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SUNDAY, OCTOBER "23,195#

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 1955 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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WITH PHIL DOUGLIS
Daily Sports Editor
Special To The Daily
MINNEAPOLIS, MINN.-Bennie Oosterbaan was justly proud of
his Michigan cyclone which struck savegely back yesterday afternoon
to crash a rugged Gopher band into defeat, 14-13..
The Michigan dressing room was a busy place, with overtones
of the victory not as evident as most would think. The Wolverines
had been pressed to the utmost in their quest to retain their top
national ranking-and they showed it.
Tony Branoff, the piledriving halfback who sparked most of the
Wolverine attack, summed it up well, when he said, "We just jelled
as a unit as the first half ended. We had them beaten right there."
Coach Oosterbaan was also lavish in his praise. "That last touch-
down just before the half ended was the turning point, if you want to
call it that. It helped our morale immeasurably."
Oosterbaan went on to praise the poise of Jimmy Van Pelt, who
stepped into a starring role today for the first time in his collegiate
career, and pitched Michigan to victory.
It was his two last-ditch first half passes that broke the Gopher's
hearts ... as it did to the 64,434 limp fans, who watched under grey
skies here in the Northland.
It was a big day for Tom Maentz, whose two key catches, and
tricky lateral to Ed Shannon, aided in the first Wolverine tally. His
second touchdown, catch was the clincher.
A Mighty Strong Comeback...
When the Wolverine squad returned to the field for the second
half, it was obvious that they were to remain in command. The def-
ensive line was sensational-Minnesota gaining only 44 yards rushing
the second half. The second Michigan touchdown, coming on a sus-
tained drive, from the Minnesota 48, broke the Gopher hearts for
keeps.
Murray Warmath, the downcast coach of the Gophers slumped
in his drab lockerroom cubbyhole, and moaned, "They just outplayed
us that second half. We got beat; but I was proud of my boys." The
_ disappointment in his voice was obvious. "We couldn't cope with the
Michigan single wing."
The final statistics show in a good measure why Michigan truly
deserved to win yesterday. It had over twice as many first downs, an
edge of over 40 yards in the rushing column, and tremendous edge of
eight in the pass completions.
The fighting Wolverines outgained the Gophers, 256-187, as they
gained their fifth win in a row to remain among the nation's elite.
This game was different from almost all of Michigan's others in
that they did not need to jump on breaks to win. Both touchdowns
r came on long drives of sensational football. The same must be said
of Minnesota, whose backs ran Michigan into the ground until the
Maize and Blue defensive alignment gotstraightened away.
The throngs of Minnesota fans left the stadium here limp .. .
and bitterly disappointed. They had seen their team which has suf-
fered two heartbreaking losses already this season, play vaunted
Michigan to a near standstill, only to lose out in the end by a mere
conversion.
They had seen the coveted little Brown Jug whisked away to Ann
Arbor once again-and they had seen Michigan stage a whirlwind
,' comeback that shall be talked about for many years to come.

Single Wing
Key Factor

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-AP Wirephoto Service, Courtesy of Detroit News
MINNESOTA HALFBACK Pinky McNamara (24) races around
right end for seven yards, despite a valiant effort by Michigan end
Mike Rotunno (81) to bring him down. Lionel Sigman (70),
Wolverine tackle, follows the play. McNamara's gain came in the
first of Minnesota's early touchdown drives.

(Continued from Page 1)
Twice in the final quarter, scor-
ing opportunities opened for the
Wolverines. Fleet Halfback Jim
Pace with Branoff and Fullback
Dave Hill pounded the Minnesota
line as they led the squad from
the Michigan 45 to the Gopher
eight. But a penalty for delaying
the game moved them back; and,
on the following play, VanPelt was
smothered back on the 24.
In the final three minutes,
Michigan took the ball on its own
31, but time ran out while they
were still on the 12.
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan told
reporters after the game that he
was satisfied with the play of the
team. Many of the scribes, how-
ever, were still wondering about
the slowness of the first half.
Minnesota Coach Murray War-
math, who had worked his team
into a frenzy with spirit enough to
conquer the mightiest, said that
he had expected 2/3 of Michigan's
plays to be run off the "T" for-
mation and that he was com-
pletely fooled. He thought the
Wolverines played much better
ball yesterday and that the Goph-
ers just couldn't catch them.
The Michigan squad now must
point to Iowa, beaten Friday night
and tied the week before. Michi-
gan was "up" today and must
continue to stay that way.

present a

The University of Michigan
MEN'S GLEE CLUB
and
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COMBINED CONCERT

Stanford Ties Huskies,

7-7;

Hill Auditorium

Texas Defeats Rice, 32-14

November 12th-- 8:30 P.M.

By The Associated Press
SEATTLE, Wash. - Stanford's
Indians troubled Washington all
through a sunny football afternoon
yesterday, but had to settle for a
7-7 tie that knocked Washington
out of its co-ownership of first
place in the Pacific Coast Con-
ference.
Both teams turned enemy fumb-
les into touchdowns in the open-
ing quarter and the 47,500 fans
tingled in anticipation of a free-
scoring fracas which never de-
veloped.
Fullback Bill Tarr, a Washing-
ton export from upstate Belling-
ham, slammed through the middle
to tally on Stanford's .first play.
. . -
Texas Pulls Surprise
AUSTIN, Tex. - Spurred by the
flying feet of sophomore Walter
Fondren, the Texas Longhorns
upset the fumbling Rice Owls, 32-
14, before 46,000 football fans.
Consigned to the Southwest cel-
lar in many minds after losing four
of five games, the Longhorns
roared to touchdowns in every
quarter to keep alive their title

hopes. They now have a 1-1 league
record.
Thercrushing defeat, second in a
row in Conference play for Rice,
virtually killed title chances.

College Football Scores

EAST
Colgate 7, Yale, 0
Navy 33, Penn 0
North Carolina State 34,
Villanova 13
Maryland 34, Syracuse 13
Princeton 26, Cornell 20
Army 45, Columbia 0
Dartmouth 14, Harvard 9
Holy Cross 20, Boston U. 12
West Virginia 21, Penn
State 7
MIDWEST
MICHIGAN 14, Minnesota 13
Michigan State 21, Illinois 7
Notre Dame 22, Purdue 7
Ohio State 26, Wisconsin 16
Nebraska 18, Missouri 12
Southern Methodist 33, Kan-
sas 14
Kansas State 9, Iowa State 7
Oklahoma 56, Colorado 21

SOUTH
Tulane 14, Georgia 0
Pittsburgh 26, Duke 7
Tennessee 53, Dayton 7
George Washington 16,
William & Mary 0
Auburn 52, Furman 0
Georgia Tech. 34, Florida
State 0
Mississippi 17, Arkansas 7
Mississippi State 26,
Alabama 7
SOUTHWEST
Texas 32, Rice 14
Texas A&M 19, Baylor 7
FAR WEST
Wyoming 23, Utah 13
Colorado Frosh 32, Air Force
Academy 0
Stanford 7, Washington 7
(tie)
Southern Cal. 33, California 6

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