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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 1955 THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE TR

ixth-Raned Ites

Sooners Still
Top AP Poll,
MSU Third
By The Associated Press
Michigan's sixth-ranked football
team ran through semi-secret
drills yesterday afternoon in pre-
paration for Saturday's climax
contest with Ohio State.
The reserves tossed Buckeye
plays at the varsity with "Hop-
along" Cassady's favorites being
featured. Despite the penetrating
cold" and dampness, the team was
in high spirits as it broke up Ohio
pass patterns and sprung its backs
loose after switching to the of-
fense.
Coach Bennie Oosterbaan
quipped during practice that "the
team was going through running
and passing practices only, be-
cause the alumni does the kick-
ing."
Oklahoma, Maryland and Mi-
thigan State still are running one-
two-three in the Associated Press'
football poll and figure to stay up
there after Saturday's play. There
could be plenty of changes, how-
ever, in the ratings below the top
trio.
T The Fighting Irish are rated 10
points over Iowa but the Hawk-
eyes always spell aggravation to
the men from South Bend. UCLA
is a 10-point choice over Southern
California in the big battle on the
coast where the Bruins are aiming
to seal a berth in the Rose Bowl.
Michigan is given just a six-
point edge over Ohio State at Ann
Harkrader Out?
Reports from Columbus and
the Ohio State football camp
revealed that the Buckeyes' star
right halfback, Jerry Harkrad-
er, was injured in last Satur-
day's 20-10 win over Iowa.
"He'll miss the Michigan game,"
said Coach Woody Hayes, but
the validity of this statement
will not be tested until Satur-
day.
t
Arbor. The Big Ten crown as
well as the Rose Bowl spot is at
stake in this climactic contest.
A victory by Ohio State would
send Michigan State to Pasadena
since. the Buckeyes are ineligible
to repeat their 1955 journey to the

ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS PLAYED A KEY ROLE IN THE 1950 OHIO STATE-MICHI-
GAN GAME AT COLUMBUS. PLAYING IN A BLIZZARD, MICHIGAN DEFEATED THE BUCK-
EYES, 9-3, CLINCHING THE BIG TEN TITLE AND A TRIP TO THE ROSE BOWL.

CLASH OF THE GIANTS:

Ohio State Series Always Climactic

By JOHN HILLYER
(First of two articles)

before the hapless Buckeyes even

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Another sensational Big Ten cli-
max between Michigan and Ohio
State will make football history
again this Saturday.
Whoever conceived the idea of1
these two giants of college football
banging skulls on the last day of
every Western Conference season
had a brainstorm.
Since 1935, this bitter rivalry has
been renewed as the culmination
of another colorful campaign of
the toughest conference in the
nation. Such rancor do the Ohio-
ans hold for the Wolverines that!
the now-famous score by which
Michigan crushed the Buckeyes in
1946-a humiliating 58-6-has be-
come a part of their fight song.
Look Into Past
Since the Conference crown once
again is up for grabs as the two
powers collide this weekend, it
might be interesting to look back
to similar circumstances from the
past.
Last year the awesome Colum-
bus eleven was the top team in the
country, and Bennie Ooster-
baan's raw, inexperienced young-
sters knew it. With an omnipotent
foursome in the backfield-Leg-
gett, Cassady, Watkins and Bobo
-and a forward wall of granite,
averaging 215 pounds per man,
OSU had steamrollered its every
foe, and the haughty Hayesmen
weren't about to let the Ann Ar-
bor greenhorns tie them for the
championship and ruin their un-
spotted report card. The game was
viewed by millions on television.
Michigan stunned the football
nation, taking the opening kick-
off and rolling 68 yards to a score

Rose Bowl.
The top ten te
place votes and w
in parentheses:
1. Oklahoma (
2. Maryland
3. Michigan St.
4. Notre Dame
5. UCLA
6. Michigan
7. Tex. Christian
8. Texas A&M
9. Ohio State
10. Georgia Tech

eams with first
won-lost records

103) (8-0)
(46) (9-0)
(37) (7-1)
(2) (7-1)
(6) (8-1)
(1) (7-1)
(2) (7-1)
(7-1-1)
(1) (6-2)
(7-1-1)

1,844
1,677
1,669
1,193
1,164
867
705
557
484
272

touched the ball.
Halfback Danny Cline was the
hero of the march, accounting for
several long gains. With fourth
and one on the State seven, the
Blue was expected, quite naturally,
to come up with a power play.
Every person watching the ac-
tion was fooled, except the Michi-
gan team. Fullback Freddie Baer,
logically enough, grabbed the
handoff, lowered his head, and
started for the converging line.
Suddenly, he handed off to Lou
Baldacci, who in turn lateralled
to Cline, who danced, unperturbed,
into the end zone. Ron Kramer's
conversion attempt was perfect.
Soon after Kramer unsuccess-
fully attempted a field goal,. Ohio-
an Jack Gibbs intercepted a Jim
Maddock pass and raced to the
Michigan 10. Leggett immediate-
ly fired a perfect pass to End
I-M Football
The I-M touch football cham-
pionship games were rained out
yesterday and will be played to-
night at Ann Arbor High's
Wines Field.
The independents will play
at 6:30, the residence halls at
7:30, and the social fraterni-
ties at 8:30. The professional
fraternity final will be re-
scheduled later this week.
Fred Kriss, who took it all alone
in the end zone. Score at the
half: Michigan 7, Ohio State 7.
In the third quarter, the Bucks
still had a hard time penetrating
Wolverine territory, and when
Kramer hurried Bobo's punt, he
caused it to go straight upward.
It was fielded by Tom Maentz and
the big end lugged it to the Buck-
eye 14. Four plays later it4 was
first and goal for Michigan on the
four.
Then it happened. Fullback
Dick Hill got one. Cline got none.
Hill plunged for two. Fourth and
one yard to go for six points. The
tension could be felt all over the
country. Could the Wolverines do
it?
Did He Make It?
The answer to this question was
to be discovered on the next play,
one of the most controversial of
the year. Dave Hill took the ball
and dove into the center of the
line. The referee declared that
Hill was stopped on the one-foot
Only Three More
Days

Michigan's Gymnasts to Begin;
Ninth Year With Coach Loken;

By JIM BAAD
Football swings into its final
climactic week; meanwhile winter
sports, among them gymnastics,
begin to increase tempo in practice
sessions.
Michigan's gym squad is enter-
ing its ninth season under Coach
Newt Loken, and Loken rates his
teams prospects for the coming
campaign as "improved over last
year."
Loken lost trampoline artist Bill
Winkler, along with Frank Adams'
skill on the high bar, tumbling
mat, and trampoline when the
two veterans graduated, but these
losses have been more than bal-
anced by the gain of one sopho-
more sensation.
Gagnier an Answer
Edward Gagnier, Canada's "out-
standing athlete of 1954," seems
an answer to any gymnastic
coach's dreams. According to
Loken, Gagnier could compete in
any of the gymnastic events -
high bar, parallel bar, flying rings,
trampoline, side horse, tumbling,
anything, and give an outstanding
Big Ten performance.
Along with talented Gagnier,
there is a lot more to gloat about
down at gymnastic headquarters
in the I-M building. Eight letter-
men have returned: Captain Tony
San Antonio, Nick Wiese, Bob Arm-
strong, Norm Niedermeier, and
Wayne Warren-the young nu-
cleus of last year's team are back
and experienced.
San Antonio will perform his
specialties on the high bar, paral-
lel bars., and side horse. He placed
many times in these events last
year.
L,1

Nick Wiese will be back at his
top events, the flying rings, high
and parallel bars, and will also be
converted to the trampoline to
help fill the vacancy left by Wink-
ler.

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Backing
tonio, and
all-around
side horse,
allel bars;
formers."

up Gagnier, San An-
Wiese are Warren, an
performer, Armstrong,
and Neidermeier, par-
all "good steady per-

Loken seems especially enthus-
iastic about what lies in the future
for his team, and is basing it
mostly on Gagnier, as yet untried
in the Big Ten, but a true cham-
pion everywhere that he's com-
peted, and the returning letter-
men who took a fifth place in
the Conference last year.

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