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Page 8 -The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday - October 7, 1991

Detroit comeback
tops Vikings, 24-20

Blue kickers fall to
Butler sneak attack

PONTIAC (AP) - The Min-
nesota Vikings learned the hard way*
that you can't take anything for
granted when Barry Sanders is on
the field.
Sanders scored on a 15-yard run
with 36 seconds remaining to cap a
furious 21-point comeback in the fi-
nal 6:50 as the Detroit Lions de-
feated the Vikings, 24-20, yesterday.
He also caught nine passes for 76
yards and was instrumental in all
three late drives.
At 5-1, the Lions are off to their
best start since 1980. They took sole
possession of first place in the NFC
Central when Chicago lost to
Washington. The Lions' only loss, a
45-0 rout at Washington in the
opener, came when Sanders was side-
lined by injury.
Sanders finished with 116 yards
on 25 carries for his fourth consecu-
tive 100-yard game. The only other
player in Lions history with four
consecutive 100-yard games was
Billy Sims in 1983.
The Vikings led 20-3 with 8:38
left in the fourth quarter on the sec-
ond field goal by Fuad Reveiz. But
the Lions stormed back with a 68-
yard TD pass play from Peete to
Robert Clark, a 16-yard TD toss to
Willie Green and Sanders' decisive
Even after a change at quarter-
back, the struggling Vikings (2-4)
continue to search for answers. Rich
Gannon, making his first start this
year for Minnesota in place of Wade
Wilson, completed 10 of 23 passes
for 105 yards, including a 2-yard
touchdown pass to Steve Jordan.
But the Lions' Rodney Peete
completed 24 of 38 for 281 yards
and two touchdowns. Sanders did
the rest.
The momentum shifted early in
the game to the Vikings on a pair of
punt returns.
On the fourth snap of the game,
Detroit's Mel Gray returned a punt

70 yards for an apparent touchdown.
But it was called back because of an
illegal block by Kevin Scott.
Four plays later, Minnesota's
Leo Lewis returned a punt 44 yards
to the Detroit 24-yard line. Four
plays after that, Darrin Nelson
swept left end for a touchdown and
a 7-0 lead.
Prior to Nelson's score, the
Vikings - who had scored just 49
points in their first five games -
had gone 10 quarters without a
Early in the second quarter, Joey
Browner picked off Peete's pass for
Clark and returned it 24 yards to the
Lions' 16. Gannon found Jordan all
alone in the end zone for a 14-0 lead.
Gray's 41-yard punt return set up
Eddie Murray's 47-yard field goal
on the final play of the half.
Murray missed one from almost
the same spot, ending the Lions'
first possession of the third quarter.
Gannon then took the Vikings 46
yards in 11 plays, hitting Jones for
15 yards and Chris Carter for 12 to
set up a 42-yard field goal by
Reveiz. That kick was Reveiz's 16th
consecutive field goal, breaking the
club record held by Benny Ricardo
since 1983.
Reveiz kicked a 25-yarder with
8:38 remaining, capping a 60-yard,
12-play drive that took 8:00 to com-
plete. But four snaps later, Peete
hooked up with Clark, who beat
Reggie Rutland to narrow it to 20-
Greg Manusky fumbled the ensu-
ing kickoff and Derek Tennell recov-
ered for Detroit. The Lions went 57
yards in eight plays, with Peete hit-
ting Green with 4:22 remaining, cut-
ting the lead to 20-17.
The defense held the Vikings to
three plays. From their 28, with
2:26 left in the fourth quarter, the
Lions marched to their only lead of
the day. Sanders carried five times
for 38 yards and caught one pass for
11 yards during the 10-play drive.

by Shawn DuFresne
In an effort to gauge the future
of the Michigan men's soccer club,
coach Aaron Smith ordered only his
reserves and a few of his starters to
dress for Saturday's game against
the Butler junior varsity squad.
He hoped to balance the match,
but he got more than he bargained
While Smith understood Butler
would play the JV squad, the
Bulldogs fielded a combination of
varsity starters with their reserves
and stunned the Wolverine green-
horns, 4-0. Despite the loss, Smith
was not entirely disappointed.
"During the first half, we let
them walk right through," he said.
"But in the second half it was a
more balanced game, partly because
(Butler) put in younger players.
"Our reserves got a lot of play-
ing time, and I was able to see what
they had. Overall, I was very
The Bulldogs scored a minute
into the game when Tim Killilea
sent a crossing pass to Justin
Dunckel, who directed the ball into
the net.
Twelve minutes later, Bulldog
forward Scott Peck scored on a

quick breakaway.
Peck scored again for the
Bulldogs in the first half when he
skillfully worked his way with the
ball from the left corner of the field
in the Michigan end through four
Michigan defenders to the center,
and shot it past Michigan goal-
keeper Knut Pederson.
Whenever the Wolverines looked
like they were going to score, the
Butler defense broke up the rush.
"I found it easy to read their de-
fense, but we couldn't make things
work after they opened up the scor-
ing," Michigan midfielder Bill
Tarnacki said. "Once you fall be-
hind early in the game by giving up
a couple of cheap goals, it's hard to
catch up."
With a few minutes left in the
half, the referee ordered approxi-
mately 20 Michigan fans to sit on
the opposite side of the field from
the players, claiming she heard
complaints about "missed calls."
"The ref made calls she
shouldn't have made, and didn't
make calls when necessary," Smith
said. "It didn't help our cause."


The Michigan men's soccer club lost to Butler's JV squad Saturday at
Mitchell Field, 4-0.


Griddes is chock full of pronunciation troubles

There's been a fervent debate around campus over
how to pronounce the title of this time-honored tradi-
tion. Some insist on calling it "Grids" (rhyming with
"rids," as in "Duderstadt rids campus of radicals"),
while others beg to differ by referring to it as
"Grides" (rhyming with "confides," as in "Swain con-
fides in young puppy"). And there's a small phalanx of
students who denigrate it by simply addressing it as "a
lame excuse to publish giant photos of Lou Holtz pick-
ing his nose." However, no one seems to confuse it
with the local street known as Geddes.
No matter how you say it (FYI, the politically cor-
rect pronunciation is, as it looks, "Griddes," which
rhymes sort of with "cities," as in "Ann Arbor and

East Lansing are both cities"), the celebrated contest
returns for yet another week. See if you can beat defend-
ing champ Rob Tyson, who picked 18 games and won
the tiebreaker last week. As far as we at the Daily
know, Rob is related to neither Mike nor Cicely.
Bring your picks to 420 Maynard by 5 p.m. Friday.
The winner (the individual who selects the most win-
ners and, in the event of a tie, picks the right score of
the Michigan-Michigan State game) receives a $10 gift
certificate to O'Sullivan's Eatery and Pub on South
University. However, you will not even be seated un-
less you pronounce the damn name of the game cor-

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2. Ohio State at Illinois
3. Northwestern at Indiana
4. Iowa at Wisconsin
5. Purdue at Minnesota
6. Va. Tech at Fla. State
7. Penn State at Miami
8. Toledo at Washington
9. Tennessee at Florida
10. Texas(Dallas) at Okla.
11. Virginia at Clemson
12. Pitt at Notre Dame
13. E. Carolina at Syracuse
14. Rice at Baylor
15. Nebraska at Okla. St. *
16. Auburn at Vanderbilt
17. Oregon at California
18. Tulane at Alabama
19. Maryland at Ga. Tech
20. Arizona at UCLA
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