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Sports Monday Trivia
Which two professional
athletes are currently
roommates in Northern
Michigan?
(For the answer,
turn to the bottom of page 2)

Inside Sports Monday
Calendar 2
Griddes 2
Volleyball 2
Cross Country 2
Q&A 3
Richard Eisen 3
'M' Football 4
Wrestling 5
Rugby 5

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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - October 2, 1989

'M'

makes twerps

of Terps
Michigan bombs
Maryland, 41-21

by Richard Eisen
Daily Football Writer
Before the Michigan-Maryland
football game even began on
Saturday, the Michigan faithful had
already thrown enough
marshmallows for an eternity's
worth of campfires.
With two minutes left in the
first quarter, opposing waves
cascaded around the Stadium.
And that's the type of football
game it was. The Wolverines
grabbed a 14-0 lead just 8:32 into
the contest which Michigan
eventually won, 41-21.
Except for a few exciting plays,
including a flea-flicker from
Maryland's quarterback, Neil
O'Donnell, the game dragged along
deep into the afternoon with not
much excitement.
"It was one of those games,"
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler
said. "Toward the end it gets
sloppy."
Toward the beginning of the
game, Michigan's offense clicked
well as the defense smothered
Maryland's passing game with an
intense pass rush.
After Michigan's defense forced
Maryland to go three plays and out,
the Wolverines' first drive of the
game actually opened with a
forward pass. In fact, frosh
quarterback Elvis Grbac threw
frequently and.accurately,
completing on his first six
attempts.
Schembechler, who said that he
would run the ball against the
Terrapins, attributed his affinity for
the pass Saturday on Maryland's
tight running defense.
"If you put eight men up on the

line (to block the run), we're gonna
pass," Schembechler said.
"(Michigan) will pass in terms of
we'll take whatever the defense
gives us. If Maryland wants to play
us tough on the early downs, we're
going to throw the football."
All in all, Michigan attempted
six first-down throws, completing
on three of them. As far as rushing
the ball, which Schembechler
touted all week as the key to the
team's success, Michigan gained
279 yards on 51 attempts.
While the run faltered in the first
half-something that has happened
in all three Michigan games this
year-Grbac reached for his gun and
began firing.
Grbac connected with receiver
Chris Calloway on a play-action
23-yard pass that Calloway caught
falling into the end zone for a
touchdown. After a Maryland
fumble, Michigan zoomed down the
field to go up by 14.
On the drive, Grbac found
Calloway once and Greg McMurtry
twice, the last of which being an
11-yard touchdown pass from the
wishbone formation.
"It puts a lot of pressure on a
quarterback, when there's a lot of
passing (early in the game)," said
Grbac, who started his first game in
Michigan Stadium Saturday. "It's
great to pass but you always want
to have a rushing threat."
Because of Maryland's line
stacking, the Wolverines did not
gain much on the ground "in the
first half. Schembechler was
expecting a tough run defense in
Maryland and found it early on in
the contest.
See GAME, page 4

Michigan fullback Leroy Hoard celebrates after scoring a third-quarter touchdown in the Wolverines' 41-21 victory over Maryland. Hoard averaged
4.8 yards on 15 carries, for 72 net yards. Michigan as a whole rushed for 279 yards, the team's high this season.
Saturday's game leaves writer at a loss

9

OpIr

v

For some games, the words just come to
you.

When number one Notre Dame
number two Michigan on a rainy day
Arbor to start the football season,

defeats
in Ann
writing

seems easy.

Adam
Benson

Watching the Wolverines
come from behind to beat
UCLA in Pasadena can
inspire an almost grotesque
outpouring of verbosity.
But Michigan's 41-21
victory over Maryland
Saturday leaves one at a loss.
Is there anything I can say
that you couldn't see?
The Terrapins had
nothing working for them
outside of quarterback Neil
O'Donnell, and look at what
he had to put up with. His
offensive line couldn't block
for him, his running backs

and receivers couldn't hold the ball for him, his
defense couldn't stop the other team.
But how about Neil O'Donnell?
"Last year, he looked that good," said
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler. "But he
didn't this year, in their first three games. He
was good today."
Maryland coach Joe Krivak added: "I think
when you look at his overall performances,
during the course of the season, he's played well
enough for us to win."
Not only was O'Donnell the main man -
he was the only man who could do anything
against Michigan.
O'Donnell finished the afternoon with 15
completions out of 26 attempts for 197 yards
and one touchdown. During the afternoon,
O'Donnell moved into third place on the
Terrapins' all time passing yardage list.
Yet Maryland fans may forget O'Donnell's
fine play. He has lead Maryland to only a few
victories, but O'Donnell has given Maryland a

certain amount of respectability.
For Wolverine fans, respectability is a
given. At Maryland, it is a memory.
Since the death of former Terrapin basketball
great Len Bias, the "dirty" program tag has
hung over the College Park campus.
Subsequent scandals involving former
basketball coach Bob Wade and current athletic
director Lew Perkins deepen the scars on this
once great program.
O'Donnell admits that Maryland's struggles
haunt him, but he knows the only way to avoid
thinking about them is by concentrating on
football.
Saturday, O'Donnell exhibited that
sentiment. His team always trailed, they never
looked very good, but O'Donnell made the most
of what he had. He led his team. He gave them
someone to rally around.
So what? He lost.
See BENSON, page 4

New 'M' backs gain
ground in victory
by Adam Benson
Daily Football Writer
Bo Schembechler's flying aerial circus may have caught the fancy of
Wolverine fans, but the improved running game eased tensions amongst
many anxious Michigan coaches.
Michigan's 279 yards on the ground against Maryland surpassed the 200-
yard goal set by the coaching staff for this game.
Although the goals were met, Schembechler still expects more from his

running game.

See RUN, page 4

.,,. «..- - 'a

l Hoc key sweeps
Ohio teams, wins two
by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Writer
After last Thursday's tie with Central Michigan, Wolverine head coach
Patti Smith knew her field hockey team would have to improve if it
wanted to compete with Ohio State and Ohio University thiL weekend.
Improve it did, as the team defeated OSU, 5-2, on Saturday and Ohio, 3-
0, Sunday. Its record now stands at 6-3-2 overall, and 2-1 in the conference.
Smith was pleased with what she saw.
"We played a very strong game against Ohio State," she said. "We were
more confident going after the ball. I could sense a desire that was not there
before."
Against Ohio State, the Wolverines took a 1-0 lead 19:41 into the
game when Judy Burinskas scored off a penalty corner with assists from
Josee Charvet and Sharon Cantor. The Buckeyes retaliated when Danielle
Dayton tied it up off passes from Kim Bush and Sandy Loeper. Cantor
gave the Maize and Blue a halftime lead on an unassisted goal with 3:18
left in the half. See HOCKEY, page 2
Rugby's Young Boys
beat Old Boys, 18-11

by Steven Cohen
Daily Sports Writer
It wasn't too long ago when
waiting at the school bus stop was
an ordeal for Joey Gilbert. The
taunting and abuse seemed endless.
And as he waited for the bus to take
him to elementary school, he
thought of ways to lessen the scorn
and make himself a better person.
Joey Gilbert has a learning
disability known as dyslexia.
Though many people have the
dysfunction, it didn't mean that Joey
was to be exempt from the cruel
abuse that kids aim at those who are
different..
So Joey got into fights, felt a
sense of inferiority, and developed
into a quiet person. Kids have
trouble sympathizing with someone
for whom reading a book can be like
reading an eyechart.
Now it is 1989.
Gilbert waits at the bus stop in
front of Crisler Arena - this time
with other members of the
Wolverine wrestling team. While
still no chatterbox, Gilbert is
laughing and joking with the rest of
the first-year wrestlers. And at a
stocky 5 foot 4 inches, 135 pounds,
he seems to be just like everybody
else.
But Gilbert nowv stands out

Pi nnn
the Pas t
Critics have never believed in
Joey Gilbert - until now.

lot of schools. I was a quiet kid
when kids made fun of me. I kind of
felt like I wasn't like everybody else.
I felt really bad about myself. I
wasn't a real talkative kid when I
was younger 'til I got into
wrestling. "
Gilbert began wrestling early
with a local club called the Tinley
Park Bulldogs, becoming good
enough to win a state championship
in the sixth grade.
When he got to high school he
continued his success on the mat,
losing only once in four years.
Gilbert's lone high school loss was
in the ninth grade to someone named
Dennis Duschesne. Duchesne is now
at the University of Wisconsin-
Parkside where he has earned
Division III All-America status
twice.
His record of 164-1 and an
unprecedented four Class AA (the
biggest schools in the state) titles
prompted the Chicago Tribune to
name him the Illinois High School
Athlete of the Year and hail him as
the best high school wrestler in state
history.
While he was rewriting the
wrestling record books, Gilbert also
made much progress as a student.
Gilbert, who once felt he was
hopeless academically, worked hard

By Bill Girardot
Daily Sports Contributor
The Michigan Rugby team ran
into fierce resistance Saturday when
they confronted the Old Boys in the
traditional Old Blues Game. The
anua matchiin between the clubh's

from deep within the Young Boy's
territory, was the instrumental play
of the match.
The drive relied on short runs and
quick passing to catch the Old Boys
at their weakest spot: lack of speed.
Woolevgo~t the hall 'o ana o nt

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