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Page 4-The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday- September 30, 1991

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Seminoles
-oiRushing Att Yd~s Avg ILg
Weldon 5 3 .6 5
Bennett 8 34 4.3 13
Lee 20 133 6.1 44
Total 33 175 4.8 44
Passing C-A Yds TD Int
Weldon 16-28 268 3 2
Johnson 1-1 4 1 0
Ward 1-1 29 0 0
Total 18-30 301 4 . 2
Receiving C Yds Avg TD
S. Baker 3 36 12.0 0
Turral 3 41 13.7 1
Weldon 1 29 29.0 0
Bennett 3 47 15.7 0
Lee 3 79 26.3 0
Floyd 1 4 4.0 1
Hart 3 55 18.3 1
L. Johnson 1 10 10.0 1
Total 18 301 16.7 4
Punting No. Yds Lg Ava
Player 3 116 42 38.7
Punt
Returns No. Yds Avo La.
Buckley 3 34 11.3 31
Kickoff
Returns No. Yds Avg L
Harris 4 82 20.5 28
McMillon 1 17 17.0 17

R ece iver! cornerback duel
ends in spectacular draw

by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer
It wasn't just No. 1 vs. No. 3. It
also matched up arguably the best
receiver in the country against the
nation's second-best cornerback,
Michigan's Desmond Howard and
Florida State's Terrell Buckley, re-
spectively. True to form, each
looked equally spectacular.
Buckley got off to the better
start. On the second play of the
game, he stepped in front of Howard
for an interception and ran it back 40
yards for a touchdown.
"A team like that, they try to
get the big play man in the offense
right away," Buckley said. "I just
broke up on him."
It didn't take long for Howard
to turn things in Michigan's favor.
On the next drive, Howard started a
curl toward the goalpost, then faded
to the corner. The move left Buckley
standing still. Though Howard got
open, the ball tailed toward the side
of the endzone, until Howard reeled
in the diving catch.
Buckley reclaimed the spotlight
with his punt returning. He sprinted
30 yards upfield to set up another
Seminole score.
Howard came right back, making
a spectacular 42-yard catch in the
endzone with Buckley in his face. A

frustrated Buckley slammed his fist
into the turf after the play.
"The first touchdown was a
great route," Buckley said. "On the
other one, my hand got caught in his
arm."
Although he had two touch-
downs on Buckley, Howard pointed
out the Seminoles' speed in the sec-
ondary was so great, he often
thought the coverage was man-to-
man, only to discover it was a zone.
With 5:32 left in the second
quarter, Howard could finally show
his talents as a punt returner,
scrambling 48 yards. It was the first
time the Seminoles had kicked to
him.
With 4:40 left in the third quar-
ter, Buckley countered. Michigan
faced first down at the Florida State
42-yard line. Wolverine tailback
Ricky Powers reversed to Yale
VanDyne, who then threw deep. The
lone blue jersey, Howard was
triple-covered. Buckley got position
and made the catch at the back of the
endzone.
"I normally don't just catch the
ball and run out of bounds," Buck-
ley said. "I like to run with the
ball."
The going was tougher for
Howard in the second half, when the

Michigan's Desmond Howard grabs more Heisman hype with a diving 42-yard touchdown catch over FSU's
Terrell Buckley. Howard caught four passes, including two touchdowns, and ran for 189 all-purpose yards.

Total

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Seminoles went to more double
coverage. In addition, Michigan was
forced to throw more often, en-
abling Florida State to anticipate a
pass to Howard.
After the game, Buckley called
the matchup a tie. He had two inter-
ceptions and one touchdown, while
Howard had four catches for 69
yards and two touchdowns. A mu-
tual respect for each other's talent

had developed by game's end.
"Whoever made the great play
on each play, we'd tell each other,"
Buckley said. "I like Des."
"I think Buckley is a good ath-
lete," Howard said. "He is very
quick. You can't take anything away
from him."
Buckley's supporting cast may
have given him a slight edge in the
matchup.

"We know he's a great athlete,"
Buckley said. "But just because you
have one great athlete doesn't mean
you can beat us."
But Howard didn't mind the
challenge: "You come to the Uni
versity of Michigan to play against
the top-notch competition in the na-
tion. It feels good to play a game
like this."

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Scoring Summary
1st Quarter: Buckley 40-yd
interception return, Mowrey
kick, 14:12, 7-0 FSU.
Floyd 4-yd catch from B.
Johnson, kick blocked, 7:36,
13-7 FSU.
Lee 44-yard run, kick failed,
2:41, 19-10 FSU.
2nd Quarter: Weldon 20-yd
pass to Hart, pass failed,
13:24, 25-10 FSU.
Lee five-yard run, kick failed,
5:40, 31-23 FSU.
3rd -Quarter: Weldon 20-yd
pass to Turral, pass failed,
7:11, 37-23 FSU.
4th Quarter: Weldon 10-yd
pass to L. Johnson, Wimberly
kick, 6:28, 44-23 FSU.
McIntosh 49-yd interception
return, Wimberly kick, 3:35,
51-31 FSU.

RUTGERS 14, (AT) MICHIGAN STATE 7: MSU's
misery continued with a disheartening loss Saturday to
Rutgers. The defeat to the Scarlet Knights extends the
Spartans' losing streak to three games.
The taste of last years 34-10 loss to MSU was
apparently strong in the mouths of the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers scored on its second drive of the game. MSU
linebacker Matt Christensen gave the Knights a hand
by jumping offsides on a Rutgers fourth-and-3 at the
Spartans' 38. Then, quarterback Tom Tarver drove the
Knights to the MSU one-yard line, and on fourth-and-
goal, tossed the ball to wide-open tailback Antoine
Moore.
Rutgers dominated the rest of the game, allowing
MSU 9:30 possession time and holding them to 70
yards of total offense.
Adding to the Spartans' woes was their continuing
controversy at quarterback. MSU coach George Perles
replaced starting passer Bret Johnson, who was sacked
twice early in the game, with Jim Miller. The change
seemed to spark the MSU offense, with Miller com-
pleting eight of 16 passes and connecting for a touch-
down. Miller was pulled with 12:54 remaining in the
game, after a slight concussion caused momentary
memory loss.
Johnson failed to capitalize on his second opportu-
nity. After losing his shoe with four minutes left, he
was replaced by Miller. The game ended after Tarver
hit Moore with a two-yard score, a replica of Rutgers'
first touchdown.
NOTRE DAME 45, PURDUE 20: The Notre Dame
offense set the pace of the game. Irish quarterback Rick
Mirer ran for one touchdown, passed for two more and
completed 12 of 14 passes for 139 yards. Tony Brooks
led all rushers with a career high 141 yards, including
one 57-yard run. This was Notre Dame's sixth consecu-
tive victory against Big Ten teams, its 16th of the last

17 Big Ten games.
NORTHWESTERN 41, WAKE FOREST 14: The
Wildcats ended a seven-game drought by whipping the
Demon Deacons. Wildcats quarterback Len Williams
threw for three touchdowns and ran for one during an,
explosive second quarter in which Northwestern
scored 34 points. Williams racked up 190 total yards.
MISSOURI 27, INDIANA 27: Missouri quarter-
back Phil Johnson threw a touchdown pass with 24
seconds left in the game to help the Tigers tie. But the
miracle pass could not upstage the play of Hoosier
tailback Vaughn Dunbar, who ran for 264 yards and-
three touchdowns, including two in the final quarter.
WISCONSIN 21, EMU 6: The 3-0 Badgers handed'
Eastern Michigan its fifth consecutive loss in Madison.
Not only did EMU lose the game, but its most consis-
tent defensive player, Eddie McClendon, tore a liga-
ment in the first quarter. The highlight of the game
was Wisconsin quarterback Tony Lowery's 89-yard
touchdown pass to Lee Deramus, the longest in Badger
history.
IOWA 58, NORTHERN IOWA 7: The Hawkeyes
accumulated 577 yards to the Huskies to 223. Iowa
quarterback Matt Rodgers threw for two touchdowns,
both in the first half. A 21-yard field goal put the
Hawkeyes up by 31 points at the half, and the game out
of reach for the Huskies.
PITTSBURGH 14, MINNESOTA 13: Pitt's Curtis
Martin ran 18 times for 170 yards, including a 36 yard
touchdown. The Golden Gophers are now 1-2, and musts
be more content losing by one point in comparison to
last weekends 56-0 loss to Colorado.
PENN STATE 28, BOSTON COLLEGE 21: Nit-.
tany Lions' quarterback Tony Sacca passed for 292,
yards and a touchdown as well as running for one score.
Penn state is now 3-1, while BC has yet to win a game.

Seminole linebacker Howard Dinkins (89) intercepts a pass in the
endzone intended for Wolverine tight end Tony McGee.

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