The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 7, 1994 - 5
Boilermakers come to terms
*Purdue's early-season bowl hopes take serious blow
By RACHEL BACHMAN
Daily Football Writer
WEST LAFAYETTE - Finding contrasts between
Michigan's and Purdue's football teams has never been
difficult. The Boilermakers have had just one winning
season in the last 13; the Wolverines haven't had a losing
one in more than twice that time.
But when the two teams converged on the Big Ten's
second-place position a few weeks ago, they shared one
thing: the quest for a bowl game invitation.
Before Saturday's 45-23 loss to Michigan, Purdue was
gunning for its first postseason appearance since the 1984
Peach Bowl. But after the game, Boilermaker coaches and
players alike stomped off the bandwagon with more than a
"(The bowl game hype) started so long ago and got out
of perspective and these kids aren't ready to deal with
that," Purdue coach Jim Colletto said. "They've got to try
to winone game so they can have a winning season."
The growing pains at Purdue are foreign to the Wol-
verines. It is a team struggling to fill its 67,000-seat
stadium, even with the likes of Michigan in town and a
winning season on the line.
"This program hasn't been in a position to have a winning
season for so long," defensive back Lee Brush said. "We're
right at that verge. We should've beaten Wisconsin. We
should've beaten Iowa. And when it comes down to this
game, we should've been going for second place.
"When (we get) in a game sometimes, people be-
The people Brush was talking about were the players,
specifically those accustomed to records like last year's 1- z &
10 mark. Those players are not necessarily ready for the a
floodlights - and pressure - a bowl game brings.
"Going into Ohio State, it was a real big factor,"
offensive tackle Mike Cordona said. "Our game was so Y.
pumped up by the media that it got real out of hand."
Cordona also hinted that idealism might be getting in
the way of Purdue's rebuilding process. }
"We're too young of a team right now," he said..
"There's too many young kids on the field right now.
Being a senior, the other fifth-year seniors (and I), we x
don't know how to react to (the hype) ... Some of the
younger guys got too wrapped up in it.F
"All the added hype for the bowls, (people are saying
that) the bowls are watching the gold and black, every-
body talking, 'We're going to this bowl, we're going toY
that bowl,' ... that was ridiculous talk and we shouldn't
have been worried about it," Cordona said.
His coach seemed to agree with him, having seen the
reality of the Big Ten's strength in the Michigan game.vmo
"If a guy's an athlete, he oughta have enough pride and EI
self-respect that he's gonna give everything he's got any-r
way," a thick-veined Colletto said, raising his hoarse voice.Wr
"I'm tired of trying to trick them into playing. I'm not going DOUGLAS KANTERX
to sit there and hold some bowl game in front of them.
"If they get it, they get it. Fine." Jarrett Irons attempts to drag down Purdue quarterback Billy Dicken, who
Butgettingitcertainly would benewsinWest Lafayette. managed to pitch the ball before Irons could record the sack.
C-A Yds TD
9-18 114 0
4-6 20 0
3-24 134 0
12 0 .
Totals 50 221
Player No. Yds Avg LgTD
Samuel 4 54 13.5 24 0
Thornton 1 20 20.0 20 0
Allen 1 18 18.0 18 0
Anderson 2 17 8.510 0t
Stephens 2 16 8.0 8 0
Alstott 1 6 6.0 6 0-
Watson 1 4 4.0 4 0
Blackman 1 (-)1(-)1.0 0 0
Totals 1313410.324 0
Carter runs over oosiers in Lions'
GAMES vuAYENOV. ,p 4 victory; OSU shuts down Wisconsin
Indiana's No. 2 quarterback gave
No. 2 Penn State its biggest scare of
The Nittany Lions, who lost their
No. 1 ranking to Nebraska last week,
gave up two touchdown passes to
Indiana's Chris Dittoe in the final two
minutes, but held on to beat the Hoo-
siers, 35-29, Saturday.
It was the most points scored off
Penn State (5-0 Big Ten, 8-0 overall)
and its narrowest winning margin this
*season. Indiana (2-4, 5-4) lost its third
Kerry Collins passed for 213 yards
and two touchdowns and Ki-Jana
Carter rushed for 192 yards and an
80-yard touchdown, and Penn State
seemed to have the game in control,
leading 35-14 with six minutes left.
Dittoe, who replaced starter John
Paci in the second quarter, passed five
yards to Eddie Baety for a touchdown
with 1:49 left. After a punt, Indiana
went 80 yards and scored again on
Dittoe's 40-yard pass to Dorian
Wilkerson as time expired. Dittoe,
who had two earlier touchdown passes
to Ajamu Stoner, then hit Stoner on a
two-point conversion pass to end the
Ohio State 24, Wisconsin 3
Marlon Kerner intercepted two
passes and Ohio State's defense,
pounded for 63 points at Penn State,
dominated throughout as the Buck-
eyes beat Wisconsin, 24-3, Saturday.
Wisconsin was limited to 203
yards, including just 49 on the ground.
Wisconsin's tailback tandem of Brent
Moss and Terell Fletcher, averaging
237 yards a game coming in, was held
to 77 yards on 20 attempts.
Wisconsin fell to 4-4-1 overall
and 3-3-1 in the conference. With
another loss, the Badgers, who have
games remaining against Cincinnati
and Illinois, won't even go to a bowl
The victory left Ohio State (4-2,
7-3) tied for second in the Big Ten,
two games behind Penn State with
games remaining at Indiana and
After holding the Badgers to just
51 yards in the first half while build-
ing a 10-3 lead, Ohio State broke the
game open as its defense picked off
Darrell Bevell passes on all three
Wisconsin third-quarter possessions.
Illinois 21, Minnesota 17
Ty Douthard hurdled two yards
into the end zone with 1:10 left to play
for his second touchdown of the game,
capping a 15-point fourth-quarter
comeback that gave Illinois a 21-17
victory over Minnesota Saturday.
Douthard lost the ball after cross-
ing the goal line and apparently, be-
fore hitting the ground. The Golden
Gophers fell on it, for naught as it
turned out, since officials ruled it a
The Fighting Illini (4-2, 6-3) still
had their work cut out for them after
Rishon Early returned the ensuing
kickoff 75 yards to the Illinois 25.
But Kevin Hardy forced a Chris
Darkins fumble on the six, and Dana
Howard recovered it to preserve the
Until the fourth quarter, the Go-
phers (1-5, 3-6) had bottled up the
Illini's offense and quieted their de-
fense, which entered the game ranked
fourth in the nation.
Michigan State 35, Northwest-
Michigan State wanted to win for
embattled coach George Perles, but
even more pushed the Spartans to a
rainy 35-17 victory over Northwestern
The Spartans didn't play as if they
were distracted by the Perles contro-
versy. Duane Goulbourne had a big
day and so did Scott Greene, who gained
142 yards on 13 carries and also scored
twice, including a seven yard run.
Michigan State (3-3,4-5) led 21-14
at the half after jumping to a 13-0 lead
by scoring on two possessions behind
the running ofGoulbourne and Greene.
Northwestern (2-4, 3-5-1), which
finished winless at home this season,
rallied with late second-quarter touch-
downs, one after a bad snap on a Spar-
tan punt. The Wildcats then pulled to
within 21-17 when Sam Valenzisi
kicked a 31-yard field goal with 6:48
left in the third quarter.
The Wildcats got the ball back and
punter Paul Burton was stopped just
short of a first down after he kept the
ball on a fake. State then moved 50
yards in seven plays with Goulbourne
scoring on a third-down run of 16
yards with 1:06 left in the quarter,
making it 28-17.
Yds Avg Lg
Player No. Yds Avg
Allen 1 9 9.0
Totals 1 9 9.0
PlayerNo. Yds Avg LgTD
Taylor 5 91 18.2 33 0
Samuell 20 20.0 20 0
Hagins 1 11 11.0 11 0
Totals 7 122 17.4 33 0
W L T
5 0 0
4 2 0
4 2 0
4 2 0
2 2 2
3 3 1
3 3 0
2 4 0
2 4 0
1 4 1
1 5 0
Penn State wide receiver Bobby Engram looks on as Indiana's Eric Allen intercepts a Kerry Collins pass in the
Nittany Lions' 35-29 win over the Hoosiers.