Sport: Disbelief & Disaster

The press-box announcer blurted: "We have a score on the Northwestern-Michigan game that seems unlikely. The report gives Northwestern 34 points in the second quarter. We are asking for confirmation." Confirmation came quickly: Michigan was taking the licking of its life.

In the past five seasons lowly Northwestern had won only four Big Ten conference games. Taking over three years ago, young (35) Coach Ara Parseghian, onetime Miami (Ohio) halfback, set out to rebuild manpower and morale. "You're just the patsies from Northwestern," he taunted his players. It worked. This year aroused Wildcats have won their first three games (Washington State, Stanford,...