4B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 21, 1996
Hoosiers just inches
away from upset
Player No. Yds
Shaw 2 38
Butterfield 1 27
Totals 3 65
Player No. Yds
Winters 2 6
Totals 2 6
By Ryan White
Daily Sports Writer
Somewhere, somebody once said that football
was a game of inches.
Indiana coach Bill Mallory wasn't the first to
coin the phrase, but he certainly used it a lot after
his team dropped a close game, 27-20, to
Not only did Indiana's hopes come down to a
fourth-and-inches play late in the final quarter,
but a number of other plays were close to turning
the game for the Hoosiers.
"We came in here feeling we could win this," a
disappointed Mallory said. "We played deter-
mined throughout the whole game, right down to
the last second."
With a little luck, Indiana may have won the
The Hoosiers held a seven-point lead, -17-10, at
halftime, but the lead could have been bigger.
Facing a fourth-and-one at their own 40, near
the end of the first quarter, the Hoosiers faked a
punt, snapping the ball directly to linebacker Matt
Surface. Surface rambled 29 yards to the
Michigan 31-yard line.
On the next play, however, Indiana running
back Alex Smith coughed the ball up, and
Michigan's Marcus Ray recovered.
After an Indiana touchdown with 2:32 left in
the first half, Michigan took over at its own 33.
Michigan quarterback Scott Dreisbach hit tight
end Jerame Tuman over the middle for nine yards,
but Tuman fumbled the ball.
Indiana safety Eric Allen scooped the ball up
and returned it eight yards before fumbling him-
self. Michigan receiver Tai Streets recovered the
fumble and the Wolverines ended up gaining a
yard on the play and a first down with the dual
change of possession.
"If (Allen) could have just held on to that one,"
Mallory said. "You know, it's just a matter of inch-
Allen knew it was an important play, which is
why he tried for the extra yardage.
"In this kind of game, you have to make big
plays," he said. "I saw the ball roll under the
The Wolverines held possession and moved the
ball into field goal range before the half ended.
Remy Hamilton hit a 21-yarder with 15 seconds
left to make the score 17-10.
The inches turned in Indiana's favor in the sec-
ond half when it stopped Michigan on a fourth-
and-goal from inside the one-yard line early in the
The two teams went back and forth until late in
the fourth when, down 27-20, Indiana faced
fourth-and-inches at the Michigan 29.
Quarterback Jay Rodgers kept the ball on the
option, but was stuffed by David Bowens for no
Michigan took over on downs, and Dreisbach
ran out the clock.
"I got on (the referee's) case" said Mallory of
the spot on the play. "I don't know. It was inches.
It was so close.
"It comes down to a matter of inches. That's
probably a gpod illustration there."
If he had gotten the spot, and proceeded to
move the ball into the end zone, Mallory wasn't
going to worry about overtime.
"I was going to go for the win," Mallory said.
"I was going for two there. I felt we needed the
He never got the chance, however. He and his
team came up inches short.
Player Int Yds
Bowens 1 18
Hankins 0 0
Irons 0 0
Totals 1 18
Team Stats Mich. Indiana
First Downs 19 13
Rushes/Yards 43/171 51/140
Passing Yards 218 124
Offensive Plays 78 69
Total Offense 389 264
Return Yards 71 80
Punts/Avg 5/34.2 4/44.5
Fumbles/Lost 1/1 3/3
Penalties/Yards 7/55 3/29
Time of Poss 26:37 33:23
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"As I was going down, I looked to my left and
reached for the marker" Rodgers said. "I thought I
had it, but I guess I didn't get it."
That Rodgers and the H oosiers were so close dis-
turbed Michigan coach Lloyd Carr.
"We continued to make too many mistakes," Carr
said. "We were flat in the first half. I don't know
Michigan's offensive and defensive units both had
The Hoosiers ran for 106 yards in the first half
Indiana had already tied the score at seven, when
Alex Smith, Indiana's highly touted running back,
scored a touchdown to put Indiana ahead, 14-7.
Smith gained 99 of the Hoosiers' 140 rushing yards.
Bill Manolopoulos' 37-yard field goal with 2:32
left until halftime put the Hoosiers ahead by 10.
"They used a couple of wrinkles that attacked us
well," Carr said. "At halftime, we had to make adjust-
On offense, the Wolverines gained only 171 yards
rushing, earning just 41 of them in the first half. No
one gained over 100 yards.
"We are not running the ball like I think we have
to run the football to be successful;" Carr said.
Michigan's passing attack was also lacking.
Though Carr said the Wolverines have to throw the
football more, Dreisbach probably has to complete
more passes for that plan to work.
Dreisbach played through two injuries he suffered
two weeks ago against Northwestern, a hyper-
extended left elbow and partially separated left
shoulder, and was hit hard and bruised again. His
pain caused him to release the ball early, and as a
result, many of his passes were too high.
"I overthrew a lot of guys, and a lot of guys were
open," Dreisbach said. "If I had hit those guys, it
would have been different."
The Wolverines scored first, turning a David
Bowens interception into an I I -play scoring drive.
Freshman running back John Anes went right tackle
for a one-yard touchdown run with 3:57 remaining in
the first quarter.
The lead didn't last long, however. On Michigan's
next drive, Williams couldn't handle a Dreisbach
pass, and Indiana's Eric Allen returned the deflection
42 yards for the touchdown with 59 seconds left in
In the second quarter. Indiana kept the momen-
tum, rattling off a 16-play touchdown drive that last-
ed nearly eight minutes to take the lead, 14-7.
On Michigan's next possession, Allen intercepted
Dreisbach again. After a Manolopoulos field goal.
things looked bad for the Wolverines.
They could only muster a 21-yard Remy Hamilton
field goal and trailed 17-10, at halftime.
A flashy reverse by Charles Woodson gave the
Wolverines a boost to start the second half. On first-
and-10 at the Indiana 48, Williams took the handoff
from Dreisbach and gave it to Woodson. The play
looked dead, but Woodson was able to elude three
tacklers, sneak up the sideline, and break to the mid-
dle for a 48-yard touchdown run. .
"We all knew it was coming?' Mallory said. "I'm
probably lucky I didn't get called on that. I was
almost out there to help the play. I could've sworn we
had him, but that sucker was in and out of there."
With the score tied, it looked like the Wolverines
would put the game away in the third quarter after an
Indiana fumble. But after two shots at the end zone
from less than a yard out, Chris Howard - with
noseguard Will Carr lead blocking -couldn't punch*
his way through, and Indiana was still alive.
Aug. 31 ILLINOIS
Sept. 14 Colorado
Sept. 21 BC
Sept. 28 UCLA
Oct. 5 Northwestern
Oct. 19 INDIANA
Michigan defensive end David Bowens celebrates a Michigan second-quarter fumble recovery. Bowens
the fourth quarter when he stopped Indiana quarterback Jay Rogers on a fourth-and-one play.
As always a naes
Woodson's 48-yard touchdown run makes Cary
By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Editor
Rod Payne limped up to the interview room in
Crisler Arena on Saturday, using his right leg to
pull himself up each individual step.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr looked at his
crippled player, put a hand on his shoulder, and
asked how he was.
Payne didn't even look back. With his eyes
fixed straight ahead, he mumbled, "I'll be all
Carr said nothing is response. lie knew. Payne
knows how to play with pain. It's in his blood
and in his name.
For much of Michigan's 27-20 victory over
Indiana, Payne was visibly limping around the
field, holding his right knee in every huddle. The
exact nature and severity of his injury is
unknown -'arr will only say he's "banged up."
But as bad as it looked, Payne never came out,
Payne, who also is playing with a dislocated
thumb on his right hand - his snapping hand -
even performed when quarterback Scott
Dreisbach took the ball from the shotgun.
"Rod Payne played on heart, and he played to
win," Carr said. "It doesn't matter if his snapping
hand is hurt. He'll just snap with his left hand.
That's the kind of player he is."
Several other Wolverines were "banged up."
Among the linebackers, Jarrett Irons played
through a problem with his ankle, which is still
swollen. Sam Sword played through foot and
ankle injuries, and Rob Swett was sidelined with
a foot injury.
Defensive end Glen Steele played through
Fullback Chris Floyd was "banged up" during
the game but stayed in action.
The injuries were mentioned as one reason for
Michigan's flat first half, after which the
Wolverines were behind, 17-10.
"That Northwestern game (two weeks ago)
took a lot out of us, physically and mentally,
Dreisbach said. "We have a lot of guys who are
hurting. We took a lot of
j a\ WOODSON WORKING:
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likes to masquerade as a
wide receiver, is quickly
showing he is the real deal
on both sides of the ball.ae
fie scored his fist career
offensive touchdown against
HOME GAMES IN CAPS
Indiana, taking a reverse 48 yards through heavy
traffic to the end zone in the third quarter to tie
the score at 17-17. He also caught four passes for
55 yards and made two tackles.
Will Carr use him even more on offense aftetO
such an outburst?
"I'm thinking of moving him to offense
period," Carr said with a smile after the game
"But the defensive coaches would quit. What
would you do then?"
FIRST POINTs: When Eric Allen intercepted a
Dreisbach pass in the first quarter and returned it
42 yards for a touchdown, he accomplished
something no other man had this season.
He scored on Michigan in the first quarter.
The Wolverines' defense, however, was not
responsible. It is still perfect in the first quarter4
MILESTONES: Senior placekicker Remy
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