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Everything Comes Up Roses For Michigan!

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By Wayne DeNeff

You did it Don Moorhead! You did it Garvie Craw! You did it Barry Pierson! You did it Henry Hill!

And all the rest of you!

And as a result, Michigan—the school with the most illustrious record of success in the Rose Bowl—will head west again next month to try for its fifth victory in the granddaddy of the bowl games.

The Wolverines, who have never been beaten in Pasadena, wrapped up the bowl trip and a share of the championship with yesterday’s shocking, 24-12 victory over top-ranked Ohio State before the largest crowd in the history of Michigan Stadium, 103,588.

For Ann Arbor, it was something like V-E Day and V-J Day all wrapped into one and there was celebrating far into the night.

“I’ll buy all the goal posts in the country for a victory like this,” said Michigan athletic director Don Canham as the $2,000 posts came down before a mob of jubilant fans.

Hundreds of fans surged onto the artificial turf before police cordoned it off.

The 25,000 fans from Ohio State were about the only ones to leave immediately after the game.

Ever since it became clear the Wolverines had a good shot at the Rose Bowl assignment, Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler has been concerned. He did not want to go as second best.

“I didn’t want to go as runnerup,” he said after the Wolverines had snapped Ohio State’s 22-game winning streak. Until yesterday, OSU had been the Big Ten leader on an undefeated record.

West Coast officials will be happy it’s Michigan playing in the big bowl.

They have the highest respect for the Wolverines.

Michigan made its first trip to Pasadena in 1901 and Coach Fielding H. Yost’s “Point-A-Minute” team shot down Stanford, 49-0.

It was almost half a century before the Wolverines returned but when they did in 1947 they provided an encore by defeating Southern California, 49-0. It was Coach Fritz Crisler’s greatest team.

As the result of an upset over the Buckeyes in the famous “Snow Bowl” in 1950, Michigan again headed west as Big Ten champion and defeated California, 14-6, for their third straight Rose Bowl triumph.

The Wolverines made it four in a row, by routing Oregon State, 34-7, after winning the 1964 Big Ten championship.

“We felt all along we could win the game and we never forgot it,” Schembechler grinned.

Quarterback Don Moorhead, the former South Haven High signalcaller who directed Michigan’s three touchdown drives, perhaps hit the nail on the head.

“We were emotionally high for this game and when you’re like that you can do almost anything.”

Now all the Wolverines have to do is build up some steam for another undefeated team. Michigan’s Rose Bowl opponent will be Southern California which has a 9-0-1 record following yesterday’s 14-12 triumph over UCLA which clinched the Pacific-8 championship.