48 - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - November 11, 1996
GAME STATiSTICS B
layer C-A Yds TD Int
retz er 20-30 170 1 0
Ten bowl picture now clear
0 Ohio State has easy road to Big Ten championship, Rose Bowl
Player No. Yds
Winston Don 2 46
Totals 2 46
Player No. Yds
Winston Don2 11
Totals 2 11
By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Editor
WEST LAFAYETTE - Michigan's 9-3 loss to
Purdue on Saturday helped clear up the Big Ten bowl
There's just one problem: If you're a Michigan
fan, you're probably wishing the picture was a little
Because after their loss Saturday, the Wolverines
are clearly not headed to the Rose Bowl. Instead,
they're likely going bowling in Texas in either the
Alamo or Sun Bowl.
Unless the Wolverines (4-2 Big Ten, 7-2 overall)
beat Penn State next weekend and then upset Ohio
State, they will probably finish either fourth or fifth
in the Big Ten.
The Alamo Bowl in San Antonio takes the fourth-
place team from the Big Ten and the Sun Bowl in El
Paso takes the conference's fifth-place team.
Here is the rundown on the six other Big Ten
teams that have the potential to go bowling:
OHIO STATE: All the Buckeyes (6-0, 9-0) have to
do toreach the Rose Bowl is to beat Indiana next
That should not be a problem.
The Hoosiers (0-6, 2-7) can't beat a Pop Warner
team let alone the No. 2 team in the land. An Ohio
State victory would set up a matchup with Arizona
State in Pasadena on Jan. 1.
Ironically, the last time Ohio State coach John
Cooper led a team to the Rose Bowl, he was at
Arizona State. The Sun Devils, with Cooper as
coach, beat Michigan in the 1987 Rose Bowl, 22-15.
NORTHWESTERN: The Wildcats (6-1, 8-2) helped
themselves out with a blowout victory at Iowa on
Saturday. They can lock up second place in the Big
Ten and a berth in the Florida Citrus bowl with a vic-
tory over Purdue next weekend.
Last week, there was some speculation that the
Big Ten's second-place team would be chosen as part
of the bowl coalition. The most likely scenario had
Michigan winning out, knocking once-beaten Ohio
State into the Fiesta Bowl.
Michigan killed this speculation with the loss to
Purdue, and Northwestern, the Big Ten's No. 2 team,
is probably not going to be ranked high enough to be
IOwA: The Hawkeyes (4-2, 6-3) enjoy the advan-
Player Int Yds
Brown 1 21
Coleman 1 0
Colvin 0 0
Winston De. 0 0
Okeafor 0 0
Hagins 0 0
Burroughs 0 0
Perez 0 0
Totals 2 21
Aug. 31 Michigan St.
Sept. 14 Notre Dame
Sept. 21 WEST VIRGINIA
Sept. 28 N. CAROLINA ST.W 42-21
Oct. 5 MINNESOTA
Oct. 12' Penn St.
Oct. 19 OHIO STATE
Nov. 2 Wisconsin
Nov. 16 Northwestern
Nov. 23 INDIANA
HOME GAMES IN CAPS
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play, and fumbled twice.
Dreisbach's second fumble, in the
fourth-quarter, may have been
Michigan's biggest mistake all game.
With 9:46 left in the game, Michigan
took control of the ball on its own 37-
yard line. Dreisbach looked to pass on
first down, but was stripped of the ball
from behind by Purdue linebacker
Chris Koeppen. Koeppen recovered the
fumble at the 33, his second recovery of
On first down, after the fumble,
Purdue fullback Edwin Watson took the
ball 14 yards up the middle to the
Tailback Kendall Matthews took the
handoff on the next play, and carried it
to the five yard line.
Two plays later, Watson made maybe
his biggest play of the day.
On second-and-goal from the five,
Michigan blitzed linebacker Jarrett
Irons up the middle, but Watson got a
shoulder into Irons, allowing quarter-
back Rick Trefzger to scramble.
With the extra time, Trefzger hit
receiver Brian Alford in the end zone
for the game's only touchdown.
Shane Ryan's extra-point attempt
was blocked by Woodson, but the dam-
age was done.
"After scoring the touchdown, it gave
us a lot of confidence," Alford said.
"You could tell from the looks on the
faces of the Michigan players that they
At 9-3, however, the game was still
within the Wolverines' reach.
Michigan drove to the Purdue 35 on
its next possesion, but on second-and-
eight Dreisbach was picked off by safe-
ty Derrick Brown.
The Wolverines then held the
Boilermakers on three straight plays,
and got the ball back with 2:31 left in
Michigan again drove into Purdue
territory, but on third-and-10 from the
Purdue 44, Dreisbach was intercepted
by cornerback Jamel Coleman.
After the interception, the
Boilermakers simply ran the clock out.
Dreisbach, who was slow getting up
on numerous occasions, said the hits
didn't daze or confuse him.
"I got hit, but I get hit every game,"
Dreisbach said. "It was nothing I could-,
n't deal with. It was nothing I couldn't
The Michigan offense couldn't shake
off Purdue's defense, however.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said
Purdue blitzed when Michigan didn't
expect them to blitz, and kept the
Wolverines guessing all day.
"The thing we tried to do was stay in
our game plan," Carr said. "But they
did a good job keeping us off balance
Purdue held the ball nearly 11 min-
utes more than Michigan did in the first
half, and took a 3-0 lead on a 28-yard
Ryan field goal with 7:22 left in the
As bad as things were for the
Wolverines, however, they still could
have held the lead at halftime.
With the help of two Purdue penal-
ties, one for pass interference and
another a personal foul for roughing the
kicker, Michigan drove the ball from its
own 13 to the Purdue two-yard line late
in the half.
On first-and-goal, Dreisbach handed
the ball to nose tackle William Carr,
who fumbled, and Purdue linebacker
Chike Okeafor recovered.
The play allowed the Boilermakers
to run the clock out and take a three-
point lead into halftime.
Despite the fumble, Lloyd Carr said
he would have no problem giving
William Carr the ball again.
"We have run that play, at least in
practice," Lloyd Carr said. "I don't sec-
ond-guess that call because I know the
kind of athlete Will Carr is."
The Wolverines would have one
other opportunity to put the ball in the
end zone, but again fell short.
Michigan's only score came with
10:07 left in the third quarter, when
Remy Hamilton hit a 21-yard field
goal, after the Wolverines had the ball
first-and-10 at the Purdue 11.
For Purdue coach Jim Colletto, who
resigned last Monday, the victory was
extra sweet, and, he felt, deserved.
"It was not a fluke," he said. "The
game is measured by your heart. This
kind of erases a lot of pain."
Michigan players said they expected
a little more emotion out of Purdue
because of Colletto's situation, but that
it was no excuse.
None of the players would say they
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