Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on November 23, 1980 · Page 77
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Today's television highlights; O 1:00 p.m. Lions football: Detroit at Tampa Bay O 1:00 p.m. NFL football: Pittsburgh at Buffalo O 1:30 p.m. CFL Grey Cup: Edmonton vs. Hamilton O 4:00 p.m. NFL football: Washington at Dallas Sunday, Hov. 23, 1980 LOVE LETTERS 2E II I tho scoreboard Complete sports rundown. Page 4. INSIDE OF SPORTS MOVIE GUIDE OUTDOORS u iuu DETROIT FREE PRESS Defense tales .U-M to Pasadena Ilp I 1 JT ft. Buckeyes Jim IlawZtins U-M is off to the Rose Bowl, thanks to a little bit of luck COLUMBUS, Ohio They passed out roses to each of the jubilant University of Michigan players in their loud and lively locker room late Saturday afternoon. They should have given away four-leaf clovers. Don't get me wrong; the Wolverines played well. At times, extremely well. Especially on defense. But they were also lucky. Very lucky. Because Ohio State stunk. You want proof? Just check out that final score: 9-to-3. 1 rest my case. Bo Schembechler, who certainly ought to get sub stantial consideration as Coach of the Year for the magnificent job he has done this fall, should have known what sort of day it was destined to be when he woke up Saturday morning and discovered the Wol verines' hotel no longer came equipped with running water. A main had busted a block away, the man on duty at the front desk said. That was the same thing the same man behind the same front desk said two years when the same thing happened when Michigan just happened to be in town for this same game . So Bo and his boys couldn't take showers. Or wash their faces. Or brush their teeth. Then things got worse. Tight end Norm Betts dropped a pass he should have caught . . . Ali Haji-Sheikh missed a 38-yard field goal he should have kicked . . . John Wangler threw a bad pass, right into the arms of Ohio State's Todd Bell . . . Haji-Sheik missed again, this time from 42 yards out. And all of that happened in the first 30 minutes. It should have been worse It could have been disastrous. It should have been disastrous. Instead, lucky Michigan tiptoed into the locker room at halftime clinging to a 3-3 tie. Earle Bruce had done it again. For the second year in a row, the Buckeyes' coach choked in the Big Game. Bruce showed up at Ohio Stadium Saturday morning determined not to lose. It never occurred him the Buckeyes would be better off playing to win. So in the second half, Ohio State stubbornly continued to try to grind it out, Woody Hayes style, occasionally throwing ill-advised bombs, while Michigan continued to make mistakes that could have been, and should have been, suicidal. Haji-Sheikh hit the goal post with his routine extra point after Anthony Carter had put the Wolverines on top by six . . . Butch Woolfolk tossed a halfback option pass to Ohio State's Bob Murphy instead of to Michigan's Alan Mitchell . . . And with a chance to possibly run out the clock, Wangler was sacked before he could throw for a first down. You could almost feel the script being written. And it did not have a happy ending for the young men from Michigan. U-M banned the bomb Twelve times in the final two minutes and 39 seconds, Ohio State's one-time Heisman hotshot Art Schlichter took the snap from center and dropped back to pass. Twelve times. And every one of the well-chilled 88,827 cash customers in ancient Ohio Stadium knew the Buckeyes only needed one big play, one bomb, to beat hated Michigan. But it never came. Suddenly forgetten as the Wolverines went wild along the sidelines was their scary start against Northwestern. Forgiven were those back-to-back failures against Notre Dame and South Carolina. Suddenly last December's nightmarish Gator Bowl loss to North Carolina seemed terribly irrelevant. Afterwards, a beaming Bo called this the most satisfying of his nine Big Ten titles, because his Wolverines won it outright and because they weren't supposed to be this good. "At a time when most people were ready to give us up for dead, we vowed we would win the championship," said Bo. "And we did." So now it is on to Pasadena, where the Wolverines will try again on New Year's Day. And this time, Michigan simply must win, Otherwise, all of their efforts this autumn, ali of their hard work and improvement, will have been for naught. Again. And Bo Schembechler, Coach-of-the-Year candidate, will again be the laughing stock of the land. Both Bo and his team, I believe, deserve a better fate. Danielson: A QB with an IQ When Lions quarterback Gary Danielson criticized his boss publicly earlier this month, it created a furor. But it was not out of character for this man to speak his mind and it 's a good mind. Free Press sports writer Joe Lapointe profiles this unusual football player today in Detroit magazine: "The quarterback's good, but Gary Danielson is what you remember" throttled in a 9-3 thriller By MICK McCABE Free Press Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio The amazing Michi gan defense did it again. For the fourth straight week, the Wolver ines did not permit their opponent a touchdown, and as a result the Wolverines will spend New Year's Day playing in the Rose Bowl. The lOth-ranked Wolverines stymied the fifth-ranked Buckeyes here Saturday, 9-3, and gave U-M head coach Bo Schembechler his ninth Big Ten championship. Michigan may have been helped by the conservative play-calling of Ohio State coach Earle Bruce, who conceded later he may have made a mistake in continuing to pound at the unyielding U-M line. OSU tailback Cal Murray, who led the Big Ten in rushing, gained only 38 yards in 14 carries. ART SCHLICHTER became the third Heisman Trophy candidate to look like just another quarterback against the Wolverines (9-2 overall and 8-0 in the Big Ten). Just as they did against California's Rich Campbell and Purdue's Mark Herrmann, the Wolverines kept the Ohio State QB in check all day. And this is virtually the same U-M defense that was giving Schembechler nightmares early in the season, when the Wolverines See U-M, Page 12H f J - f " - fir I i ' 32v' ' 1 ' - " - JJfl ' A.' .J K , ' - n. -r JL " "6 I ,S' ii v ' . i i w ' " ' V ''...is :' ft t f, V V. . : ! Guard John Powers (67) hits linebacker Glen Cobb (35) with a sample of U-M's ground game strength . . . . Thompson rosy after artful sack nails Schlichter By MICK McCABE Free Press Sports Writer COLUMBUS, Ohio For University of Michigan outside linebacker Robert Thompson, the entire 1980 football season boiled down to one play. Ohio State had the ball with less than 20 seconds to play, fourth down, on U-M's 47-yard line. The ball was snapped and Thompson, a junior from Blue Island, 111., burst through the OSU offensive line and dropped Art Schlichter for a nine-yard loss, assur ing U-M of a 9-3 victory, a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl date in Pasadena. "I knew I had to get off the ball quick, and if I got past the tackle, nobody would be there to stop me," Thomp son said. "I knew Art was going to stay deep in the pocket. He's got a great arm, but even he can't throw the bail 50 yards on the run. That was the best psych I had all season." See THOMPSON, Page 12H v - a- aim Isfw A 4 ! . . . while a gang-tackling Wolverine defense holds the Buckeyes away from the goal line. Ohio State now has not scored a touchdown against a visiting Michigan team since 1972. Elsowhere: Irish wake up in second half; Soon-ers win Big Eight showdown. Stories on Page 10H. Free Press Photos by Alan Kamuda and Mary Schroeder top 20 teams How the top 20 teams In the Associat ed Press college football poll fared Satur day (records in parentheses): 1 2 3 4 5 (10-0-0) Big Ten looks strong in strong cage year By WYLIE GERDES Free Press Sports Writer A better year than last? How could the college basketball season that starts in earnest this week possibly be any more exciting, or any more balanced? Look at the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, with great teams such as Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, and great players such as Albert King, Ralph Sampson and James Worthy. Or look west to the PAC-10, with NCAA runner-up UCLA and conference champion Oregon State. Look at the Midwest, with De Paul, Missouri and Notre Dame. Or south, to Louisville, Kentucky and LSU. Or look at the Big Ten. See BASKETBALL, Page 6H : i M : Vl LAST-PLAY EFFORT QB didnh see sacker AP Photo Bo Schembechler after one of his greatest days Saturday: A ninth Big Ten title, and outright at that. By JOE LAPOINTE Free Press Sports Writer COLUMBUS - For his final play of the day, Art Schlichter took the center snap and backed up to pass, hoping to get lucky. It was fourth down with less than 20 seconds left in the game. The Michigan end zone was 47 yards away and Schlichter's Ohio State Buckeyes trailed Michigan, 9-3. He barely had time to set his feet and search for Doug Donley before he was cracked in a violent collision with Michigan linebacker Robert Thompson, who had shaken off a block and run toward Schlichter from the quarterback's blind side. "Kind of chaos out there," he was to say later of the mood on the field when Ohio State had the time and the ball but not the moxie to win-Crashed to the artificial turf with the ball still in his hands, Schlichter remained there for a few moments with a hip bruise. A few catcalls could be heard from the mostly silent record crowd of 88,827 as Schlichter was helped to the bench while the Michigan players celebrated a victory, a Big Ten See OHIO STATE, Page 12H Iowa humiliates Spartans, 41-0. Page 8H. Georgia did not play. Notre Dame (9-0-1) beat Air Force, 24-10. Florida State (9-1-0) did not play. Nebraska (9-2-0) lost to Oklahoma, 21-17. Ohio State (9-2-0) lost to Michigan, 9-3. 6 Pittsburgh (9-1-0) did not play. 7 Pann State (9-1-0) did not play. 8 Alabama (8-2-0) did not play. 9 Oklahoma (8-2-0) beat Nebraska, 21-17. 10 Michigan (9-2-0) beat Ohio State, 9-3. 11 Baylor (10-1-0) beat Texas, 16-0. 12 Southern Cal (7-2-1) lost to UCLA, 20-17. 13 Brlgham Young (10-1-0) beat Utah, 56-6. 14 South Carolina (8-3-0) lost to Clemson, 27-6. 15 North Carolina (10-1-0) beat Duke, 44-21. 18 Washington (9-2-0) beat Washington St., 30-23. 17 Mississippi St. (9-2-0) beat Mississippi, 19-14. 18 UCLA (8-2-0) beat Southern Cal, 20-17. 19 Florida (7-2-0) did not play. 20 Texas (7-3-0) lost to Baylor, 16-0. AJOk..a.fc.fc v,,j,KtE a axjx k i . Jk j kv.j.jv at t- -

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