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The Michigan Daily- Friday, November 10, 1989- Page 13

RIG 1iV MSU headed for
another bowl loss

By Todd Drucker
Daily Sports Contributor
Minnesota (5-3) at MSU (4-4)
After pummeling Indiana 51-20
last week, it seems as if George
Perles finally has Michigan State
moving in the right direction. Blake
Ezor somehow managed to rush for
203 yards in State's most impressive
game of the season. Look for the
Spartan's to romp through the rest
of the Big 10 schedule, get a half
decent bowl bid, and lose.
Iowa (4-4) at Ohio State (6-2)
After a 4-6-1 record last season,
John Cooper has brought respect-
ability back to Ohio State. Even
though the Buckeyes do sport a 4-1
record in the Big 10 this season, the
only possible scenario that could
take them to the Rose Bowl is if Ill-
inois loses to Michigan, and Illin-
ois loses one of their remaining con-
tests (versus Indiana and Northwest-
ern). Gee, that seems pretty likely.
Oh, by the way, the Buckeye's
would also have to beat Michigan.
Northwestern (0-8) at P.U. (1-7)

adage "no man is an island."
Indiana (4-4) at Wisconsin (2-6)
Even though Anthony Thompson
will probably gain 150-plus yards on
the ground against Wisconsin, this
game offers little else. Earlier in the
year Wisconsin football coach Don
Morton was quoted as saying,
"There's a price you pay for respons-
ible program-building...if you want
"There's a price you
pay for responsible
program building... if
you want to play by
the rules."
- Wisconsin coach
Don Morton
to play by the rules." At the present
time Wisconsin's football program
in under investigation by the
NCAA. Hey Don! If you pull real
hard, maybe you could get that foot
out of your mouth.

Perles

The only significance of this
game is the fact that someone has to
win. Neither team has won a Big
Ten contest yet. Still, Purdue's first-
year quarterback Eric Hunter does
show some promise. Regardless of
his personal talents, last week
Hunter gave new meaning to the

KENJ'4NTH MO~LLEH/ varyi
Michigan quarterback Michael Taylor hands off the ball to tailback Tony Boles against Purdue. The experience
of the Wolverine backfield will be needed this weekend to overcome the strong Fighting Illini defense.

Griddes

ILLINI
Continued from Page 1
little more oriented to the pass;
they're a little more oriented to the
run. Their run defense is a little
stronger; our pass defense is a little
stronger. And yet, when you add
everything up and total it, we're very
close to each other."
Michigan coach Bo Schembechler
can think of one other likeness
between the two teams. "They lost
to they second-ranked team early; we
lost to the first-ranked team early."
Yet they can not share the Big
Ten title. That is why these squads
need to distinguish themselves this
weekend.
Michigan's and Illinois' defensive
supremacy separates them from the
\.,est of the Big Ten. The Wolverines
9have allowed only 124 points this
season, while Illinois has held its
opponents to just 95. Illinois can
claim to have the best 11 defenders
in the conference, without the use of
gimmicks.
"When you have as much talent
as they do, you don't have to do
tricks," Michigan running back
Leroy Hoard said. "You just play
football and they have the talent to
do that."
Schembechler called Illinois
defense "mobile", noting that "(Illi-
nois) can move, they got a lot of
guys there who can really move."
Almost equally scared of the
Michigan offense, the Illini coaches
and players worry about the Mich-
igan ground game and their field
leader.
"Michael Taylor gives them an
excellent passing quarter-
back," Mackovich said. "I have great
respect for his accuracy and his
ability to throw the ball into spots a
lot of quarterbacks can't get at. I
think he gives them a dimension on
offense that really makes them quite
high-powered."
Defensive tackle Moe Gardner
added: "When playing a quick quart-
erback like (Taylor) you have to con-
centrate on putting good pressure.
You can't let him spin off tackles.
Keeping him contained is the key."
The Illini have almost equal

respect for the Michigan running
backs.
"In Boles and Hoard, they have
two running backs that anyone
would be happy to have even if you
had one of them - but they have
both," Mackovich said. "They can
go to both of them. They will
probably try to come at us pretty
hard with the run game and try and
establish that and we'll have to play
the run as well as we can."
Defensive lineman Gardner, a
Lombardi award candidate who teams
with Mel Agee and Brian Williams
up front, worries about Michigan's
rushing, particularly Boles.
"(Boles) is excellent," Gardner
said. "He is probably the best in the
Big Ten from what I've seen. He has
good size, good quickness, and we
give him a lot of respect."
The experience at running back is
one of the rare and glaring differences
between the two teams. Illinois uses
an all first-year backfield, but its
success compares to the Wolver-
ines'. Steve Feagin and Wagner Les-
ter have teamed up to gain 466 yards
on 83 attempts, an average of 5.6
yards a carry.
"The last two weeks, (Illinois')
running game has gotten a lot bet-

ter," Michigan defensive lineman
Chris Hutchinson said. "Their two
freshman running backs have really
started to come on and the lines
gotten a lot better.
"If we shut down the run, we're
just leaving the pass (open). They're
not going to be able to live off the
pass the whole game, so that is the
main strategy: just shut down the
run," he said.
Not accustomed to being the
second best defense in the
conference, not to mention the
game, Michigan wants to regain its
position as the Big Ten's undisputed
top defense.
"There's a lot of animosity, I
guess you could say," said Michigan
defensive tackle Brent White. "There
is a lot of defensive pride at stake
here."
Tough talk, but the Illini, a team
that has knocked off strong defenses
before, won't cower.
"We compare them with USC
and the good defenses in the (Big
Ten) conference," Illini quarterback
Jeff George said. "They do that year
in and year out. It will take one of
our best performances offensively;
it's going to be a good challenge for
us. I hope we can rise up to it."

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Michigan at Illinois
SMU at Notre Dame
Colorado at Okahoma St.
Kansas at Nebraska
Alabama at LSU
Miami (FL) at Pittsburgh
USC at Arizona
Akron at Tennessee
Baylor at Arkansas
LA Tech at Auburn

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Rutgers at West Virginia
PennSt. at Maryland
Texas at Houston
N. Carolina St. at Duke
Georgia at Florida
Indiana at Wisconsin
Minnesota at Mich. St.
Iowa at Ohio St.
Northwestern at Purdue
Buffalo at Slippery Rock

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