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The Michigan Daily - Monday, October 8, 1990 - Page 13-

A Power-packed
future commences
by Ryan Schreiber
aily Football Writer
MADISON - The leading rusher in Michigan's 41-3 victory over
Wisconsin was not Jon Vaughn. It wasn't Allen Jefferson, nor was it Jarrod
Bunch.
The second half 'saw the emergence of Michigan's brightest future star,
tailback Ricky Powers.
Powers rambled his way for 106 yards on 12 carries to lead all ground
gainers on the day, and established himself as the ball carrier of the future
for the Wolverines.
"When I got in, Jon Vaughn let me know what was going on, and Allen
efferson let me know what was going on also, so I pretty much put
erything they said together and it worked out," Powers said.
"Ricky played well today. He's no surprise to any of us," Vaughn said.
"He may be a surprise to the public because they haven't seen him that
much this year. But we knew Ricky could do what he did. He just went in
there and did the job he was supposed to do."
In addition to the 100-yard game, Powers also.rushed for his first
collegiate touchdown - a six yard dash around the right corner.
"The touchdown felt great," Powers said. "I really can't explain it. I just
hope I get many more.
"I couldn't believe how fast that lineman was. In high school, you could
q g around the end real quick. I just started jogging at first and then I saw
im and had to sprint out of there."
While Powers churned out 144 all-purpose yards, which included a pass
reception and a kickoff return, he was fighting a cold that hampered him
somewhat during the game.
"I couldn't breathe out of my nose for anything," Powers said. "They
tried to keep me in as much as possible, but I took myself out after a couple
of runs. But as soon as I got my breath back, the holes were there again.,
And while the first-year tailback showed his tremendous ability, he
foresees better days ahead.
"I feel like I'm getting better every week and in the little time I got in
ggainst Maryland, I couldn't really show anything," Powers said. "But, I got
a lot of time here, so I got a chance to feel around and stick my cuts.
Basically, every running back needs time to get the feeling of the game and
as soon as I got the feeling of this game, I got in there."

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK
Top ranking not kind
to Wolverines in past
by Mike Gill
Daily Football Writer
MADISON - Storm clouds hover over whether the Wol erines should
they claim the top spot in the polls. Witness these facts.
The last time the Wolverines were top ranked by the Associated Press
was the 1989 preseason. Michigan then lost their season opener to Notre
Dame, 24-19. End of No. 1.
The last time the Wolverines were top ranked by United Press
International was the 1981 preseason. Michigan then lost their season
opener to Wisconsin, 21-14. End of No.1.
The last time the Wolverines were top ranked by the Associated Press
during the regular season was October 17, 1977. They dropped their next
game to Minnesota, 16-0. End of No. 1
BIG PLAY MAN: Todd Plate is becoming known for the big play. Last
year, Plate assured the Wolverines a Big Ten title with a key interception
late in the game against a driving Ohio State team. He had already broken
up a touchdown pass, had six tackles and another interception.
Saturday Plate again found plenty of scraps for the er... plate. He tallied-
an interception and almost gained a fumble recovery.
"(Eric) Anderson recovered (the fumble)," Plate explained. "I had my hand
on it and he took it himself."
But Plate was more impressed with Michigan's defense of Wisconsin s
running game, which could only tally 18 yards.
"The big thing on the whole was our defense stopping the run," Platek
said. "They just stopped them and gave our offense the chance to gets
rolling."
Make A Difference
Michigan Student Assembly

JOSEJUAREMMY
Just before halftime, senior cornerback Todd Plate picks off Wisconsin
quarterback Tony Lowery's pass. The interception set up a J.D. Carlson
field goal to put Michigan up 17-0.

SCHREIBER
Continued from page 9
evenly, with Wisconsin as no
exception to this rule.
* "I was proud of the way our kids
competed in the first half,"
Wisconsin head coach Barry Alvarez
said. "Basically, we were worn out."
Michigan head coach Gary
Moeller agreed: "We made some
adjustments and we had a chance to
wear them down a bit. We have
more size than they do and in my
mind we try to out-condition
everybody."
C) Tradition.
This is definitely not a new trend.
As a matter of fact, it's probably the
most recognizable trait left over
from the Bo Schembechler era.
Just take a look a some of the
games in 1988. The Michigan-
Miami game saw the Wolverines
stifle the Steve Walsh air attack for
55 minutes. Michigan was able to
xpand its lead to 30-14 in the third
quarter all while holding the

defending National Champions
scoreless.
Later in the season, the
Wolverines clung to a 7-6 halftime
lead against Indiana before cruising
to a 24-0 third quarter margin en
route to a 31-6 trouncing.
D) Coaching.
Then again, maybe it's just
Moeller.
"It's probably just great
coaching," Moeller quipped. "No,
let's see it as great head coach-
coaching."
Well? Maybe, maybe not.
So, what is the answer? In reality,
nobody can put a finger on any one
reason in particular.
"I don't know," Moeller said.
"Some of it's attributable to making
adjustments, but then every team
makes adjustments. I just don't
know."
Maybe there should be E) All of
the Above.
But so long as it just keeps
happening, no one on the Michigan
staff is asking any questions,
multiple-choice or otherwise.

BADGERS
Continued from page 1
Alvarez said. "It's very frustrating. I
don't know where to go. When you
can't run the football every mistake
magnifies - they made mistakes
too but you can't remember them.
That's a good football team."
Under sunny skies and a 76
degree game time temperature, it
appeared from the get-go that the
Wolverines would hold the Camp
Randall Stadium crowd hostage to an
enemy offensive display. Wisconsin
was forced to punt after three plays.
Elvis Grbac then led the Wolverines
on a nine play scoring drive,
culminating in a 21-yard touchdown
strike to Desmond Howard. The
sophomore reciever caught the ball
over the middle at the ten, broke two
tackles and went into endzone.

Wisconsin then missed a field
goal, but proved it could move the
ball somewhat - while the Wol-
verine offense fizzled. The Wol-
verines did not score again until 3:35
was left in the half, when Derrick
Alexander left Greg Thomas be-
fuddled as he turned around and leapt
at the same time to make a
spectacular touchdown grab on the
right side of the endzone.
Then, the route was on, as Grbac
threw on the day for three touch-
downs and 154 yards with no
interceptions, before Ken Sollom
mopped up, and the Wolverine bench
relieved with mass substitutions.
The battle of rookie coaches
turned into the expected: the battle of
the mighty and the mightless. But
the mighty might now have a plump
chest and their index finger raised.

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