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Daily Sports Editor
SATURDAY'S MICHIGAN-ILLINOIS struggle seemed like a natural
for some bizarre football antics, but curiously enough the game
that should have been decided by some playing 'break' came off with-
out even a normal number of boneyard mistakes.
Actually, the tide turned in favor of the Fighting Illini as a result
of a subtle fourth quarter advantage. For three periods the teams had
been playing the wind as much as the ball, with the Wolverines forced
to move against the gales in the first and third settos, Illinois being
handicapped in the other two.
As I watched the second half unfold, I had the feeling that Michi-
gan had only to survive the third quarter without allowing a touchdown
to assure at least a tie. The Wolverines battled magnificently against
the blizzard at its worst, and late in the period an Illini punt pushed
the ball back to the Michigan eight yard line to give the visitors their
big test.

Alert Ilini
Team Foils
The Illini defense which stopped
Lowell Perry cold Saturday, may
have stopped him for Cornell also.
Perry, who played with two or
three defenders on his back all
afternoon, reported to trainer Jim
Hunt with an ankle injury which
may sideline him for the week.
The Ypsi flash spent the after-
noon in the training room instead
of taking part in the usual Mon-
day warmup drills.
ADVERSE weather and a doubly
cautious Illinois defense kept Per-
ry from gaining a single yard forf
Double-teamed by Illini pass
defendersand repeatedly knock-
ed down at the line of scrim-
mage, Perry never really had a,
chance. A roaring wind and
snow flurries limited the Wol-
verines to nine passes and only
three completions.
A fine exhibition of through the
middle running by fullback Don
Peterson took up most of the slack

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Bears, Browns Win Again;
Retain Pro Grid Ltade'rship

All the favored teams of the Na-
tional Football League came
through Sunday with victories.
thus adding another game to the
spread between first and last place
in each of the two leagues.
In the National Conference the
Chicago Bears remained in first

aerial from two Green Bay defend-
ers and romping into the end zone.
The ex-Notre Dame All-American
sent the Lions into a 17-3 lead in
the last quarter when he wrestled
another Layne pass away from two

* * *
1 1M 'Snrv ives First Crisis
A FUMBLE OR OTHER MISPLAY at that point would have decided
the issue, but a sensational 11 yard plunge by Don Peterson moved
his team out to the 21 for a first down and a new foothold from which
it might stall Illinois off until the quarter ended and the teams changed
Suddenly it appeared that Michigan had caught its second
wind as it marched straight up the field with Peterson the drum
He gained 10 and 5 yards on the two plays just preceding the gun
which signaled the end of period number three, so the picture found
Wolverines in possession on the Illinois 46, second down and five
yards to go, and the wind and snow at their backs for the rest of the,
They continued to roll toward the promised land until Bill
Putich's ill-fated pass found its way into enemy hands at the Illini
18. Adequate playing time remained, however.

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place by trouncing the Washing- GEORGE IIALAS' big, bad Bears
ton Redskins, 27-0; the Detroit captured their fifth win in six
Lions out-fought the Green Bay conference encounters by white-
Packers, 24-17: and the Los An- washing the Redskins, 27-0. The
geles Rams revenged last week's Bear defense. bolstered by the re-
44-17 set-back at the hands of the turn of line coach Hunk Anderson,
San Francisco 49ers, 23-16. allowed the losers only 10 first

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OVER IN the American loop,
the Cleveland Browns held fast to
first place by dropping the Chi-
cago Cardinals, 34-17: the Phila-
delphia Eagles downed the Pitts-
burg Steelers, 34-13; and in the
New York "city series," Steve,
Oven's Giants out-lasted the vie-
toryless Yanks, 37-31.
Bobby Layne and Leon lart1
shared honors in the Lion's
third loop triumph of the sea-1
son. Layne tossed three second-1
half touchdown passes and Leon
IHart made fabulous catches for
two of the tallies.
After the teams played to a 3-all
halftime score, Hart broke the
dead-lock by snatching a Layne
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The Rams, making up for the
sound trouncing they took last
week from their coast rival,
moved into second place by de-
feating the 49ers, 23-16.
A 76-yard touchdown pass play
from Bob Waterfield to Elroy
Hirsch in the final period gave
the Razns their margin of victory.
Waterfield also ran for another
tally and kicked three field goals
to account for all his team's points.

It was at this point that Illinios first realized fate had a smile for and kept Bennie's boys in the
it that day. The skies began to clear and the snowfall ceased as if by game all the way.
magic. The menacing wind hushed itself almost down to the zephyr
class, and gone was the advantage Michigan had fought so gamely for RUNNING through gaping holes
in the preceding quarter. . * in the Illinois forward wall, the
* * *175-pound senior from Racine,

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Lios epeat 1950 Upset of Crell

O'Connell Conquers Wind


EVEN AT THAT the Wolverines seemed to be in no danger. Both
teams failed to sustain two sequences and were forced to punt
twice. That's when the brilliant Tommy O'Connell started his payoff
drive from his own 17 yard line. The now-subsiding winds offered no
resistance to his precision aerial efforts and that was the ballgame,
In just five minutes, a 'certain' tie for Michigan had disinte-
grated into disaster for the Wolverines.
Michigan players are sad this morning. They won't soon forget
what might have been at Champaign, but in reality they haven't a
thing of which to be ashamed. We have never watched a Michigan
team fighting any harder under such adverse conditions.
It was sickening to hear the jubilant roar in the background
and see those disconsolate white-shirted defending champs come
trudging ofif the gridiron after the Illinois touchdown.
They know better than anyone how the Illini were thoroughly out-

Wisconsin, dashed 104 yards in 27
tries for a 3.9 average.
Bill Tate, the Illini fullback,
piled up the best rushing average
for his team, but it was the pin-
point passing of quarterback
Tommy O'Connell that sunk the
Taking advantage of a lull in
the gale and a lapse in the Michi-
gan defense, O'Connell pitched
perfect strikes to ends Joe Vernas-
co and Rex Smith to move to the
Wolverine 6 yard line late in the
final quarter.

( 1101 her in a series spotlightingt
last Saturday's performances of Mich-
igan's future 1951 grid foes.)
History repeated itself in disas-
trous fashion Saturday for both
Michigan and Cornell, two teams
slated to meet on the gridiron in
Ithaca this weekend.
Just as Ilinois has edged Michi-
gan with a late pass for a touch-'
down in a snowstorm two years in
a row, so Cornell has been upset;
twice in two years by one point
at the hands of Columbia.
IN 1950 underdog Columbia
downed the Big Red, 20-19, while

completed a good share of its
Price attempted 21 aerials
during the frigid afternoon and
completed 12 for 113 yards. He
also ran with the ball eight
times, picking up 42 yards.
Big gun for Cornell was right
half Bill Whelan, who rolled up
105 yards in 15 carries, besides
scoring a touchdown on a seven
yard end sweep.


enberg and senior Lynn Hullj

Calvo had a1
pleting only1

qua'terback Rocky
bad afternoon, comn-
four of eight passes

scored Cornell touchdowns, but PHILADELPHIA -(/B-- Profes-
Kirk kicked only two of three ex- sional football's travelling quarter-
tra points. back, George Ratterman, was re-
Michigan's remaining t o o turned to the good graces of the
foes, Northwestern and Ohio National Football League yester-
State, had a close battle before day although it cost him a $2,000
OSU finally won in the ast fine to become a New York Yank
quarter on VicJanowicz's 14 in good standing.
yard field goal. NFL Commissioner Bert Bell an-
nounced that wandering George,
Bucking a strong wind, both who quit the Yanks last summer to
sides missed numerous opportuni- play for pay with the Montreal
ties to score. Twice the Wildcats Alouettes of the Canadian Pro-
missed field goals from the 17 and vincial League, had been restored
12, besides being stopped short of to the New York active player list.
touchdowns with first downs on
the 12 and two oi two other oc-
STATISTICALLY Northwestern a
had an edge. The Wildcats to- ore styled to please.
taled 11 to the Bucks' ten, and 9 Barbers - No Waiting
had a total-yardage mark of 203, F
This Saturday Northwestern f The Daseola Barbers
plays host to Purdue, and Ohio
State journeys to Pittsburgh to Near Michigan Theatre
do battle with, the inept Panthers.

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played for 54 minutes. If
statistics were decidedly
wasn't open to Wolverine

you take away that last 83 yard march, the
to Michigan's favor, but the pay window
football players that day.

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Pasadena Beckons Illini
ILLINOIS NOW HAS the golden road to Pasedena squarely in front1
of it. The Illini need win only two of their three remaining con-1
tests to clinch at least a tie for Big Ten laurels, and only Michigan
can share the crown under those circumstances.
That means a sure trip to California because the Wolverines
are not eligible this time.
But-the Illini must still face Iowa, Northwestern and Ohio State.
It's' not too far fetched to visualize a pair of defeats lurking in that
schedule if the Eliotmen should suffer a letdown due to rose fever.
Michigan has no such high aspirations to cope with, but there are'
still three games to be played and the Wolverines are faced once again
with the problem of gathering in their guts and bouncing back as they
did after the Stanford loss.
There is no doubt that Bennie Oosterbaan has another good team,
typical of Michigan tradition. It still has championship opportunities,
but Northwestern and Ohio are coming to town hoping to catch the
Wolverines on the downswing.
This Saturday Cornell provides some inter-sectional opposition at
Ithaca, New York. It could be patch-up day for Michigan..

downed. thex. ia Red,.4 1, hil ,i
AFTER TIM GREEN dropped Saturday , they turned the trick, for 42 yards. Calvo hit his re-;
Pete Bachouros for a two yard loss 21-20. cevern t they had trouble
O'Connell calmly stepped back and Both years the Ithacans were
hit Smith in the end zone for the fresh from thrashings at the CoachrLefty James benched
only score of the afternoon, hands of powerful Princeton, a fh e
and both years Bill Kirk, a usu- half and second stringer Jack
Also absent from yesterday's Jaeckle took over. Jaeckle didn't
pracicewas ineackr Roer at-ally reliable k i c k e r, missed
a beRoge Za place kicks that meant the ma do much better, except on short
koff who added a bi'uised hip to placeckickstthatemeant thesmar-
in of defeat, heaves into the flat to Whelan.
his personal injury list. Coupled Wihtomnte-eann
with an ankle injury received in Cornell came to life in the final With two miutes remaining
the Minnesota contest this latest ten minutes of the contest to score;and Cornell behmd 21-20, the Big
whack may hobble Zatkoff's ef- two touchdowns, Red made a last desperate try for
s ,victory but the march was halted
fectiveness come Satui'day's clash OPERATING OUT of the T- w h e n Columbia intercepted a
with Cornell's twice-beaten Big formation under the guidance of Jaeckle pass and ian out the re-
Red. quarterback Mitch Price, Columbia maining time.
Movies of the Illinois game and - ---
a scouting report on Cornell aug-
mented yesterday's limbering up
alfies for Dorm Grt Finals
Hayden House battled its way up the grid ladder in the fist
Sip ( rplace Intra-Mural playoffs yesterday by defeating Winchell House.
Dick Dennis accounted for both touchdowns, one on a pass in-I
BOB LANDOWNE terception, the other by means of an end run. Incidentally, the victors
have held their opponents to a collective total of six points in fiveI
- --games this season.
In a contest with a potential second place title at stake,
Adams outlasted Hinsdale, 12-6. A pass from Bob Olsen to Paul
Grofsky set up the first marker for Adams. The other touch-
down was scored by Albert Fey on a pass from Rod Chubb. Ilins-
dales' tally was the result of a double pass play. Al Price threw
to Jack Porritt, who in turn passed to Bud Turner for the score.
Wenley defeated Huber, 13-0, as Warren Wertheimer figured in
both touchdowns. He passed to Al Ensign for the first marker and
scored on an end run. Jim Finnegan scored the extra point.
Waltz Dzurus scored two touchdowns as Strauss romped to an
easy victory over Taylor, Dzurus intercepted a Taylor pass for the
RY first Strauss score. A pass from Kelly Tarachas to Dzurus accounted
for the other score. Phil Jacobus caught a throw from Tarachas for
the final marker.
ed In other Intra-Mural grid plays, Greene shut out Tyler, 19-0;
Fletcher edged Allen-Rumsey, 7-6; and Gomberg won by forfeit over
d Three other squads shut out their foes by a 13-0 score: Williams,
Lloyd, and Kelsey whitewashed Chicago, Prescott and Cooley, respec-

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