48- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 25, 1996
C. Williams 8
C. Williams 3
Player No. Yds
C. Williams 3 57
Shaw 1 7
Totals 4 64
Player No. Yds
Woodson 4 22 5.
Totals 4 22 5.1
Not even Ohio State receiver Stanley Jackson could toss aside the hex Michigan holds over the Buckeyes.
D. Jones 0
B. Washington 1
J. Williams 0
Cooper gets another lesson in futility
Ohio State coach fails to get his second win in nine tries against Michigan
Player Int Yds
Ray 1 19
Woodson 0 0
Copenhaver 0 0
Totals 1 19
Team Stats Mich
First Downs 14
Passing Yards 149
Offensive Plays 64
Total Offense 299
Return Yards 105
Punts/Avg 7/39.3 8/41.6
Fumbles/Lost 1/0 0/0
Penalties/Yards 7/34 6/40
Time of Poss 28:52 31:08
Aug. 31 ILLINOIS
Sept. 14 Colorado
Sept. 21 BC
Sept. 28 UCLA
Oct. 5 Northwestern
Oct. 19 INDIANA
Oct. 26 Minnesota
Nov. 2 MICHIGAN ST.
Nov. 9 Purdue
Nov. 16 PENN STATE
Nov. 23 Ohio State
HOME GAMES IN CAPS
By Ryan White
Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - If you're Ohio
State coach John Cooper, you have to
look for positives.
Sure, his record against Michigan
fell to 1-7-1 with Saturday's 13-9 loss,
but there really isn't much to do in
Columbus anyway, so it won't be a
problem that he can't go out in public
for the next year.
"I told the players (after the game) I
was extremely disappointed for our
senior football players," Cooper said.
"We have one of the best teams ever at
Ohio State, but we just didn't get the job
It's because the Buckeyes didn't get
the job done that Cooper had to deal
with questions about his job security
after the game.
That despite the fact that Ohio State
was 10-0 coming into this season's
game, and was 11-0 before last year's
contest against Michigan.
The Buckeyes were ranked No. 2 in
the country heading into the game in
both season as well.
What is Ohio State's problem with
Michigan, and why, for the second
straight year, did the Wolverines ruin
the Buckeyes' season?
"I don't have a clue," Cooper said.
"We just didn't play well enough to
Last season's regular season-ending
loss to Michigan was followed by a loss
to Tennessee in the Florida Citrus
This season, Ohio State has to try to
put the disappointment behind and get
ready for the Rose Bowl, and an unde-
feated and third-ranked Arizona State
been nearly the dominating force he had
been in his previous ten games.
No one from Ohio State had much to
say, actually. They spoke of moving on,
and putting it behind them.
They said the right words, but didn't
believe any of it. In their faces you could
see the pain, the sorrow and the confu-
"How could Michigan ruin our sea-
son," they thought. "Again."
Across the field in the visitors locker-
room there were shouts of joy and jubi-
Every year Michigan wants to go to
the Rose Bowl, and recently it has been
a goal left unachieved. But if you can
beat Ohio State, especially an undefeat-
ed Ohio State team, it takes away some
of the hurt. It makes the season a bit
more of a success.
Michigan salvaged another season on
Saturday with an upset even more sur-
prising than last year's.
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How do you do it?
"You don't have a choice," Cooper
said. "We just have to go back to prac-
tice and prepare for Arizona State?'
Last season, Michigan's upset sent
Northwestern to the Rose Bowl and
Ohio State to the Citrus. That will not
be the case this season. In spite of the
loss, the Buckeyes will still spend Jan.
I in Pasadena for the first time since
None of that seemed to matter to
Ohio State fans, however. The
postgame call-in shows were filled with
fans who wanted Cooper's head on a
plate, preferably in time for
Another fan felt Cooper should be . .r
hung from the top of the stadium.
At Friday night's traditional Senior
Tackle, where Ohio State seniors take
one last shot at a tackling dummy, for- i"
mer Ohio State coach Earl Bruce
summed up what Michigan-Ohio State
means for the Buckeyes.
"You've been great, Bruce told the
Ohio State players. "But to be great at
Ohio State, you've got to beat
Which Ohio State didn't do.:r
And while the Buckeyes tried to pull
positives out of the loss, the disappoint-
ment was obvious in their speech.
"You ask any other team in the coun-
try, with the exception of Florida,
Florida State and Arizona State, if they
would want to be 10-1, and they'd take
it," junior tackle Orlando Pace said.
But he admitted the loss wasn't easy
"You always wants to beat
Michigan, Pace said. "It's the biggest
game on the schedule. We just didn't Chris Howard, who twisted his way to 1
get the job done today.'
Much to his chagrin, Ohio State coach John Cooper saw his record against the
Wolverines fall to 1-7-1 with a 13-9 loss on Saturday.
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And, quite frankly, this is getting a lit-
Ohio State fans were so ready for this
game, they were foaming at the mouth,
and spitting at anything in maize and
There was no way Michigan was
going to win again, the fans were saying.
The Wolverines just wouldn't. They
Of course, no one expected
Michigan's offensive line to dominate
the way it did in the second half. The
Wolverines pushed and shoved and
opened up holes like none Chris Howard
and Clarence Williams had seen all year.
When Michigan took the ball over
with just over six minutes left in the
game, needing first downs to run the
the poise and confidence of a three-year
Griese deftly and calmly stayed in the
pocket and fired the ball to his receivers
throughout the second half.
When he hit Tai Streets on the 69-yard
touchdown pass only a minute into the
third quarter, not only did he eclipse
Michigan's total first-half offensive
numbers, but you could hear the doubt
creeping back into the Buckeyes' minds.
And while the offense was impres-
sive, dominating what had been a domi-
nating defense, it was the Michigan
defenders who won the game.
Anyone who is still wondering how
the Wolverines pulled it off for the sec-
ond straight year need only look at
The senior, who only came back to
school because he wanted to win a
championship and go to the Rose Bowl,
was everywhere Saturday.
He was knocking down passes and
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Arizona
State didn't need Jake Pluminer's
resilience and comebacks this time.
Terry Battle made sure his quarter-
back had an easy night against
Arizona, rushing for 143 yards and
three first-half touchdowns as the No.
4 Sun Devils finished the regular sea-
son undefeated and retained their shot
at a national championship with a 56-
Plummer, who engineered come-
from-behind victories over
Washington, UCLA and Southern
California, spent most of the night
handing off to Battle and Jeff Paulk
its quarterback limping, and the
Seminoles will be ranked No. 2 going
into Saturday's showdown against No:
In their final tuneup Saturday; the
unbeaten Seminoles beat Maryland,
48-10, but lost starting quarterback
Thad Busby. He sat out the second
half with a mild knee sprain, and red-
shirt freshman Dan Kendra could
himself facing the Gators in
Florida State will climb to second
from third in the rankings because No.
2 Ohio State lost Saturday to
Michigan. The Seminoles could claim