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Sports Monday Trivia
Who was the highest drafted
Michigan player to play in the
NFL?
(For the answer,
turn to the bottom of page 2)

Inside Sports
'M' Sports Calendar
AP Top 25 Results
Griddes
Q&A
Sheran My Thoughts
Football Coverage
Ice Hockey Coverage
Field Hockey
Wrestling
Men's Soccer

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November 11, 1991

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'M' rushes
to victory
with early
offense
by Matt Rennie
Daily Football Writer
The Northwestern Wildcats
took a two-game winning streak
into their game with Michigan
Saturday, to which the Wolverines
responded, "Great, but you're still
Northwestern." And with that,
the Wolverines promptly whipped
the Wildcats, 59-14, before 102,087
at Michigan Stadium.
For the third consecutive week,
the Wolverines (6-0 in the Big Ten,
8-1 overall) drew first blood and
coasted to victory. And again, the
Desmond Howard-Elvis Grbac
combination provided the early
scoring punch. The pair hooked up
on the screen pattern that has
become an opening ceremony for
the Wolverine offense, and
Howard turned the play into a 64-
yard touchdown.
While it was his only score of
the game, Howard's quick strike
set the tone for the game and forced
the Wildcats (2-4, 3-6) to shift
their emphasis to defending against
the pass.
"We felt we could get some
pressure on them," Northwestern
coach Francis Peay said. "They
knew we would try to get pressure
on them if they tried to go deep.
That's why the screen was a good
call.
"Howard dictates an awful lot
to an opponent. You have to
account for Desmond Howard on
every play."
While the Wildcat defense was
struggling to account for Howard,
the Michigan running game gave its
most dominant performance of the
season.
Sophomore Ricky Powers paved
.the way for a host of Michigan
rushers by scoring the Wolverines'
second and third touchdowns,
giving them a 21-0 lead over the
shell-shocked Wildcats 4:53 into
the game.
"I feel like our kids did a good
job staying focused," Michigan
coach Gary Moeller said. "When
See WILDCATS, Page 4

icers

sweep

Minnesota

Line keys
by Andy De Korte
Daily Hockey Writer

7-3,

7-6

victories

In their second week together as
a line, left wing Denny Felsner, cen-
ter Brian Wiseman, and right wing
David Oliver combined for a form-
idable offensive barrage -11 goals
and 13 assists - to lead fourth-
ranked Michigan to 7-3 and 7-6
victories over fifth-ranked Min-
nesota Friday and Saturday nights.
The new triumvirate made picking
the No. 1 star a dilemma.
Wiseman tallied two goals and
five assists for the weekend. How-
ever, Felsner put up those numbers
on Friday alone, and added a goal and
two assists Saturday, breaking a per-
sonal record for points in a weekend.
Oliver also made personal his-
tory, recording hat tricks both
nights and finishing the weekend
with seven points.
"I didn't have to do much on
(Saturday's) goals," Oliver said.
"On the second one, Wiseman made
a great play, on the other two, Fel-
sner put the puck right on my
stick."
Friday, both teams came out ag-
gressive, but with the reserve ac-
corded between two top-10 teams.
Although both Michigan's Steve
Shields and Minnesota's Jeff Stolp
made some big saves in goal, the
Wolverines were outhustling the
Gophers, only to blow two-on-one
opportunities.
After Wolverine Mike Helber's
breakaway shot was deflected high,
Jeff Nielsen rammed the puck home
to give Minnesota its only lead of
the weekend.
Felsner began the retaliatory on-
slaught for Michigan, banging home
a loose puck in front of the crease
during a two-player advantage. Dur-
ing a successive power play, he as-
sisted Wiseman for the second goal.
After exchanging goals, bringing
the score to 3-2, Minnesota needed a
break, but none was forthcoming.
"In the second period Craig
Johnson, Larry Olimb, and Scott
Bell all had a goal mouth tap-in and
none of those went in," Minnesota

coach Doug Woog said. "Our efforts
were pretty good that period but
our results were pretty slim, and we
left too many guys open. We just
made so many mental errors."
At 13:56 of the second period,
Oliver put the first of the pro-
verbial nails in the coffin, assisted
by Felsner and Chris Tamer. Oliver
hammered home the next two goals,
virtually finishing Minnesota.
"Maybe its the bus ride, but that
was like playing against Miami,"
Felsner said. "They never had an
edge in the game, we just went out
there and took it to them."
After Friday's victory and aain-

Wide out Desmond Howard escapes from Northwestern's Dwight James on his way to a 64-yard score.
Howard broke Tom Harmon's Michigan single season scoring record of 116 points on the play.
Blue routs 'Cats, 59-14

Phil
Green

Howard's

lone TD

Two weeks ago Northwestern jumped out to a
quick 7-0 lead en route to a 17-11 upset of then-na-
tionally ranked Illinois. Last week, the Wildcats used
an early score to set the stage for another "upset"
over Michigan State.
When they received the ball to start Saturday's
game, the Wildcats hoped for another quick start to
help propel them to victory. However, Michigan was
the one to get the fast start. The Wolverines' first
play from scrimmage, a screen pass to Desmond
Howard, sent them off and running. Howard split

still keys blowout
two defenders and, aided by a few good blocks,
sprinted 64 yards for an instant 7-0 Michigan advan-
tage.
"You have to jump out at first, just to make them
know that you're out here playing football. We
wanted to get this thing over with," Michigan quar-
terback Elvis Grbac said. "We came out in the first
half and really executed well. We made some great
plays, some great blocks, and after that they were kind
of in shock. They came back down to reality knowing
See GREEN, Page 4

Feisner
ing the same 7-3 advantage through
two periods Saturday, the Wolver-
ines' play digressed. Minnesota not-
ted three third-period goals, but
could not overcome the Wolverines'
power play of the first period and
the consistent second-period
forechecking.
While penalties were important
each night, both teams' power plays
were clicking Saturday - each team
scored four power-play goals. It
was a welcome surprise.
"We should have a good power
play," Michigan coach Red Berenson
said. "We expect a good power
play... everyone off the power play
is back."
See ICERS, Page 6

Father

plays best

by Theodore Cox
Daily Football Writer
Three years ago, Michigan
strong safety Otis Williams was a
carefree 19-year old. Then, without
any warning, he learned his
girlfriend, Kim McDermott, was
pregnant.
Fear burned through Williams'
veins after first hearing the news.
"I was scared," he said. "I
didn't know anything about raising
a child and being a parent."
Life's funny sometimes. Things
can be going along just fine, when
suddenly, everything changes.
The fear didn't go away until
three months after James Ryan
Williams was born January 30,
1989. So many questions had to be
answered. Would Williams and
McDermott live together to raise
Ryan? And more importantly,
would Williams be able to juggle
football, academics and
fatherhood?
W-illiams met McDermott
during his first year on campus in
1987. She worked with the South
Quad food service. It took only
two weeks before they were dating.
Although they loved each other
then and still do today, neither was
ready for marriage. Each had

Otis Williams is strong
at safety, parenthood

at night a lot," Williams said. "He
always told me if things would
never work out between the
mother and I, then we could still
go on, we would just have to raise
the child from different areas.
Staying together is not always the
key, but it is always good to have
parents there all the time."
So an arrangement was worked
out with Ryan living with
McDermott in Ypsilanti.
Williams would come over as
often as possible to help out with
the parenting responsibilities
anyway he could - typically about
five times a week. To this day,
Williams has always stuck to his
end of the bargain.
"He's been great," McDermott
said. "He's a good dad. It was a big
adjustment being apart, but we've
been able to work it out."
The second hurdle Williams had
to overcome was managing his
time. He often questioned whether
he could do it all. Only one thing
was for certain - his son came
first - which meant if he had to,
he would give up football.
"That was my toughest
decision," Williams said. "I was at
a point where I was worried about
my son being raised the proper way.

Michigan outside hitter Michelle Horrigan gets her spike attempt against
Penn State blocked. The Nittany Lions swept the Wolverines Saturday.
Penn State sweeps
skidding spikers

by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
When a team that's been per-.
forming well suddenly falls into a

kills and six digs.
"I think our passing was not at
the level it should have been," sug-

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