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The Michiaan Daily - Soorts Monday
October 14, 1991
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No defense for Moeller
to complain of triumph
EAST LANSING - Defense is the best offense, the
saying goes, but when your team is averaging 35.6
points per game, how much defense do you really need?
The Michigan offense is becoming so powerful that
it's almost gotten to the point where it's expected that
the Wolverines will score every time they touch the
ball. After the first two Michigan drives Saturday,
quarterback Elvis Grbac was eight of eight, Desmond
Howard had two touchdowns, and the running backs
had 37 yards on the ground.
Between screens, strong backs, and Howard's knack
for catching diving endzone passes, there is little oppo-
nents can do to slow down Michigan. Even Florida
State had trouble keeping the Wolverines off the
scoreboard on one of Grbac's worst throwing days.
Since the Seminole loss, Moeller
Theodore has been able to work in the talents
Cox of Jesse Johnson and Tyrone:
Wheatley. Now Michigan has three
runners who have game experience
and have the potential for a big play
every time they touch the ball. All
this occurred during the roughest
part of Michigan's schedule.
"It's frightening," Moeller said.
"I don't know why the scores are so
high in college football now."
With schools like Houston, who
pass every down and play weak
competition, the explanation is easy.
But Michigan runs a ball control offense. And take a
look at the other Big Ten scores this week. Only
Indiana scored more than 10, winning 44-6, but the
competition was Northwestern.
Michigan State coach George Perles wasn't con-
cerned his stunt 4-3 defense allowed 45 points. "Keep
your heads up," he told the Michigan State beat writers
as he was leaving his press conference. Hey, his team
had scored 28.
Moeller, on the other hand, spent a lot of his press
conference worrying about his defense.
"I was surprised we got 45 points, but I was more
surprised they got 28 ... That bothers me," Moeller
See COX, Page 6
Wolverine offense runs
rampant over MSU
by Matt Rennie
Daily Football Writer
EAST LANSING - Football legend Vince Lom-
bardi once said, "There's nothing that stokes the fire
With at least a little hate in their heart, a fiery
group of Michigan Wolverines torched their arch-rival
Michigan State, 45-28.
For the Wolverines, the victory avenged last year's
28-27 loss, after which the Spartans lit the fire by al-
legedly questioning the toughness of Michigan. The
Wolverines established their toughness early Saturday,
dominating the line of scrimmage and taking a 14-0
lead while the last chords of the national anthem were
still echoing across Spartan Stadium.
Michigan's offensive line was particularly over-
whelming all afternoon, opening huge holes for tail-
backs Ricky Powers (28 carries-148 yards) and Jesse
Johnson (6-59 and two touchdowns) and protecting
quarterback Elvis Grbac. The Wolverines were so effi-
cient offensively that on their first two drives of 71
and 67 yards, they only had one third down.
Grbac was masterful on both of those drives, con-
necting on all eight passing attempts, including two
scoring strikes to his favorite target, Desmond
"I tell you a guy who's playing good football now
is that quarterback," Michigan coach Gary Moeller
said of Grbac. "He's making good decisions and getting
the ball there."
Howard maintained his stock in the Heisman Tro-
phy race, catching eight passes for 101 yards and cap-
ping Michigan's first two drives with touchdown re-
"I really should have had two more," Howard said
later. "But today, all I wanted to do was beat Michigan
Even when Michigan showed signs of slowing
down, the Spartans wasted their opportunity by com-
mitting mental errors.
After apparently forcing the Wolverines to punt
for the second consecutive possession, the Spartans
roughed punter Eddie Azcona on a fourth-and-10. The
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Michigan's David Ritter runs back an interception in Saturday's 45-28 victory over Michigan State.
by Theodore CoxAnd
Daily Football Writer A d
rson's intensity se
Michigan inside linebacker
Erick Anderson isn't satisfied by
just bringing you down. He craves
something more. Anderson wants
to drill you so hard that he sees a
hallucinogenic rainbow of black,
blue, red, purple, green, and violet.
"When I get a big hit, I know
it's good because I see different
colors flash in front of my eyes,"
Anderson says with a sense of
satisfaction. "That's cool; I like
His first recollection of this
altered state came in the seventh
grade. A receiver cut across the
middle of the field and Anderson
sent him reeling. The hit was so
powerful, the wideout lay on the
ground with the wind knocked
out of him.
When Anderson first told his
father, who was also his coach,
about the colors, his father didn't
know what Erick meant. But
other evidence soon provided Don
Anderson with the answer. By
halftime his son would have
knocked four or five players out
of the game. The elder Anderson
was regularly asked to pull Erick
out for hitting too hard.
"I realized Erick was one of
those football crazies," Don, who
tone for Blue defense
tS played football at Northwestern
in the late sixties, said. " I was a
wide receiver; wide receivers
don't like to get hit. Those are the
crazies known as linebackers and
defensive backs. I have to honestly
tell you I really couldn't relate
But Don could detect talent
and he knew his son was special.
"Erick always did have an
incredible ability, and there are
not a lot of ballplayers that have
this, but you can tell them when
you play a lot of ball, there are a
few players that can deliver a
blow, a hit of good magnitude,
while taking only two or three
steps," the elder Anderson said.
"They can be at a dead stop, take
two or three steps and deliver a
pop. Erick was one of those kids."
Erick inherited a lot of his
football craziness. His bloodlines
have football coarsing through
them from every side. His
maternal grandfather, Bob
Nowaskey, played for the Chicago
Bears and the Baltimore Colts.
Also a football crazy, Nowaskey
was part of the Monsters of the
Midway from 1940-42, alter-
nating between defensive end and
linebacker. Erick's paternal
grandfather coached high school
football. And don't forget about
LLRon See ANDERSON, Page 8
Michigan middle blockerChris White returns a volley during a match
earlier this season. The Wolverines succumbed to. Penn State in three
straight games this weekend, evening their Big Ten record at 3-3.
Penn State sweeps
spikers at home
. Michigan stickers split weekend home matches
By Chris Carr
and Tim S olar
Daily Sports Writers
The Michigan field hockey team
recorded two shutouts during regu-
lation play this weekend. However,
the Wolverines came away with a
split in its matches, losing to Iowa,
2-0, in overtime, and then defeating
Michigan State, 2-0.
The Wolverines entered Friday
from last year, and overall, if we
play like we can, I think we are the
In the first half of the match, the
Wolverines (2-3 in the MCFHC, 6-
6 overall) did come out firing, pep-
pering Iowa senior goaltender
Eileen Moyer with numerous shots.
Michigan scored three times in the
half, only to have each of them
called hack because of nenalties.
with timely defensive plays by
Wolverine defenders, kept the
Hawkeyes off the board, sending the
game into overtime.
Iow's momentum continued to
build in the overtime period. Iowa
was awarded three penalty corner
opportunities in a two-minute span,
each of which was thwarted by the
8), the Wolverines found them-
selves in another scoreless game at
halftime, failing to convert on nu-
merous penalty corner opportuni-
"We were wiped out after the
Iowa game," Michigan coach Patti
Smith said. "We didn't play with
the intensity in the first half that
we had against Iowa."
by Jeff Williams
Daily Sports Writer
After the Michigan volleyball
team started the season with an 8-2
pre-Big Ten record, coach Peggy
Bradley-Doppes was careful to
note that the turnaround from last
year was not yet complete. Last
Friday's game against Penn State
proves she was correct.
The Wolverines (3-3 in the Big
Ten, 15-5 overall) travelled to
Penn State (4-2, 13-2) for their
first conference meeting with the
Lady Lions. Penn State won the
two previous meetings between
these teams. Penn State extended
Penn State's blocking front.
"Their's was more of a team ef-
fort," outside hitter Michelle
Horrigan said. 'They played good
defense and kept the ball in play.
They started out blocking very
well and our communication kind
of broke down."
Penn State gained momentum
early in the match and the Wolver-
ines were unable to adjust on either
offense or defense.
"We were not doing what the
coaches were telling us to do,"
Lorenzen said. "They would tell us
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