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Wolverines Lose

Tying Chance in Final Seconds

U psets Mark
Fourth Week
Of Grid Wars
Indiana Whips Illi;
Texas Has Trouble
NEW YORK, Oct. 12-Many a col-
lege football team discovered that not
all is moleskin and muscle on the
'gridiron today-the 454th anniver-
sary of Columbus' discovery of Amer-
Illinois, the team that was to have
been one of the Midwest's greatest,
discovered a second Tartar in Indi-
ana and bowed, 14 to 7, behind the
pitching of Ben Raimondi, the boy
from Brooklyn.
Oklahoma discovered Texas wasn't
near as tough as expected, the Long-
horns winning by a single touchdown,
20 to 13, just two weeks after the
Sooners had been setback by Army,
21 to 7. Texas was expected to win
by at least four touchdowns.
Other discoveries of the day includ-
ed the evidence that Columbia has a

Davis Finally
Proves Right
To Greatness


Capacity CrowdWatchesArmy Take Lead Twice;
White, Chappuis to Yerges CountforJlichigan's 13


Madar Sparks 'M' Defense as Line Turns In
Stellar Play; Wiese's Punts Average 45 Yards

Welcoming newspapermen to
Army's emptied dressing room after
the game Coach Red Blaik grinned
and commented slyly, "I guess you
won't be minimizing Davis' ability,
now, will you!~"
All of which will probably start
the old argument up again as to
whether Davis makes Blanchard or
whether Blanchard makes Davis.
Personally, we thought Davis could
run in anybody's backfield anytime.
For Blanchard, Blaik also had
praise. "In the second half he began
to look like the Blanchard of old.
You know he hasn't had a strenuous
workout since the Villanova game."
Asked about injuries Blaik said that


Big Nine Standings

Northwestern ....
Indiana ..........
Illinois ...........
Ohio State ........
Wisconsin ........
Minnesota ........
Purdue ...........




satisfactor' line to

supplement its

horde of backs and the Lions dumped
Yale, 28 to 20, and the fact that Ore-
gon State's returned veterans of the
1942 Rose Bowl squad still can play
football. They spilled Southern Cali-
fornia, 6 to 0.
Indiana's victory over Illinois
wasn't the only surprise of the Big
Nine, Wisconsin unleashing a last
half attack to down Ohio State, 20 to
7 and Northwestern continuing Min-
nosota's string of logp defeats that
started a year ago, 14 to 7. Purdue
was humiliated by Notre Dame, 49 to
6, but Iowa came up with a 21 to 7
decision over Nebraska.

It was a great day for a football
game. With the air crisp, the sky
partially cloudy, and two of the na-
tion's top teams with undefeated
records the contending factions, the
setting was perfect. What had been
billed as the top contest of the day
may easily prove to be the top game
of the year.
Festivities began at 1 p.m. when
the members of the Cadets' senior
class, 300 strong, took the field.
From then on until Arnold Tucker
intercepted Don Robinson's last-
second pass there was never a dull
* * * *
By the time the West Pointers be-
gan their marching the vast stadium
was three-fourths filled. By game
time there wasn't a vacant seat to
be seen as the capacity crowd of
85,938 paid admissions packed every
nook and cranny. There were many
others sitting in the aisles and even
perched on the scoreboard supports.
The sea of coats and blankets as
seen from the press box presented a
sharp contrast to the two previous
weeks when white shirts were pre-
Two early non-paying arrivals
were a pair of helicopters which
circled the field several times be-
fore kick-oc, probably the first
two to view a Michigan game from
such a vantage point.
*- * .*
There were at least three All-Am-
erican candidates playing yesterday
and a host more almost equally as
good. Glen Davis was the individual
offensive star of the game, and Doc
Blanchard, although he didn't see
much action, wasn't far behind.
Michigan fans who saw the publi-
cized pair for the first time needed
no further convincing of the two's
All-American claims.
Elmer Madar, one of the famed
"Oak Posts" of Michigan's 1942
line, played the greatest game of
his career and stamped himself as
the leading contender for national
honors at end. Twice injured and
taken out of the line-up, the scrap-
py Detroiter refused to quit. He
played in the Army backfield all
afternoon and was in there right
'up to the finish.
Between halves the Wolverines'
marching band put on a special tri-
bute to "the late Fielding H. Yost,
former athletic director. The band
spelled out his name and thenformed
a large stairway, each stair repre-
senting a unit in the Michigan ath-
letic plant which Yost was respon-
sible for building. As the stairs were
climbed, the band played "Stairway
to the Stars."
Only Michigan injury was Jack
Weisenburger, who subered a pos-
sible broken jaw. Hurt in the lrst
half and apparently dazed, the
Wolverine fullback didn't want to
be taken out. The rest of the team
came through without any serious
Coach Fritz Crisler said after the
game that he thought this year's
Army squad was even better than the
one which defeated the Maize and
Blue in New York last year.
"Our boys played their hearts out.
No doubt about it, it was their best
game of the year."
Earl Blaik, Army coach, was eq-
ually warm in praise of the Wol-
verines. "We had to play football
all the time to keep in the game.
Michigan was a much improved
team over the one we beat last
year," he commented.
Despite the loss, the Wolverines
were given an excellent chance of
bringing home the Big Nine title af-
ter yesterday's performance.

ground and tossed seven straight
completed passes for another 159
Bad Punt Sets Up Drive
Michigan sent the partisan crowd
into hysterics by driving 41 yards
for the first score after Davis' bad
punt had gone out of bounds on the
Army 41 after traveling only three
yands. Bob Chappuis, playing ano-
ther great game, brought the crowd
to its feet momentarily by tossing a
long pass which Paul Whie couldn't
handle on the Army 8.
But that didn't phase the Wolver-
ines. White, on his favorite reverse
play, slid off the Army right tackle
for nine yards and Chappuis chipped
in with four more around right end
to give the Wolverines a first down
Army 28. Bob Weise found a little
hole at center and made two yards,
Chappuis passed to Madar down the
middle for seven and Weise bucked
to the Army 17 for another first
Wolverines Get First Score
Chappuis got only one yard at
the line but White circled left end
behind nice blocking to carry the ball
to the Army 8. Chappuis was stopped
at the line and Michigan was penal-
ized five yards making it fourth and
six for the Wolverines. Chappuis
then faded and flipped a short aer-
ial to Yerges who gathered in the
ball on the Army 8 and scampered
down the far sideline for a touch-
down. Jim Brieske came in and
added the extra point.
Army was temporarily checked af-
ter the kick-off and forced to punt.
Michigan couldn't gain, either, and
Weise quick-kicked to Davis on the
Army 19. Elwyn Rowan hit center
for five yards and then Tuckier
moved around right end for 19 yards
to Army 43 to set the stage for Davis'
57-yard gallop and the tying mark-
er. Jack Ray booted the extra point
and it was 7-7.
Cadets Hold Michigan
The Kaydets then proceeded to
bottle Michigan up deep in its own
territory for the remainder of the
half with only Weise's long- spiral-
ing punts keeping the Cadets away
from paydirt.
With time running out, Army
cane into possession of the ball on
its own 33. Davis immediately, fired
a long pass to Doc Blanchard who
made a spectacular catch on the
Michigan 23.
For a minute it looked as if the

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Wolverines might escape without be-
ing scored on again when Art Ren-
ner broke through to toss Davis back
on the Michigan 39 and the Cadets
were set back another five yards for
taking too many time outs. Tucker
got some of the yardage back pass-
ing to Davis on the Michigan 31 but
it was fourth down for Army.
Davis Looses Long One
Davis then faded and let loose a
long pass which substitute Bob Fol-
som gathered in all alone over the
goal line for the second Army score.
Ray missed the extra point attempt
and a few seconds later the first
half ended with Army holding a 13-7
It looked like a new Michigan team
that started the second half. Taking
off on their own 17 after the kick-
off the Wolverines powered 83 yards
on 14 plays to tie the score again.
White made two at center and Weise
was stopped. Chappuis then took a
lateral from Yerges and made it a
Wolverine first down on their own
Madar lost Chappuis' low pass on
the 45 but then Lenny Ford behind
beautiful faking in the Wolverine
backfield took the ball on the end
around and moved 18 yards to the
Michigan 48. Ford nearly lost the
ball when he tossed a wild lateral on
the end of his run but Chappuis cov-
ered the loose ball and Michigan was
still on the go.
Weise found a huge hole off left
tackle and made it another first
down on the Army 41. Weise carried
again but was halted for a one-yard
gain. Chappuis took command, flip-
ping a pass to Madar for 17 yards
and then cutting off right tackle for
another seven yards to the Army 16.
Weise was stopped at center for a
yard but Chappuis found Yerges un-
covered and tossed the little quarter-
back a pass on the Army 8 for ano-
ther first down.
White Scores on Reverse
White made four yards off left
tackle on a reverse play but Chap-
puis was stopped back on the Army
6 for a two-yard loss. With third
down Yerges called on White to try
his reverse play again. White found
no hole at left tackle so he turned
around and, fending off an Army de-
fender with a straight arm, swept
around the left end for a touchdown.
Brieske's attempted conversion was
blocked and the score remained tied
at 13-13.
An aroused Army team then
marched 54 yards to the Michigan 13

before losing the ball on downs.
Michigan cduldn't move far and
Weise hoisted a beautiful punt to
Davis on the Army 15. Davis re-
turned the ball to the Army 24 and
Army was off to the races. Davis
completed a pass to Blanchard on
the Army 49 for a first down. Rowan
made three yards and "Davis then
took a lateral from Tucker and
moved to the Michigan 42. Blan-
chard sped around left end for nine
yards and a first down on the Wol-
verine 3%.
Trapped But Gets Away
Davis was trapped in his own
backfield but managed to step his
way for five yards to the 28. The
Kaydet halfback made only two
yards on two more plays but heaved
a short pass to Hank Foldberg for
another first down on the Michigan
18. Davis made three more yards off
left tackle and then shoveled a pass
to Blanchard who was pulled down
on the Wolverine 7 for still another
first down. ,
Blanchard then powered over left

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tackle slipping away from a would-be
tackler to score the winning touch-
down for Army. Ray came in and
converted the extra point to make
the score 20-13. The Cadets' 76-yard
plays with Davis carrying the ball on
five plays for 20 yards and complet-
ing three passes for another 41 yards.
three passes for another 41 yards.
One More Threat
The scoring was over but Michigan
had one more breath left. With two
minutes to play the Wolverines took
over cn their own 43 for a last try.
Bumps Elliott passed to Don Robin-
son for a first down on the Army 24
and then Robinson completed ano-
ther toss to Dick Rifenburg on the
Army 11. Robinson's second pass fell
incomplete and Michigan w as set
back 15 yards for offensive inter-
Robinson attempted another long
toss and it was again incomplete.
Michigan was penalized another 15
yards for holding back to the Army
39. Robinson's fourth pass was in-
(Continued on Page 7)



only Tucker had been shaken up but
had returned to play. "No, we've just
got a lot of bruises," he added.
On the play on which Davis scam-
pered 57 yards for Army's firsh touch-
down, Michigan had deployed into a
four-man line with four backers' up.
But it didn't seem to bother Davis
who got through, anyhow.

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