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WEIbDESDAY, NOV. 8, 1944



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Michigan aces Illini Speedsters in Featured Big



Wolverines Work on
Defense To StopYon
Illinois on Way to Smashing Collegiate Mark;
Elliot's Team Averages 403 Yards Per Game
Defensive measures designed to stop a whirlwind Illinois offense which
is well on its way toward shattering all previous collegiate ground-gaining
records are the order of the week in the Michigan football camp as Coach
H. O. Crisler prepares his squad for the important clash with the Illini
The Wolverine line has performed surprisingly well in the seven
games played to date, but the forwards have yet to meet an offensive ma-
chine with as much speed and power
as generated by the Illinois "stop them back in stride as they polished
watch" backfield. off Iowa, 40-6, and followed this up
Coach Ray Elliot's charges have with a 39-5 shellacking of Pittsburgh.
rolled up a grand total of 2,825 Their seventh contest was a case of
yards in seven games this season for sheer hard luck as they pushed the
an average of 403 yards per contest. then undefeated Irish of Notre Dame
Of this total 2,309 yards were regis- all over the field, only to lose 13-7 in
tered by rushing, giving the Illini an the final quarter.
American collegiate football record Young Leads Attack
which is well ahead of the all-time Key man in the offensive setup is,
average output of 329.8 yards a game of course, the much publicized "Bud-
of 310 yards per game set by Colo- dy" Young, who has broken away
rado in 1937. for long touchdown gallops at least
The Illini also threaten another once in every game. Young, who
collegiate mark, having averaged 7.4 holds a hatful of Big Ten and Amer-
yards per try against the old record of ican sprint records, has averaged 12.5
5.67 now held by the 1941 Missouri yards per try while crossing the goal
eleven. line no less than 11 times.
Teaming at halfback with Young
They Pass, Too is Paul Patterson, another speedster
Although Illinois is essentially a and also an accomplished passer 'who
running team, the forward pass has is only slightly behind his running
come in for its share of attention in mate in the yards gained depart-
their scheme of things, netting 516 ment. These two men pack an of-
yards in the seven games. Unlike fensive punch unmatched anywhere
most exponents of the "T" forma- in the nation for speed and sudden-
tion, the Illini utilize not only the ness.
quarterback as a passer but also Considering this imposing record,
both halfbacks, lending versatility it is little wonder that the Wolverine
to the aerial attack. coaching staff is concentrating most-
While running up these imposing ly on the defensive aspects of the
offensive totals, Illinois has not fared game in preparing for the Illini.
quite as well in the won and lost col- Michigan has proved that it can
umn with a record of four victories, move the ball as its yards gained av-
two defeats and one tie. Only one erage of 330 yards per game will
of the losses was a Conference decis- show and that it can stop the potent
ion, however, so the Illini are cur- offenses of such teams as Purdue and
rently resting in a deadlock with Pennsylvania. But it remains to be
Michigan for second place in the Big seen what it can do against this
Ten scramble. young Illinois eleven which threatens
Tie Great Lakes to soar to record heights as far as
The men from Champaign opened total offense is concerned.
up by polishing off Illinois Normal,
63-0, and followed up this walkaway Lion Called to Army
with a thrilling 26-18 victory over.
Indiana, the team which upset the DETROIT-(P')-End Jack Math-
apple cart by defeating Michigan a eson of the Detroit Lions will bow out
week later, 20-0. A powerful Great of professional football-probably for
Lakes eleven was, Illinois' next foe, the duration-when the Card-Pitt
and Elliot's men fought gallantly in team comes here Sunday for a Na-
the last few minutes to come from tional League game.
behind and tie the score. 26-26 in Matheson, 25-year-old father of
one of the outstanding games of the one son, received an induction notice
ontie ofesouyesterday with directions to report at
entire season. Kalamazoo next Monday. He has!
The next Saturday found the Il- been in 1-A classification since pass-
lini with a bad case of jitters as ing his physical examination last
eight fumbles, all recovered by the April 20. After playing college foot-
opposition, cost a 35-19 decision to ball with Western Michigan College,
Purdue. But the next week sawMatheson joined the Lions last year.

Associate Sports Editor

Cagers Continue Practice as
Seven Freshmen Join Squad


STRATEGIST--Joe Ponsetto, who
has been outstanding both defen-
sively and offensively this season,
quarterbacks the Wolverines in
their bid for the Biz Ten Crown.
Army - rills in
Secet for Ir ish
Blaik Plans Surprises
For Notre Dame Tilt
WEST POINT, N.Y., Nov. 7.-(AP)-
Lt.-Col. Earl Blaik, coach of Army's
unbeaten football team, intimated
today that he may be preparing some
surprises for Notre Dame, Saturday's
opponent in Yankee Stadium.
Just before he ducked under the
canvas that keeps the Army drills a
secret, Blaik said, "Don't be surprised
if Dean Sensanbaugher goes as a
fullback Saturday and if Al Tucker
does a bit of throwing."
Sensanbaugher, star of the Ohio
State team a year ago and the hero
of the East-West game on New
Year's Day, was a reserve right half
until Saturday's 83-0 massacre of
Virtually the only calm person at
the point as the game with the Irish
approaches is Col. L. M. (Biff) Jones,
the graduate manager of athletics.
The last of the 72,000 seats in the
Yankee Stadium was sold Sept. 7.
Buckeyes Ready for Pittj
Coach Carroll Widdoes told his un-
beaten Ohio State Buckeyes today
"We aren't taking anything for-
granted" in Saturday's game with
Pittsburgh, and outlined a week of
practice with emphasis on defense.

A glance at the Big Ten calendar
reveals that Michigan can capture
its first conference title outright
since 1933, by winning the remaining
three games from Illinois, Wisconsin
and Ohio State.
A peculiar quirk in the schedule
makes this feat possible. The Wol-
verines and Indiana are the only
squads that have a seven game card
and since Indiana has been thumped
twice, Michigan, by maintaining a
1.000 average for the reiainder of
the season, could wind up at the top
of the heap with a 6-1 rating. Ohio
State is the only undefeated team in
Big Ten competition and has two
games yet to play against Illinois
Nov. 18, and Michigan the following
However, the sore point is that
Michigan, despite its four-game win-
ning streak, is no bette than an
even choice against Illinois and cer-
tainly must be classified as under-
dogs in the Buckeye clash. The'Wl
verines should be favored over the
At present Ohio State heads the
rugged Big Ten race with a 4-0 rec-
ord, while Purdue and Michigan, co-
champs of last year, are deadlocked
in a second place tie. The "fighting
Illini are a half game out of second
place with two wins chalked up
against one loss. The Michigan-Illini
clash Saturday will almost certainly
drop one of these teams from any
future title consideration.
With the loss of both Capt. Bob
Wiese and Bob Nussbaumer the
Michigan backfield was a big ques-
tion mark. Not even the most rabid
Wolverine fan predicted the 41-19
slaughter that befell Penn's youth-
ful eleven at Franklin Field last
The Illini tilt will indubitably an-
swer the Michigan coaching staff's
question as to just how effective the
Wolverines are, minus the services of
their Sunday knockout punch, Wiese
and Nussbaumer. In their debuts,
Ralph Chubb and Don Lund, filling
in for the two Bobs, both performed
creditably against the Quakers and
this is an important fact because
the Penn line was considered big and
Actually, the team against Penn-
sylvania exhibited great poise and
superior ball handling. The team
spirit was excellent and the boys
seemed to be truly enjoying them-
selves at Penn's expense.
Against Illinois, Michigan will be
facing a rugged line and the fastest
set of backs in the country. Claude
"Buddy" Young and Paul Patterson,
Illini backs, have accounted for 50%
of the yardage and scoring for the
Illinois football team this fall. Young
has 11 touchdowns and 639 yards
Hartnett's Car Stolen
CHICAGO-()-Gabby H.Artnett,
who during his more than a score of
years as a baseball catcher, caught
hundreds of runners trying to steal
bases, didn't have any luck in finding
the thief who stole his automobile.
But police found the former Chi-
cago Cub manage"s car-after Gab-
by had looked for it six days. An
expression of the thief's appreciation
was left in the machine-a note
signed "Much Obliged," and "Please
Return and Also Thank Owner."
All those interested in trying
out for the Daily Sports Staff
should come to the Student Pub-
lications Building at 3 p. m. today.
The Daily Sports staff offers ex-
perience in all phases of newspaper
work including page makeup and
writing in addition to inside know-
ledge of the functions of a modern
newspaper. Owing to wartime con-
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from scrimmage, while Patterson's
output is five touchdowns and 632
yards. For those readers who haven'tj
seen Young breeze past the second-
ary, take a look at the Paramount
News showing of this week, and then
you'll understand the problem that
Michigan has to dispose of, if they
are anticipating bigger and better
things, namely, a chance for the Big
Remember one thing about the
impending contest and also the
other two to follow. Head Coach
"Fritz" Crisler and his competent
aids have injected into the Michi-
gan team a true "will to win,"
something that is easy to accom-
plish on paper but very difficult to
put into operation. For that rea-
son, it will take all the talents of
the Illini board of strategy plus
tremendous spirit to pull out an
Orange and Blue triumph this

Bolstered by the recent addition
of seven freshman candidates but
still minus the services of several re-
turning veterans and promising pros-
pects who are members of the cur-
rent football squad, the Wolverine
cage quintet continues to prepare
for its 1944 campaign and the season
opener Dec. 2 against the Broncos of
Western Michigan.
The 20-man team, three-quarters
of which are Navy and Marine
trainees, is working under the sup-
ervision of assistant coach Bill Bar-
clay, who officiated at summer prac-
tices. Head coach Ben Oosterbaan,
who is end mentor of the gridders,
will be unable to turn his attention
to his cage charges until Nov. 25,1
when the football season ends.
The team will be a largely inex-
perienced aggregation, with the one
returning letterman, Don Lund, un-
able to report until his duties with
the football squad are completed.
Bruce Hilkene, who was also a mem-

ber of last season's cagers, is expected
to be a leading contender for a start-
ing berth as forward when he is re-
leased from the grid regulars. Other
football players who are reportedly
interested in coming out for basket-
ball are halfback Gene Derricotte,
the flashy Negro speedster, and Jack
Weisenberger, Derricotte's under-
Barclay termed Ted Berce, the 18-
year old forward from Fordson High
in Detroit, his best player at the
present time, with Keith Harder, for-
mer University of Virginia star, a
close second. Hailing from Dear-
born, Berce is the team's "best pass-
er and most accurate shot," accord-
ing to the assistant coach.
Harder, on the other hand, has a
fine eye for the hoop, but is weak
defensively. His deadly aim was no
better demonstrated than last year,
when he was the highest scorer in the
state of Virginia and was named to a
starting post on the 'all-state squad.

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