THE MICHIGAN DAILY
ON THE SPOi
By ROG GOELZ
Associate Sports Editor
ITS BEEN A LONG TIME since a Wolverine football squad has been
on the spot.
Following their unexpected loss to Army, that is the unfortu-
nate position, Coach Bennie Oosterbaan and his charges find
themselves in as they prepare to meet Northwestern Saturday for
the team's Big Ten opener.
Fans and sportswriters alike, will be watching this game, if for
no other reason than to see how much effect the Cadet loss had on
the team that was not expected to run into trouble until it met the
Gophers of Minnesota.
THESE FANS WILL BE THINKING of the disaster that overtook
Michigan in 1946, when Army struggled to a 20-13 win and sent
the Wolverines off on a spin that included a 14-14 tie with the Wild-
cats and a 13-9 loss to Illinois.
Already many circles are sounding the death cry for Michi -
gan, and it will take an impressive victory to show them that the
Wolverines are capable of taking a loss in stride, and that they
are set to retain their conference crown.
To achieve this end, Michigan must defeat the Wildcats by at
least three touchdowns. The source of this statement is none other
\han 'Fritz" Crisler who claims that a team in the Big Ten has to be
three touchdowns better than its scheduled opponents to achieve an
undefeated conference record.
MICHIGAN WAS RATED this margin over Northwestern before the
Cadet clash and is still entitled to it on the basis of team compari-
However, the element of spirit takes on an important role in
this clash and while Michigan could at one time look forward to
this game as one to be taken in stride, they no longer can do so
and still show the Western Conference that the Wolverine streak
of 15 straight games is going to be increased before it is broken.
Northwestern, itself, adds another incentive for a three touch down
margin. The Wildcats are similar to the Wolverines in that they have'
dropped a game to an unexpectedly strong team, Pittsburgh.
P LAYING WITH PRACTICALLY the same team that won the 1949 I
Rose Bowl game, Northwestern has not found itself, winning one
game from an outclassed Purdue eleven, and dropping a game to the
Golden Gophers of Minnesota in addition to the Panther loss.
Coach Bob Voights is facing the same problem Oosterbaan
will have to meet. They both are trying to forget last week's game
and raise team spirit for Saturday. The coach succeeding in this
endeavor has gone a long way towards winning the game.
Reports from both camps indicate that both Michigan and North-
western are looking at Saturday's clash in the light of a conference
'M' First Team Remains Intact
Tenion Off, Wolverines
Point for Big Nine Title
Speedy Big Ten Gridders
Lead in Rushintg, Scoring
* * * *
CHICAGO-(/P)-A couple Big
Ten sophomore halfbacks are
proving that speed on the track
can be translated into fancy foot-
Ranking conference ball car-
riers, according to official statis-
tics released today, were Johnny
Karras of Illinois, former Illinois
High School Quartermile Cham-
pion, and Dick Gregory of Minne-
sota, ex-Montana Prep 100 and
220-yard dash titlist.
KARRAS, 180-POUNDER who
is a combination of a power run-
ner and a change-of-pace scooter,
has piled up 236 yards in 28 rushes
in two conference games against
Wisconsin and Iowa for a 8.4 av-
erage. Karras also leads in scor-
ing with three touchdowns for 18
points and total offense with 250
The 173-pound Gregory, fast-
CHICAGO-(P)--On a mission
of revenge, a Tulane eleven bris-
tling with talent and bitter mem-
ories of a record 59-6 trimming
when last they met two years ago
challenges mighty Notre Dame
The psychological aspects of this
contest at South Bend, Ind., where
the late Knute Rockne used psy-
chology as a phantom 12th man
on the field, weigh heavily against
the Fighting Irish.
IT IS SMALL comfort to Irish
Coach Frank Leahy that his team,
victorious in three starts, has been
rated a two-touchdown favorite.
Tulane also is a triple winner and
the game is a showdown for top
ranking in the nation. Tulane al-
ready has engulfed Alabama,
Georgia Tech and Southeastern
Leahy knows Coach Henry
Franka needs only to point at
the record book to make his
Green Wave boil and surge.
Not only did the 59-6 clouting
of Tulane two years ago mark the
largest Irish score by a Leahy-
coached team, but it was the
fourth straight Green Wave loss
to Notre Dame in as many meet-
In that luckless series, Tulane
was outscored 158 to 12, being
blanked 26-0 in 1944 and 41-0 in
1946 and losing 32-6 in 1945.
est Gopher back since George
(Sonny) Franck of Minnesota's
undefeated 1940 national cham-
pions, piled up 123 yards on 12
carries for a 10.2 average in his
first league game against North-
Karras' 236 aggregate tops the
conference, followed by fullback'
JohnnysKerestes of Purdue with
173, also in two games, Ohio
State's Gerry Krall with 129 in one
game for a 10.7 average, best in
the league, and Gregory.
* * *
IN PASSING Quarterback Dick
Flowers of Northwestern is the
pace-setter with 10 completions in
17 attempts for 114 yards and a
.588 percentage in two games.
Sophomore Duane Brandt of
Iowa is the top punter wtih a 43.8
average on six punts, while an-
other sophomore, Northwestern's
Dick Alban leads in receiving with
By BOB SANDELL
Michigan's streak is ended, but
the Wolverines can still salvage a
lot of prestige this season by
winning their third straight un-
disputed conference title, some-
thing no other team has ever been
able to do.
Actually the Wolverines are now
in a much better position to walk
away with the title than they were
before last Saturday's disaster at
THE TENSION that steadily
mounted since the Illinois game
of 1946 is gone, and instead the
pressure has suddenly shifted to
two other conference schools,
Minnesota and Ohio State.
The Wolverines had five tough
games staring them in the face
at the start of the season. Mich-
igan State was looking for re-
venge for Past year's close scrape,
and Stanford seemed a big
threat after they romped to
their first two victories.
But the Wolverines couldn't
point to any one game. They had
to take them as they came, and
the inevitable happened when
Army, who had been planning for
nine months for the Wolverine
tussle, caught the. Maize and Blue
right in the middle of their sui-
WHILE NOT forgetting the
Wildcat fray of this Saturday, the
Wolverines can now point to their
traditional battle with the Goph-
ers the following week, and might
go into the game with the "ad-
vantage" of being the underdog.
Bernie Bierman's "Golden
Gophers" haven't won or shared
a Big Ten crown since 1941, and
this has been proclaimed as "the
year." If the Gophers don't win
the title or at least get the bid
to the Rose Bowl, there will
likely be violent upheavals in
the North Country with an
aroused alumni seeking Bier-
The schedule makers haven't
been too kind to the Minnesotans
either. This week they have to face
the Buckeyes at Columbus only
a week after a crucial game with
THEN NEXT WEEK they must
journey back to Ann Arbor for the
pay-off game with the Wolverines.
Ohio State has been co-favored
with Minnesota for the Rose Bowl
nomination, but they have to face
the powerful Gophers after a hard
game with Southern California.
Their last conference title was in
THE CHUCKER-Charles Ortmann is expected to join team-
mates Leo Koceski, John Ghindia, and Don Dufek when they
face last year's Rose Bowl champions, Northwestern, at Evanston,
Illinois, Saturday. He was sidelined after an injury in the second
play of the Army game, which was thought to be concussion.
Ortmann OK as Varsity .
Karras, HB, Ill... 2
Kerestes, FB, Pur. 2
Krall, FB, OSU...1
Gregory, HB, Min. 1
Piazza, HB, Ill ..2
G Att. N.G. Av.
28 236 8.4
30 173 5.7
12 129 10.7
12 123 10.2
22 90 4.0
At. Co. YG Av.
17 10 114 .588
8 5 75 .625
27 9 165 .333
23 12 153 .522
12 6 59 .500
Flowers, QB, NU;
Savic, QB, OSU
Drahn, QB, Ia. ..
Krueger, QB, Ill.;
Burson, QB, NU;
Karras, HB, Ill
Piazza, RB, Ill...
By JIM PARKER
Despite a momentary break-
down, the Michigan football ma-
chine 'is ready to get moving again
without any major overhauling.
There was considerable specula-
tion (some in print) that versatile
Wally Teninga would be moved
into the quarterback position, but
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan says,
"absolutely nothing to it."
AT MONDAY'S PRACTICE ses-
sion Teninga was used at quar-
terback, but only in the absence
Dittmer, E, Ia. ......2
Gregory, HB, Minn. . .1
Krall, HB, OSU .... 1
By The Associated Press
SAN FRANCISCO - Although
his workouts have been unim-
pressive, at times dull, Ezzard
Charles was a prohibitive favorite
today to retain his national boxing
association heavyweight title
against Pat Valentino, Friday
Latest odds quoted the Cincin-
nati Negro as the 4 to 1 choice.
He may be an even greater f a-
vorite when the pair climb into
the ring at the San Francisco Cow
Palace for their 15-round match.
CHICAGO-The Sun-Times said
last night that Paul Richards, who
managed the Buffalo Bisons to
the Triple A International League
pennant, was "almost certain" to
succeed Jack Onslow as pilot of
the Chicago White Sox.
Frank Lane) and I will do some
building immediately," said Vice
President Charles Comiskey.
"We first have to make up our
minds whether to retain On-
slow.. If we decide against that
we'll have to single out the man
we consider a suitable succes-
* * *
COLUMBUS, O.-Ohio State's
somewhat bruised football team
ran through its first hard scrim-
mage yesterday in preparation for
its game here Saturday with Min-
Physically, the squad is still
far from recovered from its 13-
13 tie game with Southern Cali-
fornia last week. But Buckeye
Coach Wesley Fesler said: "The
mental condition fo the team is
Defending champion Williams
House opened its 1949 Residence
Hall football season Monday af-
ternoon by beating Vaughan
Unbeaten since mid-1947, Wil-
liams scored its victory without
the aid of its star fullback Joe
Stone, who was in Health Service.
However, Bob Fancett, Pierre
Miller,;Al Leavitt, and Dick Good-
wille figured in the scoring and
carried Williams to victory.
of the regular signal caller, John}
Ghindia, who had a late class that
Yesterday the Wolverines got
a stiff dose of "liquid" football
as Old Man Weather kept a
steady downpour descending on
the Ferry Field practice grounds.
Charlie Ortmann as well as Bob
Erban and Irv Wisniewski did not
participateain any of the heavy
drills but all are expected to be
able to go against Northwestern
* * *
HALFBACK LEO KOCESKI was
sporting a facial bandage as a
result of a lip cut sustained off
the gridiron, but was not held
from the practice scrimmage.
Northwestern's T - formation
rcceived particular emphasis
yesterday as the JV squad gave
the white-shirted varsitya good
look at what to expect from the
Defense was highlighted in the
day's work with the varsity in-
volved in a long scrimmage session
against the JV's brand of Evan-
THE LINE WAS also subjected
to a rigorous fumble-recovering
drill in an attempt to thwart a
repetition of Army's yard-gaining
bobbles of last week's game.
Varsity offensive tactics were
limited to a scrimmage in which
the blocking dummies were pound-
ed as the Wolverine backs broke
from their single-wing.
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