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Page 4Wednesday, December 9, 1981-The Michigan Daily
On the road to

TheMichigan Daily-Wednesday, De


Mich igan
falIS to
live up to
early hype
The Wolverines were the pre-season
favorites to walk away with the
mythical national title. Coach Bo
Schembechler's bunch was coming off
a long-awaited Rose Bowl win and, with
a strong group of seniors returning,
Michigan seemed a good bet to take this
Week One-
Wisconsin 21, Michigan 14
Sophomore quarterback Steve Smith
received a cruel baptism to Big ,Ten
football as three of his aerials were
picked off by Badger defensive back
Matt Vanden Boom. The loss knocked
the Wolverines from their perch atop
the national rankings.
Week Two--
Michigan 25, Notre Dame 7
The Wolverines rebounded against
the Irish before a national television
audience. Two Anthony Carter touch-
downs, along with a stalwart defensive
performance, paced Michigan to the
victory over number one-ranked Notre
Week Three-
Michigan 21, Navy 16
Smith completed his first seven
passes of the game, much to the delight
of the Michigan Stadium patrons.
However, the Wolverines came just a
few inches away from tasting defeat
once again. Navy quarterback Marco
Pagnanelli's end zone toss to flanker
Troy Mitchell fell just out of reach in
the fourth quarter.
Week Four-
Michigan 38, Indiana 17
The Wolverines dominated
throughout the game, although the
Hoosiers, armed with sophomore flash
flanker Duane Gunn, managed to con-
vert a few gadget plays on Michigan.
Week Five-
Michigan 38, Michigan State 20
The Wolverines overcame a late third-
quarter Spartan lead. Tailback Butch
Woolfolk rushed for 253 yards on the
day, keying the Michigan attack.
Week Six-
Iowa 9, Michigan 7
The Hawkeyes practically killed the

... blitzed Spartans

Wolverines' Rose Bowl hopes, as their
defense shut down the potent Michigan
offense. Three Tom Nichol field goals
were all the scoring Iowa needed to win.
Week Seven-
Michigan 38, Northwestern 0
The highlight of this game was
Woolfolk's shattering of the all-time
Michigan rushing record previously
held by Rob Lytle.
Week Eight-
Michigan 34, Minnesota 13
Smith and Carter combined to dissect
the Gopher defense. Carter caught
seven passes for 154 yards and one
touchdown while Smith completed 13 of
20 tosses for 237 yards.
Week Nine-
Michigan 70, Illinois 21
After spotting the Illini a 21-7 lead in
the second quarter, the Wolverines put
on an offensive barrage, the likes of
which had not been seen in years.
Week Ten-
Michigan 28, Purdue 10
The Wolverines -set the stage for
another Michigan-Ohio State conferen-
ce championship showdown with this
come-from-behind victory in West
Week Eleven-
Ohio State 14, Michigan 9
Art Schlichter's seven-yard touch-
down scamper sent the Wolverines to
the Bluebonnet Bowl. Three field goals
by kicker Ali Haji -Sheikh was all
Michigan could muster, despite four
trips inside the Buckeye 10-yard line.
Final Record-8-3

Bloc ked
kick drops
Coach Terry Donahue and his UCLA
team got off to a slow 3-2-1 start in 1981
before winning four straight to set up a
season-ending showdown with Southern
Cal. Like Michigan, a win in the final
game would have sent the Bruins to the
Rose Bowl, but USC nipped UCLA, 22-
Week One-
UCLA 35, Arizona 18
The Bruins had a field day offen-
sively, racking up 27 first downs and 512
total yards. Quarterback Tom Ramsey
threw three touchdown passes while
tailback Kevin Nelson picked up 152
Week Two-
UCLA 31, Wisconsin 13
Only a week after upsetting top-
ranked Michigan, Wisconsin was
brought back to earth by UCLA, which
got two touchdowns on Ramsey to tight
end Tim Wrightman passes en route to
the win.
Week Three-Iowa 20, UCLA 7
The Hawkeyes were awesome defen-
sively, holding UCLA to just seven first
downs and 35 yards total rushing. The
sixth-ranked Bruins got their only
touchdown on a one-yard QB sneak by
Week Four-
UCLA 27, Colorado 7
Donahue's squad got back on tratk in
the Los Angeles Coliseum, as Ramsey
threw for a career-high 258 yards and
two touchdowns, while kicker Norm
Johnson added four field goals.
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Week Five-
Stanford 26, UCLA 23
This game saw the lead change five
times before Stanford's Darrin Nelson,
brother of UCLA's Kevin, plunged into
the end zone from two yards out to give
the Cardinals the win.
Week Six-
UCLA 17, Oregon State 17
Backup quarterback Steve Bono
came off the bench in the third quarter
to replace the injured Ramsey and led
the Bruins to a TD in the fourth quarter
which enabled them to tie the Beavers.
Week Seven-
UCLA 34, California 6
The Bruins turned four Cal turnovers
into touchdowns in their tenth straight
win over the Bears.
Week Eight-
UCLA 28, Oregon 11
Freshman tailback Danny Andrews
had three touchdowns while the UCLA
defense held the Ducks to just 58 yards
Week Nine-
UCLA 31, Washington 0
The Bruins capitalized on six
Washington turnovers, converting five
of them into scores, as they whipped the
Pac-10's eventual Rose Bowl represen-
Week Ten-
UCLA 34, Arizona State 24
UCLA recovered fromn a 14-0 deficit in
the first half to slide past Arizona State.
A quarterback sneak by Ramsey in the
third quarter put the Bruins ahead to
Week Eleven-
USC 22, UCLA 21
After leading for most of the game,
the Bruins had to try a last-second 46-
yard field goal to win the showdown.
But USC middle guard George Achica
blocked Johnson's kick, preserving the
Trojan win and dropping UCLA in the
Bluebonnet Bowl.
Final Record-7-3-1

1981 winners and losers...
... the envelope, please
W ITH THE 1981 regular season behind them, appropriate honors have
already been distributed to the appropriate players, as Butch
Woolfolk was voted the team's MVP, Norm Betts was tabbed top scholar-
athlete, and so on. Taking a look back now at the Blue's blue year, here are a
few more awards for the Wolverines. The envelope, please ...
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (OFFENSE)-Butch Woolfolk. The senior
tailback galloped for 1,273 yards this season, making him Michigan's all-
time leading rusher. He was on a tear through the first half of the season,
before enemy defenses decided to make him Public Enemy Number One. He
was the only Wolverine to play well at Wisconsin and was the most consistent
performer throughout the season. Honorable Mention-Wide receiver An-
thony Carter, who earned All-American honors with a superb performance
in the second half of the season, and guard Kurt Becker, the most consistent
member of the line.
MOST VALUABLE PLAYER (DEFENSE )-Tony Jackson. One of only
three Wolverines to start every game on defense, the free safety was the only
bright spot in a secondary which made passing fun for Michigan opponents.
Jackson hauled in six interceptions-twice as many . as , any other
Wolverine-and picked up 51 total tackles. Honorable Mention-Linebackers
Paul Girgash and Mike Boren, who were the squad's two leading tacklers
and made Michigan a tough club to run on.
BEST NEW STARTER-Mike Boren. The sophomore from Ohio State
country led the team in tackles his first year as a starter with 142. Michigan
coach Bo Schembechler is obviously quite happy that Boren said, "Goodbye,
BESTFRESHMAN-Al Sincich. It wasn't a banner year for Michigan's
heralded newcomers, with only a few of the rookies making an impact on the
team. One of the freshmen who did was middle guard Al Sincich. He worked
his way into the injury-ravaged defense's starting lineup halfway through
the season and finished with 23 total tackles. Honorable Mention-Running
back Rick Rogers, who showed flashes of brilliance in the games he ap-
peared in by gaining 125 yards on 21 carries for an impressive 6.0
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT-The defensive secondary. This is a
debatable category, and every Michigan fan obviously has his own idea
about where this title should go. The secondary gets the nod here for
allowing enemy passers to pick up 2,180 yards and eight touchdowns through
the air. Entering the season, the four returning starters in the backfield were
considered the strength of the defense. The unit was hurt by injuries, true;
but the performance was certainly not as good as it should have been.
BEST TEAM GAME-October 31 at Minnesota. The Wolverines had
several outstanding overall games-the Notre Dame, Michigan State, and
Illinois contests among them-but Schembechler's squad had its best day on
Halloween, when it came away from Minneapolis with a 34-13 win over a
very good Gopher team.
WORST TEAM GAME-September 12 at Wisconsin. It was a rotten day
all the way around for the Wolverines in Madison. The offense stunk, the
defense was awful, and the Badgers walked away with a 21-14 win.
BEST OPPOSING PLAYER (OFFENSE)-Illinois quarterback Tony
Eason. Before the Wolverines got back on track and thrashed Eason and the
Illini, 70-21, the signal-caller had passed his team to a 21-7 lead in the first
half. Eason was having no trouble picking apart the Blue secondary before
eventually collapsing in the second half. Honorable Mention-Indiana
flanker Duane Gunn, who scored a touchdown on a reverse against the
Wolverines and was a threat every time he touched the ball.
BEST OPPOSING PLAYER (DEFENSE)-Iowa's entire defensive
unit..No one individual stuck out for the Hawkeyes, but the entire defense
was awesome in the 9-7 win over Michigan. Honorable Mention-Notre
Dame linebacker Bob Crable, who was all over the field trying to stop the
Wolverines and picked up 20 total tackles in the game.
ments such as "I don't like being number one; I'd rather just stay at number
nine for awhile and kick some ass," Big Ed often attracted a group of repor-
ters after a game. His outspokenness caused him some problems, though, as
Bo imposed a "gag order" on the players after some of Muransky's quotes
started getting out of hand early in the season. Honorable Mention-Butch
Woolfolk, who is always honest and open with the media, and Stanley Ed-
wards, one of the more eloquent Wolverines.
from tiny Thermopolis, Wyo., Michigan's punter has obviously been over-
whelmed by the tremendous media crush the Wolverines receive. Although
he is always friendly and polite, Bracken's responses to questions are
usually monosyllabic.
quarterback Steve Smith, a baseball star in high school, would suit up for the
Wolverine baseballers, Bo replied, "Hell, no. Football is a bit bigger than
baseball around here, and hopefully it will stay that way."


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1981 Bluebonnet
Bowl Supplement


Supplement Editor ...
Associate Editors .....

.............MARK MIHANOVIC
.............-GREG DeGULIS

STAFF WRITERS.................. Barb Barker, Jesse Bar-
kin, Randy Berger, Jim Dworman, Matt Henehan, Chuck
Jaffe, Doug Levy, Dan Newman, Jeff Quicksilver, Sarah
Sherber, Ken Shore, Jim Thompson, Karl Wheatley.

UCLA HEAD coach Terry Donahue giving directions to his players from the
sideline. Donahue's career record with the Bruins is 45-20-3. Beside him star-
ting left tackle Chris Yelich. Both are geared up for their meeting with
Michigan in the Bluebonnet Bowl.

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