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Last Week

October 2, 1999 - Fo

3F - The Michigan Daily - Football Saturday - October 2, 1999

Last Week

Michigan 21, Wisconsin 16

Terrell first to test
celebration rule

Defense shuts out
Davne in second half


ly Andy Latack
)aily Sports Editor
MADISON - For Ron Davne, start-
ng the game with 88 first-half rushing
ards is impressive. Finishing it with the
ame numbers isn t.
The Michigan defense didn't allow
)avne a single rushing yard in the sec-
)nd half, leading the charge as the
Aioixerines defeated Wisconsin.21-16,
m Saturdav. After taking an early 14-0
cad. No. 4 Michigan (1-0 Big Ten, 4-0
Ovcrall) survived a late Wisconsin
ouchdown to come away from Camp
andall Stadium with a win in its Big
Fen opener.
Michigan quarterback Tom Brady
ilaved one of the best games of his
:areer, completing 17 of his 27 passes
br 217 yards and two touchdowns. He
eft the game after sustaining a vicious
ourth-quarter hit.
In the first quarter, with Michigan's
unning game still stagnant, Brady took
.ontrol of the passing attack.
Ile threw for his first two touchdowns
>f the season, including a third-quarter
trike to DiAllo Johnson that was the
lifference in the game.
"It was a typical Michigan-Wisconsin
aotball game," Michigan coach Lloyd
.arr said. "I thought it was very physi-
al and hard-hitting. Wisconsin did a
remendous job against us defensively,
iarticularly against the run."
The 1 7th-ranked Badgers (0-1, 2-2),
tuffed Michigan's rushing attack,
vhich struggled for the third straight
orty-five of Michigan's 94 total yards
m the ground came courtesy of wide
eceiver David Terrell, who scored
vlichigan's second touchdown on a
pectacular double-reverse that caught
he Wisconsin defense off guard.
With 1:19 remaining in the first quar-
er, Brady pitched the ball to Anthony
Fhoinas, who began running around the
ight side with fullback Aaron Shea as a
cad blocker. Thomas then handed the
>all to a streaking Marcus Knight, who
vas sprinting in the opposite direction,
naking the play appear to be a reverse.
Just as the Wisconsin defense began
)ursuing Knight, he handed the ball to
Ferrell, who had come around from his
;plit end position and was running right.
Jsing the downfield blocking of Shea
tnd Thomas, who had continued in the
Jirection in which they started, Terrell
lanced untouched into the end zone,
giving Michigan the early 14-0 lead.
"Thomas and Shea gave me two key
blocks downfield, and that really sprung
t open," Terrell said. "Coach Carr
could've walked in the end zone on that
ne "
It was another standout game for
Terrell, who caught seven passes for 88

yards in addition to his run on the
reverse. But Terrell, never one to con-
ceal his emotions, was flagged for an
excessive celebration penalty after a
tremendous 40-yard grab over'
Wisconsin cornerback Jamar Fletcher
in the third quarter.
The penalty moved the ball from the
Wisconsin 23 - where Terrell made the
catch - to the Wisconsin 38, placing
Michigan out of field goal range. The
Wolverines would not score on the
drive, and Carr was not pleased with his
upstart receiver.
"David is an emotional guy, but when
it hurts our team, I'm mad about it,"
Carr said. "He cost us a good chance at
three points."
Terrell and the rest of Michigan's
steady receiving corps "vere key ele-
ments in the win. Carr, refusing to wait
for the running game to get. on track,
opened the contest with an uncharacter-
istic emphasis on the pass.
Pinned at their own 10-yard line after
stuffing Wisconsin on its opening pos-
session, the Wolverines went to the air
early and often on their first scoring
drive. Brady converted four straight
third-down possessions as he marched
the team downfield and also displayed
some elusiveness, twice evading the
rush and throwing completions on the
The second of those hurried attempts
came on a third-and-three at the
Wisconsin eight-yard line. Brady stayed
in the pocketuntil it collapsed, then
took a few steps and lofted a pass to
Shea, who had shed his defender in the
left corner of the end zone, giving
Michigan the 7-0 lead and early
Brady sat out the second quarter
while Carr continued to alternate him
and Drew Henson during first-half
quarterbacking duties. But Brady's effi-
cient first quarter - 9-of-13 for 79
yards - earned him the job for the sec-
ond half.
Then, just minutes after his touch-
down pass to Johnson, Brady would get
a scare. With II minutes left in the
fourth quarter, Brady was leveled by
Wisconsin linebacker Chris Ghidorzi as
he released the ball.
Ghidorzi drove Brady into the artifi-
cial turf, where he lay prone for a few
seconds. He then attempted to sit up,
only to stop and have his head crash
back onto the turf. He lay on the field
for a while before coming out of the
game, not seriously injured but his bell
rung nonetheless. After the game,
Brady said his jaw still hurt.
"He's shaken up, but Brady's as tough
as they come," Carr said. "He'll be

By Andy Latack
Daily Sports Editor
MADISON - Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr has been supportive of this
year's stricter NCAA rules on player
celebrations. Before his team was
slapped with one of the 15-yard penal-
The same rule that gave Michigan a
head start on its game-winning drive
against Notre Dame worked the other
way on Saturday, when wide receiver
David Terrell was flagged for excessive
celebration after one of his many
impressive receptions.
Leading 14-9, the penalty was detri-
mental because it moved the Wolverines
out of field goal range and they did not
score on a possession when points
would have been crucial.
So, how about the rule now, coach?
"Sportsmanship is important, and I
think the college game is trying to set an
example for young kids," Carr said. "I
think the intent of the rule is good, but
you hate to see a game impacted
because of it."
Terrell, one of the more flamboyant
members of the team, had just made a
leaping catch on the right sideline when
he drew the flag. After the catch, he
stood up, placed his hands on his hips
and saluted the Camp Randall crowd.
Flags followed shortly thereafter.
"It all happened pretty quick," Terrell
said of the play. He also half-heartedly
offered that he was just reaching to put
his mouthpiece in his facemask, rather
than saluting - a claim that replays

clearly disprove. An angry Carr came
out to meet Terrell before he had even
reached the sideline.
"I was mad, I'm still mad and I'm
going to be mad," Carr said. "Thus far,
we've been a very disciplined football
team, and David's penalty is not charac-
teristic of our team."
Terrell, despite his strong showing,
had the sound of someone who was in
the doghouse after the game.
"I live and learn off of it," Terrell said.
"I'm in trouble, though."
DIALLO DELIVERS: Wide receiver
DiAllo Johnson, quiet so far this sea-
son, came up with a big play on
Saturday. Johnson, who had offseason
knee surgery and one reception coming
into Saturday's game, caught the decid-
ing touchdown pass from Michigan
quarterback Tom Brady in the third
It was a slant-and-go route, with
Johnson faking a quick slant pattern,
receiving a pump fake from Brady, and
then running deep. It worked to perfec-
tion, as Wisconsin cornerback Mike
Echols bit on the fake and couldn't
catch up with Johnson in time to bat
down the 23-yard toss.
"They had been coming up on the
slants the whole game," Johnson said.
"We were just begging Coach Carr to
call the slant-and-go."
BARRY IN THE Box: Wisconsin
coach Barry Alvarez, hobbled by knee
surgery earlier in the week, was forced
to coach his team from the pressbox.
And Alvarez, just four wins away from

David Terrell a penalty for unsports
game has been ineffective. After
ing for 132 yards in the season o
against Notre Dame, running
Anthony Thomas was held to ji
yards on 22 carries - an average
yards per carry.
This area continues to be a co
for Carr, especially as the weather
ens and passing the ball becomes
"You're going to come to a
where you have to run the ball,

Celebrating this 40-yard reception earnedI
like conduct in the third quarter.
becoming the Badgers' winningest
coach, had a tough time not being down
on the field with his team.
"It's very difficult," Alvarez said. "I
just have so much energy pent up
because I can't walk around. I haven't
spent my emotions."
"Those kids are used to seeing Barry
down there," Carr said. "Because
they're accustomed to that, it might be
tough (not to have him down there).'
third straight game, Michigan's ground

Breaks go Blue's way yet again

Michigan's defense held Wisconsin's star, Ron Dayne, in check last week. But can they do the same to Purdue's Drew Brees?
Thegood and bad of the QB -rotto.n

MADISON - One play, one
perfectly executed tackle by
Chris Ghidorzi, and Lloyd
Carr's meticulous-
ly monitored
quarterback situa- Rick
tion could have Freeman
come come crash-
ing down the sec-
ond Tom Brady's
head hit the turf.
The replays
showed it again
and again - he
broke into
Michigan's back- FREEMAN OF
field untouched, EPE
lowered his shoul-
der, and took off.
Brady doesn't remember much after
that. What everyone else saw was
Brady, motionless on the Camp
Randall Stadium field. He lifted his
head for a moment, and then it fell


hard back to the ground. Anthony
Thomas motioned frantically for a
trainer, and help came rushing out.
As they ministered to Brady, Drew
Henson stepped on the field and hur-
riedly began warming up.
Suddenly, having two starter-caliber
quarterbacks seemed a better idea than
ever. Less than two hours before, it had
never seemed worse.
The ugly side
Michigan's offense started off the
the game on its own 10-yard line. It
tried to establish the running game
early. It went nowhere. A personal foul
called on Wisconsin kept the
Wolverines alive.
And then, Brady came alive. He
engineered a 90-yard drive that ended
with his first touchdown pass since
January, a floater to Aaron Shea.
Although Michigan's second'touch-
down came on the ground, on the sec-
ond play of a drive; Brady had clearly

played his best opening quarter of the
year. He completed nine passes -
enough for some entire games at
On his final drive, he threw two
incompletions, and just before the
quarter ended, Michigan punted. But
the drive began with 49 seconds left in
the quarter. At similar points against
Syracuse and Rice, Henson would
come onto the field, because most of
that drive would be played in the sec-
ond quarter.
In this case, Brady got the nod.
Maybe Lloyd knew the drive would
end just before the quarter did. Maybe.
Brady may have earned himself the
extra 49 seconds, but the second quar-
ter could not be his.
There was a plan. Lloyd could not
Henson came in, and Michigan's
offense lost the wave it seemed to ride
See FREEMAN, next page

By Rick Freeman
Daily Sports Editor
MADISON - Call it luck, call it get-
ting the breaks, call it whatever you like.
Michigan can call it a big help after
Saturday's game. '
It's just possible that plain luck
favored Michigan on Saturday - and
went against Wisconsin for the second
week in a row.
In the second quarter, with Wisconsin
deep in Michigan territory, Chris
Chambers, wide open in the corner of
the end zone, dropped a pass that had six
points all but written on it.
Chambers, almost as wide open as
Notre Dame tight end Jabari Holloway
was three weeks ago, was facing the sun
as he tried to make the catch.
"He said he didn't see the ball" his
coach, Barry Alvarez, explained after the
game. "He got on the phone immediate-
ly to tell me."
Alvarez, who is on crutches after knee
surgery last week, coached Saturday's
game from the press box.
Michigan safety Tommy Hendricks,
who was on the field and the only player
even remotely close to Chambers, saw
things a bit more clearly.

Chambers was Michigan cornerback
Todd Howard's man, but he fell down on
the play.
"I jammed (Nick) Davis hard at the
line, and I think I pushed him into Todd,"
Hendricks said after the game. "That's
really how they designed the play, as a
pick. We got lucky when he dropped the
Michigan's first touchdown drive was-
n't a product of luck, but a good break
helped the Wolverines.
On their first possession, they ran, ran,
ran. And got nowhere fast. On the drive's
third, play, quarterback Tom Brady
scrambled for five yards, which put him
well short of the first down until one
Badger too many piled on.
Wisconsin was whistled for the per-
sonal foul and Michigan had a free set of
downs to work with. Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr made the most of them.
After handing off to Anthony Thomas
once more (for no gain), Carr went to the
The next five plays were passes, and
54 yards later, on the Wisconsin 14,
Michigan ran yet another rushing play
- good for one yard. Two more passes,
and Brady had his first touchdown pass

of the year, Michigan had a 7-0 lead. The
Wolverines had that late-hit call back at
their own 12 to thank for keeping the
drive alive.
This is not the only time this season
that Michigan was lucky. In fact, it
seems in every one of the Wolverines'
three close victories, they've been
helped by a few good breaks - espe-
cially disputed personal foul alls.
In fact, the only time they were penal-
ized on Saturday with a personal foul
was in the third quarter. While trying to
extend Michigan's 14-9 lead, Brady
completed a pass to David Terrell at the
Wisconsin 22.
From there, a field goal would be 39
yards - within range of the ubiquitous
Jeff Del Verne. After the play, though,
Terrell stood up, faced the Camp
Randall crowd, put his hands on his hips,
and then gave a tiny, fingertip salute with
his left index finger.
The result: fifteen yards and out of
field goal range.
"I'm in trouble," Terrell said after-
ward, when his alibi - that he was
reaching for his mouthpiece - was
debunked. So far this season, his team
hasn't been.

Michigan linebacker Larry Foote,
on a fourth-quarter blitz, droppinj

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