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Friday, September 24, 1999 -- The Michigan Daily - 19

Randle El hopes to give
Indiana a winning option

Randle El might be the antidote to
P n State's aggressive defense.
he thrilling option quarterback
trying to turn around Indiana's for-
tunes should test the Nittany Lions'
defense. Now, if only Indiana's
porous defense can stop Penn State,
there might be a good game Saturday
in Beaver Stadium as the Hoosiers
(1-2) and the No. 2 Nittany Lions (4-
0) open their Big Ten seasons.
"We've got to focus on stopping
their overall offense and then try to
d a way to attack different parts of
it defense," said Indiana- coach
Cam Cameron, whose team is proba-
bly too young to do either. "But I
don't see any weaknesses at this
There might be one: Penn State's
defense, so touted before the season,
has given up enough yards to be
ranked no higher than seventh in Big
Ten statistics.
lame the tough non-conference
edule, but last week gave cause
for concern. Facing No. 9 Miami, the
defense had a spectacular first half,
then ended up surrendering 320
yards, two late touchdowns and the
fourth-quarter lead.
Only a fourth-and-two stop and a
big Touchdown on offense kept the
Lions from leaving Florida wonder-

ing what went wrong.
By attacking the outside,
Hurricanes tailback James Jackson
rushed for 129 yards to become the
first back to gain more than 100
yards against Penn State in 15 games.
On his 39-yard touchdown, he took
advantage of good blocking, but
Penn State's over-aggressiveness
allowed him to sprint into the end
The Lions expect the same sort of
workout from Randle El, whose 514
yards passing and 295 yards rushing
account for 70 percent of the
Hoosiers' total offense.
Penn State linebacker LaVar
Arrington said he runs the option
like Donovan McNabb, the Syracuse
quarterback drafted No. 2 by the
Philadelphia Eagles.
"We've got to find a way to stop
that speed to the outside," Arrington
said. "I think Randle El is one of the
best quarterbacks around. He's going
to cause some problems for us. We're
just going to have to be disciplined in
our assignments."
The last time Penn State faced a
true option quarterback was last
November against Wisconsin, when
Mike Samuel rushed for 89 yards and
a touchdown in the Badgers' 24-3
vi Ector.
Randle El noticed some cracks in

the Lions defense. He said he thinks
they have a way to attack it. "I'd
rather not say right now," he
For Indiana, the problem is that
Randle El can lead his team to touch-
down after touchdown - and still find
his team trailing. The Hoosiers put
up 30 points against North Carolina
and 35 against Kentucky, and lost
both games as the defense gave up
nearly 1,000 yards and 86 points.
So for the Lions, who proved they
can throw the ball, this would be a
great time to get their running game
back on track.
Penn State had 65 yards against
Pittsburgh and only 110 yards
against Miami.
"It's going to come," Kevin
Thompson said Tuesday. "We're
,going to work on it this week, as far
as staying on assignments, staying on
blocks. We'll get it going."
Penn State coach Joe Paterno
thinks so, too. But true to form, he
isn't banking on an easy victory.
"Weihave eight wars ahead ofus
now. Eight wars. Everybody in the
Big Ten is tough. They are all physi-
cal. Every one is capable of beating
us," he said. "I don't think I will have
a very tough job selling that to our


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Paus, Poli-Dixon out for UCLA

LOS ANGELES - Standout wide
receiver Brian Poli-Dixon, a key
member of UCLA's Rose Bowl team
last year, has a broken right wrist and
will be sidelined for the remainder of
this season.
Poli-Dixon, a junior, was hurt dur-
erSaturday night's 35-21 victory
rFresno State, but the severity of
the injury wasn't determined until
Wednesday, UCLA spokesman Marc
Dellins said.
Dellins also said quarterback Cory
Paus, who made his first career start
against Fresno State, definitely
won't play when the 18th-ranked
Bruins open their Pac-10 season
Saturday at Stanford because of a

bruised chest and strained neck.
Paus completed 9-of-12 passes for
113 yards and one touchdown before
being injured when sacked early in
the second quarter against Fresno
He will be replaced by Drew
Bennett, who completed 13-of-24
passes for 176 yards and two touch-
downs against the Bulldogs.
Poli-Dixon caught eight passes for
101 yards and one touchdown this
Since he hasn't used a redshirt sea-
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medical redshirt year since he's
played in only three games, and be
eligible for two more seasons.

Poli-Dixon, who has been fitted
with a cast, caught 44 passes for 712
yards and 10 touchdowns last sea-
Dellins said wide receiver Danny
Farmer, who has missed two of
UCLA's three games because of a
sprained left ankle including the
Fresno State game, will play against
Farmer, who caught 58 passes for
1,274 yards as a junior last year, had
three receptions for 56 yards in his
only game this season.
UCLA (2-1) brings a 15-game
conference winning streak into the
game against the Cardinal (2-0 Pac
10, 2-1 overall).

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