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SPORTS
Saturday, October 9, 1982

The Michigan Daily

Page 9

Michigan battles winless Spartans

(Continued from Page 1)
and senior linebacker James Neely,
who leads the team with 56 tackles (31
of them, unassisted). Sophomore Jim
Morrissey moved into a starting inside
linebacker spot last week and respon-
ded with a game-high 17 tackles in the
Spartans' 11-3 loss to Notre Dame.
"I think Michigan State is a better
team than a lot of people give them
credit for," said Michigan linebacker
Paul Girgash. "I wouldn't be surprised
if they're the toughest team we (will
have) played."
Though the defense is making Muddy
smile and Michigan worry, the Spartan
offense has kept everybody laughing.
Before the season began, senior John
Leister was firmly entrenched in the
Spartans' starting quarterback slot, but
after four abysmal outings, his job may
be in jeopardy. Leister suffered an
ankle sprain in the Notre Dame game
last week and there is still some
question regarding his availability for
today's game. He has completed just 40
percent of his passes with eight inter-
ceptions and two touchdowns this year.
IF LEISTER can't play, there is the
possibility that Waters might throw
freshman quarterback Dave Yarema
into the fray, though the more logical
guess would be senior Rich Kolb, who
replaced Leister midway through the

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Notre Dame game. Kolb has completed
just eight of 18 passes with two inter-
ceptions and no touchdowns this year.
"Offensively we've had a bit of a let-
down," said Muddy. "We've just sput-
tered and sputtered and can't make
that big play when we have to."
But the quarterback isn't the only one
to blame for Michigan State's next-to-
last ranking in the league in total offen-
'~7W%..

se - nobody has been running rampant
in the Spartan running game either.
Senior halfback Tony Ellis leads the
team with 203 yards, but sophomore
running back Aaron Roberts - expec-
ted to be a vital cog in the State attack
this season - has managed just 114
yards and a 3.3 per carry average.
IF WATERS can find someone to
throw them the ball, the receiving

Daily Photo by JEFF SCLIt
Michigan tailback Rick Rogers rushes for some of his 66 yards in last
week's game with Indiana. Rogers, a sophomore, is second on the team in
rushing with 142 yards, 3.6 yards per carry.

triumvirate of Darly Turner, Ted Jones
and Otis Grant who leads the team with
15 catches - is among the league's
best.
For the Wolverines, no major changes
are anticipated on either side of the line
of scrimmage, though a change in the
grind-it-out offensive philosophy of a
week ago might be expected.
"We threw 37 passes against UCLA
and 10 against Indiana," said Schem-
bechler. "We'll probably throw
somewhere in between (against
Michigan State)."
SENIOR tailback Larry Ricks, who
has zipped to the top spot in the Big Ten
rushing derby with his 105.5 yards per
game average, is sure to see plenty of
action today. With senior Jerald
Ingram still out with a knee injury,
freshman Dan Rice will again get the
call at fullback for the Wolverines.
Rice carried the ball a season-high 14.
times last week for 64 yards and may
see similar duty today.
Smith, who has borne the brunt of the
fans' ever-increasing displeasure with
the Michigan offense, will be-operating
behind the same offensive line that
began to assert itself last week when
the Wolverines ground out 334 yards
rushing.
On defense, Michigan will be hurt by
the loss of sophomore tackle Kevin
Brooks, out with a knee injury. Brooks
had moved into the staring lineup in:
recent weeks and had stirred memories
of ex-Wolverine Curtis Greer, a noted,
pass rusher. "I hate to lose Brooks
because he was giving us the pass rush
we needed," said Bo. The loss of
Brooks has allowed sophomore Mike<
Hammerstein to edge into the starting
lineup. Sophomore tight end Eric Kat -
tus is also out with a slight knee injury.
The kicking game for both teams is
solid. Ralf Mojsiejenko handles the
punting and place-kicking chores for,-
the Spartans and is second in the league
with a 45.6 punting average. Wolverine
punter Don Bracken is fourth in thq -
league with a 42.1 average, and Al
Haji-Sheikh has hit four of six field-
goals and all 10 of his extra point tries. :
It has often been said that records
don't mean a thing when Michigan and
Michigan State lock horns, which is -
good this season because their combined,
record is just 2-6. But a crowd of better:
than 105,000 - the 35th consecutive:--
sellout for the intra-state rivalry - will
be on hand to see if Michigan State cat
beat the Wolverines for only the third,.
time in Schembechler's 14 years at
Michigan. And like Leister said before
the season began: "If we lost every
game of the year and beat Michigan,
it's still a successful season.

BIG TEN BREAKS ATTENDANCE MARK:

Illini see roses,
*yJOHN TAYER
Whoever said that you had to be good in order to draw the
big crowds? Certainly no one in the Big Ten will argue that
fact. Despite posting an abysmal 8-14 final record in intra-
conference play, the Big Ten has been chalking up record
turnouts across the board.
Following last Saturday's record-setting attendance mark,
the league average after 25 games stands at 68,025 fans per
contest. This figure is well above the league's all-time mark
set in 1980 when an average of 64,074 witnessed each game in
a Big Ten stadium.
LAST SATURDAY'S six games saw six capacity stadiums
with a total attraction of 463,560 fans (77,260 per game). This
total exceeds the previous six-game mark of 428,331 fans sat
as of September 29, 1980.
With the non-conference portion of the season now com-
pleted, the Big Ten's teams will now be focusing their atten-
tion on the race for the 87th conference championship and a
trip-to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena on New Year's Day.
Coming off last Saturday's 42-24 trounce over Minnesota,
20th-ranked Illinois is looking for a victory over Purdue in a
game at Champaign to continue on its quest for its first Big
Ten title since 1963.
THE FIGHTING Illini are looking very strong coming into
this game, holding top three honors in practically every Big
Ten offensive and defensive category. Conversely, Purdue,
still looking for its first victory in the 1982 campaign, rounds
out the bottom third of almost every Big Ten category.
Boilermaker coach Leon Burtnett will have to reach deep in-
to'his bag of tricks in order to stop the high-powered Illini of-
fense led by Heisman candidate Tony Eason.
In the only televised Big Ten game of the weekend, Iowa
will travel to Bloomington to face Indiana. Hawkeye quar-
terback Chuck Long will be putting his number one Big Ten
anking on the line as he faces the Hoosiers' stingy defense
hat is tops in the conference in scoring defense and second in
passing defense. Long's level of success will determine

ophers not dead
Iowa's chances of knocking off the Hoosiers in front of the
home town crowd.
The game, which is scheduled to start at 2:50 p.m. on ABC,
marks the first television appearance for either team this
year. While the Hawkeyes played in front of the television
cameras twice prior to their Rose Bowl appearance last
season, the Hoosiers' last TV game was against Minnesota in
1980. t
HAVING BEEN knocked from its number 19 national
ranking last week by Illinois, Minnesota will surely not be
merciful as it faces Northwestern this Saturday at Evanston.
The Golden Gophers may have been knocked to fifth place in
the conference, but they are not going to give up their bid for
the Rose Bowl.
Leading in almost every offensive and defensive category,
coach Joe Salem's squad has what it takes to be number one.
Led by quarterback Mike Hohensee, first in the conference
in total offense and second in passing, and running back Tony
Hunter, sixth in the conference in rushing, Minnesota has a
potent offensive attack that complements its numberione
ranked conference defense.
It is only too bad that Northwestern should have to be in the
way of a team of angry Gophers. The Wildcats might do
themselves and their homecoming crowd a favor by simply
forfeiting the game, taking the loss and coming out of this
Saturday in one piece.
The Wisconsin Badgers will travel to the Snakepit in
Columbus to take on Earle Bruce's Buckeyes. In a game that
will determine the best of two mediocrities, there is one in-
teresting development: starting at quarterback for Ohio
State will be Wake Forest transfer Brent Offenbecher, who
took over for starter Mike Tomczak late in the first half of
last week's 34-17 loss to Florida State.
The loss to Florida State was the Buckeyes' second home
defeat in a row, the other one coming to Stanford the week
before. A Badger win would not only be their first in Colum-
bus since 1918, but would also be the first time since 1922 that
the Buckeyes lost three in a row at home.

Leister Turner
... leads State's attack? ... Leister's favorite target

THE LINEUPS

MICHIGAN

MICHIGAN STATE

OFFENSE

(88) Craig Dunaway .......... (233)
(68) Rich Strenger ...........(272)
(73) Doug James ............. (250)
(69) Tom Dixon ...............(249)
(76) Stefan Humphries.........(247)
(54) Tom Garrity ............ (250)
( 1) Anthony Carter.........(156)
(25) Vince Bean .............. (188)
(16) Steve Smith .............. (194)
(36) Dan Rice ..............(215)
(46) Lawrence Ricks .......... (196)

TE
OT
RG
C
LG
OT
FLK
SE
QB
FB
TB

(87)
(60)
(71).
(56)
(76)
(61)
( 9)-
(38)
(18)
( 1)
( 5)'

Terry Tanker ............(218)
Jack Kirkling ...........(279)
Mary Mantos...........(256)
Tom Piette .............. (253)
Randy Lark .............(250)
Walt Schramm ..........(256)
Otis Grant .............. (197)
Daryl Turner ...........(197)
John Leister............(196)
Marcus Toney ............ (207)
Tony Ellis ................ (209)

DEFENSE

(99)
(63)
(53)
(66)
(89)
(50)
(40)
(13)
(44)
(15)
(21)
(28)
( 6)

Robert Thompson.......(224)
Winfred Carraway .......(240)
Al Sincich ................(218)
Mike Hammerstein.......(230)
Carlton Rose ............. (207)
Paul Girgash ............. (211)
Mike Boren ..............(224)
Keith Bostic..............(210)
John Lott ................ (175)
Jerry Burgei............. (191)
Evan Cooper ............. (175)
Don Bracken ...........(205)
Ali Haji-Sheikh..........(170)

OLB (83),J
DT (91) S
NG (74) C
DT (55) FI
OLB (54) C
ILB (58) J
ILB (40) J
SS (35) 'I
CB (36) L
CB (47) C
FS (81) J
P ( 2)1P
PK (2)1R

Today's Michigan-Michigan State game starts at 1:00 p.m. EST and can be heard
on WAAM (1600 AM), WPAG (1050 AM), WWJ (950 AM), WUOM (91.7 FM), WLEN
(103.9 FM), WTOD (1560 AM), WJR (760 AM), WTRX (1330 AM) and WCBN (88.3
FM).

#

Brewers still in i

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Don Sutton
turned the tables on California yester-
day, pitching Milwaukee to a 5-3 victory
over the Angels with the help of a two-
run homer by Paul Molitor and the
relief pitching of Pete Ladd as the
Brewers clung to life in the American
League playoffs.

The Brewers, down 2-1 in the series
with game four set for Saturday after-
noon, still faced an unenviable task. No
team, ever has come back from an 0-2
deficit to win a league championship
series.
THE ANGELS had gotten masterful
pitching from Tommy John and Bruce

t, top
Kison to win the first two gar
best-of-five series, but on Fri(
the veteran Sutton's turn. Su
tered eight hits, struck out
walked two in 7% innings. H
shutout bid on a controversial
Bob Boone in the eighth inning
Sutton, a 37-year-old,]
EMU

Halos 5-3
mes of the acquisition from the Houston Astros,
day it was finaly ran out of steam after the homer,
aon scat- allowing run-scoring doubles by Fred
nine and Lynn and Don Baylor in the inning and
lost his leaving to a standing ovation. Ladd
e lhomer is finished up, retiring all four Angels he
home byfaced.
g. With two out in the seventh inning,
11th-hour Molitor provided what turned out to be
the winning runs when he cracked a two
-out, two-run homer off reliever Mike
Witt. Molitor had hit an inside-the-park
homer in the Brewers' 4-2 loss at
Anaheim on Wednesday.
BOONE, THE leadoff hitter in- the
eighth, lofted Sutton's first pitch toward
the fence, but left fielder Ben Oglivie
camped under it waiting. Oglivie and a
fan from the left field bleachers
reached for the ball simultaneously,
and the fan won, appearing on the
television replay to have caught the ball
below the top of the fence. Umpire
Larry Barnett, working the left field
line, signaled home run as Oglivie, cen-
ter fielder Gorman Thomas and other
Brewers players argued vehemently.
A rather unlikely pitching duel that
had developed between Sutton and
Angels' left-hander Geoff Zahn over the
first 3 innings fizzled very quickly in
the bottom of the fourth when
Milwaukee scored three runs on an RBI
double by Cecil Cooper and sacrifice
flies by Gorman Thomas and Don
Money.
The Angels scheduled Tommy John, 14-
, 12 during the season, to pitch in today's
fourth game against Milwaukee's
Moose Haas.11-8.

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