The Michigan Daily
Saturday, November 8, 1980
At' to take on offensiveless Badgers
By MARK MIHANOVIC
Special to the Daily
MADISON-Prior to the start of the
1980 football season, the word from
Wisconsin was, in summary, ''explosive
offense, no defense." But after coach
Dave McClain's bunch scored all of
nine points in its first three outings,
losing to Purdue, Brigham Young, and
UCLA, respectively, it became obvious
that the word from Wisconsin was, in a
And there has been no reason to
change the verdict on the Badger at-
tack since. In eight contests, Wisconsin
(2-6 overall, 1-4 in the Big Ten) has
managed to notch up on the scorebord a
meager 74 points to the opposition's 161.
TO ADD TO McClain's offensive
miseries, the Badgers tangle with Big
Ten contending Michigan (6-2, 5-0)
today at 2:00 p.m. minus the services of
their top two quarterbacks. Sophomore
John Josten and freshman Demos
Argyros both suffered injuries in last
Saturday's 22-13 loss to Iowa, thrusting
number three in the line of youthful
Wisconsin signal-callers, freshman
Jess Cole, into the starter's role.
Cole's biggest target is 6-4, 202-pound
junior Tim Stracka who has hauled in
25 receptions thus far. Should he choose
to hand off, he has four backs, who have
accumulated a total of about-1200 yar-
ds, at his disposal.
But when it comes time to push the
pigskin over the goal line, the Badgers
might as well be ramming into a brick-
wall. Only fullback Dave Mohapp (four
TD's) and Stracka (two) have reached
paydirt more than once. And Wiscon-
sin's kicking game (four for 14 in field
goal attempts) is reminiscent of the,
situation in Wolverine-land one short
If the offense has disappointed
Badger followers, though, the play of s
the defense has been a surprising plus."
Opposition rushers have been held to a "'4
total of 986 yards and a 3.3 yard per
THE MICHIGAN! (EFENSE,
SPEARHEADED BY CO-cAPrnAI
SHOULD HAVE A FIELD PAY
AGAINST A BADGER OFFENSE
THAT HAS ONLY SCORED
9 roucnuowNS ALL SEASON.
Norm Betts ......
Ed Muransky ....
Kurt Becker .....
John Powers ......
Bubba Paris .....
Anthony Carter ..
Alan Mitchell ....
John Wangler ....
Stan Edwards ....
Butch Woolfolk .
Mel Owens ........
Mike Trgovac ....
Jeff Shaw ........
Keith Bostic .....
Brian Carpenter .
Marion Body .....
Tony Jackson ....
Greg Rabas ......
Mark Orszula ....
Leo Joyce ........
Joe Rothbauer ...
Bob Winckler ....
Jerry Doerger ...
Tim Stracka ....
Dave Mohapp ....;
John Williams ...
Today's Michigan-Wisconsin game
can, be heard at 2 p.m. on the following
radio stations: WJR (760 AM), WWJ
(950 AM), WPAG (1050 AM), WUOM
(91.7 FM), and WAAM (1600 AM).
carry average. Reason enough, accor-
ding to Michigan coach Bo Schem-
becler for the Wolverines to disregard
the fact that they have won 13 straight
over the Badgers, including last
season's 54-0 trouncing,
"THIS TEAM IS too good a defensive
team to ever take them lightly,"
Schembechler said. "Their defense is
as good as any we're going to play. All
we have to do is look at the Ohio State
film (21-0 defeat of the Badgers) and
see that this team can play defense, and
that'll take care of it.
"Their defense against the rush may
be the best in the conference. Now, they
have been thrown on, but they've
played Brigham Young, Purdue, and
San Diego State, and those guys hoist
Senior outside linebacker Dave
Ahrens (6-3, 225), a second team All-Big
Ten linebacker in '79, set a school
record last weekend with his 15th tackle
behind the line of scrimmage of the
JUNIOR INSIDE linebacker Dave
Levenick (6-2, 210) and sophomore nose
guard Tim Krumrie (6-3, 240) lead the
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Badger defense in tackles with 68 and 67
The Wisconsin rushing defense will
have its hands full with a Michigan
ground attack that is churning out yar-
dage by the bushels. After averaging
184 yards pergame on the ground in its
first three contests (two of which were
losses), Michigan has run at a 306 yards
per game clip the last five weeks.
Tailbacks Lawrence Ricks and Butch
Woolfolk and fullback Stanley Edwards
have covered 1,990 yards with the
pigskin tucked under their arms on the
campaign, and all three are averaging
better than five yards per carry.
But things are going to change, says
Schembechler. "Forget about those
300-yard rushing games. We're not
going to get them anymore, not with the
defenses we have to play, starting with
Wisconsin. We've got to have a more
balanced attack against these teams."
Which may mean that the best of
John Wangler-to-Anthony Carter is yet
Philadelphia 117, Kansas City 100
Washington 114, Detroit 88
Milwaukee 102, Boston 101
MICHIGAN 2, Michigan St. I
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Guy Boliaux .....
Dave Ahrens .....
Mark Shumate ...
Tim Krumrie ....
Dave Levenick ...
Ed Senn .........
Von Mansfield ...
Ross Anderson ...
Nov. 9 Matinee Sunday 2PM
All Big Ten games important
as race reaches stretch drive
By ALAN FANGER
For the Big Ten lover whose allegi-
ance to the conference overrides his
loyalty for one particular team, each of
today's five league matchups could be
considered important, in one way or
The Michigan-Wisconsin game, along
with the Illinois-Ohio State and Iowa-
Purdue contests, are crucial, and for
obvious reasons. Michigan, Purdue,
and Ohio State are tied for the con-
ference lead at 5-0 with the roughest
portion of the schedule still to come for
the former two squads.
The Wolverines face both the Boiler-
makers and Buckeyes in the final two
weeks, while Purdue ends its season at
home against Indiana after facing the
Wolverinesin Ann Arbor.
A slipup by any team today could be
The other two pairings, with Indiana
playing at Minnesota and Northwestern
visiting Michigan State, have their own
special significance. The latter matcup
is allegedly a battle to remain alive in
the postseason bowl sweepstakes.
Minnesota, at 3-3 in the conference
and 4-4 overall, could conceivably win
its final three contests against the
Hoosiers, Michigan State, and Wiscon-
sin, and occupy a spot in the bowl pic-
ture. Indiana, smothered by Michigan
the onn arbor\
35-0 last Saturday, also has three losses
and is clinging tenuously to that same
NORTHWESTERN AT MICHIGAN
STATE-The East Lansing battle bet-.
ween the Spartans and Wildcats is im-
portant in a statistical sense. Both
teams are winless in the conference
(Northwestern is also winless overall),
and if likelihood prevails-that is, if one
team should manage to score more
points than the other-then it's one less
team without a goose egg in the con-
ference win column. MSU's defense is
porous; its offense runs in cycles. Nor-
thwestern is battered by injuries and
racial dissension. MICHIGAN STATE
ILLINOIS AT OHIO
STATE-Buckeyes continue to play
patsies every Saturday en route to
showdown with Michigan. Tailback
Calvin Murray makes up for occasional
deficiencies of quarterback Art
Schlichter. Illini are completely depen-
dent on the pass; Dave Wilson broke his
own conference record for attempts
with 59 against Minnesota last Satur-
day. Defense cannot stop the run. OHIO
STATE by 30.
INDIANA AT MINNESOTA-Battle
of turnovers. Hoosier signal-caller Tim
Clifford is in a horrible slump. To make
matters worse, the defense has shown
little improvement from last season.
Minnesota is a young, talented team
that makes a lot of mistakes. Gophers
pyshced up after beating both Iowa and
Illinois. MINNESOTA by 3.
IOWA AT PURDUE-Last easy
game for the Boilermakers. Mark
Herrmann is immune from let-
downs-his bad days are better than the
good days of most quarterbacks. Iowa
is having all kinds of offensive
problmes, most of them stemming from
an inability to replace graduated tailb-
ack Dennis Mosley. Defense can hold its
own, however, PURDUE by 13.
The U-M Department of
Theatre and Drama
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