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8A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 11, 2001


No. 2'M'
clash with
By Josh Holman
For the Daily
Coming off two overtime victo-
ries, the Michigan field hockey
team will have little time to relax as
it heads down to Columbus this
weekend for a pivotal Big Ten
matchup against Ohio State.
The Buckeyes (3-0 Big Ten, 9-2
overall) come hungry, after suffer-
ing a tough 2-1 loss to No. 8 Vir-
ginia. The tenth-ranked Buckeyes
had a five game winning streak
broken by the Cavaliers and Michi-
gan expects them to deliver fierce.
competition to a normally intense
"Every time we play down there
it's a great game," Michigan coach
Marcia Pankratz said. "You can't
look at the records or the stats any-
more. It's just a typical Big Ten
Michigan brings a lot of momen-
tum into tomorrow's game at the
Woody Hayes Athletic Center. The
Wolverines were just recently
named the No. 2 team in the nation
after defeating Michigan State a d
Harvard in two emotional overtime
wins. The Wolverines also bring
with them a seven game winning
streak, due in large part to a
defense that has allowed no more
than one goal in each of those
Opposing teams have only aver-
aged five shots per game, which
explains Michigan's .8 goals against
average..But, that statistic may be
in jeopardy since the Buckeyes are
averaging 3.1 goals a game on 13.2

Who: Tomorrow - Michigan (3.0 Big Ten, 10-
2) vs. Ohio State (3-0 Big Ten, 9-2); Sunday -
Michigan vs. Ohio (5-0 MAC, 10-2)
When: Tomorrow at 3 p.m.; Sunday at 1 p.m.
Latest No. 2 Michigan takes its seven game
winning streak into Ohio to play No. 10 Ohio
State and Ohio University.
"You have confidence you can
come out of any game with a
shutout. It really gives us a mental
edge on the field," Michigan
defender Stephanie Johnson said.
Johnson has already earned two
Big Ten Defensive Player of the
Week awards. She and senior
defender Catherine Foreman have
played a large part in anchoring the
Wolverines' defense.
"We have a lot of experience and
talent in those positions," Pankratz
"In a close. game, we're confi-
dent they can keep us in a good
position to win."
Foreman is also earning her share
of personal accolades this season.
Besides scoring the game-winning
goal in Sunday's win over Harvard,
Foreman moved one step closer to
the Michigan career assist record of
56. She now is only four assists shy
of the mark, currently held by
Courtney Reid (1997-2000).
"You're happy to achieve some-
thing like that, but I don't think
about that. I just trap on the cor-
ners," Foreman said.
Michigan will continue its blis-
tering schedule on Sunday when it
travels to Athens, Ohio for a non-
conference match against Ohio,
which is undefeated in the Mid-
American Conference.
As a result, Michigan has very
little room for any sort of emotional
letdown that might come after a big
"Those tight games are important
to have," Pankratz said. "The fact
that we pull out a win is always a
confidence booster."

Miami eyes Seminole's
ten-year-old win streak

Matt Kramer
Daily Sports Writer

ing fashion.
Miami 31, Florida State 14

As mid-October approaches, it's time
to start weeding out potential Heisman
hopefuls. Miami's Ken Dorsey, UCLA's
DeShaun Foster and Florida's Rex
Grossman all play in games this week-
end that could have a major impact on
the Heisman race.
No. 2 MIAMI (FLA.) (2-0 BIG EAsT, 4-
1 ACC, 3-1 OVERALL) 12 P.M. (ABC):
Undefeated and unchallenged Miami
heads up to Doak Campbell Stadium in
Tallahasse, where Florida State has not
lost since 1991.
Miami, led by Heisman candidate
Ken Dorsey is com-
ing off a 38-7 ACROSS THE
trouncing of Troy ATION
State while Florida NA
State had little trou-
ble taking care of Wake Forest, 48-24 in
its last game Sept. 29.
Miami will try to rattle freshman
quarterback Chris Rix, much like North
Carolina did when it upset Florida State
three weeks ago. While Rix came back
in his last game, completing 16 of 21
passes against the Demon Deacons, he
shouldn't expect such an easy time with
The Hurricanes have been held to
under 200 yards rushing just once this
year, so expect running back Clinton
Portis to get plenty of carries. Making
things easier is the fact that Florida
State's starting defensive end Alonzo
Jackson is out for the game with a
sprained MCL.
While the Seminoles have had an
extra week to practice for this interstate
rivalry and remember well last years
loss in Miami, it all should prove for
naught. Miami will continue its quest
for the Rose Bowl and end Florida
State's home winning streak in convinc-

No. 10 WASHINGTON (2-0 PAc-10, 4-
0) AT No. 7 UCLA (1-0 PAc-10, 4-0)
3:30 (ABC): Two traditional Pac-10
heavyweights clash in Pasadena.
UCLA's running back DeShaun Foster
looks to avenge last year's defeat at
Washington with a win at the Rose
Bowl. In UCLA's last game against No.
19 Oregon State, Foster carried 31 times
for 147 yards and scored three times.
Making the Bruins even more
impressive is the fact that three of its
four. wins have come against ranked
Washington, meanwhile, barely
squeaked by Pac-10 cellar dwellers Cal-
ifornia (31-28) and Southern Cal. (27-
24) in its last two games after beating
Michigan in early September.
On the offensive side, freshman wide
receiver Reggie Williams has been the-
main man in Seattle so far, averaging
over 22 yards per-catch.
While the Bruins' offense has estab-
lished itself as capable of beating ranked
teams, all the Huskies have done is
show that they wins games by consider-
ably less than expected. UCLA and Fos-
ter should be ready for this game, and
expect Pickett to be rattled in his first
true road test in Pasadena.
UCLA 28, Washington 16
No. 24 TEXAS A&M (2-0 BIG 12, 5-
0) AT No. 20 COLORADO (2-0, 4-1)
3:30 P.M. (ESPN): There was one
point this year when Colorado looked
just like the 3-8 team it was last year. It
had just lost its first game of the year to
Fresno State and most people were call-
ing for Gary Barnett's job.
But things have changed in Boulder,
Colorado has since won four straight
thanks to sophomore quarterback Craig
Ochs, who has led a balanced offensive

Ethinic Sands, aims to further his stake as the nation's leading reciever and
Heisman candidate against in-state rival Florida State.

attack that averages over 435 yards a
game. Chris Brown has taken over as
the starting running back and already
has seven rushing touchdowns in just
five games.
Texas A&M has quietly gone 5-0 and
done so ,mostly with stingy defensive
Quarterback Mark Farris is second in
the Big 12 in passing, throwing for over
1,100 yards. But Barnett and his Buf-
faloes are on just too good of a roll right
now for anyone to knock them off track.
Colorado 24, Texas A&M 22
No. 1 FLORIDA (3-0 SEC, 5-0) AT.
AUBURN (2-1, 5-0) 7:45 P.M. (ESPN):
Florida sophomore quarterback Rex
Grossman and the top-ranked Gators
travel to Auburn and take on the Tigers

in a rematch of last year's Southeastern
Conference championship game.
In just five games Grossman has
thrown for over 1,800 yards and 20
Auburn relies heavily on the legs of
sophomore running back Casinious
Moore who ran for 160 yards in last
week's 16714 win over Mississippi
But facing Mississippi State's defense
is not like facing Florida's. The Gator
defense is led by last week's SEC
Defensive Player of the week Alex
Brown. Brown had seven tackles and
two sacks against Louisiana State. The
Gators haven't won by fewer than 29
points all year, including its 52-0 win
over Mississippi State.
Florida 41, Auburn 9

Big Ten teams aim to seperate
themselves from the middle

By Dan Rosen
For the Daily
The Big Ten opens its third week of
conference play on Saturday, with Pur-
due, Michigan and Ohio State tied
atop the standings. The highlight of
last weekend was Indiana's shocking
offensive explosion against Wisconsin.
Levron Williams rushed for 280 yards
and a school-record six touchdowns as
the Hoosiers crushed the Badgers, 63-
ALL) AT No. 25 OHIo STATE (3-1, 2-0),
3:30 P.M. (ABC): After last week's
debacle, Wisconsin now must head to
Columbus to face the potent Buck-
eyes. Ohio State's defense was able to
shut down North-.
western on the AROUND THE
way to a 38-20 tri- t E
umph last Satur- BG TEN
day, a win which
helped the Buckeyes get back into the
top 25.
The Buckeyes' defense has emerged
as one of the best in the conference,
allowing just 15.2 points per game,
which is second in the Big Ten behind

On the flip side, Wisconsin's
defense has struggled all season.
The Badgers are seventh in the con-
ference in rush defense -- a statistic
that undoubtedly has Ohio State senior
running back Jonathan Wells salivat-
ing. Wells ran for 179 yards and three
touchdowns against a horrendous
Northwestern defense.
Wisconsin was embarrassed by the
Hoosiers; it gave up 631 total yards
and 63 points. The Wisconsin offense
contributed to the slaughter by turning.
the ball over five times. If the Badgers
have a chance to stop the Buckeyes,
the offense will have to protect the
The only concern for Ohio State is
the play of quarterback Steve Belisari;
the senior completed just four passes
for 1 09 yards last week.
Against Wisconsin, though, the
Buckeyes won't need much of a pass-
ing game. Wells will be able to carry
most of the offensive load on the
ground. If Wisconsin protects the ball,
it could have a chance to hang in the
game. But look for Ohio State's talent
on defense to win out.'

Indiana reciever Henry Frazier, right, tries to catch as pass as he is defended by Wisconsin's Scott Starks, left. Despite his
inability to catch the ball, Indiana won the game 63-32.

Ohio State 24, Wisconsin 13
(2-1, 0-1), 12:10 P.M. (ESPN 2):
The contest at Spartan Stadium has the
potential to be the most exciting game
in the Big Ten this weekend. Both of
these teams have a lot of talent on
Michigan State has had two weeks
to recover from a heartbreaking 27-26
loss to Northwestern. The Spartans
were extremely sloppy against the
Wildcats -- kicker David Schaeffer
missed three field goals, and the team
was penalized nine times.
Despite these struggles, Michigan
State had a two-point lead before
Northwestern's last-second field goal,
thanks largely to T.J. Duckett. The
junior added to a strong season by
rushing for 104 yards on 22 carries.
Iowa, first in the conference in scor-
ing with 33.2 points per game, is com-
ing off a close loss to Purdue last
weekend in which the Hawkeyes led
after three quarters. Quarterback Kyle
McCann has been a star for the
Hawkeyes this season.
The Hawkeyes are a good team.
- They proved against the Boilermakers
that they can hang in with the better
teams of the conference. But, Michi-
gan State is a good home team with a
lot of talent on offense. Look for
Duckett to run the Spartans to victory.
Michigan State 28, Iowa 22
WESTERN (1-1, 3-1), 12:10 P.M.
(ESPN PLUS): Northwestern will be
happy to return home this week after
the loss to Ohio State. The Wildcats
will also be pleased that Minnesota is
across the field.
In its lost to Illinois last week, Min-
nesota found stability at quarterback.
Coach Glen Mason officially gave the
job to Travis Cole, who for three
weeks had split the job with Asad
Abdul-Khaliq. But in the end, Illinois
was able use a dangerous running
attack to spread the Minnesota defense
and open up the passing game.
Northwestern has a comparable
offense to Illinois and should be able
to use star running back Damien
Anderson to free the field for quarter-
back Zak Kustok.
Northwestern 31, Minnesota 18
ILLINoIS (1-1, 4-1) AT INDIANA (1-1,
1-3), 12:10 P.M.: Two weeks ago, no
one would have said that this matchup
would be a battle of two exciting
offenses. But after Indiana's romp in
Madison, it is likely that this will be a
high-scoring affair.
The Fighting Illini bring the Big
Ten's leading passer to Bloomington.
Kurt Kittner has already thrown for
1,322 yards and eight touchdowns this d


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