vs. Michigan State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 13, 1987
vs. Central Michigan
Today, 4:30 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
Bo backs Brown to bitter end;
.looks for defense to improve
By RICK KAPLAN
Bo Schembechler knows quarterback Demetrius
Brown played poorly in last Saturday's 17-11 loss at
Michigan State. A Michigan-record seven interceptions
made assessments of the redshirt sophomore very easy.
But Schembechler had an answer for Brown's critics
yesterday at his weekly press luncheon.
"What do you want me to do, shoot him?" asked the
coach, quoting a Sparky Anderson comment about
Tiger relief pitcher Willie Hemandez.
Many Wolverine fans would like Schembechler to
take a less violent route and bench Brown, but
Schembechler is not prepared to do so. Asked if Brown
would start this Saturday, he answered, "Yeah,
probably, well, yes."
Schembechler defended his quarterback, placing
some of the blame for the Michigan State
misadventures on the Wolverine receivers. "Let's give
him this: Not all the interceptions were his fault,"
Schembechler said. "There were some routes that were
run wrong and that cost him some chances. How's
that? That's as far as I'll go."
Schembechler did not shield the young quarterback
from criticism. "He knows I like him," said the
Wolverine coach. "I don't worry if I hurt his feelings.
The worst thing you can do when coaching a guy who
made some mistakes is whitewash it, say 'You're
better than that.'
"I go in there and tell him. I gave him my
judgment. I gave him my judgment of our offense,
(Michigan State's) defense, seven interceptions,
everything. If he is a man, he'll take it, if he's not, he
Brown did not take what the Spartans offered,
according to Schembechler. "He must learn to take
plays they'll give him," Schembechler said. "He must
pass to the receiver they'll give him. There were three
plays where I thought his alternative was scrambling.
On other plays, I wanted to see him find the short
receiver and dump the ball off.
"If he does that, he'll be dam effective."
The 19-year Michigan coach said he has a plan "to
correct this" and help Brown improve, but he would
not reveal it, fearing future opponents would get hold
of the information.
Schembechler was more willing to speak out on his
defense. He called the Michigan defense in the first half
against Michigan State "the worst since I've been
here," and said defense remains his biggest concern.
"We've only played two football teams - Notre
Dame and Michigan State," he said, discounting
Michigan's three blowout victories. "Both moved the
ball on us. The defense has been subpar in both of
"Michigan State beat us up first half. They just beat
our defense up. That first half I was so upset. I won't
soon forget a performance like that."
COLUMBUS (AP) - Ohio State
coach Earle Bruce knows his team
has some problems after Saturday's
31-10 humiliation at the hands of
Indiana, but he said he really hasn't
pinpointed how to solve them.
"There are probably some
headaches around in college football,
but the biggest one is in Columbus,
Ohio," Bruce said yesterday at his
weekly media conference. "I don't
know where it will end."
Bruce's headaches are throbbing
on several fronts:
-The Buckeye defense, which had
entered the Indiana game ranked first
in the Big Ten in points allowed,
was pushed around in the second half
as the Hoosiers reeled off three
touchdowns. Along the way,
Indiana, which ended a 31-game
winless streak against Ohio State,
rushed for 205 yards.
"THEY DID something I did.
not think was possible," Bruce said.
"They ran the ball against our
defense. In fact, they ran for more
r yardage than they passed for (200
-The Buckeye offense continued
to show all the explosiveness of a
wet firecracker. Ohio State did not
pick up a first down in the third
quarter and managed just 132 yards
rushing and 132 more passing
"Quarterback Tom Tupa did a
much better job this week than last
week," said Bruce. "He had three
dropped passes - two on possession
downs - including one on third and
24 that would have given us a first
"I think he did make some bad
decisions on his two interceptions.
But he's the best we have and he has
to get better."
He added, "Statistics are for
losers, but if you look at the
statistics you can see the story of the
game right there. They ran 77 plays
to our 51, they had the ball for
almost 37 minutes to our 23. We
had three turnovers as opposed to
-BRUCE SAID he was most
concerned about his team's lack of
enthusiasm Saturday. He said he was
taking steps to provide more
incentive heading into the Buckeyes'
game at Purdue Saturday.
"In the history of coaching, you
can tell a lot about the character of a
young man by how they bounce
back," Bruce said. "This week's
going to be a real character-builder
for Ohio State."
-The nine-year Ohio State coach
said he was planning no major
changes in personnel, but that he had
decided on Jim Bryant at tailback in
place of last year's 1,000 yard
gainer, Vince Workman. In addition,
he said some juggling would be
needed in the secondary to make up
for the loss of four-year starter Greg
Rogan, who broke his leg.
-Bruce said the offense's problem
was not play-calling, but execution.
He said he was not planning to turn
to an option attack or to freshman
running back Carlos Snow.
-Bruce said that the difference for
the Buckeyes was the lack of a
"In football, you've got to have a
dominant player on offense and a
dominant player on defense," he said.
"The greatest dominant player on
offense is a tailback like Keith
Byars. Right now we're searching
for that player."
Daily Photo by SCOTT IITUCHY
Michigan quarterback Demetrius Brown aired it out 26 times against the Spartans Saturday, throwing seven -
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