When was the last time the
Michigan football team won fewer
than nine games in a season?
(Answer, page 2)
Miller's Crossing 6-10
Wolverines near end of rad with loss
Rose Bowl all but gone
with 24-21 Illini victory
By ANDY DE KORTE
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
Seven games into the season, no
one has figured out what the Michigan
football team will do next. Conversely,
it is more clear what the team will not
be doing. Barring a string of miracles,
Saturday's24-21 loss to Illinois ended
Michigan's hopes of returning to the
The Wolverine mystery continued.
Just one week removed from its finest
performance of the season against then-
No.9 Penn State, the uninspired Wol-
verines lost to an unranked Illinois
team that already had four losses.
A dwindling 21-10 fourth-quarter
lead stymied onlookers at least as much
as the loss itself.
Quarterback Johnny Johnson fin-
ished the comeback with a pass to Jim
Klein on fourth down and six with 37
seconds left in the game. Johnson's
effort on the play typified the mobility
he exhibited throughout the entire game.
Before succumbing to gravity and the
pressure of Michigan defenders Buster
Stanley and Shonte Peoples, Johnson
fired a bullet into the end zone.
The resolution of the play surprised
many of the principle players, includ-
"I had no idea that was coming to
me. We had just a combination route
called," Klein said. "So when I ran into
the corner, I saw Johnny scrambling,
so I just turned right back around the
defensive back and looked for an open
spot. He put it up there and I went after
Nose tackle Tony Henderson at-
tested to Johnson's agility.
"I was back there, about three to
five yards away from (Johnson),"
Henderson said. "He was going down
just as he threw it."
Despite what the play accomplished
for the Illinois team, including the first
win against Michigan since 1983, Illini
coach Lou Tepper could not add any
insight to the play.
"When Johnny threw the ball, I
didn't see any receivers in the area,"
Tepper said. "I thought the ball was
going out of bounds."
Michigan coach Gary Moeller
complemented Johnson but had little
love for the latest play to ruin his team's
"He made a very athletic play. It
was a good individual play on his part,"
Moeller said. "But, we never should
have been in that position."
Moeller's contention relates to the
two series preceding Illinois' last pos-
A stalled Michigan drive finished
with Illinois' Kraig Koester returninga
punt to the Illinois 45-yard line with
4:15 remaining in the game. Johnson
promptly hit tight end Ken Dilger for
38 yards up the middle.
Michigan's Ty Law quickly trans-
formed the play from disaster to dream
when he stripped the ball away from
Dilger and Matt Dyson recovered it for
The Wolverine running game, un-
productive for much of the game, added
two first downs, only the second and
third of the quarter. Although the sec-
ond of the first downs could have sealed
the game since Illinois had used all its
timeouts, that was not the case.
After seemingly snuffing out Illi-
nois' last chance to score, senior tail-
back Ricky Powers fumbled when hit
by linebackers Kevin Hardy and
Simeon Rice. Ricerecoveredthe fumble
to set up the offense on the Michigan
With 1:13 remaining, the Illini
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Illinois freshman tailback Ty Douthard scores on a two-yard run to make the score 21-16 with 11:37 left in the fourth quarter.
* Slice of time makes Klein a hero,
n the time it takes to throw a 15-yard spiral, the
lives of two young men were forever altered in
the bronze dusk of Michigan Stadium Saturday.
For Jim Klein - a former walk-on who
transferred from Division I-
AA Western Illinois only two
years before - it was the
fulfillment of a childhood
The winning touchdown,
for the Illini, at Michigan.
For Ricky Powers - a RYAN
former starter who was an HERRINGTON
All-Big Ten tailback only two The R.H.
years before - it was yet Factor
another disappointment in an
already disastrous senior season.
The game-costing fumble, with 1:13 left,
But when Klein tucked away the fourth-and-six
toss for the game-winning score in Illinois' 24-21
last-minute victory over Michigan, it was as if
destiny's hand had reached out of the autumn sky
and touched these two reserves, joyfully anointing
one a hero and devastatingly branding one a goat.
Of course, to blame the defeat on any one
Michigan player is a grave injustice. It was not all
Powers' fault, this second Big Ten defeat for the
Wolverines in three games. Saturday's collapse
was a team effort.
Instead of putting the Illini away when it had
the chance --up by 11 with the ball and five
owers a goat
minutes left in the third quarter - Michigan
continued to play the inconsistent football that has
stuck with the Wolverines like velcro since the day
they put on their pads for two-a-days in mid-
Yet while his teammates attempted to console
him as they walked off the field, it was Powers
who in the end did commit the most deadly sin of
the sport of football. And in so doing, the co-
captain from Akron, Ohio, began to write the
epitaph on one of the most exciting, promising,
painful and disappointing careers of any player
who has put on the winged helmet and heard the
cheers of "The Victors."
If anyone knew the grim realities of the saying
See HERRINGTON, Page 5
Spikers swept by Buckeyes, Nittany Lions
By CHARLIE BREITROSE by Penn State. Giovanazzi said. "I'm very, very en- blocks Saturday.
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Most volleyball coaches aren't too
excited when their team only wins one
game in two matches.
But Michigan women's volleyball
coach Greg Giovanazzi was very opti-
mistic about his team's performance
against Ohio State and Penn State this
The Wolverines dropped their
match to the Buckeyes, 3-1(5-15, 15-
12,6-15,5-15), and were swept by the
Nitanny Lions in three games (8-15,9-
15,7-15). Amazingly, Giovanazzi was
more upbeat about Saturday's sweep
i n. uiaWC were Cp n11PUM1g at a
much higher level than at any point
previous to this in the season,"
Giovanazzi said. "I thought that we
hung with (Penn State) the whole way.
Other than a few errors towards the end
of games, I thought we were in the
position in every game to challenge, if
not win each one of them."
The Wolverines are recovering from
numerous injuries, and they are look-
ing to take the Big Ten by storm in the
last half of the conference schedule.
"I think everyone is on the verge of
getting healthy. That's very exciting,"
COUrageU y IS w eCKnCIU -s ng
the tone, at least emotionally, for the
second half of the Big Ten. I think that
with the healthy bodies coming in next
week, that we're going to be a force in
Big Ten matches."
The No. 8 Nitanny Lions had a
balanced attack, with a big front row to
stop the Michigan offense.
Middle blocker Jenny Myszewski
led the Penn State hitters, putting down
11 kills, and outside hitter Zeynep Ton
chipped in another 10. Saundi
Lamoureux, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker,
had one solo block and seven assisted
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same attributes as the other power-
houses Michigan has faced this season.
me a lot of Stanford," freshman Shareen
Luze said. "They don't crackreal easy.
When we got three aces or three points,
they didn't fall apart. They just kept
Though the Wolverines did not take
a game Saturday night, Michigan didn't
back down to the Lions' attack.
"I think that we kept the pressure on
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Collias fine tunes her game
Senior chases M'digs record
Wolverines Aimee Smith and Erica Badra-Grycan struggle against Ohio State.
Field hockey splits weekend
with Northwestern, Ohio State
By DAVE SCHWARTZ
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Northwestern is No.2 in the nation.
Northwestern is 23-0 lifetime
against Michigan. Obviously we're not
talking about football, at least not yet.
The Michigan field hockey team
(2-5 Big Ten,10-5 overall) fell to North-
western Saturday, 4-3, after blanking
Ohio State Friday, 2-0. Both games
were at Columbus.
Saturday's game provided plenty
Michigan certainly had opportuni-
ties to score more often, but it con-
verted on just one of 12 penalty cor-
ners. The Wildcats were limited to a
mere two corners.
"It was unfortunate," Perry said.
"Offensively, we need to execute on
As a result of the high score, Michi-
gan will have to work on its defense,
which had been quite stingy until this
"It was disappointing to flip-flop
By BRETT JOHNSON
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Alternative, country, rock-you
name it. If it's on the radio, JoAnna
Collias will sing it. The senior
outside hitter is the volleyball team's
"I like music'a lot," Collias said.
"I like to sing on the bus trips. (My
teammates) always make fun of me
because they don't think I have a
good voice, but I always like to
think that I do."
Despite her claims about her
voice, her teammates have never
quite agreed with Collias. In fact, it
is somewhat of running team joke.
"JoAnna has always claimed
that she has this incredible voice,"
junior setter Julie Scherer said.
"When she was in eighth grade, or
something like that, on her club
team, she used to sing. Her
teammates would ask her to sing
best all-around threat on the court,
and if everything goes according to
plan, she will soon top the
Michigan record book as the
school's all-time dig leader.
Although an ankle injury has
sidelined her for two weekends and
slowed'herassent towards the
record, Collias is only 48 digs away
from claiming the top spot, This
puts her about three games away
from breaking the record.
As the season progressed,
Collias had not realized she was
getting so close. She says that it
hasn't really come up too much
because she is just trying to help the
team improve and reach its goals.
"I really haven't been thinking
about it too much," Collias said.
"It's kind of funny. After the Iowa
game, (Michigan coach) Greg
(Giovanazzi) said something about
how I needed this many more digs