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Men's Basketball vs. Bradley
NIT opener tickets
On sale Tuesday
Ticket Office

SPORTS

Hockey
vs. Bowling Green
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

The Michigan Daily

Monday, October 6, 1986

BO GETS 200TH WIN, HARBAUGH THROWS FOR 310 YARDS

Page 9A

Milestones

(Continued From Page 1)
"He's pretty humble about those
types of things. It was an honor
being the starting quarterback for
his 200th."
HARBAUGH, though, had his
own night under the glory spotlight
as he broke his own Michigan
single game passing yardage record
(283 yards vs. Indiana in '85) with
310 yards.
He completed 15 of 24 passes,
and for the second straight week,
didn't throw an interception.
Harbaugh also threw a touchdown
pass to Gerald White early in the
second half and ran four yards for
another six-pointer 10 minutes
later.
The long pass, a rarity in the
pre-Harbaugh era, worked all night
as Harbaugh nailed Ken Higgins for
a 40-yarder, freshman Greg
McMurtry for a 62-yarder, and John
Kolesar for a 47-yarder.
"(THE RECORD) is nice,
but it doesn't mean that much,"
Harbaugh said. "If you compare this
performance with all the other
record passing performances in the
Big Ten, we'd still be at the bottom
of the ladder. I mean, it's good
because nobody has ever done it
before at Michigan."
Higgins, quickly making fans
forget about Paul Jokisch's injury,
*as Harbaugh's top target, catching
dight passes for 165 yards. The
dffensive line held off Badger
:ushers like linebackers Rick
'Thunder" Graf and Tim "Lightning
J:rdan. Wisconsin managed one
sack all night.
"I'm just thankful for the guys
d p front,"Harbaugh said. "I wasn't
Onder any pressure at all today. I
feel obligated to take Kenny
lHiggins and some of the others out
fqr dinner tonight. They made some
teal big plays in clutch situations."
:ONE OF THOSE "other
Alys" might have been senior
fgilback Thomas Wilcher, ,who
filled in for the injured Jamie

Morris and piled up 74 yards on 22
carries. Wilcher scored touchdowns
from the five-yard line and the two-
yard line in the first half.
A vintage Michigan win,
however, is incomplete without
tough defense. Until garbage time
arrived in the fourth quarter,
toughness was exactly what
Schembechler got from his oft-
criticized '86 defense.
Inside linebacker Andy Moeller
invaded the Badger passing zones
and grabbed three interceptions -
two off starter Mike Howard and the
other off sub Bud Keyes. It was the
first time a Michigan defender
nabbed three interceptions since
Rodney Lyles turned the trick
against Miami (Fla.) in 1984.
Moeller led the team with six
tackles.
IN THE FIRST half,
Michigan held Wisconsin to six
first downs, 107 total yards, and
13:36 in possession time. The
Badgers punted three times.
Wisconsin didn't move the ball
consistently until Schembechler put
in the second team with 9:15 left.
Keyes, who hit 16 of 19 passes for
198 yards, engineered two late
Badger touchdown drives to give his
team hope for next week's Iowa
game.
"I told the football team I was
proud of them the way they came
back in the fourth quarter," Badger
interim head coach Jim Hilles said.
"There weren't any Badgers on the
field today that quit. They began to
believe in themselves.
"If we would have played the
entire game like that, I believe we
would have had a chance to upset
Michigan."
Michigan now faces the toughest
stretch in its schedule with
Michigan State and Iowa on tap the
next two weeks in Michigan
Stadium. The Wolverines need to
win both to sit in the driver's seat
for the Rose Bowl race.
And that would certainly be
vintage Michigan football.

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB.
Jim Harbaugh looks to avoid two Wisconsin defenders as he scampers downfield during the Wolverines' 34-17 victory on Saturday.

BARB'S

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BARBS
By Barb McQuade

Badger fans say their piece...
but WI' has last wor

..

MDISON
ou would have thoughtty were
cheering for their lives.
The crowd in Madison on Saturday was as
boisterous in the fourth quarter as it was at
tailgate parties before Michigan's victory over
Wisconsin. These people like to have fun.
4 But the cheers turned to jeers when
the Wolverine offense neared the
endzone and the student section. The
noise became a personal battle
between Michigan quarterback Jim
Harbaugh and the fans.
The crowd was louder than a Hawaiian
shirt, and drowning out Harbaugh's voice as
he called the signals for the Blue offense.
Wisconsin players signaled for the fans to be
quiet, but they were having too much fun to
obey. So Harbaugh waited. And waited. And
waited.
Twice Wisconsin was charged with a
timeout in an effort to silence the crowd, but
the punishment was not enough to prevent the
crime.
"It's unfortunate people do not
understand the intricacies of football
and the importance of
communication," said Michigan head
coach Bo Schembechler. "I thought it
was ridiculously loud."
Harbaugh agreed. "The linemen told me
they just couldn't hear me," he said. "We had
an audible on those plays. I couldn't take a
chance on a miscommunication."

But the longer the Michigan quarterback
waited, the more fun it became for the crowd
to taunt him.
Harbaugh would step away to let
the din die down, and the moment he
lined up under center, it would come
back to life. No one was going to
silence the Badger fans - and no one
was going to convince Harbaugh to
give in.
Wisconsin head coach Jim Hilles thought
the Wolverines were too stubborn. He said he
blamed the situation on Schembechler for not
instructing Harbaugh to get "his butt under
center and snap the football."
"You're going to have a tough time
convincing me that later on (Harbaugh) had
any different situation to react to. He stepped
up and snapped the ball then, but they were
two touchdowns ahead.
A referee tried to get Harbaugh
moving despite the noise, but the
Kalamazoo native wouldn't budge.
"He doesn't have to answer to Ro on
Sunday," Harbaugh said. "I do. A bad play
would be my fault."
The Badger fans didn't have to answer to
anybody. From the moment the game began,
they participated in every cheer from
pretending to row in their seats to the wave.
They were interested in everything but the
football game. The highlight for most seemed
to be the "fifth quarter," the post-game band
show.

Before the contest, one Wisconsin
student said fans have learned that
the score of the game doesn,' matter.
They're more concerned, he said,
with having a good time.
Part of the problem of controlling the
crowd may have been the game's starting
time. With a 6 p.m. kickoff, fans had all day
to become intoxicated. Pregame parties roared
on throughout the day.
The real problem, though, is that the rule
just doesn't provide enough incentive for these
people to shut up. Referees take away a
timeout from the home team every time they
have to stop play for a prolonged period. After
all three timeouts are used, it becomes a delay
of game penalty of five yards or half the
distance to the goal line.
It's a judgment call that's not
strictly enforced. With the score 31-
3, who cares about losing a timeout.
Hilles, who said he didn't think the
crowd noise was excessive, stated
that the rule puts too much
responsibility on the fans.
Schembechler, however, said he doesn't
think it's too much to ask that fans allow the
game to proceed. "People who come into
Michigan are treated courteously."
. But the fans at Michigan have a winning
team to cheer. They don't need diversions.
Students in the stanids Saturday had a blast.
Let them have their fun. But at the point
where the noise disrupts the game, only a
steeper penalty or a muzzle will silence them.

Daily Photo by DAN HABIB
Badgers' coach Jim Hilles stands dejectedly on the sidelines near the end
of his team's loss to the Wolverines.
Blue Banter

- The word "interim" is taking
on added significance for
Wisonsin's interim head coach Jim
Hilles. With his squad now at a
disappointing 1-4 mark, Hilles is
not a fan favorite. Badger faithful
criticized him for not going to sub
quarterback Bud Keyes earlier.
- Now that he has his 200th
win, Bo Schembechler can look
forward to becoming the winninest
coach in Michigan history. He
GRIDDE
Dave Kerska turned in an 18-2
record to take the pie from Pizza
Bob's in last week's Griddes.
Win yours this week by turning

needs five more wins to pass up
Fielding H. Yost's 165 career wins.
" Schembechler tried to avoid
complaining about playing at
night, but he couldn't help sayinga
few wise cracks. "They're not going
to make any money on this game,"
he said. "You could give the Big
Ten five dollars and they would
broadcast a game at midnight.
Don't let me me get into that."
PICKS
8. Arizona at UCLA
9. SMU at Baylor
10. Georgia at LSU
11. North Carolina State at

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