vs. Western Michigan
Friday, 7 p.m.
Friday, 7 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena
Moeller reconstructs lineup
"Toughest 11 players on defense" to start Saturday
By ANDY DE KORTE
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
Michigan coach Gary Moeller is
a firm believer in the philosophy "If
it's not broken don't fix it" However,
after losing to Wisconsin, Moeller
decided his defense had broken and
some "fixing" was in order.
Despite his tendency to leave play-
ers where they are at, he and defen-
sive coordinator Lloyd Carr decided
to play "the toughest 11 players on
defense" regardless ofposition or year.
The results, a scoreless first half
and 10 points total, certainly pleased
"I thought our team played good,"
Moeller said. "Our defense played as
physical as it has all season."
Co-captain Buster Stanley keyed
the defensive resurgence much as he
did against Iowa. He moved from his
defensive tackle position to start at
the nose tackle.
"We neededa stronger foundation
up the middle," Moeller said. "He
does that a little better than Tony
we're going in the right direction
Because his switch made the de-
fense considerably stronger up the
middle, it is unlikely that Henderson
will be back starting at nose tackle
The linebacker carousel will also
continue this week. Steve Morrison
chances of playing are no better than
50/50. Bobby Powers, however, may
be back this week.
Thereturnee from injury last week,
expectedcontribution to outside line-
backer last week. Zenkewicz played
at outside linebacker rather than his
more familiar defensive line position.
The defense is not the only facetof
the Michigan team facing "reevalua-
tion" from Moeller. Discontent with
the kicking game has made
placekicker Peter Elezovic's job "up
the inside track.
"Remy is getting better in practice
everyday," Moeller said. "In some
ways, he has a stronger leg, but he's
not as consistent yet."
The offense may be aided by the
possible return of Tyrone Wheatley.
BowL BANTER: Despite the worst
Michigan football record, 5-4, in re-
cent years, the Wolverines will still
probably be invited to a bowl game if
they win one more game.
Michigan fans who feared spend-
ing the holidays at the Independence
Bowl in Shreveport, La., or the Lib-
erty Bowl in Memphis, Tenn., could
have been off-base.
The Hall ofFame Bowl, in Tampa,
Fla., may indeed be the most likely
bowl game for Michigan, particularly.
if it finishes'7-4. Although usually the
game for the Big Ten's fourth-place
team, the Hall of Fame Bowl officials'
have the choice of any remaining Big:
Ten not playing in the Rose, Citrus, or
Holiday Bowl games.
Previously, the Hall ofFame Bowl
officials had intimated that taking a 6-
5 Michigan team would not happen.
However, that stance has softened.
The Independence Bowl remains
apossibility fora6-5 Wolverine team.
Buster Stanley and the retooled Wolverine defense held Purdue to 10 points Saturday.
By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
Whoever said records were made to be broken obvi-
,ously didn't see Saturday's Michigan-Ferris State hockey
Although the Wolverines defeated the Bulldogs 5-2,
they did not escape the contest unscathed. Goalie Steve
Shields, who came into the game needing one victory to
tie the all-time NCAA record for wins, went down with a
strained left knee in the first period with Michigan up 2-
0. Since Ferris State scored two goals in defeat, backup
goalie Chris Gordon, not Shields, picked up the victory.
"I don't think about the record and those things,"
Shields said. "I just want to get healthy again so I can help
the team. The record will come eventually, but that's not
Team doctors originally advised Shields not to put any
pressure on the knee for a couple of days so he would be
available for Friday's game at Western Michigan, but it
now appears as though Shields may not play against
Western or at Illinois-Chicago the next night.
If Shields does not play this weekend, his next shot at
the record would come at home against perennial CCHA
doormat Ohio State Nov. 19 and 20.
S rrLE sirs out: Left wing Ryan Sittler remains out of
action with a separated shoulder. Coach Red Berenson
said he hopes the sophomore returns in time for the
CCHA-WCHA challenge at JoeLouis Arenaover Thanks-
not yet Shields'
Soo LONGLAKE STATE: Friday's game marked the last
game at Lake Superior State's James Norris Ice Arena for
seniors Brian Wiseman, David Oliver, Mike Stone, and
"I know it means a lot to them to leave this building a
winner," Berenson said. "This is a very difficult building
to win in, and they haven't always had an easy time here."
The 4-2 Michigan victory was witnessed by a record
crowd of 3,587, which was silenced early in the game
when the Wolverines jumped out to a 3-0 lead.
"Coach Berenson said it was important to start well,
because our young players had heard a lot about Lake
State and the crowd could get into it," Wiseman said.
The Lakers come to Yost Ice Arena Jan. 7 and 8.
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY: Sunday marked the 25th anni-
versary of Berenson scoring an NHL-record six goals in a
game for the St. Louis Blues. But if the occasion was
important to the coach, he didn't show it.
"It was a long time ago, and (the anniversary) doesn't
have any special meaning to me," Berenson said.
ONE POINT AWAY: Michigan is second in the latest
WMEB (Orono, Maine) poll, one point behind top-ranked
Maine. The Wolverines received sevenfirst-place votes to
sixfor the Black Bears.
"Anytime you're undefeated, you'll be ranked pretty
high," Berenson said. "Lake Superior lost twice, and
(Boston University)lost, so there was the chance for us to
...-..JONATHAN LU RI E/Daily
Mike Stone's penalty-killing and Steve Shields' goaltending led Michigan to an upset of then-No. 1 Lake Superior
State and a defeat of Ferris State last weekends
THE SPORTING VIEWS
Fan's interruption mars great boxing bout
By BRETT JOHNSON dropped his gloves and retreated. Ref- was still a memorable one. It went
DAILY SPORTS WRITER eree Mills Lane stopped the fight, and back-and-forth with both men success-
He had said all along thathe could when Bowe turned to see what was fully landing punches. Bowe got off to
regain the title. He claimed that in the going on, a man in a paraglider - a the quick start early in the fight only to
first fight he went away from his motorized parachute - was entangled see himself get in loads of trouble dur-
game plan and made stupid mistakes in the ropes surrounding the ring. After ing the fifth and sixth rounds. Bowe
to lose the fight. Yet few people struggling for about 30 seconds, he fell thenturnedthetideinthefirsthalfofthe
thought he had much of a chance into the crowd where he was detained seventh and both fighters came out
Saturday night at Caesar's Palace in by security. strong after the delay.
Las Vegas. After all, a good big man Although this marks the first time What won it for Holyfield was his
always beats a good little one. in boxing history that something like strong finish in both the tenth and elev-
However, Evander "The Real this has occurred, it is not the first enth rounds. He tumed seemingly even
Deal" Holyfield proved all his doubt- time a fan has interfered in a sporting roundsintovictoriesbypepperingBowe
ers wrong as he defeated Riddick "Big event. From the New York Yankees' with punches late in those rounds.
Daddy" Bowe in a majority decision fan changing the outcome of a game The only question now is when
to regain the IBF and WBA heavy- after running onto the field to the and where Bowe-Holyfield III will
weight title belts. Although he may tragedy of the Monica Seles stabbing, take place. After all, the record is 1-1.
not be considered one of the greatest
heavyweights of all time, Holyfield's
victory marked only the third time in
the division's history that a man has
regained his titles by beating the per-
son who had previously taken them
away. He joins Muhammed Ali and
Floyd Patterson in this elite group.
The fight was a great battle. It had
everything a great fight should have,
and the spotlight should have shone
on Holyfield after his historical vic-
tory. However, this did not happen
due to a fan trying to make an impact
on the fight.
During the seventh round, a man
attempted to paraglide into the ring. At
the time, Bowe was starting to regain
control of the fight after being ham-
mered by Holyfield in the two proceed-
ing rounds. As Bowepressed, Holyfield
fans are now becoming a part of the
game. This is wrong.
It is impossible to say that the
approximately 20 minute delay didn't
effect the fight. Holyfield was able to
regroup and rest after being pressed
hard in the first half of the seventh
round. Bowe, in addition to the rest he
got, was able to close the cuts he
sustained at the end of round four.
In addition, there is the psycho-
logical factor. Although both men
seemed to regroup and fight tremen-
dously after all of the commotion, it is
impossible to say how it effected ei-
ther fighter. After all, Bowe's preg-
nant wife Judy had to be escorted out
of the arena and taken to the hospital
after fainting during the paraglider's
attempted entrance into the ring.
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