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b. A

fOnthe Spot ...
Associate Sports Editor

ONE OFTEN marvels at the momentum built up within a football
squad before its "biggest" game of the season.
For Illinois, the defeat of Michigan was the high point in an
otherwise disheartening season. For an entire week, Illini Coach Ray
Elliot had been building his squad up for the big one. To beat Michi-
gan, the Illini had to be up for the game.
Last Thursday, Elliot took his squad to Allerton Park Farm, near
Monticello, Illinois, for the usual seclusion before the game. (Note:
they left Thursday.) For two days, one of the Illinois players told us,
Elliott constantly lectured to his players, building them up. On Friday,
Doug Mills, Illini Athletic Director, who seldom speaks to the squad
before a game, came to the farm for the purpose of speaking to the
Illini players. By 11:00 Saturday morning, the same player told us,
the Orange and Blue were ready to go but on the field and pound the
Maize and Blue into the turf. They were really fired up.-
Far be it from us to make excuses for Michigan's loss, but we have
a hunch that the spark behind the Illini had something to do with
it. We feel that after the Wolverines put on such a great show of
might against Iowa the previous week, they were not in top mental
shape to meet the type of spirit that Illinois showed.
To give you an idea of how the team members felt, we had the
opportunity to see a great deal of Harry Jefferson, the starting left
halfback. Arriving in Champaign, Friday, we found a note from "Jeff"
waiting for us. In closing he signed it, "the conqueror of Michigan,
Harry." How right he was! They ran all over us, from beginning to
end. -
Still a Chance...
ALTHOUGH THE Illinois victory saddened many Michigan fans who
had already been planning to go to the Rose Bowl, the loss does not
eliminate the Wolverines' chances at the post-season honor. If Michi-
gan can defeat both Indiana and Ohio State, they will be udisputed
Western Conference champions. This situation arises because Michigan
plays one more Big Ten game this season that the others do.
Michigan will wind up with a 6-1 Conference record while both
Iowa and Michigan State will have 5-1 slates (assuming the Spartans
beat Mirnesota next week). However, there will still be a vote of the
Conference athletic directors to decide who gets the Rose Bowl bid.
*So you can keep your hopes in the planning stage until the final games
are played.
Statistically, the Wolverines faltered badly. The aerial attack,
which was used so masterfully against Iowa, produced a total of 17
yards against the Illini. Quarterbacks Jim Maddock and Jim Van Pelt,
aided by Tony Branoff and Lou Baldacci, just couldn't seem to get
the ball to their receivers. Both Ron Kramer and Tom Maentz were
guarded so closely that they couldn't spring free to get near the ball.
When Maddock and VanPelt's passes weren't too low, they were over
the heads of the receivers. On the 12th try, the first forward pass was
completed. In total, they tried 21 passes, completing only three. The
yardage per passing completion dropped from 9.3 to 7.4 yards per try.
Branoff still proved to be the workhorse of the backfield. Out of
the 157 yard rushing total, Branoff gained over 100 yards. He scored
the Wolverines' lone tally, galloping 17 yards into the end zone for the
six point. He now leads the Wolverines with 281 yards (net) rushing
for the season. And he kicks and passes, too!
Backs Show Way...
IF WE were to stop and analyze the Illinois squad, the names of Em
Lindbeck, Bobby Mitchell, Abe Woodson and Jefferson stand out in
our minds. Lindbeck, playing his final game in Memorial Stadium, put
on a display of signal-calling and passing that amazed even his own
coaches. Woodson, whom Elliot listed as the third string right half-
back, came off the bench to be on the receiving end of one of the
most deceiving plays pulled on the Wolverines in many seasons. After
Elliot send his place-kicker into the game for a supposed field goal
attempt, Lindbeck held the ball, got up and ran to his right. He then
threw a perfect pass to Woodson in the end zone. The score put the
Illini in front and they were never headed.
Mitchell, subbing for Jefferson after the latter was taken out of
the game with a cracked rib, compiled an amazing 173 yards in ten
tries, including a 64 yard touchdown run. It's probable that Mitchell
would never have gotten into the game if Jefferson hadn't been hurt.
But before he left the game, Jefferson did the majority of the running
for the Illini. He seemed to run through our line at will, gaining fdur
or five yards a try. With two players like this, Elliot shouldn't have too
many worries about runners.
Terry Barr and Jim Pace both sat out the majority of the game.
Barr started and left after three minutes of the :first quarter. He
re-entered periodically but only for a few plays at a time. Pace enter-
ed the game near the end of the final period and saw little action. Both
have been bothered with bad ankles but should be in better shape for
As a closing thought, we would like to make one observation about
the Wolverines last Saturday. The spark, which was shown against
Iowa, was missing against the Illini. IT SEEMED LIKE THE FIRE

AP Writers
Lift Sooners
To Top Slot
Spartans Capture
Third in Ballot
By The Associated Press
Mark down the upsets-the sea-
son's first defeat for Michigan and
ties forGeorgia Tech and Navy-
and that leaves Oklahoma and
Maryland in splendid isolation at
the top of the college football pack.
But the results of the season's
heaviest balloting in the weekly
Associated Press poll of sports
writers and broadcasters reversed
the previous order and put the
speedy Oklahoma Sooners a shade
ahead of Maryland's Terrapins in
the national rankings.
Michigan, which had been third
behind these two a week ago, tum-
bled to seventh after absorbing a
sound 25-6 thumping from Illinois,
allowing the other winners to move
Oklahoma's 20-0 victory over
Missouri, a team that had scored
its first victory of the season only
a week before, apparently im-
pressed the experts more than
Maryland's 13-0 decision over Lou-
isiana State, another non-winning
1 TheTop 20 Teams
1. Oklahoma 115 7-0 2466
2. Maryland 89 8-0 2415
3. Michigan State 44 6-1 2051
4. UCLA 9 7-1 1762
5. Notre Dame 2 6-1 1726
6. West Virginia 18 7-0 1069
7. MICHIGAN 6-1 970
8. Texas Christian 3 6-1 551
9. Texas A & M 6-1-1 448
10. Ohio State 1 5-2 430
11. Georgia Tech 6-1-1 292
12. Auburn 2 5-1-1 263
13. Navy 5-1-1 207
14. Mississippi 7-1 180
15. Miami (Ohio) 7-0 121
16. Illinois 4-3 35
17. Pittsburgh 5-3 31
18. Duke 4-2-1 28
Tie Mississippi State 6-2 28
20. Iowa 3-3-1 25
Tie Miami (Fla.) 3-3 25
Rams, Brow
National Football League-
seven games played, five more to
go-and definite trends have
The Cleveland Browns beat the,
New York Giants last Sunday, 24-
14, and pulled two full games
ahead of second place Pittsburgh,
who lost to the Chicago Cardinals,
Undistputed Lead
The Rams of Los Angeles burst
into undisputed leadership of the
Western Division by beating the
San Francisco 49ers 27-14..
The rising Chicago Bears com-
pletely smashed Green Bay, 52-
I .. . ..
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Tumbles to Seventh


Lloyd Gains I-M Finals


END MIKE Rotunno runs against Washington in 1954 opener.

The ball carrier returned to the
A big 81, smeared with a trace
of dirt was seen on the back of
his jersey.
But wait a minuteT That's Mike
Rotunno's number and he's listed
as an end.
The preceding was a sight that
anyone who attended one of Mich-
igan's spring practice sessions
might have seen. It wouldn't have1
been incorrect to assume that it
was Rotunno who had. been spot-
ted at the fullback position either,
for the versatile lad from Canton,
Ohio, was being used at that spot
by Coach Bennie Oosterbaan.
Needed at End
Rotunno's career in the back-
field came to an abrupt halt,
however, due to the failure of two
of last year's players to come out
for the squad. A definite shortage
of ends was evident.
Rotunno was by no means dis-
appointed, since he admits that
end is actually his first love and
he's willing to play wherever he
can help the team.
Coach Oosterbaan is the first to

emphasize that the broadshould-
ered youth has been a real bles-
sing. "I'd list blocking and tack-
ling as Mike's strong points," says
the Michigan football mentor, "but
above all, it's his intense desire
to play football and help the team
which makes him a top competitor.
Rotunno figures very heavily in
our plans, but at present and in
the future."
Many might consider it quite
discouraging to play behind Kram-
er and Maentz, but Rotunno
doesn't look at it that way. "I know
I was playing with two of the best,
but that makes you try all the
When asked about his biggest
thrill, as one might expect, the
modest Rotunno replies, "the pass
return against Missouri." That was
when he intercepted a pass and
romped 81 yards for a touchdown
in the season's opener.
More than just a few Maize and
Blue fans will join all the Wolver-
ines coaches in praising Rotunno
for his inspired play at end while
Kramer and Maentz were out of
the lineup. Mike Rotunno has cer-
tainly done more than just an
adequate job.

Flashy quarterback Bruce Fox
paced Lloyd House to come from
behind and notch a 19-13 decis-
ion over Anderson in yesterday's
I-M football, action.
The win earned Lloyd the Fight
to meet Williams House for the
residence halls touch football
championship. The game will be
played next Tuesday night under
the lights at Wines Field.
Lloyd's superiority was in doubt
for only the first few minutes of
action, when Anderson struck for
a quick TD on Ralph McCormick's
pass to Bill Wright.
Then Lloyd exploded.
Ties Score
Fox intercepted a McCormick
pass on his own 18. Six plays
later Fox fired one to Dick Papp,
who stepped over to tie the score,
6-6. From there on it was all Lloyd.
To round out the scoring, Doug
Dueweke and Fox each scored for
Lloyd, with Tandy Sullivan scor-
ing the extra point, McCormick
scored Anderson's other TD, while
Don Mick caught the extra point.
Goodtquarterbacks seemedato
be the theme for the day, as Jack
Lewis passed Williams to a 19-6
triumph over hapless Taylor.
Lewis intercepted Pete Pater-
son's pass to set up the first Wil-
liams', touchdown. He threw a key
pass to Frank Verbeke on the six,
and then ran around his right
end to score.
Before Taylor could collect its
forcesAnderson scored again, this
time on Lewis' pass to Chuck
Jennings. Lewis' pass to Bob Gal-
braith was good for the extra
Second Place Playoffs
In the first round second place
playoffs, Wenley shutout Hinsdale,
6-0, on Phil Oles second-half
touchdown. Gomberg gained the
playoffs by beating Adams, 14-0,
with Pat Donahue the star for
Gomberg. He connected on a 40-
yard pass to Erle Kaufman and
a shorter. one to Ed Godfrey for
Gomberg's two tallies.
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Cooley nipped Allen-Rumsey,
7-6, in a third place overtime. Paul
Treado passed to Kim Greene for
Cooley's score, while Kelsey topped
Strauss, 6-0, on Al Schartz's score.
An unheralded freshman, Ron
Zeilinger, led Van Tyne to a 20-
12 fourth spot victory over Michi-
gan House. Zeilinger accounted
for all of Van Tyne's points,.lHe
passed to Bob Pearson for one,
and to Kent Bennett for two more.
Referee Dick Elliott said of
Zeilinger: "He was easily the best
ball player on the field this after-
Bob Feid and Ron Matrin each
scored six, as Hayden beat Greene,
12-0. Winchell beat Reeves. 6-0, on
Bob Metzger's TD. Huber won on
a Scott House forfeit.


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and placing them right behind the
Rams in the standings.
The Bears play the Rams next
week on Chicago soil. Two weeks
ago Chicago pounded the Rams
into submission at Los Angeles.
This next meeting could very well
feature another Chicago win,
throwing the Western Division into
another first place tie.
If Chicago does reach first place,
it will have been a rags to riches
road, since the Bears lost their
first three games of the season.
Every since they won their first
one, however, they have been un-
beatable, by Los Angeles or any-

one else. Right now they look like
the hottest team in the league.
Maybe a turning point has been
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. Colgate at Syracuse
. Illinois at Wisconsin
. Iowa at Ohio State
. Minnesota at Michigan State
. Northwestern at Purdue
. Notre Dame at North Carolina,
. Oregon at Stanford
. Oregon State at California
. Texas A & M at Rice
. Texas Christian at Texas
. Washington at UCLA
. West Virginia at Pitt
i Yale at Princeton

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