4 - The Michigan Daily - SPQRTSMonday - Monday, September 26, 1994
Catch leaves both
End-zone grab turns Wolverines' lead
Att Yds Avg ig
22 141 6.4 23
20 85 4.3 21
43 217 5.0 23
BY BRETT FORREST
Daily Football Writer
A decade after Doug Flutie-to-
Gerard Phelan sunk Miami, Kordell
Stewart-to-Michael Westbrook killed
"Honestly," said Michigan quar-
terback Todd Collins following
Saturday's heartbreaker. "I thought it
would be pretty tough to go 85 yards in
At the close of the game Wolverine
cornerback Ty Law lay crumpled on
the turf, sobbing like a child.
"I can't speak," said Colorado quar-
terback Kordell Stewart, following the
game. Long after his teammates had
showered and changed into street
clothes, Stewart remained in front of his
lockerroom stall. He sat with full equip-
ment on, head in hands, looking as ifhis
Buffaloes had been defeated.
Michigan coach Gary Moeller con-
ducted his postgame press conference
as if in some sort of dreamscape. A
glaze over his face, Moeller seemed
less than half there.
What could have produced this?
How did Michigan allow Colorado
to travel from the Buffalo 15-yard line
to pay dirt with 15 seconds on the clock
and no timeouts?
For that matter, how could the
Wolverines squander a 12-point lead
with just 3:52 to go in the game?
"You can second-guess until the
cows come home," Moeller said.
Fullback Ch6 Foster could be
scolded for fumbling the ball at the
Colorado 12-yard line with 11:15 left
in the fourth quarter.
Moeller can be blamed for trying
two-point conversions after every
The Michigan offensive line may
be condemned for moving early and
costing the team five yards on a cru-
cial third-and-two during the last
But none of that mattered when it
came down to the last play of the game.
With Colorado at its own 36-yard
line and just six ticks on the clock, the
Buffaloes called for "The Rocket," a
play they run in practice every Thurs-
into crushing, last
Michigan rushed three linemen an
dropped six defensive backs toward tdi
"We all know how to defend th~
play." Moeller said. "'We work th~
play all the time."
Colorado sent receivers B
Anderson and Westbrook into the
zone, as Stewarthid behind three doubh<
"I was nervous," Stewart said.'
Michigan deployed cornerback TI
Law and free safety Chuck Winters
bat the ball to the ground if it even g<
Stewart then heaved the ball 7
yards in the air- from his own 25-s
line to the Michigan goal line.
"Kordell can throw 80 yards on h
knees," Westbrook joked after tli
game. "My goal was to tip the ball 1
Tight end Christian Fauria said Ti
Rocket works only one of ten time
against the practice squad.
But it always helps to have a 121
man on the field. __
Tshimanga Biakabatuka ran for 81 yards on 19 carries against Colorado.
Yds Avg Lg
205 41.0 46
Player No. Ydls
CON FE REN CE 1994
Badgers win big vs. LU
KICKOFF R ETURNS
No. 16 Wisconsin 62, No. 25 In-
Darrell Bevell rebounded from the
worst half of his life with a perfect half,.
triggering Wisconsin's 62-13 rout of
Indiana before a sellout of 77,745 at
Camp Randall Stadium.
Bevell threw four first-half inter-
ceptions in a 55-17 loss against Colo-
rado last week. Saturday, he completed
all 13 of his first-half passes for 184
yards and three touchdowns as the Bad-
gers raced to a 41-0 lead.
Wisconsin (1-0 Big Ten, 3-1 over-
all) scored on its first seven posses-
sions and forcing punts the first 10
times the Hoosiers (0-1, 3-1) had the
No. 20 Ohio State 52, Houston 0
Eddie George and Jerron Jackson
sandwiched touchdown runs around a
safety as Ohio State scored 16 points in
a two-minute span on its way to a 52-0
victory over Houston.
George finished with 105 yards on
11 carries, his fourth-straight game with
more than 100 yards rushing, and Jack-
son scored the first three touchdowns of
his college career for Ohio State (0-0,3-
No. 5 Penn State 55, Rutgers 27
Ki-Jana Carter ran for three touch-
downs and Kerry Collins threw for two
scores as Penn State continued to put up
impressive offensive numbers with a
5 5-27 victory over Rutgers.
Rutgers (2-2) gave Penn State (2-0,.
4-0) its toughest challenge to date, pull-
ing within one touchdown late in the
first half. But Penn State struck back
quickly as Collins engineered an eight-
play, 80-yard drive culminated by Jon
Whitman' s5-yard touchdown with five
seconds left in the half.
No. 9 Notre Dame 39, Purdue 21
Notre Dame didn't need leading
rusher Lee Becton as Randy Kinder
and Ray Zellars each had career-best
days, sparking the Irish over Purdue,
With Becton out at least four weeks,
Kinder gained a career-high 122 yards
in the first half and finished with 143
and two touchdowns. Zellars had 156
yards, including a 62-yard touchdown.
They led a ground game that accu-
mulated 428 yards on 54 carries, the
most by the Irish since gaining 467
against Purdue two years ago.
Zellars put Notre Dame (3-1) ahead
32-7 late in the third quarter. Purdue
(0-0, 2-1) fell behind, 39-7, in the
final quarter before driving for two
touchdowns in the final minutes.
Oregon 40, Iowa 18
Ricky Whittle rushed for three
touchdowns in the first half and Or-
egon took advantage of repeated Iowa
mistakes to beat the Hawkeyes, 40-18,
in the first visit by a Big Ten team to
Eugene in 14 years.
The Ducks (2-2) outscored Iowa
20-0 in the second quarter. Then had
long touchdown drives on their first
two possessions of the second half.
The Hawkeyes (0-1,2-2) had a421-
279 advantage in yardage, but their
turnovers, penalties and dropped
passes helped Oregon snap a five-
game losing streak against Division I-
Kansas State 35, Minnesota 0
J.J. Smith rushed for 137 yards and
Chad May threw three touchdown
passes as Kansas State routed Minne-
The Wildcats (3-0) beat an
unranked foe at home for the 23rd
straight time and made it two straight
over the Golden Gophers (0-1, 2-2),
who lost to Kansas State, 30-25, in the
Metrodome last September.
Smith had 89 yards rushing in the
first half as the Wildcats took a 14-0
lead over the visitors from the Big
Michigan State 45, Miami (Ohio)
Tony Banks fired a 10-yard TD
pass to Mill Coleman, then on the next
possession, found a wide-open Nigea
Carter for a 38-yard scoring strike to
lead the 1-2 Spartans to the victory to
help lead Michigan State over Miami
The Spartans held the Redskins to
only 93 yards on the ground, while
racking up 292 on 60 carries. Tailback
Antwain Patrick led the running at-
tack with 111 yards on 20 carries. He
also scored on a one-yard dive.
The Colorado offensive line opens a hole for quarterback Kordell Stewart in the first quarter Saturday. The Buffaloe
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Just minutes before the game-win-
ning play, it looked like Colorado
would not get the chance for even a
desperation attempt at victory.
Michigan led 26-14 when the Buffa-
loes took possession at their own 28.
The clockread 3:52. Stewart then single-
handedly drove his team downfield, run-
ning for 30 yards and completing four of
five passes for 24 yards. Those plays,
along with a Rashaan Salaam 11-yard
run and a Wolverine penalty, brought
the Buffs to the Michigan one-yard line.
Stewart pitched to Salaam, who ran it
into the end zone. Colorado led, 26-21.
The touchdown run by Salaam
broke a string of 23 unanswered points
by Michigan. The Buffaloes, who beat
Wisconsin, 55-17, a week ago, had
gone 35 minutes without a point.
Salaam also scored the first points of
the game, on a two-yard dive. After a
Remy Hamilton field goal, Colorado
scored again on a Westbrook reception
to make it 14-3. It looked as though the
Buffaloes would be gaining yardage at
will for the rest of the afternoon.
As itturns out, they did gain yardage
for the rest of the afternoon, picking up
511 yards on the day. But McCartney's
troons couldn't Dut it in the end zone,
play, which kept Michigan's lead at 26-
14, appeared to dash Colorado's hopes.
The fumble was not calmly re-
ceived on the Colorado sideline.
"Two of (the officials) said the ball
was down," Stewart said, "and the
referee said it was a fumble."
At that point, all of Boulder was
prepared to vilify Stewart for blowing
the game. Eleven minutes and two touch-
downs later, the quarterback could get
elected mayor by a landslide.
"I felt when we made the play we
deserved to win," McCartney said.
"Somebody had to lose. It looked like
it was going to be us. And I'm glad it
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scBut the big play did not happen
the final stages of Michigan's cru
"They could not stop the optio
Michigan could not stop us. Period
No, the Wolverines could not ful
contain the Buffaloes. Only the refe
ees could do that, whistling 10 penalti
for 102 yards aainst Bill McCartne
First Downs 23
Third Down 5-12
FIRST QUARTER: M-CU
CU - Salaam 2-yard run (Voskeritchian kick) 0-7
Drive: 11 plays, 63 yards, 4:46
M - Hamilton 33-yard field goal 3-7
Drive: 7 plays, 21 yards, 3:21
CU - Westbrook 27-yard pass from Stewart (V'chian lRick)3-4