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Football team wary of CSU
Rams out for blood in first postseason since 1990
By BRETT FORREST
Daily Football Writer
The Michigan football team rests
on uncomfortable terrain - the ex-
panse between losing its final game
and trying for redemption in a minor
The Wolverines did not have the
luxury of playing the week after losing
to Ohio State Nov. 19 and now face a
virtual no-win situation against Colo-
rado State in the Holiday Bowl Dec.30
in San Diego.
Michigan has not been able to for-
get the fact that it has tremendous
trouble scoring touchdowns inside the
"When you getdown there," Michi-
gan coach Gary Moeller said of the so-
called red zone, "you got to put the ball
in the end zone."
The team has also been living with
the realization that it very easily could
lose five games for the first time since
1984 - the last time the Wolverines
played in the Holiday Bowl.
"A fifth loss around here would be
inconceivable to a lot of players and
coaches," center Rod Payne said. "We
never thoughtabout havingafifth loss."
And the Michigan defense has been
hounded by the fact that it gave up the
most points in a single season in Wol-
Michigan surely cannot wait to get
to San Diego and, in a way, begin
"We just want to go out there and
play to win, play together as a team,"
Moeller said. "We need to know who
wants to be here at Michigan, and find
guys who want to play."
Atapre-bowlpress conference yes-
terday, the Wolverines talked about
their most glaring weakness-giving
up the big play.
The Rams have scored at least 31
points in eight games and senior quar-
terback Anthoney Hill likes to put the
ball up for grabs.
"The first thing we have to do is
contain the quarterback. He can make
plays," defensive tackle Damon Denson
said. "He reminds me of (Colorado
quarterback) Kordell Stewart. He's kind
of like a little (Philadelphia Eagle quar-
terback) Randall Cunn ingham."
Hill will beplaying in his first bowl
game, and the Rams are appearing in
their first postseason contest since 1990.
They will likely be out for blood.
Denson described Colorado State
as a "hungry team -- very hungry. If
there's a team they want to play, it
would probably be us. It's the tradition
of Michigan, the aura of Michigan. I
really think they'll be ready to get after
The Wolverines have little to gain
on the national scene from a win in the
game. They are favored over the higher-
ranked Rams and come from a stronger
conference. Big Ten football teams are
generally expected to beat WAC
If Michigan loses, the defeat will be
yet another callous on the Wolverines'
In 17 days, the Wolverines can fi-
nally take stock of their season.
Said senior linebacker Steve
Morrison: "Personally, I am going to
look back at this season and ask a lot of
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Colorado State quarterback Anthoney Hill will attempt to lead the Rams over the Wolverines in the Holiday E
'Cagers look to bounce back in upcoming
games against Pennsylvania, Jackson St.
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By PAUL BARGER
Daily Basketball Writer
The Michigan men's basketball
team continues its difficult non-con-
ference schedule tonight when it takes
on the Pennsylvania Quakers atCrisler
This will be the Wolverines' first
contest against Penn (3-1), or any Ivy
League team, since beating the Quak-
ers 84-62 during the 1990-91 season.
However, Penn is not just another
Ivy League pushover.
"We know that they have two good
'Olayers and some role players," fresh-
man Willie Mitchell said. "Wehave to
work hard and pick up a win."
The Quakers are led by 6-foot-4
guard Jerome Allen. The senior has
gottenoff to a fast start this year, aver-
aging 20.8 points in 36 minutes per
game. Allen also leads Penn with 30
Michigan, ranked No. 25 in the
latest AP poll, will have to shake off
Saturday's loss to Duke if it wants to
avoid its first two-game losing streak
of the season. Penn always provides
its opponents with a very strong game
and the Wolverines must be up to the
"We can't go losing two in a row,"
freshman Maceo Baston said. "(The
loss to Duke) was disappointing, but
we picked ourselves up Sunday at
practice. We need to play good de-
fense and play smart."
The Quakers tallied an impressive
25-3 record last year and upset Ne-
braska in the first round of the NCAA
tournament. They are the consensus
pick to repeat as Ivy League champs.
Tonight's game will be the Wol-
verines' last before a nine day break.
Michigan's next game is against Jack-
son State Dec. 22 at Crisler.
The game will mark the first-ever
meeting between the Tigers and Wol-
Michigan continues its busy win-
ter break when it heads to the Air
Time Tournament in Seattle, Dec. 29-
30. The Wolverines will face Port-
land in the first round and then either
Idaho or Washington. Michigan lost
to Portland in 1962, the only time the
teams have met.
Portland is led by 6-foot-8 senior
Canaan Chatman. He averaged 16.4
points and 8.1 rebounds per game last
When the Wolverines return from
Washington they will jump right into Big
10 play. Purdue comes to town Jan. 3,
lacking the service of the departed Glenn
Robinson. The Boilermakers finished one
game ahead of the Wolverines last season,
grabbing the conference title.
Michigan's final non-conference
game will be Jan.29 when St. John's
will be in Ann Arbor with its own
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rebounds and 27 assists.
Allen is joined in the backcourt by
6-foot-3 seniorMattMaloney. Maloney
is 10 of 23 from 3-point range and
averages over 13 ppg.
Penn dropped its openerto Canisius,
who subsequently defeated highly-rated
Cincinnati, but has since ripped off
three in a row, including an easy vic-
tory against Ohio State.
Maurice Taylor has made his presence felt on the court for the Wolverines.
He will help lead the team against Pennsylvania and Jackson State.
Michigan heads to Washington later this month for the Air Time Toumament.
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