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October 12, 1987 - Image 16

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Page 16--The Michigan Daily-Monday, October 12, 1987




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Michigan State's Harlon Barnett (36) comes up with the sixth of seven Spartan interceptions in Saturday's game.
Bo has a case of ball-bumbling blues

really Michigan out there?
One of the teams was Michigan
State all right - tough defense in
the George Perles mold, inept
offense in the Perles mold.
But seven interceptions for a Bo
Schembechler-coached team?
It's no wonder the Wolverines
lost, 17-11.
Brown threw a complete game for
Michigan, striking for 158 yards on
12-of-26 passing. On several
occasions the redshirt sophomore
showed pinpoint accuracy. He passed
beautifully over the middle to
McMurtry for a 15-yard gain in the.
fourth quarter to keep a possible
winning drive alive. At other times
he looked awful against the brutal
Spartan defense in setting a
Michigan record with seven
Schembechler had reliever
Michael Taylorthrowing in the
bullpen, but the coach never did call
upon the right-hander. In previous
contests Taylor (9 of 21, 133 yards,
2 interceptions) hasn't shown
Schembechler that he can handle
pressure situations.
After the game, the Michigan
coach was protective of his rookie
quarterback Brown (36-of-77, 609
yards, 11 interceptions), using
general terms like 'the team' and

Darren to be Different

"I never see anything good in a
loss," Schembechler said. "As a
team we just didn't do the job. They
(Michigan State) played better than
we did and they deserved to win;
credit them for that. They didn't turn
it over as frequently as we did, and
therefore they won a close game.

That is the bottom line."
Indeed, the Michigan turnovers
provided the Spartans with the lift
they needed to beat the Wolverines at
home for the first time since 1969.
"They were a really big factor,"
said Spartan defensive lineman John
Budde. "It turned the whole game
around, got our offense pumped up,

"I saw Bo Schlembecher
on a TV show this
morning on ESPN and he
said, It's going to be
game of fumbles and
interceptions and stuff like
that,' and he said, 'It's
going to be the reason for
one or the other team to
win,' and it was. I'm
happy it went our way."
- Michigan State
defensive end John Budde

got our defense pumped up...
"I saw Bo Schlembecher on a TV
show this morning on ESPN and he
said, It's going to be game of
fumbles and interceptions and stuff
like that,' and he said, 'It's going to
be the reason for one or the other
team to win,' and it was. I'm happy
it went our way."
All of this should sound familiar.
In the season opener Wolverine
quarterbacks threw four passes to
Notre Dame defenders. Michigan's
seven total turnovers in that game
were its most since 1960. The 1987
Wolverines now have hit the seven
turnover mark twice, and Michigan
quarterbacks have figured in 12 of
those turnovers.
"Historically we have not been a
mistake team," Schembechler
lamented, "but this offense is a
disappointment to me in that regard.
We turned the ball over way too
D.E S P I T E the givaways
Saturday, the Wolverines amazingly
hung in the game until the end.
"There's no time in the game
where we thought we'd be out of it,"
said defensive back Erik Campbell.
The Wolverines' record dropped to
3-2 overall, 1-1 Big Ten. With the
Iowa Hawkeyes on the schedule
next, Michigan may be out of the
conference race by this time next
week - unless it plays more like a
Michigan team.

Wolverine Jamie Morris outleaps Spartan John Miller for Michigan's
only touchdown.
Miller Time
On Perles' political agenda
EAST LANSING - Conservatives everywhere, rejoice.
Forget the problems of 1987: the impending rejection of Supreme
Court nominee Robert Bork, the admission by Pat Robertson that he
had his first child out of wedlock, and the Iran-Contra scandal.
An arch-conservative enjoyed his finest moment Saturday.
Michigan State head coach George Perles led his team to a 17-11
victory and may have revived a sagging conservative agenda in the
Perles' administration had undergone severe scrutiny in recent
weeks. The Spartan offense was labeledarchaic and their game plan
too conservative. To make matters worse, the complaints began to
threaten the fifth-year head coach's tenure. Spartan stadium fans loudly
booed an advertisement for Perles' TV show during a 31-8 loss to
Florida State.
PERLES didn't listen. Even after his team ran the ball on its nine
plays from scrimmage in the third quarter against Michigan and
registered no first downs, Perles refused to listen.
"Someone probably was saying at the begining of the fourth quarter
that George is too conservative," said Perles. "If you lose, you're
going to get it handed to you over that. I have a chance to please
everybody or to do what I think is right and live with the
consequences, and that's what I elected to do."
Those words would make Lt. Col. Oliver Nort proud. North and
Perles are throwbacks to the days of rugged individualism. Perles
wanted to play "old country-style football," and that plan succeeded
against the Wolverines.
No wonder Perles said, "Bo (Schembechler) is my kind of guy."
Michigan State's offense mirrored Michigan's offense in the glory
days of the 1970s. Perles employed the wishbone for the first time
this season along with the usual array of split backs and I-formations.
Passing became a foreign concept.
"If Woody Hayes was living, he would have liked this football
game," said Perles of the Spartans' victory.
HAYES no doubt also would have liked Perles' views on many of
the issues that today affect the nation.
-Motivation - A necessity at all levels of life. After Michigan
drove down the field on its opening possession, Perles made
motivational adjustments on the sideline.
"Kids, athletes, and football players respond to loud, angry
criticism.-I've been threatening my two sons for 24 and 25 years
now," said Perles. "When they were born, there was that book written
by (Dr. Benjamin) Spock. I thought it was bull. I'm glad I did. My
sons are tough and so are my players."
Perles, though, won't consider a career in psychology after football.
"I don't make (motivational) tapes," he said.
-Defense - Like any good conservative, Perles, the former
defensive coordinator for the Pittsburgh Steelers' steel curtain defense,
places great emphasis on a strong defense. "I haven't had a bad team
against the run in my career," he said. "We still gave up only three
100-yard games at home in Pittsburgh in my 10 years, and O.J.
(Simpson) got two of those."
-Discipline - No aberrant behavior allowed. Michigan State
players had 24 hours to enjoy Saturday's victory and then it was back
to work. Nobody dares celebrate in front of Perles..
"Remember (Steeler head coach) Chuch Noll. You never saw any
champagne," said Perles. "You never saw anyone squirt (Steeler owner
Art) Rooney," Perles said. "If my kids were still young, I wouldn't
want them to see some of the championship games now."
-Success - Never expect less than the best. Many pointed to
Michigan State's opening five games this season against Michigan,
Iowa, Florida State, Notre Dame, and USC as a disaster waiting to
happen. While the Spartans' 3-2 record may be respectable, Perles
wasn't fully satisfied.
"I'm a stubborn Lithuanian. I wouldn't concede (losses). I still have
to shave," said Perles. "If we had to drop a couple of games, I'm glad
it was in the nonconference."
-Productivity - Perles offered his answer to productivity problems
facing the country. "I visualize myself down at the Detroit whatever
office and some guy just because he has to make a living comes in
when we lose and has all that stuff on (Spartan paraphanalia) ," said
Perles, sympathizing with the man for usually wearing the clothes of
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