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THURSDAY, OCTO ER 30, 1953

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE THREE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 1952 PAGE THREE

SPORTS SLANTS
..By Ed Whipple

Alpha Delis Roll
Over TKE, 27-0

POTENT PITCHER:
O'Connell's Passing Spearheads Illini

T WILL PAY not to sell Illinois short this weekend.
Even Vf they hadn't a whisker of talent (they have a good bit
more than a whisker), Coach Ray Eliot's lads would have recent
history on their bench. A blizzard Saturday is all that's needed to
make the situation identical to what it was in both 1950 and '51.
And who hasn't cursed a few snow flurries this week?
The last two seasons Michigan has headed into the Illinois clash
with three straight Conference victories. In 1950 Illinois came to Ann
Arbor, tossed a short pass through a sticky snowstorm, and left with
a 7-0 victory. That year the Wolverines squeezed through' to the Big
Ten title by beating Ohio State in the Battle of the Blizzard while
Northwestern upset the Illini.
Last November Michigan rode into Champaign fresh from a
54-27 triumph over Minnesota. Further, at that particular stage
of last season the Maize and Blue was rated FIFTEENTH in the
Associated Press poll, and that's precisely where the AP pickers
ranked the Wolverines only two days ago.
What happened in Champaign? The Wolverines fell, 7-0, along
with the snow for the second straight year. Tom O'Connell floated a
feathery pass to Rex Smith for the touchdown with only 71 seconds
left in the game. Illinois went on from there to Conference and Rose
"bowl championships. Michigan never did recover, losing its next two
games to Cornell and Northwestern.
. , *
IlBennie's N.ot Duped
COACH BENNIE OOSTERBAAN and the rest of his staff are putting
no stock in the droopy 2-3 record of the Illini, or statements like
their scout Leo Johnson made after viewing Michigan's 21-0 white-
wash of Minnesota last Saturday. Johnson mumbled something to
the effect that the Wolverines could beat any team in the Big Ten.
Instead the Michigan coaches have been trying to impress on
their charges that Illinois is always tough against the Maize and Blue.
After Big Ten losses to Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Purdue, the Illini
are as frustrated as a pack of ground moles with in-grown toe nails,
and they would like nothing better than to end their Conference win
famine with some choice chunks of Wolverine meat.
And, although Eliot definitely hasn't the team he should have
according to pre-season analyses, neither does he have an outfit
as mediocre as its 0-3 league record implies. End Coach Bill
Orwig, who scoutedIllinois for the Maize and Blue, has healthy
respect for the men from Champaign. He says the Illini possess
the potential to start clicking one of these Saturdays, perhaps
day-after-tomorrow.
The two principals in last year's defeat of Michigan-Quarter-
back O'Connell and End Smith--are operating again. They have
made the Orange and Blue aerial attack the second most potent in
the United States.
* * *
Illini Still Potent
ACCORDING TO LATEST statistics from the National Collegiate
Athletic Association, Illinois ranks second in the country in for-
ward passing offense after five games. The Illini have completed 74
tosses in 125 attempts.
The 74 completions have been good for 1059 yards, an average
of 229 yards per game.e Only Fordham has a higher yardage average
per game, and only Washington has gained more yards passing than
IinoLs. Washington has played six games. Illinois' completion per-
centage is better than 59%, best in the nation.
O'Connell himself ranks ninth in total offense among the
country's Individual leaders, and fourth in most pass completions
with 70 in 115 tosses.
Add to these figures the fact that pass defense is Michigan's
main weakness and you have the biggest reason underestimating
Illinois could prove costly for the Wolverines. Just one Conference
loss for Michigan probably would end its chances for an undisputed
Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl trip.
Those honors could be the dividends for not selling the Illini short.

By ARNOLD SARYA
Alpha Delta Phi made the in-
itial score of the game and was
never headed thereafter, as it
went on to defeat Tau Kappa Ep-
silon in the quarter-finals of I-M
football yesterday.
After the Alpha Delts completed
their scoring, they had racked up
a total of 27 pounts which was
enough to give them the game,
since Tau Kappa Epsilon was held
scoreless.
BOB CARPENTER made a long
pass to Spike Quirk on the first
play of the game. This was im-
mediately followed by a long heave
from George Hammond to Smoke
Ashbrenner in the end zone. The
extra point was made as Carpenter
tossed to Harry MacCallum.
The Alpha Delts went into the
second half with a 13-0 lead.
Their lead was increased when
MacCallum intercepted at the
midfield stripe and raced over
the goal line. Dick Noel received
a George Hammond toss for the
point-after-touchdown.
The last tally was made by
Hammond passing 35 yards to
MacCallum. The same combina-
tion netted the final point and
enabled the Alpha Delts to reah
the semi-finals of third place
playoffs.
PHI KAPPA SIGMA went into
the semi-finals as it defeated
Weather Cold,
Wolverines Hot
In Grid Drills
High spirits and low tempera-
tures marked the varsity's two
hour drill yesterday as the Mich-
igan squad pleased the coaching
staff with a sharp performance
on the dummies.
Coach Ben Oosterbaan, not
wishing to lose any key men via
the injury route, has called a halt
to mid-week scrimmages. Defen-
sive drills against the pass pat-
terns of Illinois' deadly aerial
game and sharpening of the Mich-
igan offense have been the prime
concerns of the week.
* * ,*
QUARTERBACK Ted Topor
seems fully recovered from the
pulled leg muscle which he sus-
tained in last Saturday's activity
in the stadium. The big East Chi-
cago, Indiana signal caller was
back at his old stand directing
the first string backfield in yes-
terday's workout.
Stan Knickerbocker and Don
Oldham are still on the doubt.
ful list for the coming struggle.
Knickerbocker saw some limited
action in the offensive session
and is being counted on to add
strength to the corps of pass
defenders.
All-America candidate Lowell
Perry returned to almost full ef-
fectiveness after finally getting
the best of an unusually bother-
some leg injury which has plagued
him since the beginning of the
season.

Theta Chi,
first on a1
Barton to7

7-6. Theta Chi scored
15 yard pass from Bill
Doug Hill in the first

few minutes of play.
Just before the horn ending
the game, Phi Kappa Sigma
scored on a Nathan Kanous
aerial to Bob Hobbs. The extra
point was missed, but Phi Kap-
pa Sigma went on to win in
overtime.
Sigma Nu white-washed Acacia,
7-0. Sigma Nu received the kick-
off and moved down the field on
a series of plays until it reached
the 15 yard line, from where Lar-
ry Miller tossed to Dick Dauman-
ion. The game was a see-saw af-
fair from that point.
In the only other scheduled
game at Ferry Field, Zeta Psi won
over Kappa Nu by forfeit, 1-0.

By DICK LEWIS
Out of the swirling snow storms
and 29-degree temperatures that
enveloped Memorial Stadium in
Champaign one afternoon last No-
vember, a weary-armed but de-
termined Illinois quarterback loft-
ed a last-ditch aerial.
Only 72 seconds remained when
a snow-covered end gathered in
the perfect seven-yard pass in
the Michigan end zone. That was
all the Fighting Illini needed to
deal the Wolverines a 7-0 defeat
and continue their march to the
Rose Bowl.
ON THE receiving end of the
decisive touchdown throw }was
Rex Smith, long since forgotten.
On the throwing end was one
Tommy O'Connell, Illini passing
leader last season, and Mr. Of-
fense for the Champaign eleven in
1952.

Knutson Selected by Scribes
As Best_'M' Player of Week

O'Connell was on the throwing
end of five other payoff heaves
in the Illinois run to the Roses,
as he paced his squad to a 9-0-1
overall slate.
The 5-11 All-Stater from Chi-
cago overcame an early season
knee injury, which forced him
out of the campaign's opening
encounter, to complete 62 of 120
tosses for 692 yards.
* * *
AFTER sitting on the bench
for three periods in Illinois sec-
ond game of 1951, O'Connell en-
tered late in the scrap with his
trick right knee heavily taped.
He then proceeded to com-
plete six straight passes, the
last a 12-yard heave for a
game-winning touchdown. From
that moment on O'Connell was
as hard to stop as a hot-rod
driver going through an amber
light.
Came 1952 and things were not
looking so bright for Coach Ray
Eliot and his charges. All-Ameri-
can halfback Johnny Karras had
graduated, fullback Bill Tate was
sidelined, and half of a top-notch
offensive line was long since de-
parted.
SO TOSSING Tommy took over
the brunt of the Illinois attack
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and is on his way to smashing
three Big Ten passing marks.
Playing in five contests for
the cellar-dwelling Orange and
Blue, O'Connell has found the
range on no less than 67 of 108
pitches for a sky-high total of
907 yards and eight TDs. His
passing yardage is twice the
amount gained by all Illinois
ball carriers.
In addition, O'Connell's amaz-
in 62 per cent completion total
paces him fourth among the na-
tion's passers and ninth among
the total offense leaders.
O'CONNELL began his final
varsity year by hitting on 11 of
16 for 191 yards and one touch-
down against Iowa State. He fol-
lowed with 14 of 17 for 262 yards
and four touchdowns in a victory
over Washington.
The 22-year-old signal caller
connected with 18 of 24 for 212
yards against highly-rated Pur-
due last Saturday.
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan re-
gards O'Connell as the number
one prospective saboteur of Mich-
igan's Rose Bowl chances.
He says its'going to take more
than another snowstorm to stop
the brilliant Illinois aerial artist.

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By BOB MARGOLIN
Gene Knutson, " named Player
of the Week by press box scribes
for his outstanding work in Mich-
igan's 21-0 triumph over Minne-
sota last Saturday, has been one
of the key men in a stalwart; line
all season.
As defensive right end he poses
a constant threat to any team's
offense. Quarterbacks have learn-
ed that a run around left end is
almost futile.
Furthermore, he continually
harrasses the passer and can be
counted on to nail a backfield man
for a loss several times during a
football afternoon.
* * *
HE ILLUSTRATED this vividly
Saturday afternoon when he spent
almost as much time in the Min-
nesota backfield as Gopher half-
back Paul Giel, who, incidentally
was named outstanding Minnesota
player by the sportswriters.
With Captain Merritt (Tim)
Green holding down the other
defensive end, Knutson helps
give Michigan the best flank
protection in the Big Ten.
llicliigan Tops
Grid Statistics
CHICAGO - (/P) - Michigan's
Wolverines, co-leader with Purdue
in the Big Ten football race, ruled
"the best in the west" statistically.
The Wolverines, unbeaten in
conference starts against Indiana,
Northwestern and Minnesota, lead
the league in both offense with an
average of 19.3 first downs per
game and 5.37 yards per play and
defense with a yield of only 3.82
yards per rival play.
Official conference statistics
showed Purdue, winner over Ohio
State, Iowa and Illinois, third on
offense and fourth on defense but
tops in scoring with a 34-point
average per game.
Ranking is based on compara-
tive grading on points, yards gain-
ed and first downs.

The big junior-he weighs 210
pounds and stands 6' 4"-won the
Meyer W. MortonpAward as the
most improved player in 1952
spring practice, an honor that
went to Green the year before,
PAUL GIEL, despite the fact
that he was held to only 100 yards
total offense by the Wolverine de-
fensive unit, was easily the best
performer for the Minnesota com-
bine.
He was the big gun in a third
quarter Gopher drive that end-
ed just one yard away from pay-
dirt. On another play Giel hit
end Bob Rutford with a pass in
the end zone, but a holding
penalty nullified the touchdown.

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