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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Sunday, October 30, 1983

'M' falls flat; Illini look


(Continued from page 1)
the Wolverines' Don Bracken had a punt part-
ially blocked by Illinois' Luke Sewall. The ball
traveled only 15 yards, and the Fighting Illini
were in business at the Michigan 49.
"Horrible punting, absolutely ridiculous,"
Schembechler said about the team's 32.6 yard
punting average of the day.
ILLINOIS HAD marched to the Michigan 9-
yard line following the tipped punt, when quar-
terback Jack Trudeau rolled right and hit
fullback Thomas Rooks with a pass at the four.
After Rooks caught the pass, he turned upfield
and dove into the end zone.
"It was a flare-out," Rooks said. "The offen-
sive line did an excellent job. Jack made a
great pass. I was close to the sideline so I had to
adjust my body and dive for the goal line."
The half ended with Illinois ahead 7-3, but
Michigan started the second half just as it star-
ted the first. The Wolverines started from their
own 20-yard line, and moved down to the Illini
7, where the drive stalled. As was the case with
its first drive of the game, Michigan had to set-
tle for a Bergeron field goal, this one from 28
yards out.
"I FELT ALL along we could beat them,"
Trudeau said. "It was a big boost
psychologically when we were up 7-3 and they
only scored a field goal."
Later in the third quarter, Illinois had the
ball third and goal at the Michigan one-yard
line, but squandered the scoring opportunity
when Trudeau fumbled a snap and Michigan's
Carlton Rose recoveted at the seven.
The Wolverines' offense, however, was
unable to get a single first down and Michigan
had to punt. Illinois took over at its own 41, and
quickly made up for the lost opportunity of the
previous drive. With 14:52 left in the final
period, Trudeau hit Williams with a 46-yard

touchdown pass, during which the receiver
caught the ball over the middle, danced his way
to the sidelines where he headed upfield,
stumbled at the three-yard line and dove into
the end zone. Chris White's extra point put
Illinois ahead, 14-6.
"JACK TRUDEAU reacts unbelievably to
adversity," Mike White said. "I didn't tell him
anything after that fumble. He had a super
game and showed poise and temperment when
we almost self-destructed."
Said Williams of the touchdown pass: "On
that play, (tight end Tim) Brewster runs six
yards and I run 12 to 15 yards straight across,
and the linebackers either drop to cover me or
cover Brewster. They jumped on Brewster and
left me wide open. Actually, it is a play
designed for Brewster. I was the secondary
In its final three possessions after Williams'
touchdown, Michigan started at its own 20-, 2-
and 11-yard lines. During the last quarter, the
Wolverines were unable to overcome this poor
field position and never threatened the Illini
goal line.
"WE KEPT THEM near their goal line, wh-
ich caused them to let down at the end," said
Illinois defensive tackle Don Thorp. "We kept
them in their end zone all day and they got tired
of being at the three or two or five."
Poor field position or not, Schembechler was
not pleased with the fact that his team only put
six points on the scoreboard.
"When that happens you shouldn't expect to
win," Schembechler said. "We didn't run or
block. Their defense looked good."
ILLINOIS ENDED the day's scoring with
1:22 left in the game, when Michigan's Evan
Cooper was tackled by Joe Miles in the end
zone on a punt return.

Schembechler angrily denied that the loss
was especially painful since it came against
Illinois, a team with which Michigan has ex-
changed angry words for the past few years. 4
"That's bullshit," Schembechler said. "I
don't want to lose to anybody. What do I care who
it is that beats us."
MICHIGAN outside linebacker Jim Scarcelli
admitted, however, that the Illinois game holds
special meaning to the Wolverines.
"It was kind of a grudge match," Scarcelli
said. "We wanted to win this one. Whoever
wins this one goes to the Rose Bowl."
By virtue of yesterday's game, that team will
probably be Illinois.
"AFTER THE game, coach White told
us Christmas would be fun in California,"
Brewster said.
Said Thorp, "It was a great feeling. Finally
we're getting a little smell of the roses. It's
about time."
White said the game was dedicated, in part,
to the boisterous Illinois crowd. "You saw what
it was like out there," Whtie said. "You took
your life in your hands around them."
SCHEMBECHLER, meanwhile, would have
liked to squeeze the very life out of those fans
"It's the worst place in America to play,'.
Schembechler said. "You can't hear. It's sad
the administration doesn't take the bull by the
horns and shut them down. It's the worst place
in the conference and they don't do anything
about it."
In addition to the fans, White said the game
was dedicated to the team's seniors. "Those
kids came here four years ago when it wasn't
popular to do so," he said. "They weren't
thinking Rose Bowl then."
They are now..

Michigan's Rodney Lyles applies pressure to Fighting Illini
Lyles presence, Trudeau completed the pass. The play
frustration at getting to Trudeau all afternoon.

Daily Photo by BRIAN MASCK
quarterback Jack Trudeau. Despite
was reflective of the Wolverines'


S O ILLINOIS finally beat Michigan in football.
I keep trying to tell myself that a loss to the Illini is not so bad.
There must be a lot of things worse than losing yesterday's game, but I
inst can't think of any at the moment..
Sure the Wolverines have lost games in recent years to Wisconsin and
Iowa, as well as to a number of non-conference opponents. But most of
those games were "flukes" or early-season losses that were made up
for later.
Illinois' win was no fluke though. The Illini scratched a 16-year itch
in front of 76,127 rabid fans who had previously thought that a Rose
Bowl was where you put the flowers given by an admirer. Now, unless
World War III breaks out, Illinois partisans will get to experience the
real thing out in Pasadena.
That's what hurts most about the loss; the elimination, more or
less, of Michigan from the Rose Bowl picture. After that, what hurts
most is that the Illini did the eliminating in fine style, soundly whip-
ping the Wolverines, 16-6, and leaving no doubt that the right team
Anyone who follows Big Ten football could see this game was
coming for a few years. Two consecutive trouncings by Michigan - 45-
14 in 1980 and 70-21 in 1981 -left Illinois smarting and bent on revenge.
Last year's narrow 16-10 loss only served to deepen the Illini's desire
for a victory, and yesterday Mike White and Company finally repaid a
debt they felt was long overdue.
How badly did Illinis beat Michigan? The Wolverines were held with-
out a touchdown for the first time since 1977, when Minnesota shut
them out 16-0. Michigan had control of the ball for nine more minutes
than the Illini, but gained less yards and, more importantly, scored
less points.
It would be too easy to take pot shots at Michigan coach Bo Schem-

Sad dayfor Michigan...
the 'right' team won
bechler's poor play selection, or to criticize the officials for "giving the
game to Illinois" with poor calls on a couple of Vince Bean missed
passes. And did the the Wolverines really hold on Kerry Smith's 31-
yard run, which would have given Michigan the ball on the Illini 40-
yard line early in the fourth quarter?
None of these extenuating circumstances really matter thous,
because the key to the game was the tough and determined Illinois
defense, which stopped Michigan when it had to. In past years it was
always the defense, or lack of it, that proved to be the Illini's
This year, though, the defense carried the team and allowed the of-
fense, which could have and should have put more than 14 points on the
board, to get by with two touchdowns. Then, for a little insurance, the
defense added a safety late in the game to remove the threat of a last-
minute Michigan drive that might have tied the game.
A tie would have mattered little to the Wolverines, however, who
needed no less than a victory to put them in the driver's seat for the
conference title.
Let's not shed any tears for Michigan though. While it's true that the
fans in Champaign had more to cheer about than those in Ann Ar-
bor yesterday, representatives from eight bowl games were in atten-
dance, including members of the Orange, Cotton and Fiesta Bowl
selection committees. By winning their final three games, the
Wolverines can expect to wind up in some bowl game, and may even
face a more-impressive opponent that the Pac-10 has to offer the Illini
in the Rose Bowl.
Also, the loss has created a new itch, only this time it is Michigan
that can't wait to do the scratching. And if the sad-but-determined
looks on the Wolverines' faces at game's end mean anything, it will
take no longer than next season's game in Ann Arbor to do something.
about that itch.



AP Photo
coach Mike White rides a wave of hysteria and shoulder pads as his triumphant
carry him off the field after yesterday's victory over Michigan.


Looks like Champaign and Roses



MICHIGAN ...........................3 0 3 0-
Illinois........... ..................0 7 0 9-
MICH-Bergeron 38-yard FG
ILL-Rooks 9-yard pass from Trudeau (C. White kick)

Total Yards.......
6 Fumbles (no./lost) ..
16 Punts (no./avg.).....




Bean ..................
Ro ers.





MICH-Bergeron 28-yard FG
ILL-D. Williams 46-yard pa
ILL-Safety (Cooper tackle
First downs........
Rushing (att./yds.) ..
Passing Net Yards..
Passing att./comp./

G K. Smith .................... 12 59 4.9 0 K. Smith.............
ss from Trudeau (C. White kick) Rogers..................... 16 52 3.3 0 Garrett..................
din end zone after fielding punt) Garrett...................7 24 3.4 0 0s
MICH III S. Smith .................... 8 -5 -0.6 0 D. Williams...........
17 17 Rice ......................... 1 5 5.0 0 Brewster ............
44-135 37-107 ILLINOIS Rooks ...................
111 271 Rooks..................... 20 86 4.3 0 Brookins ................
Beverly....................11 27 2.5 0 Golden..............
25112/1 31/21/0 Trudeau .................... 6 -6 -1.0 0 R. Grant .............






COLOMBUS (AP) - Keith Byars' running,
Mike Tomczak's passing and Kelvin Bell's
defense led 16th-ranked Ohio State to a 45-27
Big Ten conference college football victory
yesterday over Wisconsin.
Scouts from the Citrus, Liberty, Holiday,
Gator and Fiesta bowls watched the Buckeyes
run their overall record to 6-2 and atone for
defeats by Wisconsin the last two seasons that
cost Ohio State league championships and Rose
Bowl trips.
WISCONSIN DROPPED to 5-3 overall and 3-3
in the conference. Ohio State is 4-2 in the
Tomczak passed 19 yards to split end Thad
Jemison for Ohio State's first touchdown in the
first quarter. The Buckeyes moved into a 28-21
ialftime lead by scoring 21 points in the second
quarter. Tomczak ran 28 yards. Byars 13 and
fullback Vaughn Broadnax 1 for Buckeye
Wisconsin moved to within one point early in
the third quarter on Wright's pass to tight end
Bret Pearson. However, Kevin Rohde missed
the extra point that would have moved the
Badgers into a tie.
Iowa 49, Indiana 3
IOWA CITY (AP) - Wide receiver Dave
Moritz scored two touchdowns and caught 11
passes for 192 yards to break two school recor-
ds as No. 17 Iowa thrashed Indiana 49-3 in
college football yesterday.
Moritz, whose touchdowns came in the first
and fourth quarter, brought his Iowa career
reception yardage to 1,775 yards, passing Al
Bream's career mark of 1,642 yards set in 1966-
WITH THE 192 YARDS Saturday Moritz top-
ped the old mark of 191 set by Keith Chappelle
in 1980.
Iowa exploded for three first quarter touch-
downs, but was held to one score in the second
and third quarters. Two touchdowns, including
one at the final gun, were scored in the fourth

PW4 5F A U,' N t
yesterday for their first Big Ten football vic
tory of the season.
Gates finished with 168 yards rushing on 38
carries - breaking the old Michigan State
mark of 37 carries shared by two others.
THE TRIUMPH GAVE Michigan State a 3-4-
1 record for the season, 1-4-1 in the conference.
The Golden Gophers slipped to 1-7 overall and
into last place with a 0-6 Big Ten mark.
Cornerback Lonnie Young's second blocked
. punt of the game gave the Spartans the ball on
the Minnesota 2 yard line and Gates punched i{
in on the first play for a 17-10 lead at 1:50 of the
second quarter and Michigan State led the rest
of the way.
Spartans' free safety Phil Parker intercepted
his second pass of the game with two seconds
remaining in the third quarter and returned it
to the Minnesota 49 and Gates dove across from
1 yard out eight plays later.
Gates scored on a 20-yard run with 1:50
remaining in the game after an interception by
James Morrissey.
Minnesota's only touchdown also came on a
defensive play as defensive end Craig Graffun-
der picked off a Clark Brown pass and returned
it 45 yards to give the Golden Gophers a short.
lived 7-0 lead at 7:07 of the first quarter.
Purdue 48, Northwestern 17
for three touchdowns and Lloyd H'awthorne
rushed for two more in Purdue's easy 48-17 Big
ten college football victory yesterday over Nor-
thwestern. #
The victory was Purdue's first in five weeks.
lifting the Boilermakers' overall record to 2-5-
and their conference mark to 2-3-1. Nortn-
western dropped to 2-6 for the season and 2-4 ir
the Big Ten.
Purdue blistered the Wildcat defense with 164
yards and four touchdowns rushing in the firsi
half. The Boilers scored on five consecutivE
possessions to take its 35-3 lead.

Big Ten Standings


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