The Michigan Daily -Sports Monday - November 9, 1992 - Page 5
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A few minutes of this thriller in
Evanston probably convinced them
that it wasn't too cold to rake leaves
Apparently, this is what most
Chicago-area fans decided to do.
The Northwestern folks were thrilled
with the crowd of 37,903, their
largest since 1987. I didn't want to
tell anybody that Michigan draws
close to that for its spring intrasquad'
game. Besides, half the fans in
Evanston were wearing Maize and
These people ended up with little
to cheer about after the Wolverines'
explosive start. Once again, Michi-
gan coasted after establishing its
dominance early, which leaves one
question: whether Michigan's great-
ness or everybody else's ineptitude
is the telling factor in this season.
For Michigan, the long-term
benefit of these blow-outs is that the
transition from one year to the next
is easy. Backups like Ch6 Foster and
Todd Collins see nearly as much
action as Burnie Legette and Elvis
But with this may come a short-
term expense. The Wolverines don't
know what it's like to play error-free
football because they haven't had to.
The defense gave up a first-
quarter touchdown on a play that
should have gone for about six
yards. Of course, the play is only a
vague memory today because
Michigan retaliated by scoring on
the very next play from scrimmage.
Making up for mistakes in
Evanston is a lot easier than making
up for them in Pasadena.
Unfortunately, this game is the
rule, not the exception. Welcome to
Big Ten football. Illinois visits
Michigan Stadium for this week's
extravaganza. You'll remember the
Illini as the team that has lost to
Northwestern the last two years.
Bank One says to expect a close
THIS WEEK'S RESULTS
Michigan 40, Northwestern 7
Michigan State 26, Wisconsin 10
Michigan State quarterback
Brett Johnson returned to the
lineup after missing the last two
games with a shoulder injury.
Johnson threw one touchdown in
the Spartans' victory. Tailback
Craig Thomas ran for 168 yards and
Illinois 20, Purdue 17
Illini quarterback Jason
Verduzco hit J.J. Strong with a 25-
yard TD pass with 1:36 to play to
provide the winning margin.
Verduzco completed 22 of 29
attempts for 260 yards on the day.
Ohio State 17, Minnesota 0
Buckeye tailback Robert Smith
ran for 119 yards and two
touchdowns on the day. However,
the Ohio State victory was marred
by a fight late in the fourth quarter.
The victory kept the Buckeyes in
second place and the driver's seat
for a trip to the Florida Citrus Bowl.
Iowa 14, Indiana 0
lowa's defense limited the
Hoosiers to -13 yards rushing in
Saturday's victory. Hawkeye
Player Att Yds Avg Lg
Smith 4 12 3.0 7
Lundy 9 11 1.2 9
Robinson 5 6 1.2 9
Williams 18 -5 -.3 13
Totals 37 8 .2 13
Player C-A Yds TD Int
Williams 20-31 212 1 0
Dzierwa 0-1 0 0 0
Total 20-32 212 1 0
Player No Yds Ava TD
G'daner 8 88 11.0 1
Gamble 6i 71 11.8 0
Robinson 2 12 6.0 0
Lundy 2 9 4.5 0
Smith 1 17 17.0 0
Morris 1 15 15.0 0
Totals 20 212 10.6 1
Player No Yds Ava Lg
Dzierwa 6 272 45.3 60
Player No Yds Avq Lg
G'daner 1 15 15.0 15
Player No Yds Avg Lg
G'daner 3 51 17.0 19
Wright 4 48 12.0 22
Total 7 99 14.1 22
defensive back Carlos James
intercepted two Trent Green passes'
to help preserve the shutout. Iowa
forced Indiana into four turnovers
and sacked Hoosier quarterbacks
seven times on the day. Indiana
suffered its first shutout at home
NEXT WEEK'S GAMES
Illinois at Michigan, 12 p.m. (ABC)
Purdue at Michigan State
Ohio State at Indiana
Minnesota at Wisconsin
Northwestern at Iowa
Derrick Alexander makes one of his three receptions Saturday against
Northwestern. All three went for touchdowns.
j thing helps," he says. "Trust
then gets on the phone to
st a detective. Because of the
nt of money involved - over
worth of lost equipment -
better off letting a specialist
urray sits back and waits for
call. If there are more
ng concerns, Murray will be
ed to handle the case. In the
e, one of the employees
to sealed boxes, looking
rial numbers for the missing
detective calls back at 10:20,
he is on his way, and arrives
nutes later. He is shown
d. When the tour reaches the
ed point of departure, he asks,
this door been touched?"
st as he finishes his question,
ployee walks through the
,guess so," the detective
e go take a look at the window
"You hungry'?" he asks. He shrugs
off the negative response.
"Sometimes you have to eat even
when you're not hungry."
Vada Murray was stereotyped as
an athlete. Now he is stereotyped as
a cop. Many people feel police
officers sit on their butts all day and
get favors done for them; that they
are just out there harassing innocent
But police work has its.
responsibilities. While there is some
dead time during the day, that might
be a good sign. It means there is
nothing to investigate. Yet officers
still have to be out there, looking for
trouble, because crime doesn't wait.
"When I was in college, I always
thought it was exciting," Murray
says. "It does get slow sometines,
just driving around. But it only
takes one incident when all hell
breaks loose and you don't know
what to do.
"No day is ever boring, because
11 a.m. We grab lunch at a local
restaurant. Murray spends nearly
the entire 40 minutes filling out
forms. He eats a few mouthfuls of
his rice dish, but then it is time to
get back to work.
11:42 a.m. The dispatcher says a
man reported his wife over an hour
late from her daily walk. Many
departments do not consider
persons missing until they have
been gone for 48 hours. In Ann
Arbor, the timetable is one day.
But Murray heads down W.
Liberty to look into it. Again we
reach a business area and.figure we
overshot the road leading to the
man's street. As Murray turns the
car around, he dispatcher comes
"We have a . ossible rape at
1552 W. Liber> y. ... It could be the
woman you're looking for."
We speed back toward town, but
scarcely a block later he spots a
woman and two men waving
frantically from the sidewalk. He
pulls the cai over just past another
vehicle that is sitting on the
sidewalk, driver-side door left open,
facing the wrong direction. The
woman, a jogger, is near hysterics.
"Someone's been raped!" she
sobs. "She's in there" - pointing
down a trail - "a little ways, up on
a ledge. Her husband's with her.
Murray calls for backup and then
dashes into thme opening, past the
carved sign that reads
EBERWHITl'E WOODS. The jogger
begins to shake, and one of the men
tries to comfort her.
Murray emerges a few minutes
later, without his jacket, and reaches
into the car. l'he words come out in
short bursts as he speaks into the
the jogger. One of the men, a
landscaper, says that he and a fellow
worker were following their
supervisor to a site when the
supervisor spotted the car parked on
the wrong side of the street. He
figured something was wrong and
called for help from the house
across the street.
The man looks back toward the
path entrance. The paramedics are
bringing the woman out, her
husband and a neighbor at her side.
She is bundled up on the stretcher,
only a bloodied face visible through
the oxygen mask.
Murray and the jogger return. "I
just wanted her to re-create what she
saw," he says.
He gets back in the car. We are
going to accompany the ambulance
to the hospital. The police continue
to seal off the entire park. Amidst
the clutter, a loud voice comes over
"It looks like the guy left his
pants and underwear here. Let's get
a dog down as soon as possible."
Murray explodes. "Good!" he
says, slamming the steering wheel.
"I hope they get that guy!"
12:30 p.m. We arrive at the
hospital and the victim is carted off
to the emergency room. Her
husband and the neighbor arrive,
and they begin answering questions.
Murray shuffles between ER and the
reception area, finding out
information - including a rough
description of the assailant - as he
can and reporting it.
An hour later, he tells the
victim's husband the dog has picked
up a scent. But the husband remains
cautious. "I don't want to get my
hopes up." he says, frustrated, "but I
want this guy."
A little after 2 p.m., the woman
is brought out of emergency and
anted to do one or the other, to decide
lo this or play ball. I put down the pros and
s, and it came out pretty even. So I said
it the hell, I'll do this. I can wake up
ryday and say I have a job. It's a lot more
Free safety Murray (No. 27) and strong safety Tripp Welborne presented a
formidable challenge for opposing kickers.
euttside. There is a sneaker
int,4but also a pane of glass
ed wiih dirt. The window had
ently been broken all along.
e detective goes to get his
a, andl Murray sits down
to do the paperwork. The
brings the serial numbers
presses concern about how
e thieves might come back.
they feel lucky, they'll come
ight. If not, they might wait
r three weeks," he says. "It
the day you start to relax and the
day you start to assume things is
when you're gonna get hurt."
Being an African American also
could present a problem, but
Murray says it hasn't thus far.
"I think being a Black officer,
the Black community - not
everybody - but some see you as a
token or a sellout. They think
you're working for the enemy," he
says. "But that's not the case.
"I' ve been called names before,
The woman also may not have
been sexually assaulted. The only
thing known for certain is that she
was brutally beaten.
These are the most serious
circumstances in which Murray has
found himself thus far in his young
career. Conditions very different
from chasing after suspects or
do what Murray did - to help as
much as you can. And that is where
the reward comes from in this field.
Not in getting plaques and
recognition and other accolades, but
in knowing you did everything you
could when called upon, and that
perhaps you prevented something
worse from hapnenint.