The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 17, 1994 - 15
Bowl race steps
into hot spotlight
By BRETT KRASNOVE
For the Daily
The inevitable became reality last
Saturday as Penn State claimed its
first Big Ten title along with its first
Rose Bowl berth. If the Nittany Lions
remain undefeated in their last two
games, the Rose Bowl could be their
stepping stone to the national title.
While their attention focuses on
Pasadena, all other Big Ten eyes turn to
the conference's consolation prizes.
Michigan and Ohio State fight out
the second place war with the winner
going to the Citrus Bowl and the loser
heading to the Holiday Bowl. Illinois
and Michigan State are caught in the
battle for fourth place.
Ilinois (4-3, 6-4) at Wisconsin
Illinois can take some pride in
only losing to Penn State by four,
even though the Illini led most of the
game.Illini running back Ty Douthard
is coming off a big game against the
Big Ten champs, rushing 35 times for
172 yards with two touchdowns.
That ground attack helped keep
the Lion offense off the field for more
than 34 minutes. The Illini's ball con-
trol offense will keep Badger running
back Terrell Fletcher and quarterback
Darrell Bevell on the sidelines long
enough for Illinois to pull out the
Illinois 31, Wisconsin 28
Indiana (2-5,5-5) at Purdue (2-3-
Two weeks ago, it looked as if the
Boilermakers could actually finish a
season over .500. Unfortunately they
ran into an angry Michigan team and a
Michigan State squad winning its last
game at home for its lame duck coach.
Still, Purdue fullback Mike Alstott
was all over the field against the Spar-
tans lastSaturday, rushing for 181 yards
and one touchdown, plus returning a
fumble 44 yards for another touchdown.
If the Alstott show continues, the Hoo-
siers are in for along day, while Purdue
will be headed for respectability.
Purdue 24, Indiana 14
Northwestern (2-5 Big Ten, 3-6-1
overall) at Penn State (6-0, 9-0)
After coming back from a 21-point
first-quarter deficit against a tough
Illinois team, the Nittany Lions can
expect a much easier Saturday after-
noon against the Wildcats. Ki-Jana
Carter continues his quest for the
Heisman Trophy as well as the Big Ten
rushing title. Quarterback Kerry Collins
attempts to remain the nation's top-
As for the lowly Wildcats, they
need to concentrate on making fewer
turnovers after giving up the ball five
times last weekend.
Penn State 45, Northwestern 13
Iowa (2-4, 4-5) at Minnesota (1-
Believe it or not, Minnesota has a
winning record in non-conference
games (2-1). The Big Ten cellar-dwell-
ing Gophers should have one objective
against theHawkeyes: Getrunningback
Chris Darkins the ball enough times to
win the conference rushing title.
He is currently second in total rush-
ing yards with 1,255, trailing Eddie
George by just 27 yards. He is also
second in yards per game with 125.5,
behind Carter's 133.9.
As for the Hawkeyes, they hope to
be surprised again by quarterback Matt
Sherman, whose first career start last
weekend against Northwestern pro-
duced 49 points.
Minnesota 38, Iowa 31
Illinois quarterback Scott Weaver and the rest of the Illini face a tough contest in Madison.
Buckeyes' Hoying has something to prove
By DAVID FONG
Ohio State Lantern
Bobby Hoying's induction into the
quarterback position at Ohio State has
been a baptism by fire.
Last year Hoying won the start-
ing job for the Buckeyes but had to
look over his shoulder when the
game got tough. Whenever he got in
trouble, he was replaced by senior
ally have helped me out," Hoying said.
Hoying feels that he has matured
over the course of the season and is
now assuming a bigger role as the
team leader, which should come in
handy as he prepares to lead the
Buckeyes into battle with Michigan
If Hoying has anything to say about
the emotional level of the team, the
players should enterOhioStadium cool,
calm and collected.
"The thing we'll try to do this year
is be somewhat calm," Hoying said.
"We have been so caught up in the
game and everyone makes such a big
deal out of it. We need to just go out
there and play hard."
Hoying's play this year has been
better than average. Although he did
have a mid-season slump, Hoying has
passed forover2,000yards this season.
He is only the fourth quarterback in
Buckeye history to top the 2,000-yard
mark in a single season.
Hoying is also coming off a
standout game against Indiana.
Against the Hoosiers, he was 13 of
23 for 166 yards. Hoying has also
passed for 17 touchdowns - two
short of the school record.
Not only isHoyinglookingtowards
this game as achance to beatMichigan,
but also to prove how far he has come
and how much he as matured as a
"It's something that every quarter-
back is judged by. It is the game,"
Buckeye Bobby Hoying has had some ups and downs during his career.
This year, Hoying got off to a good
start, but then had some trouble against
Illinois and Penn State. Once again,
Hoying had to look over his shoulder
for fear of being yanked in favor of
"I feel that I matured a great deal
this season and the adversity may actu-
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