6- The Michigan Daiy -SPORTSMonday - Monday, October11, 1993
mistakes lead to Blue demise
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By ANDY DE KORTE
and KEN SUGIURA
DAILY FOOTBALL WRINTRS
The Michigan receiving corp suf-
fered from amalady extremelyharm-
ful to offensive production - the
Time after time, Michigan receiv-
ers could notcome up with passes that
they had easily caught in previous
"It's hard to explain," Michigan
quarterback Todd Collins said. "The
offense as a whole played bad today.
We have no one to blame but our-
While the players probably don't
want to hear their coaches' assess-
ment of the problem, they are certain
to get an earful at practice today.
"A big part of the problem was
that we weren't physically or men-
tally tough on offense all day," coach
Gary Moeller said. "We had no one
come up with the big play or a spark."
Wide receiverDerrick Alexander
caught seven passes for 99 yards, but
he also missed his chance to catch a
NOT Too TOUGH: Before the game
the Wolverine players renewed their
outrage at an alleged quote by Michi-
gan State coach George Perles about
a lack of Michigan toughness. After
the game, Perles refused to rankle
Michigan by attacking its toughness.
However, he did respond to the alle-
"I had never said, 'The tougher
team won,"'Perles said. "If I had, you
all would have had the quote. It was
fabricated and used. If that's the way
some people use to motivate, I can't
do anything about it. I think it's
chicken, not salad, but the opposite."
THIRTY MINUTES OF NOTHING:
Blanking an offense as potent as the
Wolverines' for even a half has not
been easy for Big Ten teams. When
the Spartans accomplished it Satur-
day, they became the first Big Ten
team to blank Michigan through in-
termission since Illinois in 1985.
The 1993 Spartans matched the
17-0 halftime score that their ances-
tors recorded in 1978.
'O' woE FOR Mo: The 33 net
rushing yards represented the small-
est number of yards ever gained un-
der a Moeller-coached Wolverine
team. The last time Michigan re-
corded fewer than 50 rushing yards
in a game was in 1982 against Notre
Seven points also registered a
new low for Moeller. Last season's
13-13 tie against Ohio State was
Moeller's previous low at Michigan.
Moeller's mark in the Wolver-
ine-Spartan battle fell to 2-2.
WHEATLEY HALTED: After sprint-
ing out of the gates in the first four
games, Tyrone Wheatley was fi-
nally kept under wraps. Wheatley
ran for a season-low 33 yards on 11
carries, with a long of seven yards.
With 26 receiving and 21 kick re-
turning yards, Wheatley compiled
80 all-purpose yards, also a season
low and 149 yards below his season
He was also held scoreless for the
first time this season and lost the
handle when receiving MIchigan's
"We shut him down," boasted
Spartan linebacker Rob
Frederickson. "We didn't game-
plan anything special to stop him,
it's just that that's the way it hap-
pened. He was ineffective against
STILL INFERIOR: Despite upset-
ting Michigan, the Spartans still
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Ricky Powers struggles to break through a wall of Michigan State tacklers during Saturday's action. The normally
potent Michigan running attack was grounded, yielding a total of 33 yards. Tyrone Wheatley had them all.
owned up to their feelings of iniquity
"For some reason, our university,
our Spartans, we heeded (this vic-
tory). We needed something to rally
around. We're 60 miles away (from
Ann Arbor), and we have acomplex,"
Perles said. "There's no doubt about
WAYNE AT STATE: Detroit Lions
head coach Wayne Fontes accompa-
nied Perles into the interview room
following the game. Fontes and Perles
were football teammates at Michigan
Fontes' Lions had Sunday off with
a bye week.
"I hope this one rubs off," quipped
Fontes as he bussed Perles on th
cheek. Detroit plays Seattle next week.
BY THE BYE: Speaking of byes
Michigan State receivedone last week,
while Michigan was busy playing
"It must have helped," Perles ad-,
Season of hope turns into one of struggle
By KEN SUGIURA
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
BAST LANSING -Whenr
Michigan played one gionutago, not
only was a national title in range, but'
Michigan football players were voic-'
ing their opinions on the topic.
"The national championship has
got to be your overall goal," said
cornerback Alfie Burch in the pre-
his statement seemed to echo the
mindset of the entire football team-
with hordes of Big Ten titles already
won, it was time to look to the next
But something happened on the
way to the national championship.
Namely, Notre Dame. One 27-23
loss to the Fighting Irish changed
everything. Title hopes were dashed,
and now it was time to revert to the
old standby of aiming fora trip out to
the Rose Bowl.
But something happened on the
way to Pasadena, too.
Namely, Michigan State. The
Spartans shocked Michigan, 17-7,
Saturday, and now things are going
haywirein thisseasononce fullof so
much promise. The experts who
called a Michigan Rose Bowl ap-
pearance a sure thing are switching
allegiances, climbing on the band-
wagons of Ohio State and Penn State,
which have been clobbering oppo-
nents in convincing fashion.
The Nittany Lions can boast of
blowouts over Maryland and Rutgers,
while the Buckeyes have rolled over
Washington and Northwestern,
Saturday's happenings began to
put things in an entirely different
"We gotbeat up front,"Michigan
coach Gary Moeller said. "Ofur of-
fensive line didn't match up well
with their defensive line."
Whereas last year's Michigan win
over Michigan State produced 294
rushing yards, Saturday's leadingU
ground gainer for Michigan was
Tyrone Wheatley with 33.yards. e
And there.was talk that the Wo-,
verines were not matching the Spar-,
tans in intensity and emotion in this.
intense and emotional rivalry.
"When things are going bad, you$
tend to let it get you down," Michigan.
StatequarterbackJimMiller said. "Wei
flat out, I thought, dominated for fourt
"I think they were (frustrated),"
linebacker Rob Frederickson said.
"When we shut down their running.
attack and they were somewhat inef-.
fective in the passing game, you could:
see signs of frustration in their faces.".
To perhaps most accurately de-
scribe the mayhem Michigan State's.
win caused, consider that Spartan run-
ning back Craig Thomas was pushing,
his club as a Big Ten title contende;
following the game.
'We flat out, I thought,
dominated for four
- Jim Miller'
The loss changes the complexion
of the Big Ten. Four teams are unde."
feated in conference play: Penn State'
(2-0), Wisconsin (2-0), Ohio State
(2-0) and Michigan State (1-0).
Michigan's 22-game Big Ten un-
beaten streak has been snapped. A
third outright title is still possible, but
given the impressive starts of Penn"
State and Ohio State, not likely.
The remainder of the season will
provide insight into Moeller's coach-,
ing capabilities. The challenge which'!
lies ahead for him will be to rally the'
team after a sluggish start and finish g
strongly a season whose primary goal
is unattainable and whose secondary
goal has become a struggle.
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Despite a constant onslaught of State linemen, Todd Collins did manage to
pass for over 200 yards, including a touchdown to Derrick Alexander. It was
the fourth time this year Collins has thrown for over 200 yards in a game.
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