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The Michigan Daily-Saturday, November21, 1981-Page 9
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bechler and Ohio State skipper Earl(
Bruce both emphasize that nothing i.
more important than The Game.
"I'll be honest, the only game I give
damn about is this one," said Schem
bechler, who will be coaching his 13t1
Ohio State game. "I don't care wha
happens anywhere else."
"IF WE DON'T beat Michigan, tho
Iowa game won't mean a damn thin]
anyway," said Bruce, who is 1-1 agains
*the Wolverines. "Michigan always ha
been and will once again be the bil
game for us."
It could very well be a game in whicl
the respective offenses dominate. Bot
the Wolverines and Buckeyes occup
the top two spots in the Big Ten total of
fense and, scoring categories. Michiga
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averaging 441.5 yards a game, while the
Buckeyes are the more prolific scorers,
averaging 36.7 points a contest.
"This is the best offensive team
we've met all season," added Schem-
bechler. "They are much better offen-
sively than they were a year ago. Their
offensive line is better and (quarter-
back Art) Schlichter can kill you."
THE OSU SENIOR signal-caller is
having his finest season as a Buckeye,
completing 160 of 300 passes this season
for 2,261 yards and 15 touch-
downs-rewriting every Ohio State
passing record in the process.
Schembechler feels that Schlichter is
better than the last two quarterbacks
the Wolverines have faced-Illinois'
Tony Eason and Purdue's Scott Cam-
LOS F c.OVRSE.
"He's better than all of them," said
Schembechler. "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. (In Schlichter) you have the
best quarterback in the country with
another year of experience.'
FOR ALL OF Schlichter's accom-
plishments this season, however, he is
ranked the sixth most efficient passer
junior speedster leads the Bucks in
receiving with 46 receptions for 854
yards and five touchdowns.
The mainstay of past Michigan and
Ohio State teams was the vaunted run-
ning game. This year is no exception, as
the Wolverines and Buckeyes are
ranked one-two in the Big Ten in total
. "THEY'VE (Michigan) got quite a
good running attack in (Butch)
in the conference pass defense
category, while the Bucks occupy the
But in The Game, the records are
"Emotion plays such a big role in a
game like this, and emotion favors the
defense," said Bruce. "The team which
makes the fewest mistakes will win it."
Schembechler capsulized the entire
game when he said, "It will be a quality
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in the conference-two notches below
Michigan quarterback Steve Smith.
The sophomore Smith, who fell into
disfavor with Wolverine fans earlier in
the year with his inconsistent showings,
has come into his own the last four
In his last four contests, Smith has
completed 41 of 71 passes (a 57.7 per-
cent completion rate) for 808 yards and
PART OF THE reason for Smith's
resurgence was the resurrection of
receiver Anthony Carter. The junior
All-American was a rarely seen facet of
the Wolverine offense earlier in the
season. But thanks to single coverage
by Minnesota and Illinois and his return
to the punt returner position, Carter is
once again an integral part of the
Michigan offensive firepower.
The Buckeyes also have a thorough-
bred in split end Gary Williams. The
Woolfolk, (Stanley) Edwards, and
(Lawrence) Ricks," said Bruce. "And
if you're not careful, Smith'll get you at
quarterback. He's probably the fastest
of all of them."
Woolfolk comes into his final home
game in the maize and blue as the
leading conference rusher, with 933
yards in Big Ten games. Right behind
him is OSU tailback Tim Spencer, who
has trekked for 685 yards this conferen-
Woolfolk and Co. will have their work
cut out for them against a Buckeye
rushing defense which is ranked first in
the conference and fourth in the coun-
try. The Ohio State defense is keyed by
middle guard Jerome Foster and inside
linebackers Marcus Marek and Glenn
IF EITHER team has any weakness,
it is probably in the defensive secon-
dary. The Wolverines are listed at ninth
Norm Betts ..............(230)
Kurt Becker .............(260)
Vince Bean ............(185)
Steve Smith............ (191)
(89) John Frank ..............(223)
(67) Joe Smith ................ (256Y
(72) Joe Lukens...............(258)
(50) Jim DeLeone ............. (222)
(74) Scott Zalenski...........(248)
(70) William Roberts........(258)
(44) Gary Williams..........(206)
(22) Cedric Anderson........(176)
(10) Art Schlichter.......... (208)
(38) Vaughn Broadnax.......(242)
(46) Tim Spencer .............(210)
(19) Bill Andrews .............(162)
(99) Robert Thompson.........(219)
(63) Winfred Carraway........(230)
(53) AlSincich ...............(220)
(78) Tony Osbun............ (254)
(97) Ben Needham...........(210)
(50) Paul Girgash ............. (210)
(40) Mike Boren............(217)
( 9) Brian Carpenter........(166)
(15) Jerry Burgei.............(182)
(13) Keith Bostic .............. (209)
(37) Tony Jackson...........(174)
(28) Don Bracken .............(185)
(48) Anthony Griggs .......... (221)
(55) Jerome Foster..........(260)
(99) Nick Miller ..............(224)
(93) Chris Riehm .............(260)
(96) Mike D'Andrea ...........(220)
(35) Glenn Cobb .............. (210)
(36) Marcus Marek ...........(216)
( 2) Shaun Gayle .............(198)
(21) Kelvin Bell.............(188)
(12) Garcia Lane .............(175)
(27) Doug Hill ................(190)
( 5) Karl Edwards...........(206)
OSU SPLIT END HAS 46 RECEPTIONS:
Daily scribes favor
Michigan's '81 season has been quite strange,
Two conference losses, things sure do change.
But once again it's come down to this-
Blue versus OSU, Bo Schembechler's in bliss.
The Buckeye secondary is young and weak,
Could be a blowout if Steve Smith's at his peak.
When the band plays "The Victors,"
stop and listen,
The song's appropriate, out West their horns
Michigan 23, Ohio State 15
Although the Browns and Bengals may rock,
Those boys from Columbus ar not of the same flock,
Ohio grows the premier football talent-that's.
One problem, though the best come to MichiGAN.
Big Ed, Boren, Girgash, Needham, Ricks, Burgei
and Tony J.,
They, the cream of Ohio's crop, came to Stadium.
and Main to play.
But the Buckeyes claim they still retain a
Sorry Ohio State, to the Bluebonnet Bowl
Michigan 17, Ohio State 10
It looked extremely rocky for the Buckeye squad
The score stood 21-zip, with but one minute left
So Dr. Strangehayes stormed the field, and
grabbed Earle Bruce's throat,
"You stupid jerk, you lost again!" screamed Woody
as Bo began to gloat.
In Columbus, they all are crying,
the flags~are at half-mast.
There is po joy in Buckville, for
the Buckeyes were outclassed.
Michigan 28, Ohio State 13
After Wisconsin and Iowa spoiled Bo'sfun,
His Rose Bowl chances were 'slim to none.'
But a lucky star followed them the last few weeks,
And has carried them to the conference peak.
The Hawks, Purdue, and Bucky Badger allfell,
As the Wolverines began to jell.
The Bucks are here and hungry for blood.
Sorry Bo, but you're luck has turned to mud.
Ohio State 24, Michigan 20
By JEFF SNOOK
Sports writer, The Ohio State Lantern
Having all the requirements to be the
finest receiver in college football, it is a
mystery that Buckeye split end Gary
Williams has not received more atten-
He has the size at 6-3 and 206 pounds,
the speed at 4.58 for the 40, the sure
hands and the good concentration. And'
statistics also prove he is one of the
WILLIAMS HAS grabbed 46 passes
for 854 yards this season - only nine
catches and 23 yards away from two
more Ohio State records. Even more
impressively, he has caught a pass in
each game of his three-year career, a
total of 33 straight games.
Yet, Michigan's Anthony Carter, who
has 40 receptions for 773 yards this
season, is the player usually mentioned
when people speak of the best receiver
in college football. But it doesn't seem
to bother Williams.
"They (Michigan) feature Carter
more in their offense game after
game," Williams said. "There is not
one person that we feature like that.
We have many threats in tight end John
Frank, flanker Cedric Anderson, and'
"GARY WILLIAMS is the best
receiver in the country," Earle Bruce
said earlier this season. "He is just
great. He has great hands and he
makes some unbelievable catches."
Last Saturday against Northwestern,
Williams caught four passes, giving
him 110 for his career and making him
the leading career receiver in OSU
history. The junior from Wilmington,
Ohio, has also scored five touchdowns
this year. His thirteen receptions for
220 yards against Florida State this
season gave him another school record.
Williams came to Ohio State as a
quarterback, having played against
cross-town rival Art Schlichter in high
school. He missed the 1978 season
because of knee surgery, and after
being redshirted was moved to split
HIS FRESHMAN year, Williams
caught 25 passes for 479 yards. Last
season, while playing in the shadow of
Doug Donley, he hauled in 39 passes for
Williams sees clear reasons for his
improvement. "I seem to be concen-
trating better," he said after his record-
setting efforts against Florida State.
"That is the big difference. I have been
getting open, and Art gets the ball to
Schlichter doesn't hesitate to praise
his prime target. "Gary is the best
receiver that I have ever seen. He
should be though, he has hands that stick
out to here," Schlichter said while
demonstrating the size of William
Maybe this week against Anthony
Carter, Gary Williams can prove to
everyone that he really is the best.
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Roses for Hawkeyes
By LARRY FREED
In a season which has caused most
people to believe that the era of the
"Big Two and Little Eight" was finally
over, it still turned out that the
Michigan-Ohio State game will be
deciding the championship, while the
rest of the Big Ten is overshadowed.
Michigan State at Iowa
Although most of the Big Ten's atten-
tion will be centered in Ann Arbor
today, the Iowa Hawkeyes could sneak
into Pasadena with a victory coupled
with a Michigan loss or tie. The
Michigan State Spartans have come on
strong of late, however, and are looking'
to finish above the .500 mark. Spartan
quarterback Bryan Clark will face one
of his sternest tests against a Hawkeye
defense that is ranked eighth nationally.
Purdue at Indiana
This intrastate rivalry will be over-
shadowed by Purdue head coach Jim
Young's surprise announcement that he
was retiring after the Indiana game.
Young will try to salvage an above-
water mark for the season and has an
excellent shot at doing it against the
the sub-par Hoosiers. Indiana head
coach Lee Corso's troops have been
hurt by poor second-half performances,
held scoreless in the last four games.
"We certainly feel the pressure of the
IU-PU battle," explained Young. "Both
teams have disappointing records, but
records don't mean much in this con-
test." Individually, Purdue's Steve
Bryant will by trying to break the con-
ference reception mark with six cat-
Wisconsin at Minnesota
THE WINNER of this contest is vir-
tually assured a berth in the Garden
State -Bowl against Navy. This match-
up will also have a strong passer,
Golden Gopher Mike Hohenesee, who
will be going up against a tenacious
Badger defense led by safety Matt
Vanden Boom. Wisconsin's Rosy outlook
was cut short by last week's 17-7 loss to
Iowa, again illustrating the Badgers'
anemic offense. Gopher wide receiver
Chester Cooper is seven receptions
away from the conference record.
Illinois at Northwestern
The poor Northwestern Wildcats will
be trying to avoid their 31st straight
setback in this intrastate rivalry. Both
teams have been scorched by 70-point
outbursts in one of the last two weeks,
and will be trying to end the season on a
high note. "Winning the last game is
important," said Wildcat coach Dennis
Green. "It can serve as a springboard
into the next season."
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