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By Bill Mullendore
Daily Sports Editor
Passing Ghost
PURDUE supporters who watched
Michigan trounce their favorite
Boilermakers, 27-13, last Saturday
must have thought they were seeing
ghosts. Last season, one of the spark-
plugs of the Purdue attack was a
pretty fair halfback named Chalmers
(Bump) Elliott.
This year, there was another
Elliott on the field. His first name
was Pete, and he wore the Maize
and Blue of Michigan, not the
Black and Gold of Purdue. What is
more, Pete is the younger brother
of the ex-Boilermaker star.
The Purdue Elliott may be older
than the Michigan edition, but we
seriously doubt that he was ever any
better on the football field. In fact,
Pete Elliott's performance Saturday
was just about as good as such things
can be.
Pete has been playing steady ball
all season, nothing spectacular, but
a consistently good game featured
by hard running and occasional
flashes of excellent passing form
that betoken greater things to
He got a break Saturday when an
injury to starting tailback Walt Ten-
inga forced Fritz Crisler to elevate
the red-headed Missourian to a first
string assignment.
That was all Pete needed appar-
ently. His record for the after-
noon speaks for itself. He threw
five passes, four complete, and three
for touchdowns. He ran for a fourth
score, gaining 44 yards in all on
13 running attempts. He averaged
37 yards on punts when an injury
to regular kicker Jack Weisenburg-
er left him with that chore as
Quite an afternoon for a freshman
and a second stringer. And those
Purdue fans who remember last year
when brother Chalmers was romping
around in the Boilermaker backfield
must have had some unkind words
for the fates that sent kid brother
Pete to Michigan.
All-American Lineup
THIS, frankly, is a plug, but we
thing it is in a worthy cause. Fri-
day night, something very special
in a way of a treat for the sports-
minded on campus has been arranged.
We are speaking of Varsity Night,
The show should be a good one.
In fact, we don't see how it can
miss with people like Hal New-
houser, Tom Harmon, and Bob
Westfall on the program. None of
these nationally known sports cele-
brities need any introduction here.
Their records speak for themselves.
Just to refresh your memories,
though, Newhouser is the gentleman
who pitched the Detroit Tigers to a
pennant and a World Series vic-
tory not so long ago. He's won 54
games in the last two seasons and is
pretty universally recognized as one
of the top lefthanders of all time.
Harmon, of course, is a Wolverine
legend. Probably the greatest back
ever turned out at Michigan, he ranks
with the greatest half dozen broken
field runners ever developed any-
where. All-American in 1939 and
'40, he also passed, punted, and place
kicked, just for variety. Quite a foot-
ball player, Mr. Harmon.

Then there's Westfall. He's also
an All-American, making the dream
team in 1941. Those in the know
say there's never been a better
spinning fullback. He's playing
pro ball for the Detroit Lions now,
and doing all right for himself.
That's quite a lineup, and one well
worth seeing and hearing. We can't
recall anything to compare with it.
We're certainly not going to miss the
show. We don't think you should,


To Be Ready foreBuckees


Bashetballers Continue Drills;
To Scrimmage Against Romulus

With the opening of the national
basketball season less than two weeks
away, the Michigan hoopsters con-
tinue to be one of the busiest scrim-
maging teams in the country, having
completed practice games so far and
preparing for another pre-season
classic tonight.
In the games played to date, the
Wolverine cagers have been notably
successful. Starting off with a 65-37
romp over a spotty Romulus Air Base
squad, the team moved on to a 68-45
victory over Central Michigan Col-
lege. This was the first game of the
regular basketball season, but the
cagers will mark time till December
when, along with the rest of the na-
tion, official basketball will swing
into high gear.
Scrimmages in Order
Until December it will be scrim-
mage, scrimmage, scrimmage for
Coaches Oosterbaan, Barclay and
their charges. In pursuance ofthis
pattern, Michigan met and defeated
Dow Chemical to the tune of 58-46
early last week, and today the hoop-
sters j our n ey to Romulus' home
grounds for a return practice game
with the men of the air base.
Although undefeated, the basket-
ballers have played far from cham-
pionship ball, according to Barclay.
The defensive work of the team in
particular has come in for criticism.
Drill in this line of play has been
especially emphasized in recent prac-
Shooting Also Stressed
Offensive plans, however, have-
been by no means neglected. Shoot-
ing from all angles of the court has
been accented along with passing and
dribbling drills.
Standouts so far have been young
Bob' Harrison, Toledo freshman, and
Glen Selbo, a transfer student from
Western Michigan. Selbo was among
the first five starters for the Broncos
last year.
Army, Navy Teams
Meet in 'China Bowl'
SHANGHAI, Nov. 20-It may star-
tle football connoisseurs to learn that
the Army and Navy will meet in a
bowl game (Oriental style) here Jan.
1 with a ricksha race in lieu of the
usual trappings of cheer leaders,
bands, goats, etc.
The Army and Navy teams that will
meet in the "China Bowl" are not to
be confused with those two gridiron
giants now running amok stateside,
who tangle Dec. 1.

Others who have shown up well in
practice include Dave Strack, who
starred for the Wolverine basketball
squad from 1942 to 1944 and in his
last year was elected honorary cap-
tain; Marty Feinberg, ianky Navy
boy and the leading contender for
the center post, Walt Kell, John Mul-
laney, Bill Walton and Keith Harder.
Fliers Have Fight
Michigan is favored in tomorrow
night's contest against Romulus, but
there is no feeling of over-confidence
in the minds of the Wolverines. Rom-
ulus has a strong squad, but is greatly
hindered in taking advantage of its
players' talents because of the ir-
regularity of its scrimmage sessions.
In its last game against Michigan
the fliers put up a desperate fight in
the first half, only to crumple in the
second half.

Varsity Competition?
Phi Delts versus SAE
In a preview of what to expect
when Michigan and Ohio State
clash Saturday, the fraternities of
Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Alpha
Epsilon will meet (head on) Sat-
urday morningat 10 a. m. in a
revival of their age-old six-man
touch-football feud in the SAE
Not since 1942 when the Delts
led by Bob Ufer gallopped off with
the honors, 12-0, have the two
houses tangled. Both outfits are
fired up this year and most any-
thing can and probably will hap-
For the benefit of the crowd, if
there is one, it has been announc-
ed that the contest will be aired
over a PA hook-up by Ufet. Half-
time ceremonies, in the absence of
the band, will consist of Collegiate
Sorbsis' all conquering heroines
meeting a yet unnamed opponent.
Anyone interested, contact Sorosis.

Fisher, Cline, Daugherty
Priday To Lead .S. U.

Bucks Lead Big Ten Offensively;
Michigan Strongest on Defense

Football activity during the past
week-end brought little change in the
statistic leadership as Ohio State
and Michigan for the third straight
week retained their respective laurels
in the offensive and defensive depart-
Ohio State's pile driving fullback
Ollie Cline, moved into a tie with
Purdue's Billy Canfield at 36 points
as the Boilermaker scatback was
handcuffed by the Wolverines.
Indiana Second
Undefeated Indiana, its first cham-
pionship hanging on -a win over Pur-
due Saturday, stands second in the
Conference offensively and defensive-
ly while the Boilermakers are third
in offense and fifth in defense.
Ohio State's average of 309 yards
per game has been gained by netting
226 yards on the ground, the best in
the conference, and 83 yards in the
air. Iowa has as colsolation for a
season withhonly one win in Confer-
ence play the lead in gains through
the air with an average of 108 yards.
Bucks Power Team
TheaBuckeyesrhave proven that
they are a power team by making
more tries against the lines, averag-
ing 58 attempts a game, ample warn-
ing that much is to be expected along
these lines Saturday.
Michigan has allowed a net gain
of but 204 yards a game and but 6.6
points but is second to Indiana and
Illinois for gains in rushing and pass-
In spite of four straight defeats,
Minnesota's Tommy Gates has the
best yards gained average with a
five-and-a-half mark in 50 tries.
Michigan's quarterback-fullback Dan
Dworsky has a 6.1 yard average but
has only made 20 thrusts with the
pigskin. Hank Fonde has averaged
5.1 yards in 31 tries while Jack Weis-
Central Michigan Tops
Selfridge Field, 84-71

Daily Sports Editor
Good news is on the scarce side
these days in the Michigan football
camp with the Wolverines scheduled
to meet their traditional Western
Conference rivals, Ohio State, in
what shapes up as perhaps the
toughest game on the Maize and
Blue Big Ten slate this fall.
But Coach Fritz Crisler did get a
piece of very welcome information
yesterday when team physicians an-
nounced that Jack Weisenburger,
regular fullback injured in the Pur-
due game last week, will probably
be able to play against the Bucks.
Injuries Not Serious
X-rays of a chest injury to Weis-
enburger revealed no broken bones,
and physicians were confident that
the bruise would heal in time. Weis-
enburger also sustained a bump on
his left ankle that is also expected;
to mend before game time Saturday.
Yesterday's practice was carried
on without Weisenburger, however,
and big Dan Dworsky took his place.
Crisler devoted most of the session
to defensive drills afterelooking over
Ernie McCoy's scout reports.
Mix T, Single Wing
McCoy said that Ohio utilizes a
T-formation most of the time, al-
though reverting occasionally to its
traditional single wing. That is al-
most exactly opposite the Michigan
system in which the single wing pre-
dominates, with the T as a supple-
mentary weapon.
After considerable juggling, Buck-
eye Coach Carroll Widdoes seems
finally to have found a winning
backfield combination that has
turned in four straight victories af-
ter a disastrous 35-12 loss to Purdue
at mid-season.
Sarring'haus Is Reserve
Paul Sarringhaus, considered a
candidate for All-American honors
at the fall's beginning, has been
benched in favor of shifty Harold
Daugherty. Newcomer Robin Priday
handles the key quarterback post,
with two veterans, Dick Fisher and
Ollie Cline, at right half and full-
back respectively.
That is the quartet described by
Crisler as probably "ten to 15 per
cent stronger" than the backfield
which helped send Michigan down
to an 18-14 defeat last year in the
game deciding the Western Con-
ference championship.
Typical Battle Expected
Wolverine fans who remember last
year's contest, perhaps the most
thrilling of all in the historic 42-
game series, can expect the same
sort of battle again this year. The

pected to be back in uniform by
EXPECTED BAK-Hsurginthe Monday.
Purdue game Jack Weisenburger is Concentrate on Offensive
expected to be ready for the Buck-
eyes. During this past week the squad
__ _hasbeen concentrating on its offen-
times in sive, with Michigan's two forward
lead canged hands thre rilines showing up especially well. One
that affair, with State scoring the line composed of Wally Gacek at cen-
touchdown which meant the chain- ter and Neil Celley and Wally Grant
topionship with only three minutes at the wings is one of the fastest and
to play. cleverest stick-handling combinations
The Michigan-Ohio State rivalry ever seen on Colliseum ice. Gacek,
has consistently produced that sort especially is a dangerous deceptive
of slam-bang football. Record books man when in possession of the puck.
and form sheets generally are tossed Gordon, McMillian, center on the
out the window in traditional tilts other line has looked very good this
of this sort, and Saturday's game week. With Al Renfrew and Bill Jac-
should be no exception. obson at the forward positions this
line rates on a par with the Celley-
IM Off ers Fencing Gacek-Grant trio.
Third Line Formed
Richard Sieswerda of the Law Heyliger is also forming a third
School will be in charge of fencing line, with four men, Sam Steadman,
classes to be held every Monday, Chet Kuznier, Dick Stawek and Bob
Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 Arnet still battling for the spots. All
to 9:3Q p.m. at the Sports Buildinghave been giving excellent accounts
to9:30prmathe prorsy Builg of themselves this week.
Sieswerda has previously coached Meanwhile the defense has been
YMCA fencing, back-checking hard and clean, giv-
Plans include classes and intra- ing goalie Jack MacInnes plenty of
mural competition as well as matches support. Ross Smith, one of the fast-
with outside clubs. The fencers may est skaters on the team has been per-
also arrange a meet with the W.A.A. forming in big league style. His
team. An attempt will be made to checking and speed have stamped
reorganize the one-time Semitar Club. him as an outstanding puckman.

Big Ten's leading ground gainers
and a good pass receiver is Henry
enberger and Pete Elliott have each
made 4.5 yards per try.
Purdue's Bob DeMoss has a .569
passing average with 37 completions
in 65 attempts to stand way ahead
of the others in his field. Pete El-
liott, with four out of five last Satur-
day, has a .539 average with a total
record of seven out of thirteen.
Canfield and teammate Ed Cody
still lead in total gain averages with
averages of 112 and 111 yards a game.
DeMoss is in fourth place behind
Cline with a 96.8 yard average.

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Let's Play
Gals Take

Bridge, Men:
Up Football!

Catching a Phi Kappa Psi team
with their eyes off the ball, Col-
legiate Sorosis scored a last-min-
ute touchdown to whip the Phi
Psi's, 6-0, in a touch football game
played- recently in the wilderness
of the Arboretum's Beer Moun-
Although the Phi Psi's were
heavy favorites before the game
due to their superior weight and
coaching, the small but fast Sor-
osis gals fought them even for
three periods. Then in the clos-
ing three minutes, Pat Picard took
the ball on a modified Statue of
Liberty play and raced for the
winning score from her five-yard
Weight Lifting at IM
Instruction and competition in
weight lifting is offered at the Sports
Building from 7:30 to 9:30 p. m. every
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Dave Woodward is in charge of this
increasingly popular activity.
There is no charge for any intra-
mural activity and all men on campus
are urged to take advantage of the
new sports program.


(P)-Central Michigan College and
Selfridge Field basketball quintets
ran up one of the highest scores Due to IC o patronage
on record here tonight as Central
defeated the Soldiers 84 to 71. -

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