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OCTOBER 26, 1948






Brilliant 'I Defense Stops Gophers

(Daily Sports Editor)
Minnesota was great, but Mich-
igan was greater.
That is the story of Saturday's
battle for the Little Brown Jug.
The Gophers played the best ball
game of their careers, but they
were not equal to the performance
put forth by the Maize and Blue
THE WOLVERINES excelled in
everything. They made mistakes,
but what team doesn't. Their pass-
ing was good. The running got no-
where, but not because of Mich-
igan's ineptitudes. Rather it was
because of the great bulk and ef-
fort of the Gopher mammoths.
Michigan's defense was, as
usual, superlative. The forward
wall had only one lapse. That
was on the 67-yard drive the
Gophers put together early in
the third quarter. With Ev
Faunce carryingrthe ball or
passing it on every play Minne-
sota marched to Michigan's 14
in a dozen plays.
Then Faunce went off tackle
and when Dan Dworsky came up
to make the tackle Al Wistert
found himself thrown bodily into
the Michigan linebacker by Leo
Nomellini. Faunce was away on a
hip-twisting run as the Wolverine
huskies tried to untangle them-
* * *
OTHER THAN THAT lapse, the
Wolverine forwards were great.
They held Minnesota to 76 yards
on the ground and to only three
first downs via the rushing meth-
Ed McNeill was probably the
outstanding defensive star. In
addition to blocking two very
important punts, McNeill was in
the Gopher backfield all day. He
teamed with Wistert and Quent
Sickels to smother almost every
attempt at their side of the
McNeill was not alone as far as
stellar performances are con-
cerned.. The line was brilliant on
defense as they stopped thrust af-
ter thrust before it got moving.
* * *
PASS DEFENSE, which has
been a sore subject with Wolver-
ine coaches all season, was more
than adequate when the situation
arose. Minnesota completed quite
a few passes around the midfield
stripe, but when the chips were
down the pass defenders were al-
ways there.
Pete Elliott, who is rapidly as-
suming the role of iron-man,
was particularly outstanding. In
one series he knocked down
three end zone passes in a row
to throw the Gophers out of the
ball game.
Elliott was also tops on offense.
His blocking was good and his sig-
nal calling was superb.
SOME FANS have said that he
took his life in his own hands by
calling four passes in a row on
the Wolverine march to their third
touchdown, which was the game
clinching marker.
But the first two passes were
to the right side, with Ortmann
doing the heaving. Then he sent
the chucking sophomore again
to the right and had Tom Peter-
son fade to the left and toss
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HE WAS TRULY an All-Amer-
ican, but he was not alone in great
offensive performances.
Chuck Ortmann was handed
his toughest assignment and
came through brilliantly. His
passes were consistently.to their
marks, and his jump pass to
Leo Koceski for the final touch-
down was executed with the
finesse of a master.
Then there was Walt Teninga.
Again his long punts put the oppo-
nents deep into their own territory,
where they couldn't operate effec-
HIS PASSING too was excellent.
He threw a trans-continental pass
to Peterson for the first Michigan
score. Here he faded almost to the
right sideline and then hurled a
perfect pass into the arms of Pe-
terson who was standing com-
pletely alone in the end zone.
Gene Derricotte, who hurt his
knee again, on the fumbled punt
that went for the first Minne-
sota touchdown, was also above
par. In his brief appearance he
completed the only pass he
threw and gave evidence of re-
gaining the running form he
amazed fans with last season.
He'll be back next week and will
press Ortmann for that tailback
All in all it was a brilliant per-
formance and it kept the Wolver-
ines on the top of the heap. They
are no longer merely the "Cham-
pions of the West." They have
earned the title of the "Cham-
pions of the BEST."

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Injury, Fumble Upset
Michigan 150-Pounders
Michigan's loss to the Illinois 150-pound team last Sat urday morn-
ing can be traced directly to two incidents which took place early in
the ball game.
What turned out to be bad breaks for the Wolverines made the
lightweights from Champaign quite happy, for they resulted in the
first taste of victory since the Orange and Blue have fielded a 150-
pound team.
* * * *
AFTER THE MAIZE and Blue operied the contest by kicking off
to Illinois, the team held for three

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THIS YEAR -Wolverine quar-
terback, Pete Elliott, played a
full sixty minutes in last Sat-
urday's game against Minnesota.
* *
down the sideline to Dick Rifen-
The ball bounced off the chest
of Ev Faunce and into Rife's arms.
Faunce was the only Gopher near
Rifenburg as the whole team was
pulled to the right.
* * *
THEN CAME the big break. Rif-
enburg ran a few yards and then
stumbled. The ball squirted out of
his arms, took a basketball bounce
and landed back in his arms. The
big end did not even break stride
as he gathered in the ball and
went unmolested for the game-
clinching score.
In addition to this play, Rif-
enburg proved again that he is
the outstanding flanker in the
country. Ile caught nine passes
for 100-yards and helped set up
two Michigan scores.
He was even sent in on defense
and stopped a Gopher thrust at his
side and he was the first player
under every one of Walt Tennga's
punts. In one instance he literally
picked up Faunce and bounced
him onto the hard turf at Me-
morial Stadium.

LAST YEAR-J. T. White, now
on Michigan's coaching staff,
was the last Wolverine to play a
full game, going the distance in
the Illinois game last season.

JOffensive Power
Overcomes Spartan Lead

downs forcing the boys from
Champaign to punt.
A Michigan lineman broke
through the Illinois defense
and blocked the kick, and a
teammate recovered the ball
giving the Wolverines first and
ten on the Illini 25-yard line.
Michigan roared through for
eight yards on the first play, and
followed this with a three-yard
thrust through center to the Illi-
nois 14.
IT WAS THIS second play, how-
ever, which started the Maize and
Blue on the road to defeat. Frank
Whitehouse, first-string left end
and the team's best punter, got a
cracked vertebra when an Illi-
nois lineman shoved a knee into
his back as Whitehouse was throw-
ing a block.
This put Whitehouse out of
the game and into the hospital
where he will stay for the rest of
the week.
Michigan, however, kept going
-temporarily. Two plays later
saw the Wolverines on the Illini
six-yard line, making it third and
two to go for a first down.
* * *
AND THEN CAME what Coach
Cliff Keen termed the turning
point of the game.
Quarterback Jerry Burns took
the ball from center and fum-
bled for a ten-yard loss. Michi-
gan couldn't make up the lost
yardage, and the Illini took over.
After this double-blow, the Wol-
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verines couldn't get a sustained
drive under way until the final
seconds of play, when it was tco
late. QuarterbackrGeorge Sipp's
passing here sparked a 75-yard
drive to paydirt, fullback Bud
Marshall scoring from the one-
foot line as time ran out.
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An inspired Michigan Jayvec
Team overcame a 19-0 halftime
deficit last Saturday to edge the
Spartan 'B' team 21-19.
THE HARDEST task for any
team, from both a mental and
physical standpoint, is to come
from behind and go on to win.

Michigan Wins Victory
But Loses the Football

(Sports Feature Editor)
That old game of button, button
has creeped into the after-battle
scene between Michigan and Min-
Michigan won the game, but
Minnesota won the ball when some
sly Gopher player whisked off the
winner's souvenir during the ex-
citement of hurried congratula-
Hank Hatch, keeper of Mich-
igan's valuables, was dispatched
to the Minnesota locker room to
retrieve the ball. The culprit
had evidently neglected even to
shower before doing a fast dis-
appearance act with the pigskin.
At last reports, Minnesota ath-
letic director, Frank McCormack,
was on the case personally.
Our Service . . .
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Liberly off State

TO THE travelingest school
banner in the country was added
700 miles, a few more battle scars,
and the distinction of having seen
Michigan tuck away another vic-
tory for posterity.
The Michigan pennant,
mounted on a thick five foot
pole, has attended every out-of-
town contest since the beginning
of last season. It was shipped
out to Pasadena for the Rose
Bowl game and this year the
banner continues to be the
standard for an unbeaten Mich-
igan team.
Michigan added another bit to
the wardrobe. For the first time
this year the players, while on the
sidelines, were cloaked in shiny
blue superman-style capes with a
maize lining.

However the Jayvees pulled them-
selves together and all but ran
Michigan State out of Macklin
Field in the second half.
Outplaying their previous per-
formance against the North-
western 'B' Team the Jayvees
appeared a vastly improved out-
fit last Saturday. The offense
which was inadequate against
the Wildcats, piled up 17 first
downs and gained a total of 292
Jess Hess, Dave Gomberg, Ros
Tandouirjian and John. Maturo
gave great performances in the
line as they held the Spartans to
only five first downs. They were
constantly breaking through to
stop potential gains. They twice
blocked extra point attempts,
which eventually proved to be the
margin of victory.
nings, Norm Jackson, John Obee
and Irv Small were outstanding.
Small kept the State defense
spread with the threat of his fine
passing, while Jackson, Obee and
Jennings reeled off long runs.
hal Pink provided the extra
points that enabled the Jayvees
to triumph as his educated toe
split the uprights on each of his
Coach George Johnson, who ac-
companied the team, was high in
his praise of the second half come-

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