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PAGE SIX

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 1953

Spartan Depth, Experience
Beats Good Michigan Eleven

HOUSTON BURIES BAYLOR:
Vann Stars As Army Topples Favored Quakers

By IVAN N. KAYE
Daily Sports Editor
Special to Th. Daily
EAST LANSING - Michigan in
defeat played its best football of
the season here at Macklin Field
yesterday.
The Wolverines were up against
one of the great teams of the sea-
son in Michigan State's Spartans.
Biggie Munn's team is loaded with
experienced personnel and has.
great depth at every position.
WE DOUBT very much if the
Spartans felt the loss of Billy
Wells very much, what with the
excellent job that was turned in
by his replacement Bert Zagers.
Zagers threw for the all-im-
portant second touchdown. It
was the first college pass he had
ever attempted, and it proved
very important in the final an-
lysis.
Michigan's defense, which had
looked so helpless at times in the
Illinois game a week ago, ivas a
tower of strength yesterday. Le-
Roy Bolden was contained much
Well Stated
MICHIGAN
LE-Topp, Stanford, Dutter
LT-Strozewski, Walker, Bennett
LG-Dugger, R. Williams
C-Morrow, O'Shaughnessy
RG-Beison, Cachey
RT-Balog, Geyer
RE-Knutson, Veselenak, G. Wil-
liams
GB-Jaldacci, McDonald, Kenaga
LH-Kress, Cline
RH--Branoff,. Hickey
FB-Balzhiser, Hurley, Baer
MICHIGAN STATE
LE-Quinlan, Lewis, Duckett, Pos-
tula
LT-Jebb, Nystrom, Frank
LG-Hallmark, Hollern, Schiess-
wohl
C-Neal, Badaczewski, Rody'
RG-Bulough, Masters
RT-Fowler, Dotsch
RE-Dohoney, Kauth
QB-Yewcic, Morrall, Matsock
LH-Bolden, Ellis
RH-Zagers, Buggs, Lekenta
FB-Slonac, Planutis
SCORE BY PERIODS
MICHIGAN......0 0 0 6- 6
MSC.............0 7 7 0-14
Michigan scoring: Touchdown,
Baldacci.
MSC scoring: Touchdowns, Ellis,
Duckett. Conversions, Slonac 2.

stop Illinois' rushers short of
the goal line The Illinois quart-
erback waited for fourth down
and then simply floated a pass
over the line to an end who was
waiting all alone in the end
zone. Michigan lost that day too.
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan, look-
ing very tired himself, paid tribute
to Michigan State in the locker
room after the game. "They're a
wonderfully coached team with
plenty of -poise," he said. He add-
ed that he was very proud of his
team.
** *
SEVERAL of the Wolverines
were suffering from minor in-
juries incurred in the game. Tony
Branoff has a sore neck and shoul-
der. Fullback Dick Balzhiser ag-
gravated his injured shoulder ear-
ly in the game, and Gene Knutson
and Ron Williams were recoved
from the game with leg injuries.
It is expected that all will be ready
for the Ohio State game next week.
We noted that this was Mich-
igan's third defeat in as many
away games. The white jerseys
seem to be jinxing the Wolver-
ines. This Saturday the team will
return to its traditional Maize
and Blue, while Ohio State will
wear the white uniform of the
visiting team.
In the final analysis yesterday's
game, witnessed by millions across
the nation, was a well-played con-
test between two old rivals, and
was typical of midwestern football
at its best. We are in complete
agreement with Coach Oosterbaan
that Michigan did itself proud
with a fine performance. The
Spartans, unfortunately were just
a little better.
West Virginia
Winning Skein
Ended, 20-14
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - )
-Quarterback Johnny Gramling
scored twice and passed for a third
touchdown yesterday to lead
South Carolina to a 20-14 victory,
blasting West Virginia's hopes for
a bowl bid and snapping the na-
tion's longest winning streak at
13.
The Gamecocks put on a display
of ground power which outshone
the West Virginians' much-publi-
cized game which had seen it
through victories over Pitt and
Penn State earlier in the season.
The game was played before
31,000 fans, most of whom had
come with the hope of seeingĀ°
West Virginia gain a bid for one
of the major bowls.
But South Carolina squelched
the hope in a thrilling contest,
marred by two crucial Mountain-
eer fumbles which set up two
scores.
West Virginia flexed its muscles
after taking the opening kickoff
and working the ball from its 27
to the South Carolina 7. But there
Joe Marconi, on a pitchout from
Freddy Wyant, let the ball squirt
out of his hands and Blackie Kin-
caid fell on the ball. for SC's first
big break.

PHILADELPHIA - (P) - Quar-
terback Pete Vann passed Army to
the top of the eastern football
rankings yesterday with a 21-14
victory over Pennsylvania, which
had been favored by one touch-
down.
With the score tied 14-14 in the
final period. Army took a Penn
kickoff and moved 75 yards in 10;
plays for the deciding touchdown,
Vann passing twice for big chunks
of yardage.
* * *
HE HIT Tom Bell for a 19-yard
advance to Penn's 45, and two
plays later found the same target
for a 27 yard gain to the 15. At
that point the Cadet running at-
tack took over and Pat Uebel went
the final nine yards on an off
tackle slant.
Joe Varaitis scored both the
Penn touchdowns. Army's first
touchdown came after recover-
ing a fumble on the Penn 20 and
the second was made by Uebel
after a 48 yard march.

hand of Vann coupled with his
sharpshooting were too much for
the Quakers. Penn had trouble,I
too, with fumbles and intercepted
passes at critical moments.
* * *
Penn came from behind twice
in the game to tie the score, the
second time on a 63 yard drive
at the end of the third period,
and covered the distance in 10
plays, with Varaitis scoring in
10 plays, with Varaitis scoring
from the two in the last quar-
ter.

Army cashed a break for the
first score of the game as Norm
Stephen dropped a punt fumbled
by Ken Smith on Penn's 20. From
there it took the Cadets, with
Jerry Lodge carrying the load,;
just seven plays to score. Lodge
took the ball on six of them and.
went the last three yards.
* * *
HOUSTON 37, BAYLOR 7
WACO, Tex. - R) - Underdog
University of Houston, shooting
for a prestige victory, got it with
a brusing 37-7 victory over Bay-
lor's 9th ranked Bears yesterday.

The thrice-beaten MissouriVal-
ley team scored the first two times
it got the ball and a hard charg-
ing* line that chewed Baylor's for-
ward wall to bits insured the upset
over the Southwest Conference
team.
There was never much doubt
that Baylor, flat as the Texas
prairie, after its undefeated rec-
ord was ruined by a single point
last week by Texas, was going to
lose. The only thing the sparse
crowd of 15,000 didn't know was
the final score.

-Daily-Chuck Kelsey
WHOA, NELLIE-Michigan's Lou Baldacci stopping MSC's Bert

Zagers after short' gain in fou

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h quarter action. 9 Army's line and the slight-of-
hwarted In Upset Bid, 14-
that ensued, Baldacci let the Dohoney was there again, this
ball squirt off to the left of the time getting Baldacci for an eight
uprights and Michigan trailed yard loss.

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couldn't quite get to it, but Spar-
tan Bert Zagers did and MSC
had possession on its own 34.
' * * *
BOLDEN, Slonac and Zagers
then alternated in hitting the
Michigan line and they moved up
the field in steady spurts of three,
four and five yards. MSC collect-
ed five first, downs on the drive
and had the ball with goal to go
on the Michigan four when Wol-
verine tackle Jim Baog sprang
through the State line to drop
Slonac for a five yard loss.
It looked for a moment as if
the Spartans would stall-espe-
cially when Bolden only brought
the ball back to the four with
one down remaining. But Zag-
ers rose to the occasion with the
first forward pass in his colleg-
iate career, a left-handed spiral
that Ellis Duckett snared all by
himself in paydirt. Slonac's kick
made it 14-6 with 12 minutes
and 37 seconds gone in the third
period.
Michigan stalled in its drive
after receiving the ensuing kick-
off and Baldacci was forced to kick
from his own 37. He cut loose with
a good one and the flashy Ellis
grabbed it on the seven and danc-
ed back into his own end zone.
* * *
THE SWIFT Spartan proved a
little too fancy for his own good,
and he fumbled on the five with
Wolverine guard Dick Beison re-
covering the ball in the shadow
of State's goalposts on the four.
From there it only took Mich-
igan three plays to score. Bob
Hurley hit the line for three
yards in two bucks and Baldacci
tallied on a one-yard plunge. In
the all-important placement

14-6.

Actually, the scoring ended!
there-but not before the Wol-
verines let a golden scoring oppor-
tunity go by the boards. The fum-
ble shook the Spartans and after
Bob Topp kicked off to Bert Zag-
ers and the State half returned
the ball to the 27, Munn's club
seemed to disintegrate.
* -
ON THE FIRST play from
scrimmage, Morrall fumbled and
lost 13 yards. Then Morrall pass-
ed to Planutis, who in turn fum-
bled but recovered himself.
If this wasn't enough, Mor-
rall went to the air once again
but this time Topp was there
where Morrall figured Dohoney
should have been and the end
intercepted on the State 35 and
lateralled off to Dan Cline, the
safety man who carried it down
to the MSC 24.
Cline, operating out of the tail-
back spot on offense seemed super-
charged. He got five yards on two
plunges and then hit Baldacci
with a jump-pass for a first down
on the four.
Michigan was in a good spot-
it was still early in the fourth
quarter and it had a first and
goal to go, while only trailing by
eight points. On the next play
Hurley cut the distance to the
goal line in half with a buck to
the two.
But then, srangely enough, Ed
Hickey was sent wide-Don Do-
honey, State's great captain was
there and Hickey lost four yards.
Still, it was only third and six-
but Michigan chose to pass, and

By this time it was fourth and
fourteen and the only alternative
was a desperation pass. Cline tried
it, but a beVy of Spartan defend-
ers was there and the ball went
over. State took possessionl and
kept to the ground-effectively
running out the clock.

STATISTICS
Michigan
First DgWns.............12 1
Rushing Yardage.......80 1
Passing Yardage ....... 78 2
Passes Attempted.......14
Passes Completed ...... 7
Passes Intercepted by .. 1
Punts3...................3
Punting Average ..... 52 4
Fumbles Lost . . I
Yards Penalized......... 5A

MSC
16
194
22
13
4
2
' S
41
2
70

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better than was J. C. Caroline of
Illinois. When Michigan was final-
ly forced to give. ground it was
done so grudgingly as the great
number of plays needed for the
Spartan touchdowns indicates.
. * *
MICHIGAN STATE took clever
advantage on both touchdown
marches of the tightened Michigan
defense. Just when it looked as
though the Wolverines might stop
the State runners short of the
goal, the Spartans took to the air
to strike for touchdowns.
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Ann Arbor several years back
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