Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on October 7, 1979 · Page 78
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Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan · Page 78

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Sunday, October 7, 1979
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PEGS LJ DETROIT FREE PRESS 222-6720 Spoitslino For the latest sports scores and results. Today's television highlights: O noon Football: U-M highlights 0 1 p.m. Football: Detroit at New England G 4 p.m. Football: Dallas at Minnesota O 4 p.m. Football: Pittsburgh at Cleveland Sunday, Get. 7, 1379" SPORTS PEOPLE w INSIDE OF SPORTS 12 HORSE RACING 13 OUTDOORS 14 blitz 7 air u MSU, M rip Bo won't open up? Two 2d-hdlf TD passes jar Spartans By CHARLIE VINCENT Fre Press Sports Writer " EAST LANSING It didn't work just the way the script writers had planned, but it worked, nevertheless, for the' Michigan Wolverines. , Before a chilled overflow crowd of 79,31 1 huddled together beneath dark and threatening skies, coach Bo Schembechler's Wolverines who once upon a time simply ignored the forward pass passed their way to a 21-7 victory over the Michigan State Spartans Saturday. - B.J. Dickey, who had only one touchdown pass to his credit through the first four games of the season, passed the Wolverines out of a 7-7 tie with second-half TD strikes to Ralph Clayton for 66 yards and to Anthony Carter for six yards, and finished the day with eight completions for 147 yards. iifiii Jim Arrogance scrapes by; U-M forgets Bo's shove EAST LANSING It was a grand and glorious afternoon for arrogant asses everywhere. It was a day for gloating and goading, if you happened to be a fan or follower of the University of Michigan. It was the day the Wolverines avenged last fall's humiliating 24-IS loss to Michigan State. It was the day they made Spartans' coach Darryl Rogers eat his infamous words of last winter. But Saturday's vindicating triumph was not nearly so easy or automatic as the 21-7 final score would suggest. In fact, not until late in the fourth and final quarter did the Michigan partisans feel cocky and comfortable enough to hoist their homemade sign that read: "Pardon Our Arrogance." , , Presumably now, all has been forgiven and forgotten even though Rogers and Bo Schembechler did not shake hands when the hostilities were over. Nevertheless, the Wolverines have tasted the revenge they so desperately sought. Now they begin worrying about Ohio State and Indiana and concentrating on retaining the right to represent the Big Ten in next New Year's Day's Rose Bowl. , And young Dan Perrin, the student reporter Bo Schembechler so rudely shoved around last week, can go back again to writing about the great and wonderful football team that represents his school. How much is too much? Frankly, that bothers me. It bothers me that the overwhelming majority of people, both in the public and in the press, are so ready and willing and actually eager to forget all about the unfortunate but inexcusable incident just because Schembechler won another football game. It bothers me, too, that no one in the Big Ten hierarchy or In the upper echelon of the University of Michigan administration has publicly stepped forward to condemn and deplore Bo's conduct. ; : Granted, it was not really such a big deal. I mean, what's a little shove, or two, or three? But where do you draw the line? Is it okay for a coach to shove a reporter around, so long as he doesn't actually knock him down? Is it all right so long as the reporter is merely a student and not a working member of the professional press? What happens if the reporter pushes and shoves, or punches back? I can tell you this much: Any reporter who kayoed a coach, regardless of provocation, would at least be called in on the carpet to explain his actions. What worries me is that the Big Ten watched the same thing happen over the years at Ohio State as Woody Hayes ranted and 7 raved and wreaked his wrath on whatever and whomever t happened to get in his way. Then, too, conference and school officials stood idly by, I wringing their hands and saying: "Well, you know Woody" until Hayes finally committed the unpardonable sin by punching an opposing player on television. ; I certainly have no personal animosity for Bo Schembechler. You dont need me to tell you the man is an outstanding coach. .. On the football field he has been a credit both to his , employer, the University of Michigan, and to the state. That's why, for the life of me, I can't understand why he would feel the need to shove a reporter around especially .' a reporter who happens to be a student at the school whose . reputation Schembechler has worked so hard to build up. Bo can't slop questions Schembechler, in his pique of anger last week, declared: . "I'm not going to allow a student newspaper or any newspaper or anybody to take pot shots at us." What I want to know is, what makes Schembechler and ' Michigan football so gosh-awf ul special? Even the Pope and ' the President of the United States are not exempt from the - probing of the press. But then, I suppose we should not have been surprised because such conduct is typical of Schembechler's antagonistic attitude toward the press. He knows he can bar the press from practice, close the ' doors to his clubhouse, and do just about anything else he damn pleases so long as he keeps on winning. Having been an impressionable young reporter on a college newspaper myself, a long time ago, I know how vulnerable a student covering his school's team can be. I wish I had a dollar for every naive or asinine question I must have asked Milt Bruhn during his days as football coach at the University of Wisconsin. But Bruhn never pushed me or shoved me or threatened to kick me out of Wisconsin football. I certainly am not about to suggest Milt Bruhn was ever a better football coach than Bo Schembechler. Frankly, I . often felt Bruhn was a bit of a joke as a coach. But at least he was never a bully as a man. - I honestly wish I could say the same thing about Bo. Bo Schembechler After 22-7 win Meanwhile, Michigan State, the school that returned the forward pass to respectability in the Big Ten, was stifled once again as Bert Vaughn completed just six of 18 passes and had two more picked off by Michigan's marauding defense. THE WIN WAS Michigan's fourth in five tries and left the Wolverines, guess where? Sharing the Big Ten lead with only Ohio State. The Spartans dropped to 3-2 overall and 1-1 because of the loss, but Darryl Rogers says it's too early to be writing off the season as a failure. "There are a lot of good football programs in the conference," the obviously disappointed Spartan coach said, "probably no one will go through this thing undefeated. I think there'll still be a battle as we go along, at least that's what we anticipate now." Saturday, though, Michigan State simply wasn't up to the test. Michigan ran around the Spartans in the first half, amassing 148 yards on the ground, but managing to put just one touchdown on the scoreboard. Then, when MSU's secondary came up to put the clamps on that, the Wolverines went to the air with dazzling success. "WE RAN THE SWEEP," pointed out Schembechler, "and after a while they (the MSU secondary) came up to support it real good. That meant they were vulnerable to the pass." And the Wolverines took advantage of it. Dickey completed five of his six second-half passes all in Michigan's two touchdown drives. "We don't limit ourselves on offense with either one of our See U-M, Page 4F pu'Y. , ' ii n;iii.ii uipgwijjMi'iii iinwwiiimi ) H iwwywywy i-ree tress rnotos Dy lkaio porter .Wolverines' quarterback B.J. Dickey (right) pitches off as MSU's Mark Anderson approaches. ... A 'passable' offense helps U-M get even By MICK McCABE Free Press Sports Writer i EAST LANSING Ralph Clayton stood amidts a swarm of reports lat Saturday afternoon, a vindicated young man. "Michigan is the best, and if we're arrogant, so be it," he said with a smile. Bo Schembechler was backed against the locker room door after his llth-ranked Wolverines got revenge for last year's loss with a convincing 21-7 victory over Michigan State. He spoke of opening up his offense in the second half and finally settling things with the team that tied his squad for the Big Ten championship last year. "This was a very, very important game to us," he said. "And we're very happy to win it. It keeps us in the race and keeps things in proper perspective around here." Yes, the victory over MSU improved the Wolverines' record to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. The Wolverines came into the game with a good passing attack. But in the first half, U-M kept the ball on the ground, preferring to grind out the yardage. It wasn't until their last play of the third See DICKEY, Page 6F 5 - f4 &-$'nfm&p MSU quarterback Bert Vaughn, being tackled by U-M's Andy Cannavino, watches the ball fly away from him. Birds m win, face nucs in series ANAHEIM, Calif. - (UPI) - Scott McGregor stood up in the team bus after Friday night's loss to the California Angels and guaranteed to his teammates he would pitch the Baltimore Orioles to the American League pennant Saturday. He kept his word. Aided by a brilliant defense that would be the envy of the Pentagon, McGregor allowed only six hits and enhanced his reputation as an Angel killer by beating California 8-0 to bring the Orioles their first pennant since 1971. "Yes, I did guarantee the team I would win today," said McGregor. "It's something that started between me and Rich Dauer earlier this year. We had lost five games in a row and we were playing the Angels out here and I guaranteed I'd beat them. We came through that time so I made the same promise last night. It was the biggest game of my life." THE ORIOLES, WINNING the best-of-five series in four games, will meet the National League champion Pittsburgh Pirates in the first game of a best-of-seven World Series at Baltimore Tuesday night. The two teams met in the 1971 World Series with the Pirates winning in seven games. "This is the best team I've ever had," Oriole manager Earl Weaver said proudly after McGregor had turned the Angles' powerful bats into mere kindling. "You can look at the statistics and any thing else but I've never had a team like this. With our clutch hitting and pitching, I feel no one can stop us." The Angels certainly weren't up to the task Saturday. With the left-handed McGregor changing speeds as often as a Sunday driver and third baseman Doug DeCinces turning in a game-saving defensive gem, the American League West Division champions resembled "Charlie's Angels." Ken Singleton had three hits and drove in two runs and Pat Kelly had a three-run homer, but it was largely McGregor's show. See ORIOLES, Page 6F " - ,' y ", -sr ..... v fe4 ";' s . ' GAME FOUR BALTIMORE CALIFORNIA abrhM Bumbrvcf 3 10 0 Carew lb Garcia ss 5 0 10 Lansfrd 3b Belsngr ss 0 0 0 0 Ford rf Singleln rf 4 13 2 Baylor If EMurrvlb 4 111 Downing c Lownsln If 1 0 0 0 Grich 2b RoenlckK 4 1 1 1 Rtmddh Kelly dh 4 12 3 RMIIIercf DeCncs 3b 4 12 0 JAndsn ss BSmlth2b 4 0 0 0 Dauer 2b 0 0 0 0 Demosyc 3 2 2 1 Total 34 1121 Total abrhbi 4 0 10 4 0 10 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 10 3 0 10 2 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 31 0 0 Baltlmoro 002 100 500- S California 000 000 000- 0 E Garcia. DP Baltimore 3, California 2. LOB Baltimore 6, California 5. 2B DeCinces, Demosey, Singleton. HR Kelly (1) SB Kelly, Dempsey SF Singleton. IP H R ER BB SO Baltimore McGregrW.1-0 9 6 0 0 1 4 California KnaopL.0-1 2 1-3 5 2 2 I 0 LaRoche 11-3 2 1 1 I 1 Frosl 3 3 4 4 2 1 Montague 11-3 2 1 1 0 1 Barlow I 0 0 0 0 0 WP-Frost. T-2:5o. A 43,199 Top 20 teams How the Top 20 teams in the Associated Press major college football poll fared In Saturday's games (this year's records in parentheses): 1 SOUTHERN CAL (5-0) beat Washington St., 50-21. 2 ALABAMA (4-0) beat Wltchita St., 38-0. 3 OKLAHOMA (4-0) beat Colorado, 49-24. 4 TEXAS (3-0) beat Rice, 26-9. 5 NEBRASKA (4-0) beat New Mexico St., 57-0 6 HOUSTON (4-0) beat Baylor 13-10. 7 WASHINGTON (5-0) beat Oregon St., 41-0. 8 OHIO STATE (5-0) beat Northwestern, 16-7. 9 FLORIDA STATE (5-0) beat Louisville, 27-0. 10 NOTRE DAME (3-1) beat Georgia Tech, 21-13. 11 MICHIGAN (4-1) beat Michigan St., 21-7. 12 PURDUE (3-2) lost to Minnesota, 31-14. 13 ARKANSAS (3-0) beat Texas Christian, 16-13. 14 NO. CAROLINA ST. (4-1) lost to Auburn, 44-31. 15 MISSOURI (3-1) did not play 16 MICHIGAN STATE (3-2) lost to Michigan, 21-7. 17 LOUISIANA STATE (3-1) beat Florida. 20-3 18 NORTH CAROLINA (4-0) beat Cincinnati, 35-14. 19 TENNESSEE (3-1) lost to Mississippi St.. 28-9 20 BRIGHAM VOUNG (4-0) beat Hawaii, 38-15 Wm9 Orioles' third baseman Doug DeCinces begins his eye-popping play against the California Angels in the fifth inning Saturday. With one out, the bases loaded and the Orioles leading, 3-0, DeCinces makes a backhanded stop AP Photo of Jim Anderson's screamer down the third base line. He picks himself up, forces Bobby Grich at third and throws to first to double Anderson. The Orioles won, 8-0, and captured the American League pennant, 3 games to 1 . Affirmed outduels the Bid in 'horse-of-year' Gold Cup NEW YORK (AP) "Don't take anything away from Spectacular Bid," said trainer Laz Barrera after Bid's showdown Saturday with Affirmed. "The Bid is a heck of a horse, but Affirmed is a little bit better." Barrera's Affirmed was three-quarters of a length better than Spectacular Bid at the end of the 1 j-mile Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. The victory virtually clinched Afflrmed's second straight Horse of the Year title and made the 4-year-old colt, in Barrera's eyes, a little bit better than any horse, any time. "I don't want to insult anybody or be called prejudiced," See CUP, Page 8F

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