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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, September 9, 1996 - 58

Spartans lef

green

with

envy

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska's defense
provided a lot of offense for the top-ranked
Cornhuskers in their season opener Saturday.
Safety Mike Minter and defensive end Grant
Wistrom scored on interception returns, and cor-
nerback Mike Fullman scored on a 62-yard punt
return as Nebraska began its bid for a third con-
secutive national championship with a 55-14 vic-
tory over Michigan State.
"We like to be a big play defense," said
Wistrom, who made a one-handed interception in
the third period and returned it nine yards for a
touchdown. "The last couple of years we've been
scoring a lot of points. That can break a team"
Wistrom said he and Nebraska's other defen-
sive end, All-American Jared Tomich, have been
working on catching passes.
"Maybe it's starting to pay off," Wistrom said.
"I'll keep doing it if this is the result."
Minter scored on an 84-yard interception
return after picking off a pass by backup Gus
Ornstein in the second quarter. He also set up
Nebraska's first touchdown by picking off a pass
from Michigan State starter Todd Schultz, who
strained his left knee in the first period and did-
n't return.
Nebraska's defense didn't appear to miss star
linebacker Terrell Farley, who was suspended
after being charged with drunken driving.
Michigan State's only scores came on
Ornstein's 1-yard pass to Josh Keur in the third
quarter and Sedrick Irvin's 3-yard run with a few
minutes left in the game.

"Obviously Nebraska has anoher xery. en,
very good footbal team" Sparas coach Nick
Saban said. "I think the most impressive part ot
their team today was their defensive team, which
is probably as good as i e ever seen.
Scott Frost, making his firt sart at quarter-
back for Nebraska, comp eted S of I I passes for
74 yards, including a myr T to irenda n
Holbein. Frost also ran t imes for 58 yards and
one touchdown an Il-ard dash two plays
after Minter's first intercepti on.
"The coach's play-caling a very conserva-
tive and the reason for thai is because I am a new
quarterback,' Frost said. We kept it real basic
today. I think I executed prety goo ' Now; we
need to open it up and execute those plays
Nebraska didn't look that impressive on
offense, but it didn'tl mater because the defense
had a big day.
"We could haie played better olensively, but
they had a good densL and w didn't have the
ball very much," Nebraska coach Thm Osborne
said. "Every time w sc rC on defense, we just go
back on defense. 1t just takes you out of an offen-
sive series'
Michigan State (1-I) which opened with a 52-
14 victory over Purdue last week, was routed by
Nebraska for the second saight year. The
Spartans lost their opener to the luskers last sea-
son, 50-10 at East Lansin
Ornstein completed ii of 18 passes for 133
yards.

AP PH010
errick Mason, who played despite a broken wrist, and the rest of the Spartans, found out just what it feels like to be Purdue. After whipping the
ilerinakers 52.14 last week, Nebraska handed Michigan State a 5544 loss, thanks in part to this Michael Booker hit in the second quarter.

Badgers dam up Eagles, 24-3

MADISON (AP) - Carl McCullough
.derstands the fuss over fellow tailback Ron
Dayne, a highly touted backup who drew the
louder ovations and more of the attention
Saturday.
"Hey, that's the big cat coming in,"
McCullough said. "He's a great player who the
fans want to watch him play."
They liked what they saw from both Dayne
and McCullough, who helped the Wisconsin
Badgers overcome a poor first half to beat
Eastern Michigan 24-3.
McCullough, the Badgers' featured running
ack, gained 107 yards on 16 carries and scored
a 4-yard touchdown in the first half.
But it was Dayne, a 260-pound freshman
from Pine Hill, N.J., who excited the Camp
Randall Stadium crowd of 74,279 when he
gained the final 42 yards of a 74-yard drive that
made it 24-0 early in the fourth quarter.
Running over a few tacklers while dragging
others with him, Dayne gained six yards on his
first collegiate carry.
, He then got the ball four straight times, gain-
ing seven, 23 and four yards before taking it in
around left tackle from two yards out.
Dayne finished with eight carries for 53

yards. He received a tremendous ovation after
the touchdown, along with a sideline hug from
McCullough and congratulations from another
tailback, sophomore Aaron Stecker.
"That made me feel good," Dayne said. "Carl
and Steck treated me like a brother as soon as I
came here this summer."
McCullough was in very much the same role
in 1994 as Dayne when he was the freshman
sensation behind future NFL running backs
Brent Moss and Terrell Fletcher.
Dayne could emerge more quickly than
McCullough did. McCullough said he doesn't
mind sharing the snaps and limelight.
"It can only help us to have three running
backs who can contribute," he said. "We all help
each other off the field and help each other stay
fresh on the field."
McCullough's four-yard touchdown run was
about the only thing that went right for
Wisconsin in the first half as the sluggish
Badgers (1-0) took a 7-0 halftime lead over the
feisty Eagles (0-2).
"It was a case of a fresh back and a lot of
wear," said Eagles defensive tackle Kevin
Kwiatkowski, who had two first-half sacks.
"He's just a big, strong back. He dropped his

shoulder and we were pretty worn out," Eastern
Michigan coach Rick Rasnick said. "A lot of our
first-stringers were out at that point."
Badgers coach Barry Alvarez said: "It's
always nice to go in when the other team is worn
down a bit but it was good to get him in the
game."
"A lot has been written about Ron Dayne. I'm
sure a lot of people wanted to see him play,"
Alvarez said. "I wanted to see him play."
Badgers sophomore quarterback Mike
Samuel completed 12 of 20 passes for 129
yards, a touchdown and no interceptions in his
first collegiate start.
His primary target was Tony Simmons, who
caught four passes for 47 yards, including an
eight-yard touchdown in the third period.
After a wretched first half, the 24-point-
favorite Badgers struck quickly in the third
quarter.
Stecker returned the kickoff 37 yards to the
Eagles' 48. Seven plays later, Simmons posted
up cornerback Phil Franklin and hauled in
Samuel's eight-yard pass for a 14-0 lead.John
Hall's 23-yard field goal with 3:09 left in the
third period made it 17-0 before Dayne's touch-
down.

AP PHOTO

Trojan wide receiver Chris Miller leaps over Illinois's Rameel Conner in the first quarter of No. 19
Southern Cal's 55-3 annihilation of the lilni. Illinois has yet to score a touchdown in two games.

Legendary coach
Cozza calls it quits
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Carm Cozza, the football coach
at Yale for more than three decades, confirmed today that he will
retire when the season ends.
Cozza, 66, who guided the Elis to 10 Ivy League titles, made
the official announcement this morning, ending months of media
speculation about his retirement plans.
Cozza's last game will be Nov. 23 at Harvard, which is the
annual season-ending rivalry for the two schools that dates back to
1875 and is known as "The Game."
"It has been a privilege to work at a prestigious university with
uch quality people. I've had the good fortune to work with the
best young men this country has to offer" Cozza said at a news
conference before his team's first scrimmage.
Cozza was surrounded by all of his senior team members. He
had told players of his plans in an emotional speech before prac-
tice Thursday.
"He has given everything to football and to this school and we
follow and respect him as someone who has devoted his whole life
to coaching and teaching young men,"' said Paul Tryon, a senior
linebacker from Wellesley, Mass., told the Yale Daily News.
Cozza, who is entering his 32nd season, has compiled a 177-
11-5 record andYale, making him the school's winningest coach.
"Carm Cozza is a Yale legend," president Richard Levin said.
"He has really very few equals in the coaching profession in Yale
history"

BIG TEN ROUNDUP
Illini's end-zone troubles
peiti 553 os toS

CHAMPAIGN (AP) - LaVale Woods ran for
two touchdowns and Southern Cal's defense kept
Illinois out of the end zone as the No. 19 Trojans
swamped the Illini 55-3 Saturday.
The Trojans (I-1) scored on long passes, short
runs, field goals and a blocked punt on the way to
giving the Illini (0-2) their worst loss in the 1990s.
Southern Cal corrected the pass protection prob-
lems which contributed to the season-opening loss
to Penn State and exploited a multitude of miscues
from a young and overworked Illini defense.
Trojan quarterbacks Brad Otten and Matt Koffler
were 15-of-23 with no interceptions and 428 yards
for the game, the most against Illinois since 1985,
when Purdue had 464 yards in the air.
WAKE FOREST 28, No. 13 NORTHWESTERN 27
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) -
Northwestern's bid for another captivating season
fizzled at the gate Saturday night as long-suffering
Wake Forest blew a pair of 10-point leads before ral-
lying for a 28-27 victory over the 13th-ranked
Wildcats.
Brian Kuklick hit Desmond Clark with a pair of
fourth-quarter scoring passes, including a 30-yarder
with 51 seconds left, as the Demon Deacons
snapped their 30-game losing skid against ranked
teams. Bill Hollows' extra-point kick provided the
winning margin in Wake Forest's first triumph over
a Top 25 opponent since October 1979.
The Demon Deacons killed Northwestern's last'
chance with an interception by Tom Stuetzer with 34
seconds remaining, giving Wake Forest its first vic-
tory over a Big Ten opponent in nine tries.
Many in the crowd at Grove Stadium stormed the

Iowa, which also gav up te sacks, fell behind
early, but jumped out to a 4-7 halfimne lead thanks
to two Arizona fumbes in: id minute midway in
the second quarter.
No. 10 Omo Sr 7), R 7
COLUM BUS (AP) Pp pe r. n ran for three
touchdowns and freshman Mchael Wiley scored
three times on plays of 49 yrds or longer as 10th-
ranked Ohio State scoreid itns mog pois i an open-
er since 1933 with a 70-7 v 'tory over Rice Saturday.
Seven times th= Buckey s nd, d to drive less
than two minutes to score.
Backup quarerback Joe Germaine passed for
three touchdowns as Ohi tate piled up 632 yards
of total offense while holding th Owls to 218.
The loss was th" most opried in an opener in
Rice's 85 years of football
MINNEStlA 30, NE Lot i a N. 3
MONROE. La. (AP) Frhman Thomas
Hamner ran for 154 yars io Iad Minnesota to a 30-
3 victory over Northeast Louiina Saturday night.
Minnesota (1-0) was the Big Ten's No. 2 passing
team last year and in the op 25 nationally. But
against Northeast (I - I). the Gophers cranked up
their ground game, running r 283 yards while
passing for 15 1.
The Gophers held Northeast to 30i total yards,
and held a team without a toucihdown ir the first
time since a 6-3 win over Purdue mi 1991
The game was the irst regular season contest in
Louisiana for Minnesota. The Gophers played in the
1985 Independence Bol in Shreveport. beating
Clemson 20-13.

AP PHOTO
Sixty-six-year-old Yale legend Carm Cozza anounced he would resign at the end of
his 32nd season as head football coach at Yale.

Nitay Lions roar over Louisville, 24-7

STATE COLLEGE (AP) - Curtis Enis broke
*hrough a tackle for a 25-yard gain on his first
carry of the game. It would be his longest run of
the day.
And while there was no repeat of his 241-yard
game in the season opener, Enis did get 104
yards and a touchdown as No. 7 Penn State took
an early 21-point lead and held on to beat stub-

by recovering a fumbled punt.
In its 38-17 season-opening victory over
Kentucky, Louisville blocked two punts, return-
ing one for a touchdown. Penn State kicker Brett
Conway said that performance motivated Penn
State's kicking teams.
"We came into this game with an attitude that
we were going to be just as good or better," said

with the Lions' final score, Conway's field goal.
Enis started strong, running over several tack-
lers during a 25-yard burst on Penn State's first
possession, a 49-yard drive that ended with Enis'
4-yard touchdown run. Penn State was up 7-0
four minutes into the game.
The Cardinals did a pretty good job of limit-
ing Enis and the Lions offense for the rest of the

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