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Page 12 - The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 26, 1988

The Schef's Specialty
BY ADAM SCHEFTER
Deacons' coach Dooley
needs wake-up call
Football, like any other sport, is a game that is played to be won.
Players don't lift weights in the off-season for the fun of it. They don't
come up to school in the scorching hot days of August to sit by the pool:
They don't devote their lives to football not to come out on top. They play
to win. Period.
That means that when a team is down by 16 points late in the game, it
continues to fight and claw and do everything in its power to make all its-
hard work worthwhile.
A little over a week ago, Miami trailed Michigan, 30-14, with seveti,-
minutes left to play, prompting Miami head coach Jimmy Johnson to cal
for the two-minute offense. The Hurricanes drove down the field once. Thn
once again. And finally the long and exhausting comeback was complete.
Wake Forest's turn to rally
This week, it was Wake Forest's turn to brace for the stretch run. The
Deamon Deacons trailed, 19-3, with 4:44 on the clock.
They had the ball at Michigan's 49-yard line with three time-outs
remaining.
They had quarterback Mike Elkins, who in addition to having over 5,4QO
career passing yards, seventh best in the history of the Atlantic Coat '
Conference, was already 18-for-30 for 166 yards on the afternoon.
They had wingback Ricky Proehl, Elkins' favorite target, who earlier in.
the season caught a 69-yard touchdown pass, and already had four catches crE
the day for 39 yards.
But most of all, they were working against a Michigan defense that was
susceptible to the big play.
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler, already 0-2, couldn't help but feel ''
little deja vu. "I looked up at that clock and saw that 16-point differential
and said, 'We could blow that lead quick.' "
Ay Hang down your head, Bill Dooley
Someone should have told all this information to Wake Forest head
coach Bill Dooley, because Dooley cheated his players, his fans, and himself
by not going for the win.
or There is no way that his players should have been huddling up after each
play. There is no way that his players should have been freely shuffled in
and out while time was running. And running the ball seven of tie 11 play
is on the drive when your team is trying to beat the clock?
s "I figured whoever we play, especially after the way we played in the
e final few minutes last week, would go to the passing attack," said Michigags
linebacker J.J. Grant. "They surprised me when they came out and did what
they did."
Defensive lineman and co-captain Mark Messner said: "I'm glad that they
didn't go into that hurry-up offense, because that's very tiring. When they
don't huddle up and you are in a pass rush situation every time, it takes a 1ot
h out of the defensive personnel."
id, The Wolverines were allowed to sit back, regroup, and pick up their
defensive assignments while their fans could rest more easily than against
Miami. Wake Forest finally did score on the drive, but they managed to eat
or up 4:17 in the process. Not the most opportune time to go on a ball-control
3) drive.

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ffense left holding the ball
Michigan defensive players weren't the only ones who were caught off-,
rd by Dooley's strategy.
"I don't know why we didn't go into the hurry-up offense at the end,"-r
ins said. "I really couldn't tell you. Yeah, I was surprised. Maybe it was;
ealistic to think that we could get those points back."
The 19-9 victory was certainly aided by Michigan's Bole-ing game, with
gpin Tony Boles striking the alleys for 214 yards. Tripp Welborne's two
rceptions halting Wake Forest drives helped. Messner, who became
chigan's all time tackle-for-loss leader with three against the Deamon
acons, also contributed.
But chalk this win up to a negative attitude and poor coaching on the part
Wake Forest as much as anything else.
"I'm not really upset with our football team," Dooley said. "I'r-
appointed because I thought that we might have a chance to win the game
nehow, someway."
Not the way you chose to play, coach. Maybe I'm only playing Monday
rning quarterback. But if I'm playing quarterback, and my team has the
ghtest chance of pulling out a win, I'm going to go for the win every
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