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Wolverines Beat 7uckeyes,

73, in.Finale

Buckeye Notes
Michigan's victory did not result in a Western Conference champion-
ship, but you would never have known it from the dressing room din. The
place was jammed with jubilant players, numerous alumni and other well-
wishers, and sundry others, all making noise enthusiastically.
Wolverine Coach Fritz Crisler broke into a broad grin almost for the
first time this season after it was all over. "The boys played great ball," he
said, "and I sure am proud of them. It was one of those typical dog-eat-dog
Michigan-Ohio games. We had to fight an uphill battle, something that
is never easy. It's especially tough against a team like Ohio State."
Crisler was especially full of praise for the fine signal-calling efforts
of Howard Yerges, 175-pound quarterback who stepped into the breach
so ably when Capt. Joe Ponsetto was knocked out for the season with
an injury. "He's a fine little ball player," Crisler said, "and he played
a whale of a game today."
On the Ohio State side, Crisler was especially impressed with the'ex-
cellent play of the Buckeye line, singling out Tackle Russ Thomas and
Guard Warren Amling, both All-American prospects, in particular. In the
backfield, he lauded Fullback Ollie Cline, commenting that "even Army
could find a plae for him."
* * * *
The Ohio State dressing room was not as boisterous, but there was no
ill feeling. Said Coach Carroll Widdoes, "We played one of our best -games
of the season, but Michigan played a better one." He also praised Yerges
for his quarterbacking efforts.
* * * *
Neither team reported any serious injuries. The Buckeye trainer
said his charges suffered nothing but bumps and bruises. Wolverine
trainer Ray Roberts reported that Guard Joe Soboleski had a sprained
shoulder, and Tackle Mike Prashaw a badly bruised ankle.
The press box looked like Michigan old home week. Among others
present were the following: Milan Lazetich, Wolverine all-Conference tackle
last year and now a guard for the Cleveland Rams; George Burg, first string
guard in 1944; Don Lund, last year's team co-captain; Harry Watts, regular
center most of this season; and Team Captain Joe Ponsetto.
* * * *
The crowd of 85,132 was entertained by two bands. Ohio State's band
performed in addition to the familiar Michigan marching group. The
Wolverine band presented a colorful between-halves spectacle depicting
the history of transportation.
Wolverine Fullback Dan Dworsky is one of the few gridders of the
nation who can boast a perfect pass completion record. He tossed his first
-and last-forward pass of the season in the first quarter yesterday and
connected for a nine-yard gain.
Walt Teninga went in at halfback on defense for the Wolverines
to compensate for the loss of regular fullback Jack Weisenburger, who
normally plays the position. Dan Dworsky, Weisenburger's offensive
substitute, played 60 minutes, backing up the line on defense.
Both teams mixed the T and single wing formations on offense. The
Bucks have not used the T very much until this year.
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Fourth Quarter

Score Decides Contest
Defensive Play Features Bruising Battle;
Nussbaumer Halts Pair of Aerial Threats

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heights in the clutch to throttle the
Buckeye attack.
11 First Downs Each
Statistically, there was little to
choose between the two, as each piled
up 11 first downs. Ohio picked up
143 yards rushing to the Wolverines'
105, but Michigan had a 63-35 pass-
ing edge.
Neither squad displayed much in
the way of an aerial attack, although
both scores were set up by passes.
Michigan connected on only four of
12 attempts, while the best Ohio State
could do was one completion in six
The game opened in a rush as
Nussbaumer returned the kickoff to
the Michigan 28, and Pete Elliott
spotted a pass to Ed McNeill at the
50. The threat died there, only to be
renewed as Nussbaumer fell on Ollie
Cline's fumble at the Ohio State 15
a few plays later.
Wolverines Fumble
The Wolverines couldn't stand
prosperity, however, and fumbled
right back. That was as close as they
were to get to the Ohio goal line un-
til their scoring march three periods
After going through the first peri-
od without a first down, the Buck-
eyes began to move as the second
quarter opened. First they drove to
the Michigan 39, only to have Cline
fumble once more and McNeill re-
They got the ball again on their
own seven-yard line after an ex-
change of punts and really started
to roll, ripping the Wolverine flanks
Happy Ending!
Mich. State
First Downs, Rushing 8 10
First Downs, Passing 3 1
Total First Downs 11 11
Net Yards Rushing 105 143
Net Yards Passing 63 35
Total Net Gain 168 178
Passes Attempted 12 6
Passes Completed 4 1
Passes Intercepted by 2 2
Punts, Number 9 5
Punts, Average 29.7 31.8
Yards All Kicks Ret. 56 33
Fumbles 1 2
Fumbles Recovered by 2 1
Yards Penalized 15 14
for huge gains with Cline, Harold
Daugherty and Dick Fisher carrying
the ball.
Nussbaumer Saves Day
After moving to the Michigan 29
on the ground, the Bucks took to the
air, and Nussbaumer saved the day
by grabbing Fisher's pass away from
Bud Kessler in the end zone for an
automatic touchback.
An Ohio interception by Daugherty
on the Michigan 29 gave Coach Car-
roll Widdoes' lads ,still another op-
portunity before the half ended. On
the second play of the series, Daugh-
erty heaved one to the Wolverine six
that seemed touchdown bound, but
Nussbaumer came out of nowhere to
bat it down. The half ended one
play later.
Another interception, this one by
quarterback Robin Priday on his own
42, started Ohio on its field goal drive
as the third quarter began. Two line
plays picked up a first down at the
'McNeill L E Kessler
Johnson L T Thomas
Tomasi L G McGinnis
Momsen C Lininger
Wilkins R G Amling
Hinton R T Schnittker
Renner R E Watson
Yerges Q B Priday
Elliott L H Daugherty
Nussbaumer R I Fisher
Dworsky F B Cline
OHIO STATE 4) 0 3 0-3
MICHIGAN 0 0 O 7,7
Touchdowns: Michigan - Fonde.

Ohio State-none.
Conversions: Michigan-Chiames.
Field Goals: Ohio State--Schnittker.
Time of game: Two hours, 15 min-
Official Attendance: 85,132.

Michigan 47. Daugherty then passed
to right end Tom Watson at the 12.
Three rushing plays covered only
two yards. On fourth down, Schnitt-
ker dropped back to the 20 and calm-
ly booted the ball between the up-
rights from a difficult angle to give
his mates a 3-0 lead.
That margin appeared safe until
the final period was almost half gone,
as Michigan repeatedly failed to put
on anything that looked like a sus-

Harvard 60, Boston University 0
Yale 20, Princeton 14
Kings Point 58, Brooklyn 6
Pittsburgh 7, Penn State 0
Columbia 21, Dartmouth 0
Pennsylvania 59, Cornell 6
Colgate 6, Brown 6 (tie)
Tennessee 14, Kentucky 0
Maryland 19, Virginia 13
Duke 14, North Carolina 7
Little Creek Navy 12, Florida 0
Clemson 21, Georgia Tech 7
Alabama 55, Pensacola Navy 6
Auburn 29, Louisiana Tech 0
Mississippi U. 7, Mississippi State 6
Notre Dame 32, Tulane 6
Third Airforce 15, ATC 6
Indiana 26, Purdue 0
Wisconsin 26, Minnesota 12
Missouri 33, Kansas 12
Nebraska 13, Iowa 6
Texas Christian 14, Rice 13
Southern Methodist 34, Baylor 0
Texas Tech 6, New Mexico 6 (tie)
Colorado A & M 7, Colorado Col. 7
California 6, UCLA 0
Washington State 7, Washington 0
USC 34, Oregon State 7
Crimson Tide
Continues Rush
To Rose Bowl
By Tihe Associated Press
TUSCALOOSA, Ala., Nov. 24-Ala-
bama.s Rosebowl-bound Crimson
Tide rolled to an overwhelming 55 to
6 victory over the Pensacola Naval
Air Station's Goslings today before a
scant throng of 7,000 chilled fans.
Coach Frank Thomas allowed his
regulars to roll up a 21-0 lead in the
first period, and used them sparingly
thereafter, but the second and third
teams continued to outclass the Gos-
lings and scored twice in the second,
once in the third and twice more in
the fourth period.
The Tide's star halfback, Little
Harry Gilmer, handled the ball only
five times, carrying it three times for
21-yards and passing successfully
once, for 12-yards, in two attempts.
The unsuccessful toss hit his receiver,
who dropped the ball.
Miam1 Upsets
Spartans, 21.7
By The Associated Press
MIAMI, Fla., Nov. 24-()-A sur-
prising University of Miami football
team, with one eye cocked toward a
possible Orange Bowl bid, struck for
three touchdowns in the first half
tonight to defeat favored Michigan
State, 21-7, before an overcoated
crowd of 21,327.
The Miami Hurricanes struck with
a touchdown in the first few minutes
of play and added two more seven-
pointers in the second period. Michi-
gan State counted in the third.
High scoring Harry Chaul tallied
Miami's first touchdown on a two-
yard plunge. Joe Krull passed 20
yards to Dick Mell for the Hurri-
canes' next one. Hudson added an-
other with a three-yard buck.

Wisconsin Wins, 26-12;
Wildcats Top Illii, 13-7

Minnesota Suffers
Fifth Straight Loss
By The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 24--Wiscon-
sin's Badgers overwhelmed Minne-
sota, 26 to 12, today, marking the first
time since 1922 that a Wisconsin
team could win on the Gopher home.
It was the season's finale for both
teams and was the fifth straight de-
feat Minnesota suffered at the hands
of Big Ten opponents. Thus ended
Bernie Bierman's first post-war year,
at the helm.
There was little doubt about the
outcome from almost the opening
whistle. Three minutes and 17 sec-
onds after the kickoff Don Kindt,
Badger right half, crossed the goal
line. The play was set up by plunges
by Ben Hendrick, fullback and Jerry
Thompson, left half.
Midway in the second period,
Thompson passed 38 yards to quar-
terback George Fuchs for another
score and Meyer converted.
Minnesota's running game then
started to function. But the half
ended with Wisconsin leading, 13 to 6.
Midway in the third period Kindt
went around left end for 23 yards
and another touchdown. Meyer con-

Murphy, Fourth String
Back, Leads Victors
By The Associated Press
EVANSTON, Ill., Nov. 24- Hap
Murphy, a fourth string fullback,
blasted a University of Illinois for-
ward wall to bits today and sparked
Northwestern's Wildcats to a 13-7
victory as the two clubs closed their
1945 Western Conference football
Murphy, who came in as a substi-
tute fcr Bill Hunt, played almost the
entire game. He carried the ball 30
out of 63 rushes and gained a total of
154 yards.
Ed Parsegian, sub for Dick Con-
ners, scored the first touchdown for
the Wildcats, going over from the two
yard line after Murphy had sparked
a 71 yard drive in the second period.
Jim Farrar converted from place-
ment. Murphy scored the second
counter with five minutes remaining
in the last period after gaining most
of the ground in a 55 yard touchdown
The Wildcats marked up 21 first
downs to 10 for Illinois, and rolled up
a total of 301 yards, to 204 for the
Murphy's running provided a fit-
ting climax to one of the Wildcats
most successful seasons.

HERO-Hank Fonde, 165-pound
substitute right halfback, was the
man of the hour yesterdaywas he
scored Michigan's only touchdown
for a 7-3 victory over Ohio State.
tained drive. But a short punt by
Fisher to the Ohio 44 gave the Wol-
verines their chance, and they took
advantage of it.
Elliott passed incomplete to War-
ren Bentz, then hit Fonde on the 28.
Fonde skittered to the 19 before be-
ing tackled. Elliott picked up seven
on a buck lateral, but two line plays
failed to gain a first down.
Needing one yard on fourth down,
Fonde got five, driving to the five on
a reverse. An offside penalty against
Ohio put the ball on the one. Dan
Dworsky was stopped cold, but Fonde
slashed over on second down for what
proved to be the winning score.
George Chiames,hreserve fullback,
Bucks Open Up
With only six minutes remaining,
the Buckeyes turned on the heat in
a desperate effort to pull the game
out of the fire, but could not dent
the stout Wolverine defense. .Elliott's
interception with 50 seconds remain-
ing insured the game's being placed
in the Michigan win column.
The victory closed out the season
for the Wolverines with seven wins
against three losses and their twen-
ty-seventh over Ohio in 42 games. It
was the second loss of the fall cam-
paign for the Buckeyes. They won
seven also. x
Both the State losses were to Con-
ference foes, however, while Michigan
lost only to first place Indiana in the
Big Ten. The difference gave the
Wolverines second place in the Con-

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