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Of the 126 different schools
Michigan has faced on the
gridiron, how many have winning
records against the Wolverines?
(Answer, page 2)

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AP Top 25
'M' Sports Calendar
Griddes
Q&A
Forrest Fires
Football
Field Hockey
Women's Golf
Men's Soccer
Women's Volleyball

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Vheatley, Biakabutuka grind one- ....-
out against valiant Iowa, 29-14

rushers

By RACHEL BACHMAN
Daily Football Writer
IOWA CITY - Michigan ap-
proached its game with Iowa as it
would a bowl of broccoli.
The Wolverines (1-0 Big Ten, 3-1
verall) knew finishing the Hawkeyes
4-2, 2-3) would be good for them,
but getting it done was a chore.
Behind Tyrone Wheatley's 182
yards rushing, Michigan digested
Iowa, 29-14, at Kinnick Stadium Sat-
urday. The victory helped settle the
Wolverines' stomachs after their last-
second loss to Colorado a week ear-
lier.
"Did we play sluggish? Was it
ase because of our game last week?
o," Michigan coach Gary Moeller
said. "It was close because they did a
great job.
"This is a tough place to play," he
said amid the visitors' press room
walls, painted pink to decrease ag-
gression.
The psychological ploy was lost
on Wheatley.
In his second game back from a
eseason shoulder injury, the senior
tailback started out slowly, with 51
first-half yards on 16 carries. His long-
est was just nine yards.
But he came on strong in the last
half, eventually rushing for two touch-
downs.
"We're probably the slowest-start-
ing team in the nation," Wheatley
said. "You're like a kid in a candy
gre. There's just so much going on.
we just have to settle down."

Wheatley devoured Iowa's defense
late in the game. On his second touch-
down -a twelve-yard run with 6:56 to
go - he carried the ball eight of the
drive's 11 plays.
"I think he got back to his old self,
particularly in the second half,"
Moeller said.
Amani Toomer came alive after
halftime, too. His 34-yard catch set
up the go-ahead touchdown, a seven-
yard run by Tshimanga Biakabutuka
with 8:49 remaining in the third quar-
ter. After Remy Hamilton's extra point
attempt sailed wide right and Michigan
held a 19-7 lead.
On the Wolverines' next posses-
sion, illegal procedure and unsports-
manlike conduct penalties put them
in a first-and-30 situation. But Michi-
gan was unfazed. The Wolverines
emerged from the drive up 22-7,thanks
to Hamilton's 32-yard field goal.
Iowa quarterback Ryan Driscoll
responded 49 seconds into the fourth
quarter with an 11-yard touchdown
pass to tight end Scott Slutzker. The
play cut the Hawkeye deficit to eight at
22-14 and sent four rows of Iowa stu-
dents bounding into the end zone to
celebrate.
"We've never had a team at Iowa
that played harder. It was an incred-
ible performance by a group of kids
... some of them really didn't know
what they were doing out there," said
Iowa coach Hayden Fry, whose start-
ers included a walk-on at outside line-
backer.
See IOWA, Page 4

Wolverine talback Tyrone Wheatley is tackled by Iowa's Bobby Diaco (45). Wheatley gained 182 yards and scored two touchdowns on the day.

ALMOST ...

Wanna be a football coach? Fry,
Moeler face constant demands

OWA CITY - Wanted: Football coach. Hours:
Continuous, plus overtime. No respect, constant
stress. More film viewing than Gene Siskel, worse
social life than Roger Ebert. Goal: Win 12 games, by at
least 50 points each, then improve next year. Benefits:
People recognize you on street. Then they spit on you.
If interested, call (313) 763-BLUE.
That would be an accurate job
description if Michigan fired Gary
Moeller today, as some fans think
the school should.
Moeller's job can't be much
fun for him anymore. No matter
what he does, he can't win. Oh, he
MICHAEL can win football games, as he
ROSENBERG showed again Saturday with a 29-
Roses are 14 victory over Iowa. What he
Read can't win is the admiration of
Michigan fans.
The fans always want more, and when they get more.
they want more still. Moeller has captured at least a share
of the Big Ten title in three of his first four years as coach.
His teams put together a 19-game conference winning
streak, longest in Big Ten history. Against Notre Dame
and Lou Holtz - the school and coach often considered
the nation's best - Moeller is 2-2-1.
The fans don't seem to care. He hasn't won a
national title, they say. His play-calling is too

conservative.
They ignore his record.
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You win 202 games, as Hayden Fry has, and you
tend to feel like you are a pretty good football coach.
You take your team to the Rose Bowl three times, as
Hayden Fry has, and you start to think you're doing a
decent job.
Yet there's no shortage of fans in Iowa City who
want Hayden fried. They're upset that the Hawkeyes
have only won I1 games over the past two years.
They're angry that Iowa has not made the Rose Bowl in
four seasons. They're upset that they live in a podunk
town with no nightlife and a terrible odor. They blame
all but the location on Fry.
Getting upset with Hayden Fry because the
Hawkeye program has taken a step back the past three
years is like getting upset with Bill Gates because
Microsoft had a bad quarter. Without Fry, there would
be no Hawkeye program.
In the 10 years before Fry took the helm at Iowa, the
team won 30 games and went to no bowls. In the 16
seasons since, the Hawkeyes have won Ill games and
been to 11I bowls.
Yeah, yeah, the fans say. Why can't he keep it up?
.".
Admittedly, the coaches are not perfect. Moeller's
See ROSENBERG, Page 5

AP PHOTO
ATodd Collins pass sails just out of the reach of Michigan's Mercury Hayes in the first half of the game Saturday.
Te Wolverines settled for a field goal on the drive to open the scoring.

Field hockey outlasts Penn
State after loss to Bucks

Natural-born talent
Lightning-quick Biakabutuka makes a name for himself

By RAVI GOPAL
Daily Sports Witer
This past weekend, the Michigan
field hockey team received a wake-up
call.
Then they woke up.
Friday, the Wolverines (1-3 Big
Ten, 5-6 overall) fell to No. 7 Ohio
te, 3-0. They bounced back yester-
,thoughto defeat No.6 Penn State,
1-0.
Friday's game against the Buck-
eyes (1-1, 7-1) saw Michigan attack
early, with midfielders Michelle
Smulders and Sherene Smith getting
numerous shot attempts. However,

Wolverines' downfall. At the 23:50
mark, following a Buckeye penalty
corner, Ohio State midfielder Emelie
Leewens got the ball past a diving
Koreishi for a 2-0 lead that broke
Michigan's back.
"After goal number two., we didn't
have enough character to stay in the
game," Wolverine coach Patti Smith
said.
Another goal by Pederson, after
another Buckeye penalty corner,
wrapped up the scoring.
Converting after penalty corners
was the story of the game. The Wol-
verines came up scoreless on 10 op-

By CHAD A. SAFRAN
Daily Football Writer
e is lightning in football
cleats - quick, explosive
and dangerous. Unlike
lightning, Tshimanga Biakabutuka
may hit the same place twice, but
once he gets to that point, he shows
the defense a move it did not see the
first time.
In only his fifth year of
organized football, Biakabutuka has
demonstrated he has skills most

returned kicks, which is something
he wants to do while at Michigan.
But for now, he remains a
running back and has been the
Wolverines' best runner this year,
amassing 493 yards on 68 carries.
He credits Michigan running backs
coach Fred Jackson with his
improvement over last year.'
"On a scale of one to 10 I'm
now an eight," Biakabutuka says.
"Last year I was a two. He taught
me to read the defense."

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