4 - The Michigan Daily - SPQRTSMonday - Monday, November 22, 1993
By KEN SUGIURA
DAILY FOOTBALL WRITER
There was no arguing with John
The Ohio State coach had a great
vantage point from which he could
watch his team get dismantled by
archrival Michigan, 28-0. As best he
could tell, the game came down to one
factor that his team could not master.
"They throw it deep, they catch it
for touchdowns," said Cooper, refer-
ring to the Wolverines. "We throw the
ball deep and they intercept. Basi-
cally, when you go right down to it,
that's the difference in the game."
Those plays epitomized Ohio
State's cursed fate and Michigan's
fortune Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
"Give them credit," Cooper said.
"They made plays when they had to."
Michigan was able to deliver the
home run plays, and Ohio State, though
it boasted big hitters like wide re-
ceiver Joey Galloway and Dan "Big
Daddy" Wilkinson, struck out look-
With each catch, sack or broken-
up pass, Michigan pushed Ohio State
pushed further and further into a hole
that it never even came close to escap-
"I think that their guys just made
plays today, plays that we didn't
make," said Galloway, limited to three
catches, or one more than Michigan
corner Ty Law. "We were ready to
play today. Things just happened to-
day and things didn't go our way."
Things like Law, who delivered
perhaps the performance of his life.
Galloway entered the game averaging
4.2 catches per game and 21.0 yards
per reception. With two more rushing
touchdowns to his credit, he was hit-
ting paydirt every 3.8 times he touched
Law and the Michigan secondary
stalked Galloway closer than his own
shadow this sunny afternoon.
"They knew where I was on every
down," Galloway said. "There was a
guy that was watching me."
"I felt I had something to prove
because I really didn't have a chal-
lenge like this all season," Law said.
"I really was looking forward to play-
ing against Joey Galloway."
It was obvious. Law, who said he
'I think that their guys
just made plays today,
'plays that we didn't
make. We were ready
to play today. Things
just happened today
and things didn't go our
Ohio State wide
had pored over film in preparation for
the game, picked off two passes and
generally provided admirable cover-
age on the dangerous Galloway.
The same could not be said for the
members of the Ohio State defense,
who allowed Michigan receivers the
.space needed to corral quarterback
Todd Collins' passes.
Two receptions proved most
memorable. The first came courtesy
of Mercury Hayes and was made pos-
sible by another big play, a 43-yard
slashing run by Tyrone Wheatley that
brought Michigan to Ohio State's 30.
Three plays later, Hayes first
looked over his left shoulder for the
ball then readjusted, turning to his
right to make a fingertip grab in the
corner of the south end zone to give
Michigan a 7-0 lead.
The catch came on a third-and-five
situation that, if it had failed, would
have left Michigan facing a 42-yard
field goal attempt into the wind.
Derrick Alexander provided the
second. Trying to get under a pass
from Collins while eluding the cover-
age of safety Walter Taylor, Alexander
made a spectacular dive to make the
catch at the Ohio State 1. The play led
to a touchdown by freshman fullback
Jon Ritchie and pushed the lead to 14-
"Face it, you saw two great
catches," Michigan coach Gary
Moeller beamed. "The one by Mer-
cury Hayes was unbelievable and
Derrick Alexander made another great
Player No. Yds
Alexander 2 9
Hayes 1 8
Totals 3 17
Michigan wide receuver rcu ayes celebrates after scoring a first quarter touchdown in Saturday s 28) Michigan
Player No. Yds Avg Lg
Toomer 1 30 30.0 30
Totals 1 30 30.0 30
By ANDY DE KORTE
DAILY FOOTBALL WRI
M - Hayes 25-yard pass from Collins (Elezovic kick)
Drive: 3 plays, 47 yards, 1:01
M - Ritchie 1-yard run (Elezovic kick)
Drive: 5 plays, 95 yards, 1:24
M - Foster 3-yard pass from Collins (Elezovic kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 31 yards, 3:06
M - Davis 5-yards run (Elezovic kick)
Drive: 4 plays, 32 yards, 1:05
Stopping the rush a long been a
big key to winning footbail games.
Beating Ohio Stae has become a tra-
dition for the Mich igan foetil team.
Saturday one tradiic fed the other
-58 yards rushing led the Buckeyes
to zero peints and a 28-poirt defeat.
Ohio State had not been shutout
since a 6-0 loss to Wiconsin in 1982.
Michigan had not blaked the Buck-
eyes since a 22-0 game in 1976.
The highly toted Ohio State rush-
ing duo, Raymont 1 arris and Butler
By'not'e only ga ine d 65 an d 29 y ards
respectively. Quarterback woes rav-
aged the rushing tally.
"In practice we just told every-
body, 'You take care of your posi-
tion,"' defensive lineman Buster
Stanley said. "We told the DBs, You
take care of the receiver, and we'll
take care of the line and we're going to
pull it off."'
The defensive backsave credit to
the line for stopping the ush and for
the bounty of passes they grabbed.
"We were good up front," Ty Law
said. "We knew we could hold the
receivers once we contained the run."7
With the run contained, Law and
his counterparts benefited. Law had
two of his team's four interceptions,
the second consecutive four-intercep-
tion performance by the Michigan
Before the game, stopping the
Buckeye rush and establishing his own
team's rush concerned Michigan coach
Gary Moeller. Surely, allowing just
58 yards pleased Moeller. However,
281 yards gained by his own runners
impressed him even more.
"I thought our backs ran hard,"
Moeller said. "Eddie Davis, God bless
his soul, did a good job. I guess Tyrone
(Wheatley) had close to 100 yards
and then you know he gets dinged."
Wheatley shrugged off his injury
after the game.
"I could have played in the second
half," Wheatley said. "But what was
No need indeed.
The offensive line made holes for
everyone. And while the Michigan
defense had four sacks, the highly-
touted Ohio State line never caught
"We tired (Ohio State standout
defensive linemen Dan Wilkinson)
out," Michigan lineman Joe Marinaro
said. "At the beginning of the game he
was kicking and punching but not at
Davis had 96 yards on 22 carries.
Ricky Powers even made a trium-
phant return to the backfield, He car
ried eight times for 37 yards.
THEWONDER OF WHFATLEY: Ever
though Michigan tailback Tyronc
Wheatley only played in the first half
and rushed 16 times for 105 yards, he
still caused headaches for an oppo
"He presents problems becaust
he's 6-foot-1, 225 pounds and is a
sprinter on the track team," Ohio State
coach John Cooper said. "He's ont
of the all-time great backs."
Wheatley 's 105 yards gave hirr
1,005 rushing yards for the seson -
the 20th time in Michigan history that
has been accomplished -the peru
mance also gave Wheatle y his l
game with over 100 yards.
Last season, Wheatley became the
13th Wolverine rusher to gain over
1,000 yards. Combined with his 1,35
yards last year, he became just the
sixth Wolverine to go over 1,000 yard
twice. He joined Jamie Morris, Butet
Woolfolk, Rob Lytle, Gordon Bell
and Ron Johnson in the elite rin.
Wheatley's 2,900 career rus
yards ties him for fifth with Gordor
Bell on the all-time Michigan rushinp
list. By virtue of his performance sat-
urday, he also slid past Desmond
Howard into fourth-place for careec
all-purpose yardage with 3,967.
First Downs 22
Third Down 7-16
Total Offense 421
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In fact, almost anything that could
go wrong for Ohio State eventually
did. Two Buckeye defenders shad-
owed senior wide receiver Derrick
Alexander down to their goal line in
the second quarter, but bought his
head fake and left him alone to reel in
a 50-yard Collins strike on the 1-yard
Freshman fullback Jon Ritchie
punched it through on the next play
for a 14-0 Michigan advantage.
On the first play of the next drive,
Powers looked left for Galloway but
instead found freshman safety Chuck
Winters. Interception No. 3 led to a
pass two plays later from Collins to
Foster in the right flat, which Foster
took three yards to give Michigan a
Finally, a third-quarter punt that
traveled to the Michigan11was called
back because punter Tim Williams
had inadvertently touched his knee to
the ground while retrieving a low snap,
giving the Wolverines the ball on the
Three plays after a reverse by
Alexander that saw the senior recover
his own fumble, Davis converted on a
five-yard sprint for the game's final
The yardage gave Wheatley 1,00
on the year, for his second consecu
tive 1,000-yard season. He is only the
fifth Michigan player to run for ovei
1,000 yards at least twice in his col-
In addition to Wheatley's gains
Davis had 96 yards, senior co-captair
Ricky Powers gained 37 in a crowd.
pleasing fourth-quarter appeara
rookie Tshimanga Biakabutuua
notched 15, and Foster had 8
Alexander's 21-yard reverse anc
Ritchie's touchdown dive round oui
In addition to his interception
AN4i mooK .z.