The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - November 18, 1996 - 7B
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contest against Purdue.
It had hardly been the senior season
Irons had hoped for. He could have
tered the NFL this year. He could have
Mined tailback Tshimanga Biakabutuka
and Jon Runyan in the early split for the
bucks. He didn't. He wanted to win a
Big Ten championship, and he wanted to
go to the Rose Bowl.
Irons was named a co-captain for the
second year in a row. He is an All-
America candidate and was a semi-
finalist for the Butkus Award, given
annually to the nation's best linebacker.
Irons finished Saturday's game with
seven tackles, but the game didn't end
the way he wanted it to. The season has-
n't ended the way he wanted it to.
Center Rod Payne also played his
final game in Michigan Stadium. He is
the always vocal, often comical, other
captain of this season's squad. He joked
early in the year that he doesn't know
what it's like to be healthy, and this year
has been no exception.
For the second straight season, Payne
Ojured his right hand and has been
forced to snap with his left hand. Every
time Michigan goes to its two-minute
offense, Payne has to snap the ball in the
shotgun with the wrong hand.
Rarely has there been a bad snap.
William Carr, who said last week he
wanted to be remembered as one of the
greatest nose tackles ever to play at
Michigan, recovered a fumble and had
six tackles, four for a loss Saturday.
Paul Peristeris, the walk-on turned
starting punter, had one kick blocked
and another tipped.
The list goes on and on: Chuck
Winters, Thomas Guynes, Steve King,
Woodrow Hankins, Damon Denson ...
All played their final games in the Big
House, and all were disappointed when
it was all over. Not because it had ended,
but because of the outcome. Because
Penn State won. There is still one more
game to be played, however, and Irons,
for one, isn't going to let any of his team-
mates forget that.
"It's tough to swallow," he said. "It
really hurts, but as team captain, I have
to put my personal feelings aside and
help prepare this team for next week."
Michigan plays Ohio State next
Saturday, the final meeting between the
two teams for sixteen Michigan players.
They are all hoping they enjoy that
outcome a lot more.
C. Williams 1
Player No. Yds
Butterfield 1 1
Woodson 3 65
Total 4 66
Player No. Yds
Penn State's David Macklin blocks Paul Peristeris' punt In the third quarter Saturday.
Turnovers pivotal problem as
Michigan drops second straight
By Barry Sollenberger
Daily Sports Editor
Every coach preaches it.
Turnovers - you can't make them
and still expect to win.
The Michigan football team is a
have lost two
straight games pri-0
marily due to *0
turnovers. In their
past two games Notebook
against Purdue and
turned the ball over
a whopping 10
times, including six interceptions and
Quarterback Scott Dreisbach is the
primary culprit for Michigan's turnover
After having a career day against
Michigan State on Nov. 2, he has been
terrible, completing just 30 of 63 pass-
es with no touchdown passes and five
interceptions in the past two games.
Surprisingly enough, against
Minnesota and Michigan State - the
two games preceding Purdue -
Dreisbach did not throw an intercep-
tion, and the Wolverines did not com-
mit a single turnover.
My, oh my, have things changed.
"Our offense has turned the ball over
more than we expected," Michigan
defensive end Glen Steele said. "And
our defense hasn't gotten the ball back.
It evens out."
The kicking game was also a disaster -
for the Wolverines against Penn State.
Michigan had one punt blocked that
was returned for a touchdown and a
second punt that was almost blocked.
"We've got to look a the kicking
game," Michigan center Rod Payne
said. "I thought it was one of the tell-
tale signs in the game."
SCARY AREA: Like a lost ship, the
Michigan football team is sailing into
The Wolverines are in danger of fin-
ishing out of the Big Ten's upper divi-
sion for only the second time since
1965. At 4-3 in conference play,
Michigan is currently alone in sixth
place in the league.
Even if the Wolverines beat Ohio
State next weekend, they can finish no
higher than tied for fourth in the Big
Ten. If they lose to the Buckeyes (and
they are a heavy underdog), they will
The Big Ten only has five guaranteed
bowl slots, but Michigan will probably
play in some bowl regardless if it loses
to Ohio State, because of its national
WOODSON, WOODSON EVERY-
wHERE: Against Penn State, Michigan
cornerback/wide receiver Charles
Woodson added a couple of other titles
to his name - punt and kick returner.
After kick returner Tyrone
Butterfield muffed the opening kickoff,
Woodson replaced him and returned
three kicks for 63 yards, including a
career-high 23 yarder.
Then after Chuck Winters failed to
field a punt, allowing Penn State to
down the ball deep in Michigan territo-
ry, Woodson took over the punt-return
duties for the first time in his career. He
returned three punts for 16 yards,
including a long of 15 yards.
Defensively, Woodson had a career-
high 11 tackles (eight solo, three
assists) and one pass break up.
Offensively, he did not catch a pass or
carry the ball.
BowL UPDATE: With the loss to Penn
State and Iowa's victory over
Wisconsin, 31-0, the Wolverines are
probably going to either the Alamo or
Sun Bowl, unless they upset Ohio State
The Buckeyes have the Rose Bowl
bid clinched, and the Nittany Lions
apparently have a good shot at securing
an alliance bid to the Fiesta Bowl, if
they beat Michigan State next weekend.
Northwestern should end up in the
Florida Citrus Bowl, and Iowa is prob-
ably headed to the Outback Bowl, pro-
vided the Hawkeyes beat Minnesota
next weekend. That likely leaves the
Alamo Bowl for Michigan and the Sun
Bowl for Michigan State, or vice versa.
BAD COIN: Saturday marked the first
time this season that the Wolverines lost
both the coin toss and the game. They
are now 7-1 when they lose the toss and
0-2 when they win it.
Eight players with one tackle a
Player Int Yds
Woodson 0 0
Hankins 0 0
Aug. 31 ILLINOIS
Sept. 14 Colorado
Sept. 21 BC
Sept. 28 UCLA
Oct. 5 Northwestern
Oct. 19 INDIANA
Oct. 26 Minnesota,
Nov. 2 MICHIGAN'St.
Nov. 9 Purdue
Nov. 16 PENN STATE
Nov. 23 Ohio State
lle day for Michigan quarterback Scott Dreisbach. He completed just 12 of 26 pass-
down passes. He also committed a crucial fumble in the fourth quarter and has now
Big Ten Roundup:
Ohio State finally smells roses
At a giance
Por M ichigan, Chris Howard rushed '
for 120 yards and a touchdown.
Cherles Woodson~ made II. taclde,
retuned three punts and three Ik
For Penn Stata, Curtis Eflis rushed
for 114 yards and scred on a 38
yard touchdown run to put the game
way for the Nittany Lens.
With just under four minutes left in
the third' arter, and Michigan up,
u n , th W v s w e re fo r .. t
David Mackin rushed .: untouched,
1~wveand olcke aI
Persterns' kick. Ahmad Collns
scooped the ball up at the Michigan
thr'es and took it iin fOr the t0oufr
down. Penn $tat.e never trailed after
estern: 74 .. .
owa ....: 5-2 7.3
Pude2 5 3--7
Mnesota 1-.6 4.5
Iniana,: : fl7 : 2-8
'ezes Kansas State;
-IE~orida State roll on
where, on fourth-and-four, Olson bolt-
ed up the middle to sack Brian
Kavanagh for an eight-yard loss.
No. 3 FLORIDA ST. 54, No. 25
*OUTHERN MississiPPi 14
Warrick Dunn scored three touch-
downs, one on a 77-yard pass play, as
No. 3 Florida State rolled up 548 yards
and claimed a 54-14 victory Saturday
night over No. 25 Southern Mississippi.
Dunn's touchdowns give him a
school-rec~ord 47 at Floridai State~ (9-0).
Southern Mississippi (8-3) was held
to seven first downs and 95 yards
offense, including a minus-13 yards
No. 5 NEBRASKA 49, IowA ST. 14
Ahman Green ran for a career-high
214 yards and Scott Frost passed for
two touchdowns and ran for two as No.
5 Nebraska rolled past Iowa State, 49-
Nebraska (9-1)' won its 30th straight
BLOOMINGTON (AP) - At long
last, another Rose Bowl for No. 2 Ohio
Matt Finkes returned a fumble 45
yards for the tie-breaking touchdown
with 6:18 left and the Buckeyes beat
Indiana, 27-17, Saturday to clinch their
first Rose Bowl berth in 12 years.
With the game tied, 10-10, the
Buckeyes' fortunes turned when the
Hoosiers' Jay Rodgers, scrambling for a
first down, was stripped of the ball by
linebacker Andy Katzenmoyer. Finkes
grabbed the ball in the air and ran
untouched into the end zone, putting
Ohio State ahead, 17-10.
The Buckeyes (7-0 Big Ten, 10-0
overall) can complete a perfect season
with a win next Saturday over
Michigan. Then it's on to Pasadena, to
play No. 4 Arizona State in a game that
could have national championship
the fourth-quarter passing of Rick
Trefzger to Brian Alford.
The Boilermakers (2-5, 3-7) were
moving again, looking as if they were
on their way to a winning score. But
Eric Haddad fumbled with two minutes
left and Barry Gardner recovered for
the Wildcats at the Purdue 43.
Two runs by Darnell Autry and Steve
Schnur's pass to D'Wayne Bates for
eight yards gave the Wildcats a first
down at the 27. Autry gained 11 yards
in two carries and Gowins made his
game-winning kick on first down.
Matt Stewart then intercepted a last-
play desperation pass by Trefzger, and
the Wildcats had yet another last-sec-
Northwestern (7-1, 9-2) won four
conference home games this season by
a combined nine points. The Wildcats;
are headed to their second straight bowl
since 1974 and hasn't beaten the
Hawkeyes since 1976.
Shaw, Iowa's career rushing leader,
scored on runs of 29 and 33 yards in the
first half and eight in the third quarter.
His last touchdown run, which came
on a lateral from quarterback Matt
Sherman, gave Shaw 32 career touch-
downs to tie Harmon (1982-85) with
one Big Ten game and a possible bowl
MINNESOTA 23, ILLINOIS 21
Cory Sauter's one-yard quarterback
sneak with 46 seconds left allowed
Minnesota to overcome Robert
Holcombe's spectacular 315-yard rush-
ing performance with a 23-21 victory
over Illinois on Saturday night.
Not even the best game ever by an
Illinois running back could keep the
Golden Gophers from ending their 13-
game Big Ten losing streak just four