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Ice Hockey
vs. Michigan State
November 14, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena
The Michigan Daily


Field Hockey
vs. Ohio State
Saturday, 1:00 p.m.
at Iowa City
_ _ . Page 9

Tuesday, November 3, 1987

Injuries push Ro to the end ofhis rope
By ADAM OCHLIS The Michigan head football coach Robbins may be sidelined because of questionable and that Brown is the players, the 19-year Michigan head the Gophers upended Michigan, 20-
A healthy and pain-free Bo delivered the news that both a pulled groin. better of the two," Schembechler coach has had to battle illness during 17, in Michigan Stadium. In all,
Schembechler showed up at his Demetrius Brown (thumb) and WHAT ALL this means is that said. "If necessary, we'll work the year. This past week Michigan has won 51 of the 77
weekly press luncheon for the first Michael Taylor (leg) are questionable placekicker Mike Gillette, who holds Gillette at quarterback. That would Schembechler finally began to feel games between the two schools.

time in a month only to update his
team's long list of injuries. He also
speculated how his placekicker could
triple as a quarterback and punter in
Saturday's game at Minnesota.

for the game against the Golden
Gophers. In addition, wide receiver
John Kolesar took a blood test
yesterday fearing that he h a s
mononucleosis, and punter Monte

kicking and passing records at St.
Joseph (Mich.) High School may
take over the punting duties as well
as the quarterback duties.
"I'd say Brown and Taylor are

be quite a story. But it's been that
kind of year."
It is unrealistic, however, to
think Gillette will be barking out
signals on Saturday. Brown, who
broke his thumb on his throwing
(left) hand during the Indiana game,
said that he would be able to play.
Even if Brown isn't ready to go,
rookie Eric Bush would the next in
line. But Schembechler would prefer
not to use last year's Illinois Player-
of-the-Year and Super Prep All-
American, so that Bush could be
redshirted and keep a year of
TWO WEEKS ago, Schem-
bechler commented in passing that
Gillette could be "a heck of a
quarterback." Yesterday, Schem-
bechler stuck to his off-the-cuff
remark, but emphasized that it is
impossible to think Gillette could be
an effective quarterback with just one
week's preparation.
"It's been a great year,"
Schembechler said with obvious
sarcasm. "It's been a battle royale.
I'm not going to hang myself
although that would probably be the
best thing for me."
It is to Schembechler's credit that
he is taking the constant flow of bad
news in stride. Like most of his

better from a kidney stone ailment
that caused him to miss some
"Bo's been hurting himself," said
offensive tackle John Elliott. "We
just respect the fact that he's been
out there everyday even though he's
really hurting. It's a painful thing,
and he's out there running around
and coaching.
"But we need Bo. He's our man.
He's our leader."
AS MICHIGAN (5-3 overall,
3-2 in the Big Ten) prepares for the
Gophers (5-3, 3-2), Schembechler
said that Michigan would have to get
better play from its inside
linebackers and better balance in its
offensive attack. Against North-
western, Taylor threw one complete
pass in just five attempts.
Even with the uncertainty at
quarterback, Schembechler doesn't
appear phased by that situation.
"That's only one of the problems,"
he said. "There are too many
problems to dwell on just that one."
Saturday's contest will also renew
the battle for the Little Brown Jug, a
tradition that dates back to the 1903
meeting between Michigan and
Minnesota. Until last season, the
Wolverines held control of the Jug
for eight consective years. Last year

Blue Banter
-Champions of the week:
Offensive Champ: John Elliott,
Defensive Champ: John Hermann,
Offensive Hustler: Jeff Brown,
Defensive Hustler: Allen Bishop,
Special Team Champ: Bishop,
Scout Team Champ: Rick Stites.
-Halfback Jamie Morris needs just
118 to pass Butch Woolfolk and.
become Michigan's all-time leading
rusher. His 74-yard touchdown
against Northwestern was his
longest of his career and the longest
for a Michigan player since 1983.
-Six bowls were represented at the
Michigan-Northwestern game and
it's fair to say they weren't looking
at the Wildcats. The Florida Citrus,
Sun, Holiday, Peach, Hall of Fame,
and All-American Bowls all had a
representative in Ann Arbor. The
Cirus Bowl, the only New Years
Day Bowl of those six, continues to
show strong interest in the
Wolverines. "We're certainly
interested," said Dave Sutphin, one
of the two representatives of the
Orlando-based bowl. "We've been
following Michigan for a long



, Icers exorcisejinx...
4$ p ...concentration falters

Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Wide receiver John Kolesar (40) could have mononeucleosis, making him another of the Wolverine walking
wounded. It is questionable whether the Junior will play Saturday against Minnesota.
ic e wice -0

The Michigan field hockey team
hobbled into Evanston this weekend
and lost to both Ohio State and
Northwestern by the same score, 2-
The Wolverines (10-5-3, 1-5-2)
went into last weekend's action
without their two top defenders Trish
Marin and Katrina Warner. Both
went down with ankle injuries
during the week's practices. Warner,
however, was well enough to return
for Sunday's match against
Northwestern, one of the perennial
Big Ten field hockey powerhouses.
The Wolverines stayed with the
Wildcats despite their injuries, going
into halftime with a scoreless tie. "I
was very pleased with our effort
against Northwestern," said Mich-
igan head coach Karen Collins. "We
played very strongly, but then
Sharon Kantor went down, and it's
tough to beat Northwestern with two
starters injured."
Just after halftime, Kantor, the
'starting midfielder, was accidentally
sticked, cutting her just above the

left eye. The cut required 12 stiches
to repair.
The Wolverines did not fare any
better on Saturday against Ohio
State. Michigan, however, can
avenege their loss, this weekend
when they face Ohio State again.
"We can beat Ohio State, if we
can avoid injuries," said Collins.
"Up until this weekend we've been
lucky with the injury situation. So
far we've been counting on us to be
healthy, and as a healthy team we
can beat Ohio State."
Harrers finish fifth
The Michigan women's cross
country team traveled to
Bloomington, Ind. this weekend to
compete in the Big Ten Champion-
ships only to return home with a
disappointing fifth-place finish in
the overall standings.
The 82 degree heat was a major
factor, according to Michigan head
coach Sue Foster. As a result, one of
Michigan's top runners, junior Traci
Babock, suffered from h e a t

Eileen Donaghy from the
University of Minnesota won the
five kilometer race with a time of
16:58. The only Michigan runners
to finish in the top 10 were Cheri
Sly and Mindy Rowand, placing
fifth and eighth respectively.
Wisconsin captured the tourn-
ament title with 42 total points
followed by Iowa, Minnesota,
Indiana and Michigan.
The team has two weeks to
prepare for the District Champion-
ships in Bowling Green, Ohio on
November 14.
- - -..--...n

The Illinois-Chicago jinx. It's haunted Michigan
hockey since 1985 and last Friday, on Halloween
Eve, all the ghosts and gobblins of Flame hockey
past came to torment the Wolverines and keep the
jinx alive.
Michigan entered the game knowing it could not
change the past - six cowering defeats in its last
six meetings with Illinois-Chicago. The
Wolverines, moreover, could not erase the memories
of a food poisoning epidemic they experienced the
last time they traveled to Chicago.
The only power Michigan had was the power to
prevent the past from becoming an omen.
Michigan's true grit would test the strength of the
Unfortunately, the devil in Yost Ice Arena was
intent on having the Flames increase their series
dominance to seven straight victories. The Flames
generated too much heat for Michigan to quench.
After coming back from a one goal deficit in the
first period, Illinios- Chicago rolled to a 6-3 win,
perpetuating the jinx one more night.
FOR YET another time, the Wolverines
retreated back to the locker room wondering what
ingredient they needed to beat the Flames. "I don't
know why we can't beat this team," said Michigan
assistant coach and ex-Illinois-Chicago assistant
coach Larry Pedrie. "(Michigan) is just as good a
team if not better."
On Halloween night, however, Michigan
delivered the last trick and received the last treat. The
Wolverines finally beat Illinois-Chicago and
overcame the influence of the past - but barely.
Michigan allowed the Flames to muscle their
way back from a three goal deficit at the beginning
of the third period to eventually take a 7-6 lead. But
Wolverine defenseman Myles O'Connor postponed
the possibility of any further embarrassment, tying

the game and sending it into overtime.
Rob Brown became the man dressed in white for
Michigan, firing the puck past Flames' goalie Dave
Depinto for the winning goal.
So Brown buried more than the winning shot, he
buried the jinx. But why was the quest for a victory
over Illinois-Chicago so difficult to harnass? Said
Pedrie, "Maybe our team is not convinced we are a
better team."
Or maybe the problem is more concrete, like a
thorn. A thorn stuck in Michigan's third period
performance that is causing mental lapses and
defensive breakdowns.
BEFORE Saturday's 8-7 overtime victory,
Michigan had not scored in the last period in the
previous two games. Against Miami of Ohio,
October 17, Michigan held on to a one goal lead but
failed to gain any insurance goals in the final frame.
In addition, Saturday's performance marked the
second time that the Wolverines squandered a 6-3
lead in the last period. The first time resulted in a 7-
6 loss to Bowling Green.
Michigan's third period ineffectiveness explains
the Wolverines 4-4 record. Often the Wolverines
look like two different teams, dominating the first
two periods and then struggling in the third.
Michigan's concentration seems to lack continuity.
Illinois-Chicago coach Val Belmonte talked about
Michigan and goalie Warren Sharples play during
Saturday night's third period. "(Sharples) started
thinking, and then (Michigan) started panicking a
little bit," he said. "When you get a team panicking
like that they start throwing the puck away."
The Wolverines must remedy the panic and their
other third period woes in order to garner their first
series sweep and better their .500 record.
The talent is there. Michigan has proved this
many times. Usually, however, the proof only
stretches through two-thirds of a game.

R owand
. . places eighth


Bring in your Griddes pick to the
Student Publications Building by
Friday, for a chance at a Domino's
pizza gift certificate.
1. MICHIGAN at Minnesota
(pick total points)
2. Purdue at Michigan State
3. Illinois at Indiana
4. Iowa at Northwestern
S. Ohio St. at Wisconsin
6. Oklahoma St. at Oklahoma
7. Florida St. at Auburn
8. Alabama at LSU
9. UCLA at Oregon St.

10. Syracuse at Navy
11. Boston College at Notre
12. Georgia at Florida
13. Louisville at Tennessee
14. North Carolina at
15. Penn State at Maryland
16., Stanford at USC
17. Virginia Tech at West
18. Harvard at Holy Cross
19. Missouri at Colorado
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