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The Michigan Daily-Sports Wednesday- January 8, 1992 -Page 5

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Defense thrives,
tires vs. Huskies

by Matt Rennie
Daily Football Writer
PASADENA, Calif. - On the
crisp Saturday afternoon of Oct. 19,
Michigan played its annual home-
coming game against Indiana. The
Wolverines were clinging to a 24-16
lead, and the Hoosiers were knock-
ing on the door of the Michigan end
zone.
Faced with fourth-and-goal at
the Michigan two, Indiana coach
Bill Mallory called for fullback
Corey Taylor to run up the middle.
Led by middle linebacker Erick An-
derson, the Wolverine defense rose
to the occasion, stopping the run and
preserving the victory.
The game signalled a new begin-
ning for the Wolverine defense. No
longer would Anderson and com-
pany surrender wholesale points as
they did against Florida State. The
defensive corps wanted to prove
that the Wolverines could do more
than just outscore teams.
Over the next five games, they
did just that, punctuating the season
by shutting out Illinois for the con-
ference title and holding archrival
Ohio State to three points.
Michigan coach Gary Moeller
hoped this trend would continue
when the Wolverines headed west
to take on Washington. Initially, it
appeared Moeller's wish would
come true.
Michigan stuffed the Huskies'
first four possessions and used two
turnovers to limit Washington to
13 first-half points.
However, Michigan's defense
could not bolster its anemic offense,
whose ineffectiveness forced the de-
fense to spend most of the game on
the field.
"I don't think our defense played
very well in the second half,"
Moeller said. "But we didn't give
them help offensively, and we even
put them in a few holes some-

times."
Anderson conceded that fatigue
may have been somewhat of a factor.
"Defensively we were out there
a long time, but if you think, that's
when the big play is going to hap-
pen," he said. "I thought we played
together very well in the second
half and in the first half."
But Washington tackle Steve
Emtman said Michigan responded
well to its defensive challenge.
"It was an excellent job by their
secondary," Washington defensive
tackle Steve Emtman said.
"Sometimes you're on the field and
when you stop them, it gives you a
lift. "
Washington jumpstarted its
sputtering offense in the second half
by exploiting Michigan's zone pass
coverage with shorter routes. The
Wolverines were too wary of the
speed of receivers such as Mario Bai-
ley and Orlando McKay to play any
closer to the line of scrimmage.
"Those types of (shorter) passes
you're going to give up," Anderson
said. "Those underneath routes you
have to give up when you have
threats like they have. We planned
on that."
Bailey felt Washington's early
offensive problems were internal.
"They were never stopping us.
We were stopping ourselves," Bai-
ley said. "It was only a matter of
time before we started racking up
the points."
However, even when the ex-
hausted Wolverine defense conceded
points to the Huskies, Anderson
showed why he was the Butkus
Award winner.
"We got one-on-one with Beno
(Bryant) and a linebacker at the goal
line just like we wanted and it was
no contest. Anderson just stuffed
him," Huskies coach Don James said.
"He is a great player."

Rushing
Player Att Yds Avg Lg
Powers 10 10 1.0 7
Wheatley 9 68 7.6 53
Grbac 8 -42 -5.2 6
J Johnson 4 30 7.5 18
Howard 1 1515.0 15
Collins 1 -9 -9.0 -9
Totals 33 72 2.1 53
Passing
Player C-A Yds TD tnt
Grbac 13-26 130 1 1
Sollom 1-2 3 0 0
Totals 14-28 133 1 1
Receiving
Player No Yds Lg TD
Van Dyne 4 22 9 0
Wheatley 3 30 19 0
R Powers 3 18 10 0
Howard 1 35 35 0
McGee 1 14 14 0
W Smith 1 9 9 1
J Johnson 1 5 5 0
Totals 14 133 35 1
Punting
Player No Yds Avg Lg
Azcona 10 378 37.8 53
Punt Returns
Player No Yds Avg La

Howard

3 21 7.0 15

Kickoff Returns
Player No Yds Avg Lg
Howard 3 39 13.0 21
Wheatley 3 40 13.3 25
Total 6 79 13.1 25
Defense
Player Tac Ast Tot

Michigan defensive back Coleman Wallace breaks up a deep pass to wide receiver Mario Bailey. Wallace .
finished with two tackles, while Bailey caught six passes for 126 yards and one touchdown.
Vogue Bailey strikes
own eisman pose

Anderson
Brown
Aghakhan
Williams
Evans
Morrison
Wallace
Dotti n
Henderson
Ware
Hutchinson
Maloney

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by Phil Green
Daily Football Writer
PASADENA, Calif. - It all
started following a 93-yard punt re-
turn against Ohio State late in
November. Michigan's soon-to-be-
crowned Heisman Trophy winner
Desmond Howard struck the famed
Heisman stance in celebration.
Just over a month later,
Howard's pose appeared all over the
Rose Bowl. But this time, he wasn't
doing the celebrating.
Following a first quarter inter-
ception, Washington cornerback
Walter Bailey did his own Heisman
shuffle. But unfortunately for Bai-
ley, the cameras all missed it.
But three quarters later, the
Huskies' other Bailey, Mario,
hauled in a 38-yard touchdown pass
from Mark Brunell. Following the
reception, Bailey performed the pose
'He can come over to
my house. I'll show
him the real thing.'
- Desmond Howard
Michigan receiver
'That's okay, I've got
a title.'
- Mario Bailey
Washington receiver
in the end zone for the national
television audience.
"The fans wrote in, they wanted
me to do it," Bailey said. "My
teammates too, but it was no big
deal.
"I told my mom and stepfather
that I wouldn't do it in the first
quarter - it might come back to
haunt me. I said that I would only
do it when the game was all

Desmond Howard. All this gave
Bailey added incentive for his dance
and for a dominant performance.
"It wasn't against Desmond, he's
probably the best receiver in the
country," Bailey added. "It was for
the press and the people on the East
Coast.
"I got tired of hearing people
calling me Desmond," Bailey said.
"It gets frustrating. I just want to
let people know my name is Mario
Bailey."
As the game concluded, one more
Husky got into the act - Washing-
ton's own award winner, Steve
Emtman. The Outland and Lombardi
winner as well as the Heisman's
third runner-up displayed the pose
along the Washington sideline for

Washington Drives
First Quarter
Plays Yds Time Result

3 9 2:18
4 16 1:36
3 0 0:50
5 20 2:47
8 54 2:09
Second Quarter
13 67 6:17
8 40 1:45
4 6 1:19
1 3 0:11
Third Quarter
3 1 0:54
12 80 4:25
11 48 4:17
Fourth Quarter
1 38 0:06
4 -4 1:26
3 5 1:28
4 20 1:56

Punt
I nt.
Punt
Punt
TD

FG
FG
I nt.
H alf
Punt
TD
TD
TD
Punt
Punt
Game

Michigan Drives
First Quarter
Plays Yds Time Result

Michigan's Desmond Howard (front) and Elvis Grbac (rear) connected only once, on a 35-yard pass play.
Team Stats

5 -2 2:42
3 3 1:31
1 0 0:10
3 -8 1:00
Second Quarter
4 44 1:48
3 3 1:38
5 12 1:16
3 -15 1:17
Third Quarter
5 3 2:09
5 43 2:05
3 -2 1:49
Fourth Quarter
4 9 1:03
5 71 2:38
10 30 4:56
4 -9 0:48

Punt
Punt
Int.
Punt
TD
Punt
Punt
Punt
Punt
Punt
Punt
Downs
TD
Punt
Downs

I tatistics

Michiaan

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First Downs
Third Downs
Rushing
Passing
Total Offense
Interceptions
Punts
Punt Returns
Field Goals

Run/Pass/Other/Totals
Number/Complete/
Att/G ain/Avg
Att/Comp/Yds/Int
Pl ays/Yds/Avg
Number/Yds
Number/Avg
Num ber/Yds/Avg
Att/Made

4/6/0/10
15/2/13.3
33/72/2.1
28/14/133/1
61/205/3.3
2/44
10/37.8
3/21/7.0
0/0

6/12/1/19
19/10/52.6
43/123/2.8
42/25/281/2
85/404/4.7
1/0
6/41.8
4/34/8.5
2/2

M. Bailey
the Washington faithful.
Like Walter Bailey, Emtman
also performed away from the cam-
eras. Thus, after the game the lock-
errooms were abuzz with Mario's
pose. Everybody wanted to know.
Howard's reaction to the imitation.
When questioned about it,
Howard reminded every one who re-
ally won the Heisman. "He can

Scoring Summary
First Quarter:
No scoring
Second Quarter
Smith 9-yd pass from Grbac
(Carlson kick), 13:09.
Washington 7, Michigan 7.
Key Play: Grbac to Howard

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