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10A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, October 25, 2001

Crucial games abound
on Big Ten schedule

Wolverines get spark
from freshman duo

By Josh Holman
For The Daily
When last week's games saw several
upsets and Penn State coach Joe Pater-
no finally tie the NCAA's all-time Divi-
sion I-A win record, only one thing was
confirmed in the Big Ten: It's unpre-
dictable.
Michigan is the only Big Ten team
still undefeated in conference play as it
heads to Iowa. Illi-
nois, Purdue and ACROSS
Ohio each all own
one loss, but by no the Big Ten
means do they have
easy schedules remaining.
NORTHWESTERN (2-2 BIG TEN, 4-2
OVERALL) AT No. 20 PURDUE (2-1, 41),
12:10 P.M. ESPN2: Northwestern
opened the season as a contender for
the Big Ten title. Now it finds itself in
the middle of the pack, hoping to
remain in contention for a bowl game.
The Wildcats have suffered their share
of heartbreak losses this season, includ-
ing last week's 38-35 loss to Penn State.
The Wildcats have proved they can
put an efficient offense on the field, led
by senior quarterback Zak Kustok. Kus-
tok is the Big Ten leader in total offense,
compiling 1,430 passing yards, along
with 359 yards on the ground. But
Northwestern's defense will be the unit
put to the test against Purdue.
Purdue has had time to recover and
prepare for Northwestern with a bye
week after a 24-10 loss to Michigan two

weeks ago. Freshman quarterback
Brandon Hance has put up respectable
numbers in his first season and should
be able to strike against a Northwestern
defense that has proved shaky.
Even if Kustok and running back
Damien Anderson execute up to the
standards they're capable of, the Boiler-
makers' defense should perform well
enough to keep the Wildcats out of
striking distance. Purdue has already
pulled in 11 interceptions this year and
could turn the game around quickly
with a big turnover. This is a matchup
that should produce a lot of points with
Purdue ending up on top.
Purdue 38, Northwestern 34
OHIO STATE (2-1, 4-2) AT PENN STATE
(1-3, 1-4), 12:10 P.M. ESPN: Paterno
should return home to a noisy Happy
Valleythis week after finally tying Bear
Bryant's all-time Division I-A win
record at 323 last week against North-
western. It took the Nittany Lions five
tries to do it, but they now have some-
thing to motivate them in an otherwise
dismal season.
Quarterback Zack Mills found run-
ning back Eric McCoo from four yards
out with 22 seconds remaining to
finally put the Nittany Lions on the
winning side of the scoreboard. Penn
State was forced to come from behind
five times, a fact that might be exciting
for the fans, but can be upsetting for a
coach.
The Nittany Lions cannot fall behind
and expect to stay competitive against

By Michael Rosen
For the Daily

Zak Kustok's Northwestern team is off to;
Ohio State, a team still very much in
position to emerge as the conference
champion.
The Buckeyes' defense has been the
driving force behind the team's success
this year, rescuing an offense that has
been sputtering. Even the home crowd
in Columbus is aware of the offense's
troubles - quarterback Steve Bellisari
was booed repeatedly in last week's vic-
tory over San Diego State. If the offense
does come together for the Buckeyes,
Paterno will find himself waiting again
at least one more week for win No. 324.
Ohio State 24, Penn State 7
MICHIGAN STATE (1-2, 3-2) AT WIS-
CONSIN (2-2, 4-4), 12:10 P.M ESPN-
PLUS: The Spartans suffered two losses
at the hands of Minnesota last week.
They lost the game 28-19, and lost

A strong sense of optimism for the
upcoming season looms in the mind of
Michigan women's tennis coach Bitsy
Ritt. Despite the loss of the three sen-
iors - Marya Farah, Szandra Fuzesi
and Allison Sinclair -- the Wolverines
still have reason for hope.
Key returning players, including jun-
ior Joanne Musgrove and sophomore
Chrissie Nolan, are looking to begin
where they left off last year.
AP PHOTO Ritt's squad will get a chance to see
a disappointing Big Ten season what it can do at the 2001 Omni Hotel
Regional Championships, which begin
quarterback Ryan Van Dyke for at least today in Madison. All players will see
three weeks after he fractured his jaw. action except for the two seniors, Lisa
Now Michigan State faces the hefty So and Jennifer Vaughn, who have been
task of winning at Camp Randall Stadi- plagued by a sprained ankle and torn
um with Jeff Smoker taking the snaps. muscle, respectively.
Junior running back T.J. Duckett will Even with these pestering inconven-
have to post productive yards on the iences, Ritt claims that the team will get
ground if Michigan State wants to put a good look at the competition it is up
any pressure on Wisconsin. against this season. She is especially
The Badgers boast the conference's excited to see what damage her fresh-
leading rusher in Anthony Davis and man doubles duo will do, as Michelle
leading receiver in Lee Evans. Davis DaCosta and Leanne Rutherford have
has carried the ball more than any other already taken the Big Ten by surprise.
running back in the conference and has The freshmen serve as a two-fold asset
produced 922 yards, but Evan's 960 to the Wolverines. Ritt said that in addi-
receiving yards show that the Badgers tion to their fundamentally sound singles
can do more than just run the ball. The games, the two players have an even bet-
combination will be too much for a ter doubles game. Recognizing their ver-
Michigan State team that is allowing satility, Ritt paired them together. '
22.8 points per game. Her keen attention to detail paid off,
Wisconsin 31, Michigan State 17 as the newcomers won the Wolverine

MADISON
Who: Michigan at Omni Hotel Regional champi-
onships
Latest: The Wolverines will take on some of the
best teams in the Midwest in Madison.
Fall Invitational Doubles Tournament
and proved themselves a force to be
reckoned with in the Big Ten.
The new acquisitions have had a
tremendous impact on the Wolverines
even before the start of the regular sea-
son, which begins at the end of January.
In practice, they push their team-
mates to a higher level of play as they
consistently give Kavitha Tipirneni and
Chrissie Nolan a run for their money.
As a result, "We have a deeper line-
up," Ritt said.
There are several aspects of their
game which make DaCosta and Ruther-
ford so strong, For instance, the two
have active communication. Instead of
giving hand signals when on-serve, the
two get together and talk after each
point and discuss what their approach to
the next point will be.
In addition, their great hands and
aggressiveness allow for a solid net
game - they serve and volley extreme-
ly well.
Finally, their opponents cannot relax
and assume that they will cruise through
their own service games. DaCosta and
Rutherford possess dominant return
games, allowing them to rush the net
and set up their forecourt game.
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RESEARCH TECHNICIAN
We are currently seeking a Research Technician to work in
the Department of Physiology and Molecular Medicine.
Responsibilities will include standard molecular biology
techniques and tissue culture. Animal work involves gener-
ating transgenic mice, maintaining a mouse colony, timed
mating and dissections. Will also be responsible for con-
ducting experimental research, ordering and maintaining
reagents and materials. This is a full-time grant funded
position. Qualified candidates must have a Bachelor's
degree in Biology or a related field. Must be able to keep
accurate records, have knowledge of laboratory techniques,
good interpersonal skills, work independently and be famil-
iar with computers. We offer an excellent benefit package,
which includes the Public Employees Retirement System
with employee contribution, "medical coverage, paid sick
and vacation time, tuition reimbursement and 10 paid holi-
days. For more detailed information regarding vacancies
and- additional benefits, please visit our website at
www.mco.edu/depts/hr.
For consideration, submit resume to:
Human Resources Medical College of Ohio
3065 Arlington Ave., Toledo, OH 43614
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