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The Michigan Daily Monday, September 22, 1986 Page 9
WHITE SCORED Michigan's;
second touchdown in the second
quarter, taking the pitch from ,
Harbaugh from one yard out. The
Wolverines held a 14-12 lead at
Leading 24-12, Michigan ;
finished the scoring in the fourth
quarter with its third touchdown.
Harbaugh kept the ball on the
option out of a wishbone formation1
and ran 22 yards into the 1
"They were really pinching
down hard," Harbaugh said.
"They took away our dive read, so,
I just came out on the option and
the cornerback went right for the
pitch. I just cut it up and
fortunately outran the guy."
MICHIGAN tailback Jamie
Morris also outran some people
Saturday. The 5-7, 179-pound
junior gained 140 yards on 20
"Yardage-wise it was a good
game," Morris said, "but
technique-wise, I fumbled the ball
and I missed a few blocks that
"We had to run harder. I think
I was running tentatively and I
think the coaches felt that way
THE INTENSITY level on the
Oregon State team was a few
notches higher. Playing in front
of 104,748 fans was enough 'to
motivate the Beavers.
"It's more than three times as
many fans than I've played in
front of," Wilhelm said. "It's
Wilhelm managed to
maintain his poise as he headed
the OSU offense. His second-
quarter touchdown pass accounted
for the Beavers' lone touchdown.
On third down and three,
Wilhelm hit tight end Damon
Medlock in the endzone with an
WITH THE score 14-12,
Kragthorpe called for a two-point
conversion. But Ivan Hicks
intercepted Wilhelm's pass and
the Beavers had to settle for six.
Harbaugh's second touchdown
pass came with 5:04 left in the
game. Sophomore flanker John
Kolesar grabbed the 25-yard
aerial between two defenders and
twisted free to dash into the
'85 defense haunts Blue
By ADAM MARTIN
Eric Wilhelm's 39-completion, 339-yard
performance Saturday at Michigan Stadium left
many people wondering the whereabouts of Mike
Hammerstein's ghost returned to the
Wolverines' defense for a brief 10 minutes in the
third quarter of Michigan's 31-12 victory over
BUT FOR the remaining 50 minutes,
Michigan's defense was spooked, despite holding
the Beavers scoreless in the second half.
In fact, the defense's finest moments - from
OSU's first possession of the second half until
Dieter Heren's fumble recovery with a minute to go
in the third period - were rather spooky. For a
minute there, defensive tackle Mark Messner,
with fire in his eyes, had fans believing
Michigan's 1985 defense hadhreturned.
Like a phantom, however, Messner and the rest
of the defense's enthusiasm disappeared.
"WE FELT for a few minutes that the old
Michigan defense was back," said middle guard
Billy Harris, "but I don't think we had the
enthusiasm today. We proved that by the way we
What Michigan's defense proved was that .a
second-tier Pac-10 team could succeed in Ann
Arbor the same way they got here -- in the air.
Sixty-four times the Beavers passed, and 61 percent
of the time they succeeded.
What Michigan's defense lacked were the
uplifting QB sacks, interceptions, and head-
jarring hits of a year ago. In essence, what
Michigan's defense lacked was Mike
EXCEPT IN the third quarter, when spirits of
autumn's past appeared.
"We made them fumble and then came back
and shut 'em down (in the third quarter),"
explained junior tackle Dave Folkertsma, whose
third quarter sack was Oregon State's first taste of
punishment Wolverine style. "That was the real
Reality is indicative , according to Folkertsma,
when "we don't let 'em score." But reality
according to coach Bo Schembechler is more than a
"THAT'S TWO weeks in a row now that our
defense has not played well," Schembechler
complained, "and I'm not accustomed to standing
on the sidelines and watching the other team with
Undoubtedly, Schembechler was also frustrated
by a Michigan defense that looked sedated for most
of the game.
"When a team (passes that much)," said Harris,
"it's pretty tiring, but we just weren't playing like
we know we can.
"THERE'S enthusiasm on the outside and on the
inside, in your heart. We had it on the outside, but
See BLUE, Page 10
Junior tailback Jamie Morris looks for an opening in the Oregon State
times Saturday, gaining 140 yards in Michigan's 31-12 victory.
I Philling it Up
Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
defense. Morris carried the ball 20
*Jamie Morris went over 100
yards for the sixth time in his
college career Saturday. He now
has 1820 career yards, placing
him 16th on Michigan's all-time
'With no receptions Saturday,
split end Paul Jokisch saw a
personal streak of 16 straight
games with a reception end
I N 1 if'hij/ i~ru. sc/
...The team's undefeated
It's amusing to hear everyone panic because Michigan has had
so much trouble in its first two games. No, not amusing, let's call it
ridiculous. Let's review some of the comments:
"What's wrong with Michigan?"
"The defense is pitiful.They can't even stop the Pac Ten's version
of Northwestern -Oregon State."
"Put those national championship hopes on hold."
To the eternal skeptic, these proclamations make a lot of sense
because they only see the negative aspects of the team. They merely
"expect" the positives. While I admit some serious problems exist,
rmnot ready to panic yet.
Not until I see Michigan lose.
There is too much talent and depth on this team for them to lose
more than one or two games. It's unfair to condemn a team that's 2-
0, even if they aren't playing well.
That's enough of my off-the-cuff remarks, let's examine my
So what is wrong with Michigan? My answer is, "What is right
with Michigan?" After the fans and media are done complaining
about the team's victories, they get around to remembering how well
Jim Harbaugh and the offense played.
The new short-yardage wishbone formation works effectively
and will no doubt get better as the players become used to it. Jamie
Morris and the running attack look fine, except for a couple
fumbles. Then there are John Kolesar and Kenny Higgins in the
Finally, the offensive line that Bo Schembechler worried about so
much in the pre-season has stayed healthy. It will only improve
when Jerry Quaerna comes back from knee rehabilitation in a few
Now I'm not denying the lackluster performances of the defense,
but let's put things in perspective. Not surprisingly, everyone
expected Gary Moeller's gang to compare to the '85 group. Well, it
ain't going to be like that this year.
As far as the defense went in its showing against the Pac Ten's
Northwestern, we can look at in a few ways. Sure, we can jump on
the bandwagon and point out Erik Wilhelm's 39 completions for 339
yards. On the other hand, we can point out the Beaver's minus 19
It's ironic, the only other time Michigan has given up more yards
passing was in 1982, against Sandy Schwab and Northwestern (436
yards). Remember that? Michigan won the game 49-14. That was
also the year Michigan started out badly (1-2) but still won the Big
Ten crown with an 8-1 conference record.
That was the last year the Wolverines went to the Rose Bowl.
The injuries, no doubt, are the greatest concern. However, only
one starter has really been lost on defense -Steve Thibert at outside
linebacker. It then lost second stringer Carlitos Bostic, so it got
down to "third stringer" John Willingham. Just a few days before
the game, though, linebacker coach Tom Reed told me Willingham
was zoing to split duties with Thibert and Bostic evenly.
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