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title dreams

Judgment of De Korte

Defensive letdown
costs Blue, 2 7-23

. Without playoffs,
'M' out of title hunt
Playoffs, anyone?
Title-hungry fans had best hope that a playoff format be put in place soon,
because the current method of determination leaves little hope for the Wolverines
to achieve one this year.
Is Michigan's football season over in the wake of Saturday's, 27-23, loss to
Notre Dame? That depends on who answers the question.
The schedule maker would respond that nine games plus apossible bowl game
The disheartened fans who have seen five consecutive Big Ten titles -
including one shared - might not see it that way. Another national crown has
slipped away.
Celelrating a Michigan national championship in football still remains a
privilege solely for those around for the Truman administration. Not since 1948
has the title come to rest in Ann Arbor.
Michigan players have to play those nine games, and because they know this,
they obviously cannot write off the season. However, they have been forced to
focus their passion on the Big Ten, after weeks of saying they wanted more than
to be the bestin the Big Ten.
"It's a terrible feeling," Michigan quarterback Todd Collins said. "We're just
shocked that we lost and now those hopes (of anational championship) are gone.
Now we have to come back strong into the Big Ten."
Itis asif the Wolverines are in aclass that they expected an A+from. They failed
a test. Now, they realize just getting a B will take their best effort. The A+ is
transformed to a never-will, joining an ever-growing pile. Where were you in
The situation could be worse. Imagine we were an independent team like Notre
Dame. Had the Irish lost this game after the way they played last week against
Northwestern, they would be playing for a record good enough to make a bowl
appearance - which might be similar to taking the class pass/fail.
No one asked Michigan coach Gary Moeller if he thought his season had
ended. In fact, no one asked Moeller much of anything. After making his
statements regarding the poor defense in the first half and the pressure Collins
See DE KORTE, Page 5

For the Michigan football team it
wasn't too little, too late.
It was too much, too late.
Too much trouble containing Notre
Dame quarterback Kevin McDougal.
Toomuch of adeficit-17 points atone
time - from which to come back. It all
resulted in an embarrassing 27-23 de-
feat for the No. 3 Wolverines at the
hands of the 11th-ranked Irish Saturday
at Michigan Stadium.
"I think I speak for the team, the fact
that we thought we were the better team
going in," Michigan quarterback Todd
Collins said. "Not now."
Indeed, many felt that the Wolver-
ines (1-1 overall) were the better team
going into Saturday's game against their
bitter rivals. Prior to kickoff, Michigan
was touted as a serious national cham-
pionship contender. With their diverse
offense and speed on defense, many
believed it was the Wolverines' year to
claim their first NCAA title since 1948.
At the same time, Notre Dame was
coming off a less-than- impressive vic-
tory over Northwestern in its first week,
a mild quarterback controversy and a
newly-released book criticizing the Irish
program. These combined effects made
them definitive underdogs and gave
reason for some to even predict a Wol-
verine blowout.
However, Notre Dame (2-0) wasted
no time in proving to the college foot-
ball world that reports of its demise
were greatly exaggerated. The Irish took
the opening possession and marched
down the field untouched, scoring on a
43-yard option run by McDougal just
over three minutes into the game.
"I didn't expect (the run) to go that
far, but once I gotoutthere, the receivers
did a great job," said McDougal, who
faked a pitch to his tailback on the left
side and sprinted up through the sec-
"I told myself, I'm going to give a
move inside to make their block a little
easier and the hole opened up. I just ran
as fast as I could to the end zone."
Michigan countered with an impres-
sive drive of its own, only to be stymied
inside the Notre Dame 20. The Wolver-
ines had to settle for a 32-yard field goal
by Pete Elezovic, cutting the deficit to
7-3. That would be as close as they
would come to evening the score, as
Michigan never seemed able to mounta
serious challenge against the Irish all

Butthe real story of the firsthalf was
the ease with which the Notre Dame
offense handled the Wolverine 'D'. The
Irish line gave McDougal ample time to
throw the ball downfield and the senior
quarterback, who had been benched
only a week earlier, took advantage of
the situation, going 7-for-13 for 137
yards in the first half, two more than he
had thrown for during the entire North-
western game.
(McDougal) made the big play," safety
Shonte Peoples said, who led the Wol-
verines with 12 tackles. "That really
hurt us early in the game. We didn't
measure up in the first half."
And when the Michigan pressure
did flush him out of the pocket,
McDougal was able to scramble for the
necessary yardage, tying tailback Lee
Becton for the team lead in rushing with
66 yards.
"I'm disappointed completely in the
way we played defense in the first half,"
Michigan coach Gary Moeller said.
'Youaren' tgoing tobeatanybody play-
ing defense like that."
Meanwhile, the big front four of the
Notre Dame defense prevented the
Wolverine ground game from amount-
ing to much more than the athletic abil-
ity of Tyrone Wheatley. The junior tail-
back was often stopped at or near the
line of scrimmage. If not for his own
quickness and speed, Michigan's rush-
ing game would have been close to nil.
Wheatley did gain 146 yards on 25
carries on the day, but as a team, the
Wolverines had only 151 yards on the
"I would have liked to run inside a
little bit better but that's a good football
team," Moeller said. "The perimeter
people are excellentand they're a strong
team up front."
After Notre Dame upped their ad-
vantage to 17-3 on a56-yard puntreturn
by Mike Miller --the second score the
Wolverine special teams unit has al-
lowed in as many games - Michigan
looked to cut the lead back to seven
points going into halftime. Wheatley's
one-yard dive into the end zone capped
a nine-play, 89-yard drive with 1:13
However, McDougal again took
advantage of a lackadaisical defense,
engineering a seven-play drive of his
own. With six seconds remaining in the
half, and Notre Dame on the Michigan
10, McDougal dropped back to pass,
See NOTRE DAME, Page 4

Notre Dame wide receivers Derrick Mayes (1) and Lake Dawson (87) celebrate the
Fightning Irish's 27-23 victory Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

Women's cross country opens with blowout
Harriers run away from field at Lehigh Invitational

Saturday's women's cross country
opener, the Lehigh Invitational, was
about as competitive as a George Will
vs. Mike Tyson boxing match.
Third-ranked Michigan lambasted
the competition with eight Wolverines
crossing the finish line before the first
rival harrier. By sweeping the top eight
spots, Michigan outdistanced Fairleigh
Dickinson, Colgate and Lehigh by iden-
tical 15-50 scores in the four-way dual
'We expected to do pretty well be-
cause the schools we were against were'
smaller," said Jenny Barber, who fin-
ished sixth in 18:33.0. "It was a good

opener to build our confidence."
Barber herself gained rave reviews
for her performance from coach Mike
"The most pleasant surprise of the
meet was Jenny Barber," McGuire said.
"She ran a lifetime best."
While McGuire can't really com-
plain about his runners having stellar
performances, he might prefer that they
don't squander them against schools
with nicknames like the Engineers
(Lehigh). The next time the Wolverines
visit Bethlehem, Pa., itwillbeforameet
of slightly more importance - the na-
tional championships.
'We realized that the competition
wasn'tgoing tobe superstiff,"McGuire

said, "but we wanted to get on the
course because that's where NCAAs
Senior Molly McClimon led the
Wolverines, crossing the finish line in
17:45.2, followed closely by Courtney
Babcock at 17:48.7. Karen Harvey and
Chris Szabo rounded out the first pack
of Michigan harriers, notching 17:56.5,
and 18:00.0, respectively.
The trio of Barber, Katy Hollbacher
and Jessica Kluge followed in the sec-
ondpack of Wolverines and trotted home
about 30 seconds later.
"It was kind of cool to look up from
the second pack and to see all blue in
front of us," Barber said of trailing
behind Michigan's leading foursome. If

McGuire has his way, Barber and her
fellow five through nine runners will be
seeing blue in front of them all season,
albeit at closer range. He hopes the
second pack of Wolverine runners will
close the gap between itself and the
quartet of All-Americans.
'We'd like to keep those five packed
up but keep them closer to the first
four," McGuire said. "We had a 44-
second gap between our first and fifth
runner-we'd like to get that down to 30
With Kelly Chard, one of the team's
top runners, out indefinitely with a foot
injury, McGuire stressed the importance
ofa total team effort to win big meets, as
See BLOWOUT, Page 9

Spikers drop two of
three on Tobacco Rd.

Becoming Wolverines

In the state of North Carolina, the
Michigan volleyball team met up with
three Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
schools - North Carolina State, Duke
and North Carolina.
The ACC won.
Michigan topped North Carolina
State Friday, 16-14,15-10,13-15, 15-4,
and then dropped matches to Duke, 15-
7, 7-15, 15-1, 15-11, and North Caro-
lina, 15-5, 12-15, 15-9, 15-8, on Satur-
The 1-2 weekend evened out the
Wolverine record to 3-3.
'We're just not playing well right
IKw,"head coach Greg Giovanazzi said.
"No one is really stepping forward to
help us solidify a regular rotation. We
really need our veterans to be more of
leaders. This was a discouraging week-
The Blue Devils (4-1) took control

Smith led the defense with 15 digs.
If accepting defeat was not enough,
injury also befell the Wolverines. Dur-
ing the Duke match, senior co-captain
Michelle Horrigan suffered a shoulder
injury, causing her to miss the North
Carolina match later that day.
Davidson and Smith did their best to
pick up the slack in a losing effort to
North Carolina (5- 2) that night. Smith
was switched from middle blocker to
outside hitter this year. She had a team-
high 13 kills in Chapel Hill. Davidson
was not far behind, with 12 kills of her
own that night. The defensive action
was anchored around Smith who com-
piled 19 digs and Davidson who added
eleven digs to the Michigan team total
of 84 for the match.
Despite the disappointment of
Saturday's games, the Wolverines be-
gan theiradventuredown Tobacco Road
with a smoke-out of North Carolina
State Friday night. The Wolverines'
nff-ancive machie-nnuwpred byh

To most of the 105,000 in
attendance, the statistics
meant little. It was little more
than a 41-14 smearing of a
non-conference opponent. If
they'd seen it once, they'd
seen it a thousand times.
Some more observant fans
might have noticed the play of
two youngsters who had
pretty good games. Perhaps
their performance even stood
out to a few others.
But for most of those fans
who filed out of Michigan
Stadium that clear, crisp early
September afternoon, there
was only the fading memory
of a lopsided victory. The
finer details of the contest
would be forgotten by the
time they awoke the next
For those two young men,

After a year of effort Mercury Ha
and Amani Toomer make it at Mich

Yes the feat they had accom-
igan This is a story about two
receivers,who both had
come to Ann Arbor with
great expectations.
Having decided to come
to Michigan in the spring
following Desmond
Howard's unforgettable
autumn, many felt that one
of them, or both, would soon
replace Howard at Michigan,
diving headlong into end
zones for footballs and
striking poses of certain
With catchy names like
Mercury and Amani, what
cereal wouldn't want these
two on its box?
But when they arrived on
campus ready to turn
Michigan football on its
winged helmet, as only



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