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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 1949

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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'M', OSU in Big Ten Title Clash

LINEMAN OF THE WEEK:

Oregon State Player
Wins A P Grid Award

Final Game Decides Closest
Conference Race Since 1944

Michigan-Buck '39 Clash
Memorable Grid Thriller

It has been five years since the
Western Conference has seen such
a climactic football finish as is
scheduled Saturday at Michigan
stadium.
Oddly enough it was these same
Ohio State Buckeyes and Michi-
gan Wolverines who were involved
in the finale of the 1944 title

chase. Not since then have two
Big Ten teams met with an undis-
puted championship at stake for
both.
IN THAT YEAR Michigan was
a definite underdog when the team
journeyed to Columrbus. Ohio had
a brilliant offense built around All-
American Les Horvath, which
made the Bucks a 30 point choice
in. some betting circles.
The Wolverines startled every-
one by completely out-playing
Ohio for 55 minutes, and they
held a 14-13 lead with five min-
utes left to play. But upset was
not to be that day. The Buck-
eyes put together a late sustain-
ed drive to turn back Michigan,
18-14.
There is no favorite this year,
and rightly so. Both teams are1
up to the hilt in preparations.
Michigan coach, Bennie Ooster-
baan, checked every cylinder in
his grid machine with utmost care
yesterday on the soggy turf of
Ferry Field.
Evidences of fire and drive were
especially obvious during offensive
and defensive exercises. Much at-
tention was given to the all-im-
portant pass attack as well as to
ball handling by members of the
backfield.
It is no secret that the Michi-
gan weaknesses this season have
been fumbling and pass juggling

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By GEORGE FLINT
Exciting games are nearly al-
ways the result when Michigan
and Ohio State meet on the grid-
iron.
Few can compare, however, to
the battle played just ten years
ago-on November 25, 1939. For
it was the setting for an astound-
ing piece of deception engineered
by Fritz Crisler, a heart-warming
comeback for a hard-luck guy, and
an upset which ranks along with
this year's blasting of the sup-
posedly-powerful Minnesota Go-
phers.
OHIO STATE was the Con-
ference champ in 1939, but Michi-
gan was out to prove that the
Bucks weren't the top Conference
team on that wet November aft-
ernoon. And OSU started the
game like champions, pushing
across two touchdowns in the first
SPORUTS
KEN BIALKIN, Night Editor
quarter. The Wolverines wouldn't
play dead, however, as Tom Har-
mon tossed a touchdown pass to
the '"One Man Gang," Forest Eva-
shevski, in the second period.
The Michigan team proceeded
to knot the count early in the
third period with a typical
Crisler play, a fake buck and
lateral to Harmon.
That made it 14-14. And it
stayed that way until the waning
minutes of the last period, when
Michigan pushed the ball deep
into OSU territory. The Wolverine
attack seemed stalled on the Buck-
eye six, with fourth down and
only 50 seconds of play remaining.
And it was then that the Cinder-
ella man appeared on the scene.
HE WAS Fred Trosko, a sub-
stitute wingback who, as a senior,
was understudying the brilliant
Paul Kromer at the right half po-
sition. Earlier in the 1939 season,
Trosko had been the goat of a
disastrous defeat by Illinois,
fumbling three times in his
eagerness to ably replace the in-
jured "Touchdown Twin."
So it was fitting that Trosko
should be the player to sink the
Ohio State man-of-war.
Michigan lined up in those final
seconds for a field goal try. Trosko
was holding, reliable Tommy Har-
mon was kicking. But the thing
81,000 fans didn't expect to hap-
pen came to pass. Trosko picked
up the ball, circled the Buckeye
end, and trotted over the goal
line. Not an Ohio player had

diagnosed the play, and victory
was Michigan's in one of the most
exciting clashes in the history of
Wolverine-Buckeye rivalry.
Keen be egns
Hlat Workouts
"Rebuild" is the word as Cliff
Keen sends his matmen through
their initial paces on the Yost
Field House balcony, in prepara-
tion for the opening of the wrest-
ling season about two months
hence.
The squad numbers 54 men but
only one of those men is a vet-
eran of last year's squad which
finished third in the Conference.
This lone survivor is Jim Smith,
team captain, and runner-up in
the 136 pound division last year.
The first intra-squad tourna-
ment will be held today with the
"Maize versus Blue" in a round
robin.
Keen stresses the lack of men
in the 121 and 136 pound divisions
as well as the 165 and heavyweight
entries, and encourages all inter-
ested men to come out for the
squad as soon as possible.
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Detroit 4, Chicago 1.
New York 2, Boston 1.
WATCH HIS EYES
:LIGH T UP,-
WHEN YOU GIVE HIM A

NEW YORK-(A')-A lad from
Oregon State in the Pacific North-
west is this week's Lineman of the
Week. He is Stanley McGuire, a
192-pound end who stands five
feet, 11 inches.
McGuire won the honor yester-
day in the weekly Associated Press
poll on the basis of his feats in
sparking Oregon State to an up-
set 25-20 victory over Michigan
State.
* * *
McGUIRE PLAYED about 55
minutes of the game, both on of-
All freshmen interested in
basketball should report to the
I-M Building on Monday, No-
vember 21, at 3:30 p.m. Please
bring your own equipment.
Dave Strack
fense and defense, and was the
key man in the upset.
"He stood out like a light-
house in a storm," declared
George Bertz, sports editor of
the Portland, Ore. Journal.
"His individual feats were a 32-
yard place kick for a field goal;
he blocked a punt for an auto-
matic safety; he caught one36-
yard forward pass that led to a

touchdown and dumped Michigan
State runners several times for
losses. In addition, his blocking
was a factor in two sweeps around
his right end for Oregon State
touchdowns."
* * *
LEON HART, Notre Dame end
who won the Lineman of the
Week award last week, received
high praise for his work against
North Carolina.
Tackles who turned in im-
pressive performances were
Charles Bailey, Dartmouth, who
constantly smeared Cornell
plays, thus helping immensely
in Dartmouth's surprise 16-7
victory over the Big Red; Wade
Walker, Oklahoma, who played
a whale of a game against Mis-
souri; and Ray Krouse, Mary-
land, who stopped the passing of
Harry Agganis as Maryland
whipped previously unbeaten
Boston University.
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