4B -- The Michigan Daily - FOOTBALL SATURDAY - Friday, September 21, 2001
Conference schedule begins with several key games
After the initial conference openers were delayed due to last week's tragedy, college football is welcomed
These stories were originally printed
last Monday in The Michigan Daily's
special section dedicated to the
people and places affected by the
terrorist attacks on the United States.
By Eric Chan
For the Daily
As college football play resumes this week, we
are faced with a week where few ranked teams
outside of the Big Ten are playing other strong
But, key match-ups for SEC and PAC-10
teams are on the horizon.
SOUTHERN CAL. (1-1) AT No. 7 OREGON
(2-0), 10:15 P.M., Fox
SPORTS NET: This Pac 10 ACROSS TH
game is definitely one worth
watching, as it features one NATON
of the nation's best quarter-
backs against what looks to be a very solid
Southern Cal. defense.
Oregon quarterback and Heisman candidate
Joey Harrington is one of college football's
biggest offensive threats.
In the Ducks' opener a few weeks ago,
Harrington burned Wisconsin for 277 yards
while throwing two touchdowns and rushing for
Two weeks ago, Southern Cal. held twelfth-
ranked Kansas State to only ten points. With this
in mind, we must ask ourselves: Did Pete Carroll
work a miracle with a Southern Cal. defense that
was sub-par in 2000? Or was Kansas State's lack
of offense just a fluke?
Well, Carroll didn't do much with the New
England Patriots' defense in his short stint there,
so it's probably the latter.
At home, Oregon has won 22 straight. Make
that 23 after this Saturday.
Oregon 35, Southern Cal. 17
No. 2 FLORIDA (2-0) AT KENTUCKY (1-1),
12:30 P.M.: Kentucky has the home field advan-
tage here so it should be able to pull the upset.
Wait, no...scratch that - the Wildcats are going
to get killed.
Florida is the No. 2 team in the nation and thus
far, the Gators have annihilated their opponents.
In its first two games, Florida averaged 52 points
per game and 431 yards. Leading the Gators'
offense is quarterback Rex Grossman, who is
currently fifth in the nation in passing yards with
In its first two contests, Kentucky allowed an
average of 28 points and almost 300 total yards
to mediocre Louisville and Ball State squads.
The Wildcats need to come through with some
big plays if they want to stay within 30 points.
Well, what happens when you combine a
nasty, relentless Florida offense with Kentucky's
less-than-stellar defense? Think Michael Jordan
vs. Brian Ellerbe in one-on-one ball ...
Florida 41, Kentucky 6
No. 5 FLORIDA STATE (2-0) AT NORTH
CAROLINA (0-3), NOON: With this match-up on
Saturday, we'll see one team that's at the top of
its game and another that has essentially sucked
thus far. The Tar Heels just can't get a break this
year. They've started off the schedule against
three tough teams - Oklahoma, Maryland and
Now, after a cancelled game against Southern
Methodist - a team they likely would have beat-
en -- the Tar Heels have to play the fifth-ranked
Florida State redshirt freshman quarterback
Chris Rix has stepped in quite nicely for the
departed Chris Weinke. It's hard to come out of
the shadow of a Heisman winner, but Rix has
done the job. In Florida State's most recent game
against Alabama-Birmingham, Rix completed
15 of 23 passes for 246 yards.
Then again, it was Alabama-Birmingham ...
The Seminoles' freshman quarterback has
fared better than North Carolina's senior quarter-
back. The Tar Heels had high expectations this
year for Ronald Curry, but thus far, Curry has
not been able to find his arm - he hasn't thrown
a touchdown yet this season, and even worse,
he's been picked four times.
Can you say, "0-and-4"? North Carolina will
be able to.
Florida State 37, North Carolina 7
No. 15 FRENO STATE (3-0) AT TULSA (1-0), 3
P.M.: If you've ever watched the NCAA
Tournament, you'll know who the Gonzaga
By Jacquelyn Nixon
Daily Staff Reporter
CANTON TOWNSHIP- Whe
Patricia Whalen's daughters - 23-yea
old Meredith and 21-year-old Kristen -
returned to their childhood home fc
Labor Day weekend, Whalen never antic
ipated this would be the last time sl
would see one of them again.
"You always think it happens to some
body else;' Whalen said last weekend.
Meredith, a 2000
worked as a research
analyst for Fred
Inc. on the 93rd floor
of World Trade
Center Tower One.
"She thrived in
New York," Whalen Merideth Whalen
said. "Her presence, confidence ... mad
her able to handle one of the firm
Whalen received a call the morning o
Sept. 1 from Kristen, a student at th
University of North Carolina, who aler
ed her that a plane had crashed into th
World Trade Center.
"I saw the antenna and I knew it wa
her tower," Whalen said. "I was trying t
count down how many floors, but ther
was too much smoke."
She called Meredith's roommate
Mary Kowalczyk, to confirm what tim
her daughter had left for work that morr
Oregon State's quarterback Jonathan Smith (No. 9) is stopped near the first down marker by Fresno State
two weeks ago. This weekend, the Bulldogs will look to stop Tulsa.
Bulldogs are. Everyone loves watching the
Bulldogs because they're known as a Cinderella
This game doesn't feature Gonzaga, but it fea-
tures another Cinderella Bulldogs squad -
Thus far, Fresno State is undefeated, having
beaten some of the toughest teams in the nation
in Colorado, Oregon State and Wisconsin. The
main reason why the Bulldogs have been able to
win is quarterback David Carr.
Carr has turned a lot of heads, especially
among NFL scouts. He looks to be in the huge
pack of players with Heisman aspirations.
In three games this season, Carr has thrown
for 778 yards and 7 touchdowns, only one inter-
ception, and has a completion percentage of 59.3
Fresno State shouldn't be too worried about
Tulsa, but it shouldn't send out the reserves
either. Tulsa's Josh Blankenship went 29 of 35
with 337 yards and two touchdowns in his first
If Fresno State can keep the pressure on
Blankenship, and Carr keeps doing what he's
been doing, the Bulldogs should have their first
4-0 start since 1991.
Fresno State 51, Tulsa 24
ALABAMA (1-1) VS. ARKANSAS (1-1), 3:30
P.M.: Five or six years ago this game would have
been a highly anticipated game. But when they
play Saturday, it will be a battle between two
mediocre, unranked, has-been teams.
Alabama has had tailback problems since
spring training camp, so look for the Tide to look
to veteran quarterback Andrew Zow for most of
its offensive production. Arkansas' main
weapon, or what was supposed to be its main
weapon, is running back Cedric Cobbs, he
looked so-so this season, and in order to win,
he'll have to come throxugh.
Though Alabama is unranked, it looked
impressive in its opener against UCLA, losing a
tight one 20-17. With the home field advantage,
the Crimson Tide should be able to take this one
... but who really cares?
Alabama 24, Arkansas 10
Virginia (1-1) at No.18 Clemson (2-0),
Saturday, 5:45 p.m.: The Clemson coaching staff
and fans came into this year with the highest
expectations for Woodrow Danztler. Long before
the season began, many picked him as the favorite
to win the Heisman. Dantzler has recently pulled
what we can politely call "a Charlie Batch";
meaning he hasn't played poorly enough to get
him bad press, but he also hasn't done anything
So far, he's done just enough for Clemson to be
In two games, Dantzler has thrown for a com-
bined 361 yards. A solid performance, but it pales
in comparison to other Heisman trophy candi-
For instance, underappreciated Louisville quar-
terback Dave Ragone has 858 total passing yards
in just three games.
Virginia, needless to say, has to play at its best if
it wants to contend with Clemson. Cavalier run-
ning back Arlen Harris has to perform against the
Tigers like he did two weeks ago against
Richmond, where he ran for 99 yards on just 24
If Virginia wants to pull the upset, it'll have to
keep the speedy Dantzler in the pocket. The
Cavaliers couldn't do that last year in their 31-10
loss to Clemson. Dantzler rushed for 220 yards
and two touchdowns in that game.
Look for Dantzler to make up for those "Batch-
like" performances on Saturday
Clemson 28, Virginia 10
Jill Gartenberg, with her 21/2-year-old daughter Nicole, speaks about her husband, Jim, who worked in the World Trade Center
and was still missing last weekend. Jim Gartenberg was president of the University alumni association's New York City chapter.
N.Y. alumni club president
unable to escape 86th floor
By David Enders
Daily News Editor
NEW YORK - Jill Gartenberg
laughs when she remembers how her
husband Jim woke her up three
"He woke up and- said, Do you
know what day it is? It's the start of
college football -season!"'
But last weekend, college football
was suspended, and Jim Gartenberg,
who graduated with an economics
degree from the University of
Michigan in 1987, was one of the
more than 4,900 people still missing
this weekend after the collapse of
the World Trade Center towers Sept.
His friends knew him for his love
of the University of Michigan. He
was the president of the New York
City chapter of the University's
alumni association - the largest
chapter in the country - for 10
"He lived for Michigan football -
anything Michigan, he loved. He
prided himself on the fact that he
went back to Ann Arbor for a game
every year," his wife said. "He
always said he would be one of those
old guys who wore the pants with the
'M' on them."
Jim Gartenberg worked on the
86th floor of Tower One for Julien J.
Studley Inc., a commercial real
estate firm. He remained in phone
contact with his wife until shortly
before she watched the building col-
lapse on television.
"He called me at quarter to nine
and he called me at my machine at
work and said there was a fire at
work and he didn't know if he was
going to make it," Jill Gartenberg
said. "I don't even know if he even
knew if it was terrorism."
Jill Gartenberg said her husband
told her he couldn't escape because
the stairwell was full of smoke and
Jim Gartenberg also called ABC
News and was put on the air live.
"To let loved ones know that they
were safe on the 86th floor," Jill
Gartenberg said. He was on the floor
with one other co-worker, who is
"He was-very calm and composed
when he called - I didn't hear him
on ABC News, but my friends called
me and said, 'He's fine, he's fine,'
because he sounded so calm."
Police asked Jill Gartenberg for
her husbands toothbrush to use for
the purpose of DNA identification.
Jill Gartenberg graduated from the
University in 1989 with a psycholo-
gy degree, but the two met in New
York during an alumni association
event. At their wedding, they walked
down the aisle to the tune of "The
Jim.Gartenberg leaves behind a 2
1/2-year-old daughter, Nicole.
"I say, 'What do you say when Daddy
watches football?' And she says, 'Go
Blue!' He wanted those to be her first
Jill Gartenberg is pregnant with
the couple's second child. She
admitted that the reality hasn't sunk
in yet that her husband is gone.
"He was 35. It's way too young to
go. He had a lot of life left - he
enjoyed every minute of every day."
Josh Scobey and his Kansas State Wildcats could only muster 10 points against Southern Cal's defense
two weeks ago. This time around, Southern Cal. will be facing Oregon.