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The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 12, 1988 - Page 13

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Continued from Page 1
Now, Gillette took the field to
attempt a game-winning 48-yard
field goal. Already that night, he had
connected from 49 yards. Going into
the game, Gillette was seven-of-10
in his Wolverine career from that
range. The kick went up, Gillette's
head went down, and Michigan went
out, 19-17 losers Saturday night.
"I've been through that before,"
Gillette said. "I wasn't really
nervous. I wanted to concentrate and
hit the ball good, which I didn't. I
popped it up. It's amazing that the
game comes down to that."
IT MIGHT NOT have come
down to that had it not been for
Michigan's previous drive. With
Michigan driving toward a
touchdown, tailback Tony Boles ran
to the Notre Dame 12-yard line. But
there was a flag on the play, a flag
that stalled the drive and forced
Michigan to kick a field goal that
put them up 17-16.
"We thought we were going to
win the game, but then we had that
10-yard holding penalty," Michigan
coach Bo Schembechler said.
"Instead of punching it in, we had to
settle for a field goal and that was
tough. We could have ended it
there."
Early on, it appeared as if the
Irish were going to end the game
quickly. Michigan, who was
expected to dominate both sides of
the line, was outmuscled and
outplayed. In the first quarter, Notre
Dame grounded out 91 yards to
Michigan's 20.
THE IRISH opened up the
scoring when Tim Brown's heir,
Ricky Watters, returned a punt 81
yards for a touchdown. It was Notre
Dame's longest punt return for a
touchdown since Joe Heap took one
94 yards against U.S.C. in 1954.
Michigan fans saw Watters burn
Michigan last season with an 18-
yard run for a touchdown.
But in the third quarter with the
Irish leading 13-7, Watters went
from hero to goat. He attempted to
field a Gillette punt only to have his

feet go out from under him and the
ball touch his thigh. Bobby Abrams
pounced on the loose ball at the
Notre Dame 14.
Two plays later, on a third-and-
seven, quarterback Michael Taylor,
who played a steady game, launched
a pass into the corner of the end zone
for Greg McMurtry. The pass missed
but cornerback Stan Smagala
interfered with McMurtry giving
Michigan a first down at the five.
Holtz didn't like the call. "I didn't
think the ball was catchable and I
thought the flag was a little late,"
Holtz said. "Even though I have
glasses and wear bifocols, I thought
that there was no way he could catch
the ball unless he had a ticket in
section 18."
MICHIGAN worked the ball
down to the one-yard line in the
same way they attempted to move
the ball all night - running it up
the middle. They had gotten their
first touchdown on a Leroy Hoard
run up the gut and the play registered
in the minds of the Notre Dame
defenders.
On fourth down, Taylor faked a
handoff to Tracy Williams up the
middle. The entire Notre Dame
defense went for Williams, and no
one payed any attention to Taylor.
He trotted into the end zone
untouched to put Michigan up 14-
13.
"I kept feeling that they were
coming hard at the corners," Taylor
said. "If someone was open, I would
have thrown the ball, but everyone
on their team went in and I was able
to run the ball."
It wasn't surprising to see tl at
the - happiest person to see Note
Dame's kicker Reggie Ho pull out
the game was Watters.
"Oh man, you don't know how
much of a relief that was," Watters
said. "I was praying. The whole
team was holding hands and praying.
When Ho made that last kick, I felt
so good. Then, when Gillette missed
his, I said, 'Thank you, Lord.'" I
must have said it 20 times. 'Thaik
you, Lord."'

JOHN MUNSON/Doily
Starting tailback Tony Boles runs into Notre Dame Wolverines' backfield, leading Michigan in rushing with 83
cornerback Stan Smagala (29). Boles made his debut in the yards on 25 carries.
- - - f-OHHo

Michigan 0 7
Notre Dame 10 3

7
0

3 -17
6 -19

First Quarter
ND-Watters 81 punt return (Ho
kick), 10:11
ND-FG Ho 31, 0:35
Second Quarter
ND-FG Ho 38, 14:47
UM-Hoard 1 run (Gillette kick),
8:29
Third Quarter
UM-Taylor 1 run (Gillette kick),
4:44
Fourth Quarter
ND-FG Ho 26, 14:17
UM-FG Gillette, 5:39
ND-FG Ho 26, 1:13
A-59,075

First downs
Rushes-yards
Passing yards
Return yards
Comp-Att
Sacked-Yards Lost
Punts
Fumbles-lost
Penalties-yards
Time of Possession

UM
13
52-139
74
126
8-11
0-0
6-46
1-1
3-30
35:49

ND
15
43-226
40
184
3-12
2-6
3-43
2-1
3-24
24:11

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RUSHING-Michigan, Boles 25-
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Bunch 4-12, Tracy Williams 2-5.
Notre Dame, Green 18-68, Rice 7-52,
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Notre Dame tailback Mark Green dives for yardage during the Fighting Irish's opening drive
in the first quarter.
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