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Football
at Indiana
Tomorrow, 3:30 p.m. (ABC-TV)
Bloomington
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

Hockey
vs. Notre Dame
Tomorrow, 7:00 p.m.
Yost Ice Arena

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Friday, October 16, 1992

Page 10

M'

faces road

test in Bloomington
Blue looks to avoid repeat of 1987
upset at the hands of Indiana

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by Albert Lin
Daily Football Writer
If home is where the heart is,
then the Wolverines should be about
ready for a coronary. It has been
over a month since any Michigan
players slept in foreign beds, and the
team's record reflects that home
cookin'.
The Wolverines (2-0 Big Ten, 4-
0-1 overall) make their first foray
out of Ann Arbor since the Sept. 12
opener at Notre Dame tomorrow at
3:30 p.m. (ABC-TV). The trip to
Bloomington should present more of
a test for the long unchallenged
Wolverines than recent contests
have. Indiana (1-1, 3-2) sits in sec-
ond place in the conference - but
so does just about every other
school.
The Hoosiers' ledger includes
victories over a solid Missouri club
and a rising Northwestern team, but
also shows losses to Kentucky and
Michigan State. Yes, Michigan
State. That makes them a big under-
dog to Michigan, but every Wol-
verne opponent faces the same task.
"We're going up against an ex-
cellent football team," Indiana head
coach Bill Mallory said. "We'll need
to have a tremendous effort from our
entire team to make this a competi-
tive game."
The Hoosiers are 2-0 at home,
but Michigan is riding a 14-game
winning and an 18-game unbeaten
Big Ten road streak. However, the
last time a Wolverine team lost a
conference game away from Mich-
igan Stadium was to these very
Hoosiers, by a 14-10 score in 1987.
Since then, of course, the Wol-

verines have won four straight Big
Ten titles.
"I'm not saying going to
Bloomington is going to be easy, but
I think we need the road game,"
Michigan coach Gary Moeller said.
"We've been at home too often. We
need to go away, we need a new set-
ting, we need a new challenge. We
need to get out of our routine.
"Four games on the road - or
four games at home - is a long
stretch."
Michigan has steamrolled its first
two Big Ten opponents by a com-
bined 87-38 point total, and the club
is averaging an even 40 points and
481 yards of total offense a game.
The main problem for the Wol-
verines the past few weeks has been
a lack of fire during the second
halves of games. Michigan is in the
habit of opening up huge leads and
then cruising to victory.
"You always have to guard
against (overconfidence), and we are
out in front right now," Moeller said.
"The only way for us to keep from
staying in front is to stub our own
toe. It will be emotional in every
single game we go into, because ev-
ery team that is going to play
Michigan, this could be a big part of
their season."
Moeller will once again go with
Tyrone Wheatley to start the game at
tailback. The sophomore leads the
Big Ten in rushing, scoring and all-
purpose yardage. Junior Ricky
Powers did not see action for the
first time in his career last week, be-
cause of an ankle injury, but is ex-
pected to make his return this week.
Indiana's main weapon is senior

quarterback Trent Green, who has
developed into a fine pro prospect..,
The conference's third-leading pas-.,
ser a year ago, Green has thrown for,,,
1229 yards this season, but hi4,
touchdown-to-interception ratio is 5-, r
to-7.
"He is more dangerous in the
pocket throwing the ball but he has
the ability to move. He can also hurt
you with the option," Moeller said.
"Now you're back to defending a lit-
tle like Notre Dame." .
Moeller pointed out that the-
Hoosiers don't have a big-time run-.

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2-0 Big Ten, 1st place
4-0-1 Overall
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ner like the Irish's Jerome Bettis.;;,
Indiana's top two tailbacks, sopho .'
mores Brett Law and Jermaine
Chaney, are both out with injuries;'
and Mallory will have to rely on a-
pair of redshirt freshmen to shoulder-'
the ground game. Emmit Pride is the
team's second-leading rusher with
230 yards, and Sean Glover will :"
serve as backup.
"We'll have to take ourselves up.
a notch or two," Mallory said. "We '
haven't yet reached a level where we,-
need to be. We have to mature and'
come on."

MICHELLE UUY/D
Michigan linebacker Steve Morrison and the rest of the Wolverines will try to keep Indiana under wraps as they
battle the Hoosiers this Saturday in Bloomington at 3:30. It is only the second away game for the team this season.

Despite injuries to both teams, Michigan's talent outclasses Hoosiers

by Josh Dubow
Daily Football Writer
QUARTERBACK: Entering the sea-
son, Michigan's Elvis Grbac and
Indiana's Trent Green were two of
the top returning quarterbacks in the
conference. Grbac has struggled so far
this season. He missed two games
b8cause of an ankle injury and has
alteady thrown more interceptions
(seven) this season than he did all of
1991.
Indiana has gone to a possession
style passing attack this year to try and
limit the number of interceptions.
However, Green has still thrown seven
INTs thus far. With the loss of all-Big

Ten running back Vaughn Dunbar,
Green has been forced to pass more.
He has thrown for over 220 yards per
game this season.
Neither player has played to his
potential so far, but if Grbac ever does
return to last year's level, he will be
the best quarterback in the conference.
Advantage: Michigan
RUNNING BACKS: Michigan prob-
ably has the deepest backfield in the
nation. Sophomore Tyrone Wheatley
has rushed for 396 yards rushing in the
last two weeks. Wheatley is ranked

eighth in the country in yards pergame.
Michigan's other three tailbacks
- Ed Davis, Ricky Powers and Jesse
Johnson - have all rushed for over
200 yards this season.
Powers is questionable again this
weekend with an ankle sprain. Full-
back Burnie Legette is also question-
able with a banged up knee. If Legette
can't get the nod, redshirt freshman
Che Foster will start.
The Wolverine ground attack as a
whole is fifth in the nation with 281
yards per game.
Indiana's Brett Law appeared to
have filled Dunbar's shoes after a240-
yard performance against Missouri.
However, he has not approached that
level since. Law will miss tomorrow's
game with a shoulder injury. Emmitt
Pride rushed for 85 yards last week
against Northwestern and will start
tomorrow.
Advantage: Michigan
WIDE RECEIVER: Both teams have
talented receiving corps. Indiana is led
by junior Thomas Lewis who has 28

catches and four touchdowns this sea-
son. Eddie Baety and ScottMcGowan
have 26 and 16 catches respectively.
Michigan is led by multi-talented
receiver Derrick Alexander. Last
week, Alexander took a punt back 80
yards for a touchdown and scored on a
reverse earlier in the season. Alexander
has 23 receptions so far.
Tight end Tony McGee is slowly
becoming Michigan's money receiver.
McGee has 16 catches and three touch-
downs.
Advantage: Indiana
OFFENSIVE LINE: Michigan's offen-
sive line has opened up huge holes for
the running backs in recent weeks.
The line has also provided Grbac with
solid pass protection.
Indiana's line has helped the run-
ning game, but has allowed 18 sacks
this season.
Advantage: Michigan
DEFENSIVE LINE: Michigan's de-

fensive line has been stellar in recent
weeks. The Wolverines have applied
heavy pressure on opposing quarter-
backs and held each of its last four
opponents under 100 yards rushing.
Indiana leads the Big Ten in sacks
with 19. Lamar Mills has four sacks
so far.
Advantage: EVEN
LINEBACKERS: Michigan's line-
backers have been a stronghold for the
defense of late. Marcus Walker and
Steve Morrison led the team in tack-
ling last week from the inside. Outside
linebacker Matt Dyson has consis-
tently pressured the quarterback this
season. Also, defensive tackle Chris
Hutchinson performed extremely well
last week from the outside linebacker
position.
Inside linebacker Nate Holdren
had ligament damage to his knee last
week and will not play tomorrow.
Holdren may miss the entire season.
Hoosier outside linebacker Jay
Davis has five sacks and 29 tackles
this season. Middle linebacker Al
Thurman leads the team in tackles

with 41.

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Advantage: Michigan
SECONDARY: Michigan has one of
the strongest secondaries in the con-=.
ference. The Wolverines are No. 3 inm
the conference in pass defense. Bu.
teams have been forced to pass against
Michigan because the Wolverines have
jumped on top of their opponents early,
The Hoosiers are No. 2 in the con-
ference in pass defense.

Advantage: Michigan

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SPECIAL TEAMS: Michigan has a
lethal return game with Alexander re-
turning punts and Wheatley on kicks'
However, Hoosier punter J44
DiGuilio leads the conference with a
46.6 yard average. Kicker Scott
Bonnell has seven field goals this sea-
son.

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Advantage: Indiana

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A Career Symposium for
Graduate Students
Saturday, October 24, 1992 - 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
FouRTH FLOOR, RACKHAM

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A Balancing Act
Getting Published

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