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Page 6- The Michigart Daily - Sports Thursday- January 11, 1990

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USC
continued from page 1
considered again this year, had he
played on the winning team. He
finished the day gaining 108 yards
on only 17 carries. Hoard's longest
single effort, a 46 yard explosion in
the second quarter, set up a 19-yard
field goal by J.D. Carlson.
But Carlson's score came with
Michigan behind. Opening the
second quarter, USC defensive
lineman Dan Owens blocked a Chris
Stapleton punt. Seau retrieved the
bouncing ball and took it to the 11
yard line for the Trojans.
"That was an individual
breakdown," Schembechler said.
"That was not even a block
(coverage), they were in safe punt.
That was one of the most ridiculous
things to ever happen to a team.
That should have been some
indication, when that happened, we
were not alert enough to win this
game."
Six plays and ten yards later,
USC quarterback Todd Marinovich
ran around his left tackle for a 1-yard
touchdown. USC coach Larry Smith
had actually called fullback Leroy
Holt's name, but a miscue forced
Marinovich to improvise.
"Everyone thorght it was a fake,
but it was a made up play,"
Marinovich said. "V41 n I looked up,
Leroy was already by me."
Marinovich could have easily
taken the MVP honors. The redshirt
frosh completed 22-of-31 passes for
178 yards, and opened the first half
by completing 18-of-26 passes for
126 yards. Marinovich's air attack
and Ervins' rushing pummelled the
Wolverines in the first half, but the
Trojans left the field leading only
10-3.
Only the score was close, as
USC dominatedthe Wolverines
early. USC gained 239 total yards
compared with Michigan's 127.
"They ran the ball very well,"
Michigan defensive back Vada
Murray said about the Trojans,"and
they threw the ball very well. When
it came down to third down, they
were able to make the big play."
USC coach Smith added:.
"Offensively, we wanted to mix

things up by throwing and running
and we did both very well. We didn't
get the big play but we didn't need
it. You go for the big play and you
can make a mistake. You can't make
mistakes against Michigan, they're
too good for that."
Michigan opened the second half
still looking lethargic, but on their
second posession of the third quarter
Hoard woke up his Wolverine
teammates. Hoard took a hand off 31
yards to the USC 2 yard line.
Tailback Allen Jefferson then
scooted around the Wolverine line
and into the corner of the end zone.
The 10-10 tie held for most of
the fourth quarter. Stapleton's 24-
yard dash threatened to break the
standstill. The fake would have put
Michigan at the USC 30 yard line
with 5:15 left in the game.
Instead, the Wolverines had to
punt. The Michigan defenders, who
jumped for joy during Stapleton's
scramble, now appeared emotionally
flat as tIh>y prepared for action.
Meti while, the USC offense
enthusiastically trotted onto the field
and put together their finest drive.
The Trojans only scare came on a
third-and-five play, but Marinovich
turned the down into a highlight.
Out of the shotgun, Marinovich
found star receiver John Jackson
matched up against Michigan
linebacker J.J. Grant. Seeing the
mismatch, Marinovich hit Jackson
for a 20-yard gain to move to the
Michigan 24 yard line.
"I told the guys in the huddle that
we didn't need to get it all in one
shot," Marinovich said about -the
final drive. "We just needed to work
down the field and use the clock. The
third-and-five to J.J. was obviously a
big play for us. I was looking for
J.J. all the way, andhe was there,
just like he has been all year."
The Trojans would have settled
for a field goal, but Ervins broke
into the open field for a 14-yard
touchdown run, making the score
17-10.
Michigan started a last gasp effort
at their own 44 yard line, but
quarterback Michael Taylor missed
on three straight passes before being
sacked on fourth down, securing the
USC win.

SCHRAGER
continued from page 1
What every commentator who
has commended Czubin fails to
mention is that the flag was thrown
after the play had already travelled
10-plus yards and more importantly
that the player allegedly held, Trojan
defensive back Bruce Luizzi, tackled
Stapleton.
Luizzi escaped the block, pursued
the play, and subsequently made the
tackle. Abrams could have used
velcro to hold him better.
In the 1979 Rose Bowl, the
Wolverines were beaten by Southern
Cal on what is commonly known as
The Phantom Touchdown. Trojan
running back Charles White leapt for
the goal line and apparently fumbled
before scoring but a touchdown was
signaled and the Trojans eventually
won.
In this most recent Michigan
loss, there was another questionable
call concerning the marking of a
fourth-down quarterback sneak by
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USC's Todd Marinovich. The offi-
cials gave Marinovich an apparently
generous spot and a first down which
subsequently led to the Trojans first
touchdown.
Is apparently being overused?
Unfortunately, viewers' second-
guessing of officials' motivations
and the use of the word apparently
when discussing questionable calls is
as common as skateboards in Ann
Arbor. The best way for NCAA
football officials to quell some of
the criticism of bias would be to
emulate their college basketball
counterparts.
Generally, interconference regu-
lar-season basketball games are offi-
ciated by people outside either
conference, a requirement during the
post-season -tournament. Because of
the inherent bias, there are no Big
Ten officials working tournament
games with Big Ten teams.
Until change is made, though,
misery loves company and everyone
will yearn for Jim Henson's loveable
but clueless Swedish Chef to
become an official at next year's
Rose Bowl.

DAVID LUBLINER/Daily
Wide receiver Greg McMurtry (1) makes a first half reception in the
Rose Bowl. McMurtry had four catches for 56 yards in his final game as
a Wolverine.

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