The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - November 11, 1991 - Page 5
AROUND THE BIG TEN
Hawkeyes thwart IU, 38-21
Jim Hartlieb, filling in for in-
jured quarterback Matt Rodgers,
_ threw two touchdown passes and
Mike Saunders tied a school record
with four touchdowns as Iowa beat
Indiana, 38-21, giving the Hawkeyes
sole possession of second place in
the Big Ten and a possible berth in
the Dec. 30 Holiday Bowl against
the Western Athletic Conference
c Saunders ran for three touch-
downs and caught a touchdown pass
to become the fifth Hawkeye to
score four touchdowns in one game.
The Iowa defense intercepted In-
diana quarterback Trent Green's
first three passes and helped the
Hawkeyes to a 21-0 first-quarter
Hartlieb, making his first start
of his junior season, succeeded where
his celebrated older brother could
not. The last time Iowa played Indi-
ana, Chuck Hartlieb completed 44
of 60 passes for 558 yards, but the
Hawkeyes came up short, losing 45-
While the younger Hartlieb's
numbers may be less impressive on
the stat sheet (11-of-18 for 170
yards), he made his tosses count. Of
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him," defensive coordinator Lloyd
Carr said. "I'm sure he was
frustrated. He didn't get the
playing time he would like to have.
Football was not going exactly
like he had hoped."
Safety wasn't even Williams'
position of choice. He had spent
,pore time playing linebacker at
£Canton, Ohio's Glen Oak High
Scool. He preferred controlling
the center of the field and being in
the thick of things.
Yet all the recruiters agreed it
Would be better for him to move to
the backfield. Williams didn't
mind much at the time, dropping 20
pounds to better fit his new role.
But he didn't anticipate the move
would keep him on the bench.
* Ironically, it was Welborne
who helped keep Williams at
Michigan. The two have been
roommates and best friends since
Williams' first year. Welborne,
along with teammates Lance
Dottin, Mike Evans and Alex
Marshall all offered to help
Williams out whenever and
however they could - be it
babysitting Ryan or listening to
* Williams when things got rough.
They convinced him he could find
the time to handle everything.
"You can't let things like that
'inder your dreams," Welborne
said. "You can do both. He knew he
could do both, it was just going to
take a lot of hard work. Football
was one of the things he came to
school for - and to get an
education - and without that he
wouldn't be able to have the best
life possible for his son."
"I wanted him to do what he
loves," McDermott said. "And he
loves football. I said, 'You can
still continue to play."'
But there were sacrifices
Williams had to make. His social
life became limited. He rarely had
time to "hang out with the fellas."
All his free time went to Ryan.
Two and a half years later,
Williams has matured
considerably both on and off the
field. He's kept his studies up, he
sees Ryan often, and he has started
10 straight games in the defensive
"I'm really happy for him,"
Carr said. "This year he finally got
to be a starter and he's played well.
9I'm proud of the way he's
performed in the classroom and on
the football field."
Williams' tackle total will
the 11 completions, two were for
touchdowns, and six were for first
Michigan State 20,
In a battle to avoid the Big Ten
cellar, a relentless running game
was the key to a victory for the
struggling Spartans. MSU tailback
Tico Duckett rushed 42 times for
216 yards while the defense recov-
ered two fumbles and picked off
three Jay Macias passes. Macias, the
first-year quarterback for Wiscon-
sin, was pressured heavily on his
way to completing 8 of 21 passes
for 109 yards.
Of MSU's 380 total yards on of-
fense, 292 came on the ground.
Duckett's performance was his sec-
ond 200-plus yard game of the sea-
son, and put him over the 1,000-yard
milestone for the year (1,023).
Vaunted senior wideout Courtney
Hawkins continues to suffer in the
famished Spartan passing attack,
hauling in a mere two receptions for
17 net yards. Redshirt frosh Mill
Coleman, playing receiver once
again, led MSU in both receptions
and receiving yardage with three
grabs for 28 yards.
The Fighting Illini's Jason Ver-
duzco picked Purdue's defense apart,
throwing for 189 yards and two
touchdowns in the first half.
Meanwhile, the Illini defense held
the Boilermakers to only 63 yards
passing and had seven sacks for 52
yards. The defense also came up with
one interception and four fumble re-
Ohio State 35,
The Buckeyes, ranked 12th na-
tionally in scoring defense, held
their ninth straight opponent under
20 points as they easily defeated the
Golden Gophers in the Metrodome.
The Buckeye defense has allowed
only six touchdowns in Big Ten
play this season.
Minnesota's biggest headache,
however, was Carlos Snow. Coming
off a concussion suffered in last
week's game, the Buckeye running
back entered the game with 7:20 re-
maining in the second quarter. When
Snow went into the game, Ohio
State held a 7-3 lead. But Snow
sparked two quick touchdown
drives to lead Ohio State to a 21-3
lead at the half.
Defense draws praise
from besieged Wildcats
by Phil Green
Daily Football Writer
In Northwestern's victory over Michigan State last week, fifth-year
senior wide receiver Mark Benson caught 10 passes for 150 yards and two
touchdowns to win Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Michigan's often criticized and rapidly improving secondary held him to
five receptions in the Wolverines' 59-14 victory Saturday.
"They have been much maligned," Benson questioned. "They have great
team speed and come up to the ball fast, even when they go two deep and
their replacements are in. They just bumped us at the lines, and utilized
their great team speed."
In their last three games, the Wolverines have allowed 20 points. This
may not have come against some of the Big Ten's most potent offenses, but
holding opponents to six, zero, and 14 points in consecutive games marks a
stingy defense regardless of the competition.
The Wolverines registered two sacks Saturday, one by middle guard
Tony Henderson and the other by linebacker Brian Townsend, without
their leading sacker - the injured Hutchinson.
BORED FANS AWAKEN: Midway through the game's third quarter
the relatively sparse student section came to life in what was essentially a
It all started innocently enough with a basic wave which soon turned
into rapid and slow waves. Created last week, the crowd's new favorite,
"the pogo-hop," quickly spread throughout the stadium.
And as a true indicator of the game's excitement value, the fans dug deep
into their archives for the shark attack. They even brought back the ever-
impressive arm-pumping "tribute" to the Florida State Seminoles.
So much for the excitement of the game and 45-point margin of victory.
MORE RECORDS FOR DESMOND: With his first quarter touchdown
reception, Desmond Howard continued his streak of catching at least one
score in each of Michigan's games this year. His current nine-game streak is
an NCAA record for most consecutive games in a season with a touchdown
reception. With two games remaining, Howard needs a scoring grab in each
to break the NCAA record of 10 regular season games, set by Houston's
Manny Hazzard in 1989 and equalled by Virginia's Herman Moore last
The first-quarter score also brought Howard's season point total to
120, a new Michigan record. He broke Tom Harmon's record of 117 set in
1940, Harmon's Heisman season.
Howard updated another Michigan season scoring record Saturday. He
now has 20 total touchdowns this season, breaking Ron Johnson's mark
of 19 set in 1968.
Howard moved into second place in career Big Ten touchdown recep-
tions with 31. He needs seven more to break Anthony Carter's record of
37. Howard also tied Rick Leach for second place on the Michigan career
total touchdown list with 34. Carter also stands six scores away in this
record, with 40.
The Elvis Grbac-to-Howard connection also garnered a record - their
30 scoring plays tied the NCAA mark, set by Steve Ramsey and Ron
Shanklin of North Texas, for most touchdown passes thrown from the
same passer to the same receiver in a career.
Grbac's and Howard's 18 scoring strikes this season rank them one
touchdown behind the NCAA single-season record for most touchdown
passes from the same passer to the same receiver, established by Andre
Ware and Hazzard in 1989.
"I think it's something we'll look back upon after we get where we
want to be, and that's Pasadena," Howard said of his and Grbac's records.
INJURY REPORT: Fullback Burnie Legette and center Steve Everitt
both returned to action Saturday.
"They should be full tilt by Monday," Michigan coach Gary Moeller
said. "We just wanted to get them some game action."
Two other recuperating Wolverines remained out of the lineup against
Northwestern though. Inside linebacker Steve Morrison is expected back
for next week's contest at Illinois, but defensive end Chris Hutchinson
will miss the game against the Illini. However, he should be ready to play
in the Wolverines' regular season finale against Ohio State.
And for the first time in several weeks, Michigan didn't report any in-
juries following the game.
DECISIVE GAME: Michigan can clinch a Rose Bowl berth with a vic-
tory at Illinois Saturday. The game will be on ABC at 3:30 p.m. EST.
Player Att Yds Avg La
L. Williamsl4 42 3.0 8
Dixon 1 0 0 0
Greenwald 4 12 3.0 5
Smith 3 21 7.0 14
Lundy 10 73 7.3 14
H. Williams 1 11 11 11
Ray 9 31 3.3 9
Zipfel 2 2 1.0 2
Totals 44 192 4.4 14
Player Tac Ast Tot
Lindsey 6 1 7
Greenwald 2 1 3
Gill 1 2 3
Collins 4 0 4
Christian 2 0 2
Pu rkett 4 1 5
James 3 0 3
Singleton 1 0 1
M. Golarz 1 1 2
Freveletti 1 0 1
Ostrowski 9 1 1 0
Sutter 6 1 7
Homco 5 1 6
S. Golarz 1 0 1
Jones 1 0 1
Hellebusch 4 0 4
Shine 0 1 1
Boudreaux 2 0 2
Shares 2 0 2
Cunningham 1 0 1
Player No Yds Lg TD
Gissendaner 2 24 15 2
Benson 5 72 23 0
Greenwald 1 3 3 0
Lundy 1 13 13 0
Ray 2 1 7 9 0
Zipfel 3 11 5 0
Morris 1 7 7 0
Cross 1 17 17 0
Totals 16 164 23 0
Player C-A Yds TD tnt
Williams16-28 164 2 0
Krebs 0-1 0 0 0
16-29 1 64 2
Otis Williams has started 10 straight games for the Wolverines at
strong safety. He has amassed 27 tackles.
likely surpass the amount he had
his first three seasons. He has
racked up 27 tackles with 10 assists
Of course, now that Welborne
is a graduate assistant for the
Wolverines, he has several
opportunities to critique
Williams' play. After each game,
Welborne is sure to tell his
successor everything he did right
and wrong during the action, a duty
that has paid off for Welborne
with Williams' consistent play.
And Williams is becoming much
more comfortable with each game.
"A lot of the rough roads are
behind him," Welborne said.
"Right now he can better focus and
better channel his energies toward
different things. When he's on the
football field, he plays football.
When he's off the field, he's the
father and he's the friend."
More importantly, he is one of
the team leaders that keeps the
younger players motivated. He
doesn't say a lot, but his effort
often speaks for itself. And every
so often, the father in him sneaks
out onto the field.
"There are some of those days
when you're tired and you don't
feel like going out there to
practice, and (rookie receiver)
Walter Smith will look at me and
say, 'Otis, it feels like one of those
days.' And I'll say, 'You can do it,
Walt. I've done it for five years.
You can do it,"' Williams said.
But Williams saves most of his
advice for Ryan, who is still
intrigued by his 6-foot-2, 207-
"He loves to see me play,"
Williams said. "Every time he sees
football on T.V., he says 'There's
my daddy.' And I have to tell him,
'That's not me, I played yesterday.'
He thinks everyone playing
football is his daddy."
Ryan was only able to attend
one game this year; the weather is a
bit too cold and the crowd a bit too
big for the youngster. But he
always watches the games on
While Ryan's family is not the
traditional American nucleus, a
loving bond exists between all
three members. Williams and
McDermott are still dating, and
the idea of marriage might come up
again. But either way, both will
always be there for Ryan - which
is what being a parent is all about,
regardless of age.
Gissender 15-yd pass from Williams
Leahy kick, 6:34, 21-7 Michigan.
Gissender 9-yd pass from Williams,
Leahy kick, 8:44, 52-14 Michigan.
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