The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - September 30, 1991 - Page 5
FSU turns tricks, heads
with Bowden-esque plays
by Phil Green
Daily Football Writer
It's fourth down and goal from the Michi-
gan three-yard line for Florida State, and the
score's knotted, 7-7. Without hesitation,
Bobby Bowden sends out the field goal unit.
The snap comes back to reserve quarterback
Brad Johnson. Seminole place kicker Dan
Mowrey steps forward to kick the ball, and
the Wolverine defense leaps into the sky to
block the kick. But to its dismay, Mowrey
never.kicks it. Johnson quickly shovels the
ball forward to William Floyd, who barrels
into the end zone to give Florida State a lead
they never relinquish.
This was just one of the many trick plays
everyone has come to expect from Bowden.
Everyone except for, it seemed at times, the
"We felt like they gave us that," Bowden
said, "the way they were lined up."
"He said beforehand, if he had it his way,
the first field goal opportunity he was going
to run it," Florida State quarterback Casey
Weldon said. "I guess national television
brings out the best in Coach Bowden."
That score had been set up by an earlier,
more dazzling, trick play - The Crocodile -
which Bowden borrowed from Florida coach
Steve Spurrier when his Gators tried it against
Florida State last season. Bowden labelled the
play deliberately, not wanting to credit the
The Crocodile takes advantage of an over-
pursuing defense like Michigan's. Weldon lat-
teralled the ball to reserve quarterback Char-
lie Ward, who had lined up as a wide receiver.'
As the defense flowed across field, Ward fired
the ball back across to Weldon, who followed.
a wall of blockers for a 29-yard gain.
"It just nearly worked to perfection. It
didn't get us a touchdown, but it set one up,'
While these trick plays succeeded, Michi-
gan was quick to point out that they didn't
cause the outcome.
"I think you're not going to get beat with
trick plays; you've still got to play offense
and defense," Wolverine co-captain Erick An-
derson said. "You've always got to expect
something from (Bowden). Trick plays
weren't what lost the game for us. They score
points, but when it comes down to it, Florida
State scored on regular plays, too."
The Wolverines tried a trick play of their-
own. Following a Dwayne Ware interception,
Michigan had a first down on Florida State's
42. Elvis Grbac handed to Ricky Powers, who
gave the ball to Yale VanDyne on a reverse.
VanDyne unloaded a high pass toward
Desmond Howard and three Seminole defend-
ers in the end zone. Cornerback Terrell Buck-
ley came down with the ball.
"VanDyne's not a quarterback; he can't see
the coverage downfield," Michigan coach
Gary Moeller said. "Sometimes those plays
work; sometimes they don't."
They worked Saturday, but never in the
Rushing Att Yds Avg La
Wheatley 2 7 3.5 6
Powers 29 101 3.3 18
Grbac 3 -23 -7.7 0
J. Johnson 2 7 3.5 6
Leaette 8 32 4.0 19
Total 44 147 120 19
Passing C-A Yds TD Int
Collins 5-5 25 0 0
Grbac 19-32 212 4 3
VanDyne 0-1 0 0 1
Total 24-38 237 4 4
Receiving C Yds Avg TD
W. Smith 1 16 16.0 0
Wheatley 3 15 5.0 0
'owers 2 19 9.5 0
Ellison 2 14 7.0 0
Howard 4 69 17.3 2
J. Johnson 4 23 5.8 0
VanDyne 7 74 10.6 1
Leaette 1 7 7.0 1
Total 24 237 9.8 4
Punting No. Yds Lg Avg
Azcona 2 70 39 35.0
Stapleton 2 72 37 36.0
Total 4 142 39 35.5
Returns No. Yds Avg Lg
Howard 3 60 20.0 40
Returns No. Yds Avg La
Howard 2 60 30.0 48
J. Johnson 1 18 18.0 18
VanDyne 1 1 1.0 1
Leaette 3 37 12.3 29
Michigan flanker Yale VanDyne wraps up the football as he runs upfield after a reception.
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Though Florida State dominated
most of the second half, the
Wolverines didn't fold. Down, 44-
23, with a little more than six min-
utes remaining, Grbac hit Yale
VanDyne for a 16-yard score. Fol-
lowing a successful two-point con-
version, Pat Maloney recovered J.D.
Carlson's onside kick to keep the
Wolverines' chances alive.
"We just knew they would never
stop," Weldon said. "When they
got that onside kick, I got nervous
But six plays later, Reggie
Freeman knocked the ball from Gr-
bac into the hands of Toddrick
McIntosh, who rumbled 49 yards
for the game's final score.
The Wolverines were supposed
to overpower Florida State Satur-
day, but the speedy Seminoles domi-
nated on both sides of the ball.
"I think they were awfully good
today," Michigan coach Gary
Moeller said. "As good a team as
I've played since I've been here. They
deserve to have the rating they
"There isn't much I can say about
that game," Michigan defensive
tackle Mike Evans said. "It was just
an ugly game. It's over with. You
learn from your mistakes and get
ready to go on."
Weldon found open receivers all
day, and though he didn't think of
Saturday's performance as one of his
best (16-28, 268 yards, 3 TDs, 2
INTs), it was good enough to raise
his career record to 10-0 and satisfy
"The day's he's hot and we don't
drop, we ain't puntin' much," Bow-
Most of Florida State's 159
rushing yards came on big plays or
in clutch situations.
"We had them stopped and let
them up a lot," Michigan co-captain
Erick Anderson said. "We didn't
tackle very well."
"We just had bigger plays be-
cause of our speed," Bowden said.
"Lee can make you miss him. He
played great today."
Defensively, the Seminoles shut
Michigan down. The usual huge
holes for Powers and great wall of
protection for Grbac never devel-
oped. Thus, the Wolverine running
attack never got going in the second
half, and Grbac had trouble finding
"No doubt (the offensive line-
men) are big, but I really didn't feel
ar.y pressure," Seminole linebacker
Marvin Jones said. "I felt the de-
ense controlled the line of scrim-
Even when the Wolverines could
move the ball, they self-destructed.
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by Theodore Cox
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Daily Football Writers
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Michigan's new grass field was supposed to help the Wolverines
Saturday by slowing down Florida State. However, following the
Seminoles' 51-31 victory, the grass became advantageous for them. Players
easily scooped up chunks of the field to bring home to their "sod
cemetery." The old artificial turf would have been a little difficult to rip
Following their big road games and upsets, Seminole players rip out a
piece of the opposing stadium's grass and bury it in the "cemetery" in
"I consider Michigan one of the great universities in the nation, Florida
State coach Bobby Bowden said. "Of all the schools I could get turf from
for the sod cemetery, Michigan is among the top five."
"This one's going back to Tallahassee," quarterback Casey Weldon
said of the turf. "We've got a lot of pride for the state of Florida."
SHATTERING THE SCOREBOARD: Florida State's 51 points
Saturday was the most ever by a Michigan opponent in a Michigan home
"Well, it's only the second time we've been here," Weldon said
It also ranks third on the Wolverines' all-time list of points- allowed.
Michigan hadn't given up over 50 points since Northwestern tallied 55 in
the Wildcats 55-24 victory in 1958 in Evanston. Cornell's 58 points
against Michigan in 1891 remains the record.
The Seminoles' eight touchdowns tied a record set by Northwestern in
that 1958 game.
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1st Quarter: Grbac 13-yd
pass to Howard, Carlson kick,
Carlson 47-yd field goal, 3:42,
2nd Quarter: Grbac 42-yd
pass to Howard, Carlson kick,
12:03, 25-17 FSU.
Grbac 7-yd pass to Legette,
pass failed, 7:52, 25-23 FSU.
4th Quarter: Grbac 16-yd
pass to VanDyne, Grbac run,
4:58, 44-31 FSU.
FSU quarterback Casey Weldon cuts through the Michigan secondary.
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