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The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, September 24, 1980-Page 9


MSU smashes Spikers

to block a spike attempt by Michigan
State yesterday at the Central Campus
Recreation Building. The arch-rivals
from East Lansing defeated the Wol-
verines, 3-1.

No matter what the sport, Michigan coaches will tell
you that Michigan State is a key game on their schedules.
Volleyball is no exception, and last night the bleachers were
full as the Spartans soundly defeated the Wolverine spikers
by a 15-3, 11-15, 15-7, 15-9 tally.
"I don't want to take anything away from MSU," said
Michigan coach Sandy Vong, "they really played an outstan-
ding game. Talent wise we are equal, but they play together
as a team much better than us," he observed.
Michigan was never in the first game of the match, losing
15-3. "We were very nervous in the opening game," Vong ex-
u lained.
In the second game the Wolverines came to life. The score
" w was close throughout the contest, but with the score even at
11-11 the Wolverines took the next four points on senior Carol
Michigan with a well executed spike.
With that victory it appeared that the Wolverines were
ready to challenge Michigan State. However, with the score
Daily Photo by JOHN HAGEN 3-0 in the Wolverine's favor, MSU rattled off 13 points to

Michigan's none. The Wolverines made a feeble attempt at a
comeback, narrowing the gap to 14-7, but the Spartans held
on for a 15-7 victory in the third game.
Faced with a must win situation, Michigan fell behind
early in the fourth game. Although the Wolverines at one
point trailed only 5-4, Michigan State controlled the final
game. With the score 14-7 in favor of the Spartans, Michigan,
attempting to set the ball, hit it out of bounds to end the mat-t
"MSU was more experienced and it showed on the court,"
Vong pointed out. "They are the top team in the state, but
we'll improve; there's no doubt about that," he continued.
"We always over key when we play Michigan State. One
of the reasons for that is because we haven't beaten themm;3
very often. They are very good. Our play was pretty ragged
tonight, we're not playing as a unit, but we'll improve."
The spikers, whose record now stands at 6-2, will be in ac-.
tion again next Tuesday when they travel to Battle Creek to
meet Kellogg Community College, KCC, the Junior College
National Champions, will be no pushover for the Wolverines.

tollege coaches favor ball control

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Pros pass
with gusto
It's three yards and a cloud of dust
versus the explosive, yet self-
destructive pass.
All football fans have their preferen-
ces as to which approach is more ex-
citing, but the coach decides whether
his team will run or throw the ball. And
in the college ranks, only 21 per cent of
the field leaders who posted winning
records in 1979 accumulated more yar-
,os passing than rushing.
IN THE PROS, however, this statistic
came to an astounding 87 per cent.
Why are there such differing
strategies in the same game?
According to many football mentors
it's because college powerhouse teams
are often so much better than their op-
ponents that they become conservative
and avoid throwing the football.
"POWERHOUSES don't throw as
I much . . . so why take a chance and
throw when you can run over people,"
said Seattle Seahawks offensive coor-
dinator Jerry Rhome. "If I had
Alabama's material, I might not throw
"(In college) The better the person-
nel the more conservative a team is,"
said Brigham Young head coach LaVell
Edwards. "They don't pass for fear of
turnovers and losing field position.
They run a ball control offense. You
can't lose if you don't give up the ball."
Another explanation for the minimal
use of the pass in college is that
graduation removes all hope of a
sophisticated passing attack, as Chuck
Noll, head Coach of the world-champion
Pittsburgh Steelers points out.

professional ranks for ten years, in
college they change every three or four
years, and that dictates a different of-
fense and different defense than what
we run in the pros."
In accord with Noll is Arkansas
Razorback head coach Lou Holtz. "It is
extremely frustrating and
aggravating," said Holtz. "No sooner
do you have a quarterback groomed to
fit into your passing philosophy, and

the offense, quarterbacks are handled
with kid gloves as Osborne professed,
"In pro football they spend a great deal
of time and money on a quarterback
and are unwilling to have him run."
The most important cause for the
NFL's passing strategy stems from a
recent change in rules. These rule
changes give receivers much more
freedom, and the receivers are ex-
ploiting this new found freedom to the
fullest extent. Pittsburgh Steeler

"If you can run the ball you get into less trouble, the passing
game gets you into trouble. A successful running game gives
ball control. Ball control gives field position and field position
wins games."
--Tom Landry

be used and a good quarterback can
pick apart a zone."
Brigham Young's Edwards adds yet
another opinion to the long list of
reasons for professional passing
strategies when he said, "The defenses
in pro football are so good that it is im-
possible to win unless you can effec-
tively throw the football."
While the rushing yardage of NFL
teams does not match that of the for-
ward pass, it certainly contributes
strongly to the offense.
IN ACCORD WITH this Bear Bryant,
head coach of the top ranked Alabama
Crimson Tide, said, "I've never seen a
team that didn't have a running game
to compliment the passing game,
,*hether it's pro football, college, high
school or little league.
Tom Landry, head coach of the
Dallas Cowboys, sums up the run and
the pass when he said, "If you can run
the ball you get into less trouble, the
passing game gets you into trouble. A
successful running game gives ball con-
trol. Ball control gives field position
and field position wins games."
Although the name of both games are
football, the college's and pro's offen-
sive philosophies are worlds apart, and
will probably stay that way as long as
current rules and coaching theories
remain the same.

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stop throwing into a crowd than he
leaves. I'd rather take a guy from high
school and tell him to run."
Unlike pro football, college's offen-
sive philosophy is predominantly
geared towards the running game.
Becuase of the option, the college run-
ning game is far more diversified and
the option," said Nebraska head coach
Tom Osborne. "In our offense the
fullback, halfback, wingback and quar-
terback all carry the, football versus
two running backs in pro football. This
type of offense (pro) makes for more of
a stereotype and a less exciting game."
This emphasis on the run causes an
alteration in recruiting priorities.
"A great throwing quarterback won't
consider us and we don't look for him,
said Oklahoma head coach Barry Swit-
zer. "We sell the running game and a
great option quarterback has to con-
sider Oklahoma."
RHOME FEELS that while there are
other reasons that contribute to the
college game's lack of dependency
upon the pass, the final analysis of the
team's pass-run ratio comes down to
the head coaches offensive preferences.
"I think I could go into college and
throw well," said Rhome. "When I
coached at Tulsa we had a balanced of-
fense. During my last year we were one
of the few teams in the nation to have
over 200 yards rushing and passing." J
While there are numerous ex-
planations why college teams pass so
sparingly, professional teams do not
lack reasons for their high level of
passing efficiency.
WHILE THEIR college counterparts
have become addicted to option foot-
ball, professional teams shun this for-
mation more than universities do the
pass. Since they are the focal point of

assistant coach Woody Widenhofer and
Holtz place great credence to these
changes and their effect on the pro
Widenhofer attributes the amount of
passing in the NFL to ". ..the pass
protection rule and the jam rule on
defense. Changes have been made in
those rules and this has opened up the
"THE PROS THROW more since you
can't molest or bump a receiver," said
Holtz, "This is causing zone defenses to


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