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The Michigan Daily

Friday, November 6, 1992

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ference championship. The conference championship is
the most important thing. We can clinch at least a tie
this week. It will be an emotional game. We'll be in for
a dogfight."
Michigan had its first dogfight of the conference
season last week against Purdue. In their previous four
Big Ten games, the Wolverines' margin of victory ex-
ceeded 31 points. However, last week Michigan was
forced to overcome a 10-point halftime deficit before
winning, 24-17.
"It was a big win, it was similar to last year when we
played Indiana and shut them down on the 2-yard line,"
Moeller said. "So it was that kind of game, but we've
got to learn from it, obviously. Knowing, again, we did
not play in the first half like we should have played.
There are no excuses for the way we played, we've got
to play better."
That is something that must scare Northwestern
coach Gary Barnett. Barnett is in his first year with the
Wildcats after serving as an assistant at Colorado. He
has brought a new philosophy to Northwestern. The
Wildcats now have a wide-open passing attack modeled
after Miami's, and their defense is more aggressive.
However, the Wildcats still bring up the rear in most
of the key statistics in the conference. Northwestern is
last in the league in rushing offense, rushing defense,
scoring offense, scoring defense and total defense. At
the same time, the Wolverines lead the conference in
each of those categories.
For the Wildcats to succeed tomorrow, Barnett will
need a strong performance from quarterback Len
Williams. Williams is the fourth-rated passer in the Big
Ten and also poses a threat running the ball.
"They are a team very similar to Minnesota with
their one-back and no-back sets," Moeller said. "Len
Williams is a scrambling type like Eric Hunter and is
very difficult to tackle. They have good wide receivers
who are very explosive."
Northwestern's most explosive receiver is Lee Gis-
sendaner. Gissendaner poses a triple threat as he has
scored touchdowns as a returner, receiver and runner.
He has over 1,000 total yards this season including 521
yards on 45 receptions. But Barnett is worried about
getting the ball to Gissendaner against the Wolverine
defense.
"Michigan's secondary is the finest secondary I've
seen in college football," Barnett said. "Both offen-
sively and defensively they have a lot of big-play indi-
viduals. Coach Moeller has done a great job creating
opportunities for those players. We'll have to play the
perfect game to win."
One of Moeller's biggest worries is the starting time
of the game. Because ESPN is televising the contest,
kickoff is scheduled for 11:36 a.m. (CST).
"I don't like to play that early," Moeller said. "We're
gonna stay on our time. I'm not gonna set my watch
back. I'll tell the people the game is at 12:30."

Wolverines' talent will tame '

Northwestern can't match Blue's depth at tailback, strength of line

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by John Niyo
Daily Football Writer
QUARTERBACKS: Elvis Grbac has
returned to last year's form with three
consecutive strong outings - throw-
ing for eight touchdowns and no in-
terceptions during that span. He once
again vaulted to the top of the Big Ten
passing efficiency charts.
Northwestern's Len Williams is
the conference's fourth-leading
passer. And he presents Michigan with
many of the same problems as
Purdue's Eric Hunter did last week-
end. At 5-foot-11 and 218 pounds, he
shows surprising speed and mobility.
Williams single-handedly brought
the Wildcats back in 28-27 victory at
Illinois with three fourth-quarter TD
passes. That effort earned him Big
Ten player of the week honors.
Advantage: Michigan
RUNNING BACKS: Michigan's
stable of running backs has been un-
stoppable in conference play.
Jesse Johnson was the hero
against Purdue, aslhe rushed fornearly
100 yards in the pivotal third quarter.
Tyrone Wheatley left that game af-
ter being hit hard on a kickoff return.
He will be the starter this weekend.
Ricky Powers, now fully recovered
from an ankle injury, and Ed Davis
will also see action.
Northwestern sophomore Dennis
Lundy is the conference's third lead-
ing rusher with 581 yards on 121
carries. But the Wildcats are last in
the league in rushing offense with
917 yards. Michigan is firstwith 2,266.
Advantage: Michigan
RECEIVERS: Derrick Alexander
was held in check by Purdue last
weekend, but Grbac still found his
receivers for scores.
Walter Smith turned a short pat-
tern into a 43-yard TD and tight end
Tony McGee hauled in a 10-yard
pass for another.
Lee Gissendaner is North-

western's main threat. He has caught
45 passes for 521 yards this season
including a70-yarder against Purdue.:
Advantage: Michigan
OFFENSIVE LINE: Michigan is firsi
in the league in rushing offense, tot.
offense and scoring offense. Nort
western is 10th, 9th and 10th in thoW
three categories.
Might the two teams' offensi1
lines have something to do with that
Advantage: Michigan :
DEFENSIVE LINE: Chris Hutcha
inson might be moving back to hig
defensive tackle position. Regardless
of where he plays, the Michigan ad.
vantage here is obvious.
Buster Stanley is out indefinitely
with an injury, and will be replaced
by Trent Zenkewicz. The emergence 0
of Jason Horn at middle guard bet
hind Tony Henderson gives th5
coaching staff plenty of options.
The Wildcats' defense has regis-
tered 20 sacks this season. But teams
have converted 50 percent of third,
down conversions against them
Advantage: Michigan
LINEBACKERS: Greg McThomas
returns to the lineup this week after
sitting out several weeks due to i.
jury. However, Marcus Walker.
out with a pinched nerve suffered
against Purdue. Dave Dobreff witl
start in his place.
Steve Morrison was named tli
Big Ten defensive player of the week
after racking up 14 tackles against
Purdue. Outside linebacker MartthO
Davis had 12 tackles in that game.
Advantage: Michigan

MOLLY STEVENS/Daily
After a sub-par performance last weekend, running back Tyrone Wheatley will try to get back
on track tomorrow in Evanston. Michigan will be looking for its 19th-straight conference win.

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