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Field Hockey
vs. Ohio State
Today, 4 p.m.
Oosterbaan Fieldhouse

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Women's Volleyball
vs. Illinois
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena

Wolverines own clear edge over Iowa
Powerful Michigan offense should overwhelm weaker Hawkeyes

By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
Daily Football Writer
If Michigan's past two games are
an indication, coach Gary Moeller
would like nothing more than to be
losing with under ten seconds to play
against Iowa tomorrow.
But Moeller, a stubborn guy, will
probably opt for the more conservative
approach of trying to score more than
the other team in the first 59:50.
Taking that into consideration, and
realizing that Iowa will take the same
approach, here are the matchups.
Michigan running game against
Iowa run defense:
Michigan is no doubt a bit dazed
from its loss to Colorado. This would
normally cause a team to come out
sluggish. But don't count on that, be-
cause Tyrone Wheatley figures to be
his old self, running around or through
defenders andjust generally giving the
whole state of Iowa nightmares.
Iowa is giving up 207.3 yards rush-
ing per game, which is only better than
Purdue among Big Ten teams.
Wheatley needs a huge game to get
back into the Heisman race. He should
put on that kind of performance and
leave enough yards left over for

TshimangaBiakabutuka and Ed Davis.
Advantage
Michigan passing game against
Iowa pass defense:
Next time someone tells you Todd
Collins is not a clutch quarterback,
smack him. Unless, of course, that
somebody is bigger than you, at which
time you should say, "Yes, sir, he is
most unclutch, sir." But in your heart,
you will know that Collins is a prime
time quarterback.
He proved this against Notre Dame
and Colorado. Collins has thrown for
200 yards or more in every game this
year while facing some of the nation's
toughest defensive backs.
Iowa has none of the nation's tough-
est defensive backs. All ithas isDamien.
Robinson, a decent cornerback, andBo
Porter, a free safety who plays in the
Chicago Cubs' farm system, so he
knows something about losing. After
Robinson and Porter, there isn't a whole
lot. Michigan's depth at receivercom-
bined with Collins' rifle arm, should
make for a long day for the Hawkeyes.
Advantage

Iowa running game against
Michigan run defense:
This is Iowa's strength. Sedric Shaw
gets most of the carries, and he's a
solid, productive back. Redshirt fresh-
man Tavian Banks has carried the ball
only 13timesbuthas gained109yards,
so he figures to see playing time soon.
Iowa coach Hayden Fry probably
doesn't want to throw him to the Wol-
verines, but if the Hawkeyes can't move
the ball, he'll have no choice.
Michigan's Jarrett Irons and Steve
Morrison may be the best pair of run-
stopping linebackers in the nation. But
Michigan is sixth in the Big Ten in run
defense, because the defensive line has
been inconsistent. Iowa's best chance
to beat Michigan may be by grinding
out yards on the ground, which moves
the chains and keeps the Wolverine
offense off the field.
Advanta
Iowa passing game against Michi-
gan pass defense:

Sophomore Ryan Driscoll leads the
Iowa passing attack and could be the
latest in a long line of top Hawkeye
quarterbacks.
Harold Jasper and tight end Scott
Slutzker are Driscoll's key long- and
short-ball targets, respectively. Jasper
averages 19.4 yards per catch, but only
three receptions per game, because op-
ponents focus on him. Michigan defen-
sive coordinator Lloyd Carr should stick
all-Milky Way cornerback Ty Law on
Jasper. But Carr likely won't give up
his zone scheme, which could mean
big things for Jasper.
Advantage
Special teams:
Jasper leads the Big Ten in punt
returns, and Banks and Tim Dwight
average 22 yards per kickoff return:
Punter Nick Gallery is in a slump but
should return to his solid 1993 form.
Michigan's return men, Amani
Toomer, Mercury Hayes and Seth
Smith, are outstanding, but have not
been had many open holes. Michigan's
kicking game remains enigmatic.
Advantage: None

DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
ichigan's run defense will have another tough chore this weekend in Iowa
after trying to handle Colorado running back Rashaan Salaam last week.

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By RODERICK BEARD
Daily Sports Writer
Improvement will be the theme
Ofor the Michigan women's volleyball
team this weekend, as it begins the
home conference season at Cliff Keen
Arena Friday at 7:00 P.M. against
Illinois and Saturday at 7:00 P.M.
versus Purdue.
The Wolverines (0-2 Big Ten, 4-
8 overall) hope to rebound from a
tough opening conference weekend,
in which they lost matches to Wis-
consin and Northwestern. The two
losses put Michigan at the bottom of
the conference standings, along with
Michigan State and Purdue.
Illinois (1-1, 9-5), although a
young team, will be a tough challenge
for the Wolverines. Of the 13 players
on the squad, three are sophomores
and five are freshmen.
The Fighting Illini opened con-
ference play at home with a close
five-game loss against Iowa and a
five-game win over Minnesota. In
the match with the Hawkeyes, Illi-
nois' freshman outside hitter Erin
Borske set a freshman single-match
record with 25 kills, and followed

that effort with 23 against the Golden
Gophers.
The Illini depend on senior out-
side hitters Julie Edwards and Sue
Nucci for leadership. Edwards was
injured this week and did not hit in
practice but should be available for
the match tonight.
Nucci is in the top ten in aces for
Illinois, adding six versus Iowa, one
short of the single-match record. As a
team, Illinois ranks second in the Big
Ten in aces and fifth in hitting effi-
ciency.
Purdue (0-2,2-9) also has a young
team and could pose less of aproblein
for Michigan. The Boilermakers have
only one senior and two juniors on its
11-player roster.
Carol Dewey, in her 20th season
as Purdue's coach, is the winningest
single-sport coach in school history.
She has an overall record of 465-
242, including a 236-120 record
against Big Ten schools, and has led
the Boilermakers to four conference
championships and six 30-win sea-
sons.
The Wolverines have had prob-
lems beating Purdue in the past. In 31

meetings, Michigan has won only
four times. They are improving,
however, as they have won three
matches in as many years, including
last year's five-game win at Cliff
Keen Arena.
Sophomore middle blocker
Brooke White heads Purdue's of-
fensive attack. White, who started
all 29 matches and played in every
game as a freshman last year, is

second in the conference in aces and
seventh in hitting efficiency this
season.
Tonight's match versus Illinois
will feature the "Rock the House III"
promotion, with special giveaways,
including plane tickets and a dash for
cash, and contests planned.
The first two "Rock the House"
promotions have attracted more than
5,000 total fans.

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