Who did Bo
Schembechler beat to
gain his first win at
(For the answer,
turn to the bottom of page 2)
The Michigan Daily - Sports Thursday- January 11, 1990 - Page 1
by Adam Schrager
Daily Football Writer
PASADENA - Believe it or not,
Southern California junior running
back Ricky Ervins has been in the
driver's seat at the Rose Bowl years
before he picked up his Most
Valuable Player trophy.
"Before this game, my most
valuable moment at the Rose Bowl
was parking Eddie Murphy's car,"
said the 5-foot-8, 190-pound Ervins,
who parked cars at the Rose Bowl in
1987 while a senior at Pasadena
Muir High School. "I had parked
other stars' cars before but he was
great because he talked to me and
"He gave me his autograph and
everything. I jokingly told him he'd
be watching me some day. That he
would be coming to see me. At the
time, I was just kidding and that was
just talk, but I actually came
through. I wonder if he was here?"
Ervins spurred the Trojans with a
30-carry, 126-yard rushing
performance, including the winning
touchdown of 14 yards with only
1:10 left. The Pac 10's leading
rusher last season and the Trojans
second-leading receiver in 1989
added 44 yards on five receptions,
including a 13-yard screen pass
during the final drive, to insure the
"I have never won an MVP
award in any game that I have ever
played," said Ervins, who was a top
sprinter in high school in addition to
his football talent. "I was shut out in
high school, so it feels very good to
win one in college where you
generally don't expect to win one."
At the start of the year, Ervins
was deep on the depth chart as the
third-string tailback behind junior
Scott Lockwood and senior Aaron
Emanuel. Lockwood got hurt before
the season and Emanuel started the
initial game of the season against.
Ervins saw action in the Illinois
game and performed well enough to
earn the starting spot the next week
against Utah State and ran for a
career-high 180 yards and two
See ERVINS, page 5
Michigan quarterback Michael Taylor (9) keeps the ball against USC. Taylor threw for 115 yards on 10-for-19 passing.
by Adam Benson
Daily Football Writer
.PASADENA - As football fans
have reflected on Michigan coach Bo
Schembechler's career, many have
focused on Schembechler's 5-12
So Michigan's 17-10 Rose Bowl
loss to USC in Bo's final game
seemed appropriate - as did the
controversial fake punt penalty.
Just look back at the 1979 Rose
Bowl's 'Phantom Touchdown' by
USC tailback Charles White as an
example of Bo's tough luck with
But the Wolverines' uninspired
performance shocked most fans. The
Michigan team that played on
January 1 did not look like a typical
"I don't think we played the
entire game," Schembechler said.
"Our effort was good, but we didn't
do well up front offensively and
defensively, I was really surprised
that we gave up so much yardage."
While the Wolverines allowed
only 17 points, the Trojans marched
through Michigan most of the
afternoon, gaining 359 yards.
"We controlled both the offensive
and defensive lines of scrimmage and
that is key against a well-coached
team like Michigan," USC defensive
tackle Tim Ryan said. "We did the
fundamentals better than they did and
that's why we won."
Trojan linebacker Junior Seau
added: "They were a tough team, but
they were cocky. We just flat out
USC tailback Ricky Ervins tore
open the Wolverine defense, winning
Rose Bowl Most Valuable Player
honors after rushing for 126 yards on
30 carries. The 5-foot-8-inch Ervins
darted through holes opened by the
Trojan front to key USC's attack.
This year's MVP dominated the
game in the same fashion that
Michigan tailback Leroy Hoard did
last season. Hoard could have been
See USC, page 6
Maybe a foreign ref
would have been fair
PASADENA - Maybe Sweden should have refereed the Rose Bowl
because they have declared neutrality for over 40 years.
The Swedes know something about football. After all, the NFL has
travelled to Stockholm the past cot ple years for exhibitions, so there has to
be a potential line judge named Sven somewhere in the country.
Anybody could have been better than Pac-10 official Charles Czubin,
who threw the holding/illegal block below the waist/I don't like you flag on
Michigan's fake punt late in the fourth quarter of the Wolverines 17-10 loss
to Southern California.
With under six minutes to play in the contest, Michigan first-year punter
Chris Stapleton dropped back in punt formation on a fourth-down and two
yards. Stapleton, who starred as a wide receiver as well as a punter in high
school, faked the kick and ran for 24 yards and an apparent first down to the
Southern Cal 31.
But Czubin saw the seemingly perfectly executed play differently and
called the infraction on Michigan's Bobby Abrams, who didn't know the
flag was on him until he got back to the lockerroom after the disappointing
loss. Wolverine coach Bo Schembechler, who last called the fake punt in
1987 when it tallied a 40-yard touchdown against Michigan State, went
See SCHRAGER, page 6
Showcasing his vintage on-the-field demeanor, Bo Schembechler yells.
He continued to yell, mostly at the referees, until Michigan' s losing
Rose Bowl performance and his illustrious coaching career came to an
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Indiana deals Blue
'Big' defeat, 69-67
by Mike Gill
Daily Sports Editor
For the second straight year, Lake
Superior State humbled Michigan
after the Wolverines' previous
week's Great Lakes Invitational
championship, this time picking up
three out of a possible four points in
tense and exciting hockey action at
Yost Ice Arena.
The Lakers won, 4-3, Saturday
night and notched a 4-4 tie Friday on
a short-handed goal late in the third
period. Last year the Lakers swept
the Wolverines to start the new year.
Dating back to that series, Michigan
is winless against the 1988 National
Champions at 0-5-1. Michigan
coach Red Berenson has a disastrous
3-21-2 record against the Lakers.
"They're a good team, but they're
8-2 and in fourth place in the
CCHA;14-8-2) were ranked seventh.
Lake Superior controlled play with
their definitive style of clutch and
grab hockey, preventing the
Wolverines from taking full
advantage of their speed and finesse.
"They're an Edmonton-type style
team and they're tough to play
against," Laker coach Frank
Anzalone said. "We try to play as
good defensively as we can to offset
a little bit of our slow speed on our
lower lines. We have to play that
way. We don't have a choice."
Michigan defenseman Mark
Sorenson, who scored his first goal
of the year Saturday, noted how
difficult it is to play against the
Laker style of hockey.
"It's tough. There is no other
by Mike Gill
Daily Basketball Writer
BLOOMINGTON - ESPN's
Big Monday became Black Mon-
day for Michigan basketball, as
Dick Vitale and 17,243 red and
white Hoosier faithful watched
Michigan's stock crash 20-points,
while Indiana rallied before the
closing bell to win, 69-67.
This game used the same script
as last year's Michigan-Indiana
games, which are remembered for
their close and exciting finishes.
Th% Bill Frieder-led Wolverines
lost by one point in each of those
In this year's game in
Bloomington, Indiana (1-1 Big
Ten; 11-1 overall) began a 17-0
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on seven-for-21 shooting from the
field, had a chance to give Mich-
igan a lead with 13 seconds left,
but he again misfired a three-point
shot from a little left of center to
seal Michigan's fate.
"Higgins took the shot when
we wanted from where we wanted
it," Michigan coach Steve Fisher
said. "It just didn't go in.
"If you are in our locker room,
you're disgusted and depressed. It's
a game we should have won. I told
the team they had to make a
commitment and not to point
fingers at each other, and take it
out on Minnesota."
Foul trouble doomed Fisher's
team. Michigan committed 27
personal fouls - 18 in the second
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