TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1928 1
THE MICHIGAN DAILY ___
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Makes Fine ShowingI
Team Swings Into Active Prepara-
tion Today For Coming Battle
With Invading Orange
SQUAD IN GOOD CONDITION
Undaunted by their last minute
defeat at the hands of the Badgers
Saturday, the determined Wolver-
ines will start hard work this af-
ternoon in preparation for their
tilt with Coach Bob Zuppk's cham-
pionship Illinois eleven here next1
Although the loss to Wisconsin
was Michigan's fourth straight'de-
feat, the Varsity showed improve-
ment that bodes ill for the Indians.
For the first time this year Coach
Wieman's men flashed a real pass-
ing offense completing 12 for over
130 yards total gain.-
Passing Attack Improved
Michigan also showed a more
varied running attack, netting sev-
eral nice gains on triple pass plays
with Simrall on the running end,1
while Gembis and Rich plowed the.
Badger line with c o n si d e r a b el
success. Michigan's defensel
also showed the result of the
long drills on fundamentals that
have been in order for the past
'two weeks, and the Wolverines tac-
kled harder and cleaner, while the
line stopped all Cardinal efforts to
score by running, holding when-
ever the Badgers threatened to
score in the first half.
The unbeaten Illini may be due
for a surprise when they invade
the Stadium to meet the rejuvenat-
ed Varsity next Saturday. North-
western held the Indians to one
touchdown and same near tieing
the count in the last period, failing
by inches to make a first down vn
the Suckers' two yard line. Hum-
bert, Zuppke's chief backfield
threat, was stopped in his efforts
to gain through the Wildcat line
and is certain to have trouble with
the Wolverine forward wall, and
the Illini may be compelled to re-
sort to an as yet untried forward
pass attack next Saturday. At anyi
rate, with the morale of the Wol-
verines as it now is, Illinois is cer-
tain to have an old time Illinois-
Michigan struggle on its hands
Saturday, with the possibility that
the Varsity may gain revenge for'
its 14 to 0 beating at Urbana last
Men Have Light Workout,
Most of the men who yplayed
Saturday received only a light
workout yesterday, Coach Blott di-
recting the Wolverines in a long
signal practice. Michigan came
through the Badger contest with
no serious injuries except a recur-
rence of Cornwell's bad knee, and
Al Bovard's injured shoulder has
improved sufficiently to allow him
to take part in signal practice.
While most of the regulars rest-
ed, Simrall, Williams, Orwig, and
Squier engaged in a scrimmage
against Coach Keen's sophomore
eleven. The blue-clad backfield,
composed of McBride at quarter,
Holmes and Simrall at the halves,
and Hozer, fullback, had little trou-
ble in gaining through the sopho-
more line, while Ernie McCoy came
back from an end positon to take
the throwing end of several suc-
cessful long passes.
' e"Blondy" Simrall, seemingly un-
tired by his work against the Bad-
gers, starred for the Varsity eleven
on offense. Besides making several
long gains around the ends and on
the same triple pass play used Sat-
urday, he was on the receiving end
of two of McCoy's passes, and also
made long returns of punts.
What an important role forward
passing can play in a football game
was well illustrated in the bitterly-
contested game played in the Mich-
igan stadium Saturday, both the
Wolverines and the Badgers em-
ploying the aerial attack with
This ineJhod of advancing
the ball was predominant in
the first real offensive launched
by the Wolverines this season,
while it was a pass that netted
the Badgers the winning
With big Joe Truskowski, Michi-
gan left end, on the throwing end
of most of the tosses the Wolver-
ines completed 11 of their 27 tries
for a total gain of 134 yards and 7
of their 11 first downs.
Truskowski's long throws1
caused the Badgers a lot of
worry and were largely respon-
sible for Michigan's 7 first
downs gained by this rout. Had
the intcnded receivers of sev-
eral of these tosses been a little'
faster, they would have been in
a good position to score.
The general defensive play of the
Wolverine backfield was a decided
improvement over that of the Ohio
game. Rich and Wheeler downed
the Badger runners repeatedly be-
fore they could get away for long
gains when they managed to elude;
the ends, while Gembis backed up
the line to perfection.
Simie Simrall got into the
game in the last quarter and
proved once and for all that he..
has recovered from the attack
of stage fright that character-
ized his first appearance. He
got, off a beautiful 51 yard
punt, and looked good in carry-
ing the ball and running back
In the line Pommerening played'
his usual outstanding game, but as
a unit the foward wall looked good.
Humbert, Illini Back,
Leads Big Ten Stars
In Points Collected
Fritz Humbert, plunging fullback
from Illinois, still retained the lead'
in the Big Ten individual scoring
although the fighting Northwestern
eleven prevented him from adding
to his margin on Saturday.
His total of 42 points is endang-
ered by Hovde of Minnesota whose
Freshman urud Contest, Fireworks,
And Traditional Parade To
TO HOLD ALUMNI DINNER
(Special To The Daily)
whose team stagea a great come-
back by decisively trouncing Drake
by a convincing 32 to 6 score.
Hands Chicago Bears
Year's First Defeat
Adding another victim to their
collection, Benny Friedman's De-
troit Wolverins marched on their
way toward the professional league
title by handing the Chicago Bears
their first defeat of the season,
'6-0, before 20,000 of the midway
With his reputation already es-
tablished as one of the greatest
forward passers and field generals
in the game, the former Michigan
ace treated the Chicagoans to a'
rare exhibition of line smashing
and open field running.
Friedman Makes Long Run
After the teams had battled
through three scoreless quarters,
Friedman returned Driscoll's punt
25 yards and alternating with Tiny
Feather, his fullback, in carrying
the ball, Friedman advanced the
ball to the Chicago 5 yard line. In
three attempts Jackson, substitute
fullback carried it over.
Again late in the same period,
Benny threw a 30 yard pass to
Munn while standing on his own
goal line as a final proof of his
greatness. And from this point he
began a series of line smashes that
carried the ball to the Bear's eight
yard line where the final whistle
ended the march. The Wolverines
had advanced the ball 86 yards.
Friedman carried the ball 164'
yards in 30 attempts for an average
of five and a half yards each trip.
He ran Driscoll's punts back for a
total of 44 yards, the last one a 25
yard return being instrumental in
the Detroit score.
The Bears were prepared to stop
the well-known forward passing
game of the Wolverines, but Fried-
man outwitted them by relying on
a running attack. He attempted
28 passes during the contest, com-
pleting 7 for a gain of 113 yards.
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Captain George Rich was an-
other integral part of the
Maize and Blue aerial attack,
being on the receiving end on
no less than six of the complet-
Lusby, Wisconsin's clever soph-
omoreback, made good in 7 of his
19 attempts for a gain of 120 yards.
It was one of his throws to Bo
Cusinier that paved the way for the
latter's 24 yard dash to a touch-
down and victory.
The punting of Michigan fell
somewhat below the average in
the Ohio and Indiana games,
Wheeler making 32 yards in 11
attempts and Simrall 51 in 1.
Wisconsin's trio of punters
were credited with an average
of one yard less than the
Wolves in 15 tries.
Michigan drew the greater num-
ber of penalties, losing 40 yards to
35 for Wisconsin. The Wolverine
team was called twice for stalling'
and once for holding, the Badgers
once for stalling and once for hold-
ing, the others being for offside and
'Blondy' Simrall .
who, though not playing entire
game against Wisconsin, showed
promising speed and ability to re-
turn kicks while under fire.
The right side still needs bolstering What promises to be two bitter1
if it is to withstand the thrusts of gridiron struggles will be played by 1
Fritz Humbert, Zuppke's battering the Freshman team this week when1
ram, but another week of work they meet the Physical Eds. to-
should remedy this weakness. night and the Sophomore football
team, under the tutelage of Coach
Returning to his old position, Clif Keen, Thursday night. Both I
the center post, Ray Cragin games will start at 4 o'clock, and
handled himself in fine style, will be played on South Ferry field.
while Poe and Steinke at the One group of Yearling candidates
guard berths left little to be was taught the plays that Illinois
desired. has been using this season last
I night by Coach Veenker. This team
The addition of Bruce Hurlbert, will use the Illinois formations in
230-pound tackle, to the right side scrimmage with the Varsity this
of the line may solve the difficulty. week to help prepare them for the 1
Hurlbert is fast for his unusual size invasion of their traditional rivals.
and with a little more experience Coach Ray Fisher says that his.
he should fit into the forward wall Freshman squad is shaping up well
well. this year and that several of his
men have Varsity possibilities. The
Truskowski looked good at ends are just ordinary, but the
end and proved himself as a tackles and guards are big and ap-
forward passer, while the work pear to have some potential talent.
of Draveling left something to In the backfield Coach Fisher
be desired. Most of the Badger's stated that there are two or three
successful runs were made men who have shown real ability
around his end. and should make strong bids for a
-- __ place on the Varsity squad next
NEW YORK-Ken Strong, N. Y. U. year. As a whole the Freshman
star, not only leads eastern college i team appears well balanced, and
scorers but the whole country as should show power in its games
well. Strong has tallied 91 points with the Sophomores and the Phy-
in five games. sical Eds.
touchdown against Iowa came as EVANSTON, Oct. 29.-A two day
the result of a thrilling 91 yard homecoming celebration will mark
dash but Hovde was also tied by the Northwestern-Minnesota foot-
Page of the Hawkeye eleven whose ball game to be held here Satur-
long run a few seconds later cday, Nov. 3. Thousands of alumni
brought an Iowa victory over Min- from every corner of the country
nesota. These two each boasted 36 will come to Evanston to partici-
points. pate in the festivities and to see
Cuisinier of Wisconsin trailed in the Purple eleven in action against
third place with 31 points, a touch- the powerful Gophers.
down against the Wolverines giv- I The traditional homecoming pa-
ing him a lead over Glassgow of rade, five hundred dollars worth of
Iowa who follows with 25 points, fireworks, the biggest bonfire since
involved in a tie with a team mate, Pontiac was a papoose, a freshman
McLain, the Indian fullback. football game, a snake dance after
The individual totals giving the the big game and an informal
touchdowns, points after touch- dance at the gymnasium are the
downs, field goals and total points principal features of the program.
are as follows: Added to these attractions will be
TD PT FG TP the fraternity and sorority reunions
Humbert, Illinois . 7 0 0 42 and other smaller group gatherings.
Hovde, Minn. .... 6 0 0 36 The homecoming parade, with a
Pape, Iowa ...... 6 0 0 36 gala array of floats representing
Cuisinier, Wis. ... 5 1 0 31 both the Evanston and McKinlock
Glassgow, Iowa .. 3 7 0 25 campuses, will start in front of the
McLain, Iowa .... 4 1 0 25 fraternity quadrangle Friday night
Harmeson, Purdue 4 0 0 24 at 7 o'clock. A pep session, featured
Burgess, Chicago . 3 1 0 19 by the huge bonfire and part of the
Bartholomew, Wis. 3 1 0 19 fireworks, will follow at Roycemore
In the eastern circles, Strong of feld.
New York university ran far ahead Two picked teams from the best
of the other scorers three touch- freshman football squad ever
j downs and five points after touch- -assembled at Northwestern will give
downs placing him safely in first grads a glance into the future
place with 91 points. Gulick of Wildcat prospects in a battle at
Hobart was next with 60 pints Roycemore field Saturday morning
Gs -6at 10 o'clock.
G Td Pt Fg Tp Coach Hanley's wildcats will take
Strong, N. Y. U.. . .... 5 12 19 0 91 the field against the highly touted
-Gulick, Hobart ....... 510 0 0 60I"Northmen" of Doc Spears at 2
Landmaid, Williams .. 5 8 8 0 56 ( o'clock. They will be undaunted by
Blenstock, C. C. N. Y 4 9 1 0 55 the reported bone-crushing pro-
Marsters, Dartmouth . 5 8 1 0 49 clivities of Bronko Nagurski et al
Rodriquez, W. Va. Wes. 6 7 0 0 49 and will enter the fray primed to
make it a victorious homecoming.
CAPPON CONFINED Between halves of the game
I Northwestern alumni. celebrities
WITH L E G INJUR Y will exchange greetings and be in-
troduced to the crowd in mid-field,
Franklin Cappon, varsity back- while "welcome alumni" greetings
field coach on the Michigan coach- and Purple battle cries will be ex-
ing staff, who has been confined to ploded overhead as part of the fire-
the University hospital for several works display. The old fashioned
days was reported by his physician, snake dance will be hauled out
Dr. Kerlikowski, yesterday to be again at the close of the game. In
past serious danger and will prob- the evening the last "Whoopee"
ably be able to leave the hospital session will be held at Patton gym
tomorrow. where the grads will dance and as-
Coach Cappon was unable to at- sist in the awarding of trophies for
tend practice sessions because of .a the best parade float and house
disturbing leg infection. decorations.
With the exception of punt-
ing, Michigan showed remark-
able improvement in every de-
partment of play, the offensive,
strength being especially grati-
fying to the followers of the
Maize and Blue team.
The Wolves proved that in the .
forward pass they have a real
menace with Truskowski and
Wheeler doing the throwing and
Captain Rich on the receiving end.
And the return to form of Gembis
assures the team pf a capable line-
bucker when a few yards are
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