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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - Monday, October 1, 2001- 5B
I'LL TAKE TOTAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT- IT WAS NOT VERY SMART.
- ILLINOIS COACH RON TURNER ON OPTING NOT TO PUNT
ON FOURTH AND ONE IN THE SECOND QUARTER

HOW THE AP TOP 25 FARED

WEEKEND'S BEST

HEUPEL wHo?:Oklahoma junior quar-
terback Nate Hybl overcame three
interceptions in order to win what
was the biggest game of his short
four-game career, a 38-37 victory
against Kansas State.
Hybl, who steps into the starting
role for last year's quarterback
Josh Heupel, completed 17-of-38
passes for 283 yards and two
touchdowns.
The third-ranked Sooners defeated
the ninth-ranked Wildcats for the
third straight time and extended
their winning streak to 17.

GAMECOCKS GUN FOR NATIONAL TITLE RUN:
Down 36-24 with 9:01 left in the
game No. 15 South Carolina
began an improbable comeback
for what had once been an impos-
sible victory over Alabama.
Gamecock quarterback Phil Petty
hit tight end Rob Trafford with
2:18 remaining to give South Car-
olina a 37-36 win, its first ever
against the Crimson Tide.
South Carolina has an easy sched-
ule until November where it could
easily be 7-0 going into contests
with Tennessee, Florida and Clem-
son.
HUSKIES COME FROM BEHIND, AGAIN:
For the third season in a row, Cali-
fornia held a lead over Washington
before blowing it in the second
half.
Huskies' wide receiver Paul Arnold
and running back Rich Alexis each
scored two touchdowns to spark
the comeback. Golden Bears'
quarterback Kyle Boller threw for
four touchdowns in the loss.

Associated Press Poll for week of September 23.
Games updated through September 30.
Team: Last week:
1. Miami (Fla.) beat Pittsburgh 43-21
2. Florida beat Mississippi State 52-0
3. Oklahoma beat No. 11 Kansas St. 38-37
4. Nebraska beat Missouri 36-3
5. Texas beat Texas Tech 42-7
6. Oregon beat Utah State 3&21
7. Tennessee beat No. 14 LSU 26-18
8. Virginia Tech beat Central Florida 46-14
9. Georgia Tech lost to Clemson 47-44
10. Fresno State beat Louisiana Tech 3&28
11. Kansas State lost to No. 3 Oklahoma 38-37
12. UCLA beat No. 19 Oregon State 3&7
13. Washington beat California 31-28
14. Louisiana State lost to No. 7 Tennessee 26-18
15. South Carolina beat Alabama 37-36
16. Northwestern beat No. 23 Michigan St. 27-26
17. Michigan beat No. 22 Illinois 45-20
18. Florida State beat Wake Forest 4&24
19. Oregon State lost to No. 12 UCLA 38-7
20. Brigham Young beat UNLV 35-31
21. Mississippi State lost to No. 2 Florida 52-0
22. Illinois lost to No. 17 Michigan 45-20

NEW AP
TOP 25

This week:
Troy State
at No. 18 Louisiana State
at No. 5 Texas
Iowa State
No. 3 Oklahoma
at Arizona
Georgia
at West Virginia
at Duke
Bye
Colorado
Bye
Southern Cal.
No. 2 Florida
Kentucky
at Ohio State
at Penn State
Bye
at Washington State
Utah State
at Auburn
Minesota
Bye
Iowa
at Ohio

(first-place votes in parentheses)

TEAM
1. Miami (Fla.) (34)
2. Florida (22)
3. Oklahoma (9)
4. Nebraska (2)
5. Texas.(4)
6. Tennessee(7)
7. Oregon
8. Virginia Tech
9. UCLA
10. Fresno State (1)
11. Washington
12. Kansas State
13. South Carolina
14. Northwestern
15. Michigan
16. Florida State
17. Georgia Tech
18. Louisiana State
19. Clemson
20. Brigham Young
21. Purdue
22. Stanford
23. Toledo
24. Texas A&M
25. Maryland

3-0
4-0
4-0
5-0
4-0
3-0
4-0
4-0
4-0
5-0
3-0
2-1
4-0
3-0
3-1
3-1
3-1
2-1
3-1
4-0
3-0
3-0
4-0
4-0
4-0

PTS
1,744
1,725
1,648
1,546
1,511
1,355
1,310
1,308
1,252
1,139
1,006
997
952
884
803
678
573
539
436
426
321
215
200
182
118

PvS
1
2
3
4
5
7
6
9
12
10
13
11
15
16
17
18
9
14
NR
20
24
NR
25
NR
NR

23. Michigan State
24. Purdue
25. Toledo

lost to No. 16 N'western 27-26
beat Minnesota 35-28
beat Northern Illinois 41-20

Dropped Out: No. 19 Oregon State, No. 21
Mississippi State, No. 22 illinois, No. 23
Michigan State

An 'instant classic?' Wildcats
squeak past Spatans, 27-26

By Michael Rosen
For the Daily
The Northwestern Wildcats insist on nail-bit-
ing finishes. They did it twice last season against
Minnesota on a 45-yard pass on the last play of
the game and against Michigan with twenty sec-
onds to go. Why should this season be any dif-
ferent?
Michigan State has to be frustrated. The game
was an even match-up until Northwestern's
"Hail Mary" completion set up David
Wasielewski's 47-yard field goal through the
uprights.
The mistake came when a Northwestern
receiver ran outside and behind coverage as his
quarterback, Zak Kustok lofted the ball in the air
for a 50-yard completion.
PURDUE 35, MINNESOTA 28 (OT): Who would
have thought that an officiating crew could have
blown two obvious calls? Minnesota coach was
Glen Mason was astonished after his team's con-
troversial overtime loss to Purdue.
"It's tough to swallow," Minnesota coach
Glen Mason said. "I don't know how they got it
off in one second. The only way is to snap it on
the whistle. That did not happen. Fact."
The first mistake the officials made was count-
ing the 48-yard field goal that sent the game into
overtime after the clock read triple zeros.
Once in the extra session, Purdue quarterback
Brandon Hance connected with John Standeford
for a 19-yard touchdown.
The second and even more drastic blunder was
the ruling of receiver Tony Henderson's recep-
tion in the end zone, which was declared out of

bounds. Replays confirmed the officials' over-
sight, showing Henderson's one foot in the end
zone - all that is required in college football.
On the Gophers' next attempt, quarterback
Travis Cole threw an interception to Purdue's
Stuart Schweigert.
IOWA 24, PENN STATE 18: Despite playing for
the first time since Sept. 8th, the Hawkeyes
rolled to a 24-18 victory, upping their undefeated
record to 3-0.
While being a part of a sloppy, penalty-filled
game, Iowa, unlike Penn State, made big plays
when it needed them most. Special teams player
Dallas Clark recovered an onside kick at the
Penn State 47-yard line.
As the Nittany Lions used all of their time
outs, they failed to recognize they didn't have the
correct personnel on the field for Nate Kaeding's
47-yard field goal which gave the Hawkeyes a
24-11 lead.
Penn State's running game did not help its
cause. The running backs ran collectively for 33
yards on 27 carries - 1.2 yards per carry.
OHIO STATE 27, INDIANA 14: Ohio State quar-
terback, Steve Bellisari began to put to rest the
controversy over whether he should be benched
for redshirt sophomore, Scott McMullen. The
senior quarterback completed 15-of-21 passes for
194 yards with no interceptions in the Buckeyes'
27-14 victory over the Hoosiers.
Everyone from the offensive line and receivers
straight down to special teams stepped up his
effort. Most notably was the blocked punt by
strong safety Mike Doss, which set up a field
goal.
Although Bellisari's counterpart, Antwaan

GAME PROGRESSION
First Quarter:
The two teams exchange three-
and-outs three times before any
offense materializes. Finally,
with 7:50 left in the first quarter,
Kurt Kittner connects with Wal-
ter Young for a 48-yard comple-
tion to the Michigan seven yard
line. After three plays that lose
three yards, Peter Christofilakos
kicks a 27-yard field goal.
Illinois 3, Michigan 0
Michigan's offense gets jump
started when Jermaine Gonzales
comes in for one play and runs
thestrans-continental with Mar-
quise Walker for 51 yards. Two
plays later, Walter Cross throws
a halfback option pass to Walk-
er, wide open in the endzone.
Michigan 7, Illinois 3
Second Quarter:
Kittner passes for 62 yards on
one drive. All in all, the Illini
drive 80 yards in a drive that
ended with a four yard Kittner
run into the endzone.
Illinois 10, Michigan 7
Michigan comes right back with
its own 80-yard drive. This time,
the Wolverinesscore on a 1 3-
yard B.J. Askew run.
Michigan 14, Illinois 10
After three plays that gain nine
yards, the Illini go for it on
fourth and one from their own
33. Shawn Lazarus stops Kittner
cold on the draw and Michigan
takes over.
Immediately, John Navarre hits
Ronald Bellamy in the corner of
the endzone.
Michigan 21, Illinois 10
Feeling that two gimmick plays
is just not enough for one game
(or maybe that the reverse is no
longer a gimmick play,) Cross
and Calvin Bell run it to perfec-
tion, with Bell picking up 28
yards for the score.
Michigan 28, lllinois 10
Third Quarter:
Illinois stops Michigan's tear
with a three-and-a-half minute
drive that ends in another
Christofilakos field goal.
Michigan 28, Illinois 13
All but ruling out a possible
comeback, the Illini defense
becomes foolish, getting flagged
for two personal fouls in con-
secutive plays. Michigan takes
the 30 gift yards and drives
seven more before scoring on a
Hayden Epstein 31-yard field
goal.
Michigan 31, Illinois 13
Illinois gets things going with a
30-yard pass play, but three
plays later, Kittner gets sacked
by Cato June and Dan Rumishek
recovers it.
Michigan takes over at Illinois'
34 and Askew takes a screen
pass 17 yards before scoring on
a three-yard run two plays later.
Michigan 38, Illinois 13
Fourth Quarter:
Dustin Ward relieves Kittner and
leads the Illini on a 50-yard
touchdown drive. Aided by a
Michigan holding penalty, Ward
finds Greg Lewis three plays
later.
Michigan 38, Illinois 20
On the next drive, Michigan
goes 46 yards before scoring on
a Walter Cross five-yard run.
Michigan 45, Illinois 20
WHO'S NEXT:
enn State
Michigan started its Big Ten season
well with a 45-20 win over Illinois. On
the flip-side, Penn State hasn't done
anything well. Legendary coach Joe
Paterno is still one win short of tying
Bear Bryant for all-time wins, but at
this rate, it looks like Florida State's

Bobby Bowden may get there first.
Penn State has about two things
going for it - that the game is in
State College and that there is still
some time before Saturday for the
entire Michigan squad to contract
rabies.
But beyond that, there isn't too much
hope for the Nits.
BIG TEN STANDINGS

AP PHOTO
Northwestern's David Wasielewski celebrates after kicking the winning field goal against Michigan State.

Randle El, completed 14-of-21 attempts for 181
yards, his defense failed to step up, allowing Bel-
lisari to run curls and short passes underneath
Indiana's two-deep zone coverage.
WISCONSIN 24, WESTERN KENTUCKY 6: West-
ern Kentucky was clearly the overmatched Divi-
sion I-AA team that everyone expected.
Despite the romping by the Badgers, many of
the Wisconsin players admitted that they were a
bit lax. This complacency was evident in the
embarrassingly high time for possession of the

unworthy Division I-AA squad.
The 334 offensive yards is deceiving, as the
Badgers punted six times. Wisconsin needs to
look at some tape and rectify its mistakes and
self-satisfied attitude.
However, many players told reporters that
they guaranteed that this would not be the case
next week against the usually defensively-orient-
ed Indiana Hoosiers.
- The Associated Press contributed
to this report.

Wolverines shut down Kittner and
use variety of trick plays to win

ILLINI
Continued from Page 11B
a pass to Walker - who bobbled the ball - for the
touchdown.
"Walter had tried a couple of those before and never
hit it," Carr said. "Finally he throws a perfect pass and
Marquise almost drops it. I would have murdered him if
he had done that."
Walker finished with six catches and 108 yards
receiving, to go with his 1-for-1 passing performance.
Michigan successfully ran its third trick play of the
game when receiver Calvin Bell ran a reverse 28-yards
for a touchdown.
Trickery worked so well against the Fighting Illini
because of their aggressive defense which blitzes and
attacks the ball on nearly every play. Consequently,
when the ball quickly changes direction, their defensive

attack becomes vulnerable.
"What you're looking for is a defense that flows to
the football," Carr said. "(In such a case), the quarter-
back is normally someone who no one is assigned to
cover."
Michigan hasn't lost a Big Ten opener since 1981,
and has beaten Illinois now three times to open the Big
Ten season since 1995.
Conversely, Illinois hasn't won a Big Ten opener
since 1993.
The game also marked the first time all season that
Navarre hasn't thrown for over 200 yards. He finished
with 187 yards on 13-for-26 passing, but didn't play
much of the second half because of Michigan's comfort-
able lead.
Conversely, Illinois quarterback Kurt Kittner may
have hurt his Heisman trophy dreams with his 20-for-39
performance on Sunday.

MARJORIE MARSHALL/Daily
Michigan's Larry Foote and Shawn Lazarus shut down the Illinois rushing offense on
Saturday, allowing just 25 yards on the ground.

I

Everything
falls apart
About a week ago, we shared your
optimism. We saw our records in
Staff Picks and believed that we
were that much better than those
who came before us.
We're learning how hard it is to
pick in the conference season.
Iowa - are you kidding me - only
six points over Penn Sate? How
could Oregon State get crushed by
UCLA in Corvallis? And Oklahoma,
what were you doing during the
final minute?
All in all, though, we're to blame.
How could we go 0-4 in five differ-

ale FIdgFnJailCK
S TAFF PICKS

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

Big Ten
1-0
1-0
1-0
1-0
1-0
1-0
0-1
0-1
0-1
0-1
0-2

Overall
3-0
3-0
3-0
3-1
3-2
2-1
3-1
2-1
1-2
0-3
0-3

WEEK 3 SELECTIONS
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THIS WEEKEND'S RESULTS
Michigan 45, Illinois 20
Northwestern 27, Michigan State 26
Purdue 35, Minnesota 28 (OT)
Iowa 24, Penn State 18
Ohio State 27, Indiana 14
Wisconsin 24, Western Kentucky 6

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