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Wolverine Gri Machitne
Rolls To 49-21Triumph
Six Michigan Players Seti'ed Touchdowns
As Precision Attack Baffles Enemy Eleven
By DICK KRAUS
EVANSTON, 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-
A two-touchdown Michigan scoring splurge in the opening period
put the Wolverines out in front to - -
stay. A brilliant 54-yard punt re- which was a four-yard buck by
turn by Gene Derricotte took the Tom Peterson for the score.
ball to the Wildcat 10 yard line The Wolverines asserted them-
and on the first Michigan play selves again in the second half as
from scrimmage, Bump Elliott they racked up three more touch-
legged it off tackle on a reverse downs and then knocked off for
to score. the day.
Bump 'Gets Loose Third Stringers Yield Two
The very next time Michigan Northwestern's last two scores
got the ball it happened again. came against the third stringers,
Bump Elliott after returning a one on a 49-yard drive that ended
punt from his own 17-yard line suddenly as Murakowski blasted
to the 46, took off for 34 yards off tackle, and got a beautiful
on the reverse. Jack Weisenburger block from Halfback Julie Siegle,
cracked center for ten and Little and cut back 24 yards to tally. He
Hank Fonde cut off tackle to scored again a few moments laterj
score. Brieske, who had a perfect after Joe Zuravleff came up with
day, converted and Michigan led an interception of a bobbled pass
14-0, and without the use of a and returned it to Michigan's 20,
single forward pass. to set up his third touchdown,
Michigan rolled to four touch- Jim Farrar converted three times
downs in the first half and All- to equal Brieske's perfect percent-
American candidate Bob Chappuis age.
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.
C'MERE YOU-Wolverine fullback Jack Weisenberger seems to be having little trouble tearing him-
self, away from Northwestern guard Vince Di Franscesca whd 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 LIKE D 'Il' TOO:
Grid Squad Dazzles Skeptical Scribes
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
They were skeptical up in the game, a sort of "big scores, but
press box at Dyche Stadium, skep- who did they play" attitude. The
tical right up until the second time attitude was not at all evident in
'Michigan got the ball, then they the cover stories.
ssTom Siler, of the Sun, wrote,
were converts, real believers in the "Finesse, speed, power, decep-
legend of Fritz Crisler's offensive tion-you name it-Michigan
magic. had it in burying the 'North-
There was a tacit reserve in all western Wildcats under an ava-
the the Chicago writers' 'dvances lanche."
on the Michigan - Northwestern 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-
pests 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
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
"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.
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 which1
came one week after Michigan's
all-out struggle against Army's
powerhouse enabled Illinois to re-
lax in the throne-room of the
And in 1938, Crisler's first year
in Ann Arbor, a scoreless battle
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 hold Harmon and company
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 off the
distance in 12 plays, the final of
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BETTY COED SAYS
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
Punting average ........ 34
Total yards, all kicks re-
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