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12A - The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 21, 2001


Tresse fces
his, first test as,
Bucke e coach
By Dan Rosen
For The Daily
The Big Ten conference returns to the football field
this weekend and it's unclear how the events of last
week and the cancellation of games will effect play.,
But most likely, coaches have not had enough extra
time to prepare for tomorrow's games.
No. 21 Ohio State (1-0) at No. 12 UCLA (2-0),
3:30 p.m., ABC: Ohio State travels to the Rose Bowl
in search of the Big Ten's first victory against a
ranked opponent - the conference is 0-4 to date.
The Buckeyes were sloppy in their opening game, a
28-14 victory over Akron. Jonathan Wells rushed for
119 yards and scored two touchdowns. But the Buck-
eyes turned the ball over three times and allowed the
Zips to make the game close in the fourth quarter.
Ohio State should be closer to midseason form
against UCLA. The Buckeyes
probably treated the opener AROUND TiiE
against Akron more like a prac- I
tice than a real game. Jim Tres- BIG TEN
sel, the new head coach in
Columbus, will rouse a lot more intensity this week-
The Bruins enter their home opener on a roll, com-
ing off a 41-17 rout of Kansas in which UCLA's
DeShaun Foster rushed for 179 yards and one touch-
down. Quarterback Cory Paus connected with eight
different receivers - diversity that will wreak havoc
on the Ohio State secondary.
The Bruin defense has already forced five turnovers
and given up only 34 points - all bad news for the
Ohio State will protect the football and show more
intensity than it did in its opener. But it won't have
enough defense to stop UCLA. Look for Foster to
build on his torrent start and for Paus to find his mid-
season stride.
UCLA 35, Ohio State 24
Michigan State (1-0) at No. 23 Notre Dame (0-
1), 2:30 p.m., NBC: The Spartans travel to South
Bend after a shaky 35-21 victory over Central Michi-
gan in their opening game of the season. Michigan
State was penalized 11 times for 70 yards and allowed
Chippewa defensive back James King to block four
punts and return two for touchdowns.
If that performance was any indication, Michigan
State will be in for a long afternoon.
T.J. Duckett did manage 120 yards rushing 22
times for one touchdown in the victory. He may be
the only bright spot for Michigan State this weekend.
In its season opener, Notre Dame lost 27-10 to
Nebraska in Lincoln. The Irish could only gain 162

Continued from Page 11A
ship on the field and will give Michigan
problems if it plays inconsistently
Iowa, which faces the Wolverines on
Sunday, is a team that has good leader-
ship on the field as well, after returning
nine out of 12 starters from last year's
team. But the Hawkeyes have had trou-
bles after winning their first game
against Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Iowa
coach Wendy Logan commented that
her team has been tormented by incon-
sistent play, something that also
plagued the Wolverines earlier in the

"We're suffering from some lapses
where we can't score goals," Logan
said. "We've had some lineup changes
due to some injuries and a player that
received a red card, but now we can
solidify our lineup this weekend with
all our players healthy and back from
Injuries were also a problem for
Michigan as Abby Crumpton, who had
seven goals last season, was out for two
games with a strained calf muscle. Her
impact was felt in the win on Monday
with an assist and a goal for the
Wolverines. With all players healthy,
Michigan hopes to counteract the
returning starters for the Hawkeyes.


Colleges increase game
security this weekend

Ohio State will need running back Jonathan Wells to produce big yardage Saturday at UCLA. Wells and the Buck-
eyes were sluggish in their opener against Akron, and must protect the ball to have a chance in the Rose Bowl.

total yards of offense against the Cornhuskers and
turned the ball over three times in the first quarter
The first half against Nebraska was so bad for
Notre Dame that coach Bob Davie replaced starting
quarterback Matt LoVecchio with sophomore Carlyle
Holiday at the end of the second quarter - LoVec-
chio was inserted back in the game for the fourth
A quarterback controversy is the last thing that
Davie wants to deal with at any time during a season.
But the inconsistent play of the passers was more of a
reflection of the talent that resides in Lincoln than a
lack of ability for the Irish. LoVecchio will be relaxed
in the friendly confines of South Bend and put to rest
any whispers about a conflict.
Notre Dame is going to be more prepared at home
against the Spartans than they were against Nebraska.
A win tomorrow is important for the Irish to get back
in the BCS hunt. Duckett is going to run wild in the
Irish secondary, but it won't be enough to win at the
home of the Irish.
Notre Dame 20, Michigan State 13
No. 19 Northwestern (1-0) at Duke (0-2), 6:30
p.m.: Northwestern brings its high-powered offense
into Durham for the biggest mismatch in the Big Ten
this weekend. The Wildcats are coming off of a 37-
point assault on UNLV in which the offense tallied
411 total yards.
It was an emotional win for the Wildcats, who

played for the first time without senior defensive back
Rashidi Wheeler. Wheeler, an asthmatic, collapsed
during conditioning drills on Aug. 3 and passed away
soon afterward. The Wildcats will wear patches
tomorrow to honor their fallen teammate.
Duke lost a close 15-13 contest to Rice in its last
game. But tomorrow's competition with Northwest-
em will more resemble the Blue Devils' opening 55-
13 loss to Florida State than the tight game that it
played against the Owls.
Northwestern 52, Duke 17
Akron (1-1) at No. 24 Purdue (1-0), 12:10
p.m.: The Boilermakers opened their season on Sep-
tember 2 with a 19-14 win at Cincinnati, in which the
Purdue defense held the Bearcats to 87 yards rushing
but allowed 220 yards in the air.
Akron lost a close game at Ohio State two weeks
ago in which the Zips rushed for just 114 yards.
Expect to see a similarly quiet rushing attack from
Akron against Purdue.
The Zips will put up a good fight - they have
proven that a large Big Ten crowd will not intimidate
them. But in the end, the talent of the Boilermakers
will prevail.
Purdue 27, Akron 17
Wisconsin (1-2) at Penn State (0-1), 12:10
p.m.: Controversy will be hanging over Penn State
tomorrow when it opens its Big Ten season against
See BIG TEN, Page 13A

NEW YORK (AP) - Inside stadi-
ums from State College to South Bend
to Eugene, there will be moments of
silence, millions singing "God Bless
America," and miniature American
flags on players' helmets.
Outside, fans leaving tailgate parties
for games will be searched, sniffed
and subjected to long lines.
Overhead, neither blimps nor small
planes will be permitted to circle many
stadiums that were declared "no-fly
zones" by the Federal Aviation
But for the players, it's time to get
back on the field.
"It's an opportunity to help the
world out," Ohio State linebacker
Courtland Bullard said. "Everybody's
going to be watching. A lot of people
are going through a lot of things right
now. Basically, we can be a stepping-
stone for a lot of people to say, 'Hey,
we've got to rebuild' and 'Life goes
The 21st-ranked Buckeyes (1-0)
play at No. 14 UCLA (2-0) in the only

game matching Top 25 teams on Sat.
With about 90,000 fans expected t(
fill the Rose Bowl, UCLA has steppe(
up security.
The basic message: Arrive early
come empty-handed, be patient and b,
prepared to be searched.
At Autzen Stadium, where Orego]
(2-0) hopes to extend its home win
ning streak to 23 in a row, official
won't allow vehicles into the area unti
five hours before kickoff (10:15 p.m
"Our fans should feel very safe an
extremely secure in Autzen Stadium,'
Athletic Director Bill Moos said.
Florida (2-0) will take a charter
flight to Lexington on Friday for it,
Southeastern Conference opener
against the Wildcats (1-1). The Gators
are ready to play and fly.
"I'm not scared," quarterback Rex
Grossman said. "I doubt they're going
to try to hijack the Gator team plane.
But who knows? I'm just not real wor-
ried about it."

Continued from Page 11A
Adding more pressure to the
Wolverines' early practices is their
looming clash with Michigan State
in the "Cold War" on Oct. 6. The

Spartans will host Michigan in col-
lege hockey's first ever outdoor
game in Spartan Stadium. With the
largest crowd to ever witness a hock-
ey game breathing down its neck,
Michigan will have to be prepared.
mentally and physically for the

"Some guys might have slacked
off at the beginning of the season,
figuring they'd have time to get in
shape before the big game," Nystrom
said. "But right off the bat here we,
have a huge game, so we've got to
go hard now to be in the best condi-
tion possible."

"Having a game like that around.
the corner is going to help us,"
Berenson said. "There's no question
that it's a big game and a game that
Seryone-is talking about. It'H be-s
challenge, but it will help us preparesi e..
because it's there." .4
Due to the tragic incidents that
occurred last week in New York and
Washington, Michigan State officials
have declared that the name "Cold
War" will be used much more spar- AP PHOTO
ingly in the two weeks leading up to Florida quarterback Rex Grossman and the explosive Gator offense are not worried
the game. about their flight to Lexington for Saturday's game against Kentucky.


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