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TUESDAY, OCT. 6, 1942

Savage Running Attack Brings Michigan 20-0 Grid


Alert Defense
Muzzles State
Ground Attack
Robinson, Wardley, Yaap,
Score For Victorious
Wolverine Footballers
Daily Sports Editor
Balked throughout the entire first
half by a surprising Michigan State
defense and an epidemic of their own
fumbles, Michigan's Wolverines un-
leashed a savage ground attack in the
final two periods to wallop the Spar-
tans,.20.0, in Michigan Stadium last
- In the first half the Maize and
Blue gridders attempted 12 passes,
seven of them completed for gains,
but they lacked the necessary scoring
punch when they advanced within the
State 30 yard line. In the second half
they tried only one pass, also com-
plete, but they stuck strictly to a
strong running offensive to tally
t#hree touchdowns and humble the
Lansing lads before a crowd of 39,-
163 fans.
Three times during that first half
gichigan marched into scoring dis-
ance,- -but each time they lost the
al to the Spartans. Once it was
i fumble, another time it was an in-
.e cepted pass and the third time
6e Wolverines just couldn't crack the
.jeeuh State forward wall. During
that time they rolled up seven first
Flon to nonie for Michigan State,
but fumbles and ball juggling halted
them in their tracks too often to a-
low them to reach paydirt.
The second half, though, was a dif-
f4tent story. Striking with all the
4*'aStating power of an Army tank
alohg the ground, Michigan capital-
Ised on every break and on every
seoring opportunity.
flobinson Is Spark
SIt was fleet Don Robinson, the jun-
ior. halfback who has been playing
Wehind the' injured Tom Kuzma
roughout his college career, who
t dthe spark in the Wolverine of-
sive and started them on the road
to victory. After Paul White had re-
t rflec one of Tick Kieppe's punts to
e 8tate 34, Robinson took over and
fd the Wolverines to their first
* tarting from the Spartan 34,
Iichigan used nine plays to tally the
first touchdown, with Robinson lug-
ging the ball on six of them and fin-
ally smashing over right tackle from
the one foot line for the precious six
points. Jim Brieske, the reserve cent-
er who must have been born with a
protractor in his shoes, split the up-
rights for the extra marker making
it 7-0; Michigan.
Then, with only four seconds left
in the third quarter, Frank Wardley
entered the Wolverine backfield in
place of White, and he kept the crush-
ing attack moving. This time the Wol-
verines took the ball on the State 38,
and this time it took them only four
Mlays to tally, with Wardley touring
the State line onthree of them. He
scored on a spinner from fullback
Bob Wiese from 15 yards out. Bries-
ke's kick was blocked by Ripmaster.
Lund Looked Good
But Michigan wasn't through yet.
Captain George Ceithaml, who play-
ed 58 minutes of grueling football,
recovered a State fumble on the Spar-
tan 32 and the third Michigan touch-
down was on its way. Reserve full-
back Don Lund, a product of Detroit,
led this drive - teaming with Bob
Chappuis and Warren Yaap in ad-
vancing to the Michigan State five
yard marker: Then Yaap, on the
same play that Wardley had tallied
on, crossed the goal-line standing up
for another six points. Brieske again
same in for the conversion chore, and
this time it wasn't blocked. That

made the final score, Michigan 20-
Michigan State 0.
The, statistics of the game show
where the power lay. Michigan was
credited with 208 yards gained by

The Cracker Barrel
By Mike Dann

Irish To Lose
Two Reorulars
Ziemba, Evans Injured,
States Coach Leahy
SOUTH BEND, Ind., Oct. 5- (P)-
Resting his regulars, Notre Dame
Football Coach Frank Leahy directed
football scrimmage this afternoon for
the players who saw little action in
the Georgia Tech game Saturday.
There was little heartening news
for the Irish mentor as Trainer Eu-
gene Young said Wally Ziemba, first
string center, may miss this week's
Stanford game because of injuries
received Saturday, and as Leahy indi-
cated that Owen (Dippy) Evans, left
halfback, may be absent again this
Injuries Hit Indiana,
BLOOMINGTON, Ind., Oct. 5-(R
-With four men injured Saturday
in the tilt with Ohio State, Indiana
University Football Coach A. N. (Bo)
McMillin put his squad through a
moderate drill today, emphasizing a
pass defense.
Those injured Saturday were Bob
Zimny, left tackle, Wh hurt his left
leg; Fred Huff, tackle, same injury;
Ted Hasapes, left end, who injured
his hip, and Pete Pihos, left end,
whose nose was punctured when it
got between the ground and a set
of Buckeye cleats.
Stress Pass Defense
LAFAYETTE, Ind., Oct. 5- (P)
After allowing 13 completions out of
23 passes attempted in the Vanderbilt
game Saturday at Nashville, the Pur-
due University football team devoted
an extended drill session to pass de-
fense tactics today in preparation for
the game with Northwestern this
Wildcats Fear Upset
EVANSTON, -Ill., ,Oct. 5- ()-
Northwestern's gridders ran through
light signal drills today as Coach
Lynn Waldorf's voice echoed warn-
ings against overconfidence for Sat-
urday's opening Conference game
with Purdue.
rushing; whereas State received the
total of minus 16 yards. Those figures
tell the story of Michigan's 28th tri-
umph over the Spartans in the 37
year-old rivalry.
And how State ended up with a
minus 16 yards is understandable to
all those who witnessed the clash.
I Michigan's forward wall, outweighed
11 pounds to the man by the Spar-
tans, was too much to handle. Re-
peatedly they broke through to nab
State ball-carriers far behind the line
of scrimmage, with Julie Franks, Bill
Pritula and Elmer Madar leading
the way.
Michigan proved its versatality last
Saturday. When the vaunted aerial
attack failed to produce in the first
half, the ground offensive netted vic-
tory in the last half.

Early last week, Bernie Bierman,
sly coach of the Iowa Seahawks, wrote
Fritz. Crisler and suggested that
Michigan and his team adopt a no
scouting agreement for their coming
game next month.
At first glance Crisler was all for
the idea, feeling that it might be a
practical innovation in modern col-
legiate football. But when the Michi-
gan coach noticed the Seahawk
schedule he realized how impractical
the plan would be.
The Iowans play Northwestern and
Minnesota before they meet the Wol-
verines and Michigan would of course.
be scouting the Gophers and the
Wildcats on these two occasions.,
It would be extremely difficult if
not impossible for a Maize and Blue
scout to overlook the play of the Sea-
hawks even though he was primarily
interested in watching the play of
Northwestern and Minnesota.
From all indications both coaches
have now decided against the no
scouting rule and are worrying about
other things.
Just between the Cracker Barrel
and you, Bierman is plenty worried
about the Michigan offense. The
ex-Gopher Coach still likes to beat
Michigan and he is going to do
everything in his power to make it
10 straight. According to reports
from the cadet training base Bier-
man is telling his boys that Michi-
gan is the team he is out to whip,
and whip badly.-
Cliff Wise, the Wolverine halfback
who returned to school after working
a year in a defense plant, is having
his share of troubles these days.
You see, Cliff is the proud father
of a little baby girl, and he has

trouble changing himself from a
line charging halfback into a sweet
and gentle pappa.
After practice yesterday, Cliff men-
tioned to Paul White, "I'm sure glad
she can't talk yet or she would make
me explain the way football is played,
a job no man should have to put up
with, pappa or no pappa."
George Harms, fiery Captain and
catcher of last year's Wolverine base-
ball team, signed an $8,000 contract
with the rampaging New York Yank-
ees a week ago.
During the summer George flew
down to New York to work out with
the World's champions and put on a
good performance.
The only catch to the picture is
the Navy. George is in the V-7 pro-
gram and expects to be called up
in the next month or two. If this
happens the Wolverine backstop-
per will receive no $8,000 and have
to wait until after the war to take
up his professional ball playing ca-
Bud Chamberlain and George
Harms were scheduled to play on an
American collegiate baseball team
that was going to Cuba this fall.
Both were chosen because of: their
brilliant play on Michigan's Confer-
ence championship team last Spring.
The wholething went overboard
yesterday, however, when the State
department decided that transpor-
tation problems were too great to
Little Davey Nelson, Wolverine
football and baseball star of the last
three seasons has just been trans-
ferred to the "lighter than air" div-.
isioi hat the Iowa Naval training base.

Buckeye Pilot
Fears Trojan
Aerial Attack.
COLUMBUS, O., Oct. 5 - (AP) -
Coach Paul E. Brown of Ohio State
said today he feared Southern Cali-
fornia's two-fisted passing attack,
and that he was looking for the
toughest sort of game with the Tro-
jans here Saturday.
The West Coasters have a defeat
at the hands of Tulane and a score-
less tie with Washington on their rec-
ord to date, while Ohio beat Fort
Knox and Indiana in its first two
Gophers Get Rest
MINNEAPOLIS, Oct. 5 (A)-"We'll
make Illinois pay," the Minnesota
football team vowed today as it looked
back on Saturday's 7-6 loss to the
Iowa Seahawks.
Wisconsin Scrimmages
MADISON, Wis., Oct. 5-(/P)-Wis-
consin's third team scrimmaged the
Freshmen today as Coach Harry
Stuhldreher continued his search for
reserve strength to bolster the squad
for Saturday's game with Missouri
and the tussle with Great Lakes at
Chicago the following week.
Maceau Heads Marquette
MILWAUKEE, Oct. 5- (P- Mell
Maceau, veteran center, today was
appointed captain of the Marquette
Hilltoppers for their game against,
Iowa State at Ames Saturday. Ma-
ceau has seen little action this fall
because of a foot injury.
All candidates for the Frosh
track squad report at Yost Field
House any afternoon this week for
equipment. Experience is not nec-
essary. Ilarticipants are excused
from P.E.M.
Coach Chet Stackhouse

Coach Fritz Crisler showed the
Wolverines the pictures of the Michi-j
gan-Michigan State game yesterday
afternoon, pointing out the mistakes
that the Maize and Blue players made
last Saturday.
Crisler was plainly dissatisfied with
the play of his charges during the
first half against the Spartans from
East Lansing. In the first two periods
the Wolverines were lacking the pre-
cision and timing that marked their
play the week before against the
Great Lakes Sailors.
Re-running the films several times,
the Michigan mentor showed the in-
dividual players where a certain block
at the right time would have meant
additional yards gained.
Following the movies, the squad
ran through a light signal drill inside
the Yost Field House. During the drill
Don Lund and Frank Wardley alter-
nated on the first team because of
their fine showing against the Spar-

Coach Crisler Employs Movies'
To Point Out Gridiron Mistakes

tans. Wardley was the third largest
ground-gainer for the Wolverines and
Lund's drives and punts late in the
fourth quarter sparked Michigan to
its third touchdown.
The Varsity came out of the State
fray in fine condition as everybody
escaped injury. Merv Pregulman, big
Maize and Blue center, was forced to
leave the game in the middle of the
fourth period because of a pulled leg
muscle,' but he reported yesterday
that it was in good shape and that
he would be ready for this week's
When Michigan meets the Sea-
hawks of Iowa Pre-Flight they will
prfobably be facing the most powerful
team on this year's schedule. It is still
doubtful that Tom Kuzma, ace half-
back, will be ready Saturday, and
with his absence, the Wolverines will
have a battle all the way. The Iowa
Flyers are well stocked in reserves
while most of the Wolverines face 60
minutes of play.



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