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The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday November 9, 1992 Page 1
title in easy
by John Niyo
Daily Football Writer
EVANSTON - Expect victory.
[he motto is emblazoned in black
and purple everywhere. In the end-
zones, in the lockerroom, on the
team's media guides.
Expect victory? At North-
At Michigan, maybe. Expect
"In the back of our minds we felt
we had a good team at the beginning
of the season," Elvis Grbac said, af-
er the Wolverines trounced North-
western, 40-7, in front of 37,903
fans to clinch a tie for their fifth
consecutive Big Ten title. "We made
history today. We're one of the best
teams in Michigan history, we've
won five Big Ten championships
and it's just a special feeling."
Not that the outcome of
Saturday's game came as any big
surprise. Michigan could do pretty
much as it pleased on offense, and
the defense hounded the Wildcats
for most of the afternoon.
The Wolverines jumped ahead
early, recovering a fumble on the
third play of the game and scoring
three plays later. After two Tyrone
Wheatley runs, Grbac tossed a 32-
yarder to his favorite target, Derrick
"I saw it was gonna go over (the
defender's) head," Alexander said.
"So I just jumped up and caught it."
It was that easy.
"They exploited our biggest
weakness on defense," Northwestern
coach Gary Barnett said. "Our cor-
ners are 5-foot-8 and their receivers
seemed like they were 6-8."
Even when Northwestern got into
the end zone, Michigan didn't let
Othem celebrate for long.
One play after Northwestern
scored its lone touchdown on a 42-
yard pass from Len Williams to Lee
Gissendaner in the first quarter,
Grbac again went deep and found
Alexander wide open, this time for a
57-yard score, to make it 21-7.
"They were a little easy,"
Alexander admitted. "I think I ran
pretty good routes to get myself
And he and Grbac, who finished
the day seven of 14 for 205 yards,
did a pretty good job of dashing any
Northwestern upset hopes.
"What kept us going was when
our offense scored," Wildcat line-
See CHAMPS, Page 4
by Andy Stabile
Daily Hockey Writer
SAULT STE. MARIE - A
word to aspiring hockey coaches:
when playing big games, bring a
Goaltending was the word for
both teams this weekend when
Michigan split its weekend series
with Lake Superior. Friday night,
Michigan goalie Steve Shields
stopped 43 shots to pace Michigan
to a 5-2 victory. Saturday, the
Lakers answered with Blaine
Lacher. The sophomore turned
away all but one of the 38 shots he
faced, as Lake Superior rolled, 6-
Although Friday's game was a
shootout, Laker rookie Sean
Tallaire tallied the sole first-period
oal and the Wolverines went nto
the first intermission with their
backs against the wall. Brian
Wiseman picked up a goal early in
the second period, but the tenor of
the game would change at the 6:49
mark of the second. Michigan was
on a line change when sophomore
defenseman Tim Hogan wound up
from the Laker blueline to dump
the puck. Hogan fooled and beat
Laker goalie Adam Thompson by
putting the puck on net.
"It was just a 2-on-2 and (John)
Arnold was on the right side and
ahead of me," Hogan said. "I
didn't want to go off sides so I
intentionally put a shot on net. It
was a hard slapshot on net, and,
well, it went in."
Michigan coach Red Berenson
was quick to note the significance
of Hogan's goal to the game.
"It was a big goal," Berenson
said. "It really helped. It might
have hurt them more than it helped
See ICERS, Page 6
Tyrone Wheatley slips into the hole just out of the reach of Northwestern linebacker Steve Ostrowski. The
sophomore tailback found many holes in the Wildcat defense with 143 yards rushing on the day.
EVANSTON - If the Big Ten season were a prize
fight, the referee would have stopped it some time in
Unfortunately, football is not so merciful. You have
to fight out every round, leaving us with aberrations like
Saturday's Michigan-Northwestern contest.
I got the feeling this was going to be a mismatch
when Northwestern sent their two captains to midfield
before the game for the coin toss and one of the players
was on crutches.
I was half-surprised that he didn't line up to receive
This game had absolutely no entertainment value.
All we learned from this debacle was that Michigan is a
better football team than Northwestern. Personally, I
would have been content to take that on faith.
After the game several Northwestern players la-
mented, "If we could only have that first quarter back."
I was tempted to yell, "What are you talking about?
That was the only part I could stay awake for."
Expect victoy' not
appropriate battle cr
Michigan's first three drives, all resulting in touch-
downs, consisted of three plays, three plays, and one
play, meaning at one point in the first quarter, the
Wolverines were averaging three points per snap.
Still, saying "We played well except for the first
quarter" is rather silly. I mean, except for World Wars I
and II, Germany's had a great century.
This game was an exercise in stating the obvious.
The Wildcats never had a chance.
A company called Bank One sponsored signs in both
end zones of Dyche Stadium which read "Expect
The company also posted signs in the Sahara saying,
This kind of game makes TV producers suicidal. Of
course, the ESPN boys doing this game got the last
laugh when Notre Dame-Boston College viewers turned
off NBC in search of a game being decided by less than
See RENNIE, Page 5
Patrick Neaton prepares to shoot during Michigan's game against Lake
Superior State Saturday. The Wolverines lost, 6-1.
by Albert Lin
Daily Football Writer
6 a.m. His day begins early now, earlier even than
when he was still in school and, as an athlete, had to
finish classes in time to make it to practice.
Sometimes it's a struggle to get out of bed. That's
only natural at the crack of dawn. But he always finds a
way, because each day could be the one in which he's
After a quick shower he is off to work, just a short
stroll from the apartment he shares with his fiancee.
When he enters the building at 100 North Fifth Ave. he
assumes powers beyond that of the average citizen, but
also responsibilities that can become overwhelming.
He still heads into a lockerroom and puts on a blue
Zuniform each day, but it is unlike the kind he used to
wear. The equipment he employs is not what you
would find on the gridiron.
Vada Murray no longer plays football, but he is still
very much in the public eye. The NFL beckoned, yet
unlike most of his Wolverine mates, he did not heed its
The team he plays for now requires different things
of him. Rather than roaming defensive backfields, he
patrols the streets. He still tries to bust the big one, but
that means criminals, not plays.
People no longer see him on the grass at Michigan
Stadium. His field is an entire town. No. 27 Vada
Murray, free safety for the Michigan Wolverines, is
now Vada Murray, Badge No. 155, patrolman for the
Ann Arbor Police Department.
Vada Murray trades in
pads for new uniform
instructions and then points to a small yellow button.
"Don't press this unless we get into a situation where
all hell breaks loose," he says, "because it means
When the group settles down after the usual
greetings, it's time to get to business.
Sergeant Chris Heatley passes out patrol areas and
goes over some news. One of the items this morning is
about a suspected car thief who came to the station the
previous night with a friend to report the friend's car
stolen. The pair claimed it had been taken and used in
the attempt to steal another vehicle, the latest of several
incidents on North Campus. The problem? The man had
left his wallet in the other car.
As a rookie, just six months on the road, Murray is
assigned to a specific command group including a
sergeant and lieutenant. Everywhere they go, Murray
Today, he finds out he will patrol the Baker area, on
the west side of Ann Arbor. After a final reminder about
the department's new tie policy, everyone heads to the
Murray locates car 84. A quick check of the head-
and siren lights, and we're off.
On most days, his job entails driving around and
looking for anything suspicious. But today a special task
awaits. At 8 a.m. he is scheduled to do a money escort
for a bank that is moving. We head toward W. Stadium
to scout out the location.
The car approaches a school crossing. "We try to
enforce traffic laws early in the morning," he says. "We
want the kids to get to school safely. Crossing the street
is kind of dangerous."
by Brett Joh~nson
Good defense usually brings
good results. That was the case this
weekend at Oosterbaan Field House
for the Michigan field hockey team.
The Wolverines beat Michigan
State Friday and lost a close game to
the second-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes
Sunday. Michigan ended the season
10-8 (3-7 Big Ten).
"The weekend was a perfect
ending to our season," forward Jen
Lupinski said. "We gave all the ef-
fort we could, and it showed. Our
passing was on, and we played really
This aggressive play led the team
to a 3-0 victory over Michigan State
Friday. The defense allowed only
one shot in the first half, even
though the Spartans had three
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