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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Sunday, October 23, 1983
BERGERON'S FG REVERSES TREND
This time Blue does the stinging
By RON POLLACK
This time the snakebite was on the
Michigan field goal kicker Bob
Bergeron's 45-yard shot heard 'round
Ann Arbor yesterday flew right in the
face of a most unwelcome tradition.
During the 1970s and 1980s, the
Wolverines have been stung by the
deadly venom of last-second defeats
more often then they would care to
Inevitably, something has almost
always gone wrong in the final minute
of play. Bergeron's field goal with eight
seconds remaining not only gave
Michigan a thrilling 16-13 victory, but it
also was a pleasant detour for the
Wolverines form this last-second
"DON'T THINK I wasn't thinking
that on that last drive," said Michigan
assistant head coach and defensive
coordinator Gary Moeller as he puffed
contentedly on a victory cigar. "Going
clear back to 1970 we've been snakebit
on kicks like that. I didn't have the ut-
most confidence (on the winning field
goal). I thought it was a 50-50 chance."
Optimism was not exactly oozing out
of the pores and souls of anyone else
wearing Maize and Blue, either. Except
for the fifth-year seniors who saw An-
thony Carter's defeat-defying 45-yard
touchdown on the final play of the
Wolverines' 27-21 win over Indiana in
1979, none of the players along the
Michigan sideline had ever seen their
offense win a college game in heart-
"This is a great feeling because we
haven't won like this since I've been
here," said Michigan quarterback
Steve Smith. "We lost to Washington
(25-24) in the last seconds this year, and
to Notre Dame (29-27) on a last-second
field goal my freshman year. We've lost
games like this ever since I've been
here and that's why it's nice to win
EVEN MORE startling than the fact
that the Wolverines won the game in the
final seconds is the knowledge that they
did so on a field goal. The horror stories
about the last-minute field goals in
Wolverine lore are plentiful since head
coach Bo Schembechler arrived on the
Ann Arbor scene in 1969.
It has been analmost inescapable
maxim that Michigan game-deciding
field goals sail wide or are blocked,
while opponents connect on kicks in
similar situations with remarkable
consistency. If there is a field-goal God
in the sky, he has rarely chosen to smile
on the Wolverines.
"Whenever our team or the other
team lines up for a field goal in that
situation I get a little queasy," said
Michigan center Tom Dixon. "So this
SCHEMBECHLER also noted that
the euphoria which accompanied his
team's win was a wonderful respite
from the gut-wrenching alternative his
squads usually must endure whenever
heroes and goats have been crowned in.
the final moments of a game.
"It was a great victory not only in
terms of the conference race, but in the
way it was won," Schembechler said.
"That's excellent as long as you kick
the field goal. I've been on the other end
and it's hard."
Once Bergeron's kick sailed through
the uprights, all that was left was the
celebrating. Oh how they celebrated.
"EVERYONE was jumping around
happy," Michigan defensive back Evan
Cooper said. "Except for the Purdue
game when we clinched the Big Ten
title last year, I can't remember when
the team was happier."
Alas, the team may have been just a
mite too happy. Bergeron was mobbed
at the 50-yard line as his teammates
stormed the field in a frenzied fit of
delirium. For a moment, anarchy
reigned. The officials eventually took
control of the situation and assessed a
15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct
penalty on the ensuing kickoff.
"I didn't realize exactly what was
happening," Michigan outside
linebacker Rodney Lyles said. "I saw
the ref throw the flag so I got my butt
off the field, but it was too late. It was
SCHEMBECHLER is hopeful that a
15-yard penalty is the only toll that will
be exacted for the ecstacy that follows
an emotional win.
"I hope we don't celebrate this too
long," Schembechler said. "I hope the
players enjoy the rest of homecoming,
but they've got to be conservative."
Since Illinois and Michigan both are
undefeated in conference play and face
each other next weekend, you can bet
Schembechler will not allow his team to
overindulge in celebration.
"They say after a big game, teams
tend to get flat," said tailback Rick
Rogers. "But we're still in a do or die
situation. I can just say Bo won't let us
celebrate too long."
Said Dixon, "We'll enjoy the win, it's
the highlight of our season. But we have
to keep our heads. We can't let down.
We have to maintain this emotional
* Michigan head coach Bo Schembechler, who is on the Board of Director's of
Domino's Pizza, to placekicker Bob Bergeron, who is not on scholarship and s
not allowed to attend the team's training table. "You go to any Dominos you want
and get anthing you wat.,
* Outside linebacker Rodney Lyles comparing yesterday's game to the 1979
Michigan-Indiana game in which the Wolverines won on the final play on an An.
thony Carter 45-yard touchdown: "I've seen that game on film and on TV.
imagine the feeling then was the same as now."
* Defensive back Evan Cooper's right arm was in a sling after the game because of
a bruised shoulder,
* Quarterback Steve Smith passed Rick Leach on the Michigan all-time list for
pass attempts. Smith now has 547 to Leach's 537.
Doily Photo by SCOTT ZOLTON
Michigan linebacker Carlton Rose pops the ball loose from Iowa tailback
Owen Gill to kill a Hawkeye drive late in the fourth quarter and turn the tide
in the Wolverine's favor.
BY JOHN KERR
:t's no mistake ...
Bergeron earns his keep
A TIP FOR ALL sports historians: take note of yesterday's date.
October 22,1983. It is a date that should never be forgotten. It is a date
on which one of the rarest occurrences known to mankind took place - the
Michigan football team won a game on a last second field goal.
I will pause while you catch your breath.
The ball didn't sail wide to the right. It didn't go off to the left. The kick
wasn't blocked and it didn't fall short. No, it went right through the uprights
with just eight seconds left in the game to give the Wolverines a thrilling 16-
13 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes.
It's obvious that the big guy upstairs got his signals crossed. After all this
type of thing just doesn't happen at Michigan. Purdue? Sure. Notre Dame?
Why it's commonplace. But Michigan? It's got to be a mistake.
Of course, it could have been your average run of the mill miracle.
The funny thing about this whole marvel is that the hero can't even eat with
his teammates at the Michigan training table.
That's right, because kicker Bob Bergeron is not on scholarship, he isn't
allowed to join his teammates for dinner. He just shows up for practice and
dresses for the games with none of the fringe benefits the scholarship
athletes receive. But that doesn't bother the -8, 140-pound senior from Ft.
Wayne, Ind. He's played that role for four years, just waiting to get his chan-
ce and this season he got it.
Yesterday made the long wait worth it.
"I'd dreamed about this moment since I got here," said Bergeron after the
Ironically, Bergeron almost didn't get a shot at realizing his dream. Todd
Schlopy, who has the stronger leg, almost got the call.
"That kick is just in Bergeron's range," Bo said. "If it had been any fur-
ther, we'd have gone with Schlopy." In fact, it wasn't until kicking coach Alex
Agase advised Schembechier to use Bergeron that Bo made his decision.
Bergeron himself didn't even know he would be doing the kicking until Bo
told him to get into the game. Even with the situation as it was, the senior
said he wasn't nervous.
"I was just concentrating on making the kick," he said. "I was confident. I
consider myself good under pressure. I like pressure."
When Bo sent the kicker in to do the job, he knew that Bergeron wouldn't
let his nerves get the best of him. "Bergeron will miss a kick, but not because
he panics," said Bo. "He's as tough a little guy as you'll ever want to meet."
Bergeron might not have been
panicking, but half the 104,559 in the
stands was. It was a familiar scene
in the minds of many Michigan fans.
A scene without a happy ending.
History was definitely Michigan's
But not this time. The snap came
back to holder Dan Decker who
spotted the ball perfectly. Bergeron
drilled a low liner toward the
uprights (he said he kicked it low
because of the swirling winds near
the field) and when the officials
raised their arms, the miracle was
The Michigan team, which isn't
used to celebrating on such oc-
casions, rushed out on the field and
Bergeron found himself in the mid-
dle of the mob. Schembechler
couldn't even get to him to extend
"I didn't even know where he
was," the coach said. "He's not very
big. I couldn't find him."
Bo found him in the lockerroom.
He grinned and joked and patted
Cdr' Bergeron on the back. It was a new
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low because the wind was playing havoc with the
"We knew if we got close that we could win,
because we have a lot of confidence in Bob
Bergeron," added Rogers, who led all rushers with
125 yards. "Everyone calls him 'Jose,' because we
think a kicker should have a foreign name to make
Michigan also moved to two first-half Bergeron
field goals, and appeared ready to take a 6-0 lead into
the locker room after Don Bracken's punt left Iowa at
its own 12-yard line.
The Hawkeyes then put together their first drive of
the day, mixing the running of Owen Gill with the
passing of quarterback Chuck Long. The drive stalled
after Michigan defensive tackle Vince DeFelice
sacked Long back to the Michigan 39, and Iowa had to
settle for Tom Nichol's 56-yard field goal and a 6-3
Michigan's defense set up the next score as, accor-
ding to Schembechler, it faked Iowa into throwing an
Facing second-and-six on the Iowa 45, the
Hawkeyes lined up both split end Dave Moritz and
wingback Ronnie Harmon on the left side of its line.
Michigan appeared to ignore Harmon, who motioned
frantically to Long to show that he was uncovered at
the line of scrimmage. Long took the snap and didn't
hesitate with his throw, which landed in the arms of
Michigan linebacker Mike Mallory, who had moved
to Harmon as part of Michigan's zone coverage.
On the ensuing drive, Rogers and fullback Eddie
Garrett gained 52 yards in seven carries as Michigan
moved to a first-and-goal from the four-yard line.
Rogers then took a pitchout off of right end and ran
over teammate Sim Nelson to get into the end zone
and put Michigan on top 13-3.
Iowa came right back, however, moving quickly on
field goal range on its next possession. The drive
stalled at the Michigan three, when Long fumbled a
snap, and Iowa set up for Nichol's second field goal
attempt of the day.
THIS TIME, however, holder Tom Grogan took the
snap and rolled to his right, before throwing a perfect
touchdown strike to a tightly-covered Lon Olejniczak
in the corner of the end zone to bring the score to 13-
BUT IOWA GOT another chance almost im-
mediately, as Michigan freshman Gerald White fum-
bled the Iowa kick-off twice on a 14-yard return, and
Hawkeye freshman Joe Schuster recovered the
second bobble at the Michigan 19.
Two plays later the ball was on the four, but a
holding penalty and a quarterback sack by Evan
Cooper moved the Hawkeyes back and forced Nichol
to line up for another field goal. This time there
were no fakes, and Nichol was accurate from 27 yar-
ds, tying the game at 13.
Right on Bergeron
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Michigan took the kick-off and drove to the Iowa 32,
but Steve Smith's third-down pass was tipped by
Rogers and intercepted by Iowa's Mike Stoops to kill
FOUR-PLAYS-and-a-punt later, Michigan had the
ball back on its own 19, but turned the ball over again
when Smith's bomb to Vince Bean was intercepted at
the Iowa 49, giving the Hawkeyes good field position
with just 4:33 left in the game.
Iowa was quick to return the ball, however, as
Carlton Rose forced a Gill fumble at the Michigan 29,
and Rodney Lyles fell on the loose ball, giving the
Wolverines the ball with 1:30 remaining to set up the
FROM THERE, it was Michigan's short drive, and
the decision to use Bergeron instead of Schlopy for
the game-winning field goal attempt.
Bergeron's field goal marked the first time since
1971, and a 9-6 victory against Purdue, that Michigan
has used a last-second kick to get the win.
"Geez, that was a great game," said Schem-
bechler, breathing a visible sigh of relief. "If all the
games were like that, and we'd win every time, I'd
stay in the coaching business for a long time.
"Any time you win a big game the way we did
today, it is exciting," Schembechler added.
"Especially if you're the ones that kicked the field
First Downs ...
Passing Net Yards.
Punts (no/Avg.) ...
MICH-Bergeron, 37-yd FG
MICH-Bergeron 20Yd FG
Iowa-Nichol 56-yd FG
MICH-Rogers 4-yd run (Bergeron kick)
Iowa-Oiejniczak 3-yd pass from Grogan. (Nichol
MICH-Bergeron 45 yard FG
Nelson .................... 4
Moritz .................... 4
Gill ....................... 2
Harmon ................... 1
Olejniczak ................. 1
o. Yds TD
I 38 0
S. Smith ...........
S. Smith............. 18 6
Grogan ............. 1 1
Int Yds TD
2 71 0
3 7 3-16
3 0 10-13
2 . 39.0
Illini back bli*tzes Purdue,. 35-2 1
WEST LAFAYETTE (AP) - Dwight
Beverly rushed for a career-best 179
yards and scored three second-half
touchdowns yesterday, offsetting Pur-
due's passing attack and leading 11th-
ranked Illinois to a 35-21 victory.
The triumph lifted Illinois to 6-1 for
the season and kept the Illini tied with
Michigan for first place in the con-
ference at 5-0 going into the two co-
leaders' matchup next week at Cham-
NorthuWestern 19, Minnesota 8
EVANSTON (AP) - Ricky Edwards
returned a kickoff 79 yards for a touch-
down to become Northwestern's career
all-purpose offensive leader as the
Wildcats earned a soggy 19-8
homecoming victory over Minnesota
football start, passed for one touchdown
yesterday and led 17th-ranked Ohio
State to a 21-11 victory over Michigan
State in a game played in the rain.
Karsatos, a red-shirt freshman,
threw 39 yards to tight end John Frank
in the second quarter to give the
Buckeyes a 14-3 halftime lead.
Karsatos, filling in for injured
regular Mike Tomczak, completed nine
of 16 passes for 170 yards, all but seven
of them coming in the opening half.
Wisconsin 45, Indiana 14
MADISON (AP) - Randy Wright
passed for 199 yards and four touch-
downs and Gary Ellerson ran for 136
yards and two scores as Wisconsin
crushed Indiana 45-14 yesterday.
Wright who completed 12 of 19 passes,
became the Badgers' all-time passing
yardage leader with 3,783 yards.
Ohio State 21, MSU 11
COLUMBUS (AP) - Quarterback
Jim Karsatos, making his first college
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