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The Michigan Daily-Monday, September 14, 1987- Page15



powerhouse once again?
Holtz puts win in perspective

Notre Dame players and alumni
are not used to their football team
being called the "once proud
Fighting Irish." But for the last six
years, Notre Dame has not had a
record better than 7-4 and has not
gone to a bowl game since 1984's
Aloha Bowl. In three of those years,
the Irish finished under .500, after
compiling winning records in every
year since 1963.
But Irish eyes were smilin' after
Saturday's 26-7 win over Michigan.
Notre Dame moved over .500 for the
first time under second-year coach
Lou Holtz and gained favorable
publicity with an impressive win on
national television. Could the
victory turn Notre Dame into the
"once-again proud Fighting Irish?"
Holtz is not convinced. While he
acknowledged that it was a "total,
complete football win" over a "fine
football team," Holtz was not ready
to start campaigning for a national-
championship consideration.
"It's not the end of the world,"
Holtz said. "I just felt it would be
great to win. That's all we were
after. Yet, it's only one win. It's not
nine wins or ten wins.
"We've got to keep this game in
proper perspective. We were
fortunate. They made some

Seven turnovers are more than
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler's
idea of some mistakes.
Schembechler said his team's
generosity had as much to do with
Notre Dame's success as the Irish's
own performance.
"We are not as bad as we looked,
but we looked bad," he said. "I think
Notre Dame is a good team, but they
are probably not as good as they
The Irish looked better in
Saturday's game than Holtz
expected. "I've got to confess this,"
he said, "I don't know what would
have happened if we had not won
this football game. Boy, some of
them were checking their low hole
cards during two-a-day (practices).
The ante that they put up was very
Irish quarterback Terry Andrysiak
chipped in a royal outing,
completing 11 of 15 passes for 137
yards. The Allen Park, Mich., native
downplayed discussion of Notre
Dame's re-emergence. "Knocking off
a ranked team is going to help us a
lot," the fifth-year senior said, "but
we're not worried about national
rankings. We're just a bunch of
-regular guys."
Holtz saw four important "regular
guys" go down with injuries. "It was
a very costly win," Holtz said.

Sophomore fullback Braxston Banks
and senior linebacker Frank Stains
were lost for four weeks with
injuries, while sophomore
cornerback Brandy Wells and
sophomore fullback Anthoiy
Johnson will be out for indefifiite
Notre Dame's difficult schedule
- rated by one publication as 'the
toughest in the nation - also
presents a problem. The Irish have
home games against Michigan State,
Southern Cal, Boston College, and
Army, and road games at Pittsburgh,
Air Force, Miami (Fla.), and
defending national champion Pan
With the injuries and tough
schedule facing him, Holtz is not
full of optimism. "All I can say is
we played very well (Saturday),"he
said. "We did what we had to do to
win. I can't say we're great on
offense or great on defense. We'll
just go play the game and keep thedse
things in proper perspective.
"We might be a year away. Then
again we might not be - or we
might be two years away."

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Senior quarterback Terry Andryslak played like no "regular guy" as he successfully ran Notre Dame's offense in
Saturday's nationally televised game at Michigan Stadium.
Griddes: The Joe Biden story

The Griddes staff has discovered a
shocking ethics violation. In last
week's Griddes contest, Senator Joe
Biden (D-Del.) was caught in an
obvious attempt to copy the choices
of British Labour Party leader Neil
Wrote Kinnock, in his cover
letter enclosed with his picks,
"Despite the fact that I was the first
person in my family to go to
University in'1,000 generations, I
have a great love for the game of
football. My predecessors would
work eight hours underground, then
come up and play football."
Biden wrote, "I just felt the
spontaneous need to write this letter.
Despite being the first person in my
family to go to a University, I have
a great love for the game of football.
My predecessors would work 12
hoursyunderground in northeast
Pennsylvania, then come up and
play football. That is why I chose
Penn State to beat Alabama."

Sorry, Joe. Penn State lost, and
you lose. You are barred from
playing Griddes until Ed Koch
speaks at a Jewish forum held by
Brigham Young University.
Pick the winners of the following
20 games, and drop your entry off at
the Daily, 420 Maynard, second
floor, before 5 p.m. Friday.
1. Washington State at MICHIGAN
(pick total points)
2. Michigan State at Notre Dame
3. Northwestern at Missouri
4. Louisville at Purdue
5. E. Carolina at Illinois

6. Oregon at Ohio State
7. Indiana at Kentucky
8. California at Minnesota
9. Utah at Wisconsin
10. Iowa at Iowa State
11. S. Carolina at Miami, Fla.
12. Florida at Alabama
13. Georgia at Clemson
14. Boston College at USC
15. Washington at Texas A&M
16. Stanford at Colorado
17. Virginia at Virginia Tech
18. W. Virginia at Maryland
19. Stephen F. Austin at McNeese
20. New Haven at SLIPPERY


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