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just played outstanding."
After the second score, Moeller
mercifully removed Wheatley from the
game, perhaps to let him read a fan's
"Tyrone, NFL-Just Say No" sign that
appeared on the stadium scoreboard.
"The defense played great and gave
us great field position throughout the
day," Wheatley said. "The offensive
line blocked great for me. You accept
it (the MVP award) more for the team
than for yourself."
IfWheatleywasn'twilling to speak
on his behalf, others certainly were.
"I think Tyrone had a very good
day," Moeller said of his back who
scored his 34th and 35th rushing touch-
downs of his career, eclipsing Rick
Leach's school mark. Wheatley also
tied Anthony Carter for most total
career touchdowns at 40.
"Where do you want me to start?"
laughed N.C. State coach Mike O'Cain
when asked his impressions of
Wheatley after seeing him up-close
for the first time. "He's 235 pounds, 6-
foot-2 and he can run sub 4.4. Those
three things are very impressive. He's
a great back. You can't say enough
things about him."
The Wheatley-induced blowout
allowed Moeller to utilize 63 of his
players, one of whom was co-captain
Ricky Powers, the tailback Wheatley
displaced last season. In his finale,
Powers juked his way for a 16-yard
touchdown. Few were happier to see it
than No. 6.
"It means a lot," Wheatley said of
Powers' score. "I don't know if a lot of
people saw it, but tears came to (Pow-
ers') eyes and it wasn't tears of sad-
ness. It was tears of happiness, and I
had tears in my eyes also."
There was no doubting what sort
of tears the Wolfpack defense shed
New Year's Day.
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Michigan running back Ed Davis ran for 36 yards on seven carries as the Wolverines defeated N.C. State, 42-7, in the Hall of Fame Bowl last Saturday in
Tampa, Fla. The Michigan offense gained 265 yards on the ground and 466 yards total. It was the second time Michigan has won the Hall of Fame Bowl.
Yds Avg Lg
Turnovers, Turnovers Turnovers
While the Wolverines did not give up the football throughout the
entire Hall of Fame Bowl - the second consecutive game without a
turnover - the same cannot be said for N.C. State. Six Wolfpack
turnovers resulted in 28 points for Michigan, which helped push the
Wolverines past their New Year's Day opponents, 42-7.
N.C. State turnover #1-
QB Terry Harvey fumbles snap for center - 10:57 1st quarter
Result: Michigan goes three plays and punts
N.C. State turnover #2 -
QB Harvey fumbles ball in exchange with FB ??? - 5:02, 2nd
Result: Michigan QB Todd Collins completes 31-yard TD
pass to Amani Toomer in last seconds of first half,
N.C. State turnover #3 -
QB Harvey throws INT to Clarence Thompson -11:05, 3rd
Result: Thompson returns INT 43 yards for TD, 28-0
N.C. State turnover #4 -
QB Geoff Bender throws INT to Steve Morrison - 9:08, 3rd
Result: Michigan RB Tyrone Wheatley runs 18 yard sweep
for his second TD of game, 35-0
N.C. State turnover #5 -
QB Bender throws INT to Ty Law - 3:13, 3rd
Result: Michigan RB Ricky Powers runs 16 yards up middle
for Michigan final score, 42-7
N.C. State turnover #6 -
QB Harvey throws INT to Steve King - 6:25, 4th
Result: Michigan runs nine pla and turns ball over on downs
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Before the game quarterback
Todd Collins had a short list of
requirements that would make the
bowl satisfying for him - "A win."
Linebacker Steve Morrison
surely wanted a victory but wanted
even more from his team to
complete the week.
"I think we have to prove to
ourselves how good we are;"
Morrison said. "We need to keep
doing the same things we've been
doing all season, just a little better."
By anyone's standards this game
could only be described as a success
for Michigan. The same cannot be
said for the season. Being 4-4 at
midseason, and 8-4 at the finish, is
quite rare for a Michigan football
team. The reasons for the surprising
showing clearly disappointed
Moeller as much as the outcome.
"When I look back I can only
think about these guys playing with
such excellent effort out there today
that I didn't see earlier in the year
and I can only wonder why
sometimes," Moeller said. "I guess
the saving grace to some degree is
the fact that we didn't lose
everything and that we came back
and celebrated and a number of our
kids played very, very hard.
"You always believe that the
program overcame everything. I
know we lost our focus," Moeller
continued. "There were times when
some of those players lost our focus
and I guess I'm one of those players.
I accept that."
Despite feeling they were better
than the record might indicate, the
players recognized that great records
are the roots of Michigan tradition.
By rebounding to win its last four
games, the team proved itself better
than its record and helped restore
the proud tradition.
"I think it's very important,"
Collins said. "We knew that if we
had lost another game we might
have been one of the worst teams,
recordwise, in a long while. None of
us wanted that to think about for the
rest of our lives."
Moeller said after the game that
sometimes playing "has to be for the
enjoyment." He meant the bowl
game, but he could have just has
'You always believe
that the program
-- Gary Moeller
Michigan head coach
easily meant the whole season. All
evidence of enjoying football
disappeared for the Wolverines after
losing to Notre Dame.
Nothing could help a team enjoy
itself better than a bowl trip.
"It's kind of nice to be down
here because the weather is so nice,"
wideout Derrick Alexander said. "I
mean when it's 80 degrees and you
can walk around on the beach, it's
great. But after a while with all
these functions you want to get
everything done and remember why
you came and that's the game. I
would like to get it going."
The Wolverines did get it going.
Michigan had as much fun as it did
starting the season with a 41-14
bombing of Washington State, even
if it did not enjoy the whole roller
coaster ride between the two games.
Player No. Yds Avg
Matier 4 9025.0
Fitzgeral 1 1212.0
Lawrenc( 1 8 8.0
Totals 6 11018.3
C ON FEREN
4-3 In the Bowls
Liberty (Dec. 28)
Holiday (Dec. 30)
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calling a running play. However, as
Harvey was handing the ball off to
fullback Rob Brown, it sprung loose
and was recovered by Michigan's
The Wolverines proceeded to move
the length of the field but seemed
stymied. With a 4th-and-10 play on
the Wolfpack 31 and a half a minute
remaining, Michigan coach Gary
Moeller let the clock run down to
three seconds before burning his final
time out, giving the Wolverines time
for one last play.
Rather than go for a field goal,
Moeller called for a pass. With re-
ceiver Amani Toomer in single cover-
age, Collins threw a fade to him deep
in the right corner of the end zone,
where he outleaped cornerback
Dewayne Washington and hauled in
the pass for Michigan's third TD of
To a man, almost everyone after
the game said that this last-second
catch was the turning point in the
Clarence Thompson intercepted a
Harvey pass on the Wolfpack's open-
ing drive of the third quarter and took
it back 43 yards for a touchdown.
"In our first possession, our de-
fense does what it has to do to stop
them," O'Cain said. "We come back
and two plays later throw an intercep-
tion and it's 28-0. At that point in time,
the ballgame is not over but for us to
score 28 points on Michigan in a quar-
ter-and-a-half is a little unrealistic."
In order to shake things up, O'Cain
put in junior Geoff Bender, who had
started much of the season, at quarter-
back. However, all O'Cain saw was
more of the same as Bender's third
pass was picked off by linebacker Steve
Michigan's advantage in size, par-
ticularly on the offensive line, took its
toll on the Wolfpack in the third stanza.
Wheatley -who had 103 yards at the
half - scampered 18 yards for his
second touchdown of the day. The
Wolverines ultimately scored 28 points
off N.C. State turnovers.
The only play that even resembled
a turnover for Michigan came in the
first quarter when Jean-Agnus Charles
the game a 14-point favorite, their
multi-faceted scoring attack impressed
O'Cain, and he said it took him a little
"You don't ever expect the de-
fense to return an interception for a
touchdown," O'Cain said. "We had
not had a punt returned against us (for
a TD) all year. (Michigan's) a very
good football team. They do a good
job in all aspects - defense, offense,
special teams. They deserved to win
this football game.
"We didn't do the things we needed
to do, offensively particularly, to give
us a chance to win."
In winning his third bowl game in
four years as head coach at Michigan,
Moeller spoke highly of his opponent,
despite the lopsided score.
"I think North Carolina State is a
better football team than what they
showed today," he said.
And as for the question of not be-
ing motivated for a bowl other than
the Rose Bowl, Michigan put that to
rest with its team effort.
"The way we played against Ohio
State was the real Michigan team that
should have been playing all year and
we knew we'd have to play like that
again if we were to have good memo-
ries of the season," senior center Marc
Milia said. "It would have been a
shame to have played like that against
Ohio State and to come down here and
play poorly against North Carolina
Independence (Dec. 31)
Virginia Tech 45
Alamo (Dec. 31)
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Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards,3:41
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- Alexander 79-yard punt return (Elezovic kick)