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Page 10-Sunday, October 4, 1981-The Michigan Daily


'M' punter Bracken bets a rest


Special to the Daily
BLOOMINGTON- It was a day of rest for
Michigan punter Don Bracken yesterday in
Bloomington, but the sophomore from Thermopolis,
Wyoming didn't plan it that way.
Bracken punted once during the entire afternoon, a
51-yarder in the third quarter and then watched the
entertaining show that the Wolverine offense was
displaying. Michigan piled up 527 total yards, 31 first
downs, and converted 14 of 16 third downs.
"THE ONLY TIME we didn't get a first down, we
fumbled on our first set of downs and then we had a
holding penalty, which forced a punt and then at the
end, we didn't make it," said Michigan coach Bo
The time Michigan didn't make it was on a fourth
down run by sophomore running back Tom Hassel on
the Indiana two-yard line, which was about the only
positive note for the Indiana defense.
"Neither defense played very well," Schembechler
said. "We don't want to get too high offensively
because maybe Indiana was hurting defensively."
THE OFFENSE, indeed, was flying yesterday as
sophomore quarterback Steve Smith engineered
touchdown drives of 80, 61, 40, 47 and 75 yards to
register the highest point total for Michigan in 1981.
Smith, similar to his excellent game against Navy, is
gradually resurrecting his passing statistics.
Smith completed 12 out of 19 attempts for 164 yards,

one touchdown, and no interceptions. Combining the
Navy and Indiana games, the Wolverine quarterback
is 22 of 36 with no interceptions, a tremendous im-
provement over the Wisconsin and Notre Dame
"They (the offensive line) were blocking really
well today," Smith explained. "They've blocked well
all year but I haven't taken advantage of the protec-
tion. I felt like I had to hurry before. I think I have
more poise back there now."
SMITH ALSO mentioned that he'can "adjust" to
the defenses better and a glance at the 14 of 16 third
down conversions attests to the increased effec-
tiveness of the Michigan offense. Not limited to just
the pass, Smith rushed for 48 yards and added one
touchdown on the ground.
With Indiana moving the ball well on offense,
leading 10-7 in the first quarter, the pressure was on
the Michigan offense to keep pace with the red-hot
"We did not want to lay down today," Smith
elaborated. "We knew we had to keep it going." The
offense 'kept it going' by keeping the ball away from
the Hoosier offense. Michigan owned the ball for over
36 minutes with 84 plays, while the Hoosiers
possessed the ball only 23/2 minutes with 54 plays.
MUCH OF THE praise for the ball-control offense
belonged to the Michigan rushing game.. The much-
heralded trio of running backs each contributed to the
337 yards on the ground. Senior tailback Butch

Woolfolk dazzled the Memorial Stadium crowd with
176 yards on 26 attempts, including 72 yards in the fir-
st quarter. The Big Ten's leading rusher also caught
two passes and scored two touchdowns. The name
Woolfolk is thoroughly imbedded in the Hoosier
memories as the tailback's name eminated from the
PA announcer all day.
"I used to think I was a finesse runner-that I
owned the field and everything," Woolfolk commen-
ted. "But that's not what I'm built for. I'm a big back
with speed and I should be running right at people."
Woolfolk ran right at, around, through, and in bet-
ween the Indiana defense for his best afternoon of the
1981 season. Woolfolk passed Gordon Bell on the
Michigan all-time rushing list and Rob Lytle's all
time record is right around the next hashmark for the
Wolverine tailback.
THE FORGOTTEN man in the Michigan backfield,
Larry Ricks, had 62 yards on 16 carries including one
touchdown. Despite his best performance of 1981,
Ricks wasn't too satisfied.
"I didn't play very well, but the offense played very
aggressively and kept the defense off the field,'.'
Ricks commented., "It kind of hurts not starting,
because it's hard to get in the flow of the game
"I think its one of the better games the offense has
played, but I won't say the best."
The Indiana defense would probably dispute that

AP Photo
USC TAILBACK Marcus Allen blasts through the Oregon State line for a big
gain during their Pac-10 game yesterday. Allen rushed for 233 yards to break
two NCAA records as the Trojans rolled over the Beavers, 56-22. See story,
Page 9.


Wool olk run

(Continued from Page 1)
passing six yards to tight end Craig
Dunnaway. And the pendulum was now
on Michigan's side 14-10.
THE FIRST punt of the day, after a
third down reverse attempt, by
Schroyer lost three yards for the
Hoosiers, gave the Wolverines the ball
on their own 39. From there they took
control of the game for good when
Woolfolk plunged one yard over right
tackle to give them a 21-10 lead.
The Indiana offense, with backup
quarterback Chad Huck in for Laufen-
berg, was stopped on three plays on his

next possession, and Michigan was able
to get three more points on the board
before the end of the half. Smith runs of
17 and five yards respectively and
completions of eight yards to wide
receiver Anthony Carter and 10 yards
to fullback Stanley Edwards set up
kicker Ali Haji-Sheikh for his first field
goal of the season, a 42-yarder.
from its own 20 to within five yards of
paydirt in the first possession of the
second half, where he made a fatal
error. On second and goal, he threw a
desperation pass, on the run, into the
end zone and into the arms of Wolverine

s rot
defensive back Marion Bo
dismay of the Hoosier partisa
Indiana mentor Lee Cors
was an uphill battle for his
that point. "Our first dri
second half when we didn't sc
lot out of us," he said in his
interview. "And after that, t
out of it: Their offensive lin
us out.",
Two punts later, Michiga
ball on the Indiana 47. Runs
nine yards by Woolfolk, an
yard gain by Edwards, and
jaunt by Woolfolk put the Wo
top, 30-10, with 5:33 left in


Butch- red

hshod over

First downs ............... .31
Rushing ................... 64/337
Passing (comp/att/int) .... 20/13/0
Passing yds...............190
Fumbles (no/lost) ......... 1/1
Punts (no/avg) ............ 1/51/51
MICHIGAN..............7 17 6
INDIANA.................10 0 7

8 -38
0 -17


Woolfolk ..................26
Ricks ..................... 16
Edwards .................. 8
Ingram ................... 1
Gunn ...................... 2
Roggeman ................8
Hines ..................

It yds
% 176
16 62
1 48


IND- Stephenson 20 pass from Laufenberg
(Greenstein kick).
MICH- Smith 3 run (Haji-Shiekh kick).
IND- Greenstein 22 FG.t
MICH- Dunaway 6 pass from Smith
(Haji-Shiekh kick).
MICH-Woolfolk I run (Haji-Shiekh kick).
MICH-Haji-Shiekh 42 FG.
MICH- Woolfolk 25 run (kick failed).
IND- Gunn 48 run (Greenstein kick).
MICH- Ricks 2 run (Smith to Carter
for two-pt. conversion).
MICHIGAN 38 , Indiana 17
Notre Dame 20, Michigan State 7
Wisconsin 20, Purdue 14
Illinois 38, Minnesota 29
Iowa 64, Northwestern 0
Florida State 36, Ohio State 27
Army 27, Harvard 13
Bucknell 23, Davidson 3
Colgate 21, Boston U. 14
Columbia 20, Penn 9
Georgetown, D.C.17, Duquesne 7
Holy Cross 28, Dartmouth 0
Lehigh 24, Delaware 21
Penn. St. 30, Temple 0
Rutgers 31, Cornell 17
Yale 23, Navy 19
Dayton 21, Slippery Rock 17r
Shippensburg St. 17, Edinboro St. 0
Pitt 42, South Carolina 28
Syracuse 17, Maryland 17
Clemson 21, Kentucky 3
N. Carolina 28, Georgia Tech 7
N. Carolina St. 30, Virginia 24
Murray St. 20, Morehead St. 7
Missouri 14, Mississippi St. 3
Grand Valley St. 52, Michigan Tech 6
Kansas 17, Arkansas St. 16
W. Michigan 21, Bowling Green 7
Ball St. 23, N. Illinois 0
Central Michigan 63, E. Michigan 14
Tulsa 35, Kansas St. 21
Adrian 14. Mount Union 13'
Butler 16, Valparaso0
Drake 18, Long Beach St. 7
Hillsdale 31, St. Norbert 7
Miami, Ohio 20, Kent St. 13



Laufenberg................ 18
Huck ...................... 6
Roggeman ................ I
Edwards .................. 3
Bean ...................... 2
Dunaway................. 2
Woolfolk .................. 2
Betts............... 1



)dy to the period.
ans. The Hoosiers, in particular the spec-
o knew it tacular sophomore Gunn, had a few
troops at tricks left, though. On first and ten from
ive in the the Michigan 48, the 6-foot, 170-pound
core, took a junior college transfer ran a reverseto
post-game the right side of the field, cut back
they put us against Wolverine pursuit to the middle
e just blew of the field, and outran the opposition=
for a touchdown. On the day, Gunn had
in had the 67 yards on two rushes and caught four
of six and passes for 70 more.
d an eight- GUNN'S RUN made it 30-17, but from
I a 24-yard that point on, the Hoosiers were unable
lverines on to advance beyond the Michigan 47-
the third yard line. Two long Michigan drives,
one of which culminated in a two-yard
touchdown by tailback Lawrence Ricks
with 12:44 left in the game, ate up much
of the remaining time.
1 197 Michigan coach Bo Schembechler
0 47 was less than overwhelmed by the vic-
0 16 tory. "The ball moved up and down the
field. This is not the game I like to
Yds TD coach - I like more of a defensive
32 o game. Field position meant nothing.
53 0 "I sort of figured that Indiana would
38 0
32 1 come out passing," Schembechler said.
19 0 "Their quarterback is a good man. He
16 a throws well. But you can't allow a man
70 © to stand back there all day and throw.
28 0 Our pass rush was terrible, but Indiana
51 0 is a team that screens well. We are the
22 0 biggest suckers who ever lived for
25 . sucker plays," he said in reference to
33 0 Gunn's gains of 48 and 19 yards on
reverses and tailback John
Yds Avg Roggeman's pass back to Laufenberg
51 51.0 early in the third quarter, which the lat-
133 3.: ter took to the Wolverine five.

Indiana gained 7.1 yards per play to
Michigan's 6.3 and did not allow a tur-
nover, but in the end; Woolfolk and the
men blocking for him proved to be too
much for the Hoosiers. Michigan punter
Don Bracken was called to duty only
once during the game. ,
"They've got an exceptional running
attack," Hoosier free safety Steve Mit-

W alsh ..................... 2
Schroyer .................. 2
Huck ..................... I
Laufenberg ................ 5
S. Smith..................1I9

chell said, "and they've got some big
people up front. Today the Michigan
team was better than the USC team
(which beat Indiana 21-0 two weeks
ago) - offensively."
Next week the Wolverines make the
trip to East Lansing for their annual
shootout with the rival Michigan State


Gunn ...................... 4
Hines ..................... 4
Weir..................... 3
Roggeman ........2... 2
Stephenson ................ 2
Schroyer ................. I
Laufenberg................ I




Razmiz....... .........


Woolfolk tips scales . .
... Heisman race ofbalance
The key word for last year's Michigan football team was balance. The of-
fense was balanced between the passing game, featuring John Wangler at
quarterback and Anthony Carter at wide receiver, and the running game,
starring Butch Woolfolk, Stanley Edwards and Larry Ricks, each of whom
accounted for over 900 yards in1980.
This year, however, Woolfolk has been upsetting that balance. In the first
four games of this season, the senior tailback has been on a rampage, piling
up a total of 551 yards on the ground. His finest showing of the year came
during yesterday's 38-17 win over Indiana, when he tore up the field on the
way, gaining 176 yards on 26 carries, all the while making the Hoosier defen-
ders look like someone had put Vaseline on their arms before the game. X
"I'd say it was one of the better games I've played," assessed Woolfolk ac-
curately. "I didn't think I had that many yards 'til I got in the locker room. I
knew I had over I10, but I didn't know it was that close to 200."
Woolfolk aims for record
In the process of gaining those 176 yards, Woolfolk continued his assault of
the Michigan record book. His total of 953 career yards boosts him ahead of
Gordon Bell into third place on the all-time rushing list. The game also
marked the sixthtime in a row that he has rushed for 100 yards, tying him
with Rob Lytle and Bell for tops in that category. By season's end and
probably much sooner, the Westfield, N.J. senior will own virtually all of the
school's rushing marks.
Being coached by Bo Schembechler, a do-itWall-for-the-team type of coach,
Woolfolk's response to 'these records is predictable. "I'm much more con-
cerned that the team do well," said Butch after the game, while admitting,
"It does mean something to me to be compared to backs like Rob Lytle and
Gordon Bell, because I consider them great backs."
While Woolfolk is keeping the guys at Michigan's Sports Information
Department busy updating the record books, he is also turning the
Wolverines into somewhat of a one man offensive show. To illustrate this,
the person in second place on the rushing chart this season behind Woolfolk
isn't even a running back-it's quarterback Steve Smith, who has 145 yards
on the ground. Edwards only has 129 markers on the year, while Ricks
follows with 125. Woolfolk accounted for almost that many in the first half
yesterday, gaining 115 yards on 20 carries.
Carter, meanwhile, the mighty mite who graced the cover of everything
from The Sporting News to Street and Smith's magazine before the season
started, has only caught 10 passes this year, for 192 yards and two touch-
downs. Not shabby by any means, but certainly in the shadow of Woolfolk's
Butch still humble
The important thing to remember here is that Woolfolk isn't upstaging his
offensive partners intentionally. In fact, after spending the last year alter-
nating at the starting spot with Ricks, Butch is just glad to be starting. "I'm
perfectly satisfied with 26 carries," said Woolfolk. "I'm not a Marcus Allen
(Southern Cal tailback), who gets it 40 times a game."
Which is precisely why you won't see Butch Woolfolk in New York this
December accepting the Heisman Trophy. That award will most likely go to
a player like Allen, who hogs the ball every game just to gain 200 yards.
Woolfolk could have easily passed that mark yesterday, had Schembechler
not taken him out in the third quarter in favor of Ricks.
While Woolfolk is enjoying a banner year, Ricks admitted that "It hurts,
not starting, because you don't get into te flow of the game early."



AP Photo
INDIANA DEFENDERS Craig Walls (60) and Rod Walden (76) hit Michigan quarterback Steve Smith for a loss as Ed
Muransky (left) blocks in Bloomington yesterday. The eighth-ranked Wolverines clobbered the Hoosiers, 38-17.

Stickers fall 3-0

Hawkeyes whitewash determined Wolverines

Although its 3-0 defeat to Iowa appears to show that
the Michigan field hockey team didn't play a sound
game, their quality of play seemed to tell the story for
coach Candy Zientek. "The girls played really well

Even though Iowa was getting very few scoring op-
portunities, it was able to score when it had the chan-
ce. And at the 21:31 mark they got their second goal
off the stick of Ellen Egan assisted by Sax. The
Wolverine women still seemed to have the vigor but

constantly digging for possession and passing to a
wing, testing the Iowa defense. ,
The Hawkeyes attacked again, and scored their
final goal at the 17:45 mark of the second half. This
tim'e it was Sue Bury, and now it looked as if the game
was out of reach for the Wolverines. The Hawkeyes

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