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Field Hockey
vs. Iowa
Today, 6:30 p.m.
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Friday, October11, 1991 Page 12
'M' dominates mis-matchups

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When it comes to playing football, Blue's better

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Heisman Trophy candidate Desmond Howard will match-up against the
Spartans' Courtney Hawkins, a preseason candidate for the award.

SPARTANS
Continued from page 1
curate. Aftertall, Michigan is the
fifth-ranked team in the country;
Michigan State has yet to win a
game. The Wolverines have beaten
the likes of Notre Dame and Iowa;
the Spartans have lost to the likes of
Central Michigan and Rutgers.
To put each team's first four
games in perspective: Michigan
wide receiver Desmond Howard has
scored three times as many points
(60) as the entire Spartan team.
However, point spreads have
never accurately measured this ri-
valry. Often, being dubbed the fa-
vorite in this game is more of a curse
than a blessing. The last thing the
Wolverines expect to play tomor-
row is an 0-4-caliber team.
"It's not going to be the same
team you've been seeing," Anderson
said. "We know that they're going
to play out of their heads."
The Spartans may indeed be a
sleeping giant. Though they have
scored only 20 points this season,
the have plenty of offensive fire-
power with running back Tico
Duckett and wide receiver Courtney
Hawkins.
Much of their offensive impo-
tence can be attributed to the void at

quarterback,where Bret Johnsonsand
Jim Miller have taken unsuccessful
turns. Miller has taken over the
starting job and will probably re-
ceive the nod Saturday. However,
redshirt frosh Mill Coleman, who
took his first snaps last week
against Indiana, has a lot of popular
appeal.
Coleman, a Michigan high school
legend, would bring a different look
to the State offense. While Miller
and Johnson are traditional, drop-
back passers, Coleman is an option-
style runner. He has also been used
at wide receiver, which gives the
Spartans the potential for trick
plays.
Meanwhile, in the Spartan camp,
Perles has maintained his "work
hard and keep your mouth shut" at-
titude. He is confident his team
won't allow itself to feel over-
matched.
"Michigan's ranked where they
should be; they're one of the top 10
teams in the country," Perles said.
At the same time, the
Wolverines refuse to give in to
overconfidence.
"They have too much talent to be
taken lightly," safety David Ritter
said. "A season can be made or bro-
ken by this game."

by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer
QUARTERBACKS: First, there was
Bret Johnson. Three starts, only 171
passing yards.
Then, there was Jim Miller. The
Waterford native along with the rest
of the Spartan bunch was shut out by
Indiana last week.
Michigan State coach George
Perles is going to stick with Miller,
but if things remain stagnant, he might
switch to redshirt frosh Mill "The
Thrill" Coleman.
Elvis Grbac came back strong
against Iowa last week after a terrible
game against Florida State.
Advantage: Michigan
RUNNING BACKS: Overhyped
Michigan State tailback Tico Duckett
has yet to run for over a hundred
yards. The junior still has the poten-
tial to explode and return to his 1990
stature.
The Wolverines already had a po-
tent running attack with Ricky Pow-
ers. With the sudden addition of Jesse
Johnson, Michigan may score rush-
ing as often as passing.
Advantage: Michigan
RECEIVERS: Michigan State's
Courtney Hawkins is one of the best
in the country. His speed gives him
the ability to score at anytime. The
senior's 312 receiving yards this sea-
son has been one of the few offensive
bright spots for Michigan State.
For Michigan, there's Desmond
Howard. 'Nuff said.
Advantage: Michigan
OFFENSIVE LINE: The Spartan line
weighs an average of 300 pounds.
One would think with all that bulk, the
line wouldn't even have to move, and

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Sophomore tailback Ricky Powers looks to get some help in carrying the backfield burden from redshirt
frosh counterpart Jesse Johnson tomorrow against Michigan State.

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it'd still produce. Well, the Spartans
have taken a liking to the standstill
approach, and as a result the offense
has gone nowhere.
The Wolverines average over 290
pounds, but their offense has gained
1,771 yards. Michigan has played well
in the second half all year, and the
main ingredient is the Wolverines'
ability to wear down their opponents.
Advantage: Michigan
DEFENSIVE LINE: Michigan State
defensive end Bill Johnson is one of
the several injured players on the
squad. Without the senior, it will be
hard for the Spartans to bang at the
Michigan offensive line for a full 60
minutes.

It was a year ago that Michigan's
Chris Hutchinson suffered a back
injury that kept him out for the rest of
the year. Michigan State won't be as
lucky this time.
Advantage: Michigan
LINEBACKERS: Michigan won't
avoid Spartan middle linebacker
Chuck Bullough, but the loss of Rob
Fredrickson to an injury will make
things easier.
Michigan's inside tandem of Er-
ick Anderson and Steve Morrison
covers the field better than anyone.
Advantage: Michigan

SECONDARY: Senior cornerback
Alan Haller will present problems for
Grbac, but not enough to slow down a
Wolverine offense that's been averag-
ing 33.3 points per game.
Advantage: Michigan

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KICKERS: Michigan had a punt
blocked and couldn't convert on three
field goals last week. Spartan punter
Josh Butland has been averaging 41
yard a kick. The Troy native weighs
250 pounds and won't be afraid to s
tackle a streaking Howard if he has to. ,..

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Advantage: Michigan State

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4. Iowa at Wisconsin 15. Nebraska at Okla. St.
5. Pitrdie at Minnesota 16. Auburn at Vanderbilt
6. Va Tech vs. Fla. SL.at Orlando 17. Oregon at California
7. Penn St at Miami 18. Tulane at Alabama
8. Toledo at Washington 19. Maryland at Georgia Tech
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by Kimberly DeSempelaere
The Michigan women's cross
country team continues its near-per-
fect season today at the Michigan
Intercollegiates in Ypsilanti. The
team has been running extremely
well and has built a 3-1 record, los-
ing only to No. 8 Georgetown.
Senior captain Meghan Nortz
will not be competing in this week-
end's meet because of previous per-
sonal engagements. Although
Nortz has been a key member of the
team this season, the bulk of the
production has come from the
younger runners. Junior Amy Buch-
holz, redshirt sophomore Jessica
Kluge, and rookies Karen Harvey
and Kelly Chard have regularly fin-
ished in the top eight. The Michigan
runners stick together during com-
petition in order to pace each other.
"The team is strong overall, but
there is not one star runner like
we've always had in the past,"
Wolverine coach Sue Foster said.
"They all work together as a team,

and it seems to be working so far."
The Wolverines have been very
successful this season against other
teams in the state. Michigan over-
came Central Michigan in its first
meet of the year and then went on to
defeat Michigan State at the Michi-
gan State Invitational. Last week-
end, the Wolverines outran State
again, 15-49, with Buchholz, Kluge,
and Chard capturing the top three

spots for Michigan.
Today's meet should not provide
much competition for the Wolver-
ine runners. However, competition
will become fierce at next week-
end's Mini-Nationals at Penn State.
This meet will test the Michigan's
strength across the board.
Yesterday, Foster announced her
resignation as the women's cross
country coach, effective Dec. 31.

Foster's resignation was apparently J
brought on by family commitments.
In the interim, assistant coach Mike "
McGuire will assume responsibil-
ity for the team. There is no word on
whether McGuire will fill Foster's
spot as head coach.
Foster will continue to assist
the women's cross country and track
teams as a consultant.

Ton men harriers will take breather

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by Bruce Inosencio
The men's cross country team
competes in the Michigan Intercol-
legiate Championships today in Yp-
silanti. The meet will not present
the Wolverines with their toughest
challenge because most of the in-
state schools involved in the meet
do not merit national attention.
However, Michigan State, which
jumped from No. 19 to No. 12 in the
national polls, will pose a threat

for the undefeated Wolverines.
Although Michigan defeated its
East Lansing rival earlier in the sea-
son, the Wolverines could only
muster a tie last weekend against
the Spartans in a home meet.
The neutral course will not be
covered by Michigan's top runners
- Matt Smith, Dan Oden, Jim Fin-
layson, Joe McKown, and Shawn
MacKay - who have been finishing
first through fifth for the Wolver-
ines throughout the season. Michi-
gan coach Ron Warhurst decided to
give them the day off because of the
number of consecutive weekends
they have run competitively.
"I think we can afford to hold

back our top runners," Warhurst
said. "Tony Carna will run because
he didn't run last weekend.
"I hope this will give our better,,,
runners some time to ease off. Our,,
goal is to win the Big Ten Champi-
onships, and we need to peak then."
Michigan dropped from No. 6 to,
No. 8 in the NCAA men's cross's'.
country poll after its tie with the
Spartans.

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