October 26, 1998 - SportsMonday - The Michigan Daily - 58
"We had Tai Streets wide open. We
took a shot. I think it was a good call,
but it didn't work. So when they don't
work, they're never any good."
- Michigan coach Lloyd Carr on
Walter Cross'failed tailback pass.
By the way ...
The last time Indiana beat Michigan was in
1987, 14-10 in Bloomington.
Michigan is now 9-1 against Indiana in
Homecoming games, with the lone defeat
coming in 1967.
Defense figures out option, contains Randle El
By Jim Rose
Daily Sports Writer
One of the biggest influences on
Saturday's game, at least for Michigan,
didn't even play a single down. And no,
he wasn't a coach.
Julius Curry, a freshman defensive
back on Michigan's "Demo" team,
spent the past week demonstrating his
skills to Michigan's defense - and by
the end of the week, all were impressed.
Curry impersonated Indiana quar-
terback Antwaan Randle El, whose var-
ious traits include quickness, agility
and, of course, running the option.
And as well-publicized as the
Wolverines' option troubles have been,
all indications were that Randle El and
the Hoosiers could present some seri-
ous problems on Saturday.
But with a week to prepare, Carr
decided on a new strategy for the
Indiana game. Enter Curry. The fresh-
man was anointed "Randle El" for
practice purposes, and according to
Carr, he did the job well.
"By Tuesday, we had one of the
finest practices that we've had all year,"
Carr said. "Julius was pitching, and cut-
ting upfield - much like Randle El
does out there."
The obvious question, then, is this:
Where was Curry a month ago? Or,
better yet: If he can run the option, how
about making him the quarterback?
Actually, Carr said Curry competed
until recently for a position in
Michigan's defensive backfield. It was-
n't until the past couple weeks that the
coaching staff decided to try to utilize
his athletic ability in other ways.
The Wolverines didn't completely
shut down Randle El - the freshman's
most recent performance was yet
another impressive one. He ran 26
times for 110 yards.
But most of Randle El's yardage
came on big plays - runs of 17, 21 and
41 yards - and he struggled when
passing the ball. Just seven of his 22
attempts were caught (eight if you
count the one Michigan's William
Peterson picked off), and it wasn't until
the game's final two minutes that he
completed a pass to an Indiana receiver.
The bulk of his 68 yards passing came
as the result of screen passes and dump-
And that, more than anything else,
allowed Michigan to win, Carr said.
"I was concerned with the big pass-
ing plays that can be created when
you're defending the option," Carr said.
"When you've got a guy like Randle El
back there, your defense has a tendency
to over-commit. I thought our guys did
a great job not allowing the big pass."
But make no mistake, Randle El left
an impression with the Wolverines.
Linebacker Ian Gold, who with 13 tack-
les had more success in pursuit of
Randle El than did any other Michigan
defender, said the objective was not to
keep Randle El off the board altogether.
"You can't stop Randle El," Gold
said. "You can try to keep him in a little
box, but he's a great athlete. Eventually
he's gonna break free.
"But he got what he earned. We
weren't gonna give him anything out
there. Every yard he gained, he earned."
Even though the Wolverines man-
aged to keep him somewhat contained,
Randle El did show flashes of bril-
liance. Had his supporting cast been in
line with, say, Donovan McNabb's -
well, his team's fate might not have
been so bleak.
chris Gail 4
scores on first
U QS Antwaan
Randle El fum-
bles, but it's an
M CS William
cepts pass, fum-
bles it back to IU
IU 7, M 0
1u 7,m 0
IU stops on
by M LB Sam
Sword, who loses
Randle El scampers
for 41-yard gain.
MRB Walter '4
pass is intercepted
by It FS Greg
Yeldell in end zone
M RB Anthony
Thomas scores 2-
IU - 10:35
M - 3:52
IU 7, M 7
IU 7, M 7
M QB Tom Brady.
Brady hits M WR
Tai Streets with
51-yard TD strike.
IU K Andy Payne
hits 31-yard FG
M 10-minute _ _
M 14, IU 7
IU - 5:11
M 14, IU 10
M - 5:02
M 14, IU 10
After being tormented by option quarterbacks In each of its first two games, the Michigan defense redeemed itself by con-
taining indiana's dangerous option signalcaller, Antwaan Randle E.
No. 1 Ohio State remains
4Jnbeaten, thwarts Wildcats
After 9:56, M
drive ends with
catch by Streets.
M cB DeWayne .
cepts Randle El
M - 10:15
M 21, IU10
EVANSTON (AP) - First, Ohio
State fans took over Northwestern's sta-
dium, turning the usual purple haze into
a sea of red. Then David Boston and the
No. 1 Buckeyes took over on the field.
Looking very much at home on the
road, Boston broke Cris Carter's school
ocord with his 27th and 28th career
uchdowns Saturday as the Buckeyes
rolled over Northwestern 36-10.
Joe Germaine had his third straight
300-yard game, throwing for
342 yards and three
Touchdowns. Germaine, Big
whose five 300-yard games CON F I
are an Ohio State record, was Rout
19 of 35 with one intercep-
The Buckeyes (4-0 Big Ten, 7-0) con-
tinued to dominate on defense, holding
! rthwestern (0-5, 2-5) to just 48 yards
rushing and 11 first downs. Ohio State
has held its past four opponents to 80
yards rushing or less.
Northwestern's Gavin Hoffman was
15 of 39 for 173 yards and was inter-
cepted twice. D'Wayne Bates was the
lone bright spot for the Wildcats, catch-
ing seven passes for 95 yards and
Northwestern's only touchdown.
No.9 WISCONSIN 31, IOWA 0
Ron Dayne ran for 164 yards and a
touchdown and No. 9 Wisconsin smoth-
ered Iowa's offense to beat the Hawkeyes
Wisconsin (5-0 Big Ten, 8-0), which
had lost 17 of its past 19 games to Iowa,
won its eighth straight game in one sea-
son for the first time since 1901.
i It was also the Badgers' first win
in Iowa City since 1974.
E N CE Dayne, a 253-pound junior,
dup now has 4,564 yards in his
career and is chasing Archie
Griffin's Big Ten record of
5,589. Dayne, who had 39 carries,
moved past Minnesota's Darrell
Thompson for fourth place on the
league's career rushing list.
The Badgers, 10th in the nation in
total defense with a 271-yard average,
held the Hawkeyes to 138 total yards and
held a 15-minute advantage in time of
Iowa (2-3, 3-5) got past midfield just r - "
twice and gained only 30 net yards on
the ground against the nation's No. I
PURDUE 42, ILLINOIs 9
Drew Brees continued his assault onb
Purdue passing records, throwing for
187 yards and two touchdowns in the
first half as Purdue beat Illinois 42-9.
Brees also ran for a touchdown in the
opening half as Purdue built a 28-0 lead,
outgaining the Illini 302-83. Brees com-
pleted 22 of 30 passes for 261 yards and
three touchdowns before being replacedV
in the third quarter. The sophomore
moved into seventh place on the school's
career for passing yardage for a season
with 2,620 yards. With 20 touchdowns,
he needs four to break the school record,
set by Mike Phipps in 1969 and matched
by Mark Herrmann and Jim Everett.
Illinois (1-4, 2-6) lost -four fumbles
and also had a pass intercepted. Purdue
(2-2, 4-4), meanwhile, ran for a season-
high 217 yards despite going with AP PHOTO
reserves in the fourth quarter. The No.:1 Ohio State continued Its march towards the national championship by dis-
Boilermakers accumulated 501 yards. mantling Northwestern on the road, 36-10.
UCLA wins again, but only by 12
Who: Minnesota (1-3 Big Ten, 4-3 overall)
Where: Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
The game will be televised on ESPN.
FINAL SCORE - M 21, IU 11
The Former Top 25
How the top 25 teams in The
Associated Press college foot-
ball poll fared this week:
No. 1 Ohio State (7-0) beat
No. 2 UCLA (6-0) beat
No. 3 Tennessee (6-0) beat
No. 4 Kansas State (7-0) beat
Iowa State 52-7.
No. 5 Florida (6-1) did not play.
No. 6 Florida State (7-1) beat
No. 20 Georgia Tech 34-7.
No. 7 Nebraska (7-1) beat No.
19 Missouri 20-13.
No. 8 Texas A&M (7-1) beat
No. 25 Texas Tech 17-10.
No. 9 Wisconsin (8-0) beat
No. 10 Penn State (5-1) did
No. 11 Georgia (6-1) beat
No. 12 Oregon (6-1) beat
Southern California 17-13.
No. 13 West Virginia (4-2) lost
to Miami 34-31.
No. 14 Arizona (71) beat
Northeast Louisiana 45.7.
No. 15 Arkansas (6-0) did not
No. 16 Virginia (6-1) beat
North Carolina State 23-13.
No. 17 Colorado (6-2) lost to
No. 18 Notre Dame (5-1) beat
No. 19 Missouri (5-2) lost to
No. 7 Nebraska 20-13.
No. 20 Georgia Tech (5-2) lost
to No. 6 Florida State 34-7.
No. 21 Syracuse (4-2) did not
No. 22 Tulane (6-0) beat
No. 23 Virginia Tech (6-1) beat
No. 24 Mississippi State (5-2)
lost to LSU 41-6.
No. 25 Texas Tech (6-2) lost to
No. 8 Texas A&M 17-10.
Sept. 5 at Notre Dame (36-20, ND)
Series: Michigan leads, 62-23.3. The winner receives the Little Brown Jug.
After losing its two opening games, Michigan has apparently righted the ship.
The Wolverines are riding a five-game winning streak up north to face
Minnesota. But the Golden Gophers have been tough to beat at home and
upset Michigan State this past weekend. The Gophers also nearly upset Penn,
State in the Metrodome earlier this season. The Wolverines currently have
Ithe Little Brown Jug and have had it since 1987.
BCS poll to debut this afternoon
The Associated Press
No. 2 UCLA 28, CALIFORNIA 16
In Berkeley, Calif., the Bruins (4-0 Pac-10, 6-0) won their
16th in a row as Cade McNown threw for two touchdowns
and Jermaine Lewis ran for one and passed for another.
McNown was 15 of 27 for 182 yards and also scrambled
for 57 yards as the Bruins are off to their best start since open-
ing 7-0 in 1988.
No. 3 TENNESSEE 35, ALABAMA 18
In Knoxville, Tenn., Peerless Price broke open a close
game with a 100-yard kickoff return in the third quarter for
the Volunteers (4-0 SEC, 6-0), who beat the Crimson Tide (2-
3, 4-3) for the fourth year in a row.
No. 4 KANSAS ST. 52, IowA ST. 7
In Manhattan, Kan., Michael Bishop threw for 216 yards
and three touchdowns before limping to the sideline, and Eric
Hickson broke K-State records for career rushing yards and
rushing touchdowns. Bishop left with 13 minutes left in the
third quarter, and his status for next week's game at Kansas is
unclear. The Wildcats (4-0 Big 12, 7-0) increased their win-
ning streak to 15.
No. 5 FLORIDA STATE 34, No. 23 GEORGIA TECH 7
In Atlanta, the Seminoles (4-1 ACC, 7-1) broke open a
tight game with a 24-point fourth quarter to create a three-
way tie for the league lead.
Peter Warrick caught two touchdown passes and scored on
a 16-yard reverse, and Laveranues Coles added a 60-yard
touchdown run. The nation's top-ranked defense shut down a
Tech team that had scored 40 points in five straight games.
yard touchdown pass to Daniel Campbell on a fake field goal
to help the Aggies (4-0 Big 12, 7-1) beat the Red Raiders (3-
Georgia quarterback Quincy Carter ran for 114 yards
and passed for 147 and Georgia (4-1 SEC, 6-1) held on for a
28-26 win at Kentucky (2-3, 5-3), which failed to get off a
last-second, 49-yard field-goal attempt.
* Without injured running back Reuben Droughns,
Oregon (3-1 Pac-10, 6-1) held off Southern Cal (3-2, 5-3) 17-
13 at home on quarterback Akili Smith's 62-yard touchdown
run early in the fourth quarter.
In Morgantown, WVa., Scott Covington hit Daryl Jones
with a 3-yard touchdown pass with 1:37 left to lift Miami (I -
1 Big East, 4-2) over West Virginia (2-1, 4-2) 34-31. Edgerrin
James had three touchdowns for the Hurricanes.
In Tucson, Ariz., Keith Smith threw two touchdown
passes to Dennis Northcutt and ran for a third score, all in the
first 15:07, as Arizona (7-1) topped Northeast Louisiana 45-
At Charlottesville, Va., Thomas Jones ran for 117 yards
and two TDs as Virginia (4-1 ACC, 6-1) bounced back from
a loss to Georgia Tech with a 23-13 win over N.C. State (2-2,
In Lawrence, Kan., David Winbush rushed for a career-
high 268 yards, the most ever allowed by Colorado (3-2 Big
12, 6-2), and scored three touchdowns in Kansas' 33-17
upset. Kansas (1-5, 2-5) snapped a 10-game losing streak
against ranked teams.
Notre Dame (5-1) needed Jim Sanson's career-best 48-
The Associated Press
Try this scenario: Ohio 'State
completes the season with a perfect'
record, finishes No. 1 in the polls
and doesn't get invited to play for
the national championship.
Or this: Florida State ends up
with one loss, finishes fifth in the
polls and winds up with a ticket to
Tempe to play for the title in the
Welcome to the unknown word
of the Bowl Championship Series,
The top-ranked Buckeyes (7-0)
may win the rest of their games, but
a weak schedule could knock them
out of the 1-2 slots in the BCS
On Saturday, Ohio State got no.
help with its strength-of-schedule as
it beat a weak Northwestern team
36-10, while two of its toughest ear-
lier opponents --West Virginia and
Missouri - lost. The Buckeyes
have only one top 25 opponent left
-;No. 25 Michigan.