4- The Michtan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 4, 1993
Player C-A Yds TD
Collins 13-19 178 1
Totals 13-19178 1
Att Yds Avg Lg
28 113 4.0 10
7 50 7.120
6 26 4.3 9
1 3 3.0 3
46175 3.8 20
By KEN SUGIURA
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
"Horrible," decried Michigan quar-
terback Todd Collins.
"Bad," was Iowa coach Hayden
"Last game, it was okay," stadium
groundskeeper Tim Roberts said;
"This game, it's terrible."
All in all, it was just plain sod*
WhatCollins, Fry and Roberts wete
all referring to was the loose turf at the
south end of the field at Michigan
Stadium Saturday, specifically the
rectangular section between the
hashmarks and the 28- and 40-yard
Though Roberts and other grounds
crew members tried to replace and
stamp down divots during every s-
page ofplay, the turfdid nothold uj
the stress of a college football game.
In fact, it only took seven plays, on
Michigan wideout Derrick Alex
ander's punt return, before the wea
began to show.
Senior co-captain Buster Stanley had his best game of the season Saturday against Iowa. The defensive tackle had 14 tackles, including two sack and
another tackle for a loss. Stanley attributed the defensive unit's improvement to a player's only meeting held the Sunday after the Houston game.
Captain Stanley leads 'D' comeback
Burkholder - 1
R. Powers I
Yds Avg Lg
By KEN SUGIURA
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
As a Heisman Trophy candidate
and a lock for consensus first-team
All-America, TyroneWheatley knows
his place on the Michigan football
"I'm a junior. I'm not a senior yet.
Whatever the seniors say, I just go
with it," Wheatley said following
Michigan's 24-7 defeatof Iowa Satur-
day. "I just roll with the punches."
He rolls with the punches for all
the seniors, but most willingly defers
to the Wolverines at the top of the
hierarchy, co-captains Buster Stanley
and Ricky Powers.
In the week when Michigan needed
leadership and effort the most, defen-
sivetackle Stanleyand backup tailback
Powers provided evidence by the bar-
rel-full why their teammates chose
them to lead.
"It seemed like we had more of a
spark today as a whole team," quarter-
back Todd Collins said. "Before, we
were a little flat and itjust seemed like
today everything came together for
us. We're really pulling for each other
and we have enthusiasm."
The captains seemed to resuscitate
Michigan from its stale performance
against Houston. Powers, whipped into
an arm-waving frenzy, delivered his
strongest game of the season. He
rushed for 50 yards on seven carries
and effectively spelled Wheatley when
he needed a rest.
But it was Stanley's effort, both
Saturday and throughout the week
prior to the game, that had everyone
The 6-foot-2, 283-pounder from
Youngstown, Ohio, catalyzed a de-
Stanley registered 10 tackles, in-
cluding two sacks and another tackle
for a loss. Near the end of the second
quarter, he popped Iowa rbnning back
Ryan Terry deep in Michigan terri-
tory, causing a fumble that he also
recovered. The turnover set up a 32-
yard Pete Elezovic field goal that sent
Michigan into the locker room lead-
The performance secured him
honors over a three-touchdown per-
formance by Wheatley..
"We got a little bit of a pass rush
out of Buster Stanley, who's really
been playing well defensively for us
every single game," Michigan coach
Gary Moeller said. "I'm very proud of
He could have been proud of the
defense in general, which may have
played its best game of the season.
Led by Stanley, the Michigan defense
shut Iowa down to seven points and
penetrated the Hawkeye backfield with
There were four sacks. two other
tackles for losses, and an interception
by Shonte Peoples. The Hawkeyes
gained only 48 yards on the ground.
"We had guys flying around to the
ball, making tackles," Michigan line-
backer Bobby Powers said. "That's
Michigan defense. That's what we did
Stanley's effort Saturday culmi-
nated a week that may be considered
the turning point by the end of the
"After the Houston game, sitting
on the sidelines, Ijustknew that wasn't
Michigan's defense out there play-
ing," Stanley said. "We had a little
meeting on Sunday, just the players,
and we got everything out."
Against Houston last week, the
Michigan defense gave freshman quar-
terback Chuck Clements time to throw
the football and then nrovided him
with open targetsdownfield. Clements,
making his first career start, passed
for 276 yards and a pair of touch-
The rushing defense did not fare
much better. Cougar running back
Lamar Smith carried the ball 20 times
for 119 yards, one time slicing through
the defense for a 30-yard touchdown
It was this weak performance that
led Stanley to call the defensive play-
ers-only meeting at Schembechler
Hall, and it is safe to assume this was
not the hymn-singing kind of Sunday
Cornerback Alfie Burch said that
they used the meeting as an airing-out
session to "get things out in the open
that we needed to talk about."
Those things were the mental mis-
takes and lack of aggressive play that
cropped up against Houston and Notre
The mental mistakes were appar-
ently the result of a lack of enthusi-
asm, the lack of a spark that Collins
said was rekindled Saturday.
The timid play was a result of a
bevy of injuries. Among others, line-
backers Matt Dyson and Steve
Morrison were shelved, forcing
Moeller torush unprepared underclass-
men into action. Their inexperience,
caused them to play cautiously for
fear of making crucial mistakes.
But when the meeting had ended, a
new team walked out the doors.
"We just came out of there with a
better attitude," Stanley said. "Like I
said, that meeting turned everything
It is not surprising that a meeting
ledby Stanley wouldprovesoproduc-
tive. A man full of giggles and smiles
off the playing field, but a player of
determination and intensity on it,
Stanley has earned the full respect of
"Guys look up to Buster," Bobby
Powers said. "That's how he is."
Penn St. 70, Maryland 7
Ki-Jana Carter scored three of Penn
State's six first-half touchdowns, and
the No. 9 Nittany Lions shut d
Maryland's high-powered offense
Saturday night in a 70-7 victory.
Penn State (2-0 Big Ten, 5-0 over-
all) built a 46-7 halftime lead and
coasted to its most lopsided victory in
a one-sided rivalry. The Lions are 35-
1-1 against the Terrapins, whose only
victory came in 1961.
Penn State amassed 536 rushing
yards on 56 attempts.
Carter finished with a career-4
159 yards on 13 carries, scoring on
runsof63,4and36yards. Mike Archie
carried 11 times for a career-best 120
yards and a touchdown.
Maryland (0-2 ACC, 0-5), which
had been averaging 507 yards and 34
points per game, could muster only91
yards in the first half, including mi
nus-7 on the ground.
The Terrapins' Scott Milanov*
who led the nation in passing, threw
three interceptions and was sacked
five times. He was 19-for-32 for 158
yards before leaving early in the fourth
Ohio State 51, Northwestern 3
Ohio State intercepted fivepasses
and dominated the last three quarters
to beat Northwestern, 51-3, Satur
for its 18th consecutive victory in e
The Wildcats had looked improved
in non-conference games, but this time
they looked a lot like the 17 teams the
Buckeyes manhandled by an average
score of 45-10 since 1971.
"It's embarassing," Wildcatcoaci
Gary Barnett said. "We got a solic
dose ofreality right between the eyes.'
The margin of victory was thel*
est in John Cooper's six seasons as
head coach ofthe Buckeyes (1-0,4-0)
Since 1971, Ohio State has beaten thc
Wildcats by an average score of 45
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yard line, but was quickly knocked
back nine yards by the first of two
Buster Stanley sacks.
The pressure that Stanley and his
cohorts on the defensive line exerted
againstIowaaided theperformance of
"Whenever you've got Sylvester
(Buster) Stanley and Tony Henderson
applying pressure like (four sacks and
another disallowed by penalty), their
throws aren't going to (be) accurate,"
cornerback Alfie Burch said. "You
saw (strong safety) Shonte Peoples
make a nice interception. That (pres-
'Obviously, our defense
Offensively, we self-des
blocked as well as wA
destruct, which we did
good about our team rij
offensive team than tha
drubbing his team took from
Nittany Lions in Iowa City. "Realist
cally, we should have had 24 point
and maybe even more than that."
Fry expected more points becaus
throughout the remainder of the gams
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