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GAME STATISTICS
...............Safetyfirst - Orangemen
First Downs 19 15
Rushes/Yards 36/121 34/49
Passing Yards 177 200
Offensive Plays 7z1 64
Total Offense 298 249 l s o f n Rtr ad 4 8
7/34 6/3 get lesson in fundamentas
Comp/Aut/nt 21/38/1 13/30/2g e ut/v7346 6 3.
Fumbles/Lost 0/0 3/0
Penalties/Yards 5/30 12/94
Time of Poss 28:44 31.16 By Josh Kleinbaum too. Nunes threw the ball on the run. Nunes was pretty quiet after ti

M I C H I G A N

PASSING
Player
Hensor,
Brady
Totals
RUSHING
Player
A. Thomas
Terrell
Henson
Shea
C ross
Totals
RECEIVING
Player
Terrell
Shea
Thompson
Walker
Totals

C-A
16-28
5-10
21-38

Yds
151
26
177

Att
26
3
2
36
No.
8
7
3
2
21

Yds
97
15
10
4
121
Yds
30
110
23
7
7
177

Av3
50
33
40
05
3.4
Avg
157
7.7
3.5
70
8.4

TD
1
0
1
Lg
15
9
4
16
Lg
9
30
22
6
7
30

Int
0
1
TD
0
0
0
0
0
0
TO
0
0
0
0
1

Daily Sports Editor
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - The funda-
mental principle of football is pretty
simple: Move the ball forward.
Apparently, Syracuse quarterback Troy
Nunes never learned it.
At least that's what it looked like mid-
way through the third quarter Saturday
night, when Nunes rolled to his right out
of the pocket, trying to find a receiver.
Instead, he found several white jerseys
bearing down on him.
The ugliest play of an ugly game
unfolded over the next several seconds.
Nunes, unfazed for the moment by
the oncoming rushers, stopped for a sec-
ond to look for a receiver before rolling
back to his left, dropping farther back
behind the line of scrimmage.
Still, no receivers - at least none that
Nunes had time to find.
Then it was James Hall coming hard.
Nunes ran in a semicircle, circling
closer to his own goal line, a desparate
attempt to avoid the oncoming Hall.
Hall followed Nunes into the end
zone, 22 yards behind the original line
of scrimmage. Ian Gold was closing in.

Yellow flag.
Hands together over the referees
head.
Safety.
'*That was a big, big play in this foot-
ball game," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
said.
Of course it was. The safety - the
result of an intentional grounding call in
the end zone - gave Michigan a 15-13
lead, a lead the Wolverines would bare-
ly hold on to but never relinquish.
But it was the uniqueness of the play
that made it so interesting. In a span of
seconds, the play progressed from an
apparent short loss to a potential big
gain to a strange backfield chase to
another potential big gain to two points
by Michigan, the defensive team.
This is football, right?
"It was a great play by the whole front
seven, Ian and I were just the ones who
got there:" Hall said. "I was pretty much
exhausted after that play."
It was an exhausting play to watch,
too, and obviously frustrating for the
sold-out Carrier Dome crowd who was
so loud all night, but suddenly so quiet.

PUNTING
Player
Sargent
Team
KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No.
June 3
A. Thomas 1
Totals 4
PUNT RETURNS
Player No.
Knight 4
Totals 4
DEFENSE
Player
D. Jones
Howard
Hall
Renes
Hendricks
Gold
Whitley
Hobson
Brooks
J. Williams
Wilson
Ziemann
June
Curry
Shea
Sgroi
PASS DEFENSE
Player Int
Patmon 1
Whitley 1
Howard 0
Totals 2

No. Yds
7 242
7 242

Avg Lg
34.6 46
34.6 46

Yds
42
22
64
Yds
10
10
Solo
8
8
5
4
3
3
3
2
2
2
0
0
Yds
8
0
0

Avg
14.0
22.0
16.0

Lg
15
22
22

Avg L
2.5 10
Asst
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1

TD
0
0
S 0
TD
0
0
Tot
9
8
5
5
4
3
3
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
TO
0 0
0 0
2 0
2 0

Lg
8
0
0
8

Brk-ur

Defense gets it done in second half
0 RANG EM EN headed play was called for intentional second quarter performance provided Michig
Continued from Page 1B grounding from his own end zone. with the momentum going into the break. Al
half. The Wolverines, after leading 13-7 at the On a series that looked more like it belonged his first drive stalled, Henson led Michim n
half, managed just one scoring drive the rest of on a Sony Paystation, Nunes scrambled around scoring drives on its final three posses s
the game - a Jeff Del Verne field goal late in for ages in the Syracuse backfield eluding the half. The first two resulted in field goais, 1
the fourth quarter. Michigan defenders while searching for an IHenson's final charge down the field was m
Before Del Verne's 31-yarder, Michigan's open receiver. Finally, in his own end zone, 25 terfuL.
previous five possessions had ended with four yards behind the line of scrimmage and with laking the ball with 4:07 left in the halfal
punts and one interception. Michigan linebackers Syracuse enjoying its first lead of the game,
"They made some adjustments at halftime." lames Hall and Ian Gold bearing down upon 6. I lenson engineered a five-play, 65-yard dr
said Henson. who finished with 151 yards on him, Nunes heaved the ball far out of bounds, that culminated in a 22-yard touchdown pass
16-of-28 passing. "They were busting through drawing the lag. fullback Aaron Shea with 54 seconds remai
the line and disrupting things. The Syracuse "Everybody was running around in pursuit," ingl.
secondary is one of the toughest I've ever seen." Hall said. "I was hoping somebody was going to During the drive I lenson displayed th at
While Syracuse's defense put the clamps on get him." leticisml that has had Carr drooling thltl
Michigan in the second half. its offense was After the safety, Michigan led 15-13 and got season. I lenson routinely scrambled away fri
woefully ineffective. The Orangemen demon- the ball at the 40 after Syracuse kicked off from defenders, finding wide receiver David Tri
strated the downside of a two-quarterback sys- its own 20. on a series of crossing patterns and marchi
tem. with Williams and Trov Nunes each stru- But the Wolverines couldn't take advantage the Wolverines quickly downfield.
gling to find a rhythm and completing just 13 of of the good field position, and would be forced On the score, Henson deftly avoided
their 30 attempts. to attempt one of their seven punts in the con- Syracuse pass rush and dumped the ball to Sh
Michigan's defense almost outscored its test. in the right flat. Using solid downfield blocki
offense in the second half, registering a safety Although le had difficulty moving the Shea scampered untouched into the end zo
when Nunes - making the game's most bone- offense in the second half, I lenson's poise il the, giving the Wolverines a 13-7 halftime-lead.

S Y R A C U S E

PASSING
Player
M. WIhams
Nunes
Totals
RUSHING
Player
Browvn
J. Wilams
Nunes
Ningro
K.Johnson
Totals
RECEIVING
Player
Spotwood
Woodcock
Campbell
Mungro
Bennett
K. Johnson
Brown
Totals
PUNTING
Player
Shafer
Totals

C-A
7-12
61-8
13-30

Att
12
7
7
4
3
33
No.
4
2
2
2,
13
1
13

Yds
37
24
-21
15
16
49
Yds
59
65
47
15
7
5
2
200

Yds
128
72
200
Avg
31
34
-3 0
3.8
53
1.4
Avg
32.5
23.5
7.5
7.0
5.0
2.0
15.4

TD
2
Lg
1'
22
10
11
15
22
Lg
43
54
38
12
7
5
2
54

Int
0
2
2
TD
0
0
0
0
0
0
TO
1
0
0
0
0
2

LOUIS BROWN,,Daly
Josh Williams pursues Syracuse quarterback Madei Williams
Saturday night.

Florida swamps Vols; 'Bama falls in fantastic finish

No. Yds
6 259
6 259

Avg !g
432 58
43.2 58

KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No.
Allen 1
McIntosh 1
Total 2
PUNT RETURNS
Player No.
Spotwood 3
Totals 3
DEFENSE
Player
Allen
Bulluck
McIntosh
Harris
Greenwood
Johnson
Banks
Ford
Downng
Simpkins
Dinkins
Brown
Burton
Oliver
Hunter
Byrd
Campbell
Corley
PASS DEFENSE
Player Int
McIntosh 1
Allen 0
Banks 0
Ford 0
Byrd 0
Totals 1

Yds
33
28
61
Yds
24
24
Solo
4
6
4
4
3
3
3
2
2
2
1
Yds
0
0
0
0
0
0

Av
28 0
30.5

13
28
33

Ag i
8.0 13
Asst 1
2
5
2
3
2
2
2
1
C(
G
0
0

TD
0
0
0
TD
0
0
Tot
9
9
8
7
6
5
4
4
4
4
3
3
2
1
1
1
TO
0
0
10
0
> 0

Ln
0
0
0
0

Brk-up
1

GAINESVILLE. Fla. (AP) - Once
again. Florida tried to give the game
away. Unlike last year. Tennessee
refused to take it.
This time, five turnovers weren't
enough to doom the Gators. Doug
Johnson threw for 343 yards and two
scores - barely enough to overcome
his three interceptions - and Alex
Brown had five sacks Saturday night to
lift No. 4 Florida to a 23-21 victory
over the defending national champions.
A sloppy game the whole way
through, it had eerie similarities to last
year's meeting.
"We can't act like we're much better
than anyone after that," Florida coach
Steve Spurrier said. "We know we were
very fortunate with all the bad things
that happened to win this game."
After the victory, the Gators gathered
at the middle of their field, got in a
huge huddle, jumped around and
waved- towels as hundreds of flash
bulbs went off in The Swamp.
"We're going to treat it just like all
the other wins," Spurrier said, asked if
this was one of his biggest. "We have a
lot of room for improvement."
No. 1 FLORIDA ST 42, No. 20
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 11: It wasn't
revenge, but getting even was a kick.
Actually, lots of kicks.
Sebastian Janikowski booted five
field goals and Florida State forced six
turnovers as the top-ranked Seminoles
defeated No. 20 North Carolina State
Saturday.
"We came out strong and they got
paid back," Janikowski said. "That's
the best feeling ever."
Two turnovers by Barnette resulted
in Florida State touchdowns.
Abdual Howard returned one inter-
ception 47 yards for the game's final
scnre and Iamal Revnnlds recovered a

The Huskers (3-0) gave tip 209 pass-
ing yards. and Southern Miss stayed in
the game until a Keyo Craver intercep-
tion sealed the win for Nebraska It was
the second interception of the game for
Craver, who tipped the pass that
Jackson returned for a TD.
No. 7 TEXAS A&M 62, Tt LSA 13
Randy McCown accounted for three
touchdowns. one running and two pass-
ing, including a school-record 96-
yarder to Chris Taylor, as the Aggies
capitalized on six turnovers for a 62-13
victory over Tulsa on Saturday night.
Texas A&M converted the turnovers
into 34 points.
"I thought we started off rough but
then got into a good tempo." A&M
coach R.C. Slocum said. "I was pleased
that a lot of players got into the game
with their families in the stands."
No. 12 GEORGIA TECH 41,
CENTRAL FLORIDA 10
Joe Hamilton rushed for a career-
best 100 yards and two touchdowns,
passed for 161 yards and a score and
guided the No. 12 Yellow Jackets to a
41-10 rout of Central Florida.
"I don't think Central Florida knew
what they were getting into," Hamilton
said. "We needed a win. We needed the
taste of victory in our mouths again.
Unfortunately for them, they were the
next team in the way."
No. 17 SOUTHERN CAL 24, SAN
DIEGO STATE 21:
The 17th-ranked Trojans, favored by
23 points, were taken to the wire in
edging San Diego State 24-21
Saturday.
"We thought it would be an easy
one, it wasn't," said Carson Palmer,
who threw two touchdown passes to
help USC avoid being upset.
Jermaine Watkins returned an inter-
centon off Palmer 62 yards for a

PLAYER OF ThE GAME:
THE DEFENSE
In a sloppy second half,
Michigan's defensive crew
kept the Orangemen from
capitalizing on Michigan's
lack of offensive output.
James Hall and the other six
rushers forced Troy Nunes
into a safety, which clinched
Michigan's third victory.

AP PHOT
A return trip to the national championship bowl seems less likely for Tee Martin after his Volunteers lost to Florida Saturday.
The Swamp lived up - or down - to its name, hosting a sloppy, mucky game in which Florida survived five turnovers.

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