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LUMBUS - Amidst the
stunned silence and dumfounded
looks, the two kids from Ohio
found each other.
One, Charles Woodson, from
Freemont, Ohio, had nine tackles on the
day, and led the Michigan secondary in
its biggest minute of the regular season,
the final one.
Marcus Ray, play-
ing in his home
town, had just
picked off Ohio
RYAN final desperation
heave. Ray fin-
WHITE isped with nine
White on tackles as well.
Target Both had heard
screams of traitor
"This is my house," Ray shouted at
seemingly everyone left in Ohio
Stadium. "This is my house."
Woodson bounded toward Ray, laugh-
ing and bobbing his head.
The two embraced and headed toward
the Michigan lockerroom.
Michigan had beaten Ohio State.
Like last year, the Buckeyes were
trefeated. Like last year, they were the
AP2 team in the country.
Like last year, their season was ruined
by Michigan. This time the final was 13-
9, and the game was in Columbus.
See WHITE, Page 4B
y OJ. Luria
If the top-ranked Texas men's swim-
ming and diving team had been smart, it
would have taken the first flight home
from Ann Arbor after the thrashing it
received in Friday night's exhibition
Unfortunately for,the 1996 NCAA
champions, they decided to stick around
for the real meet Saturday and were
d eated by No. 4 Michigan, 129-114.
e Wolverines were paced by senior
captain and Olympian John Piersma,
who won the 200-meter freestyle
(1:38.95) and the 500-meter freestyle
Freshman Mike McWha was strong
in the long distance events, winning the
1,000-meter freestyle (9:14.03) and
placing second in the 500-meter
freestyle, one-one hundredth of a second
ike McWha did a super job,"
Ichigan coach John Urbanchek said.
-*He won the 1,650 (Friday night) and
the 1,000 and was just touched out by
one-one hundredth by Olympian John
Piersma, so that was kind of good."
Tom Malchow, who won a silver
medal in the 200-meter butterfly in
Atlanta, won that race easily Saturday,
with a time of 1:47.71, more than three
seconds ahead of the nearest competitor.
*ther winners for the Wolverines
included Derya Buyukuncu in the 100-
meter freestyle (45.42) and Owen Von
Richter in the 200-meter breaststroke
In the diving meet, Michigan received
a strong performance from sophomore
Blue slaps Ohio
State with first
loss of the season
By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Editor
No one thought it could be done.
A Michigan victory over Ohio State? Impossible. After
all, the Buckeyes were 17 1/2 point favorites in Columbus
over a Michigan team that had the pulse of a mummy in its
two most recent games - losses to both Penn State and
So what happened?
The No. 21 Wolverines scored 13 unanswered points to
shock the second-ranked and previously unbeaten Buckeyes,
13-9, in front of a stunned crowd of 94,676 at Ohio Stadium.
r Michigan 13
Ohio State 9
what the outside
world, other peo-
ple and the odds
said, we thought
we could win,"
The Buckeyes (7-1 Big Ten, 10-1 overall) had won 14 in a
row at home, and were rarely challenged through the first ten
games of this season. On the other side, Michigan appeared
headed to its third straight loss for the first time since 1979.
Most everyone not wearing a Michigan uniform felt this
was the year that Ohio State would atone for losses in 1993
and 1995 to Michigan - each time when the Buckeyes were
unbeaten and still in the national title hunt - just as they
were going into this season finale.
But it wasn't going to happen this time, either.
Ohio State used three Josh Jackson field goals to lead, 9-
0, at the half. The game was even more lopsided than the
score indicated, however, because the Buckeyes had out-
gained the Wolverines, 220-62.
But on the second play of the third quarter, the stats and
odds didn't mean much.
Brian Griese, replacing the injured and ineffective Scott
Dreisbach at quarterback for the Wolverines (5-3, 8-3), faced
a second and nine from the Michigan 31. He whipped a
quick pass to his right, where Tai Streets was slanting across
the middle. Ohio State's Shawn Springs, called the best cor-
nerback in the nation by his coach, lost his footing for an
See BUCKEYES, Page 5B
Ohio State's Joe Germaine had a difficult time orchestrating any kind of offense in the second half with Wolverines like James Hall in his face.
Herr, 'M' icers sweep Brown
By Dan Stillman
Daily Sports Writer
"Hard work beats talent when talent
doesn't work hard."
That was Michigan right wing Bill
Muckalt referring to a hard-working,
smaller Brown team that stuck with the
talented Michigan hockey team for
much of Friday night's game at Yost Ice
But as the weekend unfolded, it was
the Wolverines who displayed both hard
work and talent in defeating the Bears,
5-2, Friday, and 7-2, Saturday.
Michigan (6-1-1 CCHA, 11-1-1 over-
all) swept the weekend series thanks in
part to gritty performances by left wings
Matt Herr, who scored four goals on the
weekend, and Dale Rominski.
Saturday, Michigan extended its
home unbeaten streak to 20 games
behind a pair of goals from both Herr
and right wing Warren Luhning, and
three assists from center Brendan
The Wolverines, already up, 3-1, late
in the second period put the Bears away
when freshman center Andrew Merrick
scored his first goal as a Wolverine.
After fighting off a few Bears and
maintaining control of the puck against
the boards in the Brown zone, Merrick
finally broke free. Once he turned
toward the net, there was nothing but
daylight between him and the goal.
Merrick skated in and slipped the puck
past Brown goaltender Jeff Holowaty.
"Dale Rominski was yelling, 'Go!
Go!'," Merrick said. "I just saw a little
opening and just went to the net."
Midway through the third period,
Michigan extended its lead to 7-1 in a
span of 47 seconds.
With Brown on the power play,
Michigan goaltender Gregg Malicke,
making his first start of the season,
played a puck off the boards to his left.
Rominski picked it up and'angled it off
the boards for Herr, who scored as he
was being taken down from behind.
Fourteen seconds later, Luhning
scored Michigan's second shorthanded
goal of the night. And 33 seconds after
that, Luhning scored again giving
Michigan a six-goal lead.
"It was an ass-whipping,' Brown
coach Bob Gaudet said.
Herr started the night's scoring three
minutes into the first period. On the first
power play of the game, Michigan cen-
ter Brendan Morrison, skating in left of
the Brown goal, crossed the puck in
front of the net to Herr, who put it past
Brown goaltender Jeff Holowaty.
Meanwhile, Michigan virtually shut
down the Brown offensive attack. The
Wolverines did not allow a shot on goal
for the first 11:38 of the game and out-
shot Brown, 47-11, overall.
Later in the period, right wing Sean
Ritchlin scored on wrap around extend-
ing Michigan's lead to 2-0.
Friday's game was a little bit more of
a struggle for the Wolverines, who took
the ice with a different look as Madden
and senior Mike Legg did not dress for
academic reasons. Madden played
See BROWN, Page 6B
Michigan's Matt Herr earned CCHA Offensive Player of the Week honors with four
goals in two games against Brown this weekend. Michigan swept the series.
Every major college basketball program has problems with players transferring to other schools.
But why do so many players seem to be jumping off the Michigan ship?
By Will McCahIIl
Daily Sports Editor
f you look through box scores from recent
Michigan men's basketball seasons, it's easy
to find big names and great achievement.
Chris Webber. Juwan Howard. Jalen Rose,
Glenn Rice. National title games. And a national
But if you take a closer look, those same box
scores are peppered with names that flash in,
flicker briefly, then disappear.
Leon Derricks. Olivier St. Jean. Bobby
Crawford. And, most recently, Albert White.
For all of Michigan's recent success in the
world of college basketball - both in terms of
who have left Michigan for other programs.
For many of these players, departure simply
came down to playing time.
"Guys that don't play aren't going to stay,"
Michigan assistant coach Brian Dutcher says.
"They're not going to really stay in many pro-
Indeed, players leaving in search of playing
time is not unique to Michigan. Other Big Ten
programs have run into similar situations in
recent years. For example, Minnesota lost its
likely sixth man, guard Mark Jones, just prior to
this season, and Purdue lost sophomore forward
Luther Clay, who may have seen decent minutes
this season on a squad with six freshmen.
program year in and year out, the
talent starts to pile up, and some-
thing has to give.
Olivier St. Jean left Michigan
almost two years ago for San Jose
State, where he is beginning his
junior season. His reasons for
leaving Michigan had more to do
with adjusting to American soci-
ety within the context of playing in
a big-time basketball program at a large
university. He says he was aware of the
problems caused by the influx of such skilled g
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