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MICHIGAN 45, MICHIGAN STATE 29

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Wolverines
haven 't let
early loss
ruin season
Loyd Carr jumped in the air, shout-
ing and pumping his fist toward
he Michigan Stadium scoreboard
- the scoreboard Charles Woodson
had just put six more points on.
9By the time Remy Hamilton's extra-
point sailed through the uprights,
Carr's Michigan team had scored two
touchdowns in a span of just nine sec-
onds.
Most of the
106,381 fans at
the game were
on their feet, the
rest, the
Michigan State
"nswho had
tome to Ann H
Arbor with oh- RYAN
sonuch confi- WHITE
dence, were in White on
shock. TaWht
In just 2:09 Target
it the end of the
first half, a 10-7 Michigan State lead
became a 28-10 Michigan State
deficit.
In just 2:09. the Wolverines' Rose
owl dreams came back into sharp
focus.
Everyone wondered how these
Wolverines would react after their Oct.
5 loss to Northwestern.
The question marks grew bigger
after Michigan barely squeaked by
Indiana two weeks later.
Would this group of Wolverines fold
after a tough loss, like previous teams
*d, 9r would they bounce back?
Saturday, Michigan gave a defini-
tive answer.
Against a Michigan State team that
was supposed to give Michigan more
of a challenge than the Wolverines
wanted, in a game that had everything
you would expect from the rivalry, the
Wolverines dug in and got the job
done.
Michigan took the opening drive of
the game and went 78 yards in nine
ays for a touchdown. It was probably
Michigan's best drive of the year.
And when they were given the
opportunity, the Wolverines went for
See TARGET, Page 4B

2n1d-quarter
flurry snows
in Spartans
By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Editor
One week of hype and suspense was erased by two min-
utes of furious football Saturday.
Three Michigan touchdowns in the final 2:09 of the first
half turned a 10-7 deficit into a 28-10 lead, giving the
ninth-ranked Wolverines enough momentum to earn a 45-
29 victory over Michigan State in front of 106,381 at
Michigan Stadium.
Lntering the matchup between the intrastate rivals, the
Spartans (4-2 Big Ten, 5-4 overall) were billed as an up-
and-coming team with nothing to lose, and the Wolverines
(4- 1 7-I) were pressured to remain in the Big Ten race.
But quarterback Scott Dreisbach's 14-for-23, 203-yard,
four-touchdown performance combined with two Marcus

Michigan 45
State 29

Ray interceptions,
five Michigan
State turnovers
a n d
Northwestern's
34-9 loss to Penn
SJatf- to l.) ' lit-

Mate to teave t-
tle doubt that
' t Michigan is a
legitimate Rose
Bowl contender.
"It was a typi-
cal. hard-fought
ttlr1 Wo : atns$ W ttau M i c h i g a n -
. stMichigan State
tivrwm g ~t thegame: Michigan
tf#3r:. f li er coach Lloyd Carr
o wt p fis h Ve said. "It was a
i ti jesod great win for
ftbeer f~t o~eloo~ft Michigan -
t hefl. iir f 1 f tIeri great because we
t C I'tt S t".1 fT V0 Vd t have a chance to
a tfx frt~ xtt ktywlavwin the Big Ten."
(Uer o rJ ,W i t h
t 4r k1 a t1 Y Northwestern's
Will h th ;t(11dIiVloss and
Michigan's victo-
ry, the Wolverines will go to the Rose Bowl if they win
their remaining games against Purdue, Penn State and Ohio
State.
Northwestern (5-1) and Iowa (4-1) both have non-con-
ference losses and would finish behind a one-loss
Michigan team if they won the rest of their games, giving
the Wolverines the possibility of a head-to-head battle with
the first-place Buckeyes (5-0) on Nov. 23 for the right to go
to Pasadena.
"If we execute, we can play with anybody in the country,
and we can win the Big Ten," Michigan running back Chris
Howard said. "And we executed today."
See SPARTANS, Page 4B

MARK FRIEDMAN/Daly

Michigan quarterback Scott Dreisbach completed a flurry of passes Saturday in Michigan's 45-29 victory over Michigan State.

Late Michigan State goal ends icers'
record-tying win streak at 15 games

By Andy Knudson
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - In a game where leads
were short-lived, Michigan State only needed
to hold its most important lead for 52 seconds.
Bryan Adams' shot from the high slot
deflected off Michigan defenseman Blake
Sloan's stick, changed directions, and found
the top right corner of the net at 19:08 of the
third period, giving Michigan State a 5-4 victo-
ry and Michigan its first loss this season in
front of 6,731 fans at Munn Ice Arena.
"To tell you the truth, I was going for the
other (left) corner, and it ended up going in the
right-hand corner," Adams said. "But I'll take
it.
The largest crowd in Munn since Feb. 14,
1987, didn't complain about the shot's place-
ment either as it erupted when the puck hit the
twine.
"This is one of the best Michigan-Michigan
State hockey games that I've seen in the last
four or five years," Michigan State coach Ron
Mason said. "Both teams were evenly matched.
Michigan played well, and so did we."
Michigan (3-1 CCHA, 6-1 overall) had tied

2-1 3-2-1) and was looking to break the record
Saturday.
Coming from behind for most of the game,
the Wolverines took their first and only lead of
the game at 7:54 of the third period on a goal
that was reminiscent of the game-winner in last
season's championship.
Michigan right wing Bill Muckalt skated
down the middle on a three-on-two break. His
shot was stopped by Michigan State goaltender
Chad Alban, but the rebound went straight to
center Brendan Morrison, who was streaking
down the left wing.
Morrison poked the puck in before Alban
could recover for a 4-3 Michigan lead.
"It would have been nice if that would have
been another game-winner tonight" Morrison
said. "But that wasn't the case."
Michigan State (4-0, 5-2) knotted the score
at four 1:24 later. Left wing Mike Watt got the
puck out of a tie-up in the left corner of
Michigan's zone. He centered it to an open
Shawn Horcoff, who beat Michigan goaltender
Marty Turco to the left.
It looked like the strong defensive play of
each team would send the game into overtime,

minute left, Adams and the Spartans capital-
ized.
"We gave them the goals that they got,"
Sloan said. "We more or less beat ourselves
tonight."
With the game tied at one early in the second
period, Turco tried to play the puck off the
boards behind his net. But the puck bounced
right back in front of the goal to Michigan
State right wing Tony Tuzzolino.
He shot from the right side of the net where
Turco blocked the puck, but it trickled out from
underneath him at sat in the left side of the
crease where Tuzzolino was able to poke it in
the net.
"I think we gave up three goals tonight just
on our little mistakes," Morrison said.
Mistakes aside, Michigan coach Red
Berenson said his team still could have won.
"We still had the lead in the third period,"
Berenson said. "And the most disappointing
thing is when you give up two goals to lose the
game.
Neither team led by more than one goal at
any time. Michigan State had leads of 1-0, 2-1
and 3-2, but Michigan came back to tie it on

MARK FRIEDMAN. Da'l
Mike Weaver and the Michigan State hockey team pushed the Wolverines off their throne, handing them
their first loss of the season and their first loss in 16 games, dating back to last season. The Spartan

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