Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Sunday, October 21, 1984
By Douglas B. Levyv
but there's hope for a bowl
Special to the Daily
You know your team is hurting when Fiesta Bowl official Art Grandprix,
comments, "Things are looking pretty grim for Michigan's chances of
receiving a bowl bid."
Grandprix uttered thoseprophetic words during the fourth quarter of
Michigan's dreadful, 26-0 loss to Iowa.
Grandprix made the trip to Iowa City to check out two prospective Fiesta
Bowl participants. What Grandprix, and a national television audience wit-
nessed, were two fine defenses. Yes, the Wolverines proved once and for all,
that they can still lav defense with anybody.
But the offense - what a profound difference. Iowa's Chuck Long, Ron-
nie Harmon, and Owen Gill are future professionals of NFL calibre.
Russell Rein, Chris Zurbrugg, Rick Rogers and Eddie Garrett are fine
athletes, but who toil for an offense that is, yes, outmoded.
"It was very simple, very simple," emphasized Hawkeye cornerback
Nate Creer of Michigan's offensive attack. "You could look at them from six
years ago and they're still running the exact same plays. They live and die
with what they do best."
Michigan football '84 is dead and buried.
Barely afloat, the Wolverines are mired at 4-3, 3-2 in the Big Ten. There
will be no Rose Bowl to look forward to, nor the Sugar and according to
Fiesta bigwig, Grandprix, no Fiesta.
Well, the Holiday, Hall of Fame and Citrus Bowls also had representatives
in Iowa City. And right now they're probably praying for Michigan to
somehow finish at 7-4 or 6-5 so they can extend the Wolverines one of their
Do you want to see Michigan in the '84 Holiday Bowl? Did UCLA allow its
basketball team to participate in the NIT last winter after years in the NCAA
tournament? - No!
Forget it, Michigan's director of Athletics Don Canham has far too much
class for such childish antics. Michigan will go to a post-season bowl game.
Canham and Wolverine head coach Bo Schembechler agree that Michigan
owes a bowl trip to its seniors.
By now, everyone knows that the last time Schembechler was blanked was
at Minnesota in 1977. Seven, long years ago. "Yes, they (the Hawkeyes) are
good," admitted a shaken Schembechler, "not quite that good. Not good
enough to shut us out."
One consistency with Schembechler; he has only one goal for his football
team, to achieve a Rose Bowl berth by virtue of capturing the Big Ten title.
Anything less to Bo, is plain and simply a failure, a misguided effort, an un-
forgivable fault that must be corrected.
Yesterday's game was for the Rose Bowl and Michigan lost. Iowa, on the
other hand, is the most legitimate of powerhouses. The Hawkeye offense is
explosive averaging over 31 points per game. Iowa's defense has not allowed
a touchdown in three consecutive games. Both units are improving on a
Iowa's two losses this year came at the hands of Penn State and Ohio State,
in weeks two and three of the campaign. In Iowa City, those losses are long
Consider for a moment, if you will, the great strides the Ohio State
Buckeyes have made in recent years. One needs a program to remember
what bowl games the clowns from Columbus have participated in recent
Bo will be back. His talent has worn thin this season and '84 will prove to be
the leanest Michigan year in memory, but the future will be as bright as the
Hey, the Holiday Bowl won't be so bad after all. 'M' Go Blue!
Michigan offense stymied
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"Our offense didn't play up to par,"
explained tight end Sim Nelson. "We
didn't make any big plays again."
ACTUALLY the Wolverines were
making big plays in the negative sense
all game long.
The problems started early. After
stopping Iowa on three plays to open the
contest, Gilvanni Johnson misjudged a
wind-blown punt and fumbled it away
The Hawkeyes gave that one back on
a fumbled snap a few plays later, but
played errorless ball the rest of the
THEY DOMINATED the opening
quarter, holding the football for over 13
minutes. Most of that time came during
their 81-yard touchdown drive that
opened the scoring.
A key play during that possession was
a second-down run by Ronnie Harmon
on which he fumbled into the arms of
Michigan cornerback Brad Cochran.
But the officials questionably ruled that
Harmon was down before coughing up
the ball. Soon afterwards, the
Hawkeyes were on top to stay.
In the second quarter, Mitchell grab-
bed his first interception and returned
it 20 yards to set up a 29-yard field goal
Special to the Daily
IOWA CITY-Michigan cheerleader
Andy Fogel was treated and released
from University Hospital here yester-
day after a national television audience
watched him leave the field on a stret-
cher. The game was delayed for
several minutes in the fourth quarter
while the injured senior from Bloom-
field Hills was treated on the field. He
reportedly fell from a mount onto his
head and shoulder, and most of the aid
given on the field was only
precautionary. A spokeswoman at the
hospital last night said only that he was
treated and released and would not
discuss his injuries.
by Tom Nichol that gave Iowa a 9-0
AFTER THE Hawkeye lead reached
19-0 in the fourth quarter, Schem-
bechler inserted Chris Zurbrugg at
The sophomore from Alliance, Ohio
could only complete four of 12 passes,
but did drive the Wolverines inside the
Iowa 10 in the final minute thanks to a
quarterback scramble for 14 yards.
However, Zurbrugg was sacked by
noseguard Jon Vrieze and his fourth
down toss for Vince Bean fell incom-
plete as the Hawkeye fanatics
screamed with delight over the shutout.
"THE NUMBER one thing we didn't
want to do today was turn the ball over
and we didn't do that," said Schem-
bechler. "Our problem all year is that
we haven't been able to move the ball.
It doesn't matter if you run or pass, just
as long as you move the sticks. And we
haven't done that."
If it's any consolation, the Wolverines
did gain a fan for the rest of the way. "I
hope Michigan wins the rest of their
football games," said Fry, "and I ho
we do too."
But Fry was being more than just a
neighborly victor. The Hawks need
Michigan, or someone else, to down the
Buckeyes in order for Iowa to win the
And who knows, with Illinois, Purdue,
and Ohio State left still to play, the
possibility of spoiling things for OSU
may be all that Michigan has to look
forward to this season.14
Iowa fullback Owen Gill blasts past Michigan's Doug Mallory (8) and Kevin Brooks (52) for the Hawkeye's final touch-
down in their 26-0 thrashing of the Wolverines yesterday.
NY foursom e rips Blue
MICHIGAN .................. 0
Iowa .......................... 6
0 0 0-0
3 3 14-26
Iowa - Harmon 3-yard run (kick failed)
Iowa - Nichol 29-yard field goal
Iowa - Nichol 46-yard field goal
Iowa - Gill 9-yard run (Nichol kick)
Iowa - Long 2-yard run (Nichol kick)
First Downs .......
Rushing (Att/yds) .
Net Passing Yards.
Total Yards .......
Punts (No/Avg) ...
Time of Posession .
By DOUBLAS B. LEVY
Special to the Daily
IOWA CITY-As Hayden Fry's Hawkeyes were cruising to
their 26-0 Big Ten victory over Michigan yesterday, four
young Hawks stood apart from the rest.
Two of the four stick out anyway, by virtue of being
tailback Ronnie Harmon and fullback Owen Gill. Harmon
and Gill combine with quarterback Chuck Long to give Iowa
a nationally reknowned offensive backfield.
THE OTHER two free safety Devon Mitchell and corner-
back Nate Creer, picked off three Wolverine passes and are
the unheralded anchors of a formidable Hawkeye defensive
Interestingly, neither of the four stars can boast of a mid-
western football heritage. Coincidentally, all four were
reared in New York City. And amazingly, the trio of Gill,
Mitchell and Creer graduated in the same class from the
same high school-Brooklyn's Tillden High.
"WE'RE ALL seniors here and we played together for
three years in high school," said Creer, a senior with junior
eligibility. Mitchell too, has another year of eligibility, while
Gill's college eligibility expires at the end of the 1984 cam-
Incredibly, Tillden High never captured its class of the City
football championship while the tremendous trio performed
there. According to Creer, Tillden lost in the finals both in
1979 and '80 to archrival Midwood.
"Ha-ha, my team won it every year," claimed tailback
Harmon, who attended Bayside High in the burrough of
Queens. Harmon arrived in Iowa City one year after his pals
from Brooklyn, and after two years as a top Big Ten wide
receiver, he has emerged as the true superstar of the
Hawkeyes this season once transplanted as tailback.
HARMON replaced his best friend Gill, who moved to
fullback. "When we're together we play as one," said Har-
mon. "Owen is still running as a tailback. He sees and hits
the holes as a tailback. Where he goes I go. I just follow
Coming into the Michigan game, Harmon was playing
follow the leader to perfection. In six games he had rushed
for 664 yards on 5.8 yards per carry.
Fullback Gill, meanwhile, was averaging 5.6 yards per
rush and had 447 yards on the year.
Against Michigan, Harmon was once again the workhorse,
carrying the ball 27 times, but for only 63 yards. Gill had a
strong day with 85 yards rushing on 16 carries.
Both scored touchdowns. Harmon's was a three-yard burst
putting Iowa up, 6-0. Gill's was a ten-yard power play up thN
middle which buried the Wolverines at 19-0.
Though the running back's touchdown runs put the points
on the scoreboard, no single play broke Michigan's back
more than Devon Mitchell's 75 yard interception return.
Russell Rein's third down and goal pass was intended for
Vince Bean but Mitchell nabbed it at the one-yard line and
started running. Rick Rodgers tackled Mitchell 75 yards
later, at which time the free safety was lost for the game with
a shoulder injury.
Mitchell had intercepted an earlier Rein pass and returned
that one twenty yards giving him 95 yards in interception
returns. On the afternoon, the Rein-Zurbrugg combos
amassed only 83 yards through the air. Due to the injury,
Mitchell was unavailable after the game.
According to Harmon, the four (including his younger
brother Kevin who is a quarterback) are particularly close
because there are so few Hawkeyes 'from the east coast "I
think people are scared to take the chance on coming to Iowa.
It's a kind of slow, definately a big culture shock," said Har-
The ones shocked yesterday'were the Wolverines thanks to
the "east coast kids"-Creer, Mitchell, Gill and Harmon.
Att Comp Int
Rein .............13 7 2
Zurbrugg .......... 12 4 1
Att Comp Int Yds
Long .............. 20 14 0 146
Rogers ............ 19 55
BIG TEN ROUNDUP
Spartans stumble on bad boot, 23-2Q
EAST LANSING, (AP) - Ohio State
tailback Keith Byars rushed for 121 yards and
a touchdown and Rich Spangler kicked three
field goals yesterday, but only a shanked field
goal attempt by Michigan State's Ralf
Mojsiejenko with three seconds left gave the
No. 8 Buckeyes a 23-20 Big Ten victory over
the upset-minded Spartans.
Michigan State's defense forced the
Buckeyes to punt and the Spartans took over
the ball 39 yards from the goal line with 2:56
remaining in the game.
The Spartans moved the ball to the 23
before quarterback Dave Yarema was
sacked for a 3-yard loss, setting up a fourth
and 13 situation.
Mojsiejenko attempted a 43-yard field goal
from the left hash mark, but shanked the ball
low and to the right of the goal posts.
Wisconsin 20, Indiana 16
BLOOMINGTON, (AP)-A 4-yard touch-
down run by holder Bob Kobza on a fake field
goal attempt snapped a 10-10 tie and sparked
Wisconsin to a 20-16 Big Ten Conference foot-
ball victory over winless Indiana yesterday.
It was the Hoosiers' 12th straight loss over
two seasons, the longest in the school's 100
year football history.
The go-ahead touchdown capped a 10-
minute drive in the third quarter and came
seven minutes after the Badgers' leading
rusher, Larry Emery, went out with a knee
Emery had rushed for 127 yards and the fir-
st Wisconsin touchdown in the second quar-
ter. After he left with 9:46 to go in the third
period, fullback Joe Armentrout and backup
tailback Marck Harrison picked up the
Badgers' ground game.
Illinois 34, Purdue 20
CHAMPAIGN (AP) - Illinois quarterback
Jack Trudeau fired two touchdown passes
yesterday and guided the Illini to a 34-20 Big
Ten football victory over Purdue.
The loss stripped the Boilermakers of their
share of the Big Ten lead, and kept alive the
Illini's hopes of successfully defending their
1983 conference championship.
Trudeau connected with David Boatright in
the first quarter on a 52-yard touchdown pass,
then hit David Williams with a 35-yard
scoring pass in the third quarter.
He also moved Illinois into position for a
one-yard touchdown plunge by Thomas Rooks
in the first quarter and a five-yard TD run by
Ray Wilson in the fourth quarter.
Trudeau completed 17 of 27 passes for 321
yards. Purdue's Jim Everett was 23 for 51
and 289 yards, but had two potential touch-
down passes intercepted-one deflected out of
the end zone and into the hands of Mike
Heaven in the second quarter, and another
picked off by Craig Swoope at the Illini goal
line in the fourth quarter.
South Carolina dumps Notre Dame, 36-32
SOUTH BEND, (AP) - Backup quarter-
back Mike Hold scored two fourth quarter
early in the fourth quarter. His 33-yard run on
a third down broken pass play capped a 75-
vaird maroh tn nin u nth Cornlina ahead to
yards short of a winning score.
After the fumble, Arkansas moved 99 yards
for a touchdown, which came one a 54-yard
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