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SPORTS
Wednesday, September 22, 1982

The Michigan Daily

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Off the Record
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Irish domination ...
.Y. . Wolverine headaches
HEY NEVER really had a chance, you know.
Not with Notre Dame Stadium aglow for the first time in its history. Not
with a boisterous opening-game throng of Irish boosters shrieking at the top
of its collective lungs. Not with "Touchdown Jesus," that ultimate perver-
sion of religion, reaching for the heavens and declaring everything once
again well on the lovely campus in South Bend.
No, the Irish had every emotional factor in their favor, and they had the
talent to take advantage of it. So when the game was over and Notre Dame
had won, 23-17, in a game that wasn't nearly that close, you suddenly
realized that Michigan just didn't have a chance.
Oh, the Wolverines got all the breaks last Saturday night, but even that did
not blunt the emotional and physical onslaught of the Fighting Irish. Notre
Dame dominated Michigan like a Michigan team has not been dominated in
quite some time and in the process threw what had been a promising season
into a quandry.
When the Irish charged onto the field they were higher than the shining
surface of the Golden Dome. They were at an emotional peak of the type that
can only be reached after suffering through an emotional valley of, for in-
stance, a 5-6 season the previous year.
Led by second-year head coach Gerry Faust, they came into the game in-
tent on improving on last year's dismal showing and certainly bent on
avenging the 25-7 thrashing they received from Michigan a year ago. "After
going through what we did last year, I could never be happier in my life,"
said Notre Dame tight end Tony Hunter after the game. "We had our backs
against the wall and we gutted it out."
As if the motive to atone for all of last year's miseries was not enough, the
game also received national attention and prime-time television coverage
because it was the first night game ever played in the 52-year-old stadium.
Since it was also the Irish home-opener, it was a game that the fans and
players alike had been pointing to since the end of last season, and do not
discount the effect a noisy crowd can have on the visiting team.
"One thing that killed us was communication-you can't hear down
there," said Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler. "Our tailback,
fullback, wide receivers and tight ends had a tough time hearing, and that
can make you a ham-and-egg outfit."
But rest assured that Bo does not think the crowd was the difference in the
game. He saw what you saw, that is an old-fashioned butt-whomping. "We
just got whipped up front," said Schembechler. "They did to us this year
what we did to them last year."
The bubble bursts
All was well and good less than a week ago when many of the question
marks concerning this year's squad appeared to be unfounded after the solid
20-9 victory over Wisconsin. Now, there appear to be more problems than Bo
ever dreamed of, not the least of which is the play of his offensive and defen-
sive lines.
"We were displeased with the rushing (defense)," said Bo. "That's what
hurt us-Notre Dame beat us with rushing.
"And we've got to get better play out of our tackle positions-there's no
doubt about that."
Indeed, Schembechler talks ominously about "changes being made" when
he speaks of his team's line play. Only center Tom Dixon appears immune
from any adjustments in the starting offensive line.
Another nagging concern that reared its head last Saturday was the con-
tinued inconsistent play of quarterback Steve Smith. Although his offensive
line allowed the Irish defenders to harass and unnerve him, Smith himself
was not blameless. He has yet to prove that he can deliver the ball into the
hands of All-America flanker Anthony Carter with any degree of regularity,
0 and he showed none of the flash and fleetness of foot that makes him a
dangerous, versatile weapon.
"I think the pass rush got to him (Smith) early, which he had no control
over," said Schembechler. "His confidence is pretty well shaken but I'm not
ready to make changes yet."
Rest assured that Bo will not be considering a quarterback change now or
in the near future. Smith, though he certainly has not played well in his first
two games, has not played poorly either and has managed to complete 60
percent of his passes for 293 yards, The backup quarterbacks-junior Dave
Hall and freshman Jim Harbaugh-have not seen a minute of playing time
between them.
And there are other problems. With UCLA coming to town this weekend
there is Carter's nagging groin injury to worry about and the lack of offen-
sive support out of the fullback position. Carter is being evaluated on a day-
to-day basis, but the bet is that he will be available for duty on Saturday.
Junior Greg Armstrong started the Notre Dame game at fullback for the
Wolverines even though Jerald Ingram, who was supposed to be the starter
against Wisconsin until he went out with an infected toe, was apparently
healthy.
The task for Schembechler now is to mend the wounds and massage the
bruised egos in time for the Bruins this weekend. And UCLA head coach
Terry Donahue fully expects the Wolverines to be ready to battle his Bruins
on Saturday.
"Michigan just had one of those situations where things went wrong," said
Donahue. "Michigan is a better team-they just had one of those nights."

Pditor's note: This is the sixth in a nine-part
series examing each of Michigan's 1982 Big Ten
opponents.
By BARB BARKER
With 17 starters returning from last year's con-
ference co-championship team, all Ohio State head
coach Earl Bruce needs to build a national cham-
pionship team is a starting quarterback. This is like
saying: "here we are in Texas; all we need now is to
find an oil field.
Art Schlichter, the school's all-time passing and
total offense leader, has left for Baltimore of the
National Football League, and for the first time in
four years the Buckeyes are looking for a starting
quarterback. Bruce hopes he has found his man in 6-
1, 184-pound sophomore Mike Tomczak, who played

third string last season and completed four of seven
passes for 73 yards.
THE JURY, however, is still out on Tomczak, who
thus far in the season sports an inauspicious 41-
percent pass-completion percentage.
"He (Tomczak) has got the talent, although he's
inexperienced," said Bruce. "Fortunately, he'll
be surrounded by good people."
So far this year, Ohio State has been relying upon
"good people" Tim Spencer and Vaughn Broadnax to
move the pigskin. The ghost of Woody Hayes still
looms as the Buckeye backs combined for 248 yards
on 48 carries in Ohio State's 21-14 win over Baylor
two weeks ago.
TOMCZAK WILL also have his choice of veteran
receivers Gary Williams and Cedric Anderson.
Williams has caught a Buckeye-record 114 passes
over the last three seasons for 2,102 yards. The
Buckeyes should also be strong at the tight end

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position with John Frank, who caught 45 passes last
year, and Brad Dwelle, a 1980 starter.
With four returning offensive linesmen-Bill
Roberts, Scott Zalenski, Joe Lukens and Joe
Smith-Bruce will certianly be looking at the
Buckeye front as an asset. "Generally there is good
line depth," he said. "although it is unproven in some
spots."
Defensively, 6-2, 224-pound Marcus Marek, who
sports 394 career stops as the second leading tackler
in OSU history and has been a second team All-
American selection for the last two years, should be a
leader. Two-.time all-Big Ten performers Jerome
Foster and Chris Riehm at the defensive tackle
position should provide a solid base for the Buckeye
line.
Unfortunately for the Columbus crew, as one Big
Ten team proved last year, its a hard climb to the top
with in inexperienced helmsman - no matter how
many returning starters you have.

MCCAR THY SCORES FOUR GOALS:
M' stickers destroy

Alhion, 8-0

In their second game of the season, the
Michigan field hockey team set off an
offensive explosin to blank Albion, 8-0
yesterday at Ferry Field.
The Britons were completely shut
down, as Wolverine junior Kay McCar-
thy scored four goals. Sophomore Lisa
Schofield scored three goals, and
sophomore Jamie Fry notched one.
THE STICKERS were also solid
defensively, as junior goalie Nancy
Hirsch only faced two shots on goal.
Offensively, McCarthy was given the
attack award and Dee Jones was given
the defensive award for her strong play
at halfback.
Coach Candy Zientek was pleased
with the win and cited experience as a
key factor. "We are accomplishing our
goals, individual skills and passing is
improving," she said. "This is coming
with our experience.

The stickers will be taking their 2-0
record to East Lansing this weekend
where they open their Big Ten season,
against Michigan State and Purdue.

BILLBOARD
There is a meeting for anyone in-
terested in trying out for the Michigan
men's tennis team this Wednesday at"
4:30 p.m. in the Athletic Administration-
Building (corner of State and Hoover).
The meeting will be in the basement in
the large classroom and all candidates
should bring their class schedules.
The actual tryout tournament will be
this Saturday morning. Anyone who is
interested in trying out but is unable t
attend Wednesday's meeting shouhl
contact Brian Eisner at 663-2411 and
leave his name and telephone number.
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Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON

Wolverine senior Marty Maugh gets set to blast the ball past an Albion
defender during yesterday',s 8-0 romp over the Britons. The sticker's win
raised their record to 2-0.

LAUGH TRA.CK
Opening Night Feature
Live from the COMEDY STORE in L.A.
Mark Cendrowski
and Skit
Along with Local Comics and More ...
TONIGHT, 9:00
in the University Club, Mich. Union
Doors open at 8:30

BILLBOARD
The Michigan Rugby club will have a
meeting for new players tonight in
room 2230 at the CCRB at 8:00 p.m. The
film "The Great Match" will be shown.

Michigan Gay Undergraduates
invites all undergraduates to a
SOCIAL MEMBERSHIP PARTY
Lawyers Club Lounge
corner of State and South 'U'
Thursday, Sept. 23, 1982 at 9 PM
for infocal 763-4186

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AP Top Twenty

1. Washington (25) .....
2. Nebraska (12) .........
3. Pitt (10) ...............
4. Alabama (8) ..........
5. Florida ................
6. Southern Methdst.:
7. Georgia ............
8. Penn State ............
9. Arkansas ..............
10. Notre Dame ...........
11. North Carolina ........
12. UCLA ..............
13. Ohio State .............
14. Arizona State ..........
.15. West Virginia .........
16. Miami, Fla............
17. Texas .................
*8. Southern Cal..........
X9. Illinois ................
20. MICHIGAN ...........

2-0-0
2-0-0
2-0-0
2-0-0
2-0-0
2-0-0
2-0-0
3-0-0
2-0-0
1-0-0
1-1-0
2-0-0
2-0-0
3-0-0
2-0-0
2-1-0
1-0-0
1-1-0
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732
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UPI Top Twenty
1. Pittsburgh .....................2-0-0
2. Nebraska ....................2-0-0
3. Washington ....................2-0-0
4. Alabama............. ...... 2-0-0
5. Penn State.....................3-0-0
6. Georgia.................... 2-0-0
7. Florida....................2-0-0
8. Southern Methodist............2-0-0
9. Arkansas......................2-0-0
10. North Carolina................1-0-0
11. Ohio State.....................2-0-0
12. Notre Dame...................1-0-0
13. UCLA.......................2-0-0
14. West Virginia..................2-0-0
15. Texas................ .......1-0-0
16. Miami (Fla.)..................2-1-0
17. Mississippi State..............2-0-0
18. Illinois........................3-0-0
19. Boston College.................1-0-1
20. Brigham Young...............2-1-0

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