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THURSDAY~,JANUARY 1, 1I948

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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SWildcats

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Big

Nine

Team

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Feel

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Power

Wolverine Grid Machine
Rolls To 49-21 Triumph
Six Michigan Players Scored Touchdowns
As Precision Attack Baffles Enemy Eleven
By DICK KRAUS
EVANST ON, Ill., Oct. 18--Michigan made an auspicious Big Nine
debut at Dyche Stadium, overpowering a good Northwestern eleven,
49-21, in a ball game that was strictly "good hit, no field."
The vaunted Wolverine attack was in high gear all afternoon, but
the Wildcats, paced by hard-running Art Murakowski punched
through the heretofore impregnable Michigan defenses with unex-
pected consistency.
A two-touchdown Michigan scoring splurge in the opening period
put the Wolverines out in front to ---

Da ily-Lm ani an
C'MERE YOU-W verine fullback Jack Weisenberger seems to be having little trouble tearing him-
self away from Northwestern guard Vince Di Franscesea who apparently wants the shirt off Jack's
back. Pete Elliott (45) is the gent on the right who has 'turned around after the hand off to
Weisenburger to see how things are going.
THEY LIKED 'W TOO:
Grid quad Dazzles Skeptical Scribes

They were skeptical up in the
press box at Dyche Stadium, skep-
tical right up until the second time
Michigan got the ball, then they
were converts, real believers in the'
legend of Fritz Crisler's offensive
magic.
There was a tacit reserve in all
the the Chicago writers' advances
on the Michigan - Northlwestern

game, a sort of "big scores, but
who did they play" attitude. The
attitude was not at all evident in
the cover stories.
Tom Siler, of the Sun, wrote,
"Finesse, speed, power, decep-
tion--you name it-Michigan
had it in burying the North-
western Wildcats under an ava-
lanche."
Then there was Jim Enright of

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the Chicago Herald - American:
"The whole Wolverines looked the
part of a perfect football machine.
Their ball - handling functioned
with precision, their backs fre-
quently catching the Wildcats off
guard to a point where they didn't
realize who had the ball. Michi-
gan's decoys and hidden-ball ex-
perts worked behind seemingly
complete mystery. Its ball carriers'
rushed goalward with poise and
finesse, plus power."
And Wilfred Smith, the dean
of them all, the Chicago Trib-
une's top football reporter, said,
"Michigan presented the fastest,
best coordinated attack we have
ever seen in Western Conference
football. . . . On this October
afternoon, the Wolverines with-
out :doubt equaled any exhibi-
tion of Fielding Yost's point-a-
minute teams at the turn of the
century."
But the all-seeing Mr. Smith
also saw what will make for a very
uncomfortable week of practice
sessions for Crisler's charges, a
whole gridiron full of Michigan
defensive lapses.
"Defense?" Smith went on to
say, "well the best defense is a
good offense. Technically, how-
ever, Michigan's defenders were
amazingly inept at times. North-
western fans 'rightly may believe
that the Wildcats could have scor-
ed three times in the first 15 min-
utes. Northwestern had 292 yards
gained by rushing ... many games
have been won with less exertion."
......DO YOU KNOW that
in the first football game Mich-
igan ever played, the Wolver-
ines defeated Racine on May 20,
1879 by the score of 7-2.

stay. A brilliant 54-yard punt re-
turn by Gene Derricotte took the
ball to the Wildcat 10 yard line
and on the first Michigan play
from scrimmage, Bump Elliott
t leggedit off tackle on a reverse
to score.
Bump Gets Loose
The very next time Michigan
got the ball it happened again.
Bump Elliott after returning a
punt from his own 17-yard line
to the 46, took off for 34 yards
on the reverse. Jack Weisenburger
cracked center for ten and Little
Hank Fonde cut off tackle to
score. Brieske, who had a perfect
day, converted and Michigan led
14-0, and without the use of a
single forward pass.
Michigan rolled to four touch-
downs in the first half and All-
American candidate Bob Chappuis
atttempted only five passes, com-
pleting two to Bob Mann for 50
yards. The ground attack spear-
headed by Weisenburger and El-
liott rolled up 238 yards.
Mann Scores
Mann contributed 51 of those
yards on the play of the day, a
touchdown jaunt through a brok-
en field off a perfectly executed
end around to account for Mich-
igan's fourth touchdown.
Meanwhile the Wildcats refused
to play dead, their big line, slug-
gish on defense all afternoon,
charged Michigan off its feet,
opening gaping holes for Mura-
kowski and Frank Aschenbrenner.
A 47-yard touchdown drive cul-
minated by a seven yard Mura-
kowski explosion, temporarily
shaved Michigan's margin to 14-7.
March 80 Yards
The precision of Michigan's, at-
tack again became evident as the
Wolverines staged an 80-yard
touchdown march, rolling offsthe
distance in 12 plays, the final of

which was a four-yard buck by
Tom Peterson for the score.
The Wolverines asserted them-
selves again in the second half as
they racked up three more touch-
downs and then knocked off for
the day.
Third Stringers Yield Two
Northwestern's last two scores,
came against the third stringers,
one on a 49-yard drive that ended
suddenly as Murakowski blasted
off tackle, and got a beautiful
block from Halfback Julie Siegle,
and cut back 24 yards to tally. He
scored again a few moments later
after Joe Zuravleff came up with
an interception of a bobbled pass
and returned, it to Michigan's 20,
to set up his third touchdown,
Jim Farrar converted three times
to equal Brieske's perfect percent-
age.

Daily-Lmanlan
FLYING LOW-That's exactly the technique Bump Elliott, Michigan's brilliant all-around wing-
back, employs here as he zooms into Northwestern's Jules Siegle. Coming up fast to help Elliott
are Wolverines Len Ford (87), Ralph Kohl (76), Al Wistert (11), and Quent Sickels (61).
Crisler's Record Against 'Cats Still Unmarred

Never in Fritz Crisler's 10-year
regime as head coach of the Wol-
verines has he seen his boys taste
a Northwestern defeat.
But on two occasions the Wild-
cats knocked the Wolverines out
of the running for the Big Nine
crown by playing to deadlocks.

In 1946. the 14-14 tie which
came one week after Michigan's
all-out struggle against Army's
powerhouse enabled Illinois to re-
lax in the throne-room of thet
Western Conference.
And in 1938, Crisler's first year
in Ann Arbor. a scoreless battle

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between the two schools forced the
Wolverine coach to settle for sec-
ond place in the Big Nine with a
record of five wins, one setback,
and the tie.
This tie was the only time all
season that the opposition was
able to h]-old Harmon and company

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First Downs ............ 16
Net yds. gained rushing .292
For'rd passes attempted . 11
For'rd passes completed 4
Yards forward passing .. 56
Forwards interpeepted by 3
Yards gained run-back
Interceptions .........48
Punting average ........ 34
Total yards, all kicks re-

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