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By Jeff Phillips
Dily Sports Writer
It doesn't take lot
when it's in-state.
This afternoon
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Wolverines may hav
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bite out of the Big Ten by defeating Ohio
State earlier this season.
The game is also be important in
ng to form a rivalry improving Michigan's nonconference
record, which is 1-3.
, the Michigan "We need to approach it as an impor-
eam will take on tant game when you are looking ahead to
igan Soccer Field at postseason play," Rademacher said.
Michigan is coming off a strong week-
our from Ann Arbor, end, taking two away matches in Illinois
close as they come. and Iowa, and improving its record to 5-
e playing an in-state I in the Big Ten and 8-4 overall.
ng for state pride," "Everybody is feeling good and very
macher said. "Since upbeat" after the weekend, Rademacher
yed, they have been said.

tter."
ly handled Oakland
4-1 last season in
eeting. But the
e their work cut out
zzlies have taken a

Rademacher gave the team the day off
Monday to prepare for the tough week
-- because the in-state rivalries don't
end after Oakland. This Sunday,
Michigan will travel to East Lansing to
take on Michigan State.

ALEX WOLK/Daily
A 4 p.m. contest against Oakland this afternoon provides yet another opportunity
for the home fans to catch a glimpse of the Wolverines.

Lesson at Bowling Green motivates men s soccer

By Peter Lund
Daiy Sports Writer
The Michigan men's soccer team
heads into Kalamazoo today for a game
against Western Michigan and one might
wonder which team will make the trip.
Will it be the squad that stepped up
and took No. 2 Penn State to overtime on
Sept. 24? Or will it be the lackluster

team that let down in their next game and
fell to a 2-5 Bowling Green squad, 2-0?
Michigan coach Steve Burns said the
Wolverines will not have another perfor-
mance like they had against Bowling
Green. The Wolverines have not played
since the loss to last Thursday and
thev've had a few days to practice.
"The focus of practice for the last few
days was giving 100 percent mental

eftort," Burns said. "Against Bowling
Green, our mental preparation was terri-
ble."
Although the Broncos are just 3-6-1,
they are coming off an impressive 5-0
win against 7-5 Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Sophomore forward Rob Friend
scored two goals and an assist in that
game for Western Michigan and leads
the team with five goals and two assists.
But the player to watch is freshman for-
ward Scott Duhl who has four goals and
one assist on the season.
DuhI "is a strong player. He's one we
need to be aware of," Burns said. "If you
give him too much space, he'll run at you
and hurt vvu. From 20 vards out, he's

good at putting the ball in the back of the
net."
The Western Michigan defense will
also be tough. Although the Broncos had
problems defensively early in the season,
they have allowed just one goal in their
last two games.
Even with another tough game loom-
ing against two-time defending national
champion Indiana on Sunday, don't
expect Michigan to be looking forward.
"This is a critical game for us, in terms
of turning the corner into the second half
of our season. It's going to be a dog-
fight." Burns said. "I think the message
was sent to our dyers that they can't
look past anybody"

By Stephanie Offen
Daily Sports Editor
Paul Massey, a defensive end at St.
Ignatius High School in Cleveland, ver-
bally committed to Michigan as a defen-
sive end for next season, The Cleveland
Plain Dealer reported yesterday. '
The 6-8, 245-pound Massey is regard-
ed as one of the top 50 recruits in the
nation and has the ability to play on both
sides of the line.
The lineman was in attendance at
Michigan's victory over Wisconsin on
Saturday and said that that trip confirmed
his belief that Michigan has a great tradi-
tion, coaching staff and exhumes acade-
mic and athletic excellence.
He could have an immediate impact on
next year's squad, as Michigan graduates
two starters on the defensive line, Jake
Frysinger and Eric Wilson - both cur-
rently out of the lineup with injuries.
WIuD 'C..xs: In yesterday's Big Ten
teleconference, coaches from around the
conference emphasized their amazement
with Northwestern's surprising Big Ten
start --- knocking off Wisconsin and
Michigan State on the road in its first two
conference games.
The Wildcats have defeated their oppo-
nents with their new spread offense and
no-huddle approach. This is a complete
change from last year's, which only pro-
duced 12 points a game. This season the
Wildcats are racking up over 34 points.
"The spread offense is new to this
league. They run their offense with no
huddle," said Michigan State coach
Bobby Williams, who lost 37-17 to
Northwestern last weekend. "All their
skill players get to play and they run it at
fast pace without letting players get on
and off the field"
Michigan may fall victim to the new
style of offense this weekend against
Purdue. Purdue coach Joe Tiller says his
offense is similar to Northwestern's.
"We aren't looking forward to playing"
Northwestern, Tiller said. "But we
applaud them because now when we get
some of their tapes, we can see how oth-

Drivers beware
Students traveling to West Lafayette
for this weekend's football game
sthouid be advised of construction
problems that happen to be plaguing a
state other than our own (for once!).
There is construction on 1-65 and US
231. All traffic will be directed to the
exiton Indiana 43, north of Lafayette.
Majortraffic delays are expected, so
plan accordingly. Assorted roadwork
near campus is being performed also.
Saturday's game is a noon start at
Ross-Ade Stadium.
ers defend the spread offense, since our
two offenses look very similar"
Speaking of the no-huddle offense,
Northwestern coach Randy Walker said it
is something he used to run at Miami
(Ohio) back in the early 1990s
"We ran some no-huddles back in the
early '90s in Miami and we got most of
that from the Cincinnati Bengais," Walket
said. "Each coach tries in his own way to
control the tempo of the game. We quit
doing it at Miami for a few reasons, but
we were talking here last winter and
decided to reinvestigate it.
"It's not as big a deal as people make it
out to be, but we will play as soon as the
referee blows the whistle. People don't
pay to come and see a huddle"
FALLEN LioN: Adam Taliaferro, the
18-year-old cornerback who suffered a
severe spinal injury in Penn State's Sept.
23 game at Ohio State, is currently listed
in stable condition.
Taliaferro was taken off a ventilator
this past Thursday and has been breathing
on his own ever since, Penn State coach
Joe Paterno said.
"He has a tough road ahead of him and
it will be a miracle if he can walk,'
Paterno said. "But he is doing better than
people thought he would do. He is breath-
ing now without any help but he has a
long road ahead of him."

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