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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - November 20, 1989
Aerial attack helps Michigan
keep jug, stay ahead of OSU
by Adam Schrager
Daily Football Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - Seeing a receiver wearing No. 1
and scoring touchdowns is familiar to Michigan
faithful, but even the most devoted Wolverine fan would
have trouble remembering the last time anyone caught
three touchdowns in one game and would never
remember it happening in one quarter.
Senior Greg McMurtry, denying all comparisons
between he and the former No. 1 and current Minnesota
Viking All-Pro wide receiver Anthony Carter, tied a
Michigan record with three touchdown passes in
Saturday's 49-15 drubbing of Minnesota. The school
record was set in 1955 when Wolverine All-America
Ron Kramer did it against Missouri.
"I wouldn't want to compare myself to Anthony
Carter because of all that he has accomplished," said
McMurtry, who moved into fourth place on Michigan's
all-time receiving list with his seven catches for 165
yards. "I may have caught three touchdown passes, but I
dropped the first one thrown to me. (My teammates)
won't let me forget that one."
McMurtry more than made up for his drop on the
Wolverines' second play from scrimmage with
touchdown catches of 49-, 34-, and 25-yards respectively
in a span of 10 minutes in Michigan's 28-point second
quarter. In addition, the Brockton, Mass. native had one
touchdown pass called back due to penalty and was
interfered with in the end zone on another.
"I should have caught that one anyway," said
McMurtry referring to the play that resulted in the
interference. "They were giving us the pass all day, so
we just took it."
Actually, it was specifically quarterback Michael
Taylor who took it, completing 12-of-16 for 231 yards,
and four touchdowns and assuring Michigan (9-1, 7-0)
of at least a tie for the Big Ten title and retained
possession of the Little Brown Jug, which goes to the
winner of the annual Minnesota-Michigan game.
Taylor's four touchdowns tied a Michigan school record
held by both Steve Smith and Chris Zurbrugg.
"Everybody thinks that Taylor is more of a runner
than a passer, but he got the ball there today," said
Gopher linebacker Eddie Miles, whose team dropped to
3-4 in the conference and 5-5 overall. "We were geared
to stop the run and we got burned by the pass."
See JUG, page 4
McMurtry's big day
fuels 'Air Bo' offense
MINNEAPOLIS - Air Bo.
This new Michigan offense, named after its creator
and aeronautics expert/head coach Bo Schembechler,
debuted in the Wolverines' 49-15 demolition of
Minnesota and received many rave reviews.
"Frightening," said Gopher first-year safety Morris
"Painful," said Gopher senior linebacker Eddie
"Pretty good," said Michigan offensive coordinator
See AIR BO, page 4
Michigan wide receiver Greg McMurtry hauls in a touchdown pass from Michael Taylor in Michigan's 49-15
victory over Minnesota on Saturday. McMurtry had seven receptions for 165 yards and three touchdowns.
Power play energizes Buckeyes in
weekend sweep of Wolverine icers
by David Hyman
Daily Hockey Writer
COLUMBUS - Senior right winger Jeff Ladrow's
first collegiate goal, at 2:36 of the third period, broke a
3-3 deadlock, and sent Ohio State to a 7-3 victory over
Michigan. The Buckeyes (6-5-1 overall, 6-3-1 in
CCHA) win finished off a weekend sweep of the
Wolverines (6-5-1, 6-5-1). The Buckeyes won Friday
night's game, 6-3.
"We're struggling right now," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "We gave up too many bad goals as
everytime we make a mistake, it ends up a goal."
Michigan center Mike Moes agrees. "It's probably
the most frustrated I've been since I've been here. We
lost four points this weekend that we should have had."
Only 38 seconds after Ladrow's goal, right winger
Don Oliver's slapshot from the left face-off circle sailed
into the upper left corner, over Michigan goalie Warren
Sharples' glove hand. This increased the Ohio State lead
The Buckeyes later scored two more goals in the
decisive third period to seal the win. "We knew that the
game was on the line in the last twenty minutes, but
we just didn't do anything," Michigan right winger Ted
The Wolverines took the lead on Rob Brown's first
period short-handed goal on an assist from center Jim
Ballantine. But Ohio State countered with two goals, by
left winger Paul Rutherford and right winger Derek
Higdon, 1:05 into the second to take a brief 2-1 lead.
Two Michigan power play goals, by Kramer and
Brown 1:11 apart pushed the Wolverines to a one goal
lead again. But Ohio State defenseman Glenn Painter's
slapshot with 8:11 left in the second ended the scoring
until the critical third period.
"There's three periods to any game and I thought we
had them on the ropes at the end of the second,"
Berenson said. "But that goal early in the third really
hurt and we made a couple of mistakes on defense which
turned into goals."
On the afternoon, the Buckeyes capitalized on two of
its five man advantages continuing its play of Friday
evening, when they tallied three power play goals in
Ohio State entered Yost with a CCHA leading power
See SWEPT, page 5
Not over yet...
The Michigan wrestling team travelled to Dayton this weekend for the Ohio Open.
by Scott Erskine
Daily Sports Writer
This one word is the main
obstacle the youthful men's
gymnastics team will have to
overcome as it heads into the 1989-
Among the gymnasts that are
sidelined is fifth-year senior Scott
Smith, a member of both the
gymnastics team and the
cheerleading squad, with a wrist
injury. Sophomore John Mains,
who sat out practice for a few
weeks because of a thumb ailment,
recently returned to the lineup. And
Tony Angelotti, the Big Ten
runner-up in the floor exercise last
season, missed practice two weeks
ago and part of last week due to a
shoulder problem. Angelotti
resumed practicing last week.
Three of the other gymnasts also
have shoulder troubles.
Sophomores Mark Ambroe and
Louis Ball have recently missed
practices because of these problems,
but both are expected to resume
practicing soon. Troy Fabregas,
1989 GYMNASTICS PREVIEW
Injuries, tough schedule
could hamper 'M' gymnasts
the tumblers should be able to field
a strong team. All nine competitive
members from last year's squad are
back this season. Also, first-year
student Josh Miner, a walk-on from
Chicago, will add even more depth
to the fifteen-man roster.
Michigan St. head coach Rick
Atkinson agreed that the depth of
the Michigan team could help them
"Their strength is that they're
young and they're going to be
tough for the next couple of years.
They've got a lot of good freshmen
from last year returning, so they
have a really strong, young,
talented team. Now it just comes
down to whether or not they put it
all together," Atkinson said.
One player that can help the
Wolverines improve upon last
year's finish is team co-captain Jim
Round. A junior with sophomore
eligibility, Round was hurt at the
end of last season but has been
performing well in practice this
year. Round hopes the team can
pull together this year and make its
impact felt on the rest of the Big
gf r to NCAA
by John Niyo
Daily Sports Writer
What a difference a week makes.
About seven days ago the Michigan
women's cross country team was
feeling pretty low. The team had
been cruising along, enjoying a
string of successful regular season
performances, but it all came to a
screeching halt last Saturday at the
NCAA Regional meet.
Indiana, Minnesota, and Iowa all
outraced Michigan to the finish
line, securing their bids to the
national championship meet, while
at the same time, sealing the
Wolverines' doom. Hopes that