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The Michigan Daily Monday, October 7, 1985y Page 7
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By MIKE REDSTONE
Packers pummel lions
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Phillip
Epps caught two touchdown passes,
Jame Lofton grabbed 10 passes for 151
yards and an aggressive Green Bay
defense stifled a bumbling Detroit of-
fense as the Packers romped over the
Lions 43-10 yesterday.
Detroit had six turnovers in the
game - four lost fumbles and two in-
terceptions. The blitzing Packers
sacked Lions quarterback four times.
Joe Ferguson, replacing an ineffec-
tive Eric Hipple, was sacked for a
safety in the third quarter by Robert
Brown. That gave the Packers a 43-3
lead entering the fourth quarter.
The Lions scored their only touch-
down of the day midway through the
fourth quarter when Ferguson hit
Alvin Moore with a 13-yard touchdown
Swarming M' defense.
. ,blitzes Big Ten
O KAY, EVERYONE knows that after Saturday's 33-6 victory over
Wisconsin, Michigan has allowed only one touchdown in building a 4-0
But looking at the Big Ten, a lot of weird things have been happening this
'For example, Iowa is ranked first in the nation, Illinois has dropped out of
the top 20, Indiana is in the top 20 and Michigan, a team expected by most to
go nowhere this year, is ranked as one of the seven best squads in the nation.
-And after a weekend in which Illinois defeated fifth-ranked Ohio State and
Iowa nearly lost to that offensive powerhouse - Michigan State, the
Wolverines may be the best team going in the Big Ten right now.
What is responsible for the Wolverines' success this season?
Well, most experts agree that the best offense is a good defense. But I think
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler would say, 'The best offense is a good
defense - and the best defense is a good offense,' In a word Balance is
If I told you once ...
Schembechler has said over and over this year that the offense has helped
the defense by keeping possession of the ball. And the Michigan offense has
controlled the ball 60 percent of the time this season. That is, without a
doubt, an aid to the defense.
But a defense that gives up 51/4 points per game doesn't need too much
help, except from itself. Balance within the defensive unit has been the key
t6 the Wolverines success. The line helps the defensive backs and vice versa.
Michigan's defensive line, led by tackle Mike Hammerstein, has plagued
opposing quarterbacks all season. In fact, the Wolverine defense has 14
acks so far this year as opposed to 25 during all of last year. At that pace,
Michigan will finish with 39 sacks, not too shabby.
In addition, those 14 sacks have dropped opposing quarterbacks for 129
yards in losses, an average of 9.2 yards per sack.
Of course, Michigan's experienced defensive secondary corps has played
an important role in this sack barrage. Without good coverage of receivers,
quarterback sacks are next to impossible.
"-But the defensive backs' main glory statistic, interceptions, are equally
itugh to come by if the defensive line is unable to pressure the quarterback.
.Not surprisingly, then, the Wolverines lead the Big Ten with 13 intercep-
tions, including five against the Badgers.
Michigan's third interception Saturday afternoon epitomizes this balance
(of power) between the defensive line and the secondary.
With 2:56 left in the third quarter and Michigan leading 17-6, Wisconsin
quarterback Mike Howard dropped back to pass at his own 21.
Middle guard Billy Harris broke through Wisconsin's offensive line, for-
cing Howard to throw the ball while running left. The result: cornerback
Garland Rivers intercepted the pass and bolted 27 yards for a touchdown.
Brad Cochran's fourth quarter interception was the result of similar1
ressure on Howard.
The 6-4, 219 pound signal caller rolled from the Michigan 31 as the right
side of the Wolverine line broke through. Cochran abruptly ended the
dger's drive as he stepped in front of Tim Fullington to pick off the pass at
the 21. With the pressure on him, Howard never even saw Cochran.
This has been the trademark of Michigan's bend-but-not-break defense all
year long. Inside of the Michigan 30-yard line, opponents have discovered a
swarming defensive attack and exceptional pass coverage.
"I think ... that we're putting a little more pressure on the passer this
year than we did a year ago," said Schembechler. "That part of it (the
defense) has helped the secondary a lot."
And with the defense helping itself so much this year, more weird events
may occur as Michigan treads its way through the Big Ten schedule. One of
them may be a Rose Bowl berth for the Maize and Blue.
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Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
On a roll
Quarterback Jim Harbaugh rolls out before completing a touchdown pass
to running back Gerald White during Saturday's Badger beating. Har-
baugh passed for 144 yards and three touchdowns.
I E PICKS
Superstitions and jinxes live on in
Daily sports editor Tom Keaney put
the hex on a Gridde entry this week.
When Liz Cavanaugh's pick was
discovered by Keaney, the New Ham-
pshire-born, Boston-bred editor
snidely circled "Kappa Kappa Gam-
ma" on Liz's entry. In the margin, the
Kean-eye scrawled "Oh my gawd!"
Naturally,rLiz went on to breeze to
an easy Griddes victory, going 18-2,
beating all comers by at least two
games. In the Daily's staff pool,
Keaney went 15-5.
"Oh my gawd!"
1. MICHIGAN at Michigan State
2. Iowa at Wisconsin
3. Indiana at Ohio State
4. Minnesota at Northwestern
5. Illinois at Purdue
6. Oklahoma at Texas
7. Nebraska at Oklahoma State
8. Tennessee at Florida
9. Baylor at SMU
10. Florida State at Auburn
11. Houston at Texas A&M
12. Alabama at Penn State
13. UCLA at Stanford
14. Boston College at Army
15. The Strategic Defense Bowl: Air
Force at Navy
16. Arkansas at Texas Tech
17. LSU at Vanderbilt
18. Harvard at Cornell
19. Marshall at Furman
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Los Angeles Raiders 19, Kansas City 10
Indianapolis 49, Buflalo 17
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