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PRO FOOTBALL
KANSAS CITY 31,
San Diego 3
PRO HOCKEY
DA LLAS 4,
Florida 0
N.Y. Islanders at
SAN JOSE, inc.

MAJOR LEAGUE
BASEBALL
World Series (All
games on NBC)
Tomorrow
Cleveland at FLORIDA,
8:05 p.m,
Sunday, Oct. 19
Cleveland at FLORIDA,
7:35 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Florida at CLEVELAND,
8:20 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22
Florida at CLEVELAND,
8:20 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 23
Flonda at CLEVELAND,
8:20 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 25
Cleveland at FLORIDA,
8 p.m. if necessary
Sunday, Oct. 26
Cleeland at FLORIDA,
3 p necessarv

Friday
October 17, 1997

11

Michigan hopes Banks
will be closed tomorrow

By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Editor
Two weeks ago, on a dark day in
Columbus, Iowa tailback Tavian Banks
knifed and cut and strained through the
line but had nowhere to run every time.
Waiting to swallow him was a sea of
scarlet and gray, led by Ohio State line-
backer Andy Katzenmoyer, that was
intent on stopping the nation's leading
rusher.
Banks, who averages 183.8 yards per
game and 8.1 yards per carry, rushed for
just 84 yards then as his Hawkeyes
failed their first test against a ranked
team this season, losing, 23-7. The 15th-
ranked Hawkeyes (1-1 Big Ten, 4-1
overall) have had 14 days to think about
that - being idle last week - and how
to avoid the same problem at 12:30 p.m.
tomorrow against No. 5 Michigan (2-0,
5-0).
But it will be difficult to keep history
from repeating itself. Like the
Buckeyes, the Wolverines have a good
enough defense to shut down the
Hawkeyes' Big Ten-best offense in a
showdown.
They have the league's top defense, in
fact, one that is better than the
Buckeyes'. After Penn State's Curtis
Enis ran for 211 yards against Ohio
State last week, he said the Buckeyes'
crew was a "one-man" show. The

Wolverines' defense is not, and that
worries Iowa coach Hayden Fry, no mat-
ter how successful his team has been
thus far.
"I think the defense always has the
advantage in a situation like that," Fry
said. "It's like having a whole field of
pheasant and not knowing which one to
shoot. So you just pick the good-looking
one."
The Hawkeyes have several fat birds.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said "by far,
they're the most explosive team we'll
have faced. No one has the weapons
they have." No one scores more in the
Big Ten. Iowa puts up 45.6 points per
game.
Banks, quarterback Matt Sherman
and wide receiver Tim Dwight are as
devastating a trio as the Wolverines have
faced all season. Sherman is the nation's
I 0th-rated passer, averaging 198.6 yards
passing per game, and loves to find
Dwight.
Against Ohio State, Sherman was able
to throw to Dwight when Banks was
being stuffed. He hit him seven times
for 90 yards and added to Dwight's
gaudy statistics. Dwight has 441 yards
receiving on 23 catches.
Of course, the Buckeyes boast no
defensive backs the likes of Michigan's
All-American, Charles Woodson, who
has three interceptions. But Fry has con-

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JONA HAN KRAFT/Daily
if the Michigan defense is successful In shutting down Iowa running back Tavian Banks, it will be Michigan's quar-
terback Brian Griese's turn to lead the offense down the field.

sidered that.
"I'm kind of hopeful they'll just stick
him on Tim Dwight, and we'll know
where he is," Fry said. "Because I may
want Dwight to come sit down on the
bench with me, and it would be nice to
have Charles there with us."
Fry has very little interest in Woodson
on the field, whether Woodson is on
offense or defense. Woodson is
Michigan's only true big-play threat on a
team that wins with depth and disci-
pline.
"We have a very versatile attack," said
Carr, who has six players with more
than 100 yards receiving and four with
more than 100 yards rushing. "Now
whether we can continue to be versatile,
we'll find out, because defenses are
going to get better. We've got a much
tougher schedule ahead of us. Teams are
going to have more of a chance to study
us.
"I don't think we have a back that
doesn't catch the ball very much. That's
an important factor."
The Wolverines will have to be smart
on special teams, as the Buckeyes were
when they held Iowa to zero return
yards. Dwight was the nation's leading
punt-returner last year, and he isn't even
the Hawkeyes' best this season. Tony
Collins leads the nation with 24 yards
See HAWKEYES, Page 13
Michigan goaltender
Marty Turco will probably
be guarding the posts
this weekend against the
Colgate attack. The Red
Raiders whose top two
scorers graduated last
year, come to Yost ice
Arena with some ques-
tion marks.
FILE PHOTO

Colgate to red-raid Yost for
weekend pair against Michigan

B Fred Link
y Sports Writer
When the Michigan hockey team
faces Colgate in a two-game set
tonight and Saturday night, the
Wolverines will be up against a team
in a situation very similar to their
own.
Like Michigan, the Red Raiders
don't know what to expect from their
team.
With the departure of their top two
Wers end half of its offense from a
team that finished 16-14-3 last sea-
son, the ;Raiders will need contribu-
tions from unproven players. That
includes eight freshmen on this
year's squad.
As a result of that inexperience,
Colgate was ranked sixth in the
ECAC preseason coaches poll.
Up front, Colgate will rely heavily
on its top line of Rob Mara, Tim
tsgard and Dan Wildfong. Mara
rns as the team's leading scorer,
netting 18 goals and scoring 33
points last season.
Like the Wolverines, the Red
Raiders feature an experienced net-
minder.
Senior Dan Brenzavich, who has a
career 3.37 goals-against average
and a .893 career save percentage,
comes into the season needing only
wins to break Colgate's career
galtending victories record.
The Raiders will likely need
strong play from Brenzavich,
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because their defense is
extremely inexperienced,
with no player having
played more than 30
games.
While Colgate looks to
fill the void left by its
departed seniors, the
Wolverines have their own
problems to deal with.
Senior captain Matt Herr
will not play this weekend
because of a serious groin
injury.
Herr, who was injured

"I don't have any good
news to report and I
don't have any bad
news to report"
- Red Berenson
Michigan hockey coach, speaking of the
prognosis of Michigan senior captain Matt
Herr's injury

in last

Friday's 3-2 victory over Minnesota,
has not skated this week and is
expected to be out for some time.
"I don't have any good news to
report, and I don't have any bad news
to report," Berenson said. "It's a
week-to-week thing."
With Herr out of the lineup,
Michigan is left with the line of Bill
Muckalt, Mark Kosick and Greg
Crozier as the team's only proven
scoring line.
If the Wolverines are to have a bal-
anced offensive attack, they will
need some offense from other
sources.
"There's a lot of guys who are
going to have to step up with Herr
not being there," Berenson said. "I
think any one of our lines should be
capable of scoring."
The line of sophomore Justin
Clark and freshmen Josh Langfeld

and freshman Scott Matzka is one
line that will need to contribute.
Against Minnesota, Clark's goal
opened the scoring. Against Toronto
on Sunday, Langfeld recorded a goal
and an assist while Matzka had two
assists.
"Langfeld is a proven scorer, and
so is Matzka," Berenson said. "They
were two of the top players in the
U.S. junior league.
"When they get their confidence,
they're going to have games where
they're going to score and generate a
lot of offense."
The Wolverines will also be look-
ing to its third and fourth lines for
contributions.
"I don't know why Bobby Hayes'
line with (Sean) Ritchlin and young
(Geoff) Koch can't generate some
offense as well," Berenson said.
"I can't point the finger at one guy
and say 'he's got to pick up the
slack.' I think everybody has to."

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