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Page 8-Sunday, September 26, 1982-The Michigan Daily

LA deals Blue second straight loss
age r) capitalize on the Bruin gift. in the left corner of the end zone. Carter down a fly ball and hauled it in at the sey, whose performance was "the best down to narrow the Wolverin
m a pile of sprawled-out TAKING OVER at their own 48 with never reached the pass, though, and the Michigan 41. I've seen in a long time" according to 24-21.
e 20 yards behind the 1:05 remaining in the game, the ball as well as the Wolverines dreams The Wolverines drove down to the Schembechler, the previously dormant Later in the quarter, H
f scrimmage, triumphan- Wolverines moved to the Bruins' eight- of victory came crashing down upon the Bruin nine where Lawrence Ricks took Bruin offense erupted with volcanic kicked a 48-yard three-pointe
e the football and the yard line on two Anthony Carter recep- ground. a Smith pitch and scampered into the force. breakin the Michigan career

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Wolverines' suddenly rejuvenated
hopes of victory.
But just as UCLA nearly snatched
defeat from the jaws of victory with this
play, Michigan proved unable to
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tions of 15 and 17 yards respectively,
and a dramatic Steve Smith quarter-
back draw for seven yards on a
pressure-packed fourth-and-five play.
After Smith's run, Michigan inex-
plicably took a time out with :27 left on
the clock. The clock stopped on the first
down and wide receiver Vince Bean
called a time out which, according to
Wolverine head coach Bo Schem-
bechler, was not recognized by the
referee. The ref's oversight done with,
Michigan went about preparing for its
next play, only to have the timeout then
credited to its side.
Schembechler stormed onto the field,
his face red with rage, and argued that
since the timeout was not originally
acknowledged, his team should not
have been given its last one. Schem-
bechler then did his best Billy Martin
impersonation, throwing his cap to the
ground twice.
THE COACH'S theatrics finally over,
the real show at hand unfolded. Car-
ter's 17-yard reception moved the ball
to the eight-yard line and then Smith
threw two incomplete passes in the
direction of Bean. With :02 left in this
thrilling, hard-fought game, Smith lof-
ted a pass toward the sprinting Carter

"When you have to score in the last
minute to win the game, you're pushing
your luck," said a somber but calm
Schembechler after the game. "We just
ran out of time."
But if Michigan was to have won the
game, it would only have been fitting
that Carter make the decisive play. In
spite of the fact that he missed practice
all week because of a groin injury suf-
fered last week against Notre Dame,
the gaunt receiver was in splendid form
yesterday. His eight receptions for 123
yards were far and away the highlight
of the Wolverine offense's 27-point day.
FOR A LITTLE over a quarter,
UCLA had few highlights to speak of.
Both teams punted the first time they
had the ball, setting up the first of many
big plays to come on the day.
Ramsey, who later in the game would
pick apart the Michigan secondary with
surgical precision, threw his first pass
of the day in the general direction of
split end Cormac Carney. But the pass
did not knife through the air as most of
his 36 attempts, 22 of which were com-
pleted, did. Instead, it floated
helplessly in the air and Wolverine-
defensive back Evan. Cooper back-
pedalled like a center-fielder tracking

end zone untouched. Ricks finished the
game with 98 yards on 27 carries.
THE TWO squads traded punts the
rest of the quarter and 2:07 into the
second quarter, Smith capped a seven-
play, 42-yard drive by rolling around
left end to score from six yards out.
Michigan then put another touchdown
on the scoreboard with lightening-like
speed. Following Smith's touchdown
jaunt, UCLA took possession of the ball
at its own 13. After three unsuccessful
plays, Kevin Buenafe came into the
game to punt. Buenafe fumbled the low
snap, picked it up and finally got hold of
the elusive pigskin and booted it only to
have the Wolverines' Carlton Rose get a
piece of it.
Michigan took over at the seven, and
three plays later Smith connected with
Carter for a seven-yard scoring strike.
The reception gave Carter the Big Ten
record for most career touchdowns
with 30.
WITH THE score 21-0, it looked like
the rout was on. It didn't turn out that
way. "Our defense did not control the
game after we got the 21 points in.terms
of ball possession," said Schembechler.
UCLA did.
Behind the pinpoint passing of Ram-

STARTING from its own 20 after Car-
ter's touchdown, UCLA converted on
two fourth-down situations and then, on
third and 25, Ramsey threw a 46-yard
scoring strike to Dokie Williams.
The Bruin defense then stiffened and
forced the Wolverines to punt. UCLA
took the ball and stormed downfield for
the touchdown with the Michigan defense
putting up little opposition. Ramsey
scored the touchdown on a one-yard
quarterback sneak. Most of the
damage, however, was done by flanker
Jojo Townsell who had two 25-yard
receptions. On the afternoon, Townsell
caught seven passes for 108 yards.
The Wolverines ended the first-half
scoring when Ali Haji-Sheikh booted a
47-yard field goal with only one second
ON THE second play of the second
half, Smith threw his first of three in-
terceptions for the day. Don RogersE
picked off the pass and returned it 11
yards to the Michigan 22. Five plays
later, Ramsey hit Townsell in the back
of the end zone for a six-yard touch-

most field goals.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Bruins'
Dokie Williams returned the ball 65
yards, setting up a one-yard Kevin
Nelson touchdown run to give UCLA its
first lead of the day, 28-27.
The Bruins' Rick Neuheisel ended the
scoring for the day with a 26-yard field
The next two Wolverine drives wert
killed by Smith interceptions.
Nonetheless, Schembechler says Smith
(who completed 14 of 37 passes) is still
his starting quarterback. "He's our
quarterback and he'll continue to be our
quarterback. You can write what you
want, but it won't change my mind."

Cochran quits


Starting defensive back Brad
Cochran has quit the football team and
has left school. "He quit school," said
Michigan head coach Bo Schem-
bechler. "He didn't want to be here. He
packed his bags." Cochran, a 6-3, 198-
pound sophomore, started the first two
games of the year.

.. passes for 311 yards

Off the Record
. why does M'fall short?
N A CLOUDY, drizzly Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor, the Michigan
0)Wolverines went down again. For the second time in three tries this
season, for the third time in the last six home games and for the eleventh
time in the last three-plus years, the Wolverines had lost.
And as the fans shuffled silentlyout of the big bowl, a thought, like a
premonition from the heavens, suddenly occurred. It wasn't that Anthony
Carter was wondrously spectacular yesterday, which he was. It wasn't even
a particularly novel thought - it had been whispered about for a couple of
years now. But after the heart-stopping 31-27 loss to the Bruins from Los
Angeles, the truth came finally, sadly, to Wolverine partisans: When the
game comes down to the bitter end,indeed to the final play, Michigan never
wins it.
Think about it.
There was, of course, yesterday's game. The Wolverines had three cracks
from the Bruin nine-yard line in the final 11 seconds, but came up empty. The
final play of the game saw the splendid Carter stretching for a pass that
could not be caught and UCLA escaped.
One week ago, with time running out and the Wolverines trailing Notre
Dame by six, Steve Smith drove the team to the Irish 36-yard line and then
threw the interception which, essentially, ended the game.
Last November, Ohio State's Art Schlicter drove the Buckeyes to a go-
ahead score with two minutes remaining and Michigan, predictably, couldnot
match it.
The beat goes on.
Two years ago, Carter had a last-play pass from John Wangler glance off
his fingertips in the South Carolina end-zone and the Gamecocks held on, 17-
14. In the game immediately previous to that one, Notre Dame kicker Harry
Oliver booted a 51-yard field goal on the last play to give the Irish a 29-27 vic-
Go back another year, to 1979, when Bryan Virgil had a shot at immor-
tality but had a 42-yard field goal attempt blocked as time expired to give
Notre Dame a 12-10 victory.
There are other games. The three-point losses to Purdue and Ohio State in
1979. The two-point loss to North Carolina in that year's Gator Bowl. The
seven-point loss to Wisconsin last year. The two-point loss to Iowa, also last
To counter those back-breaking defeats, there was Carter's 45-yard touch-
down reception on the last play of the Indiana game in 1979, which turned a
tie into a 27-21 victory. And that, sadly, is it.
Nobody can say for certain why it is that Michigan seems always to come
up short when the game is on the line. It may be coaching, it may be kicking,
it may indeed be sour luck. It may also be the play of the quarterback - not
Smith in particular, but any Michigan quarterback.
The quickest route from goal line to goal line is via the passing game and
when Michigan needs to score quickly, the passing game is not there. It is no
secret that the Michigan quarterback will run the option and run it
effectively. But there are no guarantees when it comes to the pass.
Twice, Michigan had possession of the ball yesterday in the closing
moments with' a chance to go ahead. The first time. Smith threw an ill-
advised pass into a crowd and UCLA intercepted. The second time, three
Smith passes went awry at the UCLA goal line, the last with no time
This may be be as much a condemnation of the Michigan quarterback as it
is of the Michigan passing game. Someone remarked after yesterday's bat-
tle that the Wolverine passing attack looked woefully simplistic in com-
parison to the UCLA attack, which featured three wide receivers on more
than one occasion.
It appears now that the Michigan passing game this season will feature the
incredible Carter and little else. Smith compleited just 14 of 37 passes with
three interceptions against UCLA, with Carter grabbing eight of those tosses
- including at least five that any normal receiver would not have come up
Indeed, Carter is such a vital cog in the Michigan offensive scheme that
head coach Bo Schembechler set a new precedent by allowing Carter to play
even though he had missed an entire week of practice with a groin pull.
"That's the first time in my coaching career that I played a player who
hadn't practiced," said Schembechler. "I don't know if it was right to make
the exception, but I did."
If Carter's performance yesterday is the only indication, Schembechler's
decision was the right one. The 5-11, 161 pound senior was simply dazzling
and if Michigan had won, his Heisman Trophy stock would most certainly
have risen. Perhaps never before in the history of Michigan Stadium had
one player made so many spectacular receptions in one game.
With 14 minutes left in the second quarter, Carter made the most
phenomenal catch of all, a 23-yard grab over the middle to the UCLA 15-yard
line. He caught the ball in full stride and was clobbered almost
simultaneously by Bruin free safety Don Rogers. After only the slightest of
delays, Carter hopped up, flipped the ball to the feet of the stunned Rogers
and sprinted back to the huddle.
As spectacular as he was, though, Carter missed his chance at Michigan
football legendhood when Smith missed him in the left corner of the end-zone
as time expired. But, you now know, that is nothing new.

Bruins savor Wolverine defeat

One man's pleasure is another man's
pain. One man's sorrow is another man's
While a dejected red-faced Michigan
football squad trickled out of its
locker room and left silently lamenting
its second consecutive non-conference
loss yesterday, the exuberant back-
slapping Bruins lingered outside their
quarters to soak up their 31-27 victory
like the warm California sun.
PERHAPS THE afternoon's happiest
man was UCLA head coach Terry
Donahue who, leaning on the player's

tunnel wall looked like a wet Cheshire
"You'll have to excuse my appearan-
ce," he said with a smirk. "I'm hoarse
from shouting, and the guys showered
me with 7-up and coke.
"I was perhaps more emotional about
this game than my players were,' he
said striking a more serious posture. "I
really wanted to beat Schembechler
and Michigan to atone for that New
Year's Eve embarrassment ... I just
know this is the first time in UCLA
history we've beat them. You just live
for days like today."

MIDWAY INTO yesterday's second
quarter, the game indeed resembled
the Bruins 33-14 Bluebonnet Bowl
"I was real quiet when it was 21-0,"
said Donahue. "I thought it was going
to be worse than the Bluebonnet Bowl..
. I think the turning point was when it
was 21-7, and we got another quick'
score. I think that's when our confiden-
ce began to change."
Although Donahue alluded that vin-
dication was a motivating factor in the
Bruin's play, senior quarterback Tom
Ramsey denied he entered the stadium
with revenge on his mind.
"I LEARNED a lesson last year at
the Bluebonnet Bowl," he said, "but
last year was last year. I don't think it
(revenge) was a major factor in our
play. It was a whole new ball game,
and we were fortunate to come out on
top. It was like a barroom brawl out
there . . I can't remember another vic-
tory quite like this."
The 6-0, 188-pounder struck gold on 22
of 36 pass attempts for 311 yards and
two touchdowns. Although Ramsey's
rushing total yielded a loss of 21 yards,
Donahue had nothing but praise for his
helmsman's performance.
"He was fabulous today," said the
Bruin mentor 'He just did everything

he was told. . . He definitely kept us in
the ball game since we couldn't run at
all against Michigan."
REPRESENTING the other half of
the passing assault, split end Cormac
Carney, who caught six passes for a
total of 83 yards, said he was impressed
by the play of both teams.
"All our receivers had to work
together," said the 5-11, 196 pound
senior. "We made it so the secondary
couldn't stick to one defense. I think
both teams are great. I don't really see
a difference between this (Michigan)
team and the one in the Bluebonnet
Bowl - not in their philosophy and the
way they play. I definitely don't see
them as a weaker team."
"Michigan's offensive line is not a,
physical as they were last year,"
Donahue said in contrast. "(Lawren-
ce) Ricks is a fine back, but he's not the
same as (former Wolverine tailback
Butch) Woolfolk.. If the line was
stronger, maybe he would be. The
team is still pretty good now. They
were much more of a team today then
they were against Notre Dame."
The last two weeks, the Wolverines
have discovered that sometimes when
it rains, it pours. The Bruins, however,
will cart home nothing but sunny
memories to California.

Just short -- again


I ;rst downs.............
Rushing Attempts/Yards..
Passes (Att/Comp/Int) ....
'passing Net Yards...
Punts .....................
Penalties ......:...........
Fumbles ..................

174 r


Att Comp
S. Smith.........37/14/3 174
Ramsey ...........37122/1 - 311
Neuheisel ......... 1/0/0 0


M-Ricks, 9-yd run, (Haji-Sheikh kick)
M-Smith, 6-yd run, (Haji-Sheikh kick)
M-Carter, 5-yd pass from Smith, (Haji-Sheikh
UCLA-Williams, 46-yd pass from Ramsey, (Lee
UCLA-Ramsey, 1-yd run, (Lee kick)
M-Haji-Sheikh, 47-yd FG
UCLA-Townsell, 6-yd pass from Ramsey, (Lee
M-Haji-Sheikh, 48-yd FG
UCLA-Nelson, 2-yd FG
UCLA-Nelson, 2-yd run, (Lee kick)
UCLA-Lee, 26-yd FG

Rice ............
Rogers ..........
D. Williams.
Cephous ........
Nelson ...........
wiley .............
S. Johnson........
Williams ..........
Dellocono .......

No. Yds
8 123
2 13
1 19
1 12
1 4
1 3




Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER

Ricks .............
Smith .............
Rogers ..........
Ramsey ...........





Punts Kickoffs Int'cept
5/58/19 1/0/0

Wolverine lineman Winfred Carraway has the upper hand on this play as he
stops UCLA's Frank Bruno for only a short gain.




USC ends Sooner record,


NORMAN, Okla. (AP)- Southern California,
buoyed by a back-breaking touchdown pass from
flanker Timmy White to split end Jeff Simmons and a
defense that bent but never broke, ended Oklahoma's
NCAA record of 181 games without a shutout yester-
day, topping the Sooners 12-0.
The 18th-ranked Trojans, who scored first on a 1-
yard touchdown pass from quarterback Sean
Salisbury to fullback John Kamana, repeatedly stop-
ped Oklahoma drives, including a last-ditch effort in
the fourth quarter that ended on the Southern Cal 3.
White's second quarter pass came on a reverse
when he hit Simmons on a 67-yard scoring play down
the right sideline. Southern Cal, 2-1 for the season, in
beating Oklahoma laid claim to the nation's longest

Alabama, now 3-0, and 2-0 in SEC play, held a 24-7
halftime lead and seemed on the way to its third rout
before Vandy's second string quarterback, Kurt
Page, tossed to Allama Matthews for two third quar-
ter scores to put the Commodores within 3 points.
THAT SCORE held up although Page kept the
Alabama pass defense on edge during the final
Alabama quarterback Walter Lewis connected on
14 of 19 passes for 192 yards and scored one touch-
down on a 4-yard run.
Vandy's starting quarterback, Whit Taylor, was
hurt at the end of the first half, and Page came on to
hit on 27 of 35 passes for 223 yards and the two scores.
Matthews alone caught 10 passes for 152 yards.

first half, and trailed 3-0 on a 37-yard field goal by
Dana Moore late in the first period. But quarterback
Wayne Peace got the offense on track in the thir
quarter and the Gators had things all their own wayW
Penn State 27, Nebraska 24
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP)- Quarterback Todd
Blackledge tossed a 2-yard touchdown pass to backup
tight end Kirk Bowman with four seconds left in the
game to rally eighth-ranked Penn State to a 27-24 vic-
tory over second-ranked Nebraska yesterday.
The Nittany Lions marched 80 yards on 10 plays af-
ter falling behind 24-21 on a 1-yard touchdown plunge
by Nebraska quarterback Turner Gill with 1:18 to
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