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The Michigan Daily - Sunday, November 20, 1983
Blue gets sweet revenge,


(Continued from Page 1)
them and been ridiculed! Now I've beaten them." Said
Schembechler, "I think today was a personal triumph for
Steve Smith. I think he proved here that he's one of the best
quarterbacks in the nation."
" Flanker Triando Markray who caught three passes for
102 yards, including a 67-yard touchdown reception. Of
Markray's eight receptions this season, four have gone for
touchdowns. "I don't know why I've had so many catches go
for touchdowns, that's just the way it's happened," Markray
* Tailback Rick Rogers who gained 91 yards rushing on 16
carries, including a 47-yard run on Michigan's first offensive
play of the game. "That play was designed to go off tackle,
but Ohio State overcommitted so I cut back," said Rogers
who bruised a muscle in his back yesterday.
Rogers' run set up a Bob Bergeron field goal to give the
Wolverines a 3-0 lead. The next time Michigan got the ball,
Smith hit Markray with the 67-yard touchdown pass on the
third play of the drive and the Wolverines had a quick 10-0
"I just went by the guy (Shaun Gayle) and the pass was
behind me," said Markray who twisted his knee later in the
game and had to be helped off the field. He said the injury is
nothing serious. "I thought he was going to intercept it, but
he missed and I caught it."
EARLY IN the second quarter, Ohio State had the ball on
the Michigan five-yard line, but squandered the opportunity
when tailback Keith Byars fumbled and Michigan's Tim An-
derson recovered. Michigan was unable to gain a first down,
however, and when Don Bracken's punt only travelled 17
yards the Buckeyes were threatening once again. This time
Ohio State did not beat itself and Byars capped a 26-yard
drive with a one-yard run off left tackle.
Michigan then took possession of the football and marched
down to the Ohio State one-yard line. On third and goal,

Rogers took a thunderous hit by linebacker Orlando Lowry
and was stopped for no gain. On fourth down, the Wovlerines
were penalized five yards for delay of game. Bergeron came
on for a 22-yard field goal attempt, but booted it wide.
"The ref was putting the ball in play very fast," Smith said.
"I didn't get to call anything and they called delay of game.
didn't even audible and we had delay of game." -
Said Schembechler, "That bothers you a lot. Especially the
way it stopped us. There's no damn sense to that."
IN THE THIRD quarter, Ohio State took the lead when
Byars, who gained 115 yards on 26 carries, scored on an 18-
yard run. The touchdown was the 19th time Byars has scored
this season, breaking Eric Allen's (Michigan State) Big Ten
mark for most touchdowns scored in a season and most poin-
ts in a season.
Late in the quarter, Cochran intercepted his first pass of
the day and returned it 23 yards to Ohio State 28-yard line to
set up a Smith one-yard touchdown which gave Michigan a
17-14 lead.
On Ohio State's next possession, the Wolverines got
another break when a Buckeye trick play backfired. Rather
than take the snap, Ohio State quarterback Mike Tomczak
left the ball on the ground for an offensive lineman to pick up
and run with. Instead, Michigan's Mike Hammerstein fell on
the ball at the Michigan 40-yard line.
"WE RAN IT all week in practice and it looked like a
:million dollars," said Ohio State head coach Earle Bruce.
"But nobody picked it up. It was a bad call at the time."
The Wolverines then marched 60 yards, the last nine of
which came when Smith found tight end Eric Kattus wide
open in the left flat for a nine-yard touchdown and a 24-14
Michigan advantage.
Ohio State cut Michigan's lead to 24-21 with an 85-yard
drive that only took six plays and 50 seconds, and was
culminated by Tomczak's 32-yard pass which Anderson
wrestled away from Michigan defensive back Evan Cooper.

How. sweetIit is!

Michigan ........................10 0 0 14-24
Ohio State .................... 0 7 7 7-21
MICH-Bergeron, 26 yd. field goal
MICH-Markray, 67 yd. pass (Bergeron kick)
OSU-Byars, I yd. run (Spangler kick)
OSU-Byars,.18yd. run (Spangler kick)
MICH-S. Smith, 1 yd. run (Bergeron kick)
MICH-Kattus, 8 yd. pass from S. Smith (Bergeron

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




Tomczak ............ 40 21

2 298 1

OSU-Anderson, 32
(Spangler kick)

Att. Yds
Rogers ............16 91
Garrett............ 20 65
S. Smith ........... 14 44
K. Smith........... 3 4
Armstrong......... 1 4
Byars ............. 26 115
Walker............. 4 16
Tomczak ..........4 12
Woolridge.......... 2 7


yd. pass from Tomczak

fi ;% yfF.rst.owns .....
x ..... . ...... .,.. .. / - s " f , ? ..x.... o-4'. s.:; Rushing(t/ d.
Daily Photo by SCOTT ZOLTON Passing net yards ..
Passing (Att.
Tailback Rick Rogers outruns a pack of Ohio State defenders, gaining 47 yards on Michigan's first offensive play in Comp/Int). ..
yesterday's gam e.PToa / ar )s.......
Total Yards ....





No. Yds.
Markray .................. 3 102
Nelson ................... 5 73
Rogers .................... 1 23
Kattus .................... 1 .8
Garrett .................... 1 I


Att. Com. Int. Yds.
S.Smith.............20 11 0 207

Frank -.................... 10
Anderson ..................4
Jemison ..... ........4
Byars..................... 3




Keeping Score
Steve Smith...
" .'inall wins big one
AFTER PUTTING Michigan in front to stay with a one-
yard touchdown run, quarterback Steve Smith
celebrated by raising both hands all the way above his head.
Smith had good reason to celebrate that way. Against Ohio
State the last two years his hands have gone only as high as
his neck.
Smith went into yesterday's Michigan-Ohio State game
maligned by the media as "a choker," "unable to win the big
games," and "poor under pressure." Smith left Michigan
Stadium yesterday as a champion.
The senior from Grand Blanc threw for 207 yards and two
touchdowns, and added 44 yards and one touchdown rushing
to close out his Michigan Stadium career with a win in THE
The Suvar Bowl will be a "big" game for Smith. but Ohio
State has always been THE game. If Smith had lost to the
Buckeyes for the third consecutive year, his outstanding
Michgan career would have been permanently tarnished.
No more ridicue-

Sugar Bowl:

Wolverines to claw with


gers wishbone offense

Oscar Guinn, Elliott Lauderman, and Bill
Martinez made it official yesterday when they
entered the Wolverine media room and ap-
proached Bo Schembechler.
"I'd like to give you the official invitation to
the Sugar Bowl," said Sugar Bowl committee
member Martinez while his two colleagues
looked on. "We're glad to have you and we think
you have a great team."
BO, STILL basking in the 24-21 Michigan win,
grinned and accepted the invitation. "We'll be
there," he said.
So instead of Pasadena and the Rose Bowl,
Michigan's obvious goal every season, the
Wolverines will head for New Orleans to play in
the Sugar Bowl on January 2. Michigan's op-
ponent willbe the third-ranked Auburn Tigers
(9-1), a team it has never played in the past.
Auburn still has to play Alabama on December
3, but will be in the Sugar Bowl regardless of that
game's outcome.
The Michigan team and its coaches were still
celebrating yesterday's win over the Buckeyes
when the inevitable questions on the Tigers and
their wishbone offense began.
"WE'RE EXCITED to go there and play a top-
ranked team," said Michigan's assistant coach
and defensive coordinator Gary Moeller.
"Auburn will entail a lot of work to stop a wish-
bone. They may have three Byars (Ohio State's
big tailback) in their backfield. I don't know. I
hear they've got a lot of big studs."
The wishbone offense brings back a few
memories for Bo and not all of them are
"We played the wishbone in the 1976 Orange
Bowl against Joe Washington and the Selmon
boys and a lousy bunch of players called
Oklahoma," Bo said. "They were probably the
finest group of athletes we ever played against."
OKLAHOMA won that game, 14-6, and the con-
test wasn't nearly as close as the score indicated.
Auburn probably isn't as talented as the 1975
Sooners, but that doesn't mean it won't provide a
stiff challenge for Michigan. The Tigers have
already beaten Georgia, 13-7, and only lost to
second-ranked Texas i20-7.
"It's going to be a great game," said Michigan
quarterback Steve Smith, who had Sugar Bowl

emblems stuck on his shirt. "Auburn is a great
team and they are going to challenge us both of-
fensively and defensively."
"I think everybody is excited about going
down," Michigan running back Rick Rogers
said, "playing Auburn, the third-ranked team in
the country. We're looking to beat them. and
move up in the rankings."
'It's going to be a great
game. Auburn is a great
team and they are going
to challenge us both of-
fensively and defen-
- Steve Smith



"If we hadn't beaten (Ohio State),.I
would have thought something was
lacking in my career here," Smith said.
"I've lost to them and I've lost to them,
and I've been ridiculed for it. Now I've
beaten them.
"(Fans) can look at me however they
want to," the 6-0, 194-pounder added.
"Some are going to think I'm great,
,some are going to think I'm terrible,
but I hope they remember that we won
our last game here."
Certainly Smith should be remem-
bered for his overall achievements as a


BUT WHILE much of the team was looking
forward to Auburn, Bo didn't want any part of
that. He just wanted td sit back and enjoy the 24-
21 victory over the arch-rival Buckeyes. "I can't
think beyond this win," he said.
He did, however, allow his-thoughts to wander
for just a few minutes. "I don't know when I was
there (New Orleans) last," he said. "I like
seafood though, I'll tell you that."
One Wolverine who does remember the last
time he was in New Orleans is defensive back
Brad Cochran. "I took a trip down there. I love
Bourbon Street," he said, grinning.
The Wolverines will probably have to wait un-
til after Christmas before they can check out
Bourbon Street. Moeller said he heard that the
team would probably practice for a week in Ann
Arbor before leaving for Louisiana on December

Daily Photo by JEF± FLMKKiE
Bo Schembechler was elated after his club was given an invitation to New
Blue Banter
* Before yesterday's game started, the Ohio State mascot was swaggering downfield
with an OSU flag amidst an abundance of boos when an unidentified 'M' letterman
upended the Buckeye with a superb open-field tackle.
* How pumped up was Bo Schembechler? Well,when the Wolverines stormed out
onto the field to start the game, leading the way was Schembechler who soared into
the air to touch the M' banner.
" The apple cores and rolls of toilet paper that were thrown onto the field late in the
game while fans stood on the goal post by the student section, had one Michigan
assistant coach upset. He said that it was a shame that one percent of the fans
would make the other 99 percent look bad and added that he was glad the game was
not nationally or regionally televised as a result. Said center Tom Dixon, "It
probably shouldn't have happened, but I can understand the enthusiasm."
* When Ohio State scored its first touchdown to cut Michigan's lead to 10-7.
Buckeyes fans threw sugar cubes on to the field.
* Ohio State linebacker Clark Backus to Michigan tailback Rick Rogers after the
game. "You take it home, the Sugar Bowl."

Wolverine. When the season and his collegiate career end,
Smith will be Michigan's career leader in total yardage,
passing yardage, pass attempts, pass completions, and will be!
second in career touchdown passes. In addition, his 1,600-plus
yards will rank him 15th on the Wolverines' all-time rushing
But years from now both the statistics and the previous;
failures will be forgotten, and Smith will be remembered for
winning THE game.
"I think today was a personal triumph for Steve Smith,"
said Michigan coach Bo Schembechler. "He ran well, threw
well and got us into the right plays. He proved here that he's
one of the best quarterbacks in the nation."
,Sour past
But uil yesterday's game was over, Michigan fans would
not give Smith a favorable sentence, apparently waiting for
him to falter once more.
"There's a point where you have to beat the big team and
win the big games," Smith said. "I got pegged as if I couldn't
pass, couldn't win the big game.
"I didn't have my best games against Ohio State," Smith
said. "I made some key plays, but I never came up with the
really big plays before today. Making the big play, throwing
the long pass or running for the touchdown was something I
never did against them."
But now Smith has made the plays, completed the passes
and vindicated himself as one of Michigan's true "victors."
His early-season performance was hampered by a,
shoulder injury and his mid-season performance dampened
bya ho'Ulder brace- hut Smith',, ncrformnn'd3of 1'ztt hn

ilhini finish perfect in conference

EVANSTON (UPI) - Jack Trudeau
threw four touchdown passes - two to
senior Tim Brewster - and Thomas Rooks
scored a pair of touchdowns to lead Rose
Bowl-bound Illinois to a 56-24 victory clin-
over Northwestern, yesterday, clinching the
Illini's first Big Ten title in 20 years.
The victory, Illinois' tenth in a row, also
marked the first time in league history a
team went 9-0 in conference play. North-
western fell to 2-9 overall and 2-7 in the Big
Illinois built a 42-10 halftime lead, then
coasted before a sellout crowd of 52,333 -

Gray's two touchdowns led Purdue to a 31-30
victory yesterday over Indiana in the An-
nual Old Oaken Bucket game.
A two-point conversion attempt following
Indiana's last touchdown was unsuccessful
because Len Kenebrew caught the pass
from Steve Bradley just beyond the end
Purdue took a 31-17 lead with 4:09 left in
the game on Gray's second touchdown run,
a two yarder. Gray finished with 176 yards
rushing, more than Purdue's average
rushing attack of 173 yards per game.
Purdue running back Lloyd Hawthorne

receptions this season, broke the school
record for receiving yardage set by Pat
Richter in 1961. It was the second con-
secutive stellar performance for the junior
split end, who caught eight passes for a Big
Ten record 252 yards last week against Pur-
With the Badgers, who finished 7-4 overall
and 5-4 in the conference, holding a 15-0
third quarter lead, Toon hauled in a 27-yard
scoring pass from Wright. Later in the quar-
ter, Wright's one-yard sneak put the game
out of reach as Wisconsin's defense recor-
ded its second shutout of the season.
IF ! 1 ' re-.- V

the school record of 2,133 held by Dennis
Wingback Ronnie Harmon also scored
three touchdowns for the Hawkeyes. Iowa
scored on its first five possessions en route
to a 34-0 halftime lead and finished the
regular season 9-2 overall and 7-2 in the Big
With Phillips leading the way, the
Hawkeyes rushed for a school record 517
yards in becoming only the third Iowa team
to win nine games in a season.
Big Ten Standings


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