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Dreisbach
runs, Blue
slides by
Illini, 20-8
By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Editor
Quarterback Scott Dreisbach is like-
ly to win many games for Michigan
with his right arm.
But Saturday, he went a long way
toward beating Illinois with his feet.
The sophomore rushed for 77 yards
on I I carries in the 12th-ranked
Wolverines' 20-8 win over Illinois in
front of 105,992. The victory marked
Michigan's second straight league-
opening win over the Fighting Illini.
Last season in Champaign,, the
Wolverines pounded Illinois, 38-14, to
kick off the Big Ten season.
Dreisbach earned most of his rush-
ing total on one play Saturday. His 72-
yard run down the Illinois sideline
broke a scoreless tie early in the second
quarter. Remy Hamilton's extra point
gave Michigan (1-0 Big Ten, 1-0 over-
all) a 7-0 lead with 13:01 left until half-
time and the Illini (0-1 Big Ten, 0-1
overall) never got even again.
"That's the longest I've ever run in
my. career," Dreisbach said. "The cov-
erage they were in was not right for the
play. I put some moves on and they
worked for the first time. Then I saw
the end zone."
Illinois nosetackle Paul Marshall
wasn't pleased to be on the opposite
side of Dreisbach's best run ever.
"That was pathetic defense, is what
that was," he said. "Defense comes
down to tackling, and we didn't tackle
on that play. We made the guy a super
star, but to give him credit, he made a
nice play."
The run was the third longest by a
quarterback in Michigan history.
While Dreisbach's feet proved to be
unlikely heroes Saturday, the
Wolverines did not give up a touch-
down to the Illini and sacked quarter-
back Scott Weaver four times, three
coming at the hands of defensive end
David Bowens.
"Our defense was magnificent,"
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.
"There's no question in my mind that
the goal-line stand was the key."
That stand occurred midway through
the third quarter with the Wolverines
nursing a 10-5 lead. Illinois had a first
and goal at the Michigan 2-yard line
and seemed poised to take its first lead
of the game. But the Illini could not
block Jarrett Irons.
The Wolverine linebacker stopped
fullback Rodney Byrd on first down
for no gain. On second down, Weaver
fumbled the snap and was knocked
down by Irons for a two-yard loss.
Then on third down from the four,
Weaver hit tight end Matt Cushig near
See ILLINOIS, Page 20A

Michigan quarterback Scott Dreisbach eluded four tacklers to scramble 72 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter Saturday, putting the Wolverines ahead, 7-0.
For openers, MichzganhL
s houl behapp to wi '
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f you wanted to sum up Michigan's
season-opening win over Illinois in
one sentence, it might go like this:
At least the final score wasn't 5-0. At
least it was warmer outside than
against Purdue last season.
As college foot-
'all games go,
Waturday's had
about as much
excitement as
Celebrity Week
on Wheel of
Fortune. Or come
to think of it, any RYAN
week on Wheel of WHITE
Fortune. It was White on
the kind of game Target
. at probably
should have been shot and put out of
its misery at halftime.
But amidst the untimely penalties,
the two blocked field goals, the fact
that at halftime, Michigan's two lead-
ing rushers were its quarterback and

cornerback - coach Lloyd Carr has to
be smiling. He may even be chuckling.
It was the perfect season opener.
And keep everything that happened
Saturday in perspective - it was the
first game of the year. A game that has
traditionally been played against a
non-conference opponent, and not
necessarily a good one.
There was no such patsy, or even
Notre Dame or Virginia to open the
1996 campaign. There was Illinois. A
Big Ten opponent in a Big Ten game
with Rose Bowl implications. And
those implications are amplified by the
fact that the Wolverines haven't been
to Pasadena since Jan. 1, 1993.
Now, the Illini shouldn't challenge
Michigan, or any team, for the confer-
ence title, but for a Michigan team that
is more focused on winning the Big Ten
than its two previous incarnations, they
could have been a problem.
Those teams spoke, like all
See WHITE, Page 20A

EVAN PETRIE/Special to the Daily
Chuck Winters and the Wolverines had Scott Weaver's Illini on the run, but the Wolverines admitted they weren't very sharp.

M' volleyball spiked by No. 1 Hawaii, No. 6 UCLA
Wolverines begin season 0-2, but Giovanazzi encouraged by performances and team's experience before crowd

By Ryan White
Daily Sports Writer
One would expect that the Michigan volleyball
team would be thrilled to open its season at the
Wahine Classic in Honolulu. After all, the
Wolverines are in Honolulu.
But when the No. I and No. 6 ranked teams in the
country are on the schedule, the trip becomes a little
more daunting than just sitting under a palm tree sip-
ping margaritas.
Nonetheless, that is how the Wolverines had to
open the season as they faced top-ranked Hawaii on
Friday night and sixth-ranked UCLA on Sunday.
Michigan (0-2) dropped both matches, but as loss-
es go, these were encouraging for the Wolverines:

The Wolverines fell in three games (15-11, 15-10,
15-9), but Michigan coach Greg Giovanazzi wasn't
wholly disappointed.
"Despite the loss, there were a lot of good things
we did against Hawaii," Giovanazzi said. "Linnea
(Mendoza) showed a lot of maturity and played like
a junior setter. Shareen (Luze) had a great night with
a solid, all-around match. Sarah (Jackson) came on
and did a nice job for us."
Luze, a senior, and sophomore Karen Chase led
the Wolverines with 10 kills each. Chase also shared,
with Jackson, the team lead in blocks against Hawaii
with three.
Junior Linnea Mendoza led the Wolverines with
35 assists.

Ljungquist had 12 kills and All-American Robyn Ah
Mow finished the game with 47 assists.
For Giovanazzi, though, one of the best things to
come out of the match was that the Wolverines were
forced to play in such a hostile surrounding.
"Our composure was good at the start of each
game, but when Hawaii got on a roll, things got inter-
esting," Giovanazzi said. "It was a really good expe-
rience to play before such a large and boisterous
crowd."
The No. 6 Bruins came into their second-round
match against Michigan after having been upset by
No. 25 Louisville the previous night.
UCLA won the match in four games (15-8, 15-5,
7-15, 18-16), but again, Michigan pushed a high

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