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SPORTS

Sports desk: 763-2459
sportsdesk@umich.edu

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Boiling

over

Game a role-
reversal from
last season's
stunning loss
efore Saturday's game against
Purdue, the Michigan football
team wanted nothing to do with
the idea of revenge. The players
scoffed at the notion, each giving
canned responses to questions asking
how much last year's loss in West
Lafayette still burned.
And I'm not going to spin some tale
about the win on Saturday and how it
gave the Wolverines what they wanted,
but didn't want to talk about.
I think it brought something much
bigger than the quickly-passing gratifi-
cation of payback.
Michigan's defense, perennially
among the nation's strongest, but last
year, an embarrass-
ment to the pro-
gram, is being
treated this season
like the guy that did
three turns in jail,
but has now found
God - you're
intrigued by him,
JON but at the same
time, you're waiting
SCHWARTZ for him to screw up
The Schwartz again so he can go
Authority back where he
belongs.
It's no secret that the Wolverines' are
performing better on the defensive side
of the ball this year. They're control-
ling the line of scrimmage, they're
demolishing unassuming running backs
and they're. not jetting up.
So when the season began, it was
obvious that the Purdue game was
going to be a real test -- how would
the defense fare this year against the
team that so demoralized it last year?
Very well.
Last year, Michigan blew a 28-10
halftime lead before losing on a last-
second Travis Dorsch field goal. All
week, the Wolverines were saying that
they had to play four quarters, that they
couldn't let up like they did last year.
Easy enough to say, but the true test
comes on the field.
Michigan did what it wanted to do. It
played four quarters without ever let-
ting up. The most obvious example of
this came on Purdue's last drive of the
game. Down by 14 with about three
minutes remaining, Purdue got the ball
at its own 14-yard line off a Chris
Perry fumble.-
After moving the ball well enough
for two first downs, the ball sat at the
Boilermakers' 45. It was a situation
that the cynical Michigan fans feared
- what was going to happen this time?
On first-and-10, Purdue quarterback
See SCHWARTZ, Page 4B

ALYSSA WOOD/Duaily
Freshman phenom Alan Webb was as good as adver-
tised yesterday morning.
Webb cruises
to v1cto at
Interregional
By Megan Fitzgerald
For the Daily

JOHN PRATT/Daily
Quarterback John Navarre threw over and around Bryan Scott and the Nittany Lions for 246 yards and two touchdowns.
Wolverines handle Boilermakers, 24-10

By Arun Gopal
Daily Sports Writer

No. 9 Michigan came into Saturday's
game against No. 16 Purdue with only
one goal on its mind: Winning its third
straight Big Ten game and maintaining at
least a share of the conference lead.
Mission accomplished.
Paced by a pair of touchdowns by B.J.
Askew and another strong performance.
from their defense, the Wolverines (3-0
Big Ten, 5-1 overall) throttled the Boiler-
makers (2-1, 4-1) 24-10 in front of
110,450 fans at Michigan Stadium. Cou-
pled with Ohio State's stunning collapse
against Wisconsin, Michigan now sits
alone atop the Big Ten after three weeks of
league play.
"I don't know how this whole thing is
going to end; but I really like this football
team," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said
after the win. "For six games, they've
played hard, and today, if you knew how

banged-up this football team was, you'd be
proud of them just like I am."
Early on, it didn't look like it was going
to be Michigan's day. Purdue quarterback
Brandon Hance - who was making just
his fifth career start on Saturday - started
out strong on the Boilermakers' opening
drive. Hance converted three separate
third-and-long situations to put Purdue
deep inside Michigan territory.
Then, on first down from Michigan's
12-yard line, Hance recovered a fumbled
snap and, while off-balance, tossed a
touchdown pass to tight end Tim Stratton
to give the Boilermakers a 7-0 lead.
"It was rough," Michigan linebacker
Larry Foote said. "We were just getting
adjusted, and it took us a minute to get
into the flow."
Michigan's offense finally got going in
the second quarter. Senior wide receiver
Marquise Walker provided the Wolverines
with a spark when he fielded a Travis
Dorsch punt at his own 30-yard line and

ran 42 yards to Purdue's 28-yard line.
Michigan only needed three plays to
punch it in against a stunned Purdue
defense. John Navarre's 24-yard comple-
tion to Walker gave Michigan a first down
at the Boilermakers' three-yard line. On
the next play, Askew scored his first
touchdown to tie the score at seven.
"You can't say enough about Marquise,"
Navarre said. "He works hard, and today,
he was the guy who got open. You look for
that big target, and that's a comfort zone
with him"
The Wolverines took the lead for good
on their next possession. After a Purdue
punt, Michigan drove to the Boilermakers'
43-yard line. Navarre then connected with
his favorite receiver once again, hitting
Walker in stride with a touchdown pass to
give Michigan a 14-10 lead.
Walker had Purdue cornerback Ashante
Woodyard so confused that Woodyard
actually stopped running at one point as
See BOILERMAKERS, Page 4B

The Michigan men's cross country team faced lousy
weather, and a challenging course head-on yesterday
as it easily won the Wolverine Interregional.
Led by freshman Alan Webb, who won the first
home meet of his collegiate career, the Wolverines
took six of the top eight places in the race. This gave
them a score of just 18 points, which easily beat sec-
ond-place Purdue and third-place Montana State,
which finished with 53 and 70 points, respectively.
"Everyone did what they were supposed to do,"
Michigan coach Ron Warhurst said. "The course is
difficult, and with the weather how it is, it's even
worse."
Even on the challenging course, Webb managed to
run a time of 25:12, which was 32 seconds faster than
his closest pursuers.
"It was tough", said Webb, referring to. the condi-
tions of the course. "You felt the ground pull under-
neath you, you were pushing your feet, but not going."
Webb went for the lead right from the starting gun,
and had opened a gap between himself and the rest of
the field at the half-mile mark. The freshman ran his
first mile in about 4:45, which was a bit fast consider-
ing the poor conditions.
"I paid for a quick mile,"Webb said.
But, going out too fast, in the sloppy conditions
didn't seem to phase the freshman, as he looked strong
holding the lead for the remainder of the race.
See WEBB, Page 6B

'M' falls to Minnesota-Duluth

By Naweed Sikora
Daily Sports Writer

OMAHA - Just one night after doubling up No.
6 Providence 6-3 on the first night of the Nebraska-
Omaha Maverick Stampede, the Michigan hockey
team was handcuffed by tournament underdog Min-
nesota-Duluth - losing to the Bulldogs in the
championship game by a score of 3-2.
Although the game seemed evenly matched
throughout, Minnesota-Duluth's ability to convert
on the powerplay made the difference in the game.
Both second period goals for the Bulldogs came on
the power play. Their biggest goal, however, came
in the third period with the team skating at even
strength.
With just over three minutes expired in the peri-
od and the score 2-2, Minnesota-Duluth freshman
Tyler Brosz gained control of the puck in the
Michigan defensive zone behind both Wolverine
defensemen. Brosz fired a wrist shot from the top
of the circle that sailed past Blackburn into the top
corner of the net.
Although frustrated by several missed opportuni-
ties by his own team, Michigan coach Red Beren-
son did not take anything away from unranked
Minnesota-Duluth, which advanced to the champi-
onship game after defeating host Nebraska-Omaha

they played a strong game because they scored the
goals that they needed to score - in particular the
powerplay goals.
"It was one of those games where we couldn't
score when we had to and they scored when they
had to. We had -#n edge early, but after the midway
point of the first period, I thought it was a pretty
even game."
Early on, Michigan (1-1-1 overall) was given
multiple opportunities to build a strong lead, but
was unable to convert those chances into scores.
With 11 minutes to play in the first period,
Michigan junior captain and Omaha native Jed Ort-
meyer received a breakaway opportunity coming
out of the neutral zone, but was stopped by Min-
nesota-Duluth goalie Adam Coole - the eventual
MVP of the tournament.
A few minutes later, with the Wolverines on the
powerplay, Michigan freshman Milan Gajic fired a
shot at an empty net with Coole out of position, but
hit the side of the net.
"There's no question that we had some golden
opportunities," Berenson said. "Ortmeyer had a
great chance and Gajic had an empty net setup.
Whenever you have two or three good chances like
that, you have to put those chances in."
Michigan finally converted a scoring chance to
take a 1-0 lead, but this time it was the individual

at Stampede
shot was saved, Cammalleri retrieved the rebound,
was stopped on his initial shot, but got his own
rebound and fired it over Coole into the goal.
Michigan sophomore Joe Kautz managed to tally
his first goal of the season in the second period to
give Michigan a 2-1 lead, but the real story of the
evening was Minnesota-Duluth's special teams.
Minnesota-Duluth (2-0-0) converted on two of
six powerplay attempts and killed off all four of its
penalties successfully.
The Bulldogs first powerplay'goal, which tied the
score at one, came on a quick shot from the slot by
captain Judd Medak, who redirected the puck past
Michigan goalie Josh Blackburn. The .second,
which tied the score at two, came on a hard slap-
shot from the point by Brosz.
After the goals, Michigan was unable to reestab-
lish control over the game like it had in the first
period.
"The penalties really hurt us," Berenson said.
"We are going to have to play better individually
and be more consistent as a team if we want to do
better. When we play well, we look really good, but
when we play bad, we look really bad. There's no
in-between for us."
"We learned tonight that if you don't play the
best game you have you're not going to win in the
NCAA," Cammalleri said. "There's so much parity,

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