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~20A'- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSTuesday -- Tuesday, September 3, 1996%O L G O T A L
Hot Spartans stewam
Boilerm-- akers, 52-14

The Associated Press
It's small solace, but if you're going
to have to play mighty Nebraska, it's
nice to come off a strong first-game
performance like Michigan State is.
The Spartans, behind a talented
~freshiman tailback named Sedrick
fr~yin, trampled Purdue, 52-14,
-Saturday. Now it's on to No. I
N~ebraska, which figures to be a
:touagher test.
- "We'll see how good we are next
a Lwek;' said a calm Michigan State
q, ch Nick Saban. "We're going to see
Wapons that are real weapons next
lek
4'There are a lot things we can do
ensively to improve, to be a little
4isper and sharper and have a little
l~tter tempo in the game," Saban said.
f Jlhink most teams improve quite a bit
j~ mthe first game to the second game
,adhopefully that will be true of this
~'hs is just one step for us in trying
-to develop the goals we have for the
sjeson."

If Saban was nonchalant about the
victory, Irvin was only a little more
excited. And he had just run for three
touchdowns and grabbed a pass for
another, while sparking the Michigan
State attack with his speed, moves and
catches.
After the first score, Irvin said, he
was thrilled. After the second, he
thought, "This is kind of easy." And
after the third, "I had to pinch myself."
"Purdue didn't have respect for me,"
he said. "Niot that they should have,
but I think they didn't have me in their
game plan."
Not only did Irvin score four times,
but he led the Spartans in rushing with
73 yards and in receiving with seven
catches for 59 yards, while establish-
ing a record for touchdowns scored by
a freshman.
The Spartans also may have lost
wide receiver Derrick Mason for at
least a few games. The senior, who is
making a run at the NCAA kick
returning record this season, broke his
wrist on a first-half return.

He returned to the game after a cast
was placed on his hand but was later
removed ground on a routine tackle.
Placekicker Chris Gardner added
field goals of 37, 49 and 43 yards. The
Spartans opened up a 28-0 halftime
lead, and Purdue never posed a threat
to make it a contest.
"There are 13 more weeks of foot-
ball,"Purdue coach Jim Colletto said.
"It is a real learning experience and I
think there will be more interest in
practice in what we're trying to tell
them.
"It's important to go back and figure
out which players are going to play at
a high caliber" Coletto said. "We need
to find the guys that are going to do
what we practice."
He noted that Bill Dicken had
replaced Rick Trefzger at quarterback,
bringing some belated life to the
Purdue offense.
"We are going to go back and
decide who's the best quarterback
and he's going to play," Colletto
said. "There is no controversy."

AP PHOTO
Michigan State running 1-maek Sedrick Irvin set a school record for freshmen, scoring four touchdown in the Spartans' 52-14;
trouncing of Purdue on :1 0turday in East Lansing.

Quarterbacks dinec onl swee~ts ii cupcake warmups
y M lanning, Wueriel and Detmer have little trouble with
opening day opponents; all 9 ranked teams in action win

The Associated Press
In three weeks, Tennessee's Peyvtcvrk
Manning and Florida's Danny Wuerfffl
will battle for Southeastern Conferenc~a
supremacy and the inside track to th'a,
Heisman Trophy. Both began preparatiotiii
with light workouts Saturday.
Manning was I 8-of-24 for 298 yards an di
a touchdown and ran for a score in ju;St ov4i
a half as th second-ranked Volunteers blei~v
past Nevada-Las Vegas, 62-3. Wuerfft il
split time with backup lFria i
Schottenheimer, completing 1 5-of-27 pas,;-
es for 224 yards and a touchdown as th e
fourth-ranked Gators routed Southwester n
Louisiana, 55-21.
All nine ranked teams playing on oollegev
football's first full weekend posted winms;.
Fifth-ranked Colorado got three sconiia g
passes and a touchdown run from Koo y
Detmer in a 37-19 defeat of Washingto t
State.
Tennessee, a 54-point favorite, did1 "
expect a challenge from UNLV and didrt
get one. The Vols broke open a scorelei~ts
game with three touchdowns in a 3:13 span
in the first quarter and poured on 41 una! i-
swered points after a field goal by tl
Rebels,
Rushing touchdowns by Jay Crraha i
sandwiched a 63-yard scoring pass fr~ln
Manning to Joey Kent, who had six catch-
es for 151 yards,
In Gainesville, Ike Hilliard caugl't
touchdown passes from both Wuerffel axwkd
Schottenheimer in a 28-point second quar-
ter, which also saw defensive back's
Lawrence Wright and Fred Weary retutrn
fumbles for scores. The four touchdowiis
came in just 7:04.
Southwestern Louisiana scored a pair o~f
touchdowns in the third quarter, sandl-
wiched around an interception return for :a

score by Florida's Teako Brown,
The Gators' Jdefense wNas manhandled by
Nebras ka in last seas on s Fiesta Bowl and
defens ive coordinator Bob Stoops was
hired aw=ay from Kansas State to improve
the unit.
De -tmer also had a short day, playing less
th an three quarters in Colorado's sixth
straighrlt season-opening win. The newly-
wed was 20-of-33 for 254 yards and
stered the Buffaloes to a 31-6 lead mid-
way through the third quarter,
Detmer, who missed most of last year
with a torn knee ligament, was particularly
sharp in the second quarter, when he
accounted for three touchdowns in nine
minutes. Colorado also was tough on
defense, allowing just five rushing yards.
Eighth-ranked Texas routed Missouri 40-
10 in the season and Big 12 Conference
opener for both schools.
Quarterback James Brown threw for two
touchdowns and Ricky Williams ran for
two more. The Longhorns were playing on
grass at Memorial Stadium in Austin for
the( first time in 27 years and the game was
delayed for 45 minutes in the third quarter
by lightning and a driving ra,-instorm,
Texas has joined the Big 12 Conference,
leaving behind 81 years in the Southwest
Conference, The Big 12 features the Big
Eight teams along with former SWC mem-
bers Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and
Baylor.
At the Liberty Bowl, 11 th-ranked Miami
overcame a rash of suspensions for a 30-7
victory over Memphis as Magic Benton
scored on a 67-yard un return early in the
second half and added a 73-yard touch-
down catch.
Benton, a sophomore, found time as a
receiver when Jammi German was sus-
pended for the season, Yatil Green was dis-

fned indefinitely and Omar Rolle was
ed. He grabbed nine passes for 14I+.
fs in his first extensive action.
t Legion Field in Birmingham, backup
ren Foust threw a six-yard scoring pass
farce]ll West late in the first half to give
13 Alabama a surprisingly tight 21-7
over Bowling Green. The Crimson
failed to score on their season-open-
possession for the first time since
rastate rival Auburn also had a case of
blahs, going three quarters without a
-hdown in a 29-0 Victory ove.
ama-Birmingham, which was making
Division I-A debut. .Jaret Holmes
ed five field goals, including a career-
5-yarder, for the 1 6th-ranked Tigers.
eve Sarkisian is headed for another big
for 19th-ranked Brigham Young, which
;d to a 58-9 rout of Arkansas State.
rkisian, who threw six touchdown
es against Texas A&M last wee,r
d four mrore Saturday night whle"
wing for 259 yards.
the first Big 12 game, 21st-ranked
as State held on for a 21-14 victory
Texas Tech. Brian Kavanagh ran for a
e and threw for another and the
scats survived a late fumble, breaking
adeep iburth-down pass by Tech's
)e Lethridge.
>p-ranked Nebraska, which is seeking
nprecedented third straight national
pionship, opens its season September
ainst MAchigan State, which rolleg-
Purdue~, Saturday, 52-14. Third*
ed Floridat State plays its season open-
,xt week against Duke and No. 6 Notre
fe opens at Vanderbilt on Thursday
t.
. 25 Kansas beat Ball State, 35-10, in
pener Thursday night,
Dreisbach and the inexperience of those
he was throwing to didn't lead to
impressive day as far as the numb
were concerned, but given a little time
the Wolverines should be just fine.
So hold off judgement of this team
based solely on what was shown
Saturday, because hidden in the bore-
dom was much more good than bad.
And the best news for Michigan is,
for the time being at least, it is in the
Big 'An lead.
The Wolverines couldn't have asked
for a better looking start to the season
- No Ryan White hasn 't graduated
yet. He can still be reached over e-
mail at target ~umich.edu.
a Hamilton 27-yard field goal
Woodson, who saw action at wide
receiver, and Dreisbach were the
Wolverines' leading rushers in the first
half. Through the air, Dreisbach was
just 5-of-12 for 55 yards.
"This is a young football team,"
Carr said, "I thought our kids did a
very good job despite how disappoint-
ing we played in the first half"
For the game, Michigan outgained
the Illini in total offense, 3 64-267
A __ ..... .. .. ...a 1A ....1.4_

.ind quarterback Koy Detmer, Colorado rolled over Washington State, 37-19, on Saturday.

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WHITE
Continued from Page 13A
Michigan teams do, about the tradition
of going to the Rose Bowl, of how
Michigan isn't Michigan if it isn't in
Pasadena.
But these Wolverines mean it. You
can see it in there eyes and hear it in
their voices. And you can definitely see
it in the play of seniors like co-captain
Jarrett Irons.
For these Wolverines there couldn't
have been a bigger game Saturday.
So if you want to draw anything from
the game, draw this - Michigan won.
The Wolverines are 1-0 in the Big

Ten, and now have th-ree non-confer-
ence games befciie they face
Northwestern in Evans ton on Oct. 5. An
even bigger plus for IVtchigan is that it
has two weeks to woik~ out the kinks
before it travels to Tloualder to face
Colorado.
The bottom line on Saturday's game
- Michigan won. And while it would
be easy, based on gam(,- No. 1, to say the
Rose Bowl drought (will conlti-nue for
the Wolverines, it woulId also be wrong.
Yes, the Wolverines can't aifford to
have two field goal attempts blocked, as
they did Saturday,a against Colorado.
They will have to convert on their
opportunities.

And, for all the hype surrounding his
return, Scott Dreisbach looked like,
well, a young quarterback playing in
only his fifth game.
There were some promising signs for
Michigan, however,
A young offensive line that was han-
dled by Illinois' defense early came
together in the second half and opened
some holes for Clarence Williams.
And Williams, who hit the weights
and put on 18 pounds since last year's
Ohio State game, proved that the added
weightu hasn't cost him a lick of speed.
Mich+igan also looks like it has some
receivers.
The combination of a rusty
ILLINOIS
Continued ftrm Page 13A
the Michigan sideline. Irons and
sophomore Charles Woodson were
there to meet him, allowing only a
yard.
The Illini were forced to kick a 20-
yard field goal.
"1 think (a touchdown) would have
added to our confidence'" Illinois
coach Lou Tepper said. "That was a

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