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November 2, 1998 - SportsMonday - The Michigan Daily - 58

"I wasn't insulted that they chal-
lenged us (to throw.) We beat them,
so it's flattering, I guess."
- Michigan quarterback Tom Brady
on Minnesota's penchant for stack-
M ing the line of scrimmage.


By the way ...
Minnesota disappears from Michigan's
schedule until the 2001 season, so Michigan
will keep the Little Brown Jug until then, or




Minnesota 10 ;,

Deep passing fills in sufficiently
with absence of ground game

Game progression
1 st Quarter _______

ply Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Editor
-MINNEAPOLIS - Michigan's
ffense is a direct contradiction to
-Gestalt philosophy.
In Gestalt thinking, the sum of the
individual parts is not greater than all
of the parts working together.
In Saturday's game, the Wolverines
proved that theory wrong in football
_terms. In fact, one single part of the
Michigan offense was greater than the
whole - the passing game.
The Wolverines racked up 282
yards passing - 23 yards more than
the total offense. The running game
was stopped for a final net total of
negative-23 yards on 33 carries.
That means, on average, when the
Wolverines handed the ball off, they
ran 0.7 yards in the wrong direction.
"I couldn't believe my eyes that
Michigan ran for negative-23 yards,"
Minnesota coach Glen Mason said.
As unbelievable as that statistic is,
is somewhat misleading.
Punter Jason Vinson was credited
with a loss of 25 on a fumbled long
snap that was recovered by the Golden
Gophers for a touchdown.
Tailback Anthony Thomas fumbled
but quarterback Tom Brady recovered
Tor minus-10. Brady was also sacked
four times en-route to a minus-42-
yard rushing performance.
But Minnesota's defense did play
Wretty well, stacking the box with as
many as nine players at a time.
Michigan running backs Anthony
Thomas and Justin Fargas were both

stifled by the defense and were limit-
ed to 43 yards between them.
In short, the Gophers got up in the
Wolverines' faces and challenged
them to score through the air.
"They were daring us to throw,'
Brady said. "We did and we took
advantage of throwing deep. But we
hit the ball underneath, too."
With Minnesota loading the defen-
sive box, the cornerbacks were forced
into one-on-one coverage.
And if a team has wide receivers
who are more talented than its oppo-
nents' defensive backs, it becomes
time to air it out.
On the first play of Michigan's sec-
ond offensive series, the Wolverines
did just that. Brady stepped back and
hurled the ball just about as far as he
Michigan wide receiver Tai Streets
sprinted down the field past
Minnesota defensive back Craig
Scruggs, hauled in the bomb, and
raced into the end zone, which was 76
yards away.
"Brady threw a great ball and luck-
ily I kept my balance," Streets said. "It
was a big play that we needed at that
point in the game. I think, one-on-one,
a receiver should have confidence that
he should get open all the time."
Streets has had that confidence all
season long and has reemerged as the
man who will deliver the goods. With
a touchdown on six catches for 192
yards receiving, Streets not only
notched a career-best performance but
it was the second-most receiving

yards by a Wolverine in a single game.
The most was 197 yards by Jack"
Clancy in 1966.
At times it looked like Streets was
the only target Brady was even con-
Deep in his own territory on one
particular drive in the second quarter,
Brady threw a 39-yard jump ball to
the senior wideout, who came down
with it for a critical first down.'
A few plays later, Brady hit Streets
on a 22-yard flag pattern, setting up a
Michigan field goal.
If you go to the well too many times
"The problem with (double team-
ing) Tai is that we'll find Marcus or
Jerame," Brady said. "We've got a lot
of weapons who we can get the ball.
Marcus Knight has stepped up into
his role as the secondary pass-catch-
ing threat.
He ended up with just 25 yards
receiving, but he was utilized often as
a possession recover, holding on inx
short-yardage situations. f
Tight end Jerame Tuman, who nor-
mally is the go-to guy in short-
yardage situations, was limited to one
six-yard catch.
And little-used DiAllo Johnson also
grabbed a big 25-yard pass for an
important first down in the fourth
"I wasn't insulted that they chal-
lenged us" to throw, Brady said. "We
beat them, so it's flattering, I guess." WARREN ZINN/Daily
Brady finished 19-for-27 with 282 They seem to be on the same wavelength: Tom Brady and Tai Streets were jump-
yards and one touchdown on the day. Ing for joy after their most recent touchdown, a 76-yarder.
Buckeyes scoff at BCS poll,
dominate Hoosiers on the road

Michigan goes
three-and-out in
first series.
Minnesota's -
Adam Bailey
kicks a 23-yard
field goal.
Tai Streets catch
es 76-yard TD
Michigan punter
Jason Vinson
fumbles snap,
covered by the
Gophers' Trevis
Graham for a TD.
2nd Quarter
After recovering its
own fumble, the
Wolverines convert
an 18yard field goal.
Michigan's Andre
Weathers inter-
cepts a Billy
Cockerham pass
to end the half.
3rd Quarter
Cockerham recov-
ers his own fumble
at the Michigan
47-yard line.
Both teams
engage in a punt-
ing war until the
end of the third
quarter. -00
4th Quarter
Michigan's James
Hall sacks
Cockerham in the
end zone for a
Michigan safety.
A Feely field goal
gives Michigan a
five-point lead.
Two INTs seal th
game for M.

_MINN --13:58
MINN - 10:07
MINN 3. M 0
M -8:46
M 7, MINN 3
MINN -:19
MINN 10, M 7

M - 5:14
M 10, MINN 10
' M-:00

- MINN -5:10

M -:00

M 12, MINN 10
M - 636
M 15, MINN 10
M :00
SM 15, MINN 10

Boston returned a punt 70 yards for a
touchdown and padded his school
record for touchdown receptions with
two as top-ranked Ohio State defeated
Indiana 38-7 Saturday.
Boston's punt return put the Buckefes
(5-0 Big Ten, 8-0 overall) ahead to stay
with 8:33 left in the opening quarter. His
29th touchdown catch on a three-yard
pass from Joe Germaine gave the
Buckeyes a 28-7 lead follow-
ing a 69-yard, eight-play
drive to start the second half. Big
He caught No. 30 on a C O N F E
two-yard * toss from Roun
Germaine midway in the
fourth quarter, giving the
Buckeyes a 38-7 lead.
Germaine, who was 32-of-45, threw
for three touchdowns and 351 yards, his
school-record fourth straight 300-yard
game, fifth of the season and sixth of his
career. His career yardage total
increased to 5,254, 2,293 shy of Art
Schlicter's school record.
Indiana (1-4, 3-5) has lost eight

straight to Ohio State since 1988.
Kevin Thompson threw for 269 yards
and a touchdown as No. 10 Penn State
showed off an impressive passing game
for the first time this season in a 27-0
victory over Illinois.
Thompson, who finished 19-of-26,
hit two big passes to Chafie Fields that
set up touchdowns on the Nittany Lions'
first two drives: one for 47 yards on


third-and-17, the other for 53
The quarterback, criticized
much of the season for Penn
State's spotty offense, also
hooked up with Cordell Mitchell
on a 36-yard shovel pass to set

games by a combined score of 120-12.
Kurt Kittner, who managed a lone
touchdown pass and threw six intercep-
tions this season, was out. Kirk Johnson,
who had four passes picked off in his
only other college start, was in.
PURDUE 36, IowA 14
Drew Brees threw four touchdown
passes, giving him a school-record 24 as
Purdue beat Iowa 36-14.
Brees tied a 29-year-old school record
of 23 touchdown passes with three in the
first half, when he completed 20-29
attempts for 221 yards. Mike Phipps set
the record in 1969 and it was tied by
Mark Herrmann in 1980 and Jim
Everett in 1985.
Brees got the record 24th in the third
quarter as Purdue (3-2, 5-4) built a 29-0
Iowa (3-6, 2-4) trailed 19-0 by half-
time and yet was fortunate to be so
Purdue sacked quarterback Scott
Mullen three times in the first half,
intercepted a pass and also recovered
one of his fumbles.

up his 10-yard touchdown pass to Corey
Jones as Penn State (3-1, 6-1) moved to
a 21-0 lead.
Fields had three catches for 115 yards
and Jones caught six for 63 yards. Aaron
Harris and Eric McCoo each had a 2-
yard touchdown run.
Coach Ron Turner juggled quarter-
backs after the Illini (1-5, 2-7) lost three

No. 1 Ohio State romped again this weekend, this time by a 38-7 score over Indi-
ana in Bloomington. The Buckeyes, 50 in the Big Ten and 8-0 overall, have beat-
en the Hoosiers eight straight times.

Williams and Co. run ragged over
Nebraska; UCLA slips by Cardinal

The Former Top 25
How the top 25 teams in The
Associated Press' college foot-
ball poll fared this week:
No. 1 Ohio State (8-0) beat
indiana 38-7.
No. 2 UCLA (6-0) beat
Stanford 2&24.
No. 3 Tennessee (7-0) beat
South Carolina 49-14.
No. 4 Kansas State (8-0) beat
Kansas 54-6.
No. 5 Florida State (7-1) beat
North Carolina 39-13.
No. 6 Florida (7-1) beat No. 11
Georgia 38-7.
No. 7 Nebraska (7-2) lost to
Texas 20-16.
No. 8 Texas A&M (7-1) beat
Oklahoma State 17-6.
No. 9 Wisconsin (8-0) did not
No. 10 Penn State (6-1) beat
Illinois 27-0.
No. 11 Georgia (6-2) lost to
No. 6 Florida 38-7.
No. 12 Oregon (6-1) lost to No.
13 Arizona 38-3.
No. 13 Arizona (7-1) beat No.
12 Qregon 38-3.;
No. 14 Arkansas (7-0) beat
Auburn 24-21.
No. 15 Virginia (7-1) beat
Wake Forest 38-17.
No. 16 Notre Dame (6-1) beat
Baylor 27-3.
No. 17 Syracuse (5-2) beat
Pittsburgh 45-28.
No. 18 Missouri (6-2) beat
Texas Tech 28-26.
No. 19 Tulane (7-0) beat
Southwestern Louisiana 72-20.
No. 20 Virginia Tech (7-1) beat
No. 21 West Virginia 27-13.
No. 21 West Virginia (43) lost
to No. 20 Virginia Tech 27-13.
No.22 Michigan (6-2) beat
Minnesota 150.
No. 23 Georgia Tech (6-2) beat
Maryland 31-14.
No. 24 Colorado (6-2) did not
No. 25 Miami (4-2) beat
Boston College 35-17.
The schedule
Date Team
Sept. 5 at Notre Dame (36-20, ND)

The Associated Press
Texas took two giant steps forward,
Nebraska took one backward.
Ricky Williams ran for 150 yards and
Major Applewhite threw a two-yard
touchdown pass with 2:47 left as the
revived Longhorns stunned No. 7
Nebraska 20-16 on Saturday - ending
0e Huskers' 47-game home winning
"This win really hasn't hit me yet.
I'm in awe," Texas wide receiver Bryan
White said.
If he's in awe, the Huskers are in
shock in coach Frank Solich's first sea-
son after replacing Tom Osborne. Not
only have they lost two games in a sea-
son, but it looks as if they no longer can
dominate teams the way they used to.
* "It does hurt for our players, without
question," Solich said. "No one wants
to have a streak come to an end. They're
taking it very, very hard. They just don't
feel very good about things right now."
For Texas, the win gives new coach
Mack Brown the big lift he needs to
gain the support of the Longhorn faith-

the nation's longest winning streak to
17 games as Cade McNown threw for
254 yards and a touchdown.
Keith Brown and DeShaun Foster
scored fourth-quarter touchdowns as
UCLA rallied for the win.
Stanford (0-5, 1-7) just missed taking
the lead with 4:19 left, but after Jeff
Allen caught a pass from Todd Husak,
he was hit by UCLA's Marques
Anderson and fumbled at the one. The
ball was recovered by the Bruins in the
end zone.
In Columbia, S.C., Tee Martin set
three NCAA records as he completed
23 of 24 passes for 315 yards and four
touchdowns for the Volunteers.
Martin set an NCAA record by com-
pleting 95.8 percent of his throws
against the Gamecocks, beating the
mark of 92.6 percent (25-of-27) set by
UCLA's Rick Neuheisel in 1983.
In Lawrence, Kan., Michael Bishop
scored two touchdowns and had 320

ran for another and caught a touchdown
pass as the Gators avenged last year's
loss to the Bulldogs.
Florida (5-1 SEC, 7-1 overall) stayed
one game behind Tennesssee in the
chase for the SEC East title. Georgia
fell to 4-2, 6-2.
In Stillwater, Okla., Chris Taylor
caught a touchdown pass and set up
another score with a long kickoff return
for Texas A&M (5-0 Big 12, 8-1 over-
The Aggies won their eighth straight
despite losing tailback Dante Hall and
quarterback Randy McCown to shoul-
der injuries.
No. 13 ARIZONA 38, NO. 12
In Tucson, Ariz., Trung Canidate ran
71 yards for a touchdown and finished
with 180 yards on 17 carries as Arizona
(4- Pac- 10, 8-1 overall) scored touch-
downs on its first four possessions of
the second half.
Keith Smith directed the Wildcats to

Ricky Williams' Heisman campaign gained steam this weekend, thanks to 150
yards in a surprising win over Nebraska.

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