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Page 6-- The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 11, 1985

hlight
hopes for a trip to Miami's Orange
Bowl on New Year's Day. Instead, the
Cowboy's will do their dealings in
Jacksonville's Gator Bowl against
Florida State.
It will be Florida State's fourth-ever
Gator Bowl appearance and
Oklahoma State's second straight.
The Cowboys topped South Carolina,
21-14, in one of last year's better bowl
m atchups.
Florida State's offense is led by
freshman quarterback Chipa
Ferguson, who started the team's last
four games. Going into last Satur-
day's Florida game, Ferguson had hit
on 52 of 93 passes for 760 yards in three
games. Senior wide receiver Hassan
Jones is Ferguson's main target with
29 catches for 618 yards and 5 touch-
downs.
ThedSeminoles face an Oklahoma
State defense that ranks among the
nation's best. 'Lombardi trophy
finalist Leslie O'Neal (93 tackles and 9
sacks) is the one to watch. On offense,
the Cowboys' main weapon is
sophomore running back Thurman
Thomas, who led the Big Eight in
rushing.
-DARREN JASEY
Peach Bowl
Army vs. Illinois
Atlanta, Georgia
December 31
Army, coming off of last year's
Cherry Bowl victory over Michigan
State, is looking for its second straight
bowl victory. But a tough Illinois
team, led by quarterback Jack
Trudeau, stands in the way.
Trudeau, projected by many as a
NFL first round draft pick, has com-
pleted 64 percent of his passes for 2938
yards and fifteen touchdowns this
season.
Trudeau has plenty of targets, in-
cluding All-American David
Williams, who had 85 receptions for
1047 yards and eight touchdowns. The
Fighting Illini are also strong on the
ground, with Thomas Rooks' 718 yar-
ds rushing and five touchdowns in ad-
dition to his 55 catches for 347 yards
and two touchdowns.
Army, second in the nation in
rushing at 350.8 yards per game, runs
the wishbone. Ninety percent of its
offensive plays this season have come
on the ground. Fullback Doug Black
leads the way with 886 yards, followed
by reserve quarterback Tony
Crawford (628 yards and ten touch-
downs). Three other players have
rushed for over 500 yards, including
starting quarterback Rob Healy, who
has only thrown 71 passes this season.
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Holiday Bowl
Arkansas vs. Arizona St.
San Diego, California
December 22
Arizona State, coming off of a
disappointing loss to Arizona on
Nov. 23 which meant the Rose Bowl,
must now regroup to take on a tough
Arkansas team.
Arkansas, which has outscored
its opponents 27-11 on the season,
is led by quarterbacks Greg Thomas
and Mark Calcagni. Thomas (33-72 for
554 yards and 4 touchdowns) will
start, but should he falter, Calcagni
(27-47 for 561 yards and 3 touchdowns)
will be waiting in the wings. Fresh-
man James Rouse leads the way on
the ground with 550 yards and eight
touchdowns. He gets help from run-
ning mate Marshall Foreman (397
yards and four touchdowns).
Arizona State is led by quarterback
Jeff Van Raaphorst, who has passed
for 2200 yards and ten touchdowns this
season. Leading a talented corps of
wide receivers is Aaron Cox (40
receptions for 778 yards and five
touchdowns) and Paul Day (24 recep-
tions for 348 yards). Mike Crawford
leads all Sun Devil rushers with 684
yards.
-DOUGLAS VOLAN
Freedom Bowl
Washington vs. Colorado
Anaheim, California
December 30
Coming off an 11-1 season and a
triumph in the Orange Bowl, the
Washington Huskies figured to vie for
the national championship this
season. Instead, the Huskies went 6-5
(including a humiliating 21-20 loss to
31-point underdog Oregon State) and
find themselves in this year's
Freedom Bowl II against Colorado.
The Buffaloes, meanwhile, went 7-4
after going 1-10 in 1984. Relying on a
wishbone attack that only passed 51
times, Colorado lost to Ohio State,
Nebraska, Oklahoma State, and
Oklahoma. Anthony Weatherspoon
led the Buffs with 569 yards on 140
carries followed by quarterback Mark
Hatcher with 539 yards and 10 TD's.
The defense is anchored by outside
linebacker Dan McMillan, who set a
school record 14 quarterback sacks.
Washington's regular quarterback,
Ann Arbor native Hugh Millen, went
down late in the season against
Arizona State, and was replaced by
Chris Chandler, who was 38 for 72 for
428 yards with three interceptions and
three touchdowns. Their ground at-
tack is led by fullback Rick Fenney,
who ran for 497 yards and five touch-

downs. Linebackers David Rill and
Joe Kelly combined for over 300
tackles.
-MARK BOROWSKY
Liberty Bowl
Louisiana St. vs. Baylor
Memphis, Tennessee
December 27
The scoreboard operator might not
have to show up for this year's Liberty
Bowl since the participants -_
Louisiana State and Baylor - do not
put many points on the scoreboard.
Baylor comes into Memphis with an
8-3 record and nationally-ranked. But
with two losses in its last three games,
the Bears took themselves right out of
the Cotton Bowl. The defense has
carried the team all season long as it
stopped the opposition from scoring 18
different times within its own 20 yard
line.
LSU is simply an enigma. The
Bayou Bengals have great offensive
game breakers in running backs
Dalton Hilliard, Gary James and
quarterback Jeff Wickersham, but
have not been able to score. Its
stellar defense led by linebacker
Michael Brooks, one of five finalists
for the Dick Butkus award, allowed
less than 100 points.
-ADAM OCHIIS
All-American Bowl
Michigan St. vs. Georgia Tech
Birmingham, Alabama
December 31

Independence Bowl
Minnesota vs. Clemson
Shreveport, Louisiana
December 21
The Independence Bowl matchup,
scheduled for December 21 in
Shreveport, La., pits two teams with
identical 6-5 records against each
other, Minnesota and Clemson.
A 6-5 record is a step up for Lou
Holtz' Gophers, who finished sixth in
the Big Ten at 4-4. Quarterbacked by
Rickey Foggie, Minnesota nearly up-
set top-ranked Oklahoma and Ohio
State this year. However, the Gophers
dug themselves underground by
losing four of their last five games.
In its first year off probation, Clem-
son turned in its worst season under
head coach Danny Ford, finishing
fourth in the ACC. The 6-5 mark is a
disappointment for the 1981 National
Champions, including losses to bitter
rivals Georgia and Maryland. Kenny
Flowers leads the Tigers, who
defeated intrastate foe South Carolina
on the last game of the season.
-DUANE ROOSE
Florida Citrus Bowl
Ohio State vs. BYU
Orlando, Florida
December 28
With two games left in the season
Ohio State was 8-1, ranked number
three in the country, and was looking
to the Rose Bowl and a possible
national championship. However,
consecutive losses to Wisconsin and
Michigan dashed the Buckeyes'
dreams and now they're looking to
salvage their disappointing season
with a win over the team that beat
Michigan last year in the Holiday
Bowl to win the national champion-
ship - Brigham Young.
Coach Lavell Edwards and BYU (9-
2) will rest its hopes on quarter-
back Robbie Bosco. Bosco set a new
NCAA single season completion
record this year and is a top Heisman
Trophy candidate.
Bosco is certain to put some points
on the board, so the pressure will be

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season, and usually leading the way were Mike Hammerstein (66) and Mark Messner (60). Also in on this play

Gang tackles were the rule of thumb for the Michigan defense this
were Jeff Akers (33), Mike Mallory (42) and Andy Moeller (49).

T ough in the trenches

Messner, Hai
By JOE EWING
Ohio State quarterback Jim Karsatos drop-
ped straight back on third down. It was late in.
the fourth quarter at Michigan Stadium and
with the Buckeyes trailing the Wolverines, 27-
17, Karsatos had to keep the drive going to keep
his team in the game. With the ball near mid-
field, Ohio State still had a chance to score and
possibly even win.-;
But thanks to Mike Hammerstein and Mark
Messner, that chance evaporated quickly.
THE WOLVERINE defensive tackles tore
through the line of scrimmage with the snap of
the ball and chased down Karsatos like a lion
chases its prey - with quickness and power.
When they finally pounced on the Buckeye
signal caller, the ball popped loose and
linebacker Mike Mallory dove on it.
Another sack, another turnover, another big
play and another victory sealed and delivered
by the Wolverines' defense, and particularly
Messner and Hammerstein. But of course this
season that's nothing new, big plays have come
to be expected from Michigan's defensive unit,
and especially,,from the All-Big Ten
sophomore and All-Big Tei- and'Al-A&rican'

rnmerstein spark
fifth-year senior who play the defensive tackle "Hammer" e
positions. second gam,
Messner and Hammerstein, along with mid- Carolina.
dle guards Billy Harris and Mike Reinhold, In additio
comprise the front line of what has become the leaders in t
stingiest college defense in the country. On the recording 73
season, the Wolverines recorded three shutouts Of those com
and allowed opponents only 6.8 points and 253 losses totallir
yards per game. Of course, the front wall has stein and Me
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big plays
even had a pass interception in the
e of the season against South
n, both were among the team
otal tackles, with Hammerstein
stops, and Messner collecting 62.
bined 135 tackles, 35 have been for
ng 224 yards. Together, Hammer-
ssner have a special propensity to
play.

for Blue 'D'
thusiasm."
"(DEFENSIVE coordinator Gary) Moeller
told us at the beginning of the year that he wan-
ted us to go back to high school football, the
kind that is all excitable and energetic,"
remembered Messner. "He wanted us to bring
that back, and we did. We don't clap our hands
and then walk away when somebody does
something good, we get genuinely excited for
each other."
For Messner, relating back to his high school

Lorenzo White is not popular in
Georgia. The Michigan State tailback
broke former Georgia star Herschel
Walker's sophomore season rushing
record, with 1,908 yards.
On New Year's Eve, White should
become less popular, as he passes the
2,000-yard mark against Georgia Tech
in the inaugural All-American Bowl in
Birmingham, Alabama.
White passed Keith Byars to
become the Big Ten's all-time single-
season rushing leader. He averaged
173 yards per game as the workhorse
of the Spartans' offense.
Georgia Tech was a runner-up in
the Atlantic Coast Conference, one of
the weakest conferences in the nation.
The Yellow Jackets boast three All-
ACC defensive players, including
defensive end Pat Swilling, who set a
school record with 15 sacks.
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"WITH THEM together our defense is so "ON THE FIELD there's a special unity days at Detroit Catholic Central, where he
strong," said Michigan All-American corner- between the defensive linemen," noted gained All-America honors as a tight end and
back and defensive captain Brad Cochran. Messner, a 6-3, 245-pound sophomore. "If middle guard, was easy because those days
"Hammer and Messner put a lot of pressure on Hammer was to get a big sack or make a big were not that long ago.
the quarterback, which really helps with pass play, I'm as happy as if I did it myself. I don't "I was red-shirted, so I was basically a
coverage. It doesn't give the quarterback time know why, we just get really excited when one freshman this year," said Messner. "I go at it
to throw." of our fellas does something like that." like a wild-eyed freshman, and get enthused
When a quarterback is forced with a great The unity on the defense, and among its easy."
rush, one of two things can happen - he can be linemen, was fostered this year by a special THROUGH THAT spirit, as well as a great
intercepted or he can be sacked. Both things brand of enthusiasm and aggressiveness that deal of natural talent and ability to learn
have occurred to Michigan opponents frequen- stresses togetherness. quickly, Messner was able to move into the
tly this season. In all, Michigan's defense "The people who seem to be doing the best starting defensive tackle spot and have the fine
recorded 20 interceptions and 42 quarterback are those who play with the most enthusiasm season he's had.
sacks. Together, Messner and Hammer teip and emotion,' said defensi'einecoach Jerry: :I think he's-one of theikeys on the defense
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