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*ember 14, 1998--
Just a 'big old puppy dog'-
Oone that weighs 258 pounds
Large and in charge
Wisconsin running back/monster truck Ron Dayne is listed
at 258 pounds. That's a lot of weight for a running back -
or most anything. Here are a few things we came up with
that just may weigh less than Dayne:
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By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Editor
Driving up Interstate 90 into
Wisconsin, you would notice the
usual farmland, cowfolk, giant signs
that scream "cheese."
As you approach Madison, how-
ever, the signs change. They say
"Now entering Dane County."
So to get to Wisconsin, you have
to go through Dane.
Also, to beat Wisconsin, you have
to go through Dayne - Ron Dayne,
The Badgers' behemoth running
back is a pure marvel of physiology.
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At 5-foot-10 and listed at 258
pounds, Dayne is just about the size
of a small county. Well, at least the
size of the average defensive line-
But most defensive linemen
aren't able to run the ball with any
degree of success, which is what
makes Dayne different. He's gigantic
"He's just a big old puppy dog,"
Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez said.
"He will light up a room."
For the record, there has never
been a puppy dog that weighs 258
pounds. Dayne has been able to light
up opponents, however. This season,
the Wisconsin tank has rumbled to
1,131 yards on 229 carries, good
enough for a 4.9 yards per carry.
He has also scored 11 touchdowns
and is averaging 141.4 yards per
Despite his success in shouldering
the load for the Badgers through this
undefeated season, Dayne has shied
away from notoriety and publicity.
"Ron doesn't have a whole lot to
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say," Alvarez said. "He's very unas-
How can someone so large be
unassuming? Well, if you've seen the
offensive line in front of Dayne, you
know the answer.
Senior lineman Aaron Gibson,
already considered a shoe-in for the
Outland Trophy, tips the scales at a
lean, mean 6-7, 368 pounds. Fellow
trenchman Chris McIntosh is no
slouch, either, listed at 6-7, 310
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pounds. Bill Ferrario (295 pounds)
and Dave Costa (285) toss around
their weight, as well.
Behind those gargantuan lineman,
Dayne has not only propelled himself
atop the national scene this year, but
his career numbers are staggering.
As a freshman, Dayne ran for an
NCAA record 1,863 yards on 295
carries with four 200-yard rushing
games and 50 carries in a single
game. He is one of 12 players to ever
rush for 2,000 yards in a season -
2,109 as a freshman in 1996, includ-
ing the bowl game.
Although he was slowed down last
season with a leg injury, he finished
"It was frustrating being injured,"
Dayne said. "I worked hard to recov-
er for this season."
With his totals this season, Dayne
is now third all-time on the NCAA's
three-year rushing list - 4,415 yards
- trailing only Herschel Walker's
5,259 and Marshall Faulk's 4,589.
"He wants to talk about the
offense, not himself," Alvarez said.
"He wants to deflect any publicity or
press about the records he's broken.
He doesn't even know he's broken a
record. He's very team oriented."
No defense has stopped
Wisconsin's offense this season,
which means nobody has stopped
Dayne. Last year, due to his leg
injury, Dayne was unable to play
against Michigan's top-ranked
"Ron Dayne is an outstanding
running back," Michigan linebacker
James Hall said. "We have never had
to tackle him because he didn't play
against us last year. But he's never
run against a Michigan defense
This season, the Wolverines have
been shutting down the run, but they
haven't faced someone like Dayne.
Then again, there really isn't anyone
"We don't have anybody who can
simulate Ron Dayne," Michigan
coach Lloyd Carr said. "We've talked
about it but Ron Dayne is not an ordi-
nary kind of guy. Even if we had a
guy (who could act as Dayne), I
wouldn't want him to hurt our guys."
Carr will just have to wait until
Saturday for the hurt - Dayne will
make sure of that.
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Last weekend, led by linebacker Sam Sword, Michigan's defense smother
touchdown-saving stop kept the Nittany Lions off the scoreboard.
Wolverlin*Ies stand u
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By Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Editor
During the past week, someone
erected an immovable wall on
Michigan Stadium's natural turf. It's
too bad that nobody informed the Penn
State football team.
Last Saturday, the ninth-ranked
Nittany Lions (3-2 Big Ten, 6-2 over-
all) were met by a roadblock - the
Michigan football team's defense -
upset by the Mc fgan 27
27-0, in front Penn State 0
The defense dictated the tone in a
football clinic displayed by the 22nd-
ranked Wolverines (6-0, 7-2).
"We should have had 10 points in
the first half," Penn State coach Joe
Paterno said. "We should have but we
didn't - Michigan wouldn't let us get
Combined with Penn State's mis-
cues, the Wolverines would not let the
Lions get a single point in the game,
let alone in the first half. But the out-
come of the game was decided in the
The sturdy Michigan defense set the
tone, stuffing Penn State's first drive
and forcing a fumble on its second.
After the Lions were forced to punt on
the first drive, the Michigan offense
clicked on all cylinders. Quarterback
Tom Brady hit fullback Aaron Shea,
who was streaking down the sideline
for a 26-yard touchdown.
"I can't believe we played
we played," Michigan lir
James Hall said. "It's unbeliev
The Wolverines racked up
points, but the first six were
points Michigan needed.
Brady also connected with
target Tai Streets for a sev
touchdown on the all-too-fami
play in the first quarter.
Tailback Anthony Thomas,;
he didn't start the game, ran fo
yard touchdown in the fourth
to hammer the final nail
State's coffin, with 3:03 left
Placekicker Jay Feely kicked t
goals, including a 49-yarder
The 27 points allowed by PC
were the most yielded by the L
"That was real nice," Brady
think you saw a Michigan tea
fired up. This was the most ei
tic we've been in eight weeks.
The game marked a series
firsts for both the Lions
The Lions were shut out for
time since 1987. It was the f
Michigan beat Penn State in
The Michigan defense reco
first shutout since last yea
blanking at Indiana. Michiga
Marcus Ray played for the f
since being suspended
University for improper ass
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