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Little Brown Jug up for grabs foi

Blue All Over
Last weekend, No. 5 Michigan
used its dominating defense to
run away with a 23-7 victory
over No. 15 Michigan State in
East Lansing. The Wolverines
picked off six errant passes from
Michigan State quarterbacks and
continued to hold its opponents
scoreless in the fourth quarter
this season.
Other Sports
New Michigan men's basketball
coach Brian Ellerbe met the
media Thursday. Nothing much
new was discussed, as media day
turned into a contest of who could
spout more cliches.
Also. current Michigan football
player Jon Jansen and former
Wolverine David Bowens have
indicated an interest in playing for
Ellerbe next semester.

Leader of the best
Junior safety Marcus Ray is a
busy man for the Michigan
secondary. Not only is Ray a hard
hitter, but he is also the
secondary's leader and even
part-time coach.
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Quick info
The depth charts for both teams
on offense, defense and special
teams, as well as complete
Michigan statistics.
Plus, the Daily's football writers
offer their picks for all the Big
Ten games this weekend along
with some big non-conference

The Rosters
Complete numeric roster
information for both teams,
including Michigan's retired
The Matchups
Daily Sports Editor John Leroi
breaks down the matchups on
offense, defense and special
teams for today's game.
game Preview
Although Minnesota has not been
much of a challenge for
Michigan recently, its lonetwo
victories over the Wolverines in
the past29 years have come with
Michigan undefeated for
the season.

'Wood' you believe it?

Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson made like Superman and snared this Todd
Schultz pass early in the third quarter of last week's 23-7 victory over the Spartans.


By Alm Goldenbach
Daily Sports Editor
So what the heck is this Little
Brown Jug thing anyway?
The nation's oldest "trophy" will
be up for grabs for the 81st time and
there's a good deal of history behind
this wooden chalice.
The story begins in 1903, ironical-
ly on Halloween, when and undefeat-
ed, unscored-upon Michigan team
riding a 28-game winning streak led
by coach Fielding Yost went on the
road to Minnesota for its first game
away from Ann Arbor.
Yost was concerned, since it was
the team's first road game of the sea-
son, whether the host Gophers would
provide his team with fresh water
during the game, so Yost sent team
manager Tommy Roberts to buy a
large jug.
With less than two minutes to go in
the game, Michigan held a shockingly
slim 6-0 advantage. Shockingly
because the Wolverines averaged over
62 points per game in their seven
games that season up to that point.
Moments later, Minnesota scored
and the Minneapolis faithful turned
completely riotous, storming the
field and forcing officials to call the
game a 6-6 tie.
Yost and his Wolverines, were
harassed by the mob and forced from
the field. In their hurry to catch a train
to Chicago, Yost forgot the jug on the
sidelines. It was later retrieved by
Minnesota custodian Oscar Munson
who proclaimed with his thick
Scandinavian accent, "Jost left his yug."
Yost later asked Minnesota to
return the jug, to which the Gophers'
athletic director L.J. Cooke replied
that if Michigan wanted the jug back,
it would have to come back to
Minnesota and win it. The teams did
not play again until 1909, when
Michigan went westward and won,
15-6, and the Gophers unwillingly
returned the jug.
The dispute spawned the first of
what are now 57 "trophy games"
across the nation. The Paul Bunyan
Trophy, which Michigan and
Michigan State play for every year
since the spartans entered the Big Ten
in 1952, is another one of these
Fifty-seven seems to be the num-
ber of the moment since it also repre-
sents the number of times since that
Halloween afternoon in 1903 that
Michigan has taken the Little
(Actually, it's not so little. Its capaci-
ty is five gallons) Brown Jug back
from Minnesota.
Win number 58, on paper should
come real easily for Michigan. A 7-0
team with an awesome defense play-
ing on Halloween (okay, the day
after). Some eerie similarities to what
happened over 90 years ago.
Alright, so don't expect 20,000
Minnesota fans to make the trek east
and storm the field once the Gophers
hit paydirt. But what is of particular
note is the more recent history of this
Michigan has turned this grudge
match into more of a lopsided affair,

winning the last 10 over the Gophers,
18 of the last 19, and 27 of the last 29.
But here's the kicker. Those two
losses in the last 29 have come at the
most inopportune times for
Michigan. That is if there's a time
that not inopportune for a loss.
In 1977, the top-ranked, 6-0
Wolverines, following a 56-0 shel-
lacking of Wisconsin, went up to
Minneapolis and were promptly
smoked by the unranked Gophers,
Nine years later, this time ranked
No. 2 in the country, Michigan's
hopes of another perfect season were
dashed by Minnesota when the
Gophers came into Ann Arbor and
beat the Wolverines, 20-17, when
Chip Lohmiller kicked a 30-yard
field goal as time expired.
"I remember 1986," said Michigan
coach Lloyd Carr, who was an assis-
tant for Michigan at the time. "We
were 9-0 with Minnesota coming to
town and we got beat.
"We just have to make sure we
don't come out ill-prepared."
This year's version of the Gophers
comes in with a bonus that was com-
pletely not their doing, but still one
that they will gladly take. Michigan
is coming off is most emotional vic-
tory of the season and is ripe for a
surprise. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
has addressed this problem, but is
still quite wary of the possibility of
an upset.
"That is something we talked about
on Sunday," Carr said. "One of the
things this team has exhibited is an
attitude to stay focused week in and
week out. Thus far we have done that,
but as the season goes along, the dis-
tractions become greater."

Michigan tailback Chris Howard rushed for 110 yards last week against Mi
quarter run that set up the Wolverines' second touchdown.

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