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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, November 23, 1980-Page 9

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(Continued from Page 1)
phomore wide receiver who has elec
trified his team and its fans many times
roughout the season - who scored the
winning touchdown on a 13-yard pass
froin John Wangler with five minutes
Ieftlin the third quarter.
Blut the joyous victory belonged to the
defense, which contained yet another
top-quarterback -. the Buckeyes' Art
Schlichter, and gave the Michigan of-
fense several opportunities to put points
on the board.
"The Michigan team this year has
ne far beyond any of our expec-
tations," an elated Schembechler said
after the game. "At a time when people
thought we were dead, we vowed to
come back. And we did."
THE COMEBACK was not completed
however, until the final minute, when
outside linebacker Robert Thompson
sacked Schlichter from behind on a
fourth down play in Michigan territory.
The Wolverines then took over and ran
out the clock on one play as their fans
ploded in an uncontrollable frenzy.
The Buckeyes had taken possession
at their own 32-yard line with 1:08
remaining after fullback Stanley Ed-
wards was tackled far short of a first
down on a fake punt. And for the first
time: in the game, they started to
generate substantial yardage through
the air.
Sehlichter opened the drive by hitting
split end Gary Williams near the side
'for nine yards. He then followed up
of incomplete pass by firing a perfect
strike to flanker Doug Donley, who
stepped out of bounds at the Michigan
32 with 41 seconds left to play.
.UT THE Wolverine defense, aided
bythe addition of a fifth defensive back,
stiffened up on Schlichter. He was for-
cedl to scramble out of the pocket for no

Defense halts Bucks as

Woolfolk gallops

gain on the following play, threw wildly
out of bounds on second down, and was
penalized for intentionally grounding
the ball on third down as he faced three
converging defenders.
The penalty of 15 yards and the loss of
down set the Buckeyes back to the
Michigan 47, and brought up a fourth
and 25 situation.
As his receivers tore down the
sidelines, Schlichter dropped back into
the pocket, took two steps to his right,
and began to cock his arm when
linebacker Thompson crunched him
from the blind side and brought the
junior quarterback down on his left
shoulder, ending any further
speculation about the outcome.
"I knew I had to get him
(Schlichter)," said Thompson. "He
stayed in the pocket long enough for me
to get there. All I had to do was get by
'the tackle, and I was home free."
THE WOLVERINES had several'op-
portunities to put points on the board,
but were frustrated three times when
Ali Haji-Sheikh missed two first-half
field goal attempts and the Buckeyes
intercepted a Butch Woolfolk option
pass in the end zone midway through
the third period.
But Woolfolk could do little, if
anything else, wrong. The junior
tailback, who has alternated playing
the position with Lawrence Ricks,
pranced and bulled his way for 141 yar-
ds on 31 carries, many of them for first
downs as Michigan attempted to con-
trol the ball and run down the clock af-
ter it had gained the lead.

"Bo always tells you to look at the
scoreboard to see where you have to get
to for the first down," said Woolfolk. "I
try to be aware of where I am in
relation to the first down whenever I
have the ball." '
WHEN THE offense gave the pigskin
back to the Buckeyes, the defense stood
true to the task, shutting off the Ohio
State ground game and presenting a 4-3
alignment that forced Schlichter to shy
away from the use of the option play
that he executes so well.

Schlichter, who prior to yesterday,
had averaged 12.5 carries per game,
rushed only five times for 25 yards
against the Wolverines. A bulk of the
Buckeye attack consisted of runs by
fullback Tim Spencer and tailback
Calvin Murray between the tackles.
"Perhaps, looking back, we should
have passed more," said Buckeye
Coach Earle Bruce. "But so often, in a
game like this, you are better off when
you are able to jam it in there. There is
a point where we have to test them."

LIKE SO many other quarterbacks
who have faced the Michigan defense
this season, Schlichter was rendered
ineffective by a constantly onrushing
line and a secondary which employed
double coverage on Donley, the
Buckeyes' most dangerous receiver. He
completed just eight of 26 passes for 130
yards, and was intercepted once.
Michigan missed its first scoring op-
portunity midway through the opening
quarter, when Haji-Sheikh's 38-yard
field goal try sailed wide to the right of
the goalpost. The Wolverines had
driven 59 yards in 15 plays before his at-
tempt.
Linebacker Marcus Marek tipped
and then grabbed a Wangler pass over
the middle at the Buckeye 42, and Ohio
State began its first drive early in the
second stanza.

OSU offense in-Art-iculate

First downs...............
Rushing (att/yds)........
Passing (comp/att/int)....
Passing Yards...........
Fumbles (no/lost).......
Punts (no/avg) ...........

MICH.
23
(61/17)
(11/23/3)
120
(0/0)
(4/40)

OHIO
14
(32/114)
(8/26/1)
130
(1/1)
(6140)

Murray..................14
Gayle ..................... 2

38 2.7
5 2.5

PASSING
MICHIGAN

accuracy on a 43-yard field goal that
tied the game at 3-3.
The Wolverines were foiled in theirs
effort to put three more points on the
board in the final 90 seconds of the first
half. Wangler hit Ricks, Carter, and
tight end Craig Dunaway on successive
short patterns, setting up Haji-Sheikh
for a 42-yard try with three seconds
showing on the clock. But the
sophomore placekicker sliced the
pigskin to the right of the mark once
more as time ran out.
IN ITS ONE sustained drive of the
third quarter, Michigan marched 56
yards in 14 plays for the game's only
touchdown after free safety Tony
Jackson recovered a Williams fumble
on the opening series of the half.
Woolfolk carried six times during the
'drive, picking up a first down on three
occasions. But on a third -and 11
situation, Wangler went to the air and
found Carter. He had run his patented
crossing pattern, and hauled in the ball
between two Buckeye defenders for the
score. Haji-Sheikh's conversion attem-
pt hit the crossbar and bounced back,
leaving the contest at 9-3.
Ohio State's one other second-half
scoring push ended in futility when
Janakievski's 35-yard field goal was
deflected wide to the left by defensive
back Brian Carpenter.

SCORING
MICHIGAN .....................0 3 6 0-9
Ohio State.......................0 3 0 0-3
SCORING PLAYS
O-Janakievsk%-33 yd. field goal
M-Haji-Sheikh-43 yd. field goal
M-Carter-13 yd. pass from Wangler (kick failed)
RUSHING

Wangler ...........
Wolfolk ............

Att. Comp.
22 11
1 0

Int.
2
1

Yds.
120

OHIO STATE

Schlichter.......... 26

S 1

0 ON THIRD and three, Schlichter
unloaded a screen pass to Murray, who
broke a pair of tackles and scooted
130 down the sideline before stepping out of
bounds at the Michigan 16. The drive
stalled there and Vlade Janakievski
booted a 33-yard field goal to give the
Buckeyes a 3-0 lead.

RECEIVING
MICHIGAN

MICHIGAN

Alt.
Woolfolk --.................31
R icks .. . . . .. . . . . 14
Wangler................... 3
Edwards................. 13
OHIO STATE
Spencer................... 11
Scllichter................. 5

Yds.
141
49
9

Avg.
4.6
3.5
3.0

No. Yds.
Carter...................4 47
Dunaway.................2 26
Wolfolk ................... 2 9

TD
1
0
0

OHIO STATE

Wangler threw another interception
on the Wolverines' ; next series, but.
Michigan regained possession at its
own 28 on a punt two minutes later. The
offense, utilizing the outside running of
Woolfolk, drove to the Ohio State 26, and
Haji-Sheikh had plenty of distance and

18 1.4

Williams.................4
55 5.0 Murray ................... 2
16 3.2 Donley...................2

50
46
34

0
0
0

Grandstand
View By Stan Bradbury
The ugly duckling.
... Blue ready for bowl
Other Michigan teams have had better records, more impressive
statistics, and a higher ranking, but Coach Bo Schembechler couldn't be
more proud of his 1980 Wolverines. They have done everything he could have
possibly hoped for since the time they were 1-2. They have won eight straight
games, they have won their first outright Big Ten championship since 1971,
and they have developed into the finest defensive unit in the nation.
The Michigan football jrogram has done an incredible job of turning the
season around. It is like the Mother Goose tale of the ugly duckling. After a
not-so-appealing beginning, the Wolverines have grown to become a sight to
behold.
W At the beginning of the season most of the people in the prognosticating
business were not giving Michigan much of a chance at the conference title.
OhioState was said to be the best team in the country and both Purdue and
Indiana were fielding very tough squads. Figure the Wolverines to battle the
Hoosiers for third.
After losing two of three games at the season's start, that was revised:
figure them to battle to save respectability.
Well, they now have the respect of the entire nation, something they
greatly deserve after the way they have played the last eight weeks - like
one of the best teams in the country. If voting tendencies in the polls were
changed from just dropping a team if they lost, to rewarding a team for con-
sistent and improved play, the Wolverines would be looking at some possible
first-place votes this week.
Devastating Defense
If not a first place vote for the team, maybe an honorary first place vote
for the defense, which has only allowed three points in the last eighteen quar-
ters of play. It is the best effort by a Michigan defense since six shutouts
were recorded during consecutive games in 1931.
The defense has just been impressive, plain and simple. They have shut
down four leading Heisman Trophy candidates; George Rogers, Rich Cam-
pbell, Mark Herrmann, and Art Schlichter. They have also turned back the
high-powered offenses of Illinois and Indiana.
The progress the defense has made since they lost eight starters from
last year's 8-4 team is remarkable. Bo didn't trust his defense early in the
year, so he tried fakepnt and field goals, one of which cost Michigan the
South Carolina game.
The defense could not help but be proud of the way they have come back
and proved something to both Bo and their critics. As Andy Cannavino,
senior co-captain and the leader of the defense, left the field as the final gun
sounded, he taunted the Buckeye fans by staring them straight in the eye
while pointing at the Maize and Blue helmet cradled in his arms.
It was a gesture which accurately represented the feelings harbored in
every Michigan fan by game's end yesterday in Ohio Stadium. It was telling
the Buckeye partisans, "in your eye."
Rose Bowl bound
Michigan yesterday realized a dream that seemed so distant in late Sep-
tember - they were Rose Bowl-bound for the fourth time in the last five
years. This year, as in the 1978 contest, they will face the Washington
Huskies in the Pasadena classic on New Year's Day.
But this year's team has a much different personality from those which
fell in all seven bowl games played in the decade of the seventies. This team
has far surpassed their expectations, and has done so without the help of a lot
of big-name stars. They have had to join together closely and depend on
teamwork and maximum effort.
Perhaps that could be a big enough difference to turn around the past
bowl game jinx the Schembechler era has suffered through. Just maybe they
could give Bo something he has never gotten before, a bowl win, making him
even more proud of his ugly-duckling team.

.4. -. m. ..
Daily Photo by JOHN HAGEN
MICHIGAN FULLBACK Lawrence Ricks is brought down by a Buckeye defender. Ricks carried the ball 14 times for a total of 49 yards before he was sidelined with
an injury. His replacement Butch Woolfolk went on to run for 141 yards.
Buckeye dream turned nightmare

By MARK MIHANOVIC
Special to the Daily
COLUMBUS - Ohioans had the
scenario planned out long before the
football season's opening kickoff on
September 13.
The Ohio State Buckeyes, two points
shy of a national championship in 1979,
would cap off an undefeated 1980 season
with a big home victory over a
Michigan team on the decline and romp
over one of the Pac 10's five eligible
members in the Rose Bowl to capture
the golden prize. And to give the har-
dware just a little added shine, OSU's
strong-armed junior quarterback, Art
Schlichter, would win the Heisman
Trophy and set himself up to become
the second player in college history to
win a pair of them.
BUT ALL THE pre-season hype was
only that; pre-season hype. The

Buckeyes struggled to a come-from-
behind opening-game victory over
Syracuse, were blanked by UCLA, 17-0,
three weeks laer, and gave up 42 points
and 621 yards to Illinois quarterback
Dave Wilson two weeks ago.
So yesterday's 9-3 loss to a Michigan
team definitely on the rise clinched it:
.disappointment reigns in Columbus. To

their Fiesta Bowl destiny squarely on
their own respective shoulders.
"WE JUST didn't execute as well as
we should have," Schlichter said after-
wards. "Offensively, we didn't take ad-
vantage of the opportunities we had."
"They (the Wolverines) are very
good. But I think we stopped ourselves
today ... we stopped ourselves today

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one year ago. Last season he coached a
supposedly rebuilding OSU outfit to an
11-0 regular season, complete with Big
Ten championship; now he finds him-
self answeringto a press corps which
had expectations that weren't ap-
proached by a 9-2 slate.
"Everybody expected more out of our
team, and maybe out of Art," the weary
mentor conceded. "We lost two games;
if we had won those two games, there
wouldn't be any problem.
"If you win, everybody loves ya, and
if you lose ... you know what it is."
See more sports pgs. 7 and 8
AS SOMETIMES is the case with
talent-laden, highly-touted teams, the
1980 Buckeye squad never really found
its identity, never determined a definite
course on which to set. For instance,
the defense recorded three shutouts
and, for the most part, bottled up the
Wolverine attack; but then how can
anyone explain the Illinois fiasco? And
it has been no secret that Schlichter is
not fond of Bruce's basically conser-
vative offensive strategy. ,
Perhaps one of the reasons for OSU's

"We just didn't execute as well as we should have. Offensively,
we didn'tt ake advantage of the opposition we had.
"They (the Wolverines) are very good. But I think we stopped
ourselves today ... we stopped ourselves more than they stop-
ped us."
-OSU's Art Schlichter

MICHIGAN COACH Bo Schembechler

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