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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday - January 9, 1985
'M'falls as
4th quarter TD's

offense stalls, 24-17

ruin Blue's
By DOUGLAS B. LEVY
Michigan's heartbreaking, 24-17
loss to National Champion Brigham
Young is old news - 18 days old to be
precise. But the fact remains that the
game itself was one of the most exciting
in Wolverine grid history.
The Michigan defense performed
heroically against the prolific BYU
Cougar offense. The Wolverines forced
six turnovers - three interceptions and
three fumble recoveries and blocked a
field goal attempt.
"IF YOU HAD told me before the
game that we would have six or seven
turnovers against Michigan and still
win the game, I would have told you
that you were crazy," said an exultant
BYU head coach LaVell Edwards, after
the game.
Somehow, Michigan's anemic offense
was able to convert the six BYU give-
aways into a measley 17 points. To this
day Bo Schembechler has not commen-
ted on his offensive unit's lack of
mobility.
Schembechler was shocked by what
he witnessed in the fourth quarter. BYU
quarterback Robbie Bosco led touch-
down-scoring drives of 80 and 83 yards
to overcome a 17-10 Wolverine lead.
BRIGHAM YOUNG's fourth quarter
blitz sent Michigan to its second con-
secutive excruciating bowl game
defeat. Last January 2, the Wolverines
fell to Auburn, 9-7 on a last minute field
goal. Schembechler's record in bowl
games thus dropped to a horrifying, 2-
10, leaving alumni and fans wondering
how much more bowl abuse they can
tolerate.
Here's- how it happened: Following
Bob Bergeron's 32-yard field goal,
Michigan was on top by seven points
with 14:14 left in the game. After the
touchback on the ensuing kickoff, it took
BYU eight plays to cover the 80 yards.
Bosco completed all seven of his
passes, including _the seven-yard TD
strike to Glen Kozlowski, who made a
brilliant finger-tip grab at the back of
the endzone.
Deadlocked at 17, Michigan's next
possession was a wipeout. Three plays,
-10 yards, then Monte Robbins' sixth
punt of the game. But three plays later,
outside linebacker Jim Scarcelli inter-
cepted a tipped Bosco aerial and retur-
ned the ball 13 yards to the Cougar 45.
BACK IN business, Michigan ran
seven plays good for a total of negative
five yards. After Robbins' seventh and
final punt of the night, BYU had first-
and-ten from its 17 with 4:36 to go.
The story of Michigan's painful four-
th quarter was the offensive unit, which
had four possessions and lost 17 yards.
Bosco led his team upfield in 11 plays
with impressive chunks of yardage, the
winning play being a 13-yard pass to
halfback Kelly Smith with 1:23 showing
on the clock. For the game, Smith
caught 10 passes for 88 yards. BYU's top
receiver was tight end David Mills who
made 11 grabs for 103 yards.
THE WOLVERINES had 1:15 to
march 70 yards for the score, but Chris
Zurbrugg was intercepted on the
second play and the game was locked.

Holiday
Of particular aggravation to Schem-
bechler was BYU's pass blocking.
Michigan was able to sack Bosco only
twice for 11 yards. What got to Schem-
bechler was the fact that the Cougars
made 49 pass attempts and were not
tolled for a holding penalty once. The
injured Bosco completed 30 of 42 passes
for 343 yards.
"If they (the referees) let you tackle
people at the line of scrimmage, you
carrpass for 480 or 500 yards," said the
enraged Michigan coach at his terse
post-game press conference.
ON SEVERAL occasions it appeared
that as Michigan's defenders were
closing in on Bosco, they were tackled
outright.
"Take their next-to-last touchdown,"
explained the coach the morning after
the game. "Our man (Mike Hammer-
stein) was right there ready to bring
down Bosco and he was tackled from
behind. That's absurd, but that's what
they're teaching nowadays and they're
getting away with it."
In the game, Michigan had two series
of paramount significance - one a
highlight, the other a lowlight.
THE HIGHLIGHT came in the
second quarter and was registered by
the defense. The Wolverines had fallen
behind, 7-0 and were forced to punt on
their next series after only three downs.
BYU put on a ferocious rush and the
punt would have certainly been
blocked. Robbins was chased out of
bounds at the five-yard line.
Michigan's defense stood poised, and
denied the Cougars on downs one and
two. On third-and-goal from the two,
Bosco rolled out then tried to run up the
middle. He fumbled upon being hit and
Kevin Brooks recovered in the endzone
giving the Wolverines first down at the
20. Michigan took advantage of that
turnover, going 80 yards to tie the
game. Had the Cougars scored for the
14-0 lead, the contest would have been
finito.
Now the lowlight and the primary
reason for the bitter loss. With three-
and-a-half minutes to go in the third
quarter, Tim Anderson blocked a
Cougar field goal attempt. Freshman
Erik Campbell played the bounce per-
fectly and scampered 25 yards down the
Wolverine sideline. Michigan then
blasted the final 47 yards behind the
running and receiving of fullback Bob
Perryman. And all of a sudden, the
Wolverines were on top, 14-10.
On the kickoff, BYU's ace return
man, Vai Sikahema couldn't handle the
pigskin and was tackled at the four-
yard line. Just two plays later, fullback
Lakei Heimuli fumbled and Michigan
had a first down just 12 yards away
from a 21-10 lead. But after getting to
the nine, the Woverines could only
move backwards and had to settle for
the three points. That series, that
missed golden opportunity broke the
team's back. The momentum was gone
and the BYU barrage was about to
begin.
And the season and all the bowl game
hysteria is now over. Michigan finished
an unusual, 6-6. But it was exciting.

Michigan defensive tackle Kevin Brooks (52) sets to pounce on Lakei
Heimuli's third quarter fumble at the BYU 12-yard line. Cougars Louis Wong

Daily Photo by DOUG McMAHON
(70) and Glen Kozlowski (7) look on in vain. The Wolverines had to settle for
a field goal.

So what, we can drink and have sex

SCORING
MICHIGAN ..................... 0 7 7 3-17
Brigham Young ...............0 10 0 14-24
SCORING PLAYS
BYU - K. smith five-yard run (Johnson kick)
MICH.- Rogers five-yard run (Bergeron kick)
BYU - Johnson 31-yard field goal
MICH.- Perryman 10-yard pass from Zurbrugg
(Bergeron kick)
MICH. - Bergeron 32-yard field goal
BYU -Kozlowski seven-yard pass from Bosco
(Johnson kick)
BYU - K. Smith 13-yard pass from Bosco

RUSHING
MICHIGAN
Att Y

RECEIVING

Brigham Young

Perryman ................. 13
Rogers .................... 19
White ..................... 6
Morris .................... 3
Robbins ................... i
Zurbrugg .................. 7
Brigham Young
Heimuli ................... 16
Bosco ..................... 6
Smith ..................... 3
Fowler .................... 2

i
i

Yds
110
60

17
12
-11
-68
82
16
7
7

Avg
8.5
3.2
2.8
4.0
-11.0
-9.8
5.1
2.7
2.3
3.5

TD
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
TD
1

MICHIGAN
Bean.........................
Perryman.........................
Jokich ...........................
Nelson ............................
Brigham Young
Mills ..........................
Smith .............................
Heimuli ...........................
Bellini.............................
Haysbert ..........................
Kozlowski ....................
Salanoa .......................

No.
3
2
1-

Yds
46
15
14
7
103
88
40
48
42
35
15

TD
0
I
0
0

Parker ................
Salano ............
Sikahema...........

216

TACKLES

11
10
4
3
3
3
1

0
1
0
0
0
1
0

MICHI
No
Rivers ...............17T
M. Mallory7...........
Anderson............5
Moeller..............5
Hicks................5
Cochran...............4

GAN
o Assists
1
1
0
0
1

Total
18
8
6
5
5
5

0

{Johnson kick)

First Downs ...............
Rushing (Att/Yds).......
Net Passing Yards.......
Passing (Att/Comp/int)..
Total Yards ...............
Fumbles (No/Lost) ........
Punts (No/Avg)..........
Penalties (No/Yds) ........
Time of Possession ........

MICH.
13
49/120
82
15/7/1
202
2/0
7/39.1
11/112
31:01

BYU
32
27/112
371
49/35/3
483
4/3
1/45.0
9/82
28:59

PASSING
MICHIGAN
Att Comp Int Yds
Zurbrugg...............15 7 1 82

RETURNS

Brigham Young

MICHIGAN
Punts
No/Yds
Schmerge ............
G. Johnson..........

Kickoffs
No/Yds
1/3
1/20

Brigham Young
Morrell................ 9 2
White ................. 7 2
Haymond ............. 6 0
Mary Allen.............5 1
B.Smith ............... 5 0

11
9
6
6
5

Bosco ..................... 42
Fowler .................... 7

30
5

3
0

343
28

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*Fullback Bob Perryman plowed through the.SBYU defense for a career-high.110
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against Miami-in the 1984opener.
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* Another career performance was turned in by Wolverine cornerback Garland
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player-of-the-game by the very pro-BYUmedia.
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