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Joe Jares
October 10, 1977
Michigan led Texas A&M 7-3 after two quarters. Then the Wolverines scored five touchdowns, four as a result of turnovers and a blocked punt
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October 10, 1977

In The Second Half It Was Pure Aggie-ny

Michigan led Texas A&M 7-3 after two quarters. Then the Wolverines scored five touchdowns, four as a result of turnovers and a blocked punt

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"I never thought I'd see a coach more conservative than Bo," said one.

"They should call him Emory Dullard," said another.

The sloppily played but tight game broke open midway through the third quarter, when Michigan Linebacker Dom Tedesco recovered a Woodard fumble on the A&M 40. Five plays later Davis went in from the one-foot line for Michigan's second touchdown. But Holder Curt Stephenson fumbled the snap, tried to run and was smothered under a pile of Aggies. Michigan 13-3.

It was Stephenson's turn to make up for a mistake 17 plays later. The Wolverines' walk-on wide receiver got loose in the end zone and caught a Leach floater for a 35-yard touchdown play. Winner's PAT made it 20-3.

Now A&M was giving the ball away, and Michigan was capitalizing on its opportunities. Huckleby scored from eight yards out a few plays after Dwight Hicks intercepted a Walker pass. Simpkins blocked an A&M punt, and Jim Pickens picked it up at the goal line and carried it in. Defensive Back Mike Jolly intercepted a pass from freshman Mike Mosley at the 50 and ran it all the way back for the final TD.

Mainly because Walker couldn't get anything going, A&M had been humiliated. He had passed effectively the week before against Texas Tech, but finished the day in Ann Arbor with one completion and an interception for nine attempts. He also had been dropped for minus 14 yards rushing. Dickey was held to just 45 yards in 15 carries. Woodard carried 39 times for 153 yards but most of them were meaningless.

"We did not want Dickey beating us with a big play," said Schembechler. "We knew the big guy would make yards on the inside, and he did. But Dickey did not get outside on the pitches."

"In the first half we had opportunities and didn't do anything with them," said Bellard. "I thought we were no worse than even in the first half. But Michigan came out in the second half and beat us every way you can beat a football team—offensively, defensively and in the kicking game. They have been No. 1 and should be ranked pretty highly."

"I'd just as soon not be No. 1," said Schembechler. "It's a pain in the neck. No. 1, No. 1, No. 1. It's only been four games. Who cares?"

For one, Michigan Linebacker/Punter Anderson, who helped keep A&M in the hole by averaging 43.2 yards on nine kicks. "This was a super important game," he said. "It told us, hey, we're here, we can play with the best of 'em."

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