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vs. Miami (OH)
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena


Field Hockey
vs. Northwestern
Friday, 4 p.m.
Ferry Field

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, October 8, 1985

Page 8


Kicking corps causes concern

It took four full games this season,
but it appears head coach Bo Schem-
bechler has finally found something to
be worried about on his 1985
Wolverine football team.
At yesterday's weekly press lun-
cheon, Schembechler expressed his
concern that the Michigan kicking
game is not playing up to the level it
should be, a legitimate concern after
Saturday's 33-6 win over Wisconsin
which saw a shanked punt by Monte

Robbins and a missed field goal and
extra point attempt by Mike Gillette.
"THE BIG disappointment of the
season has been the kicking game,"
said Schembechler. "We just haven't
kicked like we are capable. You get
into close games, and that is going to
hurt you."
Schembechler could offer no ex-
planation for the kicking woes, but
said spending more time on it in prac-
tice is not the answer.
"More time isn't the problem," he

said. "It just isn't something that you
can help with more time.
"WE SHOULD be a good kicking
team (before the year is out)," he ad-
While the kicking game may be a
source of consternation to Schem-
bechler, the play of the special teams
on kickoffs and punts is not. Schem-
bechler said the kick coverage has
been good so far, especially the
coverage on kickoffs. Standing out in
that role Saturday was Carlitos
Bostic, whose efforts earned him the
coaches' praise and title of Kick Team
"Carlitos has been the spearhead of
a tremendously aggressive kickoff
team," Schembechler noted. "En-
thusiasm of that kick-off team has
been just tremendous and he has been
a great factor in keeping enthusiasm
so high."
AS FOR the overall level of play on
Saturday, Schembechler was happy
- sort of. He continued to be pleased
with the defense, but the offense
showed signs of sluggishness for the
first time.
"We played good defense, and we
played average offense," he said.
"We were not as good offensively as
we had been in the first three games."
More bothersome than any offen-
sive problems, though, were the
penalties Michigan incurred.
"PENALTIES killed us. We got 11
of them and it kept marching us
back," said Schembechler.

Michigan escaped with no major in-
jury problems. Mike Mallory made a
successful return to the nation's top-
ranked scoring defense, and Eric
Campbell returned to limited action
on the offense. Offensive guard Mark
Husar went down in the second quar-
ter with a sprained ankle and his
status is uncertain for the Michigan
State game.
Along with Bostic, other champions
for the week included Jim Harbaugh,
Offense; Brad Cochran, Defense;
Jamie Morris, Offensive Hustler;
Ivan Hicks, Defensive Hustler; Don
Lessner, Scout Team; and Joel
Boyden, Rookie of the Week.

Michigan continued its rapid
climb in the UPI Board of
Coaches' voting yesterday,
moving up two more notches to
number three.
Despite Iowa's near upset
loss to Michigan State, the
Hawkeyes (4-0) claimed the top
spot for the second straight
week. Iowa received 16 of 42 fir-
st-place votes compared to sec-
ond-ranked Oklahoma's 14. The
Wolverines received 10.
No new teams appeared in
this week's top 20, although
Ohio State's loss to Illinois
dropped them from third to
15th. Indiana (4-0), the only
other Big Ten team in the poll,
held onto its number 20 ranking.
In other polls, CBS and ESPN
ranked Michigan second, and
USA Today/CNN placed the
Wolverines third.

UPI Top Twenty

1. Iowa (16) ..........4-0
2. Oklahoma (14).....2-0
3. MICHIGAN (10) ....4-0
4. Florida State (1) ....4-0
5. Oklahoma State (1) .4-0
6. Penn State.........4-0
7. Arkansas ...........4-0
8. Alabama ...........4-0
9. Nebraska ...........3-1
10. Brigham Young ....4-1
11. Auburn ............3-1
12. Air Force.........5-0
13. Tennessee.......2-0-1
14. Texas ..............3-0
15. Ohio State .........3-1
16. UCLA ..........3-1-1
17. Georgia ............3-1
18. Baylor .............4-1
19. LSU ..............2-1
20. Indiana...........4-0






Stickers drop pair in Big Ten

Rivers honored
CHICAGO (AP) - Cornerback
Garland Rivers of Michigan has
been named Midwest Player of the
Week on defense by the Associated
Rivers, a 6-1, 185-pound junior
from Canton, Ohio, was cited for
his performance in a 33-6 triumph
over Wisconsin.
He intercepted a pass and
returned it 28 yards for a touch-
down, recovered a fumble and had
seven tackles - including five

It was a lost weekend for the
Michigan field hockey team, which is
still left searching for its first win.
The Wolverines lost two games, in-
cluding a 14-0 contest (if you could call
it that) to Iowa on Saturday.
Asked if the beating was as bad as
the score indicated, coach Karen
Collins answered simply, "yes."
"WE DON'T have the kids to face a
team like that," said Collins later,
"especially when they get momentum
and go on a scoring spree."
Junior back Dorie McCubbrey,
agreed. "They hadn't scored a lot in
their last few games and they took it
out on us. When they get on a roll it
doesn't matter who they're playing."
After Saturday's bombing the
Wolverines came back to give Ohio
State a tough game, dropping a 2-0
match on Sunday. "The kids bounced
back well," said Collins. "I give them
a lot of credit."
It has been a disastrous season and
it does not look to get better soon. The
Wolverines have been rocked by in-
juries, including their two best
players, juniors Jane Nixon and Joan
Taylor. "We have to go with our
young players," explained Collins.
"We have no choice."
Unfortunately the road doesn't get
any easier. Next weekend the
Wolverines come up against Big Ten
powers Northwestern and Purdue.
But all hope has not vanished from

this star crossed team. "No matter
what happens," assured McCubbrey,
"we'll always look to win."
Cross country men take 16th
Sue Schroeder continued her string
of impressive performances with her
second straight first place finish this
weekend in the Indiana Invitational,
as the women's cross country team.
placed third in a field of twenty
teams, behind Kentucky and Iowa.
Highly touted freshman Traci Bab-
cock was the second finishing
Wolverine, taking 16th overall, while
her next four teammates finished
between 26th and 30th with times less
than four seconds apart.
LAST YEAR'S number two runner
Cathy Schmidt continued to
rehabilitate her leg, running in her
first meet of the year, and finishing
36th. Coach Sue Parks was not at all
disappointed with Schmidt's showing,
and expected her back at full strength
in time for the Big Ten Champion-
However, coach Parks was not very
excited with her team's performance
despite its third place finish.
"Besides Sue, we had several run-
ners who did not finish as well as we
would have liked, and knew them
capable of," said Parks.
Parks added, "We tend to be a team
that improves a lot as the season
progresses," and expressed optimism
that her team would be at or near the
top when the Big Ten Championships
roll around in November. This
weekend's Michigan Invitational,
held here in Ann Arbor, will provide
her a chance to vindicate that op-
timism. - CHRIS PARKER

Women place third
While football fans realize that a
successful season can be halted by a
few major injuries, not many people
would expect a cross country team to
be ravaged by injuries. Yet, that is
exactly what has happened to the
Michigan men'shcross country team
this season.
The team was in the Notre Dame
Invitational this past weekend and
had to compete without two of its top
five runners. Joe Schmidt and Bob
Vandenberg were unable to run and
Erik Koskinen ran with the flu for
the second straight week. Subsequen-
tly, the Wolverines finished in 12th
place out of 16 teams.
THERE WERE a few bright spots,
however. Senior Chris Brewster
finished first for the second con-
secutive week. Head coach Ron
Warhurst believes Brewster is one of
the top runners in the nation. "It'll be
Brewster and Wisconsin's Tim
Hacker for the Big Ten title," noted
Warhurst. "If CJiris keeps this up, he'1
be in the top ten in the nation."
Another highlight was the running
of redshirt freshman John Scherer.
Scherer has displayed great potential
for the future, completing both races
this year as the Wolverine's second
finisher. He was 22nd overall at Notre
Warhurst isn't letting the injuries
bother him too much yet. "The only
meets that matter to me are the Big
Tens, the Districts, and the NCA
Championships," said Warhurst.

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Michigan punter Monte Robbins had the hold as Mike Gillette connected
for a successful 22-yard field goal during Saturday's victory over Wiscon-
sin. The kicking game is one of the major concerns of head coach Bo




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U.S. Vice President George Bush
flew into Ann Arbor yesterday under
the pretext of celebrating the Peace
Corps 25th anniversary, but student
hecklers knew better: Bush is looking
to win big at Griddes.
While Bush slyly diverted the
crowd's attention with his "cap-
tivating" speech, his gridiron pal
"Dutch" hand-delivered the top
secret picks to the Daily.
Upset at the prospect of competing
with the former CIA head and his

limitless sources of information,
hecklers screamed, "Bush go home!"i
The Vice President was ecstatic
about competing in Griddes, and
noted, "You couldn't do that in Red
The winner receives his choice of a
full-tray Sicilian pizza or Chicago
stuffed pizza or a whole submarine
sandwich from Pizza Express located
at Dooley's and a Dooley's guest pass,
good for two.
1. MICHIGAN at Michigan State
(pick total points)
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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