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Page 10--Sunday, October 11, 1981-The Michigan Daily

Waters philosophizes after loss

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Special to the Daily
EAST LANSING - The silver-haired
gentleman they dubbed Muddy decided
to cut the tension of this post-game
press conference by throwing out a joke
before leaving.
"Come back and see me again next
year... if I'm still here," deadpanned
the Michigan State coach. It is a good
thing that Waters can keep his sense of
humor because with the way the Spar-
tans have performed during Waters'
era (4-12), he is having a difficult time
just keeping his sanity.
THE HURT was definitely present on
Waters' face. He saw his team fight
Michigan tooth and nail for three
quarters only to see his boys fall in the
path of The Butch Woolfolk Express, 38-,
"We tried our damnedest and played
one helluva game," said Waters. "We
were playing for the breaks and we got
some. But unfortunately, we gave them
some breaks also. We took it to them all
through the game, but we just didn't
have enough to carry us to the win.
"I'll say this much, though, We are
steadily improving. This game was bet-
ter than last week's, which was better
than the week before. We are definitely
on the right course. We just have to
remain patient."

... MSU mentor.
PATIENCE MAY be a virtue for
Muddy Waters, but Spartan alumni
would like to see an upward trend in the
W column to go along with that quality.
Waters has heard the wrath of his
"Whenever you lose," Waters noted,
"everyone starts getting on your back.
It's like carrying a monkey around on
your back wherever you go. People
start holding nasty predictions about
your future. You just have to blot that
away and concentrate on winning foot-


ball games."
Muddy had his critics shaking their
heads in disbelief as his Spartans
pressed a late third quarter 20-16 lead
against the Wolverines' heads. He
came extremely close to practically
blowing away any Rose Bowl hopes for
Clark, who Waters put in to start in
place of co-captain John Leister, picked
apart a patched-up Michigan secondary
for 316 yards and two touchdown
"That was a good move wasn't it,"
chortled Waters. "Bryan was ab-
solutely superb out there today. There
was a great deal of pressure on him to
do a great job against Michigan and I
don't think he disappointed anyone with
his performance. He was finding his
receivers, but more importantly, he
was hitting them. I'm proud of him. It
was just a fantastic job."
Clark however, thought his showing
was slightly short f fantastic.
"I WANTED to win," said Clark, the
son of Detroit Lions head coach Monte
Clark. "I think I could have done a lot
better. Those three interceptions didn't
help matters for the team. I really
thought we could pull it off because we
had been moving the ball well on them
Mic higa
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the endzone, where Carter found him
wide open with a helium ball. The third
quarter ended with Michigan on top, 24-
Andersen missed wide right on a 52-
yard field goal attempt to open the four-
th quarter, and the Wolverines moved
quickly for the kill from their own 35-
yard line.
EDWARDS (52 yards on five carries)
picked up 10 yards in two plays, and
Woolfolk notched 18 and three to move
to the MSU 37. Then Smith loped
through a wide hole on the right side of
the Spartan defense and sprinted for his
second touchdown of the day, which
made the score 31-20.
Michigan State was able to advance
no further than the Wolverine 49-yard
line from that point on, and a 74-yard
drive capped by Ricks' second scoring
run, a five-yarder, sealed the outcome
at 38-20.
Earlier in the day, however, the
Michigan defense was much more '
generous. Near the middle of the first
period, MSU drove 89 yards in nine
plays to jump out to a 7-0 lead. Clark
was. four-for-four in pass completions
on the drive, with a four-yard pass to
flanker Otis Grant, putting the ball in
the endzone. The big play was a picture-
perfect 45-yard pass to Daryl Turner,
which put the Spartans on Michigan's
THE WOLVERINES were unable to
move so much as an inch on their next
drive, and Don Bracken punted-the ball
right back to MSU. After the Spartans'
own offense stalled, Ralf Mojsiejenko
dropped back to punt on his own 38-yard
line. The snap from center was high,

all afternoon. But it seemed like any
time we were moving the ball, I would
throw an interception. It's disappoin-
ting because we were so fired up and we
came so close."
Waters, knew that his players'
emotions would run high for Michigan,
but sometimes even that is not enough
to win.
"We were just as pumped up for
Notre Dame," said Waters. "Then we
go out on the first series and fumble the
ball. They score a touchdown and the
pace of the game was set. Emotion is
great, but you have to keep it in its
proper perspective.
"I TOLD THE team before the game,
that if they could walk off the field when
it was all over and still look at them-
selves in the mirror, then they've done
nothing to be ashamed of. As of right
now, I don't know of any smashed
Waters, always looking for an edge,
even went to the Michigan coach Bo
Schembechler for some help.
"I asked Bo what bubble gum he
chews. I figured that if I follow his
method, I'd probably have good luck
against him. So I started chewing Care-
free like he does. . . it didn't work."
Keep those laughs coming, Muddy,
for you may some day have the last one.

AP Photo
WOLVERINE TONY JACKSON intercepts a pass as Michigan State's Daryl
Turner rolls on the turf during first quarter action in yesterday's game
against the Spartans. Michigan went on to beat MSU, 38-20.

n retains bragging rights


Michigan secondary vulnerable ...
Bigplay saves the day
If the Big Ten schools are looking for a joyous homecoming game, invite the
Michigan Wolverines, but only for the first half. In every away game this year the
play of the Wolverine defense in the first half has left behind aisles of smiles in
Madison, Bloomington and East Lansing.
These traditional football weaklings ,needed swift boots to revive their grid
programs, and what a better way to propel themselves than to defeat mean,
mighty Michigan. Fortunately,- only Wisconsin put Michigan to rest, as wide
smiles and the "we can do it"s from Hoosier and Spartan fans eventually turned
Just how do these Big Ten underdogs keep pace with Michigan in the first half?
Pass, pass, and pass some more. Supposedly when Michigan faced the nation's
finest quarterbacks last year-Rich Cambell, Mark Herrmann, and Art
Schlichter, the Michigan defense ruined the Heisman Trophy hopes for all three.
This year, however, some relative unknowns have riddled the most experienced
part of the Michigan defense-its secondary. Jeff Cole of Wisconsin passed for 182
yards, Dave Laufenberg of Indiana passed for 122 yards and Bryan Clark of
Michigan State passed for 316 yards.
In the first half at East Lansing, Clark has the Spartan supporters in a frenzy
with his accurate passing. Clark would set up in the pocket, scout the scenery, zip a
pass, and the Spartans rip off another 15 yards. The whole process looked so easy
that it shocked the Michigan following.
Michigan fans are just not accustomed to opposing teams passing their way up
and down the field. Traditionally, Bo Schembechler dominated opponents but not
this year. The Michigan offense has stolen the spotlight-and the new recipe for
victory is to outscore the opponent, not shut them down.
Injuries rattle M' defense
Just why can opponents pass so easily on Michigan?
"There is no continuity in the secondary," Schembechler explained. "The defen-
se is behind right now 'cause we don't have the people. We're hurting a little defen-
sively. We had (only) three starters from the Rose Bowl defense, then (Marion)
Body got jarred and then (Evan) Cooper got hurt."
As Bo outlined, injuries have decimated the Michigan defense, creating a rather
make-shift secondary. With Brian Carpenter and Keith Bostic out of the lineup,
Michigan played musical defensive backs with several combinations of seven
players. Body, Cooper, Jeff Reeves, John Lott, Jerry Burgei and Stu Harris all saw
action yesterday in the crippled secondary.
"Whenever we got beat, it was out of the assigned coverage," Body said. "The
crowd was a problem too, we couldn't hear the reads because of the noise. In Spar-
tan Stadium, the fans owned the stadium just like Notre Dame."
First game a good one for Clark
Those fans witnessed quite a productive day for quarterback Clark. The
Michigan game was the first starting assignment for Detroit Lions head coach,
Monte Clark's son, and the quarterback took advantage of the revolving secon-
dary. Three hundred and sixteen yards passing represents the fourth highest
single game total for a Spartan quarterback and the 21 completions (out of 38 at-
tempts) was the third best single performance at Michigan State.
"I was feeling fine in the first half," Clark said. "We were moving the ball well
by attacking their weak corners. I didn't know about the injuries to the Michigan
defensive secondary until this morning. It didn't surprise me to throw well against
Indeed, it is less and less surprising to see opposing quarterbacks throwing well
against Michigan. But what has prevented losses?
The big play. Despite massive yardage totals, the secondary saved itself with
four interceptions yesterday, including one in the endzone by Burgei, and a touch-
down saving grab by Jackson in the first quarter.
With the pass-happy Hawkeyes in town on Saturday it may take a healthy secon-
dary and more big plays to insurea victory. The Hawkeyes are undefeated in Big
Ten play and are afficianados in the art of passing. Iowa owns victories over
Nebraska and UCLA so a victory over Michigan would not be a shocking upset.
Hopefully, the secondary will be there.

though, and barely nipped
Mojsiejenko's fingertips on its way to
the endzone, where the punter wisely
scooped it up and took the safety.
The Wolverines assumed possession
on the ensuing free kick and put their
offense in high gear. From their own 29
they moved to the Spartan 23-yard line
on the strength of 25 yards by Woolfolk
and an 18-yard Smith-to-Dunaway con-
nection. Then Carter blew past the
defense on a reverse around left end for
a touchdown, giving Michigan a 9-7 ad-
Helped by a pass interference call,
which allowed them to retain the
pigskin after Spartan George Cooper
picked off an errant Smith throw, the
Wolverines marched 80 yards, all but 17
on the ground, to score later in the
period. Smith faked to Woolfolk and ran
in for the touchdown from the one-yard
line for a 16-7 Michigan lead.
THE HOME team came right back on
a long drive of its own, though, with
Clark catching the Wolverines in a
safety blitz and finding wide receiver
Ted Jones for a 28-yard scoring pass.
That TD brought the Spartans to within
two with a little over two minutes
remaining in the half.
. Michigan State was not finished, as
defensive end Smiley Creswell fell on
the ball after Woolfolk mishandled a
pitchout on Michigan's 25, setting up
Andersen's first three-pointer.
The Wolverines edged Michigan State
in total yardage, 464-430; the Spartans
got only 89 yards on the ground while
Smith was three of 11 for 41 yards for
the Wolverines.


One for the record

First downs.............
Rushing ...................
Passing (comp/att/lint) ....
Passing yds................
Fumbles (no/lost).......
Punts (no/avg)..........



No. Yds.
Dunaway...........2 25
Carter............... 1 16


MICHIGAN .................... 2 14 8 14-38
MICH.STATE .................. 7 10 3 0-20
MsU-Grant 5 pass from Clark (Andersenkick).
MICH-bad snap from MSU center for safety.
MICH-Carter 23 run (Haji-Shiekh kick).
MICH-S. SMith 1 run (Haji-Shiekh kick)
MSU-T. Jones 28 pass from Clark (Anderson
MSU-Andersen 26 FG.
MSU-Andersen 31IFG.
MICH-Ricks 3 run (two point placement Carter
pass to Smith).
MICH-S. Smith 37 run (Haji-Shiekh kick).
MICH-Ricks 5 run (Haji-Shiekh kick).

Kimichick...........4 47 0
T. Jones ..:.......... 5 83 1
Turner............. 4 66 0
Grant..............5 102 1
Hughes.............1 6 0
Ellis ................ 1 12 0
Hawkins ............ 2 3 0
Wood...............1 22 0

Att. Yds.
Woolfolk ............ 39 253
Edwards ............ 5 52
S. Smith ............. 7 38
Carter............... 1 23
Ricks..............6 16
K. Smith ............ 1 12
Ingram .............. 1 15
Rodgers ............. 4 15




Ellis ................
Clark .............
McClelland .........





Att. Comp. Int. Yds.
S.Smith............. 11 3 0 41
Dickey.............-- 1 0 0 0




Clark................':38 21 3
Leister............... 1 2 1

316 2
25 0

No. Yds. Avg.
Bracken ............. 3 144 48.0
Mojslejenko ........ 2 84 42.0

Schlichter reacts with displeasure after
being downed for a loss in the second
quarter of Ohio State's game against Y
Wisconsin. The Badgers went on to
triumph over the Buckeyes, 24-21,
marking the first Wisconsin victory
against Ohio State in 21 years. This
Badger win, together with victories
against Michigan and Purdue, makes
Wisconsin the odds-on favorite to go to
the Rose Bowl.
AP Photo

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Wisconsin for real: OSU

falls, 24-21

Big Ten St
Wisconsin ..........
Iowa ...............
MICHIGAN ........
Illinois .............

an dings
Conf. Overall
3 0 4 1
2 0 4 1
2 1 4 1
2 1 4 1

MADISON (AP)- Jess Cole fired two touch-
down passes and Wendell Gladem scored the go-
ahead points with a 50-yard field goal on the last
play of the first half, leading Wisconsin to a 24-21
college football victory over 18th ranked Ohio
State yesterday.
WZT........ Ain d1 n -+hm k fl nn r% L-.^ .. T.

broke a 21-game losing streak at the hands of
Ohio State. The Badgers last defeated Ohio State
12-3 here in 1959, when they went on to the Rose
Most in the capacity crowd of 78,973 stood and
chanted "Rose Bowl, Rose Bowl!" as the

record to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. In-
diana fell to 1-4 and 1-2.
Indiana quarterback Babe Laufenberg, who
threw two touchdown passes, kept the Hoosiers
close, but they couldn't overcome a second-
quarter spurt during which Iowa scored three

field goals by Tim Clark, built a 23-14 half-time
lead, then shut out Illinois until the final minute
of the game.
A 13-yard touchdown pass from Campbell to
Everett Pickens, capping a long drive in the
third quarter, put the Boilermakers ahead 30-14.

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