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Page 10- The Michigan Daily -Friday, October 13,1989
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schools in the same state who play
in the same conference, you're likely
to have a great rivalry," Schem-
bechler said. "This one has certainly
been a great rivalry."
MSU coach George Perles echoed
his counterpart's sentiments.
"It's time for our game with
Michigan. Obviously for people in
the state of Michigan it's a big deal.
It's a classic," Perles said. "In our
little community here in the state of
Michigan, it's an encounter."
The past two years, whoever has
won the intra-state matchup has won
the Big Ten title and the Rose Bowl.
The No. 21 Spartans (2-2, 1-0)
depend on a tough pro-style defense
which has yielded fewer points and
fewer rushing yards than any other
defense in the Big Ten the past two
Perles, who coached the Pit-
tsburgh Steelers' Steel Curtain

defenses, has brought a stunting
defense operating out of a 4-3 set to'
college football. To a layperson, that
means the Spartans play four down
linemen and three linebackers, who
constantly rush from different angles
in an attempt screw up offensive
blocking schemes.
"It's not a mystery defense, it's
pretty basic what they do,"
Schembechler said. "I don't have a
lot of great concerns other than it's
the type of defense that's difficult to
run on.
"The problem is you don't see it
that often."
The leader on defense for the
Spartans is linebacker Percy Snow, a
leading candidate for the Butkus
award given annually to the nation's
best linebacker.
"The problem first is that he's a
great linebacker," Schembechler said.
"The second thing is that their
concept of defense makes it difficult
to get people on him blocking."

The pre-season All-American,
who recorded 19 tackles against Notre
Dame, floats in the middle of the
MSU defense and wreaks havoc on
opposing ball carriers.
Schembechler is countering by
"simplifying our concepts a little,"
and depending on his starting
quarterback to do something rela-
tively unheard of for a Schem-
bechler-coached team. Move the
football through the air.
For now, the starting quarterback
is redshirt frosh Elvis Grbac. But that
could all change come game time.
"I think both Elvis Grbac and
Michael Taylor will be ready to
play," Schembechler said. "Right
now I would say that Grbac will
probably start. There's a real good
chance we'll use Taylor in the game.
"We've adjusted and we feel
comfortable when Elvis is in there."

Taylor, who is a fifth year senior
noted for his ability to read defenses,
was the starter until he was injured
during the third quarter of the
opening loss to Notre Dame. He
fully participated in drills this week
for the first time since fall practice
Michigan's defense, which limited
MSU to 80 yards rushing and 151
total last year, will have its hands
full trying to stop the Spartan
rushing attack led by tailbacks Blake
Ezor, Tico Duckett and Hyland
Ezor has missed two games with
a sprained left shoulder and was
replaced agairst Iowa by Duckett,
who stepped in to rush for 175 yards.
"We have guys who have a chance
to go in there any time," Perles said.
"And we're confident they'll hold on
to the ball."


MSU, led by their quarterback Dan Enos, hopes to roll against Michigan.

Boston College, St. Louis to
play 'M' field hockey team
6v David Schechter

George returns to Purdue
Quarterback journeys to West Lafayette with Illinois


Daily Sports Contributor
Steamrolling through to the close
of the season, the Wolverine Field
Hockey team awaits a highly active
weekend, including games with St.
Louis University and Boston
The St. Louis squad arrives in
Ann Arbor today on a winning
streak that Michigan Coach Patti
Smith hopes to break. "They have
fast players, and fast forwards.
They've been very successful this
year. We have to deny passes to
those fast forwards, have a quick
counter attack, and create offensive
opportunities to win."
The Wolverine stickers anticipate
less difficulty with Boston College.

However says Smith, "They are
physically strong and whenever you
go out of your region you want to
play strong."
Midfielder Josee Charvet weekend
game plans involve, "Trying to
focus on the forwards being more of
the scoring threat." She aims to
push past last year's 2-2 overtime tie
with St. Louis
Teammate Judy Burinskas agrees.
After her conversion to the forward
postition, much of the scoring
burden is delegated to her. "I need to
get in and attack, and score some
goals." Burinskas remains optimistic
about improving her tally of seven
goals this season.
In addition to this weekend's

scheduled games, the Wolverines
sponsor an alumni game on
Saturday. Highlighting the event is
80 year old alumnus Mary Hartwick,
a prominent figure in the Michigan
Field Hockey record books.

by Tom Treutler
Daily Sports Contributor w_
While most eyes this weekend will
be on East Lansing, where the
Wolverines battle the Spartans, the
eight other Big Ten teams wage battle$
tomorrow. Here is a preview of those
matchups: the Gophers venture to Evanstonj
Illinois (3-1, 1-0 in the Big Ten) hoping to tame the hapless Mildcats.
at Purdue (1-3, 0-1): Hoping to stay Minnesota will be looking to avenge
unbeaten in the conference, the last season's humiliating come-from-
Fighting Illini bring their aerial ahead 28-28 tie, the lowlight of a
assault to Ross-Ade Stadium. Led by winless Big Ten campaign.
one-time Purdue star, Jeff George, the Northwestern claims to be the Ivy
16th-ranked Illini can challenge the League school of the midwest -'
Wolverines and Spartans for the Big funny, they do play football like Ivy
ten title. George, who has become the Leaguers, don't they?
conference's top quarterback, will Indiana (3-1, 1-0) at Ohio State
make his first visit to his former (2-2, 0-1): Ohio State fans must be
school since transferring after the wondering if their team will ever
1986 season. return to college football's elite. Led
Minnesota (3-1, 1-0) at byCarlos Snow, the early favorite for
Northwestern (0-4, 0-1): Having the conference fumbling crown, the,
already bested last year's 2-7-2 record, inconsistent Buckeyes hope to avenge

the 41-7 drubbing suffered in
Bloomington last year. Indiana is led
by Heisman Trophy candidate and last
year's conference MVP Anthony
Thompson, who leads the nation in
rushing and scoring. Thompson, who
scored 32 points last week against
Northwestern, is only seven scores
away from Tony Dorsett's all-time
NCAA record for touchdowns.
Iowa (2-2, 0-1) at Wisconsin (1-1,
0-1): An angry bunch of Hawkeyes
descend on Madison with over 15,000
Hawkeye fans as Iowa looks to
rebound from last week's home field
loss to MSU. Wisconsin held the
Wolverines scoreless for nearly a half
last Saturday, but still have won just
5 of 26 games under head coach Dora
Morton. The Badgers, whom have
never beaten a Fry-coached Hawkeye
team, seem destined to finish in the
cellar of the Big 10 standings once

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UM News in
The Daily

Dallas Cowboys running back
Herschel Walker has accepted a trade
to Minnesota for five players and as
many as seven draft choices.
The Cowboys acquired line-
backers Jesse Solomon and David

Howard, cornerback Issac Holt,
running back Darrin Nelson, and
defensive end Alex Stewart.
For their future, the Cowboys
got six "conditional" draft choices
over three years, including two first-
round picks, three second-round
choices, and a third round choice.

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