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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 11, 1999

GAME STATISTICS
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PASSING
Player C-
Brady 30-41
Henson 6-1
Totals 36-5:
RUSHING
Payer Att
A?Thomas A14
Shea 1
Walker 1
Henson 5
Totals 21
RECEIVING
Player No.
Terrell 10
Shea 7
Walker 7
Knight 5
Thomas 3
Johnson 2
Thompson 1
Coleman 1
Totals 36
PUNTING
Player N
Sargent
Totals
KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No.
Thomas 5
fTotals 5
PUNT RETURNS
Player No.
Knight 3
Totals 3
DEFENSE
Payer
Golde
Brooks
Hendrcks
Whitley
Patmon
Howard
Hall
Renes
Wilson
Askew
Foote
Jones
Thompson
Williams
Sgroi
Shea
Knight
Team
Totals

Despite loss, Big Ten title stil
a possi or Wolvennes

12
i3

Yds
38
-2
-11
-19
6
Yds
86
75
75
125
9
12
11
3
396

Yds
285
111
396
Avg
2.7
-2.0
-11.0
F-3.8
S0.3
A
10.7
10.7
25.0
3.0
6.0
11.0
3.0
11.0

TD
2
3
1?
12
0
0
3
12
33
37
81
6
6
11
3
81

nt
0
1
1
TD
0
0
0
1
TO
0
0
0
0
0
3

8 359 44.9 58

By Andy Latack
Daily Sportst Edaor
EAST LANSING - That sound
you just heard was the collective
adjustment of expectations all around
Ann Arbor. With Michigan's national
title hopes dashed at least tem-
porarily . after Saturday's 34-31 loss
to Michigan State, many people no
longer have visions of Sugar Bowls
dancing in their heads.
But if Michigan was going to lose a
game, they picked the right conference
to do it in. With the strength of the Big
Ten this season. it's fairly likely that
the conference champion will have a
loss.
As of right now, only the Spartans
and Penn State remain undefeated. But
before both teams look ahead to their
Nov. 20 showdown, there are still plen-
ty of dangerous teams along the way.
Which leaves Michigan right in the
thick of things.
"We play for Michigan, so we
expect to win every game," quarter-
back Tom Brady said. "But if we play
out and get a little help, we'll see how
the chips fall."
Michigan State coach Nick Saban,

ers and the Wohverines is slim.
"I said it before and I'm saying it
again now -the team that lost today
can still win the Big Ten champi-
onship," Saban said. "I'd have said that
if we lost, and I still say that."
But it's probably a little easier to say
from the winning end.
Too LITIL, Too LATF: After tak-
ing over for Drew Henson in the sec-
ond half, quarterback Tom Brady went
to work, leading Michigan to 21
fourth-quarter points and putting a
scare into the Spartans. On his first
possession. Brady took Michigan on a
80-yard drive that culminated in an
Anthony Thomas touchdown run. At
one point, as Brady was engineering
one of his three scoring runs, the quar-
terback completed 14 straight pass
attempts.
Brady would finish the half a
scorching 24-of-30 for 241 yards - a
good game for most quarterbacks. But
in the end, his heroic effort wasn't
quite enough.
"We didn't move the ball consistent-
ly until the latter part of the third quar-
ter," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.
"Brady played well, but the complex-

A BRoKEN RmcuHou: Michigar
State records were dropping like [lie.
on Saturday, thanks to the Spartans
masterful passing game and the play of
wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Burres.
snagged 10 passes for 255 vy
eclipsing Andre Rison's mark ofl
in the 1989 Gator Bowl. And Burkc
threw for 400 yards, besting Ed
Smith's 369-yard performance agains:
Indiana in 1978.
But lost in Michigan State's land-
mark offensive showing was Michigan
kicker Hayden FEpstein's 56-yard field
goal that put the Wolverines on the
board in the first quarter. Lpstein
blast tied the Michigan school re i
set by Mike Gillette against Ohio at-,
in 1988.
AN AWARD ToiR: Offensive guarc
Steve Hutchinson and nose tackle Rot
Renes were announced Saturday as twc
of 12 semifinalists for the Lombard1
Award, given to the nation's top line-
man. Three other Big Ten players
Penn State linebacker LaVar Arringtor
and defensive end Courtney Brown
and Wisconsin offensive tackle (' ri
McIntosh were also incl. X
among the semifinalists for the award

Yds
109
109
Yds
13
13
Solo
11
3
7
5
5
4
3
4
2
4
1
1
1
2
0
1
3
58
Yds
0
0
0
0
0
0

Avg Lg
21.8 30
21.8 30
Av Lg
4.3 11
4.3 11
Asst 1
2
4
0
1
1
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
17

TD
0
0
TO
0
0
Tot
13
7
7
6
6
4
4
4
4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1
3
75
pTO
3 0
1 0
1 0
0 0
1 0
7 0

LOU -RcwN D4 despite posting one of the biggest wins ion of the game changed because we which will be announced on e
Marcus Knight and the Michigan football team, although beaten by Michigan of his career on Saturdays knows the were so far behind. At the end we came S .exas A&M linebacker Dat
State, still have a strong shot at a Big Ten title. distance between the conference lead- back, but we just ran out of time." took the honor last season.
Flashy Burress makes statement on and off field

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PASS DEFENSE
Player I
Howard
Gold
Whitley
Schanski
Totals
Team Stats
First Downs
Rushes/Yards
Passing Yards
Offensive Plays
Total Offense
Return Yards
Comp/Attnt
Punts/Avg
Fumbles/Lost
PenatesYards
TmofPss
MI C H
PASSING
Player
Burke 2
Totals 2
RUSHING
Player A
C lemons 2
Moss
Duckett
Burke
Totals 3
RECEIVING
Player No
Burress 1
Scott
Baker
McCoy
Clemons 1
Totals 2

Int
0
0
0
0
0
0

0
0
0
0
0

Brk-up
3
1

0

MICHIGAN
19
21/6
396
74
402
122
36/53/1
8/44.9
0/0
6/41
28:06

MICH. ST.
20
35/90
400
71
490
127
21/36/0
5/45.6
0/0
5/39
31:54

I G A N S T
C-A Vds
21-36 400
21-36 400

TA T E
TO
2
2

tt
6
3
5
35
a.
10
5
3
2
1

Yds
88
14
5
-17
90
Yds
255
76
41
31
-3
400

Avg
3.4
14.0
1.7
-3.4
2.6
Avg
15.2
13.6
15.5
-3.0
19.0

21
22
14
3
0
22
35
21
25
0
68

Int
0
0
TDO
0
0
2
TD
0
0
0
2

By Andy Latack
Daily Sports Editor
EAST LANSING - Plaxico Burress
accomplished the impossible in
Saturday's game. And it wasn't his
school-record 255 receiving yards --
although that's pretty hard to believe as
well.
No, the Spartan receiver's feat was
even more impressive than -that. He left
David Terrell at a loss for words.
After spending the first half playing
keep-away from Michigan' smaller
defensive backs, the 6-foot-6 Burress
found himself lined up across from
Terrell - a wide receiver also seeing
cornerback duty - early in the third
quarter. Having failed to even slow
Burress down tip to that point. Michigan
coach Lloyd Carr desperately hoped that
the 6-3 Terrell could match his size and
athleticism with Burress.
And at the very least, the chatty Terrell
could certainly mix words with the
equally talkative Spartan.
Well, Terrell lost on both fronts. He
lasted all of two plays in the series, being
pulled from the game after Burress beat
him on a 17-yard out pattern.
But that wasn't what shut Terrell up.
On the previous play, his first of the
game against the Spartans' go-to guy,
Michigan State ran the ball to Burress'
side. As soon as the ball was snapped,
Burress exploded at Terrell, sending him
stumbling backwards to the turf. Once
Terrell was on the ground. Burress
pounced on him, holding Terrell down
until the play was finished.
And Burress had yet to do the real
damage. When Terrell had gotten to his
feet. Burress proceeded to give
Michigan's newest two-way player quite
an earful.
"After I ran over him, I told him, 'You
gotta pick one side of the ball or the
other,"' Burress said. "You can't play

both:
At least not against Burress. he
couldn't.
"I said. 'If your coach has that much
confidence in you to put you on me, one-
on-one. I'm gonna show you."' Burress
said.
Burress had good reason to be sure of
himself. He made it clear by the first
quarter that he couldn't be stopped,
amassing 106 receiving yards in the
game's first 15 minutes. He gained 68
yards alone on one play, a flea-flicker on
Michigan State's third possession of the
game that set up the Spartans' first
touchdown.
Spartan quarterback Bill Burke
hooked up so often with Burress that
each of them re-wrote the Michigan
State record book. In addition to
Burress' mark, Burke threw for a school-
record 400 yards - many of which
came in the form of jump balls to his
favorite target.
'It's a huge comfort zone when you
have such a tall receiver, especially
against shorter defensive backs," Burke
said. "He can really go up and get the
ball, so you have a much larger room for
error.
The same cannot be said for the
Michigan defensive backs - the 5-10
Todd Howard and the 5-11 James
Whitley. If they lost track of the ball for
a second or didn't time their jump cor-
rectly, all they saw was a pair of long
arms catching the ball a few feet over
their head.
"Burress was incredible, and we
couldn't find any way to stop him:' Carr
said. "He's a tough matchup for any sec-
ondary."
Not surprisingly. the vocal Burress
felt the same way.
"I was out there, hitting my chest, say-
ing 'Hey, come to me every play."'
Burress said.

PUNTING
Player
Jarrett
Totals
KICKOFF RETURNS
Payer No.
Haygood 3
Burress 1
Total 4
PUNT RETURNS
Player No.
Scott 6
Totals 6
DEFENSE
Player
Morris
Hill
Myers
Campbell
Guess
Thornhill
Smith
Shaw
Newsome
Suggs
Turner
Peterson
Wright
Henry
Franklin
Austin
Sailor
McCoy
Thompson
Haygood

No. Yds Avg
5 228 45.6 5
5 228 45.6 55

DANA LINNANE/Daiiy

Yds
72
0
72
Yds
38
38
So00
10
5
2
6
4
3
4
4
4
3
2
3
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
Yds
17
0
0
0
0

Avg
24.0
00
18.0
Avg
12.0
12.0

Asst
2
3
5
0
2
3
2
0
0
1
0
1
0
1
1
1
1

Lq TO
3 0
0 0
32 0
Lg TO
0 0
0 0
Tot
12
8
7
6
6
6
6
5
4
3
3
3
2
2
2
1
1

As dominating as Burress was, the
Spartans still had to rely on the wide
receiver to seal the game late in the
fourth quarter. After Michigan had
closed to within three points, 34-31,
Burress recovered the Wolverines'
onside kick attempt. And four plays later,

Burress caught a game-saving pass on
third-and-nine with two minutes left in
the game and Michigan out of time-outs.
Burke simply downed the ball after
that, running out the clock and preserv-
ing the Spartans' first victory over
Michigan since 1995.

I went hard to the sideline and tried
to keep my feet in," Burress said of the
sideline pattern that clinched the game.
"When I saw the ref spot the ball, I
big smile on my face."
Thanks to Burress, a lot of Spartan
fans have similar expressions right now.

Plaxico Burress left Michigan defenders in the dust with his Michigan State-record 255 receiving yards.

Buckeyes survive late Purdue rally; Indiana rolls

PASS DEFENSE
Player Int
Morris 1
Campbell 0
Hill 0
Newsome 0
Totals 0

COLUMBUS (AP) - Brent
Johnson blocked a tying field goal with
53 seconds left and Steve Bellisari's
late 68-yard run preserved the lead as
No: 21 Ohio State held off No. 17
Purdue 25-22.
Drew Brees drove Purdue from its
own 20 to the Ohio State 14 with just
under a minute left. Brees' third-and-
three pass for Chris Daniels was tipped
away by Buckeye cornerback Nate
Clements, and coach Joe Tiller sent his
field goal unit onto the field.
But the kick by Travis Dorsch was a
low line drive. Johnson, who broke
through the wall over the middle of the
line, batted the ball down with his right
hand as he was falling to the soggy
turf.

No. 2 PENN ST 31, IowA 7: Eddie
Drummond ran 68 yards for a touch-
down on a reverse and Eric McCoo
sped 47 yards for another score to keep
Penn State the only other undefeated
team in the Big Ten other than
Michigan State.
Other than those two plays, Penn
State (2-0, 6-0) had to scratch and claw
for almost everything it got against an
Iowa team that had been routed by
Michigan State 49-3 the week before.
The Hawkeyes (0-2, 1-4) stalled
Penn State by intercepting two passes
and blocking a punt.
But with a chance to cut the lead to
21-14, Iowa couldn't punch it in from
the Penn State I-yard line, and a penal-
ty for having too many players on the

work, ending Minnesota's four-gd
winning streak and beating
Gophers for the fifth straight time.
The Badgers (4-2, 2-1 Big Ten) and
Gophers (4-1. 1-1I) met as ranked
teams for just the third time in their
109-year rivalry and for the first time
since 1962.
Minnesota, ranked for the first time
in 14 seasons, got a great performance
from running back Thomas Hamner,
who rushed 27 times for 144 yards
caught seven passes for 92 yars,
including a 49-yard TD.
INDIANA 34, NORTHWESTERN 17:
Antwaan Randle El scored three touch-
downs and Levron Williams rushed for
a career-high 241 yards, leading
Indiana to another come-from-behind

On
0
0
0
0

Brk-up
4
3
4

TO
0
0
0
0
0

PLAYER OFTHE A M
.............................. ....... ...................
PLAXICO

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