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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, September 20, 1993 - 9

Saints D tames Lions, 14-3
Turnbull, Jackson lead defensive charge

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - What-
ever was wrong with the New Or-
leans defense, ranked 26th in the
NFL after two games, was cured
Sunday by the return of Pat Swilling.
With one slight difference -
Swilling was wearing a Detroit uni-
form.
Inspired by seeing Swilling on
the other side, Renaldo Turnbull,
Swilling's replacement, and Rickey
Jackson, his old running mate at out-
side linebacker, helped the Saints
beat the Lions 14-3.
It was the Saints' their third
straight victory. It also was the first
win in which the offense didn't carry
the load, although rookie Derek
Brown rushed for 121 yards on only
*25 carries.
Turnbull had three sacks, two of
which forced fumbles that Jackson
recovered deep in Detroit territory.
The first led to the second of Wade
Wilson's touchdown passes, a 12-
yarder to Eric Martin.
The second knocked Detroit quar-
terback Rodney Peete out with a knee
sprain.
Overall, the Saints had five sacks
*of Peete, who finished 12of 17 for 99
yards before he was relievedby Andre

Ware.
Playing against a Detroit offen-
sive line missing starters Lomas
Brown and David Richards, the
Saints contained Barry Sanders, who
gained 76 yards in 16 carries, 37 of
which came on two straight carries
in the second quarter.
Swilling, playing despite the death
of his father on Saturday, had two
tackles and jumped offside three
times for Detroit (2-1). The NFL's
defensive player of the year in 1991
was traded the day before last April's
draft for the Lions' first-round pick,
which the Saints used to take offen-
sive tackle William Roaf.
Roaf was part of an offense that
stood out the first two games but did
less on Sunday.
Brown got much of his yardage
on a late, time-consuming drive.
Wilson, who led the NFC in passing,
was just 11 of 22 for 99 yards as the
Saints returned to their conventional
conservative style.
But the defense and special teams
did enough as punter Tommy
Barnhardt and kicker Morten
Andersen also played major roles.
The Lions' first nine possessions
started at their 20 or worse because

Andersen's kickoffs were all into the
end zone and Barnhardt's punts and
the subsequent coverage forced the
Lions to start drives at their 6, 10, 11,
15, and 18.
Sanders finally got the Lions go-
ing with his two long runs to take
them from their 5-yard line to the 42.
That eventually led to Jason
Hanson's 41-yard field goal and a 3-
0 lead.
But the Saints used the next six
minutes to drive 73 yards, capped by
Wilson's 17-yard TD pass to Hoby
Brenner. The 13-year veteran tight
end's last touchdown catch was on
Oct. 21, 1990.
Early in the third quarter, Turnbull
came bursting through and stripped
Peete. Jackson recovered and, on
third down, Wilson found Martin in
the end zone.
Peete was knocked out early in
the fourth quarter on a similar play
that gave the Saints the ball at the
Detroit 10.
But the Saints lost that chance
when William White sacked Wilson
and Dan Owens recovered the bounc-
ing ball. Owens took it out to his 30,
the first time all day Detroit started
beyond its 20.

AP PHOTO
New Orleans Saints linebacker Renaldo Turnbull (97) and defensive end Wayne Martin (93) combine to force a Rodney Peete fumble
yesterday. The Lions recovered the ball, but lost the game, 14-3.

Mirer bests Bledsoe in battle of rookie QBs

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ASSOCIATED, PRESS
The aura of No.1 vs. No. 2 didn't
mean much to Rick Mirer and Drew
Bledsoe.
Mirer led the Seattle Seahawks
past Bledsoe and the New England
Patriots 17-14 Sunday. Neither was
sensational, but as rookie quarter-
tacks, neither is expected to be just
yet.
Mirer, the second choice overall
in last April's draft, was 12-for-16
for 117 yards and one touchdown
before leaving with blurred vision in
the third quarter.
Bledsoe, the top choice, was 20
for 44 for 240 yards and a score, but
was intercepted twice.
"It's not fair to call it (a personal
duel) because everyone out there
played hard," Mirer said. "I thought
Drew played fine. I played all right,
but the game is not just two guys.
"I did talk to Drew briefly, but
there wasn't too much to say. I think
there'll be a lot of good days for both
of us. I'm sure we'll meet up again."
Elsewhere, Philadelphia stormed
back to beat Washington 34-31; New
Orleans defeated Detroit 14-3; Pitts-
burgh routed Cincinnati 34-7; and
the New York Giants downed the
Los Angeles Rams 20-10.
In later games, it was San Diego
over Houston, 18-17; the Browns
topped the Raiders, 19-16, in a battle
of undefeated teams; and San Fran-
cisco held off Atlanta, 37-30, to re-
main in first place in the NFC's west-

emn division.
Last night, the Cowboys visited
Phoenix.
Tonight, Denver and John Elway
plays at Kansas City and Joe Mon-
tana.
Eight teams had byes this week
- Miami, Buffalo, the New York
Jets, Indianapolis, Chicago, Tampa
Bay, Green Bay and Minnesota.
Seahawks 17, Patriots 14
At Foxboro, Mass., the two worst
teams in the NFL last year brought0-
2 records into their meeting. Seattle
won when rookie Scott Scisson
missed a 54-yard field goal with 30
seconds remaining. The kick bounced
off the crossbar.
"You'd have to admit that there
were two better football teams out
there today (than in 1992),"
Seahawks coach Tom Flores said.
"Both quarterbacks were better. No
question that Drew is an excellent
quarterback, as is Rick Mirer."
And Chris Warren is an excellent
runner.
He rushed for 174 yards and a
touchdown as Seattle took a 17-0
lead and held on.
"It felt like clockwork," said War-
ren, who has accounted for 45 per-
cent of Seattle's offense this season.
"It's easy to run when your offensive
line is pushing their defense back off
the line 4 and 5 yards."
Eagles 34, Redskins 31

At Philadelphia, Randall
Cunningham threw his third touch-
down pass with four seconds left as
the Eagles rallied from a 21-10 defi-
cit.All three TD tosses were to Calvin
Williams, who caught eight passes
for 181 yards. His leaping 10-yard
reception lifted the Eagles to their
third straight victory.
"Ijustsaw the two safeties, caught
Randall's eye and he picked me up,"
Williams said of his winning catch.
"We've been doing this for four years
now and we're really relaxed in this
situation."
. Washington's Cary Conklin, fill-
ing in for injured Mark Rypien, also
threw for three touchdowns. Wash-
ington (1-2) got 154 yards rushing
from rookie Reggie Brooks, includ-
ing an 85-yard TD run.
Steelers 34, Bengals 7
At Pittsburgh, Neil O'Donnell ig-
nored his sore arm to throw for three
touchdowns and Barry Foster rushed
for 103 yards. O'Donnell found Ernie
Mills, Yancey Thigpen and Dwight
Stone for TDs and was 21 of 25 for
189 yards and no interceptions. The
Steelers (1-2) had just one touch-
down in their first two games.
Cincinnati (0-3) lost its fifth in a
row to Pittsburgh. After a fast start,
going 11 for 12 for 98 yards and a
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get the Bengals moving in the sec-
ond half.
Giants 20, Rams 10
At East Rutherford, N.J., the Gi-
ants used a conservative attack built
on Rodney Hampton's rushing to
move to 3-0. New York controlled
the ball for 43:29 and Hampton re-
corded his second straight 100-yard
game - a career first - by getting
134 yards on 41 carries.
The Dnams (1-2), losing for only
the second time in the last seven
meetings with the Giants, managed
just 171 yards, only 45 on the ground.
Lawrence Taylor left with a ham-
string injury late in the third quarter
for New York.
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