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Injury situation gets even
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UGIURA inexperience concerns Moeller.
LL WRITERS "We've never had to play this many fresh-
worse as Big Ten approaches PASSING
Clements 25-40 276
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-Considering that the Michigan defensive unit
'as beginning to resemble a MAS H unit prior to
StSaturday's 42-21 victory over Houston, it
night seem hard to believe that the Wolverines
jury situation could get any worse.
The latest setback occurred halfway into the
bird quarter when linebacker Matt Dyson -
trecovering from a calf injury he suffered
er this season -injuried his right knee and
ad to be carried off the field by three of his
Volverine teammates. After his being carted to
he locker room, Michigan coach Gary Moeller
as pesimistic about him returning to the start-
ig lineup anytime soon.
Add to this the loss of inside linebackers
teye Morrison, who Moeller doesn't expect to
ee practicing for at least another week, and
Osrcus Walker, who underwent arthroscopic
ry on his knee last Thursday and is out for
wo to three weeks, and the Wolverines' defen-
ive. corp finds itself in a difficult situation.
"We can't sustain the injuries that were hav-
Mg," Moeller said. "We're going to lose Matt
)son for a while and you can't offord to lose
it:. There's no quick fix in this siutation."
With the latest series of injuries Moeller and
efensive coordinator Lloyd Carr have but
iree remaining inside linebackers to choose
A injuniorBobby Powers andredshirt fresh-
man before. This isn't the picture I thought
would be painted, but I'm not going to play any
one not ready to play."
PASSING FANCY: Another day, another
record. Todd Collins added to his wealth of
school passing marks by becoming the career
completion percentage leader. By going 20-for-
34(58.8 percent), Collins reached the 200 passes
for his career the minimum number of throws
necessary for career-record consideration.
"I think the first half I did pretty well," he
said. "Then I came out in the second half and
made the interception that I threw that we got
called back. I made a wrong decision there, but
overall, I think I did pretty good."
Collins' 267 yards of passing (the seventh-
highest single game passing total in school his-
tory) marked the fifth time in as many career
starts that Collins has thrown for over 200 yards.
He now owns four of the top 12 Michigan
single-game passing yardage total marks.
WHEATLEY FILE: The Tyrone Wheatley
legend keeps growing. For the third time in as
many games this season, and the fifth game in a
row going back to last year, Wheatley surpassed
the 100-yard mark rushing. He had exactly 100
yards at the half, carrying the ball 15 times for
two touchdowns, the first coming on a 25-yard
run punctuated by two bounding leaps into the
He finished the day with 171 yards and a
"I'm pretty satisfied with my performance,"
he said. "I would grade it as decent."
The 171 yards is a season-high. Wheatley
now has 2,339 rushing yards - 10th most in
school history - and has 28 rushing touch-
CLEMENTS' TIME: For the second time in
three games, the Michigan defense faced a quar-
terback making his career debut. Houston's
Chuck Clenents, a redshirt quarterback, had a
field day, going 25-for-40 for 276 yards, two
touchdowns and one interception.
"I thought he played under a situation with a
growing new offense, and is just trying to learn
it," Houston coach Kim Helton said. "He made
some good plays. The young guy did a great job,
in all fairness to him."
Clements himself said he felt pleased with
his play, adding he was surprised with the play
of the Michigan defense.
"It doesn't matter who you play, you expect
a little pressure at times, and i didn't get any of
that," he said. "That's surprising. You sit back
there and don't know if a guy's coming from the
backside because you can't see him.
"Not knowing if he's coming or not, and then
no one ever comes to hit you, that's surprising,"
he added. "You expect to get hit a couple of
times after you release the ball and i didn't get hit
a whole lot today. It's just a great job the offen-
sive line did."
OFFICIALLY UPSET: Members of the Hous-
ton team felt that the Big Ten officials used for
the game provided a little "home cooking" for
"We executed well," running back Lamar
Smith said. "We had some bad officiating, but
He added, "We had to play Michigan Wol-
verines and we also had to play Big Ten
Helton put a different twist on the situation.
"We'll let y'all play in front of Southwestern
Confernence officials," he said. "We'll have
TOUCHDOWN TSHIMANGA: Quebecois
Tshimanga (Tim) Biakabutuka made his ca-
reer debut, scoring on his third carry. The fresh-
man running back made his appearance at the
end of the fourth quarter, scoring the game's
final touchdown with a 4-yard plunge.
"I wanted to see Biakabutuka run a little bit
more so that's why I got him in at the end,"
COVER JINX: Forget "Sports Illustrated."
Maybe the Wolverines ought to worry about not
getting their likenesses on the game program
cover. The three most prominently featured play-
ers on Saturday's program, Morrison, Dyson
and Walker, either missed or left the game be-
cause of injury.
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Spartans get revenge vs. Chippewas in 48-34 triumph
Nittany Lions, Badgers, Wildcats continue to roll over non-conference foes
i was 18-of-25 for 222 yards.
wcca, who threatened to quit the
eam, came in with8 1/2 minutes left to
smattering of applause from the
5,000 or so rain-soaked fans who re-
wained from a Beaver Stadium crowd
Much of the crowd left at halftime
fter Penn State (2-0, 4-0) had built a
7-0 over the Scarlet Knights(2-1).
No. 23 Wisconsin 27, Indiana 15
Rrent Moss rushed for 198 yards
held off Indiana's third-quarter rally
and clinched the game with the 42-
yard completion to DeRamus that set
up a 4-yard TD pass to Matt Nyquist in
the final period.
Indiana (0-1, 3-1), which came in
ranked sixth in the nation in total de-
fense, was unable to stop the Badgers
on a field soaked by a constant rain.
No. 4 Notre Dame 17, Purdue 0
Purdue finally proved it can play
with Notre Dame. The Boilermakers
field goal and a 1-yard run by freshman
It was Notre Dame's eighth straight
win in the 97-year-old series, and its
second consecutive shutout..
Northwestern 26, Wake Forest 14
Quarterback Len Williams passed
for two touchdowns Saturday in lead-
ing Northwestern to a 26-14 victory
over Wake Forest.
The Wildcats (0-0, 2-1), off to their
best start since 1986, went up 16-0
29-yard TDpass to John Leach to make
the score 19-14. But Northwestern ce-
mented the win when Williams tossed
a 25-yard touchdown pass to Mike
Oregon 13, Illinois 7
Willy Tate's 87-yard touchdown
catch and two field goals by Tommy
Thompson gave Oregon a 13-7 victory.
Saturday over Illinois.
Oregon quarterback Danny O'Neil,
passes for 375 yards and four touch-
downs in his first college start, reduc-
ing Marshall Faulk to a secondary role
as San Diego State beat Minnesota,
48-17, Saturday night.
Faulk, the two-time national rush-
ing leader, carried 22 times for 81
yards and one touchdown as SDSU
improved to 3-1.
It was his fourth-lowestcareerrush-
ing output, not including two games
cut short by injury. He also had four