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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 25, 1985

Big plays lift

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Kolesar ran under the bomb and then
outsprinted Buckeye defender
William White to the goal line for a 77-
yard touchdown.
It might have been the biggest play
of the season for the Wolverines.
"THAT PLAY really took the starch
right out of their sails," said Schem-
bechler. "Ohio State did a
magnificent job of disguising the blitz,
but Harbaugh did a hell of a job
picking it up and hitting Kolesar."
"We didn't think that guy (Kolesar)
could run that fast," said OSU
linebacker Pepper Johnson.
Michigan's final big play of the
game came from the defensive front
just three minutes after Kolesar's
mammoth reception. On a third down
play, tackles Mike Hammerstein and

Mark Messner drove Ohio State'quar-
terback Jim Karsatos out of the
pocket.
IN THE ensuing scramble, Kar-
satos dropped the ball and linebacker
Mike Mallory recovered for the
Wolverines on the OSU 33. Although
Michigan did not convert the turnover
into any points, it managed to use up
about four minutes and effectively
slam the door on the Buckeyes.
Both Schembechler and his players
were pleased with the win because the
offense, as well as the defense, looked
sharp.
"Before the Purdue game (two
weeks ago) the offense met and we
felt it was our time to start doing our
part in getting some wins," said Kat-
tus, who caught six passes for 83 yar-
ds against the Buckeyes.

"THE TWO big games we lost (one
was actually a tie) were the fault of
the offense so I think we more than
redeemed ourselves today," added
Harbaugh. Since that meeting before
the Purdue game, Harbaugh has
completed 41 of 50 passes for 706 yar-
ds, nine touchdowns, and has thrown
zero interceptions. In that time he has
become the top-rated passer in the
nation.
Keith Byars, who was held to 35
yards in his first action since October
26, summed up the rivalry from a
losing perspective.
"The Ohio State-Michigan game
means so much to both teams," he
said. "If you win it, it makes your
season. If you lose it, it breaks your
season.
Schembechler's year was already
made before Saturday's game, but a
win over Ohio State is one hell of a
way to end any season.

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By PHIL NUSSEL
It might be tough for many football
coaches to suspend both his first and
second string placekickers before the
most important game of the season.
But for Michigan coach Bo Schem-
bechler, there was no need to hesitate
disciplining Mike Gillette and Rick
Sutkiewicz Saturday against Ohio
State - he still had Pat Moons.
The senior from Fort Lauderdale,
Fla., wearing the number six for the
first time (it used to be eight), ac-
counted for nine Wolverine points in
the 27-17 victory. Moons hit his first

career field goals from 34 and 38 yar-
ds while making all three extra point
opportunities.
HE ALSO made a touchdown-
saving tackle on the opening kickoff.
The Bucks' John Wooldridge broke
through the coverage and Moons
knocked him out of bounds at the 40.
Moons found out that he would be
the starting placekicker Friday after-
noon, when he found out Gillette and

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Sutkiewicz were given one game
suspensions for disciplinary reasons.
But the news did not change his
preparation.
"Every game this season, I
prepared like I was going to kick,"
Moons said. "I thought I might get
nervous with butterflies, but with
everybody's support behind me, I

didn't feel any of that."
WHAT HELPED Moons to feel
more poised was the fact that he had
seen some action in the last two
weeks. He kicked an extra point in the
Wolverines' blowout of Minnesota last
week and also in the shutout of Purdue
two weeks ago.
"(The previous experience) really
helped me a lot," he said. "I got it un-
der my belt, it was a real plus."
Saturday's game, however, was
Moons' first chance to prove himself
under fire. He believes he did just
that.
"I think today I proved it," Moons
said. "Those first two field goals were
critical field goals. They were big
points and I saved seven points on a
kickoff tackle."
WITH SATUR DAY'S performance,
Moons believe he is in position to be
the Wolverines' starting kicker for the
Fiesta Bowl. "They'll have to cut my
leg off to take me out (of the bowl
game)," he said. "I got a hold of it and
it's mine. I know I'll have to prove
myself again, but after today, it'll be
easy."
Certainly, getting that first chance
to prove himself was a difficult ordeal
for the 5-8, 160-pound kicker. In 1982,
after being recruited heavily by
Florida, Moons signed with Michigan
in hopes of taking over for the
outgoing Ali Haji-Sheikh.
But the following year Bob
Bergeron walked on and took the job
from Moons for the next two season.
This year, Moons was finally in line to
be the Wolverines' first string kicker,
but again he was disappointed as
newcomers Gillette and Sutkiewicz
got the starting jobs.
BUT ALTHOUGH he was disap-
pointed, he didn't quit.
"I've been through a lot," Moons
said. "But you got to work for what
you get. It could have been real easy
for me to just pack my bags and
leave, but I stuck it out.
"When I was back in Fort Lauder-
dale, I made a decision to come here,"
he continued. "And I had to live with
that, even though things weren't going
as well as I expected. But those
decisions paid off today. My time
came. It just goes to show what hard
work and dedication can do for you."
AFTER THE Minnesota game,
Moons said that he was not sure if he
would return for his final year of
eligibility. But after his performance
Saturday, he made his decision. "I'm
coming back for sure," he said. "I
finally got what I came here to do.
"I've been to the highest points and
the lowest points since I've been here
and this is definitely the highest."
Schembechler didn't breath any sighs
of relief after the game. He never had
to worry about the new kicker in the
first place. All he said about Moons
was, "He did a good job, didn't he?"

Wolverines on prowl . . .
*.. Harbaugh leads the kill
CHUCK LONG? Who, needs.him. Jim Everett? He's a sissy. Robbie
Bosco? Wimp city. Give me Jim Harbaugh any day.
With his near perfect 16 for 19 performance on Saturday, the Wolverine
quarterback polished off a regular season that saw him emerge as one of
the country's top signal callers. The senior from Palo Alto, California
may have started the season as a big queston mark, but in the end, he
provided all the answers.
Look at the numbers - 283 yards against Indiana to set the single game
passing record; 18 touchdown passes to break Rick Leach's old mark of
17; 1,913 yards, besting Steve Smith's total of 1,735; 139 completions,
again topping Smith, who had 118. In adition, Harbaugh completed 139 of
212 passes (a 65.5 competion rate) with only six interceptions, and was
third in the nation in pass efficiency before the game. Pretty damn good,
I'd say.
To go along with those great numbers, though, Harbaugh adds sound
leadership ability and a level head. He's like the Ice King out on the field,
coolly directing the offense on time consuming marches and getting the
big play when he needs it. Nowhere did he prove that more than on
Saturday when he hit receiver John Kolesar with a 77-yard touchdown
bomb, releasing the ball just before he was hit.
"Jim Harbaugh stood there and looked him (the blitzing strong safety
right in the face and threw the post-cut for a touchdown and got knocked on
his butt. That is the mark of a quarterback,"-said an admiring Bo Schem-
bechler.
"He's developed into quite a quarterback; I think We all recognize
that," he continued. "It's just what we anticipated he would do. When I
look back, what a shame it was that we lost him a year ago and he didn't
get that one year under his belt so that we could have come out of the
blocks really fast."
The offense did start slowly this season. While the defense was busy
mauling every opponent, the offense was scoring just enough points to get
by while showing occasional flashes of Brigham Young-like offensive
brilliance. The last three games, however, has seen the offense get un-
tracked to the tune of 122 points. The reason? Harbaugh has been 41 for 50.
in that time with nine touchdowns and no interceptions.
"The two big games we lost (one -- Illinois -- was a tie) were the fault
of the offense, so I think we more than redeemed ourselves today," Har-
baugh said.
"Nobody gave us any respect, not other players, not Big Ten coaches,
and not the media. That was our battle-cry, to get back the respect that
Michigan deserves."
Eric Kattus, Harbaugh's favorite target this year, praised the job Har-
baugh has done.
"He's been very, very good. Michigan has a complete offense, and all
his teammates have a lot of respect for Jim. He's had a heck of a year."
"Let's face it," said Schembechler, "he's played outstanding football.
He's an athlete, he's smart, and he sees all the field. I don't want to talk
about him in too glowing of terms, but I like him, I like him a lot."
Harbaugh has become more than a.passer - he's become a.scrambler
also. Every Michigan fan has had his heart rise up into his throat when
Harbaugh twists and turns 20-yards behind the line of scrimmage, but I
can count on one hand the number of times he's been caught. There is
simply no one better at throwing on the run,-and a throwing quarterback
who can run can kill a team, as Ohio State's All-American linebacker
Thomas "Pepper" Johnson was quick to point out.
"We were expecting him to scramble a lot," Johnson said. He's like
Chuck Long, he moves around. It takes a lot out of a defense to have to
chase a quarterback around like that."
Kattus best summed up Harbaugh's emergence as a star.
"He's just going to get better and better," said the big tight end. "If
he's not this year, than next year he'll be the best quarterback in the
country."
Expectations heightened for
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By DARREN JASEY
Last year's 7-21 (1-17 Big Ten)
record must have felt like dejavu for.
second-year Women's basketball
coach Bud Van De Wege.
Four years ago Van De Wege
assisted a Bill Frieder-coached men's
team that finished in a similar
predicament, going 7-20. Two years
later Frieder and his team went into
the NIT with an 18-10 record and came
out champions.
THIS YEAR Van De Wege expects

who started 20 or more games last
year.
"WE HAVE that whole core of
freshmen that are now sophmores
that played a lot of basketball last
year," said Van De Wege in reference
to Lorea Feldman, Kelly Benitendi.
Sarah Basford and Shawne Brow.
"They all have a lot of game ex-
perience."
The 6-0 Feldman, who led Michigan
with 13.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per
game last year, will start at one for-
ward spot, while Benintendi, 5-9 (8.0

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" Single Elimination Tournament Deadline: Dec. 2, 1985

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