vs. Bowling Green
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.'
Friday, November 16, 1990
Tomorrow, 12:30 p.m.
The Michigan Daily
i. "l+ Battle for
Little Brown Jug
by David Hyman
Daily Football Writer
bid at stake against
Next Saturday, they'll be playing
for gators. But this week, the
Wolverines will be playing for
something that has much more tradi-
tion and significance than a birth in
the Jan. 1 Mazda Gator Bowl in
When Minnesota and Michigan
take the field in Ann Arbor tomor-
row, they will play for the Little
Brown Jug, one of the most famous
of all football trophies. The battle
for the Jug dates back to the 1903
meeting between the two schools.
In those days, the home team was
expected to supply water to the visit-
ing team. However, Michigan felt
the water the Gophers would supply
would not be pure. Thus, the
Wolverines purchased water jugs in
After a 6-6 tie, Michigan quickly
exited as fans rushed the field - be-
fore the team could retain its water
jugs. Minnesota retrieved the con-
tainers and called the Wolverines to
inform them they should return to
Minnesota to win back their measly
And thus the tradition began. If it
doesn't sound that important, just
ask the coaches.
"It's a trophy you heard about as
a kid," Minnesota coach John
Gutekunst said. "We at Minnesota
haven't seen it for a while and to
win it again would be a tremendous
Michigan coach Gary Moeller
agreed. "It's a trophy we'd like to
keep in Ann Arbor for the next few
Minnesota last walked away with
the trophy after its 20-17 victory at
Michigan Stadium in 1986. Since
then, Michigan has dominated, win-
ning the past three games by a com-
bined score of 101-42. But the Go-
phers are much improved since last
season's 49-15 Wolverine victory.
"They've given up some big
plays, but they're a much better
football team than last year,"
Moeller said. "They play hard and
they'll give us problems."
But if you ask Gutekunst for his
outlook on the game, you will get a
"I think they're reaching full
strength right now and they're get-
ting their injured players back,"
Gutekunst said. "Except for a few
points, they'd be leading the confer-
ence and the nation."
Minnesota (5-4 overall, 4-2 '31g
Ten) has lost two of its last tide
games while the Wolverines (6-3',4-
2) rebounded from consecutive hdffie
losses to Michigan State and Iow
with triumphs in their last thr
Michigan is ranked ninth inte
nation in run defense (101.7 yai'ds
per game). On the other side, Mitt-
nesota plays a stunt four-three-de-
fense. This style is similar to
Michigan State's, which posed many
problems for the Wolverines earlier
The Gophers return four starte4
in the defensive secondary. This has
helped Minnesota improve from1it
season's tenth-place defensive rank-
ing in the conference by surrendering
368.67 yards per game compared to
last year's 404.5.
Wolverine quarterback Elvis Grbac fades back to pass. He will probably
be expected to do more of the same against Minnesota tomorrow.
CCHA lead on line vs. LSSU
by John Niyo
Daily Hockey Writer
Before the 1990-91 season,
Michigan ice hockey coach Red
Berenson described the ladder he felt
Michigan was climbing. He said
there were two more rungs above the
Wolverines, two more teams for
them to step over.
Michigan, which has been sitting
atop the conference standings all
year, apparently stepped over presea-
son favorite Michigan State in the
race for the CCHA crown last week-
end with a victory and a tie against
Now the Wolverines will try to
reach the top rung of the conference,
as they travel north to face CCHA
co-leader Lake Superior State this
weekend. The Lakers are ranked sec-
ond in the nation.
Both the Wolverines and LSSU
have pounced on the struggling de-
fending champs, Michigan State.
Each took three points from the
Spartans and have established them-
selves as one of the league's domi-
nant teams with 15 points. Bowling
Green waits close behind with 13
Michigan (7-2-1 in the CCHA
and overall) leads the league in scor-
ing, tallying 57 goals in 10 confer-
ence games. Lake Superior (7-0-1,8-
1-1) has lit up the opposition 50
times in only eight games. Superior
also boasts the stingiest defense in
the league, giving up only 16 goals.
So it's the matchup of the cen-
tury, right? Not quite.
"I don't think you should blow
something like this out of propor-
tion," Lakers coach Jeff Jackson
said. "I mean, we're only ten games
into the season, but I do think it is a
pretty important series."
For Michigan, though, every se-
ries has been important because
rookie goaltender Steve Shields is
gaining experience in each game.
Lake Superior, on the other hand,
owns the CCHA's best goaltending
tandem in sophomore Darrin Made-
ley and senior Brandon Reed. And
while Shields is coming off an ex-
cellent performance against Michi-
gan State, the Lakers should provide
an even tougher test.
"I think on paper they're the best
team in the league," Berenson said.
"They are a senior laden squad and
they'll certainly be the best team
we've faced. We're going to have to
play good, solid hockey up there."
Lakers center Jim Dowd ranks
second in the league in scoring and
should provide Shields with plenty
of chances. Denny Felsner, the
league leader, will lead the Michigan
attack. However, it probably won't
be a simple game of one-on-one.
"Michigan is more than Felsner
and Lake Superior is more than
Dowd," Jackson said. "Neither team
can concentrate on just stopping one
guy. Sure, Felsner is probably one
of the best players in the nation, but
Michigan has a lot of depth. They
can come at you with David
Roberts, or Ted Kramer, or any
number of guys and we have other
guys who can score, too."
Rival Michigan and Michigan State players are separated just before trading punches. The Wolverines can
become sole leaders of the CCHA after this weekend's series with Lake Superior State.
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