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November 01, 1955 - Image 3

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Williams Downs Gomberg in Iootba


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Daily Sports Editor
MICHIGAN IS in the Big Ten race for keeps!
This became quite obvious last Saturday as Michigan demolished
Iowa with a hair-raising 33-21 rally to the delight of 72,096 home-
coming fans.
Only three games stand between Michigan and the Big Ten title
and a post season berth in a well-known gridiron classic. With last
Saturday's cards of emotional traumas in the record books, only
Michigan State remains as a contender outside of Ohio State and
Michigan. The race is down to the wire now--and if Saturday's
Iowa game is any criteria, Michigan SHOULD win it all, hands down.
Saturday was the first time this season that Michigan's great
ends Ron Kramer and Tom Maentz played together,-and the result
spelled a finis4 to Iowa's upset dreams.
It is hard enough to bottle up
the efforts of one great end, but
when you have to worry about
two, you split your defenses wide
open. It can be done with only
the utmost of difficulty-and only
by leaving yourself vulnerable to a
running attack.
This is the advantage that Mich-
igan carries into its final trio of
games. But more on that later.
Let's take a little closer look at
last Saturday's game first.
1 >;Virtually overlooked in the
hoopla and hollering after the
drama of the ages had run its
course, was the tremendous re-
surgence of the Michigan line dur-
ing the second half.
The rugged behemoths who an-
chor the Wolverines both defen-
sively and offensively outdid them-
selves - and proved their savvy
when they held the Iowa attack
on the Michigan 28 yard line late
in the game, thereby holding the
Hawks to a one point lead and
setting the stage for a comeback
that will be talked of for years.
Jim Orwig had 12 fine tackles
Tom Maentz, star Michigan right to his credit; Dick Hill was as
end, scoring the big touchdown immovable as his running mate;
that put the Wolverines ahead in Jim Bates knocked down two des-
that put t g e with Iowa's peration Iowa passes in a row;
Sawkeyes g The score came on a Jerry Goebel "was a vicious tackler,
long pass from quarterback Jim Al Sigman and Ed Meads did yoe-
Maddock, and put Michigan ahead man duty as usual, and a horde of
to stay, 27-21. reserves also proved solid in the
moments of trial.
And Statistics Show ...
THE STATISTICS also show some remarkable Michigan perform-
ances. Tony Branoff rushed 62 yards, Jim Maddock passed for
162, Maentz' pass catching yardage was a phenominal 169 total,
while the resurgent Kramer totaled 79 yards in receptions.
The Michigan passing attack showed 11 cpmpletions in 21 attempts
for a crushing total of 289 yards.
But the big statistic was still the one that flashed so dramatically
Saturday under the grey skies of Ann Arbor-Michigan 33, Iowa 21.
Life is not a pleasant one for those who rule the roost, for one
always finds scheming usurpers-determined to knock off the kingpin.
The newest in this long line of antagonists will be the Unversity of
Illinois, who this Saturday afternoon will throw everything they
can at Michigan in a desperate attempt to make up for their own
disastrous season.
The Wolverines will find the fastest backfield in the nation
staring them in the face-Mickey Bates, Abe Woodson, and Harry
They will find a team which is playing before a Dad's Day crowd
in its own Stadium-"the house that Grange Built." For Michigan it
is a house of doom . . . the last time it has won in Champaign was
back in 1949.
Favored Again. . .
BUT THE Wolverines will still be favorites to dump the Eliotmen-
and with Iramer and Maentz sprinting into the Illini secondary
all day, who is going to argue?
Upset minded Indiana follows-and the 13-9 beating Michigan
took last year is another old score the Wolverines have to settle.
Michigan, by all expectations, should squeak through unscathed these
next two weeks-and then comes the fierce battle, probably for the
Big Ten title, with Ohio State. You can flip a coin on that one.
The picture is promising. The prospects are good. The only
blemish is the shadow of Old Dame Upset which looms in the back-
ground every time a football is agitated.
If the team with the lands best ends, a crew of break-away backs,
a host of passers, and a strong line can ward off this old girl for just
three more Saturday's, Michigan will have its first gridiron champion
since 1950.

Cage Squad To Open Practice

Anderson, Lloyd Also Enter Playoffs

The axe has fallen.
Williams House upset mighty
Gomberg, 13-2, to gain an all im-
portant first place playoff spot in
residence hall football competi-
tion at South Ferry Field.
Gomberg is now automatically
out of the title picture. Williams,
Taylor, Anderson and Lloyd are
the only contenders left for top
honors as all are undefeated in
league play. Playoffs will begin

next Monday and pairing will be
made this week.
Both Williams and Gomberg had
clean slates going into yesterday's
battle, carrying 3-0 records. It
was the brilliant running and pass-
ing of Jack Lewis which aided
Williams in upsetting the apple-
cart. With this victory, the Blues
are a strong favorite to win their
first championship since 1949.
This is the first time in five
years that Gomberg has been un-


able to cross the opponents goal
line via a touchdown.
Lewis was the big thorn in Gom-
berg's side as he starred on both
defense and offense. He scored
in the first period on a dazzling
45 yard run through the entire
Gomberg defense. Later he ripped
off 12 more yards to end the
"They Deserved To Win"
After the game a Gomberg man
said, "The Williams men were the
better club today as they out-
charged us and had a lot more
spirit than we did. They deserved
to win."
In other games, Wenley led by
Phil Oleg's two touchdowns nipp-
ed Cooley 13-12. Wenley took an
early lead on Garnett Higger-
man's catch of Bill Mueller's aerial
for the conversion.
Last year's champion, Lloyd,
looked unimpressive in handing
Huber its fourth straight defeat,
19-0. Huber displayed fine defen-
sive play as they broke up many
scoring possibilities for Lloyd.
Huber has yet to score this year.
Anderson Wins
Anderson, continued its win-
ning streak by downing Scott 13-
2 in a tight defensive battle. The
winner is now eligible to compete
in the first place playoffs as they
posted their fourth straight win,
against Scott's fourth loss.
Mike Derry intercepted a pass
and raced 30 yards for the TD to
give Reeves a 7-0 decision over
Greene slid, by Winchell 14-7
behind the hard running of Wade
Hargadou who tallied in the first
minutes of play.
Allen-Rumsey beat Van Tyne
6-0 in an overtime when Frank
Dasse pitched 50 yards to Clare
Hayden and Adams fought to a
scoreless tie in regular game time.
But through overtime rules, Hay-
den won 1-0.


LIONEL "AL" SIGMAN'S fine defensive play has given the Wol-
verines many of their big breaks in their current struggle for the
Western Conference title.

By JIM BENAGH less is known of his sacrifices and studies in the School of Education.
Poise and confidence stood out work to gain a first-string berth He plans to be a coach.
brilliantly Saturday as Michigan on the heralded Wolverine team. Assistant Line Coach Bob Hollo-
came from behind to defeat Iowa. It was Lionel "Al" Sigman who way, to whom Sigman gives credit
Where did this poise and confi- broke through Army's line and for teaching him the unfamiliar
dence come from? Was it just threw his 215 pounds on a Cadet was put on the line because "our
acquired in the Iowa game? Or fumble to start Michigan to' a staff is always looking for a
was it left over from the Minnesota much-sought triumph. And he fighter."
game, started the Maize and Blue to a
The answer, according to a big win over Northwestern the next Holloway adds, Al deserves a
crew-cut blond haired tackle of week by pouncing on a fumble on lotheit.end JimtOraie
the Michigan team, Al Sigman, the 'Cats' 14 yard line, are the first menout to practice
was hatthe olvrins ha itallevery night. He's an inherent
was that the Wolverines had it all New to Line fighter, very coachable and a very
season. Al Sigman is one of the
fine examples of those two fine Sigman was handicapped right conscientious worker."
qualities e from the start. First and mainly, Sigman is the kind of person
he had never played a game on who plays only because he loves
"All We Had" the line in hid long gridiron the game. "We don't look ahead
Speaking sincerely, the broad- career before the season opener for games," he says, "we take them
shouldered giant had remarked last against Missouri. one at a time."
week, "I wasn't worried at all in He was regular fullback, offen-
the Minnesota game. I've confi- sive and defensive, for three years "KEEP A-HEAD
dence in these guys. We absorbed at Detroit Redford Union High "KEEP OAHEA
what theyhhad to offer, then we School, for two years at Michigan OF YOUR BAR"
gave them all we had." Normal College, for two years for Try our
An unsung hero in the Iowa the El Toro (California) Marines # Workmanship
thriller, Sigman offered great pro- and for a year with the Michigan * personnel
tection from his tackle position for freshman team (while sitting out 0 ervice
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Michigan's basketball squad be-
gins practice this afternoon.
Head coach Bill Perigo reports
that 'seven lettermen will be back
for the oncoming season, including

guard Jim Barron who missed
most of last season after incurring
a knee injury.
The Wolverine's first game is at
Pittsburgh, December 3.

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Rice a
less th
of a

saw a Ghost . . a Galloping Ghost," wrote Grantland
s darkness settled over Illinois' Memorial Stadium on
er 18, 1924. For Rice had just watched Red Grange in
han 12 minutes of play, put Illinois ahead with touch-
runs of 90, 75, 56, and 48 yards.
:higan was beaten although she did score 14 points,
ne knew Michigan was beaten-everyone but Captain
Never once did he cease fighting,
neone took a picture of Steger-eyes blazing like those.
mad bull-as he charged into the Illini in the final
. And in that moment of utter defeat was born a
which would stand the Maize and Blue in great stead
ph rosier days the future was bound to bring.
ght Like Steger" became a Michigan tradition just as
and Rice's "Galloping Ghost" grew into the all-time
nark of the immortal Red Grange.



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