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(Continued from Page 1) aerial at the goal. The Wolver- and a 32 yarder in the fourth
A stingy Cardinal defense ine defense, caught in a blitz, to round out Michigan's scor-
forced the Wolverines to relin- gave up their first touchdown ing.
quish the ball on the next ser- sice last season s Indiana
ies of plays and John Ander- game at Bloomington. S T A N F O R D ' S other
son's punt rolled out of bounds But Langford's extra point at- touchdown came on a freak
on Stanford 41. tempt sailed wide to the right; play in the fourth period
ntheStnand Stanford led 6-0. when an unidentified player
But on Stanford's first play, Michigan's offense, unable to deflected Cordova's pass, in-
Michigan middle linebacker capitalize on third down situa- tended for Pappas, into the
a Cordova aerial, intercepted tions, didn't get on the score arms of center Todd Anderson
board until the last five sec- in the end zone.
it, and returned it to the mid-' of the first half.
field stripe. Jim Smith turned in a stel-
R E M I N I S C E N T1lar performance for the Maize
F R E S H M A N quarter- of Denny Franklin's last sec- and Blue collecting five passes
back Rick Leach, who played ond pass to Jim Smith against for 143 yards and one score
the whole game, went right to Michigan State last year, Leach while gaining 75 on the ground
work, hitting wingback Jim fired a perfect strike to Smith -one a 54 yard reverse in the
Smith with a 21-yard pass. But who snared the ball in stride at second quarter.
oncehagainrthetWolverinenof-rthe te
once again the Wolverine of- the ten and raced into the end- Although Leach hit on six
fense stalled with two ncom- zone. passes for 145 yards, one for
plete passes and it had to set- Wood connected on the extra a touchdown, Schembechler
tle for Wood's final field goal point and the Wolverines went said, "his performance was
and a 19-16 lead. into the lockerroom with a 7-6 about the same as the rest of
Jim Jenke returned Wood's advantage. 1the team, good enough to tie
kickoff to his own 43 and then Wood drilled 27 and 29 yard !ut not good erocigh to win.
Cordova and company took over field goals in the third quarter You play to win."


______________________JEFF LIEBSTER
A weak attitude.4
...weakens Blue

Well, Bo is going to have to wait another week for his 100th
career victory, as Stanford passed their way to a surprising
19-19 tie. Michigan registered their 36th consecutive game at
home without a loss and the 93,000 fans were treated to a rare
roccurence: a thriller.
r eNot since 1972, when Mike Lantry's last minute 27 yard
field goal earned a 9-6 victory over Purdue, have the fans at
Michigan Stadium seen anyone but Woody Hayes' Buckeyes
challeng? Bo's home field supremacy.
Yesterday would have been the perfect setting for Schem-

with a minute and a half left.
The Stanford signal caller,
after an incomplete screen pass
to Inge, began to click, con-
necting with wide receiver Bill
Singler for 13 and Hill for 11.
Michigan thwarted his next two
attempts but on a crucial third
and 10, Cordova fired a spiral
to wingback Bill Kellar for 19
yards and the first down.
In three quick plays Cor-
dova moved Stanford down to
the Wolverine two-yard line.
Then on second and goal to go,
he dropped back into the poc-
ket and lobbed an incomplete
pass to Hill in the left corner
of the endzone and the stage-
was set for Langford's final,I
tying boot.
THE CARDINALS opened the
scoring nine minutes into the
initial period when Hill ran a
perfect pattern down the right
sideline and grabbed Cordova's

Kissing Sis



First Downs 17
Rushing (att/yds) 61/32
Passing yards 145
Passes (att/com/int) 17/6/1
Punts (no/avg) 5/35.8
Penalties (no/yds) 3/15
Fumbles (no/no lost) 3/2



Leach (M)

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0 7 6 6-19 Pla aser
6 0 0 13-19 Cordova (S)


bechler's centennial success. Not only was the sun shining
for the opening kickoff, but the crowd was the largest to
witness a home opener since the 1952. loss to Michigan State.
drew over 97,000.
3 1 0.3
5 -s -1.2 The crowd expected to see a typical Michigan trounce. The
G Dlowerfil squads of the past five seasons have elevated fan
interest, and encouraged an attitude which at times is poor.
kN Michigan fans don't expect victory, they demand it.
com int yds Upon leaving the game one could hear "numerous fans with
6 1 145 degrees of football knowledge varying from none to fair, express-
3D ing great scorn for the Michigan coaching staff, Rick Leach,
comn t yds the officials, and anything else they felt impeded victory for
24 2 285 the Maize and Blue.
EVING What do these people expect? Of course, nobody likes a
tie, except possibly 27-point underdogs, but credit should be
N o yds given when it is deserved. Stqnford pi-yed good football. Not
5 143 great football, but good enough to tie the No. 2 ranked
1 2 Wolverines. Perhaps Miehignn does have a more talented
D Squad, but yesterday they were lucky to escape with a tie.
8 26s This attitude has also permeated the ranks of the players to
5 66 a certain extent. Perennini winners tend to look ahead of "in-
4 24 significant" early season games, considering them practice vic-
2 4 tories before the forthcoming important battles.
1 4
1 14 fie not prepared


J. Smith



5.7 1

J. Smith
T. Anderson

DESPITE THE outstretched arms of Michigan defensive tackle Greg Morton, Stanford
quarterback Mike Cordova flings one of his 44 passes downfield. Providing part of the pro-
tection . that kept . the .Wolverine . defense in check all afternoon is Cardinal guard Alex




yds avg
29 2.4
22 1.5'

yiEven i
10t Hturts
LebQ Hertz i
Opposing kickers.. .
. 0.haunt Ho's dreams

There are very few games i
Bo Schembechler's career that
could haunt him. But such night-
mares as there are have been
provided by opposition kickers.
Last year in Columbus, a
kicker named Tom Klaban boot-
ed four field goals to lead Ohio
State to a 12-10 victory and
subsequent Rose Bowl berth
over the Wolverines.
On New Year's Day in 1972,
a spunky little guy named Rod
Garcia kicked a 31 yard field
goal in the remaining seconds to
boost Stanford to a 13-12 tri-
umph over Michigan.
Yesterday, with only nine
seconds left on the clock, an-
other Cardinal booter, Mike
Langford, kicked a 33 yard
field goal enabling unranked
Stanford to tie the Maize and
Blue 19-19.
Although Langford missed an
,extra point in the first quarter,'
his credentials still holdqup.
In- his first season with Stan-
ford last year, the senior from
Atwater, California produced
scores in 15 of 26 field goal
attempts. Three of those field
goals were against the Wol-
verines-two 42 yard boots and
a 52 yard one.
Langord distinctlysremembers
his yardage against 'the Wol-
verines, and feels he is no long-
er playing in the shadow of Gar-
cia, who holds the Cardinal
career record for field goals. {
"I've been compared to Gar-
cia," said a poised Langford,
"but by the end of last season,
I was accepted for myself."
After the game, Stanford
coach Jack Christiansen had
only praise for his kicker.
"Langford is still the best
placekicker in the country,"
s a i d Christiansen. "even3
though he did miss that extra
In the end, Lpngford's missed
extra point proved costly in

terms of any hope for a Stan-
ford victory. But Langford,
along with his teammates. felt
that a tie was satisfying.
While most people in the sta-
dium thought that Langford was.
under tremendous pressure in
making that last field goal,
Langford r e a d i 1 y confessed,
"Sure I was. un-der pressure, but
I felt more pressure on t-hat
second extra point than the field
goals. I missed the first point.
The field goals were hard, but
that extra point was what put
me under pressure the most."
On the last field goal at-
tempt, Langford's kick was as
accurate as any three pointer
could be.
Langford wasn't the only im-

By The Associated Press
COLUVIBUS, Ohio - Archie
Griffin and Pete Johnson, Mr.
Inside and Mr. Outside of third-
ranked Ohio State's attack, com-
bined for 235 yards rushing yes-
terday, helping the Buckeyes
shatter a Penn State hex withG
a 17-9 college football- victory
over the No. 7 Nittany Lions.
Johnson, a 248-pound junior
fullback, rolled \Vp 107 yards,
including 11 yards that scored
the clinching touchdown in the
closing minutes. Johnson also
scored on a one-yard plunge.
Meanwhile, Heisman Tro-
phy winner Griffin registered
his 23rd straight regular sea-
son game of more than 100
ground yards. The squirty
senior tailback accounted for
128 yards, but it was his re-
ception that kept the closing
touchdown drive alive.
Chris Bahr booted fields goals
of 55, 31 and 25 yards for Penn
State. His 55-yarder set an Ohio
Stadium record and tied his own


sions, allowed 467 yards and 19 =points, usually enough for the
nonconference victory over win- Wolverines to manage victory. But quarterback Mike Cordova
less Western Michigan yester- led Stanford's aerial attack, which devastated the Blue secondary.
day' Cordova, a 6-4, 215 lb. junior, directed tie Cardinals on
run and passed one yard to Al second-half scoring drives of 98, 73 and 57 yards, as they relent-
Conerly for another touchdown I lessly thwarted Michigan's hopes of victory. He completed 24 of
with 30 seconds left in the half 44 passes for 285 yards and 2 TD's.
to help the Gophers to a 14-0 Cordova has the poise and confidence of a seasoned pro-
halftime lead en route to their fessional. Last year he threw 10 touchdown strikes and ac-
first victory of the season.cumulated 1569 yards in the air. This season he has thrown for
over 500 yards in just two games.
Huskers explode "He's an outstanding athlete," commented Coach Christian-
LINCOLN, Neb. - Crafty sen. "He's big, strong, has good leadership ability, never gets
Terry Luck engineered four hurt and rarely makes a mistake."
touchdown drives and running Cordova exhibited his exceptional cool near the close of the
back John O'Leary and Monte third period. On second and nine to go, with Stanford back on its
Anthony romped through the In- own three, Cordova connected with his favorite receiver, flanker
Nebraskaetook as 5- vcory Tony Hill, for 28 yards, a critical first down, breathing room,
over the Hoosiers in an inter- and eventually a tying touchdown.
sectional college football game That perfectly executed look-in was one of eight receptions
yesterday. for Hill, a junior with exceptional moves and hands. He pulled
The win left Nebraska at 2-0 in the first score of the afternoon on another bullseye shot from
while Indiana dropped to 1-1- Cordova from 25 yards out.

whips Penn State

The overconfident Michigan team apparently wasn't prepared
for Stanford coach Jack Christiansen and his Cardinals. The
potent passing attack and stubborn defense against the option
combined to keep Stanford in the ball game, thus severely
damaging Bo's national title hopes.
Stanford's defense, while effective on several crucial occa-


portant kicker in the game. The;
Wolverines appear to have found H ar
a replacement for Mike Lantry r i s i
in sophomore Bob Wood. I
Wood has already kicked seven
field goals in the two games he top form
has played for Michigan. His r
four field goals today set a atEM
Michigan game record. At the#at} E M U
rate he is going, Wood willa
easily break the season record
held by Lantry and Dana Coin. Special To The Daily
Wood kicked a 42 yarder Unlnike Bo Schembechler,j
that Dut Michigan ahead 19-16 Ron Warhurst is a happy man"
late in the fourth quarter. The today. Warhurst, the Michigan
last time a Michigan field goal cross country coach, was pleas-
kicker entered a game in so ed by the performance of his
crucial a situation was last charges yesterday at the East-
vear against Ohio State when ern Michigan Open.
Ln ntrv had an opportunity to The Wolverine harriers per-
put the Wolverines ahead-but formed in a field of over 180
missed. runners. Mike McGuire finish-
Like Langford, Wood missed ed 5th in the field with a time
an important scoring chance of 24:38 over the five mile
early in the game. In the begin- course. Teammate Greg Meyer
ning of the second quarter, he shared fifth place after sus-
missed a 36 yard attempt. taining a severe spike cut.
While Wood was ecstatic over Mayer was in his third mile
k cking a field goal that put his when he stumbled and cut him-
teqm ahead, Langford took self, just as he was moving on
nleasnre in kicking just for a the leaders.
tie. That's the difference be- Jay Anstaett grabbed 11th
tween a nationally ranked team place with a time of 24:51 while
aid a 27 noint underdog. the Wolverines' promising fresh-
-men Jack Sinclair and Steve

school mark.
The loss was the first in five
jmeetings with Ohio State and
gave the Nittany Lions a 2-1
record this season.
Ohio State, posting its 19th
straight home victory that
equaled the Buckeyes' stadium'
record, won its second consecu-
tive game this fall.
* * *
Spartans surge
Quarterback Charlie Baggett
fired a 66-yard scoring bomb to
freshman Kirk Gibson to give
Michigan State a come-from-
behind 14-13 victory over 19th-
ranked Miami of Ohio in non-
conference college football ac-
tion yesterday.
The defeat was the first in 25
games for the defending Mid-
American Conference cham-
pions, who missed several op-
nortunities to extend their
streak as MSU mistakes gave
them good chances to score.
The winning touchdown
came with two minutes left
in the third quarter, after the
Redskins had scored twice to
take the lead. The Spartans
opened the scoring just before
halftime with a four-yard
plunge by tailback Levi Jack-
But Miami roared rieht back,
taking the second half kickoff
and scoring in 13 plays.
.MSU then fumbled the ball
away three straight times, but
Miami missed a field goal and
fumbled themselves. But the
third time, tailhack Rob Car-
nenter bulled 19 yards in two
nlavs to score.
But MSU took the lead back in
foitr plays, Gibson tiptoeing past
a fallen Redskin defender after
hauling in Baggett's long aerial.

ahead to stay.
* *

Wisconsin romps
MADISON, Wis. - Freshman
Charles Green passed forone
touchdown and led three other
drives capped by touchdowns by
Billy Marek, powering Wiscon-
sin over out-manned South Da-
kota 48-7 in college football yes-
Marek, the nation's leading
scorer and No. 3 rusher last
year, scored on runs of one and
six yards as the Badgers mount-
ed a 14-0 lead on their first three
.Marek, who gained 93 yards
in 12 carries, raised his ca-
reer point total to 216, tying
him for fourth place on the
all-time Big Ten list with Ohio
State's Champ Henson.
Coyote quarterback Mark Jen-
kins threw six interceptions,'one
of which Ken Simmons returned
to set up Marek's third touch-
down from four yards out as
the Badgers made it 34-7 three
minutes into the second half.
* * *
Purdue blanked
Notre Dame's' Luther Bradley,
coming off a year's suspension,
intercepted' two passes; return-
ing one 99 yards for a touch-
down, as the Irish swamped
Purdue 17-0 in college football
The Irish, now 2-0, outrushed
the Boilermakers 230 yards to
66, but Craig Nagel's passing
kept Purdue within striking
range until the final minutes.
The ninth-ranked Irish were
held to Dave Reeve's 29-yard
field goal for three quarters be-
fore they broke it open when
Bradley ended the Boilermak-
er's best scoring threat of the'

The Husker defense harassed
IU quarterback Terry Jones, the
Big Ten passing leader last
year, as he completed 5 of 15
tosses for 23 yards against Ne-
Iowa edged
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Dave Ja-
cobs, a pint-sized freshman,
kicked a 41-yard field goal into
the wind with 22 seconds re-
maining yesterday, giving Syra-
cuse a 10-7 football victory over
Iowa and its best start in eight
Jacobs' decisive boot came
five plays after Iowa gambled
on fourth down with nine yards
to go but turned the ball over
at midfield when a pass fell in-

Cordova one of the best
Cordova displays all the talents necessary to make him the
country's top quarterback-if not, then at least the best Michigan
will face. Not only does he have a fine corps of receivers, but
if today was any indication, his line will give him time to throw.
Schembechler, in an expectedly reticent mood, even credited
"I don't want to take anything away from Stanford," said
the Michigan coach in his post game conference. "They can
probably move the ball on anyone. Cordova is a fine passer."
Cordova and company exposed some blatent weaknesses in
the powerful Michigan lineup: the offensive line is lacking be-
cause of both injury and inexperience; there are obvious problems
related to starting a freshman quarterback, as the option game
isn't running smoothly at all; the pass defense is susceptible tc
an innovative attack such as Stanford's. But the deadliest problenm
facing the Michigan team is that of poor attitude, a symptom
of success which has infected us all,


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spectively.o comesback
SS C 0 "Our freshmen have made CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Fifth- Northwestern wins
a great adjustment to the col- ranked Missouri scored twice in EVANSTON, Ill. - Greg Boy-
COLLEGE FOOTBALL w. virginia 28, Cal. 10 lege distance of five miles. In the fourth oiarter yesterday on' s 17-yard touchdown run cli-
South Carolina 24, Duke 16 fat hyrna ieora ren by tailback Tony Gal-' i- s 7yadtuhonrnc-
Stanford 19, MICHIGAN 19 (''riiate 16, Citadel 0 mafact, they ran at a time our Ikxed a 53-yard drive with 1:55
Missouri 30. Illinois 20 Kansas St. 18, Wichita St. 0 veterans were running at last breath and a S-vard pass com- to play yesterday and boosted
Nebraska 45. Indiana 0 Norhern Mich. 17, Central Mich. 16 year," stated a handy War- nIoon to come from behind for Northwestern to a hard-earned
Ohio Sf. 17, Penn St. 9 oling Green 16, S. hurst. "We also had nine peo- a 30-?0 nonconference college 10-3 football victory over under-
Mich.S t. 14, Miami (0.) 13r-- within a minute over a f foiv hll ictory over unranked dog Northern Illinois.
MAh t 4 Mai(. rmv ,,4. Lehigh 32 fIllois
Northwestern 10. Northern INC 24. 3e2on St. 7 -il course, which shows the j I1plfThe Wildcats, winning their
nos 3 A 34. Tennese 28 kdsf talent we have on this ent from first two games of a season for
Notre Dame 17' Purdued I(n'dV 47. Wvoni12( nte hveons rterhack Stpv. Picnrkie-
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