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4B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - November 4, 1996

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GAME STATISTICS Dreisbach

PASSING
Player C-A
Dreisbach 14-23
Howard 0-1
Totals 14-24

Yds
203
0
203

RUSHING
Player Att
Howard 24
C. Williams19
Woodson 1
Anes 1
Butterfield 1
Dreisbach ,2
Totals 48
RECEIVING
Player No.
Tuman 3
Woodson 2
Shaw 3
Campbell 1
C. Williams 2
Howard 1
Streets 2
Totals 14
PUNTING
Player 1
Peristeris
Griese
Totals

Yds Avg
100 4.2
97 5.1
1111.0
0 0.0
0 0.0
-2 -1.0
206 4.2
Yds Avg
67 22.3
28 14.0
28 9.3
25 25.0
19 9.5
18 18.0
18 9.0
203 14.5
No. Yds
4 137
2 72
6 209

TD
4
0
4
Lg
13
21
11
0
0
0
21
Lg
28
26
11
25
13
18
13
28
Avg.
34.3
36.0
34.8

Int
0
0
0
TD
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
TD
2
1
1
1
0
0
0
4
Lg
39
38
39
TD
0
0
0
TD
0
0

KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No. Yds
Shaw 4 82
Butterfield 1 59
Totals 5 141
PUNT RETURNS
Player No. Yds
Winters " 2 3
Totals 2 3

Avg
20.5
59.0
28.2
Avg
1.5
1.5

Lg9
23
59
59
Lg
6
6

DEFENSE
Player
Sword
Ray
Irons
Taylor
Woodson
Bowens
Copenhaver
Carr
Hankins
Feazell
Bryant
Steele
Huff
Singletary
Gold
Hendricks
Jones
Winters

Solo
8
8
6
5
5
4
4
3
3
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1

Asst
3
2
2
2
1
2
2
2
2
3
1
0
1
1
0
0
0
0

Tot
11
10
8
7
6
6
6
5
5
4
3
2
2
2
1
1
1
1

poised in
face of
challenge
By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Editor
So many times this season, so many
words have been used to describe
Michigan quarterback Scott
Dreisbach - inconsistent, timid, inac-
curate, bad.
But Saturday, after Dreisbach com-
pleted 14 of 23 passes for 203 yards
and four touchdowns, one word was
used over and over again - poised.
"Dreisbach is an outstanding quar-
terback," Carr reiterated after the
game. "He played with great poise. I
think he's a guy who is vastly under-
rated.
Many media and fans voiced con-
cern with Dreisbach early in the sea-
son, and negative
sentiment reached
a peak after
Dreisbach strug-
gled against
Indiana two weeks
ago.
D r e i s b a c h
threw for 218
yards against the
Hoosiers, but he
completed only Dreisbach
48.6 percent of his passes and was
intercepted twice.
Boos and hisses rained down on
him from the Michigan Stadium
stands, and Saturday, Carr voiced his
displeasure with it.
"Those people that booed him
ought to turn their season tickets in,"
Carr said. "I told him that. The kid just
came off of a major surgery, and the
people that booed him ..."
Carr didn't finish his sentence, but
it is easy to imagine what he thought.
Few have noticed that Dreisbach went
4-0 as Michigan's starting quarterback
last season - before being sidelined
with a thumb injury - and is 7-1 this
season.
But because Dreisbach isn't flashy
very often - and because he is some-
times shaky - there have been
doubts.
Carr said Dreisbach himself, how-
ever, has never lost any confidence,
and Dreisbach denies he even knew of
the boos.
"That's news to me," he said.
According to some, that attitude is
what allows him to win.
"That's poise," Michigan center
Rod Payne said. "And in a situation
like his, poise is going to be as impor-
tant as anything you do."
Last week against Minnesota,
Dreisbach threw the ball just 11 times,
completing eight passes. But
Saturday, he let loose and looked
impressive from the first drive.
Michigan's first touchdown was a
28-yard pass to tight end Jerame
Tuman. The play capped a 78-yard,
nine-play drive that Dreisbach engi-
neered with two other completions.
Dreisbach stood out in the second
quarter as well, completing three
touchdown passes in a two-minute
sequence, giving him four for the day
and tying him with six other players
for Michigan's record for touchdown
passes in a game.
One of Dreisbach's passes, an eight-
yarder to Russell Shaw, was thread
beautifully through tight coverage.
"Never in my life in a game have 1

sat down on the bench and gone out
and scored again so quickly,"
Dreisbach said. "I didn't see how we
got the ball each time. When the
crowd goes wild, you know something
happened. And then, with the crowd
roaring, we run out there, and there is
still time on the clock. It's a great feel-
ing."
The late flurry, triggered by two
Michigan State turnovers, gave
Dreisbach nice numbers for the first
half.
He was I 1-of-14 for 163 yards and
a touchdown, surpassing the comple-
tions, attempts and touchdowns he
racked up in the entire Minnesota
game. It also clinched his sixth 150-
yard passing performance.
"We work on sudden changes in
practice, to capitalize on turnovers,
and I credit that to my oreparation,"

Charles Woodson's only rushing attempt of the day was this one, which

SPARTANS
Continued from Page 1B
Though Michigan outrushed
Michigan State, 206-98, it was a
series of quick turnovers and touch-
downs that boosted the Wolverines
over the Spartans.
With Michigan State leading, 10-
7, and controlling the play late in the
second quarter, things changed dra-
matically. Dreisbach hit receiver
Russell Shaw with an eight-yard
touchdown pass with 2:09 remain-
ing, and the Wolverines took the
lead, 14-10.
Five plays later, Michigan State
quarterback Todd Schultz was inter-
cepted by Ray, and the Wolverines
capitalized in just two plays.
Dreisbach threw over center to tight
end Jerame Tuman, who ran for 15
yards and a touchdown. Michigan
led, 21-10.
"He was telegraphing his passes,
Ray said of Schultz, who was inter-
cepted four times. "I knew that when
he looked at his first receiver, he was

We feel we're a good football
team, but it'!s hard to say that when
you go out there and play like crap."

going to him."
There were just 15 seconds
remaining in the half after Tuman's
touchdown, but more excitement was
to come.
Jay Feely's ensuing kickoff tum-
bled into the hands of Michigan
State's Aric Morris and then tumbled
out. Kevin Bryant recovered the
fumble for the Wolverines.
"(Morris) should have fair-catched
the ball," Michigan State coach Nick
Saban said. "We practice fair-catch-
ing the ball."
On the next play, Dreisbach threw
over center again for a touchdown,
this time to Charles Woodson, and

PASS DEFENSE
Player Int Yds
Ray 2 51
Copenhaver 1 10
Woodson 1 0
Hankins 0 0
Hendricks 0 0
Totals 4 61

Lg9
35
10
0
0
0
35

Brk-up
0
0
1
1
1
3

TD
0
0
0
0
0
0

MICHIGAN SCHEDULE
Aug. 31 ILLINOIS
Sept. 14 Colorado
Sept. 21 Boston College
Sept. 28 UCLA
Oct. 5 Northwestern
Oct. 19 INDIANA
Oct. 26 Minnesota
Nov. 2 MICHIGAN ST.
Nov. 9 Purdue
Nov. 16 PENN ST.
Nov. 23 Ohio St.
HOME GAMES IN CAPS

W 20-8
W 20-13
W 20-14
W 38-9
L 16-17
W 27-20
W 44-10
W 45-29
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Clarence Williams ran for 97 yards on 19 carries against Michigan State.

TARGET
Continued from Page 1B
Michigan State's jugular.
After Marcus Ray's interception with
27 seconds left in the first half, it took
two plays before Scott Dreisbach hit
tight end Jerame Tuman in the end zone.
When Kevin Bryant recovered a ftim-
ble on the ensuing kickoff, it took
Dreisbach just one play to find Woodson
alone for the touchdown that got Carr off
his feet.
Two turnovers, three plays and 14
points. In nine seconds. Nine seconds?
The Wolverines took an 18-point lead
into the lockerroom at halftime, and
made it stand up. There was no second
half collapse like there was against
Northwestern. There was no relying on
the defense to win the game.
Saturday, Michigan's offense simply
put up too many points for the Spartans.
And when the Wolverines needed first
downs to hold onto the ball and run the
clock out, they got them.
Michigan players talked after the

And when Michigan State scored its
final touchdown, Michigan nose tackle
Will Carr came off the field shouting,
"shit, damn!" The touchdown, meaning-
less to the outcome of the game, meant
something to Michigan. It was a game
the Wolverines couldn't afford to lose,
and they didn't.
And the result was something that
seemed inconceivable after the
Northwestern loss. Michigan now con-
trols its own bowl destiny. If the
Wolverines win their remaining three
games, they'll go to the Rose Bowl. It's
that simple. But before we get too high
here, not everything is rosey for
Michigan.
The defense played far from its best
game of the season, allowing 29 points.
The secondary allowed Michigan
State receiver Derrick Mason 150 yards
on 10 catches. Mason almost single-
handedly keeping Michigan State in the
game in the second half.
Of course, the Wolverines also came
up with four interceptions.
Carr will also be upset with

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