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LATACK
Continued from Page 13A
But here was Jackson again, mak-
ing option pitches to the referee, the
student managers and everyone else
but his teammates. Jackson's fourth-
quarter interception was such a bad
pass that Tommy Hendricks couldn't
have dropped it if he tried.
Sometimes, Jackson seemed
unbeatable. At others, he was almost a
handicap, dancing around in the back-
field for so long he ended up taking
some crucial second-half sacks. If one
of the quarterbacks looked like he
was playing his first game of the sea-
son on Saturday, it was J-squared.
Meanwhile, Brady plugged away.
Not flashy, but efficient - as we've
come to expect him to be. He com-

pleted his first five passes of the sec-
ond half, and kept the Notre Dame
defense from keying on Anthony
Thomas. None of his passes were in
danger of being picked off. And with
Thomas running as well as he did and
David Terrell catching every ball in a
10-foot radius, Brady's job was just to
keep things moving.
But Brady's performance would
have been fairly forgettable if it
weren't for his end-of-the-game hero-
ics. Brady fueled the game-winning
drive by completing two long passes,
including a 20-yarder to Terrell that
set up first and goal at the five. Brady
had been so steady in the second half
- he ended 13-of-18 for 160 yards in
the third and fourth quarters - that
there was no reason to doubt that he
could lead such a drive. Or that he

could do it again.
So be happy for Tom Brady. While
his performance didn't win the start-
ing job in Carr's eyes, it certainly
helped his cause. He proved that
slow-and-steady can still win games,
as he did 10 times last season. I'll
take the quarterback he was on
Saturday anytime.
Brady looked very good. And if
Carr refuses to name a starter because
the race is so close, than means
Henson does as well. I could think of
worse quarterback dilemmas.
Which gives Michigan fans plenty
of reason to smile. But you can bet
that nobody's smile was as big as
Brady's on Saturday. That's what hav-
ing some job security will do for you.
- Andy Latack can be reached via
e-mail at latack~qwunich.edu.

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DAVID ROCHKIND/Daily
.arry Foote got the best of Jarlous Jackson on this play, but the Notre Dame quarterback gave the Wolverines fits Saturday.
ackson passed for a career-high 302 yards as the Fighting Irish almost pulled the upset.
epeat performance, but no
repeat outcome for Jackson
quarterback passes for career high 302 yards

TEEING OFF
Continued from Page 15A
among the fans, who fill Keen with
an almost-Yost Ice Arena decibel
level.
The energy of the crowd is nothing
like the energy which is expended
during a Michigan cross-country
meet.
If you don't believe me, you try
running 5,000 meters in a half-sprint.
Heck, walking from Elbel Field to the
Diag is enough to cause some stu-
dents to tire out.
But not only can cross-country
runners do the Elbel-Diag marathon
eight times or more at a time, they do
it almost effortlessly.
The Michigan men's cross-country
team is a big player on the national
stage, finishing fourth at NCAAs last
year.
And while the women lost NCAA
champion Katie McGregor, they are
also intent on making Michigan a
permanent national contender.
As for the golf and tennis teams,
what they do is a lot harder than it
looks on TV
Any person who can drill a 5-iron
within five of the hole or smack a
blistering 100-mile-per-hour ace is
someone to behold.
These athletes don't get the public-
ity of their football brethren. They
won't make millions of dollars in
sports someday.
They play for the love of the game,
and they love any fanfare which
might come with it.
So get out of that book line and get
to a Michigan athletic event. Besides,
the book stores ran out of that
English coursepack an hour ago.
- TJ Berka can be reached via e-
mail at berkata, umich.edu.
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ly T.J. Berka
)aily Sports Editor
*ming into Saturday's game with
Jotre Dame, Lloyd Carr had one
lain concern on defense - stop-
ing Jarious Jackson.
The previous year, Jackson and
le Notre Dame option attack gave
e Wolverines fits. Jackson scram-
led, pitched and ran past Michigan
ith relative ease, helping the
ighting Irish accumulate 280 rush-
g yards in cruising to a 36-20 vic-
>*
So going into the rematch, the
fichigan defense had one goal in
tind - to stop the Notre Dame
ashing attack and force Jackson to
'in throwing the ball.
He almost did it.
While the Wolverines held the
ish to under 100 yards on the
round, Jackson almost did what the
Volverines wanted him to do.
Win by throwing the ball.
kson "is one of the toughest
uarterbacks I've ever had to play
gainst," linebacker Ian Gold said.
Hewas unbelievable out there."
The Wolverines expected Jackson
be a difficult assignment. That
asnot a question.With what he did
Michigan last year with the
>tion, the Wolverines were deter-
med to not let Jackson beat them
e ground.
ept for a 12-yard run in which
Lckson evaded Michigan defenders
ith Houdini-like moves, the

Wolverines contained Jackson.
Jackson also didn't have much
success pitching the ball to his tail-
backs, fumbling three pitches.
Except for a 40-yard run by Tony
Fisher in the second quarter, the
Irish had trouble rushing the ball off
the pitch.
"I thought we handled the option
pretty well," Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr said.
"I said before the game that if we
got Notre Dame in a lot of third and
long situations, I would be confi-
dent."
Carr accomplished his goal. The
Fighting Irish were caught in third-
and-long situations numerous times
throughout the game.
But it certainly wasn't due to
Michigan's pass defense.
Jackson finished the afternoon
18-for-29 with 302 yards through
the air, a career high. Many of those
yards came in long yardage situa-
tions, something that didn't exactly
sit well with Carr.
"I thought that getting Notre
Dame in third and long situations
would be good," Carr said. "We real-
ly have a lot of work to do."
A popular pass pattern for
Jackson and the Irish was the 20-
yard crossing route directed toward
the middle of the field.
Jackson picked the Michigan sec-
ondary apart with tosses to receivers
such as Raki Nelson and Joey
Getherall in the soft underbelly

which was contained between the
linebackers and safeties.
"The linebackers were not getting
enough yardage on their drops,"
strong safety Tommy Hendricks
said.
Carr was a little more diplomatic
in placing the blame, but he agreed
with his senior safety for the most
part.
"Their receivers were getting too
far upfield," Carr said. "We want the
linebackers to drop 14 to 15 yards
and make the tackle underneath. We
didn't do that Saturday."
But as much as the Michigan
defense might have had execution
problems, that wasn't the whole
explanation behind Jackson's pass-
ing display on Saturday.
"Jarious is a great passer,"
Hendricks said. "I didn't think he
was that good. I knew he could run
the ball, but we didn't expect him to
pass the ball like that."
Hendricks wasn't the only
Michigan defender that was blown
away by the Jackson aerial circus.
Jackson's passing - coupled with a
couple of trick plays devised by new
Notre Dame offensive coordinator
Kevin Rogers - left the Michigan
defenders feeling exhausted and
thankful for the victory.
"It was tough out there," corner-
back James Whitley said. "They
were attacking us from the outside,
inside, everywhere. But we hung
tough and pulled it out"

DANA UNNANE/Daily
While Uoyd Carr and the Michigan football team garner a lot of support, they
aren't the only talented Michigan team competing this fall.

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