Last Saturday Northwestern came to Chapel Hill, N.C. after an opening loss to Purdue. Flu had so decimated the Wildcats that at the beginning of the week Head Coach Johnny Pont assigned himself the role of Menapace on the preparation team in workouts.
Said Pete Shaw, a Northwestern co-captain and an All-America candidate at strong safety, "It's not very humorous but the coach is quicker than some of our players."
Pont, 48, 5'8" and 181 pounds, and an All-America halfback at Miami of Ohio, finished the week with a black eye, a sore ankle and a pulled groin muscle. And he was without his starting quarterback, Randy Dean, the second-best passer in the Big Ten last season, who had advanced from the flu to a light case of pneumonia.
Offensively, the game was no contest. With Breitbeil making his first start as a college quarterback, and beset by a couple of fumbles, four pass interceptions and an assortment of penalties, Northwestern only twice managed to nudge beyond the 50-yard line, and briefly each time. What the Wildcats needed was a 70-yard field-goal kicker.
North Carolina was better on offense but not much. Twice in the first quarter the Tar Heels turned short Northwestern punts into drives that carried to the five, but their only score was a 21-yard field goal by Tom Biddle. On their third drive of the quarter they were stalled on the Wildcats' 14.
Northwestern's two fumbles set up two more Tar Heel scores in the third period. After Biddle missed a field goal from the 34-yard line, the Wildcats ran one play and then fumbled the ball to Bobby Cale on the 24. Six plays later, with North Carolina stalled at the eight, Biddle kicked a 25-yard field goal. On the first play after the kickoff, Northwestern fumbled again and Bill Perdue covered the ball at the 28. This time the Tar Heels went all the way, with Menapace getting the last yard on a keeper over the middle. That made the score 12-0, and there it stayed after a Menapace pass for a two-point conversion sailed out of the end zone.
The fourth quarter went something like this: Biddle missed a field goal; on the next play Cale intercepted a Breitbeil pass; an attempted field goal by North Carolina freshman Jeff Arnold was blocked; on the next play Buddy Curry intercepted a Breitbeil pass; North Carolina punted.
"They should have scored 68 points," said Johnny Pont. "But our defense was superb. And with those officials the South could have won the Civil War."
"Well," said Dooley, "we should have scored 40-something. We'll have to work on that."
This week the Tar Heels play Army at West Point. You have to worry for the Cadets.