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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1952

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE THREI

PhiDelts, Sammies Win Football Duels I

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SPORTS SLANTS

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. By Ed Whipple

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THERE'SAN UNWRITTEN baseball axiom that talking about a no-
hit game in-the-making jinxes the effort. Here's hoping the
same doesn't hold for football, because the Rose Bowl picture has
taken on a distinct Maize and Blue hue, and a lot of fans have taken
to discussing Michigan's chances for a trip to Pasadena.
All the Wolverines need is a perfect effort-four victories in
four remaining Big Ten games. Admittedly, that's a hulking big
"ALL," but it's nothing compared to two weeks ago. Then it didn't
seem to matter what any other Big Ten teams did, because Wiscon-
sin had just polished off Illinois, and the Badgers were a cinch to
go unbeaten (or so most experts figured).
But a few predictors looked good when Ohio State, smartiig
from a shellacking by Purdue, rose up to smite Wisconsin, 23-14.
Meanwhile, Michigan was rolling over Indiana and Northwestern
to grab the driver's seat for the Big Ten title chase. How long
Bennie Oosterbaan's team will stay there remains to be seen.
At the moment the schedule gives the Wolverines the upper hand.
Only two other teams, Minnesota and Purdue, are unbeaten in
{ Conference play. Wisconsin and Ohio State have one League loss
apiece. Hence, if Michigan defeats Minnesota, Illinois, Purdue and
Ohio State, nothing can keep the Wolverines from the Rose Bowl
as undisputed Conference champions. (Michigan is eligible again
this season because the new bowl pact signed with the Pacific Coast
Conference last year specifies a school may return every two years.
Michigan represented the Conference in the 1951 game.)
Purdue Has It Rugged...
THAT MAY SEEM a rugged row to hoe, but how about Purdue
and Minnesota? Michigan gets Purdue after Illinois, Michigan State,
and Minnesota (in that order) have finished with the Boilermarkers.
The Wolverines, by contrast, have two tough ones in Min-
nesota (this week) and Illinois followed by weak Cornell. Then
come Purdue and Ohio State. The Buckeyes tangle with Illinois
the Saturday before Michigan invades Columbus.
Minnesota, after handing Illinois its second Big Ten loss last
week, must play Michigan and follow with games against Iowa, Pur-
due, Nebraska, and Wisconsin. Here are the remaining schedules of
the three teams undefeated in Conference play, plus Wisconsin: (sea-
son records in parentheses)

Playoff Goes
To Phi Delts
In Overtime
Wertheimer Passes
SAM to 14-6 Win
By DON GOOD
Gil Sabuco's touchdown pass to
Don MacClaren in the last of four
overtime plays gave Phi Delta
Theta a 12-6 storybook win over
Pi Lamba Phi to keep the Phi Delts
in the race for the IM Football
crown.
The Phi Delts were trailing 6-0
in the last minute of regulation
play when Sabuco threw a 25 yard
touchdown pass to MacClaren
who made a sensationalaone-hand-
ed catch to tie the score 6-6.
AFTER the Phi Delts missed
their try for the extra point, the
game went into overtime and with
the Pi Lams holding a three yard
advantage going into the last play,
Sabuco dropped back and fired a
30-yard pass for the winning score.
The Pi Lams' lone score came
midway in the second half when
Jerry Rovner swept around end
for five yards on fourth down.
Rovner led the Pi Lams on a 50
yard sustained drive with his
running and pin-point passing
before going over for the score.
In the other first place playoff
game played yesterday, Sigma Al-
pha Mu defeated Alpha Sigma Phi
14-6. Warren Wertheimer sparked
the Sammies with his southpaw
passing, hitting Marc Jacobson
and Mort Friedmanrfor touch-
downs and also passing for two
extra points.
THE ALPHA SIGS scored their
lone touchdown in the opening
minutes of the game on a 10 yard
pass from Dave Wei el to Al Mil-
ler.
In the second place playoffs,
SAE blanked Theta Xi 26-0 and
Chi ,Psi whitewashed Tau Delta
Phi 19-0. Tony Corneliuson scored
two touchdowns and John Taylor
and Dick Young each scored one
to account for SAE's points. Ron
Foulds tossed three touchdown
passes to Pete Banzhof in pacing
Chi Psi to victory.
In other IM games, Phi Kap-
pa Psi defeated Phi Kappa Tau
19-0, Theta Delta Chi edged Delta
Chi in overtime 1-0 and Delta
Kappa Epsilon forfeited to Kappa
Nu.

GOPHER GREAT:
Giel Provides Minnesota Triple-Threat

By DICK LEWIS
A win-thirsty 185-pound foot-
ball player, out to quaff the parch-
ed throats of a flock of hungry
Gophersand an even hungrier
flock of alumni, will reach both
of his talented hands for some
aged, ten-year-old brew Saturday.
That's the day when Minnesota
duels Michigan for the coveted
Little Brown Jug, a football tra-
dition that has been lacking in
the Ski-U-Mah trophy room since
way back in 1942.
And the player thirsting to take
the biggest swig out of the time-
honored Jug is triple-threat half-
Top Back
Ted Kress, 20-year-old
Michigan junior who blasted his
way to a new Big Ten rushing
record Saturday, was named
Back of the Week yesterday by
the Associated Press in a poll
of sports writers and sports
casters.
back Paul Giel, the record-setting-
est gridder in the Gopher record
book.'
Wolverine faithful remember
the 5-11 Winona, Minnesota jun-
ior as the one-man gang who
chalked up 281 yards of total of-
fense against the Maize and Blue
in Ann Arbor last fall.
That was Giel's greatest offen-
sive splurge in nine games which
saw him establish an all-time
Gopher record of 1,473 yards pick-
ed up through rushing and pass-
ing.
Included in his massive total
were 185 yards rushing, for an
87.2 average per game, and 688
yards through the air lanes, good
enough for a 76.4 average per con-
test.
In six conference outings, the
phenomenal sophomore rushed for
651 yards and passed for 428 more
to run his total to 1,079 yards and
a new Big Ten standard. Giel's
180-yard total average offense per
league encounter gave him an-
other Western Conference mark.
Giel ranked 15th in the nation
in total net offense and estab-
NHL HOCKEY RESULTS
Toronto 5, Detroit 4
New York 3, Boston 3

lished eight school records in the
process.
Over the nine-game Minnesota
schedule, Giel tallied 38 markers,
passed 124 times (a school record)
with 57 completions (a school rec-
ord) for 688 yards (another school
record) and three six-pointers, and
received 12 passes for 134 yards
and a TD.
Although hampered by a leg
injury this season, Minnesota's
first all-conference halfback since
Bruce Smithin 1941 has taken up
right where he left off in his first
record-breaking campaign.
While the Gophers have split
even in four tough clashes, Giel
has carried the pigskin 90 times
for 306 yards, one touchdown and
a 3.4 average. He has found the
range on 14 of 36 aerials for 193
yards and three scores, and has
received one toss himself for a
15-yard gain.
All these figures put Giel only
23 yards behind his running-pass-
ing net for the first four games
of the 1951 season.
Giel's punting, however, has
been way off this year, The Wi-
nona wonder has booted the ball
17 times for a slim 469 yards, an
average of 27.5 per kick.
Statistics tell only part of the
story of Giel's value to the Min-
nesota team this fall. After the

Gopher attack failed in losses to
Washington and California, Coach
Wes Fesler assigned his versatile
ace the signal-calling duties from
the tailback spot.
Since that time, the Minneapolis
eleven has scored two consecutive
upset victories over Big Ten op-
position to move into a triple-tie
for the league lead.
With Giel again at the helm
Saturday, there's no telling what
kind of offensive outburst to ex-
pect. One thing for certain though
is that the golden Gopher wants
to get his hands on the Jug and
gulp its sweet-tasting contents.
The fraternity cross country
run starts at 4:30 p.m. today
(Thurs.) Contestants are to re-
port at the Golf Clubhouse at
that time.
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MICHIGAN (2-2)
Oct. 25-Minnesota
Nov. 1-Illinois a
Nov. 8-Cornell (ne)
Nov. 15-Purdue
Nov. 22-at Ohio State
WISCONSIN (3-1)
Oct. 25-UCLA (nc)
Nov. 1-at Rice (nc)
Nov. 8-Northwestern
Nov. 15-at Indiana
Nov. 22--at Minnesota
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'"All or Nothing. .

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at MICHIGAN
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LOOKS PRETTY GOOD, you say? Right now it does, but just one
measly loss could send everything down the drain as far as the
Rose Bowl is concerned. It's all or nothing. One loss for Michigan and
a 5-1 Conference record would probably mean a tie with Wisconsin
and others for the lead. In which case the Big Ten would vote on a
bowl representative. The vote would probably go to Wisconsin for
the best looking season record. And two defeats would mean virtual
extinction for the Wolverines.
However, much has happened in the Big Ten race already,
and a lot more is scheduled to happen. Picking the games week-
by-week is risky, so conjecture like the foregoing is downright
foolish. Besides, there's always the jinx.
Such is the attitude around Ferry Field, where no one so much
as mentions "Rose Bowl." The Wolverines will be playing 'em one
at a time.
But you can't help figuring what could happen if Ted Kress quits
fumbling and keeps on gaining yardage; and Lowell Perry continues
to snare passes; and the line gives some more performances like at
Northwestern; and the pass defense stiffens a bit.
The Rose Bowl picture might keep that Maize and Blue hue
right through January 1.
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Potent for Scrimmages

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The Michigan Wolverines, riding
easily on the crest of a two-game
Western Conference winning
streak, ran through a spirited drill
yesterday as they readied them-
selves for the annual clash with
Minnesota.
Traditionally big and rugged,
the Gophers also claim the Con-
ference's 1951 leader in total of-
fense, Paul Giel. A major part of
yesterday's practice session was
devoted to devising a plan for
stopping the vaunted Minnesota
halfback.
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WORKING against
squad using Minnesota;
varsity looked sharp
fense, with few plays
appreciable gains.

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yardage on the ground. Balzhiser,
who got rave notices as a fresh-
man two years ago, began show-
ing sparks of brilliance in prac-
tice last week and came through
in emphatic fashion against
Northwestern.
* . *
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Bob Hurley sustained a back in-
jury early in the game and made
the most of it by gaining 72 yards
in 12 tries. Dick is also quite a
good left-handed passer -which
gives Michigan the distinction of
being probably the only college
team in the nation that consist-
ently fields three southpaw throw-
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Ted Topor and Tony Branoff
also throw left-handed. It ap-
pears that Branoff will again
share the wingback spot with
the speedy Frankie Howell. How-
ell still has his recalcitrant right
leg heavily strapped but he will
be ready to start against the
Gophers in Saturday's game for
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