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What is the highest number of
goals scored by the Michigan
hockey team in a single game?
(Answer, page 2)

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Inside SPORTSMonday
Sports Calendar 2
AP Top 25 2
Griddes 2
Q&A 3
The R.H. Factor 3
Football 4-5
Hockey 6
Basketball 7
Volleyball 7
Field Hockey 7

Badger
Few can define
o this 'Michigan'
M ADISON If you have not figured out the
Michigan football team yet, you are
alone. But I have an idea for you. Quit
trying, because the Wolverines have no idea either.
Clearly, this team is unlike anything Michigan has
been accustomed to in the recent past. Every week,
coach Gary Moeller repeats that his players need to
be tougher, and play like a "Michigan" team. He
cannot say that anymore. Eight
weeks of an 11-game season is
certainly long enough to
redefine a team.
To borrow a phrase from a
popular soft drink, perhaps this
squad is the "un-Michigan."
The "Michigan" definition
changed when the team lost
ANDY against Notre Dame in the
DE KORTE second game of the season. But
Judgment no one wanted to accept the
of De Korte transformation. That loss left
the Wolverines listless, and
they have been trying to stop the tidal wave of
indifference ever since.
Saturday's loss to Wisconsin just provided more
evidence of the break in the "Michigan" dam.
Losing Tyrone Wheatley, who had been the
brightest offensive star, to injury made the rushing
game seem nonexistent for the latest of the "must
win" Big Ten games. The Wolverines had a grand
total of 10 yards rushing in the first half against
Wisconsin. Passing has replaced running as Michigan
football's offensive staple.
The offensive line, usually a pillar of a
"Michigan" team, has been reduced to patchwork this
season. The 10-yard first half led to only 111 total
ground yards for game.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines, showing up in
See DE KORTE, Page5

aaites

Story remains the

"-
same in 13-
By RYAN HERRINGTON
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
MADISON - The scenario that
unfolded inthe cold airof Camp Randall
Stadium Saturday was nothing new to
the Michigan football team. Unfortu-
nately for the No. 24 Wolverines, nei-
ther was the final outcome.
A slow start, turnovers and missed
opportunities, coupled with a potent
Wisconsin ground attack, resulted in a
13-10 Michigan defeat at the hands of
the No. 21 Badgers. The game was
marred by tragedy as several thousand
fans stormed the field, trampling people
in their wake and causing numerous
injuries.
It was the first time the Badgers (4-
1 Big Ten, 7-1 overall) had defeated the
Wolverines since 1981 and only the
ninth time in the 51 meetings between
the two schools.
"They've got a good football team,"
Michigan coach Gary Moeller said.
"There's no question about that. We're
not real good right now."
For Michigan (2-3, 4-4) it was the
third loss in four games, the first time
this has happened since 1979. And
while Rose Bowl hopes had already ;
been dashed by Illinois the previous
week, the sting of a third Big Ten loss
might have cost the Wolverines a shot
at any of the four bowls - Rose, Cit-
rus, Holiday or Hall of Fame - which
have tie-ins with the conference. 1
As for the Badgers, the victory +
helped them maintain their share ofi
second place in the Big Ten, setting up
a critical showdown with undefeated +

10 defeat
Ohio State next weekend in Madison.
"I couldn't be more proud of a
group of young men," Wisconsin coach
Barry Alvarez said. "They showed an
awful lot of backbone and courage."
While it was the Badger offense
which pecked away at the Wolverines
for most of the game, it was their de-
fense which shut down any thoughts of
a last-second Michigan comeback.
Twice in the fourth quarter the
Wolverines, trailing by the same 13-10
score that would conclude the game,
had a chance to take the lead from
Wisconsin but came away with no
points
After a Wisconsin punt on the last
play in the third quarter, Michigan had
the ball on its own 34-yard line. The
Wolverines began to piece a drive to-
gether, generously mixing up the pass
and run.
Michigan had gotten down to the
Wisconsin 35 with 10:57 left when, on
second-and-13, quarterback Todd
Collins threw a 25-yard pass to the left
side of the field where receiver, Der-
rick Alexander, was in one-on-one cov-
erage with Badger free safety Jeff Mes-
senger.
With the ball slightly underthrown,
Alexander leaped to snare it. In the
process he seemed to be pushed in the
back by Messenger, who proceeded to
trap the pass between his left arm and
body for an interception, the second for
Collins and one of three Wolverine
turnovers on the day.
However, the defense held Wis-
consin to the three-point advantage, on
See LOSS, Page 4

Michigan defensive back Alfie Burch chases after an
Wisconsin wide receiver Lee DeRamus.

EVAN PETRIE/Daily
incomplete Darrell Bevell pass, intended for

Hail to the cross-coun is
Men capture first conference crown in 13 years with upset win

By TOM BAUSANO
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
EAST LANSING -All the pieces
* of the puzzle came together for the
Michigan men's cross country team
Saturday at the Big Ten Champion-
ships.
The Wolverines pulled off the up-
set and won the conference meet by
scoring 50 points. Wisconsin was sec-
ond with 66 points and Penn State was
third with 80.
"Along with it being 13 years since
we have won the Big Tens, this is the
13th conference championship that I
have been involved with as a cross
country and track coach at Michigan,"
coach Ron Warhurst said. "Thirteen
was not an unlucky number for us."
Freshman Kevin Sullivan claimed
the individual title, breaking the tape in
24 minutes and 15.89 seconds.
"I just wanted to hang back until 6k
and let the other guys do the work,"
Sullivan said. "I planned on just grind-
ing it out in the home stretch."
The race lived up to expectations
that it would be a dogfight from start to
finish. The flat nature of the course

made for a wide open race.
The early stages of the race proved
tough for the Wolverines. The runners
were bunched together for the first
1000 meters, which caused a great deal
of physical interaction between the
competitors. The rough nature of the
start caused Theo Molla to trip on an-
other competitor.
By the five kilometer mark, Michi-

gan had recovered and appeared to be
winning the race. Sullivan was work-
ing in the lead pack with last year's
runner-up, Jason Casiano from Wis-
consin, and Robert Gary of Ohio State.
Wolverine sophomore Scott
MacDonald was battling with three
other runners about 30 seconds behind
the leadpack, and senior Matt Schroeder
had moved up from'a slow start into the

top 15. Michigan needed its fourth and
fifth runners to move up.
The team pushed harder than its
opposition in the latter stages of the
race in order to win. Each of the Wol-
verines passed at least one opponent in
the last 250 meters of the race.
Sullivan won by out-sprinting Gary
in the last 100 meters.
"Today was a slow tactical race,"
See CHAMPS, Page 2

Women grab second straight Big Ten championship

By TIM SMITH
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
The Michigan women's cross coun-
try team is waving two rings after its
dominating performance at the Big 10
championship Saturday in East Lan-
sing. The Wolverines placed the first
two runners, and three of the first eight,
to repeat as conference champions.
Michigan took first with 39 points.
It was followed by Penn State with 59,
Minnesota with 126 and Wisconsin
with 130.
Senior Molly McClimon, who fin-
ished first with a course record of 17
minutes, 21 seconds, once again paced

the Wolverines. Following on
McClimon'sheelswas sophomore sen-
sation Courtney Babcock, who finished
in 17:24.
McClimon and Babcock set the
stage for the team's day by pulling
ahead and leaving the other runners in
their wake.
"Courtney and Molly were up front
the whole way," Michigan coach Mike
McGuire said. "They were running
with the Wisconsin girl and a Minne-
sota girl, and then Courtney made the
move between 3,000 and 4,000 meters,
which split her and Molly from third
and fourth place.

"From there it came down to the
end, and Molly was a little bit stronger.
They both ran great races. They set the
tone."
McClimon was determined to help
Michigan in anyway possible in its
quest to retain the Big Ten title, even if
that meant ignoring the harsh weather
and putting aside her own personal
goals.
"It definitely has been the coldest
day of the year to race, but we were
ready to go," McClimon said. "With
Courtney and I finishing one and two,
it was a good day. After we broke off at
See HARRIERS, Page 2

Leading the C.,.arge

DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
Mike Knuble celebrates one of his three goals against Notre Dame in the
Wolverines' 13-2 win over the Fighting Irish.
Blue comes away with
a three-point weekend

By ANDY DE KORTE
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
lowing Elvis is no easy task.
Just ask a musician from the
fifties or early sixties. It took
the Beatles and the British invasion
to counter the popularity of the King
of Rock and Roll.
Although former Michigan
quarterback Elvis Grbac is no king,
he did leave quite a legacy - leading
the Wolverines to a pair of
undefeated Big Ten campaigns and
successive Rose Bowl appearances in
his last two seasons.

Steady Collins stakes his
claim for Blue greatness

29 completions on 42 attempts for
285 yards passing also stood as the
fourth-highest passing total in
Michigan history.
Collins picked up against
Houston where he left off against the
Cowboys. His four touchdown
passes tied him with four other
Michigan quarterbacks for the career
single game mark.
"Todd can throw the ball," wide
receiver Derrick Alexander said after
the game. "There's nothing wrong
with (his ability.)"
With starts like Collins', the

By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
When you outscore the opposition
18-7 in two nights, the chances for
picking up two victories are higher
than most of the audience at a Grate-
ful Dead concert. But when you
swamp one of your foes by a 13-2
margin, you're stuck with a draw in
the other matchup.
- Such was the case with the Michi-
gan hockey team in its first two CCHA
games this weekend. Friday, the Wol-
verines tied Bowling Green, 5-5, and
the next night they crushed Notre

back to knot the game at five with
forty seconds remaining, thanks to
freshman Jason Botterill's goal off a
Brian Wiseman feed. That score gave
Botterill his first collegiate hat trick.
"On the third goal, (the puck) laid
in front of the net," Botterill said. "It
was pretty hard to miss."
The comeback impressed Michi-
gan captain Wiseman.
"We just dug down and showed
character," Wiseman said. "On the
road you always have to take the tie."
Bowling Green coach Jerry York
was not sure what to make of the result.

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