14 - The Michigan Daily -- Friday, October 2, 1998
Stopping Germaine a key for.
Penn State against Buckeyes
COLUMBUS (AP) - Having been
burned once, don't look for Penn
State's defense to be passive against
top-ranked Ohio State and quarterback
Joe Germaine tomorrow.
"If we're going to let him sit back
and pick us apart, we're in for a long
game," Penn State linebacker Brandon
Still, the seventh-ranked Nittany
Lions would take a carbon copy of last
year's game, a 31-27 victory in Happy
Germaine completed 29 of 43 pass-
es for 378 yards and two touchdowns
with two interceptions. Only Art
Schlichter's 31 completions and 458
yards against Florida State in 1981 -
also a loss - are better in the Ohio
State record book.
In Penn State's 11 1 years of football,
an opponent compiled more yards
passing only five times.
Germaine wasn't the only Buckeye
who had a banner day. Wide receiver
David Boston had 14 receptions for
153 yards and flanker Dee Miller eight
catches for 149 yards.
But about all Germaine remembers
are the negatives.
The Buckeyes led by 10 points with
just 1:42 left in the third quarter, but
didn't score on their final four posses-
"The thing I remember most was the
missed opportunities that we had,
especially in the fourth quarter," he
said. "We had a good chance to win
that game and we fell a little short."
Two players who took away those
opportunities are back for the Nittany
Lions. Shawn Lee, who will start at
free safety, intercepted a pass and
recovered a fumble.
He and cornerback David Macklin,
who had a career-high eight tackles,
batted down passes to prevent Ohio
State from scoring on its final posses-
"He runs the offense well," Lee said
of Germaine. "The whole offense is
something to compete with."
Ohio State is putting extra emphasis
on a balanced offense. The Buckeyes
netted only 106 yards rushing a year
Asked why his team was able to pass
for so many yards, Ohio State coach
John Cooper said, "We had to. We
A year ago, the options were limited
by a young offensive line. That doesn't
appear to be the case now, at least
through the Buckeyes' three blowouts.
Germaine has completed 64 percent
of his passes for five touchdowns
without an interception.
Boston has 21 catches and two
scores and Miller 14 catches for two
One new face in the Ohio State
offense is tailback Michael Wiley. He
leads the nation with 9.3 yards per
"If we're going to
let (Germaine) aIP
back and pick us
apart, we're in for
- Brandon Short
Penn State linebacker
The team is averaging 274.3 yare
rushing, fourth best nationally, with
Wiley accounting for 167 yards.
"When we want to run the ball,
we're going to run the ball,"guard Rob
Murphy said. "They can put eight guys
in the box and we're confident we can
run the ball -5, 6, 7 yards a pop.
"Also, we're capable now of the big
play through the run."
Penn State can elect to try and stI
the run and permit Germaine to finW
receivers in single coverage, or apply
heat to the quarterback and run the
risk of Ohio State running up big
"Our basic defensive scheme has
been the same as it was last year,"
Short said. "But we've worked on our
"We've worked at getting off our
blocks. It's been more intense. We're
One of the biggest factors that will tell the tale of the matchup between Penn State-Ohio State will be Ohio State quarterback
toe Germaine. Germaine completed 29 of 43 passes for 378 yards last season against the Nittany Dons.
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Hockey checks two early season contests
Continued from Page 12
The prospect of playing two games
at home on consecutive nights to
start the season excites Berenson.
"Playing the Blue/White game (the
night before) could put us at some-
what of a disadvantage, because
we'll be a little tired," Berenson said.
"But it'll give our team a feel for
what it'll be like most of the year."
YosT HosTS: Tickets are still
available for tonight's Blue/White
game at Yost. Students and children's
tickets are SI, while adult seats are
The Wolverines will be on the ice
about 15 minutes after the conclu-
sion of tonight's game to sign .wto-
graphs and greet fans.
Autograph seekers must be wear-
ing skates to go on the ice. Rental
skates will be available at Yost for'a
small fee of $1.
Michigan Hockey Roster: Blue/White Game
Blue Team Roster
White Team Roster
Mike Van Ryn
Left Wing/Right Wing
Left Wing/Right Wing
* Listed for both teams
** Injured with dislocated shoulder
Crew embarks on long fall races
By Jon Zemke
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan's crew team will be
embarking on its first regatta of the
'98-99 season when it travels to
Pittsburgh for the Head of the Ohio
Regatta this weekend.
The fall season - the warmup for
the spring - is when the coaches
find out who will be the main con-
The races are also longer than
those of the spring regular season as
the fall races measure 4,000 meters
compared to 2,000 meters in the
About 15 teams will be participat-
ing in the regatta tomorrow. These
crews include three others from the
Big Ten (Wisconsin, Ohio State and
Michigan State), and Virginia, which
is another big rival for the
"I think we've got a good group,"
Michigan crew coach Mark Rothstein
said. "We lost some good athletes,
but I think I'm seeing some of the
returning kids from last year step it
up a little bit.
"We've got a real good group of
freshmen and a real good group that
was on the freshman team last year
that's now on the varsity team."
Rothstein was optimistic about his
team's chances in the regatta, but
maintained that the focus of the fall
was to prepare for the spring.
Getting ready for the winter camp
in late December in Tampa, Fla., was
also on his list of priorities for the
"We are more focused on preparing
for the spring," Rothstein said. The
Wolverines want to put themselves in
a good position at Thanksgiving time
to go into our winter training to put
ourselves in a good position for
April. But we would like to win."
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