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Page 12 -The Michigan Daily-Friday, November 20, 1987

Earle
(Continued from Page 1)
out affair" is sure to follow.
The Wolverines (7-3 overall, 5-2
fig Ten) and the Buckeyes (5-4-1, 3-
4) are having similar injury-filled
sasons. Michigan, though, owns a
uitter record because of some good
Jck, such as last week's last minute
score against Illinois.
Conversely, some bad breaks
Mve ruined Ohio State's season. The
Bpckeyes have played decently but
not well enough to win despite all

s

last stand:

Buckeyes hope to end Bruce
era with victory over Blue

their talent. The Buckeyes are far
from a bad team.
They have lost their four games
by a total of 10 points. Last week
epitomized the Ohio State season. A
28-yard touchdown pass from Iowa's
Chuck Hartlieb on fourth down with
six seconds left in the game sent
Buckeye fans home disappointed.
OHIO STATE'S season
opened on an equally disappointing
note. The NCAA ruled preseason
All-America wide receiver Chris
Carter ineligible for taking money
from an agent. Athletic Director
Rick Bay (who resigned Monday in
opposition to Bruce's firing) refused
to petition the NCAA for Carter's
reinstatement despite Bruce's wishes
to the contrary. Then, to add to
Bruce's woes, his second-best re-
ceiver, Nate Harris, became
academically ineligible.
"Losing Carter and then Harris
right off the bat put Bruce behind the
eight ball," said Schembechler.
"Let's not kid one another. If people
cannot see that in Columbus, they're
crazy.,
Juniors Everett Ross and Vince
Workman have not softened the loss

of 99 combined receptions by Carter
and Harris last season. Ross leads
the team with 25 catches for an
average of 21.7 per catch. Workman,
who was converted from tailback in
the middle of the season, has 22
catches besides leading the team in
rushing with 495 yards.
Carlos Snow replaced Workman
at tailback. The 5-9, 194-pound
freshman speedster is averaging four
yards a carry, rushing for 339 yards
this season. Fullback George Cooper
(330 yards rushing) and quarterback
Tom Tupa round out the Buckeye
backfield. Despite his team's lack of

success, Tupa is completing 53 per-
cent of his passes and is leading the
conference in punting with an aver-
age of 46.7 yards per punt.
"TUPA HAS improved
tremendously. He's mobile, has a
good arm, and is playing well," said
Schembechler. "When you take into
consideration Snow's quickness and
Workman's and Ross' ability to run
after they catch the ball, they have
excellent skill people."
The Buckeyes also have excellent
outside linebackers in Eric Kumerow
and Mike McCray. Inside linebacker
Chris Spielman may be the best in

the nation. The senior consensus
All-American (140 total tackles this
year) has not missed a down all sea-
son. In last season's game with the
Wolverines, the Massilion, Ohio,
native made 29 tackles.
"Spielman covers the entire field
so well," said Michigan offensive
coordinator Gary Moeller. "To go
right or left doesn't make a difference
because Spielman has such great
flow to the football."
While the flow of events the past
week will influence the game, tradi-
tion dictates Michigan-Ohio State is
something special.

"This is our big game. The most
emotion-packed game of the year,"
said Bruce. "Maybe the luster is off a
little because of the records, but it's
the game both teams play for."
"Let's not have all these other
things detract from the game," added
Schembechler, "because this is what
college football is all about
Michigan vs. Ohio State."
Blue Banter
-Michigan fans are encouraged to
give Earle Bruce a standing ovation
when he is introduced at Michigan
Stadium on Saturday. His firing
gives merit to many of the criti-
cisms of college athletics.
-The Schembechler quote of the
week deals with the Dominos Pizza
store he owns in Columbus. "My
entrepreneurial affairs are my ownt
business," he said.
-A Wolverine victory tomorrow
would give Schembechler his 18th
season with eight or more victories
in his 19 years at Michigan.
-A Wolverine victory tomorrow
would also extend the Buckeye's
current losing streak to four games,
their longest since 1943.
-From 1968-1982, the Michigan-
Ohio State game had some effect on
determining the Big Ten representa-
tive in the Rose Bowl.
-Wide receiver John Kolesar will
return to action against Ohio State
after missing two weeks with
mononucleosis. Kolesar will be used
on kick return teams.
-Offensive tackle Mike Husar hurt
his back in practice Wednesday but
should play against the Buckeyes. -
-Michigan's other offensive tackle
John Elliott should be 100 percent
this week. A sore shoulder hampered
Elliott against Illinois last weekend.
-Offensive guard Tom Dohring
could see action against Ohio State
after missing four games with a knee
injury. The sophomore has practiced
all week.
-Linebacker Keith Cooper (knee)
will return to the lineup after miss-
ing last week's game with the Illini.
Cooper is fourth on the team in
tackles with 45.

Frantz
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Daily Photo by SCOTT LITUCHY
Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman makes one of his record-tying 29 tackles in last year's game against
Michigan. The All-American will be making his final appearance in a Buckeye uniform tomorrow.

THE PHILIPPINES:
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An Analysis of the Current Situation
and Reflections on the Future

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Saturday, November 21,1987
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Stadium on Saturday.
Bruce was told earlier in the week
that this would be his final game
with the Buckeyes. -
Meanwhile, Ohio State place-
kicker Matt Frantz, a senior, has his
own reasons for wanting to beat
Michigan.
Frantz missed a 45-yard field goal
with 1:03 remaining that would have
defeated Michigan last year. It's been
a living hell for him ever since.
"It's been 11 months, 28 days, 11
minutes and five seconds," Frantz
said. "For 11 months I've been not
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I've been known as Matt, the guy
who lost the Michigan game.
"Of course I'd like another chance
at them. I know it sounds a little
selfish, but I'd like it to come down
to that last kick again."
If it does, the stakes won't be as
high this time.
Michigan's victory over the
Buckeyes last year allowed the
Wolverines to tie Ohio State for the
Big Ten championship.
"All week long, it's the Michigan
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