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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - January 6, 2003 - 5B
"WHEN VERNELL IS IN THERE, IT'S FOR A REVERSE. YOU WOULD BE THINKING IT'S
THE POSSIBILITY OF A REVERSE."- FLORIDA COACH RON ZOOK

GAME PROGRESSION

WEEKEND'S BEST

HOW THE AP TOP 25 FARED
Associated Press Poll for week of Dec. 3.
All games played as of Jan. 4.

LESS IS MORE: Penn State star tailback
Larry Johnson wasn't a happy camper
heading back to "Happy Valley."
Johnson, who ran for 2,015 yards in
the regular season, complained that
the offense was "trying to get too

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cute" instead of giving him the ball in
the Nittany Lions' 13-9 loss to Auburn
in the Capital One Bowl. Johnson had
just 72 yards on 20 carries.
"You pound it and pound it and pound
it, and that's the outcome," Johnson
said. "if we'd have done that, maybe
the score would be reversed."
The Nittany Lions dropped to 1-4 when
Johnson failed to reach 100 yards.
HEISMAN HYPE: Southern Cal. quarter-
back Carson Palmer put to rest any
doubts that he wasn't deserving of the
Heisman Trophy - and he added
another piece of hardware to his shelf.
Palmer dominated the showdown with
Iowa's Brad Banks, who finished No. 2
in the Heisman voting, by throwing for
303 yards and a touchdown to lead the
Trojans to a 38-17 victory over Iowa in
the FedEx Orange Bowl.
Banks threw for 204 yards.
Palmer "was the better quarter-
back tonight," said Southern Cal.
receiver Kareem Kelly. "The Heis-
man showed up."

Team:
1. Miami (Fla.)
2. Ohio State
3. Iowa
4. Georgia
5. Southern Cal.
6. Kansas State
7. Washington State
8. Texas
9. Oklahoma
10. Penn State
11. Michigan
12. Colorado
13, Notre Dame
14. Virginia Tech
15. Boise State
16. West Virginia
17. North Carolina State
18. Florida State
19. Maryland
20. Florida
21. Colorado State
22. Arkansas
23. Auburn
24. Pittsburgh
25. Louisiana State

Bowl result:
Lost to No. 2. Ohio State, 31-24, in Fiesta Bowl
Beat No. 1Miami (Fla.), 31-24, in Fiesta Bowl
Lost to No. 5 Southern Cal., 38-17, in Orange Bowl
Beat No. 16 Florida State, 26-13, in Sugar Bowl
Beat No. 3 Iowa, 38-17, in Orange Bowl
Beat Arizona State, 34-27, in Holiday Bowl
Lost to No. 9 Oklahoma, 34-14, in Rose Bowl
Beat No. 25 Louisiana State, 35-20, in Cotton Bowl
Beat No. 7 Washington State, 34-14, in Rose Bowl
Lost to No. 22 Auburn, 13-9, in Capital One Bowl
Beat No. 20 Florida, 38-30, in Outback Bowl
Lost to Wisconsin, 31-28, in Alamo Bowl
Lost to No. 17 North Carolina State, 28-6, in Gator Bowl
Beat Air Force, 20-13, in San Francisco Bowl
Beat Iowa State, 34-16, in Humanitarian Bowl
Lost to Virginia, 48-22, in Continental Tire Bowl
Beat No. 13 Notre Dame, 28.6, in Gator Bowl
Lost to No. 4 Georgia, 26-13, in Sugar Bowl
Beat Tennessee, 30-3, in Peach Bowl
Lost to No. 11 Michigan, 38-31, in Outback Bowl
Lost to Texas Christian, 17-3, in Liberty Bowl
Lost to Minnesota, 29-14 in Music City Bowl
Beat No. 10 Penn State, 13-9, in Capital One Bowl
Beat Oregon State, 38-13, in Insight.com Bowl
Lost to No. 9 Texas, 35-20, in Cotton Bowl

NEW AP
TOP 25
(first-place votes in parentheses)
TEAM PTS PVS
1. Ohio State 1,525 2
2. Miami (Fla.) 1.451 1
3. Georgia 1,378 4
4. Southern Cal. 1,362 5
5. Oklahoma 1,244 8
6. Kansas State 1,230 6
7. Texas 1,140 9
8. Iowa 1,105 3
9. Michigan 1,011 11
10. Washington State 932 7
11. North Carolina State 876 17
12. Boise State 808 15
13. Maryland 803 18
14. Virginia Tech 644 19
15. Penn State 619 10
16. Auburn 579 22
17. Notre Dame 525 12
18. Pittsburgh 486 23
19. Marshall 333 24
20. West Virginia 297 13
21. Colorado 291 14
22. Texas Christian 274 NR
23. Florida State 219 16
24. Florida 145 20
25. Virginia 141 NR
Others receiving votes: Boston College, Colorado
State, Texas Tech, South Florida, Louisiana State,
Fresno State, Oklahoma State, Hawaii

Penn State's Larry Johnson

I

. Buckeyes quiet doubters with
overtime victory over 'Canes

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - For three-
and-a-half seconds, Miami was
national champion once again.
Then the flag came flying, the cele-
bration was halted and one of college
football's greatest games kept going.
The fourth-down pass-interference
call that gave Ohio State another
chance was just one of many unforget-
table plays in a finish for the ages at
the Fiesta Bowl.
Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel had a
hard time singling out just one the
morning after his team's 31-24 dou-
ble-overtime shocker that ended
Miami's 34-game winning streak and
bid for consecutive national titles.
"There were a lot of great plays,"
Tressel said Saturday. "We'll all be
able to sit back and talk about which
one turned the tide most."
There was Craig Krenzel's 17-yard
pass to Michael Jenkins on fourth-and-
14 to prolong the first overtime; the
penalty on Glenn Sharpe; touchdown
runs by Krenzel and Maurice Clarett;
and Cie Grant's-blitz that never gave
Ken Dorsey a chance on Miami's final
play.
The Hurricanes had their share of
great plays too, starting with Todd
Sievers' 40-yard field goal as time
expired in the fourth quarter.
Kellen Winslow Jr. made a leaping
touchdown grab to open the overtime,
and Dorsey returned after a crushing
hit to convert a fourth-down pass.
In all, there were 32 plays that could
have been the final snap of the game.
"I just said somebody has to make a
play, let everyone step up," Ohio State.
All-American safety Michael Doss
said. "At least once a week we have
one play where it's the last play in the
world and it means everything. We
stepped up to the challenge."
Did they ever.
The 11 1/2-point underdog Buck-
eyes took it to Dorsey and the confi-
dent 'Canes right from the start. They
sacked Dorsey twice on the opening

possession and throttled him and run-
ning back Willis McGahee all night.
Both Heisman finalists eventually
ended their nights in tears: McGahee
after being carted off the field with a
possible torn ACL in his left knee and
Dorsey after ending his college career
in defeat.
"It hurts. Losing hurts," said
Dorsey, who committed three
turnovers. "For me, it hurts even more
thinking back to what this team has
done. I should have made some of
those throws, and I take responsibility
for that."
Despite the struggles, Dorsey nearly
ended up a champion again.
After Roscoe Parrish atoned for a
fumble with a 50-yard punt return,
Miami took over at the Ohio State 26
with 2:02 left, trailing 17-14.
Larry Coker, who lost for the first
time in 25 games as a coach, seemed
content for overtime, not taking a shot
down the field and settling for Siev-
ers' tying field goal.
That's when it got really exciting.
Ohio State won the toss and chose
to start on defense in the overtime.
On second down from the 7, Dorsey
threw a pass over the middle. Winslow
jumped and reached back over a
defender to make perhaps the best of
his 11 catches to give Miami a 24-17
lead.
A penalty and a sack put Ohio State
in trouble with a fourth-and-14 from
the 29. Krenzel, who had completed
only five passes at that point, convert-
ed a 17-yard pass for a first down.
"He's an extraordinary kid who's
competitive and wants the ball in his
hands," Tressel said. "I can't say
enough about Craig Krenzel. He's a
winner."
Krenzel then ran it to the 5, but
Ohio State once again faced a fourth
down. Krenzel looked for Chris Gam-
ble in the corner of the end zone but
the pass fell to the ground and offi-
cials waved incomplete.

Miami's Sean Taylor threw his hel-
met in the air, fans and players rushed
the field, and the celebration was on.
Wait!
Field judge Terry Porter threw his
flag and signaled interference on
Glenn Sharpe.
"I replayed it in my mind," Porter
said. "I wanted to make double-sure
that it was the right call."
Security quickly cleared the field
and Krenzel then scored to tie it.
"If you're going to make the call,
make it right away," Miami line-
backer D.J. Williams said. "The guy
from the back called it late. I thought
we had it won."

AP PHOTO
Ohio State running back Maurice Clarett celebrates after scoring a touchdown in
the Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State won the game, 31-24 in double-overtime.

First Quarter:
Quarterback Rex Grossman mishan-
dles a snap on Florida's 26-yard line.
Alain Kashama recovers the ball for the
Wolverines on the Florida 3-yard line.
Running back Chris Perry punches the
ball in from four yards out to give
Michigan its first lead of the game.
Adam Finley converts the extra point.
Michigan 7, Florida 0
Second Quarter:
Finley booms a 50-yard punt from the
Michigan 6-yard line. Grossman com-
pletes a pass to tailback Ran Carthon
for 51 yards. Then, running back
Earnest Graham takes the ball two
yards on the next play for a Florida
touchdown.
Matt Leach converts the PAT.
Michigan 7, Florida 7
Florida stops Michigan on its next drive
and uses the momentum to strike
again. Graham rushes for 33 yards to
the Michigan 12-yard line, and then
scores from one yard out three plays
later.
Florida's 2-point conversion attempt
failed.
Florida 13, Michigan 7
Michigan quarterback John Navarre
begins to heat up throwing the ball
with a 34-yard strike to receiver Braylon
Edwards. Ronald Bellamy runs for 14
yards on a deceptive trick play to give
Michigan a first down at the Florida 4-
yard line. After being stopped on the
next three plays, the Wolverines go for
it on fourth down and Perry's second
effort gives him his second touch-
down.
Finley converts the PAT
Michigan 14, Florida 13
Grossman connects on three passes to
receiver Taylor Jacobs to put the Gators
in the red zone. Graham rushes for two
yards. Grossman misses on a pass to
reciever O.J. Small, and then Michigan
defensive tackle Norman Heuer deflects
a possible touchdown pass to stymie
the Gators. Florida settles for a field
goal by Leach
Florida 16, Michigan 14
Navarre connects with Perry for 31
yards. Four plays later Navarre hits Jop-
pru for 43 yards to the Florida 8-yard
line. Navarre ends the strong drive with
an 8-yard touchdown pass to Bellamy.
Finley converts the PAT.
Michigan 21, Florida 16
Third Quarter:
Grossman hits Jacobs for a 22-yard
gain and then Carthon runs for 15
yards.nGrossman hits receiver Kei-
wan Ratliff for a 33-yard touchdown.
Leach converts the PAT.
Florida 23, Michigan 21
Edwards beats coverage and catches
a 49-yard pass from Navarre. Perry
carries for 16 yards on two runs,
including a 7-yard burst for a touch-
down.
Finley converts the PAT.
Michigan 28, Florida 23
After a 17-yard punt return by safety
Julius Curry, Navarre hits Edwards for
17 yards, and then Perry runs in
untouched for a 12-yard score.
Finley converts the PAT.
Michigan 35, Florida 23
Fourth Quarter:
Florida puts together one of its best
drives of the game, totalling 11 plays
for 88 yards. Grossman passes to Ben
Troupe, who leaps over Michigan safe-
ty Charles Drake. Then, Grossman con-
nects with tight end Aaron Walker for a
3-yard score.
Leach converts the PAT.
Michigan 3, Florida 30
Navarre completes a pass to Perry for
30 yards. Perry rushes for two yards
and then for five yards. Navarre con-
nects with Edwards for 10 yards, put-
ting the Wolverines at the Florida
19-yard line. After another Perry run,
Navarre throws two incomplete pass-
es, and Michigan settles for a field goal
by Finley.
Michigan 38, Florida 30
WHAT'S NEXT:

2003
Coming off this Outback Bowl victory,
don't be surprised to see Michigan ranked
in the top five in next year's preseason
polls. John Navarre and Chris Perry both
had career days against Florida, and both
will return to lead the Wolverines' offense
in 2002.
BIG TEN STANDINGS

STAFF PICKS
Preseason
selections
Michigan final record
Michigan final AP ranking
Big Ten champion
Big Ten second place
Big Ten third placeI
Surprise Big Ten team
Surprise Michigan loss
Michigan MVP
Heisman winner
National Champion
National Runner-up
ACC champion
Big 12 champion
Big East champion
Pac10 champion
SEC champion
Mid-maor threat
Most overrated

Joe J. Brady
Smith McCollough

Jeff
Phillips

David
Horn

14.3
13
Ohio State
Michigan
Michigan State
Penn State
Minnesota
Marlin Jackson
Ken Dorsey
Miami (Fla.)
Tennessee
Florida State
Okloma
Miami (Fla.)
Oregon
Tennessee
Utah
Nebraska

10-3
11
Ohio State
Michigan
Michigan State
Purdue
Purdue
Chris Perry
Chris Simms
Texas
Tennessee
Florida State
Texas
Virginia Tech
Oregon
Tennessee
Brigham Young
Nebraska

10-3
12
Ohio State
Michigan
Michigan State
Iowa
Minnesota
Marlin Jackson
Ken Dorsey
Tennessee
Oklahoma
Florida State
Okahoma
Miami (Fla.)
Washington
Tennessee
Colorado State
Southern Cal.

112
8
Michigan
Ohio State
Penn State
Penn State
Minnesota
Braylon Edwards
Onterrio Smith
Oklahoma
MIami (Fa.)
Florida State
Oklahoma
Miami (Fla.)
Oregon
Florida
Fresno State
Georgia

Horn wins the
pennant! Horn wins
the pennant!
Was there ever any doubt? Not in
the Horn camp; probably not in
yours, either.
After jumping out to an early lead
in the season's first few weeks,
David Horn let Jeff Phillips take
control throughout most of the sea-
son - something that, perhaps,
lulled Phillips into a false sense of
security.
But Horn was "hanging around,
hanging around (the kid's got aliga-
tor blood)," and in the final week -
bowl week - Dave made his move.
Horn and J. Brady McCollough
were tied entering Bowl season;
each trailed Phillips by two games.
A miserable pre-New Years run by
McCollough took him out of the
race. Horn and Phillips were tied
entering New Year's Day. Phillips
had lost his best bet (Colorado),
and if Notre Dame hit for Horn, and
he could pull out a few picks (Air
Force, Florida, Texas) he could
upset the veteran Phillips and take
both Best Bets and Staff Picks.
While sitting in the Outback Bowl
press box (approximately 1:50
p.m.), knoshing on Bloomin'
Onions, Horn commented to
Phillips after seeing that Notre
Dame took a 3-0 lead, "Call it a
final. Best Bets to Horn."
At 2:08 North Carolina State went
up 21-3. Quote Phillips: "The
wheels arecoming off.Horn"

STAFF PICKS

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Bowl WEEK STECTONS David J. Brady Jeff Joe
AuL PicKs MADE AGAINST THE SPREAD. Horn McColiough Phillips Smith
Outback Bowi: Florida (4.5) vs. Mic higan FRorida Michigani Mlcigan MhlIgan
New Orleans Bowl: Cincinnati (-8) vs. North Texas Cincinnati Cincinnati Cincinnati Cincinnati
GMAC Bowl: Marshall (-2.5) vs. Louisville Marshall Louisvile Marshall Marshallt
Tangerine Bowl: Texas Tech (-5.5) vs. Clemson Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech Texas Tech
Las Vegas Bowl: UCLA (10.5) vs. New Mexico UCLA UCLA New Mexico UCLA
Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii (-12) vs. Tulane Hawaii Hawaii Tulane Hawaii
Motor City Bow.Boston.College (-4) vs. Tol&i Boston College Boston College Bo.to: College Boston Col ege
insight Bowl: Oregon State (-1.5) vs. Pittsburgh Oregon State Oregon State Oregon State Oregon State
Houston Bowl: Oklahoma State.(.7.5) vs. Southern Miss Oklahoma Stat. Olahoma State Oklahoma State Oklahoma State
Independence Bowl: Nebraska (-4.5) vs. Mississippi Mississippi Nebraska Mississippi Nebraska
Holiday Bowl: Kansas State f-17.5) vs. Arizona State ArIzona State Ka.ss State Arizona State Kansas State
Continental Tire Bowl: West Virginia (-5) vs. Virginia West Virginia West Virginia West Virginia Virginia
Alamo Bowl: Colorado (7.5) vs. Wsconsin Colorado Colorado Colorado Colorado
Music City Bowl: Arkansas (-8.5) vs. Minnesota Minnesota Arkansas Arkansas Arkansas
Seattle Bowl, Oregon (-7) vs. Wake Forest Oregon Oregorr Oregon Oregon
Humanitarian Bowl: Boise State (-10) vs. Iowa State Iowa State Iowa State Iowa State Iowa State
.Sun Bowl: Washington (3.5) vs. Purdue Washington Washington Washington Washington
Liberty.Bowl: Colorado State (-5) vs. Texas Christian Colorado State Colorado State Colorado State Colorado State
l~icon Valley Classic: Georgia Tech (5) vs. Fresno State .r.:no State Presno Stat. Georgia Tech Eresno Stat.
Peach Bowl: Maryland (-1) vs. Tennessee Tennessee Maryland Tennessee Tennessee
$an Franclsco Bowvi: Virginia Tech (-11.5) vs. Air Force Air Forciei Virginia Tech VignaTech /irglrlla Tech
Cotton Bowl: Texas (-10) vs. Louisiana State Texas Louisiana State Louisiana State Louisiana State

Team
Ohio State
Iow a
Michigan
Penn State
Purdue
Illinois
Minnesota
Wisconsin
Michigan State
Indiana
Northwestern

Big Ten
80
8 o
6 2
5 3
4 4
4 4
3 5
2 6
2 6
1 7
1 7

Overall
14 0
11 2
10 3
9 4
76
5 7
8 5
8 6
4 8
3 9
3 9

BOWL RESULTS
Michigan 38, Florida 30
Ohio State 31, Miami (Fla.) 24 (20T)
Southern Cal. 38, Iowa 17
Auburn 13, Penn State 9
Purdue 34, Washington 24
Minnesota 29, Arkansas 14
Wisconsin 31, Colorado 28 (OT)
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