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SPORTS
Saturday, November 6, 1982

The Michigan Daily

Michigan mission: Stop

Page 9
TonyEason
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By RON POLLACK
Special to the Daily
CHAMPAIGN - On paper it looks
like a mismatch of colossal proportions.
The Illinois passing attack versus the
Michigan pass defense.
OR MORE aptly, the nation's second-
ated aerial attack versus the nation's
lowest-ranked pass defense.
Past statistical trends considered,
the Fighting Illini (6-3, 5-2 in Big Ten)
should pass the Wolverines (6-2, 6-0 in
Big Ten) into submission. But as
Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler
knows so well, statistics can be
devilishly deceiving.
"One of the things about all those
yards passing is that, in the last two
weeks particularly, the game was not in
eubt," said Schembechler. "So
they're gonna throw. So-what are you
gonna do, blitz or go man-to-man and
let them back in the game. No, you give
up the short yardage."
BUT JUST because Michgian has not
been hurt by the large chunks of total
yardage accumulated by opposing
teams in recent Wolverine wins does
not mean that Schembechler enters
today's game free of concern. Quite the
contrary, he says of his last-place pass
defense statistics, "If that's the case,
the last place I want to go in Cham-
paign."
And the last quarterback he wants to
face is Illinois' Tony Eason. Eason has
averaged 302.1 yards of total offense

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per game during his career at Illinois;
well ahead of the current NCAA mark
held by Stanford's Jim Plunkett, who
averaged 254.4 yards a game from
1968-70.
"Tony's doing everything he can do,"
said Illini head coach Mike White.
."He's performing well, hitting a high
percentage of passes (234 of 376-62
percent) and making the big play."
BUT ILLINOIS successes and
failures do not rest solely on the
shoulders of their quarterback.
Most noteworthy of Eason's suppor-
ting cast is split end Mike Martin, who
has already hauled in 56 passes. In ad-
dition to Martin, tight end -Tim
Brewster, wide receiver Oliver
Williams, and fullbacks Mike Murphy
and Richard Ryles have all caught 25 or
more passes.
The Illinois aerial attack is indeed
impressive, but it is not the entire story
of this afternoon's game. Deserving of
at least equal billing is the melting pot
of emotions that has simmered, and
sometimes boiled over, as the game has
drawn near.
FOR STARTERS, there is last year's
game to consider. Michgian downed
the Illini, 70-21, and some Illinois
players were quoted as saying they felt
the score was run up. White, however,
said he does not believe the Wolverines
unnecessarily ran up the score and
dismissed the idea that his squad is

hell-bent on revenge. "There's no
revenge," he said. "Playing against
Michgian is incentive enough."
Emotions have also run high on the
topic of Michigan assistant head coach
Gary Moeller. The Wolverines' defen-
sive coordinator was the Illinois head
coach for three years (1977-79), but was
fired after his teams compiled

miserable records of 3-8-0, 1-8-2 and 2-8-
1.
After last Saturday's 52-14 win over
Minnesota, Michigan linebacker Mike
Boren said the team was looking for-
ward to playing the Illini to avenge
Moeller's firing. Boren said that
Moeller had not been given enough of a
chance, adding that the coach had done
things "the clean way," implying that
White's dependence on junior college
transfers is a slovenly way of building a
team.
VENGEANCE aside, there is the
question of whether Illinois can raise its
emotions out of the gutter after its 14-13
loss to Iowa last weekend. Entering the
game, the Illini harbored Rose Bowl
aspirations. But the loss has all but
dashed their hopes.
"That loss was a bitter pill to
swallow," said White on Monday.
"Although we know the Rose Bowl is
remote, we still have two games to
prove we're a bowl-caliber team.
Our attitude is not good now."
Emotions, however, might not
determine the game. Its outcome may
be decided by Illini kicker Mike Bass.
The barefooted kicker has been per-
fect on all 27 of his extra point attempts
this season. And more impressively, he
has connected on 20 of 23 field goal at-
tempts. Bass is only three field goals
short of tying the NCAA record.

THE LINEUPS

MICHIGAN
OFFENSE

ILLINOIS

(88) Craig Dunaway .......... (230)
(68) Rich Strenger ............ (272)
(64) Jerry Diorio .............(246)
(69) Tom Dixon.... .......(249)
(76) Stefan Humphries......(247)
(73) Doug James ............. (250)
(1) Anthony Carter.........(156)
(25) Vince Bean...........(188)
(16) Steve Smith ..............(194)
(36) Dan Rice.............(225)
(46) Lawrence Ricks....... (195)
DE
(99) Robert Thompson......(224)
(63) Winfred Carraway......(245)
(53) Al Sincich ................ (218)
(96) Dave Meredith ...........(247)
(89) Carlton Rose........... (207)
(50) Paul Girgash.........(211)
(40) Mike Boren ..............(224)
(13) Keith Bostic .............. (210)
(3) Marion Body ............. (181)
(15) Jerry Burgei .............(191)
(21) Evan Cooper...........(175)
(6) A Haji-Sheikh............(170)
(28) Don Bracken........... (205)

TE
T
RG
C
LG
T
fLK
SE
QB
FB
TB

FEN
OLB
DT
NG
DT
OLB
ILB
ILB
SS
CB
CB
FS
PK
P

(81) Tim Brewster ........... (220)
(71) Jim Juriga ................(230)
(59) Chris Babyar ............ (250)
(54) Mark Helle ...............(230)
(58) Rick Schulte.............(255)
(76) John Janata .............. (250)
(17) Oliver Williams .......... (190)
(4) Mike Martin .............(185)
(3) Tony Eason ..............(205)
(46) Mike Murphy ............ (205)
(21) Joe Curtis....... ...... (182)
JSE
(78) Nick Epps ...............(250)
(92) Dan Gregus .............. (250)
(96) Don Thorp ...............(245)
(91) Terry Cole...........(250)
(57) Darryl Byrd...........(220)
(36) Mike Weingrad........(218)
(63) Clint Haynes ............. (215)
(27) David Edwards .......... (180)
(9) Mike Heaven.......... (180)
(43) Charles Armstead.......(160)
(12) Craig Swoope..........(185)
(48) Mike Bass-...........(200)
(5) Chris Sigourney .......... (205)

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Big Ten
hopefuls
continue
Sdrive for
bowl bids

By STEVE HUNTER
With only three games left in the football season, five
teams remain in the race for the Big Ten cown. This week's
games may decide who gets a bowl bid and who will not. With
Wisconsin, Iowa, and Ohio State all playing Big Ten also-
rans, it could be a week of spoilers. More likely, the rich will
get richer and the losers will get losses.
Ohio State welcomes Minnesota and passing sensation
Mike Hohensee, who has a sizzling 61-percent completion
rate. He also leads the Big Ten in interceptions (12).
Nonetheless, on the strength of his arm, Gopher's coach Joe
Salem is hoping for a repeat of last year's 35-31 upset of OSU.
Salem, however, must realize that his team is badly
decimated by injuries and will be hard-pressed for a win.
THE BUCKEYES, on the other hand, have won three in a
row and coach Earl Bruce maintains, "We're playing our
best football of the year right now."
The Buckeyes 37.8 points per game average over the last
three contests, and the conference's third-ranked Big Ten
defense make them quite formidable.
Another force to be reckoned with is the Iowa defense. The

Hawkeyes, who have given up only eight touchdowns this
season, face the Purdue Boilermakers at Lafayette.
Challenging the Iowa 'D' will be Purdue quarterback Scott
Campbell, who holds a per-game passing average of 259.6
yards.
IOWA ALSO faced a tough passing attack last week, but
held Illinois and Tony Eason to only 13 points.
The Hawkeyes have the most to gain by this game, as they
are still in the Big Ten race with a 4-1 record. Purdue, mean-
while, can only play the role of spoiler.
A strong Wisconsin ball club, with four victories in its last
five games, hosts Indiana. The Hoosiers are also in the
spoiler role, as they enter the game with a 2-4 Big Ten record
and no hope for a bowl bid. Wisconsin, in contrast, hopes to
win its next three games (against Indiana, Iowa and Min-
nesota) in order to wind up 8-3 and have a chance for post-
season play.
Hope for a bowl game will have to wait until next year in
East Lansing, though, as MSU and Northwestern fight it out
to avoid the Big Ten basement. Both teams enter the game
with only one conference win.
to MSU

Today's MICHIGAN-Illinois game starts at 12:35 EST and can be seen on WXYZ-
TV (Channel 7). It can be heard on WAAM (1600 AM), WWJ (950 AM), WTOD (1560
AM), WJR (760 AM), WTRX (1330 AM), WUOM (91.7 FM), WLEN (103.9 FM), and
WCBN (88.3 FM).
Sixers du-mp Pistons.,

By MIKE BRADLEY
Special to the Daily
PONTIAC- The Detroit Pistons
realized the harsh realities of com-
petition in the NBA's upper echelon last
night when they fell, 120-109, to the
Philadelphia 76ers before a record
crowd of 28,222 at the Silverdome.
The Sixers' charge was led by center
Moses Malone, who had 28 points and 13
rebounds, including 18 points in the
third quarter. Julius Erving added 21
points and Andrew Toney canned 19.
ISIAH THOMAS had 24 for the
Pistons.
The Sixers broke a 72-72 deadlock in
the third quarter when they ran off a
string of 18 unanswered points. The
Pistons never recovered from this third
quarter blitz.
Both teams came out running in the
first quarter, and the Sixers led 61-58 at
the half. However, after Philadelphia's
third stanza surge the Pistons were
dead.
Swimmers scrimmage
The Michigan women's swim team

faced competition yesterday in the
form of a relay and diving scrimmage
against Michigan State.
Ninth-year coach Stu Isaac was
pleased with his team's performance in
spite of missing key performers such as
Sue Cahill, Louise Webster, Muffy
MacKenzie and Elaine Freeman due to
injury and sickness. MacKenzie,who is
ill, may not return until the second
term, but the others are expected back
in action next week against rival Pit-
tsburgh.
ISAAC HAS had his swimmers
working on specific aspects of their per-
formances and cited Nany Rutsch and
L slie Beckstein as having improved a
great deal. "People doing things we've
worked on encourages me," said
Isaasc. He added that although some of
the freshman are still inconsistent, im-
provement is in sight.
Michigan swept nine of the 14 relays
with its biggest win coming in the long
1500-yard freestyle relay with a time of
15:51.05 to MSU's 16:09.
- KATIE BLACKWELL

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Blue icers fal

By CHUCK JAFFE
Michigan State needed only two
seconds in the second period last night
to turn the tide against Michigan and
send the Spartans on their way to a 5-2
win last night at Yost Ice Arena.
With the score tied 1-1, Michigan suc-
cessfully killed off a Spartan power
play. But twenty seconds later, Mike
SNeff was put back into the penalty box
for one of hockey's rarest calls:
leaving the penalty box early. The two
seconds that Neff didn't serve gave
Michigan State a second power play,
and Lyle Phair converted to stop
Michigan cold and give the Spartans a
2-1 lad.
"YOU TAKE away that two-second
penalty that the timer called, and it's a
different hockey game," Michigan

coach John Giordano said. "The worst
part is that it is our home timer, and
that he let him out and then called the
penalty. You take away that goal and
the empty-net at the end and it's a 3-2
game."
But unfortunately for Giordano, both
goals did count, and the Spartans added
three more, showing that they deserve
their 7-0 record and number one
ranking in the country.
Michigan State scored first despite
nifty defensive work by Michigan
defenseman Mike Neff and goaltender
Jon Elliott. The Spartans' Rick Fer-
nandez broke in alone on left wing at
8:30 of the first period, but Neff dove in
front of him to stop the surge. Michigan
could not clear the puck, however, and
Gord Flegel found the puck and passed
it to Jeff Eisley, whose slapshot eluded

'Elliott's lunge.
PAUL KOBYLARZ pulled Michigan
even at 6:45 of the second period, as the
Wolverines finally put one past Spartan
All-American goaltender Ron Scott.
Brad Tippett dumped the puck into the
right corner, and freshman Frank
Downing outhustled Michigan State's
Ken Leiter to the puck, which he fired to
Kobylarz in the slot.
With Michigan successfully killing
Neff's first penalty, the Wolverines ap-
peared to have the momentum, but the
timer's call shifted the tide to the Spar-
tans, who scored the next three goals to
put the game away.
After Phair's goal, junior Newell
Brown scored the first of his three
goals, picking up a rebound and lifting
it into the net at the 18:17 mark. Brown
connected again just 4:09 into the third

period when Dave Taylor skated behind
the Wolverine defense and slipped a
one-handed pass to Brown in the slot.
Brown's shot went into the left side of
the net, and Michigan State went on top
4-1.
CO-CAPTAIN Brad Tippett scored
Michigan's last goal of the night,
redirecting a Pat Goff power-play
slapshot past Scott to bring the game to
4-2. With just 24 'seconds
remaining, Brown finished his hat trick
into the empty net, finalizing the Spar-
tans' 5-2 win.
"That second goal got us going,"
Michigan State's Scott said. "They had
just scored and killed the penalty. They
were up and we were a little down. It
should never happen. They gave us a
second chance and we scored, and that
was it."

Brown-nosing a win

FIRST PERIOD
Scoring: 1. MSU-Eisley (Flegel, Fernandez) 8:40.
Penalties: MSU-Hamway (cross-checking) 10:49.
SECOND PERIOD
Scoring: 1. M-Kobylarz (Downing, Tippett) 6:45; 2.
MSU-Phair (Brown, Krentz) 10:11; 3. MSU-Brown
(Martin, Leiter) 18:17.
Penalties: M-Speers (hooking) 1:16; M-Neff
(hooking) 7:02; M-Neff (leaving the penalty box
early) 9:10; MSU-Eisley (holding) 12:42.
THIRD PERIOD
Scoring: 4. MSU-Brown (Taylor, Miller) 4:09; 2.
M-Tippett (Goff, Seychel) 11:30; 5. MSU-Brown

(Phair) 19:36.
Penalties: M-Grade (holding) 8:27; MSU-Leiter
(tripping) 10:27; MSU-Fernandez (high sticking)
13:07.
SAVES

1 2
M-Elliott ...........................7 13
MSU-Scott ..........................8 7
GOALS BY PERIOD

3
9
5
3
1
2

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Michigan State ........................1 2
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