4 - The Michigan Daily -- SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 25, 1993
Blue lets lead slip away
Wolverines squander 11-point edge in final quarter
Player C-A Yds TDI
J.Johnson 22-38 265 2
Tot. 22-38 265 2
Player Att Yds
Douthard 27 123
J.Johnson 8 26
Lynch 5 11
Yds Avg Lg
By KEN SUGIURA
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
While Michigan's 11-point lead in
the fourth quarter had the appearance
of money in the bank, Saturday proved
once again that appearances can be
Behind two dramatic scoring plays
by wide receiver Derrick Alexander
and another by fellow wideout Amani
Toomer, the Wolverines steadily built
up a 21-10 cushion midway through the
But just as the Michigan defensive
linemen never seemed to get their hands
on elusive Illinois quarterback Johnny
Johnson, the Wolverines let the game
slip away from them as well.
"We had the opportunity and we
didn't seize it," Michigan linebacker
Matt Dyson said.
In the quarter when Michigan
wanted to grab hold of the game by its
throat and not let go, its grip loosened
enough to let the Illini escape out of
Ann Arbor with its first road win against
Michigan since 1966.
"We didn't play as well aswe should
have," Alexander said.
Michigan began to lose control of the
game when Illinois got the ball back 13
seconds into the fourth. Ten plays later,
Illinois runningbackTy Douthard punched
theballinon a third-and-goal play from the
Michigan 1. The drive had been kept alive
when Illinois coach Lou Tepper decided
on fourth and3 fromthe Michigan 11 togo
for the first down.
Johnson completed a five-yard pass
to tight end Ken Dilger to give Illinois
first and goal from the 6.
"Johnny was really in control of the
game," said Tepper after the game.
After tailbackTyrone Wheatley was
knocked out of the game with a bruised
shoulder, Moeller looked to his back-
ups, Ed Davis and Ricky Powers, to
finish the game. This afternoon, they
were not able to fuel any sustained
drives in the final quarter. The coach
felt that the offensive line had to shoul-
der part of the blame.
"We did not block at all," Michigan
coach Gary Moeller said. "I was very
disappointed with that. If you don't
block, you can't be a good offensive
Counterpart Tepper felt that his
team's defensive scheme also had a
hand in Michigan's offensive short-
comings as well.
"The plays that we had seen them
have great success with were plays that
broke outside, particularly against Penn
State," he said. "We really tried to keep
(linebacker) Kevin Hardy and (safety)
Tyrone Washington with outside le-
verage to force everything inside. I'm
not saying this in cocky terms, but we
just feel that we're pretty strong in-
In the fourth quarter, fullback Che
Wheatley sat out the whole quarter.
"We ran the ball a lot in the fourth
quarter," Michigan quarterback Todd
Collins said. "We tried to control the
ball, and we did except for the fumble."
Powers' fumble with 1:13 left in the
game gave Illinois new life.
"I just felt I had to step up ifwe wanted
to win. It was a now-or-never, do-or-die
situation, sudden death," said Illini defen-
sive lineman Simeon Rice, who both
stripped Powers of the ball and recovered
it, too. "We all knew that if something big
was gonna happen, it had to happen right
then. It so happened that the running back
had the ball, and as soon as I saw him cross
my face, I just grabbed at the ball and
yanked it out."
The Michigan defense, too, could
not extinguish the Illini hopes in the
game's last period. It allowed Johnson
to engineer two quick touchdown drives
that covered a lot of the field but did not
use much of the clock.
The first fourth-quarter touchdown
drive was 41 yards and took 3:10. The
second, which traveled 44 yards, lasted
'It so happened that
the running back had
the ball, and as soon as
I saw him cross my
face, I just grabbed at
the ball and yanked It
- Simeon Rice
only 44 seconds.
For the entire quarter, the Illini of-
fense was able to move the football on
the Wolverine defense. Of their four
possessions, three of them traveled over
30 yards, and the fourth went 22.
"I was thinking, 'Man, I just want
one more shot because we know we can
move the ball on them,"' Illinois right
tackle Randy Bierman said. "We were
just standing on the sideline screaming,
"C'mon defense, get the ball back for
us." And they did, and it just happened
that we threw a touchdown just like we
thought we would."
The final touchdown from Johnson
to wide receiver Jim Klein capped off
the reeling Michigan effort.
"It was like a nightmare," Dyson
recounted. "I can't even describe it."
On fourth and six from Michigan's
15, Johnson escaped a Michigan blitz
and threw the winning score to Klein
while falling to the ground.
Illinois players Johnny Johnson and Kraig Koester celebrate the first Illini'
MSU keeps Rose Bow
alive; Badgers upset bI
No. Yds Avg Lg
4124 31.0 42
2 82 41.044
6 20634.3 44
Yds Avg Lg
65 13.0 29
65 13.0 29
Michigan State 24, Iowa 10
Michigan State knows it needs a lot
of help to make it to Pasadena on New
That doesn't mean the Spartans
aren't still hoping.
Even after beating Iowa 24-10 Sat-
urday, and seeing Michigan and Wis-
consin lose, Michigan State needs Ohio
State to lose two of its last four league
"Right now, I don't know what's
goingto happen," Michigan State coach
George Perles said. "I just know that if
we keep winning, something good is
going to happen to us, and it could
involve all kinds of dimensions of good-
Iowa entered Saturday's game at
0-4 in the Big Ten. Against Michi-
gan State, though, the Hawkeyes
used a tough defense to stay in the
game until Duane Goulbourne
scored a clinching touchdown in the
final two minutes.
"I'm really proud of our defense,
because they made Michigan State work
hard for everything they got," Iowa
coach Hayden Fry said. "I wish it could
have ended 17-10, but our guys finally
wore out at the end."
Goulbourne, a sophomore tailback,
was the only Spartan to have any suc-
cess against the Iowa defense. He rushed
for 213 yards, while the rest of thetea
only accumulated 117 yards of tot
"I'm glad I had the big day, b
only because it helped us win,
Goulbourne said. "If I gain two yard
and we win, I'm happy."
Ohio State 45, Purdue 24
Marlon Kerner returned an inte
Player No. Yds Avg
Lynch 2 80 40.0
Mosley 1 10 10.0
Voelker 1 14 14.0
Illinois quarterback Johnny Johnson lets one fly during 4th quarter action, while being pursued by Matt Dyson (91).
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wasted little time. Three passes later
- one to Jason Dulick and two to Ty
Douthard- Illinois was at the six-yard
After the ensuing kickoff, the des-
perate Wolverine offense could go no
further than the Illinois 36-yard line.
The rest is history.
However, Michigan's past history
was no indication of the Wolverines'
running game Saturday. The highly-
vaunted Illinois linebackers keyed a
rushing defense, already ranked fourth
in the nation with 77 yards per game
allowed, to hold the Wolverines to only
Sophomore tailback Tyrone
Wheatley, who entered the game with a
pulled groin muscle, bruised his right
shoulder during the game and could
manage only 56 yards against the Blue
Powers and Davis also found trouble
penetrating the Illinois line, gaining 31
and 14 yards respectively.
"We did not block at all, I was very
disappointed with that," Moeller said.
"If you don'tblock, you can'tbe agood
offensive team. We didn't move the
ball like we should have, but we did
throwwith some success."
Since the Wolverines could not
establish a running game, they had
to take what Illinois gave them.
Michigan quarterback Todd Collins
took to the air. His 286 yards were
fourth highest among single game
outputs for Michigan quarterbacks.
Derrick Alexander caught
Michigan's first and third scores,
including a 90-yard touchdown that
was the longest in Michigan history.
Amani Toomer scored the other
touchdown with a 57-yard reception.
Catching the ball around the Illinois 45-
yard line, Toomer broke the tackle of
Robert Crumpton and made both Tyrone
Washington and Hardy miss while
scampering into the endzone midway
through the second quarter.
Early in the game, Illinois tried to
the give the game away. During
Michigan's second drive, three Illinois
cepted pass 100 yards as Ohio State, ,
to its best start since 1979, defeat
Purdue 45-24 on Saturday.
Ohio State (4-0 Big Ten, 7-0 ove
all), which stuck mainly to the groui
with the outcome decided early, rush
for 364 yards. The defense added
second TD when Matt Finkes recover
a Purdue fumble in the end zone
Raymont Harris, who matchedt
Continued from page 1
"Life isn't always fair," it's Powen
No one could have imagined that the
6-foot back who rushed for 112 yard
on 14 carries in the Gator Bowl his
freshman year would be anything4
a star by his senior season. The next
great Michigan back, so people said.
But along carne another back -
little bit bigger, a little bit faster. Am
instead of being the starting co-
captain for the 1993 Wolverines,
Powers has struggled to play.
In a chance to lessen some of his
agony, Powers gained 32 yards in th
fourth quarter against Illinois. It
looked as if he would run the clod
out with little trouble, giving
Michigan yet another "must win"to
continue the pursuit of a sixth-straigl
Big Ten title.
Player No. Yds