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'M' flies by Gophers

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Smith simply credited his performance to getting more ex-
perience.
"I'M STARTING to mature as a quarterback," said the
Grand Blanc sophomore. "I wasn't really throwing the ball
any differently. It was just that I had to adjust. It was a
keyed-up game. We just did whatever they let us do."
What the Gophers did was keep nine men on the line
throughout most of the game, forcing cornerbacks Andre
Harris and Glenn Cardelli to cover Carter and receiver Vince
Bean without any help. Bean also responded with his best-
game of the season-three receptions for 72 yards.
"In plain English, they outclassed us ! " Minnesota coach
Joe Salem said. "Smith had an outstanding afternoon for
Michigan. He was able to get Michigan out of trouble several
times with key third down plays. He was able to get the ball to
Carter more than he had at any time this year. Those two
guys with (Butch) Woolfolk thrown in with them were simply
too much for us to handle."
THE WOLVERINE defense, beset by injuries through
most of the season, also came through with a spirited per-
formance. Although defensive captain Robert Thompson and
fellow linebacker Ben Needham remained out of the lineup
with injuries, the defensive secondary was completely
healthy for the first time since Notre Dame. Keith Bostic and
Tony Jackson each picked off one of Minnesota quarterback
Mike Hohensee's aerials in the first half.
"We blitzed a lot this game, but we had to because we do
not have a good pass rush," said defensive coordinator Bill
McCartney. "Our inability to pressure the passer has been
the defense's biggest problem this season. That means you
have to blitz and when you do that, you're putting a lot of
pressure on your backs. They had a great game today."
The only dark spot was when defensive back Marion Body
was helped off the field in the fourth quarter, suffering from
an apparent knee injury. According to McCartney, "the in-
jury is not that serious."
SMITH GOT the Michigan offense going early in the first

quarter when on third and seven he escaped a fierce Gopher
pass rush and weaved his way for ten yards and a first down
to the Gopher 49 yard line. Two plays later, after a holding*
penalty on tackle Ed Muransky, Smith connected with Carter
on a square-out pattern for 23 yards and another Wolverine
first down. It looked as though Michigan would cross the
Minnesota goal line very soon, but the Gopher defense
toughened and refused to yield the six points.
Place-kicker Ali Haji-Sheikh, recovering from a hamstring
injury of a week ago, was called in-to deliver a 31-yard field
goal, one of two for the game, to put Michigan on top 3-0.
The two teams traded possessions until the Wolverines got
the ball on their 35. Smith hit Carter on another square out for
20 yards. Not satisfied, Smith targeted Carter with a pass
down the left sideline. After getting the pass, Carter juked by
Cardelli for a 28-yard gain.
"HE'S FANTASTIC. He does things with the ball that I
can't imagine doing with my body," said Woolfolk, who
rushed for 84 yards. "You cannot go one on one with Anthony
Carter. I know I wouldn't want to."
Two plays later at the Gopher ten, Smith rolled wide right
and hit Stanley Edwards for the first of the rrunningback's itwo
touchdowns for the day.
Hohensee finally got his Gophers moving in the second,
period. A 14 play-84 yard touchdown drive, giftwrapped by
two Michigan pass interference calls, cut the Wolverine ad-
vantage to three, 10-7.
Michigan pieced together another touchdown trek before
the end of the first half. Passes to Bean (19 yards) and Carter
(11 yards plus a ten yard personal foul penalty on Minnesota)
and a Smith option jaunt of 32 yards set the stage for Smith's
two yard floater to Edwards in the end zone
In the fourth quarter, with his team up 20-7, Smith put the
game away. On third and four at the Gopher 25, Smith lofted
a pass to the left end zone which Carter cradled for the scor'e,
The victory gives Michigan a 4-2 (6-2 overall). The setback
gives the Gophers a 3-3 conference mark (5-3 overall).

I MICH MINN
First downs ....... 24 22
Rushing........... 49/208 31/163
Passing (comp/
all/tnt)........ 13/21/0. 21/40/2
Passing yards. .... 237 213
Fumbles2........... 2/0 2/0
Punts ............. 4/38.0 3/19.7

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SCORING
MICHIGAN ..................10
MINNESOTA................0
SCORING PLAYS
MICH-FG Haji-Shiekh 31FG

7 3 14-34
7 0 .6-13

MICH-Edwards 10 yard pass from Smith (Haji-
Shiekh kick)
MINN-Hohensee 4 yard run (Gallery kick)
MICH-Edwards 1 yard pass from Smith (Haji-
Sheikh kick)
MICH-Haji-Sheikh 33 yard FG
MICH-Carter 25 yard pass from Smith (Haji-
Sheikh kick)
MINN-Davidson 39 yard pass from Hohensee
(kick failed)
MICH-Ricks 1 yard run (Haji-Sheikh kick)
PASSING
MICHIGAN"
Att Comp Int Yds TD
Smith .............20 13 0 . 237 3
Dickey.............. 1 0 0 0 0
MINNESOTA
Hohensee............ 40 21 2 213 0

" " RUSHING
MICHIGAN
Att Yds
Woolfoik............ 17 84
Smith..............10 59
Edwards........... 13 55
Ricks............... 5 18
Hassel..............2 5
Rogers............. 1 1
Dickey............. s1 -14
MINNESOTA
,Hoheusee............ 6 66
Henry ...............10 56
stroup............... 4 23
Jacobs.............10 15
Ross........1 3
RECEIVING
MICHIGAN
Rec Yds
Carter.............. 8 154
Bean ................ 3 72
Edwards ............ 2 11
MINNESOTA
Jacobs.............8 56
Davidson............1 39
Cooper............. 3 33
Stroup............... 2 26
Ross...............3 15
Carroll............. 2 23
Weckbacker ......... 1 13
Henry ..,............ 1 8

Avg
5.0
5.9
4.2
3.6
2.5
1.0
-14.0
11.0
5.6
5.3
1.5
3.0
TD
1
0
2

0
1
0
0
0
0
0
/0

MICHIGAN TAILBACK Butch
Woolfolk (above) does a brief balancing
act as he is tripped up by Minnesota's
Andre Harris in yesterday's 34-13 win at
Minneapolis. Woolfolk shattered the
1000 yard barrier for the second
straight year with his 84 yard perfor-
mance. Wolverine linebacker Mike
Lemirande (right), starting in the place
of injured defensive captain Robert
Thompson, attempts to corral Gopher
running back Frank Jacobs (40).

THIS BUD'S FOR YOU
By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE

Air Michigan takes off .

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... impressive results
. A MINNEAPOLIS
A FTER DOING most of its traveling on the ground this season, Air
Michigan took off in Minneapolis yesterday - with impressive results.
For the first time all year, the Wolverines piled up more yardage through the
air than on the ground, and theresult was a 34-13 win over Minnesota that
keeps Michigan right in the thick of the Big Ten title chase.
Piloting Air Michigan was sophomore quarterback Steve Smith, who had
his finest day as a Wolverine yesterday. Smith completed 13 of 20 tosses for
237 yards, no interceptions, and three of his team's four touchdowns. But the
real key to Michigan's passing success was Minnesota's decision to employ
man-to-man coverage on Wolverine wide receiver Anthony Carter. Ap-
parently, no one bothered to tell the Gophers that covering Carter one-on-
one isn't such a good idea.
They soon found out, however, as Carter burned the Minnesota defense for
154 yards and one touchdown on eight catches-his most prolific day of 1981.
And as one would expect the junior from Florida was very grateful that
Minnesota head coach Joe Salem only allotted him one one defender. "It's
been tough on me (drawing double coverage)," said little Anthony. "Nine
out of ten times, I draw double coverage."
Air game taken lightly
-Coming into yesterday's game,lhe mere mention of the Michigan passing
game around the Big Ten got about the same, response as a serious
discussion of Northwestern football. But when your quarterback only has a
39.5 percent completion rate and your All-American wide receiver is
averaging just 58 yards a game, who could blame someone for not taking
your passing attack seriously?
So Minnesota's plan was to key on Michigan's potent rushing game. The
Gophers figured to shut down Butch Woolfolk, the Big Ten's best running
back. And never one to be an ungracious visitor, that is what Michigan let
them do. Woolfolk only accounted for 84 of his team's 208 yards on the
ground, good enough to put him over 1000 yards on the year, but far below his
average of 142 per game. So while the Gophers were busy patting them-
selves on the back for stopping Butch, Carter and Co. were picking up yards
and points through the air.
None of which bothered Woolfolk,who fully expected to spend the afternoon
watching the ball in the air. "I knew we wouldn't have that good of a running
game against Minnesota," said Woolfolk. "So I made my role to be more of
a blocking back."
Where has he Bean?
While Woolfolk and the Wolverines' gargantuan offensive line were
giving Smith time to throw, Michigan's "other" pass catcher, Vince Bean,
also decided to get in on the fun yesterday. The split-end from Southfield
hauled in three of Smith's aerials for 72 yards, all coming at crucial times.
"J'm really happy," said Bean simply. "This really is the first time I've got
into the flow of the offense. I hope that this will take some of the pressure off
Anthony now."
After struggling through two losses and endless criticism about his team's
passing game, Michigan coach Bo Schembechler was understandably happy
that Air Michigan finally took off. "This was Smith's best game of the
year," noted Bo. ,'It was really encouraging. He's got a great arm and he is
throwing to the best receiver in the country."
Smith, who in no way resembled the Michigan quarterback who completed
three passes to each team in the season opening loss to Wisconsin, was also
pleased with hiss performance. "I needed that," said Smith with a sigh. "I
wasn't really throwing the ball any differently than I ever have. I just had to
adjust. I'm starting to mature as a quarterback."
After putting himself back in the minds of thosewho pick the All-America
team, Carter told why he thought the Michigan passing attack worked so
well. "It just reminded me of high school, playing on grass," said Carter. "I
prefer playing on grass."
It might no be too late for Don Canham to trade in his carpet in time for
next week's game against Illinois.

IOWA FALLS FROM FIRST:

OSUpasss
WEST LAFAYETTE (AP)- Cedric Anderson set
up one touchdown by blocking a Purdue punt and
scored twice on passes of 47 and 23 yards from quar-
terback Art Schlichter yesterday to lead Ohio State to
a 45-33 victory over the Boilermakers.
The Buckeye victory overshadowed a brilliant
passing performance by Purdue's Scott Campbell,
who passed for three touchdowns and a school record
516 yards.
SCHLICHTER SCORED the Buckeyes' first touch-
down on a 14-yard run two plays after Anderson's +
blocked punt gave Ohio State the ball at the Purdue +
16-yard line in the second quarter.
Purdue tied the game 17-17 early in the third quar-
ter on a 26-yard field goal by Tim Clark. The
Buckeyes went ahead to stay, however, on their next
possession as Jimmy Gayle scored on a two-yard
plunge.
Another field goal by Clark, a 38-yarder, brought j

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the Boilermakers to within four points, 24-20, going
into the final period.
OHIO STATE threatened to break open the game
with two touchdowns in the first minute of the fourth
quarter. Tim Spencer scored on a 2-yard burst, then
the Buckeyes recovered a fumble on the 23-yard line
to set up Anderson's second touchdown catch.
Campbell's eight-yard touchdown pass to Steve
Bryant closed the gap to five points,38-33.
Bryant, who earlier scored on a 32-yard pass from
Campbell, also set up the Boilermakers' first touch-
down in the fourth quarter with a 17-yard reception at
the Ohio.State 1-yard line. Wally Jones then ran in) for
the score.
Schlichter's touchdown pass to John Frank made,
the score 45-33. Campbell then directed a final Pur-
due drive to the Ohio State 12-yard line before Glen
Cobb intercepted in the end zone with just over a
minute to go.

ue,

45-3 3

Illinois 24, Iowa 7
CHAMPAIGN (AP)- The Illinois defense forced
three key turnovers yesterday, and quarterback
Tony Eason turned two of them into touchdown
passes to lead the Illini to a 24-7 victory over Iowa.
A pair of intercepted Iowa passes set up Eason's
touchdown strikes of 56 yards. and four yards to,
Oliver Williams, and Illinois linebacker Pet4
Burgard recovered a Hawkeye fumble in the endzone
for the other TD.
A TOUGH IOWA defense sacked Eason six times
and ended his string of 300-yard-plus passing games
at five. But, the Hawkeyes were plagued by mistakes
on offense. Starting quarterback Pete Gales was in-
tercepted once and fumbled the ball away to Illinois
three times.
Iowa dropped to 3-2 in the Big Ten and slipped from
first place. Illinois improved its conference record to
4-2 and remained within striking distance of Big Ten
leader Ohio State.
Wisconsin 52, Northwestern 0
MADISON (AP),- Quarterback Jess Cole ran for
two touchdowns, and Troy King rushed for 91 yards
and another score yesterday, leading Wisconsin to a
52-0 college victory over Northwestern as the Wild-
cats tied a national record for consecutive defeats.
The Badgers, half a game out of first place in the
Big Ten, are now 5-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten. They
scored on their first three possessions to take a 21-0
first quarter lead.
NORTHWESTERN, 0-8 this year and 0-6 in the Big
Ten, tied a national major-college record with its 28th
consecutive defeat. :The mark, was set by Kansas
State in 1948 and tied by Virginia in.1960.
The Badgers marched 73 yards in eight plays on
their first series.!Cole scored from a yard out after
John Williams ran 21 yards on a draw to the North-
western 1.
Wisconsin's Matt Vanden Boom returned a punt 15
yards to the Wildcat 43 moments later, and Williams
scored from a yard out six plays later.
Northwestern's Ricky Edwards fumbled the en-
suing kickoff when hit by Craig Frederick, and Clint
Sims recovered for Wisconsin on the Wildcat 7. King
plunged over from the 1 two plays later as Wisconsin
led 21-0 with 5:33 left in the first quarter.
Michigan State 26, Indiana 3
EAST LANSING (AP)- Junior quarterback John
Leister fireditwo touchdown passes and Morten An-
dersen booted four field goals yesterday as Michigan
State drubbed Indiana 26-3 in a Big Ten football
game.
Leister hit on 23 of 37 passes for-.233 yards and

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