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THEMICHIGAN DAILY

Gophers

First

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Scoring

Machine,

13-6J

Minnesota Line Aimost
Pulls Brown Jug Upset
Homecoming Fans See Maize-Blue Come
From Behind To Edge Golden Gophers
By DICK KRAUS
ANN ARBOR, Oct. 26-Up front where the 1947 chapter of the
"Little Brown Jug" rivalry took place, Michigan and Minnesota played
to a Mexican standoff, but Wolverine backfield speed provided the
13-6 victory margin at the University of Michigan Stadium in a
"rock-'em-sock-em" brawl that had 87,000 fans on the brink of hys-
teria.
The Golden Gophers halted the heretofore unstopped Michigan
offense by the simple process of getting hold of the ball and keeping
it. In the first half Crisler's charges had the ball for only 19 plays as a
typical Bierman machine ground out nine first downs, most of them
by the slow slogging overland ,

Line-Ups
MICIGAN Pos. MINN.
Manxu ........ E.........Grant
Rifenburg Soltau
McNeill Halenkamp
Ford Sein
Marcotte
ikene......T.......... Fritz
Pritula liendrickson
Wistert Widseth
Kohl Carroll
Dendrinos Jaszewski
Mealey
Tomasi...... G ..... Dellego
Wilkins Olsonowski
ilieneveld Beson
Sickels Kissell
Soboleski Nomenelli
White......C .. Tonnemaker
0o rsky Brennan

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~A Jug Is Born'
It has been said by some old timers at Michigan that the
immortal Fielding H. Yost took greater pleasure in bringing
home the Little Brown Jug to Ann Arbor, than in winning a
Conference crown.
All this began way back in 1903 when one of "The Grand
Old Man's" most famous point-a-minute teams invaded Gopher
territory with a record of 559 points to zero for their opponents.
It was one of those days that have a habit of occuring when
the Wolverines and Gophers collide. When it was all over but
the shouting, the mighty Michigan, eleven had been held to a
6-6 deadlock by the supposedly impotent Gophers.
The Minnesota fans went wild. In fact one jubilant individ-
ual swiped the Michigan water jug, and the legend of the Little
Brown Jug was born.
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route.
Minnesota, obviously keyed up
for this traditional battle, rushed
the Wolverines off their feet
throughout the first half. The gi-
ant Gopher forwards powered
holes in the lighter Michigan line
and light hard running backs like
Billy Bye, EV Faunce, and Bill El-
liott methodically marched for
yardage.
But Michigan's weakness of
the week before was its strength-
the line backing. Dan Dworsky,
a defensive goat against North-
western, was All-America yester-
day. He plugged openings in the
center of the line, smashed down
ball carriers attempting to circle
the ends. He was ably assisted by
long lean J. T. White, who came
up with the play that broke the
Gophers' back.
White Intercepts
With the score 13-6 in the final
period, and the Gophers on the
march in possession of the ball on
Michigan's 34 yard line, Faunce
faded and flipped a pass over
center. J. T. White leaped and
speared it, then running like a
halfback he scampered back to
the Wolverine 40-yard line. That
was the ball game.
But up until that point the Go-
phers were conceding nothing.
They drew first blood in the sec-
ond period when Faunce, after
sparking a drive that began at
midfield, cracked over from the
one yard line to score. Don Bail-
ey's attempted conversion was
blocked by the whole Michigan
line.
Michigan got that touchdown
back with an extra point to spare
as the first half drew to a close.
With less than two minutes to
play, Bob Chappuis faded and
Bump Elliott ran. The Bumper
simply outraced the Gopher de-
fender and took Chappuis' pass
five yards behind the nearest Min-
nesotan and breezed into the end-
zone. Brieske, making his first
boot of the year under pressure,
split the uprights.
Derricotte Scores
The Wolverines' second touch-
down came almost as suddenly.

Statistics
Minn. Mich.
Net yards gained rushing 131 112
First downs .............. 13 9

Brieske
Ycrges ......
P. Elliott
Chappuis ...
C. Elliott
Derricotte
Fcnde
Weisenburger

..1
..

Q ....... Malosky
Anonsen
H ........... Bye
Hausken
Daugherty
Faunce
Bailey
H. Elliott
Zupetz
Pullens
F ...... B. Elliott
Johnson
Kuzma

Forward Passes atempted
Forward passes
conpleted ........
Yards by forward
passing ............
Forward passes
intercepted.......
Total yards runback on
intercepted passes
Punting average
(from scrimmage)
Total yards all
kicks returned ......
Opponent fumbles
recovered ...........
Yards lost by penalty

12

12

7 8
91 131
1 3
26 56
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34 41
90 42

Daily-Lmanian'
PAVLOVAS AND A PIG SKIN-Jumpin' Gene Derricotte highlights this football ballet, outleaping
Bud Grant of Minnesota. J. T. White (55) tries to get into the act, but finds his prospective
partner, the official, extremely uncooperative.

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Bump Elliott, who picked it up
and staged one of the day's most
beautiful runs to bring the ball
back to midfield, but the ball's
striking the goal posts made it
an automatic touchback and
Michigan took over on the 20.
Weisenburger contributed his
bit in the fourth period. He took
a lateral from Yerges, faded as if
to pass, then reversed his field
and barreled toward the opposite
sidelines. Two Gophers had him
trapped until he faked a lateral
to Bump Elliott and picked up
another five yards to make it a
first down.

Harry Elliott, Gopher right half,
tossed a pass from his own 19
yard line, which Jack Weisenburg-
er intercepted on the 32 and re-
turned to the 21-yard line. On
the first play from scrimmage,
Gene Derricotte bolted through a
hole off tackle, cut wide and
sprinted untouched to the pay
dirt. Brieske's kick was wide.
The Wolverine defensive unit
seemed to form itself around
Dworsky in the second half and
they held the Gophers to four
first downs in the last 30 minutes.
The erstwhile cripples, Joe So-
boleski, and Ralph Kohl were
standouts along with big Al Wis-
tert.
Chappuis Rushed
It was the offensive line that
had itself a rough day today. Min-
nesota's mastadons, led by 246-
pound Leo Nomenelli and Gene
Fritz, gave Chappuis a rough af-
ternoon.
The big ground gainer for Mtch-
igan was Weisenburger who aver-
aged almost five yards a try
against the stubborn Gopher de-
fenes.
Field Goal Attempt
Minnesota's last serious threat
ended with a 33-yard field goal
attempt by Don Bailey in the
third period. His boot was per-
fect for direction, but it hit the
cross bar and bounced away to

Football fever reached its height
here as some 87,000 gridiron fans
saw the Wolverines nose out Min-
nesota under a sweltering Indian
summer sun.
The first sell-out throng of the
season, filling every nook and
cranny of the huge bowl, rose to
its feet on virtually every play of
the action-packed gridiron clash.
The Gopher contingent, 4,500

strong, kept the east side of the
stadium in an uproar, as the Min-
nesota gridiron squad made its
bids for victory.
The famed "Little Brown Jug"
made its first public appearance
at the Gopher-Wolverine tilt. The
jug reposed on the sidelines during
the game, and at half time former
Minnesota governor Harold Stas-
sen and Michigan's governor Kim

ALUMNI BRING OWN JUGS:
Homecoming Clash Thrills 87,000 Fans

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Sigler obligingly posed for pho-
tographers holding the victory
symbol.
Half-a-dozen special trains
brought University alumni from
all parts of the nation to view the
traditional homecoming grid clash.
Scores of well-lubricated alumni
poured from the specials and bois-
terously trooped toward the sta-
dium prior to game time.

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