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Page 14--The Michigan Daily -Monday, September 17, 1990
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LEWIS DEBUT A WINNER
SOUTH BEND - Gary Moeller was not the only one who made his debut Saturday night. Gary
Lewis also kicked off his new job as the leader of the Michigan Marching Band.
And surprise. For a change, the Michigan Marching Band lived up to its reputation as one of the
best marching bands in the nation.
And from this person's perspective, they beat Notre Dame's band in on-field performance.
The Michigan Marching Band made a break from the past, playing intriguing music with
arrangements fit for marching bands, and avoiding gimmicks. Instead, they marched for a higher
percentage of the time that they were on the field, stood still less, and gave an enjoyable
performance. The Wolverines played a cartoon show which began with the theme from the Jetsons.
This time, Notre Dame used the gimmicks, having two members dance and fight each other in
slapstick humor, which only took away from their music. They did not make as many formations either.
The Wolverines showed creative genius. For example, they created two peanuts while playing the
Charlie Brown theme and two starfishes to the tune "Under the Sea."
Hopefully this is a change from the past. While it might not be as innovative as a no-huddle offense,
it is a welcome change from the past when the band seemed more interested in having smoke on the
field or clowns dancing around than performing and behaving like a true marching band.
If this is a sign of things to come, welcome aboard Gary Lewis.
-Mike Gill

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Lions topple
Atlanta 21-14
PONTIAC (AP)-Detroit coach
Wayne Fontes liked what he saw
from rookie defensive ends Dan
Owens and Marc Spindler, who made
their first professional starts in
Sunday's 21-14 victory over Atlanta.
"Owens and Spindler did a good
job," Fontes said. "I took Owens out
in the second half because they
started running the ball and he held
the tackle a couple of times out of
frustration.
"But I put him back in at nose
(tackle) when Jerry Ball went down
with a sore ankle. So Owens is a
very useful commodity."
Owens, the Lions' second-round
draft pick out of Southern
California, started at right end before
replacing All-Pro Ball in the second
half. Owens assisted on one tackle.

by Mike Gill
Daily Football Writer
SOUTH BEND - Steve Everitt slowly buttoned his
shirt, knotted his tie, and went about the business that
would enable him to jump on the soon-to-depart
Michigan team bus.
The Wolverines had just dropped a 28-24 decision to
the Fighting Irish, yet there was no way Everitt could
deny that there were numerous positive attributes to be
found in his and his team's performance.
Jon Vaughn rushed for over 200 yards, and Everitt
and his offensive line cohorts were largely responsible,
creating huge holes that helped enable Vaughn to bust
loose.
The holes that Everitt, Matt Elliot, Dean Dingman,
Greg Skrepenak and Tom Dohring created for Vaughn,
Allen Jefferson, and Jarrod Bunch are worthy of as much
talk as the cuts and moves the runners made to spring
free in accumulating 265 total rushing yards.
"We knew we could do it," Everitt said of his
moves. "I just felt good because I thought I was playing
alright, especially compared to last year, where I just
played horrible.
"It was good to see, you come up from a block and
you see the back is 10 yards down the field."
Last year, the line consisted of the same membership
but Notre Dame muscled over them, and Michigan only
mustered 94 net yards in 34 rushing attempts.

The Michigan offensive line breaks open a hole for no. 25, tailback John Vaughn. Three plays later the
Wolverines connected on one of their two third ouarter touchdowns.
Linemen show wa or augn

Continuously, Bo Schembechler tried to run, but no
holes could be found. Injuries and sickness decimated
the line, but the difference Everitt said between last year
and this year was very simple.
"Experience. Everyone played last year," he said. "It
was basically the same line with 11 more games under
our belt."
Many critics said that Michigan's linemen tallied too
many pounds and therefore would allow the Irish's
quicker players to penetrate the line. During the
offseason, Gary Moeller stressed conditioning and
improving speed.
Saturday night, the world learned an important rea-
son why Moeller pushed for the better fitness: The no-
huddle offense. With no break to go back into the hud-
dle, physical fitness is essential.
"You just get jacked up when you play a big game
and you look across from you after the play and the de-
fensive line is sucking wind or they're substituting, '
Everitt said.
"We conditioned harder than we'd ever conditioned.
We did that through after practice running and through '
practice when we weren't even huddling. We were in
shape for it. That worked to our advantage every time
we had the ball."
The reason Everitt left the lockerroom in silence was
due to the one advantage Notre Dame held: the final
score.

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