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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 23, 2000 - 58

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The QB comparison

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Drew Henson
Saturday: 17-of-31 for 138 yards, 0
TD, 0 INT, 54.8 percent
Season: 80-of-128 for 1025 yards,
7 TD, 0 INT, 62.5 percent in five
games
Ryan Van Dyke
Saturday: 26-for-37 for 292 yards,
0 TD, 2 INT, 70.3 percent
Season: 51-of-92 for 610 yards, 3
TD, 6 INT, 55.4 percent in four
games
ADVANTAGE: Van Dyke
Anthony Thomas
Saturday: 25 carries, 175 yards,
avg. 7.0, 2 TD
Season: 186 carries, 1121 yards,
6.0 avg. 12 TD in eight games
T.i. Duckett
Saturday: 17 carries, 70 yards, 4.1
avg., 0 TD, 1 fumble

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Boilermakers squeeze by Wisconsin on OT field goal block

MADISON (AP) - Craig Terrill won't mind
the welt on his chest this week.
The freshman defensive tackle blocked Vitaly
etsky's 58-yard field-goal attempt in overtime
and Ashante Woodvard returned it 36 yards for a
touchdown as 17th-ranked Purdue beat Wisconsin
30-24 on Saturday.
"I squeezed through and it hit me right in the
chest," Terrill said. "I couldn't believe it. I went
after the ball, and Ashante just flew by me."
Woodvard said he wanted the block, "but I don't
mind somebody else getting the glory."
And the bruise that goes with it.
The Boilermakers (6-2, 4-1 Big Ten) won the
coin toss in overtime and elected to defend. The
Badgers (4-4, 1-4) only went backward.
Michael Bennett was stuffed for no gain and Jim
Sorgi threw an incomplete pass in the end zone.
After a false start, Sorgi was sacked by Akin
Ayodele on third-and-15.
That brought up fourth-and-25 from the 40 and
after a high snap, Pisetsky's kick was flat.
Woodyard scooped up the bouncing ball, shook of
Pisetsky and outraced holder Kevin Stemke along
e Boilermakers' sideline. Woodvard's teammates
alongside him, then tackled him after he
pranced into the end zone.
The Badgers must win three of its final four
games just to earn a bowl bid in a season that
began with national championship aspirations.
No. 14 OHIo STXIIr 38, IowA 10: Ohio State
gave Iowa a different look Saturday, but the result
was the same.
Steve Bellisari threw for a career-high 315 yards
and three touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to a 38-
victory over Iowa, the Hawkeves' 16th loss in
/ games. It was Ohio State's seventh-straight win
in the series and extended its overall record to 41-
13-3 against the Hiawkeves, who last beat the
Buckeyes in Kinnick Stadium in 1983.
"We did a lot of different things today. We went
to three wide receiver sets. We ran the ball out of
it. We threw the ball out of it and that's something
we haven't done all year. It's a new look for us,,
said Bellesari. whose previous best was 240 yards
against Arizona earlier this season.
Ohio State capitalized on early turnovers by
Mwa and scored on its first four possessions to
-e charge by halftime -- vastly different than
Ohio State's 29-17 loss last week to Minnesota in
which the Buckeyes trailed 17-3 after the first
quarter.
All was not perfect, however, for the Buckeyes.
They ran for only 108 yards. 71 yards below their
average, and committed l I penalties for 104 yards.
INDIANA 51, No. 23 MNiNNiEsoTA 43: Antwaan
Randle El can catch the ball, too.
The Indiana quarterback rushed for a career-
* h 210 yards and two touchdowns, passed for
263 yards and two more scores and set up Levron
Williams for three touchdown runs.
But it was his recovery of a Minnesota onside
kick with less than two minutes to go that pre-
served the loosiers' 51-43 victory over the
Gophers on Saturday.
"I wanted the ball kicked to me so I could get the
ball in my hands and cover it up," Randle El said.
"If we don't cover it up, they have a chance."
The two teams combined for almost 1,100 yards
total oftense, including a career-high 473 by

FOURSOME
After Indiana's upset of Minnesota this past
weekend, four teams remain tied for Big Ten
leader.
Next weekend will knock at least one more
team off this list. A bye leaves Michigan in
the clear as the other conference leaders go
head to head with each other.
With only three (or four) more weeks left of
competition, this race has come down to
the wire. Here is who the top four teams
have left on their schedules:
Michigan (4-1): bye, at Northwestern, Penn
State, at Ohio State
Northwestern (3-1): at Minnesota,
Michigan, at Iowa, Illinois
Purdue (4-1): Ohio State, bye, at Michigan
State, Indiana
Ohio State (3-1): at Purdue, Michigan State,
at Illinois, Michigan
Randle El. Both of his touchdown runs came late
in the fourth quarter, then after the final touch-
down by the Gophers, Randle El recovered the
onside kick and Indiana (3-4, 2-2 Big Ten) ran out
the clock.
Minnesota rallied from a 24-6 deficit to 37-35
with just over nine minutes to go. The Gophers had
a chance to take the lead after Randle El fumbled
on the next possession, but Indiana got the ball
back three plays later on an interception by
Sharrod Wallace.
Randle El rushed four times, including once for
35 yards to the Minnesota six, and two plays later
he scored from the 3 for a 44-35 lead. Indiana got
the ball back seconds later when Minnesota's
Travis Cole was sacked by Justin Smith and fum-
bled at the Gophers' 29.
No. 2 VIR(INIA TiXCi 22, SYR.ACts: 14: The
Carrier Dome jinx is over for Virginia Tech. Barely.
Lee Suggs scored twice on short runs in the
third quarter and Michael Vick raced 55 yards for
another score with under two minutes remaining
Saturday night as the second-ranked Hokies (7-0,
5-0 Big East) held off Syracuse 22-14 to remain in
the hunt for the national championship.
And they did it with defense, intercepting four
passes and making the Orangemen pay for their
mistakes. Syracuse gained a 14-0 lead in the first
quarter and never scored again. Tech has 18 inter-
ceptions on the season.
The game turned in the third quarter with the
Hokies trailing 14-3. After a punt pinned the
Orangemen inside the 5, quarterback Troy Nunes
slipped on a third-down snap and fill backward
across the goal line. Instead of taking the safety,
though, he threw the ball down the middle of the
field and Willie Pile easily intercepted it at the 15
and returned it to the 5. It was the first of three
interceptions by the Tech safety.
Suggs scored his 13th rushing touchdown of the
season two plays later and the IHokies trailed 14-9
with 6:24 remaining when Vick's two-point con-
version pass was dropped by Emmett Johnson.
Maurice Jackson then went from hero to goat
when Syracuse got the ball back. After catching a

GAME PROGRESSION
FIRST QUARTER:
Repeating their feat from the
Purdue game, the Wolverines take
the opening kickoff and conduct a
disciplined, sustained drive that
results in a touchdown.
Michigan converted three third
downs on the drive. Anthony
Thomas scored from one yard out
to eclipse Tyrone Wheatley's
record and give the Wolverines
the lead. The drive took 12 plays
and 4:29 of clock.
.-.-.-.-.. ----. . -.. -- - . -.
Michigan 7, Michigan State o
The teams punted back and forth
to each other for three posses-
sions. Then Michigan began to
move again. The Wolverines again
converted three third downs, but
they couldn't convert the fourth.
Distance kicker Hayden Epstein
came on for a 54-yard field goal,
but it hit the right upright and
bounced away.
SECOND QUARTER:
Michigan State came back with a
drive of its own. Three straight
carries by T.J. Duckett got things
off on a good note for the
Spartans as they pulled into field-
goal range.
Then they started to get away
from Duckett. Van Dyke was tack-
led behind the line of scrimmage
twice on first and second down.
A third-down pass was short,
and the Spartans had to settle for
a field-goal try. But David
Schaefer's 50-yarder was short.
Two Hayden Epstein punts
downed at the Michigan State 1-
yard line helped keep the
Spartans from mounting any fur-
ther drives the rest of the half.
THIRD QUARTER:
The Spartans took the opening
kickoff and began a march to try
and tie the game. Duckett keyed
the drive, with nine rushes over
the course of the drive.
Michigan apparently had the drive
stalled, as Larry Stevens sacked
Van Dyke for a loss of, 12 on third
down. yut the Wolverines were
penalized for holding, and
Michigan State had another chance
at a first down, which it converted.
That set up the defensive
sequence of the day by Michigan.
First down was a one-yard gain by
Duckett to the Michigan 1. Larry
Foote hit Duckett for a one-yard
loss on second down.
Third down was the play. Van Dyke
option pitched to Duckett, who
was hit by Victor Hobson. Duckett
fumbled, and the ball went bounc-
ing toward the sideline. Foote slid
to keep the ball from rolling out of '
play, and Eric Wilson fell on it.
Michigan State came away with no
points.
Michigan took the opportunity to
stick it to the Spartans with a
five-play, 92-yard drive. A rum-
bling 30-yard scamper by Thomas
gave Michigan a 14-0 lead.
Michigan 14, Michigan State O
FOURTH QUARTER:
With nothing to lose, Michigan
State had three fourth-down con-
versions in the final quarter. The
Spartans were unable to convert
on any one of them.
Michigan took over each time and
attempted to control the clock
with its solid running game. The
Wolverines were able to move the
ball enough to keep the clock run-
ning down, and time ran out on
Michigan State's chances to get
back into contention.
Final: Michigan 14, Michigan
State 0
WHAT'S NEXT:
>YE WEEK
This season's bye week comes at an
opportune time for the Wolverines. They
can rest emotionally after a physically
and mentally bruising victory over
Michigan State. They can practice light-
ly and rest their wounded.

And they can watch their Nov. 4 oppo-
nent, Northwestern, battle it out at
Minnesota next week.
Obviously, one loss in any of Michigan's
three remaining games - at
Northwestern, Penn State, at Ohio State
- would knock it from Big Ten title con-
tention. This week serves as an opportu-
nity to restore that focus.
.................................................................
BIG TEN STANDINGS .

AP PHOTO
Wisconsin receiver Chris Chambers (8) catches a touchdown pass in front of Purdue's Chris Clopton (23)
during the second quarter Saturday.

19-yard pass from Nunes, he fumbled while strug-
"ling for extra yards and Tech's Jake louseright
recovered and returned it II yards to the Syracuse
Suggs gave the lokies the lead for good on a I-
yard run with 2:49 left in the period, but Syracuse
trailed 15-14 when Vick's conversion pass fell
incomplete.
LousiaNA SI. 45, No. 13 MissIsisPPi Sr. 38
(UT): LaBrandon Toefield scored on a 13-yard
run on the. first possession of overtime to give
Louisiana State a 45-38 victory over Mississippi
State on Saturday night.
L.ouisiana State then held Mississippi State on a
fourth-and-2 from the 17. Wayne Madkin tried to
scramble for a first down, but was stopped well
short by Jeremy Lawrence and Teverance Faulk.
Toefield finished with 119 yards and two touch-

downs, as Louisiana St. gained 220 yards on the
ground against a Mississippi State run defense that
entered the game No. I in the country, allowing 24
yards.
The Bulldogs forced overtime when Madkin
found Justin Griffith from 3 yards out with 1:59
left to tie it at 38.
Three straight touchdown drives by the Tigers
turned a 14-point deficit into a 38-31 Louisiana St.
lead with 4:54 to play.
Domanick Davis scored on two three-yard runs
and Josh Booty hooked up with Josh Reed for a
20-yard scoring play.
Mississippi State finally revived its offense and
put together a drive that had the Bulldogs first-
and-goal at the 3. The Tigers held for two plays, but
on third-and-goal at the 5, Madkin found Justin
Griffith wide open to tie it at 38 with 1:59 left.

Team
Michigan
Minnesota
Northwestern
Purdue
Ohio State
Illinois
Indiana
Penn State
Iowa
Wisconsin
Michigan State

Bi Ten
3 1
3 1
3 1
3 1
2 1
1 2
1 2
1 2
1 2
1 3
0 3

Overall
5 2
5 2
5 2
5 2
5 1
4 2
2 4
2 5
1 6
4 3
3 3

WEEKEND'S BEST

HOW THE AP TOP 25 FARED
Associated Press Poll for week of October 16.
Games updated through October 22.

NEW AP
TOP 25

ORDINARY VICK REBOUNDS
TO LEAD VT:
An un-Heisman-like
Michael Vick
was held to
only nine net
yards rushing
and 75 yardsE
passing in
Syracuse.
The Orangemen
were deter-
mined to AP
rebound from

Nebraska destroyed Baylor 59-0.
The Cornhuskers scored a school
record 38 points in the first quarter
and led the Bears 52-0 at half.
Baylor learned first-hand that
Nebraska has more running backs
than the rest of the Big 12 com-
bined, as four I-backs rushed for
over 60 yards en route to 459 rush-
ing yards by Nebraska.
RANDLE EL ACCOUNTS FOR 473 YARDS:
It's not often that a running back
r' chocr fnr tr rn n +-.,,hr..n r. 'nnri

(first-place votes in parentheses)

1. Nebraska
2. Virginia Tech
3. Oklahoma
4. Miami (Fla.)
5. Clemson
6. Florida State
7. Oregon
8. Florida
9. Washington
10. Kansas State
11. Texas Christian

beat Baylor 59-0
beat Syracuse 22-14
idle
beat Temple 45-17
beat North Carolina 3&24
beat Virginia 37-3
beat No. 21 Arizona 14-10
idle
beat California 3&24
beat Texas Tech 2&23
beat Tulsa 17-3

at No. 3 Oklahoma
vs. Pittsburgh
vs. No. 1 Nebraska
vs. Louisiana Tech
vs. Georgia Tech
at No. 24 NC State
at Arizona State
vs. No. 12 Georgia
at Stanford
at Texas A&M
vs. Rice

TEAM
1. Nebraska (67)
2. Virginia Tech
3. Oklahoma (3)
4. Miami (Fla.)
5. Clemson
6. Florida St.
7. Oregon
8. Florida
9. Washington
10. Kansas State
11. TCUt
12. Ohio State

7-0
7-0
6-0
5-1
8-0
7-1
6-1
6-1
6-1
7-1
6-0
6-1

PTS
1,747
1.605
1,599
1,532
1,495
1,420
1,309
1,247
1,141
1,072
1,014
881

PVS
1
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
14

THIS WEEKEND'S RESULTS
MICHIGAN 14, Michigan State 0
Purdue 30, WiscoNSIN 24 (OT)
Ohio State 38, IowA 10
PENN STATE 39, Illinois 25
Northwestern id
SATURDAY'S GAMES
Northwestern at Minnesota, noon
Wisconsin at Iowa, 2 p.m.
Penn State at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Illinois at Michigan State, TBA
Michigan idle

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