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Mon: alitvi a
What is the Michigan record
for most yards rushing in a
game as a team?
(For answer see page 2)

'M' Sports Calendar 2
AP Top 25 2
Griddes 2


Athlete of the Week
Blame it on Niyo
Cross Country


The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday October 5, 1992 Page 1

'Wheatley thrashes



ground attack
keys Blue victory
The Michigan Athletic Department honored Ron
Johnson at halftime of Saturday's game. Johnson, who
wore the Maize and Blue in 1966-68, is being inducted
into the College Football Hall of Fame this year.
The packed house of 106,132
gave Johnson a loud ovation, but Matthew
if everyone were being perfectly Bennie
honest, most fans, particularly
students, would admit they didn't
know who Johnson is.
Johnson is a throwback to a
time when football was a much
simpler game - when moving the
ball meant running the ball, when f
passing was an act of desperation,
when coaches who were
confronted with fourth-and-two
plays didn't think about whether
they should run or pass.
They punted.
For those unfamiliar with this antique style of play,
the current Wolverine squad offered a refresher course
Saturday in its 52-28 drubbing of the Iowa Hawkeyes.
Michigan racked up 480 rushing yards on 52
attempts. More significant was the Wolverines' play
selection - they ran the ball more than 70 percent of the
While this figure is reminiscent of the Michigan
teams of yesterday, it is a 180-degree turn from the past
two weeks, when Michigan quarterbacks threw 71 passes
against Oklahoma State and Houston. And that was with
starter Elvis Grbac sidelined with an ankle injury.
Indeed, the times appeared to be a-changin' in the
world of Michigan football. Then, just when we think
we've got the Wolverines figured out, they have a game
like Saturday, when they ran the ball like they were at a
track meet instead of a football game.
"That was the finest running attack I've ever seen,"
Iowa coach Hayden Fry said. "I've never seen depth like
that before."
Fry sounded like a beaten man after the game. lie had
watched his Hawkeyes claw their way back into striking
distance, only to see their hopes dashed with another
long Michigan run.
See RENNIE, Page 4

rolls up
480 yards
by Jeni Durst
Daily Football Writer
After backup quarterback Todd
Collins' record-breaking performance
against Oklahoma State,. Michigan
coach Gary Moeller said he hoped
the Wolverines weren't becoming a
passing team. Saturday, Michigan
stifled any notion that its running
tradition may be a relic of the past.
The Wolverines (1-0 Big Ten, 3-
0-1 overall) rushed for a whopping
480 yards and six of their seven
touchdowns on their way to a 52-28
victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes (1-
4, 0-1) in the first Big Ten matchup
"It was probably the finest run-
ning attack I've ever seen by
Michigan," Iowa coach Hayden Fry
said. "It was the domination of both
our offense and our defense. They did
a great job both running and block-
ing, we obviously did a poor job
tackling. You're not suppposed to
make that many long runs no matter
who you are.
Leading the way for Michigan
was running back Tyrone Wheatley,
charging through and bouncing off
Hawkeye defenders on his way to
registering 224 yards on 19 carries,
the seventh-highest yardage total in
Wolverine history. Wheatley notched
three touchdowns, his last one com-
ing on an 82-yard run following
strong safety Shonte Peoples' inter-
ception in the third quarter.
/Daily "In previous games we passed re-
ally well, but in this game we
See FOOTBALL, Page 5

Michigan tailback Tyrone Wheatley fights off the tackle of Iowa's Mike Dailey. Wheatley ran1

for 224 yards and three touchdowns.

Survival of the Fittest

Field hockey comes

up short vs. NU,


by Tom Bausano

Success has been defined as the
point at which preparation meets
opportunity. If this definition
holds true, then Jay Schemanske has
found success on the Michigan
men's cross country team.
Schemanske grew up in Novi,
Mich., and attended Redford
Catholic Central. At Catholic
Central, Jay was the No. 2 man on
the 1989 Boy's Class A State
Championship team. Although Jay
did enjoy some success in high
school athletics, he suffered a
broken arm his senior year. This
injury deprived him of his last
track season. The sport that Jay had
loved for so long seemed to be
coming to an end. It was at this
time that Jay contacted Michigan
coach Ron Warhurst..
"Coach Warhurst was just
great," he said. "He was very
excited about me trying to walk on
the team, and he even invited me to
join the team in camp that
Once at Michigan, Jay found the
roads of Ann Arbor full of
obstacles. It has become a virtual
certainty for walk-ons to have
difficulty with the transition from
high school to college. The
workouts are twice as hard as they
were, and the rest period between
the hard workouts and the recovery
days are half of what they used to
Every cross country season,
there are at least a dozen or more

Jay Schemanske makes
long strides for harriers

struggled a great deal in his first
two years before blossoming into
greatness. Oden finished his
Michigan career by placing 40th at
Nationals last year. Matt Smith,
this season's No. 1 runner, is
another walk-on who had a tough
time in his first two years with the
"I must have looked at my
shoes a thousand times in those
first couple of years and thought
about quitting," Smith said. "I did
not run the track season my
freshman year. Looking back on it
now, I am so happy that I didn't
Jay, like Oden and Smith, has
had his fair share of difficulties
these past two years.
"I felt as if I was racing every
workout," Schemanske said. "The
workouts were so tough that I was
tired at the starting line of my
races. I was making little progress
and it was demoralizing to have
run better times in high school
than what I was doing in college.
"If it weren't for the
encouragement from my
roommate, Scott Westover, and a
good performance at the end of my
freshman year at the EMU Classic
I would have quit."
Last year proved equally
difficult as Jay's freshman year.
"I had a really tough fall last
year," Schemanske said. "I just
could not get out of this slump
that I was in. I had a bunch of tough
classes that really left me drained.

by Sharon Lundy
Daily Sports Writer
This weekend, the Michigan field
hockey team played its first nation-
ally ranked Big Ten school -
Northwestern. This was a chance for
the Wolverines to prove what kind
of success their 6-1 record, one of
their best starts in recent years,
would really translate into. While the
two teams seemed to be evenly
matched, the score did not reflect
this fact, as Michigan was shutout on
the road by the Wildcats, 4-0.
In the first half, the. Wolverines
had a goal that was called back.
Even though this was early in the
game, this may have started the
team's mental downfall.
"If it had been called a goal, we
would have really been in it," first-
year goalie Rachael Geisthardt said.
"It was just a mental thing."
The Wildcats scored two goals on
corners in the first half, both by
Kathy Halley, which gave them the
"We were doing well the first
half, but we didn't convert our cor-
ners," senior forward Katie Vignevic
said. "We also had a couple of good
shots but they were saved."
In the second half, North-
western's Gretchen Scheuermann
scored the Wildcats' third goal, with
a lot of confusion in front of

Wildcats' fourth goal, a tip-in with
an assist from Amy Vail.
"Northwestern had some very
strong players," Vignevic said.
"Their right wing, Amy Vail, and
forward Gretchen Scheuermann
were both great players, and sweeper
Kathy Halley was amazing - she
plays all over the field."
But although the score seems to
indicate that the Wildcats controlled
the game, most Michigan players
thought they were in it just as much
as Northwestern.
"We dominated as much as they
did," Geisthardt said. "Most of it
was played like a 0-0 game.
"They were a strong team but
they weren't as strong as I thought
they would be," Geisthardt added.
"They had some lucky breaks, and
we had a goal called against us, but
it seemed like (the teams) were very
The Wolverines were not disap-
pointed with the way they played,
but more with the mental aspects of
their game.
"I'm not as discouraged as it
seems," Bird said. "We've learned a
lot and we will be more ready the
next time we play them."
. Michigan also has to tune up a
few areas before their next meeting
with Northwestern.
"I don't think we passed well
enough." Vignevic said. "We have


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