx" yesterday.- MICHIGAN 2?, Ohio State 0{ Colorado 35, Kansas St. 28 basketball poll, with first-place;
Tr waling 15-0, the Buckeyes threatened to jump back into Indiana 20. Purdue 14 Baylor 20, Texas 10 votes in parentheses, last season's
theithick1ofthingsBearlye thefourt d tuartirpickg u Iowa 30, Michigan State 17 N. Texas St. 63, Drake 0 records and total points:
the thick of things early in the fourth quarter, picking up a wisconsin 26, Minnesota 17 Texas A&M 59,, TCU 10
Illinois 48. Northwestern 6! Florida 50, Rice 22 1. MICHIGAN (2.1) 25-7 588j
first down at the Michigan'38. s2 Marquette (6) 27-2 531
Once again, Michigan came up with the clutch play, gathering UStre ame 40,Miami, Fla. 27 Holy Cross 41 ,Connecticut403N.Carolina (9) 25-4 449
nn .Ieff Logan fumble on the next snap. Western Mch. 42, Central Mich. 14 Fordham 45, Brooklyn 144 LA )27-5 425
tlaJefoanv a fmeontentsnp Al .... 41 91 5 Indiana (7) 32-0 422

scene. ioant
For years now
Ohio State have
stuff on the fi4
ence comes int
sonnel, largely

Michigan's first score, Woody-
behaved himself quite well.
* £So did the fans, many of
whom began filing out as early
* as the beginning of the fourth
4 quarter, Michigan leading 15-0.
The Buckeye band even struck
NIGHT EDITORS, up a cordial chorus of "The
KATHY HENNEGIJAN Victors" as the remaining die-
MKHADDOCK hards shuffled through the
"Take that score off," one
,and probably won't. local lad said resignedly as
je"We had half the city police those surreal numbers, 22-0,
force on campus last night, and haunted his departure.
we will again tonight," said a "I wish it would have been
local officer. "But we're not da bit closer," another lament-
really expecting any trouble, ed. "At least they used to give
not like we would with a close the fans something; now they
game.,, on't give them anything.."
game Not a typical Woody. And, as
IF ANYTHING, this -game, I thought watching the subdued
may have forced some maturi- Buckeye fans, trudge across
ty on Columbus' .denizens. They that calmer ground outside the
can't rationalize it away, a horseshoes' gap, not a typical
true sign of immaturity, by I Michigan-Ohio State game.
pointing to a bad call or a . OUTSIDE LINEBACKER Tom
broken play. Their boys just Seabron summed up the gen-
got thoroughly trounced, that's eral bizarreness with a some-
all. what startling revelation about
Even Wobdy, the master of much-heralded fullback Pete
such mental manipulation, Johnson.
seems to have realized the hard "Either Johnson's slower, or
truth in his unusually gracious I'm ciiker hut (scout team

THERE'S AN ancient stadium
full of flaky fans. And there's
a crusty old coach, Woody
Hayes, whose interior has long
seemed 'rife with childish emo-
Based on limited experiences
with Buckeye fans at Michigan
and Michigan State games, and
the holocaustic hearsay about
what riots might occur this
weekend, I felt relieved to have
received my swine flu shot. Co-'
l'iNbus sounded like a real sty.

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