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Heartbreakinglosses

By RON POLLACK
The assumption that there is "magic"
Michigan football is a correct one.
nee Bo Schembechler arrived at
Michigan more than 11 years ago, the
Wolverines have accumulated their
victories in bunches.
But the Wolverine gridders of the
Schembechler era have not performed
their magic tricks in the line of vic-
toriqus duty, but instead in the throes of
defeat. On many occasions, Bo's troops
hae appeared to have victory in hand,
hen-poof!-the Wolverine coach has
* ed aloss out of his hat.
The Wolverines first disappearing act
tek place in the 1972 Rose Bowl against
Stanford. Michigan entered the game
undefeated and challening for the
National Championship, while the Car-
dinals (then known as the Indians)
were 8-3.
The game proved to be a defensive
struggle through three quarters, as was
reflected by the 3-3 score.
Michigan fullback Fritz Seyferth and
anford's Jackie Brown each ran for a
touchdown to leave the score knotted at
10-10. The Wolverines went on top when
reserve fullback Ed Shuttlesworth
tackled the Indians' safetyman in the
endzone when he attempted to return a
missed Michigan field goal.
With 1:48 left to play, Stanlord gained
possession of the ball at their own 22-
yard line. Quarterback Don Bunce then
led his team to the Michigan 14, where
lacekicker Rod Garcia entered the
game with 12 seconds left on the clock
and split the uprights with a 31-yard
field goal, giving the Indians a
dramatic 13-12 upset victory.
Wolverine offensive coordinator
Jerry Hanlon remembers that
"fighting for the national championship
made this loss bitter. They went into a
hurry-hurry offense late in the game
and moved the ball. We'ye always
seemed to hit a hot quarterback in the
se Bowl."

The 1976 season was shaping up as
another bright one for the 8-0
Wolverines, as they approached their
next opponent, Purdue. Trailing 13-7 at
halftime, Michigan vaulted back into
the lead when Rick Leach hit Jim Smith
on a 64-yard scoring strike. However,
Rock Supan's 23-yard field goal put the
Boilermakers back on top, 16-14.
While Supan's kick turned out to be
the decisive tally in the game, the
Wolverines blew two chances to reverse
the outcome. In the first instance,
Smith dropped an easy touchdown

gap to 27-20 late in the fourth quarter.
The Wolverines took possession of the
ball at their own 42 with 2:46 to play,
and behind the running and passing of
Leach, moved with authority to the
Washington eight.
On the next play, however, Schem-
bechler's reasoning behind his disdain
for the forward pass returned to haunt
him. With just over a minute remaining
in the game, he opted to throw the ball
instead of run.
Leach lofted a short pass to Stan Ed-
wards in what looked like a sure touch-

Gridders
frustratic
Schembechler have occurred within th
last year. In the 1979 regular-seasot
finale against Ohio State, Michigan ha
the Buckeyes on the ropes with a 15-1
lead. That's when the kicking woes tha
had plagued the Wolverines all seaso
long continued to take their tragic cour
se. If
As Bryan Virgil received the sna
from center on a punt early in the fina
quarter, Buckeye linebacker Jin
Laughlin broke through the Michiga
line in plenty of time to block the kick
Roverback Todd Bell scooped up th
loose ball and rambled 18 yards into th
endzone for what turned out to be th
winning touchdown.
The second devastating defeat t
have befallen the Wolverines in the pas
year occurred early this season i
South Bend against Notre Dame. Harr

The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, October 22, 1980-Page 11
plagued with much
n during Bo tenure
e Oliver's 51-yard field goal thwarted a before he had crossed the goal line
n valiant comeback, and Michigan had referee Gilbert Marchman ruled tha
d once again been snake-bitten by the Trojan speedster had crossed the
2 another field goal in the final seconds. imaginery "plane" above the goal line
t "The Notre Dame defeat is the most and awarded USC the touchdown.
n bitter defeat I've ever been associated Under Schembechler, the Wolverines
- with... I thought the kids really deser- have lost only 21 games in 11% seasons
ved the victory, and it was taken away but Hanlon feels the aforementione
p from them," said Hanlon. contests were particularly dishear
1l While the Notre Dame game was tening.
n "taken away" by the Irish players, the "Any loss is a bitter pill to swallow, bu
n 1979 Rose Bowl against Southern some stand out more than others," he
. California was taken away because of a said.
e controversial touchdown by Charles
e White. Although the event was outside
e of Schembechler's control, it played an ' ° *"
important role in sending the
o Wolverines home from Pasadena as
st losers once again.
n While television replay cameras.=
y showed - White had fumbled the ball

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1972
Stanford 13, Michigan 12
1976
Purdue 16, Michigan 14
1978
Washington 27,
Michigan 20

1979
'USC 17, Michigan 10
1979
Ohio State 18,
Michigan 15
1980
Notre Dame 29,
Michigan 27

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pass. The second crushing blow came down. However, the wide open Ed-
when Bob Wood's 37-yard field goal at- wards never entered the endzone as the
tempt sailed wide of-the goalpost. ball hit him in the helmet and was in-
"I have to give credit to Purdue in tercepted by linebacker Michael
that situation," said Hanlon of the Jackson.
game. "They played an excellent .Yet, the fact that'the Wolverines
game. They had some injured players neary pulled out a dramatic victory
return for that game, and it gave them overshadowed their lackadaisical per-
a lift. formance throughout much of the con-
The 1978 Rose Bowl game against test.
Washington gave Michigan its best "For some reason or another we were
chance to win in Pasadena under flat going into the game," said Hanlon.
Schembechler. Many oddsmakers had "We dug outselves into a deep hole that
listed the Wolverines (10-1 that season) day."
heavy favorites to beat the Huskies. The Huskies "were free wheeling,
But this time it was a self-destructing having everything to win and nothing to
pass that sealed the Wolverines' fate lose," said Hanlon, and thus took more
for another year. than their share of risks during the
Down 24-0 in the third quarter, game.
Michigan stormed back to narrow the Two of the most frustrating losses for

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By S. SHERBER
The Michigan rowing club returned
from Boston this week somewhat
disappointed. The crew failed to do as
well as they had hoped in the race on
the Charles River last Sunday.
Finishing sixth out of a field of eight,
the women's crew did have something
to celebrate. The team beat the London
rowing club, which i# the same club
Michigan lost to three weeks ago.
THE MEN'S BOAT and mixed eight.
boat did not fare as well as thewomen.
Competing against 35 other teams the
men's boat placed 22nd. The mixed
eight boat finished 35th out of 40.
Members of the rowing club feel that
the results of the meet do not show the
potential accomplishments of the crew.
The fact that the club competes with
outdated equipment and against var-
sity teams, must, they feel, be taken in-
to consideration.
..In an attempt to explain the finishing
,of, the men's boat, coach Phil Keston
said that the major problem came when
e boat racing next to them hit the
Michigan boat three times. Keston
claimed that this kept them from
finishing in the top 15.
Keston also found some faults with
e crew itself, saying, "we had the
potential, but we did not row the best
.race we could have."
Vice-president John Hortan, who
rowed in the men's boat said that the
team was a bit disappointed, but, "We
improved over last year, and that's
what counts, and we'll improve next
*year."
B-ball ticket update,
With its starting five returning from
last year and a bumper crop of recruits
added to the arsenal, the prospects are
looking good for Michigan's basketball
team. And the cager's fans are respon-
ding to the rosy outlook.
During last weekend's sale of season
tickets to students on a priority basis,
2250 Wolverine fans decided to see the
cagers this year, according to ticket
BILLBOARD
This Friday, October 24th, is the
deadline for entering teams in the in-
tramural All-Campus Pre-Holiday
Basketball Tournament. The teams can
be entered today, tomorrow, or Friday,
from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The following divisions are offered:
Men Competitive, Women's Com-
petitive, and Superstar. The Superstar
League will be limited to eight teams,
on a first come-first serve basis.
Intramural

manager Al Renfrew. "That's up about
300 from last year at this time," said
Renfrew.
LAST YEAR'S sales of student
tickets were down considerably from
two years ago, when Crisler Arena was
sold-out to watch Phil Hubbard (now
with the Detroit Pistons) and current
senior Mike McGee on the same team.
This year's sales aren't near the sell-
out point yet,but season tickets will
remain on sale until the middle of
November, at which time tickets for in-

dividual games will go on sale, accor-
ding to Renfrew.
Underclassmen who had their senior
friends buy tickets for them with their
high priority I.D. shouldn't expect the
best seats in the house, however. "I'd
say that 90 percent of the orders turned
in are for seniors," said Renfrew. "We
just assign the seats at random within
that group."
Crisler Arena seats 13,609, so there
are still quite a few good seats left.
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