The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 29, 1993 - 11
By KEN SUGIURA
This game will bea proving ground for both,. .
qiarterbacks. Darrell Bevell has put up
gigantic numbers, but the Badgers have
played no oneof merit. He did throw for
423 yards last week - but it was against
Minnesota and the Badgers lost Likewise,r
Wolverine QB Todd Coln. as for ......
over 200 yards falling out of bed, but has
yet to come through in the big game
come the big gEme
Who woulda thunk it? The Badgers have
the better running game, and it's not even
that close. Brent Moss leads the Big Ten in
rushing, and Terrell Fletcher is seventh. t.
Only one year ago, theFour Horsemen" ofs
Michigan were hailed as the best group of
backs anywhere. This week, Tyrone
Wheatley will sit out, Jesse Johnson has
left the team and Ricky Powers and Ed
Davis aren't the same runners as last rear Adva.t e: WISI
There are similarities here. Both Michigan .
and Wisconsin have three primary targets
and are led by their bigplay receiver,
Wolverine Derrick Aexander and Badger
Lee DeRamus. Alexander has been white-
hot of late, with two sensational touchdown
receptions last week, including a school-
record 90.yarder. Playing only their second
game of the season on artificial turf, the
Michigan soeedsters get the edge.# . .
'M' icers embark on CCHA season
By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
Tonight's game at Bowling Green
is the CCHA opener for the Michigan
hockey team. But to hear coach Red
Berenson tell it, the Wolverines' op-
ponent is practically irrelevant.
"We're not really worried about
Bowling Green or Notre Dame,"
Berenson said, referring not only to
tonight's matchup but to Michigan's
foe Saturday night at Yost Ice Arena.
"We mostly have to concentrate on
our own play. If we can play well,
improve our power play and our pen-
alty-killing, we'll be alright."
The Wolverines come into
tonight's game with a 2-0 record, the
result of their sweep of Alaska-
Fairbanks two weeks ago. Bowling
Green is perched atop the CCHA
standings with four points, though
that may be misleading since the Fal-
cons' two conference triumphs came
at the expense of perennial CCHA-
doormat Ohio State. Notre Dame is 1-
0 entering its conference campaign.
Falcon freshman Bob Petrie was
named the league's Defensive Player
of the Week after making 45 saves in
47 chances against the Buckeyes.
Petrie's counterpart on the Wol-
verines, senior Steve Shields, echoed
Berenson's sentiments about the key
for Michigan this weekend.
"We just have to play like we're
capable," Shields said. "Hopefully if
our guys can play like they did in
Alaska, we can come away from this
weekend with two wins."
Bowling Green is led by
defenseman Jeff Wells, who leads the
conference with five points, and cen-
ters Brian Holzinger and Sean
Pronger, who combined for 103 points
in 1992-93. Holzinger and Pronger
give the Falcons offensive weapons
to rival Michigan, which has centers
Brian Wiseman and wingers David
Oliver, Mike Knuble and Mike Stone
in its arsenal.
"Holzinger and Pronger are two of
the best players in our league,"
Berenson said. "They're a definite
According to Bowling Green
coach Jerry York, Pronger, Holzinger
and Wells will have to step up their
level of play a notch if the Falcons are
to compete with Michigan.
"We have not played a team that
will have the speed and power that
Michigan will have," York said.
Despite the fact that all three con-
tests between Bowling Green and
Michigan last season ended in Wol-
verine whitewashings, York feels his
team is better equipped to battle Michi-
gan this season.
"We're able to move up the tempo
of the game a notch (from last year),"
Speaking of Michigan dominat-
ing an opponent, no team knows the
sting of losing to the Wolverines like
Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish met
Michigan six times last season, and
six times they went down in defeat.
Notre Dame was outscored by 46-8 in
those six losses.
Although the Notre Dame game
has all the makings of a blowout on
the scoreboard, it still has signifi-
cance for Michigan.
It will be the home opener for the
Wolverines and the regular-season
Yost debut for Michigan's freshman
Big Ten championships await Blue harriers
Team emphasis key if third-ranked women are to retain their title
Michigan's line is perhaps a season away
from greatness. Wisconsin's may be there
right now. Michigan has only one returning
starter, Trezelle Jenkins, while Wisconsin
has four, led by captain and All-Big Ten right
tackle Joe Panos. Behind this wall, the
Badgers are second in rushing, second in
passing and first in total offense in the Big
-Ten. Interesting fact: Panos' given name is
Both lines are fairly solid. Badger tackle
Mike Thompson is a moose on scholar-
ship, with eight tackles for loss, including
five sacks vs. Northwestern. Fortunately for
Michigan, Bevell won't scramble like
Illinois' Johnny Johnson did. However, with
Ninef Aghakhan out due to jnjury, the load
falls on senior Buster Stanley, who has
four sacks and 21 tackles. Interesting fact
Stanley's given name is Sylvester.
It would be a valid comparison if Michigan
actually had linebackers. The position has
been more dangerous than Detroit at night.
Bobby Powers and Steve Morrison are
probably still too hurt to play, and Shawn
Collins left the team this week. Matt
Dyson and Jarrett Irons have done the job,
but need help. Wisconsin's Yuseff Burgess
Leads the team in tackles and can hit,
having caused four fumbles.
Last week, the heretofore-unknown
Johnson picked apart Michigan for 265
yards and two TDs, including the game.
winner with 34 seconds left. Badger safety
Scott Nelson has as many interceptions as
the Michigan defense - four. The
secondaries are similar, but opponents
have passed against Wisconsin because
they were behind; they passed against
Michigan because it is a good strateg .
Wisconsin is 6-1, but its schedule has
been pathetic. Michigan will be its first true
test. On the other hand, the Wolverines are
feeling, but they were against Penn State,
too - and won. Tomorrow will goa long
way towards finding out how good
Wisconsin actually is and how bad
Michigan is. Like the saying goes, nothing
is ever as good as it seems, and nothing is
ever as bad. The Badgers will have to wait.
By AARON BURNS
FOR THE DAILY
In preparation for tomorrow's Big
Ten women's cross country meet,
Michigan coach Mike McGuire had
his nine scheduled runners concen-
trate on resting this week.
But don't think for a minute these
women are resting on their laurels as
they invade East Lansing to defend
their 1992 conference title.
The No. 3-ranked Wolverinesmay
have a good chance of repeating, but
they won't take anything for granted
when they line up on Michigan State's
Forest Akers East Golf Course. They
will face an array of capable chal-
lengers, most notably fourth-ranked
While the favored Wolverines may
be nervous, McGuire feels it's a good
kind of nervous.
"It's no different than a Michigan-
Ohio State football game," he said.
"If you don't have the butterflies a bit,
you better check to see if you have a
If anything can offset nerves, it's
experience, and Michigan has plenty
of that. Four of the team's top five
finishers from last year's meet will
lead the way again - seniors Chris
Szabo and Molly McClimon, junior
Karen Harvey and sophomore
Courtney Babcock. The fifth, junior
Kelly Chard, is out due to injury.
McClimon has won four of
Michigan's five races this year. How-
ever, she is quick to point out that
winning in cross country means noth-
ing unless it involves the team.
"We've all done such a good job
pushing each other. I think my team-
mates are the reason I'm better,"
Ultimately, "pushing each other"
could make the difference, tomor-
"It's important for us to run in a
pack and communicate," Szabo said.
"Pep talk like 'Let's go Blue' and
'Keep it up' has an impact."
If Szabo runs even better than last
year, the other 10 teams might not
have a prayer. But McGuire knows
there are no guarantees. That's why
he keeps stressing the idea of winning
as a team.
"This is a team championship
we're trying to win," McGuire said.
"Those four (Szabo, Harvey, Babcock
and McClimon) need to set the tone.
They're experienced runners who
have gotten it done at a high level. But
what's equally important is that the
other five run on all cylinders."
The "other five" are junior Jessica
Kluge, sophomores Molly Lori, Heather
Grigg and Katy Holbacher and redshirt
freshman Jennifer Barber.
Kluge feels that any one of these five
could step up for Michigan.
"We tended to stay back early in the
season but now we're running more ag-
gressively," Kluge said.
Forany defending champion, there
is the danger of complacency, but the
Wolverines show no symptoms. Just
how intent is Szabo on avoiding com-
"Weird as this may sound," she
said, "I thought of not wearing my
Big Ten Champion ring. I'd feel kind
of naked without it but that might be
a good reminder that this year's title is
still up for grabs."
pose biggest challenge for men
By TOM BAUSANO
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Getting stuck behind a powerful
sports car in second gear doing 25
miles perhour can be trying, but noth-
ing is more frustrating than owning
that muscle car and being unable to
get it past second.
So far this season, the men's cross
country team has been racing on two
or three cylinders. In order for the
team to accomplish its season-long
goal of winning the BigTen champi-
onship, held tomorrow in East Lan-
sing, all cylinders will have to be
According to Michigan coach Ron
Warhurst the team has the talent and
experience to win. However, the last
several meets have been marked by
lackluster performances by the ma-
jority of the team. The runners now
feel that they have gotten the kinks
out of their system.
"We're going into Big Ten's
ranked third behind Penn State and
Wisconsin," senior Matt Schroeder
said. "I think they might be in for a
surprise when we get there. We j
haven't really shown what we're ca-
pable of yet."
Heading into the meet, sophomore
Scott MacDonald is the only Wolver-
ine with a physical ailment.
MacDonald had a freak accident
which aggravated an old knee injury,
but he says he feels confident that he
will be ready to race.
Freshman Kevin Sullivan,
Michigan's top finisher and most con-
sistent performer, is poised to have a
"Hopefully, the team will run well
and bring home the championship,"
Sullivan said. "My personal goal is to
win. The course is flat which suits my
running style. My track experience
makes me better on a course like this
than on a more technical one."
Juniors Jim Finlayson and Ian
Forsyth have been plagued by inju-
ries and illnesses, but both are healthy
and running well. Last season the duo
placed 14th and 16th at the confer-
ence meet, respectively.
Warhurst has worked hard to pre-
pare his team for this meet.
"Penn State and Wisconsin have
the same goal of winning as we do,"
Warhurst said. "It's up to the team to
perform. They are fit and ready to go,
but they can't be afraid to go out and
run. Sometimes they are afraid to suc-
ontnued from page 1
with their 24-21 defeat to Illinois last
ieke2d Add to this the loss of Tyrone
Wheatley to a shoulder injury and the
continued aliments of the Michigan
linebacking corps and the prospects for
tomonow's game look bleak.
Yet if you spoke with Alvarez,
you'd think that Michigan was the
+amwith the 6-1 record.
"We don't have the same talent
that Michigan has," said Alvarez,
doing his best impersonation of his
former employer at Notre Dame, Lou
Hoitz. "There are very few teams
around that will have the skill players
that they have right now. They are a
much better football team than 4-3,
and they could have won all three of
While Alvarez might not admit it,
the Badgers are a talented team led by
the running back tandem of Brent
Moss and Terrell Fletcher. Moss, a
senior, needs 49 more yards to sur-
pass the 1,000 mark on the season. As
the nation's No. 2 rusher, Moss is on
a pace to break the Badgers' single-
season rushing record of 1,281 yards
set by Billy Marek.
Fletcher, a junior, also has some
impressive numbers thus far this sea-
son, including two 100-plus yard
games and one of 99 yards.
But the key to the Badgers power-
ful offense might rest in the right arm
of quarterback Darrell Bevell. After
serving on aMormon mission in 1990-
91, the Scottsdale, Ariz. native joined
the Badgers and made an immediate
impact his first year.
Ranking 20th on the all-time Bad-
ger passing list afterjust his freshman
season, Bevell continued to flourish
in his sophomore season. Last week-
end in the Wisconsin loss, Bevell
threw for a school-record 423 yards
in defeat, a fact that has not gone
unnoticed by Moeller.
"He's an older person who is now
getting back into the transition of col-
lege," Moeller said. "He's a talented
kid who uses a lot of quick jump
passes to his backs."
The Wolverines haven't been in
the Badgers' neighborhood for some
time. The last time these two teams
met was in 1990 when the Wolver-
ines gave Alvarez his first Big Ten
loss. In fact, Michigan has won the
last nine games against Wisconsin
and holds an impressive edge in the
overall record, 41-8-1.
So will Moeller's kids return to
Ann Arbor happy with a large bag of
loot to feast on?
"By gametime on Saturday, we'll
be prepared and work hard," Moeller
said. "We're not an old team who will
throw in the towel. We have a lot of
young players who are enthusiastic
about playing and working hard. So
we should be able to come back."
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