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The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 20, 1981-Page 13

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nother one-game

son

Do numbers ever lie?

SEASON
SUMMARIES
MICHIGAN
4 atWisconsin..................
2. NOTRE DAME .................. .
21 NAVY...... .............
38' at Indiana..... .. ......
38- atMichiganState..................
7 IOWA ..............
38 NORTHWESTERN .............
34 at Minnesota!......................
70 ILLINOIS .........................
28 at Purdue ........................
OHIO STATE..................
Record-8-2 overall, 6-2 Big Ten

Yards passing..............
Punts/Avg................. .
Points allowed..............
Yards rushing allowed........
Yards passing allowed........

1,447
44/44.3
134
1,378
2,049

2,902
52/38.3
216
829
2,409

OHIO STATE
RUSHING

Att. Gain Avg. TD
179 1,011 5.6 12

Opp.

OsU
34
27
24.
27
21
34,
29
45
31
70

21
7-
16
S17
20
9
9
13'
21
10
Opp.
13
13
19
- 36
24
27
10
33
35
6

INDIVIDUAL
STATISTICS
MICHIGAN
RUSHING

Spencer..................
Gayle....................
Broadnax ................
Atha ......................
O'Cain ......................
Dunn......................
McDufie................
Langley................
Anderson..................
Tomczak ....................
Blair ........................
Myers .......................
Richardson ..................
Stephens ....................
Schlichter ...................

135_
43
18
5
22
4
2
6
2
2
1
1
3
66

649
161
79
43
36
23
17
17
15
9
4
2
-2
-29

Woolfolk ..................
S. Smith ...................
Edwards ..................
Ricks .....................
Rogers ....................
Carter ....................
Ingram.................
Hassel .................
K. Smith ..................
Dickey ...................
Mercer ....................

Att.
207
112
74
72
21
11
8
7
3
5
I

Gain
1,189
550
385
358
12S
57
30
22
19
5
2

Avg.
5.7
4.9
5.2
5.0
6.0
5.2
3.8
3.1
6.3
1.0
2.0

TD
5
11
1
9
1
1
0
0
0
0
0

4.8
3.7
4.3
8.6
2.8
5.7
8.5
2.6
7.5
4.5
4.0
2.0
-0.7
-04

OHIO STATE
DUKE ............................
MICHIGAN STATE ...............
at Stanford ........................
FLORIDA STATE .................
at Wisconsin...................
ILLINOIS......................
INDIANA .........................
at Purdue .........................
at Minnesota ......................
NORTHWESTERN ..............
at Michigan .......................
Record-7-3 overall, 5-2 Big Ten

PASSING
Att. Comp.
Schlichter ............. 300 160
Tomczak .............. 7 4
Atha................... 12 4
Stephens...............2 2
RECEIVING
No.Y

Yds.
2,261
73
59
16

TD
15
1
1
0

Int
7
1
2
0

PASSING
Att. Comp.
S. Smith ...............169 79
DickeyE..............8 3
RECEIVING

Yds. TD Int.
1,373 14 8
74 1 0

Yds. Avg. TD

J EAM STATISTICS
MICH OSU
Points scored ................ 313 362
First downs ... 214 229
Yards rushing. 2,742 2,011

Carter ......................
Bean .......................
Dunaway ....................
Edwards.................
Woolf olk .................
Betts ...................
Brockington.............
Ingram ..... ...............
Hassel............. .....

No. Yds. Avg.
40 773 19.3
11 242 22.0
9 129 14.3
7 97 13.9
7 47 6.7
4 76 19.0
2 67 33.5
1 10 10.0
1 6 6.0

TD
7-
1
3
2
0
1
0
0
0

Williams ....................
Frank ......................
Anderson..................
Spencer .....................
Gayle...................
Langley....................
Jemison...................
O'Cain....................
Penn......................
Gatewood ...................
Atha...................
Broadnax ...................

46
35
24
21
20
6
5
2
1
1
1
1

854
345
480
195
191
120
83
7
34
12
4
-7

18.5
9.8
20.0
9.2
9.5
20.0
16.6
3.5
34.0
12.0
4.0
-7.0

S
3
4
0
0
1
1
0
0
0

OfDaily Photo by KIM HILL
MICHIGAN TAILBACK Butch Woolfolk (24) takes the handoff from quarterback Steve Smith (16), while fullback Stanley
Edwards (32) looks for a block. The Michigan backfield trio has combined for 2,124 yards rushing this season, while Smith
has added 1,373 more passing.

- v
By GREG DeGULIS
A closer look at Bo...
... just give him a competitor
H E IS THE most famous person on this campus, yet he appears in
public only three hours per week every Saturday. The alumni heartily
support him, but students are more reserved in their praise. He wears a con-
spicuous 'MV' ring and directs a powerful operation which affects thousands
of people in southeastern Michigan.
Who is this person?
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, of course, the dean of Big Ten foot-
ball coaches with a 122-23-3 record in 13 years of coaching the Wolverines.
Prior to this season, I could only rely upon sideline observation,
speculation, reputation, rumor, and quotes in forming a coherent opinion of
the man. My perception of the man was not a positive-one, but then again, it
was not first hand. This fall, however, I have had the opportunity to observe
the coach from a different vantage point than the stands. From several post-
game interviews and the weekly media luncheons on Monday, a jigsaw puz-
zle of Bo began to fall into place.
My introduction to this coaching legend and his infamous post-game
meetings with the press came at a bad time-or so I would have thought. Af-
ter the shocking loss at Wisconsin, a group of reporters. was herded into
almost every catacomb of vast Camp Randall Stadium, searching for an in-
terview with the 0-1 Schembechler.
The chase finally ended in the red and white Badger wrestling room,
where a reticent Schembechler explained the loss to a small group of repor-
ters. It was simply an informal chit-chat with the coach of the former num-
ber one team in the nation. This guy isn't so bad after all, I thought.
A totally different impression was created after the Iowa loss, though. A
fuming Schembechler clashed with the press and then left in a huff, amidst
the sound of slamming doors. All post-loss cordiality in Schembechler was
obviously left in Madison. It was obvious from his speech and demeanor that
the Iowa defeat hurt a lot more than the setback to Wisconsin. The coach, for
all practical purposes, completely discounted any Rose Bowl chances for his
team and proceeded to leave the interview room, and a lot of bad feelings,
behind. This was Schembechler at his worst, the antithesis of Schembechler
in Madison-but then again, Bo doesn't care what the press thinks.
Beat the press
I knew from reading about Bo that he verbally sparred with the media,
but I didn't realize the openness of his sentiments. Often when he meets with
the press, the coach begins with a side comment that suggests, in a friendly
way, what he would like to do with the media.
After the Purdue game in West Lafayette, Bo met with reporters next to
an equipment truck. The coach approached the awaiting reporters and said,
"I'd like to round up all you guys and pack you away in there," motioning in
the direction of the truck. The reporters laughed, but after being told you're
excess baggage for the hundredth time, why not laugh?
Bo isn't unfriendly with the press, he just considers the media an un-
necessary inconvenience he must put up with as he continues the process of
winning football games. In fact, the press is not all that Bo finds impertinent.
"It doesn't make any difference where we play the game. Play it in a
parking lot, throw out the spectators, it doesn't make any difference," he has
said.
"Throw out the press, Bo?" a reporter added.
"Throw out the press," Bo echoed.
The perfect game for Schembechler would include none of the hoopla
and attention paid to the program, none of the trimmings. Two teams, two
coaches, and a group of competitors who love to play football. That's plenty.
Those are the people responsible for winning and losing the games-they
alone are the essentials. It isn't as if the coach dislikes the b)and, the press,
the fans, the photographers-it's just that they're all extra.
Bo's a Smith booster
Bo needs old-fashioned competitors on his team to the same degree that
he considers useless a press that quotes his players out of context. The coach
admires those who.have that certain mental toughness which overcomes any
physical limitations they may have on the field. Rick Leach, Rob Lytle, and
Andy Cannavino are among the top "competitors" in recent Michigan foot-
ball history.
This year, Bo has found another competitor in the person of sophomore
quarterback Steve Smith. Even when Smith struggled at the beginning of the
year, Bo stood fast in his defense of the starting signal-caller. "We never lost
confidence in him," said Schembechler. "He's never been shaken."
I believe Bo realized that Smith is a gutsy player who may at some time
in the future be a ferocious leader in the mold of Leach. Bo always speaks of
Smith's talent in defending the sophomore, but the "competitive" quality
means much more in the coach's eyes. This love for the competitor has got-
ten Bo into trouble this season in his praise of Lytle after Butch Woolfolk
broke the school's all-time rushing record. The remarks were interpreted to
be a put-down of Woolfolk and then . .. a pre-fabricated Butch-Bo feud hit

BUCKS 'ARE BETTER THAN A YEAR AGO'
Bo says it may open u

By GREG DeGULIS
After the 28-10 Michigan victory over
Purdue at West Lafayette, a score of
reporters combed the southwest side of
Ross-Ade Stadium for the Wolverines
locker room. Suddenly, a robust chant
of "Ohio State, Ohio State" boomed
from behind one of the walls, eventually
changing into a rousing "Hail to the
Victors". Sources in the locker room-
claim that "The General", Bo Schem-
bechler himself, led the victorious
singing.
That's how Schembechler feels about
the annual Buckeye clash.
"THE OHIO STATE game is a
quality confrontation in every respect,"
said Schembechler, puffing on a cigar,
at his crowded media luncheon on Mon-
day.
"That's not bad, Bo," said an Ohio
State reporter, in reference to his ex-
pressive vocabulary.
"Just like Winston Churchill with the
cigar, hey?" Schembechler responded
with a smile.
MAYBE HIS RHETORIC does not
approach that of the former British
leader, but a relaxed Schembechler
had all ears of an anxious press
awaiting his sentiments on the Ohio
State game.
"How do you rate the Buckeye secon-
dary?" a reporter asked.
"They've played a lot of great
passing teams like Stanford and
Florida State, and all the teams in our
league," Schembechler responded. "As
you know, this is a passing league," he
added, prompting a laugh from the Big
Ten reporters.
"DO YOU THINK this Ohio State
game will be the same as the others?"
asked a Detroit columnist.
"This one may change," said the
dean of conference football coaches. "I
see some high-powered offenses en-

tering this game. In the big emotional
games, though, the defneses play bet-
ter. Defenses thrive on emotion, and the
offenses are not as liberal."
The last response triggered an ob-
vious question. "Do you coach any dif-

anything special this week in
preparation for the game?" a Detroit
writer asked.
"We have to guard against the Ohio
State offense," said Schembechler.
"They are much better than a year

- z.:.. x- - -

'You coach. on the relative
importance of the game. In
this game, the team that
blocks, tackles, and runs
the best will win. You do all
the things you've done in
the past with a few new
wrinkles.'
-Bo Schembechler

things Donley did ; or them."
"How would you compare Schlichter
to the last two q iarterbacks (Tony
Eason and Scott Campbell) you've
faced?"
"HE'S BETTER THAN all of them,"
said Schembechler, who has always
been a supporter of the Buckeye senior
quarterback. "The thing that separates
him from all the others is that he puts
the ball upfield better than the others.
They dump it off to their backs a lot."
"What about the home-field advan-
tage?" a reporter inquired, prompting
talk of a "home-field advantage."
"We have always played better down
there," said Schembechler dragging on
the conspicuous cigar. Then the coach's
face lit up, and he proceeded to tell the
media a Wolverine tall tale.
"I'LL TELL YOU what I'm going to
do," said the coach. "I'm going to get 20
grand from Athletic Director (Don)
Canham, and I'm going to get a plane
and fly in here like (it is) an away
game."
"What about the $20,000?", asked a
media representative.
"The money won't be a problem,"
said the man whose team packs in over
105,000 for every home game. "He
(Canham) will just ask if it will help me
win the game."
"WHAT ABOUT WOODY?" asked an
Ohio State reporter. "He's been to
every home game."
"Woody's always welcome here,
anytime," said his former adversary.
"I'l get a private place for him." With
that, the conversation centered around
Woody and the thought that a degree of
intensity has been lost from the rivalry
since the Ohio State legend was fired.
"This rivalry will always go on," said
Schembechler. "It will continue long
after I'm gone."
It won't be quite the same, though.

ferently in this game than the others?"
"YOU COACH ON the relative impor-
tance of the game," said Schem-
bechler. "In this game, the team that
blocks, tackles and runs the best will
win. You do all the things you've done in
the past with a few new wrinkles."
Those "few new wrinkles," of course
were not part of the conversation.
"Do you have to guard against

ago."
"HOW ARE THEY better, Bo?" the
columnist persisted.
"First, you have the best quarter-
back in the country with another year of
experience," claimed Schembechler.
"The offensive line is better than a year
ago; the tight end is now getting the
ball. (Cedric) Anderson replaced
(Doug) Donley, and he can do the

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