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What is Gary Moeller's coaching
ecord in Ilinois-Michigan games?
(Answer, page 2)

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Morrison
iominates
defens ively
C HAMPAIGN - Steve
Morrison has been vindicated.
Michigan's senior inside
linebacker, questioned and forgotten
#r much of last year, has exacted his
revenge on the hell hound of self-
doubt.
In Saturday's game, when he
could have been overshadowed by
Illinois' capable quartet of
linebackers, Morrison registered a
dozen tackles and recovered a fumble
at the Michigan 14-yard line.
Morrison, Michigan's defensive
captain, was
clearly the
dominant player
on the
Wolverines' side
of the ball. His
performance
BRER merited a
BR~l~selection as
FORREST ABC's Player of
Forrest the Game.
=,res"He's a
catalyst for their
defense. He's the kind of linebacker
that motivates his team," Illinois
offensive coordinator Greg Landry
said. "They really missed him last
year."~
In perhaps the understatement of
the year, Landry hit on one of
Michigan's foremost problems
uring the sad season of 1993.
'orrison broke a bone in his foot
during the summer, broke it again in
practice the week after the Notre
Dame game and then aggravated the
injury against Wisconsin. In all, he
missed seven games.
Injured and either sitting on the
bench or playing hurt, he personified
the team's sullen attitude during its
4 season.
"Last year was frustrating
because I wasn't playing," Morrison
said. "It's a difficult thing when
you're watching from the sidelines."
Rarely had Morrison watched a
game from the bench, after enjoying
a brilliant prep career at Bitmingham
Brother Rice. The state's top-rated
prospect at his position in 1989,
Morrison was expected to be the next
eat Wolverine linebacker.
I Not only was he counted upon to
complement then-All-America
linebacker Brick Anderson, but also
step into the breach when Anderson
graduated.
The legacy of Anderson, who
won the Butkus Award as the
nation's top collegiate linebacker in
1991, is undoubtedly a difficult one
shake.
But now Morrison, who
punctuated his complete comeback
with double-digit tackle outings
against Penn State and Iowa, is a
finalist for this year's Butkus
Award himself.
Saturday Morrison refused to let
up. Spearheading a defensive attack
that allowed the Illini just 40 yards
on the ground, he constantly came up
th key stops.d
On second-and-one from its own

34 with less than five minutes gone
in the fourth quarter, Illinois ran
Robert Holcombe up the middle to
secure a vital first down.
Michigan's Remy Hamilton had
missed a field goal attempt just two
plays earlier and the Illini, down by
12 points, had the game's momentum
jtheir favor.
4 At the snap of the ball, Morrison
knifed through the line to his right,
cut back to his left and wrapped up
Holcombe for a one-yard loss. The
Ansuing play ended in an
incompletion, and Michigan regained
aossession of the hall.

It isn't pretty, but 'M'
finally beats Illinois

By CHAD A. SAFRAN
Daily Football Writer
CHAMPAIGN-Beauty is said to
be in the eye of the beholder. Saturday's
game between No. I I Michigan and
Illinois was not very good-looking. For
the Wolverines, the prettiest thing was
the result - a 19-14 win over the
Fighting Illini before 72,677 at Memo-
rial Stadium.
How ugly was the game ? Michigan
(3- Big Ten,5-2 overall) did not score
an offensive touchdown against Illi-
nois (2-2, 4-3), relying on its special
teams to provide the points, and still
pulled out a victory.
That one touchdown was arguably
the best looking part of the game, at
least if you were wearing a winged
helmet.
Amani Toomer's 72-yard punt re-
turn, the Wolverines' first since Der-
rick Alexander busted one for a score
in the Hall of Fame Bowl last Jan. 1.

helped Michigan extend a shaky 9-7
halftime lead less than three minutes
into the third quarter.
The junior wide receiver fielded the
punt at the Michigan 28 a couple of
yards from the sideline. After almost
dropping the football while fielding the
kick, Toomer traversed the field, re-
ceiving a key block from Woody
Hankins, which Illinois (2-2,4-3) coach
Lou Tepper and his players insisted
should have been called a clipping pen-
alty.
"There were two clips," said Illi-
nois linebacker Dana Howard, who
registered a game-high 20 tackles. "We
were the only people who were watch-
ing the game."
However, no violation was whistled
and Toomer made his way up the far
sideline. One Illini defender nearly
grabbed hold of his jersey but Toomer
eluded the effort and sped to the end
zone.
See ILLINOIS, Page 4

JOSH KOLEVZON /Daily
who came into the game averaging just 2.2

Amani Toomer returns a punt for a touchdown against Illinois. Toomer,
yards per return, scored Michigan's only touchdown of the game.

Hockey salvages
plit eond otte 4i
last-second )"q, score

By DARREN EVERSON
Daily Hockey Writer
Facing aquality opponent like Colo-
rado College was supposed to provide
the Michigan hockey team with a good
and honest look at itself. After almost
120 minutes of hockey last weekend,
the Wolverines could not have liked
what they saw.
They saw an image reflecting a
porous defense, suspect goaltending
and, very nearly, an 0-2 record.
However, a last-second power-play
goal from Jason Botterill in Saturday's
contest lifted Michigan to a 5-4 win
over the Tigers. The victory also gave
the Wolverines a split in the weekend
set after they dropped the opener, 7-4.
"Our two men up on the point there,
(Brendan) Morrison and (Mike) Legg
kept putting the puck down in the cor-
ners forus," Botterill said. "I wasjustin
front of the net, and (Morrison) sent a
beautiful pass right down to me. My
back was to the net so Ijust spun around
and shot the puck, and the next thing I
know-jubilation. It wasjust anunbe-
lievable feeling."
The line of Warren Luhning, Kevin
Hilton and Botterill accounted for that
goal and two other power-play goals
Saturday. Although Botterill said
Luhning adjusted well to playing in
place of the injured Mike Knuble, those
two weren't the only reason for
Michigan's success with a man ad-
vantage.
"The thing that affected us was we
didn't have our captain out there on
defense," said Colorado College Bob
LuciaofdefensemanKentFearns."He's
the guy that would be out there running
our power play from the point and kill-
ing penalties, so we missed him."
Fearns, sidelined by a groin injury,
may have been missed from a defensive

standpoint, but the Tigers certainly
didn't suffer from a lack of offense.
Colorado College clawed back from a
3-0 first-period deficit thanks to its con-
tinued physical play.
In the third period, after a short-
handed goal by right wing Tim Sweezo,
Tiger center Stewart Bodtker tied the
game at four, pushing the puck past
Michigan goalie Marty Turco after an
intense scramble in front of the net. At
that point, the Wolverines seized com-
mand of the game, controlling the ac-
tion until Botterill's score.
After working so hard to come back,
losing with just one second on the
clock left a sour taste in the mouth of
center R.J. Enga.
"We definitely would have liked to
at least taken the game into overtime,"
he said. "It's the luck of the thumb
switch, because the guy could have
started the clock a second too late."
The Wolverines had more trouble
containing the Tiger attack in Friday's
game. Colorado College pinned
Michigan in its own end for much of
the first two periods, amassing 25
shots to the Wolverines' 17 and tak-
ing a 4-3 lead into the final period.
The Tigers' early dominance kept
Michigan goalie Al Loges busy.
"A lot of things caught me off guard
at first," Loges said. "Just right off the
bat there's a two-on-one and then a
breakaway, just one after another. It
was like a pinball gallery in there."
The amount of action might have
worn on the Michigan netminder a bit.
Tiger right wing Peter Geronazzo, with
two Wolverines draped over him,
flipped a one-armed shot past Loges
to put Colorado College up by two.
And while Michigan dominated play
See TIGERS, Page 7

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daily
John Madden and the Michigan hockey team were nearly swept by Colorado College this weekend. Only Jason
Botterill's goal with :01 on the clock save the Wolverines from an 0-2 start.
Field hockey sips against ranked foes

By JENNIFER DUBERSTEIN
Dai. Sports Writer
Going into the weekend, the Michi-
gan field hockey team had high hopes
of beating two of the top-ranked teams
in the country, No. 14 Iowa and No. I
Northwestern. But as the weekend
passed, the high hopes of the No. 20
Wolverines were crushed by two dis-
appointing losses.
On Friday night, Michigan (3-5
Big Ten, 8-10 overall) lost to Iowa (4-
3 Big Ten, 8-6 overall), 2-3, at
Oosterbaan Field House in double
overtime. Kristen Holmes of Iowa
scored the first goal of the game in the
second half inside the circle. Three
minutes later, freshman Julie Flachs
retaliated for Michigan. Then Michi-

gan junior Aaleya Koreishi netted the
second goal, putting the Wolverines
up 2-1. The Hawkeyes scored with
five minutes left to tie the game.
The deciding goal came in the
second overtime when the referees
awarded Iowa a penalty corner. Iowa's
Ann Pare put the ball in the Michigan
net.
"You live and die by a (penalty)
stroke," Michigan forward Gia Biagi
said. "And they don't really show
how a team plays.
The Michigan-Iowa match was
close not only in score, but in the
numbers. Michigan took 17 shots,
compared to Iowa's 19. Michigan
goalie Rachel Geisthardt had 10 saves;
Iowa goalie Jessica Krochmal had 13.

Michigan also received nine penalty
corners and Iowa had 11.
"It was a well-fought game," sopho-
more Meredith Franden said. "It was a
grudge match that just didn't go our
way."
Sophomore Bree Derr agreed.
"We had nothing to be ashamed of
(against Iowa)," Derr said. "It was a
dog fight, and unfortunately, we didn't
win."
After Friday's close game, Michi-
gan had to prepare for another tough
match against Northwestern (7-1 Big
Ten, 12-2-1 overall). The Wildcats
downed the Wolverines 6-0 at
Oosterbaan, in front of a crowd of
347.
See FIELD HOCKEY, Page 6

The Undergraduate 'M' Club is changing the image of student-athletes

By MICHAEL ROSENBERG
Daily Sports Editor
ettle down, class, while we play
verybody's favorite game: You're

and thrombotic stroke. The reason is that a
gene that codes for the alpha-2-adrenergic
receptor is polymorphic."
Some nutshell, huh?

president of the Undergraduate 'M' Club
Advisory Council (UMCAC). The club is
designed to improve the image of student-
athletes, act as a support group, and speak out

instructors."
Over the course of a few months last spring,
an unusual number of people associated with
the Michigan athletic department got into legal

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