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October 11, 1949 - Image 3

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by pres holmes, sports co-editor

Wolverines Seventh in AP Poll

Michigan Football Spirit
Still High Despite Detour

jT SEEMS TO BE THE consensus of opinion among the second
guessers and armchair quarterbacks that the Wolverines' signal
caller, John Ghindia, made a strong bid for the "Goat-of-the-Year"
award when he chose to pass with one yard to go for a first down
early in the fourth quarter of the Army game.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Let's reconstruct the situation and work from there. Mich-
igan made its first touchdown just three minutes before the much
ballyhooed play, and, was trailing Army 14-7. Wally Teninga had
intercepted a pass five plays before on the Cadets' 42 and Mich-
igan had moved deep into Army territory meeting very little
The Wolverines were on the seventeen, second down and one
yard to go, and less than eight minutes left to play, when the Maize
and Blue quarterback called for a pass.
ACCORDING TO the "experts" this is why he made a mistake:
1. Michigan's passing and receiving was very inadequate all after-
noon. Army's pass defense was the strongest Michigan had faced
all year, intercepting four and allowing only three completions in 23
2. The Wolverines had been making yardage consistently on the
groUnd throughout most of the second half and especially just pre-
ceding the pass play.
It's granted that there was a lot to be desired in the Maize and
Blue aerial attack. Ghindia, who certainly was aware of the
shortcomings of the passing game, would be justified that at
least the law of averages would finally catch up and this one
would be complete.
Just this fact would hardly justify him, however; let's continue.
Looking at it from another angle, the quarterback never figures that
a pass is going to be intercepted-knocked down, incomplete, off the
jmark, yes-but not intercepted. If it had been merely incomplete,
there still were two downs left to move the ball on the ground. It is
not logical to condemn Ghindia because the pass was intercepted, that
was something he couldn't figure on.
NOW AS TO THIE PLAY ITSELF: the pass. It was a good play.
Sure, Michigan's ground game was going great, and more than
likely it would have continued to do so on the following plays. But it
gets harder and harder to make yardage on the ground when the
ball is inside the 20. If the pass was incomplete, he still had two
downs to make that one yard.
Another value in the pass play was the surprise angle. Army,
along with everybody else, figured that Michigan would run.
The line backers moved up practically to the line of scrimmage.
This left only three men in the backfield to cover the pass
He had to consider the time element also. A tie would have
beern better than a loss, but Michigan doesn't play to tie, they play
to win.- A quick touchdown would leave more than seven minutes to
push across the winning score. The Wolverines would have had at
least two more chances to get their hands on the ball, if the first
drive bogged down the second one might work.
Ghindia was justified in calling the play he did. He is backed up
completely by Head Coach Bennie Oosterbaan. He still is the best
quarterback Michigan has and will be calling signals for Michigan
again this weekend.
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Top National Billing
DRK--U7")-Notre Dame Michigan-in a 21-7 upset Satur-
college football team, day at Ann Arbor.
y decided yesterday n * * *
I Associated Press na- MICHIGAN, which received 34
oll of the season. first place votes ahweek ago, didn't
Fighting Irish landed get a single one this time, but the
pot by only a slim mar- sports editors and sportscasters
oints over Army, which still thought enough of the Wol-
ff last week's leader- verines to give them enough other
ballots to land them in the top
M c ln10-in seventh place to be exact.
Notre Dame, which brushed
f'C a h aside Purdue Saturday, 35-12, to
,US Coach remain among the undefeated
and untied, collared 67 first
SC Dies place votes and a total of 1,489
Army, which was seventh in the
ELPHIA - (a) - John first poll, was right behind with
ckin, 65, the man who 1,459 points. The Cadets got 58
da statefo m bal t o first place ballots," as 172 sports
ing gridiron power, died writers and broadcasters took part
ailment at his home in in the poll. *
elphia suburbs. ONLY 80 VOTED last week,
lege stadium at East because of primary interest in the
Lich., is namedMckli close pennant windups in the Na-
nor of the former coach, tional and American Leagues, and
star at the University of the World Series.
tia during his college The third, fourth, fifth and
* * * sixth teams last week-Okla-
HIS iveyear athoma, Tulane, Minnesota, and
State, Macklin served as North Carolina, remained right
)irector, baseball and in that order again.
h as well as football A newcomer to the top 10 is
e also did part-time Kentucky, which jumped from
e college trainer. 15th place to eighth after handing
e five seasons, his team Georgia a 25-0 shellacking Satur-
three games, one in day.
erent seasons. His 1913 One team was bounced from
teams were unbeaten. the leading 10-Southern Cali-
quit, saying that he was fornia. The Trojans, who tied
the post "while still Ohio State, 13-13, fell from
eighth to 12th.
* * * The total vote with points fig-
MIACKLIN went to East ured on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1
he College was putting basis (first place votes in paren-

Forget the Army game!
That's the philosophy which an
amazingly spirited band of Mich-
igan football players and coaches
fairly beamed at observers yester-
day on the practice field. And, be-
hind it all lies some food for
thought about college athletics.
* * *
IF ANYONE entertained the
idea that the gridiron game is
strictly an industry at Ann Arbor,
he should have been at Ferry
Field yesterday. He would have
had the impression that the Wol-
verines had crushed the Cadets
Saturday instead of vice versa.
Of course, Monday usually in-
volves only token workouts for
the men who carried the biggest
burdens in the previous game,
but even in such a colorless ac-
tivity as signal drill, their yells
and kidding remarks proudly
displayed what football is under
Ben Oosterbaan-a game.
It cannot be denied that these
players really en-joy competing
here. There is no such thing as
tension between the coaches and
their charges.
A REVERSAL, such as just wit-
nessed last weekend could not pos-
siblyhalter the general good feel-
ing between them.
All post mortems and second
guesses are left to the men of
the press and radio. In fact, a
group of them were hashing
over opinions at the edge of the

field yesterday, but they Just
didn't fit into the atmosphere.
How can you second guess a
gang like Michigan's?
You can bet that every phase
of the game will be picked apart
between now and the next time
the Wolverines win. The public
will be told that the squad is com-
ing apart at the seams, that it
lacks everything from line back-
ers to quarterbacks (and maybe
even halfbacks).
BUT THIS HAPPY gang is not
all washed up. Six Conference op-
ponents are going to discover it
vividly on six consecutive Satur-
day afternoons beginning with
Northwestern this weekend.
The Wolverines are going to
play good football and play it
because they like to do it while
wearing maize and blue uni-
Perhaps they'll lose one or more
of those games. But chances are,
every time they come out on the
short end it will be a case of being
outplayed but not outfought.
That'sythe way it was against
Even in defeat, the Wolverines
displayed a sense of sportsman-
ship which goes hand in hand with
the great game of foojball. It's not
surprising, though. They just car-
ried Oosterbaan's philosophy out
with them to the playing field, the
same philosophy which was in evi-
dence at the practice field yester-

-Dally-Alex Lmanian
THIS PLAY WORKED-Leo Koceski's cross bucks were the only
consistent ground gainers Saturday against Army. Here Leo racks
up yardage before being pulled down by Cadets John Trent and
Bennie Davis in second quarter action.

on games for $200. When he left,
guarantees of $10,000 were com-
mon. Under his direction, the Col-
lege erected new athletic buildings
and a modern gymnasium,
Michigan State was called the
Michigan Agricultural College
in those days and Macklin had
the hanor of being the first
coach of the institution to lead
his team to a victory over the
University of Michigan.
That was in 1913 when his team
beat Fielding (Hurry Up) Yost's
Michigan eleven by 12-7. A 60-
yard dropkick enabled Michigan to
turn the tables, 3-0, in the follow-
ing year.
But in 1915 Michigan State came
out on top again, crushing the
Wolverines, 24 to 0.
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1. Notre Dame (67) ..
2. Army (58) .........
3. Oklahoma (28)
4. Tulane (1) ........
5. Minnesota (6) ....
6. North Carolina (3)
7. Michigan ..........
8. Kentucky (8) ......
9. California .........
10. Southern Methodist

... .1459
... .1052
. 900
.... 594
.... 476
.... 358
(1) 341

State, 206; 12, Southern Cali-
fornia, 181; 13, UCLA, 125; 14,
Cornell, 98; 15, Pittsburgh, 65; 16,
Texas, 63; 17, Villanova, 43; 18.
Navy, 36; 19, Michigan State, 30;
and 20, Baylor, 25.

Vital Gridiron
Clash Faces
COLUMBUS, O.-Coach Wesley
Fesler of Ohio State shuffled his
defensive lineup yesterday in prep-
aration for Saturday's important
game here with Minnesota.
The Bucks, somewhat battered
and bruised from their 13-13 tie
last Saturday with Southern
California, went through only a
light workout.
Injured fullback Vic Janowicz
will not play Saturday, and regu-
lars Dick Schnittker and Capt.
Jack Wilson are on the doubtful
against Ohio plays was the
Gopher football menu yesterday
as the squad stayed in the field-
house to escape the 80-mile gale
that whooshed through Minnesota.
Billy Bye and Ralph McAlister,
two casualties, were in uniform
but worked out lightly. Both are
expected to be in trim by Saturday,
Fraternities without houses who
are participating in Interfrater-
nity Council rushing activities
must call for rushing forms and
instructions at the Office of Stu-
dent Affairs, 1020 Administration
Building, between 4 p.m. and 5
p.m., Wed., Oct. 12.
Bureau of Appointments:
The Wayne County Civil Service
Commission announces an exami-
nation for the position as Person-
nel Assistant. This is a training
position open to students in pub-
lic personnel administration or in
the personnel field in engineering,
law, or accounting. Students who
will receive their degree by June
1950 are eligible. Qualifications
are: must be resident of Michi-
gan, age limits, 21 to 28. Closing
date for filing applications, Nov.
The United States Civil Service
(Continued on Page 4)

Big Order..
BROOKLYN-- (A') - Jack Col-
lins. Business Manager of the
Brooklyn Dodgers, said yesterday
the Club has to return $2,500,000
mailed in for World Series tickets
which could not be filled.

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