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The Crimson touch football team opened its roughest weekend schedule ever with a routine and imperturbable 23-2 victory over a collection of over-the-hill Nieman Fellows yesterday afternoon. The game extended the team's winning streak back to 299.

In a bizarre reversal of the normal game pattern. Captain Deacon Dake marshalled his players to score all of the Crime's points, as well as perform their more usual function of shutting out their opposition.

It was a game of safeties. The Crimson picked up 16 points on them, and the Nieman fellows scored their only two points when the Human Gnat dumped Crimson quarterback Mike O'Rourke in his own end zone.

Steve Luzenberg led the defense in its scoring explosion, dumping Nieman quarterback Mike "Big D" Ritchie five times. Peter Milo Shane and Muffy Palmer also tallied for the Crimson, nailing assorted other fellows in the Nieman backfield.

The game's only touchdown was scored when cornerback Peter Landry put a little touch into his cast-iron hands and intercepted a Nieman pass, running it back 64 yards.

Neither team could get its offense untracked. Crimson coach Robert Decherd blamed the absence of players, such as Henry "Blockbuster" McGee and the playing conditions for his team's difficulties. He also criticized flashback Dean Swanson's occasional tendency to run in the wrong direction.

The aggressive play of "Gentleman Doug" Schoen was the only highlight of the offensive unit. Schoen squashed the Human Gnat, a child-like pass rusher who harried the Crimson QB all afternoon. The boy's father invited Schoen out to the parking lot after the game, but Schoen sent his regrets.

Today the Crimson attempts to extend its streak to 299 playing two games. If Box Jox show up, they will be the first victim in a game scheduled weather permitting, at 9 a.m. on Soldiers Field. At noon, the second half of the doubleheader will start against the Daily Pennsylvanian.

Headman Decherd refused to predict the exact score of either game, though Jimmy the Greek is offering 21-point spreads in both games. Decherd only frowned and said. "Those guys aren't supposed to be any good, but we'll probably win anyway."

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