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Men's Basketball
vs. Northwestern
Saturday, 4 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORT S

Ys.
Friday

Hockey
Lake Superior State
and Saturday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

The MichiganDaily

Thursday, January 5, 1989

Page 7

Brown

should

have '89 QB job

White
...in Peete's face
;Blue
keeps
*Trojans.
in line
BY MICHAEL SALINSKY
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
PASADENA, Calif. - While
.eroy Hoard and Demetrius Brown
W ere in the spotlight Monday, the
Michigan defensive line was banging
it out as usual. Ask the people who
were down on the field what the key
to Michigan's victory was, and
you'll hear a lot about the line.
"The most important thing
playing Southern California is to
stop the run," Michigan head coach
Bo Schembechler said.
But Bo, what about Rodney Peete
big arm, awesome receivers,
Heisman runner-up?
"When you boil it down to him
(Peete) having to do it himself, I
think you can contain him."
IN THE first half, the Trojan
iunning attack was gaining almost
five yards perF carry.. Afterth
Malftime break, the Michigan run
defense solidified, giving up only 45
yards the whole half.
USC was forced to throw to
4nove the ball, and Michigan knew it
.vas coming. Its running game cut
"iff, USC's offense was inept.
So simple - and so unexpected.
;No one thought Michigan could
eutralize USC's running game...
r stop Peete. Trojan wide receiver
John Jackson had said a few days
before the game: "We're prepared for
(the Michigan defense) to go out and
'take big chances. I'll be surprised if
they sit back and let us beat them."
THE TROJANS expected
Michigan to come with its
Zinebackers - as Notre Dame had
'done in sending Troy to its only
defeat all season.
The Wolverines blitzed from the
secondary a bit, but the linebackers
stayed at home to stop the run. Stop
the run, then worry about Pecte, not
the other way around.
And it worked. The credit has to
go the front line.
"They dominated our offensive
line a little bit," USC fullback
Leroy Holt said. "The penetration of
the defensive line set up plays for
the linebackers."
T.J. Osman and Brent White
played spiritedly. Outshone by All-
*America linemate Mark Messner
throughout the season, this time
they came up with the big plays,
while Messner was his usual self.
WHITE (two tackles for losses)
was in close pursuit of Peete all day.
'He exploded through the line to sack
W eete the first play after Michigan
lad taken a 15-14 lead.
° Two plays later, Peete fumbled

oluding the rush and Osman pounced
on it. For the day, he led the triad
with seven tackles, one for a loss.
While shutting down USC's
offense the way they did is stunning
in itself, it was especially so in light
-of the Wolverines' poor performance
in their last regular-season game.
"Their confidence was pretty

SNAP JUDGMENT
BY MICHAEL SALINSKY
SPECIAL TO THE DAILY
PASADENA, Calif. - C'mon Bo, give
the guy a break.
All Demetrius Brown has done his past
five games is lead the Wolverines to a
comeback win over Alabama, come off the
bench to beat Minnesota, and lead Michigan
to wins over Illinois, Oh io Siate and
Southern Cal.
And what does coach Schembech ler have
to say about the quarterkick spot in 1989.
It's up for grabs ... again.
Not many Michigan quarterbacks can
claim a Rose Bowl victory, even fewer over
a team of USC's caliber. Brown can
IN FIVE straight wins -four big ones
- the important constant has been no
interceptions. 'D', as he is known on the
team, has shed the curse that afflicted him in
1987.
"The first year, he had trouble because of
his ability," said teammate Mark Messner.
"He tried to do too much."
This year Brown has realized his own
limits.
And he has come through in the clutch.
Down 14-3 Monday, Brown came out of the
tunnel for the second half and completed
three of four passes to lead Michigan in for a
score. He got the ball inside the 10 on a 22-
yard scramble and connected with Chris
Calloway for the touchdown.
"WHEN THEY scored that touchdown,
that was the motivating factor," the Trojans'
Leroy Holt said. Holt felt that that drive led
by Brown fired up the Wolverines.
'D' ended up fielding questions as a
champion.
The other guy, Michael Taylor, fielded
questions this year after losing to Notre
Dame and Miami (Fla.) and after a
disheartening tie with Iowa, explaimnig
glumly how his perfoimances didn't I-man

anything if the team lost.
Taylor's stats were excellent. Maybe the
fates were just kinder to Brown than to
Taylor. Nonetheless, right now Brown is a
winner, Rose Bowl champion. How can you
bench a guy like that?
BO CAN. He'll praise him one minute
- "he's tough as nails" - and declare open
season on his job the next.
Obviously, Bo likes having two starting
quarterbacks. This flexibility is what
provided Michigan the luxury of replacing
Taylor, when the Michigan turf shattered his
collarbone, with a tried and true starter.
Remember when Steve Smith went out
of the 1983 Rose Bowl with an injury? His
departure meant the game for Michigan.
David Hall came in. David who? This year's
Trojans would have been vastly easier prey
without their one and only, Rodney Peete.
So competition is good. Complacency is
bad. Granted. But fair is fair. Brown has been
awfully good since replacing Taylor on a
rainy November 5th in Ann Arbor
SURE he wash1-of-24 on Monday, but
that was due, to a large extent, to a bombs-
away passing attack. And one of those
bombs was a perfect strike that Greg
McMurtry somehow dropped. Anyway 11-
for-24 aren't the important numbers. 22-14
are.
Brown deserves to be given the inside
track for 1989. Give Taylor the chance to
win the job. Make Brown earn the right to
keep it. But make it Brown's to start with.
Brown has gotten the rep of being second
fiddle to Taylor and his football smarts.
Monday, Michigan scored the winning
touchdown, Leroy Hoard's fourth-quarter end
around, on a Brown audible. Obviously,
Brown has some smarts of his own.
Did he call the play? "No, it was
something the defense gave me," answered
Brown sheepishly.
"He called the play - he's just not going
to tell you," laughed his coach sitting next
to him.
Humble, tough, gritty and a winner
c nion Bo give the guy a 0a

ROBIN LOZNAK/Doiy
This Leroy Hoard touchdown late in the fourth quarter, his second of the
game, put the Rose Bowl away for Michigan. Hoard put the Wolverines in
position for the score with a 61-yard gallop several plays earlier.

Victors
Continued from Page 1
the Game. Mind you, Michigan had already
gone to Disneyland.
"I'm going to Tijuana," Hoard yelled
coming off the field. Tijuana?
And Bo was going to celebrate also. Like
the old days. Remember "Willie Wonka and
the Chocolate Factory?" Remember when
little Charlie Bucketthad to have one more
chocolate bar? One more chance at the golden
ticket even though he couldn't afford it? And
how good it felt when he had that Wonka Bar
in his hand?
Well, Bo couldii't hold back either. He had
a cigar on the bus ride back to the hotel in
Newport Beach after the game. Couldn't
resist. One of those big Garcia Vegas that
doctors ordered him to give up after his heart
troubles. He had to.
Then there was the phone call waiting for
him i ti. huish elomn Iroi hism iomi Bety
h. who A antd to talk to Bo about the game

It was going to be one of those moments
when Mom gets on the phone and tells her
son how proud she is of him, right?
"Well, for God's sake, what were you
doing in the first haIP" she yelled. And all
her son, little Bo, could say was, "Messing
up, Mom. Messing uP."
It was all right, though. Mom couldn't
complain about Michigan's performance in
the second half. The defense, whose
confidence was shattered when it surrendered
31 second-half points to Ohio State in the
regular-season finale shut down USC Zen
points in the second halt
All Trojans coach Larry Smith could say
was, "They had it, We iidnl't."
And when the players marched of alter the
win, hugging and icheering, siuging and
yelling, there was one chant that stood out.
"We'll be back. We it be tck. We it t
back" echoed in the tuinne
Yes. They wili NI 'd >ea o2 Ni 1 th3
lira} be { toill e w li A i ' U t

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