Page 10-Sunday, November 15, 1981-The Michigan Daily
. . AND IN THIS
Up from the dead .. .
m" .. Michigan comes back
L ATE AFTERNOON shadows enveloping the toilet paper-covered grass
field at Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium provided a gloomy contrast to the
wide smiles which the Michigan Wolverines wore as they boarded their
awaiting team bus.
And it was impossible to avoid smiling with them. This was a team given
up for dead by its own coach four weeks ago, a team that couldn't make the
big plays, a team that lacked the character necessary to win on Saturday.
Now the Michigan Wolverines control their own Rose Bowl destiny for the
first time in the fall of 1981, since their season-opening, dream-shattering
loss at Wisconsin. A lot of events had to break Michigan's way since its
second Big Ten loss, four weekends ago to Iowa, and most of them have.
The culmination came in the form of yesterday's 17-7 Hawkeye defeat of
the Badgers. And as the players climbed into the buses with the scoreboard
lights still showing the 28-10 Michigan victory, it seemed that with the
regular season entering its final week, everything was back to normal: Pur-
due plays Indiana for the Old Oaken Bucket-Michigan plays Ohio State for
the Big Ten Championship.
Michigan versus Ohio State. For the Big Ten Championship. Again. If
Michigan wins, that is. The Buckeyes, on the other hand, enter Ann Arbor in
a precarious situation; should they prevail, they will still need outside help
in the form of a Michigan State upset of the Hawkeyes in Iowa City if they
are to advance to Pasadena.
The situation is a reversal of that of two years ago, when Michigan hosted.
Ohio State knowing that it might win the battle yet lose the war if the out-
come of a different game on a different field was unfavorable to its cause. Bo
Schembechler did not look at the upcoming showdown in that context in his
post-game interview yesterday, though. For him, it will always be Michigan
and Ohio State for'the Roses.
"Isn't that the way it's been down through the years?" he exalted. "It
hasn't changed much. Down to one."
What has changed is Schembechler's team. In its last two victories over
Illinois and Purdue, Michigan has won simply because it has made the key
plays at the key times. Move the clock back eight days. If Darrell Smith had
held on to Tony Eason's pass in the end zone and the Illini had taken a 28-7
'second-quarter lead over Michigan, would the Wolverines have retained
their composure to come back? Would Eason have lost his composure so
quickly, allowing Michigan to blow Illinois out of the stadium? It's all con-
jecture, because defensive back Jerry Burgei slapped the ball away from
Smith and came up with the big interception two plays later, turning the
Young was gun shy
The Michigan defense again performed well at the key stages of yester-
day's contest. Purdue coach Jim Young, perhaps a mite obsessed with the
26-0 shutout that Michigan defensive coach Bill McCartney's six defensive
backs hung on ex-Boilermaker QB Mark Herrman one year ago, drew up a
game plan which failed to utilize the explosive passing talents of quarter-
back Scott Campbell. He was determined to move the ball on the ground,
which is a fine strategy if you are satisfied with an offensive output of 10
"I was very much surprised that they didn't throw more;" McCartney said
afterward. "Their game plan caught me by surprise. I was especially sur-
prised when he (Campbell) didn't come out throwing in the second half. The
most encouraging thing about our defensive performance was that in the .
fourth quarter, when the game was in the balance, we played our best defen-
That was also when the Blue played its best offense. The Wolverines began
the period behind, 10-7, with the ball on their own 24-yard line, but moved it
at will on that drive and the succeeding two, for the 28-10 win that set them
all alone at the top of the conference.
In a sense, the comeback is over. The Wolverines, with a generous allot-
ment of luck, have seen their own poor play in two earlier conference losses
nullified. Obviously, though, there remains one final task, one which their
best player, Anthony Carter, feels they're up to.
"This is about as good as we felt last year," Carter said in the buoyant
locker room. "We've got it (the Ohio State game) at home. We have it in
front of 105,000 people. It's going to be great to win it (the Big Ten title) at
And everything will be back to normal, right Anthony?
MICHIGAN 28. Purdue 10
Iowa 17, Wisconsin 7
Michigan State 43, Minnesota 36
Illinois 35, Indiana 14
Ohio State 70, Northwestern 6
Alabama 31, Penn State 16
Clemson 21, Maryland 7
Princeton 35, Yale 31
Georgia 24, Aurburn 13
Arkansas 10, Texas A & M 7
So. Mississippi 58, Florida State 14
Bowling Green 28,Eastern Michigan 0
Oklahoma 14, Missouri 10
Nebraska 31, Iowa State 7
Washington 13, USC 3
UCLA 34, Arizona State 24
Brigham Young 13, Hawai 3
Washington State 17, California 0
Detroit 117, Atlanta 104
Washington 104, Chicago9
Detroit 6. Chicago 3
Washington 4. Hartford 0
6M' rally downs
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the final score 28-10.
Despite the 18-point victory, the of-
fensive mistakes occupied the thoughts
of some Wolverines. "Things started
bad for me today," said Smith, who was
12 of 20 passing with one touchdown and
one interception. "I threw that inter-
ception on the first play and then on the
next series I fumbled the ball away."
After three turnover-free games in a
row, Michigan lost two fumbles, one in-
terception and was penalized five times
for 36 yards. "Today we were fumbling
the ball," continued Smith. "That's just
giving it away." -
DEFENSIVELY, the Wolverines
were ready for the talented arm of
sophomore quarterback Scott Cam-
pbell, but the Boilermaker signal-caller
didn't throw too often. "I was very
much surprised," said defensive coor-
dinator Bill McCartney. "I really
thought he'd throw a lot more, Their
game plan caught me by surprise."
Campbell, one of the nation's top
passers, only tossed 22 passes, com-
pleting 11 of them for 125 yards and no
touchdowns. Steve Bryant, the Big
Ten's leading receiver, had only three
catches for 39 yards. Michigan defen-
sive back Brian Carpenter drew the dif-
ficult assignment of covering Bryant
one-on-one. "I thought I did pretty
well," said Carpenter. "He's a good
receiver and I shut him down quite a
bit. We figured that they would try to
establish the running game and try to
surprise us with some passes."
For Purdue coach Jim Young, the
only surprise was the officials' decision
to penalize the Boilermakers two
second half time-outs for excessive
crowd noise at the student end of the
stadium. In the third quarter, Michigan
quarterback Smith tried three times
unsuccessfully to' call the offensive
signals, but the sophomore could not be
heard by his teammates.
WHILE HE was still under the cen-
ter, Smith appealed to the officials, who
told Smith to continue, but the quarter-
back appealed again, and the striped-
shirts penalized the Boilermakers.
"I think it is entirely wrong to destroy
a team's momentum the way they did,"
said Young. "The way I understand the
rules, the quarterback has 25 seconds to
run the play if he is denied the crowd
noise delay. Both of the timeouts
charged to us came after Smith was
told to run the play. What I don't under-
stand is how the crowd could have been
that loud on the 20-yard line."
Schembechler, however, disagreed
with his former defensive coordinator.
"I agree completely with the officials,"
said the dean of Big Ten football
coaches. "Everybody has got to hear
what you say. This is not 1898 football
where you walk to the line and say 'hut
hut' and go. Even my right guard could
not hear, and he's right next to the cen-
"There's no way you can allow the
crowd to intimidate the offensive
team," Schembechler elaborated.- "If
our crowd ever did that,;I'd be upset. I
hope what Bobby Knight said last year
isn't true about the Purdue people."
Schembechler was referring to the In-
diana basketball coach's squabble with
the Boilermaker fans.
Next week's Michigan-Ohio State
showdown, which will be televised by
ABC, is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.,
instead of the usual 1:00 p.m. kickoff
... engineers comeback
First Downs ...................
Passing Yards .................
MICHIGAN ....................7 0 0 21 - 28
Purdue .........................3 0 7 0 - 10
PUR-Clark 26 yd. FG
MICH-Dunaway 27 yd. pass from Smith
(Ha ji-Sheikh kick)
PUR-Feulner S yd.run (Clark kick)
MICH-Smith 26 yd. run (Haji-Sheikh kick)
MICH-Woolfolk i yd. run (Haji-Sheikh kick)
MICH-Ricks 5yd. run (Haji-Sheikh kick)
Att Comp Int Yds TD
Smith................... 20 12 1 196 1
Campbell................ 22 11 1 125 0
Edwards ......... ...........
Ricks .......... .....
Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
QUARTERBACK STEVE SMITH rolls out on the option against Purdue. The
sophomore quarterback engineered a 21-point fourth quarter rally to over-
come the Boilermakers and set up a Big Ten title showdown next week
against Ohio State.
BIG TEN ROUNDUP
MADISON (AP) - Tailback Phil
Blatcher dived one and two yards for
tpuchdowns andIowa's Big Ten-leading
defense forced five turnovers as the
Hawkeyes defeated Wisconsin, 17-7, in
a college football showdown yesterday.
Iowa, 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Big
Ten, jumped into prim contention for
what could be its first conference
championship since 1960, when the
Hawkeyes shared the crown.
WISCONSIN, held to three first
downs until the last three minutes of the
third quarter, fell froma share of the Big
Ten lead to 5-3 in the conference and 6-4
for the season.
Iowa drove 53 yards in 10 plays on its
second series and took a 3-0 lead on a 35-
yard field goal by freshman kicker
Tom Nichol. Gordy Bohannon completed
five of six passes for 40 yards on the
Illinois 35, Indiana 14
CHAMPAIGN (AP) - Quarterback
Tony Eason passed for two touchdowns
and ran for two more yesterday to lead
Illinois to a 35-14 triumph over Indiana.
Eason, one of the nation's leading
passers, gave Illinois an early 14-0 lead
with his touchdown runs, but stepped up
the aerial attack after Indiana used a
trick play to tie the score at halftime.
THE HOOSIERS' scoring came in the
second period when quarterback Babe
Laufenberg threw a 34-yard touchdown
pass to Todd Shroyer, then surprised
Illinois by catching a 7-yard TD strike
off the halfback option.
Eason put the Illini ahead to stay in
the third quarter with a two-yard
touchdown pass to Mike Murphy.
Darrel Smith added a 37-yard scoring
run in the fourth quarter, and Eason
finished it off with a 52-yard touchdown
pass to Oliver Williams.
Ohio State 70,
COLUMBUS (AP) - Quarterback
Art Schlichter's three touchdowns
helped Ohio State smother North-
western, 70-6, yesterday, keeping the
Buckeyes in contention for the Big Ten
title and extending the Wildcats' all-
time record losing streak to 30 games.
The point total represented the
highest figure for Ohio State in 31 years.
The Buckeyes routed Iowa 83-21 in 1950
and had not scored more than 63 points
in a contest since then.
Michigan State 43,
EAST LANSING (AP) - Bryan
Clark bolted 15 yards for a touchdown
with 56 seconds to play as Michigan
State topped Minnesota,43-36, in a top-
sy-turvy Big Ten football game yester-
Clark, who passed for a 70-yard
touchdown to Daryl Turner on
Michigan State's first play from
scrimmage, scored the winning touch-
down after engineering an 80-yard,
EARLIER IN the fourth quarter,
Clark hit split end Ted Jones for a 30-
yard touchdown, then threw to tight end
Al Kimichik for a two-point conversion
which tied the game at 36-36 fand
negated a spectacular Minnesota
Ohio State ....
Mich. State ...
Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
IT WAS A ROUGH day for Purdue's heralded offense; Michigan cornerback
Brian Carpenter torpedos a Boilermaker receiver, exemplifying the
Carter wins No. 1
By DREW SHARP
Special to the Daily
"All I 've heard is stuff about number
one (Michigan 's Anthony Carter). On
Saturday, the real number one will stand
-Purdue wide receiver Steve Bryant at
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler's
weekly media luncheon last Monday.
WEST LAFAYETTE- With those words, the
senior pass catcher from Los Angeles laid the foun-
dation for an interesting match-up. Instead of
got it in front of 105,000 people. It's going to be great
to win it at home."
Both players declined comment on Bryant's earlier
statement, but Purdue quarterback Scott Campbell
felt that Bryant's words were misinterpreted.
"I am sure that if he did say something to that ex-
tent, he didn't mean to put down Carter in any way,"
said Campbell, squelching reports that Bryant's
teammates were upset at him for instigating bad
feelings between the two teams. "We don't like to talk
about other players. If the team gave him any flack,
it was in jest, because we just don't like the idea of
our players trying to start something with the op-
position.,I know Steve wouldn't do something like
bechler. "I am not surprised Purdue ran on us. I am
surprised they were so successful, particularly on
that trap play. They had us split out too far. We
hadn't seen that one before. It took a little time to ad-
just. I think that early, we played a little too much
Most of the reason for that was Bryant, who,
coming into yesterday's contest, had 51 receptions
and ten touchdowns to his credit.
"We knew where Bryant was," added Schem-
. bechler. "He is a very dangerous receiver and a fine
player. You cannot overlook him. We had Brian Car-
penter on him, and Carpenter is a very fine one-on-