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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 1951

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MONDAY. JANUARY 1. 1951

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Congratulation
to the
Champions of
the West
and
Our Rose Bowl
Team
The Daseola Barbers
Liberty near State

Wildcat,_Buckeye Wins
Rejuvenated Running Attack Brings 4
34-23 Win over Dogged NU Team

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By BILL BRENTON
Associate Sports Editor
Michigan's improving Wolver-
ines parlayed a crisp running at-
tack and a hard charging defense
into a crucial 34-23 win over
Northwestern's stubborn Wildcats
yesterday at Michigan Stadium.

Let's make it
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The triumph in one of the most Despite a clipping penalty Mich-
thrilling spectator games in five igan covered the remaining dis-
years at Ann Arbor Stadium kept tance in eight plays. Dufek got
alive a slim mathematical chance a first down to the nine and on
of a Rose Bowl berth in January. fourth down powered over right
* * * tackle for the clincher.
THE GAME was not as tight as Northwestern's first score re-
the final count indicated since two sulted from their use of a deep
desperation passes in the waning punt formation. Their kicker,
minutes tallied twice for the Pur- Norm Kragseth, punted from 15
ple, largely against third and four- yards behind the line of scrim-
th string defenders. mage with a minimum of block-
With Don Dufek, Chuck Ort- ing protection. This allowed the
mann and Ralph Straffon lead- whole Purple line to get down
ing the way, the Maize and Blue.g field under his kicks.
rushing machine put on its most In the second period Don Old-
impressive show of the season, ham bobbled one of Kragseth's
marching to a net total of 315 boots on his own two yard line
yards. They completed five of and was tackled behind the goal
thirteen passes to make the fi- line as he was recovering posses-
nal offensive figure read 374 sion of the ball for a Northwestern
yards. safety.

Wolverines Battle Drifts
For 9-3 Defeat of OSU
By BILL CONNOLLY
COLUMBUS-Michigan's relentless Wolverines saved
the space for another chapter in the rags-to-riches tale that
records the activities of the 1950 Maize and Blue gridiron
squad, by beating Ohio State's Buckeyes in a blizzard here
yesterday.
By plowing through the foot of snow which blanketed
the playing field to upset the Buckeyes, 9-3, the Wolverines
earned the right to represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl
next January first. An assist on the play was credited to the
wondrous Wildcats of Northwestern who forced an overcon-
fident Illinois team to cancel westward travel reservations by
beating the Illini, 14-7, in Evanston.
Michigan's big break came in the waning moments of
the first half with the snow-covered scoreboard reading: time
* . * * to play: 47 seconds; and the Bucks'

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-Daily-Ed Kozma
BILL PUTICH SKIRTS END AGAINST NORTHWESTERN
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The Wolverines capitalized on
Wildcat breaks for three of their
five touchdowns, the biggest scor-
ing surge in eighteen games for a
Maize and Blue eleven. One of the
breaks, a third period fumble set
up what proved to be the winning
tally.

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DON DUFEK TACKLES ALL-AMERICAN VIC JANOWICZ AFTER SHORT GAIN ON A SNOWY OSU GRIDIRON
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Blizzard Showers Roses
n Wolverine Gridders
By BOB SANDELL and apparently unflustered over
COLUMBUS-From a Dnding, the fact that he had just won his
swirling snowstorm in Ohio's huge third Big Ten title in three years
stadium to visions of beautiful of coaching.
sunny California on January first. He said he was very happy
The joyous Wolverines could for the boys and thought the
hardly believe it, long after the playing conditions were the
final gun had ended one of the worst. he had ever seen. He
weirdest days of Big Ten football thought it was impossible , to
in history. compare the two big guns of the

one-man team, Vic Janowicz, back
on his own two-yard line for a
third-down punt. At that point,
Wolverine line-backer Tony Mom-
sen crashed through the middle of
the OSU line, blocked Janowicz'
effort and fell on the ball in the
end zone to score the game's only
touchdown.
With 20 seconds remaining in
the first half, Harry Allis con-
verted successfully, making it
9 to 3, and ending the scoring
for the afternoon.
Earlier Michigan had scored two
points on a similar blocked punt
which resulted in a safety.
* * *
IN TALLYING the safety it .was
Michigan's captain Al Wahl, who
crashed into Janowicz' well-exer-
cised kicking leg. The ball bounc-
ed erratically to the right of the
onrushing Maize and Blue line-
men and was floundering less than
a foot outside the end zone when
speedy Al Jackson caught up with
it. Six inches closer and the Wol-
verines could have added six more
pounts.
The Bucks opened and closed
their part of the scoring when
Janowicz sent a 40-yard field
goal through the uprights with
4:08 clocked out of the first
period to give his team a short-
lived 3-0 lead.
The Wolverines earned their
nine points without the aid of a
single first down and by gaining
only 27 net yards, all of them on
the ground. Ohio registered only
three first downs and 41 net yards,
25 of which were due to Janowicz'
passing.
IT WAS A GAME 'of football in
the literal sense, Michigan's Chuick
Ortmann booting the ball 24 times
for a 30-yard average. The ver-
satile Janowicz handled all the
punting chores for Ohio, his 21
kicks averaging 32 yards in the
ceiling zero blizzard.
Western Conference records
were shattered by the total of
45 punts, with Michigan tying
the previous records of most
punts by a single team-14-in
the first half alone.
Exceptional line play was dem-
onstrated by the Wolverines on
defense as the Maize and Blue
defenders repeatedly refused to
be moved, thwarting several touch-
down threats by the Buckeyes.
ESPECIALLY brilliant were the
efforts of defensive ends Ozzie
Clark and Allis who consistently
crashed through the Ohio block-
ers to bottle up Janowicz' running
and passing.
Center Carl Kreager effective-
ly handled the difficult assign-
ment of passing the icy ball
to the backfield, Michigan's six
fumbles being much less than
might be expected under such
difficult playing conditions.
The Wolverines returned only
two of the Ohio punts registering
a scant eight yards on the two
returns. The pigskin was as slip-
pery as an ice-cube and ball-
handling was kept to a minimum.

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It . had been a season where
nothing had gone right. Injuries
and inclement weather had
hampered and harrassed the
Wolverines to the point where
they were apparently headed for
their worst season in 13 years.
Then in the space of about two
and a half hours they had once
again soared to gridiron heights
by taking the conference glory
and gravy.
A WHOLE host of newspaper-
men beset smiling Ben Ooster-
baan after the game to offer their
congratulations. But Bennie, as
always, was completely composed

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game, his own Charlie Ortmann
and the great Vic Janowicz.
Bennie thought Ted Toper did
a very good job of replacing the
injured Roger Zatkoff as lineback-
er, and naturally had some good
words for Tony Momsen, the hero
with his blocked kicks.
* * *
ORTMANN, whose sensational
kicking kept the Buckeyes in a
hole most of the afternoon, said,
"It was the happiest game of my
life. We beat a good team, and the
Rose Bowl is a four year dream
come true."
Little Leo Koceski had a big
smile on his face and could only-
say "wonderful." Leo played a
great deal, although still ham-
pered by his bad knee.
OSU MICH.'
First Downs 3 0
Rushing Yardage 16 27
Passing Yardage 25 0
Passes Attempted 18 9
Passes Completed 3 0
Passes Intercepted 0 2
Punts 21 24
Punting Average 32 30
Fumbles Lost 1 0
Yards Penalized 30 25

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