Missouri opened the second half by battling to the Michigan 29, but a fumble ruined the drive and Michigan scored the next two times it had the ball, Lytle on a 19-yard run through a huge hole and Leach 12 yards up the middle on a broken pass play. Leach was an effective runner all afternoon, but his passing—one completion in five attempts, plus an interception—is not going to petrify future opponents.
Michigan led 24-0 at the end of the third quarter, and it was time for Schembechler to test another freshman, Tailback Harlan Huckleby. That name makes it sound as if he should be fishing from a raft on the Mississippi. Instead, Huckleby is a high-speed sports model developed in Detroit. He ran the 220 in 21.5 at 15, the 100-yard dash in 9.5 at 16 and was the state high school champion in both events.
"I want to tell you, he's fast," Schembechler said early in the week. "He's about the fastest we've got."
So when Huckleby took a pitchout and started careening around left end at the Missouri 11, and the Mizzou cornerback raced straight in instead of drifting to the sideline for a less difficult angle, Schembechler chuckled and thought, "I don't believe he knows how fast this kid is."
Before you could say Harlan Huckleby, he turned the corner and zipped in for Michigan's fourth touchdown. Missouri's second-string quarterback, Pete Woods (his mother was the first woman editor of The Michigan Daily), tossed a five-yard touchdown pass with 1:09 to go to avoid a shutout.
It was Schembechler's 100th head-coaching victory and his reward was to be thrown fully clothed into the shower, which was not a bad place to be after the heat down on the Tartan Turf of the stadium.
"We're not a great team yet," he said, smiling and dripping. "We're a young, struggling team. We'll get better as the season goes along. We just need time to do it."
You've got seven weeks, Bo. Then Ohio State comes to town.