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THE MICHIGAN DAILY
undoy, Oecember 7, 1 975 THE MICHIGAN DAILY'..
By ANDY GLAZER
"This has been a fun team to coach,"
id Wolverine mentor Bo Schembech-
r of the 1975 edition of the Wolverines.
It's been a fun team to watch, too,
aspite being perhaps the weakest
ichigan team in the last five years.
Weak is a relative term, of course.
le standard of excellence that Bo's
ams have set is incredibly high-but
e abundance of freshmen and sopho-
ores playing led to more exciting
fishes in 1975 than Wolverine fans
ye been used to.
iHE SEASON started off at Wiscon-
i, where the Badgers were supposed
have their best team in years.
The Blue had barely nipped Wiscon-
24-20 a year earlier, and upset talk
s in the air. Rick Leach, a freshman
arterback, started and led the Wol-
ines to a grindingly tough 23-6 win.
rdie Bell did most of the damage
th 210 yards rushing.
Text Michigan came home to meet
nford, a fierce rival ever since the
rdinals upset Michigan 13-12 in the
1 RoM Bowl.
tanford's Mike Cordova came out
sing (he would eventually hit 24
44 aerials for 285 yards), and the
e came out flat. Stanford outplayed
Wolverines throughout the first
and seemed destined to take a 6-0
d to the lockerroom when Leach
+oaded a 52 yard TD bomb to wing-
k Jim Smith just as the half ended.
Michigan a 19-16 lead with less than
two minutes left to go, Cordova drove
the Cards down to the Michigan. two
before he was sacked. Mike Langford
then hit a 33 yard field goal to give
the Cards a well deserved tie.
The Wolverines, justifiably stunned,
prepared for Baylor. Senior Mark El-
zinga replaced the ineffective Leach
at quarterback, but the Blue failed to
muster any additional offense and
Leach was back in the second half.
Once again the pass hurt Michigan,
and the Bears already had a 14-14 tie
clinched when they missed a 32 yard
field goal with just six seconds left.
Michigan was still undefeated, but
the Blue fell from the top ten for the
first time in five years.
The Missouri game would tell just
how good the young Wolverines were.
The Tigers were ranked fifth after up-
setting number one Alabama in the
EVEN THE staunchest Wolverine
rooter could hardly have expected what
happened. Containing much-heralded
quarterback Steve Pisarkiewicz, the
Blue blew Mizzou off the field, leading
31-0 before the Tigers managed a
meaningless touchdown against Wol-
Michigan State was next, and the
Spartans had just upset Notre Dame.
Two field goals apiece was all the
scoring until Leach made the play. On
fourth and one in State territory, Leach
was hit behind the line, but struggled
and scrapped until he had the first
Bell soon ripped off a marvelous 23
yard TD run, and the Wolverines had
a clear path to Ohio State.
Oh, there were interesting moments
along the way. Michigan rolled up 620
rushing in destroying Northwestern 69-0.
Indiana was next, and since Northwest-
er had beaten them 30-0 the big ques-
tion was would the Wolverines win 99-0.
They didn't, but 55-7 was close enough.
THEN, surprisingly, the Minnesota
Golden Gophers threw quite a scare
into Michigan, coming back from 21-7
to tie the game before Gordie Bell iced
the game with a 23 yard touchdown run.
Back at home, the Purdue game
marked Leach's emergence as a passer,
as he hit six of nine attempts for 218
yards and a touchdown. The Boiler-
makers played well, but were simply
At Illinois, Michigan had the game all
but wrapped away with a 21-0 fourth
quarter lead when the Illini struck
twice for touchdowns and added on a
two-point conversion. With the Illini
passing at will, Michigan recovered
their onside kick attempt and success-
fully ran out the clock, 21-15.
Then came Ohio State.
IT WAS the top ranked Buckeyes
against the fourth ranked Wolverines,
and a ,national TV audience and a
Michigan Stadium record crowd of
105,543 watched as Michigan won the
opening kickoff. The Wolverines failed
to move and let John Anderson hit the
first of a series of very bad punts.
With excellent field position, Ohio State
moved downfield impressively and
From that point on until the middle of
the fourth quarter the Wolverines
totally dominated the Buckeyes, not
allowing them a first down for over
30 minutes of playing time.
But the Wolverines were haunted by
turnovers, and did not score until Bell
threw an 11 yard option pass to Smith
with 24 seconds left in the first half.
OSU fumbled the ensuing kickoff, but
Wood missed a 37 yard field goal.
The second half was scoreless until
a brilliant drive by Michigan that was
culminated in Leach's one yard TD
plunge. Following the score, the stadium
was about to erupt.
only 46 yards in 19 carries. Pete John-
son scored on fourth and one soon'
after, and the game was tied with 3:18j
Jim Smith Gordon Bell
A tie would have sent OSU to the PA
Rose Bowl, so Leach tried to pass fromR
deep in his own territory, and on thirdMk Elzinga
and 19 was intercepted by Ray Griffin! Gordon Bell
(Archie's younger brother), who re-
turned the ball to the Michigan three. RE
Pete Johnson scored on the next play Jim Smith
and Michigan was headed for the Gordon Bell
Orange Bowl, its 41 consecutive home Keith Johnson
game unbeaten string snapped.
It was a great game, by a great team, IEADN
in the midst of a great season. Wol- Calvin O'Neal
verine rooters can hope it ends on a Dave Devich
happier note.} Jim Pickens
And then, Ohio State did. Greg Morton
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the shock, the Cardinals
in the second half. After
40 yard field goal gave
FOLLOWING a bizzare play which
saw Buckeye QB Cornelius Greene'
chased from his 20 back into his own
end zone, only to get off a pass that
was nearly intercepted, Ohio State put
on one of the greatest clutch drives in
college football's history.
And GO IN COMFORT
In a Pair of
Orange Bowl classic features
Rushing ave. per game
By LEBA HERTZ
's ironic, isn't it? Two of
best teams in the nation
en't played a post-season
e for two years-one for
e than two. Now that both
s are able to play in a bowl
e they face each other.
n New Year's Day, Oklaho-
and Michigan will face each
er for the first time in their
g collegiate history at Miami
ach for the 1976 Orange Bowl.
,he Sooners haven't been in a
1 game for two years be-
se they have been on NCAA
bation for recruiting viola-
shocked the country when
sent Ohio State, not Michig
to the 1974 Rose Bowl.
The 1974 season saw a rep
of the previous years. Eve
thing rested on that final gan
The Wolverines took a 10-0 le
Penalties/yds. 26/29S 33/320
na- C igan meeting RUHING LEADESA
GordonBell 255 1335 5.2
it straight Big Ten title. The vic- In the Colorado game, Buffalo moved from first in the polls to Rob Lytle 183 998 5.5
an, tory over the Cornhuskers sent coach Bill Mallory, with the second. Rick Leach 100 490 4.9
the Big Eight Champion auto- score 21-20 in favor of Oklaho- M
eat matically to the Orange Bowl. ma, decided to settle for the tie never faced each other beforeCush
ry- Although the Wolverines have instead of the win. but on the first day of the Bi-
me. never faced Oklahoma or play- But fate plays funny tricks centennial year, each team will all Smokes
Bowl, they have tane two Bi and Colorado missed the extra have an opportunity to be 1-0 in
Bowl, they played two Big point and ended up with a loss. a football series that should dead out.
Eight teams the last two years. After that game, Oklahoma have started years ago.
SLast year, in Ann Arbor, Michi-'
gan thrashed Colorado 31-0.
This year, the Wolverines fac- TLE
' ed Missouri who, in the firstu
game of the season, upset num- MICHIGAN OKLAHOMA
ber fourth ranked Alabama.
Ranked fifth when they came to Offense
Michigan Stadium this year, the
Tigers received their first loss (27) Keith Johnson SE (11) Tinker Owens
of the season at the hands of the (67) Steve King QT (67 K. Baldischwiler
Wolverines, 31-7. (60) Mark Donahue LG (75) Chez Evans
Missouri's offense pulled to- (52) Jim Czirr C (55) Dennis Buchanan
gether against Oklahoma and (72) Walt Downing RG (66) Terry Webb
o by only one point to the (73) Bill Dufek ST (79) Mike Vaughan I
The first thing Michigan must (82) Mark Schmerge TE (80) Victor Hicks
be aware of in Miami is that (5) Gordon Bell TB (24) Joe Washington
the Wolverines will be playing (41) Rob Lytle FB (42) Jim Litrell 1W
against the wishbone attack. (7) Rick Leach QB (5) Steve Davis .
bechler says of the Sooners' of- (37)Jim Smith WB (4) Elvis Peacock Please:help prevent forest fires.
fense, "They have probably the _'-- -- _________________
most refined and skilled wish-
bone team in the country."
Oklahoma finished the regu-
a- lAlth ugh o with a 10-1-0 mark.
the Sooners had a few close ets Talk Turkey.
aeAlthough losing only to Kansas,th Sonrha afe cls
the calls. They won by only one
point against Missouri and Colo-
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"THEY'RE LIKE CLOUDS ON YOUR FEET"
he Wolverines, on the other -:.>
d, have done nothing illegal
t have been victims of cir- :rr-
espite being Big Ten Cham- "
s for the past four years,
higan has been to' only one
I game-the 1972 Rose Bowl
inst Stanford. In 1972, the no-
at rule enabled co-Big Ten
npion, Ohio State, to go to
1973, the no-repeat rule was
alied and the title and Rose Bo Schembechler
1r were again up for grabs.
he Wolverines came back But four field goals by o K
ia 10-0. deficit to tie th a neaanwnOi t
keyes that year 10-10. Al. a Rone agaiwon Oh i
st everybody said that Michi- ahre B ertho
outplayed Ohio State. In Three years of some of
.iion, the tie left Woody best football teams in the
es' boys forlorned after the tion, and Michigan had no
e. ward to show for it.
ut a vote by the Big Ten Finally, the Big Ten voted
etic directors the next day end the ban on other b
Season Results Although the Wolverines w
ed the Big Ten title and
H. Opp. chance in the Rose Bowl, C
Wisconsin 6 fornia was not to be the to
Stanford 19 tion on January 1. Michigal
Baylor 14 grateful, however, to finally
Missouri 7 somewhere-even if it is Mia
Mich. State 6 Oklahoma's probation en
Northwestern 0 this year, and' despite being
Indiana 7 set by Kansas, the Sooners
Minnesota 21 feated Nebraska the same
Illinois 1S the Buckeyes shattered Mic
Ohio State 21 gan's chances for its fi
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