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chase down Boilermakers, 45-23
Blue offense gains 498 yards on
sloppy field for team's sixth win

Daily Football Writer
Lafayette in a November rainstorm is
not pretty. But Michigan endured both
on the way to a 45-23, run-induced
victory over Purdue Saturday.
The win showcased the offensive
firepower of Michigan (4-2 Big Ten,6-
3 overall) while revealing defensive
holes in the Boilermakers (2-2-2, 4-3-
"We stayed focused throughout the
entire ball game,"MichigancoachGary
Moeller said. "We have to keep that
focus the rest of the season."
Tyrone Wheatley's two scores
raised his all-time touchdown total to
51. The tailback's 148 yards rushing on
20 carries was a game-best; his longest
carry was a 34-yarder on the first play
from scrimmage.
"It kind of set the tempo for every-
body, not just me," Wheatley said.
Tailbacks Tshimanga Biakabutuka
and Ed Davis also padded Michigan's
scoring statistics. Biakabutuka ran for
100 yards and one touchdown; Davis
had 41 and a touchdown of his own.
Little-used fullback Jon Ritchie even
got in some yards -24 on one carry, to
be exact.
Almost as damaging as the Wol-
verines' running game was their air,
attack. Quarterback Todd Collins com-
pleted 15 of 18 passes for 191 yards and

two touchdowns.
His longest was a 31-yard comple-
tion to receiver Mercury Hayes late in
the second quarter that set up
Michigan's go-ahead touchdown.
But not everyone appreciated
Collins' heroics.
"If I was a defensive lineman, I'd
go on strike," Purdue coach Jim Colletto
said. "Every time I turn around, the ball
goes down 100 yards."
A tense-necked Colletto expressed
displeasure with his secondary, saying,
"Amani Toomer just ate our guys'
lunch." He offered no excuses for his
defense, despite the fact that Michigan
was favored by a dozen points.
"I've played with midgets who
stopped great players," he said.
Even his 6-foot-plus linemen, how-
ever, couldn'tstopMichigan'soffense.
Fullback Ch6 Foster's two-yard touch-
down run gave Michigan a 24-14 lead
with 18 seconds to go in the second
"If we would've stopped them, 17-
14," defensive back Lee Brush said, "at
halftime, it's a completely different
ball game."
The Boilers answered four minutes
after the half on Brad Bobisch's 27-
yard field goal that narrowed it to 24-
17. But then Michigan went to work.
Afterremoving his helmet andjaw-
ing with several sections of the 43,162
See PURDUE, Page 4

Tyrone Wheatley ran for 148 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns as the Wolverines scored their most points in any game this season. Michigan
running backs gained 307 yards for the day.

Madden goals sink Lakers
pair of tallies gives Blue 4-2 win over CCHA rival

Daily Hockey Writer
In the third period Saturday night,
the defending national champions
appeared to be in a daze.
'Maybe it was just the fog that
crept onto the ice and left both Michi-
an and Lake Superior State in a misty
aze. Or perhaps it was the Wolver-
ines' loud awakening from a second-
period slumber.
Either way, the final result was the
The Lakers (2-2-0 CCHA, 2-3-1
overall) went home to their trophy, and
Michigan (3-1-0, 5-2-0) came away
with one of its biggest wins of the year.
Behind the strength of two third-
*riod goals by sophomore John Mad-
den, the Wolverines overcame a 2-1
deficit at the end of the second period
and defeated Lake State, 4-2.
"In the second period they took
(the momentum) away from us,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"But in the third period, when the
game was on the line, our team came
out and did what they had to do even
for stickers
Daily Sports Writer
There couldn't have been a better
setting for a Cinderella finish.
The Michigan field hockey team
took its fifth-place Big Ten standing
and No. 20 national ranking into Co-
lumbus for the inaugural Big Ten Field
Hockey Tournament this weekend. The
inner would be bound for the NCAA
Wurnament and a chance to win the
national title.
However, the clock struck midnight
on the Wolverines' season.
Michigan fell in the first round to
No. 6 Ohio State, 3-1, concluding its
season and sending it home for the

though we got behind."
Madden scored the game winner
with just over three minutes to go in the
game after a penalty for too many men
on the ice ended a Laker power play.
With the entire Michigan bench up
and screaming for a penalty, referee
Matt Shegos finally stopped play and
cited Lake State for the infraction.
"(The extra man) was pretty evi-
dent," Berenson said. "We could see
it, and we were yelling from the bench.
"He was out there for five seconds,
but it seemed like an hour."
Laker coach Jeff Jackson was per-
plexed by the call.
"I have no idea (how it happened),"
Jackson said. "If there were six men
on the ice, we didn't see it. It was too
foggy to see."
In the biggest game of his career,
freshman goalie Marty Turco contin-
ued to show why he is the heir appar-
ent to the departed Steve Shields.
With the Wolverines clinging to a
one goal lead and Michigan on the
power play, freshman Bill Muckalt
fell, leaving Lake State's Wayne

Strachan with only Turco standing
between him and a tie game. Turco
forced Strachan wide left, and the
Laker then lost control of the puck
after trying to switch control from, his
forehand to his backhand.
"(Strachan) was coming in pretty
slow," Turco said. "I thought he might
go glove-side and I had him that way.
I was waiting for that and once he
didn't (go that way), he ran out of
room on the other side."
The victory held special signifi-
cance for Turco since he hails from
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., just across the
lake from the home of the Lakers.
"There's a little something extra
when you play Lake State, especially
for myself," Turco said. "(Beating
them) is something that you just want
to do so bad, and it's great to get it
under my belt and something that
we're really proud we accomplished."
Friday night, the Wolverines were
too busy skating circles around Ohio
State to let any fog collect on the ice.
Left wing Jason Botterill picked up
See BLUE, Page 6


John Madden (front) celebrates his game-winning goal against Lake Superior State Saturday at the 16:43 mark of
the final stanza. His two third-period goals helped the Wolverines overcome a 2-1 deficit.

Family tradition
Michelle Smulders continues her relatives' link to field hockey

Daily Sports Writer
it's all around her.
It's in her blood.
For Michigan's Michelle
Smulders, the sport of field hockey
is, above other things, a family affair.
With her parents hailing from the
Netherlands, a nation known for its
prowess in the sport, Smulders holds
a worthy pedigree. Her mother,
Laetitia, was a Junior All-Holland
player and played on the Dutch
National Youth Team. Smulders'
father, Lou, played the sport in high
school and college. Simply put, her
family is field hockey crazy.

has ended. Last year, in her freshman
season with the Wolverines,
Smulders was held without a point in
19 games, failing to capitalize on 23
shot attempts. This year, she finished
the regular season second on the
team in scoring, leading Michigan
midfielders with 16 points (seven
goals, two assists) on 50 shots.
Two factors contributed to
Smulders' struggles in 1993. The
switch from the high school level to
college play was somewhat difficult
for Smulders. In her prep career, she
did not think the game through. She
played by instinct; her sheer talent
enabled her to plav this way.

Yet, regardless of how frustrating
last season was for Michelle
offensively, she realized something
positive was coming from the
season, something which
doesn't appear in the
scoring column.
"As I look
back, I gained a
lot of
and playing
time, so I
really that
this year,",

one-on-one practice sessions with the
coaching staff. The workouts helped
push Smulders to a higher level of
competition. Her confidence
improved to the point where she
could compete on an even keel with
players from other Big Ten schools.
This winter training paid off in more
playing time for Smulders this
season, increasing her chances of
contributing to the offense.
"She definitely got physically
stronger (during the off-season),"
Wolverine coach Patti Smith said.
"She also had no playing time last
year. For goal scoring, you need

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