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Sports Monday Trivia
Who was the first pro
football player to rush for
more than 2,000 yards in
one season?
(For the answer,
turn to the bottom of page 11)

Inside Sports Monday-
Gill Again 11
AP Top 25 11
'M' Sports Calendar 12
Top Ten 12
Griddes 12
Football Coverage 13
Hockey Preview 14-15
Athlete of the Week 16
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The Michigan Daily

Monday, O ctober 8, 19 0

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*could be
number 1
by Mika Gill
Daily Football Writer
MADISON - Last July, at the
Big Ten meetings, the Wolverines
were pronounced the conference
favorite by Gary Moeller's coaching
peers. The new coach joked that it
was the smart .thing for his
competition to do - to saddle a
rookie coach who knows no better
with such expectations.
Saturday's 41-3 league opening
victory over Wisconsin will do
nothing to quell league champion-
ship expectations.
But now, Moeller should find
himself roped with yet another lofty
expectation: being ranked the top
team in the country, when the poll
is released later today. And Moeller
is not exactly downing Wisconsin
beer and cheese to celebrate the feat.
* With Stanford's stunning upset
of top-ranked Notre Dame, coupled
with Florida State's loss to the
Hurricanes of Miami, the Wol-
verines are expected to ascend to the
number one spot in the Associated
Press poll. Moeller's crew was
ranked third this week. They were
seventh after a season opening loss
to the Fighting Irish and have not
been ranked first this late in the
season since October 17, 1977.
"I've heard some things about
Notre Dame and Florida State and all

Ryan Schreiber

Third quarter surge
keys Wolverine victory
MADISON - It happened again.
It almost seems like an inexplicable phenomenon.
There's something about that third quarter that makes the Michigan
football team kick into overdrive.
But what exactly that something is remains up for debate.
Wisconsin became the latest Wolverine victim, succumbing to a 17-
point barrage that put the first Big Ten victory on ice for the No. 3 team in
the country.
But why has post-halftime been so good to, Michigan? They've outscored
their four opponents 41-7 in the third quarter thus far this season.
Remember Notre Dame. Allen Jefferson rambles left and scores to put
Michigan in front.lust a few plays later, Desmond Howard catches a screen
pass and dances his way into the same corner to cap a 14-0 quarter.
Remember UCLA. The Wolverine defense shoved a 13-point lead in the
Bruins' face by shutting them out for the entire second half, and naturally
the third quarter, sealing a 38-15 victory.
Remember Maryland. After bending for seven early points and the only
blemish against an otherwise perfect defense, Michigan quickly tacked on a
touchdown and a field goal to put a close game out of reach.
O.K., so it's not too tough to see the results. But what, exactly, are the
causes? No one really knows, for sure.
So, since it's midterm week, here's are the options, in a simple, one-
question, multiple-choice exam.
And you don't even need a Scan-tron.
A) The Coin Toss.
It has always been regarded as an interesting philosophy, but Michigan
coaches continue to defer their decision to the second half when they win the
opening toss.
Switching the option over to the second part of the game, then, allows
the Wolverines the opportunity to take the momentum right out of the
halftime lockerroom.
B) The Wear 'Em Down Attitude.
Slow and methodic, the Michigan offense may just eventually take its
toll on opposing defenders.
In the first half of each game thus far, both teams have played remotely
See SCHREIBER, Page 13

Sophomore running back Burnie Legette carries the ball against Wisconsin. Michigan ran over the Badger
defense Saturday, gaining 388 yards in 56 carries.

those things," Moeller said after his
team butchered the Badgers. "There's
only one game, and everyone knows
it from the state of Michigan. It's
Michigan State. That's the only
thing we're thinking about and
concentrating on."
Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez
thought the Wolverines were concen-
trating on the Spartans this week
"I don't think they were jacked to
play," Alvarez said. "They'll play

better next week. They thought they
could come out and execute and beat
us. You can't jack up a team for
every game. They got a big inner-
state rivalry coming up that they'll
be jacked up for."
For the Wolverines, execution
became simple as they scored on
their first four possessions of the
second half, as well as the last two
of the second quarter.
"Basically, we were worn out,"
Alvarez concluded.

As lopsided as the score were the
statistics. The Wolverines amassed
534 total yards to Wisconsin's
measly 189. Behind Jon Vaughn's
94 yards, Ricky Powers' 106 yards
and Allen Jefferson's 82 yards
rushing, Michigan totalled 360 net
rushing yards. On 26 carries,
Wisconsin tallied only 18 yards, an
average of 0.69 yards per carry.
"I know that we have to be able
to run the football in this league,"
See BADGERS, Page 13

Michigan defeats Wolverines, 8-3

by Matt Rennie
Daily Hockey Writer
Intrasquad games are exercises in
Whenever a team scores, it can be
attributed to an explosive offensive
surge or a sluggish defensive lapse.
For every impressive play by one
team, there is a mistake made by the
Nonetheless, these games are an-
nual rites of the pre-season for every
sport, and the Michigan hockey team
held their version of these contests
Friday night.
"This was one game we couldn't
lose," Michigan coach Red Berenson
said in jest.
In the end, the Blue team won, or
the White team lost, by a score of 8-
3. While the score was rather in-

significant, the game itself was a
good opportunity for Berenson and
his staff to evaluate the performances
of his players in a game-type situa-
When those evaluations are done,
one player who will receive rave re-
views is sophomore right winger
Dan Stiver. Stiver tallied two goals
and two assists in the decisive sec-
ond period, during which the Blue
team scored five unanswered goals.
"You could see him coming at
the end of last year," Berenson said.
"He's got a dynamite shot. I think
he's going to score a lot of goals
this year."
Junior Ted Kramer and rookie
Brian Wiseman teamed up with
Stiver to form the potent line com-

bination for the Blue squad.
"We'll start the season with that
line together," Berenson said.
"Wiseman is really making things
happen. He's going to put some
points on the board."
The most asked question in Ann
Arbor next to "Who killed Laura

First-year goalie Chris Gordon
surrendered all eight Blue goals as he
went the distance for the White
squad. Despite the disappointing per-
formance, Berenson was not giving
up on Gordon.
"He gave up a couple quick
goals, and I think that got him off

Palmer?" is "Who will replace War-
ren Sharples?" The answer was still
not clear after all three candidates for
the starting goaltender job saw sig-
nificant action.

his game" Berenson said. "That's
part of the learning process."
Junior Tim Keough and rookie
Steve Shields each played a period
and a half for the Blue.

Spikers drop pair on road; fall to 0-6

Michigan co-captain Don Stone pusues the puck late in the second period.
* Women kickers blank
Bowling Green, OSU

by Sarah Osburn
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan volleyball team
remains winless in the Big Ten after
weekend losses to Illinois and Pur-
The Wolverines (1-13 overall, 0-
6 in the Big Ten) played in Cham-
paign Friday night and lost to the
Illini in three games; 15-8, 15-10,
"We played with Illinois up to
ten points in every game, then I
don't know what happened," Michi-
gan assistant coach James Smoot
said. "It was like we were playing
the jersey instead of the team. We
would get intimidated by the fact
that it was Illinois, and they have
won the Big Ten a bunch of times.
We would be successful to a point.
and then we would just lose it."
Illinois was ranked in the pre-sea-

The Boilermakers made no mis-
take about thrashing Michigan, 15-
8, 15-3, 15-9.
"There were basically no positive
aspects to Saturdays game," Smoot
"Julia Sturm played really well
Friday but her shoulder was bother-
ing her on Saturday and that affected
her play," Smoot said. "We still
have a lot of nagging injuries but
they probably won't get better fast
and they will just have to play with
the pain,"_
According to Smoot, sophomore
middle blocker Chris White was the
stand-out player for Michigan both
Smoot listed the team's three
problem areas as: serving, serve re-
ceiving, and blocking.
"Our blocking is non-existent and
that is killing us. Our serving is

to provide them with an opportunity
in practice," Smoot added. "Which
means that we are going to have
some very hard practices. It has got-
ten to the point that we either have
to make them or break them because
we can't keep going the way we are.
Rugby take,

"The girls are working" hard, its
not lack of effort. I really don't
know what it is but we really need
to find it."
Next weekend the Wolverines
will play at home. They face Iowa
on Friday and Minnesota on Sunday.
s two out of

three in Michigan Cup

by Eric Sklar
Daily Sports Writer
This past weekend, the Michigan
women's soccer team played two
games that were almost exactly the
same. About the only difference be-
tween its two victories was the
team's opponents. The Wolverines

three goals came off a corner kick.
Lori Green and Heather Glennie
finished off the scoring for Michigan
with one goal each.
The Wolverines controlled the
pace of the game from the very be-
ginning, scoring their first goal five
minutes into the contest.

by Scott Sagel
Daily Sports Contributor
Tight games, aggressive play,
and exciting finishes seem to best
characterize this weekend's perfor-
mances by the Michigan men's
rugby club.
Over the weekend, the Michigan
rugby teams competed in the
Michigan Cup Tournament held in

Sean Knight, who played scrum-half
and fly-half, and by the stern play of
brothers Brian and Kevin Zimmer.
Captain Tae-ni Chang Stroman
viewed the defeat as an extremely
bitter one to swallow.
"We have not been able to
overcome the Grand Rapids jinx in
recent years," Stroman said.
Stroman was also frustrated by

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