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Jumbling 'M'
stumbles to loss

By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Editor
Perhaps the most telling play for the
chigan football team Saturday was
e opening kickoff.
The Wolverines' Tyrone Butterfield
caught the kick at the one-yard line,
stumbled, and fell at the two. For
Michigan, the rest of the day went the
same way.
Penn State forced five turnovers and
Penn St. 29
Michigan 17
blocked a punt in a 29-17 victory over
Michigan in front of 105,898 at
Michigan Stadium.
The Wolverines outgained the
Nittany Lions, 390-353, but it didn't
tter. Michigan has turned the ball
.er 10 times in two weeks.
"You can't beat anybody with the
number of turnovers we've had the last
two games," Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr said. "We've lost the last two
games because we've turned the ball
With their victory Saturday, the 11 th-
ranked Nittany Lions (5-2 Big Ten, 9-2
overall) stayed in contention for a bowl-
alliance bid to the Fiesta Bowl. With the
ss, No. 16 Michigan (4-3, 7-3) proba-
y bought a ticket to Texas for either
the Alamo or Sun Bowl.
Trailing Penn State, 22-17, with 4:54
left in the game, the Wolverines had the
ball at their own 22-yard line. But on

first down, Michigan quarterback Scott
Dreisbach was intercepted by free safe-
ty Kim Herring at the Michigan 38.
On the first play following the
turnover, Penn State running back
Curtis Enis ran 38 yards up the middle
for a touchdown. Brett Conway's extra
point gave the Nittany Lions a 29-17
lead with just 4:42 remaining.
The Wolverines had one last-gasp
chance on their next possession. Brian
Griese replaced Dresibach at quarter-
back and quickly moved Michigan to
the Penn State 29.
But on first down, Griese's pass for
Tai Streets was intercepted in the end-
zone by Mark Tate. The Wolverines
were done.
"If we hit that pass, and then get an
on-side kick, we've got a great chance
to win," Carr said. "We still had
chances to win very, very late in the
game, but we turned the ball over."
Dreisbach was I2-of-26 for 191
yards with three interceptions before
giving way to Griese.
Dreisbach also lost a crucial fumble
midway through the fourth quarter.
Michigan was on the move at the Penn
State 41, trailing 22-17. On third-and-
four, Dreisbach was forced out of the
pocket and appeared to pick up the first
down before he fumbled. The Nittany
Lions' Gerald Filardi recovered the ball
at the 33.
The Wolverines' defense held, but
then Dreisbach threw the interception
to Herring on the first play after the
"We got a touchdown ... off the
turnover," Penn State coach Joe Paterno
See PENN STATE, Page 68

Michigan defen-
sive linemen Glen
Steele and
William Carr are
a portrait of
dejection after
the Wolverines
were beaten by
Penn State on
Saturday, 29-17.

Wolverines need to be more than Michgan

UfWlliam Carr didn't look. He
couldn't look. It was just too
painful to watch. There, at
the end of the bench, where he sat with
his face buried in his powerful hands,
he could only hear defeat.
Boos from his own fans. Cheers of
were much too loud. Sobs from his fel-
low big, tough linemen. Silence from
the sideline.
Carr, a senior, will be left with those
sounds for a long time.
Saturday's loss to Penn State was
Carr's last game at Michigan Stadium.
There will be no more. And as Carr sat
there, remaining on the bench after the
game had ended, he shook his head.
He was missing something, and you
have to wonder why. He had six tack-
les. He had four tackles for a loss. He

even recovered a fumble that set up a
touchdown in the third quarter.
Carr played a sensational game just
one week after fumbling on the goal
line at Purdue.
rwu a e He came back
AN, with a brilliant
performance after
enduring incredi-
ble criticism. He

Michigan quarter-
back Scott
Dreisbach can
only watch as his
fumble is recov-
ered by Penn
State linebacker
raid Filardi.

The Greek

sucked it up, and
performed. That's
But there he
sat. Defeated.
desire isn't
Glen Steele is

he had made five tackles, while bat-.
tling adversity of which we will never
During every game, Steele limps
around, puts his hands on his hips,
bends his joints and moves around
constantly. He looks like he is in pain,
because he is. He won't say where it
hurts, but then, that might be because
it hurts everywhere.
Steele gave his all, and he was
proud. So was Rod Payne. He is a cen-
ter, the man who touches the ball first
on every play, and he has a broken
right hand. He snaps the ball with his
Then there is Zach Adami, Thomas
Guynes, Rob Swett, Jarrett Irons and
countless other Wolverines. Michigan
coach Lloyd Carr has said they're all
"banged up," but that's only strategy.
They're hurting bad, and they're play-

ing through it.
Irons, who doesn't have a healthy
body part, said, "We did all we could.
We went out there with great effort."
That's perseverance.
But there he sat. Defeated.
Sometimes, perseverance isn't
Scott Dreisbach isn't a senior, but he
felt as much pain as anyone. This is
Michigan's quarterback, Lloyd Carr's
man. He has gone through an enor-
mous amount of challenge this seaso'.
He's been great. He's been bad. He's
been good. He's been anything and
everything. And through it all, no mat-
ter what happened, Carr stood up for#
his quarterback. He said he had confil
dence in him. He insisted his potential
was limitless.
Dreisbach refused to believe other-,
See COTSONIKA, Page 68

a senior, too, and he sat right next to
Carr. He didn't cry, of course. After all,

Cagers must have faith
Athletes in Action make basketball a religious experience

By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Editor
So much for the idea of separation of church
Od state.
The men's basketball team of one of America's
largest public universities, Michigan, will have a
heavenly task on its hands when it faces Athletes
in Action at Crisler Arena tonight at 7 o'clock.
Athletes in Action is an amateur exhibition team
that plays against college teams from across the
country before the NCAA's regular season gets
underway. But more significantly, the AIA team
serves as a means for promoting its players' per-
nal testimonies to the gospel of Christ.
So who are these ,guys, and perhaps more
importantly, what the heck are these guys doing
playing basketball?
To answer the latter of the two, Athletes in
Action are more concerned with religion than
they are with basketball. The players have the
cnnnrtinitv to share themselves with the fans at

are concerned with: Just who are these guys and
do they have any shot at beating-the Wolverines?
Probably the only guy any reasonable college
basketball fan would have heard about on this
team is guard Erwin Claggett, formerly an honor-
able mention All-American at St. Louis University
and the school's all-time leading scorer. Claggett
joined the AIA Red team this season after playing
on AIA's International squad in September.
The remainder of the team is composed of play-
ers who either starred for small-college teams or
rode the bench for minor Division I programs.
Surprisingly, though, Athletes in Action has a
solid track record in its 29-year history, winning
more than 60 percent of its games, several of
which have come against elite squads in Division
So far this year, that hasn't been the case. After
romping to victories its first four games over the
likes of Malone and Westminster, AIA has lost
seven of its last eight. In those games, the comne-

Icers coast past
Spartans, 5-1, tie
Bowling Green,
By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
BOWLING GREEN - It had to be Madden-ing for
Bowling Green.
The Falcons were in control of the game on iheir home ice
Saturday night. They had been ever since the end of the sec-
ond peyiod, and they couldn't have thought they would wind
up with a 3-3 tie. But that's what happened.
Even when Matt Herr's eighth goal of the season brought
the Wolverines to within a goal, there was only 8:04 left in the
game. And 40 seconds later, Herr's tripping penalty left
Michigan shorthanded. The Falcons were in control.
But they forgot about John Madden.
Actually, they didn't forget about Michigan's Mr.
Shorthanded. They knew he was there. They were thinking
about him. But the Falcons couldn't stop him.


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