4 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 8, 1993
Two for Touchdown Tim
Biakabutuka's rushing sparks Wolverine offense
By ADAM MILLER
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
The clock showed less than two
minutes remaining. Clinging to an 18-
10 advantage, the Michigan football
team had driven to the Purdue 8-yard
line, where it had first-and-goal.
It was time for "Touchdown Tim."
Tshimanga "Tim" Biakabutuka, the
6-foot-1 true freshman tailback who
earned the nickname "Touchdown Tim"
playing high school football in Quebec,
carried the ball the next three plays: dff
right tackle for four yards, through the
line for one yard, and finally, a three-
yard charge into the end zone to close
the game's scoring, giving the Wolver-
ines a 25-10 victory Saturday.
"I helped the team and that's my
major goal," Biakabutuka said.
Helped the team? Biakabutuka, who
speaks four languages-he has lived in
Africa, Quebec, and the United States
- showed mastery of the understate-
ment with that line. The score was his
second on the game, and he finished
with a game-high 140 yards on 24 car-
ries. Entering the game, he had only
five yards on seven carries.
With star tailbackTyrone Wheatley
remaining sidelined as his shoulder
heals, Biakabutuka's yards and scores
were more than just help, they were
essential components of the victory.
While only sophomore tailback Ed
Davis and fellow soph fullback Ch
Foster carried the ball on Michigan's
first possession, Biakabutuka began to
make his presence felt on the next se-
ries, with a seven-yard scamper through
Biakabutuka continued to platoon
with Davis throughout the half. Late in
the second quarter, he broke his first
long run of the day, 27 yards to the
Boilermaker 7-yard line. The run setup
Michigan's half-ending field goal.
By halftime, he had amassed 58
yards on eight carries.
"The thing that impressed me most
is how he hit the holes," senior tight end
Marc Burkholder said."Theholes, when
they open up, sometimes they don't
stay open for very long. He's got great
With 9:15 left in the fourth quarter,
Purdue's Brad Bobich kicked a 35-yard
field goal that cut the Michigan lead to
12-10, and another late-game collapse
by the Wolverines seemed imminent.
But Biakabutuka came through. Run-
ning both inside and outside the line, his
22 yards combined with fellow rookie
Jon Ritchie's running and blocking and
Collins' passing to help Michigan march
to the Boilermaker 25.
Then "Touchdown Tim" took mat-
ters into his own hands. He took the
handoff, charged around right end,
slipped two tackles and ran in for six
On the drive that led to his final
score, Biakabutuka carried five times.
Each time his name was called by the
stadium announcer, he received wild
cheers from the remaining students.
"I was kind of nervous so I didn't
hear anything," Biakabutuka said. "I
just focused on Collins."
Even if his focus didn't allow him to
savor it, the praise was well deserved.
Biakabutuka's output nearly quadrupled
that of heralded-Boilermaker fullback
Mike Alstott, who had only 29 yards on
10 rushes, 45 yards under his season
Biakabutuka even outrushed the
entire Purdue team, which finished with
only 54 gross rushing yards (eight net
when sacks are included), less than
half of Biakabutuka's total.
Of course, credit should be given to
the Michigan defense for holding the
Purdue ground game in check. But
Biakabutuka's output remains impres-
Now that he's a star - at least for
the moment - Biakabutuka must ad-
just to'dealing with the media. For in-
stance, the issue of his name must be
settled. Should he be called
"Tshimanga" or "Tim?"
"I prefer Tshimanga because it's
my name," he said. "But I'm kind of
getting used to (Tim). Even my pals are
calling me Tim. It's kind of a second
name for me now."
If Biakabutuka's fame doesn't last,
it may be because of the return of
Wheatley. Even though he didn't play,
the junior dressed for Saturday's game;
he didn't even make the trip to Wiscon-
sin last week. Wheatley may be back as
soon as next week, when Michigan
travels to Minnesota.
"We support each other,"
Biakabutuka said. "We want the team
to win, that's our major goal. So when
Tyrone's in, I cheer for him. When I'm
in, he cheers for me."
Whether or not he heard them,
Saturday's cheers definitely were for
No. Yds Avg Lg
Player No. Yds Avg Lg
Hayes 2 18 9.0 9
Toomer 1(-)10(-)10 10
Totals 3 8 2.6 9
Michigan's Tshimanga "Tim" Biakabutuka rushes for the first of his two touchd
in Quebec the past 13 years, ran for 140 yards on 24 carries.
leader to s
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defense is going to go by my lead," Proof
Irons said. "I've played enough found on
games this year. I've started enough more diffi
games where I feel comfortable out halftime s
there where I can lead and do what I Purdue 0.
need to do." juggernau
With his 12 tackles, Irons now has points ear:
87 on the season, more than any Even ii
freshman in Michigan history. No. 37 focus cleat
needed only three tackles going into with the 1
the game against the Boilermakers to With t%
break the record held by another No. season, iti
37-- Erick Anderson. one player
Just like the former Butkus the Michig
Award winner, Irons has risen each healthy Ty
game to a new level. It is this person toc
standard that he holds himself up to. shoulders,
"I look at the films and I've been In hisa
seeing myself progress game after another to
game and I just want to get better," control ift
Irons said. "I'm grateful I have the want to be
record now, but I have just got to get its holiday
better." Lanes rati,
While the defense might have Then a
taken a very large step toward righting Arbor Lai
its woeful ways, the same, however, punishmei
cannot be said for the other side of the and the re,
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Wisconsin students didn't rush the
field after Saturday's game against Ohio
State, and tight security wasn't the only
There was little to celebrate after the
Buckeyes blocked a 33-yard field goal
g attempt with one second left to preserve
a 14-14 tie and severely damage the
Rose Bowl hopes of the Badgers.
Officials beefed up security at cold,
g snowy Camp Randall Stadium to pre-
g vent a repeat of last week's student
stampede that injured 69 people fol-
lowing a win over Michigan.
But Ohio State made sure there
would be no postgame problems by
rallying for the tie with a 99-yard scor-
ing drive and then denying Wisconsin
the victory whenMarlonKerner blocked
Rick Schnetzky's kick on the next-to-
The tie left Ohio State (5-0-1 Big Ten,
8-0-1 overall) in control of the Big Ten
race. The Buckeyes can clinch a Rose
against Indiana and Michigan.
Wisconsin (4-1-1, 7-1-1) now needs
helptoreach itsfirst Rose Bowl since 1963.
OSU tied it on a 26-yard touchdown
Player No. Yds Avg Lg
Alexander 4 (-)4 (-)1 7
Totals 4 (-)4 (-)4 7
pass from backup quarterback Bret
Powers to Joey Galloway with 3:48 left
in the game. The Buckeyes marched
99 yards on four pass plays, with
but 11 of the yards on passes to Ga
way from Powers, who sat on the
bench the entire half until that series.
Wisconsin then drove to the OSU
15 with seven seconds left. After two
timeouts, Schnetzky -a walk-on who
kicked his first two field goals last week,
came on for the game-winning attempt.
After the kick was blocked, OSU
took over on its own 19 and Powers
threw a long pass that fell incomple4
Illinois 23, Minnesota 20
Ty Douthard caught a screen pass
and ran 25 yards for a touchdown with
12 seconds left Saturday as Illinois de-
feated Minnesota, 23-20, in the Big
The Fighting Illini (5-1, 5-4 ) kept
alive slim hopes for a conference chan
pionship despite an awful day by qu
terback Johnny Johnson, -who threW
five interceptions and completed only
17 of 53 passes.
The winning drive started at the
Illinois 12 with 1:01 to play and the
illini out of timeouts.
Johnson sneaked a yard on fourth
down to keep the drive alive and com-
pleted two passes to Jason Dulick for 30
yards. But the Illini got their biggest lift
from a pass interference penalty t4
moved the ball to the Minnesota 25..
Penn State 38, Indiana 31
KerryCollins hit Bobby Engram with
a 45-yard touchdown pass with 6:25 left;
lifting Penn State to a 38-31 victory over
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quarterback Todd Collins, who was
18-for-21 for 177 yards. "We know
that we're not a great football team so
we have to -be motivated to come to
play every day even against so-called