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18 --The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, December 13, 2000
Motor City Bowl icy played in all three and winning
S Marshall (5-1 "Mid- the last two. Thle Bearcats, thtough,
Ameran,7-5 verll) have demonstrated a mastery of
VS. cincinati (5-2 C- Marshall with an all-time record of 5-
USA,7-4 veral,] 2-1 record agatnst thte Tiundering
.Dec. 27, 4 p.m., ESPN Herd.
By Seth Klempner Cineintnati is not a pretty team,
1) sty Sparts Wrter pattittg up maiginal numbers this sea-
soit. But it fteds wsays to win. 'The
The tw O biggest evetits every year Bearcats stretngtlh is thteir running
in Detroit are tite Detroit Autt Shiows, game, which aserages t4t yards per
atid1the Motor City Bossl, game hehittd thte shoulders uof Ray
The only probhlem ?.Ilte Motor City Jacksont.Ilie averages fotur yards per
Bowl, played hetwseett inthle w itter carry
of the Msid Americant Conference and I heir turnarotund and 7-4 record is
the secottd place finisher otf clue itn large part to tilte pet fortlatice
Con ferette USA, is played int of kicker Rick Mitter, wshto sontthle
Pontiac. ILstt Ctoca taward hfor collegiate
Marshall1 camte hack from a dtsap- Kicker of tlte Year ted was natted a
pointing early seasonttoitgo 5-1intttits first team Ail-Americatn. Mittter
last six gamnes. Qu.arterback Byrotnt brotke the scltotl sitngle-season recoird
Leftwicht, despite haintg the task of fot- poittts wsitht 1114 atndssettt 2tt-fsr-
replacing Chad Pentingttton, thtrew (oir 29 ott field gotals.
3,348 yards atnd 21 touchtdossnis this (itncinniati's resume thtis seaston
season. 'The Thttnderintg fletchalsoincttltudesis itover Syrateuse antd
bring esecitAll-Mid Ametietconthtett-No. 20 SothtlerntMississippi,a
(conferettce fitst tealili player s, fie (si'thtre e puointtlhss itotentNit. 5
wiho platy uot defenuse. WAisconsitanid t secittd]tlatce fintishi
Marshajl l hts also demotttttrated IniConfieence (tSA,.
ttastery of' tie Mtori City IBowsl,.hits- Thle Bearcatis atnd 'Iliutderitig INerd

Players to watch:
Cincinnati:
Rick Minter, K
Ray Jackson, RB
Marshall:
Byron Leftwich, QB
Nate Pool, WR
Why Cincinnati can win?
The Bearcats can poand it on
the giond, and air it out.
Kicker Minter is automatic.
Why Marshall can win?
The Thandering Herd has boon
here before, and won it twice.
Leftwtch has been phenomenal
lining op behind center.
htaie pat ap stiiltr tUttiets this seat-
son, withtMatrsh~all hotldintg a 3.5
ptittts per game advantage sffentsise
ly. Boteavese allutied 23.6tptiints per
gamte cut defetnse. ie edge illttait
uifetnse goes to Mattshll . isitht 4110.5
Yatrds per gatmte. Cinucinntiiaulsuo
alloy's 16ft tttie ytrds per gamte ott lie
Seasoni.

'-.Micron PC Bowl
- Minnesota (4-4 Big Ten,
r 7-5 overall) vs. !North
Carolina St. (4-4 ACC,
7-4 overall)
Dec. 28, 7 p.m., TBS
By Nick Kacher
D~aly Spts Wtier
Mintiesota antd Northl Carolitta State
etact begathte seaisont ott tpiositivetttte
by witigtttiglieuftst tlttee gatmes. With
eacht sit, thoaghts of New Year-sDuty
btowsl gamtes statrted to creep intothtle
baickuf thteirmtntds.
t'hent, teality stritek for botth teatmtt
anid thtey nttis fittd tltettselsves initte
Micrivipecoin Bssott 1n3cc. 28 itt
Miami. Still, thte CGoldeitGotphters (4-4
Bug Tent,ft-5 oserall) anud thte Woltback
(3-4 AtCC., 7-4) both wantt to enttchle sea-
soit on a gited nitte atnd gaitt somte
tnontentuntttaut could catrry otier tuo text
scuisuti.
Mcintnesttuisill be travselinig tot atbotil
gatmte hit its secuottutcittsecatisve year
laigely iuatnks tut its triple ilircit. Icllis
Retlititu led thte attack, ruashingtiafr 1,12'
as, and itu s amontitg the nationis Ilead-

ers itt al-purpose yatrds. Juttiotr quatr-
baick '1Tutavis Cole threw fir itearly 1,800
yuards uttd IItucltdowns. Cules itaitn
target wats wide receiver Rott tohnsotn
who casght 59 passes fotr 1,067 yatds
atnd I1 touchcdoswns. Johntscitiproved this
year that he was one of the top receivers
itt the ctonferetnce atnd the natioin.
NiorithCuirolina Stae, untder te direc-
tion of first-yeatr cotacht Chuck Atnatoi,
will platy in the Microntpeco ou(wl1 for
the secoind tite in three seaisonis.
"I ititnkise'vetad a greut season"
Amauto said. "We did prithably better
ta.a loi t fteoplle thought ise wotald,
tttclutdintgsac."
Simtilar to its oppontienti, Notrt
Cartoltinua Stuate has ut trist of superstars
that havse led ite itemtt its success. At
the begintiitgtof ite seatsont, it iss
unfutreseeuable that truic-freshtmtan quar-
terhack, Phislip Risers, iwotuld itroswfur
tmtore thtuat 3,000))yaruds. No otne ealtect-
cdl receisver Koreit Robitisoit, a ntual
athllete, ito he so etinsistenttly dotinttittas
a sotphottore. But the biggest sarprise otf
all caetitrohm littohutkel lsti 'isler
whoii fittished the seasititas otte of ite
cout-rys lcuding t "icklers. utiveraugitg
14.4 taickles per gamtte.

YS.
Players to
watch:
Minnesota:
Tellis Redmon, RB
Travis Cole, QB
N.C. State:
Koren Robinson, WB
Levar Fisher, LB
Why Minnesota can win
Big Ten schedule gives Golden
Gophers significant edge. Young
team is playing in second
straight bowl.
Why N.C. State can win
Robinson has been nothing
short of spectacular for the
\iolfpack. Gophers young sec-
ondary mill suffer.
Whlile it ity itot be ite Oranige Bits
sir Rotse Bowl, hboth Notrt Cartolinat Stut
and Mitnesota tie going dlossnt tstt
cin itlourida to wsin. It shitald Iteut greu
baittle hetweet too siattig quaterback:
and thteit star wuide teceivers, atnd cooil
be a piesviesv of gsiud thitigs to conte f
buith ptrogramtts.

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