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By KEN SUGIURA
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
If you wanta reason why-the Michi-
gan football team faltered againstNotre
Dame, consider the possibility of sore
After all, the Wolverines have been
carrying the Big Ten for the past few
Finally though, while Michigan was
unable todefend the conference's honor
in losing to Notre Dame, the rest of the
Big Ten came through.
With victories by Ohio State (over
Washington), Michigan State (Kansas),
Minnesota (Indiana State), Wisconsin
(Southern Methodist), Iowa (Iowa
State), Indiana (Northern Illinois), Penn
State (USC) and Purdue (Western Michi-
gan), the Big Ten went 8-2, with Illi-
nois' defeat at the hands of Missouri
providing the other loss.
Northwestern, after losing to the
Irish, 27-12, two weeks ago, was idle.
The overall strong record was a break
from the recent past, in which the Big
Ten teams have suffered many
embarassing non-conference and bowl
game losses. Regardless, in his weekly
teleconference yesterday, Michigan
coach Gary Moeller said he is not all
"You have to wait and see what
happens in the entire season.," said
Moeller, last season's B ig Ten Coach of
the Year. "Opponents change and all
those things become a part of it, but as
we all knew, the Big Ten's going to get
stronger, it was just a matter of time to
bounce back and do some of those things.
"Maybe (the league's) concentra-
tion wasn't quite there or whatever, but
maybe something hit us over the head
and got our attention," he added.
Apparently, the teams who were hit
hardest over the head were Moeller's
two rivals, Ohio State and Michigan
State. The Buckeyes put the hurton then
No. 18-ranked Washington, 21-12.
Michigan State beat Kansas, 31-13.
Coincidentally, players from both
teams, Spartan running back Craig Tho-
mas and Ohio State linebacker Lorenzo
Styles, were named this week's Big Ten
Players of-the Week.
"I think that Michigan State played
very well, obviously, to beat a good
Kansas team," Moeller said. "I saw a
few minutes of the game Saturday night
(between) Ohio State and Washington
and Ohio State looked very good tome.
They've got a great defensive team and
they can run the football."
With the upcoming open date,Michi-
gan has ample time to mull over its loss
to Notre Dame, a point which concerns
"I think that's always a problem.
Sometimes if you have a game right
next week you get going on it because
you can't keep turning and looking
back," said Moeller, whose team
dropped seven places in the AP Poll to
No. 10. "Obviously, (the loss) is going
to make a big impression on us only
because we're going to dwell on it a
longer period of time."
Michigan's next opponent, Hous-
ton, is also taking the week off. The
Cougars are 0-2 so far this season. They
opened with a49-7 smearing from USC
and then came back to lose at home to
THE WHEATLEY FILE: Tyrone
Wheatley's 318 all-purpose yards
against Notre Dame (146 rushing, 39
receiving, 133 on kickoff returns) was
the fourth-highest single-game total in
Michigan history. Ron Johnson's 347
yards against Wisconsin in 1968 still
leads. Now, with 3,054 career all-pur-
pose yards, Wheatley ranks 10th in
Saturday marked the firsttimeMichi-
gan has lost in agname in which Wheatley
has gained 100 yards. The Wolverines
are now 8-1-1 in those contests.
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the Wolverines failed to win when Wheatley gained more than 100 yards.
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