The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - September 23, 1996 - 50
Nothing special about
Michigan's special teams.
By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Editor
Two years ago, Michigan 'placekicker
emy Hamilton kicked a game-win-
ing field goal at Notre Dame on his
way to an All-America season.
Every Michigan fan loved him.
Saturday against Boston College,
Hamilton had the worst kicking day of
his career. He missed two field goals,
had a third field goal attempt blocked,
and had extra point blocked.
Today, every Michigan fan hates him.
Such is the life of a placekicker.
"Our kicking game right now (is)
Oilling us," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
said. "We can't make a field goal, for
Hamilton hooked a 35-yarder mid-
way through the first quarter and was
short on a 48-yard attempt late in the
half. He also had a 42-yard try blocked
early in the third quarter.
On the season, Hamilton has hit just
four-of-nine field goal attempts. He
missed only eight field goals last year
A d only five in 1994 - the year he
as a second-team Associated Press
He did manage to kick two extra-
points Saturday, but his second attempt
- which tied the game at 14-14 -
drew a groan from the crowd, as it bare-
ly-went through the uprights.
In fairness to Hamilton, the field-
goal kicking game was not the only part
of Michigan's special teams to struggle
against Boston College. The
Wolverines also punted the ball poorly
and returned kicks like they hadn't a
It was a total team effort.
Punter Paul Peristeris, who was aver-
aging 47.4 yards a kick going into the
weekend, didn't even make half of that
per punt on his two attempts. He punted
two balls for a total of 42 yards and was
benched in favor of pooch punter Brian
Griese for Michigan's final punt.
Punt returner Chuck Winters
returned one kick 31 yards but fumbled
a punt deep in Michigan territory on the
final play of the first quarter. After the
turnover, the Eagles needed just four
plays to go 19 yards for a touchdown,
tying the score at seven.
"We had a chance to jump right in
front early in the game," Carr said.
"The longer you let a team like that stay
in the game, the more you give them
Peristeris and Winters each made
critical mistakes which allowed Boston
College to take the lead midway
through the third quarter.
With the score still knotted at seven,
the Wolverines forced the Eagels to
punt. Jason Malecki boomed a kick that
Winters failed to field around the
Michigan 20. The ball rolled dead at the
After a Boston College peralty
moved the ball to the 19-yard line, the
Wolverines went three and out.
Peristeris' punt from the Michigan 23
managed just 12 yards. This time, the
Eagles needed only three plays to cover
35 yards and grab the lead, 14-7.
Unfortunately for the Wolverines,
their special teams' problems were far
from over. On the ensuing kickoff, the
Eagles caught Michigan napping with
an on-side kick. The ball bounced off of
a Michigan up-man, and ; Shalom
Tolefree pounced on the ball at the
Free safety Daydrion Taylor saved
the Wolverines from complete disaster
with an interception, killing Boston
College's drive at the Michigan 21.
The Wolverines then - scored two
straight touchdowns to retake the lead,
but Hamilton missed the textra-point
after the second score. The Eagles were
still in striking distance, trailing only
20-14 with 8:59 remaining. e
Jarret Irons finally clinched the game
for Michigan when he intercepted a
Matt Hasselbeck pass at the Boston
College 37 with under a minuite left.
"We just simply made fan too many
mistakes," Carr said. "We can be a real-
ly good football team. But ve have to
stop the mistakes. There's a ldt of things
we have to improve on."
No. Yds Avg
6 303 50.5
Player No. Yds
Watson 1 -1
Player No. Yds
Watson 1 20
Crittenden 1 14
Avg Lg TD;
-1 -1 0
Michigan just missed blocking this Jason Malecki punt, and that was one of the
better special teams' plays Saturday. The Wolverines missed three field goals, one
extra-point and fumbled a punt return.
Hasselbeck weary of
lightning striking twice
BOSTON COLLEGE SCHEDULE
Aug. 31 at Hawaii W 24-21
Sept. 14 Virginia Tech L 7-45
Sept. 21 at Michigan L 14-20
Sept. 28 Navy
By Ryan White
Daily Sports Writer
Boston College quarterback Matt
Hasselbeck said he wasn't hiding in the
Michigan Stadium tunnel during the
third quarter thunderstorm that swept
over Michigan Stadium.
But could you blame him if he was'
Last June, Hasselbeck was part of a
group that got a nasty jolt when light-
ening struck the ground next to a tent
where they were attending an outdoor
Hasselbeck had headed to the tunnel
to try to dry out when the lightening
flashed over the stadium.I
"I didn't know if it was lightening, or
if it was camera flashes," he said.
After his experience in June,
Hasselbeck said he wasn't sure whether
he would have played had the storm
worsened and the game continued.
Then; thinking about it a little more,
he changed his mind.
"If the game was that close it could
have been a tornado and probably
would have played," he said.
DOWN AND DIRTY: There was at least
one solid performance in Saturday's
down pour - the Michigan Stadium
The Prescription Athletic Turf's
drainage system was repaired over the
summer and worked well in its first
As for the rain, Michigan linebacker
Jarrett Irons answered whether he had
ever played in worse conditions with a
simple one word answer: "Purdue."
Boston College defensive tackle
Stalin Colinet had a more joyful take on
"I love playing in the rain." Colinet
said. "We don't get to play in the mud in
Boston, so when we get the chance we
like to get dirty."
STUCK IN A RUT: While Michigan's
offensive play has been anything but
consistent the same can't be said for its
With Saturday's 20-14 win, the
Wolverines have now scored 20 points
in each. of their past four games.
Michigan ended last season with a
22-20 loss in the Alamo Bowl to Texas
A&M. besides Saturday's game.
Michigan has boaten Illinois 20-8, and
Colorado, 20-13, this season.
THEY CALLED WHAT?: Boston
College coach Dan Henning wasn't too
open to talking about the offensive pass
interference call made against Eagles
receiver Steve Everson late in the sec-
"No comment," was Henning's initial
He quickly changed his mind. how-
ever, and decided a comment might just
be in order.
"How the hell do you pass interfere a
player behind you?" Henning asked.
No COMMENT (TH E SEQUEL):
Though Henning decided to comment
on the pass interference call, he didn't
want to talk about another play.
After the Eagles took a 14-7 lead in
the third quarter, Boston College kicker
John Matich booted the ensuing kick
off the leg of Michigan's Aaron Shea,
after which the ball was recovered by
Boston College's Shalom Tolefree.
A great play or an accident'?
"No comment," Henning said.
DOWN IT GOES: Michigan Stadium
had its 131st straight crowd of over
100,000 fans Saturday.
That's a nice streak, but the
Wolverines don't hold the record for the
largest crowd anymore.
Tennessee broke the record Saturday
when 107,608 watched the Volunteers
lose to Florida.
Michigan set the previous record in
1993, when 106,867 watched the
Wolverines beat Ohio State, 28-0.
at West Virginia
at Miami, Fla.
Boston College quarterback was much happier to see Michigan's defense than he
was to see the thunder storm that rolled through Ann Arbor on Saturday.
Ahio State puts up 72 against
Pitt; Penn State keeps rolling
At a glance
For Michigan, tailback Clarence
Williams had his first 100-yard rush-
ing game. He finished with 133
yards. Quarterback Scott Dreisbach
had his best game of the year, pass-
ing for 292 yards and two touch-
downs. Tight end Jerame Tuman was
on the receiving end of four of those
passes for 99 yards.
For Boston College, receiver Steve
Everson had six catches for 63 yards
and a touchdown. Punter Jason
Malecki averaged 50.5 yards per
Dreisbach hit tight end Jerame
Tuman over the middle for a 58-yard
touchdown pass on a first-and-10
play from Michigan's 42-yard line.
The play broke a 14-14 tie with 8.59
left in the fourth quarter. Michigan
kicker Remy Hamilton missed the
exra-point, but the Wolverines held
on to win.
Big T'en Standings
Team Contf1 Overall
Michigan 1-0 3-0
Michigan State 1-0 1-2
Penn State 0-0 4-0
Minnesota 0-0 3-0
Ohio State 0-0 2-0
Wisconsin 0-0 1-0
Indiana 0-0 2-1
Iowa 0-0 2-1
Northwestern 0-0 2-1
Illinois 0-1 1-2
Purdue 0-1 0-3
Last Week (HOME TEAM IN CAPS)
MICHIGAN 20, Boston College 14
Penn State 41, TEMPLE 0
OHIO STATE 72, Pittsburgh 0
WISCONSIN 14, Stanford 0
NORTHWESTERN 28, Ohio 7
ILLINOIS 38, Akron 7
MINNESOTA 35, Syracuse 33
I-;-H O Ii"A N ir tV1ATC 'Mf
'The Associated Press
COLUMBUS - Seventh-ranked
Ohio State handed Pittsburgh its worst
*oss ever, pounding the Panthers, 72-0,
Saturday behind three touchdowns
apiece by Pepe Pearson and freshman
The Buckeyes scored on their first 10
possessions, outgained the Panthers
602-120 in total yards and had a 29-4
advantage in first downs.
In 107 years of football, Pittsburgh
(1-3) had never given up more points or
been beaten by a bigger margin.
The Buckeyes (2-0), who routed
Rice, 70-7, two weeks ago in their
;opener, have scored 142 points in their
first two games. That matches the most
points ever by Ohio State in back-to-
:No. 5 PENN STATE 41, TEMPLE 0
Bill Manopolous missed a 43-yard
field goal in the third quarter and a 30-
yarder in the fourth quarter for Indiana
ILLNOIS 38, AKRON 7
Robert Holcombe ran for three
touchdowns as Illinois ended a four-
game touchdown drought in a 38-7 vic-
tory over Akron.
Holcombe scored on runs of one, six
and 31 yards in the second half
Saturday as the Illini (1-3) turned a 7-7
halftime tie into a rout of the Zips (0-4).
NORTHWESTERN 28, Oiio 7
Steve Schnur threw three touchdown
passes, and Darnell Autry rushed for
115 yards as Northwestern survived
early offensive mistakes to defeat Ohio,
Northwestern (2-1) built a 28-0 half-
time lead, holding the Bobcats' triple-
Purdue passes, harassed quarterback
Billy Dicken with seven sacks, took
advantage of penalties, and ;beat the
Boilermakers, 20-6, Saturday.
West Virginia (4-0), which had not
allowed a rushing touchdown this sea-
son, did not let Purdue (0-3) inside the
25 until early in the fourth quarter, after
a short punt gave the Boilermakers the
ball at the 39.
TULSA 27, No. 19 IOWA 204'
John Fitzgerald completed 22 of 38
passes for 353 yards and a touchdown
as Tulsa upset No. 19 Iowa, 27-20, to
snap a six-game losing streak.
Tulsa (1-2) came from behind
Saturday night to pull out its first victo-
ry over a ranked opponent since beating
No. 15Texas A&M in'1991.
The Tulsa defense held Idwa (2-1)
twice within the 10-yard line: in the