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Sports Monday Trivia
Who was the World Series
MVP the last time the
Minnesota Twins played in
the October Classic?
(For the answer,
turn to the bottom of page 2)

Inside Sports
'M Sports Calendar
AP Top 25 Results
Sheran My Thoughts
Ice Hockey Preview
Football Coverage



The Michigan Daily-Sports Monday

October 21, 1991





Defense saves,
savors victory
Michigan's 24-16 victory over Indiana Saturday
tasted of 1990. The Wolverines led for three quarters
in an early-season matchup, and Indiana's explosive
offense prepared for a fourth-quarter comeback.
The taste reminded the Michigan defense of last
year's games with Notre Dame, Iowa and Michigan
State. Of folding in three different fourth quarters. Of
allowing the Wolverines' three defeats by six points.
Bitter losses like those don't
eff go down so easy. The Hoosiers had
Sheran the ball three times in the final
quarter Saturday, and wanted to
shove another one down
Michigan's throat.
After allowing a 42-yard
bomb to split end Eddie Baety'
Indiana had first and goal from
the nine. Not surprisingly,
rA tailback Vaughn Dunbar got the
nod, gaining three yards.
What happened next used to be
a rarity for Michigan, but became
T gthe standard Saturday.
Defensive tackle Mike Evans
hit Dunbar for a four-yard loss, bringing up third and
goal from the 10. Quarterback Trent Green then
dropped back, eyed the seemingly porous secondary, and
fired a strike to Eddie Thomas. But free safety Corwin
Brown read the pass and broke it up, forcing a Hoosier
field goal.
After Desmond Howard's third touchdown padded
the Wolverine lead, Indiana mounted another threat.
The Hoosiers returned from a timeout for fourth and
goal from the two. The defense anticipated one of the
three weapons Michigan coach Gary Moeller had
expressed pre-game concern about: a Dunbar rush, a
Green option run, or a Green pass. It was none of the
Fullback Cory Taylor slammed into linebacker
Erick Anderson and a wall of defenders. Taylor lost a
yard and the ball. And, quite possibly, the game.
"That was my call," Indiana coach Bill Mallory
said. "They were quick to the outside with the option
game, so I thought we could get him up the gut.
Unfortunately, Anderson stuffed us."
"Maybe they were counting on everyone keying in
on Dunbar," defensive tackle Chris Hutchinson said.
"It kind of reminded me of (the fourth and one against)
Ohio State."
However, the Hoosiers reclaimed possession at 2:02
with an painfully closeable eight-point deficit.
Although Michigan had stuffed Indiana twice in the
quarter, it was time for the collapse - the collapse
that gave Rick Mirer and Notre Dame a 28-24 victory,
the collapse that gave Matt Rodgers and Iowa a 24-23
victory, the collapse that gave Dan Enos and Michigan
State a 28-27 victory.
The collapse that kept Michigan from a Rose Bowl
See SHERAN, Page 7

Howard, defense key
Homecoming victory

by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer
All you need for a victory these
days is a little Magic. Michigan re-
ceiver Desmond "Magic" Howard
was his ordinarily spectacular self
in Saturday's 24-16 victory over In-
diana at Michigan Stadium.
Howard scored all three
Wolverine touchdowns, giving him
15 for the season. The first two
catches were diving grabs in the end
zone, and the third was a fingertip
catch while being hit.
"Desmond was okay," Michigan
coach Gary Moeller said. "Just
catch five passes and get three
touchdowns. It's too easy."
Even the players are becoming
used to what he can accomplish.
"It's the same old thing again,
from high school to college," long-
time teammate and Michigan quar-
terback Elvis Grbac said. "I see it
all the time. Anytime we need a big
play, Desmond always rises to the
Howard provided additional
fireworks with a 71-yard kickoff re-
turn. After Indiana had closed to
within one, he caught the ensuing
kickoff on the right side and fol-
lowed the Michigan blocking wedge
around the left sideline. Eight plays
later, Howard broke to the goalpost
and made a leaping catch in double
coverage for his third score.
"That doggone Desmond, he's a
threat," Indiana coach Bill Mallory
said. "I'm not saying he's gotan 'S
on his chest, but he's damn near
As much as Howard's heroics,
the defense won the game for
Michigan (3-0 in the Big Ten, 5-1
overall). The Wolverines made
some halftime adjustments, allow-
ing the Hoosiers (2-1, 3-2-1) only a
field goal in the second half.
The biggest stop came with 3:47
left in the game when Indiana had
the ball on third down from the
Michigan one-yard line.
Hoosier quarterback Trent Green
was dropped for a one-yard loss by
Otis Williams. On fourth down,
Mallory attempted to pound the

ball into the end zone, running full-
back Cory Taylor up the middle.
Taylor was greeted at the line of
scrimmage by a host of Wolverines,
led by Michigan co-captain Erick
Anderson, who held Taylor short of
the goal line.
"I was expecting isolation,"
Anderson said of the play. "So I
came up and made a hit on the full-
back thinking he was blocking me,
and right before I hit him I noticed
he had the ball, so I just tried to
wrap him up."
The defense was not as effective
in the first half. The much-improved
Hoosiers' ball control game kept
the Wolverine offense off the field
for long periods of time.
"The thing that hurt us the most
was our offense wasn't in a great
rhythm, because we would score and
then there would be a five-minute
wait," Grbac said. "Their offense
was really controlling the ball. Es-
pecially on a cold day, you want to
stay warm as much as possible."
Indiana's offense split time be-
tween the running ability of
Vaughn Dunbar and the throwing
ability of Green. Both had impres-
sive days, Dunbar rushing for 116
yards and Green passing for 236
The Indiana game plan also con-
tributed to the Wolverines' diffi-
culties. Often, the Hoosiers spread
four receivers across the field, mak-
ing'covefage extremely tough.
"We were caught off guard,"
Michigan outside linebacker Brian
Townsend said. "But we adjusted to
it and made the best of it."
But the Michigan front line's
pass rush broke through several
times when the Hoosiers were
knocking at the door. Leading the
charge was Townsend, who regis-
tered two sacks on the afternoon.
"We had to have great pressure,"
Townsend said. "We put more em-
phasis on it this week."
Michigan's victory, combined
with Illinois' loss gives the
Wolverines sole possession of first
place in the Big Ten.

Desmond Howard leaps to snare his third touchdown catch of the game in the fourth
quarter Saturday against Indiana. Howard now has 15 touchdowns in six games.

Spikers sp
by R an Herrington
Daily ports Writer
The Michigan volleyball team
went on the road for the second
weekend in a row and came away
with a much needed split, losing to
Wisconsin Friday and coming back
to defeat Northwestern Saturday.
The Wolverines (4-4 in the Big
Ten, 12-6 overall) succumbed to a
more experienced Badger squad, 15-
5, 15-13, 15-12 in front of 5,522
fans, the second largest crowd in
Wisconsin history. Seniors Liz Tor-
tiello and Arlisa Hagan led the way
for Wisconsin. Tortiello garnered
49 assists and six digs while Hagan
had a .670 hitting efficiency with
team-high 12 kills.
"(Hagan) has struggled earlier
this season, but she is getting her
confidence back," Wisconsin coach
Margie Fitzpatrick. "She has had a
difficult time understanding she is
as good as she is."
Michigan had experimented all
week in practice with different
lineups, trying to find a combina-
tion which might bring a new spark
to the team. The experimenting ran
over into the weekend's matches.
While opening with the usual start-
ing lineup, the Wolverines quickly
changed the look by bringing in
first-year setter Julie Scherer and
would play a total of ten players in
the entire match- coherr resenonde

lit weekend matches

won their second Big Ten match this
season the night before against
Michigan State, but have struggled
so far this season with a 5-13 record.
Northwestern was unable to stop
Michigan's front-line attack. Mich-
igan outside hitter Michelle Horn-
gan had 13 kills and Fiona Davidson
added nine of her own as the
Wolverines won 15-6, 16-14, 15-7.
"We were up for the entire
game," Scherer said. "We played

well right from the start and pre-
vented them from getting into the
match, unlike Wisconsin where we
started off slowly.".
While splitting the weekend's
matches, Michigan maintained its
outside chance at winning the Big
Ten crown.
"We played really well in both
matches," Scherer said. "Wisconsin
is just a really good team."

MacKay leads 'M' runners
to Central Collegiate title

Cam Stewart and his teammates are gearing up for the new season. For more on the team, see pages 4 and 5.
Red unhappy Wi th hte, Blue

by Bruce Inosencio
Daily Sports Writer
Sophomore Shawn MacKay ran
his best race of the season as the
men's cross country team ran away
from its competition at the Central
Collegiate Conference Champion-
ships, held in Ypsilanti Friday. The
Wolverines blew away the rest of
the field and captured yet another
MacKay, winning the meet in
24:42, ran strong throughout the
8,000 meter run. "We were running
together with three miles left and
he put on a good surge," teammate
Dan Oden said. "All I could do was
chase him."
Michigan had a mere 26 points

we were all still running together
and a Central Michigan runner said
we were running tough. That's when
we decided to turn it up a little
After such a strong run and an
easy victory on Friday, Michigan has
the confidence it needs to carry it-
self the rest of the season. "The gen-
eral attitude is that we can win the
Big Ten meet," co-captain Dan Oden
said. "Shawn (MacKay) is coming
around and he'll help us tremen-
dously at the Big Ten meet."
MacKay ran his best race of the
season Friday but Coach Warhurst
feels MacKay will contribute even
more to the team before season's

by Andy De Korte
Daily Hockey Writer
A guaranteed win? No such
thing. Right?
Well, when the highly-touted
Michigan hockey team took the ice
* Friday, it was guaranteed a victory.

Felsner began to meet the season's
many expectations by scoring 48
seconds later, assisted by David
Roberts and Mike Helber.
Nineteen seconds after that, the
alumni line beat Steve Shields. Dave
Debol (1975-78) scored, assisted by
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made Debol so great when he played
at Michigan," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "He is a really smart
player, and his experience was evi-
dent tonight."
The first period ended, 3-1. Led
by the Felsner, Mark Ouimet, and
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