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January 08, 1982 - Image 8

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Page 8-Friday, January 8, 1982-The Michigan Daily'

Salvaging some. pride: 33-14 New
IT WASN'T the Rose Bowl. In fact, it wasn't
close. Despite the implications of the slogan
'Smellin' Like a Rose," one of several sup-
$ posedly self-descriptive Bluebonnet Bowl catch \«\
$ phrases, the hosts of this post-season event were
a not able to overcome institutional disadvantages
accompanying an absence of tradition.
Maybe it was the fact that no majestically-
colorful parade preceded the gridiron action;
maybe it was the pregame delay caused by an
wunclarified rule; maybe it was the empty seats in
the Astrodome; maybe it was the shoddy televi-
sion coverage provided by the MIZLOU network.
But something was missing, an unfortunate cir-
cumstance for the dedicated and cooperative
individuals who attempted to make a big move
:with the Michigan-UCL A matchup.
The game itself featured some exceptional
individual performances, most of them by the
boys from Michigan. Defensively, tackle Tony..
Osbun and inside linebackers Mike Boren and
aPaul Girgash all performed well. But the real hero
;was outside 'backer Ben Needham, who made his
wlast game his best. One year ago, the suspended
Needham was forced to idly watch the Wolver-
ines put the clamps on Washington; on this night,ig
She was, as he later described it, "in heaven,".>
pounding Bruin after Bruin into the Astroturf.
And offensively, Butch Woolfolk played like
. . well, the best tailback in America.
The game was also important to Bo. The
week before, he caused a stir by declining an invi- aSW.s
tation to the Gilley's bar, preferring to keep his
Splayers under the wraps of a curfew. If he had .4 lcwsfo et
lost, his restrictions would have appeared silly. Co kwafrotheegame
As it was, nobody complained. After all, the man is billed as "The Ei
must know what he's doing-he has a two-game Dunaway (88) and Bi
. bowl winning streak. quarterback's touchd
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