The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, January 8, 1986 - Page 11
Third quarter rally sparks Blue
(Continued from Page 1)
"EVERYTIME I got the ball in the
second half, I wanted to score. The
first half I just laid back and said let
our offense move, but the second half,
I wanted, to take some of the pressure
off Jimmy. Someone had to step for-
ward, so I did."
"Bo said 'go out and play like you
did all year, go out and play with
unity,"' said Messner. "We came out
with more intensity, more wild-eyed
and looking to pop the ball loose."
Which they did. Ivan Hicks and
Mike Mallory both forced fumbles
which led to touchdown runs by Har-
baugh and Gerald White, and then
David Arnold broke through to block
Dan Wingard's punt all the way back
to Nebraska's six-yard line, where
Moons added his second field goal.
Michigan then drove 52 yards after
Wingard shanked a punt and added
their final points on Harbaugh's
"WE PLAYED well for three-
quarters of the game, but the third
quarter went badly," understated
Nebraska coach Tom Osborne. "We
haven't had a punt blocked in, what,
three-four-five years. That and the
fumbles were the turning point.
"I really thought our strength, dep-
th, and physical conditioning would
help us in the fourth quarter,. but we
were too far away."
Barely too far away as it turned out.
With the offense still not playing well,
Schembechler went conservative in
the fourth quarter, throwing only on-
ce. Nebraska, on the other hand,
switched from Clayton to freshman
Steve Taylor at quarterback and
proceded to catch fire and make
TAYLOR carried the ball
ten times in the final quar-
ter and collected 76 yards
rushing. Clayton may have been fast,
but he looked like a lumbering
lineman next to the lightning quick
Taylor. The freshman out of Spring
Valley, California, led one drive that
stalled on fourth down at the Michigan
19, and then engineered an impressive
touchdown march with 2:29 left to cut
the Wolverine lead to 27-21.
Michigan got pinned on their own
three-yard line on the following
possession, and with 1:29 left, Schem-
bechler elected to take the two-point
safety rather than attempt a punt out
of the endzone. The ensuing free kick
was returned to the Nebraska 46 by
Von Sheppard, and the Cornhuskers
had one final chance.
This was Michigan's day however.
After a short run and two incompleted
passes, Taylor's desperate heave to
the endzone was intercepted by
Rivers, and the victory, Schem-
bechler's third against ten bowl
losses, was secured. With the strains
of "Hail to the Victors" drifting in-
from the postgame band show,
"This is a great win because I don't
have too many of these," joked
Schembechler, who has been haunted
by his past bowl record, "I have to
"It was a great football game, and
Nebraska is a great team," said
Schembechler. "I'd rather play any
of the other 11 teams again than play
Spring Arbor College
"I just really want to
write a good novel." '
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Paul Jokisch (84) and Gerald White (22) smother Eric Kattus (top right) in
celebrating White's third-quarter touchdown run in Michigan's 27-23 Fiesta
eTelevision's popular baseball
ermmentator Joe Garagiola put on
quite a show for the Sunkist Brunch at
then Camelback Inn on Dec. 27. After
Mi'higan offensive line coach Alex
Agase mistakingly introduced tight
end Jeff Brown as Jerry Brown,
Garagiola said, "Nice, Alex, you don't
even know your own players.
You're just going along for the ride."
*In the outrageous excuse depar-
tm nt, center Bob Tabachino repor-
j.edly told Jim Harbaugh in the huddle
ti the reason why one of the snaps
got screwed up was because the ball
got caught in the heavy paint on the
Surf Devil Stadium turf. Uhhhh yeah.
eYes, even Bo Schembechler had to
suffer a little when the team returned
to the frozen wasteland of Ann Arbor.
Mo onents after the busses arrived at
th football building, Schembechler
wa seen cleaning the ice and snow off
hiscar by himself.
, .Dave Arnold has become
His third-quarter blocked punt again-
st Nebraska was his third of the year.
"We set it up to have an extra man on
my side and that would set me free,"
Arnold said. "We noticed that in the
films and we tried to capitalize on
-Offensive lineman John "Jumbo"
Elliott had the task of blocking
Nebraska's standout defensive
lineman Jim Skow, but Elliott faces a
tougher foe in practice. Pointing
toward Mike Hammerstein after the
game, Elliott said, "Yeah, (Skow) is
tough, but not as tough as that guy
eMichigan's 24 third quarter points
set a Fiesta Bowl record for points in
a single quarter. For the year, the
Wolverines outscored the opponent
103-6 in that quarter. The last time
Michigan produced that many points
in a quarter was in 1984 against Min-
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