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A7; N4 VE1BER I F S, 194! TtE }Iffg] tL
olverines Climb To Fifth Place In AP Football Rank

PAGE- THRE
ings

Gophers Again
Rated Nation's
TopGridders
Longhorns Drop To Ninth;
Texas A. And M., Duke
In Runnerup Positions
NEW YORK, Nov. 17.-;(P)=-Gain-
ing their strongest support of. the
season after their best offensive.
showing in recent weeks, the Golden
Gophers of Minnesota retained top
spot in the Associated Press football
rankingpoll today by a vote of land-
slide proportions.
A total of 129 ballots from sports
editors all over the country were re-
ceived in the sixth of the weekly
"elections," and 112 of those had the
,Western Conference leaders placed
at the head of the list. Thus Bernie
Bierman's powerful club, with only
Wisconsin to beat on Saturday for its
second season without defeat, stands
an excellent chance of retaining the
mythical national 'championship it
won in the 1940 poll.
The Gophers, one of the country's
four surviving undefeated and un-
tied major teams, rolled up a total
of 1,279 points, on a basis of 10 for
each first-place vote, nine for second,
etc.
Duquesne's season is over, while
five other first-tenners will end their
campaigns this weekend-Minnesota
against Wisconsin, Duke against
North Caralina State, Notre Dame
against Southern California, Michi-
gan against Ohio State and Missouri
against Kansas.
The standing of the teams (first-
place votes in parentheses, points
figured on 10-9-8-7-6, etc., basis):
FIRST TEN
1.-Minnesota (112), 1,279; 2.-
Texas A. and M. (5), 993; 3.-Duke
(13), 941; 4.-Notre Dame, 938; 5.--
Michigan, 6"2; 6.-Duquesne, 580; 7.
-Alabama, 415; 8.-Missouri, 238;
9.-Texas, 228; 10.-Northwestern,
204.
SECOND TEN
11.--Fordham, 196; 12.-Navy, 117;
13.-Pennsylvania, 83; 14.-O. S. U.,
48; 15.-Mississippi, 46; 16.-Oregon
state, 31; 17.-Stanford, 28; 18.-
Clemson, 18; 19.-Texas Christian,
16; tie for 20.--Georgia and Wash-
ington. 13 each.s

Frosh Play 6-6 Tie; I-l Championships At Stake Today

Keefe's Pass In Dying Minutes
Evens Annual Intra-Squad Tilt

By KEV JONES '
Unleashing a devastating passing
attack, a badly outplayed Blue outfit
came to life in the last two minutes
of play to gain a 6 to 6 tie with the
rival Red team in the annual fresh-
man intra-squad battle held on Ferry
Field yesterday.
Resting their victory hopes on the
whiplash arm of Pat Keefe, the Blues
opened up from their own 25; and
less than a minute later, in the near
darkness, could be seen the figure
of Bill Grey, Blue end, carrying the
pigskin over the last strip after catch-
ing the Chicago flash's' third pass.
Wiese Outstanding Player
Before this outburst, the Reds, led
by Bob Wiese, who was the outstand-
ing player on the field, dominated
the play. They were able to amass a
total of 220 yards to the Blues 60 be-
fore Keefe threw his. three aerial
bombs.
The Reds scored late in the second
quarter. After Bill Keenan had in-
tercepted a Blue pass on his own 45
and returned it 15 yards, Wiese and
Bob Chappius gAt a first down on the
30. Then Chappius tossed a touch-
down hungry pass which Bob Oren,
the Red right end, snagged on the
three yard line just before he ran
outside.
Wiese blasted his way over for the
score on the next play, making it 6-0,
and there was every indication this
score would be multiplied before the
final whistle blew. Bovee's place kick
was blocked, but at the time it didn't
look important, the way the Red team
was playing.I
Wiese intercepted one of Keefe's
passes, but the Red attack was halted
on the Blue 30, and the half ended
before any more fireworks could go
off.
Lund Forced To Punt
Jim Brieske kicked off for the
Blues, and after three plays inter-
cepted a Chappius pass and brought
it back to the Red 42. When he could-
n't gain through the line, Don Lund,
the Blue fullback, was forced ,to punt,
and Chappius returned it to the 22.
Two plays later Wiese broke

through the Blue line, bulled his way
70 yards through the secondary, being
stopped 5 yards short of a touchdown,
only to have the play called back for
offsides.
The Red's last opportunity came a
few minutes later, when they took the
ball on their own 16, and with Wiese
carrying the ball 50 yards in four
plays, and Chappius and Keenan each
contributing 10, brought it to the 15.
There Keenan fumbled, and the Blues!
got their chance.
Keefe Starts Passing
Lund and Warren Yaap got a first
down, and then Keefe went to work.
He' faded all the way to his 10 yard
line, and heaved a skyrocket pass
to Bud Lake who caught it at mid-
field and was barely downed on the
30 by Wiese. Next receiver was Milt
Pergament who dragged a 15 yard
toss down on the 15 yard line, setting
up the final pass to Grey for the
score.
One minute later, after Wiese had
reeled off another 25 yard plunge, the
game ended as Chappius heaved a 20
yard toss to Bovee.
Newspaper Says
ZuppkeResigned.
CHICAGO, Nov. 17. --()- The
Tribune says in a copyrighted story
that Robert C. Zuppke, football
coach at the University of Illinois,
has resigned.
The paper said Zuppke had ex-
plained to President Arthur C. Wil-
lard that he had made his decision
for the best interest of the Univer-
sity.
The Tribune story said that Zuppke
did not intend to seek employment
elswhere as a coach. The famed
mentor, who will conclude 29 years of
service at Illinois Saturday when the
Illint meet Northwestern at Evans-
ton, was quoted'as saying he intend-
ed to devote more time to farmii}g
and painting. He owns a tract of
land 10 miles from Champaign, Ill.,
the home of the University.

PORTFOLIO
* Michigan Linemen Forgotten
* No Stretchers Needed
By HAL WILSON
Daily Sports Editor
ONE THING we typewriter athletes often underemphasize in writing about
football is the forward wall which handles the heavy wqrk up front
while the backs roll u1 the touchdowns and grab the headlines.
Or perhaps it isn't underemphasis of the line play, but instead the
fault may lie in giving the ball carriers too much credit. Whichever the
case, the outstanding example of this common practice was back in 1924
when the Four Horsemen of Notre Dame. boosted Irish football fortunes
to a pinnacle unprecedented in the nation's gridiron history. Arising
from the fertile mind of some enterprising publicity man, the term Four
Horsemen as applied to the quartet of Notre Dame backs became a
household phrase.
ONCE IN A LONG TIME, however, the linemen gain an even break. And
in some rare cases, they will gain by far the bulk of the publicity. Chief
instance of this was the famed Seven Blocks of Granite which gained
Fordham football fame a few years back. But this is unusual.
So it was that Michigan's Wolverines moved into New York to crush
Columbia, 28-k Saturday. True to journalistic tradition Eastern scribes
blazed the names of Westfall and Kuzma all over their metropolitan
prints. A perusal of some seven of New York's leading journals reveals
for the most part that Michigan's touchdown-maliers dominated the
write-ups.
GENERALLY, Michigan's forward wall gained mention more or less as an
afterthought. After describing at great length the devastating ma% ey-
vers of the Wolverine twin powerhouses, the Manhattan papers added that
the Maize and Blue line was good, too, thoroughly outplaying Columbia's
forwards.
Which is all too little credit for the truly great unit Fritz Crisler
and Line Coach Clarence Munn have molded in the current grid season.
Look at a few statistics. Playing against seven major opponents Michi-
gan has allowed only three touchdowns. One of these, Michigan State's,
came in the first two minutes of play in the 1941 season. That means
that only two touchdowns have been scored on the Wolverines in the
last 418 minutes of action. And both of these scores, by Northwestern
and Minnesota, were set up by passes, not by a steady ground march.
L U LITTLE, Columbia coach, was forcibly convinced. Nor did he have
to read the papers to find out Michigan's strength. He declared simply:
"I don't remember ever seeing a better line than Michigan's."
* * * *
SPORTS HASH: By the time the final Ohio State game rolls around Satur-
day, Michigan's first string will have seen action only 35 minutes in the
last three weeks... after turning back Illinois, the regulars rested two
weeks, then saw action for only a half against the Lions.
Ranging high above Baker Field is the scenic Henry Hudson skyway
with the Harlem River close by . . . the Wolverines dressed in
Columbia's boathouse, which is !used by the Lion crew. . . some of the
gridmen had dates with Miss America of 1939, Pat Donnelly, and a couple
of her queenly friends.
TWO HOSPITAL ATTENDANTS rushed into the Michigan quarters im-
mediately after the game bearing a stretcher . . . but they couldn't
sell their services to the disgustingly healthy Wolverines . . . next door in
the Columbia dressing rooms, how- '
ever, was a Lion gridman who had T

ich gan Has Best -collegiate Band

,.

By HOE SELTZER
Professor William D. Revelli, di-
rector of the University of Michigan
marching band, is pretty het up, and1
rightly so.
A few weeks ago there appeared a
tirade against the band's post-game
demeanor which met with distinct ill
favor 'at Morris Hall, headquarters
of the men of music. This article
raised ' temperatureunder the col-
lective collar in that building not be-
cause of the element of truth con-
tained therein, but because it typi-'
fied the attitude of the student body
in general toward the band:
Band Nation's Best
Students of Michigan do not ap-
preciate the fact that theirs is the
best collegiate band in the country.
Ted Husing has named it the All-
American collegiate band. And Hu-
sing, who watches musical aggrega-
tions from all over the country strut
their stuff during the grid- season,
should know whereof he speaks.
Maybe it''s a case of familiarity
breeding contempt. The Michigan
marching band is so flawless in'car-
rying out its part of the Saturday
afternoon revue that people take it
for granted that our band is red hot
and let it go at that. They applaud
the maneuvers because no great ef-
fort is required in applauding ma-

neuvers, but when is the second half
going to start?
In the East things are different.
When the band accompanied the
team to the Penn game two years
ago the banner in the Philadelphia
Ledger was, and I quote : "MICHI-
GAN BAND AND FOOTBALL TEAM
ARRIVE," and as much space was
devoted to the musicians as to the
gridders.
In 1938 at Yale and last year at
Harvard it was the same story. The
band hauled the cash customers right
up out of their seats in spontaneous
applause. A band to the East jhad
previously meant a motley crew of
sousaphones, drums and trombones
marching straight downfield blaring
put the alma mater in swing time.
Can't Be True
But here was a veritable musical
regiment which broke from one intri-
cate formatioi into another at the
crack of a pistol, at the, same time
pouring out martial music whose
nifty syncopation and rhythm made
people look at each other in disbe-
lief. It couldn't be true. College
bands just didn't play that well.
After the Yale game a headline in
a New Haven paper read: "Visiting
Band Captures All At Yale Bowl."
The New York Herald-Tribune was
more conservative. It merely said
that Professor Revelli's 130-piece en-
semble was without doubt the finest

band that had ever played in the
Yale Bowl. And the Eli saucer has
been ]aost to many bands.
Rumor has it no small furor was
raised ih New York when it was
learnedthat the Michigan musicians
would not accompany the team to
the Columbia game. The East likes
the band and shows it. Which tends
to make the boys in it feel that the
20 hours spent rehearsing each week
for the seven and a half minute show
itself on Saturday afternoon is
worthwhile after all.
The student body at Michigan likes
the band too. Be kind of nice, though,
if they'd show it once in a while.

incurred a brain concussion . . .
Capt. Herb Maack, the Lions' iron-
man tackle, was outstanding as
was Paul Governali and quarterback
Thornley Wood.

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