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The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday- September 16,1991- Page 5

RENNIE
Continued from page 1
3 P right away. He knew that if he did his job, the
4 Wolverines' big play would come.
,, All he had to do was wait for it.
When the big play finally came and Howard put
the Wolverines up, 24-14, no one was ready to relax.
After all, there were nine minutes left and, more than
anything else, this was Notre Dame.
It was the perfect scenario for another Notre Dame
~ comeback and another year of Michigan frustration
over the one that got away. This was no time for
.* celebrations. The Irish look for situations like these.
Even after the defense held, and Michigan had the
ball with six minutes left on its own 10, the mood
' was anxious.
Time was the enemy now, and the Wolverines just
wanted to keep the clock moving. They didn't need any
more points; they just needed to keep getting first
downs. And wait.
4/ FSo they went back to the basics. They pounded the
' ball at Notre Dame, tearing into the heart of the
defense. They seemed to say to their opponent, "We
don't have any secrets. You know what we're going to
do. Now try to stop us."
The Irish couldn't do it. Michigan ran the ball 13
straight plays, with Powers carrying on eight of
them. And despite two Notre Dame timeouts, the
Wolverines still held the ball when the game ended.
The wait was finally over. The past four years -
the interceptions, the shanked kicks, the kickoff
returns, the deflected passes - could finally be
KENNETH SMOLLER/Daily forgotten. The celebration could begin. The players
Michigan raced to a 17-0 lead over Notre Dame after tailback Ricky Powers scored on this oioens that had been brewing f ttin go of all the
second-quarter touchdown rush. The best things in life are worth waiting for.

Knee holds Alexander
hostage in press box

by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer
Slumped over a table on the
photo deck at Michigan Stadium,
wearing a Michigan baseball cap, a
T-shirt, and a knee brace, Derrick
Alexander looked out of place.
Saturday marked the first game in
two years that the junior wide re-
ceiver was not in the famous winged
helmet.
"It's really tough, because I was
really looking forward to this
game," Alexander said about play-
ing Notre Dame. "I really wanted
to play. I just wanted to be a part of
it. It's real hard."
Alexander is suffering from a
torn anterior cruciate ligament and
some ripped cartilage in his left
knee. The injury came in last week's
game against Boston College. His
knee twisted while he was tackled
on a kickoff return in the third quar-
ter.
At first, it was thought that ice
alone would solve the problem. He
actually walked around the locker-
room after the game with only a
slight limp.
"It was really hurting at first,
after that the pain went away,"
Alexander said. "It was kind of

sore. I just thought it was going to
be sore for a little while. I had no
idea that it was torn."
But Tuesday afternoon he got the
prognosis from the doctors -
arthroscopic surgery - which
meant the end of his 1991 season.
The brace will remain on his leg for
a month and a half. He won't be able
to begin jogging again until January.
On the bright side, Alexander
can red-shirt this season, leaving
him with two years of eligibility.
His absence will also give some
other receivers a chance to gain ex-
perience.
Yale VanDyne replaced
Alexander as the starter Saturday,
and the senior took advantage of the
increased playing time. His six re-
ceptions tied the game-high, giving
him 56 yards for the afternoon.
Red-shirt frosh Walter Smith
and first-year student Felman
Malveaux backed up VanDyne.
"Walt's pretty good, he works
really hard in practice," Alexander
said. "He's going to be a good re-
ceiver. All he needs is a little bit of
playing time. Felman, he's just a
freshman. The more he plays, the
better he'll be."

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Central upsets
MSU; Illini fall

Associated Press
Central Michigan 20, (at)
Michigan State 3 - Central
Michigan tailback Billy Smith
rushed for 162 yards, including a 15-
yard touchdown in the second half,
to power the Chippewas to the
week's big upset. Smith's touch-
down gave Central a 7-0 lead that it
took into the intermission.
In the third quarter Chippewa
quarterback Jeff Bender hit Ken
Ealy for 57-yard score. Bender, last
season's MAC Player of the Year,
completed 10 of 22 passes for 144
yards on the day.
On the other side of the ball,
Central's pass rush shut down the
Spartan air game with four sacks for
35 yards.
Michigan State began the game
on what looked like a promising
opening drive. The Spartans began
the series on their own 46 yard line
after an interception by Chuck Bul-
lough. They successfully drove
through the Chippewa defense, but
came away empty when tailback
Tico Duckett was stopped at the
Central one on fourth down.
Michigan State had a chance to
get even at the beginning of the sec-
ond half when Courtney Hawkins
returned the opening kickoff 45
yards to the Michigan State 48.
However, that drive ended quickly

following a Chippewa sack of Spar-
tan quarterback Bret Johnson.
Central scored again quickly to
increase its lead to 14-0. And
Hawkins got Michigan State going
again with another long kick return.
However, the Spartans could not
move the ball following his 66-yard
run to the Chippewas' 32-yard line.
After two short gains by Duckett
and an overthrown pass, Michigan
State settled for Jim DelVerne's
field goal. The 45-yarder was the
first of his collegiate career.
(at) Ohio State 23, Louisville 15
- The Buckeyes surged to their sec-
ond straight victory without
Robert Smith, the sophomore tail-
back who quit the team in protest,
dumping the Louisville Cardinals at
Ohio Stadium.
Ohio State (2-0) led, 16-0, early
in the fourth quarter and escaped
with a victory when a last-minute
Louisville pass fell incomplete in
the end zone.
"It went right down to the
wire," Ohio State coach John
Cooper said. "I could see those guys
hitting a touchdown pass and going
for two, and the ball game ending up
being tied.
"And the way we played, and the
way they played, it probably should
have ended up ina tie."
Louisville slipped to 1-2.

Iowa 29, (at) Iowa State 10 -
This game was never close, as Iowa
QB Matt Rodgers threw a 46-yard
touchdown strike on the Hawkeyes'
second play from scrimmage, and
helped put his team on the score-
board a total of three times in the
first 8 1/2 minutes. The host Cy-
clones, losers to Iowa for the ninth
straight time, also had a punt
blocked for a safety by the storming
Hawks.
(at) Missouri 23, Illinois 19 -
Trailing 23-19 with only 1:49 re-
maining in the game, Illini (1-1) QB
Jason Verduzco, 30-of-58, with 430-
yards on the day - threw to tight
end Ken Dilger in the endzone, who
dropped the ball. The miscue pre-
served the upset for the Tigers (1-0),
who benefitted from a three-touch-
down performance from QB Phil
Johnson.

(at) Wisconsin 31, Western Illi-
nois 13 - Troy Vincent returned a
punt 90 yards for a touchdown and
had another 151 yards on returns as
Wisconsin rallied from a 13-0
deficit.
Wisconsin matched last year's
victory total in its first game this
season. The Badgers went 1-10 in
1990.
"I feel once I get the ball in my
hands I can make some things hap-
pen," said Vincent, a defensive back.
"I expect to score every time I
touch the ball."
Rice 36, (at) Northwestern 7 -
Trevor Cobb scored three touch-
downs, including one on a 79-yard
run, and the Wildcats lost six fum-
bles and two interceptions to
stretch their opening-day winless
streak to 15 games. It was also
Rice's first game of the season.

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Football Standings .
All Games
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Ohio State 2 0 1.000
Iowa 2 0 1.000
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Penn State 2 1 .666
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Illinois 1 1 .500
Minnesota 0 1 .000
Indiana 0 1 .000
Northwestern 0 1 .000
Michigan State 0 1 .000
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