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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 18, 2000 - 7B

'M' fails to beat heat; Epstein just fails

By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Editor
PASADENA, Calif. -- Actor Chevy
Chase fared better against the heat than
did the Michigan football team on
Chase, who played All-American dad
Clark W. Griswold in the 1983 film
"Vacation," stumbled across the Arizona
desert in search of a service station that
would repair his broken-down car. He
started out wearing a collared shirt and
jeans and eventually stripped down to
boxers and an undershirt -- but he made
it out in one piece.
The Wolverines did not make it out in
one piece on Saturday. On-field temper-.
atures ranged from 100 to 120 degrees,
and it almost certainly dragged
I Michigan down as the day wore on.

Coach Lloyd Carr's strategic attempts
to keep his defense resting - and in
close proximity to several mist-generat-
ing fans spread along the Michigan side-
line weren't enough.
Michigan led UCLA in time of pos-
session by 5:58 at halftime. But the
Bruins cut that margin in half by the
game's end, taking it to Michigan on a
succession of long drives that cost the
Wolverines fatigue, in addition to the
The Wolverines refused to use the
excruciating temperatures as an excuse.
"I can't blame (the loss) on the heat,"
Michigan cornerback James Whitley
said. "We practiced through the heat all
summer and we were prepared to face
the heat."
Referee Gordon Riese even
approached UCLA coach Bob Toledo at

one point in the game to commiserate
about the heat. Toledo said Riese told
him it was "the hottest game he's ever"
KICKING HIMSELF: Homecoming was
the most sour for kicker Hayden Epstein.
Epstein, a California native, had his
worst game in a Michigan uniform on
Epstein missed an extra point, blew a
46-yard field goal early in the fourth
quarter and shanked a 24-yarder that
would've tied the game with 3:27 left.
The 24-yarder was his most heinous
crime. Set up from the left hash mark,
Epstein never drew the ball over far
enough. The kick stayed left and missed
That makes Epstein 1-for-4 on field
goals this season, including one that was
blocked against Bowling Green.

Epstein refused to comment after the
game, seeking refuge on the team bus.
Senior Jeff Del Verne, a short- and
mid-distance specialist who was 10-for-
12 from under 40 yards last season, has
not seen game action in 2000.
THiNGS GET \ORSE: Defensive line-
man Eric Wilson left the Rose Bowl on
crutches after an undisclosed injury to
his right knee. Asked if he could believe
that, three games into the season, he and
fellow defensive lineman Jake Frvsinger
would be out of commission, Wilson
said, "Never."
Now the Wolverines will be scrapping
to field a defensive unit. Already weak,
part-time players will now become full-
time contributors, whether they're ready
or not.
Wilson said he implored his team-
mates to "step up and be a leader."


After the teams traded fumbles,
with Michigan facing a third-and-
short, UCLA stacks against the
run. Thomas breaks through the
initial line of defense and there's
nothing else to stop him. He rum-
bles for 68 yards and the game's
first score.
Hayden Epstein misses the extra
point, the beginning of a long day
for the Michigan kicker.
Michigan 6, UCLA O
UCLA pulls a gimmick play and
catches Michigan off-guard.
Quarterback Ryan McCann
throws what appears to be a
screen pass to Brian Poli-Dixon.
Poli-Dixon throws downfield to
Jon Dubravac for 32
112 yards.
UCLA's drive stalls and the Bruins
are forced to accept a 29-yard
field goal.
Michigan 6, UCLA 3
Michigan punts on its next drive,
but RickyManning fumbles the
return and Dan Rumishek recov-
ers. The Wolverines take over.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr goes
for the quick strike and it works,
as David Terrell hauls in a 29-yard
touchdown pass from John
Navarre. Michigan's lead would
be its largest of the day.
Michigan 13, UCLA 3

Average temperature
Saturday at UCLA:
110 degrees
Average temperature
summer practice:
78 degrees

on the field
during 'M'

Average temperature last week
during practice in Ann Arbor:
59 degrees

Daily Sports'
boy band:
98 degrees

least favorite


Cincinnati can't shock pesky
Badgers this time around
Notre. Dame slips by Purdue; Michigan State goes to 2-0

MADISON (AP) - Not this year,
Eddie Faulkner, subbing for the
nation's second-leading rusher, scored
on a spinning 16-yard run in overtime as
Wisconsin beat Cincinnati 28-25 on
Saturday to avoid a second straight loss
to the Bearcats.
The Bearcats (2-1) were about to
wreck Wisconsin's season again when
Faulkner bounced off the line and spun
away from safety DeJuan Gossett, who
had him by the sleeve.
"1 thought we let one slip away
today," Cincinnati coach Rick Minter
As Faulkner pranced into the end
zone, the Badgers (3-0) stormed the end
zone, relieved after their third straight
close call.
"I don't even remember the last run,
to.tell you the truth," Faulkner said. "I
just rememher coming to the line of
scrimmage and seeing the opening.
When the safety rubbed offt I was like,
I've got to get in now if it's 1-on-I.'
in addition to star running back
Michael Bennett, the Badgers were
without their two best defensive players
(tackle Wendell Bryant and All-
American cornerback Jamar Fletcher)

and their top two receivers (Chris
Chambers and Nick Davis).
They were among a dozen players
who served suspensions for receiving
unadvertised discounts at a shoe store.
The Badgers, whose suspensions end
after next week's Big Ten opener against
Northwestern, sat five starters.
Antonio Chatman returned the kickoff
26 yards to the Bearcats' 33, then caught
passes of 12, 13 and 13 yards from
Deontev Kenner before Jason
Mammarelli -- whose 47-yard field
goal on the last play beat the Orangemen
-- kicked a 46-vard field goal as time
In overtime, Cincinnati's Jonathan
Ruffin, who missed an extra point in the
fourth quarter, kicked a 20-yard field
goal for a 25-22 lead.
No. 21 Nom D.UME 23, No. 13
PUDtvi 21: Though Gary Godsev
couldn't run the option, he ran the Notre
Dame offense well enough to help the
Irish take advantage of numerous Purdue
mistakes. The Irish scored 17 points off
Purdue miscues and Nick Setta kicked a
38-yard field goal as time expired to give
Notre Dame a 23-21 victory over the
Boilermakers on Saturday. The loss was
the 12th straight for Purdue at Notre

Dame (2-1).
Godsey, a sophomore making his first
start, completed 14 passes - one more
than Purdue's Drew Brees managed
against Notre Dame and one more than
Arnaz Battle did in Notre Dame's first
two games.
"I did'? Wow, sweet,' Godsey said
when told.
One of his biggest passes came late in
the fourth quarter on a third-and-10 from
the Notre Dame 37. He connected with
Javin Hunter on a 15-yard pass to keep
the drive going. Godsey, a sophomore
recruited to Notre Dame as a tight end,
followed that with an Il-yard pass to
David Givens.
"You've got to give No. 14 credit. It
was a limited game plan but he found a
way to get us down there and get us a
field goal at the end," Irish coach Bob
Davie said.
Asked what GJodsey was thinking .. ,
before that drive, Davie said: "I was
to shim. AP PHOTO
afraidt askohig Notre Dame quarterback Gary Godsey (14) heads towards the end zone on a nine-
That was one thing I didn't want toyard touchdown run against Purdue on Saturday.
find out."

rcCann comes out of the locker
oom and leads UCLA on an 80-
ard 7 14-play drive that culmi-
nates in a Foster run for a score.
Michigan 13, UCLA 10
After the teams traded punts.
Michigan began to establish its
unning game. The Wolverines
mnoved 57 yards in five plays for a
touchdown. Four of the five plays
were rushes. Chris Perry finished
the drive with a nine-yard sweep.
Michigan 20, UCLA 10
rhe Bruins come back in methodi-
cal fashion, moving 80 yards in
10 plays to close the gap to three
points once again. A wide-open
Poli-Dixon in the end zone is an
easy strike for McCann and
Michigan 20. UCLA 17
Michigan drives right back, b.t
stalls out at the UCLA 29. A field
goal would give the Wolverines a
six-point lead, but Epstein's field
goal is wide right, his second
missed kick of the afternoon.
Only a UCLA fumble prevents the
Bruins from taking the lead right
away. Instead, Michigan takes a
three-and-outand punts. The
Bruins don't bumble their next
drive, culminating in a two-yard id
touchdown blooper to Ed leremia-
The point-after is missed, keeping
the margin three points.
UCLA 23, Michigan 20
Another Michigan drive culmni-
nates in another field goal oppor-
tunity. Epstein misses yet another
'ick - this time a 24-yarder, wide
Michigan gets the ball back for
one final try. Facing 3rd-and-riie,
Navarre forced a pass through the
middle and Jason Stephens
picked it off, killing Michigan's
chances of kicking the game-
tying field goal.
Final. UCLA 23, Michigan 20
Michigan faces Illinois again after a
foug h loss on the road. Last season, the
Wolverines returned home losers at
Michigan State. After a bye week,
Michigan blew a 27-7 lead at home
against Illinois to lose, 35-29.
Illinois quarterback Kurt Kittner left the
Illini's 17-15 win over California with a
sprained knee. Coach Ron Turner and
Kittner himself are extremely confident
that Kittner will play against Michigan.
THE CONCERNS: The Wolverines getting
down on themselves and going in the
tank after Saturdays loss; quarterback
John Navarre throwing the ball: the
defense; Hayden Epstein from any

But Davie said iodsey is usually
relaxed.,"1 don't think he was rattled in
that situation."
Neither was Setta, who missed a 39-
yard field goal in the third quarter.
"You kick a game-winner at Notre
Dame, there's nothing like it," Setia said.
Shane Walton returned an intercep-
tion 60 yards for a touchdown for the
Irish and the Boilermakers (2-1) also,
were hurt by a blocked punt that set

up a Notre Dame touchdown and a
failed fake punt that led to an Irish
field goal. Purdue also had a bad snap
on a third-and-10 play that led to a
17-yard loss.
No. 22 MliclnicAN STr.r: 13,
MIssoURI 10: T.J. Duckett carded the
load for Michigan State again.
Duckett ran for 131 yards and a touch-
down as the Spartans overcame a 10-
point deficit to beat Missouri 13-10 on
Saturday night. Michigan State was held
to 125 yards and three points in the first
half, but kept plugging.
Duckett, who had a career-best 219
yards rushing last week against
Marshall, tied it at 10 on a 7-yard run
with 5:21 to go in the third quarter. Zack
Abron scored on a 7-vard run for
Missouri, but his fumble at the Tigers' 26
set up Duckett's score.
One of Duckett's biggest runs came at
AP PHOTO the end of the game when he reversed
Wisconsin running back Eddie Faulkner (4) is congratulated by quarterback field and gained 7 yards on third-and-6
Brooks Bollinger (5) after running for the game-winning touchdown in overtime from the Michigan State to enable the
against Cincinnati. Spartans to run out the clock. Duckett

carried the last four plays for Michigan
State, totaling 23 yards.
David Schaeflr's 27-yard field goal
with 10:48 to go was the difterence for;
Michigan State (2-0), which ended
Marshall's 18-game winning streak last
The Spartans, with freshman leff
Smoker at quarterback in place of
injured Ryan Van Dyke, struggled
against Missouri (1-2), which was com-
ing offa 62-9 loss at Clemson.
Van Dyke, who has a bruised right
thumb, will return to the lineup next
week against Notre Dame.
23: Rocky Top hit rock bottom against
the Florida Gators.
Jesse Palmer threw a disputed 3-yard
touchdown pass to Jabar Gaffney with
14 seconds remaining, lifting Florida
(No. 4 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6.AP) to
an unlikely 27-23 victory over Tennessee
on Saturday.
With nearly all of a Neyland Stadium-
record crowd of 108,768 cheering on the
Vols, they failed to hold off the Gators'
game-winning, 91-yard march that
brought an end to Tennessee's 23-game
home winning streak.
It was the Vols' inability to score
touchdowns in the first half that eventu-
ally led to their downfall. And the defeat
couldn't have come in a more demoral-
izing fashion.
On the winning play, a first-and-goal

from the Tennessee 3, Palmer threw a
quick strike to Gaffney just overthe goal
line. Gaffney had the ball for an instant
and then it was knocked loose by cor-
nerback Willie Miles. But line judge Al
Matthews ruled Gaffney made the catch
and the call stood after a brief confer-
ence with referee Al Ford.
SrANFo 27, No. 5 TExxs 24:
DeRonnic Pitts punctuated an up-and-
down, back-and-forth game with a flying
leap of faith.
Pitts cartwheeled into the end zone
after catching a 15-yard touchdown pass
from backup quarterback Chris Lewis
with 1:12 to play as Stanford beat Texas
27-24 on Saturday night.
Stanford led 20-9 with 10 minutes
left, Texas' Major Applewhite rallied the
Longhorns with two touchdown drives.
The Cardinal (2-1) then made a frantic
four-play, 59-yard drive in just 43 sec-
It ended when Pitts caught a short
sideline pass, broke Joe Walker's tackle
at the 10, leaped for the goal line, was
flipped into the air by Roderick Babers
and landed in the end zone.
Texas (1-1) couldn't answer, with
Brandon lealy dropping a fourth-down
pass from Applewhite with 33 seconds
to play. Stanford fans stood and cheered
for several minutes after the victory, the
school's first over a top-10 team since
Sept. 18, 1993, when the Cardinal beat
No. 7 Colorado.

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TOP 25

As if last
electric play
hadn't already
won the hearts
of the Hokies'
faithful, Virginia
Tech quarter
back Michael
Vick put a major
impression on
Heisman voters
in Blacksburg on
Although AP PHOTOS

not, Tiger Woods wasn't the only hailed
athlete in Palo Alto, Calif. on Saturday.
The golf phenom watched his alma
mater come from behind to capture
their second win of the season against
a hard hitting then-fifth-ranked Texas
Defense set the pace in the first half,
as the Cardinal added to the dominance
of the resurgent Pac 10 this weekend
by topping the Longhorns, 27-24.
DeRonnie Pitts was catapulted into
the end zone compliments of Texas'
Roderick Barbers for the game-winning
canr nna pcas from hacku in narter-

Associated Press Pollf
September 16th.
1. Nebraska (2-0)
2. Florida State (3-0)
3. Michigan(2-1)
4. Wisconsin (3-0)
5. Texas (1-1)
6. Florida (3-0)
7. Kansas State (3-0)
8. Virginia. Tech (3-0)
9. Washington (3-0)
10. Southern Cal (2-0)
11. Tennessee (1-1)

for week of September 10th, games updated through

(first-place votes in parentheses)

beat N. Carolina 63-14
lost to UCLA 23-20
beat Cincinnati 28-25 OT
lost to Stanford 27-24
beat Tennessee 27-23
beat Ball State 76-0
beat Rutgers 49-0
beat Colorado 17-14
lost to Florida 27-23

at Illinois
North Texas
San Jose St.

1. Nebraska (43) (2-0)
2. Florida State (26) (3-0)
3. Florida (3-0)
4. Kansas State (1) (3-0)
5. Virginia Tech (3-0)
6. UCLA (1) (3-0)
7. Wisconsin (3-0)
8. Washington (3-0)
9. Southern Cal (2-0)
10. MICHIGAN (2-1)
11. Clemson (3-0)
12. Miami Fla. (1-1)
13. Tennessee (1-1)



UCLA 23, Michigan 20
ILLINOIS 17, California 15
TEXAS CHRISTIAN 41, Northwestern 14
NOTRE DAME 23, Purdue 21
WISCONSIN 28, Cincinnati 25 (OT)
Michigan State 13, MissouRi 10
Minnesota 34, BAYLOR 9
PITTSBURGH 12, Penn State 0
OHIO STATE 27, Miami (Ohio) 16
KENTUCKY 41, Indiana 34
Iowa State 24, 1IwA 14

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