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Page 22-Thursday, Decerniber 9, 1982-The Michigan Daily

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The night UCLA clinched a Rose
Bowl bid; the wait and the ecstasy

The Michigan Daily-Thursday, De
A rematch of a remat
'M'-UCLA to battle for

By RON POLLACK
In the end, it was all rather simple.
To be sure, the X's and 0's being drawn up on the
sidelines of the Tucson-based stadium were complex.
But the Pac-Ten's half of the Rose Bowl race was
quite uncomplicated.
UCLA HAD finished the season the previous
weekend by nipping arch-rival USC, 20-19, in the final
seconds of the game. And that set up the November 28
Arizona State-Arizona nighttime confrontation. If
favored Arizona State won, it would face Michigan in
the Rose Bowl. If the Sun Devils lost to the hated
Wildcats, 9-1-1 UCLA would be smelling the sweet,
fragrant aroma of those wonderful roses.
Early in the fourth quarter, Arizona held a com-
manding 26-0 lead and things were looking grim in-
deed for Arizona State. But early in the fourth quar-
ter, this seemingly indestructable lead was starting
to crumble as the Wildcats' lead wilted to 26-10.
Driving back to school on this long Thanksgiving
weekend, UCLA defensive back Tom Sullivan was
forced to control his emotions as well as the steering
wheel. When Arizona built its huge 26-point lead,
there was a delicious sense of excitement. As Arizona
State narrowed the gap, the senior had a few
agonizingly anxious moments.
"IT WAS definitely a nail-biter," said Sullivan.
"Arizona jumped out to a big lead and when I was
driving back to Westwood, I heard Arizona State
coming back on the radio. So it was definitely a nail-
biter."
At least it was for most concerned. Arizona and

Arizona State undoubtedly battled a sickening battle
of nerves as the game tightened up. But one man who
had much to gain from the proceedings going on in
Tucson maintained an icy coolness throughout.
The man was Bruins' head coach Terry Donahue.
OH, HE WAS calm and collect all right. But he was
also oblivious and completely uninformed for much
of the game. Despite the impact this clash had on his
team, Donahue was not in attendance. Nor was he
watching the game on TV or listening to the radio.
Instead, he retreated to a condominium in Palm
Springs, Calif. "I didn't want to put my wife and my
daughters through any more wrenching experiences
after the USC game-no more drama or trauma for
us," said Donahue.
But didn't he even feel the slightest twinge of
curiosity? Didn't he even feel compelled to flick on
the radio for just the briefest of moments to find out
the score?
"WE FIGURED that at about 9:30 we'd hear," said
Donahue. "The doorbell rang then and it was my
brother, Dan, holding an Arizona banner. He told us
that Arizona was up by 18 (28-10) with nine minutes to
go.
"Then (former UCLA Associate Athletic Director)
Angelo Mazzone called me with a minute left and he
hung on the phone until it was over."
With Mazzone excitedly rattling off play-by-play,
Donahue learned that Arizona had won, 28-18,
thrusting his squad into the Rose Bowl.
"IT JUST feels like the culmination of seven years

work," he said that night. "I don't feel we backed into
it because I felt we had the best team in the conferen-
ce. In 1977 and 1981 nobody said Washington backed
in when I got beat in our last game. We played the
same teams everyone else did."
While Bruin players and coaches gleefully
celebrated, Donahue kidded that his wife might be
just a touch upset with the sudden turn of events. "My
wife might be disappointed at missing a trip to
Hawaii," he said, noting that UCLA would have
played'in the Aloha Bowl had Arizona State won its
season finale. "But I told her I'd take her on my own
We'll by up all night boogying."
Far less exuberant after the game was Michigan
head coach Bo Schembechler who was scrutinizing
the Arizona State squad from the press box.
"SURPRISED . . . I can't say I'm really sur-
prised," he said as he watched the delirious Wildcat
fans rip down the goal posts. "You can almost count
on the upset in this kind of game."
While he wasn't surprised by Arizona's upset vic-
tory, he could hardly have expected the wild and
woolly scramble that was the Pac Ten race in the
final days of the season.
"We've had quite a week, really," said Schem-
bechler. "We've gone from (thinking his squad would
play) Washington, to Arizona State, to UCLA. So
what's the difference? It's the Rose Bowl, isn't it?
Doesn't really matter who you play as long as you get
in. Just being in the Rose Bowl will be incentive
enough for our team."

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By RON POLLACK
Michigan versus UCLA, take three.
Within a period of a year plus a day,
the Wolverines and Bruins will have
faced each other three times. That's
right, three times.
AT FIRST, glance, it might be a bit
difficult to stifle a yawn. After all, who
wants to see the same old match-up
when New Year's Day is overflowing
with gridiron battles both interesting
and fresh in nature.
Well, take a second look. Michigan-
UCLA may no longer be fresh, but if
their third bout is anything like the first
two there should be enough offense to
excite even the most composed of fans.
Michigan 33, UCLA 14
Bluebonnet Bowl
Houston, Texas
December 31, 1981
Bo Schembechler became Michigan's
head coach in 1969. Yet, it wasn't until
January 1, 1981 that one of his clubs
finally won a bowl game-a 23-6 Rose
Bowl win over Washington.
Finding the experience rather en-
joyable, the Wolverines repeated the
task on December 31 of the same year,
thrashing the Bruins, 33-14.
"TWO BOWL games in one year, that
will shock the football world," said a
beaming Schembechler after the
Bluebonnet Bowl win over UCLA. "I
was proud as I could be of our club."
And well he should have been proud
of the accomplishments of a number of
his players.
" First and foremost, there was the
performance of senior tailback Butch
Woolfolk. Woolfolk, playing in his last
game ever as a Wolverine, rushed for
186 yards and ran off with Most
Valuable Player honors.
"I FELT GOOD for myself and the
team,' said. Woolfolk, who is
Michigan's all-time leading rusher.
"I'm really sad, but happy at the
same time. I've left here without any
injuries and I've had four great years.
It got to me toward the end, knowing
that I'll never be wearing a Michigan
uniform again.
* Another senior who went out with a
bang was linebacker Ben Needham,
who was accorded Defensive MVP
honors for his team-high 11 tackles.
"I was in heaven," said Needham.
"It was my last game for Michigan, and
it couldn't have been better, winning
the MVP. It was one of my better
games ever."
* Flanker Anthony Carter and quar-
terback Steve Smith also had big
games. Smith completed nine of 15
passes for 152 yards. Carter hauled in
six of those passes for 127 yards.
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WITH THE Wolverines up, 3-0, the
Smith-to-Carter connection went to
work, with the quarterback hitting his
fleet receiver in stride two steps beyond
a beaten UCLA team defender for a 50-
yard touchdown strike.
"When I came up to the line, I could
see the defense was in a man-to-man
coverage," said Smith. "I figured it
would work, and it did. It was the first
time we checked off at the line and we
tried it two or three other times, but it
didn't work."
Going into the fourth quarter,
Michigan only led 13-7, but proceeded to
outscore the Bruins, 20-7.
NOTING. THIS statistic, offensive
tackle Ed Muransky said: "We out-
conditioned them. We had a curfew the
whole time, and UCLA didn't. They
were out having a good time. We had
our good time out there tonight."
UCLA 31, M]Whigan 27
Ann Arbor
September 26, 1982
Just as the Wolverines had a good
time in Houston, the Bruins had a good
time this day in Ann Arbor.
For a while, though, it looked as if
Michigan would continue to run
roughshod over UCLA. The Wolverines
built a 21-0 lead in the first half and
went into the locker room at halftime
up by the score of 24-14.
"I WAS real quiet when it was 21-0,"
said UCLA head coach Terry Donahue.
"I thought it was going to be worse than
the Bluebonnet Bowl."
A repeat of the Bluebonnet Bowl was
not meant to be, however, and the
Bruins went on to win, 31-27.
"I was perhaps more emotional than
my players were," said Donahue. "I
really wanted to beat Schembechler
and Michigan to atone for that New
Year's Eve embarrassment. I know
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Michigan at will when the two teams met earlier this st
not be said of its ground game. The Bruins could o
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Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Is this fair? Probably not. Four Wolverine defenders gang up on this clearly
over-matched UCLA player. Mike Boren (40) was so eager to get in on the
action, that he grabs fellow-defender Winfred Carraway (63). The hardest
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