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SPORTSMonday Tria
When was the last time Minnesota
won the Little Brown Jug?
(Answer, page 2)

'*1.4

Inside SPORTSMonday
Men's Swimming 2
AP Top 25 2
WMEB Hockey Poll 2
The R.H. Factor 3
Q&A 3
Football 4-5
Hockey 6
Women's Volleyball 7
Women's and Men's Cross Country 7
TaeKwonDo feature 8

Just another Jug in the park for-'M'

Great win,
but why
did It take
so long ?
INNEAPOLIS - Face it,
you've waited all season
for this.
A rout. A laugher. A game over
by halftime. A victory for the
Michigan football team that is so
lopsided, you can brag about the
Wolverines' prowess.
Well, you asked for it, you
finally got it - in the second to last
week of the regular season. In the
annual "battle" for the Little Brown
Jug, Michigan made a mockery of
Minnesota, leading 41-0 at the half
and finishing with a 58-7 drubbing
of the Golden Gophers.
"Our team played pore
comfortable and physical today,"
Michigan coach Gary Moeller said.
*To say Michigan dominated is,
without any bias in the, description,
an understatement. Consider the
final statistics - 210 yards on the
ground, 230
through the
air. Five
interceptions.
Five sacks.
Two blocked
punts. And a
defense that
ADAM limited the
MILLER "most
Miller's exciting team
Crossing in America,"
as Minnesota
coach Jim
Wacker described his squad last
week, to one touchdown.
Of course, the game's most
Osurprising development came late in
the second quarter, when Michigan
faced fourth-and-15 from the
Minnesota 30 yard line. The
Wolverine kicking game has had its
difficulties this year, and there were
probably plenty of Michigan fans
that would have liked to see
Michigan attempt to get the first
down. But no. Remy Hamilton,
previously the kickoff specialist,
calmly came on the field.
And nailed it.
"Yeah, but I probably kick better
outdoors," Hamilton said.
This illustrates the most
important factors in the victory: the
return of imagination on offense
and confidence on both sides of the
ball, qualities that had seemingly
vanished since the defeat in East
nsing.
Consider the play calling. One
See MILLER, Page 4

Wolverines trounce

Golden Gophers,

58-7

By ANDY DE KORTE
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
MINNEAPOLIS - Michigan and
Minnesota headed into Saturday's
game with matching 3-3 Big Ten
records and tied for seventh place.
After the Wolverines feasted on the
Gophers, 58-7, no one would mistake
one U of M for the other.
Michigan took a cue from the
weather inside the Metrodome and
matched the ideal conditions with its
own play.
Four different players scored
touchdowns for the Michigan offense,
led by three rushing scores by Tyrone
Wheatley and two by Tim
Biakabutuka.
The Michigan defense, despite
being on the field for long stretches
due to the brevity of the offensive
drives, held the Gophers to 15 net
yards rushing. The pass coverage
picked up four interceptions, just one
short of the Michigan tally before the
game.
The kicking game did more than
chip in. Peter Elezovic knocked home

a season-long 35-yard field goal to
open the scoring 3:40 into the game.
Remy Hamilton then upped the ante
with a 47-yard field goal late in-the
second half, his first career thfee-
pointer. Punt coverage knocked down
two punts, each of which led to a
touchdown.
Minnesota, on the other hand,
played like the weather outside the
dome, cold and soggy. Coming off a
near victory against Illinois last week,
the Gophers could do no right this
week.
The offense gave up the ball in a
myriad of unusual ways. Michigan
benefited from a fumble and four in-
terceptions besides the two blocked
punts. Quarterbacks Scott Eckers and
Tim Schade combined for only a 41.66
percent completion rate.
The Minnesota defense fared little
better. Although the Gophers held
Michigan to Elezovic's 35-yard field
goal on the first Wolverine drive,
despite the drive having started at the
Minnesota 22 yard-line, they could
See MINNESOTA, Page 5

EVAN PETRIE/Daily
Seniors Alfie Burch (7), Buster Stanley (60) and Derrick Alexander (1) celebrate their 58-7 victory over Minnesota
Saturday. Accompanying their victory is the Little Brown Jug, the trophy given to the winner of the annual Michigan-
Minnesota game.

Undefeated icers wear down Western, UIC

By PAUL BARGER
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
CHICAGO - The Michigan
hockey team won battles of attrition
this weekend, as the Wolverines wore
both of its opponents down in the late
stages of the games and came away
with two hard-fought victories against
Western Michigan (5-3) and Illinois-
Chicago (7-1).
Friday night, the Wolverines (5-
0-1 CCHA, 7-0-1 overall) escaped
Kalamazoo with a 5-3 victory against
Western Michigan (2-4-0,4-4-1) in a
game that was in doubt until late in the
third period.
Michigan took an early 1-0 lead
with a power-play goal from Mike
Knuble at 10:19 of the first period. This
effort was matched in the second pe-
riod by Western senior Colin Ward,
who scored all three of the Broncos'
goals.
The Wolverines answered with
power-play goals from Mike Legg
and another from Knuble, less than
one minute apart, that gave Michigan
a 3-1 edge. However, the Broncos
took the momentum into the locker
room as the wild second period closed
with two goals from Ward that once
again drew the two squads even.
It was not until 8:34 of the third
period that Michigan took the lead for
good on a goal from Brendan
Morrison. Tim Hogan gave Michigan
its fifth score with 13:32 to go. In the
net, goalie Chris Gordon got his first
victory of the year as a starter.

Late in the game, Michigan coach
Red Berenson tried to protect his
team's precarious two-goal margin
by putting two lines of defensemen
on the ice at the same time, a move
that risked fatigue for his defense.
However, when it came down to the
decisive moments of the contest, it
was the Western players who seemed
worn out.
"We used a lot of our key players
running the power play and penalty
killing and when it came down to
crunch time we ran out of gas," West-
ern coach Bill Wilkinson explained.
After the game, Ward expressed
disappointment with his team's let-
down in the third period, terming it a
"complete mental breakdown." In
contrast, the Michigan players seemed
to raise their level of play and inten-
sity as the final buzzer got closer and
closer and willed their way to victory.
"Heart won it for us," Hogan said.
"We came out with more intensity
than them in the third period."
Saturday featured a more gradual
wearing-down process. Seven differ-
ent players scored in the Wolverines'
7-1 victory over Illinois-Chicago (1-
3, 2-6). UIC plays a similar style of
hockey to Western, but Michigan
managed to play through the
forechecking and questionable stick
work to pull away in the middle of the
third period.
The two storylines in this contest
were the play of Gordon and the grow-
ing rivalry between the Flames and

DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
Michigan freshman forward Mike Legg scores his lone goal in the Wolverines' 5-3 victory over Western Michigan.
The 'M' icers defeated Illinois-Chicago Saturday, 7-1, maintaining their undefeated record of 7-0-1.

Wolverines. UIC slipped the puck past
Gordon only once in 29 attempts, as
the senior picked up his second victory
in as many nights.
"I think Chris Gordon played great
again," right wing David Oliver said.
"He handled the puck extremely well.
All the guys tip their hats off to him
because the toughest job is being a
backup. He got the job done and got
it done well."

With the weekend sweep, Gordon
raised his career record to 14-7-2 and
added 54 saves to his ledger. Gordon
may get a chance to pick up two more
victories next weekend against Ohio
State as starter Steve Shields, whose
next win will tie him for most career
NCAA victories, is still questionable
with a strained left knee.
As far as the rivalry goes, the two
squads have an obvious dislike for

Hard work is uble's practice

each other. Although the game never
got as ugly as the last UIC-Michigan
matchup which featured numerous
fights, it certainly lacked nothing in
intensity. Berenson was concerned
with the leniency of the officials and
had a word with them at the conclu
sion of the second period.
"People tell me, and I am not say-
ing I agree with this, that they see too
See HOCKEY, Page 6
Blue netters
break nine
m-atch losing
streak
By CHARLIE BREITROSE
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
Success for the Michigan women's
volleyball team comes in fives. The
Wolverines defeated both Indiana
schools in five-game matches Friday
and Saturday at Cliff Keen Arena. But
this success took a long time coming.
The victories over Purdue (15-7, 9-
15,13-15,15-10,15-9)andIndiana(15-
11, 16-14, 1-15, 5-15, 11-15) were the

*By PAUL BARGER
DAILY HOCKEY WRITER
Remember your first semester
at Michigan. There were
plenty of new people to meet
and a lot of teaching assistants and
professors to impress. You wanted to
get off on the right foot, because it is
important to have solid grades after
the first semester.
Mike Knuble went through this
adjustment and had high
expectations just like everyone else.
Except, his studying wasn't done to
impress his English 125 instructor,
but instead to impress the head
coach of the Michigan hockey team

No one works harder than junior Mike
Knuble and now, few are playing better

marks from his coaches and
teammates for his tireless efforts.
"When you practice as hard as
Mike Knuble, you're bound to
improve," Berenson said. "I don't
think anyone knew how good
Knuble would be. If they knew then
what they know now, he would
have been very heavily recruited."
But, they didn't know, and as a
result Knuble really didn't get very
many looks coming out East
Kentwood High School outside of
Grand Rapids despite leading the
squad to a state title. Knuble
decided to increase his
marketability and joined the

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