The Michigan Daily - Sports Monday - November 23, 1992 - Page 5
Michigan quarterback Elvis Grbac is escorted from the field in the second quarter after a 3-yard touchdown run.
A blow to his kidney by Ohio State's Chico Nelson forced Grbac to cough up blood and miss the rest of the game.
Inability to yell
FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK keeps Grbac out
by Jeni Durst
Daily Football Writer
COLUMBUS - Michigan quarterback Elvis
Grbac registered his first rushing touchdown of his
career against Ohio State Saturday, but he paid a
price for it.
He was forced to sit out the rest of the game.
In the beginning of the second quarter, Michigan
faced a third-and-goal situation when Grbac ran a
quarterback draw, striding the three yards for the
score. Grbac did score the six points for Michigan on
the play but also received a Buckeye helmet in his
The helmet blow, courtesy of Buckeye safety
Chico Nelson, got under his pads and caused Grbac
to cough up blood. Todd Collins replaced Grbac for
the remainder of the contest.
At the start of the second half, Grbac felt his injury
had subsided enough to allow him to return to action,
but his ability to yell loudly had been affected by the
blow he had received. For that reason and because of
the noise level in Ohio Stadium, especially when the
Wolverines were on offense, Grbac couldn't return
and direct the offense effectively.
"Why couldn't (Elvis) go back in? One thing -
he couldn't holler," Michigan coach Gary Moeller
said. "He couldn't yell and he didn't think he could
do the things that needed to be done."
HONOR ROLL: Despite the disappointment of
Saturday's tie, at least one Wolverine still had some-
thing to celebrate. The Kodak Coaches poll named
defensive lineman Chris Hutchinson to the all-
American team at his position. Hutchinson, who was
already named an academic all-American this year,
was the only Wolverine to receive the honor.
The senior from Houston, Texas is one of this
year's tri-captains and leads the team in sacks (11 for
99 yards) and tackles for loss (13/103). Because of a
rash of injuries at outside linebacker earlier this sea-
son, Hutchinson moved to that position for four
games before returning to his defensive tackle spot
against Northwestern. In the four matchups at OLB,
Hutchinson recorded 24 total tackles, including six
sacks and eight tackles for loss.
TYING ONE ON: The Wolverines ended their
conference schedule with two ties, giving them three
for the season: at the start the season against Notre
Dame (17-17), two weeks ago vs. Illinois (22-22) and
now against Ohio State. The last time the Wolverines
registered three ties in the same year was 1910, when
their record was 3-0-3.
"Three ties - I've only tied once in my life,"
Hutchinson said. "But three in one season. I don't
know what to say."
IS THIS HOCKEY?: One of the complaints
Moeller had Saturday was the quality of the playing
field. Columbus experienced a downpour Friday night
and some described the field as six inches of grass
and six inches of water.
Ohio State quarterback Kirk Herbstreit slipped a
couple of times for lost yardage, as did many
Michigan players. Even a referee fell on a punt return
play early in the game. While Michigan safety
Corwin Brown didn't think the field's slickness af-
fected his play and that "there was good footing out
there," Moeller felt differently.
"You can't stand up on that field," Moeller said.
"It's like playing on an ice rink. When an official falls
down to cover a punt that tells you something. It's
slick out there."
AIR ATTACK GROUNDED: Michigan has always
been known for its powerful running attack, but it is
usually also balanced with a passing game. Saturday
that passing game was almost non-existent.
The Wolverines registered 271 yards of total
offense, but tallied only 71 of those yards through the
air. Both of Michigan's touchdowns were tallied on
At the end of the game after OSU had scored the
tying touchdown, to the astonishment of many,
Michigan ran the ball with Tyrone Wheatley instead
of passing to get into scoring position. Moeller cited
the field quality to explain the lack of passing.
"Maybe if it had been a good field, I would have
thrown more with Todd," Moeller said.
Player C-A Yds TD 1nt
Herbstreit28-47 271 1 0
Player No Yds Avg TD
Stablein 12 111 9.3 0
Cothran 5 67 13.4 0
Saunders 5 54 10.8 0
Beatty 3 20 6.7 1
Rob Smith 1 3 3.0 0
De'reid 1 5 5.0 0
D.Jones 1 11 11.0 0
Total 28 271 9.7 1
Player Att Yds Avg Le
Rob Smith 20 61 3.1 14
Cothran 4 16 4.0 11
Herbstreit 10 12 1.2 15
Harris 1 2 2.0 2
Total 35 91 2.6 15
Player No Yds Avg La
Kessel 5 185 37.0 42
Player No Yds Avg Lg
Taylor 2 18 9.0 9
Player No Yds Ava gLa
Rob Smith 2 41 20.5 25
Player Tac Ast Tot
92 KODAK COACHES ALL-AMERICA TEAM
T. Williams 39-yd FG, 3:58.
Ohio St. 3, Michigan 0
T. Williams 30-yd FG, 12:16.
Michigan 13, Ohio St. 6
Beatty 5-yd pass from
Herbstreit (T. Wiliams kick),
Michigan 13, Ohio St. 13
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