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SPORTS

Wednesday, January 6, 1982

The Michigan Daily

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Two bowl victories in

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thony Carter in stride two steps past UCLA defender
Mike Durden for a 50-yard touchdown.
"When I came up to the line, I could see the defense
was in a man-for-man coverage," said Smith, who
finished an up-and-down sophomore campaign by
completing nine of 15 passes for 152 yards, with no in-
terceptions. "I figured it would work, and it did. It
was the first time we checked off at the line, and we
tried it two or three other times, but it didn't work."
THE BRUINS got a pair of second-half touchdownst
which cut Michigan leads to 13-7 and 19-14, respec-
tively, but the Wolverine ground game, Woolfolk in
particular, was overpowering.
Woolfolk expressed mixed emotions about playing
the last game of a collegiate career which saw him
top Rob Lytle's all-time Michigan rushing record and
a season which saw him establish himself as a certain
first-round NFL draft pick.
"I felt good (about the victory), both for myself and

the team," he said. "We had a very well-balanced at-
tack. It got to me toward the end, knowing that I'll
never be wearing a Michigan uniform again. It's been
a great four years. It's one of the best decisions I ever
made, to go to Michigan. I was upset at some points in
time. As a competitor, I have to be. But, overall, I
love the Michigan family."
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER Ben Needham was
another Wolverine who ended his career in
memorable fashion, is his six unassisted tackles and
five assists earned him Defensive MVP accolades. "I
was in heaven," Needham exclaimed. "It was my
last game for Michigan, and it couldn't be better,
winning the MVP./It was one of my best games ever.
"UCLA was good, but our game plan was super,"
he continued, "The difference was our defense really
fired to the ball all game long."%
The start of the game, played before an Astrodome

crowd which was questionably termed a sellout of
40,309 by Bluebonnet officials was delayed for several
minutes while Schembechler, bowl officials, and
UCLA coach Terry Donahue debated the issue of
whether or not the Astrodome's 25-second clock was
going to be used. Schembechler won the battle and
the clock was not implemented, but he easily could
have lost the war if his team had not overcome the 12
first-half penalties it was charged with (to the Bruins'
four).
As might be expected, however, the victory dulled
Bo's anger. "I've never been in a game when both
teams were penalized as much as we were," he said.
"But the guys who have to deliver for us delivered:
Smith, Woolfolk, Carter. The secret to the game was
turnovers. The second thing is the defense kept us in
the game when the offense was not playing well."
And poof! goes the bowl jinx.

NEEDHAM, WOOLFOLK END CAREERS AS MVP'S:
Muransky ready to tackle NFL

Doily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
Bo Schembechler cherishes the victory ride given by Bubba Paris (75) and
Bruce Brown (74) after the 33-14 Bluebonnet win over UCLA in the
Astrodome.

By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
For the most part, Michigan coach Bo
Schembechler came away from
Houston a winner. His Wolverines had
pounded UCLA in the Bluebonnet Bowl,
33-14, and in doing so won back some of
the respect that three losses in Big Ten
play had taken away from them.
It wasn't all good for Bo on New
Year's Eve, however, because All-
American offensive tackle Ed Muran-
sky, a senior with one more year of
eligibility remaining, announced that
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he would not be returning to Michigan
next season in favor of the pro ranks.
"It's sad leaving everybody,"
Muransky said after the game. "But
I've had my fun, so now it's time to go
on to better things. This was- a great
victory for us, and it's a hell of a way
for all the seniors to go out. We came in
as champions and we're going out as

why I waited to announce it."
Muransky joins two other All-
American seniors who will be
graduating frozn the offensive line.
Guard Kurt Becker and tackle Bubba
Paris, who were both named to various
honor squads this season, will be
heading for the Natiqnal Football
League along with Muransky, leaving

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'This was a great victory for
us, and it's a hell of a way for
all the seniors to go out. We
came in as champions and
we're going out as cham-
pions.'
-Michigan offensive tackle
Ed Muransky

the game's offensive MVP.
"IT GOT TO me toward the end,"
said Woolfolk, "knowing that I'll never
wear a Michigan uniform again. I've
had four great years here, but now I'm
ready to move on. It's one of the best
deisions I've ever made-to go to
Mi higan."
In addition to earning the MVP
honors, Woolfolk's performance also
drew rave reviews from both sides.
"We always thought he'd be a fine
player, very strong," said UCLA coach 9
Terry Donahue. "A lot of people in the
NFL think he'll be drafted ahead of
(USC tailback and Heisman trophy
winner) Afarcus Allen."
Referring.to a 52-yard Woolfolk run in
the first quarter which set up
Michigan's first field goal, Schem-
becher said, "It was a typical Woolfolk
run. He is capable of doing that every
time he touches the ball. Butch has run
well all year for us."
WOOLFOLK became Michigan's all-
time career rushing leader this season,
finishing the year with 1,459 yards and a
career total of 3,861. The Westfield,
N.J. native was named to the Football
News All-America first team, as well as
the AP and UPI second squads.
Woolfolk was also honored by his
teammates with the 1981 Michigan
MVP award. "I was upset sometimes
(At Michigan)," he said. "As a com-
petitor, I have to be. But overall, I love
the Michigan family."
On the defensive side of the ball for
the Wolverines in, Houston, senior out-
side linebacker Ben Needham was the
standout, racking up 11 total tackes to
lead the Michigan defense. Needham
was named the game's defensive MVP
for his performance. "I was in
heaven," said the Groveport, Ohio
native. "It was my last game for
Michigan, and it couldn't have been
better, winning the MVP. It was one of
my best games ever."
For all of the seniors who played their
last game in the maize and blue, the
Bluebonnet win gave them a chance to
win back some lost respect. "That was
our pride on the line out there," said
Muransky, summing up the feelings of
his teammates. "And as you can tell,
we have a lot of pride."

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champions."
THE 6-7, 275-POUND giant from
Youngstown, Ohio reaped numerous
honors this season, including berths on
the AP and UPI first team All-
America teams, All-Big Ten first team,
as well as a spot on the All-Big Ten
academic squad. Muransky explained
that he waited until after the Bluebon-
net game to declare his intention to turn
pro because, "I didn't want to take
away from the bowl game, so that's

Schembechler a large gap to fill next
season. "I'm sad that I'm leaving,"
said the 6-6, 270-pound Paris following
the game. "But right now I'm just en-
joying the thrill of victory."
The Bluebonnet Bowl win also
marked the last game in a Wolverine
uniform for tailback Butch Woolfolk,
The 6-2, 207-pounder had a splendid
evening against the Bruins, gaining 186
yards on 27 carries with one touchdown.
For his efforts, Woolfolk was named

Women,
top MSU
EAST LANSING- The Michigan
women's basketball squad continued its
best start ever last night, by defeating
Big Ten rival Michigan State, 78-79,1
raising the team's record to 9-2.
Diane Dietz led the way for the
Wolverines with a season high of 32
points, while Peg Harte added 16, and
K.D. Harte and Terri Soullier scored 10
each. Center Patrice Donovan keyed
the defense, registering 10 rebounds
and 9 blocked shots.
Michigan held a 35-27 halftime lead
after leading, 27-14, with 6:29 left in the
half. Michigan State was hampered by
poor shooting throughout the game,
while Michigan was aided by outstan-
ding free throw shooting, hitting 14 of 17
from the line.

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