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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - October 21, 1991- Page 7

TD trio leaves Indiana asking,


by Jeff Sheran
Daily Football Writer
Although Desmond Howard's
offensive production has been con-
sistently stellar, Michigan's need
for his points has varied from week
to week. In the Wolverines' 24-16
victory over Indiana Saturday,
Howard scored all three of
Michigan's touchdowns.
His first score came with 3:07
left in the first quarter, when quar-
terback Elvis Grbac hit a diving
Howard on a four-yard fade in the
rear right corner of the end zone.
The play was reminiscent of
Howard's well-publicized catch
against Notre Dame.
"You have to always be ready
for that play," Indiana coach Bill
Mallory said. "But you can't dou-
ble-cover him the whole time be-
cause you've got a running game and
other things to deal with."
In the second quarter, Michigan
again drove deep into Hoosier terri-
tory. On first and goal from the six,
the offense lined up as it did for the
earlier touchdown, with Howard
split wide right, facing single cov-
erage from cornerback Mose
Howard faked his earlier move,
starting right and slanting left,
well past Richardson for the easy
"It was a real good fake,"
Richardson said. "It's not so much
flat out speed, but he's so quick, and
he doesn't drop at all. He's the best
I've gone against."
Mallory was asked why he

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appearance, and perhaps a national
But at this point, the Wolverines
had developed a new approach to
their final-drive defense. It was the
same approach they used for their
first-drive defense: stop the oppo-
nent fromscoring.
First down. Green throws in-
complete to Dunbar. Second down.
Mike Evans forces Green to miss
Thomas. Third down. Green throws
deep for Thomas Lewis, and Pat
Maloney breaks up the pass.
Fourth and 10. Green dumps a
short pass to Dunbar, who eyes both
the first-down marker and the side-

line. The nation's top running back
cuts, twists, stiffarms, and falls.
Gain of nine.
Alfie Burch's tackle of Dunbar
short of the first down signifies a
new fourth-quarter Michigan de-
fense - an effective one.
"Everyone will talk about the
fourth-down play, but it's key when
these potentialtouchdowns turn
into field goals," Moeller said.
"We won it with the defense. That's
a good feeling."
Michigan lost by six points last
year. Not to an opponent, but to all
their opponents. All because of a
knack for last-minute defensive col-
3-0 in the Big Ten. Now that
tastes better.


Quarterback Elvis Grbac evades the rush of an Indiana defender in the Wolverines' 24-16 victory Saturday.

didn't put two defenders on
Howard after the junior split end
had already burned Richardson once.
"He was double-teamed,"
Mallory said. "The inside guy was
supposed to come over if he cut in,
but he didn't react fast enough."
Howard then set up his own
third touchdown, his 15th of the
season, with a 71-yard fourth-quar-
ter kickoff return. He and Tyrone
Wheatley waited downfield for the
Hoosier kickoff; Scott Bonnell

Michigan's right, but Howard
dashed over for the catch and cut
back for the long run down the left
"That kickoff hurt us," Mallory
said. "We kept the strategy mixed
on the kicking game. We were going
for a cross-corner kick, but we
didn't get it over far enough."
Eight plays, a controversial de-
fensive holding call, and 17 yards
later, Howard again split to the
right. But on this play, a second and
goal from the four, Howard started

on the left and went in motion, lin-
ing up inside wideout Yale
VanDyne on the right. Howard
headed for the end zone and slanted
left, leaping for the high throw at
the back of the end zone.
Again, Howard had burned
Indiana despite double coverage by
Richardson and cornerback Mike
"I'm not saying he has an "S" on
his chest," Mallory said. "But he's
damn near it."

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| FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK Bowl agreement

by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer

The Big Ten announced Saturday that it has made
agreements regarding automatic berths for conference
teams in the Florida Citrus Bowl and the Thrifty
Rental Car Holiday Bowl.
At the conclusion of this season, the Big Ten runner-
up will play Dec. 30, 1991, in the Holiday Bowl against
the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) champion.
The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
The following three seasons, the Big Ten runner-up
will play in the Citrus Bowl against a ranked team, the
third-best conference team will travel to the Holiday
Bowl. The agreements will last through 1994.
"This alliance provides continuity in that our
regular-season football broadcast and cable partners
are assured of having the best Big Ten football in their
postseason bowl coverage," Big Ten commissioner Jim
Delany said. "It also assures the stability of the Big
Ten bowl arrangements through the 1994 season, and
helps bring some order to the bowl selection process
within the conference."
INJURY UPDATE: Michigan may be without the
services of center Steve Everitt and fullback Burnie
Legette. Both suffered mild sprained ankles Saturday.
For Everitt, the injury is just another bad break in an

injury-plagued career. He broke his jaw earlier this
season against Notre Dame. Last year, he missed five
games with a broken ankle.
"Steve Everitt, I don't know what's wrong with
him. He's got a bad body," Michigan coachGary
Moeller said.
MAGIC MOMENTS: Michigan wide receiver
Desmond Howard now has 15 touchdowns this
season, 13 on pass receptions. That moves him closer to
the Michigan TD record of 19 touchdowns by Ron
Johnson in 1968. Howard is also just one shy of
Anthony Carter's record 14 TD catches in 1980.
Howard's three TD catches Saturday was only the
fourth time in Michigan history a receiver has
accomplished the feat. He did it earlier this season
against Boston College. Ron Kramer (against
Missouri in 1955) and Greg McMurtry (against
Minnesota in 1989) are the only other two players to
duplicate this mark.
100 STRAIGHT: The 106, 097 in attendance at
Michigan Stadium marked the 100th straight crowd of
more than 100,000 people. In celebration, Sue Fritsch,
a 1971 Michigan graduate and season ticket holder, was
named as the honorary 10 millionth fan:

Iowa 24, Illinois 21
Michigan St. 20, Minnesota 12
Ohio St. 34, Northwestern 3
Purdue 28, Wisconsin 7
Conf. Overall
Michigan 3 0 5 1 0
Iowa 21 510
OhioState 2 1 51 0
Illinois 2 1 4 2 0
Indiana 2 1 3 2 1
Purdue 21 3 3 0
Minnesota 1 2 2 4 0
Michigan State 1 2 1 5 0
Wisconsin 0 3 3 3 0
Northwestern 0 3 1 5 0

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