4 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 24, 1994
Player C-A Yds TD
Collins 17-25177 0
Totals 17-25177 0
S 'M' running game does in llinois
int Wolverines defy statistics, rush past Illini as defense clamps down
tt Yds Avg
1 73 3.5
.1 60 5.5
8 47 5.9
5 15 3.0
By CHAD A. SAFRAN
Daily Football Writer
CHAMPAIGN - On the day Illinois celebrated
the 70th anniversary of Red Grange scoring four
touchdowns in the opening 12 minutes against Michi-
gan, the Wolverines' defense did everything in its
power to make the Fighting Illini wish for the
"Galloping Ghost" to reappear.
Michigan limited Illinois to 40 yards rushing on
22 carries - an average of 1.8 yards per carry. Ty
Douthard was the Illini's leading ground gainer with
The talk all week before Saturday's game had
been about Illinois' outstanding run stoppers. The
Illini were allowing 108.2 yards per contest - 17th
in Division 1-A.
The Wolverines ranked 39th in the same cat-
egory, giving up 142.5 yards per game on the
And after allowing Penn State to scamper for
more than 200 yards a week earlier, Michigan
needed to come up with a performance that would
take some of the pressure off a much-maligned
defense which ranked near the bottom of the
With some alterations in the secondary, the Wol-
verines held a potent Illinois passing attack to only
230 yards, but the runs .defense was what kept
Michigan ahead all game.
'We stopped the run and got
two turnovers for our offense.
It's a tough place to play but
we got the job done and won
- Steve Morrison
Player No. Yds
Riemersma 6 52
-Toomer 5 79
Hayes 2 23
Wheatley 2 13
Cooper 1 5
Davis 1 5
"We stopped the run and we got two turnovers
for our offense," linebacker Steve Morrison said.
"It's a tough place to play but we got the job done
(stopping the run) and won the game."
Some of the success of the Wolverines' rushing
defense came as a result of the Illini's quarterback
situation. Illinois went with Johnny Johnson as its
starter and Scott Weaver replaced him, as planned, on
the team's fourth series. But Johnson's continued
ineffectiveness upon re-entry into the game forced
Illinois offensive coordinator Greg Landry to go with
Weaver for the entire second half.
Their different styles played into the hands of the
"When Johnson's in there you know he's going to
scramble. When Weaver's in there you know he's
going to drop back and pass more," Michigan line-
Player No. Yds Avg Lg
Baker 3 12541.744
Player No. Yds Avg
Smith 1 21 21;
Totals 1 21 21
Steve Morrison and Jarrett Irons recorded a combined 19 tackles in Saturday's victory over Illinois.
a a: Grange's performance
FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK still remembered
By CHAD A. SAFRAN
Daily Football Writer
CHAMPAIGN - Illinois' Me-
morial Stadium had its first sellout
since Oct. 17, 1992 Saturday and not
because it was Pepsi Day as adver-
tised on the outside cover of the game
Many in attendance came for the
Fighting Illini's 70th Varsity "I" day
which marked two 70th anniversaries
- the dedication of Memorial Sta-
dium and the subsequent game on
Oct. 18, 1924. While the stadium's
honoring may have been a huge event
seven decades ago, nothing could
match the impact the game would have
on the American football conscience.
Michigan came into that game un-
beaten in their last 20 contests (18-0-
2) and had allowed just 46 points in
their previous 26 games, but on that
fall afternoon the Wolverines saw a
ghost - the "Galloping Ghost"
Harold E. "Red" Grange put on
one of the most astounding individual
performances in the history of college
football. He scored touchdowns the
first four times he touched the ball.
His runs of 95 (opening kickoff), 67,
56 and 44 yards all occurred during
the games first 12 minutes. He would
later score on an 11-yard effort and
passed for a sixth touchdown as the
Illini defeated Michigan, 39-14.
Grange was honored over the week-
end when his widow, Margret, walked
out to help with the opening coin toss.
DEJA VU ALL OVER AGAIN: It took
the Wolverines nine years to repeat a
task it would rather have not. It must
be the location. The last time Michi-
gan completed a game without scor-
ing an offensive touchdown was Nov.
2,1985 against the Illini in Champaign.
The two teams battled to a 3-3 tie.
HONORABLE MENTION: The Wol-
verines knew it was going to face
some tough teams in 1994, not just
offensively but defensively as well. A
look at the list of semifinalists for the
Butkus Award, given annually to col-
lege football's best linebacker recently
released shows Michigan has met or
will meet some of the best in the game.
Thirteen players are on the list of
candidates, down from the list of 49
released in late August.
Among the possible winners is
Michigan's Steve Morrison, the
team's leading tackler. Here are the
other dozen players: Antonio
Armstrong (Texas A&M), Stephen
Boyd (Boston College), Derrick
Brooks (Florida State), Ron Childs
(Washington State), Brian Gelzheiser
(Penn State), Sean Harris (Arizona),
Dana Howard (Illinois), Ted
Johnson (Colorado), Simeon Rice
(Illinois), Ed Stewart (Nebraska),
Lorenzo Styles (Ohio State) and
Jerrott Willard (California). Styles
and Rice are the only two juniors on
this senior-laden list.
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