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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 16, 1986
Houghtlin

hopes

to

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it

for Hawks

By SCOTT REIFERT
The Daily Iowan
IOWA CITY - The last time
Michigan fans saw Iowa placekicker
Rob Houghtlin, he was getting
swarmed by happy teammates after
his field goal beat the Wolverines,
12-10, last year in Iowa City.
Houghtlin's fourth field goal of
the game came in the final seconds
and gave the top-ranked Hawkeyes
the win over the then second-ranked
Wolverines.
"W E LL, it brings back
pleasurable memories," Houghtlin
said with a smile. "But the big
thing I remember is that it was a
hard-fought game."
Houghtlin had a career in last
season's game, drilling 4 field goals
in front of a national televison
audience.

The Hawkeyes finished the Big
Ten season with one loss - a 22-
13 defeat at Ohio State before
losing to UCLA in Rose Bowl.
IN THREE of the last five
Iowa-Michigan matchups, the game
has been decided by a field goal.
"I haven't spent a long time
thinking about it," Houghtlin said.
"Our task is to win on Saturday
(when Iowa plays Michigan). I
look forward to these types of
games. In big games like these,
everybody likes to get a chance to
win it."
Last season, Houghtlin won two
games for the Hawkeyes with his
kicking.
BUT HE said those games are
just past history. He's more
concerned with the present.
"You can't rest only on laurels,"

he said. "I haven't had a good year
so far. I missed a couple of extra-
points and field goals, and I had that
field goal blocked against Michigan
State."
One problem for Houghtlin this
season has been a bothersome right
leg that has limited his workouts.
"THE INJURY is just one of
those things," he said. "It's one of
those hot and cold things. I rest it
during the week and just kick on
Saturday."
Houghtlin said he is excited
about the opportunity of beating
Michigan with another field goal.
"It's exciting to go to Michigan
and I'm really looking forward to
the game," he said. "Special teams
play is going to decide the ball
game."
IOWA has been forced to draw

closer together because of the loss
of three first-round draft choices,
according to Houghtlin.
"Were a lot more of a family
unit," he said. "If somebody goes
down with an injury, somebody-
else steps in."
And Iowa coach Hayden Fry has
had many holes to fill because of
injuries. Fifteen first and second
team players were too injured to
practice on Monday.
"TF SOME of our key neonle,

don't play this week, we could be
embarrassed on national televison,"
Fry said in his Tuesday press
conference.
Senior quarterback Mark Vlasic
and fullback David Hudson are two
key Hawkeyes who have missed the
last two games with injuries. Fry
said Hudson would probably play in
the Michigan game, but Vlasic was
probably doubtful.
Either way, Fry said he would
start qarterback Tom Poholsky who
led Iowa to wins over Michigan
State and Wisconsin. But
Poholsky is also bothered by a

bruised thumb.
"Were not going to roll over and
play dead, but it's going to be the
biggest challenge of our careers,"
Fry said of his coaching staff's
preparation for Saturday's game.
"For us to be wounded just makes
me mad.
"If we could just be healthy, I
could feel great about this game,
I'm sure Bo has a smile on his face
right now."
But Houghtlin and the rest of the
wounded Hawkeyes may be
frowning.

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Houghtlin
... can he do it again?

HOUSTON (AP) - Ray Knight
keyed a three-run 16th inning
yesterday and the New York Mets
survived one last Houston Astros'
rally to win their third National
League pennant, 7-6, in the longest
post-season game ever.

The Mets' extra-inning rally was
their second of the game as they
erased a 3-0 deficit in the ninth
inning and took a 4-3 lead in the
14th before the Astros' Billy
Hatcher tied it in the bottom of the
inning with a home run that hit the
screen attached to the left-field foul
pole.

GRIDDE PICKS

ontact:

Funny thing - poetic justice.
Hayden Fry stood smugly on the
sidelines at Iowa City last year as
Iowa fans roared, disrupting
Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh
and the rest of the Wolverine
offense.
Several weeks later Fry jumped
up and down as Ohio State fans did
the same thing to Chuck Long and
the Iowa offense.
Guess whose turn it is this
week: Wild Michigan fans are
looking to shut down Iowa
quarterback Mark Vlasic, if he
plays.
Canned pickles and hot pizza -
what a combination.
Submit your picks by midnight
Friday and win a free pizza from
Pizza Bob's.
1. Iowa at MICHIGAN
(pick total points)
2. Michigan State at Illinois

3. Indiana at Minnesota
4.W isconsin at
Northwestern
5. Ohio State at Purdue
6. Alabama at Tennessee
7. Syracuse at Penn State
8. Oklahoma State at
Oklahoma
9. Georgia Tech at Auburn
10. Arkansas at Texas
11. USC at Arizona State
12. North Carolina State at
North Carolina
13. Air Force at Notre Dame
14. Penn at Navy
15. Holy Cross at Army
16. Oregon State at Arizona
17. Stanford at Oregon
18. Kansas at Kansas State
19. Grambling State at
Mississippi Valley St.
20. Hated Fry at
DAILY LIBELS

It may take that long for the
Mets to come down from their
pennant clincher, a game that
provided brilliant pitching and
clutch hitting and saw the Astros'
dream finally die with the winning
run on base.
Astros' left-hander Bob Knepper
held the Mets to two hits before
they rallied in the ninth, while the
Mets pitchers shut out the Astros
from the seconduntil the 14th.
Darryl Strawberry, hitless in
four previous at-bats, started the
winning rally with a pop-fly double
off losing pitcher Aurelio Lopez.

NEW YORK will open the
World Series at home Saturday
against thewinner of last night's
Boston Red Sox-California Angels
seventh playoff-series game.

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