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Page 10- The Michigan Daily - Sunday, September 11, 1983

Wolves cool

off steaming

Cougars

(Continued from Page 1)
(Turner) is a dangerous option
quarterback," said Schembechler.
"The nature of our defense was to stop
their passing game and that exposed us
up front. Keeping the ball on the ground
was a smart move by them."
THE MICHIGAN defense was able to
finally pull itself together though and
one of the main reasons was the play of
outside linebacker Tom Hassel who led

the team with nine tackles. Originally'
assigned to cover the trailing back on
the option, Hassel switched over to
keying on Turner and helped control the
Cougar offense. On Washington State's
final drive, with a second and 12
situation on the Michigan 21 yard line,
Hassel got into the back field and hit
Turner as the quarterback's pass fell
incomplete. The hit knocked the wind
out of Turner, forcing him to leave the

game in place of Mark Rypien whose
third down pass to Mayes fell incom-
plete, setting up the final field goal at-
tempt.
"the option really hurt us the most,"
said Hassel. "We changed defenses and
I took the quarterback. He was in the
habit of keeping the ball and on that last
play I hit him hard and knocked him
out. When the pressure is on, we have to
come together as a team and we did.

We gave up more yards than I expected
but we came together and stopped them
when we had to."
At the outset of the game, it looked as
though the only thing the defense would
have to worry about was what to do
while resting on the sideline as the
Wolverines looked sharp in marching
down the field for a touchdown on their
first possession. Fullback Eddie
Garrett scored Michigan's first touch-
down of the season as he caught David
Hall's six yard pass on the goal line and
fell into the end zone for the score.
Senior barefoot place kicker Todd
Schlopy kicked his first collegiate extra
point and Michigan led, 7-0.
HALL, STARTING in place of injured
Steve Smith, completed his first four
passes of the game before throwing an
incomplete pass. His next pass, though,
was a forgettable one as Taylor picked it
off and ran for a touchdown to tie the
score.
The offense cooled off after that and it
took an Al Sincich fumble recovery on

the Washington State 12-yard line to on-
ce again put the Wolverines in scoring
range. Junior running back Rick
Rogers then broke the tie with an eight
yard run off tackle for the touchdown.
Following the Cougar's two second
half scores, Hall finally got the offense
back on track and moved 75 yards on
seven plays, scoring the eventual win-
ning touchdown himself on an option
play from the four yard line.
The highlight of the drive, and the
play that put some life back into the
Michigan players, was a 52-yard run by
Rogers from his own 38-yard line.
Rogers, who was the leading ground
gainer on the day with 124 yards
rushing, swept to the outside and
twisted and turned his way down the
field before Cougar cornerback Cedric
Brown pulled him down on the 10-yard
line.
"THE FULLBACK was in motion to
the tight end's side on Rogers' run,"
said Schembechler. "He put a block on
the cornerback and that created a

crease for Rogers."
After the game, no one could deny
that unheralded Washington State hadi
put up quite a battle and head coach
Jim Walden was quick to point out that
his team's success was for real.
"We had a chance to win and we
should have won," said Walden. "I'm'
one of the teams that everybody says is
an also ran. We don't like to hear thaf.
We came to beat Michigan and I think
we can beat any team in the country on
any given day if we play the way we
can."
"on the other side of the coin was
Schembechler who said although his
team made some mistakes, he liked
what he saw.
"I was happy to win," said the
Michigan mentor. "I think this is 4
game we can build on. I would have
liked to have won big, but I don't think
we are going to beat anybody big and no
one will beat us big. We should end up
having a pretty good team."

Phew!!

SCORING
MICHIGAN .........................7 7 0 6 20
W ash. St.............................0 7 3 7 17
SCORING PLAYS
MICH-Garrett, 6-yard pas from Hall (Schlopy
kick)
WASH ST.-J. Taylor, 63-yard interception (traut
kick)
MICH.-Rogers 8-yard run (Schiopy kick)
WASH. ST.-Traut 33-yard FG
WASH. ST.-Mayes 2-yard run (Traut kick)
MICH.-Hall 4-yard run (kick failed)

Fumbles (No/Lost)
Punts (No/Avg.)..

.P

Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER

Michigan quarterback Dave Hall scampers in for the winning touchdown in yesterday's game. Throwing a key block
against Washington State's Mike Dreyer (77) is Sim Nelson (95).

First downs .......
Rushing (Att/Yds)
Passing Net Yards.
Passing
(Att/Comp/Int) .

MICH
17
48/250
50
14/8/1

WASH
15
39/112
150
22/12/0

Rogers-.........
K. Smith ........-.
Hall...............
Rice...............
Garrett............
Mercer.........
S. Johnson....... .
Armstrong.......
W
Turner..........
Mayes...........
LaBomme.......
Porter..........
Rypien..........

2/0
7/40
RUSHING
MICHIGAN
Att. Yds.
19 124
9 36
5 26
5 22
3 15
5 14
1 9
1 4

Avg.
6.5
4.0
5.2
4.4
5.0
2.8
9.0
1.0

TD
1
0
1
0
0
0
0
0

Rogers .................
Nelson .................
Armstrong ................
Garrett....................

1/1
6/44.5

WASHINGTON ST.

No. Yds.
3 15
2 21
2 8
1 6

WASHINGTON ST.
Turner ..............12 6
Rypien...............10 6

0
0

83
67

RECEIVING
MICHIGAN

ASHINGTON ST.
15 38
11 34
10 32
2 4

2.5
3.1
3.2
2.0

0
I
0
0

TD
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Mayes.................
Moore .....................
Marshall..................
White.................
La~omme..............
James .....................
Porter.....................

3
3
2
1
1

42
33
38
21
9
4
3

Hall overlooks miscue, leads Blue

1

4 4.0 0

PUNTING
MICHIGAN

PASSING

4

MICHIGAN
Att. Comp. Int. Yds.
Hat................14 8 1 50

TD
i

Bracken...............
WASHINGTO

No. Avg.
7 40.4
N ST.
5 46.0
1 37.0

By CHUCK JAFFE
Michigan quarterback David Hall
decided to keep the play, the ball and
his job yesterday, when he scored the
game-winning touchdown on a four-
yard option run against Washington
State.'
Hall's first touchdown as a Wolverine
capped an up-and-down afternoon, and
directed Michigan to a season-opening,
20-17, win.
THE 6-4205-pound senior filled in for
injured starter Steve Smith, completing
8 of 14 passes for 50 yards, while rushing
for 26 more. Despite the strong perfor-
mance, however, Hall's day could have
been ruined when a second-quarter
pass was tipped, intercepted and retur-
ned 63 yards for a touchdown by
Washington State strong safety Joe
Taylor.
"I changed the play after, it was sent
in," Hall said after the game. "It was
supposed to be a pass play, and I swit-
ched it to a different pass play. It
would've worked out if I threw it low."
"(Hall) played well," said Michigan
coach Bo Schembechler. "He made the
one critical mistake, and if he hadn't it
might not have been so close."
AFTER THE interception, Hall
returned to the sidelines, where he had
to face the .Michigan coach, who had

called the original play. "I didn't say
anything to him. I just listened," Hall
said.
Schembechler did ,not say if he con-
sidered taking Hall out of the game af-
ter the interception, but the senior from
Livonia said it never occurred to him
that he would be replaced.
"It was a bad play, it happened, and
it was over," Hall said. "I just went out
and tried not to think about it."
DURING THE NEXT series, Hall
broke out of the pocket and ran for nine
yards, before taking a tremendous hit
from the Cougars' Ted Jacobsen.
"Washington State has some good
players, and they really hit hard," Hall
said. "They don't fool around. I don't
think the coaches want me to do a hook
slide, but that hit really stung."
But in the end, it was Hall who did the
stinging, running left down the line and
into the end zone with the winning
score.
"THAT'S A PLAY we run on the goal
line, and I'm just glad everyone
blocked well," Hall said.
But with the thrill of his first start
still glowing brightly, Hall added that
his performance yesterday will not
guarantee him a spot on the field next
week against highly-touted
Washington.

Should Smith and his bruised
shoulder be well enough to play, Hall
could find himself waiting on the bench
again, as he has done in three previous
Wolverine seasons.

"I'll go along with whatever the
coaches want," Hall said. "I'll be ready
if I am going to start, or if I have to
come off the bench. That's my job
here."

Harper ............ ....
Traut ..................

Blue Banter

+ Yesterday's win raised Boo Schern-
bechler's home-opening record to 14-0-1
as Michigan's head coach. The game
was Michigan's fifth consecutive home
win, and marked the 48th consecutive
sell-out of Michigan Stadium.
* Michigan had 42 offensive plays to
Washington State's 20 in the first half,
but the Cougars held the ball for 41
plays to Michigan's 20 in the second
half.
- Washington State did not get a first
down until there was just 2:53 left in the
first half. The Cougars didn't move into
Michigan territory until 3 minutes into
the second half. The Cougars first four
drives started at their own 20-yard line,
* Michigan coach Bo Schembechler
on the 101 degree on-field temperature.
"1 don't usually take time to drink
water, but I had a few drinks today."
" Michigan linebacker Mike Boren on
whether he would play next week in

Washington, despite the fact that
Saturday is the Jewish Holiday Yom
Kippur: "All of my family will be
praying for me. I can't really fast
either, so my Morn and Dad will fast for
me."
* Placekicker Todd Schlopy, who hit
on two of three extra point attempts,
and kicked two of three kick-offs for
touchbacks. "I don't feel I can afford
the luxury of missing kicks. The rest of
the kickers here are too good,"
* Washington State coach Jim
Walden: "We had a chance to win and
we should have won. I'm one of the
teams that everyone says is an also-
ran. We don't like to hear that. I think
our coaches and playerscan beat any
team in the country on any given day if
we play the way we can. We came to
beat Michigan."

KERRSE WORDS'
BY JOHN KERR
WSU shakes reputation . .
. .. no slouch on the field
T HE WORDS WERE there for everyone to read and, make no mistake
about it, Jim Walden saw them.
Michigan plays "Washington, which is down this year, and Washington
State, which is down every year," said the story in Sports Illustrated's
college preview issue.
Walden, the Washington State coach, has heard it all before. Like Rodney
Dangerfield, Walden and the Cougars get no respect.
"We're one of those teams that everyone wants to write about as also-
rans," the Cougar coach said, "and also-ran words hurt us."
One of Washington State's problems is that it plays in the Pac-10 conferen-
ce, arguably the strongest in the country. Every year its schedule includes
UCLA, USC, Arizona State, Washington, Stanford, and Arizona. If Michigan
had to play those teams each season, fans in Ann Arbor would consider an 8-3
season a blessing.

I

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BIG TEN R OUND UP:

State, Perles begin with a win

EAST LANSING (UPI) - Using the
"brains" of freshman Bobby Morse and
the pass catching of Daryl Turner,
Michigan State exploded for 17 fourth-
quarter points Saturday to post a
season-opening non-conference football
win over Colorado.
The victory gave head coach George
Perles something no other Spartan
mentor has had in the last 50 years - a
debut win. It was also the first time sin-
ce 1979 that the Big Ten squad had won
a season opening game and it broke a
six-game Spartan losing streak at
home, which extended throughout last
year.
THE WIN boosts Michigan State's
record to 1-0 for the year while Colorado
drops to 0-1.
"I'm not big and I'm not strong and
I'm not fast," said the 6-foot-6, 188-
pound halfback Morse who scored two
last period touchdowns on one-yard
plunges.
"Determination has to be a big part
of my game."
An exhuberant Perles, mopping
sweat from the 90 degree heat said,
"'It's insane to have freshmen playing
against Big Eight teams but these kids
have smarts - brains. That's the dif-
ference."
Iowa 51, Iowa State 10
AMES, IOWA (AP) - Owen Gill
rambled for 136 yards and scored four
touchdowns to tie a school record and

had the ball en route to a 31-3 halftime
lead.
Ohio State 31, Oregon 6
COLUMBUS (AP) - Quarter back
Mike Tomczak competed 21 of 25 passes
for a career high 273 yards and four
touchdowns Saturday, leading seventh-
ranked Ohio State to a 31-6 non-
conference college football victory over
Oregon.
Tomczak, a junior from Calumet
City, Ill., was particularly effective in
the third quarter. He completed all but
one of his 11 passes in that period in
helping the Buckeyes to a 21-point quar-
ter.
THE OPENING game for the
Buckeyes was played in mid-90 degree
heat before a sellout crowd of 88,524 in
Ohio Stadium, where the temperature
reached 120 degrees on the artificial
turf. The victory was the Buckeyes'
eighth straight over the last two
seasons.
Oregon, 0-2, made a game of it for the
first half. the Ducks, who lost to the
Buckeyes for the sixth straight time,
trailed 10-6 at halftime.
Notre Dame 52, Purdue 6
WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) -
Tailback Greg Bell ran for three touch-
downs and caught one of quarterback
Blair Kiel's two scoring passes Satur-
day as No.5-ranked Notre Dame
crushed Purdue 52-6 in their season-

Washington 34, off to Northwestern to start the game.
The Wildcats couldn't cope with a stiff
Northwestern 0 breeze and the tough Huskies' defense
EVANSTON (UPI) - Washington and were quickly in a hole.
made the right decision at the opening WASHINGTON, TAKING advantage
coin flip and from that point on the of the wind at their back, scored two
Huskies took the wind out of North- opening quarter touchdowns and went
western's sails on a sizzling September on to post an easy 34-0 season opening
day in Evanston. victory over the Wildcats.
With the wind gusting more than 20 "It was certainly a confidence factor
miles per hour, Washington Coach Don for our kickers and passers to have the
James elected to take the wind and kick wind on our side," said James.
X_ &

>

'We came in here today
to whip Michigan's
ass. I'm not happy
that we played close.
I'm sorry we didn't
win.'
-Washington State
Coach Jim Walden

But Walden is doing his best to close the gap between the Cougars and the
powers of the west. Two years ago his team was a major factor in the Pac-10
Rose Bowl race. They finished fourth and had an 8-3-1 record, including a
trip to the Holiday Bowl. Last season, despite a 3-7-1 season, Washington
State knocked Washington out of the Rose Bowl with a victory over the
Huskies in the season finale.
Since Walden arrived in Pullman, Wash. in 1978, the Cougars have beaten
every Pac-10 team except USC.
Walden had worked for five years, trying to get some respect for his team.
He made another step toward that goal'yesterday.
Unfortunately, some of the 100,000-plus fans at Michigan Stadium will at-
tribute the close score to poor play by Michigan rather than good play by
Washington State. But although it is true that the Wolverines did not play
well at times, it is also true that the Cougars are a much better football team
than most people thought.
Traveling halfway across the country to play a highly-regarded team in 90
degree weather in front of 103,250 fans, Washington State refused to wilt. The
Cougars played poorly in the first half, but still managed to stay only seven
points behind. In the second half, they dominated. Their defense was tough,
and their offense began to move the ball up and down the field. Had it not
been for Rick Rogers' 52 yard run which set up Michigan's final touchdown,
the Cougars would have left Ann Arbor; with a big victory and a 2-0 record.
The bottom line is that the Cougars are no pushovers.
Yesterday, Washington State wanted to win badly. Believe it or not, the

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