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Tricks
McMurtry's
surprise throw
* to Calloway
aces victory
Continued from Page 1
With Indiana's offense featuring
running back Anthony Thompson,,
Schembechler was less excited than
the alumni about homecoming.
Thompson came into the game as the
second leading rusher in the country,
averaging 17 points per game -
Michigan's total as a team each of
the past two weeks.
Thompson, however, did not
score and gained only 68 yards on the:
ground, 92 below his season average.
With Thompson held in check and
starting quarterback Dave Schnell in
and out of the lineup with a bruised
tail bone (how many of you thought
that that injury was extinct due to
natural selection?), Indiana could
muster about as much punch as
Robin Givens fighting back against
heavyweight champ Mike Tyson.
"I don't know what they do
against me," said Thompson, who
failed to rush for 100 yards in a game
for the first time all season. "I just
know they're good up front. They've
just got a lot of quick guys up
front."
One of those quick guys is
defensive lineman Mark Messner,
who seemed to be camping out in the
Indiana backfield all day long.
"Their defense was active and
Messner made some big plays," said
Indiana coach Bill Mallory. "He
pretty well dominated the second
half."
BUT MALLORY forgot about
loard, whose 18.3 yards per rush
was the highest ever by a Michigan
player with at least five carries in a
game (the previous record was set by
Tom Harmon versus Chicago in
1939 with an 18.1 average - seven
rushes for 127 yards). And, like
Mallory, the Indiana defense seemed
so intent on stopping Tony Boles
that they forgot about Hoard.
"We were keying on Boles," said
Indiana linebacker Willie Bates. "We
didn't think Hoard would do what he
did."
Hoard first scored early in the first
quarter, exploding through a hole
opened by offensive lineman Dean
Dingman. Hoard split defensive
backs Brian Dewitz and Joe Zeigler,
going 54 yards for the touchdown.
In the third quarter, during which
Michigan out-scored Indiana, 17-0,
Hoard ran the ball in from the two-
yard line for his second touchdown of
the game to put Michigan up, 24-6,
then closed the door on Indiana with
another 54-yard run, splitting Dewitz
and Zeigler again.
"They could have been people
from my team - I wouldn't have
known it was the same people,"
Hoard said. "They were kind of
amazed a fullback could run that fast.
I doubt if that will ever happen again
while I'm here. I'm ready to go back
to three yards and a cloud of dust."
SCHEMBECHLER might not

Indiana running back Anthony "Touchdown Tony" Thompson couldn't find
much running room as Michigan linebacker J.J Grant and the Wolverines

the endzone or
held Thompson,

who had been averaging 161
rushing and no touchdowns.
be ready after seeing what a bit of
trickery can do. He called his team
over to the sidelines in the third
quarter during a television time-out
and told them McMurtry would be
taking a reverse from Boles.
McMurtry, who had four assists
while playing center field for the
Michigan baseball team last season,
has practiced the play since his first
year.
McMurtry took the handoff from
Boles, rolled right; and lofted a pass
to the wide-open Calloway. The ball
floated up in the air and Calloway
had to backpedal. But he often returns
punts and this was no different than
fielding any punt.
He settled under it and cradled it
into his arms. Touchdown.
That Bo, he's such a kidder.
"I knew it was going to be a
touchdown," Calloway said. "It was a
matter of when the ball was going to
come down. The only thing was that
I thought the ball might hit the
defender in the back of the head."
"That's what I thought, too," said
McMurtry, whose passing efficiency
(a rating compiled from several
quarterback statistics) for the season
is now 816.0, almost six times Big
Ten leader Michael Taylor's
efficiency rating . "From the way
they reacted, they were pretty
shocked."
And the defender on the play -"
Dewitz again - was a little shocked
also. "I ran my hardest to catch up
(to Calloway) and I put my arms up;
I swear to God, it came right through
my arms.".

yards and nearly 3 touchdowns a game, to only 68 yards

The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 24, 1988 - Page 11
For Pete 's Sake
BY PETE STEINERT
Third-quarter splurge
changes season s fate
Here it was, a pivotal game in the Rose Bowl race, and Michigan led
Indiana at halftime by the unimpressive score of 7-6.
The Wolverines' first-half play inspired the Michigan Stadium
homecoming crowd of more than 106,000 about as much as the drab
October afternoon.
Hey, Wolverines, wake up and smell the roses.
And they did, taking a big step toward the Big Ten championship
and a trip to Pasadena. Dare we say this so early?
THE WOLVERINES did not let opportunity come and go
Saturday. It appeared that might happen when tailback Tony Boles
fumbled a second-quarter pitchout on the Hoosiers' seven. The week
before, Tracy Williams fumbled at the goal line in a tie against Iowa.
"I thought that was going to be a bad sign for us," Michigan coach
Bo Schembechler said after the game.
The Wolverines calmed all anxiety attacks in the second half,
pulling away from Indiana with 17 third-quarter points. Suddenly, they
could do no wrong. Michigan had had enough.
"I'm tired of the penalties," said Schembechler, whose team
committed five penalties in the first half. "Whether they're justified or
not, I'm tired of it. I'm tired of going inside the five-yard line and
blowing touchdowns. That's not like us."
SCHEMBECHLER must have gotten the point across to his
players at halftime. Or maybe he used a bouquet of roses instead of
smelling salts to bring his team to life. Whatever it was, it worked.
Michigan did not allow Indiana a first down on its first four
possessions of the second half, and Michigan scored on its first three.
"We changed up a little bit (at halftime)," said Wolverine defensive
tackle Mark Messner, who led the defensive charge. "We ran a defense
they hadn't seen yet. It really messed up a lot of their blocking
assignments. It confused them a little bit, and that's .really all we
needed."
Indiana started its third drive of the third quarter on its own 20-yard
line. After Messner stopped tailback Anthony Thompson for a two-yard
gain, he and linebacker Alex Marshall sacked quarterback Dave Schnell
on second down and third down, respectively, pushing the Hoosiers
back to their own four.
"The story of the game was the defensive effort by our team,"
Schembechler said. "I think our defense did a great job shutting them
down, forcing the punts, giving us field position."
SCHEMBECHLER went on to describe his team's defensive
effort as "very special" - strong words of praise coming from a person
who chooses his compliments very carefully.
Michigan's defense has quietly gone about its business all season.
The Wolverines held Thompson, the country's second leading rusher
coming into the game, to 68 yards on 20 carries. Michigan has not
allowed anyone to rush for over the century mark in a contest this year.
A tight game almost instantly turned into a 31-6 blowout. The
Wolverines had their first win of the season over a nationally ranked
opponent, and they moved into sole possession of first in the Big Ten.
"We knew that this was the biggest game that we've had so far,"
said Michigan wide receiver Greg McMurtry, who broke the Hoosiers'
back with a 46-yard touchdown pass to Chris Calloway in the third
quarter. "We knew that it was do or die. If we didn't win, we figured we
were out of the race."
The Wolverines finished the toughest stretch of their conference
schedule with a 2-0-1 record against Michigan State, Iowa, and Indiana,
clearly establishing themselves as the team to beat in the Big Ten.
Michigan woke up and smelled the roses.
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Tinkers to Evers to Chance? Nah, but this combination was
just as flashy as the famed Chicago Cubs' doubleplay trio.
Try Taylor to Boles to McMurtry to Calloway for this 46-
yard touchdown that put Michigan up 17-6 early in the
third quarter Saturday. Quarterback Michael Taylor took the
snap, handed off to running back Tony Boles, who handed
off to wide receiver Greg McMurtry, who threw deep to
wide receiver Chris Calloway for the score.

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