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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 1951

THE MICHIGAN DAIT

PAGE THREI

Tennessee First in APPoll for

Third Straight Week

TOM SHINES IN LINE:y
Johnson Slee s4WPae fWe

- By HERB COHEN
In Michigan's third "battle of
the blizzards" in the last two years
Tom Johnson turned out to be the
Wolverine player most praised by
the men in the pressbox.
Johnson played his usual flaw-
less game on both offense and de-
fense and especially attracted the
eyes of the sportswriters when he
trapped many Illini backs for long
losses throughout the game.
WITH 40-mile per hour winds
and a 29-degree temperature to
combat right from the start of
the conflict, it was thought that
the game would be decided in the
line.
That, it seems, wasn't the case,
For Michigan's line constantly
broke through and hauled down
Illini backs before they could get
started.
Both lines sparkled throughout,
and with two minutes to go it ap-
peared as though both teams would
be halted by the elements.
* * *,
BUT THEN TOM O'Connell, Il-
linois'sensational sophomore quar-
terback, took over and proceeded

TOM JOHNSON
. . . fifth Illini back
* * *
to lick not only the weather but
also a fighting Wolverine eleven.
After Don Peterson had quick
kicked out of bounds on the Il-
linois 16-yard line, Johnny Kar-
ras, who had been bottled up

SA TO-Phi Gai Football Playoff
Snowballs' into Futile Finale

mostyofthe afternoon gained
two .yards.
Bill Tate gained two more and
then with a third down and eight
yards to go Karras broke away to
gain 12 yards, giving the Illini a
first down on their own 32-yard,
marker.
THEN O'CONNELL decided that
he didn't want a tie, and so figur-
ing that passes would be the best
way to win, he proceeded to coin-
plete one to Rex Smith, an old
high school teammate. That one
gained 23 yards.
The next pass was completed
to Joe Vernasco for 11 yards.
It appeared that the Michigan
pass defense became ruffled after
the first long completion, and with
Karras gaining on the ground, the
Wolverines didn't know what to
expect.
THE NEXT PLAY was again a
pass to Smith who was tackled on
the Michigan 20-yard line. Here
Red Wings Tie
BOSTON-(P)--Detroit's Red
Wings and Boston's Bruins
played hard but cautiously while
turning in the first scoreless tie
of the National Hockey League
season last night at the Boston
Garden.
O'Connell gave evidence of his sup-
erior play calling. With passes
working almost at will he decided
to set up the Wolverine defense.
On the next play he shook
fullback Tate loose for a 10-yard
gain. After tightening up the
line with two running plays,
neither of which were intended
to do anything, he spotted a
completely uncovered Smith and
lofted the ball to him in the end
zone.
That was the ball game. The
Wolverines had put up a gallant
struggle, had played magnificent-
ly in the line, and had fought
gamely. But in the end it was a
sensational sophomore quarterback
and his pass-catching end who put
out the fire in the Wolverines'
hearts.j
*i * *

Illi*ni Lead
llaryland U.
For Second
Loss to Illinois Drops
11 from Top Twenty
NEW YORK --(R)-- Powerful
Tennessee is the nation's top No.
1 college football team for the
third straight week but the spot-
light will shine on several other
ranking powers this week.
Top clashes of the weekend pit1
sixth-ranking Southern California
(7-1) against all conquering Stan-
ford (7-0), rated seventh, and fifth
ranking Michigan State (6-0)
against improving Notre Dame
(5-1), ranked 11th.
THE LOS ANGELES clash of
the two leading Pacific Coast Con-
ference teams probably will de-
termine the PCC's Rose Bowl re-
presentative. Michigan State, aim-
ing for Notre Dame, had an open
date last week while the Irish bat-
tied to a 19-0 victory over Navy.
Tennessee (6-0) will be rated
a heavy favorite over Washing-
ton and Lee (5-2) this week but
the Generals could give the Vols
fits. They've done it before. Last
year Tennessee just squeezed
out a 27-20 victory on three long
runs.
Illinois (6-0), which moved into
second place in this week's Associ-
ated Press poll of sports writers
and sportscasters, should be able
to brush past Iowa (2-3-1). The
Illini are favored to cop the Big
Ten title and win the trip to the
Rose Bowl.
ILLINOIS MOVED into the run-
ner-up spot from third while Mich-
igan State dropped from second to
fifth.
Michigan, which was rated fif-
teenth last week, dropped out
of the first 20 this week, as a
Iresult of its 7-0 loss to Illinois.
The top ten with first place votes
in parenthesis are:
1-Tennessee (60)............1,23O
2-Illinois (29)......... ......1,150
3-Mlaryland (21).... .........1,026
4-Princeton (6)...............997
5-Michigan State (12)....... 991
6-Southern California (6) .... 640
7-Stanford (8) ................ 474
8-Georgia Tech (1)..........383
9-Wisconsin (3)................344
'10-Texas ...................287

Wolverines
Brave Snow
For Practice
Yesterday's blizzard didn't pre-
vent Michigan s Wolverines from
holding their routine Tuesday,
practice.
For about an hour Coach Ben-
nie Oosterbaan's team braved the
swirling snow to work on kicking
and pass defense. Then then squad
moved into the south end of Yost
Fieldhouse for the balance of the
r r'.y a:practice to sharpen its offense.
LOWELL PERRY DEFENSIVE maneuvers were
. . . may be sidelined designed to keep the Wolverines
from suffering a fate against Cor-
nell similar to last Saturday's,
Five Veterans when a sharp passing Illinois
quarterback, Tom O'Connell, engi-
or n ] ucle s =neered a 7-0 defeat in a snow
Cornell's counterpart to O'Con-
f tnell is ,Rocco Calvo, who is one
of the top throwers in the Ivy
League. Pitching from the T-
Swirling snow and chilling winds formation, Calvo is particularly
make tennis season seem a long adept at hitting end Vic Pujo
way off, but Michigan net mentor and halfbacks Stu Merz and Bill
Bill Murphy is not one to be duped Whelan.
into procrastination by adverse In case of bad weather this
weather. weekend at Ithaca, Michigan will
Murphy has his Wolverine ten- be better prepared than it was for
nis squad hard at work in the the Illinois tilt, but the Wolverines
Intramural Building preparing for will be facing a Big Red outfit in-
the 1952 season, following fall tent on regaining prestige after
workouts on the outdoor courts. two straight defeats.
Tg sMISSING FROM yesterday's
sITH FIVE of six regulars back drills was star end Lowell Perry.
from last year and a couple of, Perry suffered an ankle injury
promising freshmen on hand, Mur- against Illinois, and the ankle has
phy is looking forward to "not a swollen so that it may keep him
great team, but a good one. " ouof the Corne a .

i

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - (R) as somewhat of a shock to his
Clyde B. Smith, under fire from assistants and the squad.
some Indiana University alumni * *
and campus critics, quit yesterday SMITH told them of his decision
as head football coach, effective when they assembled for yester-
at the end of this season. day's practice.
Smith submitted his resignation Seniors on the squad pleaded
to Athletic Director Paul J. Har- with him to reconsider. He told
rell, and said: them he had his mind firmly made
"I'd like to be happy for the up to quit, but he urged them not
next three weeks and coach the to relax.
boys like they deserve to be "We've all got work to do be-
coached." fore we play Minnesota Satur-
He said that "under no circum- day," he said.
stances" would be reconsider his Dissatisfaction with Smith be-
decision to quit. It had been reach- gan to crop out after the loss to
ed after he had mulled over it "for Michigan.
several weeks." He had been In- * * *
diana's coach since 1948. FRANK LINDSEY, a Chicago
' asi 4 alumnus, was the first outspoken
THE FIRE began to light under critic.
Smith after early season losses, "We 'feel that Clyde Smith's
48-6 to Notre Dame and 33-14 to record has shown that he can't
Michigan. But it. died down after give us the coaching we're entitled
his "fighting Hoosiers scored their to," Lindsey said. "We have taken
stunning 32-10 upset over Ohio the leadership in what you might
State October 20. call the anti-Smith camp."
Subsequent losses to two West- William N. Stack, president of
ern Conference opponents, Illi- the Chicago Indiana University
nois and Wisconsin, dimmed Club, said that as an organization
somewhat the lustre of the vic- it was taking no action but he
tory over Ohio State. added that many Chicago alumni
Nevertheless Smith's announce- felt that Smith "hadn't done a
ment was unexpected, and came good job."
-(0m ,- kn

sHoosier Football Coach
Resigns under Pressure

By NEIL BERNSTEIN
Old Man Winter invaded Ann
- Arbor yesterday, but Phi Gamma
Delta and Alpha Tau Omega re-
fused to bow to him.
Scheduled to play the finals of
fraternity football the two houses
refused to let a little snow or bad
weather stand in their way, and so
the game went on.
THE FIELD was completely cov-
ered with almost eight inches of
snow, but a few passing students
were commandeered to act as line-
markers as the teams took the field.
After a minute or two the ball
was a slippery mass, which lim-
ited play primarily to rugged
blocking and power running.
At the end of the regular game#
period, neither team had scored, so
the numbed players had to line up
again for an overtime period. ATO
took the ball first and gained eight
yards in its allotted four downs.
* s
PHI GAMS took over. After col-

lecting eight and a half yards on
three plays they gambled on a
quick quarterback sneak to just
get the ball to the line of scrim-
mage. The alert ATO's were wait-
ing for the runner, however, and
nailed him before he made the
line.
After some hurried measure-
ments the referees decided that
Phi Gam had also gathered ex-
actly eight yards, and the over-
time period ended in a tie.
This time the officials, fearing
that their human linemarkers
would freeze to the spot and rea-
lizing the havoc this would cause
next softball season, called the
game off.
It is now up to IM Director Earl
Riskey to decide how the tie will
be played off. In all probability an
entire new game will be played.
When asked for comment last
night both houses answered quer-I
ies wvith, "This was a football
game?" And you know, they might
be right at that.

Seniors Steve Bromberg, Jack
Smart, and Mike Schwartz, and
juniors Gene Barrack and Bob
Curhan are the five regulars re-
turning. All performed credit-
ably in the Big Ten meet last
spring at Evanston as Michigan
surprised the experts by finish-
ing second to Michigan State.
Supplementing this quintet are
freshmen Al Mann, from Grosse
Pointe, and John Powless, both
considered by Murphy as great
prospects. Powless currently is
working out with the basketball
squad, but he demonstated his
tennis ability during the annual
intra-squad tourney this fall.
BROMBERG, rated top man on
the squad, earlier feared that law
school studies might hamper his
net activities, but he is practicing
regularly. Last spring law finals
fell on the same weekend as the
Conference meet, and if that situa-
tion prevails this year, Bromberg
probably won't compete in the Big
Ten tournament.
Chief obstacle in the path of a
Big Ten title for Michigan appears
to be Michigan State once again,
Murphy believes. Northwestern,
after a lean year in '51, figures to
have a strong outfit this spring.

Perry had a rough afternoon
against Illinois, failing to get
his hands on the ball once dur-
ing the game. At least two Illini
covered him on every play.
Roger Zatkoff, stellar lineback-.
er, was in uniform for the work-
out, but he left early for the train-
ing room for treatment for a hip
bruised at Champaign.

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NEW YORK-()-If you were
a college football coach, how'd you
like to have a 203-pound fullback
who averaged 7.4 yards per carry
and a linebacker who called defen-
sive signals, knocked down passes,
and made most of the tackles.
You could have both of these
paragons if you wanted the As-
sociated Press' backs of the week
-Ollie Matson of San Francisco
and Keith Flowers of Texas Chris-
tian.
THEY WERE selected from a,
flock of backfield stars nominated
by sportswriters and broadcasters
all over the country as the best
in the week and here's how they
rated the pick:
Matson scored three touchdowns
on runs of two, three and 54 yards
in the process of carrying 31 times
for a total of 228 yards.
HIS 17 TOUCHDOWNS of the
year include a pair of 90-or-more-
yard kick returns in his only East-
ern performance against Fordham,
when he showed skeptical East-
erners what speed and power can
do for a footballer.
Flowers, on the other hand,
spent Saturday afternoon chil-

ling the Baylor offense in TCU's
20-7 upset victory. He made most
of the tackles and also got his
hands in the way of a goodly
share of Larry Isbell's passes.
Besides this Flowers recovered
a fumble, did the kicking off, and
booted two extra points.

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