WEbNESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 1949
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
SAY; NOVEMBER 3~ 194S PAGE SETh~
Nevada, Army and Southern
Methodist are running away from
the field in the race for offensive
honors among the nation's major
football teams, the National- Col-
legiate Athletic Bureau discloses.
Nevada, featuring the amazing
throwing arm of Stan Heath, al-
ready is virtually "in" as 1948
champion both in passing offense
and total offense. The Reno eleven
Y boasts an awesome average gain
of 533.3 yards in six games.
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ARMY'S POWERFUL team,
ranked No. 4 nationally in this
k week's Associated Press poll, leads
all rivals in the potency of its
rushing attack. In six games Cadet
ball carriers led by Gil Stephen-
son, have ground out an average
of 354.2 yards per contest.
Southern Methodist leads the
pack in passing efficiency, having
t clicked on 62 out of 94 tosses for
a lofty percentage of .660. The
Mustangs stand second in touch-
down passes, with 14 to Nevada's
Michigan Aims for Navy
In National Title Race
Coach Oosterbaan Stresses Pass Defense
In Anticipation of HeavyMiddie Air Attack
FROM THE GRANTSTAND:
Ig_ Nie RulePrevents 'I'-IrishClash
By MURRAY GRANT
(Daily Sports Editor)
Frank Leahy of Notre Dame
By B. S. BROWN
The last time anyone tried to
shove the Navy around consistent-
ly, the Sailors mustered their
pride, their time-honored tradi-
tion and a few battered big guns
and beat the daylights out of the
George Sauer, Navy's mentor,
knows he's in for a battle Satur-
day. It's a good bet to say that
Michigan will try to make a step-
ping stone of his club, and for a
very good reason.
FRANK LEAHY'S squad wal-
loped the Gobs last Saturday, 41-7.
On the basis of the score, the Irish
moved into first place in the As-
sociated Press poll. Granted, the
poll has come to mean next to
nothing, but still that top slot has
been some sort of magic charm.
Last year, the Notre Dame
squad, one of its best in years,
trounced a hapless Pitt team,
40-6, early in the season. That
week the Irish grabbed first
place in the poll.
The following week, Michigan
completely annihilated the Pan-
thers, 69-0, and the Wolverines
went into first place. Pitt was a
handy stepping stone.
* * *
ON DECEMBER 4, Leahy
watched his team roll over South-
ern California, 38-7, move into
first place in the poll and set the
stage for the Rose Bowl slaughter.
After the Wolverines man-
handled the Trojans, 49-0,
matching the performance of
Michigan's 1902 Bowl team, they
again moved into first place in
the poll, a special ballot taken
early in January with the two
feuding teams participating.
USC became the scapegoat in
the mad race for top honors.
The AP poll is giving the na-
tion's grid fans a chance to see
what a good team can do on any
named Saturday of the week, but
that's about all.
THERE ISN'T a person in the
country qualified to vote in the
poll unless he sees every team in-
volved on every Saturday of the
season. How can Michigan be
compared to Notre Dame on the
basis of games with two different
And, judging from the out-
come of last year's special poll,
comparative scores are the basis.
Who can say that the Trojans
didn't play a better game
against the Irish last year than
they did against Michigan?
But the farce goes on and the
teams continue to take vengeance
against their weaker opponents in
order to move to the top. It seems
that Navy has taken just about
COACH BENNIE Oosterbaan,
anticipating an aerial-minded
Navy team to invade Ann Arbor
next Saturday afternoon, stressed
pass defense yesterday afternoon
in a long practice session.
A total of 695 yards have been
picked up by Michigan's four Con-
ference opponents via aerials thus
far this season.
THE WOLVERINES have set
quite a pace in its own passing of-
fense, averaging 160 yards in the
four loop contests. There have
been 37 completions out of 78 at-
tempts, good for 640 yards and
"Chuckin' Chuck" Ortmann
leads the Wolverine passers with
19 completions in 36 tries. Wally
Teningo has 10 for 22. The other.
flingers include Pete Elliott, Tom
Peterson, Gene Derricotte, Charlie
Lentz and potential All-American
end Dick Rifenburg.
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Loss of 1947 Season
There'll be more than a game at
stake Saturday when Michigan's
150-pounders take on the Ohio
Both squads have a couple good
reasons for wanting to win this
First, and probably uppermost
in the minds of the players and
coaches, is a share in the Big Nine
Like Michigan, the Buckeyes
have played and lost one game,
a 26-12 drubbing by Wisconsin,
and each eleven realizes that it
must take this contest if it ex-
pects to remain in the running
for at least a share of the Con-
Then there's the possible re-
venge motive. Each squad has an
axe to grind with the other.
It was Ohio State's 13-2 victory
over the Maize and Blue that kept
the Wolverines from gaining un-
disputed possession of the cham-
pionship. Coach Cliff Keen's team
isnt likely to forget that, and
would like to make up for it.
The Buckeyes, on the other
hand, probably remember the
39-0 whipping handed them by
the Maize and Blue in their re-
match at the end of the season,
and would like very much to
erase the memory of that loss.
Brushing up for this important
tilt, Coach Keen sent the squad
through a long blocking session
yesterday. Afterward, Jerry Burns
sharpened up his punting while
the linemen covered.
done it again.
He has come right out and said
that Notre Dame would meet
Michigan any Saturday, Sunday
or Monday afternoon. Only this
time the words came from the ef-
fervescent mouth of Ed "Moose"
Krause, the assistant Irish Ath-
COULD IT BE that Mr. Leahy
does not know the Western Con-
ference ruling governing post-sea-
son play? Could he hope to con-
vince the public with a threat that
he knows cannot be accepted?
The Western Conference spe-
cifically prohibits any one of its
members from engaging in any
post-season exhibition for any
reason whatsoever. This legisla-
tion was relaxed slightly to al-
low for the five-year pact with
the Pacific Coast Conference.
When asked about Mr. Leahy's
daring challenge, Athletic Direc-
tor "Fritz" Crisler made his usual
declaration in answer to Mr.1
Leahy. He said, "No comment,"
but he also said that "Frank made
the same challenge last year and
got no results."
*s* * f
MR. LEAHY seems to be forget-
MERLE LEVIN, Night Editor
ful. Perhaps he has developed a
slight case of amnesia. This year's
threat merely serves as a wild blow
struck at nothing.
You know, if Leahy of Notre
Dame continues to make these
dire threats and continues to
pick Michigrn to lose on each
succeeding Saturday the average
fan is going to come to the con-
clusion that Leahy dots not
care for the Wolverines.
He may think that Leahy feels
that the nation's spotlight is not
big enough for the two schools. He
wants the entire stage and will not
be happy to share it.
LEAHY IS acting like a child.
He knows full well Michigan can-
not meet Notre Dame in a post-
season game and he knows that if
this impossibility could come about
his prestige would take a terrific
This corner personaily is getting
sick of these threats that cannot
be carried out. Mr. Leahy might
whistle a different tune if he knew
that Michigan could accept a
post-season game. He's not anx-
ious to have his unbroken record
MICHIGAN WILL not play No-
tre Dame unless it becomes a reg-
ularly scheduled contest. And
since both schools can fill their
spacious stadiums without the
help of the other that scheduling
is a remote possibility.
Michigan of 1947 could have
beaten the Irish of that year
and this season's great aggrega-
tion could probably do the same
to any eleven Mr. Leahy could
So, Mr. Leahy, please crawl back
into your comfdrtable office. The
weather is bad enough without the
added warm air emanating from
the vicinity of South Bend.
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