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PORTS

O NDAY

-Ttw vol .m, 1"

Somewhere

over the

Rainbows

Thomas
rolls in
blowout
By Shaat R*
Daily Sports Editor
HONOLULU - On its first drive of
the game, Michigan went three-and-out.
Hawaii then took possession,
marched down the field courtesy of a
67-yard reception by Dwight Carter and
kicked a 18-yard field goal to gain an

DAVID ROCHKIND/Daily
Fr shman Mike Comre scored a key goal against Minnesota
on Friday night.
Blue hockey
Showcases its
talents on road
By David Den Herder
Daily Sports Writer ,
MADISON - As many University students returned to
Ann Arbor after a weekend qf turkey and stuffing, the
ghigan hockey team was attempting to stuff Wisconsin yes-
terday and close out a two-game road trip that gobbled up the
Wolverines' Thanksgiving vacation.
But despite many chances, the Wolverines couldn't manage
to put the biscuit in the basket on the power play, and it cost
them a point in the overall standings as they served up a tie
with the Badgers, 1-I.
Wisconsin coach Jeff Sauer emphasized after the game that
the Badgers were in sore need of a point, after losing to
Michigan State on Saturday and falling below the .500 plateau.
"We needed to win or tie today" Sauer said. "If we lose that
today, it takes an awful lot of stuffing out of us."
Badgers managed to keep pace with Michigan thanks
in large part to Wisconsin goalie Graham Melanson, who
stopped 30 of 31 shots, including a backdoor attempt during a
Michigan two-on-one break late in the third - a shot that
would have put Michigan up 2-1.
Michigan goalie Josh Blackburn also received a healthy
helping of shots, saving 21 of 22 in his 12th start for the
Wolverines.
The only goals of the game came in the second period, and
Jbth were scored at full strength. Michigan captain Bubba
nzweig put his team up early in the second when center
Kosick drew the defense toward him deep in the zone
kicked it out for Berenzweig at the point.
0 nbothered by the Badgers, Berenzweig wristed a shot to
tower right corner, sending the puck through the Michigan
seen, through Melanson and through the pipes.
But Wisconsin was able to answer back in similar fashion
fitet in the period, when junior forward Dustin Kk set up
freshman blueliner Dave Tanabe for the game-tying goal.
y nd although both teams had finished scoring for the day,
t14 saved room for a little roughhousing in the second period
Swell. "
Vth the puck deep in the Michigan zone, a fracas erupted
n Michigan's Greg Crozier and Dale Rominski and
Wisconsin's Luke Gruden and Tim Rothering.
See SHOWCASE, Page 6B
basket all
wiS Cancun
tourament
I.Offen
SprWriter
IMstad of turkey and stuffing, the Michigan women's
basketball team likely enjoyed Mexican cuisine for its
Thanksgiving feast.
The'Wolverines joined the football team and men's
ketball team in heading to a warmer climate over
T anksgiving break. They headed to Cancun on
XXdnesday to compete in the four-team Torneo Cancun
d Basquetbol.
y enjoyed not only the sun and beaches, but victo-
ryas1 well. In the final game, Michigan defeated
A b a-Birmingham 73-55 to capture the tournament
championship.
The game remained close in the first half, with three
lead changes.
;hut they were able to pull ahead at the end of the half,
ding by seven, 36-29. And the second half was entire-
ly dominated by the Wolverines. The Blazers brought it
within four at the 7:51 mark, but that is the closest they
would come.
Stacey Thomas led the team with 17 points in the final
game. This, in addition to her 16 points and 11 rebounds
in Friday's game over Coppin State, earned her the tour-
nament MVP hnnr

early lead.
The ques-
tion at that
point: Is this
the makings
of perhaps
the biggest

.h.W m 48
SHawaii 17

upset in college football history?
The answer shortly thereafter: No.
The 15th-ranked Wolverines (7-1 Big
Ten, 9-3 overall) demolished the over-
matched Rainbow Warriors (0-8 WAC,
0-12) at Aloha Stadium in front of
34,193 spectators.
Although they trailed early, a 48-14
game-long run saved the day for the
Wolverines en route to a 48-17 island
romp.
"I'm pleased about a game like this
after coming off a very very tough end
of the season for us," Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr said. "I'm very pleased with
the way we came out in the first half and
played."
Just like the many excessively color-
ful Hawai'ian flower shirts, Michigan's
stats were similarly gaudy.
Behind virtually every offensive
weapon they have, the Wolverines
marched up and down the field early and
often.
They finished with 524 yards of total
offense behind 325 rushing yards. The
bigger and faster Michigan running
backs made the Hawai'i defensive unit
look like a bunch of hula dancers.
Tailback Anthony Thomas sprinted
for 183 yards on 13 carries and scored
four touchdowns.
See RAINBOWS, Page 5B

WARREN ZINN/Daily
Anthony Thomas stayed out of arm's reach Saturday, breaking several large runs and rushing for four touchdowns as the Wolverines easily sailed
past Hawai'l, 48-17.
H nclose to arealgume
Michigan embarrasses Rainbow Warriors in poor matchup

HONOLULU - In what was billed in
Hawaii as a once-in-a-career opportu-
nity, Michigan turned a Division-I col-
lege football game into a battle of ages on
Saturday.
The hulking bully Wolverines rolled into
Aloha Stadium and beat up on a bunch of
junior high kids in green uniforms.
That must be what happened because it
sure as heck wasn't a real football game. In
real football games,
one team's starting
quarterback doesn't
rally five consecutive
touchdown drives, con-
verting scoring plays
whenever the feeling
comes over him.
In real football MARK
games, the road team SNYDER
doesn't bring in its Mark My
backup quarterback to Words
create touchdowns on _____________
the fly.
But in real football games, teams aren't
named for Rainbows and November games
aren't usually concerned with the heat index.
So when Michigan came into Aloha intent
on dominance with its first, second and even
scrub players, the issue at hand switched
from the margin of victory to the type of
win.
Though money is rarely spent at the
University without a potential benefit in
mind (sic), this match-up turned into a beat-
down about the moment the Wolverines real-
ized the game actually started.

three-and-out series, the visitors took their
only wrong cue from the gracious hosts, fol-
lowing Hawai'i's lead with an opening punt.
Even at that scoreless juncture, it was
clearly evident to Lloyd Carr and to the thou-
sands in attendance at the Aloha Bowl, that
this was a game where the future was just as
important as the present. Tom Brady's
offense clamped down on punt chances there-
after, halting them until the second half.
After the bend-but-don't-break Michigan
defense was embarrassed by allowing an
unnecessary three points, Brady put a Carr
show in reverse, running the game like a pub-
lic practice, on another team's home field.
On its next five possessions, the Michigan
offensive machine - no laughing please -
found its sole weapons, Tai Streets and
Anthony Thomas to put the game out of
reach, 35-3 at the half.
There are routs and then there is the
thrashing Michigan administered to Hawai'i,
but Thomas was determined to show whatev-
er portion of the nation that was awake for
the game what it was missing.
Thomas strapped Michigan's game plan
under his right forearm repeatedly outscoring
the Rainbows by himself, scoring four touch-
downs.
Stacked with potential All-Americans and
a travel roster the size of Hawai'i's student
body, Michigan came to the 50th state plan-
ning to rout the Rainbow Warriors.
But the domination inflicted rivaled noth-
ing anyone could have predicted. Reasons for
the slapping are as common as piia coladas
on the islands.

occasional student video manager - could
have scored on these "Warriors."
The problem for the home team - aside
from their 18 straight Division-I losses and
five-hour plane flights to see a team with tal-
ent - is that better Hawai'ians competed at
the stadium in Friday's Prep Bowl than dur-
ing Saturday's game.
As occurs every year, the talented
Hawai'ians flee to the mainland for increased
airtime and games within 1,000 miles of their
campus.
Also, Hawai'i's whole team is slower than
Drew Henson. Carr's "most talented" quar-
terback became the Wolverines top tailback
in third quarter, as Thomas caught his breath
on the sideline, as he outran the Rainbow
defense for 34-yard touchdown.
Michigan couldn't even avoid rubbing it in
the second half.
Even though the headset-less Carr had
resigned him to a ground game to avoid
pushing the 38-point spread, his players were
just too talented.
Henson's third-quarter improvisation run
even surprised Carr as the freshman outran
the entire Rainbow defense.
After conceding the tailback duties to
freshman Walter Cross at halftime, Thomas
came in for just one play in the fourth quar-
ter.
Amazingly enough, that sole carry hit a
hole and 80 yards later, Michigan was back
in rout mode.
It's been 12 years since Michigan made its
" last trip to Hawaii. After this debacle, it.may
never happen again.

Weak Warriors
The Michigan-Hawai' rnatchup
was hardly a game that con-
cerned most of the country.
Most just pokled fun at the
newly named Rainbow Warriors
-formerly known as the
Rainbows. Here are some of the
other names that the
Hawai'ians could possibly have
considered.
The Islands -As in they we're
as slow moving.
The Volcanos - -Not even
Tommy Lee Jones can save the
horror of the Hawaiian defense.
The tis-- Hawai'i does tend
to 'fay' down for its opponents.
The Blklnis - States always try
to name their teams after some-
thing frequently seen there.
Well, tjust look at the beaches.

The Righ-wIngrs-- Named
after its unbelievably conserva-
tive plays. On fourth and goal,
lawai, an 041 team, decides
to kick a field goal?
The Pot of Gl- When teams
like Michigan play at Aloha
Stadium, Hawaii gets its own
pot of money.

The Hula 0ids - Maybe they
should replace the team with
hula girls?
The Lava - What Hawaiian
fans may have wanted to jump
into after watchingthe game.

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