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November 26, 1939 - Image 6

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20 Illinois


46j Nebraska .......13 Texas Christian . 21 S. Methodist.... 21 Purdue
.0 Oklahoma....... 7 Rice...........0 Baylor......... 0 Indiana

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28 PenncState....10
.0 Pitt .........0

Fighting Michigan



Favored Buckeyes, 21-14

8,00 Fans See
Tr osko Make
Didng Score
Flint Halfback Goes Over
On Fake Field Goal Play;
Harmon Leads Attack
(Contiuedd from Page 1)
him deep in the end zone as Harmon
was caught out of position. Scott
threw the ball while falling and
Ralph Fritz, who turned in his best
game, was draped around him like
a necklace. Maag converted.
Maag kicked off out of bounds and
theia Michigan started to move-but
not for long. A pass, Harmon to
lvashevski picked up 28 yards and a
first down on the Ohio 37. Suddenly
trouble struck again as Jim Hallibrin
intercepted another Trosko pass, ran
it back 15 yards and then lateralled
to Scott who followed his teammate's
example by running it some more. It
took Joe Savilla, who evaded three
blbgkers, to stop him on the 20. A
pss and a running play failed but
ttie Buckeyes were not to be denied.
Scott, a 210-pound pain in the neck
tothe Wolverines all afternoon, fad-
ed leaped into the air and tossed a
beautiful pass to Bob Clair in the end
zone. The Buck end practically
caught Trosko in his arms too but
hc .did get the ball. Just to show
hi versatility, Scott converted. It
lced like a runaway. with no one
execting Francis Schmidt to hold
the reins.
Mut here Michigan showed a fight
and a spirit that has been lacking all
year. It clawed and it scrapped. It
mae its own breaks. And it finally
triumphed. It was a Michigan team
the't had been heralded at the sea-
s n's outset as great-and it showed
the truth in the whipping of an Ohio
State team that never gave up,
It took 10 minutes after the second
Ohio tally for Michigan to score
but: it did it by marching 56 yards on
foui, plays. Harmon hit Rogers with
a bullet pass on the Ohio 44 and the
rangy end who runs the hurdles in
the spring went to the seven where
Scott tripped him. On a quarterback.
snepk, Evie lost one but Harmon
went to the five off tackle. Then he
passed to the "Gang" in the end zone
for the first score and it presaged
what was to come.
The first real Michigan break came
in the third quarter when Savila hit'
Zadworney so hard on the Ohio 30
that the ball popped out of his hands
and rolled up to the 35 where Fritz
recovered. In two plays Michigan
had tied the score. The first was
Harmon to Rogers again and that
brought the ball to the 16. Then
came the fake buck and successful
lateral that brought the score to 13-
14 and 80,000 fans two years closer
to. insanity. Harmon's successful
conversion brought them four years
closer as it tied the score.
,Iarmon Catches Strausbaukh
The next Michigan break came 40
seconds later. Zadworney had run
Harmon's kick-off back to the 27
and on the first play, Strausbaugh
went around his weak-side end, ran
betveen Evie and Westfall and went
all the way to the Michigan 14 be-
fore . Harmon, coming all the viay
across from his defensive right half-
back position, overtook him and
forced him out of bounds. This as
no break but Hallabrin's fumble on
toe next play was. specially when1
Rogers recovered on the 11. And a

iaiggs, Net Champ,
In Exhibition Here
Michigan tennis fans will have a
chance to compare the Wolverine
varsity netters with the best in ama-
teur tennis when Bobby Riggs, holder
of the Wimbledon and American
singles titles appears in an exhibi-
tidn match on the I-M indoor court
at 8 p.m. next Tuesday, Nov. 28.
Riggs will show his stuff in the
feature match against Tokey Hansen,
of Detroit, and then team up with
Michigan Captain Sam Durst in a
doubles match against Hansen and
Jim Tobin, number one man on the
Wolverine squad.
few seconds later, anoter Ohio knock
was interrupted when Kodros in-
tercepted a Scott pass on the Wol-
verine 18.
And then, with six short minutes
remaining, the Wolverines got their
last break-and this one broke Ohio.
Westfall recovered a Strausbaugh
fumble on the Michigan 37 and with
redemption 63 yards away the Wol-
verines began to move. Westfall got
five off tackle and Harmon skirted
his right end to the enemy 47. A
back-in-motion penalty set them
back but a Harmon to Czak pass and
a Westfall plunge brought them a
first down on the 29. There were
now three minutes remaining,
Evie Snatches Pass-
On third down Harmon threw a
looping pass down the right sideline
and Evashevski leaped higher than
Strausbaugh to make a remarkable
catch on the six. It was a first down
-glory but six yards away but trouble
was threatening. Evie was injured on
the play and Michigan was penalized
five yards for too many times out.
But Michigan continued to move-
only it was in the wrong direction.
Czak, on a difficult try, dropped Har-
mon's pass in the end zone and then
Harmon, while attempting to pass,
was smeared way back on the 23.
Then, the Hammer, trying to circle
his own left, end. was run out of
bounds and the Wolverines whothad
been accused of being without a fight-
ing spirit, were in the darkest of
holes on fourth down. Bob Ingalls
replaced Evashevski at quarterback
axnd it was obvious that he had in-
structions to place kick. It was ob-
vious-too obvious, as Trosko, faked
holding the ball and then followed
his blockers for the score with 50
seconds remaining. l e had to go
all the way since Michigan had put
the ball in play on the six.
It vas a brilliant finish to a medi-
ocre season. And even Ohio couldn't
complain. They had backed into the,
Conference championship as Iowa
tied Northwestenm.
O. M
First downs ............11 11
Yards gained rushing
Net................172 119
Forward pass attempte . .13 20
Forward' passes
completed...........5 12
Yards by forward pass-
. ing ..... .......36 146
Yards lost attempted
forward passes .......2 12
Forward passes ntercepted
by.................4 2
Yards gained, runback
of lit. passes .........79 8
Punting average (from
scrimmage).........44 41
Total yards, all
kicks returned .......86 94
Opponents' fumbles re-
covered. ...............1 4
Yards lost by penalties ..0 20{

All-Ameican Back Shows Shiftiness






-Daily Photo by Merriman
This was one of the several occasions on which Tom Harmon, sur-
rounded by several Buckeye tacklers, wriggled loose and went for valu-
able yardage in the stirring second half. Fullback Bob Westfall can be
seen in the backgrouud .
Trosko, Wolverines' Forgotten
M anli, BUrsts Into Limelig ht Agai

In Aain, Out Again..
It's a pleasure to be wrong for the
first time this year. We don't mean
it's the first time we've been wrong.
But this time we enjoyed it. At that
we were pretty well off. We thought
that if Ohio State scored first then
Michigan couldn't come back. It
looks as though the Buckeyes have a
grudge against is. Not only did they
score first but they also scored sec-
ond. Still Michigan won. And in
the end, so did we.
The season now ends on the
same note on which it began-
Michigan is the best team in the
Conference. As someone said in
the locker room after the game,
the best team in the Big Ten just
beat the champions of the Big
Ten. A cursory glance at the
standings. The Wolverines beat
the winners and whipped the
runners-up. It's a short life.
Esco Sarkinnen appeared to be
riveted to the ground. He just would
not be moved. Only once did Mich-
igan turn his end and even then it
wasn't because he had been blocked
out. He was feinted inside by Tom
Harmon who then shot around him
for 20 yards in the third period. As
we think back, however, we recall
him being fooled once again. It was-
n't a very important play though.
Nothing much came of it. It was only
Fred Trosko's touchdown run from
the fake placekick.
* * * *
Francis Schmidt, Ohio State
coach, wasn't the most affable
Sweet Victory

man in the world after the game.
He sat on a bench in the Buck-
eye locker room and could be.
heard mourfnully, but hopefully
chanting "Go, Go Northwestern"
from the picture of the same
name. Luckily enough, North-
western went far enough to tie
Iowa and thus allow the Bucks to
rejoice in the fruits of an un-
disputed Conference crown, their
first since 1920 That was some
solace, at any rate.
Schmidt was pretty much con-
vinced that the loss of Jim Lang-
hurst, varsity fullback, was the rea-
son for yesterday's loss. Hallabrin's
supposed to be pretty good but he
and the ball weren't very good friends
yesterday. Every time they'd meet,
it'd seem as though either Jim or
the ball objected to the company. So
they parted on four occassions.
After the game, Fritz Crisler ad-
mitted that he might have done Eva-
shevski an injustice by yanking him
in the last minute to send Bob Ingalls
in with instructions to pull the fake
kick. When he came out, the One-
Man-Gang said that that was the
play he was going to call and from
the job of signal-calling he had done.
there is every reason to believe he
would have selected it. Michigan has
been practicing that play ,since the
week before the Minnesota game but
this was the first chance it had to'
use it.
** * *
Ingalls, who,,wants to be a
center and who plays quarter-
back only to be in the game, had
his own explanation of how the
play was called. "The credit
should all come to me," he said.
"I'm a great quarterback. No
one ever heard of the play be-
fore. I just made it up in the
huddle. Football takes brains."
Trosko said, after the run, that
it was the fastest he's run since
he's been in high school.
For the first time since the Yale
game, Michigan showed the brand of
football of which it was capable.
Even through the abomination of
desolation we have maintained that
current edition of the Wolverines is
a great football machine. Two set-
backs hadn't turned us from this be-
lief and now while it's late, it's not
never. Crisler said after the game

that "it was a great team that played
* **
For the first time this season every
man on the club played at the peak.
With the possible exceptions of Har-
mon and Trosko, this- club was at its
height. Joe Rogers played his head
off and Ed Czak and John Nicholson
were right there too. Joe Savilla,
Bill Smith and Reuben Kelto were in
there all the time at the tackles and
Ralph Fritz and Milo Sukup played
bang-up games at the guards. About
Kodros, Westfall and Evashevski little
more can be added. Kody never made
a mistake on offense and in line-
backing was always at the right spot.
Westfall, on defense as well as of-
fese, shone and Evashevski was
great. When a smarter signal caller
comes along they ought to erect a
monument to him. Every one of
the toichdown plays was masterfully
set up. And those passes he caught
.. What can we say?
*a * * *
When we say Harmon wasn't at his
peak it is only because we compared
him to the Harmon of last week's
Penn game. "Oh death where is thy
sting? We can die 'cause we've seen
everything" after the Hammer's ex-
hibition against the Quakers. Har-
mon was an All-American again yes-
terday, a great player again-just as
he's been in every game this year.
* * * 4
You could tell the football :ason
was over-Crisler embraced Harmon
in the dressing room'.

The 'Forgotten Man' of the Michi-
gan football team roared back into
the public eye yesterday afternoon
on one brief dramatic play.
Freddie Trosko, the middleweight
speed merchant from Flint ended his
career in a manner that would test
the imagination of the most receptive
football fan, when he went over for
a touchdown on a fake field goal at-
The eyes of 80,227 fans were fo-,
cused on one man at the beginning
of that moment, and he was All-
American Tom Harmon. Crouching
in front of him, unnoticed, Was Tros-
ko, unnoticed, most important of all,
by the Buckeyes. And when he
took the ball from Capt. Archie Ko-
dros and ran untouched across the1
goal .line for the winning score with
less than a minute to go, Dame Poetic
Justice experienced a rejuvenation,
Star In 1937. .
Two years ago little Fred was the.
key man of the Michigan team. He
was the triple-threat around whom
all plays revolved, and he came
through in spleidid fashion. His toe
kicked home two 7-6 wins for a vic-
tory-hungry Wolverine. He did the
punting, the passing and the running.
No one would have suggested that he
wouldn't be Michigan's starting tail-
back last fall.
But fate intervened in the person
of Paul Kromer, just as fast, slightly
bigger, with a wee edge in punting,
and a minute edge in passing ability.
So, when Kromer teamed with Tom
Harmon to form the 'Touchdown
Twins,' Trosko was relegated to the
status of substitute. All year long he
sat on the bench, waiting patiently
for a call to 'get in there' where he
longed to be.
Fred Gets Break
And then came this, his final year,
and the season began with Fred still
sub for Kromer. An injury to Kro-
mer pushed Trosko into the starting
position, but everyone knew he was
just a sub. Kromer came back, and

Freddie went back to the bench. An-
other injury stopped Kromer, and
Freddie was in there again, but in
his eagerness, he fumbled three times
in the ill-starred Illinois game. The
cry went up: "You see, if Kromer
had been in there . . .!"
But, the coaches knew Trosko's
worth, and the fleet senior started
and played most of the Penn game.
Still the fans ignored him. Kramer
was still hurt, they said. And all
this past week when Freddie was in
the first backfield, they thought it a
And it was a trick-the slickest
trick Fritz Crisler has pulled since he
came to Michigan. He knew Trosko
had everything, and in this the big-
gest game of the year, with his team
the underdog, Crisler called on senior
Fred Trosko to take the burden off
Tom Harmon's shoulders.
All afternoon he blocked, tackled,
'knocked down passes, and slowly the
fans realized that Fred Trosko was
playing the best game of his career at
the time when it was most needed.

1 ,


Ohio State 14 Pos.
Sarkinnen LE
Daniell LT
Marino LG
Andrako (c) C
Nosker RG
Maag RT
Clair RE
Scott QB
Strausbaugh LH
Zadworney RH
Hallabrin FB
Score by Periods:
Ohio State Scoring:

Michigan 21
Kodros (c)
0 0 0--14
7 7 7-21

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