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Page 10-Sunday, October 26, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Wilson didn't weather the storm

By ALAN FANGER
The "wet ball" syndrome holds no water with
Dave Wilson. Forget the "legal pressure" alibi.
They're excuses the Illinois quarterback finds ...
well, he finds them inexcusable, to be certain.
Wilson, the junior college transfer who has been
embroiled all season long in an eligibility battle
with the Big Ten, brought his. aerial show to Ann
Arbor yesterday, and flopped. He made no alibis,
struck no chords of sympathy in anybody's heart.
He admitted that he bombed out after his team
humbly bowed to Michigan, 45-14.
.I just didn't throw very well today," he said,
pondering his statistics, which played to the sour
tune of 24 completions in 53 attempts for 318 yards
and just one touchdown. "I didn't feel too good.
I'm pretty disappointed."
The Michigan defense managed to contain
Wilson, often forcing him to throw on the run or
away from his primary receiver. He made a small
dent in the Wolverine secondary through the first
30 minutes, and his halftime numbers were
nothing to fret over-11 of 21 for 173 yards.
Then the defense stiffened up and began to trap
Wilson, who is not blessed with great mobility, in
the pocket. He fired several series of incomplete

passes that left the Illini with more than their
share of offensive frustrations-they punted 11
times, often giving the Wolverines good field
position.
Wilson said he often tried to execute the "big
play"-passes covering 30 and 40 yards at a
crack-in order to get his team back into the
game.
"It's dumb of me to do because it puts added,
pressure on myself," he said. "The sad thing is
that the players are on the field doing their job,
too. I feel bad for them."
"(Wilson) made some mental mistakes today,"
said Illinois coach Mike White. "It really wasn't
his best game. He was okay, but not great."
Wilson had come off a blistering performance in
Champaign against Purdue. In that game he con-
nected on 35 of 58 passes for 425 yards and shat-
tered conference records in all three categories.
He set another record yesterday, throwing more
passes than at any time previously in Michigan
Stadium (the old record was 51 by Mark Carlson of
Minnesota), but it wasn't anything Wilson could be
proud of.
Fifty-three passes were a few more than the,
amount the Illini had hoped to throw, White ex-

plained. But the Wolverines so completely shut
down their running game that constant passing
became the only other choice.
"When they (the defense) know you have to pass
and know you're successful at doing it, you're
going to have problems with the pass," said White,
who came to Illinois last winter after several
coaching jobs in pass-minded California. "We also
put ourselves in a position where we're far behind,
and have to play catch-up."
"You're limited in what you can do when you're
behind," said running backwWayneeStrader.
"Their defense played real well together. It's
weird, because you look up at the scoreboard and
it doesn't look like they're ahead by much. But
things change around."
Illinois has been hampered all season by in-
juries and inconsistency among its running backs.
The lack of a potent, reliable ground game has
placed an even greater burden on Wilson and his
receivers, and the Illini have consequently been
reduced to a one-dimensional offensive operation.
"Our bread and butter is the pass right now,"
sighed Wilson. "We go to what we can do best. We
would like to establish a running game early, but
we haven't been able to do that."

Doily Photo by JOHN HAGEN9
Sophomore fullback .Jerald Ingram takes a hand-off from quarterback John
Wangler, and heads for the hole. Ingram scored two touchdowns playing in
a back-up capacity and carried the ball nine times for 53 yards.

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Blue drowns Illinois

in sleeper

(Continued from Page 1)
good for 24 yards. and a first and goal
from the nine.
AFTER TWO yards progress on
Illinois' next possession, Michigan star-
ted off from its own 36. Woolfolk ripped
off right tackle for 31 yards on the
second play from scrimmage down to
the Illinois 25. On the next play,
Wangler dropped back and connected
again to Carter, who caught the strike
unscathed at the goal line for
Michigan's second touchdown and a 13-
9 score.
Illinois fought back on a 32-yard pass
from Wilson to Wayne Strader and a 15-
yard facemask penalty, bringing the
football to the Michigan 34. On third and
seven, a perfectly executed screen pass
to Mike Murphy gave Illinois first and
goal from the nine. Wilson found Mike

Sherrod two plays later in the end zone
for the score. Bass' conversion closed
the score to 14-7.
The Illinois defense stiffened on the
next series, but Don Bracken's punt
bounced off Mike Martin's knee and
Michigan's Tom Dixon recovered at the
Illinois 36. A pass interference brought
the ball to the 12, but Michigan had to
settle for a 27-yard field goal by Haji-
Sheikh and a 17-7 edge.
Early in the second quarter, Michi-
gan was on the move again. With first
and ten on the 31, Edwards broke off
left tackel and had only open field bet-
weenhimself and the goal line, but
somehow the ball squirmed loose from
his grasp and Illinois recovered at its
own 27.
Minutes later following an Illinois
punt, Wangler's aerials sent Michigan

on an 80-yard drive in seven plays, with
Ingram diving over left gurd from the
one for a 24-7 lead. Again, Wangler
hooked up with Carter for strikes of 441
and 16 yards during the drive.
Illinois scored on the next possession,
moving 62 yards in 6 plays, with Wilson1
throwing for all but the final two yards
as Strader plunged over for the touch-
down. Bash' conversion cut Michigan's
led to 24-14.
Michigan wasn't done scoring as it
took the kickoff and traveled 72 yards ini
7 plays for the fourth touchdown of the
half. Ricks rambled 28 yards on a coun-
ter play, Wangler and Carter hooked up
for a 12 yard gain and on a crucial third
and 11 from the 17, another pass inter-
ference on an Illinois defensive back in+
a futile attempt to cover Carter
resulted in first and goal from the two.+
Ricks took the pitch around right end

for the score and Michigan had a com-
fortable 31-14 lead.
Before the half was over, Michigan
had one more opportunity to score,
moving from its own 35 to the Illinois 39,
but Haji-Sheikh's 56-yard field goal at-
tempt was short.
"He told me he could make it," said
Schembechler, who wasn't going to
allow the Haji-Sheikh to attempt the
kick with a brisk wind blowing in his
face. "I told him I didn't think he could
make it, but he said, 'Yes I can."'
The second half was a plethora of in-
complete passes and penalties by bdth
teams. Michigan scored following the
second half kickoff with Edwards and
Ricks doing the work. Edwards finished
off the drive for the score.
Steve Smith directed the final scoring
drive, the key play being a pass com-
pletion to Kenny Gear for 24 yards down

to the Illinois 4. Ingram collected his
second touchdown of the afternoon,
making the final result 45-14.
The prettiest play of the half occurred
when Michigan's Brian Carpenter
fielded an Illinois punt on Michigan's 22
and returned it 78 yards for the score.
Unfortunately, the Wolverines were
penalized for clipping and the play was
nullified.

NCAA
MICHIGAN 45, Illinois 14
Ohio State 21, Wisconsin 0
Purdue 36, Michigan State 25
Indiana 35, Northwestern 20
Minnesota 24, Iowa 6
Alabama 42, S. Mississippi7
Kent State 35, E.Michigan 12
W. Michigan 17, Ball State 15
Nebraska 45, Colorado 7
Princeton 7, Harvard 3
Florida State 24. Memphis State 3
Clarion St. 6, Slippery Rock 0
Cent. Michigan 17, NW Louisiana 0
Oklahome 42, Iowa St. 7
Southern Methodist 20. Texas 6
Navy 24, Washington 10
UCLA32, California 9
Pittsburgh 30, Tennessee 6
N. Carolina 31,aE. Carolina 3
Baylor 21, Texas Christian 6

SAND INTHIS
CORNER...
Mark Mihanovic

.

Anthony Carter (1) and Stanley Ed-
wards (32) can't seem to find the handle
on the ball (fumbled by Edwards), but;
this was about the only time during the
afternoon the offense had any trouble,
as they rolled up over 500 yards in totalX
offense during the Wolverines' 45-14.
victory over Illinois. Edwards and Car-b
ter provided most of the fireworsk, as
Edwards ran for a career-high 152 yar-
ds and one touchdown, while Carter
caught five John Wangler passes in-
cluding one touchdown.
D Po Br
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Doily Photo by BRIAN MASCK

A 'dog' for T.V...
.. .next choice easy as ABC
IT HAD EVERYTHING one looks for in a classic football game. Two
evenly-matched teams, vicious blocking and tackling, several clutch
pass receptions, a witty public address announcer, an entertaining halftime
show, and an enthusiastic crowd. The epic struggle ended in a 6-6 tie. Yes,. Phi
Delta Theta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon staged quite a duel in the 47th annual
Mud Bowl.
As for the other game, the one between Michigan and Illinois, well ...
yawn ...
Homecoming week is always a time for reminiscing; alumni bands,
alumni cheerleaders, alumni football players, just a whole lot of alumni. And
yesterday's game brought back some memories, as well: fresh memories of
1978 and 1977 and 1976 and so on, when Michigan used to run roughshod over
seven opponents a year just like it ran roughshod over the Illini, 45-14.
It certainly wasn't the type of contest that the ABC chieftains envisioned
when they chose it as one of the featured regional telecasts of the week. Af-
ter passing over Michigan at Notre Dame, South Carolina at Michigan, and
Michigan State at Michigan, all good matchups with dramatic finishes, the
ABC braintrust opted for the Wolverines vs. Illinois.
Might have been interesting
It probably seemed like an attractive package when they picked it.
There were several intriguing facets which announcers Al Michaels and Ara
Parseghian could draw from for conversation.
First of all, the duo could discuss the improvement that Illinois has
made under new coach Mike White, as it entered Michigan Stadium with a 3
1 conference record after finishing 1-6-1 in 1979.
Then there is the ever-present revenge motive, certainly somewhere in
the mind of Michigan quarterback coach Gary Moeller and probably to a
lesser degree in that of Bo Schembechler.
Moeller, of course, returned to the Wolverines this season upon being
fired after a three-year stint at Illinois. And he was a long-time and loyal
Schembechler assistant, as attested to when Bo blasted Illinois last season
for not giving Moeller more time to build a winner.
Besides, White is a product of the wide-open school of football played in-
the Pacific-10 conference, the kind Schembechler has ridiculed in the past.
And White was the offensive coordinator at Stanford when the Cardinals up-
set Bo's top-ranked Wolverines in the 1972 Rose Bowl. So there was some
revenge to be gained.
And finally, there is the Dave Wilson story. The one about the Illinois'
quarterback who took to court the Big Ten ruling that he was academically
ineligible to play football and won. Schembechler has made it no secret that
he is very unhappy' with the Illini for distiegarding a conference ruling.
So it looked like it might be an interesting ballgame. After all, Michigan
hadn't blown anybody away all season.
Sorry, ABC.
A.C., highlights first half
The game might have held some viewers' attention through the first
half, when both offenses moved almost at will. They were able to watch the
Wolverine ground game at its best, as Stanley Edwards, Butch Woolfolk, and
Lawrence Ricks piled up 212 yards. Wilson had a pretty good half, as well,
completing 11 of 21 passes for 173 yards, including a five-yard touchdown
strike to tight end Mike Sherrod.
And then there was Anthony Carter.
The stats for the sophomore read five receptions for 121 yards and one
touchdown, all in one half of action. But no statistic can describe how he
plays the game.
Carter has the ability to dominate a football game from his wide
receiver position, something that hasn't been seen in college football since
Johnny Rogers tore apart defensive backfields at Nebraska. He was two
steps behind Illini defenders all day, but he best showed his stuff on a nine-
yard punt return early in the second period. He caught the ball on his own
nine-yard line, juked-once, twice, and tightroped out to the 18. It is doubtful
that any player in any league (including the NFL) could have returned that
kick nine yards.
So, all in all, it was not a bad first half, ending with Michigan on top, 31-
14.

Purdue romps:

Herrmann sets record
in 35-26 win vs. MSU

WEST LAFAYETTE (AP)-Pur-
due's Mark Herrmann broke the NCAA
career passing record with 340 yards
yesterday and. directed the Boiler-
'makers to a pair of fourth-quarter
touchdowns that rallied them to a 36-25
victory over Michigan State.

Big Ten
Standings.
Conference

He completed four straight passes
totalling 60 yards to the Spartans' 12.
Jimmy Smith then ran 11 yards and
plunged over from the 1 on the next play
for the tying touchdown.
Rick Anderson, who kicked a
modern-day school record five field
goals, then booted the extra point that
put Purdue ahead to stay.
Ohio State 21, Wisconsin 0
MADISON (AP)-Quarterback Art
Schlichter ran for two touchdowns after
a pair of Wisconsin turnovers and
fullback Tim Spencer raced 50 yards
for another score, leading 10th-ranked
Ohio State to a 21-0 victory over the
Badgers (2-5, 1-3).
Ohio State, 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the
Big Ten, took a 14-0 lead by scoring two
'touchdowns in a one-minute, 25-secopd
span late in the first quarter and early
in the second.
Minnesota 24, Iowa 6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP)-Minnesota's
Marion Barber scored three touch-

Indiana 35, N'western 20
EVANSTON (AP)-Lonnie Johnson
and Tim Clifford scored two touch-
downs each yesterday to lead Indiana
to a 35-20 come-from-behind victory
over winless Northwestern.
Johnson carried 22 times for 160 yar-
ds and his two touchdowns-one on a 23-

yard run-came in the fourth quarter
and sealed the triumph in a game in
which Northwestern had taken an early
17-7 lead.
The victory lifted Indiana's record to
5-2 and left the Hoosiers with a 2-2 mark
in the Big Ten, while Northwestern suf-
fered its 17th straight defeat, eight this
season.

Stan-dard victory

W T
Ohio State .... 4. -0
MICHIGAN .. 4 0
Purdue.......4 0
Illinois........3 2
Indiana ...... 2 2
Iowa ......... 2 2
Minnesota .... 2 3
Wisconsin .... 1 3
Michigan State 0 4
Northwestern 0 6

T
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Overall
W L T
6 1 0
5 2 0
5 2 0
3 4 1
5 2 0
2 5 0
3 4 0
2 5 0
1 6 0
0 8 0

MICH
First downs..................... 24
Rushing (att/yds)............... 62/3761
Passing (comp/att/int).............8/19/0 2
Passing yards .................... 169
Fumbles (no/lost)................2/2
Punts (no/avg) .................... 7/4919 1
SCORING
Illinois...................7 7 0
MICHIGAN.............14 10 7
SCORING PLAYS
M-Woolfolk 1 yd. run (Haji-Sheikh kick)
M-Carter 25 yd. pass from Wangler
(Ha ji-Sheikh kick)
I-Sherrod 5 yd. pass from Wilson (Bass kick)
M-Haji-Sheikh, 27 yd. FG
M-Ingram 1 yd. run (Haji-Sheikh kick)
I-Strader 2 yd. run (Bass kick)
M-Ricks 2 yd. run (Haji-Sheikh kick)

ILL
19
19/19
4/53/1
318
2/1
1/39.7
0-14
7-45

C. Thomas....................
Foster.....................
Wilson .........................
PASSING
MICHIGAN
attc
Wangler ................... 15
S. Smith ................... 3
Hewlett............... I
ILLINOIS
Wilson .................... 53
RECEIVING
MICHIGAN
Carter .....................
Gear.......................
Brockington.................
Betts......................
ILLINOIS
Dentino ....... ...............
Murphy .........................
Martin ..........................

1 2
1 0,
3 -22

comp
6
1

int
0
0
0

24 1

2.0
0.0
-7.3
yds
129
24
16
318
TD
0
0
0
TD
0
0
0

140

no
5
1
I
1
no
6
3
3

yds
121
24
16
8
yds
78
33
42

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