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The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 21, 1980- -Page 13

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Michigan matches up better

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The Michigan-Ohio State game, besides its value as one of
the nation's great rivalries, always offers an interesting set of
matchups at key positions. Daily Sports Editor Alan Fanger
analyzes how the teams stack up against one another at each
position.
TIGHT END AND WIDE RECEIVER-Buckeye
Brad Dwelle and Wolverines Norm Betts and Craig
Dunaway all blocking-oriented tight ends. Anthony
Carter always a breakaway threat, but Doug Donley
may have the better hands. Gary Williams is better
than - Alan Mitchell at the split end spot.
OFFENSIVE LINE-Michigan line has turned its
size and experience into a big plus. Right side of line
with guard Kurt Becker, tackle Ed Muransky and
center George Lilja presents a formidable challenge
to Buckeye defense. Ohio State line was shored up by
conversion of Luther Henson to offensive tackle from
defensive tackle. Sophomore Joe Lukens a rising
star. Edge-Michigan.
QUARTERBACK-Schlichter is an all-purpose quar-
terback who seems to generate the key plays in
crucial situations. He will be the first running quar-
terback Michigan has faced all season. Wangler is a

fairly consistent passer and a team leader, but he
lacks Schlichter's mobility. Edge-Ohio State.
RUNNING BACKS-Calvin Murray is much im-
proved at tailback, as is sophomore fullback Tim
Spencer. Jim Gayle, Murray's backup, could start on
most any other team in the country. Butch Woolfolk
and Lawrence Ricks combine to ensure that op-
position defenses will always see a "hot" back.
Stanley Edwards, while smaller than most fullbacks,
makes up for it with'speed. Edge-Michigan.
DEFENSIVE LINE-Buckeyes weak up the middle
but strong on the outside with converted offensive
lineman Keith Ferguson, Detroit's Jerome Foster
and outside linebacker Alvin Washington. Jeff Shaw
has blossomed as a middle guard his freshman year
at Michigan. Mike Trgovac, Robert Thompson, and
Mel Owens all strong, hard-hitting players. Buckeyes
may run at tackle Winfred Carraway, the weak
member of this unit. Edge-None.
LINEBACKERS-Andy Cannavino at the peak of his
career, while his partner, Paul Girgash, expends
more effort than anyone on the team. Marcus Marek
leads Ohio State in tackles. Sophomore Glen Cobb
will be playing his first big game as a Buckeye.

Edge-Michigan.
DEFENSIVE BACKS-Wolverines are deep but not
super-talented. They'll rely mostly on sheer speed to
defend the pass. Keith Bostic and Tony Jackson, a
converted wingback, are the key Michigan players.
Buckeye trio of Vince Skillings, Todd Bell, and Ray
Ellis are tough to beat. Edge-Ohio State.
KICKING-Michigan hasn't seen the last of Vlade
Janakievski, the Buckeye placekicker who booted the
field goal that proved to be the margin of victory in
last year's 18-15 victory over the Wolverines. Tom
Orosz, their veteran punter, will kick 'em into the
designated spot when needed. Don Bracken went into
a slump against Purdue, averaging slightly more
than 30 yards per kick; the pressure may prove a bit
difficult for the freshman to handle. Ali Haji-Sheikh
may be the most improved player on the entire
Michigan team, coming back this year to hit on nine
of 13 field goal attempts compared to his 0-for-six
mark of 1979. Edge-Ohio State.
SPECIAL TEAMS-Very few ,teams have broken
long returns against either squad. Difference here is
Carter, who with a good block or two can go all the
way at any time. Edge-Michigan.

FORMER MICHIGAN LINEBACKER Jerry Meter makes a valiant lunge in
an attempt to block Ohio State kicker Bob Atha's field goal try in the 1978
skirmish, which was won by the Wolverines, 14-3. It was Michigan's last
Sriumph against the Bucks.
OSU battle is annua

i tug-o-war

By RON POLLACK
xSince Bo Schembechler took over the
i higan coaching reins from Bump
Mlott before the 1969 season the
idhigan-Ohio State rivalry has been
veenly matched, (Schembechler is 5-5-1
gainst the Buckeyes) and one of
rymendous national prominence.
*During these 11 years Ohio State and
ichigan have ranked among the top
ive. teams in the nation a combined
qtal of 15 times at the onset of their
iinual late-season battle. In three of
:lose, instances, neither team entered
6e game with a loss.
4THE CULMINATION of the 1969
gular season saw Schembechler en-
eunter a rather onimous task to say
ie least. His 12th-ranked troops, who
wned a 7-2 record, were to entertain an
Jio State team that was not only 8-0
Xd'the top ranked team in the nation,
ut also a unit that was being lauded as
he "best college football team ever
Esembled."
,However, someone neglected to in-
Ogrm the Wolverines that they were not
pposed to win. Michigan emerged
ith a 24-12 victory largely due to a
efense that picked off six Buckeye
psses, thus giving Schembechler his
first victory over his former teacher, Woody
Ijayes-
The 1970 skirmish matched up two,
udefeated outfits. After three quarters
the Wolverines were trailing by a scant
one point, but Ohio State ralled for 10
fburth-quarter points to win, 20-9.
THIS CONTEST saw the Buckeye
fense manhandle Michigan's highly-
, garded offense. In addition to a Stan
White interception that set up Ohio
State's final score of the game (a Leo
Hayden touchdown run), the Buckeyes
held a Michigan team that was
yveraging 400 yards a game to a
Igeager 155.
+ When Michigan and Ohio State locked
horns the following season, the two
ams found themselves in a situation
posite that of the 1969 battle. This
t~ime the Wolverines were the proud
Owiers of an unblemished record after
0 games, whereas the Buckeyes had a
g0od, but not great, 6-3 mark. Late in
the game it appeared that the
.imilarities would continue, as Ohio
$tate found themselves on the long end
if a 7-3 score late in the game.
'*!But Billy Taylor brought an end to the
4uckeyes' delusions of grandeur when
te put the Wolverines ahead to stay on a
uchdown with two minutes left in the
ame.
AS THE CLOCK wound down, and it
r*came apparent that Ohio State was
iot going to pull off an upset, Woody
iays went beserk and he destroyed a
0own marker-in protest of a pass in-,
terference call-and kicked what was
eft of it onto the field.
itQhio State's 14-11 victory over
Michigan in 1972 was one that many feel
vas not decided by the opposing teams,
but by a single questionable call by the
officials. With the Wolverines trailing
by what would eventually be the final
score, they found themselves on the
Ohio State one-yard line on second
down. Tailback Harry Banks then took
the ball for what appeared to be the go
ahead touchdown. The referee saw
otherwise and when Banks and quar-
terback Dennis Franklin were stopped
short on successive plays, the call took
on even greater magnitude.
The Michigan Stadium battle of 1973,
is perhaps best remembered for the
controversy that it generated off the
field. After a tremendous battle bet-
ween two undefeated teams, in which
each team outplayed the other for one
half, both teams left the playing field
with a 10-10 tie. The Wolverines had

their opportunities to defeat the
Buckeyes, but Mike Lantry was unable
to connect on- two fourth-quarter field
goals.
MICHIGAN THOUGHT that it was
Rose Bowl-bound following this game
despite having a similar Big Ten mark
as the Buckeyes. However, the Big
Ten's athletic directors voted 6-4 in
favor of Ohio State, citing Dennis
Franklin's fourth quarter injury
(broken collar bone) as the reason
behind their decision.
The 1974 game was a case of the Ohio
State kicking game succeeding while
Michigan's could not. The Buckeyes'
Tom Klaban connected on field goals of
47, 25, 43 and 45 yards, but Michigan's
Lantry failed in his attempt to bring an
end 4o the Buckeye's 12-10 lead when,
with 18 seconds left, he missed on a 33-
yard attempt.
The 1975 battle was one of total
frustration for Michigan. Despite
outgaining the Buckeyes 361 yards to,
208 and holding Heisman trophy winner
Archie Griffin to 46 yards rushing, the
Wolverines lost 21-14 on two late Ohio
State touchdowns.
THE KEY PLAY of the game oc-
curred late in the fourth quarter with
the score knotted at 14-14, Rich Leach
threw a pass in Michigan territory that
was intercepted by safety Ray Griffin
and returned to the three-yard line,
leading to Pete Johnson's winning
touchdown.
Michigan gained a measure of
revenge in 1976 as it whipped Ohio State
22-0 behind a 165-yard rushing perfor-
mance by Bob Lytle. The Wolveines'
scors came on two three yard runs by
Russell Davis and a three yarder by
Lytle.
The following year Ohio State
dominated the game statistically, as
evidenced by its 156-yard edge in total
offense, but the Buckeyes found them-
selves on the wrong side of a 14-6 score.
While the visitors outperformed
Michigan statistically they could not
match the Wolverine's propensity for
coming up with the big play.
ONE SUCH PLAY saw Michigan stop
the Buckeyes on fourth and one inside
the Wolverine 10-yard line. On Ohio
State's next possession (with less than
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eight minutes remaining in the game)
the offense moved the ball down to the
Michigan eight. However, on first
down, Michigan's John Anderson
caused quarterback Rod Gerald to
fumble the ball, thus preserving the
win.
1978 merked Woody Hayes last
Michigan-Ohio State game, but his
former pupil made it an unpleasant ex-
perience as Schembechler's charges
kept the Buckeyes out of the end zone
for the third consecutive year enroute
to a 14-3 victory. On the offensive side,
Rich Leach enjoyed a fine day, com-
pleting 11 of 21 passes for 166 yards and
two touchdowns.
Earle Bruce took over the Ohio State
coaching job last season and won his
first encounter against Schembechler
on a play that shall remain legendary in
Wolverine history. With Michigan
leading 15-12 in the fourth quarter the
Buckeyes Jim Laughlin blocked a
Bryan Virgil punt and Todd Bell capped
the play by picking up the ball at the 18-
yard line and scoring the winning
touchdown.

FORMER MICHIGAN ALL-AMERICAN quarterback Rick Leach scrambles between two Ohio
State defenders running for a big gain in the 1978 battle between the two Big Ten powerhouses.
The Wolverines took it all, 14-3.

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