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10 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, November 12, 1996

Blue looks to pick up the pieces after upset

3y Ryan White
Daily Sports Writer
It's over. It's done with. It's time to
move on.
That pretty much sums up the mood
of the Michigan football team after
Saturday's heartbreaking, 9-3 upset
loss to Purdue.
With the loss, Michigan's Big Ten
championship and Rose Bowl hopes
"As far as I'm concerned, I'm
through with it," Michigan nose tack-
le William Carr said. "We just have to
go on and be successful."
Going on means getting to
Saturday's game against Penn State,
and the contest can't come fast enough
for Carr.
Carr fumbled on the Purdue two-
yard line with less than a minute left
in the first half. If Michigan had
scored, it would have taken the lead
into the lockerroom at halftime.
"Mistakes happen," Carr said. "I
feel bad for what happened, but I
wouldn't take it back either."
Even though he wouldn't take it
back, Carr did admit that the play was
a turning point in the game, and that it
overshadowed his six tackles on the

day. He said he is eager to get back on
the field to make people forget that
the fumble ever happened.
"I don't want to be remembered as
Yeah, he fumbled,"' Carr said. "I
want to be remembered as one of the
best defensive linemen ever to play
"I don't think anybody is going to
draft me as a running back anyway."
Aside from losing to a team it
should have beaten handily, the conse-
quences of the loss may be most dis-
appointing for Michigan.
Only a week after controlling their
own destiny, the Wolverines know
they will probably not win the Big
Ten. If Ohio State beats Indiana this
Saturday, the Buckeyes will go to the
Rose Bowl.
"I've been here four years, and I
haven't been to the Rose Bowl," Carr
said. "I don't know what it looks like.
"I thought it was guaranteed. They
went to five before I came here. I
guess I'm bad luck."
So now Michigan has to pick up the
pieces and try to salvage the rest of the
Carr still believes that with victories
over Penn State and Ohio State, a

I want to be remembered as one
of the best defensive linemen ever
to play here"
- William Carr
Michigan defensive lineman

Fiesta Bowl trip isn't out of the ques-
tion. He said it's up to the seniors on
the team to make sure the rest of the
Wolverines remain focused.
"Our class is still senior based,"
Carr said. "I don't want to lose to
Ohio State. I don't want to lose to
Penn State."
NO EXCUSES: Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr said there just wasn't a
good explanation for what happened
to the Wolverines on Saturday.
"I wish we had some excuses, but
the simple truth is that Purdue out-
played us," he said.
He said that Michigan's five
turnovers were enough to cause any
team to lose and added that the offen-
sive line did not play well.
Senior offensive guard Damon

Denson said the line suffered from
communication problems against the
Boilermakers, and the result was a
failure to pick up a number of blitzes.
According to Lloyd Carr, Purdue
forced Michigan to adjust its blocking
assignments numerous times, which
resulted in confusion for the line.
"In terms of blitz pick-up, these
weren't things we hadn't seen," Lloyd
Carr said. "We've seen every blitz
known to man."
IRONS WILL: Lloyd Carr said Jarrett
Irons would be ready for the Penn State
game. Irons missed all of practice last
week with the flu. He wasn't expected
to play much against the Boilermakers,
but was forced into action when fellow
linebacker Rob Swett hyper-extended
his m'iddle finger.

Tepper, his team on
streak and coming
Ohio State, was fire
ball coach at lllinoi!
hepper will coaci
games - at Mind
and against Wiscon
"I would hope th
port their (players')
the season and duri
the new staff," Tep
Illinois (1-5 B
lost its first three ga
score of 116-il.
Athletic direeto
praised Tepper's "cl
a news release anno
"Unfortunately, w
successful on the1
expect, and we feel
ship is necessary
Guenther said.
The firing makes
Ten coach in as mar
job. Purdue coach Ji
and Indiana coach
fired. Minnesota co
also at risk going
games, against Illin
Football attenda

gets the axe at llfinois,
Ill. (AP) - Lou taken a big drop. There has been an
a four-game losing average of more than 16,000 empty
off a 48-0 defeat to seats in Memorial Stadium this year,
. d yesterday as foot- including a crowd of 54,000 in the
s. i9.000-seat stadium for the loss to No.
hthe IlMini's last two 2 Ohio State.
lesota on Saturday Money is a big concern in the athlet-
sin on Nov. 23. ic department, which must make
at the fans will sup- money with marquee sports like foot-
efforts the rest of ball and basketball to support all of it-
ng the transition to programs, Illinois president Jame
per said in a state- Stukel told The (Champaign) News-
Gazette last week.
Ten, 2-7 overall) "In the end, it's a business ... you
mes by a combined have to pay the bills" Stukel said
before Tepper's firing.
r Ron Guenther Tepper has a 23-22-2 record in five
ass and dignity" in seasons at Illinois. The former defeno
uncing the firing. sive coordinator has produced a team
we have not been as that concentrated on defense and
field as we would played inconsistent offense.
a change in leader- Tepper has won praise for running*
y at this time," clean program with a player graduatioll
rate above 90 percent. His program to
Tepper the third Big promote racial harmony among players
ny weeks to lose his also has won him accolades.
m Colletto resigned "Our philosophy has been to educate
Bill Mallory was by promoting academic achievement,
ach Jim Wacker is positive social behavior, racial harmo-
in to his' last two ny and hard-nosed winning football,"
ois and Iowa. Tepper said. "I'm sorry that we have
nce at Illinois has not had more success ... this season."


Continued from Page 9
Hughes finished with 16 points and
a team-leading nine assists but would
have had more assists if the other
Wolverines had shot as well as he did.
Hughes was 7-for-10 from the floor
and hit two of his four attempts from
behind the arc.
With 45 seconds left in regulation.
he nailed an off-balance jumper in the
lane to put Michigan ahead, 82-81.
With 1 1/2 minutes left in the second
overtime, Hughes gave Michigan the
lead again, 90-89.
More impressive, however, is the
fact that Hughes turned the ball over
only twice in 41 minutes in the first
game he's played with his new flock of

So far, Hughes is fitting right in. He
was especially vocal for a newcomer,
something this team desperately needs.
"He played really well," said
Michigan forward Maurice Taylor,
who ended the game with a team-high
29 points, many of them courtesy of
Hughes. "He gave us the spark we
needed in the second half. He looks to
create for others and himself.
"He's a great passer, and this is what
we need for him to do this season if
we're going to win."
Without Hughes, Michigan likely
would have lost the game. It's awfully
hard for Taylor and Robert Traylor to
get dunks like the ones they had with-
out someone to get them the ball.
And with swingman Albert White's
dismissal from the team, it is the

guards - Hughes, Bullock and Travis
Conlan - who will have to pick up
most of the slack, not small forward
Jerod Ward.
Even if Ward plays extraordinarily.
which he hasn't thus far in two sea-
sons, he certainly can't play 40 min-
utes. Fisher wouldn't even want him
to, because Ward is a poor defender.
With Hughes' ability to penetrate
and dish off or pull up for a jumper,
Fisher will be much more likely to go
with all three guards at once.
"That scheme worked well for us;"
Fisher said. "I thought we'd run more,
and we had problems rebounding, so
we went away from it. But we'll keep
working at it"
But a word of caution: Don't hail
Hughes the savior quite yet. One game
does not a player make. And Hughes

didn't exactly play mistake-free ball.
He did, however, electrify the
Crisler Arena crowd with more than
one no-look pass.
"I hope I can get the fans going a
little bit," Hughes said. "I like to see
the dunks as much as they do. I'm
going to pass the ball off to the big
guys as much as I can."
Sometimes he even passed up open
shots to do so. But nearly every time,
a Wolverine converted.
Whether Hughes will start or not
next week is a muddled picture. Fisher
danced around the question when
But with the performance he had
last night, he certainly deserves it.
- John Leroi can be reached over
e-mail at jrleroi (aunich.edu.

Cattalini 34 7-11 4-4 1-3 3 4 20
Trimmingham 44 918 1-2 3.12 5 4 19
Wheeler 25 5-8 3-4 3-6 1 2 13
Maher 26 3-12 2-3 0-2 2 5 9
Rillie 49 6-20 0-1 3-9 5 0 13
Hawkes 31 2-7 0-0 0-4 3 3 4
Sapwell 16 3-9 0-0 1-2 0 0 7
O'Donnell 25 2-3 0-0 3-5 1 3 6
Totals 250 37-8812-1617-482021 91
FG%: .420. FT%:.750. 3-point FG: 5-21,
.238. (Cattalini 2-3, Sapwell 1-3, Maher 1-
6, Rille 1-7, Trimmingham 0-2). Blocks: 3
(Cattalini 3). Steals: 9 (Trimmingham 3,
Rillie 2, Hawkes, Maher~ O'Donnell,
Wheeler). Turnovers: 15 (Cattalini 5,
Hawkes 3, Rillie 2, Trimmingham 2, Maher,
Sapwell, Wheeler). Technical Fouls: none.
Taylor 44 14-24 1-2 3-9 1 0 29
Ward 30 3-13 2-4 1-7 4 2 9
Traylor 33 9-15 3-6 6-13 3 5 21
Bullock 43 2-12 10-12 0-3 4 0 16
Conlan 38 1-5 0-0 0-0 5 1 3
Hughes 41 7-10 0-0 0-6 9 2 16
Vignier 21 0-2 3-4 2-7 0 1 3
Oliver 0 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0
Totals 250 36-8119-2818-542612 97
FG%:.444. FT%: .679.3-point FG: 6-24,
.250. (Hughes 2-4, Bullock 2-9, Conlan 1-5,1
Ward 1-6). Blocks: 2 (Taylor, Traylor).
Steals: 9 (Conlan 3, Taylor 3, Bullock,
Vignier, Ward). Turnovers: 16 (Conlan 5,
Traylor 3, Ward 3, Hughes 2, Taylor 2,
Vignier). Technical Fouls: none.
Adelaide .......33 44 6 8- 91
Michigan ..........32 '45 6 14 - 97
At: Crisler Arena


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