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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 23, 1998

I

~Ohio State 31

Michigan player of the game: Tom Brady
Despite being forced to throw when Michigan fell behind by 18 points on
three separate occasions, Brady made the most of his opportunities -
among them, a touchdown to Tai Streets. But for all the Michigan records
Brady set, he completed just one scoring pass.

"

Michigan

16

Stat line:

At.
31*

Camp-
56*

Yards
375*

Ts
1

1

* all Michigan records

GAMSTAIBCS
MICHIGAN

PASSING
Player
Brady
Totals

cA
31.56
31-56

Yds TO
375 1
375 1

RUSHING
Player Att
Williams 11
Thomas 5
Shea 3
Brady 9
Totals 28
RECEIVING
Player No.
Streets 9
Knight 7
Johnson 4
Shea 3
Thomas 3
Tuman 2
Terrell 2
Campbell 1
Totals 31
PUNTING
Player
Team
Vinson
Totals
KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No.
Thomas 5
Williams 1
Totals 6
PUNT RETURNS
Player No.
Knight 2
Totals 2
DEFENSE
Player
Sword
Weathers
Peterson
Williams
Jones
Gold
Ray
Frysinger
Hendricks
Brooks
Renes
Copenhaver
Johnson
Knight
Schanski
Brackins
Feazell
Totals
PASS DEFENSE
Player Int
Hall 0
Whitley 0
Totals 0
Team Stats
First Downs
Rushes/Yards
Passing Yards
Offensive Plays
Total Offense
Return Yards
Comp/Att/Int
Punts/Avg
Fumbles/Lost
Penalties/Yards
Time of Poss

Yds Avg
13 1.2
12 2.4
8 2.7
-29 -3.2
4 0.1
Yds Avg
118 13.1
116 16.6
55 13.75
23 7.7
23 7.7
24 12.0
11 5.5
5 5.0
375 12.1
No Yds
1 0
6 188
7 188
Ydls Avg
135 27.0
17 17.0
152 28.3

L9
6
4
4
3
6
L9
40
36
16
13
18
19
8
5
40

Int
2
2
TD
0
0
0
0
0
TD
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1

Boston dominates, taunts
weak Michigan secondary

Avg t9
a 0
31.3 51
26.9 51

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Editor
COLUMBUS - Consider David
Boston avenged.
Last year, the Ohio State receiver
took his lumps after he struggled to
back up some pregame trash-talk
about Michigan.
This season, Boston kept quiet
before the game - then he dominated
the action.
Boston was a man among boys on
Saturday. He torched the Wolverines
for 10 catches and a pair of touch-
downs, and his 217 yards receiving
were the most ever by a receiver
against a Michigan defense.
And even after the game, Boston
still wasn't saying all that much. But
when prodded, he did acknowledge
that last year's Charles Woodson-led
comeuppance wasn't entirely forgotten
by the Buckeyes.
"There were some things said last
year after the game, that one of their
players was chastising me or some-
thing," Boston said. "I didn't really
understand the message there. But
today, I just went out and proved that

I'm human."
Last season, Woodson said after
Michigan's 20-14 win that his defense
of Boston "was like a father chastising
his son. "
But this season, with no Woodson in
the picture, Boston ran wild on the
Wolverines. Michigan's defensive
backs were simply unable to keep the
6-foot-3 Boston in check, and Ohio
State quarterback Joe Germaine took
advantage.
Germaine's 330-yard passing day
actually netted fewer yards than did his
counterpart's - Tom Brady threw for
375 - but three of Germaine's passes
went for touchdowns, while Brady
tossed just one.
Two of Germaine's scoring strikes
went to Boston. The first came on a
30-yard sideline route to the Michigan
10, which Boston turned into a touch-
down after he spun out of a would-be
tackle and danced into the end zone.
On the way, he managed to taunt a
too-late Marcus Ray with an in-your-
face finger-point on the two yard line.
Boston drew an unsportsmanlike 15-
yard personal foul for the taunt, but

downplayed it after the game.
"That just happened," Boston said.
"There was no message. I just did it."
While he may not have been happy
with the flag, Boston's coach - the
much-maligned John Cooper -
couldn't have been more pleased with
the overall performance of his star
receiver.
"What can you say about David
Boston? He had another great ball-
game for us," Cooper said. "David
made some great catches. He had his
best ballgame at Ohio State, no ques-1
tion."
Cooper also questioned the merits of
the Biletnikoff Award, given annually
to the nation's top receiver.
Boston was not one of three named
finalists for the award, and his coach
was not too pleased with the deci-
sion.
"I couldn't believe it when he wasn't
a finalist," Cooper said. "We've had
solhe great wide receivers come out of
here, and David Boston has broken all?
of their records. If David Boston isn't
an All-American football player, I
don't know who is."

t9
57
17
57
t9
3
3

Yds A
3
3 1
Solo
8
7
4
4
2
2
1
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
1
a'1
0
39
Yds t;
0 0
0 0
0 0
MICH
18
28/4
375
84
379
155
31/56/ 2
7/26.9
1/0
7/55
32:59

Avg
1.5
1.5

Ast
6
0
1
0
2
2
2
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
17

TD
0
0
0
TD
0
0
Tot
14
7
5
4
4
4
3
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
56
TD
0
1 0
2 0

MARG~ARET MYERJ/Uiy
Ohio State wide receiver David Boston got plenty of high fives on Saturday. Boston
hauled in 10 catches for 217 yards and scored two touchdowns in the game.

Cooper finally gains some
respect after hom& victory

Ir~u
1

Ohio State
14
32/132
330
60
462
67
16/28/0
5/41.4
1/1
8/93
27:01

OHIO STATE

PASSING
Player
Germaine
Totals
RUSHING
Player
Wiley
Montgomery
Keller
Germaine
Totals

C-A
16-28
16i-28

Yds TID
330 3
330 3

Att
2
9
2
9
32

RECEIVING
Player No.
Boston 10
Miller 4
Keller 1
Wiley 1
Totals 16
PUNTING
PlayerI
Bartholomew
Totals
KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No.
Wiley 2
Togas 2

Yds
120
16
5
-9
133
Yds
217
59
49
5
330
No.
5
5
Ys
38
38
Yds
27
2
29

Avg
10.0
1.8
2.5
-1.0
4.1
Avg
21.7
14.8
49.0
5.0
20.6
Yds
207
207

Lg
53
8
4
12
53
Lg
58
27
49
5
58

!M
0
0
TO
1
0
0
0
1
TO
2
1
0
0
3

By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
COLUMBUS - John cooper had beaten
Michigan before - twice.
In fact, Cooper beat Michigan to win the
Rose Bowl.
But that was in 1987 when he was Arizona
State's coach and the only team he had trouble
beating was Arizona.
And, as Ohio State's coach, he beat
Michigan in 1994.
But that was only after Michigan wide
receiver Walter Smith's wish to "get Cooper
fired" was broadcast around Columbus. With
Saturday's 31-16 victory over the Wolverines,
Cooper took what many consider his most
complete team to pinnacle of athletic achieve-
ment in this city - a football win over hated
Michigan.
But Cooper remained modest after what may
be the biggest win of his football coaching
career.
"I am so happy for the team, especially for
our senior football players," he said. "I'd like to
salute all of those seniors, as well as some of
the upperclassmen."
For the players, though, it was Cooper's day
to be showered with praise. They presented
him with the ball from the final series.
"That was a team ball," he said. "I'm happy
for the program."
The win catapults his record against

Michigan to 2-8-1 in his 11 seasons at Ohio
State and secured his third Big Ten title since
coming to Ohio State in 1988.
His 84-23-3 record in the 1990s ranks sixth =9
in the nation during the decade.
Despite all the criticism in the press and
from fans during that time, Cooper has perse-
vered enough to have the third-longest tenureW
of any Ohio State coach.
Though Cooper is generally considered to be
one of the top coaches in the country - his
teams have finished no lower than second in
the conference since 1991 - the past three
seasons have all been tarnished by a late-sea-
son defeat to the Wolverines. He was deter-
mined not to let such issues affect his team's
performance this year
"We were not going to go against Michigan
and try to do something we haven't done
before," he said. "We did the same thing today
we've been doing all year."
As the No. I team in the nation for most of
the season, Ohio State was primed to roll to its
first national championship since 1968, but
those dreams were dashed when Michigan
State knocked off the Buckeyes, 28-24, two
weeks ago.
So now, after regrouping to topple Iowa and
Michigan in consecutive weeks, Cooper thinks WARREN ZINN/Daily
the future remains bright. Ohio State coach John Cooper finally earned his second victory over Michigan Saturday at Ohio Stadium
"This is the most important win we've had in in Columbus. Despite the signifcance of the win, Cooper maintained post-game modesty.
a long time," he said.

Avg tg
41.7 49
41.7 49

PUNT RETURNS
Player
Ross
Mitchell
Totals
DEFENSE
Player
Moore
tWinfield
Katzenmoyer
Diggs
Clements
Plummer
Bellisad
Berry
Johnson
Rudzinski
Collins
Pickett
Wayne
Cotton
Bailey
Walter
Brown
Ross
LaVrar
Totals

No.
1
1
2

Solo
10
9
7
6
6
5
3
3
3
1
2
2
1
2
1
1
1
1
0
64

Avg 2y;
19.0 23
19.0 23
Avg Ig
27.0 27
2.0 2
14.5 27
Asst 1
2
1
3
1
0
1
2
1
1
3
1
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
20

TD
0
0
TD
0
0
0
Tot
12
10
10
7
6
6
5
4
4
4
3
3
3
2
1
1
1
84

Jansen fights through
injury, pursues record

Questions or comments?
Catch a mistake? E-mail
daily.football@umlch.edu.
Big Ten Standings
Team conf. overall
Ohio State 7-1 10-1
Wisconsin 7-1 10-1
Michigan 7-1 8-3
Purdue 6-2 &4
Penn State 4-3 7-3
Michigan State 4-3 . 6-5
Minnesota 2-6 5-6
indiana 2.6 4-7
Illinois 2-6 3-8
Iowa 2-6 3-8
Northwestern 0 8 2-9 ,

By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Editor
COLUMBUS - Jon Jansen,
Michigan left tackle and co-captain, sat
down after Saturday's game with red
eyes and spoke with concentrated effort.
The game had long been over - long
enough for Jansen to have shed his uni-
form in place of a jacket and tie. But
still, a pain still lingered for the senior.
"That happens in football, especially
where we play," Jansen said. "But some-
times youjust gotta suck it up and play."
In the second quarter, a player fell on
the back of Jansen's leg while he was
blocking, twisting his left ankle under-
neath him.
But his choked-back sobs were not in
response to the physical pain that he
probably was feeling from injuring his
ankle. Losing in his final game in Ohio
Stadium was far more painful for the
Clawson, Mich., native.
"Whenever you're playing in such a
historic series like Michigan-Ohio State,
you want to finish on top," Jansen said.
"It's unfortunate that we can't this year.
"It's such an emotional game and
emotional series that the highs are real
high and the lows are real low"
Although he went down with the

record that shows just how durable he is.
As a freshman, Jansen started in hi
first game in the trenches. Since then, he
hasn't looked back and has -played in
every game since arriving in Ann Arbor.
The Michigan team record for games.
played is 49, set by defensive tackle
Mark Messner in 1988. Jansen is second
on the list and in an ordinary season, he
would have tied the record. But if Jansen
runs the slate and plays against Hawai'i
and in the bowl game, he will set the all-
time record with 50.
By virtue of the extra game this sea*
son in Honolulu, Jansen has an opportu-
nity to further emboss his name in
Michigan's annals by bettering
Messner's total by one game. But this
recent injury may hamper his chances at
setting record.
"We're going to check it out; Jansen
said. "It is something to do with my
Achilles. I don't think it's too major but
it's a pain in the butt." .
Jansen, who has served as captain for
two years, had an all-around rough
game. Along with being hobbled, the
running game struggled and amassed
only four yards. Jansen also handles the.,
long-snapping duties. Punter Jason.
Vinson fumbled Jansen's high snap,,-.

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