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The Michigan Daily
Tonight, .7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 21, 1988
A sort of homecoming
The letter sat in front of me. It
was a plea for help. Like a letter you
would write to your lover at the end
of a dying relationship, Matt
Elliott's heart was broken. I think
you can all probably relate to the
No, his girlfriend had not broken
up with him. It was worse. You see,
Elliott, the sophomore reserve center
is the only returning player on the
Michigan football team to hail from
Indiana. And if you don't remember,
let me remind you: Indiana beat
Michigan last year, 14-10.
You probably didn't have to go
back home to have your friends taunt
you. To go out to the movies on a
Friday night to have everyone make
jeering remarks at you. To go
anywhere and constantly be
provoked. Matt Elliott did and now
he was crying out.
"I DON'T think there is a
player on the team that burns for a
victory more than me," Elliott wrote
in a letter to me.
Can you blame him? He grew up
in Carmel, Ind. and wanted to play
for the Hoosiers terribly. Indiana
signed one high school teammate,
Mark Hagen, and then another, Bo
Belden. The Hoosiers had recruited
Elliott, but when they signed
Elliott's teammates, Indiana stopped
knocking on Elliott's door.
Elliott was upset. He said good-
bye to one Bo and hello to another.
Welcome to Michigan. The
countdown began. Three months
until we play Indiana. Two months.
The Schef's Specialty
BY ADAM SCHEFTER
One month. The afternoon finally
Though Elliott didn't get to play,
he was as much involved in the
game as anybody. When Michigan
lost, he hurt more than anybody.
THAT IS part of what makes
sports so special. No matter how
much a loss hurts, you go out the
next day or week and try to put those
memories to rest. Elliott couldn't
and that's why the loss hurt so"
much. No matter who he played, the
pain would not go away. Sort of like
that first cold you get in the winter
time. It lingers and lingers and
Home cooking was just what he
didn't need to cure his ills. Having
his high school teammates around
him would be as comforting as a
sharp stick in the eye. But he had to
go home. He had to face his buddy
The first insult was the ring.
When a college football team goes
to a bowl game, they are offered the
option of buying rings. Michigan
never buys rings, unless they go to
the only bowl they consider
valuable. Michigan could have
bought Hall of Fame Bowl rings.
They didn't. Indiana was new at
winning last year. They went to the
Indiana's Anthony Thompson leads the Big Ten in rushing,
averaging 160.7 yards per game.
Peach Bowl and bought rings.
Elliott got a close up view of the
red stone with the big 'I' on it; the
three fake diamonds signifying the
Hoosier's three big wins over
Michigan, Ohio State, and intra-state
rival Purdue. Hagen and Belden wore
the rings all the time and all Elliott
could say was, "for the Peach
But it hurt.
HE SAW the familiar faces in
town. More insults. Adults would
come up to him and in an evil way
say, "I'll bet you kind of wish you
went to Indiana."
Elliott shrugged. "No," he would
But that hurt too.
It has bern a long wait, but now
the game is one day away. As an
added bonus, the winner will have
the inside track to the Rose Bowl.
The hurt has now turned into
anticipation. That can't wait feeling.
You know, like the night before
And this year Elliott will get to
play. Maybe even on the first play
of the game. If Michigan receives
the opening kick, Elliott will line
up across from Belden. You think
he's excited for that moment?
"Oh man," Elliott shuddered. "It's
been so long that I have just wanted
to clean his clock. Once that ball is
kicked, I hope I kill him. I want to
rip all of them. For this'game, I
have an extreme hatred for the
I see a Michigan win. I see the
Michigan team singing "Hail to the
Victors" in the locker room after the
game. And I see Matt Elliott sitting
in the corner of the room, cured of
all his ills, happier than anyone,
very excited to go back home this
-All three of Indiana coach Bill
Mallory's sons have played for
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler.
Mike, a two-time All-Big Ten
linebacker and co-captain of
Michigan's 10-1 team in 1985 is
now an assistant coach at Kent
State. Doug, last year's co-captain,
is now a graduate assistant coach at
Indiana. And first-year linebacker
Curt is on the team now. According
to dad, "I have the utmost respect for
Bo. There is nobody else I'd rather
have my sons play for than Bo
-One of the keys to Indiana's (5-0-1)
turnaround has been the upgrading of
their facilities. "We were really
behind the eight ball when I got here
five years ago," Mallory said. "But
we have had a lot of support from
the administration and the alumni."
-Another Touchdown Tony?
Indiana's tailback Anthony
Thompson has rushed for 17
touchdowns already this season. He
is Indiana's all-time leading scorer
with 204 points and is second in the
country in scoring averaging 17
points per game. He is also second
in the country in rushing averaging
160.7 yards per game. As a team,
Indiana is seventh in the country in
rushing, piling up an average of
293.3 yards per game.
YOUR FACE IS A WORK OF ART.
OPPORTU N ITI ES
-Hoosier kicker Pete Stoyanovich
now has 88 consecutive extra points,
a Big- Ten Record. He is also
Indiana's career leader in field goals
(37) and extra points (88).
-Saturday's contest will be broadcast
by ABC-TV and will begin at 3:30
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Special to the Daily Indiana gained 1,003 yards on th
Dave Schnell isn't a forgotten ground. After six games in 198
man in the Indiana offense. It's just junior tailback Anthony Thompso
that there hasn't been much need for alone has gained 964 yards.
him to throw. "It's not that the passingi
With Indiana's rushing offense worse," Schnell said. "It's ju
averaging 293.3 yards per game _ shadowed by the running attack."
a Big Ten high and seventh best in With an outstanding offensiv
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haven't needed the redshirt junior's Elkhart Indina Central High Scho
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