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By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Editor
It's like a bad action-adventure movie,
with the same actor playing both the
good guy and the bad guy - there are
two of them!
'Them' refers to players on Indiana's
football team with the words 'Randle'
and 'El' on their backs. There is
Antwaan, the do-everything quarter-
back, and Curtis, the anchor in the
defensive backfield.
Antwaan is a redshirt freshman and
Curtis is a junior.
Simple enough, right? Well, the
Randle El brothers are everywhere, giv-
ing opposing coaches fits.
"I think Randle El is an extremely
good football player in his own right ...
wait, excuse me - I mean his brother,"
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.
Both are 5-10, small and shifty.
Antwaan wears No. I1 and Curtis wears
No. 10. But it's Antwaan who is getting
all the publicity so far. In all six of their
games, victories and losses have rested
upon the shoulders of the diminutive
Riverdale, Ill., native.

The Hoosiers are among the leaders in
the conference in passing - Antwaan's
doing. They also lead the Big Ten in
rushing - also Antwaan's work. Who
else would carry the ball, the running
No way, not with this guy under cen-
This season, the younger Randle El
averages 75.3 yards per game on the
ground and 189.8 yards per game in the
Often, the Hoosiers run the option,
and consequently they lead the Big Ten
in rushing.
The Hoosiers, because of Antwaan,
are one of the only teams in the Big Ten
to run the option successfully this sea-
"He's not as big as (Syracuse's
Donovan) McNabb but he's every bit as
dangerous," Carr said. "The thing about
Randle El is that he pitches the ball with
people draped all over him and he man-
ages to get it out."
In fact, they have been so successful
that they have been in a position to win
every single game they've played, only
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to sport a 3-3 record.
The only real problem going into the
season was where to play Antwaan.
Tailback? Quarterback? Cornerback?
Wide receiver?
"Antwaan Randle El will play some-
where," said Indiana football coach Cam
Cameron before the season stared.
How about point guard? Yeah, he's
going to play point guard for Bobby
Knight's basketball team, as well.
Cameron, his football coach, also did the
same when he was an athlete at Indiana.
"When you're dealing with a guy
who's also going to be a point guard at
Indiana, you're dealing with a special
athlete," Carr said.
Don't forget baseball. He also was
drafted by the Chicago Cubs out of high
school, so he might play baseball as
well. Just for kicks.
For now, Antwaan torments defenses
just as he did throughout his high school
career two years ago. At Thornton High,
Antwaan received numerous scholar-
ship offers, but turned down a chance to
play at Nebraska or Ohio State in favor
of the Hoosier state.
And at Indiana, another Randle El
had already made a name for himself.
Curtis, spearheads the Indiana sec-
Randle El - Curtis that is - is part
of a resurgent defensive secondary that
now utilizes zone coveage and swarms
the ball better Although they are still
third from the bottom in total defense,
they have improved from last year's sec-
ond-to-last finish defensively.
"They've done a good job against the
big play," Can said. "That's the thing
that impresses me."
The Hoosiers have been impressing
everyone and could very easily be 6-0,
had it not been for late-game collapses.
Indiana is suddenly a dangerous
team, in large part to one family. Rumor
has it they have a little brother - who
is even better.
Maybe he plays basketball, baseball,
football and hockey. Too bad there's no
ice in Indiana.
Seeing Double
On offense and on defense, Indiana
has a Randle El on each.
Here's the way to tell the two
Randle Els apart:
Ht: 5-10
Wt: 177
Wears: No. 11
Pos: Quarterback
Elig: Freshman
Other: Will play hoops
for Bobby Knight
Ht: 5-10
Wt: 183
Wears: No. 10
Pos: Cornerback
Elig: Junior
Other: Two intercep-
tions last season

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Lober 24,1998 - Football Srday - The
Raining 'Cats

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Northwestern quarterback D'Wayne Bates trudged through the downpour at Ryan Field in Evanston last week, but
secure a win for the Wildcats, giving Michigan its fourth in a row.

Despite conditions, 'M'

By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Editor
EVANSTON - The only thing
D'Wayne Bates couldn't do last week
was make the rain stop.
Bates gave Northhestern all kinds of
options - even the option - but in the
end, he ran out of tricks. And so did his
Michigan fought off Bates, his
Wildcats and the nonstop rain - though
not necessarily in that order - and
trudged to a
12-6 victory j Mcigan 12
in front of
47,129 at N'western 6
Ryan Field
last week. It
was the fourth straight win for the
Wolverines (3-0 Big Ten, 4-2 overall),
who maintained a share of first place in
the conference.
Rain poured from start to finish, and
by the fourth quarter, the only thing
more muddled than the offensive game
plans was the chewed-up field.
" I can't remember ever being in a
game with that much mud," Michigan
quarterback Tom Brady said. "The rain's
really not all that bad. But the mud - it
was terrible out there:"
Michigan scored the game's only
touchdown when Tai Streets snared a 30-
yard pass from Tom Brady with 35 sec-
onds left in the first half. The Wildcats
managed just two field goals for the
game, but nonetheless stayed within
striking distance until the very end.
A 52-yard Jason Vinson punt pinned
the Wildcats on their own one yard line

with 5:42 left in the game, and proved
instrumental in sealing the win for the
Wolverines. Three plays later, the
Wildcats punted out of their end zone.
But rather than give Michigan good
field position, Northwestern purposely
snapped the ball out of the end zone. The
result was a meaningless safety -
Michigan's lead went from 10-6 to 12-6
- and a free kick from the 20 yard line.
On the kickoff, senior Brian Gowins
booted the ball over the head of
Michigan's Clarence Williams. The
Wolverines took possession at their 15.
With two timeouts, a defensive stand
by the Wildcats would have given them
the ball with a chance to win in the
game's final minutes.
But Michigan, behind the running of
freshman Justin Fargas, pounded out a
pair of first downs to clinch the victory.
It was a breakout game for Fargas,
who carried the ball 31 times for 120
yards. Before Saturday, he had carried
just 15 times for a season total of 74
"I just wanted to go out there and do
well," said Fargas, who seized the oppor-
tunity presented by an injury to Anthony
Thomas, who didn't travel to Evanston.
"This is Big Ten football," Fargas
said. "This is why I came out here from
California. I just want to play, no matter
what the conditions are."
The conditions were less than ideal,
but they didn't stop Northwestern's
Bates from shining. The Wildcats had
191 yards of total offense - Bates had
128 by himself.
He caught eight passes for 112 yards,

wins again
but gave the crowda thrill by taking five
snaps at quarterback to start the second
half. With Bates under center,
Michigan's defense stacked the line.
Bates ran the option four times for six
yards, fumbled once and threw an incom-
pletion. Then he returned to receiver.
Despite the problems presented by
Bates, Michigan's defense set the tone
for the game. Sam Sword, as usual, led
the Wolverines. He had 10 tackles.
Coach Lloyd Carr said Michigan's
defense, finally mostly healthy after
struggling through a rash of early-season
ailments, was "impressive."
"In those conditions, your defense
better be lights-out," Carr said. "And our
defense has played extremely well for
two consecutive (games). I think our
defense played tremendous."
Northwestern coach Gary Barnett
thought so too, and said Michigan's
defensive speed was part of the reason
he used Bates at quarterback. But most
of all, Barnett just said he was disap-
pointed to lose a game he thought his
team could win.
"It's really hard to have so many guys
play their hearts out for 60 minutes. It's
hard to lose a game like that;" Bamett
said. "To come that close and not get itis
hard to deal with. It was probably our
best team effort this year."
In each of the past three seasons, the
winner of this game has gone on to win
at least a share of the conference title.
The Wildcats (0-4, 2-5) are out of the
chase, but the Wolverines' win kept them
on pace with fellow undefeateds Ohio
State and Wisconsin.

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