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GAME STATISTICS

Team Stats
First Downs
Rushes/Yards
Passing Yards
Offensive Plays
Total Offense
Return Yards
Comp/Att/int
Punts/Avg
Fumbles/Lost
Penalties/Yards
Tme of Pass

MICH
16
46/263
11 .
74
374
135
8/28'
9/44.4
1/1
2/25
31:28

UCLA
24
39/126
268
80
394
67
22/4;/C,
9/48 1
4/3
6133
28:32

Navarre succumbs to big-game pressure

QBWATCH

PASSING
Player
Navarre
Totals
RUSHING
Player
Thomas
Perry
Askew
Terrel
Fargas
Navarre
Totals
RECEIVING
Player
Terreli
Walker
homas
Joppru
Askev
Totals
PUNTING
Player
Epsteirn
Totals

M I C H S GA N
C-A Yds TO
8-28 " : 1
8-28 ti1 1 1

Att
24
11
4
4
2
46
No.
4
1
1
8

Yds
182
41
'2
8
263

Avg
7.6
3.7
3.8
2.U
2.0
25
5.7

Lg
68
14
7
?2
37
11
9
2
37

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

Yds Avg
82 20.5
7 7.0
2 2.0
1 13.9

No.
9

Yds Avg Lg
400 44.5 60
400 44.4 60

KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No.
Fargas 1
3rossm
Totals 2
PUNT RETURNS
Player No.
Bellamy 5
Totals 5
DEFENSE
Player
Patmon
Foote
Drake
-eueur
"Boebert
Hobson
Whitley
Jordian
Fargas
Curry
Brackins
Howard
Rose
Rumishek
B. W'illamns
Diggs
Lazarus
Brar idt
Orr
Coleman
Stevens

Yds
36
21
57

Avg
36.0
21.0
28.5

Lg
36
21
36

Yds Avg Lg
78 15.6 35
78 15.6 35

Solo
J
4
4
4
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
Yds
O
0

Asst
0
0
a
r.
C>
0
(3
0
0
Ck
0
r.
0
0
C:
0
0

TD
0
0
0
TD
O
0
Tot
5
5
4
4
4
4
4
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
p TO
z 0
0
1 0
6 0

By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Editor
PASADENA, Calif. - In what may
have been his last game before Drew
Henson returns, John Navarre showed the
more inexperienced side of himself.
Instead of the confident, poised 6-foot-
6 team leader from the past two weekends,
Navarre suddenly seemed like a young
quarterback again. He hid his head as he
walked onto the bus from the lockerroom
after Michigan's 23-20 loss to UCLA on
Saturday, trying to avoid the media:
Navarre's second-half performance
suggested that he was not ready to face
that type of opponent this early in his
career.
The Bruins have one returning starter in
their secondary, making the rest of them
on par with Navarre for starting experi-
ence. Yet Navarre completed just one of
10 passes in the second half - a 37-
yarder to Terrell, who said that UCLA's
coverage wasn't what shut the Wolverines
down.
And for his finale, he threw the first
interception of his three-game career.
Navarre threw a third-and-nine intercep-
tion from the UCLA 25 with 1:28 left to
play. The play forced Navarre to leave the'
field without a chance to redeem himself.
"You are going to make mistakes. That's
what a young quarterback goes through,"
coach Lloyd Carr said.
Carr spent last season rotating Henson
into a two quarterback system with Tom
Brady in order to prepare him for this year
- his first as a starter. But Henson broke
his right foot a week and a half before the
season began.
The injured quarterback was walking
the sidelines during the loss to UCLA but
wouldn't comment on whether he would
be back for the Big Ten opener this
Saturday at No. 19 Illinois. He started jog-
ging last week and at the time of his

surgery was projected to be this week.
Carr said that UCLA didn't trick the
Wolverines or surprise them with unusual
plays. It was business as usual for the
Bruins, but Navarre simply wasn't used to
that kind of business.
"They did the things we thought they
would do," Carr said. "They mixed cover-
ages. But until you can see those things in
a game it's tough to be ready for them. It's
part of the maturation process."
The temperature read 110 degrees on
the field; the largest Rose Bowl crowd
ever for a nonconference game was
screaming with excitement when he made
a mistake; but more importantly the team
that was staring Navarre in the face was a
top 25 opponent - not Bowling Green,
not Rice.
Navarre began the game hesitant, tak-
ing a hit behind the line of scrimmage,
forcing an incomplete pass to Marquise
Walker, throwing a tipped pass and final-
ly a completion.
The afternoon's only bright spot for
Navarre came on a touchdown pass to
Terrell in the second quarter. It came on
the first play aftera recovered fumble. But
even that throw didn't show great form -
he threw into double coverage forcing
Terrell to leap over both of the corner-
backs.
Terrell defended Navarre, saying that
his struggles were a direct result of the
team's struggles.
"The heat wasn't a factor, their cover-
age wasn't a factor," Terrell said. "We did-
n't make the plays. The defense played
their hearts out and that's that. When the
offense doesn't score and puts the defense
in situations like that, what can you do?"
The simple answer is that teams like
Rice and Bowling Green can't possibly
piepare a quarterback for what he will
iace against a top program. And it's to be
c\pected that his first snaps in front of an
upper-echelon team will not be his best

nor his last.
"I don't know any redshirt freshman
quarterback that doesn't have growing
pains, Carr said. "He's going to make
mistakes.
But whether or not Henson returns this
weekend or the weekend after, Navarre
has that one big test behind him. He was
introduced to big-conference football 0
Saturday and he made mistakes.
Another test may await him this week
against the Fighting Illini, who have only
allowed three touchdowns in their 3-0
start. And if he starts again, that test will
be if he can rebound from his first loss.
"The mark of a true championship
team is how they prepare for the next
team they face," senior cornerback
James Whitley said. "We have to go to
Champaign and face another tot
crowd on the road. We have to prepare
well and we have to win"

AP PHOTO
Navarre's numbers for the first
three game:
vs. Bowling Green:
15-of-19, 265 yards, 4 TD

vs. Rice:
10-of-15, 129 yards, 3 TD
vs. UCLA:
8-of-28, 111 yards, 1 TD, 1

I NTl

PASS DEFENSE
Player1
Curry
Foote
LeSueur
Whitley
Totals

Int
0
0
0
0
0

l
0
0
0
0
0

Brk-up
2

- JOLA

PASSING
Player
McCanr.
POli-Dixoit
Totals

C-A
21-40
1-1
22.41

RUSHING
Player At
Foster 24
Lewis 7
erema-Stansbury 7
Bennet, 1
MnCann 3
Totals 3
RECEIVING
Player No.
Mitchell 10
Poli-Dixon 4
leremia-Stansbury
Oubravac 1
SFletche, 1
Seidma,; 1
Crecion 1
Foster 1
Totals 22
PUNTING
Player
Fikse
Totals
KICKOF RETURNS
Player No.
Perry 2
Totai 2
PUNT RETURNS
Player No.
Manning 4
Totals 4
DEFENSE
Player
And:rso
White
Thomas
Maning
Nece
Zdenek
Leisle
Fikse
Williams
Short
Morgan
Coleman.
Kocher
Bell
Reese
Seidma-
B. Fletcher
Stephens
Attar

S Yos
0 236
1 268
Yds Avg
95 4.0
34 4,9
. 3.0
:0
126 3.2

TV
2
C)
2
Lg
23
14
3
3
29
L~g
23
20
32
22
1?
7
3
32

Int
0
0
TD
0
C:
C
1
TO
C
1
c
0
0
0
C,
2

LOUIS BROWN/Daily
Michigan redshirt freshman quarterback John Navarre went 1-for-10 in the
second half of Saturday's contest at UCLA.
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JUSTIN
inz second ka {fIThe so
Thesol
FRANCESCUTTI faretde
Continued from Page 18 fared e
an extra point and two field goals (that's misses from 20. 24 onlspe
and 46). On the other, he sees Navarre, the redshirt freshman
who entered the game as the nation's best passe:, but now had Fargas
only eight completions in 27 tries. havoc
Nowhere to pass, nowhere to kick -- Michigan went forcing
nowhere. that ev
Oh they ran a couple reverses, tried to run the ball up the to a Da
middle, the Wolverines' lone promising stat (272 yards rush- touchd
ing). But when the game is on the line, and the seconds are made a
ticking off the clock, you need a passer and a kicker. hits on
Credit UCLA all you want, but their mistakes in this game coveraj
will come to haunt them-later. It seems only Michigan didn't
want to capitalize on them.
Remember for the future. Michigan lost a game that was
handed to them. They're 0-1 on the season --- national champi-
onship dreams all but gone. Wake up Wolverines - these wins
don't just come to you. BR
No matter how hard you cr,,. LOUIS BRO
-- Mark Fa ncescutli can be reached at in -acesktuflich.CdU.

FARGAS:
phomore
ed to his
California and
xtremely well
cial teams.
wreaked
on UCLA,
a fumble
entually led
avid Terrell
own. He also
a couple of
punt
ge.

Yds
137
44
12
32
22
268

Avg
13.7
40
32.0
7
3.0
12.2

CALIFORNIA HOMECOMINGS & SHORTCOMINGS

HAYDEN EPSTEIN: Epstein had a horrendous
outing which directly impacted the out-
come. Epstein missed two field goals, 46
and 24 yards, the latter of which cost
Michigan a chance to tie late in the
fourth quarter. Epstein's missed extra
point in the first quarter got things off to
a bad start.
The last kick, the 24-yarder, was doomed
from the start. Michigan foolishly rushed
to get the play off before the play clock
expired - the five yards wouldn't have
affected the kick, and in fact would have
made it a better angle for Epstein - the
snap was fumbled and the kick was pull-
hooked. Coming home was not exactly a
coronation for Epstein.

0:

N' Yds Avg Lg
9 433 48.1 74
9 433 48. 74

Yds Avg Lg
47 235 25
47 21.5 25

Yds
20
20
Solo
6
6
5
6
-7
3
.3
1
0
C
0
Yds
28
.3
0
0

Avg Lg
50 8
5.0 8
Asst T
2
2
0
0
1
U

TD
O
0
TD
0
Tot
8
7
7
6
4
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
TD
0
20
1 {"
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1 6'ih'f E

2D QUINN.
'W N1 Dady

....,

Wolverines let victory slip away in Pasadena, 23-20

BRUINS
Continued from Page18
oreak.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said Navarre's
inexperience against ranked opponents may
have been a factor, acknowledging that more
difficult coverage patterns and pass rushes may
have flustered-Navarre, who has not had "the
opportunity to see those things live," Carr said.
Having such an opportunity is "part of the mat-
uration process," he said.
Meanwhile, McCann's third career start was
a successful campaign .The sophomore passed
for 236 yards, two touchdowns, and had the

pleasure of kneeling three times
the clock.

to dispose of

As the seconds blurred away in the 110-
degree heat, seasoned Wolverines stared help-
lessly.
Some had trouble believing it was reality.
"We've done it so many times before," senior
Steve Hutchinson said. "I really thought we
were going to come back and win. It was kind
of sad."
Puffy eves and red faces boarding the
Michigan bus said that just as easily - espe-
cially those of seniors, whose national title
aspirations this season seem defeated.
With the exception of a hard-luck fumble,

senior Anthony Thomas delivered a strong per-
formance. His breakaway in the first quarter
netted Michigan 68 yards and the game's first
touchdown.
Michigan might have been on the board ear-
lier, but senior James Whitley dropped a sure
interception inside the UCLA 10 in the first
quarter.
That gaffe was not anamolous in Michigan's
defensive secondary, which gave up 160 yards
in the second half.
Things turned sour for the Wolverines after
cornerback Jeremy LeSueur misjudged a wob-
bly, third-down desperation lob from McCann.
LeSueur overran the pickoff attempt, and

PASS DEFENSE
Player
Stephens
Zdenek
Anderson
Bell
Totals

Int
1
0

Lng
28
0
C:
0

Brk-up

I

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PLAYERU or- HE GAJIE-

STAFF PICKS
WEEK 2 SEECT1ONS
ALL PICKS MADE AGAINST THE SPREAD.
HOME TEAMS IN CAPS.
Michigan (-4.5) vs UCLA
Virginia Tech (-34) vs. Rutgers
Illinois (-15) vs. California
Iowa State (-2.5) vs. Iowa
OHIO STATE (-23) vs. Miami (OH)
MINNESOTA 1-8.5) vs. Baylor
PurduI -5;i vs NOTRE DAME

David
Den Herder

Chris
Duprey
UCLA
Rutgers
California
Iowa State
Ohio State
Minnesota
Purdue

Mark
Francescutti
Michigan
Virginia Tech
Illinois
Iowa State
Miami
Minnesota
Purdue

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Freddie Mitchell caught it to keep the drive
alive.
UCLA tailback DeShaun Foster made
Michigan pay, sweeping in for the touchdown
and igniting the Bruins' unlikely rally.
McCann took the reins from there, marcil*
the Bruins 80 yards, then 85 yards in two
touchdown drives Michigan was hapless to
resist.
"I told Ryan this was his game to win,"
UCLA coach Bob Toledo said.
And if anything could seem completely real
in Saturday's exhausting haze, it was only the
obvious.
This was Michigan's game to lose.
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UCLA 23-20
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Illinois 19-17
Iowa State 24-14
Ohio state 27-16
Minnesota 34-9
Notre Dame 23-21

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