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To Spur Michigan Against Gophers


'M' Club Urges Students
To Meet on Union Steps

Michigan's chances to blast the
Gophers of Minnesota back into their
holes Saturday will jump 100% to-
morrow-if the students of this cam-
pus .turn out en masse to the special
pep rally called by the "M" Club for
4:45 today in front of the Michigan
Bill Courtright, president of the
club, stated at the organization's
emergency meeting last night that
"it's up to the students to carry their
share of the load this Saturday-and
we begin Thursday afternoon. I ex-
pect every dormitory, house, fra-
ternity, sorority, and trailer on this
campus-Lkeven the faculty-to have a
large share of their members down
there to see this team off to Minne-
Team Takes The 5:26
The team boards the 5:26 train to-
day, and the students will leave the
Union about 4:50, march down State
St. to the station, where they will
give the team a send-off equalling
anything this University has yet
to witness.

There will be a speaker. And what
a speaker! His name will remain a
secret until today at the rally, but he
is a well-known campus "character."
He will appear in front of the Union
in a specially designed chariot, the
1946 "Wolverine," and will be intro-
duced by Bob Grandy, popular cam-
pus master of ceremonies.
Game Must Be Won
There will be songs, music, cheers,
and cheerleaders-and there must be
students, students, and more stu-
dents. "Appointments, dinners, And
dates must be forgotten for one-half
an hour today," declared Courtright.
"This is the game that must be won,
and it will be-if Michigan is behind
the team."
Michigan must win all of its re-
maining games to bring home the
Big Nine Championship. What we, as
students, do to help them down at
that station today could well be a de-
ciding factor. Don't forget, the time
is 4:45 this afternoon. The place is
in front of the Michigan Union, down
State St., and at the station.
The rest is up to us.

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Dles SEz
IoOGophers May Pull Upset
i. 'Little Brown Jug' at Stake
By DES HOWARTH, Associate Sports Editor
....To many, Saturday's game with the Golden Gophers of Minnesota is
regarded as a push-over for the Maize and Blue. Despite their poor record,
however, Bernie Bierman's boys are not only very capable, but are very apt
to upset the dope sheets.
Past records mean nothing when the two clash, for the battle for
the "Little Brown Jug" takes precedence over all else. Minnesota, thrice
defeated in the Big Nine, will still have a successful season if they can
defeat Crisler's crew.
Michigan and Minnesota have been waging football warfare since 1892,
but the "Jug" was not introduced until 1903. That year Michigan journeyed
to Minneapolis and was held to a tie. The Gophers, victory poor in Wol-
verines contests for many years, decided to steal the "Jug" as a token of
their moral victory. Not untilrthe Maize and Blue eleven reached homedid
they discover their loss. The Northmen replied to Michigan's demand that
the "Jug" be returned by challenging te Wolverines to win it back.
Thus was born the "Little Brown Jug." Michigan did secure pos-
session of the crockery the following year, and they only lost it once
while Fielding H. Yost was at the helm. That was in 1919 when "Hur-
ry-Up's" boys were pasted, 34-7. Since Yost's departure' from coaching
the series has been pretty even.
One of the roughest games ever played between the two schools-or any
others for that matter-took place in 1910. Only 22 men took part in the
contest with no spectators present. Both teams took a terrific beating, but
the Wolverines emerged triumphant 6-0.
In 1926 Michigan had beaten the Gophers once, 20-0, and was on the
way to a Big Ten title. Still when these two powerhouses met in the sec-
ond contest played at Minneapolis the Wolverines were the underdogs.
For three periods Minnesota pushed the Ann Arbor lads around and had
bruised their way to a 6-0 lead. That was the situation when the two Ben-
nies collaborated for a Michigan victory. Oosterbaan scoped up a fumble
and ran 60 yards for a score. Friedman converted, and the team returned
home tied for the conference title, having triumphed, 7-6.
The following year Minnesota was on the short end of the odds.
Michigan led 7-0 at the half, but the Northerners pushed over two
touchdowns to win in the closing minutes. After a lapse of a year Michi-
gan returned the compliment by again upsetting the Gophers 7-6. The
Maize and Blue won by the close scores of 7-0, 6-0, and 3-0 in the three
succeeding years.
It was in 1932 that Harry Newman booted a 32 yard field goal on Min-
nesota stadium's frozen turf in the final seconds of the first half for the
game's only score. Michigan was acclaimed National Champion and re-
peated the next year, although the Gophers held them to a scoreless tie.
After that Minnesota has had things very much their own way
until the war. Starting in 1934 when they took over the throne as Na-
tional Champs the Gophers ran up a string of nine straight victories
over the Maize and Blue. Even the combination of Fritz Crisler and
Tom Harmon was unable to stop the Norsemen.
For four years Bernie Bierman's elevens trampled the Wolverines. Then
with Crisler as the new coach it looked as though things were due for a
change. Crisler's first team at Michigan came within six minutes of beating
the Gophers. However, that extra point which has so often provided the
margin of victory in these contests, was again the deciding factor. Minne-
sota marched to a touchdown, kicked the point and won 7-6.
With George Franck running wild the Biermen added a"20-7 victory
in '39. Once again Minnesota won, 7-6, in '40 as Bruce Smith slithered
80 yards for a touchdown in the last play of the first half for a Gophers
Twice mare the Wolverines were defeated before finally overcoming the
Bierman jinx. Crisler's efforts were finally rewarded in 1943 when a power-
ful Maize and Blue eleven, bolstered by Army and Navy trainees including
ex-Minnesotan Bill Daley, trounced the Gophers, 49-6. Michigan won hand-
ily 28-13 two years ago, and last year scored three times in the final period
to win, 26-0.
Varsity 'Green' Team Wins
Cross-Country Turkey Run

Thirty-six Wolverine gri dders
board a west-bound train at 5:26 p.m.
this afternoon to make the long
jaunt to Minneapolis for their first
game on a foreign field this season,
the traditional Brown Jug battle
with the Golden Gophers of Minne-
Both elevens will be endeavoring to
hit the come-back trail. After last
week's loss to Illinois, Michigan vital-
ly needs a victory Saturday to en-
able them to stay in the thick of the
scrambled tussle for the Big Nine
crown. The Gophers have yet to
tastentriumph overa Conference foe
this year.
Three Conference Losses
Indiana, Northwestern and Ohio
State have in turn taken measure of
the tarnished Gophers, the Buckeyes
slapping a humiliating 39-9 rout on
them last Saturday. But in a Min-
nesota-Michigan encounter the form
book goes out the window.
It is questionable whether the Wol-
verines will be at full strength for
the clash. Coach Fritz Crisler has
sent his squad through a series of
bruising scrimmages this week to
overcome the rough spots shown in
the Illinois game, and minor aches
may assume larger proportions come
Minnesota Homecoming
Another factor pointing toward a
rough week-end for the Wolverines
is a Minnesota homecoming. The
week-end when the old grads come
flocking back and spirit runs high is
a time when a football coach and his
team tend to shoot for the stars. Re-
ports from Gopherland trickling
back to Ann Arbor are a little dis-
quieting. They say that Bernie Bier-
man, the old master of block-busting
gridiron aggregations, has been
pointing to Saturday afternoon's ses-
sion with Michigan all through the
This is nothing new, however, since
the battle for the Little Jug has been
a high point of every year for both
Minnesota and Michigan for decades.
Minnesota is especially geared for a
victory this year because they haven't
won since 1942, so it's a foregone
.onclusion that the Gophers have
Jug deep down in their hole of grid-

iron tricks to throw everything they
have at the. invading Wolverines.
Gopher Offense Powerful
And what they have to throw causes
Fritz Crisler no little worry. That
39-9 pasting handed them by Ohio
last week may be most misleading. A
look at the post-game statistic sheet
reveals that Minnesota's ground at-
tack was every bit as powerful as the
victorious Bucks'. Both hit rushing
totals of around 270 yards.
Four of Ohio State's six touchdowns
camne as a direct result of lucky
breaks. Three times the Buckeyes in-
tercepted Minnesota passes deep in
Gopher territory and turned them
into immediate scores, and on the
other occasion Ohio recovered a fum-
ble on Minnesota's eight-yard line
and scored a moment later. That
means that the Bucks achieved only
two touchdowns under the power of
their own sustained drives, which in-
dicates a much closer game than the
39-9 final score.
All in all, Michigan has no push-
over this week-end.

Wolverines Depart for
'Little Brown Jug-'Battle
Crisler To Take 36 Gridders on First Road
Game; Faunce, Harry Elliott Lead Gophers

Spartans Silent
On Grid Game
With Michigan
No official word had been received
from Michigan State College as to
the scheduling of the Spartan foot-
ball team on the Maize and Blue's
only open date, Sept. 27, on the 1947
card, Wolverine athletic officials in-
dicated yesterday.
"The date extended to the Stat-
ers as the only one available on the
Wolverines' 1947 schedule is known
to be unattractive at East Lansing,
and it may be turned down," George
S. Alderton, Sports Editor of the
Lansing State Journal, said yester-
Failure on the part of MSC to
schedule Michigan next year would
interrupt one of the state's longest
gridiron rivalries. The first Michi-
gan-Michigan. State game was play-
ed in 1858, and the series has not
been interrupted since 1910 except
for the two war years-1943 and
1944-when the Spartans did not
have a formal eleven.
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With a 26-pound turkey for in-
spiration, the Varsity "Green" team,
cheered on by their sponsors, Alpha
Omicron Pi sorority, scored a low of
85 points yesterday to lead varsity
and intra-mural harriers in a two-
mile handicap cross-country run.
Paced by George Chute, who led
the pack to the tape, the Green team
scored Tom Laity in third place, O.
W. Smith in ninth spot, Bob Ulrich
in 34th position and John Morrison
as 38th.
Sharing individual honors with
Chute were Les Recht of the Whites,
who took the runner-up points;
Laity, who snatched third place from
Rittallick of Kappa Sigma; Mary
Pappendick of the Blacks in fifth
position; Firth of Phi Sigma Delta

sixth; and Dave Williams seventh.
Medals were awarded for the first
five places.
Although Williams, starting from
scratch, wound up in seventh place
he toured the two-mile course in
9:59, which track Coach Ken Doher-
ty termed "very good" considering
the weather conditions. Doherty also
praised quarter-miler George Shep-
pard's 10:36 clocking.
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