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Daily Sports Editor
JICHIGAN'S MID-CENTURY football dynasty is ended.
MHer Western Conference rivals spent five years on the project and
finally succeeded in wresting control of the league from the Wolverines.
Northwestern pounded a final nail into their maize and blue coffin lid
here Saturday.
For the first time in those five long seasons, the pressure is gone.
Nothing but personal pride is riding on the outcome of the finale with
Ohio State.
Death came suddenly to the Champions. The first spasm occurred
three weekends ago at Champaign when Illinois struck them down at
the finish wire. Cornell plastered them in their stricken condition, and
the Wildcast stepped hard on the writhing victims to put them out
of misery.
Air Power Lacking...
THROUGHOUT THE MIDWEST, sportswriters and fans are per-
forming the duties of self-appointed coroners conducting autopsies
on the body. Most of them will find that Michigan succumbed to a lack
of passing vitamins in its system.
Wolverine experience in 1951 emphasized the fact that big
league football can't be played without big league passing. Aerial
fire power just wasn't included in Michigan's repertoir of of-
fensive weapons.
Both Big Ten losses showed Wolverine weaknesses in the air-
ways. Against the Illini Michigan gathered only 50 yards by passing,
and against Northwestern production dropped off to a skimpy 39
yards. The first total was excusable in view of bad weather, but there's
no explanation for the latter showing.
There is a striking similarity to the Wildcat debacle of three
days ago and the recent professional football upset in which the
Detroit Lions whipped the Chicago Bears. After his team had lost
four fumbles and three interceptions to the enemy, Bear coach
George Halas remarked, "You can't give the ball away seven times
to a team like the Lions and not expect to get hurt."
That's just what happened to Bennie Oosterbaan's luckless squad
against Northwestern. The combination added up to seven in a slightly
different combination of five interceptions and two lost bobbles.
Everybody's Angry ...
FOOTBALL FANS take the game pretty seriously, and there were
a lot of long faces en the people filing out of the giant stadium
Saturday. The pill was a tough one to swallow, but some of us felt the
pain a little more than others.
I found the defeat much easier to take than the talk of many
fans on the long walk home. I heard remarks of disgruntlement1
among seniors, the same people who sat along with me in the
Rose Bowl last January and cheered the Wolverines in their hour
of triumph.
They were the people whose team had won three Conference
titles for them. One losing season was more than they could bear.
Maybe there's more to this over-emphasis controversy than meets
the eye.
h Freshmen probably have a right to gripe about the way
things turned out this season. They haven't been treated to a
typical Michigan victory party yet, but the upperclassmen should
be more than satisfied.
Everybody might cheer up again by Christmas if the Wolverines
should come through with a decision over arch-enemy Ohio State
here on Saturday. Such a triumph would be effective medicine for
players, spectators and alumni.
It might make Oosterbaan feel a little better, too. It's been a long
time since he has been on the outside looking in.

TO Edges Sigma Clii in Final, 13-0

Eye Change
In Fortunes
Michigan's oftbeaten Wolver-
ines began a week of intensive
preparation yesterday for Satur-
day's traditional clash with Ohio
Coaches and players alike rea-
lize that a win over the Buckeyes
will go a long way toward boosting
Michigan's sagging football for-
* * *
COACH Ben Oosterbaan and his
staff began planning strategy Sun-
day, and Oosterbaan indicated that
a few new plays may be thrown at
the Buckeyes this weekend.
Yesterday's sessions included
the usual Monday loosening-up
exercises plus preliminary defen-
sive plans for several OSU plays
scouted by Bill Orwig in the
Buckeyes' contest with Illinois
last Saturday.
Trainer Jim Hunt was all smiles'
as he reported the Wolverine squad
in top physical shape.
* '4 4
BOTH Merritt (Tim) Green and
big Ted Topor, who were helped
to the sidelines in the second half
of the Northwestern game, appear-
ed in good shape and Hunt ex-
pressed the conviction that all
would be ready to go Saturday.
Frank howell, who took part
in the ballgame for the first time
since his injury on the second
Saturday of the season, came
out of the battle with no trace
of any harm to his bad ankle.
This week's practice will prob-
ably include lengthy passing drills
in the hopes of sharpening the at-
tack which backfired so badly
against the Wildcats. The often
erratic Wolverine aerial attack,
fair at best all season, miss-fired
on five occasions with five differ-
ent Northwestern defenders inter-
cepting at opportune moments.
ONCE AGAIN Michigan's best
end, Lowell Perry was covered like
a tent and failed to catch a single
pass as the Maize and Blue was
held to a meager 39 yards on five
completions in 20 attempts
Freshman quarterback Duncan
McDonald saw considerable ser-
vice against the Wildcats, but fail-
ed to show the pin-point accuracy
displayed in earlier contests, par-
ticularly against Minnesota and

Winners Stave Off Last Minute Threat;
Law Club A', Wesleyan also Victorious

Alpha Tau Omega withstood a'
last-minute touchdown drive to
turn back Sigma Chi 13-6, for the
intramural fraternity football
The contest was played under
the arcs at Wines Field last night
in sub-freezing temperatures.
* *.*
ing and the score 13-6, Sigma Chi's
Jerry Davis threw a 13-yard flat
pass to Paul Fancher which was
Game Cancelled
Yesterday's residence hall
football title match between
Wenley and Hayden was called
off because of a misunderstand-
ing about the game's starting
time. The tilt will be re-
scheduled today when Rod
Grambeau meets the represen-
tatives from the two squads.
good for a first down on the ATO
nine. Davis plunged to the three
making it second down and goal
with a minute and forty seconds
to go.
Then, with a tie looking Davis
straight in the face, the Signa,
Chi aerial artist faded back to
throw, only to slip and fall on
the snowy turf at the eleven
yard line. Two more pay dirt
heaves failed, and the ATO's
had achieved a hard-earned vit-
The winners scored first on a
fifty-yard drive. Howie Maturen
uncorked a 22-yard pass to Bruno
Boelster which was good for a first
down on the Sigma Chi 28.
MATUREN followed with an ac-
curate 28-yard toss to Don Fackler
in the end zone for the game's ini-
tial score.
The second ATO tally was a
little on the sensational side. As
the second quarter opened, Sig-

ma Chi had the ball with fourth
down and29 yards to go on their
own eleven yard line.
A beautiful kick landed right in
the hands of Boelster on the ATO
45. Boelster took one step to his
left, and then executed a neat
handoff which Bud Richner tucked
under his arm and sped down the
right sidelines 55 yards for the
* ' * *
MATUREN HIT Don Weir in the
end zone for the extra pont, mak-
ing the score 13-0 at halftime.
Sigma Chi counted with its
lone tally early in the fourth
quarter. A 40-yard Fancher to
Davis to Jim Youyg toss gave
Sigma Chi a first down on the
ATO 33.
Fancher bulled his way to the
13 for another first down and
Davis lugged the pigskin to the six.
Davis then threw a 6-yard pass
to Fancher for the Sigma 'Chi six
Wesleyan Wins 33-0
Bob Heller was the whole show
as Wesleyan swamped the Forest-
ers 33-0, to reap independent grid-
iron laurels.
The accurate pass thrower com-
pleted a total of 16 out of 21 tosses
for 160 yards and three touch-
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1"ESLEYAN hit pay dirt once
in each of the first three periods
and twice in the final quarter.
.Ieller found Dave Church
with a jump pass over the line
for the first six-pointer, and the
next score was credited to the
pass catching ability of Dave's
brother, Jerry.
Jerry Church hung on to a
touchdown heave of 28 yards, and
also counted with the first mark-
er of the final stanza on a seven
yard toss from Heller. Howie Birk-
man, who put the Foresters back
on their heels with his booming
punts and also caught five passes,
threw to Ed Wolven for the extra
point and a 13-0 halftime score.
* * *
Delta Sigs Lose, 32-0
The Law Club A squad came out
the victors in the professional
fraternity finals, trouncing Delta
Sigma Delta 32-0.
Bob Carry hurled three payoff
passes, hitting Del Reamon twice
and Granger Cook once. Dick El-
liett churned around end for an-
other sixrmarkers and Carryrhim-
self scored the final six. Dave
Dowd added the two extra points.
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MODERN PASS DEFENSE-Lowell Perry, stellar Michigan end,
finds pass-catching a difficult art when the opponent holds his
hands while climbing up his back. The defenders are Pat O'Brien
and Chuck Bennett (47).
Draft Board Fe-ud Leve
Bradford Status i Mystery


Michigan halfback Wes Brad-!
ford knows he is going to be
drafted soon, but exactly when and
from which draft board is still a.
mystery to him.
A resident of Troy, Ohio, he re-
ceived his notice of induction in
October but asked his draft board
thereto transfer his papersto Ann

MAYOR BROWN became irri-
tated by these reports and re-
buked the Troy board for re-
questing Bradford's immediate in-
duction without regard for selec-
tive service regulations that state
that a student in college should
be deferred until the end of his
academic year.

* *o Both the state boards of Michi-
TAYOR William Brown, head of gan and Ohio seem to be backing
this city's board, notified Bradford their own home boards and there

Pro Football Title Picture Still Cloudy

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would be inducted Nove
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came incensed at thei
the part of the Michiga
and asked for the re
Bradford's papers.
Accusations then ar
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draftees on November 5
of being allowed to rem
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With the National Football
League schedule two-thirds com-
pleted; three teams remain in title
contention in the National Con-
ference, while the American loop
has narrowed itself down to two
The Detroit Lions, who trounc-
ed Philadelphia Sunday, 28-10,
still remains one-half game off
the pace set by Los Angeles and
the Chicago Bears. The Rams
breezed past the winless New York
Yankees, 48-21, while the Bears
rallied in the second half to down
Green Bay, 24-13.
IN THE American Conference
the amazing Cleveland Browns ex-
tended their lead over the second
place New York Giants to 11/2
games by blanking the New York-
ers, 10-0, on Lou Groza's 34-yard
field goal and a 65-yard screen
pass play from Otto Graham to
Dub Jones.
Other contests saw the Wash-
ington Redskins fight their way
to a 22-7 victory over the Pitts-
burgh Steelers, and the lowly
Chicago Cardinals pull a mild
upset by downing San Fran-
cisco, 27-21.
The Detroit Lions spotted the
Eagles 10 points in the first quar-
ter, but with only one minute re-
maining in the first half, the Lions
suddenly came to life and re-
mained alive the rest of the game,
THE EAGLES completed their
scoring early when Bob Walston
kicked a 33-yard field goal and
Adrian Burk threw a 38-yard
touchdown pass to Pete Pihos.
But with the game 29 minutes
along Jack Christainsen inter-
cepted a Burk pass and return-
ed the ball 53 yards to the
Eagles' 18. With four seconds

remaining in the half, Bobby
Layne lobbed a TD toss to Bob
That was the beginning of the
end for the Eagles. In the second
half, Layne tossed two , more
touchdown passes while Hoern-
schemeyer flipped a 30-yard TD
aerial to end Dorne Dibble.
TEMPERS FLAILED late in the'
game largely because officials lost
track of the downs and gave the
Eagles the ball on the six-inch
line, instead of the Lions having
one more try for another six-
A crowd of 52,215, largest foot-
ball crowd at the Polo Grounds
in five years, saw the Cleveland
offensive unit go to work early
in the game and then settle down
to give the stubborn defensive
Cotton Bowl
Bi4d Accepted
By Kentucky
DALLAS, Texas-(P)-The Uni-
versity of Kentucky, with its rec-
ord-smashing passer, Vito (Babe)
Parilli, will play in the Cotton
Bowl on Jan. 1, 1952.
Kentucky, playing mighty
Tennessee in its closing game
next Saturday at Lexington, Ky.,
acepted an invitation late today
to play the champion of the
scrambled Southwest Confer-
ence in the Cotton Bowl classic.
Four southwest teams are still in
contention-Baylor, Texas Christ-
ian, Rice Institute and Texas,

platoon the responsibility of
holding the Giants.
It took Paul Brown's profession-
als 7%/ minutes to complete the
day's scoring. The '34-yard three-
pointer by Lou "The Toe" Groza
and the 65-yard screen pass play
were enough to give the Browns
their seventh victory in eight
league games.

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