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oe Savilla Is The Only Absentee As Varsity Prepares F(

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Dear Coach-
It was approximately 5 o'clock Saturday afternoon. You were heading
across the playing field of Memorial Stadium toward the Minnesota bench
and the team was filing off the field. The stands were practically empty,
and the shadow of darkness was settling. It was above all a panorama of
mixed emotions and to me it was far more gripping than even the thrill
packed game that had just finished.
I watched you as you passed Janke and realized how both of you felt.
Fred was looking down absolutely crushed and you were utterly dejected.
You walked over to Bernie Bierman, and as he clasped your hand I could
sense what he must have said:
"Well, Fritz, there's one you should have had."
You posed for a few pictures with the Minnesota coach, shook his hand
again, and headed for that long walk back to the Michigan locker room.
They say in the Minneapolis papers that you were "visibly affected" but
"gallantly pulled yourself together." That's probably putting it a little too
strongly as the Minnesota papers are bound to do.'Anyway, let's say you
felt bad about it.
Fritz, for the first time in four years, Michigan men are proud to say
that they have a ball club with a rare combination of courage and ability.
After watching Minnesota roll up 139 points to our six in the last four years,
Saturday's result really meant something to us. The breaks beat us but
if you look at the record books, you'll find that it's dame fortune's uncanny
way of balancing her books.
The score Saturday was 7 to 6, and if you turn back the pages of
the ledger you'll find a similar score posted for 1926. Ask the average
person about that game, and probably all they'll be able to tell you is the!
final score. Of such indelible stuff is the record book composed.
Anyhow, back in 1926 we won 7 to 6 over the same golden Gopher. That
day, Minnesota made 18 first downs to Michigan's three; gained 314 yards
to Michigan's 50, but lost when Bennie Oosterbaan picked up a loose fumble
\and ran 55 yards for a touchdown. The immortal Benny Friedman converted.
Twelve years later the hands of fate strike a balance. We run up 13C
first downs to Minnesota's 6 and gain 122 yards more by rushing, but the
old indelible pencil will enter 7 to 6 and little more. ,

They won't write down that here was a Michigan team that outdid
Minnesota at everything but gaining an ovation from the stands. They
outsmarted the Gopher, overpowered him, and then got that heart-
breaking finish simply because the fates ruled that it be so.
They won't write down that this Michigan team has as fine a line as
you'll find iii the country today. Nor will they cite the fact that the entire
team was as well coached, precise, and masterfully handed as any in
Michigan's history. All they'll remember is 7 to 6.
Nor will the record books tell of four of the most killing breaks that a
team ever was dealt. Evie drops Harmon's pass, and Harmon, unconscious,
after a terrific tackle by Moore, lets a ball trickle out of his faltering hands,
and Trosko slips and falls in trying to cover Johnson, thus allowing a com-
pleted pass, and Nicholson gets into the clear only to have a charging Gopher
line prevent Trosko from getting set on a long pass and the ball falls short.
No, none of that will be recorded, Coach, and there's a lot more that
will go by the books unnoticed. There will be no entry of Ralph Heik-
kinen's inspired play in the line, a performance that must label him as
a serious all-American candidate. Nor will they write down that Janke
and Arch Kodros and Vince Valek fought their hearts out in vain. Thej
whole team did.
There will be little mention of that 89 yard march down field for a
touchdown-an almost unprecedented accomplishment against a Minnesota
line. They, won't remember how you put Meyer in and that delayed buck
began to click. There were heroes on that march, Fritz: men like Harmon
and Norm Purucker and Paul Kromer who fought with an incredible couragej
and a ceasless energy.
There is so much to record of that game. For Minnesota you've got to
live Van Every a lot of credit for his fine passing and there's certainly
nothing wrong with Moore's play.
All in all, however, I think the thing I'll remember most is your
walking across the field to talk to Bierman-the look on your face- the
emotions you must have felt. I imagine you'll have a job this week bring-
ing that team back, Coach. I know you can do it, for they must realize
that their future is too brilliant to allow a letdown. We still have some
debts to be settled.
Someone once told me that "defeat is never bitter until you swallow it."I
Michigan can do well to expectorate against Yale this Saturday.
Toughest Team We've Played.
In Last Two Years' - - Bierman'
NEW YORK-Oct. 17-()-The was the fastest running attack I've
Old Professor, ready for any emer- , seen in years and the toughest team

Team Exhibits
Spirit In Light
Monday Drill
Foot Injury May Keep Joe
On Sidelines Saturday
In Eastern Game
A great Michigan team which Sat-
urday for the first time in five years
handed out more punishment to
Minnesota than it received only to
lose by the margin of one point, yes-
terday settled down to prepare for
this week's invasion of the East to
meet Yale.
- The Wolverines came out of the
Minnesota game in good shape, the
only casualty being Joe Savilla. The
big tackle suffered an injured foot in
the last quarter and it appeared yes-
terday that he may be out for a week
or more. If such is the case he will
be unavailable for Saturday's contest
in New Haven.
Trosko Is O.K.
Despite some reports coming out of
Minneapolis that Freddy Trosko had
received a concussion, the Flint half-.
back was in uniform yesterday show-
ing no ill effects from the game.
Coach Fritz Crisler was lavish in
his praise of the team but still ap-I
peared a bit downcast as Saturday's
game was being rehashed by reporters.
"Sure, we outplayed them, but the
catch is that it goes down in the+
records as a 7-6 victory for Minne-I
sota," said Crisler. "But, say, that was
certainly a fine reception we got Sun-
day at the station. And I tlo know
that it helped the boys a great deal." I
Crisler Worries Again
Although students and even Profes-
sor Ralph Aigler, Chairman of the
Board in Control of Athletics, predict
that Michigan is headed for five
straight victories in completing its
schedule, Coach Crisler has already
started worrying about Saturday's
Yale contest.
"They'll be no soft touch," predicted
Crisler when the subject of the Yale
game came up. "This boy Wilson is
really a fine back and from what we
hearkYale has a pretty fair passing
In contrast to Coach Crisler's rather
pessimistic appraisal of the situation
one story observers brought back
from Minneapolis indicates that Yale
will be ready for a plenty tough
Yale Bear Stories
According to these observers one
Yale scout after seeing Michigan push
the Gophers all over the field and
hearing of the Yale win over Navy
wired back to head coach Ducky Pond,
"Congratulations on beating Navy.
However, would suggest canceling
next week's game."
The Wolverines went through a
spirited but light workout yesterday,
the first two teams roaming up and
down the field with emphasis being
placed on pass receiving.
While the first two teams were tak-
ing it easy the third team scrim-
maged the freshmen, meeting with
plenty of opposition in the early stages
of the session but pushing the frosh
around considerably at the end as
the heat took some of the steam from'
Wally Weber's boys.
Contact, work is on tap for today
and tomorrow.

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Moore Breaks T hrough Michigan Line For First Down

Archie Kodros, number 53, Michigan's 60-minute cen ter, shown coming up from his position in back of the
line to stop Wilbur Moore in the first quarter of Saturday's game. Moore made one of Minnesota's few first
downs of the game in this play as he leaped over his prostrate teammate, Marty Christiansen. Joe Savilla, Wol--
verine tackle, is seen coming up behind Kodros, while on the other side, John Nicholson, number 67, is closing in
on Moore from the rear. Number 63 is Minnesota's captain, Francis Twedell.
Mlinnesota's Victory Over Michigyan
ClGe ars Way For Confervence Crow

Don Jones, '42,
Wins Golf Cup
Freshman Outshoots Field
Of 25 With 308 Total
At University Golf Course Sunday,
Donald Jones, '42, won the Trueblood
Trophy with the low total of 308 for
the 72 holes. He shot an 84, 76, 75,
and a 73. The tourney was close from
the start, the four leaders being separ-
ated by only a single stroke.
Of the twenty-five starters, only
fourteen went the route and com-
pleted the 72 holes. The outstanding
feature of the tournament was the
fine showing made by the lower class-
men. According to Professor True-
blood, who sponsored the tournament
there is some very promising material
for the varsity squad.
The totals of those who completed
the 72 holes were: McCarren, 309;
Hoagland, 310; Lamb, 311; Leidy, 313:
Ferries, 315; Robinson, 317; Rhame,
319; Whitehead 321; La Rock, 323;
Goodman, 324; James, 331; Carney,
336; Whipple, 344.
It has been intimated that match
play will be used in next year's trophy
Plans Announced
For '40_Hockey
NEW YORK, Oct. 17.- (P) -The
Olympic Games hockey committee,
through its secretary, John A. Thom-
as, announced plans today for select-
ing the team to represent the United
States at the 1940 winter games in St.
The committee intends to select a
squad of players at the end of the
1938-39 season and assemble the
group Jan. 1, 1940, for final tryouts
and training. This group will be
limited to about 20 players, and will
be composed either of the winning
team of an intersectional playoff,
plus additions where necessary, or a
representative group from all parts of
the country.
Official observers will be present at
the district and national A.A.U.
championships, at intercollegiate
championships andtother important
(clashes of important teams.

Having surmounted the greatest final minutes when an attempted,
obstacle in their path Saturday when field goal by the Scarlet's Charley

they eked out a 7-6 win over Michi-
gan, Minnesota's Golden Gophers are
once again roarng down the Big Ten
title trail.
The task of stopping them now is
in the hands of either Lynn Waldorf's
Northwestern crew or the Wisconsin
Badgers. Of course Minnesota plays
Iowa too but unless Bierman's first
two teams are wiped out in a train
wreck, the Hawkeyes chances are
They Must Improve
If last Saturday's play is any
criterion, both Northwestern and
Wisconsin will have to show a lot of
improvement to rank with the
The Wildcats played host to Ohio
State and although outplaying the
Buckeyes in practically every depart-
ment, their attack bogged down
whenever pay dirt was in sight and
the result was a 0-0 tie. Northwes-
tern made 16 first downs to Ohio's six
but narrowly escaped defeat in the

Maag just missed its mark.
The Wildcats hav(' displayed po-
tential power since the opening of
the season however and it remains to
be seen if Coach Waldorf can perfect
that goal line attack.
The contest gave'Ohio State a re-
prive for the time being but Francis
Schmidt still must watch his squad
tangle with Purdue, Illinois and
Michigan before the curtain falls-
not a pleasant prospect for any
coach in the country.
Came The Revolution
The enthusiastic fans in the local-
ity of Madison, Wis., were all hopped-
up over the Badger's chances until
Saturday. Then came the plague.
Pittsburgh's powerhouse moved in-
to town and took control of the situa-
tion in no uncertain manner wal-
loping the local' lads 26 to 6. The
fact that Pitt is the nation's number
one team must be taken into consid-j
eration but Minnesota will be quite'

a job for Harry Stuhldreher's eleven.
Purdue, who will step into the pic-
ture at Madison next week, battled
the Fordham Ram to a 6-6 deadlock
Saturday thanks to the valiant goal
line stands put on by the Boilermak-
er's hefty forward wall.
Illini Lose 14-6
Notre )Dame took advantage of a
long pass and a brilliant 68 yard punt
return by Ben Sheridan to down Il-
linois 14 to 6 as the Illini line again
proved its merit by putting a stop-
per on the Irish running attack.
Indiana and Nebraska played to
the third tie of the day as four Hus-
ker field goal attempts were missed
and both elevens failed to dent the
scoring column. Iowa salvaged its
first Big Ten victory since 1935 by
trouncing Chicago's hapless Ma-
roons 27 to 14.
So now it's up to Northwestern and
Wisconsin. If they don't come
through, mark up Minnesota as the
Big Ten champion-again.



Burr, Po

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gency except a scoreless tie betweenI
Spearfish and Slippery Rock, packed
an extra supply of aspirin in his ear
trumpet today and asked for courage
as he opened his regular Monday
morning class for college football
coaches. Though the aspirin wasI
gobbled quickly, the merry, old gentle-
man was astonished to see how some I
of his prize scholars took their lick-
Professor: If I didn't read the pa-
pers, I wouldn't believe my eyes to-
day. I'm proud to note that Frank
Thomas, Doc Anderson, and Carl
Snavely can take it as well as dish it
out. There's only one experience left
for me. That's to see how Doc Suth-
erland would act ack on mourner's
row. But come, come. I'm getting sen-
timental. Robert, tell us .'. .
Bob Neiland, Tennessee: Professor,
you'll have to excuse nie. We beat Ala-
bamy, I think. Pinch me, sir, to see
if I'm dreaming.
Frank Thomas, Alabama: Humbug,
Professor. They licked us. They out-
ran, out-tackled and out-charged us.
Tennessee looks like the team of the
year to me. They've got it, Processor.
Professor: You're lucky dog, Bernie.
Bernie Bierman, Minnesota: You
said it, Professor. Say, Michigan could
take that team and probably win the
CInference track championship. It
Detroit U. Wary Of Foe

we've played for the last two seasons.j
Fritz Crisler, Michigan: Minnesota
just had a swell, wonderfully coached
team. My boys didn't have as much
experience but watch out for us next,
Professor: Now where have I heard
that before? Say, Dawson, where does
Mike Oleary go in at quarterback?
Red Dawson, Tulane: I'm keeping
him for the prom. Both Rice and
Tulane looked like the New York
Yankees. Bronco Brunner and all our
New Orleans cowhands were riding
the range. That Lain gave me a head-
ache with those passes. Shoot me
some aspirin.

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