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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 23, 2000

GAME STATISTICS

Team Stats
First Downs
Rushes/Yards
Passing Yards
Offensive Plays
Total Offense
Return Yards
Comp/Att/nt
Punts/Avg
Fumbles/Lost
Penalties/Yards
Time of Poss

MSU
22
44/63
292
81
355
47
26/37/1
7/38.4
1/1
7/60
33:58

MICH
19
35/188
138
66
326
56
17/31/0
7/38.0
1/1
5/30
26:02

Acts louder than words for M'

M I C H I G A N S T A T E

PASSING
Player
Van Dyke
Totals
RUSHING
Player
Duckett
Moss
Dontch
Flowers
Haygood
Van Dyke
Totals
RECEIVING
Player
Richardson
Baker
Haygood
McCoy
Waters
lowers
Totals

C-A
26-37
26-37

Yds TD
292 O
292 0

Att
17
5
3
3
2
14
44
No.
7
6
4
4
3
2
26

Yds
70
12
11
5
-11
-24
63
Yds
78
63
56
20
52
23
292

Avg
4 1
2.4
3.7
1.7
-5.5
-1.7
1.4
Avg
11 1
10.5
14.0
5.0
17.3
11.5
11.2

Lg
12
8
9
3
O
5
12
Lg
21
33
32
18
26
19
33

Int
1
TD
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
O
TD
0
0
0
0
0
0

By Stephanie Offen
Ditly Sports Editor
Everyone from Heisman-trophy win-
ner Desmond Howard to Republican
vice-presidential candidate Dick
Cheney was on hand Saturday to see the
Paul Bunyan trophy return to Ann
Arbor.
One was wearing a Michigan alumni
T-shirt and one was dressed in suit-and-
tie campaign attire, but both witnessed
Michigan's most intense game this sea-
son.
Michigan's lowest-scoring affair of
this year was highlighted not by
Anthony Thomas' two rushing touch-
downs nor the celebrities watching the
rivalry game, but by the obvious hatred
between these two teams on the field.
At the Oct. 16 football luncheon,
Larry Foote said that fans would be able
to see on Saturday how much these two
teams hated each other.
They did.
Six personal fouls and a lot of trash
talk spanned over the course of the over
three-hour battle.
Running back Chris Perry said the
majority of trash talk was done when
Michigan State had the football. But the
Michigan defense backed up its words
I by blanking the Spartans for its second-

straight shutout of the season.
"I expect that everybody was pushing
a little bit," offensive lineman Steve
Hutchinson said. "But since it's
Michigan State, the referees are looking
for it."
The Spartans, who have almost 100
more penalized yards this season than
their opponents, are no strangers to the
blown whistle.
After two offsetting personal fouls in
the first half, the Wolverines laid off the
late hits. But not the Spartans. Two 15-
yard penalties in the third quarter were
costly in their hopes of getting their first
Big Ten win of the season.
Michigan State gave up two key scor-
ing chances with its roughing-after-the-
whistle style of play.
Eight minutes into the second half
quarterback Drew Henson connected
with David Terrell for a first down at
Michigan's 39 yard line. Michigan State
- acting out of frustration after TJ.
Duckett turned the ball over two yards
away from scoring its touchdown of the
game - pushed Wolverines after the
whistle. The infraction brought
Michigan to the Spartans' 30-yard line.
Thomas scored his second touchdown
of the game on the next play.

fourth personal foul. After Ron Bellamy
fumbled a punt return Michigan State
took over on Michigan's 28-yard line
and looked to score. But one play later
the Spartans were penalized 15 yards
and forced to punt the football instead of
cutting the Wolverines' lead to one
touchdown.
Before the game, coach Lloyd Carr
stressed that the Wolverines needed to
control their emotions to win. And
Victor Hobson said that for the most
part, that was the case for Michigan.
"Sometimes people lose their heads
but we did try to keep cool throughout
the game," Hobson said.
The Wolverines trash talked more
through their actions than their words.
The defense recorded six sacks of Van
Dyke and compiled 15 tackles for a loss
of 53 yards.
Thomas' first touchdown of the game
set a school record for career rushing
touchdowns with 48. He also finished
with 175 rushing yards. Duckett, who
has been compared to Thomas all sea-
son, only had 70 yards in the game.
And even the special teams made
their mark. Two missed field goals were
overshadowed by two amazing punts by
Hayden Epstein. Both punts were
downed by Justin Fargas who forced the
Spartans to start two drives on the their

PUNTING
PlayerI
Jarrett
Totals
KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No.
Flowers 2
rotals 2
OUNT RETURNS
Player No.
Kavanagh, 2
Totals 2
DEFENSE
Player
H-4ill
Young
Wright
Thornhill
Newsome
Brown
Henry
5gn,Ipr
Myers
Nelson
Suggs
Wilson
Taphin
Guess
Shaw

No. Yds Avg Lg
7 269 38.4 47
7 269 38.4 47

Yds
33
33
Yds
14
14
Soo
10
6
5
5
5
2
3
2
2
2
1
1
1
0
0
Yds
0
0
0
0

Avg Lg
16.5 17
16.5 17
Avg Lg
70 10
7.0 10
Asst
3
2
3
2
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0

To
0
0
TO
O
0
Tot
13
8
8
7
6
4
3
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
p TD
1 O
1 O
1 O
3 0

JESSICA JOHNSON/Daily
Linebacker Larry Foote chases after Michigan State running back Tyrell Dortch.
The Wolverines held the Spartans to only 64 rushing yards in the shutout.

own one-yard line.
These actions proved louder than the
Spartans' words as Michigan sealed the
victory. Celebrities, last year's loss and
the Michigan State's three-game losing
street was all overshadowed by the

restraint the Wolverines showed to get
the win.
"Being a fifth-year senior this is the
way to go out," Hutchinson said. "I'm 4-
I against the Spartans. That's something
to be proud of."

The Spartans
again when they

threatened to score
handed themselves a

i

Thomas grabs game attention; Duckett drops ball
By Ma Francescutti

6

PASS DEFENSE
Player
Guess
Henry
Sayler
Totals

Int
0
0
0
0

Lg
0
0
0
0

Brk"up
i
1
i
3

M I C H I G A N

PASSING
Player
Henson
Totals
RUSHING
.Player
Thomas
Perry
Walker
Henson
Totals
RECEIVING
Player
Terrell
Walker
Bell
Thomas
Askew
Cross
Totals

C-A
17-31
17.31

Yds TD
138 0
138 0

A"
25
6
1
1
35
No.
7
3
2
2
2
1
17

Yds
175
20
.1
-3
188
Yds
78
26
24
11
0
_1
280
No.
7
7

Avg
7.0
3.3
-1.0
-3.0
5.4
Avg
11.1
8.7
12.0
5.5
0.0
-1.0
8.1

Lg
35
7
0
0
35
Lg
22
9
19
11
75

Int
0
0
To
2
0
0
0
2
TO
O
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

PUNTING
Player
Epstein
Totals
KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No.
Fargast
Total 1
PUNT RETURNS
Player No.
Bellamy 4
Totals 4
DEFENSE
Player
Foote
Howard
Whitley
Curry
Patmon
E. Brackins
Drake
Hobson
Stevens
Rumi shek
B. Williams
Jordan
Lazarus
LeSueur
Orr
Boebert
Kashama
P Brackns
Coleman
Fargas
Petruziello
Kaufman

Yds Avg Lg
266 38.0 44
266 38.0 44

Yds Avg Ig
15 15.0 15
15 15.0 i5
Yds Avg Lg
41 10.3 18
41 10.3 18

Solo
8
6
5
4
3
3
5
3
3
2
2
2
1
1
,
0
1
0
0
Yds
0
0
0
0
0

Asst
6
2
3
3
4
4
0
2
1
1
1
1
1
2
0
0
0

TD
O
To
0
0
Tot
14
8
8
7
7
7
5
5
4
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
1
1
1
a TD
1 0
1 0
1 0
1 0
410

The limelight is finally reaching Anthony
Thomas.
Even Drew Henson couldn't keep reporters
interested on Saturday. At the postgame press
conference three quarters of the media left the
room in the middle of Drew Henson's response to
a question, as soon as it was announced that
Thomas was in the Crisler Arena tunnel.
Anthony Thomas doesn't usually cause a
ruckus, but Saturday, everyone wanted to talk to
ithe usually quiet, running back, especially after
his 175-yard, two touchdown performance.
Thomas ran 25 times, on a day when Michigan
wanted and needed to establish the run.
The senior captain broke out for several big
gallops, including the 30-yard touchdown scam-
per that dodged Spartan after Spartan.
"He's unbelievable," quar-
terback Drew Henson said. FOOTBALL
"That last touchdown run, I Notebook
saw the whole thing from
behind. I couldn't believe
how many guys he was making miss."
Thomas' first touchdown gave him 48 rushing
touchdowns for his career, surpassing Tyrone
Wheatley (1991-94) for a new school record.
Thomas also is one 100-yard game away from
tying Wheatley's 20 career 100-yard perfor-
mances.
Thomas still hisn't received the national atten-
tion like that of Henson and wide receiver David
Terrell.
He was also recently voted off Fox Sports
Heisman Island, after national reporters lost
interest.
"I don't really look for" the media attention,
Thomas said after the game. "Winning games is
what matters to me most."
But quietly, Thomas has carried the Wolverines
all season. Halfway through this season, the
Wolverines had more rushing yards (1,697) than
they did the entire 1999 campaign (1,462).
While pundits may equate the success to a
healthy offensive line, or a passing attack that's
opened the running game, Thomas hasn't made
any costly mistakes to take anything away from
the Wolverines.
"Anthony Thomas is a special guy," Carr said.
"When Tyrone Wheatley left here, I never
thought someone would score more touchdowns
than he did. (Thomas) is as unselfish as anyone."
DUCKETT DROP: T.J. Duckett left the game
with a shoulder injury after his third quarter fum-
ble that cost the Spartans a sure scoring opportu-
nity.
"I just lost it," Duckett said. "I didn't get con-

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Victor Hobson crushes Michigan State running back TJ. Duckett, knocking the ball loose in the third quarter.

COURTESY OF ALLSPORT

trol of the ball. It was a option pitch that I wish I
could have back. It's kind of frustrating because I
wasn't able to redeem myself after that play
because I got hurt and wasn't able to get back in
and make a play."
Victor Hobson caused the ball to pop loose, as
Larry Foote tried to keep it inbounds. Eric
Wilson recovered.
"I knew I was out of control," Foote said. "I
saw the ball pop loose and just tried my best to
keep it inbounds."
"That was an incredible play," Carr said. "I
couldn't believe he kept the ball inbounds. It was
some kind of effort."
Foote did not see whether he was out of bounds
when he slapped the ball. The call went in
Michigan's favor much to the chagrin of Bobby
Williams.
"To me, the play was a fumble that was not

recovered. He didn't seem to have possession of
the ball before it went out of bounds," Williams
said. "Afterwards they went the length of the
field and scored. We didn't score and it seemed to
take the air out of us."
Duckett opened strong in the third quarter with
four rushes and 35 yards before leaving.
"He's the most powerful back I've every tack-
led," Foote said.
I BROKE A NAIL!: After a blistering opening
touchdown drive, the Michigan offense fluttered
for the rest of the game. One cause of that frus-
tration was Henson's hand. The quarterback's nail
tore off when he hit his hand on a helmet.
"There are a couple throws that I'd like to have
back," Henson said.
Cause No. 2 - Carr said that Henson had
trouble planting his feet, as Michigan State pres-
sure pushed him out of the pocket.

SHUTOUT HEAVEN: Michigan's second consee-
utive shutout was the first time the Wolverines
blanked two teams in a row since a pair of 49-0
wins over Long Beach State and Wisconsin in
1987.
"Will still owe this team - not even after two
shutouts," linebacker Larry Foote said. "The
Purdue game really hurt, the ride home, the
whole week. We just felt bad."
BYE BYE INJURIES: Momentum or not, the off'
week before Northwestern will hopefully repair
the Wolverines' ailing wounds. Offensive line-
man David Brandt was in a sling after the game.
Norman Boebert returned to the defensive line,
but didn't play every snap. A few others have
nagging bumps and bruises to heal as well. The
team will still work out and of course, watch
plenty of Northwestern film before they travel to
Evanston on Nov. 4.

PASS DEFENSE
Player
Foote
Patmon
Whitley
B. Williams
Totals

Int
0
0
0
1

ing
0
0
0
0
0

Brit-up
1
7
1
1
S

P. A. E.. OF.. HE.:.....
PLAYER OF THE GAME:

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STAFF PICKS
WEEK 7 SELECTIONS
Au. PICKS MADE AGAINST THE SPREAD.
HOME TEAMS IN CAPS.
MICHIGAN (-16) vs. Michigan State
Ohio State (-18) vs. IOWA
Minnesota (-7) vs. INDIANA
PURDUE (-3.5) vs. Wisconsin
PENN STATE (-2) vs. Illinois
Notre Dame (-3.5) vs. WEST VIRGINIA
;Virginia Tech (-13.5) vs. SYRACUSE

David
Den Herder
Michigan
Ohio State
Indiana,
Wisconsin
Illinois
Notre Dame
Virginia Tech

Chris
Duprey
Michigan
Ohio State
Minnesota
Purdue
Illinois
Notre Dame
Virginia Tech

Mark Stephanie
Francescutti Offen

This week's results:
MICHIGAN 14, "Michigan State 0
Ohio State 38, IowA 10
INDIANA 51, Minnesota 43
Purdue 30, WIScONSIN 24 (OT)
PENN STATE 39, Illinois 25
Notre Dame 42, WEST VIRGINIA 28
Virginia Tech 22, SYRACUSE 14
Miami Fla. 45, TEMPLE 17
LOUISANA STATE 45, Mississippi Stae 38 (0T)
NEBRASKA 59, Baylor 0
FLORIDA STATE 37, Virginia 3
WASHINGTON 36, California 24
Oregon State 44, UCLA 38
OREGON 14, Arizona 10
WESTERN MICHIGAN 52, Northern Illinois 22
Chris Duprey finally stuck his head over

ANTHONY THOMAS AND THE MICHIGAN
DEFENsE: Thomas became Michigan's
all-time leader for rushing touchdowns,
earning his 48th and 49th. That pass-
es Tyrone Wheatley's mark.
Statistics don't often lie. Whichever

Michigan
Ohio State
Minnesota
Purdue
Illinois
West Virginia
Virginia Tech

Michigan State
Ohio State
Minnesota
Purdue
Illinois
Notre Dame
Virginia Tech

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