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Nhat was the last Big Ten team to
go undereated and untied for the
season?
(Answer, page 2)

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Nittany Lions reign in Blue kingdom
Penn State damages'M'
Rose Bowl hopes, 31-24

By BRETT FORREST
Daily Football Writer
In the end, Michigan died by the
sword.
On fourth-and-one from the Penn
State 41-yard line late in the fourth
quarter, Michigan came up throwing.
Todd Collins shuffled his feet in
the pocket looking for his tightly-
covered receivers. As Collins forced
the ball to Mercury Hayes, Nittany
Lion cornerback Brian Miller stepped
in front of the Michigan wideout and
intercepted the pass at the Penn State
38 with 1:26 left in the game.
Michigan (2-1 Big Ten, 4-2 over-
all) had the ball on the 41 for third
down as well, running tailback
Tshimanga Biakabutuka off the left
guard. Outside linebacker Willie
Smith blitzed on the play and caught
Biakabutuka for no gain.
"They surprised us with the blitz
(on third down)," Collins said. "They
outsmarted us."
"We didn't do it the right way,"
Michigan coach Gary Moeller said of
the third down opportunity. "We had
different plans on that play. I'll be
responsible for that call."
The pickoff on fourth down,
Collins' first since the season opener,
secured Penn State's 31-24 victory
and severely damaged fifth-ranked
Michigan's hopes for the Big Ten
title.
No. 3 Penn State (3-0, 6-0) nowt
leads the conference and has the in-
side track at playing in the school's
first-ever Rose Bowl.
"We got beat by a better football
team," Moeller said. "I'm disap-
pointed with the way we played."

The Wolverines probably played
well enough to win the game in the
second half, but had to overcome a
13-point deficit to open the third quar-
ter. They managed to tie the game at
24 early in the fourth period on a
fourth-down dive by Biakabutuka
from the one yard-line.
Following two fruitless posses-
sions for each team, Penn State took
over the ball at its own 45 with 4:46
left in the game. On the strength of a
26-yard run by Ki-Jana Carter and a
14-yard pass play to wide receiver
Bobby Engram, Penn State found it-
self on the Michigan 16-yard line.
On third down and 11, Lion quar-
terback Kerry Collins fired another
strike to a wide open Engram in the
back of the end zone for the game
winning score.
"He's got a knack for (coming up
big)," Penn State coach Joe Paterno
said of his wideout, who had just
three catches on the day.
Michigan safety Chuck Winters
said the team was in a safety support
defense. At the snap of the ball, Win-
ters moved toward the line of scrim-
mage, and Engram ran away from
cornerback Deon Johnson on the right
side of the field.
"I knew I had the middle of the
field to work with," Engram said. "I
saw the ball in the air and I knew I had
to make a big catch."
For a time it appeared Penn State
could do without big catches in order
to win. The Nittany Lions scored on
their first four possessions of the game
- three Brett Conway field goals and
a Kerry Collins touchdown pass to
See NO ROSES

DOUGLAS KANTER/Daily
Penn State linebacker Willie Smith sacks Todd Collins on a blitz, causing Collins to fumble during Saturday's fourth quarter. Smith made arguably the
biggest play of the game later in the period when he tackled Tshimanga Biakabutuka for a loss on a third and inches play.

Lack of emotion in Penn State game
neans loss of Big Ten title, dominance

aybe, just maybe, you witnessed the end of
an era Saturday.
Mchigan's 3I-24 loss to Penn State was more

than a detour from Pasadena to
Florida or some other
southeastern state. It was more
than simple revenge for
Michigan's victory in Happy
Valley last year.
Remember this date -
October 15, 1994 - because it
may turn out to be the beginning
of the end of Michigan's Big Ten
dominance.
It was bound to happen. When
the winningest active coach and
the winningest college football
team collide, something's got to
something was the Wolverines.

to Peoria billed it as a battle of twin powers.
Penn State and Michigan were supposed to be
mirror images of each other: Both had Heisman Trophy
candidates for running backs. Both had top receivers.
Both had a Collins at quarterback.
It was anticipated, by some, as a battle of the two
best football teams in the nation.
The Wolverines knew the game would be high-
scoring. They knew it would go down to the wire. What
they didn't anticipate was also what should have
headlined all of those newspapers: THE BATTLE OF
WILLS.
The Wolverines lost that battle and, of course, the
game. The reason for both? They didn't want to win
badly enough.
You might blame coach Gary Moeller for calling a
pass play on fourth-and-two with less than two minutes
to play.
You might blame tailback Tshimanga Biakabutuka.
Just into the second quarter, and with Michigan down,
See BACHMAN

RACHEL
BACHMAN
Bach's Score

ive. Saturday, that

Every newspaper and TV uplink from Philadelphia

DUGLASKANTER/Daily
Steve Morrison (36), Trevor Pryce (8), Tony Henderson (79) and Trent Zenkewicz (76) were part of a Michigan
defense that allowed Penn State to score on four consective drives in the first half.

A Modest Champion
Sullivan earns awards while maintaining low-key persona

Wolverines work over
Yeoman in 8-0 romp

By EUGENE BOWEN
and DOUG STEVENS
Daily Sports Writer
"I'm just a guy who runs track."
These are the words of one of
the most accomplished, talented
runners in the country. Yet, when
he speaks of himself, you would
nk he doesn't realize it. In a time
hen outspoken, egotistical athletes
are the norm, sophomore Kevin
Sullivan's modesty is a welcomed
aberration.
In his life, Kevin has amassed a
cache of accolades and awards. He

very active childhood, complete
with friends, hobbies and athletics.
According to Kevin's father, he first
became interested in sports at age
six. Soccer and hockey were his
favorites. He also ran.
However, "He wasn't a great
runner at first," Richard Sullivan
said.
In grade six, Kevin decided to
concentrate on running. He had also
been playing hockey for the
previous two years. With the help
of his parents and his grade school
principal, Kevin chose running over

By MELANIE SCHUMAN
Daily Hockey Writer
Question: Who are the Yeomen
and why should you care?
Answer: At this point, it doesn't
matter.
After Friday's 8-0 mauling of the
York University Yeomen, the Michi-
gan hockey team (1-0) may remember
the score of its lopsided victory, but it
may not remember the inferior foe.
With a 3-2 record, York figured to
provide a challenge for Michigan, es-
pecially after reaching the Ontario
Universities Athletic Association's Fi-
nal Four, one game shy of a berth in the
Canadian Championships.

game. Morrison set up the play with a
pretty pass across the slot to Knuble
who got the shot off. York goaltender
Joe Dimaine made the save, but Hilton
*picked up the short rebound to score.
When the final buzzer sounded, the trio
had tallied nine points, even though
they weren't always on the ice together.
Knuble did not play the final 20
minutes. He was taken to the hospital
for observation, resulting from a check
in the second period which caused an
irreglar heartbeat. He is day-to-day and
will undergo further tests on Thursday.
Michigan scored five goals in the
first period alone, en route to its rout.
With eight goals scored by seven play-

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