Page 14 -The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 6, 1987
Wolverines must stop Foggie, Thompson to
revenge: get Brown Jug back from Golden Gophers
By ADAM OCHLIS
"Quarterback, quarterback, who's
gonna play quarterback?" That has
been the question asked in both
Minneapolis and Ann Arbor all
week, as the two teams prepare for
tomorrow's matchup (3:30 p.m.,
ABC-TV) for the Little Brown Jug.
Despite rumors earlier in the week
that the two teams would line up
placekickers or water boys at
quarterback, it appears that the
Golden Gophers (5-3 overall, 2-3 in
the Big Ten) and the Wolverines (5-
3, 3-2) will have their starting signal
callers ready for battle.
Brown, who missed last week's
game against Northwestern because
of a broken thumb, has practiced all
week and should be ready to go.
Minnesota's Ricky Foggie pulled
a groin muscle in last Saturday's
loss to Illinois. He was replaced in
the second half by Alan Holt, but
Foggie, the conference's leader in
total offense, also practiced this
week and should be ready to face the
Wolverines. If he isn't, Holt (23-of-
52, 279 yards) will again take his
A healthy Foggie could pose
problems for Michigan's defense. An
option-type quarterback, Foggie is
second on his team in rushing yards
(562), averaging 6.5 yards a carry.
The senior from Waterloo, South
Carolina has also completed 49 of
104 passes for 732 yards and five
JOINING Foggie in the back-
field is sophomore halfback Darrell
Thompson, third in the conference in
rushing behind Michigan's Jamie
Morris and Michigan State's
Lorenzo White. Thompson earned
Big Ten Newcomer of the Year
honors last year when he led the
conference in rushing with 1240
yards and eight touchdowns.
The Rochester, Minn. native has
not been affected by a sophomore
slump. Thompson has rushed for
911 yards and his 11 touchdowns tie
him for the conference lead (with
Indiana's Ernie Jones) in that
The combination of Foggie and
Thompson gives opposing coaches
something to worry about. "They're
a tremendously explosive offensive
team," said Michigan head coach Bo
Schembechler. "The option attack is
difficult to defend. They're as good
an offense as any team in the
Indeed, scoring has not been a
problem for Minnesota. The
Gophers average more than 24
points a game. It is on defense where
they have run in to a problem. Head
coach John Gutekunst, in just his
second year at the helm, lost 10
defensive starters from last year's
THE INEXPERIENCE has
cost the Gophers on many
occasions. In their three losses (all
in the last three weeks), the Gophers
have allowed a combined 87 points
to Indiana, Ohio State, and Illinois.
Minnesota also allowed 33 points in
a 12-point win over Northwestern
and 23-points in a 32-23 non-
conference win over California in the
second week of the season.
After winning their first five
games of the season, The Golden
Gophers have hit hard times. "Any
time you lose three in a row, you
reevaluate everything," Gutekunst
said. "The biggest disappointment in
the team is that the offense and
defense can't seem to compliment
While both teams are out of the
running for the Rose Bowl,
tomorrow's game will be important
for many reasons, not the least of
which is a post-season bowl
invitation. With wins in its last
three games, Michigan would have a
good shot at going to a New Year's
Day bowl (read: Florida Citrus).
Minnesota, according to Gutekunst,
better start winning if it wants to go
anywhere but home at the end of the
"We have to do something to
attract attention and winning is what
does that," the Minnesota coach said.
Last season, Gutekunst led his
team to a 6-5 record, good enough
for a Liberty Bowl invite (Minnesota
lost to Tennessee, 21-14).
THE GAME will also feature
the annual battle for the Little
Brown Jug, one of college football's
Qldest and most famous trophies,
which is awarded to the game's
The "jug" tradition started
following the 1903 Minnesota-
Michigan game when a Wolverine
trainer left his team's water jug
behind. After Michigan coach
Fielding Yost discovered the jug was
missing, he asked for it back.
Minnesota refused to return it,
saying "come and get it." Since
then, Michigan "got it" 46 times
while the Gophers have kept it 21
Because of last year's 20-17 last-
second victory, Minnesota holds
possession of the jug. This has been
the first year in the last 10 that the
jug hasn't been in Ann Arbor. The
Wolverines say that they miss it.
"We definitely won't be down
against Minnesota," said co-captain
Doug Mallory. "It's an important
game for us. We're going to go in
there fired up and try to get the jug
"It's a a red letter game. There's a
Said Schembechler: "We're mad at
Minnesota. We've been looking
forward to them. They took the jug
away and we've got to get it back.
It'll be a battle up there."
Gutekunst said that winning last
year's game and the jug was very
gratifying, and he doesn't plan to
give it back so easily.
"The jug is something the people
around here hadn't seen for a while,"
he said, "and they like to take a look
at it, and we like to take a look at it.
The great thing about it is that you
have to win the game to keep it."
Minnesota quarterback Ricky Foggie is probable for Saturday's game against Michigan, despite pulling his
groin last week. Foggie is second on the Gophers in rushing with 562 yards.
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Ilinois at Indiana
The Hoosiers (4-1, 6-2) need a win to set up next
week's titanic encounter with Michigan State. An
Indiana loss, coupled with an MSU win, would enable
the Spartans to make their Rose Bowl plans before the
two meet at Indiana's Memorial Stadium.
In last week's loss at Iowa, back-up quarterback
Dave Kramme came on in relief of Dave Schnell to
rally Indiana. He passed for 157 second-half yards as the
Hoosiers erased a 13 point deficit before falling, 29-21.
This week, Kramme will assume his usual spot on the
After a dismal 1-4 start, the Illini (2-2-1, 3-4-1) are
2-0-1 in their last three contests, including a surprising
tie with Michigan State.
Purdue at Michigan State
Michigan State (4-0-1 Big Ten, 5-2-1 overall) is
coming off last week's huge win in Columbus. Purdue
(2-3, 2-5-1) will be riding momentum gained from last
week's 49-14 thrashing of hapless Wisconsin.
Michigan State relies on a strong running game led
by Heisman trophy candidate Lorenzo White. The
Spartans beat Ohio State last week, despite completing
only four passes. Meanwhile, they thoroughly stymied
the Buckeyes on the ground, improving their rushing
defense to third in the nation.
loser to clash
Iowa at Northwestern
The Hawkeyes (3-2, 6-3), like Michigan and Ohio
State, are trying to salvage their season. After losing
two of their first three league games, they have won
two straight, including last week's defeat of first place
With their Rose Bowl hopes dangling by a thread,
*the Hawkeyes will venture into the home of the
Winning in Evanston continues to be one of the
easier tasks in sports. Northwestern (1-4, 1-6-1) is
winless at home this year.
Ohio State at Wisconsin
Earl Bruce is once again under fire in Columbus,
and it's no wonder. His Buckeyes (3-2, 5-2-1) only
managed two yards rushing against Michigan State.
The Ohio State passing offense wasn't much better.
After a 79-yard touchdown pass on the opening play,
the Buckeyes could only manage 66 yards through the 4
Help is on the way in the form of the Wisconsin
Badgers (0-5, 2-6). Nearly every Big Ten offense has
found itself against the Badgers to the tune of over 35
points a game. The Buckeyes should have a week to
get well, heading into season-closing matchups against
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The reason the Detroit Lions are
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Poor preformances at Griddes
have led to poor preformances on the
football field. In the eight weeks, no
one Lion has made one correct pick.
"This team stinks," said owner
William Clay Ford.
After last weeks dismal
preformance at Griddes and against
the Denver Broncos, the Lions were
"This is the lowest point I can
recall since I've been here," said ex-
Lion tight end Jimmie Giles.
After making these comments,
Giles was traded to the Philadelphia
Quarterback Chuck Long said,
"Every Sunday, I check the scores in
the paper and every week I've been
disappointed with my Gridde results.
During the game, I try to forget
about it, but it stays in the back of
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3. Illinois at Indiana
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7. Florida St. at Auburn
8. Alabama at LSU
9. UCLA at Oregon St.
10. Syracuse at Navy
11. Boston Coll. at Notre
12. Georgia at Florida
13. Louisville at Tennessee
14. N. Carolina at Clemson
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