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C-A Yds TD
20-32 231 3
Aft Yds Avg Lg
26 165 6.3 26
1 29 29 29
4 16 4 7
4 14 3.5 11
3 6 2 3
42 213 5.1 29
By CHAD A. SAFRAN
Daily Football Writer
Certain definable moments often set the
tone for a football game. These occurrences
range anywhere from a big defensive stop to a
player getting out of bounds at the right time.
However, the key to Saturday's Michigan-
Penn State game happened to be the entire first
The Nittany Lions posted points on their
first two possessions - a 24-yard field goal by
Brett Conway and a touchdown pass from
Kerry Collins to tight end Keith Olsommer.
Conway's points represented the fifth time in
six games this season in which the Michigan
defense has allowed points in its first series.
"We knew they wanted to run the ball,"
said Michigan linebacker Steve Morrison who
led the team with 15 tackles. "We just missed
too many tackles. They just ran the ball. We
couldn't stop them."
The Wolverines should not feel too badly
about failing to halt the nation's top offense.
Penn State has now outscored its opponents
99-12 in the first quarter. And for the fourth
time this season, the Lions scored on their first
"It looked like a tidal wave in that opening
drive," Michigan coach Gary Moeller said.
The tidal wave had a name - Ki-Jana
Carter. The Lions tailback gained 50 of Penn
State's 73 total yards on that first march down
the field. He caught a pass for 11, then broke
loose for 19 more. And before the fans had
settled in their seats, the Lions had the ball at
midfield on their way to a field goal.
The big play was indeed just that as the
Lions broke out to their double-digit lead -
four plays each went for over 10 yards. Carter
had a hand in three of those.
"He's got real good feet," Michigan defen-
sive back Chuck Winters said. "He's got good
legs and he's real strong. He can cut back
against the defense."
But it was not just Carter cutting up the
Wolverines. Collins connected with tight end
Kyle Brady and wide outs Bobby Engram and
Freddie Scott. Running back Mike Archie
gained yardage while Carter rested on the side-
lines. Even the fullback John Witman helped
out, picking up 11 yards on a second and seven
at the Lions' own 39.
On the other hand, the Wolverines put no
points on the board in the opening stanza,
representing a continuing trend. In its six con-
tests this season, Michigan has scored a total of
13 points while the opposition has totaled 39.
Wide receiver Amani Toomer was at a loss
for words when asked to explain the Wolver-
ines' woes in the opening 15 minutes.
"If I could answer that one, we wouldn't be
struggling," Toomer said.
Player No. Yds
Brady 6 63
Scott 3 56
Engram 3 40
Archie 4 36
Carter 2 24
Witman 1 9
Olsommer 1 3
No. Yds Avg Lg
2 44 22.028
Ki-Jana Carter catches the ball for 11 yards
Carter runs for 19 yards
Kerry Collins connects with Bobby Engram for 10 yards
Carter gains 13 yards on a swing pass from Collins
Carter runs for 12 yards around left end
John Witman earns 11 yards on the ground
Collins hits Freddie Scott for 18 yards over the middle
Collins flips one to Mike Archie out of the backfield for 18 yards
Collins hits tight e
Carter gains 18 m
Collins finds Brady
Carter hits double
Player No. Yds Avg Lg
Archie 1 7 7.0 7
Totals :1. 7 7.0 7
Player No. Yds Avg Lg
Fletcher 2 2814.016
Totals 2 2814.0 16
Penn State tailback Ki-Jana Carter was a force too strong for the Wolverines to handle. He
rushed for a total of 170 yards on 26 carries, for a 6.3 yards-per-carry average. Carter, who
played the entire game with a soft cast protecting his dislocated thumb, became the 12th
Nittany Lion to rush for over 2,000 yards.
Michigan's chances for Rose Bowl nearly out of reac
By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
Daily Football Writer
Well, at least one of the teams left
the field Saturday in the hunt for the
Unfortunately for Michigan fans,
the team with the chance was the one
with the plain helmets.
With the win over the Wolverines,
Penn State established itself as the
favorite for not only a Big Ten title
but a national title as well. Unless the
Nittany Lions lose at least two Big
Ten games - or suffer a loss and a tie
- they will likely be headed to the
Rose Bowl for the first time ever.
Penn State could miss out on a trip to
Pasadena if it loses to a team which
only loses one Big Ten game. How-
ever, Ohio State and Illinois are the
only teams remaining on Penn State's
schedule who have lost only one con-
The Lions also seem primed to be
the first Big Ten team to win a na-
tional title since 1968. They are cur-
rently ranked No. 1 in the nation, just
ahead of Colorado and Nebraska. But
the Cornhuskers must face the Buffa-
loes, while only the Buckeyes, of Penn
State's remaining opponents are
"Before we were in a conference,
we focused on the national champi-
onship," Lion tailback Ki-Jana Ca*
said. "Now we want two-in-one. .1
think Penn State is going to bring that
attitude to the Big Ten."
But Lions coach Joe Paterno isn't
too concerned with his team's ranking
"I don't worry about polls right
now," Paterno said. "We've got five
tough games to play. We'll worry about
what the polls say after five game@
There isn't much reason for Michi-
gan to worry about the polls, either.
The Wolverines, who likely would
have jumped up to No. 3 in the polls
with a win, instead fell to No. 11 in the
Associated Press poll and No. 12 in
the USA Today/CNN Coaches' Poll.
Michigan is stuck as an observer of the
national title race.
But the Wolverines are still c
sidered one of the nation's best tea
and they have a strong chance of end-
ing up in a bowl Jan. 2. The
conference's top three teams are coma
mitted to play in bowls that day. The
champion, of course, will play in the
Rose Bowl, while the team's finishing
second and fourth participate in the
Citrus Bowl and Hall of Fame Bowl;
The third-place team plays in
Holiday Bowl, the only game tie-in
with the Big Ten that is not played on
Amani Toomer missed a bomb from Todd Collins late in the fourth quarter that would have put the Wolverines inside
the Penn State 10-yard line. Toomer caught seven pass, including three on Michigan's opening drive, for 157 yards.
10/29 Ohio State
11/5 at Indiana
No.23 Wisconsin 27, Purdue 27
Kevin McGrew's 47-yard fumble
return set up Brad Bobich's 32-yard
field goal with 47 seconds left, giving
Purdue a 27-27 tie with No. 23 Wis-
Wisconsin's John Hall, who missed
a 50-yard field goal just before half-
time, was wide left from 53 yards with
two seconds left.
The tie almost certainly killed any
hope that Wisconsin (2-1 -1 Big Ten,
3-2-1 overall) had of returning to the
Rose Bowl. The Badgers capped a 10-
U Urude ties Wisconsin on last-minute
ROUNAftA YEWYD OCT l, O41hm crushes injury-riddled Hawkey
ern beat Minnesota, 37-31, snapping and completed just 7-of-17 passes for
its 10-game conference losing streak. 55 yards before being replaced in the
It was the Wildcats' most explo- final seven minutes. Illinois has a 478-
sive Big Ten road game in 51 years. 255 advantage in yardage.
Lundy, a senior who entered the Ohio State 23, Michigan State7
game as the Big Ten's leading rusher, Michigan State wrapped up its.,
scored on a 71-yard run in the second three-game journey through the val-
quarter, the longest run of his career. It ley of the Big Ten title contenders
snapped a 10-10 tie and started the with a 23-7 loss to Ohio State.}As
Wildcats (1-2, 2-3-1) on a 17-point Eddie George rushed for 219 yards .4.
burst the Gophers (0-4, 2-5) could not on 29 carries, including a 76-yard..
overcome. touchdown run, to lead the Buckeyes, x ::,
Minnesota, which got 110 yards and linebacker Greg Bellisari returned
and two touchdowns from tailback, a Tony Banks interception 35 yards
Chris Darkins, lost its fourth straight for another Ohio State score."
game and its seventh conference game Michigan State coach George ' ...