18 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 14, 1999
Dolphins stomp Bronc
in Griese's first profess
DENVER (AP) - John Elway extended back to December 1996.
wouldn't have had it any other way. Griese, selected over Bubby
If someone had to spoil his retire- Brister by coach Mike Shanahan to
ment party, it might as well be fellow start in Elway's place, wasn't bad,
quarterback Dan Marina- the last finishin 24of-40 fn 7(vnd zqd
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quarterback left from that illustrious
class of 1983.
With major help from the special
teams, who blocked a punt and a
field goal to set up 10 points, the
Miami Dolphins beat Denver 38-21
Monday night, spoiling Brian
Griese's coming out party as Elway's
successor in the Broncos' first game
in pursuit of a third straight Super
It also put a damper on the half-
time ceremony in which Elway's
name and number were placed in the
Broncos' Ring of Fame.
Marino, who was 15-of-23 for 215
yards as he began what might be his
final quest for an elusive Super Bowl
ring, had a 12-yard TD pass to rook-
ie fullback Rob Konrad and a 4-
yarder to O.J. McDuffie.
Karim Abdul-Jabbar and another
rookie, J.J. Johnson, had 1-yard TD
runs and Olindo Mare added a 37-
yard field goal as the Dolphins
ended Denver's 24-game regular sea-
son home winning streak that
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throwing TD passes of 61, I1 and 4
yards to Ed McCaffrey, the last com-
ing with 34 seconds to play.
He also was sacked with about
four minutes to play by Rich Owens
and fumbled with Jason Taylor
recovering in the end zone for the
Dolphins' final score.
But his arm didn't present the fear
factor Elway's did, allowing Miami
to play eight men close to the line of
scrimmage to shut down Terrell
Davis, who finished with 61 yards on
Late in the first half, for example,
Griese underthrew a wide-open
McCaffrey, who had to come back
for the ball and dropped it.
Griese started off like another
Elway, hitting McCaffrey between
Brock Marion and Shawn Wooden
for the 61-yard score on the first
series of the game.
The Broncos held their 7-0 lead
into the second quarter and looked
about to go ahead 10-0.
But Lorenzo Bromell blocked
Jason Elam's 44-yard field goal
attempt and Terrell Buckley returned
it 43 yards to the Denver 36.
Four plays later, Abdul-Jabbar
took it into the end zone to tie thO
Then Marino took the Dolphins 80
yards in seven plays, highlighted by
a 40-yard pass to Tony Martin, the
new speed receiver signed as a free
Marino capped that one with a 12-
yard pass to Konrad, all alone in the
On Miami's next possession, Greg
Jeffries partially blocked Ton
Rouen's punt, setting up Mare's fiel
goal with one second left in the half
making it 17-7.
Johnson scored to cap the opening
drive of the second half, 65 yards in
nine plays that give Denver a 24-7
lead. Griese's second TD pass cut it
back to 10.
But then Miami middle linebacker
Zach Thomas sacked Griese on a
fourth-and-l at the Dolphins' 40.
Marino then completed passes o'
i1 yards to Troy Drayton, 20 to
Martin, 14 to McDuffie and 4 to
McDuffie for the score that made it
have an extra
weapon to stop
Bulluck, a nomi-
nee for the
will be back at4,
serving a one-
back Brian Griese started his first NFL game last night against Miami. Griese went 24-for-40 with
chdowns in an 38-21 loss to the Dolphins.
Bulluck ready to play Blue
Linebacker suspended one game for DWI infraction
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