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Varsity Meets Ohio State

Tomorrow; Frosh Battle



Daiy Sports Editor
. . 4' *

LOOK at the records of the two
teams, consider the importance of
their battle tomorrow, and think of
the galaxy of stars both possess and
you'll have a fair idea of Just why the
Michigan-Ohio State clash looms as
the outstanding game of the week and
one of the best of a season packed
full of eztraordinary frays.
No other contest in the nation
will be able to match this one for
sheer drama, tradition and good
football. The Bucks and the Wol-
verines are just about at the end of
their season's trails. Tomorrow is'
the day they shoot the works, for
it's the top struggle of the year for
both glory-bound aggregations.
OHIO STATE, boasting seven victor-
ies and one loss this year, their
second under the coaching methods
of youthful, affable Paul Brown, will
confront the Wolverines with an of-
fense that no other Midwestern team
can claim. To date, the Bucks are
second in the nation among the scor-
ing leaders, and you can bet Granny's
false teeth that their past perfor-
mances will dwindle by comparison
with what they try to do tomorrow.
But if any team can match tlie
Ohio State attack, Michigan is It.
Powerful and deceptive, the Wol-
verine offense boomed to its full
potentialities last week against
Notre Dame. Built around the spin-
ner play, where fullback Bob Wiese
handles the ball on almost every.,
play, the Wolverines have been rat-
ed by the experts as the grea4est
scoring threat in the land, and that""
includes the bruising Buckeyes.
THE BATTLE tomorrow is the all-
important one in deciding the

and the

Western Conference title. If Ohio
State should win, the Columbus High
Street wolves will have a solid grip
on the undisputed championship,
their first since 1939. If Michigan
should snare the triumph and then go
on to beat Iowa next week, it will be
assured of at least a tie for the cov-
eted crown. And if Minnesota licks
Wisconsin tomorrow and the Wol-
verines come through as we hope,
then little old Ann Arbor will cele-
brate its first Big Ten grid title since
the gravy days of Stan Fay in 1933.
Not only does that sound compli-
cated, it is. The Conference title
picture is still in a hopeless quag-
mire of "if's" and "but's" and not
until tomorrow's results are in will
there be some semblance of order
out of the whole chaos.
TH'E ROCK - RIBED Wolverine
forward wall will have its work cut
out for it tomorrow. The linemen will
haveto stop the potent Buckeye back-
field at every turn, and particularly
they'll have to halt the dangerous
Gene Fekete. He's only a sophomore,
but he's more than proven his explo-
sive abilities. He can run the ends and
smash the line, and only alert defen-
sive tactics will put a halt to his
Mifchlgan'S line, 60 minute per-
formers since the beginning of the
season, will have to do it again to-
morrow. The Buckeye attack never
ceases. Statistics show. that Ohio
Statehas scored more points in the
fourth quarter this season than at
any other time.
Of their 2;75 points, 86 have been
chalked up in the final'period, which
means just one thing. The Bucks are
in good physical condition. They.have
the stamina; and the necessary re-
placements to go at full speed for the
entire ball game It will- be primarily
the duty of' the Wolverine forwai'd
wall to break down this offense, and
if hnybody should ask you, just tell
them that a Michigan victory tomor-
rOW will be the result of the efforts of
those unsung heroes of football, the
Jim Brieske, Michigan's place-
kick star, is rapidly rising to fame
... yesterday a letter came to the
Ann Arbor post office with the fol-
lowing address-Jim Brieske, Uni-
versity of Michigan, Placekicker
Extraordinaire .,. . the letter was
promptly delivered to Big Jim.
Over 300 radio stations will air the
Wolverine-Buckeye clash . . . this is
the largest number to report on the
doings of the Wolverines this season
... maybe Coach Fritz Crisler's gang
will roll up its largest score just to
show the airwaves it was worth it .. .
anyway, it's a nice thought.
Added little afterthoughts..
what big money mogul will buy the
hopeless and helpless Philadelphia
Phillies?... and how did Joe Gor-
don ever get the most valuable
American League player award over
Ted Williams? . . . you tell us,
'cause we don't know.
Rickey Signs Durocher
NEW YORK, Nov. 19. -A)- Leo
Durocher was given back his job as
playing manager of the Brooklyn
Dodgers today, but president Branch
Rickey made it clear that the new
deal in Flatbush has begun. i
Rickey would not disclose the terms
given Durocher, but said that he had
been signed for one year to a play-
er's contract instead of a manager's.
This means, besides the fact that
Durocher must play ball this year,
that he also can be released on ten
days notice, both as manager and

Varsity Leaves
for Columbus;
35 Make Trip
All Wolverines Ready
for Service against
Powerful Buckeyes
"Ohio State is to be feared both
on the ground and in the air" were
the words of Coach Fritz Crisler at
the conclusion of the final practice
for the all-important battle Satur-
day afternoon at Columbus, O., with
the title-aspiring Buckeyes.
Crisler pointed to the offensive rec-
ord of Coach Paul Brown's Ohio State
team, and it speaks for itself. The
battling Buckeyes have averaged
313.2 yards a game by rushing, a sure
indication that the State line charges
fast and blocks hard. Michigan's rec-
ord of 204.3 yards on the ground
doesn't stand comparison very well.
The Wolverine coach also realized
that Brown's Buckeyes have plenty of
power through the air with a record
Watch These Buckeyes
Ohio State Leading Ground Gainers
By Rushing
Player **TCB NG Av TD Pts
Fekete.....152 816 5.36 9 78*
Sar'ghaus .. 89 459 5.04 10 60
Horvath .... 77 421 5.46 3 18
Frye ........:33 216 6.54 3 21*
James..... ..4 296 8.72 3 18

Michigan Must
Phillips, Groza
Bucks' Strong

Face Buckeye Power

OSU Yearlings
Favorites over
Weber's Squad

Midwest Gridiron Angles


Al Wistert makes another bid for
an All-American berth against the
Buckeyes. Last week Wistert was
outstanding as he played a vital role
in stopping the Notre Dame offense.

* *TCB-times carried ball;
gain; TD-touchdowns.


*Fekete has 21 successful conversions
out of 30 attempts and one suc-
cessful field goal out of one at-
tempt; Frye has three successful
conversions out of three attempts.
* * *
Ohio State's Leading Passers, Ground
Gain Averages
Player *PT C A YG
Sarringhaus .....37 15 40% 378*
Horvath ........20 12 60% 183*
Slusser ..... ....21.. .9. .43%. .186.
* *T thrown; C-completed; A-av-
erage; YG-yards gained.
*Sarringhaus' pass gains plus rush-
ing gains total 837 yards; Hor-
vath's passing gains plus rushing
gains total 604 yards.
of better than 50 per cent of their
passes completed. Added to this is
Ohio's more impressive pass defense
record. The Buckeyes' foes have
gained only 92.7 yards a game
through the air, as compared to
Michigan's record of 110.6 yards.
Lines Are Well-Matched
There is little to choose in the de-
fensive strength of the "Seven Oak
Posts" and Ohio's great line of "For-
gotten Men." Michigan foes have
dented the Wolverine forward wall
for only 101.4 yards per game by
rushing, while Ohio opponents have
advanced 102.4 yards.
Balanced against each other there
appears to be little to choose between
the two great lines, which portends
,a terrific frontal battle Saturday. De-
spite the great lines the galaxy of col-
orful ball-carriers is expected to make
this struggle as memorable as last
week's immortal 32-20 triumph of
the Wolverines over Notre Dame.
There appeared to be no evidence
of any mental letdown by the Wol-
verine gridders after that scoring
picnic at South Bend, and all seemed
anxious to cripple Ohio State's Big
Ten title hopes.
Final Practice Easy
The final practice session for this
all-important game found the Varsity
gridders taking it easy while the Red
Shirts, imitating Brown's Buckeyes,
ran through Ohio's ground offense.
Crisler stressed the ground defense
a little more in yesterday's practice.
The Varsity also brushed up on its
offense, the last workout before the
gun opens the game. The entire
squad was in good shape and every
man appeared ready to play.
Thirty-five gridders will make the

Wally Weber, whose- freshman
squad faces a powerful Ohio State
yearling team, which is .undefeated
this season. The Bucks hold vic-
tories over both Indiana and Pitts-
burgh frosh.
trip to Columbus, the train leaving
Michigan Central station at 9:57 a.m.
today. Lunch will be eaten in Detroit.
The gridders will arrive at Columbus
at 6:30 p.m., and will be sent 'to bed
early. They will rest all Saturday
morning. The return trip is scheduled
for 11 p.m. tomorrow, with the coach
slated to arrive in Ann Arbor about
8 a.m. Sunday.
Players selected by Crisler for the
trip are: Elmer Madar, Phil Sharpe,
Rudy Smeja, Chuck Kennedy, Bob
Shemky and Ted Petoskey, ends; Al
Wistert, Bill Pritula, Vince Secontine,
Jack Karwales, Bob Derleth, and
Johnny Greene, tackles;
Also, Bob Kolesar, Julie Franks,
Walt Freihofer, Ralph Amstutz,
Angie Trogan and Bill Rohrbach,
guards; Merv Pregulman, Jim Brieske
and Phil Mooney, centers; Captain
George Ceithaml, Bob Vernier and
George Kiesel, quarterbacks; Frank
Wardley, Paul White, Don Robinson
and George Avery, right halfbacks;
Tom Kuzma, Bob Chappuis and Cliff
Wise, left halfbacks; and Bob Wiese,
Don Lund, Bob Stenberg and Don
Boor, fullbacks.
'Accompanying Coach Crisler will
be Dr. A. W. Coxon, Trainer Ray
Roberts, Manager Jimmy Kline and
Assistant Coaches Ernie McCoy, Clar-
ence Munn, Earl Martineau and Ben-
nie Oosterbaan.

Rated as the underdogs, Michigan's
frosh football team will attempt to
upset the apple-cart this afternoon
at 3 p.m. when it battles the Ohio
State freshmen in the Columbus Sta-
Ohio State will be putting- an un-
defeated record on the block for the
game, having won both its previous
contests with Pittsburgh and Indi-
ana. The Wolverines, on the other
hand, are out after their -first vic-
tory, with only a scoreless tie recorded
in their other game with Michigan
The Buckeye squad is called the
best in the Big Ten by the experts,
and today's battle might well be
called the conference frosh title
clincher. If the Wolverines are able
to upset the Buckeyes, they will win
from a team that is both heavier and
Phillips Is Threat
From end to end, the cry of the
Michigan frosh is to stop the passing
of Tommy Phillips, called the greatest
Ohio heaver in many a year. Phillips
was the star of both the earlier Buck-
eyefrays, and the boys know that in
order to win, they must stop him.
The Wolverines also know that if
the Ohio State aggregation is able to
penetrate within 35 to 40 yards of the
Maize and Blue goal line, Lou Groza,
sensational place kicker, is liable to
boot one between the uprights.
However, the Michigan squad has
a few men that should make the
highly favored Buckeyes realize that
they are no longer playing Pitts-
The star of the Wolverine team is
Dick Walterhouse who is as good a
triple threater, if not better, than
anyone Ohio State has to offer. Wal-
terhouse was wanted by almost every
good school in the country, and the
Buckeyes are well aware of his abil-
Guerre Is Dark Horse
Dark horse in today's game is
George Guerre, a diminutive 150
pound fullback from Flint Central
who can easily go all the way for a
touchdown if he ever breaks loose.
Guerre will probably not start, but is
almost certain to see plenty of action
before the day is through. He was
formerly a wingback and was shifted
to the fullback position only last
In an effort to place a better bal-
anced, heavier team on the field,
Coach Wally Weber has decided upon
a few last minute changes in his
starting lineup.
The line will be almost the same as
it was last week, with Art Renner
and Lehman Beardsley starting at
the ends; Bill Pratt and Jack Em-
erick at the tackles; George Kraeger
and Henry Mantho at the guards;
and Frank Kern will get the call at
The backfield, however, will begin
with Hugh Mack at the quarterback
slot in place of Ervin Derda, and Bill
Maskill playing right half for Bob
Nussbaumer. Dick Walterhouse will
be at left half and the fullback is
Walterhouse's teammate from Ann
Arbor High School, Ralph Chubb.

to Stop


Gophers Stress Passing
MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 19.--P)-Dr.
George Hauser put the Minnesota
football team through its last practice
of the year today.
The Gophers' worked on passing
again for the third'time this week for
the Wisconsin game. Minnesota, with
a travelling squad of -36 men, will
leave for Madison tomorrow.
Illini Work on Defense
CHAMPAIGN, Ill., Nov. 19.- (P)-
The Illinois football team practiced
today on Great Lakes plays and
sought to evolve defenses against the
power runs of Bruce Smith and Bob
Graham Ready for Irish
EVANSTON, Ill., Nov. 19.- (P)-
Northwestern's Wildcats wound up an
intensive offensive practice today in
their best physical condition since the
start of the season for their annual

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