October 19, 1998 - SportsMonday - The Michigan Daily - 5B
"We were real excited to be out
there like pigs rolling around - espe-
cially the linemen."
- Michigan nose tackle Rob Renes
on the conditions at Ryan Field.
By the way ...
The last time that Michigan recorded a
safety was October 3, 1998, in a 12-9
victory at Iowa.
Barnett utilizes wideout
Bates in option role
EY Jim Rose
aily Sports Editor
EVANSTON - As a legitimate threat to
win the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's top
receiver, everyone knew D'Wayne Bates could
Not many people knew he could throw
-But Bates had no doubt, and against
Michigan, he showed off his considerable ath-
leticism from a surprising position - quarter-
"I was a quarterback coming in here," said
Bates, who called signals when he played for
Silver Bluff High School in South Carolina. "I
still have the talent."
Bates attempted just one pass, but he creat-
ed some excitement simply by lining up
Northwestern coach Gary Barnett caused a
commotion when he moved Bates to quarter-
back at the start of the second half, surprising
Michigan's defense in the process. And not
ily did Bates play quarterback - he ran the
option. The Wolverines, of course, have been
less than successful against the option.
It was a daring move by Barnett. It put the
ball in the hands of his best athlete, which was
the goal, but it also effectively nullified the
Wildcats' passing attack. Bates couldn't exact-
ly throw to himself.
With no game-breaker in the open field, the
Wolverines stacked the line and concentrated
*eir efforts on Bates. It paid off.
Bates carried four times, all on options, but
gained a net total of just six yards. His one
pass attempt was badly off the mark, and the
experiment was effectively ended when a
Bates option was turned by the swarming
Michigan defense into a Bates fumble.
Northwestern recovered to retain possession,
but after one more snap on the next series,
Bates went back to his normal spot.
It was a short-lived experiment, then, but
one that was fully endorsed by Michigan
coach Lloyd Carr, who admittedly was taken
"I thought it was a very, very good move on
his part," Carr said in reference to Barnett.
"They put the ball in their best player's hands,
and in those conditions - I thought it was a
tremendous move on their part."
Carr's opinion, one would guess, might have
been at least partially influenced by his
defense's success with Bates at the helm.
And, perhaps, by its closely related lack of
success with Bates lining up in his regular
The fifth-year senior caught eight passes for
112 yards, and with his performance moved
into fifth place in Big Ten history in terms of
With 22 more catches -just three games of
work, at his current pace - Bates would tie
Richard Buchanan for the conference's No. I
"He's a tremendous athlete," Michigan nose
tackle Rob Renes said. And if anyone would
know, Renes would - he spent all afternoon
chasing Bates around.
As the game
begins, it was
pours in Evanston.
When the quarter
ends, it's still
Tom Brady is
Feely misses 30-
yard field goal.
again, this time
from 35 yards.
another field goal,
this one from 40.
NW 3, M 0
NW - 5:49
NW 3, M 0
NW 6, M 0
M 7, NW 6
M 7, NW 6
NW - 3:57
NW 3, M 0
Northwestern coach Gary Barnett tried to capitalize on Michigan's inadequacies against the option by
using top wide receiver and speedster D'Wayne Bates at quarterback.
His mere presence gave the Wildcats a
chance, despite an offense that managed just
191 total yards..But in the fourth quarter, the
Wolverines put the clamps on. Bates didn't
catch a pass in the game's final 15 minutes.
But his stats are nonetheless impressive. He
continues to move up in the Big Ten record
books, and is tops in several categories: recep-
tions, receiving yardage, 100-yard receiving
games, consecutive games with a catch (28) -
in Northwestern history.
"Anytime he has the ball in his hands, he's
dangerous," Renes said. "He's always a threat
to break a big play. He almost broke a few
against us. You always have to be careful with
No. 9 Wisconsin, No. 1 Ohio State remain undefeated
CHAMPAIGN (AP) - Ron
Dayne rushed for 190 yards and
three touchdowns as No. 9
Wisconsin defeated Illinois 37-3
*turday to remain unbeaten in the
It was Dayne's sixth straight 100-
yard game this
year, and the mas-
sive tailback I . N
proved nearly CONFERENCE
unstoppable for the Roundup
Illini (1-3 Big Ten,
2-5 overall), often dragging two or
Wisconsin's dominant running
game also allowed the Badgers (4-0,
7-0 ) to wear down the Illini defense
by controlling the ball almost twice
Dayne, who ran for 207 yards and
two touchdowns in the Badgers' 31-
7 win over Illinois last year, rushed
39 times for an average of 4.9 yards
No. 1 OHIO ST. 45, MINNESOTA
: Joe Germaine passed for two
chdowns and 339 yards and
David Boston had 10 receptions for
191 yards as No. 1 Ohio State beat
up on Minnesota and the record
book with a 45-15 victory Saturday.
Michael Wiley added 119 yards on
12 rushes, including a 1-yard touch-
down run, and Central McClellion
picked off a fourth-quarter pass and
returned it 55 yards for a touchdown
for the Buckeyes (3-0, 6-0).
Minnesota (0-3, 3-3) hasn't won at
Ohio Stadium since 1949.
Ohio State, which occasionally
came out with a four-receiver set,
amassed 586 yards, 350 passing.
Germaine's fifth career 300-yard
game set an Ohio State record, and
marked the first time that a
Buckeyes quarterback has had back-
to-back 300-yard passing games. He
threw for 307 yards last week in a
41-0 beating of Illinois.
He completed 27-of-39 passes
with two interceptions. His touch-
down throws to Boston covered 6
and 53 yards.
No. 12 PENN STATE 31, PURDUE
13: Freshman tailback Eric McCoo
rushed for 163 yards and one touch-
down and Aaron Harris scored twice
as No. 12 Penn State turned in its
first solid offensive showing in four
games and beat Purdue 31-13.
McCoo's 77-yard run set up
Harris' 1-yard touchdown, giving
Penn State (2-1, 5-1) a 28-13 lead
just after Purdue's Drew Brees had
engineered a touchdown to cut Penn
State's lead to eight points.
The Nittany Lions' relentless pass
rush pressured Brees throughout, but
he still managed 39-of-57 for 361
yards with one interception. After
passing for 1,116 yards and eight
TDs in his last two games, he only
had one touchdown pass against a
defense that sacked him five times
and harassed him into several bad
Penn State's offense, which had
sputtered for three games, turned in
four steady touchdown drives
against the Boilermakers (1-2, 3-4).
Indiana 14, Iowa 7: Antwaan Randle
El's eight-yard touchdown run with 41
seconds to go lifted Indiana to a 14-7
victory over Iowa.
The Hoosiers (1-2, 3-4) drove 75
yards in six plays, with a 31-yard
pass to Tyrone Browning taking
them to the Iowa 9.
Frankie Franklin, who rushed for a
career-high 146 yards in his first
start, gained one yard, then Randle
El faked a handoff and ran to his
right for the touchdown.
Levron Williams' two-point conver-
sion catch provided the final margin.
Iowa (2-2, 3-4) had one more
chance, but a long pass by Randy
Reiners was intercepted by Greg
Yeldell at the Indiana 21 with one
second to go.
For the game, Randle El rushed 16
times for 84 yards and was 8-for-18
for 114 yards.
Browning had four catches for 74
yards. Hawkeyes freshman Ladell
Betts had a season-high 151 yards
on 31 carries.
., : ,
Michigan's NW - 9:42
Water cross fum-
bles bal._______ ____
Bates takes over NW - 9:42
for a short while.
4th Quarter M 7, NW 6
12-play Michiga M - 9:13
drive culminates M 10, NW 6
in Jay Feely 32- ___________
yard field goal.
Trapped deep, - 4:12
N'western inten- M 12, NW 6
tionally takes a _____ _______
penalty gives M - :51
Michigan's Justin M -:36
the first down.
FINAL SCORE M 12, NW 6
The Former Top 25
How the top 25 teams in The
Associated Press' college foot-
ball poll fared this week:
No. 1 Ohio State (6-0) beat
No. 2 UCLA (5-0) beat No. 11
Oregon 41-38, OT.
No. 3 Tennessee (5-0) did not
No. 4 Kansas State (6-0) beat
Oklahoma State 52-20.
No. 5 Florida (6-1) beat Auburn
No. 6 Florida State (6-1) beat
No. 7 Virginia (5-1) lost to No.
25 Georgia Tech 41-38.
No. 8 Nebraska (6-1) beat
Kansas 41-0. .
No. 9 Wisconsin (7-0) beat
No. 10 Texas A&M (6-1) beat
No. 11 Oregon (5-1) lost to No.
2 UCLA 41-38, OT.
No. 12 Penn State (5-1) beat
No. 13 Georgia (5-1) beat
No. 14 Virginia Tech (5-1) lost
to Temple 28-24.
No. 15 West Virginia (4-1) did
No. 16 Arizona (6-1) beaten
No. 17 Arkansas (6-0) beat
South Carolina 41-28.
No. 18 Notre Dame (4-1) did
No. 19 Colorado (6-1) beat No.
22 Texas Tech 19-17.
No. 20 Missouri (5-1) beat
No. 21 LSU (3-2) vs. Kentucky.
No. 22 Texas Tech (6-1) lost to
No. 19 Colorado 19-17.
No. 23 Syracuse (4-2) beat
Boston College 42-25.
No. 24 Tulane (5-0) beat
No. 25 Georgia Tech (5-1) beat
No. 7 Virginia 41-38.
I ,I - - - --
After taking a slim 10-0 lead into the locker room, No. 9 Wisconsin roared in the
second half, knocking out illinois 37-3.
Despite overtime scare, UCLA
championship chase continues
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - Chris
Sailer made the most of a second
chance Saturday, and No. 2 UCLA is
still in the national title chase.
Sailer, who missed a 21-yard field
goal on the final play of the fourth
quarter, hit a 24-yarder in overtime to
lift No. 2 UCLA to a wild 41-38 vic-
tory over No. I1 Oregon.
UCLA (3-0 Pac-10, 5-0 overall)
extended its school-record winning
streak to 15 games -- longest in the
nation - but had some anxious
moments after Oregon (2-1, 5-1)
scored 24 consecutive points to pull
ahead 31-24 early in the fourth quar-
The Bruins tied the game on a 2-
yard touchdown run by Jermaine
Lewis with 10:13 remaining, and
went ahead 38-31 on a 60-yard
touchdown pass from Cade McNown
to Danny Farmer with 2:36 left.
short pass for a 54-yard touchdown
with 4:40 remaining Saturday, giving
No. 25 Georgia Tech a stunning 41-
38 victory over seventh-ranked
The Yellow Jackets (4-0 Atlantic
Coast Conference, 5-1 overall) took
over first place in the league stand-
ings, beating the Cavaliers (3-1, 5-1)
by the same score as they did eight
years earlier when Virginia was
ranked No. 1.
Tech went on the claim a share of
the national title in 1990. While that's
still a farfetched goal, the Yellow
Jackets can take another major step
toward the ACC championship with a
victory over No. 6 Florida State next
White scored on half of his six pass
receptions, which covered 243 yards
to break the school record of 223 set
last year by Derrick Steagall, also
Wildcats (3-0 Big 12, 6-0 overall)
erased the school record for consecu-
tive wins established in 1909-10.
Bishop also became Kansas State's
all-time career rushing leader for a
quarterback with 820 yards.
Oklahoma State (1-3, 2-4) playing
away from home for the fifth time in
its six games, lost its seventh in a row
to Kansas State, which has beaten 44
straight unranked opponents at home.
No. 5 FLORIDA 24, AUBURN 3: For
at least one half, football was fun
again for No. 5 Florida.
The Gators used a variety of
reverses, fancy formations and big
plays to score all their points in the
first half Saturday in a 24-3 victory
over struggling Auburn.
Doug Johnson passed for 198
yards and two touchdowns. Receiver
Travis McGriff ran for a score on an
end-around and caught a 15-yard
UCLA vaulted itself even higher into the national championship race with a 4138
overtime victory over Oregon in Pasadena, Calif.