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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 15, 2001
MICHIGAN 24, PURDUE 10

GAME STATISTICS

Team Stats
First Downs
Rushes/Yards
Passing Yards
Offensive Plays
Total Offense
Return Yards
Comp/Att/Int
Punts/Avg
Fumbles/Lost
Penalties/Yards
Time of Poss

MICH
16
38/122
233
66
355
176
21/28/1
5/44.2
4/3
4/25
31:26

PUR
12
37/57
198
70
255
58
16/33/0
9/47.7
2/1
15/105
28:34

Walker joins wideout elite
with stellar performance

M I C H I G A N

PASSING
Player
Navarre
Walker
Totals
RUSHING
Player
Askew
Perry
Cross
Walker
Team
Navarre
Totals
RECEIVING
Player
Walker
Askew
Bell
Seymour
Joppru
Thompson
Bellamy
Totals

C-A
21/27
O/1
21/28

Aft
16
14
3
t1
1
3
38
No.
7
6
2
2
2
1
1
21

Yds
63
58
10
3
-2
-10
122
Yds
134
30
23
21
6
10
9
233
No.
5
Yds
46
18
64

Yds
233
0
233
Avg
3.9
4.1
3.3
3.0
-2.0
-3.3
3.2
Avg
19.1
5.0
11.5
10.5
3.0
10.0
9.0
11.1
Yds
221
221
Avg
23.0
1 18.0
1 21.3

TO
1
0
1
Lg
15
20
6
3
0
0
20
Lg
43
13
12
14
4
10
9
43

Int
0
1
TD
2
0
0
0
0
0
2
TD
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
1

By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Editor
After Michigan's 24-10 win over Purdue
on Saturday, coach Lloyd Carr paid senior
wide receiver Marquise Walker one of the
greatest compliments he can give a player.
"After six games, there's nobody in the
country playing better than Marquise Walk-
er," Carr said. "Nobody has been more
important to his team."
In 1998, Walker came to Michigan with
David Terrell as the nation's top two high
school receivers and had never gotten the
recognition until this season. Walker is in
the middle of his best season at Michigan
and is showing no signs of slowing down.
He is the clear focus of the passing offense
and is a clutch performer in every game.
"I think the ball is coming more my way
and I am getting the opportunity to make
more plays," Walker said.
He proved it once again against Purdue on
Saturday, catching seven of John Navarre's
21 completions for 134 yards and a touch-
down. Perhaps more importantly, each of
Walker's catches were for first downs.
"You look for that big target and (there is)
a comfort zone with him," Navarre said.
"We try to get him the ball. He is going to
get open, he's going to work hard and he
blocks too."
In addition to his normal duties as wide
receiver he has forced to give up his position

as a punt blocker and become a punt returner
to replace an injured Julius Curry and an
under-the-weather Ronald Bellamy. It was :
Walker's first time returning punts outside
of practice, but he looked he had been doing
it all season. He returned seven punts for
112 yards, including a 42-yard return to set ' Nu
up the Wolverines' first score.
Walker was not completely infallible as he h,
committed two turnovers within Purdue's 30 ° >4....
yard-line - a fumble on a reverse and he
threw an interception on Michigan's last }:.r
drive of the first half.k-
Walker knew he made the wrong decision
in passing the ball into double coverage, but
both he and Carr thought that he was already
down before the ball popped loose.
"I know this: He fell down and if his rear t n
end was touching the ground when the ball
came out, he was down," Carr said. "I would
assume, like all these other times, I will be
proven wrong." . r .
With his play this season, Walker has t
established his place as one of Michigan's BRENDANO'DONNELL/Daily
premier receivers - a group that includes Marquise Walker has been Michigan's No. 1 receiving threat this season after waiting for his turn behind
standouts Anthony Carter, Desmond David Terrell, Marcus Knight and Tai Streets. Walker caught seven passes for 134 yards against Purdue.
Howard, Derrick Alexander, Amani Toomer, behind Tai Streets, Marcus Knight and receiving yards and receptions for a season.
Tai Streets and Terrell. David Terrell and I learned from them - I With the records looming, Walker still
While waiting for his time to shine, Walk- took a little bit of their game and added it to remains focused on the team's goals.
er has taken the 'time to learn from his elders mine." "I never think about (the records), I just
-- each of which have played in NFL. He is making his own mark for the like going out there and having fun," Walker
"It is very hard to wait. Every time I went Wolverines, as he has already set the Michi- said. "As long as we get the win and try to
out there I knew what I could do," Walker gan record for receptions in a game and is get the Big Ten championship, that's fine
said. "It is a learning experience. I played poised to break more this season, including with me."

PUNTING
Player
Epstein
Totals
KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No.
Jackson 2
Howard1
Totals 3
PUNT RETURNS
Player No.
Walker 7
Totals 7
DEFENSE
Player
June
Foote
Brackins
Jackson
Howard
Drake
Orr
Hobson
Shaw
Heuer
Frysinger
Stevens
Lazarus
Rumishek
Askew
Killian
Seymour
Spytek
Bellamy
Williams

Avg Lg
44.2 53
44.2 53

Lg
28
18
28

Yds . Avg Lg
112 16.0 42
112 16.0 42

Solo
6
4
5
4
4
4
4
4
3
3
2
2
1,
1
1
Yds
0
0
0

Asst
1
3
1
2
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

TO
3 O
3 O
TDO
TO
! O
Tot
7
7
6
6
5
4
4
4
3
3
3
2
1
pTO
0
2 0
0
p 0O

After three sacks, Tiller
calls it quits on last drive
Michigan takes over Big Ten lead with Ohio State loss

PASS DEFENSE
Player
June
Jackson
Howard
Totals

Int
O
O

Lg
0
0
0
0

Brk-up

P U R D U E

PASSING
Player
Hance
Totals
RUSHING
Player
Hance
Lowe
Brown
Harris
Stubblefield
Totals
RECEIVING
Player
Stubblefield
Standeford
Stratton
Morales
Simpson
Totals

C-A
16-33
16-33

Yds TO
198 1
1 98 1

Att
23
9
2
2
1
37
No.
8
3
3
16

PUNTING
Player
Kurz
Dorsch
Totals
KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No.
Ferrell 1
Harris 1
Total 2
PUNT RETURNS
Player No.
Morales .3
Totals 3

Yds
22
22
13
2
2
57
Yds
72
57
42
22
5
198
No.
8
9
Yds
20
9
29
Yds
29
29
Solo
8
8
7
5
4
4
4
4
4
3
3
2
1
1
1
1
Yds
58
0
0

Avg
1.0
2.3
6.5
1.0
2.0
1.5
Avg
9.0
19.0
14.0
22.0
5.0
12.4
Yds
36
393
429
Avg
20.0
9.0
14.5

Lg
9
12
10
3
0
12
Lg
22
25
23
22
5
25
Avg
36.0
49.1
47.7
Lg
20
9
20

By Raphael Goodstein
Daily Sports Editor
While many coaches tell their players
the old Yogi Berra saying "It's not over
till it's over," Purdue's coach Joe Tiller
doesn't coach by this _
adage. FOOTBALL
Down two touch- Notebook
downs and faced with
fourth-and-long with
one minute left in the game, Tiller opted
to punt the ball to Michigan, rather than
go for it.
Michigan had sacked Purdue on the
three previous plays, and Tiller didn't
want Michigan to score more points after
the Boilermakers' defense had played
well for most of the game.
"The reason I punted at the end was
because I thought it would have been a
tremendous disservice to our defense, the
way they played, if Michigan would have
gone in there and tacked in another one
and taken it to 31," Tiller said.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr didn't try
to score at the end, opting to run out the
clock.
SHOT IN THE FOOT: Heading into the
game, Tiller said his team would need to
play a nearly perfect game to beat Michi-
gan. It didn't.
Purdue finished with 105 yards of
penalties on 15 penalties.
"I made the comment to our team after-
wards. When you play a good football
team, which Michigan is, the margin of
error is reduced," Tiller said. "You cer-
tainly can't shoot yourself in the foot.
"I don't think since I've been in coach-
ing that I've ever seen that many offen-
sive penalties by a football team."
By contrast, Michigan finished with

only four penalties for 25 yards.
IMPROVEMENT: Last year, Purdue quar-
terback Drew Brees threw for 286 yards
and led his team to 32 points. Northwest-
ern, which runs a version of the same
spread offense, also put up huge stats and
a lot of points on Michigan last year.
So coming into the game, many
thought Purdue's offense would be able
to pass on Michigan's secondary again,
especially since the secondary has strug-
gled at times this year.
But Saturday Michigan held Purdue
quarterback Brandon Hance to just 198
yards on 16-for-33 passing. He also threw
one touchdown pass.
"We considered this a challenge and
we wanted to go out there and shut 'em
down, and I think we did a pretty good
job of doing that today" freshman corner-
back Marlin Jackson said.
Jackson replaced sophomore Jeremy
LeSueur as Michigan's starting defensive
back, playing opposite of Todd Howard.
"My confidence is growing and I'm
playing much better every week," Jack-
son said.
LEADER OF THE PACK: No. 10 Michigan
(2-0 Big Ten, 4-1 overall) now sits alone
atop the Big Ten standings after its 24-10
win over Purdue and Ohio State's 20-17
loss to Wisconsin.
Purdue, Michigan and Ohio State were
each undefeated in conference play head-
ing into the weekend.
The Boilermakers and Buckeyes are
tied for second with Northwestern, Illi-
nois and Michigan State.
The Wolverines, who beat Illinois two
weeks ago, still have to play Michigan
State and Ohio State. They don't play
Northwestern this year.
Michigan has its bye this week.

I

DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily
Shantee Orr, Larry Foote and the Wolverines' defense hassled Purdue's Brandon Hance all day long, sacking him
seven times and forcing him to run 16 times on top of the sacks.
No come back this time: Varsity
shuts down Hance and company

I

DEFENSE
Player
Schweigert
Ayodele
Rogers
Johnson
Doe
Woodyard
Mitrione
Phillips
Gardner
Harris
Koutouvides
Reeves
Odom
Shelbourne
Smith
Terrill
Randolph
Loerzal
PASS DEFENSE
Player
Schweigert
Odom
Totals

Avg Lg
9.7 15
9.7 15
Asst
2
0
0
1
2
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

Tot
10
7
6
6
6
5
5
4
3
3
2
2
2
1
TD
0

BOILERMAKERS
Continued from Page 113
as Walker -who finished the game with seven
catches for 134 yards - blew right past him.
"I just reacted," Walker said. "I'm trying to get
into the end zone; I'm just trying to get six points
for our offense. I guess I got on him a little bit, and
it ended up being a successful play."
From that point on, the story of the game was the
play of the Wolverines' defense. Michigan held
Purdue's vaunted spread offense to just 255 total
yards, including only 57 yards rushing. The
Wolverines sacked Hance seven times and general-
ly made life miserable for the redshirt freshman
quarterback.
The icing on the cake came on Purdue's last pos-
session. With the Boilermakers trailing by two
touchdowns and desperate for a score, Michigan's
Norman Heuer, Shantee Orr and Shawn Lazarus

sacked Hance on consecutive plays. Facing a
fourth-and-26 with one minute to play, Purdue
coach Joe Tiller nevertheless decided to punt.
"I thought our defense was outstanding," Carr
said. "Their first touchdown, you don't like to have
somebody come in and take a 7-0 lead at home, but
Purdue did a great job. I thought the defense set the
tempo like we knew we had to do."
Although it was able to win, Michigan can't be
entirely satisfied with its performance. The
Wolverines committed four turnovers, including
three fumbles.
With two tough road games against Iowa and
Michigan State looming on the schedule, Michigan
knows it has room for improvement.
"After (their first touchdown), the only way they
really threatened was when we fumbled the foot-
ball at our own end of the field," Carr said. "You
can't turn the football over and hope to reach your
goals. We've got a lot of work to do."

Int
1
0
0

Lng
58
0

Brk-up
1
2

Unlike last year, Varsity's 'D'
dominates from start to finish

PLAYERS OFTHEGAE

SCHWARTZ
Continued from Page 18
Brandon Hance dropped back. Sacked by Norman
Heuer. Second-and-16, sacked by Shantee Orr. On
third-and-22, with the ball now back to the 33,
Hance dropped back once more. Sacked by Shawn
Lazarus.
Three plays, critical to the game's outcome, and
all that Purdue could do was lose 16 yards.

early. This time, Purdue. played a great first quar-
ter, and then penalty after penalty after penalty
held it back for the rest of the game.
On the scoreboard, the Boilermakers were still
in it, but in the players' heads, it was long over.
The Michigan defense was too good. It was killing
something - the spread offense - that it couldn't
stop a year ago. It was taking over the game.
"The key to stopping that kind of offense is that
everyone has to execute." linebacker Victor Hob-

ml.

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