The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - October 5, 1992 - Page 5
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weren't doing it as well, so it was a
good game to run," Wheatley said.
"The line was blocking for the run
... We really didn't know what to
expect from Iowa coming in,
whether we were going to pass or
run; it just turned out to be better
with the run."
Wheatley was not the only
Wolverine to experience rushing
success against the Iowa defense.
Ricky Powers posted 71 yards, in-
cluding a two-yard touchdown scam-
per in the first quarter.
Tailback Jesse Johnson pounded
his way to 40 yards on 10 carries
while injuries to starting fullback
Burnie Legette and Johnson allowed
backup FB Chd Foster and fourth-
string RB Ed Davis to also log qual-
ity numbers. Davis added 84-yards
on 10 carries, with a long gain of 33
yards. Foster found a hole in the
Hawkeye defense and broke free for a
50-yard run, scoring Michigan's fi-
"We missed some big tackles and
with the backs they have that's why
they get out of the gate on you,"
Iowa strong safety Jason Olejniczak.
"Not since Michigan last year (have
I seen that kind of running attack).
} They have four good backs - it's
amazing; they just have to wind
"From their fullbacks down to
their running backs, they're all so
big and they have such big legs.
You can't bring them down with
just an arm tackle and they proved
The improved running game
helped Michigan to put a lot of
points on the board early, which had
proved problematic for the
Wolverines in their previous con-
In their three non-conference
matchups, Michigan managed only
seven total points in the first stan-
zas. Saturday, the Wolverines
notched a touchdown on each of its
first three drives in the first quarter,
including a Legette one-yard dive
into the end zone and a 29-yard spurt
"Coach came out and said we
haven't put up enough points on the
board in the first quarter," Wheatley
said. "So we came out thinking we
needed to put up some points early."
Overshadowed by the resurgence
of the running game was the return
of quarterback Elvis Grbac after a
two-game layoff. With the
Wolverines up 45-22, Grbac left the
game with 11 minutes 50 seconds
remaining in the fourth quarter when
he was replaced by Collins. Grbac
registered 101 yards on 11 comple-
tions, including a nine-yard touch-
down toss to tight end Tony McGee,
and two interceptions.
"I wasn't disappointed with (my
performance)," Grbac said. "If I could
have a couple of plays back, I'd be
happy, but I really just wanted to get
back into it."
While the Wolverine offense
racked up its 31 points in the first
half, the defense held the Hawkeyes
scoreless until :52 left in the second
quarter. Yet, Michigan seemed to
suffer a breakdown defensively into
the second half.
Gaining momentum from that
first score, where quarterback Jim
Hartlieb connected with split end
Harold Jasper, Iowa came out strong
in the second half, registering touch-
downs on both its second and third
drives after the break. Both scores
came on nine-yard Hartlieb throws,
the first to wideout Danan Hughes
followed by a toss to tight end Alan
The Hawkeyes capped both scores
with two-point conversions, tying a
record for the most in a Michigan
game. Iowa recorded 262 of its total
416 offensive yards and 196 of 339
passing yardage in the second stanza.
"At the end, we weren't playing
that well at defense," Moeller said.
"We had some players hurt and had
to change our defense and they took
advantage of that. The thing we did-
n't do is funnel receivers a couple of
times. We let them too deep into our
secondary, plus we didn't have a pass
rush. You have to know that they
have a big offensive line."
A big break in the Wolverine de-
fense came midway in the second
quarter when Michigan outside
linebacker Martin Davis went down
with a knee injury. According to
Moeller, Davis should remain out of
the lineup for at least two weeks.
Davis is the second OLB to go down
in as many weeks; a broken leg
forced sophomore Greg McThomas
out last weekend, who was replaced
with true freshman Shawn Collins.
"Our depth at outside linebacker
is really questionable right now,"
Player Att Yds Avg L9
Te rry 6 34 5.7 12.
Montgom'ry6 32 5.3 13
Lampkin 9 28 3.1 8
King 1 9 9.0 9
Kujawa 1 3 3.0 3
Hartlieb 12 -29 -2.4 9
Totals 35 77 2.2 13
Player C-A Yds TD int
Hartlieb 25-39 308 3 3%
Eyede 4-7 31 0 1
Totals 29-46 339 3 4,
Player No Yds La TD
Hughes 5 61 29 1
Cross 5 44 15 1
Anttila 4 65 38 0'
Jasper 3 89 39 1
Whitaker 3 20 7 0 -
Montgom'ry3 6 5 0¢
Roussell 2 19 13 0
Hornaday 1 14 14 0
Terry 1 9 9 0
Dean 1 8 8 0
Kuiawa 1 4 4 0
Totals 29 339 39 3
Player No Yds Avg La
Fisher 5 214 42.8 51
Player No Yds Ava La
on had nine tackles for the day.
igan with nation 's elite
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wa coach Hayden Fry
1 or No. 2 in the nation
iczak, part of an Iowa
lyards and numer-
nany teams as good as
alone in the Big Ten,"
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be. Hawkeyes. And the
red to close on the ball
s .when the outcome of
jt as they have been
doing all year.
"When you're talking about Miami, Washington
and Michigan, they're all pretty close, with their.
speed," said cornerback Scott Plate, cousin of for-
mer Wolverine Todd and current lineman Troy.
"Maybe Miami will be No. 1 because of their repu-
tation, or because they run a different offense. But
Michigan's talent level is equal to- if not better
than - Miami's."
The Wolverine ground attack finally came alive,
moving through the defense like it wasn't there. Six
Michigan runners combined for 480 yards on 52
carries - an eye-opening 9.2 yards a pop. Tyrone
Wheatley led the way with a career-best 226 yards,
but Ricky Powers, Jesse Johnson and Ed Davis all
had more than respectable totals given their number
"I've never seen anything like it. We knocked
most of their guys out at one time or another, but
they just kept running other guys in," Fry said.
"With depth like that, they definitely have a shot at
the national championship."
As Yogi Berra might say, "It was deja vu all
over again." Think about it. Ernie Harwell's
contract was not renewed because of a "new
direction." After months of public protest, and a
year off, he returns to broadcast innings three,
four, and five.
And after a "new direction" at the Daily, Band
Corner was thrust into hiatus. But because of
your protests and constant phone calls, Band
Corner triumphantly returns for home games
number three, four, and five.
And do we have some positive things to say.
The word around Ann Arbor is that the Michigan
Marching band has three-peated with three
excellent performances this year. Yesterday's big
band show may have been the weakest of the
three, and the one that used the high step the
least, but it still receives a thumbs up.
The reason the band has improved since we
last left you is that they are playing music fitting
for a college band. For instance, in 1990, they
performed the Miami Sound Machine. This year
they're playing Olympic fanfares, James Bond
songs, and the big bands.
While the football team might enjoy four
home games in a row, it's a killer for the band.
They have one week to polish a show they must
perform in front of all the people who decide not
to buy food at halftime. Considering this fact, we
can forgive a few problems and sing their
praises. Stan Kenton's Malaguena, which closed
the show, was electrifying.
But let's not let the band off without any
complaints. That just wouldn't be fair to this
The small jazz band in Sing Sing Sing was a
waste. Enough said.
The scramble format the band used to take
the field and used later in their halftime show is
poor. All those people running around like 1945
Hiroshima is not befitting of a college band.
Second of all, it shows a lack of imagination in
the marching arrangement since you don't have
to worry about marching from point A to point B.
You just look stupid and run to it. (Save the
letters, band people, explaining the innate beauty
of this special art.)
The excessive bowing by Gary Lewis at the
conclusion of the show. ABC was forced to take
an extra commercial break because even though
this was a very fine show, Mr. Lewis acted as
though he had just conducted the London
Philharmonic performing the greatest hits of Ice-
T. Now that would be an accomplishment worthy
of excessive bows.
The flag people. You sounded pretty good,
but some uniformity in waving your flags might
help. A lesson from an old sage: "Practice makes
And finally, the band people who pass out
apples during the third quarter need to hit the
local Sherwin Williams store. Comerica Bank
sponsors such an impressive giveaway. The
problem is that since Comerica merged with
Manufacturer's Bank, their corporate logo
changed to dark royal blue. The apple boxes are
still red. What a tragedy.
That's all for now folks. Tune in next week for
This Week In the Band Corner
- Mike Gill
1 17 17.0 17.
Player No Yds Avg Lg
Hughes 6 104 17.3 28
Jasper 1 29 29.0 29
Anttila 1 8 8.0 8
Total 8 141 17.6 29
Player Tac Ast Tot
Spartans grab first victory
Thomas runs wild as MSU tops Indiana, 42-31
Michigan State coach George
Perles finally had something to smile
.Out after three opening losses.
"It was our best game in quite
some time," he said. "It feels good to
open the Big Ten with a victory.
This gives us confidence and enthu-
Tailback Craig Thomas scored
four touchdowns, including a 2-
yarder with 3:59 left that gave the
Spartans their first lead of the game.
Somas finished with 103 yards on
carries. Teammate Tico Duckett
had 142 yards on 20 rushes and
scored an insurance touchdown on a
34-yard run with 3:29 remaining.
Michigan State runners racked up
235 yards in a 42-31 victory over
Indiana rolled up a 21-14 half-
time lead on a 58-yard reverse by
wide receiver Thomas Lewis, a 31-
dblocked punt by Damon Watts
d a 9-yard Trent Green scoring
lead. Bevell completed 18-of-30
passes for 214 yards.
But the Badger's defense, which
held the Buckeyes to 45 yards rush-
ing, stopped a two-point conversion
and a final Ohio State drive with
2:15 left to preserve the win.
Trailing 20-10, OSU scored on
Kirk Herbstreit's 3-yard pass to
Brian Stabelin with 4:29 left, cap-
ping a 76-yard drive. After a penalty,
on the extra-point attempt, the
Buckeyes tried for two and failed.
No. 8 Penn St. 38, Rutgers 24
John Sacca threw for 303 yards'
and three touchdowns as No. 8 Penn
State defeated Rutgers 38-24
Saturday night, giving the Nittany
Lions their best start since winning
the national championship in 1986.
The victory was the 19th straight
for Penn State (5-0) against an east-
ern opponent and its 19th in 21
games against Rutgers (3-2).
Northwestern 28, Purdue 14
Lee Gissendaner caught touch-
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sion with 3:54 left Saturday night,
rallying Minnesota past Illinois, 18-
Fleetwood, who entered the game
tops in the nation with 349 yards of
total offense per game, ran for 30
yards and completed 20 of 39 for
245 yards, including the 6-yard TD
pass to Douglas that made it 17-10
with 7:05 left.
Bg Ten standings
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W L T
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Jasper 18-yd pass from
Hartlieb, (pass failed), 0:52
Michigan 31, Iowa 6
THIS WEEK'S RESULTS
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