THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1947
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thrilling Games Feature Wolverine-Gopher Clashes fog
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By MURRAY GRANT
With Michigan installed as a four touchdown favorite, this year's
Wolverine-Gopher battle doesn't loom as any heated, gruelling scrap,
but as has been previously proven, anything can happen when the
teams now coached by rivals Fritz Crisler and Bernie Bierman get
together in another battle for the highly coveted Little Brown Jug.
This intense rivalry started way back in 1903 when a con-
fident group of Wolverines invaded the home territory of the
Gophers to meet the "Powers of the North." The Wolverines of this
era were hailed as the "point-a-minute" elevens, with the 1903
aggregation having amassed 559 points while holding their
That day, however, Michigan was forced to accept a tie for the
Conference title. The Gophers succeeded in deadlocking Fielding H.
Yost's great team and in doing so scored the first points against
them. When the final whistle blew the score read 6-6 and the Minne-
sota fans were delirious.
In fact the crowd, not satisfied with the moral victory, wanted
a souvenir and one zealous fan stole the earthen water jug used by
the Wolverines and the legend of the Little Brown Jug was begun.
Another thriller came up in 1926 when the Maize and Blue
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captained by the great Benny Friedman, met the Gophers in a
battle that was to decide the Conference championship. Minne-
sota jumped into an early lead in the second period when Nydhal
slid off tackle and hit paydirt.
The Wolverines quickly retaliated at the beginning of the third
stanza when another great Benny - Oosterbaan this time, scooped up
a fumble on his own 40 and raced 60 yards for a Michigan score.
Before a hushed throng, Friedman, with his educated toe, added the
seventh point squarely between the uprights and the championship
In 1932 Michigan again came down to the Minnesota game
undefeated, this time led by great quarterback harry Newman.
Even though the Wolverines were undefeated they were still
installed as underdogs because the 5-degree temperature in Min-
neapolis gave the heavier Gophers an edge.
Newman and company put up a fierce battle, but couldn't seem
to dent the Gopher line until, with a few minutes remaining in the
half, a Gopher fumble and two quick passes gave the Maize and Blue
possession on the Minnesota four yard line.
From here Newman dropped back to attempt a field goal.
The angle was bad, but the kick barely skimmed the goal posts to
give the Wolverines a narrow 3-0 decision.
Fortunes, however, have not been overly kind to Michigan. From
1934 through 1942 the Gophers displayed their supremacy by taking
nine straight decisions. The last four games, from 1939 through 1942,
will remain in the memories of Wolverine fans as particular heart-
During these years, the great teams of Harmon, Evashevski,
the Seven Oak Posts, and many others tried vainly to break
the stranglehold the ;Gophers held. In 1939 Tommy Harmon
was completely bottled as the Gophers overran Michigan 20-7.
In 1940, Harmon tried again to break the jinx Minnesota held
over him, and again failed. This time the Wolverines were rudely
bounced out of contention for the Conference crown as an 80 yard
run by -All-American Bruce Smith gave the Gophers a hard-won
In 1941 it was the same story as Herm Frickey scored the only
touchdown of the day to spoil Harmon's third attempt to crack the
jinx and defeat the Wolverines, 7-0.
Offensive Work Emphasized
By Ceithaml in Jayvee Drills
SAE Battles Phi Delts
In A nnual Jug' Classic
Offense was the keynote yes-
terday as Coach George Ceithaml
senthis jayvee squad through a
rigorous drill in the broiling sun
>f what might have been a mid-
Working out of a "T" forma-
tion, Irv Small, diminutive quar-
terback practiced hand-offs and
cutbacks under the watchful eye
of Coach Ceithaml.
Line Works Vigorously
Assistant coach Gib Holgate,
handling the linemen, sent them
through vigorous drills aimed
Mainly at improving their offen-
Thus far this season the main
fault of the jayvee eleven has
beeen lack of any concerted of-
fensive drive. And the two coaches
have another two weeks in which
to work out this problem.
Another problem, that of find-
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ing a pair of top-notch ends, also
faces Coach Ceithaml. Yesterday
the youthful mentor had big Bob
Marshall, hockey star, working out
at left end against the varsity.
Forward Wall Satisfactory
Otherwise the coaches seem
fairly satisfied with the play of the
line. Tackles Dick Brown, Dick'
Strauss, Dave Gomberg, and John
Eizonas; guards Al Fitch and John
Maturo and center Johnny Padjen
make up the forward wall which
performed so brilliantly in the last
half against Northwestern last
The jayvees' next contest is a
relatively long way off; not until
November 7, when they journey
to Lansing to meet the Spartan
jayvees in a return engagement.
In their last meeting, Michigan
State copped a 13-0 decision.
It's going to be Greek battling
Greek again, when the SAE and
Phi Delt's send out their touch
football teams to engage in broth-
erly mayhem in the annual, and
ancient tussel for the "very-little
Hoary with tradition, the old-
est grad can't quite remember
when the whole thing started,
but every Homecoming or the
past few eons has seen these
two rival frats beetling about in
the SAE bowl. So far, in the
post-war renewals, the Phi Delts
have managed a couple of wins
over the Sig Alphs. Last year
they piled up an early lead, 2
TD's and a safety, and staved
off the flood of aerials that
marked the last half to win,
15-6. The SAE's have mut-
tered dark Greek incantations
swearing vengeance this year.
The grid-iron itself is in tip-top
shape. For the first time in a long
time there will be grass on the
field. Nocturnal deluges usually
have turned the noble arena into
something more resembling a mud
bowl and the struggling athletes
into creatures of the night. Given
half a chance, the boys promise
some dipsy-do football.
This annual scrap isn't an of-
ficial league game. Both squads
rush out as many of their be-
hemoths as they can dragoon
into playing, and the Phi Delts
usually manage to whip in a
half dozen or so of their "M"
men. It's a tough game of touch.
But it's the half time high jinks
that really titilate a lot of the on-
lookers. The gals from Collegiate
Sorosis and Kappa Alpha Theta
just toss over any thoughts of the
"new look," loosen the stays, take
out the curlers, and proceed to
whale eath other in the "Powder
Puff" classic. The young ladies'
go at it tooth, nail and eyebrow,
and do indeed display some re-
markable knowledge of the finer
points of ye olde game of foot-
So come one, come all to the
SAE bowl, Washtenaw and South
U, 10 a.m on what we all hope to
be a bright Saturday morn. There
will be a play by blow discription
of both contests by "Hap" Eaton
ace SAE sport-caster over the PA.
And no chaperons are needed.
Phys Ed Clubi
There will be a meeting of the
Men's Phys Ed Club tonight at
7:30 in Waterman Gymnasium at
which projects for the coming year
will be discussed.
Golf Coach Bert Katzenmeyer
will be the chief speaker of the
evening. Other sports activities
will be outlined and a variety of
programs will be set up accord-
ing to individual interest.
Pictures of last year's Rose Bowl
game will be shown. The meeting
is primarily for members of the
Phys. Ed. Club, but all men are
. . . DO YOU KNOW that
Michigan has met 93 different
opponents on the gridiron and
hold margins over all but five of
them. Only Army and Cornell
of the major schools have han-
aged to win more games than
What Just Arrived
at Staeb & Day's
To Serve as
Pep Rally MC
Returning once more to "d
old Ann Arbor town," Judge Fra
A. Picard, now U. S. District Ju
of Eastern Michigan, will act
emcee for tomorrow night's s
dent pep rally.
Was 'M' Fullback
Noted for his role in the r
tionally famous Mt. Clemens p
tal-to-portal pay case last ye
loquacious Judge Picard has cc
ried over his pacesetting footb
abilities as fullback on the 1910
squads to the present day sce
"on the bench."
In addition to Picard, the F
Rally Committee has contacted
noted sportswriter to give a sh
speech on his opinion of 1
game's outcome and some sp
background material of Michiga
Minnesota embroglios. As yet,
word of acceptance has been3
Coach To Speak
Either Coach Wally Weber, lc
able freshman tutor with the$
vocabulary and a sense of hum
to match, Coach George Ceithar
who needs no introduction
Michigan football fans, or anoti
member of the staff will be
added attraction on the evenin
That's just a starter, howev
because the band and chef
leaders will be on hand to hi
"warm up" the atmosphE
around the blazing bonfire. If h
year's pep rally preceding t
Ohio State game is any indicati
the students are likely to
swarming all over the South Fe]
Field hill before the proceedin
get under way at 7:30.? After t
program, the cheer leaders w
organize the students for a mar
up State Street towards Hill A
ditorium, where Varsity Night w
Won by Lloyd
Lloyd House ran away with t
residence hall cross country ti
yesterday by taking first, secon
third, fourth, and seventh plac
in the two mile distance medlE
Reginald Ernst of Lloyd bro
the one day old record of Lou Ca
abrese of Phi Gamma Delta1
clocking the course in 11 minut
37:2 seconds, for first place.
Finishing second was Da
Bunce, third was Harvey Burle
and fourth was Blaine Ingram;
A riny Offensive Record
Threatened By Gridders
(riser Strives To Lift Defense Up To 'ar
ear With Offense Sparked by Brilliant Passing
dge Figures released by the National Collegiate Athletic Bureau yes-
as terday showed the Wolverines tolling up a 484.5 yard per game clip
tu- to lead the nation for the second straight week.
At the present travelling rate, the Maize and Blue may eclipse
Army's all-time national total offense record of 462.7 yards per game
na- compiled back in 1945.
nor- Striking through the air with devastating accuracy, the Cris-
ar, ler team leads the country's collegians in the passing department
ar- with an average of 220 yards per game. In rushing offense, Mich-
-all igan ranks 11th with a 264.5 yard average.
ne Individually, two Wolverines rank high in the nation in their
respective departments. Bob Chappuis, Michigan halfback 13th in
?ep total offense, which includes both --- ---- -
a rushing and passing, while Jack
ort Weisenburger is 19th in the rush- Give Now-To Your
the ing department. Community
icy Best rushing offensive team ofoFund
in- the week is Penn State, replac- -
no ing Boston College, last week's
re- leader which slipped to eighth. YOUR APPEARANCE
The Nittany Lions have aver-
aged 322 yards per game on the IS IMPORTANT!
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64Crisler still hasn't forgotten the
nor Minnesota tilt this week-end. 0 Personality styling
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to Ample evidence that Crisler has 0 Scalp & Facial treatments
her a great deal of respect for Minne- 10 BARBERS, NO- WAITING
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er, fullback post.
er- Dan Dworsky, last year's full-
elp back who was converted to cen-
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on, Wolverine from Sioux Falls, S.
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rry the line and in the backfield at
igs yesterday's workout.
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Dworsky has proven a demon
on defense at center in all of the
four Wolverine victories to date,
but he may shift to the backfield
Saturday because Dick Kemp-
thorn's bruised knee has not re-
sponded satisfactorily to treat-
ments. Kempthorn was out of uni-
Jack Weisenburger and Tom
Peterson, the other Michigan
fullbacks, are reported to be in
excellent physical condition.
Weisenburger has been the
team's miost effective ground
gainer, travelling 295 yards in
Also operating as a plunging
back yesterday was Wally Ten-
inga, reserve backfielder, who has
already learned the three other
It all proves that the Wolverine
coach will be in a position to make
quick transitions in Saturday's
game should any injuries be sus-
tained in the Michigan attack.
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