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The Wolverines face off with Yale at 7 p.m. See if
Michigan center Mike Comrie can extend his six-game
point streak.

Tuesday
October 26, 1999

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AP PHOTO
Golfer Payne Stewart was well known for his clothing style.
The US Open Champion was seen often in knickers.
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MINA, SD (AP) - A Learjet carrying U.S. Open cham-
pion Payne Stewart flew uncontrolled over the nation's heart-
*nd for hours yesterday before crashing in South Dakota,
killing everyone aboard.
The twin-engine plane took off from Orlando, Fla., and its
pressurization may have failed during its scheduled flight to
Dallas, government officials said.
A Stewart family spokesperson said in a released state-
ment that sports attorney Robert Fraley is also among those
who died in the crash. Fraley has represented New York Jets
coach Bill Parcells, Steelers coach Bill Cowher and former
Cy Young winner Orel Hershiser among many high-profile
athletes and coaches.
Also killed was another of Stewart's agents, Van Arden,
'46d two pilots, said Bill Curry, a spokesperson for Stewart's
family.
Stewart, who lived in Orlando, had been expected in
Houston on Tuesday for practice rounds for the Tour
Championship, the PGA Tour's final tournament of the year
for the top 30 players on its money list.
The 42-year-old golfer, known for his trademark knickers
and tam-o'-shanter hat, went to Southern Methodist in Dallas
and had friends in the area.
"It is difficult to express our sense of shock and sadness
See CRASH, Page 12

By Andy Latack
Daily Sports Editor
For the past I I seasons, Indiana has
looked at its annual meeting with
Michigan much as one would look upon
a dentist appointment. It has to be done,
but it usually winds up being pretty
painful.
The last time the Hoosiers beat the
Wolverines was in 1987, and since then,
they have been on the losing end of
some pretty one-sided scores. Only once
since then have the Hoosiers come with-
in a touchdown of Michigan, losing 27-
20 in 1996.
But Indiana might be thinking that
this year won't be like the others. In fact,
there are plenty of signs that could lead
Indiana to believe like this year's
Michigan team isn't one of the Michigan
teams of old.
For one, Michigan (2-2 Big Ten, 5-2
overall) is coming off a humbling loss to
unranked Illinois, which came into
Michigan Stadium and ran away with a
35-29 victory Saturday.
You'd have to dust off the archives to
find the last time an unranked team
came into the Big House and put up
more points in defeating the Wolverines
(For the record, it was 37 years ago, in
1962, when Purdue blew out Michigan,
37-0. That Wolverine team finished the
season 2-7).
Indiana (3-2, 4-4) also has a unique
perspective on this year's Michigan team
- the Hoosiers are looking down on the
Wolverines in the Big Ten standings. By
virtue of Indiana's 3-2 conference
record, it is a half-game up on the
Wolverines in the conference race.
All of which might have the Hoosiers
feeling rather confident about their
chances Saturday.
"I think it might give them a little
edge," Michigan tight end Bill Seymour
said. "We're coming off two tough loss-
es, and they might think we're vulnera-
ble."
But Seymour, who hails from
Granger, Ind., also said that if his home-
town team thinks Michigan is giving up,
the Hoosiers have another thing coming.
"The loss was tough, but our season's
not over," Seymour said. "We want to go
9-2 now."
If Michigan is going to win its

BIG TEN STANDINGS
Team Big Ten Overall
Penn State 4 0 8 0
Wisconsin 4 1 6 2
Michigan State 3 2 6 2
Indiana 3 2 4 4
Michigan 2 2 5 2
Minnesota 2 2 5 2
Ohio State 2 2 5 3
Purdue 2 3 5 3
Illinois 1 3 4 3
Northwestern 1 3 3 4
Iowa 0 4 1 6
THIS WEEKEND'S GAMES
Michigan at Indiana, 12:10 p.m.
Penn State at Ilinois
Purdue at Minnesota
Wisconsin at Northwestern
Iowa at Ohio State
remaining four games to run its mark to
9-2 - and give itself a shot at a bowl
game and its second-straight 10-win
season - the Wolverines are going to
have to put away lesser teams when they
have the chance. Their inability to do
this cost Michigan the game against
Illinois.
"We were up 20 points in the fourth
quarter," Michigan cornerback James
Whitley said of Illinois' late-game
comeback. "The defense has to hold that
lead. We didn't play with a lot of fire."
But despite the embarassment against
the Illini, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr is
a long way from waving the white flag
this season.
"Anybody out there who thinks we're
going to quit doesn't know these kids,"
Carr said. "You can't feel sorry for your-
self, because nobody out there is feeling
sorry for Michigan. I can guarantee it."
Especially not the Hoosiers, who need
to win two of their last three games to be
eligible for bowl contention. And now
the Wolverines know that they can't take
any team in the dog-eat-dog Big Ten
lightly.
"Losing in the Big Ten just stinks,"
Michigan offensive lineman Jeff Backus
said. "We take a lot of pride in our team,
and each person wants to feel good
about themselves at the end of the year."
If the Wolverines suffer any more loss-
es this season, the players might have a
tough time feeling that way come January.

LOUIS BROWN/Daily
Before Saturday's loss to Illinois, Michigan quarterback Tom Brady didn't expect the Wolverines would
be below indiana in the Big Ten. But the Hoosiers did just that with a 38-31 victory over Iowa.

Berendowsky returns to form in home finale

BCS rankings
Factors affecting Bowl
Championship Series rank-
ings include both polls, overall record,
Sagarin power rankings and strength
of schedule. The top eight teams at
season's end are eligible for BCS bowl.

By David Mosse
Daily Sports Writer
On Sunday, the Michigan soccer
team celebrated senior day as six
players were honored for their years
of service. The 6-0 drubbing of
*utler was highlighted by one play-
er who has seen and done it all at
Michigan.
Early in the second half with the
Wolverines leading 1-0, Mari Hoff
sent a long ball towards the Butler
box.
Amber Berendowsky corralled the
ball, dribbled towards the endline
and sent a mouth-watering cross to
reshman Abby Crumpton.
rumpton promptly slammed the
ball in the net.
The play marked Berendowsky's
31st-career assist - making
Michigan's all-time leader now
stands atop the Big Ten charts.
Berendowsky surpassed the record
previously held by Penn State's
Rachel Hoffman.

"Amber is so unselfish,"
Crumpton said. "She makes every-
one around her better."
Ever since she arrived from
Brighton High School, Berendowksy
has stood out from the crowd. She
made an immediate splash by amass-
ing 19 points during her freshman
campaign.
The following year, Berendowksy
spearheaded a remarkable season
which catapulted Michigan to
national prominence.
In only the fourth season in the
history of the program, the
Wolverines went 18-4-1 and cap-
tured the Big Ten title.
Last year was a record setting year
for Berendowsky, who became
Michigan's all-time leader in goals,
assists, and points.
Berendowsky's name was now for-
ever etched in soccer history, her
legacy firmly in place as the great-
est player statistically in Michigan
history.

It is under this backdrop which
Berendowsky entered her senior sea-
son. The expectations were enor-
mous. Berendowksv would be
counted on to lead these Wolverines
to vet another conference crown and
a strong run in the NCAA
Tournament.
"Amber is our leader and she is we
are always going to depend on her to
get us going," Crumpton said.
But this seemingly unstoppable
track to greatness hit a major speed
bump early this season.
An ankle injury sustained in prac-
tice forced Berendowky to miss six
games and held her below her best
form immediately following her
return.
Berendowsky has seen action in
II games and has started just five of
Michigan's 17 games. She has found
the net only three times and dished

out three assists for nine points.
But Sunday, in what could be her
last Wolverines' performance at
home, the Berendowsky of old
returned as the forward put forth her
finest performance of this season.
Her runs turned powerful again,
while her pinpoint passing served as
a vivid reminder of what she is still
capable of.
The record-setting assist culmi-
nated a remarkable day in which
Berendowsky put a final exclama-
tion point on her home career.
Thus far, Berendowsky's season
has been a major dissapointment.
But the NCAA Tournament still
remains, and Michigan looks poised
for a strong run thanks to a more
diversified offense.
And Berendowsky has always
placed team goals ahead of individ-
ual performance.

Team
1. Florida State
2. Penn State
3. Virginia Tech
4. Tennessee
5. Kansas State
6. Florida
7. Nebraska
8. Georgia Tech
12. Michigan

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8-0
8-0
6-0
5-1
7-0
6-1
6-1
5-1
5-2

BCS Pts.
3.55
5.75
6.25
9.73
10.86
13.21
17.63
20.99
26.91

USCHO poll
www uscotlegehockey corm
Division I Poll Oct. 25
Team Rec Pts Last
1. Boston College (35) 3-0-0 392 1
2. Maine (3) 3-0-0 356 2
3. North Dakota (1) 1-0-1 287 4
4. Michigan St. (1) 4-1-0 277 5
5. New Hampshire 3-0-0 241 . 6
6. Michigan 5-1-0 190 3
7. Clarkson 2-0-0 186 9
8. Colorado Coll. 2-1-0 101 '7.
9. Rensselaer 4-0-0 66 -
10. Northern Mich. 4-2-0 33 8
Michigan moveddown three spots
after splitting its series at Alaska
Fairbanks this past weekend.

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