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Daily Photo by KIM HILL
MICHIGAN LINEBACKER Mike Boren recovers a Northwestern fumble late in second quarter action in Michigan
Stadium yesterday. The recovery set up a 'Lawrence Ricks five-yard touchdown run which put the Wolverines up, 21-0,
and sent them on their way to an easy 38-0 victory.
'Cats caged
Razor Sharp First Downs ....... C26 15
Rushing............54/377 33/127
By DREW SH(ARP(Compattot) 7/17/0 20/33/0
Passing Yds.... 151 179
Fumbles (no/lost) . 0/0 4/3
Pants (no/avg) .... 3/56.3 6/38.7
Woolfolk-denied credit . . . SCORING
MICHIGAN ..................14 10 7 7-38
Northwestern...............0 0 0 0- 0
...secondin Boseyes
esrye MICH.-Carter, 24 yd. pass from Smith, Bergeron
Yesterclay should have been Butch Woolfolk's finest hour. The Westfield, kick.
N.J. senior had just shattered Rob Lytle's all-time Michigan rushing record. MICH.-Betts, 52 yd. pass from Smith, Bergeron

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528 yards in total offense (377 of them
on the ground) in rolling up leads of 14-0
after one period and 24-0 at inter-
mission before waltzing to their widest
point margin of the season.
Wide receiver Anthony Carter caught
a Steve Smith aerial at the Northwestrn
ten yard line, eluded a pair of Wildcat
tacklers, sprinted to the left sideline,
and danced into the end zone for the fir-
st Wolverine score.
TWO MICHIGAN possessions later,
Smith (seven for 16, 151 yards) took
the snap from his own 48 and found tight
end Norm Betts a step ahead of the rest
of the pack at the Wildcat 20-yard line.
Betts pulled in the perfect tossĀ° and
dragged a pair of defenders with him
into the end zone to make the score 14-0.
The Wolverines capitalized on the fir-
st of three fumble recoveries to push
the lead to 21-0. Northwestern halfback
Kenny Watkins coughed up the pigskin
after being jarred by Michigan's Jerry
Burgei at the Wildcat 32, and
linebacker Mike Boren fell on it.
From there, tailback Lawrence
Ricks, the leading Wolverine ground-
gainer with 126 yards, ran off right
guard for 23 markers and scored from
five yards out two plays later.
SOPHOMORE placekicker Bob
Bergeron, replacing the injured Ali

Haji-Sheikh (pulled thigh muscle),
gave the Wolverines a 24-point lead
with a 24-yard kick on the last play of
the first half. The field goal was set up
by a 73-yard march, the big plays
coming on Smith completions to Carter
of 25 and 14 yards, and to tight end
Craig Dunaway of nine and 11.
Wildcat signal-callers Kevin lars,
who suffered a sprained ankle tendon
and sat out the second half, and Mike
Kerrigan combined to complete 20 of 33
passesfor 179 yards against the injury-
riddled Wolverine defense: r
MiSSING FROM the unit were
linebacker Ben Needham, who was
sidelined with a knee injury, tackle
Winf red Carraway, with a sprained
ankle, and linebacker Robert Thom-'
pson.rThompson will undergo surgery
tomorrow to repair a torn tendon in his
hand and will be out for at least a few
more weeks.
As a result, freshmen Clay Miller and
Al Sincich started at tackle and middle
guard, respectively, and senior Mike
Lemirande and sophomore Carlton
Rose stepped in at the outside
linebacker spots.
"When you win the game, 38-0, you
can't find too many faults," Schem-
bechler said. "Our problem today is we
have an almost totally-rebuilt defense.
We need Thompson and Carraway."

Defensive coordinator Bill McCar-
tney is nonetheless optimistic about his
unit. "From a squad morale stan-
dpoint, the kids'll do anything you ask
'em to. You've got to be patient. But
now we've got (Keith) Bostic back and
playing good football, and we've got
(Brian) Carpenter back, so we've got'


THE ONLY ISSUE remaining in the
third period was when Woolfolk would
set the rushing record. He did it on the
fourth play of Michigan's first
possession, but the moment passed
without the seemingly apppropriate
recognition. Not until Smith rolled off
left tackle for 13 yards and a-touchdown
four plays later did the public address
announcer relay the word-to the crowd.
Schembechler stopped short of tab-
bing Woolfolk, who dressed quickly and
slipped out of the locker room, without
talking to reporters, as 1)is best back
ever. "As a runner, Butch is big and
strong and fast," the coach said. "But
Lytle was a great back. Lytle could
block you and do those other things.
"Butch doesn't have that opportunity
because- he's pure tailback. Butch's
only problem is that he thinks he oughta
gain 200 yards every game, and that's
hard to do. He probably ran out of here
because he figured he didn't gain 200

Northwestern can't escape celar


He was the center stage attraction. The tributes from the media and the ac-
colades of fans outside of Michigan Stadium awaited him.
But when the game was over, Woolfolk hurried to the locker room, quickly
changed into civilian clothes, and briskly breezed by onlooking reporters
and autograph seekers. He looked as though he had been betrayed-and he
When Woolfolk shot through left tackle for the record-breaking ten-yard
gain in the third quarter, the game should have been stopped righi there to
properly recognize the achievement. One minute could have been devoted,
following the historic play, for Woolfolk to stand out on the field and
acknowledge the standing ovation from the 104,161 Wolverine partisans and
the congratulations from his teammates. But it wasn't.
Instead, the announcement was made five plays later following quarter-
back Steve Smith's touchdown as Woolfolk sat on the sideline. The standing
ovation came, as did the handshakes from his teammates, but the spo-
taneous magic of the moment itself was lost.
Here was a man who just captured the most highly regarded individual
record in Manhigan football only to have the achievement put on a back bur-
ner. Whoever was responsible for delaying the announcement destroyed the
luster on what was one of the greatest moments in Michigan football history.,
A slap in Woolfolk's face
With the Wolverines ahead 24-0 and easily pushing toward another score,
halting the .game for a brief minute and presenting Woolfolk with the ball
would not have broken the team's momentum. Michigan had Northwestern
on the ropes in the first quarter. The outcome of the game was pretty much
decided at the time of Woolfolk's jaunt. Ignoring the play when it happened
was nothing more than a slap in the running back's face.,
It is no secret that Wolverine head coach Bo Schembechler does not like to
show favoritism to one player. He feels that no one person should stand out
above the others. But Schembechler seems to have made a 180-degree turn
in his appraisal of Woolfolk.
Two weeks ago, following Woolfolk's sensational 253-yard performance
against Michigan State, Schembechler was singing the praises of Woolfolk.
"I'd put him up against that guy on the West Coast" (referring to Southern
Cal's Marcus Allen), and "When I'm in a bind, I go to Butch" were some of.
the comments.
But yesterday, the Wolverine mentor tried to downplay Woolfolk's record
breaking performance.
"Butch's only problem is that he thinks he ought to gain 200 yards every
game," said Schembechler after the game when trying to explain Woolfolk's
abrupt departure from the stadium. "That's hard to do. He probably ran out
of here because he didn't gain 200 yards. . . it was the some way a week
Woolfolk gained 106 yards for the game, but split time with junior tailback
Lawrence Ricks, who led all rushers with 120 yards and a 60-yard touchdown
scamper..It could very well be that Woolfolk's ego suffered a double blow,
causing his quick exit.
'Lytle was a great back'
"As a runner on the basis of what he (Woolfolk) has done, you'd have to
say that (Woolfolk is a good back), but Lytle was a great back," said Schem-
bechler. "Lytle could block you and do all the other things. Butch doesn't
have that opportunity because he's a pure tailback. Thebeauty of Lytle was
that he could play everywhere-fullback, 'tailback:, blocking back, wherever
you wanted him to play. As a runner, Butch is big, strong, and fast."
Woolfolk is also accused sometimes of not being a team, player-a trait
which gnaws at Schembechler's heart. If this alleged characteristic has
lowered Schembechler's opinion of Woolfolk then it is unfortunate. Woolfolk
will be remembered as a truly great running back. He may not possess the
blocking ability or versatility of Lytle, but his natural athletic ability makes
hifn one of the most dangerous threats coming out of the back field in college
football today.
Woolfolk has had a superb four-year career with Michigan, and deserved a
better salute than the one he received yesterday.
"I didn't know. when it happened," said Schembechler in regards to the
record-breaking run. "I thought he got a nice ovation; didn't you?"
It should have been better, Bo.

kick. What job would turn an eternal optimist into a melancholy
MICH.-Ricki, 5yd. run, Bergeron kick.-_ pessimist? A job as head football coach at Northwestern fits
MICH.-Bergeron 24 yd. field goal.
MICH.-Smith. 13 yd. run, Bergeron kick. that bill. First year coach Dennis Green is quickly finding out
MICH.-Ricks, so yd.run, Bergeron kick. that pre-season optimism is not enough to win in the Big Ten.
PASSING Before the season, Green noted that the Wildcats needed to
MComp. Int. Ys TD pass well to win, so a pro-type offense was installedat North-
S. Smith............ 16 7 0 s1 2' western. "I feel the best thing for us to do is come in with a
Dickey .............1 0 0 0 passing attack," Green said at the Big Ten Kickoff Luncheon
Kerrigan.....25 1 014 0
va........s 47 0 "Now, I'm not a razzle-dazzle guy, so don't look formne to
RECEIVING come in doing a triple reverse pass and those sorts of things,"
MICHIGAN Green continued. "I am basically a fundamentalist that
NO. Yds. TD believes in a sound passing attack."
Carter...........3 63 1 Green has stayed true to his summer prediction, and a
naway.............. 35201narrow opening game loss to Indiana made it look like
NORTHWESTERN maybe, just maybe, this rookie coach could turn things
'NO Yds * Qaround.
Browne.............6 14 0 Green has a rather straightforward and blunt style with his
"n~on........... .5 83 0 team and the media as well. The decision to go for a two-point
RKSHING conversion late in the Indiana game, losing 21-20, is a prime
MICHIGAN example of Green's style. Green went for the win against In-
Att. Yds. Avg. TD diana instead of the easier tie, and has never regretted the
Ricks..............13 126 9.7 2 decision. There was a glimmer of hope in Evanston after the
Womifoh ......18 106, 5.9 0
Smith ..............12 66 5.5 1 Indiana loss. 1981 could be Northwestern's year-to vacate
Edwards ............ 3 30 10.0 0 the Big Ten cellar, at least.
Rogers ............. 4 29 7.3 o Unfortunately for Green and the diehard Purple and White
CDrkey.............2 8 4.0 0 supporters, this season has taken the traditional North-
NORTHWESTERN western plunge. After Indiana, the Wildcats lost to Arkansas
Ignatowicz..........8 36 4.5 0 (38-7), Utah (42-0), Iowa (64-0), Minnesota (35-23), Purdue
WatkIns.............9 21 2.3 0 (35-0), and Michigan (38-0). What can the coach possibly say
Kerrigan ............ 2 10 5.0 0 after that?
viiars....'..........7 s 1.1 0 Well, for the affable Green, these losses are just part of a

learning process in the Big Ten. "Our players shouldn't be in
awe of big stadiums and big crowds," Green said after the
Michigan game. "The Big Ten is big time football and they
know that." Maybe the Northwestern players do know that
but does that mean they can also compete in big time foot-
According to some, the Northwestern caliber of play is not
up to par for the Big Ten. "There is no question that the
challenges ahead will be tougher than this," Michigan'sBo
Schembechler said yesterday after the game.
"They certainly aren't at the level of the other conference
teams we will be facing the rest of the season," senior guard
Kurt Becker echoed.
An example of the non-importance of this game was the,
negligible amount of time spent in Bo's media meeting after
the win. What about this player or that player, Bo? the media
would ask. "It's hard to tell in a game of this caliber," Bo
replied. The topic of the Northwestern game faded quickly
and Bo began addressing the strengths and weaknesses of
other conference teams.
What you could tell from the game is that the Wildcats are
turnover prone. Three turnovers in a row at Purdue and two-
in succession in Ann Arbor doused any hopes of an upset.
"We are just not dependable enough yet," Green said. "When
yon give the fullback the ball, you expect him to protect the
Losing three fumbles against ichigan is not going to help
anybody's cause, especially Northwestern's. "When you're
fighting for your life out there," Green continued, "you have
to have some things go your way." Unfortunately, for the
Wildcats and coach Green, nothing has gone their way in



'Cocks uendTr eels -
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP)- South Carolina used Nebraska 6, Missouri 0 USC 14, Notre Dame 7
the nearly flawless passing of quarterback Gordon
Beckham to engineer a 31-13 upset of third-ranked COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP)- Fullback Phil Bates SOUTH BEND (AP)- Todd Spencer's
North Carolina in college football yesterday. rolled into the end zone from 3 yards out with 23 touchdown run with 4:52 left in the game lif

Ifted fifth-


Beckham connected on 16 of 17 passes for 195 yards
and one touchdown, and the Gamecock defense held
the Tar Heels' potent rushing attack to 176 yards
while forcing five turnovers-three interceptions and
two fumbles.
THE LOSS dropped,the Tar Heels to 6-1 and ended a
10-game winning streak.
North Carolina played catchup all game and lost
starting quarterback Rod Elkins with a sprained
ankle in the first half. The only offense the Tar Heels
could manage was a scoring pass in the first half and
a 70-yard touchdown run off a fake punt in the second.
These two fraternity members ap-
pear to be lost in the mud. Actually
they're demonstrating the toughness
and competitiveness displayed in
yesterday's Mud Bowl between
Sigma Alpha Epsilon (dark shirts)
and Phi Delta Theta. The two
fraternities battled to a 6-6 tie in
regulation before S.A.E. was
declared the winnr h,*a c .d...r-

seconds left, shaking No. 15 Nebraska loose from
19th-ranked Missouri's defensive stranglehold and
giving the Cornhuskers a 6-0 Big Eight triumph
Nebraska, repulsed at every previous turn in the
regionally televised battle, struggled until mounting
a 10-play drive covering 64 yards in the last three
IT WAS THE third straight victory for the Cor-
nhuskers and second loss in a row for Missouri -
Both teams are 5-2. Nebraska is 3-0 in the Big
Eight, while Missouri fell to 0-2 in conference play.

ranked Southern California to a 14-7-Victory yester-
day over Notre Dame.
Spencer's run came shortly after Marcus Allen, the
nation's leading rusher, had ripped off a 21ayard run.
THE VICTORY was the sixth against one loss this
season for the Trojans, while Notre Dame's record
fell to 2-4 for the worst start for the Irish in 18 years.
After a scoreless first half, Southern Cal struck for
a touchdown midway in the third quarter.
Spencer ripped off a 27-yard run to the Irish 14-yard
line and Allen broke off left tackle on the next play for
the game's; first touchdown and a 7-0 lead.




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