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PAGE SIX

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Michigan

erials

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urdue,

27 -13

Wolverines Retain Title
Hopes in Convincing Win
Elliott's Passes Click for Three Scores
Despite Rain; Nussbaumer, Renner Also Star

Game ighlights

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Michigan Coach Fritz Crisler was not overenthusiastic about the
showing of his team, despite the importance of t'e victory. "We were
spotty," he commented. "When we looked good, we looked very good, but
we weren't consistent."

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time with four minutes of playing
time remaining.
Michigan got its initial score the
first time it took possession of the
ball. Left End Art Renner broke
through to partially block Dave
Shaw's punt from the Purdue 45, and
the ball was downed on the ' Wolver-
ine 40. Six plays later, Michigan
had a touchdown.
Nussbaumer Starts It
Nussbaumer picked up nine on two
wide plays, and Weisenburger banged
over center for a first down at the
Purdue 48. Two rushing attempts
lost two. Elliott then faded back be-
hind excellent protection and tossed
a 30-yard pass to Nussbaumer, who
had gotten behind the Boilermaker
left half at the 20. Nussbaumer gal-
]oped across unmolested. Reserve full-
back George Chiames made good on
the first of his three conversions.
Purdue came right back after the
kickoff and marched all the way
from its own 28 to the Michigan ofie-
foot line before losing the ball on
downs. Mixing up DeMoss' passes
with quick-opening thrusts by big
Ed Cody and Billy Canfield, the
Boilermakers moved to a first down
at the Michigan four.
Wolverine Forwards Hold
A five-yard penalty took them back
to the nine, where the Wolverine line
stiffened and held. Cody's fourth-
down plunge from the three was just
inches short pf the goal.
Not until eight and one-half min-
utes of the second period did Michi-
gan get another goalward drive
underway. Purdue had driven to- the
Wolverine 30 before losing the ball
when Renner dumped Shaw for a
seven-yard loss on fourth down.
With the ball on the 37, Elliott,
Hank Fonde, and Weisenburger alt-
ernated at the line for two first downs
to the Purdue 42.. Quarterback How-
ard Yerges hit Renner with a pass
at the 27. Fonde, Elliott, and Weisen-
burger combined for another first
down at the 13. After Purdue was
penalized five yards for holding, El-
liott hammered over on three suc-
cessive drives over his own right
tackle. Chiames missed the extra
point.
Purdue Strikes Back
Purdue's first tally came just four
minutes later and was set up when
Fonde fumbled Shaw's punt on his
own 20, and right end Norm Maloney
recovered for the Boilermakers. Cody
hurled his 200-pound frame at the
Michigan line on five successive plays
to cover the 20 yards. His last plunge
started from the one. Tom Hughes,
220-pound right tackle, converted,
making the score 13-7.
Michigan's final first half score
came on the most spectacular play of
the afternoon. After Fonde brought
Hughes' kickoff back to his own 46,
Elliott tossed one incomplete pass,
then spotted Nussbaumer in the open
again. The 165-pound scatback gath-
ered the ball in at the Boilermaker
22, squirmed away from two would-be
tacklers, picked up a timely block
from Renner, and cut across the field
to the goal. Chiames converted.
Boilermakers Click in Third
As the second half got underway,
the Boilermakers came out with re-
newed vigor and proceeded to take
the play away from their rivals all
during the third period, although
they were not able to push the ball
over until three minutes after the
final stanza had begun. Midway in
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the third period, they got to the
Michigan 25, but a pass interception
by Renner halted that threat.
Next time, however the Purdue
drive carried all the way. Shaw
brought Elliott's punt back to his own
42, and an unnecessary roughness
penalty on Michigan placed the ball
I on the Wolverine 41.
Shaw and Canfield collaborated for
one first down at the 27, and a De-
Moss-Canfield pass moved to the
nine. Cody advanced to the one-foot
line on two plunges, but Canfield was
I stopped cold on the next play. On
fourth down, Shaw went off his own
left tackle for the score. Hughes kick-
ed was blocked.
Maize and Blue Sew It Upj
At this point, the Boilermakers
were very much back in the ball
- game, but they could not halt Mich-
igan's next goalward stampede. Leon-

The Wolverine mentor liked the. looks of the Purdue team
had just defeated. "They're always dangerous with Cody and
the backfield. Those two boys are both fine backs."
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his charges
Canfield in

Over in the Purdue dressing room, Coach Cecil Isbell seemed a
bit bewildered by it all. "We got some bad breaks," he said, "but I have
to admit that Michigan is a nice-looking young ball club. We really
wanted to win this one."
Neither squad reported any serious injuries beyond the usual assortment
of miscellaneous bumps and bruises. Michigan fullback Jack Weisenburger
was removed from the game with a bruised ankle in the second quarter
and did not play thereafter. Trainer Ray Roberts did not think the injury
serious. Dan Dworsky replaced Weisenburger at full.
Smoke bombs seem to be the thing to throw at Michigan home
games. Someone tossed another orange affair out over the Wolverine
bench near the end of the contest. Equipment manager Hank Hatch
corralled it. Two weeks ago, another of the missiles landed on the
field.
* * * ,
Team Captain Joe Ponsetto watched the game from the press box, along
with Don Robinson and Don Lund. Ponsetto and Robinson are out for
the season with injuries. Lund was co-captain of the Wolverines last
season and has since moved into double-A professional baseball.
Also haunting the press quarters were numerous scouts from Indi-
ana and Ohio State. Indiana meets Purdue next week in the Conference
title-deciding clash, and Ohio State has a date with the Wolverines here
Saturday.

Leading ground gainer of the afternoon, on a yards-per-try basis, was
Dan Dworsky with 34 yards in six attempts. Pete Elliott accounted for 44
yards in 13 tries. On the Purdue side, Ed Cody picked up the most yardage
of anyone on the field, 105 yards, in 23 carries.
Billy Canfield, Conference leader in total offense, pass receiving, and
scoring, gained 52 yards on 11 chances. Canfield, incidentally, was held
scoreless, but did catch four passes, good for '37 yards.
* * * *1'
Pete Elliott topped the much-publicized De Moss in passing, com-
pleting four of five for 134 yards. DeMoss clicked on nine of 15 for 92
yards.
Purdue used only three backs as ball carriers all afternoon-Canfield,
Shaw, and Cody. DeMoss did all the passing for the Boilermakers.
* ~* *
Crisler was the epitome of the well-dressed football coach on a
rainy day. He donned a slicker and a sou'wester hat for the occasion.
Isbell watched the game from the press box, as is his habit.
The Michigan band entertained the crowd between halves with a
Thanksgiving Day stunt working out of a T (for turkey) formation. The
University Choir joined in for a church formation that ended the colorful
show.
Bob Callahan, who has been playing at tackle all season, alternated
with Tony Momsen at center as Crisler tried to bolster the pivot position
vacated by Harry Watts. Callahan played center for Missouri in 1942.
Art Renner, Dan Dworsky, Pete Elliott, Bob Nussbaumer, and Dom
Tomasi turned in outstanding games for the Wolverines. For the Boiler-
makers, it was Ed Cody, Ed Cody, and Ed Cody, with Bob DeMoss, Norm
Maloney, and Ed Fox also showing up well.

St. Mary's Is
UCLA, 13m-7
By The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17-Marching
84 yards to score in the final minutes
of play, the battling, underdog Bruins
of the University of California at Los
Angeles today upset St. Mary's Col-
lege, 13-7, toppling the Gaels from
the ranks of the nation's undefeated
grid teams.
Before 87,000 exhausted spectators,
the Bruins tallied on quarterback Er-
nie Case's 15-yard pass to halfback
Skip Rowland, who ran five yards
for the winning touchdown with one
minute to play.
Bruin Backs Star
The Bruin backs were sensational,
averaging six yards per try and net-
ting 257 yards on the ground, but it
was the small, compact bristling
Bruin line that wore down the Gaels'
17-year-olders. The Coliseum has sel-
dom seen more vicious blocking and
tackling.
UCLA amassed 14 first downs to
seven for the Gaels.
The game, the last on the Gaels'
regular schedule, kept them from be-
coming St. Mary's first unbeaten,
untied team. The loss may have
dampened their Sugar Bowl hopes,
but the victory enhanced UCLA's
Rose Bowl stock.
UCLA- Sees Roses
The Uclans moved into the Rose
Bowl limelight with the triumph, al-
though their Pacific Coast Confer-
ence record is marked by a 13 to 6
loss to Southern California on Sept.
21. The Trojans, idle today and also
still in the bowl picture, play UCLA
again Dec.-1.
Other coast games saw Washing-
ton, another Tourney of Roses can-
didate, win from Idaho, 12 to 0;
Oregon trim California, 20 to 13.
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Cadets Maul Penn, 61-0; Navy Wins

PASSING FANCY -Passing for
three scores and plunging for the
other against the Boilermakers
was halfback Pete Elliot.
ard Ford returned Hughes short
kickoff to his own 43 to open the as-
sault. A series of penalties, one of
which nullified a Boilermaker inter-
ception that might have produced the
tying score, and line plays by Elliott
and Nussbaumer got the ball up to
the Purdue 35.
Elliott gained two, but Michigan
was offside on the next play, and
Yerges- was then thrown at mid-
field while trying to pass. Elliott at
this point perpetrated one of the
best-executed plays of the game, fak-
ing a quick kick and shooting a bullet
pass down the middle to Renner at
the 30.
Renner Snags Pass
Nussbaumer made it a first down
on a reverse at the 21, and he and
Dan Dworsky collaborated for anoth-
er at the 11. Two line plays picked
up only ono yard, but Elliott then
tossed a perfect running pass to Ren-
ner in the end zone, who made a
circus catch by taking the ball out
of the hands of DeMoss, defending
on the play. Chiames again convert-
ed, making the score "27-13, where it
stood until the final gun.
Statistics showed that Purdue piled
up 13 first downs to Michigan's 10
and gained 173 yards rushing to 145.
The Wolverine had a 149 to 92 edge
in passing and a 284-265 margin in
total offense.
Eleventh Win Over Purdue
It was the eleventh victory against
two losses in the series for the Wol-
verines. The win gave them a 4-1
record in Conference play and a 6-3
season total. For Purdue, it was the
second loss of the season and also
the second in the Big Ten.
The starting lineups:

Unde rdog MSC
Crushes Penn
State rs, 33-0
EAST LANSING, Mich., Nov. 17-
(g)-Penn State's Orange Bowl-bound
Lions struck adetour on their road
to the Newv Year's Day classic today
as they were decisively upset by a
rebounding Michigan State college
eleven, 33-0.
It wasn't merely a sound smother-
ing-it was gridiron humility-as the
air-minded Spartans came back after
losing to mediocre Great Lakes to
slap down a Penn State outfit which
had previously lost only to mighty'
Navy, and then by only four touch-
downs.
Spartans Start Early
Coach Charlie Bachman's football
machine got into gear early in the
first period and continued to operate
through four hectic quarters, scor-
ing once in the first, twice in the
second and once each in the last two
stanzas.
Passes set up all five Spartan touch-
downs, three of which were actually
scored on aerials. Fullback Jack Bres-
lin tallied twice on plunges, end War-
ren Huey made two touchdowns on
tosses from halfback Russ Reader and
Reader himself scored another on a

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 17- OfP)-
Army's incredible team just about
clinched its claim to gridiron immor-
tality by overwhelming a supposedly
strong University of Pennsylvania
eleven, 61 to 0, before an awed crowd
of 73,000 at Franklin Field today.
That furious pair, Glenn Davis and
Doc Blanchard, each scored three
touchdowns before they were with-
drawn from the carnage in the third
period., What the final score might
have been had the Cadets' magnifi-
cent first team been permitted to go
the route was anybody's guess.
Serve Warning on Navy
In racking up their 17th straight
victory the Cadets ran their scoring
total for eight games this season to
380 points against the opponents' 33.
They served dire warning on Navy,
whom they meet a fortnight hence in
this town.
The Cadets piled up 383 yards by
rushing to Penn's 56, and passed for
another 139 to the Quaker's 92 yards.
Not shown by the statstics was the
fact that two touchdown runs by
Blanchard in the first quarter were
called back because the officials de-
tected an Army back in motion.
Not until the closing minutes of
the game, when Army's third team

push the ball past midfield. Then
the Quakers put together four
straight first downs and drove as far
as the Cadets' 14 before they were
thrown back.
For those who revel in figures, it
was disclosed that Davis averaged 9.9
yards for the eight times he carried
the ball, and that Blanchard picked
up an average of 6.5 yards per carry
in 15 attempts. This, however did
not take into account what they did
after catching passes.
Pettit, Barron Lead
Sail ors toy 36-7 Win
BALTIMORE, Md., Nov. 17-(A)-
Navy's undefeated and once-tied
football team rolled over a highly
spirited but overmatched Wisconsin
eleven today by a score of 36 to 7 in a
game featuring touchdown runs by
two scoreless Middie ball carriers.
Jim Pettit and Bill Barron galloped
70 and 54 yards respectively, as the
Midshipment collected five touch-
downs and a safety on a Wisconsin
punt blocked by left guard Jim Car-
rington. Jack Currence added four
extra points from placement in five
tries.
Wisconsin's touchdown came in the
closing minutes of the first half on
an 18-yard pass by the Badgers di-
minutive but mighty Jerry Thompson
to quarterback George Fuchs in the
end zone. Left tackle Martin Meyer
place-kicked for the exrta point.
Navy, playing its final game before
the annual engagement with Army
December 1 in Philadelphia, had to
work for victory over the Badgers,
who were sparked by Thompson, five-
feet five inches tall and weighing 158
pounds.
The little fellow was a threat every
time he carried the ball and the par-
tisan crowd of 35,616 cheered lustily
as he skirted the ends and slanted off
tackles for gains, and especially in
the third quarter when he got loose
for 21 yards to Navy's 31. But he
fumbled on the 21 and Navy recov-
ered.

Army's Davis, Blanchard Duo
Runs Wild; Middies Top Badgers

West Point Head
May Eye Bowl Bid
NEW YORK, Nov. 17-(/P)-Maj.
Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, Superin-
tendent at West Point, said tonight
that he still is "considering"
whether he would permit Army's
great football team to play in the
Pasadena Rose Bowl game New
Year's Day if a bid was tendered
the unbeaten Cadets.
Taylor, who arrived from Phila-
delphia where he witnessed the
Cadets' 61-0 massacre of Pennsyl-
vania, declared that the Army has
not received any feelers for a post-
season tilt.

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pass from quarterback Dom Conti.was in the game, did Penn manage to
Bring On Those Buckeyes!

MICHIGAN
Total First Downs ............................. 10
First Downs Rushing .......................... 9
First Downs Passing ........................ . 1
First Downs Penalties ......................... .0
Net Yards Rushing.............................. 145
Net Yards Passing 149
Net Yards Total 294
Forwards Attempted ........................... 8
Forwards Completed ......................... . 5
Passes Intercepted By .......................... 2
Punts, Number............................. ..... 4
Punting Average ........... ........... 39.5
Yards Kicks Returned.................... ...... 64
Fumbles ...................................... 2
Fumbles Recovered By ........................ 0
Yards Penalized ............................... 55

PURDUE
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173
92
265
15
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110
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MNeill
Johnson
Tomasi
Momsen
Wilkins
Hinton
Renner
Dworsky
Elliott
Nussbaumer
Weisenburger

PURDUE
LE Heck
LT O'Brien
L G Crowe
C Kodba
R G Logan
R T Hughes
RE Maloney
Q B DeMoss
L H Canfield
RH Shaw
F B Cody

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