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Page 2- The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday- November 27, 1989
Michigan Sports
Calendar
A compilation of Michigan sporting events
and information for the coming week.
Monday, November 27
Men's basketball at Boston University at The Garden,
8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 28
Women's basketball vs. Youngstown State at Crisler
Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29
Men's basketball vs. Grambling State at Crisler Arena,
7:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 30
Women's basketball vs. Eastern Michigan at Crisler
Arena, 7:30 p.m.-
Friday, December 1
Ice hockey vs. Boston University at Yost Ice Arena,
7:30 p.m.
Men's swimming, at the Longhorn Invitational in Austin,
TX, time TBA.
Women's swimming (national team) at Grand Prix
Invitational in Los Angeles, CA, time TBA.
Women's swimming at Eastern Michigan Invitational in
Ypsilanti, time TBA.
Wrestling at the Los Vegas Classic, time TBA.
Men's gymnastics at the Winter Nationals inAColorado
Springs, CO time TBA.
Saturday, December 2
Men's Basketball vs. Iowa State at Crisler Arena, 2 p.m.
Ice Hockey vs. Boston University at Yost Ice Arena,
7:30 p.m.
Wrestling at Northern Open in Madison, WI, time TBA.
Sunday, December 3
Women's basketball vs. Akron at Crisler Arena, 7:30 p.m.
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Plate intercepts OSU
and bus to Pasadena
by Adam Benson
Daily Football Writer
During a Buckeye drive late in the second quarter, Ohio State wide
receiver Jeff Graham lined up all alone on the wide side of the field. All
that separated him from the endzone was cornerback Todd Plate.
Ohio State quarterback Greg Frey saw Graham and Plate battling for
position and lofted a pass towards the corner of the end zone. The odds
favored Graham, one of the Big Ten's best receivers, over Plate, a
replacement for injured cornerback Lance Dottin.
"We played man-to-man coverage," Plate said. "(Graham) ran the fade, I
just had to do my best and try to get there. I looked up and I saw him jump
and I saw the ball, I jumped, threw my arms up and knocked it out."
Frey said about the play: "I threw it a little short and made it hard on
Graham. The defensive back made a great play and timed his jump
perfectly."
This effort would prevent an Ohio State touchdown at the end of the
first half, but there was more ahead for the junior walk-on from Brooklyn,
Michigan.
"We're excited for Todd," middle guard Mike Teeter said. "It has been a
long day coming for him."
Strong safety Tripp Welborne added, "He is one of the hardest workers
we have on the team. He's just in the right place at the right time and he
made great plays for us."
Besides the deflection, Plate stymied a psyched-up Buckeye team with
his interception on the first play of the fourth quarter.
Plate finished the quarter with another interception, stopping the last
serious Buckeye attack and sending Michigan to Pasadena.
The enthusiastic applause from his Michigan teammates contrasted the
sullen sentiment from the Buckeyes, who did not expect Plate to be the
player to make the big play sealing a Michigan win.
"In a game like this someone has to make the plays and in this case, it
was Plate," Ohio State coach John Cooper said. "It was a good throw by
Frey, but Plate just took it away from our receiver."
Wide receiver Greg Beatty added, "I thought he was confused when he
threw his hands up in the air. He made a great play."

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Vada Murray and Tripp Welborne couldn't grab an interception
Saturday. but both plavers ended un blocking key OSU kick attempts.

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ankle injury, Hoard rushed for 152 yards.

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Bowl Tulsa vs Oregon Dec
Michigan State vs Hawaii* Dec
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Air Force* vs Mississippi Dec
Penn St. vs BYU* Dec
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Washington vs Florida Dec
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FOOTBALL
continued from page 1
interception that started the second
half.
"We made some mistakes, but I
think we fought through them,"
quarterback Michael Taylor said.
Schembechler added: "We were
our own worst enemy in the first
half. That interception really hurt
us."
The interception marked the
beginning of a second half featuring
something new and ugly -
Michigan's defense getting ripped
apart.
"We knew Ohio State was the
top offense in the Big Ten,"
linebacker Alex Marshall said.
'They cut and gashed us a couple of
times, but I think we held in there."
OSU coach John Cooper said
about the second half strategy: "We
felt we had to move a little bit
more against them. They're a lot
bigger than we are so we had to
take a few more chances."
Running back Scottie Graham
cracked open the Wolverine defense
in the second half.
"I thought Scottie Graham did a
terrific job for us," Cooper said.
"We had to run him both at tailback
and at fullback because we were
down to only three running backs."
Graham's best work came on
Ohio State's two third-quarter
scoring drives. After Taylor's
interception on the second half's
second play, Buckeye quarterback

Greg Frey threw 23 yards to Greg
Beatty, moving OSU to the
Michigan 31. For five straight
plays Graham gutted the Wolverine
defense, moving the ball to the
Michigan 5-yard line, before kicker
Pat O'Morrow kicked his second
field goal of the game, a 22-yarder.
Graham carried the ball seven of
nine plays on the next OSU drive,
moving the ball for 31 yards out of
a 40 yard Buckeye drive. A Graham
run behind the right guard broke
into the endzone for the Buckeye's
first touchdown, making the score
14-12.
"Any time you play Ohio State,
its going to be hard hitting both
ways," Teeter said. "Its a big rivalry
and everybody goes all out."
Numerous Wolverines had to
leave the game briefly due to minor
injuries.
However, Vada Murray did not
return at all. Murray had to be
driven off the field, immobilized on
a stretcher for fear of a serious neck
injury. Ironically, Murray was hurt
in a collision with one his own
players, cornerback Todd Plate.
"Vada is out of danger (of a
crippling injury) according to the
reports that I got," Schembechler
said after the game.
The star out of the defensive
backfield was Plate, who intercepted
two passes and tipped away a
potential touchdown pass from Frey
to receiver Jeff Graham in the
second quarter.

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FOOTBALL NOTEBOOKJ
by Adam Schrager
Daily Football Writer 1
In football lingo, there is a
particular reason why the kicking
and punting games are called special
teams.
During Saturday's 28-18 Mich-
igan victory over Ohio State,
Wolverine safety Vada Murray
blocked a field goal and fellow
safety Tripp Welborne blocked an
extra point.
"Special teams are important,"
Michigan coach Bo Schembehler
said. "(The blocks) are the subtle
plays that at the time, no one knew
the significance of them. But I'll
tell you, they were important."
The Wolverines used a for-
mation they had been using all
season, with penetration up front
allowing Murray and Welborne,
both basketball players in high
school, to leap for the block. So far
this season, Murray has blocked
four kicks, two extra points and
two field goals, while Saturday's
point-after was Welbome's first.q
"They do. a good job of
penetrating and then they have two
great athletes in back," Cooper said.
"I don't think we kicked the ball
high enough, but (Murray and
Welborne) did a great job."
Welborne, being the true
diplomat he is, shrugs off the
complements and passes them
toward the linemen up front.
"All the guys up front get the
penetration," said Welborne. "All
Vada and I have to do is jump."
" Saturday's crowd of 106,137
was the fourth largest in Michigan
history and the second largest in the
Michigan-Ohio State series. The
1979 contest between the two
schools, the largest in Stadium
history, drew 106,255 people.
With Saturday's victory, Mich-
igan closes the decade with a 90-28-
2 overall record and a conference
mark of 68-14-2. The Wolverines
are 15-0-1 in the conference in the
past two seasons.
" Jarrod Bunch's 23-yard touch-
down run to put the game away
Saturday was his second rushing
score of the season, but his
touchdown reception in the third
quarter was the first of his career.
"We haven't thrown that pass all
year," said Bunch. "It was a good
?time for the call."
" Coming into Saturday's con-
test, Ohio State was first in the
conference in third-down efficiency,
averaging 47.6 percent. While the
Buckeyes went 5-ofIl Saturday, it
'was the Wolverines who went way
over their average.
After converting on 44.2 of their
third downs all season, Michigan
went 8-of-il for a 72.7 percent
against the Buckeyes.

SCHRAGER
continued from page 1
rhapsodic about the back-to-back
championships as their coach.
"It means everything," said fifth-
year senior quarterback Michael
Tavlor "When von conider that we

luck came on the negative side
when they fumbled on the Iowa
goal line last season with the score
tied and under two minutes to play
in the game.
"There are some good teams in
the Big Ten," Buckeye linebacker

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