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The Michigan Daily - Monday, September 24, 1990 - Page 15

FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK-
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'Mo's first victory
gets him game ball
by Mike Gill and Eric Lemont
Daily Football Writers
Last week, Gary Moeller's eyes were a little misty due to the tough
loss his team had just experienced. After Saturday's game, they were
misty again, but in celebration of his first win as Michigan coach. The
team presented its coach with the game ball.
"He almost got teary eyed on us," offensive lineman Greg Skrepenak.
"It was a great thing for me to end with a legend and try to start one up.
Hopefully, we'll get coach Moeller another one of those game balls."
Moeller only won six games in three years as Illinois coach in the late
1970's. Now, Moeller is faced with living in the shadow of Bo
Schembechler.
"It really hit me hard because I really wanted this game for him," Jon
Vaughn said about the team presenting the ball to Moeller. "I thought we
should.have won against Notre Dame and he's under a lot of pressure with
people asking 'can he replace Bo.' It was really important to win and in
front of our home fans, it's special."
Vaughn said Moeller kissed the ball and said, "This is great."
Does it feel better to have the monkey off one's back? "That was
important," Moeller said. "It feels a little better, a load off my shoulder.
It's a great feeling and the kids gave me the game ball. That's a great
feeling."
Special team blues: Last Monday, Moeller fretted about how his team
lost to Notre Dame despite beating them in the special teams, an aspect
on which Moeller placed strong emphasis.
This week's special team's performance was nothing of note.
"What did we do, kickoff seven or eight times to start the second half,"
Moeller joked.
J.D. Carlson kicked off four times to start the second half. The first
three went out-of-bounds. In the second quarter, another kickoff took two
chances to find perfection. In addition, Carlson missed a 57-yard attempt
on a field goal due to a muffed hold. Carlson's boot never saw air, staying
on the ground the entire time.
Eddie Azcona had a longpunt of 47 yards, and averaged 37.5 yards per
kick.
SOUR GRAPES?: UCLA coach Terry Donahue felt his team was the
victim of some biased officiating. He was especially irate at a holding call
against UCLA late in the game when the Bruins were inside Michigan's
10 yard line. Lance Dottin intercepted UCLA quarterback Tommy
Maddox's pass on the next play.
"I think Michigan was the superior team. Period. New sentence. But I
thought that holding call was inappropriate. It was an all Big Ten crew
and that holding call with 4 minutes left, (actually 11 minutes were left)
that was bullcrap. It was a lousy call."
MEGA-YARDAGE: Michigan's offense gained 595 yards of total
offense. The last time the Wolverines amassed more than 500 yards was
on November 18, 1989, when they gained 522 yards against Minnesota.
The last time a Michigan team gained at least 600 yards of offense was
Oct. 1, 1988 when the Wolverines devoured the Badgers for 628 yards at
Wisconsin.
The Wolverines and Bruins combined for 992 yards of total offense.
(595 for Michigan and 397 for UCLA). It is second, in total yardage in a
Michigan game, only to the 1139 yards generated in a 1981 battle against
Illinois. Michigan won that game, 70-21.

SIMPLY SENSATIONAL
How can I make this review sound as though I was not paid off
by the band and pledge hundreds of dollars to PBS in their
name?
Simply put, Saturday's performance was the best I have ever
seen the Michigan Marching Band in the last four years. No, they
didn't high step much during their halftime show, but hey, for the
selection and choreography they put on the field, who's going to
complain? More in the future would be nice though.
Start with the Sousa march. That's what bands are supposed
to play. The salute to various 'M' coaches was good. Then comes
the real good stuff.
The band played tribute to football legend Tom Harmon, who
passed away earlier this year, with the song "Mr. Touchdown."
Great idea. But then, to top it off, the band writes "01 98." Simply
sensational.
Good enough right? Time to come off the field. Gary Lewis
then brings down the house by playing the theme to Patton and
the band salutes Bo Schembechler by writing his name, in an
intriguing style. But not to become saddled with the past, they
switch the 'B' to a 'M' and welcome new coach Gary Moeller. Not
bad, even by Bo's standards.
Super job. Another plus was the band did not play the fight
song in the stands so many times that it became annoying. In
past years, they played it seemingly every time Michigan got a
first down. This year, it was used in moderation. A welcome
improvement.
As a post script, while speaking of bands, keep an eye out for
The Attic, which played at a post game gig at -Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Their keyboard player, Jeff Hoekman is going places. Never
seen such talent on the boards in Ann Arbor before. As far as
bands go though, Jerry and the Juveniles is still tops. American
Pie lives.
And the Michigan Marching Band has looked better than it
has in a long time.
-MIKE GIL L
SECRET TO SUCCESS
RUSHING
Player ATT YDS AVG. TD LNG
Alexander 1 7 7.0 0 7
Powers 6 29 4.8 0 15
Grbac 2 6 3.0 0 3
Vaughn 32 288 9.0 3 63
Jefferson 6 28 4.7 1 11
Bunch 13 76 5.8 0 20
Legette 6 22 3.7 1 6
PASSING
Player ATT COM INT YDS LNG
Sollom 2 1 0 19 19
Grbac 15 9 1 120 55

Outside linebacker Martin Davis chrges UCLA quarterback Tommy
Maddox in Saturday's 38-15 Wolverine victory.
Interceptions give

first aid to

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by Ryan Schreiber
Daily Football Writer
Two pivotal plays in Michigan's 38-15 win over UCLA on Saturday
were overshadowed by the performance of tailback Jon Vaughn. Linebacker
Erick Anderson and cornerback Lance Dottin each snared passes from UCLA
quarterback Tommy Maddox, snuffing out two Bruin drives that could have
cut the Wolverine lead to less than a touchdown.
In the third quarter, UCLA attempted to capitalize on an Elvis Grbac
fumble, starting at the 50 yard line. After reaching the Michigan eight, a
holding call bumped the Bruins back to second and 16, and into a definite
passing situation.
"I saw the receiver coming across and then there was another receiver
doing a different route, so I had to play back," said Dottin. "But then when
the ball was thrown, I broke up on the ball and Tripp (Welborne) tipped it
and I went down just to grab the ball."
Dottin snagged the errant pass, returning the ball to Michigan at its own
two yard line, but, more importantly, ending the UCLA chance to chip into
the slim halftime lead.
"We got to stop them when we were up by only 13 points and if they
would have scored they probably would have gone for two," Dottin said. "I
think it was a good momentum change even though our offense had the ball
down inside our own five. We got the stop and our offense got to go back
on the field and they started to rev it up."
On the second play of the fourth quarter, UCLA slipped into a no-back
offense, with both running backs moving into the tight end positions.
According to Anderson, the move only made things easier to read for the
Wolverine defense.
"It just told us that it was going to be a pass," Anderson said. "When
they released, it was easy to get back faster, and it was easy to read his
eyes."
With UCLA driving to the Michigan 28 yard line, Anderson's
interception loomed too large for the Bruins to recounter with only 14:44
remaining in the contest.
"It was tough because my receiver released also, but I saw (Maddox)
looking front side and I started drifting over," Anderson said. "He pumped,
which stopped John (Milligan) and I for a second, and then Hutch (Chris
Hutchinson) drove his tackle into the quarterback as he was throwing the
ball."

Final: 'M' 38 UCLA 15

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