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SPORTSMonday TrMva
What is the only major college
*football team to have played 1,000
"games without playing the
Michigan Wolverines?
(Answer, page 2)


Inside SPORTSMonday
M' Sports Calendar 2
AP Top 25 2
Griddes! 2
Q&A 3
The R.H. Factor 3
Football 4-5, 7
Field Hockey 6
Ice Hockey 6
Women's Volleyball 6
Women'$ Soccer 8

Blue finds joy in Happy
Penn State brings
out 'M' otential A
S TATE COLLEGE-- Notre Dame couldn't do it. ~
Iowa in the Big Ten opener couldn't do it,
Not even hated Michigan State was able to do it.
It took Michigan five games, two losses and Penn i ~ .,.
State, arguably the biggest game"
of its season, to force itself to play
up to its potential. f
Getting to the top is always
easier than staying there. Y K
And having been knocked off ,
4. the top rung, Michigan got a
KEN chance to put the chips back on
their shoulders. No longer were
CoseU Buthe Wolverines heavy Big Ten
No su favorites. No longer were they f
g____ even supposed to win. They were
supposed to lose, and it wasn't

Valley, 21-13
Wolverines upset Lions
in first-ever meeting

(to Pasadena) again.
Shonte Peoples' interception with
14 seconds remaining sealed a 21-13
upset victory over Penn State and put
the Michigan football team back in
contention for the Rose Bowl.
"I think my team had its best focus
of the year," Michigan coach Gary
Moeller said. "This was a special,
special win, and I'm very, very proud
of my players."
And why shouldn't Moeller be
proud? The No. 13 Wolverines (2-1
Big Ten, 4-2 overall) held the No. 14
Nittany Lions (2-1, 5-1) to 25 points
below their season average and, for
the first time this season, dominated
the line of scrimmage and controlled
the game.
Both teams began strong, but were
unable to gain an early advantage.
Michigan took the opening kickoff
and marched 68 yards to the Nittany
Lion 14-yard line, only to be stopped
on third down and watch a Pete
Elezovic 32-yard field goal attempt
sail wide left.
Penn State, taking over at its 20,
mounted an impressive drive of its
own to the Wolverines' three-yard
line, highlighted by a trio of Kerry

Collins roll-out passes to fullback
Brian O'Neal, wideout Chip Labarca,
and tailback Mike Archie. However,
an illegal motion penalty and a pair of
incomplete passes forced the Nittany
Lions into a field goal attempt. Craig
Fayak's 25-yard chip-shot missed to
the right.
Penn State finally opened the scor-
ing with 1:09 left in the first quarter,
when Fayak connected on a 40-yard
field goal.
Then, with 9:33 left before half-
time, the Nittany Lions, who came
into the game averaging 25 points in
the first half, threatened to break it
open. Collins, with plenty of time,
threw a 37-yard strike to wideout
Bobby Engram, who outjumped
cornerback Alfie Burch in the corner
of the endzone for a 10-0 advantage.
The Beaver Stadium record crowd of
96,719 - also the largest regular-
season road crowd in Michigan his-
tory - smelled a quick putaway.
After Penn State got the ball back
on its own five-yard line with just
over 6:30 left before halftime, the
Michigan defense, led by inside line-
backer Bobby Powers, forced the Li-
ons to punt after three plays. V.J.
Muscillo's punt carried to the Penn
State 48, where senior receiver
See PENN STATE, Page 5

going to be pretty. - ."
The Wolverines were playing favored Penn State in }
its den before a deafening crowd and a nationalr
television audience that didn't give the Wolverines a x
And there was the simple fear of losing that Gary
Moeller so wonderfully described.,
"I think they were a little more committed," said
Moeller of his offensive line, if not his whole team.
*And I think they looked across there and said if they
didn't get committed, they were gonna get knocked on y>
their rumps." k ; . s
That was more than enough motivation for the DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
Wolverines. Michigan got off of the throne and played Aided by Derrick Alexander's 48-yard punt return, the Wolverines defeated Penn State, 21-13, in
See SUGIURA, Page 4 the first-ever meeting between these two football powers.
Outcome mixed for Blue harriers
* Third-ranked women take title at Michigan Interregional

Although the course was soaked
by rain, the Michigan women's cross
country team spirits weren't damp-
ened yesterday at the Michigan Inter-
regional as it rolled over the competi-
*ion in its lone home meet of the
The No. 3-ranked Wolverines once
again showed why they are so highly
rated by soundly defeating a field
which included No. 10 Stanford, No.
11 Alabama and No. 12 Notre Dame.
"I think we rose to the occasion,"
coach Mike McGuire said. "In my
mind, we solidified our place in the
The team was once again led by
Senior Molly McClimon, who, al-
though her string of successive victo-
ries, still finished a strong sec-
ond(17:45) to Colorado's Brooke
Baughman. McGuire said he was not
stirprised that Baughman did so well.
"I used to coach in the Big Eight,
so I know her background," McGuire
said. "She's really solid. She was elev-
,nth in the NCAA's last year which
w'as ahead of McClimon, so we knew
she was going to be pretty formi-
Michigan won the race with 49

points, followed by Stanford with 90,
and Colorado with 114. The Wolver-
ines finished four of the first ten run-
ners. Following McClimon were jun-
ior Karen Harvey finishing seventh
(18:25), senior Chris Szabo ninth
(18:29) and sophomore Courtney
Babcock tenth (18:34).
Szabo said she was glad the team
was able to ignore the bad weather

and put forth a good team effort.
"The competition was pretty good,
but I think our team did pretty well,"
Szabo said. "The course is pretty
tough, and we had to face some tough
weather, but everybody had to face
McGuire said the race was indica-
tive of how the team has been running
this season.

"I thought we got out pretty ag-
gressive," McGuire said. "We got into
good position and maintained that
position. I thought it was a good solid
race - the way we've been running
all year.
"I thought Harvey had a real good
race. Molly obviously had a very good
race. We got solid races out of Chris
See X-COUNTRY, Page 8

Disappointing fifth-place finish doesn't worry men

There is still time left for improve-
This was the popular sentiment of
the Michigan men's cross country
team after it struggled to a fifth-place
finish yesterday in the Michigan In-
terregional on the University Golf
Colorado won the race with 78
points and was followed by Notre
Dame and Stanford in a tie for second
with 98, Tennessee with 108 and
Michigan with 127.
"It's still early in the season and
we have a couple of weeks to prepare
for the Big Ten Championships and
winning that is one of our main goals,"
Michigan coach Ron Warhurst said.

Freshman Kevin Sullivan led the
eleventh-ranked Wolverines by fin-
ishing runner-up in the race with a
time of 25:36.
Stanford's Gary Stolz, the 1992
NCAA runner-up, won the race with
a time of 25:39, besting Sullivan by a
mere seven seconds.
"This was the best I've raced all
season but, as a team, we are a little
disappointed because we have been
training really well and we know we
can do better," Sullivan said.
Sophomore All-American Scott
MacDonald was among the individual
leaders early in the race, but faded
badly and finished in 42nd place.
"MacDonald, unfortunately,
jammed his knee and fell back in the
race and that really hurt our chances,"

Warhurst said.
.Senior Shawn McKay was
Michigan's second finisher in 23rd
place overall with a time of 26:31.
Senior and team captain Matt
Schroeder finished third for the Wol-
verines in a time of 26:38, good
enough for 30th place overall.
Sophomore Theo Molla finished
32nd and junior Jim Finlayson placed
40th with times of 26:40 and 26:52,
Warhurst stressed, however, that
the disappointing finish is no need to
panic, even with the Big Ten Champi-
onships lurking two weeks away.
"We're going to improve and
hopefully obtain our goals of winning
the Big Ten and finishing in the top
five nationally," Warhurst said.

Kevin Sullivan (74) finished second at the Michigan Interregional.

'M' hockey takes two in
~Season opener, 4-3, 6-3

Power to the Peoples

The Michigan hockey team added
a new twist to the Cinderella fairy tale
this weekend at Alaska-Fairbanks.
While Cinderella had to do all her
scoring with the prince before the
clock struck 12, the Wolverines waited
till after midnight in both the games to
iut points on the board.
And though Michigan trailed 1-0
in both 11:35 EST contests after one
period, it was the Nanooks who turned
into mice after the midnight toll. The
Wolverines prevailed 4-3 Friday, and

Who, then, filled the evil-stepsis-
ter role?
The Wolverine penalty killing
units earned that part by allowing the
Nanooks five power play goals, all by
center Dean Fedorchuk. This mass of
power-play scoring was facilitated by
24 Michigan penalties in the two-
game set.
If the Wolverines are to continue
their winning ways, they'll have to
avoid giving the opponent man-up
chances, according to freshman
Brendan Morrison.
"We took some penalties that hurt
us. The refs were calling it pretty

Pure, intense, unadulterated,
hard-hitting - power.
Michigan strong safety Shonte
Peoples exudes it.
"That's his claim to fame -
he's known as a hitter," cornerback
Alfie Burch said. "He's a Mack
Truck back there."
Speed to catch a receiver, to
blitz a quarterback, to make an
interception. Peoples has that, too.
"Even if he's not the fastest,"
free safety Chuck Winters said, "he

Safety Shonte Peoples looks to
muscle his way to the pros

unforeseen circumstances, land
Peoples in the NFL next year.
Already, he's been recognized as a
preseason All-American in several
publications, and he's looking for a
second-consecutive All-Big Ten
Of course, Peoples hasn't
always been a starter in a major
football program, and he hasn't
always received national attention.
But he's always had talent and
determination, and it's been noticed
and rewarded.
At Saginaw Arthur Hills High
School, Peoples was a multi-sport
star. In addition to playing wide-


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