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And this game might be
Thompson versus the entire
"There's no greater running back
in the country than Anthony
Thompson," Schembechler said.
"He's very difficult to stop.
Actually, I haven't seen anyone stop
him this year."
Thompson has been running wild
in 1989, averaging 5.3 yards every
time he touches the football. Last
week, he tore the Minnesota defense
to shreds, gaining 216 yards and
three more touchdowns. And get
this: he averages 160.8 rushing yards
"When he gets up to the line of
scrimmage, he's going to come out
the other end and pick up that extra
four to five yards," Schembechler
He's been picking up those extra
yards quite frequently, it seems. But
then again, Thompson hasn't faced
Michigan's rushing defense this
year. The Wolverine defense, the
best in the Big Ten against the run,
might be the only thing to prevent
the Wolverines from becoming part
of that Trivial Pursuit question.
In his three career games against
Michigan, Thompson has never
gained more than 100 yards. So far
this year, no opposing running back
has gained more than 80 yards
against Michigan, which hasn't
given up a rushing touchdown in the
last 19 quarters.
While Thompson runs the
daylights out of the ball, Indiana can
pass the ball just as effectively.
Behind the arm of fifth-year senior
Dave Schnell, Indiana has driven
well against every opponent this
year. And that worries Schembechler
more than becoming part of football
"Their offense has moved the ball
better than ours has. When 90
percent of the rushing yards has
come from Thompson, you're
certainly going to give him due
consideration," Schembechler said.
(But) the problem is not that simple.
With Schnell at quarterback you
have a guy who can make plays
himself both running and passing
and that's where the problem comes.
"Indiana's offense is just not that
simple to handle. Even with a back
of (Thompson's) caliber, you can't
just key on him all day."
Fortunately for Schembechler,
linebacker Alex Marshall, who
injured himself in the Iowa game,
will be back to help his teammates
Fullback Jarrod Bunch, who
hasn't played since the Notre Dame
contest, has been practicing all week
and is expected to see action
tomorrow. Tight end Dave Diebolt,
however, will not play tomorrow
due to knee and ankle injuries
incurred during practice.
Despite these offensive injuries,
Mallory said he could not rest easy
as long as Michael Taylor is healthy
and taking snaps for Michigan.
"We face an excellent football
team, a team that's probably as good
as any football team we'll play all
year," Mallory said. "They've got
Taylor back so that gives them an
added dimension because of his
ability to run.
Mallory hopes that his young
defense, which returns only one
starter (cornerback Mike Dumas)
from last year, can do the job.
Despite its youth, Indiana's defense
is second in the nation against the
pass, a statistic that has shocked
"They're defense has been
surprisingly strong," Schembechler
lichigan Daily - Friday, October 27, 1989- Page 11
CLEVELAND (AP)- Paul
Tagliabue, a Washington lawyer and
one of Pete Rozelle's top advisers,
was elected NFL commissioner
Thursday, ending a four-month
deadlockand allowing Rozelle to
fade into retirement.
Tagliabue, the candidate of the
insurgents who had blocked Jim
Finks' election in July, was elected
by a vote that Rozelle said was
slightly less than unanimous after a
five-member committee agreed
unanimously to recommend him.
The committee worked to resolve
the differences between the so-called
"old-guard" owners who supported
Finks and the insurgents, mostly
newer owners and those who had
been left out of the decision making
process. They supported the 48-year-
old Tagliabue even though he has
been a league office insider for nearly
When Wellington Mara of the
New York Giants and Art Modell of
the Cleveland Browns, the two old-
guard members of the committee,
agreed Finks couldn't be elected,
they decided to support Tagliabue. It
came after 219 days after Rozelle
announced his resignation last March
State may finally look great
Paul Tagliabue replaced Pete Rozelle as commissioner of the NFL
yesterday afternoon following months of debates. The announcement
was made in Cleveland.
by Dan Zoch
Dly Sports Writer
While the Wolverines take on
Anthony Thompson and his Hoosier
buddies this weekend in Ann Arbor,
the rest of the Big Ten faces off in a
swarm of mismatched contests. It
should be a good chance for Illinois,
Michigan State, and maybe Ohio
State to build up their records.
Here's what's up around the Big
Michigan State (2-4, 1-2 in the
Big Ten) heads to Purdue (1-5, 0-
3): The Spartans finally have a
chance to prove that they can win a
football game, after their respectable
string of losses to some of the best
talent in the nation. Their tenure as
the best 2-4 team in -college football
should fall by the wayside against
the hapless Boilermakers (the worst
1-5 team in the country). Dan Enos
and Blake Ezor should romp all over
Purdue this week in State's bid to
1. Indiana at Michigan
2. Pitt at Notre Dame
3. Miami (FL) at Fla. St.
4. Colorado at Oklahoma
5. Iowa St. at Nebraska
6. Tennessee at LSU
7. Houston at Arkansas
8. Stanford at USC
9. Alabama at Penn St.
10). Miss. St. at Auburn
11. N.C. St. at S.C.
12. Wisconsin at Illinois
bring their record out of the sewer
and into mediocrity.
Wisconsin (2-4, 1-2) at Illinois
(5-1, 3-0): This thing shouldn't even
be close. Illinois has already proved
them-selves as one of the nation's
elite, and Wisconsin should feel
honored being trampled upon. The
Badgers aren't on the same planet as
the Fighting Illini. Quarterback Jeff
George should provide an aerial field
day for the home crowd. This has
got to be the most boring game in
the country this Saturday.
Iowa (3-3, 1-2) at North-
western (0-6, 0-3): The good news
for Iowa is that they should be able
to pull this one out, but who really
13. Wash. St. at Ariz. St.
14. W. Virginia at B.C.
15. Iowa at Northwestern
16. Ohio St. at Minnesota
17. Michigan St. at Purdue
18. Dartmouth at Penn
19. BGSU at Miami (OH)
2(). Slipp. Rock at IU (PA)
Score of Michigan game:
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cares? Iowa is just having one of
those low years and Nrthwestern,
wel...one of those lo«i centuries.
Forget the Illinois-Wisionsin game
being the dullest, this beats it hands
Ohio State (4-2, 2-1) at
Minnesota (4-2, 2-1): The Buck-
eyes are on a two-game winning
streak! Minnesota has won four,
count 'em FOUR games this season!
This one might actually become a
real football game, barring a return
for either team to last year's form.
The Golden Gophers are on a roll,
overcoming a humiliating 2-7-2
record last year and they could beat
the Buckeyes, a team struggling to
regain their old glory. But don't bet
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by Jeni Durst
Daily Sports Contributor
The Michigan women's swim team springs off the
starting blocks today in their first competitive event of
this year's schedule. The event, an intrasquad meet,
could mark the outset of an outstanding season.
The Wolverines face off against their teammates to
"see what they can do under the competition," coach
Jim Richardson said. "Our goal is mainly finding out
where we are with our upperclassmen and see what our
freshmen can do."
Richardson anticipates top performances from the
group of swimmers who competed in the NCAA
Championships last year. "We didn't lose any points
from the NCAA meet," said Richardson, last year's
Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year.
Returning to the line-up are All-Americans Gwen
DeMaat and Stefanie Liebner. Back also is Ann
Colloton, the Big Ten record holder in the 200
Richardson is optimistic about the debuts of his
eight first-year swimmers. "I'm anxious to see all of
them swim," Richardson said, "I hope to see a lot of
improvement over their high school performances."
The sixth place NCAA finish last year, in addition
to the tough first-year group, catapults the team into a
good position for the season.
"How far we can go depends on the girls'
improvement and rather or not we stay healthy,"
Richardson concluded. "There are a lot of factors that
are out of our control."
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