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Coach Crisler Drills Harmon For Punting Duel With R




Editor's note: This is the second in
a series of articles designed to give the
reader an insight to the finer points
of football.
Since the line on offense furnishes
the brunt of the attack, it is obvious
that the defense line receives this
initial charge. Because of the so-
called "razzle-dazzle" in modern
football the defensive line must cop-
stantly be on the alert, following the
ball-not the man.
One of the most important bits of
advice that is given by the coach is,
"If you can't make the tackle, break
up the interference." Watch a line-
man throw himself bodily into the
interference sometime so that the
line-backers and backs can come up
to make the tackle. Watch the cen-
ter (right line-backer) crash through
an open hole through which the ball
carriers expects to pass.
Watch two adjacent linemen work
together on a punt or placekick. One
diverges the attention of the oppos-
ing man while the other attempts to
break in to block the kick. Find the
guard submarining through the legs
of an opponent to make a tackle or
break up the interference. See a
guard or tackle pull out of the line
to knock down passes. And watch
the center move between the guards
in order to strengthen the line when
his goal is in danger.

Varsity Squad
Refrains From
Contact Work
Quaker Coach Bemoans
Team's Letdown; Penn
Leaves For Ann Arbor
ProsDects of a punting duel be-
tween Tom Harmon and Frank Rea-
gan loomed large today and sports
writers began matching adjectives on
this phase of the now famous Har-
mon-Reagan duel in every language
including the Scandinavian.
With this prospect in view, Coach
Crisler put Harmon through a long
punting session yesterday afternoon.
The Hoosier Hammer got off several
long kicks but his main strength was
in quick kicking. Paradoxically,
Tom's surprise boots were almost all
longer and higher than his orthodox
punts. Paul Kromer also spent sev-
eral minutes working on kicking.
With the Pennsylvania clash just
two days away, Coach Fritz Crisler
handled his charges with kid gloves
during the practice session. Although
the Varsity gridders were anxious to
mix it up and do a little contact
work to polish up their timing on
blocks and tackles, Crisler gave this
idea the cold shoulder.
The Michigan mentor feared the
possibility of injuries to some of his
key men and consequently, the squad
did not contact work whatsoever.
The first team ran plays through a
squad of reserves and then worked
on defensive tactics against the Penn-
sylvania plays as executed by the re-
serves. With Frankie Day wearing a
big white sweater lettered with the
word "Reagan," the Varsity broke up
numerous Quaker formations.
Munger Drags Out
Crying Towel
Moaning "What a letdown," Coach
George Munger dolefully guided his
Penn football squad to a train to-
night-off to Michigan.
The last home drill before Satur-
day's encounter with the Wolverines
-and Tom Harmon-was stamped,
one of the "worst" of the season.
Penn players-who averaged al-
most 50 points a game in successive<
victories over Marylar Yale and
Princeton did "everything wrong" inr
practice against a substitute team1
using Michigan formations, accord-1
ing to Munger.
Quarterbacks forgot their signalst
and called the wrong plays in decisive
situations, the blocking lacked itsc
usual zip, there was plenty of fum-
bling, and, as backfield coach How-
ard Odell put it, "They did every-r
thing but invite the ball carrier toC
And Munger is certain that Mich-
igan's triple-threat Harmon needs no
such invitation.

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Pudgy Milo Sukup's blocking and tackling have been an important
factor in the success of the Wolverines' strong forward wall this season.
On the Muskegon heights senior's shoulders will fall much of the
responsibility for stopping Penn's highly touted Frank Reagon, Satur-
day, besides clearing the touchdown paths for Michigan ball carriers.
Coaches, Players Foresee Stiff
Encounter With Quaker Eleven

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This roving reporter with the
sawed-off legs hid himself behind
pudgy Clarence Munn's pant cuff
and 'slipped in the locker door yes-
terday to get the inside dope on what
will happen Saturday in the Stadium
when the mighty.elevens of Pennsyl-
vania and Michigan meet in mortal
The inside dope from the dope in-
side is as follows :
You can't get the coaches to talk
much. It's the usualaconversation,
but some of them did go out on a
limb. There was scout Cliff Keen
over in a corner sorting out a raft
of charts with funny looking circles
on them, and arrows pointing all
over the place.
Coach Keen, nevertheless, said:
"Pennsylvania has a well polished
attack. They depend on precision
of execution and up to now it has
been flawless. It's a well conceived
attack, for they hit at the flanks
with reverses and then bust up the
middle on power plays."
Penn's Passing Great
He continued, to the amazement
of this fugitive from a locker room:
"Potentially, Penn has a great pass-
ing attack. They've got Reagan and
Allen doing the tossing and Warner
and Kuczynski, two swell pass catch-
ers. The team that has the deter-
mination and gets the breaks will
win, after what I would say, a tough-

locker room at this point and out
went this fugitive flying high, wide
and handsome into where the players'
were dressing and smack-dab into
the lap of center Bob Ingalls.
After standing up to rid himself of
his burden, Ingalls solemnly re-
marked: "We expect this game to be
as tough as any we'll get-including
Minnesota." He sneezed at this point
and after another whirling trip
through space this well-maligned re-
porter was face to face with Capt.
Evashevski. "I know what you want,
Shorty," he said. "We're in for a
tough battle and I think it'll be a
dog-fight all the way."
Martineau Voices Opinion
Backfield coach Earl Martineau of-
fered these words of wisdom: "They-
've got a big, heavy line so it's going
to be quite a battle. It seems to me
that this game will be nip and tuck
all the way with the team showing
the most fight and mixing the fast-
est, the winner."
The place was fairly buzzing with
activity by now. Players were get-
ting taped up, coaches were tramp-
ing out the door,' scribes walking
around; it began to look like Grand
Central Station.
Coach Munn left the locker room
with this final statement: "It's go-
ing to be a weird battle." Ticket
manager Harry Tillotson predicted a
crowd of between fifty and sixty
thousand and happily announced:
"There is much more interest fort

don wirtehafter's
Mr. Yost Reminisces. . .
"They're comn' back," the beam-
ing Grand Old Man told us.
"The old timers are coming here
by plane to see Penn and Michigan
meet again. I got a wire from Bill
Hollenbach today. He captained a
Penn team that walloped us just after
the turn of the century. He says
he's bringing-back a bunch of the old
guys to see the Quakers pin our ears
back again."
Yost likes to talk about the Mich-
igan-Pennsylvania rivalry. His face
beams whenever you mention any of
the 18 intersectional classics the two
schools have engaged in before this
"You know," the stogie-chewing
athletic director pointed out, "they
are the only school in the country
that's been able to outscore Meechi-
gan throughout the years. Out of
the 18 games, we've each won eight
and tied two. But they've scored
197 points to our 176. We got to
get 'em this time."
That started Yost thinking. He
hesitated for a moment and then
started in again.
"Boy, we've really had some swell
battles with Penn. Remember Andy
Smith in 1909?"
That was slightly before our time.
"Well, anyway," Yost continued,
"he's Bill and Bob's dad. I had used
him as a sub linemandall that year.
Then just before the Penn game, our
center got hurt. We needed some-
body with experience, but there was
nobody around."
He stopped long enough to puff on
the cigar.
"I called on Andy 'cause I thought
maybe he could learn fast. He had
never done any centering before, so
on the train I set him in the aisle
with a football and put him to
The old man couldn't hold his
chuckles in by this time.
"He got sick like the dickens on
the train. Sure he did. Everytime
he stuck his head down too far, he
thought he lost his stomach. But
Andy just pulled his head up a little
and went back to work. When we got
to Philly, we set up a target in his
hotel room and he kept at it. In the
game, he didn't have a bad pass all
afternoon and he was in there all the
time. We beat Penn for the first time
in our history that time. The score
was 12-6."
He hesitated again for a moment,
but then something more shot into
his mind.
"You know, Dave Allerdice. That's
Dave, Jr. and John's dad. He was
captain here then. He played
against Penn with one hand all out
of condition. He called signals and
acted as waste man mostly. But
boy, that was courage."
The Grand Old Man was still beam-
ing. "Why," he went on, "Jim Craig
played against Penn two years later
with two broken ribs."
We changed the subject long enough
to ask him about the 1912 struggle.
This took the smile from his face.
"Well, we went out in front with
three quick touchdowns that time,"
he related. "We led 21-0, but Penn
wasn't beat. They scored once be-
fore the half was over, and three
more times in the next two periods.
We lost 27-21. They got their last
score with nine seconds left to play
.. . or was it 11 "

Yost wasn't through with the
Penn-Michigan rivalry. He told us
about-the 1907 battle when Penn
won 6-0 on a disputed decision by
the refs, about the 1911 game which
the Wolverines lost 11-9, about the
1899 encounter which Penn took,
11-10, and then about the 197 to
176 all-time points scored again.
The Grand Old Man loves to talk
about Penn and Michigan.
Tomorrow he'll see another chapter.
Yankees Sue Powers
NEW YORK, Oct. 24.-(P)--Formal
papers were filed in Bronx Supreme
Court today in a $2,500,000 civil libel
suit by 10 New York American League
baseball players against sports editor
Jimmy Powers.
Ride at

When Pennsylvania's gridiron ma-
chine trots onto the Stadium turf
tomorrow, two of the nation's might-
iest offensive juggernauts, possessing
strikingly similar records, will clash
head on in the country's outstanding
intersectional attraction.
The performances of these two
grid crews in the yet embryonic 1940
campaign indicate that both possess
attacks matching any collegiate out-
fit in the nation. The dynamic Qua-
kers, bulging with power, have steam-
rollered to 147 impressive points on
three successive Saturdays, crush-
ing Maryland, Yale and Princeton,
-for an average of exactly 49 tallies
per start.
Michigan's puissant offensive ma-
chine is just as impregnated with
scoring dynamite. Inits first four
tilts against California, Michigan
State, Harvard and Illinois, the Wol-
verines have pushed over 116 points
for an average of 29 each game.
Stars Renew Rivalry
Strengthening the similarity be-
tween the two squads is the fact that
two of America's finest backs will
wage a renewal of their last year's
spectacular grid duel at Philadel-
phia. Intensifying the interest, Mich-
igan's Tom Harmon will be striving
to protect or increase his lead over
Penn's swivel-hipped Frank Reagan
in the country's scoring race. The,
Wolverine ace has chalked up 791
points, followed by Reagan with 61.
Lloyd Defeats
Adams House
Arnold lasses To Olcute
For Winning Touchdown
Paced by Dud Alcott, Lloyd House
defeated Adams House in an inter-
dormitory touch football game at
South Ferry Field by a score of 13-6.
Entering the final period with the
score tied at 6-6, Olcutt, who holds
down an end position in the Lloyd
line-up, took a long pass from Dud
Arnold over the goaf line in the last
minute of the quarter. "Whip" Wise
placekicked the extra point.
In another thriller, Michigan House
defeated Williams House in the last
thirty seconds of play. Bob Chris-
tiansen of the Michigan team was
on the receiving end of a long pass
and raced across the goal line to score
the only touchdown of the game
and give Michigan the victory, 6-0.
Walt Spreen led the Wenley House
steamroller to a field day over the
Allen-Rumsey team. Scoring in every
quarter, Wenley rolled up a 32-0 score
with the points evenly distributed
over the Wenley line-up.
To put the concluding touch to a
day of Frank Merriwell finishes
Bob Jones of the Chicago House
intercepted a Winchell pass in the
closing seconds of the game and
romped over the goal line to give
the Chicago team a 6-0 victory over,
Winchell House.

Michigan-Penn Game Highlights
Nationwide Gridiron Program

Adding to the gridiron resemblance
between tomorrow's foes, both elevens
boast stalwart, hard-driving forward
walls. Ground gains have been neg-
ligible against these powerful lines,
and collectively only eight first downs
have been made through them in the
two teams' seven games.
Looking back a bit, both univer-
sities were firmly entrenched in the
football depths three years ago. Then
in 1938 Fritz- Crisler took over the
helm of the Wolverine grid fortunes.
At the same time fiery, youthful,
red-headed George Munger assumed
charge of the Quakers. With the
changes wrought in coaching policy,
new techniques and new spirit, both
squads underwent a gridiron renais-
Both Are Senior Teams
Now, both Crisler and Munger are
leading senior teams. The gridmen
they took over as sophomores, tu-
tored, polished, and worked with for
three years, are now performing in
their last year.
Furthermore, Penn, in its Bicen-
tennial Celebration year, is striving
mightily to make this grid season
the greatest in Quaker athletic tra-
dition. The Maize and Blue, also,
is being driven by something more
than the routine desire to win ball
games., The Wolverines have dedi-
cated this campaign to Fielding H.
Yost, retiring Athletic Director, and
have pledged themselves to produce
the finest Michigan team the Grand
Old Man has ever had.
Tomorrow the gridiron road ends
for one of these mighty teams.
Smith is Winner
of Trueblood Cup
Ben Smith, former Florida State
high school golf chanpion, defeated
Bob Corley, 5 and 4, in the finals of
the Trueblood Cup Tournament ox
the University golf course yesterday
Smith, who was one-down at the
end of the first 18 holes of the finals,
Tuesday, rallied to pull up even with
Corley early in the final round, and
turned on the steam to walk off with
the match.
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