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Page 4-The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday- November 23, 1992










Player C-A Yds TD 1nt
T. Collins 5-13 52 0 1
Grbac 1-2 191 0 1
Total 6-15 243 0 2
Player No Yds Ava TD
McGee 3 42 14.0 0
Wheatley 2 16 8.0 0
Toomer 1 13 13.0 0
Total 6 71 11.9 0
Player Att Yds Avg La
Wheatley 19 100 5.3 17
Johnson 13 65 5.0 11
R. Powers 5 23 4.6 13
Legette 4 16 4.0 6
Grbac 1 3 3.0 3
T. Collins 2 7 -3.5 1
Total 44 214 4.9 17
Player No Yds Avg~ La
Stapleton 6 257 42.8 55
Punt Returns
Player No Yds Avg L
Alexander 1 22 22.0 22
Kickoff Returns
Player No Yds Avg La
Wheatley 2 46 23.0 23
Hayes 1 18 18.0 18
Total 3 64 21.3 23
Player Tac Ast Tot

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did a great job here."
The noise that pounded down on
the players Saturday not only gave
Ohio State extra motivation but also
made it difficult for Michigan to di-
rect its offense. Calling out plays
was nearly impossible for the
Wolverines many times. At one
point, center Steve Everitt had to
turn around to ask backup quarter-
back Todd Collins what the play was
- he hadn't heard the call made
right behind him.
The referees can issue penalties
when the offensive team can't hear,
though Michigan received extra time
only once while the Buckeyes re-
ceived a single warning for the
In the middle of the third quarter,
Collins again felt overwhelmed by
the noise and asked a referee for
time. Because the play clock was al-
ready down to six seconds when
Collins made his plea, the referee
determined he was trying to get an
extra timeout. The referee issued a
delay of game infraction against the
Wolverines instead of penalizing the
Buckeyes for the noise.
The referees may have been hesi-
tant to make calls against Ohio State
because of the criticism they re-

ceived from quelling the Buckeyes
crowd noise through penalties two
years ago. Many said fan participa-
tion is a fair part of the game, and
the opposing team should just deal
with it.
Michigan coach Gary Moeller
felt the referees should have helped
the Wolverines out more, especially

of their preparation by practicing all
week with outdoor speakers simulat-
ing the crowd.
Yet Saturday's OSU crowd, the
second largest in school history, is
difficult - almost impossible - to
simulate. This is something that
makes an entire stadium shake.


'From our standpoint, we can't hear a thing and
we didn't get any help there. It's never been
like this before - it's been loud, but not like it
was today.'
- Gary Moeller
Michigan football coach

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since Grbac was out of the contest
and Collins was not as experienced
playing in front of such boisterous
The noise was even a factor in
Grbac not returning to the action in
the first place. The injury he sus-
tained during Michigan's first
touchdown prevented him from
yelling loudly, and screaming was
definitely required from any oppos-
ing quarterback out on the field.
But the Wolverines knew what
they were getting into before they
made the trek to Columbus. They
made the inevitable sound level part

"From our standpoint, we can't
hear a thing and we didn't get any
help there," Moeller said after the
game. "It's never been like this be-
fore - it's been loud, but not like it
was today.... The whole world was
against us today."
To the Buckeyes, the rivalry with
Michigan is their world, at least for
this one weekend in November.
They take it to higher level. Insults,
threats, bodily injury, deafening
screams, they'll do whatever it takes.
It's a war out there and they'll do
anything they have to do to win.
Saturday, it almost worked.

Michigan cornerback Dwayne Ware tackles Ohio State wide receiver Brian


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play-action passes and sprint roll-
outs, where he utilized his speed to
keep the Wolverines off-balance -
causing additional problems for a
defense which was already having
enough trouble with the extremely
slippery field.
"It took away from our pass
rush," Michigan's Chris Hutchinson
said of the conditions. "It was hard
to adjust to it. But that's not an ex-
cuse. Herbstreit did a good job
That scrambling helped rescue
the Buckeyes. Late in the game, in a
steady rain, it looked as though
Herbstreit, Cooper and Co. were
headed for another loss at the hands
of Michigan.
The Wolverines held a 13-3 lead
at the end of the third quarter, and
then forced the Buckeyes to settle
for a field goal with just over 12
minutes to play. But Ohio State took
possession of the ball at its own 43-
yard line with 10:34 remaining and
roved methodically downfield.
Herbstreit rolled right, then cut

back left for a 15-yard gain on the
drive's first play. He converted twice
on third and 8 plays - once on a
quick 13-yard pass over the middle
to Saunders and again later on a 12
yarder to Greg Beatty that put thet
Buckeyes at the Michigan 13.
The Michigan defense stiffened,,
though, when OSU neared the goal
line, stuffing three straight rushes
the last two by Herbstreit - fro
the 3-yard line.
That sequence set up the play of
the game - a fourth-down conver-.
sion by the Buckeyes. Herbstreit
fired a quick slant to Beatty, who
beat Deon Johnson inside and made
the catch.
"Beatty gave him a great move,".'
senior free safety Corwin Brown
said. "(Herbstreit) put it right i
there and Beatty made a great catch.
In a game like this you have to ex-
pect players to make great plays like.
Cooper opted to kick the extra
point - rather than going for a two-
point conversion - and the final
score was set, 13-13.
Both teams produced ineffectual
three-play drives after the tyin

D. Johnson
B. Powers


Michigan tailback Tyrone Wheatley, receiving help from Bernie Legette, led the Wolverines with 100 rushing yards.

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Big Ten's
Associated Press

bowl chances evaporate

Scoring Summary
no scoring
Grbac 3-yd rush (kick failed),
Michigan 6, Ohio St. 3
Collins 1-yd rush (Elezovic
kick), 1:33.
Michigan 13, Ohio St. 3
no scoring

Minnesota 28, Iowa 13
Minnesota ended Iowa's bowl
hopes Saturday night as backup
quarterback Rob St. Sauver threw
the first two touchdown passes of his
career in the fourth quarter to give
the Gophers a 28-13 victory.
The loss knocked Iowa out of the
Copper Bowl and saddled coach
Hayden Fry with his worst record
since 1980. It was the third time the
Gophers have beaten Iowa in the last
four years.
St. Sauver, filling in for Marquel
Fleetwood, who reaggravated an an-
kle injury in the second quarter, led
the Gophers on an 18-point, fourth
quarter rally that was sparked by a
fake field goal.
On fourth-and-one at the 28,
Minnesota lined up for what
appeared to be an attempt to tie the
game at 13. Instead, holder Dean
Kaufman shoveled to Ken
McClintock for a 10-yard gain and a
first down.
Minnesota then went ahead for
good on St. Sauver's 2-yard scoring

go home happy about their final col-
legiate game Saturday.
Seniors Eric Hunter, Jeff Zgonina
and Jim O'Leary also made crucial
contributions to Purdue's 13-10 vic-
tory over Indiana Saturday.
The victory wasn't secure until
junior Jimmy Young made a game-
saving interception in the end zone
in the final minute.
"The Lord just put the ball in my
hands. I really don't know what
happened," said Young, a converted
pass receiver who has made nine in-
terceptions in two years.
"I was hoping to get on track and
rush for over 100 yards," said
Hunter, who also completed 12-of-
23 passes for 163 yards.
IU had moved from its 33 to the
Purdue six in the final minute before
Young picked off Trent Green's pass
and returned it 58 yards.
Place-kicker O'Leary kicked
field goals of 18 and 36 yards. Both
Indiana scores, a 33-yard field goal
by Scott Bonnell and Green's two-
yard run, were set up by short Pur-
due punts.

doomed Wisconsin's bowl chances.
Representatives from the Indepen-
dence and Freedom bowls left with
invitations in hand as the Badgers
fell to 5-6.
"I was trying to force a fumble,"
Gill said. "I got there just as he
handed it off and I just jammed the
ball loose."
Wisconsin had marched to the
Northwestern 27-yard line before
GM i saving play.
>e kids didn't quit, they gave
us a ance," Wisconsin coach Barry
Alvarez said. "We did have a lot of
good things, we came close to hav-
ing a great year."
Len Williams and Lee Gissen-
daner provided much of Northwest-
ern's offense. Williams completed
15-of-21 passes for 244 yards and
two touchdowns. Gissendaner
caught eight passes for 163 yards.
The pair combined on a 58-yard
touchdown in the third quarter.
Illinois 14, Michigan State 10
In Champaign Saturday, Illini

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On what conditions would this measure be taken? If he lost
to Michigan and lost in the Florida Citrus Bowl (or possibly
even if he won the latter) he could pick up his last paycheck.
Talk about undue pressure.
Now, we still don't know what will happen. A victory
Saturday probably would have saved Cooper's job for another
year. But a tie? Everything is still up in the air.
In the meantime, Cooper still sits uncomfortably perched
on the hot seat, awaiting the final judgment. And the onslaught
of scrutiny continues.
"The answer is, 'No,"' Cooper was yelling at reporters
after Saturday's game, trying to explain why he wisely
decided to kick the extra point when OSU scored to make it
13-12. "There was a little more than four minutes left in the
game and I thought we'd tie the game up, we'd kick off, hold
them, which we did, get the ball back and have a chance to
kick the winning field goal...
"If you go for two and don't make it, then you end up
losing the game," Cooper continued. "Then you kick the ball
and that changes the whole complexion of the game."
Read: 'If you go for two and don't make it, then you end up
losing your job.'
The strange irony of last year's Michigan-Ohio State game
was that Cooper was given a three-year contract extension
before the game, a game which his team promptly lost, 31-3.

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