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Sports Monday Trivia
When was the last time the
Michigan football team tied a
Big Ten team?

Inside Sports Monday

(For answer, see page 2)

'M' Sports Calendar
AP Top 25
Griddes
Athlete of the Week
Volleyball
Q&A
Blame it on Niyo
Men's Swimming
Footbal
Ice Hockey

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The Michigan Daily -Sports Monday November 16, 1992 Page 1
Wolverines earn wilted bouquet, 22-22

Pistol Pete silences
critics with tying kick
The sounds emanating from Michigan Stadium Saturday were far from
positive. Basically, they were boos.
The last home game for hordes of fourth- and fifth-year seniors, and it
had to end this way. A trip to Pasadena in the bag, but also excess mental
baggage - the thought of 309 yards of offense in the first half, yet only
seven points; a defense that held strong before intermission, then was sim-
ply mezzo-mezzo afterward; and most of all, a ghastly total of 11 fumbles,
nine coming in the first 30 minutes.
An esteemed colleague once remarked during an-
Albert other cold, wintry football game, "Gee, the ball's
Ljn like an ice cube out there."
Let's just say he was the brunt of many a joke.
But his comment was more than applicable this
weekend. The 11 fumbles did not set a school record
- the 1946 Wolverines coughed the ball up 12
times. Also at home, also against Illinois. But that
Michigan team was not as fortunate, dropping a 13-9
loss to the forefathers of Saturday's opponents.
The Wolverines of today seemed destined to fol-
low that same road, until a young gunslinger stepped
onto the field with 19 ticks left on the clock.
Pistol Pete Elezovic, as he is known in some
circles, then calmly pulled the trigger - throwing his arms up in celebra-
tion as soon as his foot made contact - and sent the pigskin 39 yards
through the air and dead between the uprights.
"It was the best field goal I ever hit," The Pistol said, perhaps in an
understatement.
The kick salvaged a bittersweet day for the Wolverines. The tie
clinched their fourth outright Big Ten title in five years and the Rose
Bowl berth, but it also knocked Michigan out of the national champi-
See LIN, Page 4

Fumbles,
lagging
by Josh Dubow
Daily Football Writer
This weekend, the Michigan
football team dropped in the polls.
The Wolverines dropped out of
the national title race. They almost
dropped their first Big Ten game
in over two years. All of this be-
cause they couldn't hold on to the
ball.
Michigan (6-0-1 Big Ten, 8-0-
2 overall) fumbled the ball 11
times on the day (losing four) and
also dropped a few key passes in
its 22-22 tie with Illinois (3-3-1,
5-4-1).
"Basically it came down to the
fumbles," Michigan coach Gary
Moeller said. "How sickening.
How sickening. You've got to
handle the ball. It was very disap-
pointing."
Despite a mistake-filled after-
noon which featured six Michigan
See ILLINOIS, Page 5

AP PHOTO
Michigan kicker Pete Elezovic boots the ball through the uprights sending the Wolverines on their way to Pasadena
with a 22-22 tie against Illinois. The 39-yard field goal was the longest of Elezovic's career.

Women runners qualify for NCAAs despite lacklust

by Tonya Broad
The women's cross country team was
assured its destiny in the NCAA Champ-
ionships next Monday in Bloomington by
placing second in the District IV Champ-
ionships Saturday.
* Wisconsin, who Michigan upset two
weeks ago during the Big Ten Champ-
ionships, won the District title. Michigan
finished in second place, 19 points behind
the Badgers. Michigan's Karen Harvey
placed third overall with a time of 17
£minutes and 43 seconds. Molly McClimon
(17:44) placed fourth and Courtney Babcock
(17:58) was tenth .

Teaming up for the last 300 meters,
McClimon and Harvey put on a surge to
close the gap between themselves and the
lead pack..
"Four or five people were spread out
ahead of us," Harvey said. "Molly and I
knew we had to pass them because some-
thing wasn't right with our teammates be-
hind us. We started to kick and worked well
with each other on the straightaway. The one
thing I've learned from experience is never
stop kicking at the end of a race or twelve
people could pass you."
The main reasons given for the "let
down" were hard practices the previous

week, lack of motivation after Big Tens
(which is now restored) and the weather
conditions. The course at Bloomington was
hard, hilly, windy and cold (27 degrees
Fahrenheit).
In the coming week the squad will begin
tapering workouts for the upcoming nation-
als. Hopefully, this will alleviate the fatigue
shown at the district meet due to the difficult
practices of the preceding week.
Michigan coach Mike McGuire believes
improving the performances of the bottom
half of the squad will be a key ingredient to
the Wolverines fate at the national meet.
"We still have key practices to get in this

week," said McGuire. "Karen and Molly ran
well. We need to get Chris (Szabo),
Courtney and Kelly (Chard) to continue a
solid race and finish closer up front."
McGuire was happy his team advanced,
but felt they did not run at the level they.had
at Big Tens.
"Wisconsin had something to prove," he
said. "They ran an excellent race. There was
a little bit of a let down after Big Tens. We
need to run at the performance level of Big
Tens to place in the top five at the NCAAs, I
know it and the team knows it."
McGuire feels there are still some key
practices to get in and tapering the workouts

er showing
will definitely help rest the team. McGuire is
looking to firm up the second half of the
team to allow them to finish closer with the
first half of the team.
Once again, the women harriers will be
faced with the challenge of outrunning
Wisconsin. Although the respect for the
Badgers is definite, by no means do the
Wolverines feel they performed as well as
they can against their Big Ten foes.
"We're upset that we lost to Wisconsin,"
Harvey said. "You can't take anything away
from them, they ran hard, but it was hard to
get motivated after the emotional Big ten
meet. We're mad now."

Men harriers advance to NCAAs

by Antoine Pitts
Daily Sports Writer
Favorites don't always live up to
their advance billing.
Going into Saturday's NCAA
District IV Championship in
Bloomington the Michigan men's
cross country was looking at three
tough teams: Wisconsin, Notre
Dame and Eastern Michigan.
Wisconsin and Notre Dame did
what they were supposed to do but a
strong Michigan finish allowed the
Wolverines to place ahead of Eastern
Michigan in third place to auto-
matically qualify for the NCAA
Championship next Monday in
Bloomington.
Michigan finished with 92
points, 23 more than Eastern Mich-
igan. Wisconsin finished first with
52 points and Notre Dame was
second with 78 points.
The Wolverines placed two run-
ners in the top five, meaning those

two would have gone on to the na-
tionals whether or not Michigan
qualified as a team.
Senior Matt Smith finished in
second place overall with a time of
31 minutes and 2 seconds. He was
14 seconds behind first place finisher
Rob Kennedy of Indiana.
"Individually, I had a great race,"
said Smith. "Kennedy and I were
running together alone from 3000
(meters) on. We were talking and I
just asked him to take me with
him."
"(Smith) came by me with about
600 yards to go and I told him to
just relax because he had about a
100-yard lead on everyone else and
he wasn't going to catch Kennedy,"
Michigan coach Ron Warhurst said.
Freshman Scott MacDonald out
ran a large pack at the finish line to
gain third place with a time of
31:20.
"It was unbelievable seeing Scott

MacDonald coming in right behind
me," Smith said. "I looked back in
the chute and I could see him but I
couldn't see what place he was in,
but he finally got third and that was
pretty amazing."
Good finishes by Michigan's
middle runners helped hold off
Eastern Michigan.
"Jim Finlayson ran a real solid
steady race, and (Theo) Molla had
another good one, and Shawn
Mackay started to come on," War-
hurst said.
Finlayson was 21st overall with
a time of 32:26. Molla (32.44) fin-
ished 32nd and Mackay (32:53) was
37th.
Michigan now gets ready for the
championship next Monday.
"It's the same course, hills, cold;
we should do fine", Smith said.
"We're looking to finish in the
top ten," Warhurst said. "As high as
we can go is probably fourth."

Michigan forward Dan Stiver takes a shot on Miami goalie Kevin Deschambeault Saturday night. The Wolverines
salvaged the weekend series against the Redskins with a 4-2 victory following a 2-2 tie Friday.

Future Scooter
Michigan frosh Derek Jeter dreams of
returning Yankee pride to the Bronx

M'

icers rebound with a fervor

by Tim Rardin
Daily Hockey Writer
For the Michigan hockey team,
the difference between Friday's 2-
2 overtime tie and Saturday's 4-1
vinc nr _ s _ i_ _ .. . ,. ._.

jumped on us and put us on our
heels. Tonight, we jumped on
them and put them on their heels."
Indeed, that intensity was
evident from the start Saturday, as
R .- IA 'e a -Co'uA J_

goalie Kevin Deschambeault at
5:02 of the first period. That was
the first of two goals on the night
for Knuble, and his eighth of the
season.
"Tnuh1P fvP U a lift "

by Michael Rosenberg
Daily Sports Writer

Mention the words "first-round
pick" around the Michigan campus
these days, and chances ue someone
mi ri mieling to vau about

happy to go that high," Jeter said. "I
had been told that I would go that
high but you never really believe it
until it happens."
After signing a letter of intent
with Michigan, Jeter had his sights

New York's offer ($700,000 plus
the cost of attending college, plus
other bonuses, with the whole .
package totaling $800,000) was too
much for Jeter to turn down.
Jeter went to high school in

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