The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 13, 2000 - 5B
Henson intercepted thrice
THE HENSON FAC
Before Saturday's game, quarter- F
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' Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Editor
After 193 consecutive pass attempts without an
interception, Michigan's Drew Henson finally threw
Actually, he threw three. It appears the law of aver-
ages got some revenge on the junior quarterback.
Still, if there was a day Henson could pick to throw
three picks, Saturday was it. The Wolverines seized
control from Penn State in the second quarter and
ver let go, minimalizing the importance of the bad
None of the interceptions
were due to poor decisions or FOOTBALL
reads by Henson. All three were
either the result of Henson being Notebook
hit as he delivered the football or
via a tipped ball.
"They were able to get some pressure up front,"
Henson said. "I was pressing a little bit."
As one would expect, the interceptions, coupled
@th a fumble on a punt return that the Wolverines
id recover, left coach Llovd Carr less than ecstatic
about that phase of the game.
"I don't like the way we played offensively
because I don't like turnovers," Carr said. "I felt we
were careless with the football."
The interceptions were Henson's first of the sea-
son, a span of seven games.
KICKING WOES: Penn State missed out on early
opportunities to increase the 3-0 lead it had estab-
lished in the first quarter. The Nittany Lions' kicking
ame was especially troubled, missing a combined 4-
5 field-goal attempts and all but forcing Penn
State coach Joe Paterno into four-down scenarios
later in the game.
Kicker Ryan Primanti, on for all but one of the
field-goal tries, never got into his groove. Paterno
said he thought a rough day might be ahead after a
forewarning from one of his assistants.
Offensive coordinator "Fran Ganter said to me
(before the game), I don't want to get you con-
cerned, but Ryan had a terrible warmup,"' Paterno
Freshman David Kimball came out for a try,
replacing Primanti, and failed as well.
Primanti admitted not adjusting well to Michigan's
frequently torn-up Prescription Athletic Turf, but
didn't use it as an excuse.
"I just didn't have it today," he said.
THE uAST wORD: Reaction from the Penn State
lockerroom was mixed about Michigan's final touch-
down of the day. Penn State had no timeouts left and
the Wolverines, three yards away from the goal,
opted not to let the clock expire. They had a 27-11
lead at the time.
Instead, Michigan hurried to run one final play.
That play was a handoff to freshman Chris Perry,
who jogged in untouched with one second left. Perry
said the coaches called the play, and the offense car-
ried it out.
Paterno, ever one the game's statesmen, saw no
problem with the game-ending sequence.
"I didn't have any problems with that," Paterno
said. "They didn't throw the ball, they just ran it."
Penn State running back Eric McCoo was a little
more riled, saving Michigan's actions were a sign of
"total disrespect" to the Nittany Lions.
"It's definitely going to be on my mind next time
we play them" (Oct. 6, 2001, in State College)
McCoo said. "I'm not going to forget it.
"As a player, personally, that was just like a slap in
INJ RY IPDIALt: Linebacker Eric Brackins didn't
practice all week and missed the Penn State game
with an undisclosedi njury. Linebacker Evan
Coleman twisted his right ankle late in the game, but
should be alright for Ohio State.
Fifth-vear senior kicker Jeff Del Verne was
replaced on extra points by Hayden Epstein. Carr said
that Dcl Verne was injured, but didn't go into detail.
secutive passes without an inter-
Credit an All-American offensive line
and Henson's intelligence with the
ball in and out of the pocket in hold-
ing on that long.
Here are Henson's stats for the past
two seasons and then Saturday.
8-of-17, 141 yards, 1 TD
15-of-27, 257 yards, 1 TD
26-of-35, 256 yards, 3 TD
14-of-18, 233 yards, 2 TD
vs. Michigan State
17-of-31, 138, 0 TD
23-of-35, 312 yards, 4 TD
vs. Penn Statey
14-of-29, 212 yards, 2 TD, 3
Before Penn State
Seven games, 117-of-192, 1549
yards, 13 TD, 0 INT
After Penn State
Eight games, 131-of-221, 1761
yards, 15 TD, 3 INT
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10 games, 47-of-90, 546 yards,
3 TD, 2 INT
After one miss from 49 yards out,
Penn State kicker Ryan Primanti is
successful from 35 yards out.
Penn State 3, Michigan O
Primanti really looked foolish on a
39-yard attempt to begin the sec-
ond quarter. The kick was not only
wide right but short, and Penn
state again came away without
points after a sustained drive.
The Wolverines took advantage of
the opportunity. Quarterback Drew
Henson orchestrated a 11-play, 78-
yard drive that included two third-
After a 19-yard rumblin gpass-and-
catch from Henson to S.J. Askew,
senior Anthony Thomas punched
it in from seven yards out.
Michigan 7, Penn State 3
After a Penn State punt, Henson
threw his first interception of the
day to Justin Kurpeikis. The
Nittany Lions were successful in
moving the ball until they neared
the red zone. Thenthey stalled.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno
inserted freshman David Kimball to
kick for Primanti. Kimball missed a
38-yarder and the kicking woes
Michigan seized control with a 79-
yard drive in eight plays. A 15-yard
reception by Bil Seymour was
goodenough for the touchdown.
Michigan 14, Penn State 3
Penn State appeared to have the
last drive of the half, but a James
Whitley interception gave Michan
another offensive possession. The
Wolverines settled for a 33-yard
field goal by Hayden Epstein.
Michigan 17, Penn State 3
Another Penn State possession
culminates in another field-goal try.
Again, the Nittany Lions fai A 39-
yard try by Primanti was blocked
Michigan moved down the field,
helped b a screenp ass to
Thomas or 46 yards, and kicked a
field goal of its own, again by
Michigan 20, Penn State 3
A fourth-down stop of Rashard
Casey by the Michigan defense
continues the momentum. Askew
hits the Penn State defense again,
this time a 40-yard reception for a
Michigan 27, Penn State 3
Mat Senneca replaced Casey at
quarterback for Penn State. He
exploited a hole in Michigan's cov-
erage and went deep to Bryant
Johnson for a 50-yard touchdown.
The two-point pass brought the
game within two possessions
with 10:31 remaining.
Michigan 27, Penn State 11
Michigan was unable to, move the
football, but was successful in
draining some clock. The Nittany
Lions received the ball back on a
punt, but were stopped again on
fourth down, ending their best
chance to make it a game again.
Another Penn State possession
ended in an interception by Todd
Howard with 3:24 left. The
Wolverines seized the chance to
run some more game clock.
Helped by a running-into-the-kicker
penalty, Michian moved the ball
downfield on he round. A 32-
yard run by Chris Perry put
Michig an in position to score, if it
Lloyd Carr decided that he did
want the Wolverines to run one
final play from scrimmage. Perry
ran it in from ayard out with one
second remaining. The extra point
was blocked, an Penn State ran
out the clock.
Final: Michigan 33, Penn State 11
First. place to Rose - slim but not
impossible. Need to beat Ohio State and
Northwestern and Purdue must lose to
Illinois and Indiana respectively.
Right now, Michigan is looking at the
Citrus Bowl if it can win at Ohio State,
the second place bowl for the Big Ten.
Should the Citrus Bowl take Michigan, it
would play the SEC second place team.
If Michigan loses to Ohio State, it would
likely fall to the Alamo Bowl, in Sani
Antonio and play a Big 12 team, possibly
Texas or Texas A&M.
Two weeks ago, Michigan-Ohio State
looked to have BCS ramifications. A
week later it looked like the game would
be insignificant. Now the game is for a
share of the Big Ten title and possibly
for the Rose Bowl.
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BIG TEN STANDINGS
State makes Big Ten race interesting with win over Purdue
EAST LANSING (AP) - Michigan State
may have shocked the college football world, but
the Spartans are not surprised one bit.
Michigan State beat Purdue 30-10 on
Saturday, adding yet another upset to a season
full of them.
T.J. Duckett ran for 174 yards and a touch-
down to keep the Spartans (2-5 Big Ten, 5-5
overall) bowl hopes alive.
*The Boilermakers (5-2, 7-3) can still advance
to the Rose Bowl with a victory next week at
home against Indiana because of Iowa's loss at
Michigan State led the entire game and broke
it open with two fourth-quarter touchdowns.
Entering the game, it ranked No. 2 in the
NCAA against the pass while Purdue was the
nation's fourth-best passing team.
Those who believe a good defense will beat a
.iod offense were, correct once again.
Purdue's Drew Brees was 26-of-43 for 279
yards with one touchdown and three intercep-
Michigan State will not be headed for a glam-
orous bowl if it beats Penn State next week on
the road, but it would be a satisfying way to close
a disappointing season.
Purdue in turn played its worst game of the
year at the worst time.
NORTHWESTERN 27, IowA 17: One of the
worst defenses in the Big Ten figured out how to
'op the most potent offense in the conference.
Kyle McCann threw two touchdown passes
and ran for another score and Iowa's defense bot-
tied up Northwestern's potent offense as the
Ilawkeves earned a 27-17 victory over the
Wildcats on Saturday.
Northwestern coach Randy Walker said Iowa's
defensive effort was "outstanding" and knocked
the Wildcats off stride.
"I think this was as good a job as we've had
against our offense," Walker said. "This was one
those days when we just never really caught
Iowa (3-4 Big Ten, 3-8 overall) won consecu-
tive games for the first time since 1997 while
holding Northwestern (5-2, 7-3) to 377 yards -
109 below its conference-leading average of 486
Iowa's defense was giving up 447 yards per
game - No. 10 in the conference - but didn't
allow Northwestern's offense to get on track. The
Wildcats didn't score a point in the first quarter,
the first time that's happened all season.
,)KLAHOMA 35, TEXAs A&M 31: Not even
that had beaten them 31 times in the last 32
years, but also put themselves in a strong posi-
tion for a second shot at Oklahoma.
Overcoming sleet and snow and a late
Nebraska charge, the Wildcats beat the Huskers
29-28 on a frightful Saturday night, ruining the
Nebraska's national title hopes and giving them-
selves a clear path to the Big 12 North title.
A Nebraska victory would have wrapped up
the North Division title for the Huskers (5-2, 8-
2) and given them a rematch in the conference
championship game Dec. 2 with Oklahoma,
which beat them 31-14 and replaced them as
By beating woeful Missouri next week,
Kansas State (5-2, 9-2) will be the North champ
and quite likely draw Oklahoma.
Quincy Morgan caught seven passes for 199
yards and two touchdowns, including the game-
winner with 2:52 to play when he took Jonathan
Beasley's pass over the middle and turned it into
a 12-yard touchdown play.
Then with 50 seconds left and a heavy snow
falling, Eric Crouch's pass bounced off the hands
of Matt Davison on fourth-and-5 and Kansas
State went to 2-18 against Top 10 teams in the
Bill Snyder era. Snyder is 2-11 against
OREGON 25, CALIFORNIA 17: The Oregon
Ducks haven't looked like champions the past
month, but four straight close victories have put
the Rose Bowl within their grasp.
Joey Harrington ran for two second-half
touchdowns and passed for another as Oregon
clinched at least a tie for the Pac-10 title by ral-
lying to beat California 25-17 Saturday.
The Ducks (7-0 Pac 10, 9-1 overall) could
earn a Rose Bowl berth with a win over Oregon
State next weekend."
Kyle Boller completed 15 of 39 passes for 197
yards and a touchdown as Cal (2-5, 3-7) nearly
pulled off a huge upset despite .a relapse of its
early season offensive struggles.
Harrington was 20-of-35 for 252 yards in an
erratic performance, but his 29-yard scoring
pass to Keenan Howry with 12:38 to play was
the difference. Howry hauled the pass in with his
fingertips to give the Ducks an 18-17 lead.
Oregon added another score after the Golden
Bears botched a punt, giving the Ducks the ball
at the Cal 14. Five plays later, Harrington's I-
yard run made it 25-17 lead with 4:48 to go.
Cal got the ball back twice more, but Boller
threw an interception and was unable to move
the team on the last possession.
Iowa's Kevin Kasper, left, runs from Northwestern'sI
down reception. Iowa won the game 27-17
the largest, and perhaps loudest, crowd to watch
a football game in the state of Texas could deter
Torrance Marshall kept the Sooners' national
championship drive alive when he scored on a
41-yard interception return in the fourth quarter
to rally Oklahoma to a 35-31 victory over Texas
A&M on Saturday.
Marshall's first career interception came with
7:18 left in the game, completing a comeback
from a I0-point, fourth-quarter deficit.
With Texas A&M ahead 31-21, Heupel -just
2-for-8 on third-down conversions at the time -
made three straight third-down plays leading to a
Harold Blackmon, right, during a third quarter touch-
Moments later, Marshall gave the Sooners the
lead when he stepped in front of a pass by
A&M's Mark Farris and weaved his way into the
end zone to give Oklahoma its first victory in
College Station since 1903.
The Aggies had a final chance to win the
game when they took over on the Oklahoma 44
with 1:33 left, but Farris' fourth-down pass com-
pletion fell five yards short of a first down and
Oklahoma took over with 36 seconds left. The
Sooners ran out the clock and breathed a collec-
tive sigh of relief.
KANSAS ST. 29, NEBRASKA 28: On a cold and
snowy night, the Kansas State Wildcats got
everything they were wishing for.
The Wildcats not only edged a Nebraska team
2-yard touchdown run
Griffin with 7:43 left.
by fullback Quentin
HOW THE AP TOP 25 FARED
Associated Press Poll for week of November 6.
Games updated through November 5.
DUCKEMT RUNS OVER PURDUE
T.J. Duckett ran for 174 yards and a
touchdown as Michigan State
knocked off No. 9 Purdue.
His efforts helped to keep Michigan
State's bowl hopes alive.
SEMINOLE PASSING ATTACK
Chris Weinke threw for 324
yards and five touchdowns -
three to Marvin Minnis - as No.
3 Florida State beat Wake
The Seminoles continued to
build up their confidence as they
prepare for their showdown with
the Gators. Their Orange Bowl
dreams are still very much alive.
IRISH RUNNER HAS CAREER DAY
Tony Fisher ran for a career-high
I nC . .-V- n t - tnttri . nA s C
(first-place votes in parentheses)
2. Miami (Fla.)
3. Florida State
8. Virginia Tech
10. Oregon State
11. Notre Dame
beat No. 23 Texas A&M 35.31
beat Pittsburgh 357
beat Wake Forest 35-6
lost to No. 16 Kansas St. 29-28
beat No. 21 S. Carolina 41-21
beat California 25-17
beat UCLA 35-28
beat Central Florida 44-21
lost to Michigan State 30-10
beat Arizona 33-9
beat Boston College 2&16
lost to Iowa 27-27
Colorado (Nov. 24)
at Florida State
at Oregon State
at Washington State
1. Oklahoma (70)
2. Miami (Fla.)
3. Florida State
7. Virginia Tech
8. Oregon State
9. Kansas State
11. Notre Dame
12. Ohio State
THIS WEEKEND'S RESULTS
Michigan 33, Penn State 11
Wisconsin 43, Indiana 22
Ohio State 24, llinois 21
Iowa 27, Northwestern 17
Michigan State 30, Purdue 10
Michigan at Ohio State, noon, ABC
Iowa at Minnesota, 12:10
Illinois at Northwestern, 3:30
Indiana at Purdue, 3:30
Michigan State at Penn State. 3:30
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