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Swimming
vs. Bowling Green
Tuesday, 4 p.m.
Canham Natatorium
The Michigan Daily
Rush Delivery
BY JEFF RUSH

SPORTS 8
Monday, November 7, 1988

Football
vs. Illinois
Saturday, 1 p.m.
Michigan Stadium
Page 8

Bo and fans agree:
No more 3:30 starts

Maybe Michigan coach Bo
Schembechler finally told someone
who counts how much he dislikes
kicking off games at 3:30 p.m.
For almost the entire season,
Schembechler has complained about
TV contracts causing games to end
,when it's dark out and result in
diminished attendance.
Saturday's game was just past half
over when it became dark out, and
Michigan Stadium was less than half
,full when the fourth-quarter started.
That wasn't the only problem. A
-full day of rain preceded the game;
standing water made for slippery
running and a long, cold afternoon
for the players.
BUT ALMOST immediately
after the game ended, the rain stopped
and it even seemed warmer outside.
A message, perhaps? Just how
high do your connections go, Bo?
Absurd? So was the whole game.
"Night games in November, huh?
Under ideal weather conditions? It's a
bear," Schembechler said.
Starting the game so late and afterI
the clock has been turned back an
hour made for a lot of football played
in the dark. When I think of footballj
in the dark, I think of games played
between teams that nobody cares
about and bowl games. Minnesota
isn't going to any bowl game.
The rain forced both teams to rely
mainly on running instead of
passing. When they did pass, they

several times called for a shovel pass,
where the quarterback, instead of
throwing overhand, flips the ball
forward to the running back.
Mike Gillette, who set a
Michigan record by kicking five field
goals in the game, continued having
problems with his punting. In the
second quarter, at Minnesota's 42-
yard line, Gillette lined up intending
to punt the ball close to the end
zone, but not into the end zone, thus
putting Minnesota on its 20.
Gillette, who averages over 40
yards per punt, launched an eight-
yarder, which he proceeded to down
himself.
"I tilted the ball down and hit the

front part of the ball," Gillette
explained. "The ball went up in the
air, the wind brought it back, and!1
had to down my own punt.
"I'd never seen that before. If I'd
have been on my own 20, my ass
would have been in trouble."
Later in the game, Michigan
kicked off from closer in than where
Gillette had punted. Teams usually
kick off from their own 35-yard line.
This time, Michigan kicked off from
Minnesota's 35.
Backup quarterback Demetrius
Brown, who came in after starter
Michael Taylor broke his collarbone,
threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to
receiver Greg McMurtry, and Gillette
then kicked the extra point to give
Michigan a 19-0 lead.
MINNESOTA must have been
anxious to stop that one point. On
that play, the Gophers picked up 30
yards in penalties - 15 yards for a
personal foul and 15 more for illegal
participation.
Michigan attempted an onside
kick, which Minnesota recovered.
Minnesota scored on the next
drive, then tried its own onside kick.
Kicker Jeff Geier looked as if he was
dribbling a soccer ball. Michigan
recovered before the ball traveled 10
yards.
"I'm just glad we won,"
Schembechler said.
I'm just glad it's over. What time
are you starting this Saturday, Bo?

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All washed up is Minnesota quarterback Scott Schaffner as M
him down during Saturday's 22-7 Michigan victory. Rain fell d

Gillette
...kicks five field goals

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Injuries
Continued from Page 1
field goal.
This script was repeated in the
second quarter. Twice, Michigan
failed to score touchdowns after
having first down at the Minnesota
12. Twice, Gillette hit chip shots.
Unlike the first drive, both
second-quarter scores were set up by
turnovers - a Tripp Welborne
interception off the hands of Gopher
receiver Chris Gaiters and a fumbled
kickoff return by Gaiters.
"(The rain) is extremely
important," Gaiters said. "But I'm
not going to say it's why we lost."
MINNESOTA threatened to cut
the lead to two with under a minute
left in the half, but on second and
goal, Minnesota first-year quarterback

Scott Schaffner rolled left and as he
started for the end zone, was pasted
by former high school teammate
Vada Murray. Schaffner fumbled and
Welborne recovered, preserving the
lead.
"I wish I could have it back,"
Schaffner said. "Gaiters and I
miscommunicated. I should have just
thrown that one away."
In the third quarter, Michigan
failed again from inside the 10.
Gillette's fourth field goal tied a
Michigan record and made its 12-0.
MICHIGAN rewarded the few
soaked fans who stayed into the
fourth quarter when it scored on the
second play. Brown found McMurtry,
who slipped as he went for the pass
but held on to score.
"Michael (Taylor) was a good
leader," said Michigan tight end
Derrick Walker. "But Demetrius is

JOHN MUNSON/DgiJy
ichigan's Mark Messner pulls
uring the entire game.
just as good, and he just has to kep
his confidence up now that it's tie
for him to play."
After Minnesota got on the
scoreboard, Gillette broke the
Michigan record with his fifth field
goal,, giving Michigan its final
margin of victory.
The victory, though, was costly.,
In addition to Taylorinjuries felleq
offensive linemen Mike Husar
(strained knee ligament) and Marc
Ramirez as well as defensive lineman
J.J. Grant. Late in the game, B~fes
went out with a slight groin pull.
The status of all injured players
besides Taylor will be determided
today.
"We had a lot of bad luck with
injuries. When it rains, it pours."
Schembechler couldn't ha
picked a better metaphor on a day
like Saturday.

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Taylor out, Brown in at QB

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BY PETE STEINERT
Welcome back, Demetrius Brown.
With Michael Taylor lost for the
rest of the regular season due to a
broken collarbone, Brown has
returned to the No. 1 quarterback
position he held for all but two
games last year.
Taylor suffered his injury Saturday
against Minnesota on Michigan's
first play from scrimmage. Brown
replaced him and played the rest of
the game, throwing a touchdown
pass in the process.
"I think under the circumstances,

he did a very fine job," Michigan
coach Bo Schembechler said. "When
you get called off the bench after one
play, that's a tough deal."
The horrendous weather conditions
did not work in Brown's favor either,
but he still managed to complete
seven of 13 passes for 115 yards.
Before the Minnesota game,
Brown had thrown just 16 passes in
four games this season, completing
11. He lost the starting quarterback
job to Taylor during fall practice.
Brown had missed the opening week
of camp when his academic status

was in question.
Now he finds himself No.' 1
again. "We know that (Taylor and.,
Brown) both have the ability to takd
us up and down the field," tight end
Derrick Walkbr said. "We know tiat
next week Demetrius will do the job.
We'll all be behind him."
Schembechler knows he caniot
afford another injury at quarterback.
He has already lost Taylor as well.as
his No. 3 quarterback, Wilbur Odon,
for the season. Odom separated his
shoulder during practice two weeks
ago.

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