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Sports Monday Trivia
Who was the last major
eaguer to hit 50 home runs
in a season?

Inside Sports Monday
'M' Sports Calendar
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Football Coverage 1


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The Michigan Daily Monday, September 17, 1990 Page 9






Nightmare finish
to Mo's fairy tale
SOUTH BEND - It shouldn't have ended this
way. It couldn't have ended this way. Didn't the fairy-
tale ending belong to first-year, first game coach Gary
vloeller and his no-huddle offense?
Moeller had put to rest with an exclamation point
all those Bo-Mo, Mo-Bo " mumbo jumbo
Bo using the No-huddle? No way.
Going for it on 4th and inches from the fifty?
P Moeller rallied his squad to overcome an opening
fumble by tailback Jon Vaughn and the Notre Dame
touchdown that resulted. He coyly sprinkled the run
ith the pass. Basically, he coached a gutsy, innova-
tive game that had the Wolverines dominating the
Irish for most of the contest.
But it wasn't enough.
Usually, 100 yards by your starting tailback guar-
antees victory. Vaughn ran for 201. What can you
Eerily, you could see the nightmarish outcome un-
folding. The missed field goal. The interception.
And for the second time in two years Michigan had
let a seemingly-safe lead slip slowly away against the
ation's No. 1 team.
When Michigan squandered a 30-14 lead with just
over seven minutes left against Miami two years ago,
the Wolverines already had a loss under the belt. Sat-
urday night, though, anything was possible.
Which makes th outcome very bitter to swallow.
But, hey, isn't Michigan the best 0-1 team in the
country? And all that matters anyway is the Big Ten
title. Right? Wrong.
You can try to find a silver lining to the dark
cloud of Saturday night - but the team, the coaching
staff and its fans probably don't want to hear it. Notre
Dame coach Lou Holtz graciously gave Michigan "all
the credit in the world." Thanks but no thanks. What
they wanted was an end to what is now four years of
futility against the Irish and, in workman-like fash-
ion, they went about getting it.
Down 14-3, Michigan began taking it to the Irish
with a vengeance as the offensive line opened up
canyon-like holes. Vaughn and Co. were having their
way with Notre Dame's defense as they continuously
reacquainted themselves with the Irish secondary.
Split end Desmond Howard didn't even stop to say
Hi. He just moonwalked by two Irish defenders off a
screen pass and scampered into the end zone.
After 21 unanswered points, Michigan had stormed
to a 24-14 lead.
"I looked up and it was 24-14," Moeller said. "I
also saw that there was eight minutes left in the third
quarter. Hell, I didn't feel comfortable at all. I knew
Notre Dame's ability to come back. There was just
too much time."
Time enough for the some home-grown Irish luck
to set in. In less than ten minutes, three separate
events occurred that sealed Michigan's fate:
1) The miss. Up 24-14, Michigan had driven to
the Notre Dame 19 before stalling. On 4th and two,
Moeller wanted to take the sure points and sent in
kicker J.D. Carlson. The usually accurate Carlson
sailed the kick wide left.
2) The play. On the subsequent possession, with
-3rd and 15 from their own 15, Notre Dame quarter-
back Rich Mirer's pass bounces off the hands of the
intended receiver, Raghib Ismail, and into those of
Lake Dawson. For 41 yards.
3) The inercepion. First and 10 for Michigan at
the Notre Dame 11. Grbac drops back and lofts a light
toss into linebacker Michael Stonebreaker's hands.
Bad call. Bad execution.
Suddenly, the Wolverines were caught somewhere
in the 6th dimension, enveloped in an unfathomable
force. The team saw the consequences of the game,
the season, and, for some, their Michigan careers, yet
were thoroughly powerless against it. The Irish had
come out on top again, 28-24.
So where does Michigan go from here? The an-

swer is more difficult to answer when you think of
where they could have been going. Unlike last year,
there was little local hype during the week of the
game as an early jump on the race for the national
championship. There wasn't much talk of Miami
having already lost this year. No mention of the fact

Blue falls
as Irish
QB leads
late charge
by Mike Gill
mDaily Football Writer
SOUTH BEND - When the
Wolverines opened fall practice in
August, new head coach Gary
Moeller was asked why he and his
assistant coaches were watching and
hanging out at the Detroit Lions
training camp so much.
"Are you planning on using the
run-and-shoot offense?" someone
jokingly asked Moeller.
Moeller laughed and said "no."
Yeah, sure. The University of
Michigan, known for the
Reaganesque bang-the-ball-up-the-
middle philosophy for over 20 years,
would switch to something risque
!IIU'and innovative.
anMo didn't lie. When Michigan
debuted their 1990 version Saturday
night to a prime-time audience at
Notre Dame Stadium, there was no
inkling of the Silver Stretch. But
while Moeller didn't borrow any
pages from Wayne Fontes and the
as **\ ~ Lions' playbook, he did borrow one
frr"from the Cincinnati Bengals: using
their no-huddle offense.
The result: 443 yards total
offense and an average gain of 6.3
yards per play. Call it a success.
Yet before delving too far into
'J statistics, such as the 201 yards
gained by newly found star Jon
OSE JUAREZ/DatY Vaughn or the 190 yards new quar-
Michigan tailback John Vaughn breaks free for yardage in the third quarter of Saturday night's game versus Notre Dame. Despite terback Elvis Grbac threw for, or the
Vaughn's 201 yards in rushing, the Wolverines suffered a disappointing 28-24 loss. fine performance new wide receiver
Desmond "Magic" Howard gave (133
See FOOTBALL, page 13
Potential Wolverines attend
baseball walk-on tryouts , III"F,

by Matt Rennie
Daily Sports Writer
Long ago, the Michigan athletic department
built Fisher Stadium, and Saturday, they came.
They came in droves, first-year students and
upperclassmen alike, hoping to find the field of
their dreams on State Street. They came armed
with bats and mitts and high aspirations, long-
ing for the chance to do something to catch a
coach's eye.
So it was when Michigan coach Bill Free-
han held open tryouts for his Wolverine squad
for the second consecutive year. The tryouts
were open to any University student, although
nearly all of the 56 candidates had played base-
ball in high school.
The audition process was scheduled to be a
two-day event, but inclement weather cancelled
Friday's segment. Despite the abbreviated
schedule, Freehan felt his staff had a sufficient
amount of time to make a judgement of the
"No one is going to improve dramatically
in a day," the Wolverine skipper said.
The coaching staff concentrated on the ath-
leticism of the potential Wolverines. The the-
ory behind this approach is that the coaches
can teach players what they lack in refined
"We'll be looking for raw talent today,"
Freehan told the group before the start of the
day's events. "We'll be looking for speed.

We'll be looking for a strong arm."
. The Michigan baseball team is on NCAA
probation for rules violations which occurred
during former coach Bud Middaugh's tenure.
Consequently, the team had no scholarships to
offer incoming students. This gave added sig-
nificance to the tryouts, although most of this
year's walk-ons have already been decided.
Although the tryouts will have been in vain
for all but one or two of the prospects, the
afternoon was memorable for a group of young
catchers. While his assistants took charge of
the other positions, Freehan worked with these
individuals himself, and each of them came
away impressed.
"It seemed like he wanted to be a friendly
coach," first-year LSA student Jasen Liv-
ingston said. "By the time we were done, he
knew each of our names."
* LSA sophomore Brad Rosenberg thought
Freehan helped ease the tension of the high-
pressure situation.
"I was glad we got to work with Freehan,"
Rosenberg said. "He helped take your mind off
Two other potential Wolverine backstops,
Art Penn and Ken Bishop, felt privileged to be
receiving instruction from the former Detroit
"I really learned a lot even if I don't make
the team," Penn said. "Think about, this guy's
a Hall of Famer."

Michigan's Katie Vignevic works the ball around a Northwestern defender
Saturday afternoon at Tartan Turf. The Wolverines dropped the match to
the Wildcats, 3-2.
Northwestern stickers


'M' defense

Rugby squads shine against Cincinnati
by Jeni Durst But the Bateam pulled out a big victor
Daily Sports Writer

by James Burgess
Daily Sports Writer
Northwestern began a new era under coach Marisa Didio, but continued
their domination of Michigan Saturday. The Wildcats upped their hold on
the Wolverines to 14-0 lifetime, beating them soundly on the Tartan Turf,
Northwestern's record was boosted to 4-1-1, while Michigan's slipped
to 3-2.
The team from Evanston badgered Michigan's defense all day.
Northwestern posted 17 shots in the circle and a dizzying 18 penalty
corners, two of which were converted by junior midfielder Colleen Senich.
Despite such massive totals, coach Didio, formerly of the University of
New Hampshire, was far from impressed by her new team's performance.
"I wasn't happy with them (the penalty corners) at all," she said.
"Although we did score off of two of them, we had more opportunities to
score off of rehonds - that's the area riprht now we're a little hit weak


Among the dark clouds that loomed above
Ann Arbor Saturday, a few bright spots shone
for the Michigan men's rugby club. The squad
tied and captured its first win in three years

Led by a strong effort by veteran Achal
Kapoor, the squad trounced the Cincinnati B's
In the C-team match, a type of intrasquad
unm non:net te T:Tn:v- yoftr nit :,rna.

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