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Big Ten impressive in non-
Collins, Hamilton receive Player of the Week honors
By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
Daily Football Writer
Like Madonna or a Superball, the
Big Ten just keeps coming back.
After a subpar season in 1992-in
which only four teams made bowl
games and Big Ten squads were rou-
tinely spanked by non-conference com-
petition -- the league returned to form
last season. Seven bowls featured Big
Ten participants, and Wisconsin, Penn
State, Ohio State and Michigan all won
If last year's success didn't answer
any questions the public may have had
about the quality of the conference, the
early part of this season should.
Michigan, of course, won at Notre
Dame, quite a feat in and of itself but
even more impressive in light of the
fact that the Wolverines played with-
out seniors Matt Dyson, Joe Marinaro,
Tyrone Wheatley and Walter Smith.
ButMichigan's win was justasmall
part of the story.
Penn State showed that it can com-
pete with anyone in the country with its
38-14 pasting of Southern Cal in State
College. The Nittany Lionsjumped out
to a 35-0 halftime lead thanks to a
second straight standout performance
by Ki-Jana Carter, who is quickly gar-
nering Heisman consideration.
Iowa won its annual heated battle
with Iowa State, and Illinois feasted on
a supposedly improved Missouri team.
Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota and
Purdue also won Saturday.
Perhaps the biggest victory for the
Big Ten was not even a victory at all.
Perennial league doormat Northwest-
ern gave Bill Walsh's Stanford Cardi-
nal all it could handle in a 41-41 tie.
Stanford was lucky to avoid a loss.
WhenNorthwesternis giving teams
'This week I'm the
hero, but next (game) I
could be the goat.'
fits, you know the Big Ten is tough.
These wins were more than enough
to offset the disappointing losses by
Ohio State at Washington and Michi-
gan State at Kansas.
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Michigan's
Todd Collins was named the
conference's offensive player of the
week for his 21-for-29, 244-yard per-
formance against the Fighting Irish.
Collins avoided a fierce Notre Dame
pass rush en route to a strong game-
long performance, but really showed
his mettle on the final drive. Collins
exhibited poise in leading the Wolver-
ines downfield to set up the final score,
and his nine-yard completion to Seth
Smith with Irish defensive lineman Bert
Berry wrapped around him will go
down as one of the great clutch plays in
Speaking of clutch performances,
kicker Remy Hamilton did OK himself
Saturday. His four field-goal perfor-
mance, including the game-winner,
earned him special teams honors as
Player of the Week in the Big Ten.
YEAH, BUT WHAT HAS HE DONE
SINCE?: Neither Hamilton nor coach
Gary Moellerwasfooled by thekicker's
performance this week. Both hinted
that the Wolverines' five-yearstreakof
kicking woes may not be over.
"This week I'm the hero, but next
(game) I could be the goat," Hamilton
LUCKY BREAK: Even Hamilton's
missed field goal was productive for
Michigan. In the first quarter,
Hamilton's 29-yard attempt was
blocked, but Wolverine Ch6 Foster
caught the ball and advanced it for'a
Michigan first down. Not long after,
Tshimanga Biakabutuka scurried in
from the 10to giveMichigan a7-3 lead.
Michigan linebacker Trevor Pryce is just another Big Ten player making life difficult for nonconference opponents.
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