The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 6, 2002 - 13
WEEK 1 SELECTIONS
ALL PICKS MADE AGAINST THE SPREAD.
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Before every football game this season, two of the Daily football writers will
take the weekend's matchup to the Playstation 2 (actually, this week it
For this week's matchup, coach Jeff Phillips led the Broncos and David
Horn took the helm of the Wolverines..
Play of the game - After getting within the 5-yard line without punching it
in, Western Michigan QB No. 19 dropped back to pass on fourth down and
threw an interception to Michigan CB No. 30, who then took it to the
house, 95 yards the other way for a touchdown, sealing the game for the
Most unrealistic play of the game - Western Michigan is caught off guard
when Michigan RB No. 23 pitches the ball to Michigan C No. 54, who then
runs it the remaining 27 yards for the touchdown.
Player of the game - Michigan CB No. 30. His gamebreaking interception
for a touchdown put the Wolverines up 34-14 in the third quarter and put
the game away.
Michigan key stats
Passing: QB No. 16 - 15-of-29, 162 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing: RB No. 23 - 7 carries, 7 yards
Receiving: WR No. 80 - 5 receptions, 45 yards, 1 TD; WR No. 19 - 2
receptions, 22 yards, 1 TD; WR No. 27 - 2 receptions, 48 yards
Defense: SS No. 24 -1 INT, 9 tackles; CB No. 30 - 1 INT, 1 TD
Western Michigan key stats
Passing: QB No. 12 -17-of-45, 325 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INTs
Rushing: RB No. 22 - 9 carries, 48 yards, 1 TD
Receiving: WR No. 8 - 4 receptions, 127 yards; WR No. 5 - 6 receptions,
109 yards, 1 TD
Defense: 1 blocked field goal
PRESS CONFERENCE QUOTES:
Western Michigan head coach Jeff Phillips: This is my second year with
Western Michigan and they've shown minimal improvement. I thought
when we were up 14-0 that Coach Horn didn't know how to play. But it
turns out that my players are the ones that don't know how to play ...
I told Horn I could block kicks and he didn't believe me. I made a believ-
er out of him today ...
My guys couldn't hold on to the ball today. I'm not sure if it was the rain
or i it was the triple coverage I was constantly throwing into. And anoth-
er thing: Why did those buffoons keep running into each other on the
deep crossing route. I kept calling the same play, assuming they would
figure it out. They didn't.
Michigan head.coach David Horn: The transition from Playstation 2 (my
usual expertise) to X-Box was awkward for my right hand, and to a lesser
de ree, my left. It took a good quarter and a half to familiarize myself
with the "black" and "white" buttons, and the larger controller (or, as my
mother would say, "paddle"). So we spotted coach Phillips 14 points to
start the game, but rallied with a 40-12 run.
Coach Phillips told me that he could block kicks and I didn't believe him.
But he made a believer out of me today .
I've got to tip my hat to Western Michigan RB No. 22. He made my D-line
look like theirs.
Michigan K No. 34 was blocked from 52 yards out. I'm confident he
could have hit from 62 or maybe even 72 had we needed him to, though.
The Diet Coke that coach Phillips offered me before the game lacked for
carbonation. I hate that. When his landlord interrupted the game midway
through the second quarter, I thought coach Phillips would be distracted.
But really all the landlord did was install a window.
Coach Phillips and the Western Michigan defense were completely and
utterly unprepared for our old "pitch 54"play. We drew that one up back
in the sandlot.
MkCHIGAN (-23) vs. Western Michigan Western Michigan Michigan Wester Michigan Western Michigan
SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI (-4.5) vs. Illinois Southern Mississippi Illinois Southern Mississippi Southern Mississippi
WISCONSIN (-11) vs. West Virginia Wisconsin West Virginia Wisconsin Wisconsin
MICHIGAN STATE (-25) vs. Rice Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State Michigan State
NOTRE DAME (-6) vs. Purdue Notre D)ame Purdue Purdue Notre Dame
Texas Christian (-6) at NORTHWESTERN Texas Christian Texas Christian Texas Christian Northwestern
UTAH (-13.5) vs. Indiana Utah Utah Utah Utah
OHIO STATE (-29) vs. Kent Sate Ohio State Ohio State Ohio State Kent State
Iowa (4.6) at MIAMI (OHIo) Iowa Iowa Iowa Iowa
Minnesota (-13.5) at LoUISIANA-LAFAYETTE Minnesota Minnesota Louisiana-Lafayette Minnesota
OKLAHOMA (-13) vs, Alabama' Alabama Alabama Oklahoma Oklahoma
FLORIDA (-2) vs. Miami (Fla.) Miami (Fla.) Florida Miami (Fla.) Miami (Fla.)
BOSTON COLLEGE (-7) vs. Stanford Stanford Stanford Stamford Stanford
UCLA (-7.5) vs. Colorado State UCLA Colorado State Colorado State UCLA
OREGN (17) vs. Fresno State Fresno State Oregon Fresno State Fresno State
Best bet Michigan State Texas Christian Michigan State Iowa
Record last week (Best bets)
Record to date (Best bets)
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the problems is that you don't have a
lot of time. Any win is a good win,
and it's a hard win in most cases.
Wins are hard to come by. Your play-
ers and coaches don't have a chance
to enjoy a win, and that's bad."
Michigan had plenty of trouble
with Western Michigan last year, giv-
ing up 374 yards passing to graduated
quarterback Jeff Welsh. This year, the
Broncos will employ a quarterback-
by-committee approach, cycling in
junior Chad Munson and senior
Jonathan Drach. Last week in a 48-17
trouncing of Indiana State, Munson
connected on 14-of-19 passes for 197
yards and four touchdowns.
"The Munson kid had wonderful
statistics in that first game," Carr
said. "They're different types of quar-
terbacks, but they give you different
problems. In appears to me that Mun-
son is the athletic guy and Drach is a
drop-back guy who can sling it ...
They're going to be prepared for any-
thing that happens down the road."
On the defensive end, the Broncos
have two senior defensive backs -
Jason Feldpausch and Mike Johnson
- who made for.a good show
against Indiana State, each with an
"Last year's secondary was great,"
wideout Tyrece Butler said. "They
will want to carry that on to this year
and stay tough back there. This West-
ern team is no joke because they have
everybody on their defensive line
coming back and their linebackers, so
it's going to be a great game again."
But matchups aside, Michigan fans
will be watching critically for signs of
letdown from last weekend. The pass
defense was made to look inexperi-
enced against Cody Pickett and the
Washington passing attack. The
defensive line was criticized after last
Saturday for lack of pressure against
Pickett. The Western game may be
ho-hum, but it's a good chance for the
Wolverines to right their wrongs
before the trip to South Bend.
"I don't think that coach Carr lets
us take any game lightly," center Dave
Carr, meanwhile, expressed some
discontent with the past scheduling
strategy that yielded this Western
"When by scheduling you put (your
team) at a disadvantage as compared
to the people you're competing
against, you have to wake up," Carr
said. "You have to do something for
Former Pittsburgh Steelers' Hall of Fame wide receiver Lynn Swann gets mobbed
by students at last Saturday's game at the Big House.
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makes things tough," center Dave
Pearson acknowledged. "Getting
more yards on first down makes
everything easier to do from there."
But in the second half, after
Washington dominated time of pos-
session in the first 30 minutes and
was leading 20-14, the newly
assembled line went to work. The
Wolverines gave their defense a
much-needed rest with two consec-
utive consistent drives using a bal-
"I think there were two tremen-
dous drives there," Carr said. "They
were well-executed. Our offensive
line provided good protection, and
John Navarre made some plays and
he hit different people.
"Certainly, you could feel on that
field that we could run the football.
We were knocking them out of
Players on the line talked in the
preseason about reestablishing a
mentality that was absent in last
year's unit - a mean streak. Pear-
son said that as the game moved
along Saturday, the group jelled
and found the attitude they were
"We felt like we had to go out
there and finish the game," Pearson
said. "As the game progressed,
some of the nerves went away and
we started to come out a little hard-
er. There is still room for improve-
ment, but I think that we had a
pretty good day."
Perry's long touchdown run, as
well as many of his other solid
gains, came off a quick cutback.
Perry said that the cutbacks are not
a vital part of offensive coordina-
tor Terry Malone's new scheme,
but just something he decides on
"We just take advantage of our
plays," said Perry, whose three
FINDING THE FIELD: Carr said that
redshirt freshman Matt Lentz is
making a strong push after his per-
formance in the Washington game
at right guard and should receive
more time against Western Michi-
gan tomorrow. He also said that
Demeterius Solomon, who logged
significant time last season, will get
some snaps to develop more depth
Carr said that he was very disap-
pointed that sophomore running
back David Underwood did not play
against Washington. He said Under-
wood would undoubtedly log signif-
icant minutes against the Broncos.
When asked if junior transfer
Spencer Brinton would see the field
tomorrow, Carr was indecisive.
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