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The Michigan Daily-Friday, September 18, 1987- Page 15

Cougars seek third win


(Continued from Page 1)
Erickson knows it.
"The two games that we won are
games we'd like to think we should
win here at Washington State, " he
said. "We were hoping that going
into the Michigan game that we
would be 2-0 because as I look at the
rest of our schedule, we would be in
real big trouble if we weren't.
"Michigan, obviously, is a
perennial power. It's going to be an
interesting game for us. If we want
to bring respectability to our
program here, we've got to go there
and play well. We will."
Erickson's confidence stems from
his team's ability to score points and
score them often. By using a
thousand different offensive sets,
Erickson's theory is to run the
opposing defense in circles until his
Cougars eventually land in the end
On occasion, Washington State
will have 10 men on the line of
scrimmage with only the quarterback
in the backfield. In their two
victories, the Cougars threw the ball
64 times, scored 84 points, and
amassed 910 total yards - on only
23 first downs. They have recorded
;. plays of 79 yards, 67 yards, 51
yards, 46 yards and 28 yards. Because
they score so quickly, the Cougars
actually trail the opposition in time
of possession by almost five
Erickson doubts his offense can
be as powerful against the
Wolverines, but that isn't going to
stop him from trying.
"What we'll try to do is to give
the defense as many formation looks
as we can and run a lot of different
motions and try to spread the field
out and try to get our receivers in

one-on-one situations," he said.
Leading the Cougars' wide-open
offense is quarterback Timm
Rosenbach, a redshirt sophomore
with a cannon for an arm, according
to his coach.
"He threw the javelin 240 feet in
high school," said Erickson. "He's
obviously inexperienced because he's
only played two games and I think
the inexperience has shown a couple
of times."
R O S E N B A C H' S statistics
don't show his inexperience,
however. He has thrown for 470
yards on 35-of-63 passing with two
touchdowns. Two of Rosenbach's
primary receivers are Steve
Broussard, a halfback who often
lines up in the slot, and Tim
Stallworth, the cousin of Pittsburgh
Steeler receiver John Stallworth.
When the Cougars do line a
player up in the backfield, it is often
Richard Calvin, a bruising back who
has run for 221 yards on just 39
"They throw caution to the
wind," said Michigan head coach Bo
Schembechler, who said the Cougar
offense is a big concern. "You've
got some problems (with a team like
Washington State). You've got to
change up on them defensively, but
you don't want to give them the big
But the Cougars are not just a
big-play team when they have the
ball. On defense, they use man-to-
man coverage on the receivers and
they blitz a majority of the time. As
a result, they have caused five sacks
and forced seven interceptions, two
of which have been returned for
Because of its aggressiveness.
Washington State tends to allow the

big play just as easily as it makes
one. It yielded 52 points and 863
total yards in its first two games.
Schembechler hopes that
Michigan will be as successful
moving the ball against the Cougars
as Fresno State and Wyoming were.
He has said throughout the week,
however, that the offense will
remain unchanged and that Brown,
who suffered through a miserable
four-of-13 performance against the
Fighting Irish, will remain the
starting quarterback.
Michigan and Washington State
have only met once before. In
Michigan's 1983 home opener, the
Wolverines defeated the Cougars 20-
17. Erickson said his seniors are
looking forward to playing the 19th-
ranked Wolverines.
"Our players are excited about
going back there," he said. "I'm
excited about going. We'll go back
there and play well. One hundred and
five thousand people is going to be
"I think it's an automatic game to
get jacked up for."_

White, Spartans tackle Irish

Michigan St. at Notre
The Irish don't expect to get the
kind of breaks they got against
Michigan last weekend, but the
Spartans must travel to South Bend
for this 8:30 p.m. contest.
Michigan State coach George
Perles and his troops can't wait to
get started after an 11-day layoff.
Two Mondays ago, the Spartans beat
Southern California, 27-13. They are
now ranked 17th, while Notre Dame
is ninth.
Lorenzo White ran for 111 yards
on 22 carries against USC. He
should have some success against a
defense that allowed 6.0 yards per
carry against Michigan.
Notre Dame quarterback Terry
Andrysiak starred against Michigan,
completing 73.3 percent of his
passes for 137 yards and a touch-
down. The Spartan defense conceded

29 receptions for 326 yards to the
Trojans. However, three Spartan
interceptions sealed the victory.
The game will be televised by
Iowa at Iowa State
The quarterback situation at Iowa
is even more confusing than
Coach Hayden Fry will use his
third starter in three games when his
Hawkeyes face Iowa State tomorrow.
Dan McGuire started the 23-22
loss to Tennessee, and Tom
Poholsky got the nod in last week's
15-14 victory. Chuck Hartlieb will
take the first snap from center for the.
Hawkeyes tomorrow.
Hartlieb has played in every game
and is the second rated Big Ten
passer with 14 completions in 22
tries, no interceptions and one
touchdown pass.
The Hawkeyes should have an
easy time against their cross-state
rivals after opening the season with
two tough games. Iowa State lost to
Tulane 25-12 last week.

time for tomorrow's Oregon game.
The Buckeye defense was mostly
responsible for last week's 24-3
victory over West Virginia.
Chris Spielman totalled 19
tackles against the Mountaineers and
William White intercepted three
passes, running one back for a
Flanker Everett Ross grabbed five
Tom Tupa aerials, one for. a
Indiana at Kentucky
The Hoosiers and Wildcats renew
their rivalry.
Both teams sport 1-0 records.
Kentucky defeated Utah State 41-0
and Indiana beat Rice 35-13. The
two teams last met in 1984 when
Kentucky rolled to a 48-14 victory.
Indiana quarterbacks Dave Schnell
and Dave Kramme rank first and
third in Big Ten passing efficiency.
Schnell, a sophomore, is 12 of 16
for 224 yards and two touchdowns.


" The only change Michigan
coach Bo Schembechler plans to
make with the offense is inserting
John Kolesar into the starting lineup
at flanker. Kolesar, who has been
injured throughout his career, will
replace Cris Calloway.
- Michigan's defense will have a
different look than it did last week.
J.J. Grant, who saw a lot of action
,against Notre Dame, will start
against the Cougars. Linebacker
Bobby Abrams, an efficient pass
defender, will also see extensive

action. In addition, Anothony
Mitchell will make his first career
start at free safety, moving Erik
Campbell to Allen Bishop's
cornerback spot.
- Schembechler's record in
regular-season, non-conference
games stands at 40-9-2 (.804), after a
six-game winning streak was broken
last week. Prior to the Notre Dame
defeat, the Wolverines last regular-
season, non-conference loss was to
Washington in 1984.

Michigan fullback Phil Webb gained 19 yards last week against
Notre Dame.

Doily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Sophomore receiver Greg McMurtry leaps for a pass during
Michigan's 26.7 loss against Notre Dame. McMurtry dropped the
ball, but later caught his first touchdown as a Wolverine.
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