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Page 10-Sunday, November 16,.1980-The Michigan Daily

Defense keys 'M' to

rout of Purdue

(Continued from Page 1) ,
the coveted Heisman Trophy. "We've
faced six defensive backs before, but
not in quite that alignment.
"We haven't been a deep threat
ballclub," he added. "Our range is bet-
ween five and 20 yards and when they
shut that down, we were in trouble."
IT WAS the Wolverines' third con-
secutive shutout. They have held the
opposition scoreless for 14 straight
quarters; the last score was a 2-yard
touchdown run by Illinois' Wayne
Strader in the second quarter of the Oc-
tober 25 contest.
"We added (Evan) Cooper and
(Gerald) Diggs," said Coach Bo
Schembechler, explaining the added

secondary coverage. "The way to sack Edwards bolted over from three to give
him (Herrmann) is, to cover his Michigan a 7-0 lead midway through the
receivers and have four active kids up opening stanza.
front. We made him move around and The Wolverines' next series began at
the coverage was key. We made him midfield, thanks to a 24-yard shanked
dump the ball." punt off the foot of Jim Bosche. Edwar-
The Wolverine offense capitalized on ds dashed through the line for 13 yards,
the defense's tenacity and scored two and two misdirection plays later, light-
quick touchdowns midway through the ning struck.
first quarter.. Purdue stiffened up its Carter ran a corner pattern, cutting
defense during the next two periogJs, but from the left to the right side of the
the Blue attack chalked up two more field. Wangler hit him perfectly with a
scores in the last eight minutes of the strike at the five, and the' speedster
game. zoomed in for the touchdown. However,
ON MICHIGAN'S first drive, Ali Haji-Sheikh's extra point was
Wangler found Carter on successive blocked by defensive tackle Calvin
third down plays, first at the Purdue 44, Clark, and Michigan's lead was 13-0. It
then at the 16. Four plays later, fullback was Haji-Sheikh's first miss on an extra
point this season.
robbery HERRMANN HAD driven Purdue to
the Michigan 13 on a series of short
Macon .................... 8 18 2.3 passes and runs up the middle, but
Herrmann.................3 -27 -9.0 Tony Jackson forced the first turnover,
PASSING of the game when he outmuscled split
end Bart Bigrrell for the ball in the end
ATT' COMP INT YDS Then the game briefly turned into a
Wangler .................20 12 1 165 battle of blunders. First Carter fumbled

the ball after catching, it near midfield.
Herrmann then responded by over-
shooting Young near the sideline,

threw ye
third of th
flanker St


et another interception, his aerial a minute later, ending any fur-
e game. In an attempt to find ther scoring threats before inter-
eve Bryant on a crossing pat- mission.
NEITHER TEAM could mount a
significant drive until early in the four-
th quarter, when Michigan moved down
the field twice. The first drive failed to
produce any points when Haji-Sheikh's
35-yard field goal sailed wide to the
way to sack him right, but the Wolverines struck paydirt
when tailback Butch Woolfolk dove in
nann is to cover his from two yards out for the touchdown,
Prs and have four capping an eight-play, 60-yard drive.
,,t Schembechler opted to attempt a two-
kids ,upfront.point conversion hoping to compensatq4
for the earlier miss on the extra point,
but Wangler's pass for tight end Craig
Dunaway failed.
One exchange of series later,
-Bo Schembechler Wangler found Carter on another
crossing pattern for a 20-yard touch-
down, Michigan's fourth of the day.
Haji-Sheikh added the extra point to
complete the scoring.
hrew short and Jackson step- And as icing on the cake, linebacker
nt of it to pick off his second Andy Cannavino pulled down a gift in
he day. But linebacker Mike his final home game - Herrmann
eked off Wangler on a similar fourth errant pass - with 1:50 to play.

First downs................ 22
Rushing (att/yds).......... (59/263)
Passing (comp/att/int) (12/20/1)
Passing Yards..............165
Fumbles (no/lost).......... 3/2
Punts (no/avg) ............6/29.0


where Marion Body caught the tipped
ball for his fourth interception of the
With 2:09 to go in the half, Herrmann

tern, he ti
ped in fro
pass of ti
Marks pic

MICHIGAN................13 0 0 13 - 26
Purdue.....................0 0 0. 0 - 0
M-Edwards-3 yd. run (Haji-Sheikh kick)
M-Carter 22 yd. pass from Wangler (kick blocked)
M-Woolfolk 2 yd. run (pass failed)
M-Carter 20 yd. pass from Wangler (Haji-Sheikh

Herrmann ............... 34

-- -

21 4 129



Carter..................... 8 133
Woolfolk .................. 2 11
Ricks..................... 2 21


Woolfolk .................. 7
Kr. Smith .............. 2
Carter.................... I
Sm ith .... .........-... 11
McCall................ 5




Young .....................
Sm ith ....................
Macon ................
McCall ..................




48 4.4
26 5.2

MICHIGAN'S Stanley Edwards 'dances
through the Boilermaker defense ai
Purdue's Paul Hanna (96) attempts t
track him down.

Mark Mihanovic
N PURDUE'S first drive of yesterday's Big Ten showdown, Heisman
O Trophy hopeful Mark Herrmann dropped back to pass from the
Michigan 25-yard line and hooked up with tailback Jimmy Smith at the 21.
Smith caught the ball and turned upfield in search of running room.
No dice. Michigan's Andy Cannavino was waiting, and the senior
linebacker stopped him.,cold in his tracks with a teeth-shattering blow. One
play later, fellow senior linebacker Mel Owens caught Herrmann on a blitz
for an 11-yard loss, and the Boilermakers were out of field goal range.
The tempo of the game had been set.
Michigan was going to put pressure on , the Purdue quarterback
throughout the contest, and when Herrmann did have time to complete a
pass, the physical Wolverine defensive backfield was in position to limit the
receiver to a short gain.
One-hundred twenty-nine yards passing. One-hundred ninety-four yards
in total offense. Zero first downs in the second half. Four interceptions. And
the most important number of all, zero points. Hardly what everyone expec-
ted from a Boilermaker outfit which had recorded 45, 36, 52, and 58 points
over thelast four weeks.
Thus, Michigan rides its 26-0 nationally-televised pasting of the Boiler-
makers and its seven-game winning streak into Columbus for the annual
brawl with Ohio State next weekend. That could have been expected. What
certainly wasn't expected is that the horse the Wolverines will ride into
Buckeye-land is the defense.
And the man who was as surprised by the. easy win as anyone was Bo
Schembechler. "Who would have ever thought that our defense would have
run a string of 14 consecutive shutout quarters?" the coach exclaimed in
reference to the fict that Illinois was the last team to light up the scoreboard
against the Wolverines on October 25, exactly 214 minutes and eight seconds
of action ago.
What's more, the last couple of games the defense has put the clamps on
the opposition without the full-time services of senior tackle Mike Trgovac,
who is still hobbling on a bad ankle. Trgovac was only used in select
situations yesterday, yet Purdue only compiled 65 rushing yards. And
Owens, Cannavino, and junior linebacker Robert Thompson spent much of
the afternoon roaming the Boilermaker backfield, the three of them accoun-
ting for six behind-the-line tackles totaling 33 Yards in losses.
Add that to defensive coordinator Bill McCartney's six-man defensive
backfield, implemented on most second-and-long and third down situations,
and you come up with a dismal Purdue offensive showing, led by a dismal
The slender, 6-5 Purdue signal-caller never displayed any Heisman-type
credentials. All of his interceptions could have been completions had he
thrown the ball straight and on a line; instead, he lofted the pigskin each,
time, allowing Tony Jackson to pick off two aerials and Cannavino and
Marion Body to snag one apiece. With the game transmitted on television
sets from coast to coast, Herrmann and the Heisman aren't likely to get
together in the future.
"I think it's pretty much out of reach," the downcast quarterback ad-
mitted afterwards. "On national TV, it was a pretty good shot for me. I don't
think I deserve it at all."
Cannavino was not about to enter the Heisman debate. "He (Herrmann)
doesn't have the strongest arm, like (Ohio State's Art) Schlichter, and he lof-
ts the ball. He's got a nice touch. On film, Herrmann looks like the best; he
just didn't play well today. (South Carolina's George) Rogers was good. I
don't know."
There are no Heisman candidates on the Wolverine offense, but the at-
tack was methodically efficient, nonetheless. Stanley Edwards slashed
through the large holes people have come to expect from Michigan's gargan-
tuan line for 164 yards on 29 carries.
Because of a nuance that was observed in the Purdue defensive set-up,
the Blue braintrust opted to run out of the split backfield frequently yester-
day, rather than exclusively using the I-formation.
Edwards was thus afforded greater opportunity tp pick his openings
than when he starts just behind quarterback John Wangler at the fullback
position and is forced to hit the hole quickly, and it showed up in his stats.
But if one athlete is, and has been, in line for praise, it's Wangler. He
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Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK

Unexp ecte
'M' defense stru




With the deft passing touch of Purdue
Heisman Trophy candidate Mark
Herrmann, the pressure was supposed
to be on Michigan's young and inex-
perienced defensive secondary.
But a defense installed especially for
Herrmann, plus a mixture of quickness
and speed by the Wolverine defensive
backs altered the once awesome Pur-
due aerial attack into one dump pass af-
ter another in Michigan's 26-0
whitewash of the Boilermakers yester-
day in Michigan Stadium.
THE PHYSICAL Michigan defense
held the NCAA's all-time passing
leader to a mere 129 yards passing, a
far cry from the 331.2 yards Purdue
averaged through the air in previous
conference games. Herrmann com-
pleted 21 of 34 passes on the afternoon,
as well as four more into the arms of
Michigan defenders. Free safety Tony
Jackson picked off two Herrmann
passes and strong side halfback Marion
Body and linebacker Andy Cannavino
each had an interception.
The Michigan defense has now recor-
ded three consecutive shutouts (In-
diana 35-0, Wisconsin 24-0) and has not
allowed a point for 14 quarters. It's the
same defense that coach Bo Schem-
bechler did not have any confidence in
eight weeks ago when a decision to go
for a fake punt on fourth and one from
Michigan's own 29-yard line proved
fatal in a 17-14 loss to South Carolina.
"Who would ever had thought we'd be
riding this high on our defense," said
Schembechler. "I think we're better

mentally and we've continued to im-
prove each week."
SCHEMBECHLER and defensive
coordinator Bill McCartney installed a
defense the past week which utilized six
defensive backs for long yardage
situations. This coverage worked per-
fectly against the Purdue offense, for-
cing Herrmann to dump off short
passes all afternoon, as he averaged
only six yards per completion.
"We covered their receivers well,"
said Schembechler. "I didn't think we
would be able to contain them the way
we did.
"We played some six backs. We ad-
ded (Evan) Cooper and (Gerald)
Diggs. The fact that the backs could
cover so w'ell made him (Herrmann)
dump off the ball.
"I WOULDN'T do that unless I had a
quick secondary," continued Schem-
bechler. "When you're talking (Brian)

ggles no
Carpenter, Body,_ Jackson, (Keith)
Bostic, you're talkin about kids who can
Michigan's defense was particularly
tough in the second half, not permitting
a Purdue first down and holding Herr-
mann to only 24 passing yards and the
Boilermakers to nine rushing yards.
"We've never shut anybody down like
we did in the second half," said Schem-
bechler, whose defense has permitted
only three passes for touchdowns this
JACKSON HAD perhaps' his finest
day of the season with his two intercep-
tions and six tackles (5 solo, 1 assisted).
His first pickoff ended a serious Purdue
threat. With Michigan ahead 13-0, the
Boilermakers had a first and 10 from
the Wolverine 13 yard line. Herrmann
lofted a pass to split end Bart Burrell in
the corner of the end zone, but Jackson
swiftly stepped in front of him and



picked off the pass for a touchback.
"I saw Herrmann look that way and I
just stepped in front of him," said
Jackson, whose interceptions were the
first of his career.
Jackson said the defense as a whole
has made great strides since the start
of the season.
"IT'S NOT just the secondary. Th
defense has learned the coverages bet-
ter and knows what to expect," said the
junior from Cleveland.
Body, who made a sprawling catch of
an overthrown pass off the fingertips of
tight end Dave {Young, said that the
secondary is the swiftest around.
"We're the quickest secondary in the
conference and probably the fasted
ever at Michigan," said Body, who has
four interceptions for the season.
"Everybody can go at least 4.5 seconds
in the 40."

Big Ten

Ohio State.........
MICHIGAN ........
Purdue .............

7 0
7 0
6 1
4 4
3 4

9 1 0
8 2 0
7 3 0
5 5 0
3 7 0


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