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Football
vs. Wisconsin
Saturday, noon
Michigan Stadium

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Women's Volleyball
vs. Purdue
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
West Lafayette

Moeller discusses scoring, scrambling at conference

By RACHEL BACHMAN
Daily Football Writer
As a coach, Gary Moeller worries
about his quarterback. With a backup
QB who's had only a handful of snaps
in his college career, Moeller is down-
right overprotective of his starter,
Todd Collins.
So you can imagine what Collins'
scramble in the opening drive of
*Michigan's 19-14 edging of Illinois
did to his coach.
"I want one of those hook slides,"
Moeller said at his weekly press con-
ference, "not like (what) he did."
Collins scampered for an 18-yard gain
before being tackled.
"He wanted to mix it up with the
linemen," Moeller said. "He wanted
to play hard. That's just not his bag.
"He got stuck that one time. That
was 270 pounds coming down the
middle of your back." Moeller said
the play was like "not being bruised
after you roll your car over 15 times.
Yeah, everybody laughs, but it's not
so funny if he comes out of there
limping."
INJURY UPDATE: There were no fa-
tal blows dealt to Michigan Saturday,
just the usual crop of scrapes and bruises.
1 Running back Tshimanga

Biakabutuka is still nursing a slightly
sprained ankle. Cornerback Deon
Johnson still has a thigh bruise, and
offensive lineman Thomas Guynes
should recover from his hyperex-
tended knee in time to face Wisconsin
Saturday.
Linebacker Matt Dyson's foot X-
rays were negative after he left
Saturday's game with soreness in his
left foot, which was broken earlier this
season. Dyson returned to the game.
Collins is wearing a sling- after
hurting his elbow on the scrambling
play, but the injury isn't serious.
Moeller said that Saturday,
tailback Tyrone Wheatley "didn't
run like he normally does." Wheatley
was on an I.V. Wednesday to get rid
of a virus. The treatment worked.
But, said Moeller, "He was sick
when he played against Penn State.
That's why we should have just left
him sick and not corrected him. We
would've been better off, I guess."
Wheatley rushed for 144 yards
against the Nittany Lions. He had 73
yards against Illinois Saturday.
In a worst-case scenario, what
would Moeller do without his top two
backs?
"We'll run the ball with Eddie

Davis and a couple freshmen or some-
thing," he said.
CWSE BUT No ScoiE: A win is a
win, but Moeller is less than elated
with the way Michigan's went down.
"The worst thing we did, we get
down there five times and kick five
field goals," he said. "You're not go-
ing to get in every time. But five
times? You'd at least expect to get in
(the end zone) two, and if you're not,
you've got to look at something.
That's something that we've got to
correct."
On the other hand, Michigan
kicker Remy Hamilton's five at-
tempts gave him the opportunity to
make history. His fourth field goal
tied a Michigan record for most field
goals in a single season.
Said Moeller: "It's one of those
records that you're happy for but you
don't like."
Hamilton shares the record with
Mike Gillette, who in 1988 also
kicked 18 field goals.
MOELLER SPEAKS ON LEAGUE
SANCTIONS: Currently, there are three
teams in the AP Top 25 being penal-
ized by the NCAA for various viola-
tions: No. 4 Auburn, No. 7 Texas A&
M, and No. 15 Washington. Because

Tailback Tyrone Wheatley was one of several Wolverines banged up in Michigan's 19-14 victory at Illinois Saturday.

of the sanctions against them, the
teams are not ranked in the USA
TODAY/CNN Coaches' Poll.

What does Moeller think about
their inclusion in the AP poll?
"I like investigations. I like to have

people checked out. (Offending
teams) should not be in any rankings
of any kind."

@ NET RESULTS

Michigan volleyball team needs a spark,
consistency to be competitive in Big Ten race

By RODERICK BEARD
Daily Sports Writer
Watching the Michigan
women's volleyball team from the
press box can't be as frustrating as
watching it from the bench. The
Wolverines are not playing well,
and there isn't much that
Michigan coach Greg Giovanazzi
can do about it.
The Wolverines (1-9 Big Ten,
5-16 overall) have a seven-match
losing streak and have only won
once in their last 11 outings.
What's worse is that they don't
look as if they are going to break
the losing streak anytime soon.
Only once in those seven matches
has Michigan even won a game;
that was a 15-11 win in the third
game of last Wednesday's match
at Michigan State.
At the midpoint of the
conference season, the Wolverines
rank in the bottom half of every
major statistical category.
Michigan is ninth in hitting
efficiency, kills and assists and
sixth in digs. Giovanazzi said that
the Wolverines need to be either a
good serving team or a good
blocking team to succeed;
Michigan is last in the Big Ten in
blocks and service aces.
Giovanazzi has tried
everything - short of shaving
former Olympian Karch Kiraly's
legs, dressing him in a wig and
giving him Ramona Cox's jersey
- to get his team to play better.
After every match, he says that the
Wolverines had a good week of
practice, but they don't play well
in matches.
Shuffling the lineup hasn't

worked, because Giovanazzi has
used as many as 12 of his 16
players in some of the matches.
None of the combinations have
been very effective and Michigan
has been blown out in some games
because of it. Giovanazzi has been
switching between his setters, Erin
McGovern and Linnea Mendoza, to
find which is more dependable.
This hasn't worked, as neither has
displayed championship form.
Judging from his track record,
Giovanazzi is not accustomed to
losing. He was an assistant on the
bronze medal-winning U.S.
women's volleyball team at the
1992 Olympics in Barcelona. From
1981-90, he was an assistant with
the top-ranked UCLA men's and
women's programs.
During that span, the Bruins
made six total trips to the NCAA
Final Four, including three national
titles. Giovanazzi also played on the

1976 men's championship team
and the 1978 national runner-up
team at UCLA.
So what does this team need to
win a match?
Giovanazzi and his players have
said that they only need a spark to
get them out of their slump. With
the way the Wolverines have been
playing, it may take divine
intervention - or poisoning the
opposition's water supply - to get
a victory.
Michigan has to want to win if
it is ever to get out of its slump.
Wanting to win means more than
saying, "Yeah, we can do it." It
means creating a vision for
everyone on the team, and helping
the team believe in that vision.
The Wolverines look like six
individuals on the court, who
happen to be wearing the same
uniforms. There is no cohesiveness
or common goal on this team.

None of the players look like they
have confidence enough to win a
game - much less a match.
In last Saturday's match at
home against Indiana, Michigan
was behind in the third game, 7-3,
and rallied to take a 14-13 lead.
With a game point, and Shannon
Brownlee waiting to make a kill,
the Wolverines looked like they
were on their way to creating a
spark. Brownlee mis-hit the ball
into the net. Michigan lost the next
three points, the game and the
match. The spark was extinguished
before it got started.
Immediately on the horizon is a
Purdue team that the Wolverines
have already beaten this season.
The Boilermakers have a four-
match losing streak of their own.
This time, though, Purdue will be
at home, and fighting to stay out of
the Big Ten basement that
Michigan inhabits.

Team
1. Penn State
Ohio State
3. Iowa
Illinois
Minnesota
6. Wisconsin
Indiana
8. Michigan State
9. Northwestern
Purdue
11. Michigan

Conference
Won Lost
9 1
9 1
6 4
6 4
6 4
5 5
5 5
4 6
2 8
2 8
1 9

Overall
Won Lost
20 1
16 2
16 6
14 8
14 8
15 7
14 8
12 9
11 11
4 15
5 16

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Team
1. Penn State
2. Nebraska
3. Colorado
4. Miami
5. Alabama
6. Florida
7. Florida State
8. Arizona
9. Michigan
10. Virginia Tech
11. Utah
12. Syracuse
13. Duke
14. Ohio State
15. Texas
16. Virginia
17. Brigham Young
18. Colorado State
19. Washington State
20. North Carolina
21. Kansas State
22. North Carolina St.
23. Southern Cal
24. Oregon
25. Oklahoma

Record
6-0-0
8-0-0
7-0-0
5-1-0
8-0-0
5-1-0
5-1-0
6-1-0
5-2-0
7-1-0
7-0-0
6-1-0
7-0-0
6-2-0
5-2-0
6-1-0
7-1-0
7-1-0
5-2-0
5-2-0
4-2-0
5-1-0
5-2-0
5-3-0
4-3-0

Next Opponent
vs. No. 15 Ohio State
vs. No. 3 Colorado
vs. No. 2 Nebraska
vs. 10 Virginia Tech
at Louisiana State
vs. Georgia
vs. No. 13 Duke
at No. 24 Oregon
vs. Wisconsin
at No. 4 Miami
vs. Texas-El Paso
Idle
at No. 7 Florida State
at No. 1 Penn State
at Texas Tech
Idle
vs. Arizona State
Idle
at California
vs. No.22 North Carolina St.
at No. 25 Oklahoma
at No. 20 North Carolina
Idle
No. 8 Arizona
No. 21 Kansas State

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