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Not much
in the way
to stop
Bowens
MINNEAPOLIS - Three
times David Bowens stood
above Cory Sauter, glaring
down, grunting, and nodding his head
slowly as if to say that, yes, this was
fWt Three times Bowens broke
through the Minnesota line, straining
and pushing
until -
BOOM!-he
k : h * made the hit.
Three times
Bowens
sucked the
quarterback,
NICHOLAS J.doing what
William Carr
COTSONIKA had told him
The Greek to do so many
Teaks times.
"Meet me
at the ball,' I
tell him," said Carr, Michigan's senior
noseguard. "I tell him in the locker-
room before the game, on the side-
lines and on the line. It's just, 'Meet
me at the ball,' because if he does,
we're doing pretty good."
You want good? Bowens now has
11 sacks on the season, tying
Michigan's single-season record held
Mark Messner, Chris Hutchinson
d Jason Horn.
You want scary? Bowens is a
sophomore, and this is his first season
as a defensive end. He doesn't even
know how to rush correctly yet.
You want frightening? There are
four games left, and Michigan's sack
record is about to be obliterated like a
helpless quarterback.
"A young player is supposed to get
tter as he gets older," Michigan
Mach Lloyd Carr said. "But David
Bowens has such great ability, he
See COTSONIKA, Page 5B
'M' Icers
airbanks
COld shou
By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
The flight to Fairbanks took 12 h(
tures were below zero, Michigan coa
't sick, the ice was too large and
raction was a bus trip to the Pipelin
It's a good thing the Michigan hoc
games this weekend against Alaska-Fa
it hadn't, this might have been the las

a long, long time.
It still might have been.
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Little

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Ju ular

Blue bleeds
Gophers dry
to keep Jug
By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Editor
MINNEAPOLIS - For most Michigan teams, a victory
over Minnesota isn't reason for celebration.
After all, the Wolverines haven't lost to the Golden
Gophers since 1986 and have kept the Little Brown Jug in
Ann Arbor for 10 straight years. But the 44-10 pounding of
the Gophers on
Saturday was
i Michigan 44 exciting for the
Wolverines in at
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respects.
With the victo-

ry, they remained
in the Rose Bowl race. They proved that they can blow out an
inferior team. And perhaps most important, the much
maligned rushing attack finally had a break-through game.
After two-straight sub-par rushing performances,
Michigan (3-1 Big Ten, 6-1 overall) rolled up 252 yards on
the ground, including 198 in the first half, in front of 41, 246
at the Metrodome.
"Obviously (it's) a very big win for us," Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr said. "Keeping the jug is very important. It was a
big win to stay in the race for the Big Ten championship."
Running backs Chris Howard and Clarence Williams led
the Wolverines with 127 and 83 yards rushing, respectively,
and quarterback Scott Dreisbach completed 8-of-l1 passes
for 184 yards and one touchdown. Michigan outgained
Minnesota (0-4, 3-4) for the evening, 489 to 359.
"It was a disappointing loss to a good football team,"
Minnesota football coach Jim Wacker said. "They really
pound at you. We had too many breakdowns, and you can't
do that against a good team and expect to win."
The game's key sequence - if a 44-10 game has a key
sequence - occurred late in the third and early in the fourth
quarters.
Trailing 27-10, the Gophers drove from their own 18 to the
Michigan 27. But on first down, Michigan defensive end
David Bowens sacked Minnesota quarterback Cory Sauter
for a nine-yard loss. On second-and-19, Sauter was stopped
for no gain by Will Carr and Jarrett Irons. And on the first
play of the fourth quarter, Sauter's third-down pass fell
incomplete. Place kicker Adam Bailey then was short on a
53-yard field goal attempt.
See BROWN JUG, Page 4B

JOE WESTRATE/Da iv
Even when sandwiched by Golden Gophers, Michigan quarterback Scott Dreisbach completed most of his passes, this one a dainty shovel pass to
Chris Howard. Dreisbach threw just 11 passes, but completed eight of them as the Wolverines''running game did most of the work.

give
the
ilder
ours, the tempera-
ach Red Berenson
the biggest tourist
e.
key team won two
irbanks, because if
t trip to Alaska for
lnpc' rnldi tpmnpr

Sinking

Scholar

S hips

While the money goes up, scholarships go down, and coaches aren't happy

Thne woverines snoot ot jet tag, ilnesst Ucemnper-
atures and the Nanooks en route to a tougher-than-antic-
ipated two-game sweep this past weekend, winning a pair
of games, 6-4 and 5-3.
Michigan (2-0 CCHA, 5-0 overall) came into
irbanks a heavy favorite, even if the game was played
territory familiar only to polar bears, Eskimos and
Nanooks. But Fairbanks (0-5, 0-7) stood up to the
Wolverines, and had the defending national champs on
the ropes Friday.
-.The Nanooks led Michigan for much of the game,
building leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2, before Dale
Rominski's first goal of the season pulled the Wolverines
into a 3-3 tie.
The score remained knotted at three until the middle of
the third period. Then, for the second night in a row, the
Qlverines scored two shorthanded goals on the same
airbanks power play.
Naturally, one of the goals was scored by - who else ?
- John Madden, who now has three shorthanded goals
this season. The other came when Warren Luhning con-
verted on a beautiful no-look, behind-the-back feed from
Matt Herr.

By Ryan White
Daily Sports Writer
"
e day classes began for the fall quar-
ter at UCLA, Rosco Zamano and his
*UCL A teammates hopped on a plane
to travel to Ann Arbor for a football
game.
Having played two previous games,
Zamano, a freshmanbad already spent
more time on the football field than in the
classroom.
!t would be another week until Zamano
made it back to Los Angeles.
In the second quarter against the
Wolverines, Zamano was injured on punt
coverage. He completely dislocated his knee
and ruptured an artery.
The injury required immediate surgery,
and Zamano was required to stay in Ann
Arbor, while his teammates returned to
class.
"For me, it was another example of how
out of whack things are," Michigan football
coach Lloyd Carr says.
The "things" Carr talks about are the pre-
sent day priorities of college football., The
kind that, in his opinion, value money over
student-athletes, national championship
games over classes.
If Carr, and many others, had their way,
Zamano never would have been in that foot-
ball game. He never would have been in
Ann Arbor.
mom
When Bo Schembechler took over as
coach at Michigan in 1969, he had 120
scholarships to work with, though he never
ii ar rnnro i n 04

He also didn't have any freshman compet-
ing on the field. They were all ineligible,
and Schembechler liked it that way.
"It was the best system there was for
those kids," Schembechler says.
Today, Carr has only 85 scholarships to
work with, and, unlike Schembechler, Carr
has to use them all.
Every college football coach has to use
them all. And they take every
opportunity possible to say
they don't think they have
enough.
It's hard not to walk
into a press conference
these days and not-
hear, at some point,
"With scholarships-
where they are
today..."
It's as much
of an issue
as agents
or play-1
offs, and it
has more of=
a direct
impact on
the gameI
than both.
"The
real
tough things, blocking and tackling, they
don't do as well," Schembechler says. "I'm
not saying our guys don't do it as well, but
some teams don't."
The reason? Practice, or lack there of.
~cohembfcrher cn h' eedtAorain two

plays a minute at the end of practice on
Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The coaches
would coach on the run, and players would
substitute in.
Today? No way.
"if we practiced like we used to," Carr
says, "we'd be wiped out by mid-season."
With fewer scholarship players, there is
no time for an injury during practice. One
wrong twist or turn, and the team's
championship chances could be lost.
And coaches aren't the only
ones seeing the effects. Carr
says NFL people have told
him today's players aren't as
ready for professional
r football as they used to

It is another side
effect of the reduction
is the use of freshmen,
something almost
everyone would
like to get away
from, but nobody
rcan.
"Philosophically,
I would be in a
_________________ system where
freshmen aren't
able to play,"
Michigan State
coach Nick Saban says. "I think it would be
a better adjustment socially and academical-
ly if they didn't have to play."
This season, due to injuries and academic
ineligibilities, the Spartans have been forced
to use half of their 22 true freshmen.

Due to lop-sided victories, Ohio State has
been able to use 13 of its 25 freshmen. Two,
however, may be applying for medical red-
shirts because of injuries.
"If we don't play freshmen, we only have
50 or so scholarship players," Saban says.
Carr would be in favor of once again
eliminating freshmen, even if it were to cost
him the services of a talent like Charles
Woodson, who, last year, was a first team
All-Big Ten player as a freshman.
"That's not the point," Carr says about the
fact that he wouldn't have had Woodson.
"It's not whether they're physically ready,
but mentally ready for academics.
"That's the reason they're here."
U..
So, how did it get to this point?
By the mid-1970s, scholarships had
dropped to 95, the number they stayed at
until 1992, when they were reduced by
three. In 1993, the number fell to 88,7and
finally to 85 in 1994.
Well, like nearly everything else in this
world, it comes down to money.
University presidents mandated a 10 per-
cent, across the board, cut in athletic depart-
ments. The goal was to try to help the large
number of athletic departments losing money,
to make intercollegiate athletics cheaper.
It also doesn't hurt to take a chunk out of
your largest male sport when you're trying
to attain gender-equity.
"To blame it all on gender-equity, howev-
er, would be a bad mistake; Michigan
Athletic Director Joe Roberson says.
Still, by cutting across the board, the pres-
idents also bit into the hand that feeds most

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