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October 21, 1997 9




Wolverines already expecting
an 'all-out war' with State

By Alan Goldenbach
Daily Sports Editor
Everyone has their own way of using superlatives
to express the nature of this rivalry.
Clarence Williams says that "it's not like any
other game."
Sam Sword refers to it as "all-out war."
Marcus Ray is looking for "a street fight with a
couple of personal fouls."
Clint Copenhaver knows that it is going to be his
team's "biggest test this year."
While the Michigan-Ohio State rivalry garners
more attention on a national level, once you cross
the border into the Great Lakes State, there is noth-
ing more intense than the one Saturday each year
when the Wolverines and Spartans duke it out for
what the combatants call the state championship.
"Before you win the Big Ten championship, you
have to win the state championship," Michigan
quarterback Brian Griese said.
Each of the past five years, the home team has
won this game, and Michigan players cannot deny
that the crowd at Spartan Stadium -- considered by
many to be the rowdiest in the Big Ten if not also the
loudest - certainly plays a role in that.
"The fans are going to be loud and ruthless, but
we invite that," Griese said. "It's a challenge for us

to go into an opposing stadium like Michigan State
or Ohio State and try to take the game over and take
the stadium over."
But playing before such vehement fans can have a
reward, according to co-captain Jon Jansen.
"I also like playing in a hostile environment," the
junior tackle said, "because at the end of the game if
you win, hearing the silence is sometimes better
than hearing your own crowd cheering."
This year's battle should be even more intense
because of the Big Ten and national championship
implications that it carries.
It is the first time both teams have been ranked
coming into the game since 1989, when No. 5
Michigan beat the 21st-ranked Spartans, 10-7, and
the first time both were ranked in the top 15 since
1975, when the fifth-ranked Wolverines went to
East Lansing and knocked off No. 15 Michigan
State, 16-6.
"There's a lot on the line in this ball game as fat
as what we want to do as a team and what they want
to do as a team," Sword said. "This is the road to the
Big Ten championship. It's going to be like the Rose
Bowl because in a sense we know we have to win
this game in order to get to that."
Naturally, the atmosphere at practice, in spite of
See SPARTANS, Page 9

Above: Michigan
defenders Charles
SWoodson, Tommy
WHendricks, Marcus
Ray and Dhani Jones
celebrate Ray's first-
half interception. Ray
picked off two Matt
Sherman passes in
the Wolverines' 28-24
win over Iowa.
Right: Michigan State
defensive end Robaire
Smith can't quite
catch up with
Northwestern running
back Dan
Hackenbracht in the
first-half of
Northwestern's 19-17
upset win. The
Spartans lost the
game when Anwawn
Jones blocked Chris
Gardner's 38-yard
*id goal try with five
seconds left.

Saban looks for composure from Spartans

EAST LANSING (AP) - Nick Saban is
nothing if not consistent. Especially when
talking about consistency.
And character, concentration and other
attributes he regularly touts as keys to suc-
cess in college football. He admits
Saturday's clash against Michigan is a big
game, but says emotion won't put points on
the board.
"Emotion is one thing. Character, dispo-
sition, fortitude for 60 minutes and all the
things it takes to win, is something entirely
different," Saban said at his weekly news
conference yesterday.
"You can be emotional and be jumping
up and down in the huddle when you come
out of the tunnel and after the first play and
all of that, and that will last for about 10
minutes in the game," he said.
Likening a football game to a heavy-
weight boxing match, he said: "You've got
to take the punch and bounce back. That
AP takes a lot of character, a lot of heart ... a lot

of desire, a lot of willingness on your part
to give what you need to give to be suc-
"We'll see if we can do it for 60 min-
Saban will see if the 15th-ranked
Spartans can summon up the winning
resolve when they take on No. 5 Michigan
this Saturday at Spartan Stadium.
Michigan, now 6-0 and 3-0 in the Big Ten,
comes off a 28-24 thriller over Iowa, while
Michigan State, 5-1 and 2-1, hopes to
rebound from a 19-17 loss to Northwestern.
"We're going to come out more fired up
than ever," Michigan State defensive end
Robaire Smith said. "The only way we can
get our confidence back is to win the
Michigan game."
Saban concedes this is the big game of
the year, but he still spends much of his
time preaching his formula of success.
"The biggest concern we have with our
football team right now is we have not

played with the kind of consistency that we
need to play with for 60 minutes in the
game throughout this year to be able to beat
a good football team."
"This is a big game for us obviously," he
said. "It's a great rivalry for Michigan State
and the people in the state of Michigan.
"I don't seem to meet very many people,
as I go around wherever I go ... that some-
body isn't for Michigan or for Michigan
State. There's not very many people who
stand in the middle in this state. And we all
come into contact with each other 365 days
a year.
"It's good that this game is now again
between two teams that are ranked nation-
ally so not only does it become a state rival-
ry but it becomes a game of more impor-
tance with national interest.
"It will be very challenging for our team
to bounce back from a very disappointing
defeat, but we'll also see what we're made
out of."

Injuries leave Michigan skating on thin ice

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Writer
It's only a few weeks into the season,
6d the Michigan hockey team is already
feeling the effects of the physical nature
of the sport.
Center Bobby Hayes went down early
in the first period of Saturday's game
against Colgate.
The Red Raiders were whistled for a
delayed penalty, and Michigan goaltender
Marty Turco skated off the ice. Hayes was
then accidentally bumped into the open
por by Turco, and injured his right hip.
After limping to the bench with the
help of Michigan trainer Rick Bancroft,
Hayes went into the locker room and did-
n't return for the remainder of the game.
"On penalty killing, we really missed
Bobby Hayes," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "He's got a bit of a hip
pointer so it's going to be day-to-day."

After a full Sunday of rest, however,
Hayes, bruised hip and all, returned to
practice, yesterday.
Another injury affecting the Michigan
lineup is a more sur-
prising one.
Freshman right wing
OTroy Kahler checked
into University
Hospitals on Friday
with a sudden case of
bursitis in his elbow.
"It started off
being just a bruise,"
Berenson said. "He's
spending a weekend off to try to draw
some of the infection off."
These two injuries aren't the first or the
most significant of the young season.
Senior center Matt Herr injured his groin
muscle during Michigan's season opener
versus Minnesota. Since then he's been

considered "week-to-week," according to
The situation at the center position
could have been worse for the
Wolverines. Andrew Merrick, another
center, was hit hard in the third period and
was slow getting up. If Merrick had sus-
tained an injury on that play, the
Wolverines would have been down to two
regularly playing centers - freshmen
Mark Kosick and Scott Matzka.
Fortunately for the Wolverines,
Merrick got back on his skates and
returned to play, and Hayes was okay to
practice yesterday.
"I'd feel better if I had everyone
healthy, no question," Berenson said.
"Bobby Hayes is a key player. Matty Herr
is a huge player on this team. Losing
Matty is like taking Billy Muckalt out of
the lineup right now.
"We need to get Matty Herr back in as

soon as we can. But we have to do it when
he's ready."
WELCOME BACK, Borrs: One fan
stood out amongst the rest of the crowd
during this weekend's games. Jason
Botterill, a recent Michigan graduate and
member of the famed national champi-
onship team, returned to Yost Ice Arena to
watch his old team play.
"Whenever you step into Yost, it's a
great feeling," Botterill said. "It brings
back a lot of memories. There's not a
building in any type of hockey -
whether it's the NHL, juniors or the
European league - that has the emotion
of Yost:'
Botterill, fifth on Michigan's all-time
goals-scored list and 12th in career points,
See ICERS, Page 10

Center Bobby Hayes suffered a hip-pointer after crashing Into the door of Michigan's
bench in Saturday's win over Colgate, but was well enough to practice, yesterday.


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