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'Page 10- The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 9, 1987
GUTTY PERFORMANCE RETURNS JUG TO BLUE
Thumbs up for Brown

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Miller Time
a BY SCOTTG. MILLER

(Continued from Page i)
the end zone, the ball came up to my
chest, and once I hit the ground it
came loose."
FOLLOWING Thompson's
inability to gain three feet (this, after
he had already accumulated 164
yards), Michigan marched down the
field in 12 plays. Morris (149 yards
on the day) ran in from the nine to
finish the drive. On that play, the 5-
7 senior who once was thought to be
too small to play college football
broke the Michigan career rushing
record of 3,861 yards. Butch
Woolfolk previously held the record.
The Wolverines didn't celebrate
Morris' record for long, however.
Michigan reached paydirt again just
90 seconds later. Wolverine Carlitos
Bostic jarred the ensuing kickoff
loose from Pat Tingelhoff (who lay
motionless on the field and
temporarily lost consciousness later
in the dressing room). Rick Hassel
recovered the fumble.
Four downs and 23 yards later,
fullback Leroy Hoard (77 yards) went
over from the one. The game marked
Hoard's first action as a Wolverine
as he started in place of Jarrod Bunch

(pinched nerve in his shoulder).
Two-point conversions followed
both Wolverine touchdowns, as a
17-7 Gopher lead at the half turned
to a 23-17 Wolverine advantage after
three periods.
From Minnesota's standpoint, the
game should have been over at
halftime. The Gophers continuously
made the Wolverine defense look
silly as Thompson (201 yards
rushing, 157 by halftime) and
Marcus Evais (54 yards by halftime)
ran through, over, and between
Michigan defenders at will.
MICHIGAN'S cause wasn't
helped when cornerback David
Arnold went down on the game's
first play from scrimmage with what
was diagnosed initially as a broken
leg. Later, it was changed to a severe
contusion. Minnesota grabbed a 10-0
lead just seven minutes into the
game.
"We moved it all game," said
Foggie. "We've moved it all year.
We haven't been stopped yet
defensively. We will never be
stopped by a defense because we
have too many weapons."
A little later, Thompson broke a

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34-year-old Big Ten record by
blasting through a hole opened by
Evans and flying 98 yards down the
sideline. Four (Wolverine defenders
had a shot at the Rochester, Minn.,
native, but after he got to his own
15-yard line, he was gone for his
13th touchdown of the season.
Thompson also passed the 1,000-
yard mark for the season with that
run.
"I don't think we stopped them
all day," said Schembechler. "I
couldn't stomach that long run for a
touchdown. We don't do that here at
Michigan. But give him credit, he's
a great back."
Michigan's lone score of the half
came on a 62-yard Brown to
McMurtry fly pattern in the middle
of the first quarter. Like Michigan
would do in the final period on a 36-
yard touchdown pass to Cris
Calloway, it victimized rookie
Gopher cornerback Frank Jackson on
one-on-one coverage.
"He was the freshman, right?"
asked Calloway, whose TD was the
first of his career. "Number 45. We
knew he was young and susceptible
to the deep ball going into the
game."
B R O W N, even under the
circumstances, played his best game
of the year. The redshirt sophomore
(seven-of-15, 146 yards, and two
TDs) entered the game with a broken
left thumb (on his throwing hand)
and suffered a dislocated right thumb
during the game. He came out of the
game, but returned after one play.
Following the game, Brown
admitting he was really hurting and
was unable to button his shirt.
"How about that courageous,
performance by a guy playing (hurt)
at quarterback?" said Schembechler.
"Have you seen that done lately?
That kid did a great job."
Minnesota outgained Michigan
by more than 70 yards in the first
half and gained 17 first downs to the
Wolverines' seven.
"That was the key to the game,"
Schembechler said. "We played so
poorly and they played so well and
we were only down 10."
The game was halted twice in the
final period when Brown pulled away
from center due to crowd noise. The
first delay lasted 15-and-one-half
minutes, while the second one was
considerably shorter.
"You can't call the play if you
can't hear yourself and I had the
option to sit and wait, so I did,"
Brown said.

-Associated Press
Rosy future
Michigan state needs only a win next weekend against Indiana to clinch
the Big Ten Title.
Th ompsont's gains are
mre than just yards

By SCOTT G. MILLER
Special to the Daily
MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota
tailback Darrell Thompson only had
trouble avoiding one group on
Saturday - the media.
"Am I going to finally be able to
grab a shower today?" asked
Thompson after the Gophers' 30-20
loss to Michigan. He continued to
wait for that well-deserved shower as
questions about the run continued.
The Rochester, Minn., native
broke a 98-yard touchdown run with
9:24 remaining in the second quarter,
setting a Minnesota and Big Ten
record in the process.
MICHIGAN linebacker J.J.
Grant and cornerback Allen Bishop
got tangled on Thompson's historic
rush, allowing the sophomore to
turn the corner. Free safety Erik
Campbell dove at Thompson's shoe
laces and missed at the 15-yard line.
Then it became a race between
Thompson and strong safety Doug
Mallory. Thompson easily won.
"I thought that (Mallory) was
going to catch me," said Thompson.
"For some reason, you never have
enough confidence in your speed."
Thompson should have plenty of
confidence in his speed. While a
great block from fullback Marcus
Evans helped open the hole,
Thompson's speed carried him to the
score. He has rushed for 1,081 yards
so far this season. Saturday's 201-
yard performance was the second best

of his career.
Despite his accomplishments
against Michigan, Thompson felt
disappointed. "It's painful, because
when you play like that you think
your team is going to win," he said.
"But it doesn't always happen that
way."
UNFORTUNATELY for the
6-1, 205-pounder, he will remember
another play from Saturday's game
as well as the 98-yard burst. With
8:56 left in the third quarter and the
Gophers leading 17-7, Bishop
knocked Thompson backward on a
fourth-and-one play from the
Michigan 23-yard line. A
controversial spot by the referee gave
the ball - and new life - to the
Wolverines.
"I'm not really sure if I had the
first down," Thompson said. "I don't
know where my knee went down.
"It was a slow turning point
because I never felt we lost the game
until late."
Barring injury, Thompson could
provide the turning point in
numerous games. With a career total
of 2,301 yards already, Thompson
has an opportunity to pass two-time
Heisman Trophy winner Archie
Griffin (5,589 yards) as the Big
Ten's all-time leading rusher.
"I feel sorry for the next two
Michigan teams that are going to
face him," said Wolverine senior
Jamie Morris. "He's only going to
get better."

Bo angry
at fanfareq
MINNEAPOLIS - Dome sweet
dome. The Minnesota advantage.
Noise. Lots of it.
Great fan support spurred the
Minnesota Twins to a World Series
Championship. But no one needs the
kind of fan support the Minnesota
Gophers received on Saturday. 4
After Gopher quarterback Rickey
Foggie fumbled going into the end
zone, the irate fans made enough
noise to delay the game for 15:30.
Michigan quarterback Demetrius
Brown refused to take a snap because
his teammates could not hear his
signals.
Between the fans and injuries, the
game turned into a four-hour
marathon. A great game became
boooorrrring.
MICHIGAN had problems with
fan noise in Indiana too. Wolverine
head coach Bo Schembechler felt that
12 plays against the Hoosiers were
influenced by the noise.
"People just don't have any
respect for communication in
football," said Schembechler of the
Minnesota fans. "So what can you
do?"
For starters, run a play. The
entire incident at the end of the
Gopher game was unnecessary on
the fans' and Wolverines' part.
Minnesota lined up in an eight-man
front and refused to move on
purpose.
Michigan countered with a
wishbone. What else need be heard
other than a couple of "hut, huts?"
All Michigan did 15 minutes later
was hand off to the fullback anyway.
If the Wolverines had run a couple of
plays quickly, the fans would have
shut up. The noise certainly wasn't
as bad as it was during the World
Series.
GRANTED, the fans' action
was uncalled for. The Foggie fumble
was a difficult call, and putting a
hard-to-see replay on the message
board did not soften any feelings.
But delaying a game is ridiculous.
Minnesota head coach J oh n
Gutekunst worried that the players
would get cold standing around and
could have been injured when play
resumed.
"It looked more like a battle of
the wills," said Gutekunst of the
battle between the fans and
Michigan.
Every time Brown and .other
Michigan players flapped their hands
for silence, the fans mockingly
imitated with a cross between the
goat dance in the movie Dragnet and
the bird dance of wrestler Koko B.
Ware - perfect behavior for people
in a big white structure that
resembles an insane asylum.
Despite the problem and the "
predictable results, Schembechler
continues to force the issue.
Communication is critical, but
Michigan used hand signals on some
plays. If hand signals were employed
on a play or two, the whole fourth
quarter incident could have been
avoided.
Schembechler must realize he is
fighting a battle he cannot fully win.
Fans come to the games to make 4
noise. Maybe someday even

Wolverine. fans will learn that.
Human nature dictates that people
are not going to be quiet when they
are asked. In fact, delays just inspire
the fans even more, and the referees
refuse to take control.
When will Schembechler learn
his lesson?
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