SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1952
THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Michigan in Peak Condition for Showdowi
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..By Ed Whip pie
To Lead Offense
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DON'T BOTHER TO READ THIS if you aren't going to the football
game this afternoon; if you're looking for news, don't bother,
either, because this is old stuff; and you're wasting your time on this
if you don't care whether Michigan wins or not--
Because this is RAH-RAH all the way. (That should turn away
more of you, because if there's anything this campus abhors more
than lecture bans, it's RAH-RAH spirit). I don't have any particular
qualifications for preaching "SPIRIT"; but I do have the advantage
of a column in which to set forth some ideas that are not com-
pletely childish and inconsequential. It's even possible you may agree
Michigan plays Purdue in the most important game of the
season for each team. The Wolverines and their fans are fortunate
to have the showdown in their own back yard. The loser this after-
noon is out of the Rose Bowl and Big Ten title picture, as John
Jenks explains in his front-page advance of the affair.
The Boilermakers are good. They have a great passing combina-
tion in quarterback Dale Samuels and end Bernie Flowers, plus a
fearsome fullback in Max Schmaling, among other assets. You don't
lead the Big Ten after four league games without something on the
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Boilermakers High .. .
WHAT'S MORE IMPORTANT, they're coming up here dead set
on winning, and a sizeable delegation of followers is coming
along with the identical intention. The Purdues scent glory, and
they're hot after it at the expense of Michigan.
As early as. Wednesday, the Purdue campus newspaper em-
blazoned its front page with "WHIP THE WOLVERINES" in the
size of headline The Daily reserves for Haven Hall fires and inaugu-
rations of University presidents. The campus at Lafayette has been
flooded with Maize and Blue tags that read BEAT MICHIGAN."
Thursday night Purdue held a monster rally as a send-off
for the team. That Purdue has never won a football game in Ann
Arbor won't affect the invaders, except to make them more de-
You'll realize all that this afternoon. If the Wolverines don't
know it now, then Bennie Oosterbaan isn't the coach I think he is.
In spite of Purdue's prowess, Michigan has been installed a one-point
favorite by the experts. The only basis for such a rating is that the
Wolverines have the advantage of their home field with its friendly
Try Cheering Once .. .
HAT WOULD BE WHERE you come in. Tags, rallies, and advertise-
ments are so much amusement. The performance that counts be-
gins at 2:00 p.m. today. A flood of moral (vocal) support will foster
the extra spirit Oosterbaan's team is going to need to win.
The general attitude on campus this week (right in tune with the
prevalent creeping apathy that grows week by week) is, "Ah, Michi-
gan always comes through when the chips are down." Why worry?"
Sure, Wolverine football machines have acquired the reputa-
tion of winning the big ones. But they are not visited in the Golf
Clubhouse Friday nights by some Divine spirit that bestows the
power to win football games. They win with hard work, smart
play, and generous displays of fight.
If you're a senior as I am, you may be watching your last game in
the Stadium. And you may feel as I do that there's enough tradition
and symbolism wrapped up in Michigan football to want this last
home game and this last season to be a pleasant memory. If you do,
then don't be ashamed to cheer for Michigan.
There's nothing embarrassing about hollering loud for some-
thing you want, and it can bring results.
Dallas Texans Surrender
Grid Franchise to League
HE CATCHES-Purdue's foremost All-America candidate, Berniej
Flowers has pulled down 36 passes this season for 528 yards and
Cotton Bowl Invitation
Accepted by Tennessee
DALLAS -(P) -The Cotton
Bowl picked Tennessee Friday and
paved the way for a probable re-
peat of 1951awhen the Volunteers
played Texas in the Dallas New
Year's Day football game.
Gen. Bob Neyland, the Texan
Big Ten Title
CHICAGO - (P) - The tight
Big Ten football race moves into
its semi-final round today with all
eyes on the Ann Arbor, Mich.,
clash between pace-setting Pur-
due 3-0-1 and runner-up Michi-
Another conference tussle with
bearing on the title sends Wis-
consin, deadlocked for second
with Michigan also with a 3-1-0
record, against Indiana 1-3-0 at
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TWO OTHER loop contests are
more for honor than golry. De-
fending champion Illinois 2-3 is
host to Ohio State 3-2, with the
Buckeyes still nursing a feeble
hope for a title tie. A battle of the
cellar brings Iowa 1-5-0 to North-
Minnesota, still a champion-
ship possibility with a 3-1-1
record, faces a brisk non-con-
ference scrap at Nebraska.
Purdue's difficulty in handling
Minnesota's single-wing while
scraping a 14-14 tie with the Go-
phers last Saturday has made
Michigan, a fancy proponent of
the single wing, a slight favorite
over the Boilermakers.
SHOULD Michigan triumph and
Wisconsin, a 13-point favorite,
beat Indiana, the Wolverines and
Badgers would be tied for first,
each with 4-1. In next week's
closing round, Michigan is at
Ohio State, Minnesota visits Wis-
consin and Purdue is host to In-
Ohio State's invasion of Illinois
brings together two aerial aces,
Quarterbacks Tommy O'Connell
and Johnny Borton, whose sharp-
shootong has placed the Illini and
Buckeyes second and third res-
pectively in national passing.
Northwestern is a 13-point fa-
vorite over injury-plagued Iowa.
who has coached Tennessee for1
many years, quickly accepted thet
invitation to the rich Jan. 1 post-i
season contest although the Vol-c
unteers still have three games to
play. Saturday Texas, unveaten in
four straight Sodthwest Confer-f
ence games, meets Texas Christian1
at Fort Worth.
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IF TEXAS wins, it will become
host team in the Cotton Bowl al-
though it still will have one game
to go - with Texas A&M on
The Southwest Conference
champion is host team, but if;
there is a tie for the title thej
team that beat the other in reg-
ular-season play gets the spot.,
If Texas beats TCU the only
team left that could tie Texas
would be Southern Methodist,
and SMU was defeated by Tex-
Selection of Tennessee was the
earliest the visiting team in the
Cotton Bowl has ever been picked.
It was done because the Cotton
Bowl grew tired of waiting until
the last minute and finding all
the top elevens already gobbled
up by the other major bowls.
LAST WINTER the Cotton Bowl
had Kentucky, a four game loser.
All Southwest Conference teams
were polled early to see of Tennes-
see would be acceptable.
Tennessee plays Florida Sat-
urady. Then come Kentucky and
Vanderbilt. The Vols have lost
only one game-to Duke, '7 to 0
-but aren't expected to drop
Tennessee is one of the most
bowl-minded schools in the coun-
try. It has appeared in eight bowl
games already, making the rounds
-Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange
Bowl and Cotton Bowl. It has won
twice and lost six times.
THE PICTURE for the other
major bowl games is also begin-
ning to clear up. The University
of Mississippi everged Friday as
the "hottest" prospect in the na-
tion as an opponent for Georgia
Tech in the Sugar Bowl, Jan. 1,
after Maryland and Oklahoma
reported they would not be avail-
able for a performance here. ,
But a big if stood in the way-
Maryland and Mississippi tangle
in one of the prime games of the
day at Oxford Saturday after-
Only four of the diminutive
signal caller's tosses have been
intercepted, which statistically
demonstrates his pin-point ac-
Samuels' favorite target is All-
American candidate Flowers, who
has snared 36 passes for 528 yards
and seven scores. The next best
Boilermaker receiver is halfback
Rex Brock, with 11 catches to his
To keep the opponent's defense
sucked in Samuels relies on full-
back Schmaling, a 200 pound
speedster who has accumulated
490 yards to date via rushing for
a 4.33 average.
Coach Stu Holcomb will field a
tough, fast forward wall both on
offense and defense. Both lines
held up remarkably well before
the Michigan State onslaught,
which should provide a good in-
dication of their ruggedness.
The squad is in top physical
shape except for end Tom Reding-
er, who suffered a broken collar
bone in the Minnesota contest. He
will be replaced by John Kerr, a
defensive specialist who has been
moved up to the offensive pla-
The Maize and Blue are also
reported to be in peak condition.
Both Ted Kress and Dick Beison
have recovered from head injuries
and will be ready to go at full ef-
ficiency in today's match.
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan will
stand pat on the lineup which
started against Cornell last week.
This features starting backfield
composed of Ted Topor at quarter,
Kress at tailback, Frankie Howell
at wingback, and Dick Balzhiser
The defensive team's play could
be the deciding factor in the game.
Besides holding Schmaling down
CHICAGO - (P) - The State
of Iowa produced the two individ-
ual champions in yesterdays Big
Ten and Central CollegiateyCon-
ference cross-country double-
header at Washington Park.
The Big Ten title went to the
University of Iowa's Rich Fergu-
son in 19 minutes, 40.5 seconds,
HE RUNS-Max Schmaling, the Boilermakers leading ground
gainer, has amassed 490 yards this year for an average of 4.33
yards per try.
Big Ten Cross-Country
CrownRetained by MSC
For ty - nine members of the
freshman football squad have been
awarded numerals for their work
during the season.
FULLBACKS - Salvatore Di-
mucci, Chicago, Ill.; Robert Hitch-
mough, Petoskey; Earle Johnson
Jr., Muskegon Heights; John Peck-
ham, Sioux Falls, S.D., and Jack
HALFBACKS - Robert Ames,
Algonac; Gene Amari, Cleveland,
O.; Richard Basich, Delta, .;
George Corey, Baden Pa.; Larry
Cox, Dowagiac; Richard Donahue,
Grosse Pointe; John Dunn, Bir-
mingham; Thomas Hendricks, De-
troit; Charles Henwood, Wayne;
William McKinley, Norwalk, 0.;
Sidney McLouth, Marine City;
Norman Niedermeier, Newport;
Gary Prater, Ypsilanti;, Dave
Rentschler, Detroit; Robert Sriv-
er, Mishawaka, Ind., and George,
QUARTERBACKS -Louis Bal-
dacci, Akron, 0.; Gordon Barnes,
Owosso; Frederick Driver, Niagara
Falls, N.Y.; Douglas Murray, Mus-
kegon, and Dennis Whitley, Ann
ENDS - Philip Endres, Grand
Rapids; Jerry Gonser, Saline; Lee
Jones, Flint; John Kuchka, Ber-
wick, Pa.; John MacKenzie, De-
troit; Fonald Norene, Chicago, Ill,~
Richard Vorenkamp, Grand Rap-
ids; and Gerald Williams, Flint.
TACKLES-Frank Kasper, Ber-
wyn, Ill.; William Kolesar, Men-
tor, O.; Charles Krahnke, Charle-
voix; John Morrow, Jr., Ann Ar-
bor; John Sayles, Crystal Lake,
Ill.; David Schultz, Rockford;
Gary Underhill, Flint.
GUARDS-Wilbur Brown, To-
ledo, O.; James Fox, Saginaw,
Mich.; Fobert Marion, Muskegon
Heights; James McCarty, Toledo,
O.; Edgar Meades, Oxford; Pat-
rick O'Callaghan, Garden City.
CENTERS -Jerry Kirby, Day-
ton, O.; Dave Lawrence, Le-
CCC event in
Bob Soth won the
In MSC Tilt
State, top football target in the
country, was in the sights of up-
set-hungry Notre Dame yesterday.
After slapping down favored
Oklahoma last week, the revital-
ized Irish are out to do it again.
THERE'S ALSO the memory of
the bitter 35-0 defeat here last
year to spur on Frank Leahy and
The Notre Dame squad-thin
in depth by modern standards
-will travel to East Lansing by
rail just before game-time. More
than a thousand rooters will go
Coach Biggie Munn, meanwhile,
will be lying in wait on his home
grounds after two weeks of road
trips. Munn will have his full
bench-he's played up to 62 men
a game-to draw upon.
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MICHIGAN STATE retained its
Big Ten team crown, sweeping
second, fifth, sixth, seventh and
eighth places, for a 28-point total.
This far outstripped second-place
Indiana which had 49.
Iowa scored 55 points and
Wisconsin next with 90. Min-
nesota entered only two men
and did not figure in scoring,
while Illinois, Michigan, Ohio
State, Northwestern and Purdue
did not enter.
Ferguson won by 25 yards over
Michigan State's Jim Kepford.
Soth had 4 nip-and-tuck cross-
country race with Drake team-
mate, Ray McConnell, before
spurting to win by a few yards.
Their one-two effort helped Drake
dethrone Notre Dame as team
champ with a 31-point total. Sec-
ond with 47 was Marquette, fol-
lowed by Notre Dame with 48 and
Western Michigan with 103.
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PHILADELPHIA - (P) - The
National Football League yester-
day took over operation of the
Dallas, Tex., football franchise for
the rest of the 1952 season.
NFL commissioner Bert Bell
said the Texans would play the
five games remaining on its sched-
ule "on the road." Bell made his
announcement at a hearing in the
NFL office. Representatives of the
Dallas club did not appear.
THE COMMISSIONER read his
statement to Giles Miller, presi-
dent of the Dallas club, who was
on the telephone, and to the press.
Bell said the Texans were en-
route to Detroit where they
play the Lions Sunday. He said
that after the Detroit game
Dallas will go to Chicago where
the team will work out for the
Green Bay game Nov. 23. He
said the team will be berthed at
a point close to the site of each
of its remaining games.
The Texans have a game sched-
uled with the Chicago Bears Nov.
30 at Dallas. Bell said the game
will be played either on Nov. 30 or
on Thanksgiving at a site yet to
THE TEXANS are scheduled to
play the Eagles at Philadelphia
on Dec. 7 and the Detroit Lions at
Dallas Dec. 14. The site of the
last also is undetermined.
Bell said the 1953 disposition of
the Dallas franchise would have to
be taken into consideration by the
entire NFL membership at a meet-
ing, probably the annual get-to-
gether after the championship
game in late December.
. . . plays dual role
and keeping Samuels under fire,
the Wolverine defenders are ex-
pected to take advantage of ex-
pected Purdue fumbles.
The Boilermakers have bobbled
the pigskin no less than 30 times
and have recovered only four of
their fumbles. Michigan, on the
other hand, though regarded as a
loose ball-handling outfit, has lost
the ball on only 16 occasions.
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