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The Michigan Daily
Friday, November 18, 1988
Visit to OSU is
still The Game
BY MICHAEL SALINSKY
Michigan-Ohio State 1988.
If this were a statistical matchup - a stratomatic game perhaps - the
Wolverines would win hands down.
The Buckeyes have made this a year to forget for the OSU faithful. They
were slaughtered by Illinois, Indiana and Pittsburgh, and also lost to
Michigan State and Purdue.
Meanwhile, Michigan (7-2-1) has been on a roll since a tie in Iowa City
put its record at 2-2-1. They sent their two most serious challengers, Illinois
and Indiana, away with humbling defeats.
Just look at the conference statistics. Michigan: third in offense, first in
defense. Ohio State: sixth in both. Why make the trip? Why bother working
up a sweat?
THE THING about college football is that it is not a stratomatic game.
There are so many intangibles. For those hoping for an easy Michigan
victory, the intangibles for the Michigan-Ohio State game (ABC, 12 p.m.)
are all too tangible.
The Buckeyes' season has surely been disappointing. That makes this
game something of a season saver for them.
"If they beat us, that'll make their season," said Michigan cornerback
ANOTHER factor that is lost, when looking at the season as a whole,
is the Buckeyes improvement in recent weeks. Last Saturday, they tied a
tough Iowa team in Iowa City.
Part of the reason for that improvement might be the gradual adjustment
to first-year coach John Cooper.
Michigan flanker John Kolesar thinks so: "When a new coach comes in
it's a whole new system. Now they're a little more experienced with
The Buckeyes have also had to get acquainted with sophomore quarterback
Greg Frey. "Now we're looking at a veteran quarterback," said Michigan
coach Bo Schembechler. "He's got 10 games under his belt."
LUCKILY, Michigan has some intangibles of its own. Memories of
last year's 23-20 loss to Ohio State in Ann Arbor still linger. "Of course
there's a revenge factor," said Michigan tight end Derrick Walker.
And the game is also special for Michigan's seniors, their last chance to
play in "The Game."
"I'm thankful that I had another year left," said Michigan defensive end
Mark Messner, recalling last year's contest. "That would be a very sad thing
Even with all these intangibles, Michigan's raw talent could be too much
for the Buckeyes. Michigan's turnover margin is +14, while the Buckeyes
are a dreadful -14.
"(Michigan's) probably a couple of touchdowns better than any team in
the league," said Cooper. "They got it all."
Icers host last-
Sophomore right wing Don Stone has his shot deflected by
an Ohio State defender last season. Michigan, which split
last year's four-game series with the Buckeyes, hosts the
first meetings of the two teams this weekend.
BY RICHARD EISEN
The fifth-ranked Michigan hockey
team faces Ohio State for two games
at Yost Ice Arena this weekend.
Michigan can gain first place in the
Central Collegiate Hockey Ass-
ociation by sweeping the last-place
By just looking at the standings,
the thought of sweeping the Buck-
eyes is a definite possibility. The
Buckeyes only win this year was an
overtime victory over Bowling Green
on Oct. 21.
But, if you look at the history
concerning these two teams, you
might be reluctant to reach for the
Ohio State has been notoriously
tough on the Wolverines, with most
of their recent contests decided by
one goal. Last year, the teams split
the four games and three of them
were decided by one goal.
In the early days of Red
Berenson's Michigan coaching
career, the Buckeyes were always the
team that the Wolverines needed to
beat to attain the last playoff spot. In
fact, in Berenson' s first year,
Michigan recorded an unprecedented
road sweep of the Buckeyes to win
the last playoff spot.
Needless to say, the rivalry
between these two clubs is rich.
In addition to the rivalry, Ohio
State enters Ann Arbor possibly
with new-found confidence. Last
weekend, the Buckeyes showed some
strength in their series losses against
Western Michigan. Despite falling
behind in the first period each night,
Ohio State came back only to fall a
"We played very well in the
second game and we were in a
position to win both games," Ohio
State coach Jerry Welsh said. "But
on Friday, the first period cost us the
On Saturday, the Buckeyes had a
chance to tie the game after pulling
their goalie, Todd Fanning, but could
not come up with the equalizer.
"We had some great chances to
score (in the third period)," Welsh
said. "A couple of times we even had
some guys raise their sticks and we
thought the puck went in."
Falling a goal or two short has
not been a rare occurrence for Ohio
State, which has scored only 28
goals this year. Senior forward Andy
Forcey and sophomore center Paul
Rutherford lead this charge with 11
and nine points, respectively.
Michigan enters the game after a
weekend sweep of Ferris State.
Denny Felsner, who notched seven
points in the Bulldog series, took the
lead in team scoring with 16 points.
SOUNDSTAGE: New Talent Night, Nov. 17.
Rain, Under the Influence, and Neo-Vogue.
10:00 pm. U-CLUB, $2.00
IMPACT DANCE THEATRE: Dance workshops for
non-dance majors. Nov 17, 7-8:30 pm.
SOPH SHOW: Presents the musical, GREASE.
Nov. 17,18,&19, 8:00 pm.
Mendelssohn Theatre, $5.00
MEDIATRICS: Nov. 18--"Dreamchild," MLB3,
7:30 & 9:30 pm.
Nov. 19--"Cyrano de Bergerac," Angell Hall Aud A, 7:30 pm.
--"The Three Musketeers," Angell Hall Aud A
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