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The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, September 10, 2002 - 11

Cougars do battle in Columbus
Penn State and Michigan State will also host undefeated challengers this weekend

By Reuben Wolfson
For The Daily
No. 10 WASHINGTON STATE (2-0) AT No. 6
OHIO STATE (2-0) - 3:30 P.M., ABC: The
Horseshoe will be packed this Saturday when the
highly touted Cougars of Washington State visit
Columbus in a game that has the makings of a
huge nonconference show-_
down, as well as having pos- AROUND THE
sible BCS implications. B TEN
Freshman running back BiG TEN
extraordinaire Maurice
Clarett had a mediocre performance against
Kent State after looking like the second coming
of Archie Griffin, when he rushed for 175 yards
and three touchdowns in his first game, against
Texas Tech.
Washington State's stellar defensive line
should prove a big test for Clarett and will force
Ohio State to have a more balanced attack in
what should be a closely contested game. The
advantage goes to the Buckeyes, who are playing
at home and should send the Cougars packing
with a strong defensive effort and a solid per-
fonnance from Clarett.
Ohio State 24, Washington State 17
No. 8 NEBRASKA (3-0) AT PENN STATE (1-0)
- 8 P.M., ABC: This battle between two of the
most storied programs in college football should
be a marquee matchup, right?
It's doubtful. The Cornhuskers will invade
Beaver Stadium Saturday night and should roll
over the Nittney Lions like a tornado through a
drought-stricken prairie.
Penn State barely hung on to beat Central
Florida 27-24. Nebraska is coming off a 44-13
victory, over Utah State and is led by Dahrran
Diedrick at running back. The Nebraska offense
scored on five of its first six possessions and the
defense recorded six sacks in a very complete

effort. Penn State, while still having the reputa-
tion of a football powerhouse, has dropped off
the national radar in the last few years and has
even ceased to make noise in the Big Ten.
Let me tell you folks, Central Florida is no
Nebraska. Penn State may keep it close in the
first half due to the home crowd but look for the
Cornhuskers to roll.
Nebraska 42, Penn State 13
CALIFORNIA (2-0) AT No. 15 MICHIGAN STATE
(2-0) - NoON, ESPN2: Due to NCAA viola-
tions, California has been banned from partici-
pating in a bowl game this year, as if they had a
chance of making it to one anyway. Last year,
the Bears were 1-10, so they were happy to make
a fresh start this year with new coach Jeff Ted-
ford. Surprisingly, California has won its first
two games this year, and are playing for pride
much the same way as Alabama.
Michigan State is coming off a lackluster per-
formance, in which it gave up 137 first-half
rushing yards to Rice.
Look for the Spartans to come out a lot sharp-
er this week and put away the Bears early with a
quick offensive outburst from quarterback Jeff
Smoker and receiver Charles Rogers, the Presea-
son Big Ten Player of the Year.
Michigan State 49, California 14
INDIANA (1-1) AT KENTUCKY (2-0) - 7 P.M.:
In coach Gerry Dinardo's first road game last
weekend, his Hoosiers committed four turnovers
and gave up 500 yards of total offense in a 40-13
loss to Utah. Indiana is really struggling this year
without the services of standout quarterback
Antwan Randel-El, who is now in the NFL.
Kentucky, on the other hand, has been an
early season surprise and after. looking very
good in an upset victory over Louisville and a
77-17 rout of Texas El-Paso. Super-sized quar-
terback Jared Lorenzen may be bigger than

Indiana's linebackers, but it is Lorenzen's strong
arm that will power the Wildcats. Look for
Dinardo's woes to continue as Kentucky will
hand Indiana another embarrassing loss.
Kentucky 38, Indiana 12
DUKE (1-1) AT NORTHWESTERN (0-2) - 1
P.M.: What a matchup. The two worst teams
from the Big Ten and the ACC will square off in
Evanston this Saturday as they look to improve
their dismal records. Somebody's got to win.
Duke actually won a game this year, ending a
23-game losing streak that was second only to
Northwestern's 34 straight losses from 1979-
1982. Look for Duke to come away with their
second victory of the season, but the only real
question is whether the score will be higher than
the attendance.
Duke 17, Northwestern 13
NORTHERN ILLINOIS (1-1) AT No. 22 WISCoN-
SIN (3-0) - 12:10 P.M.: Barry Alvarez's
Wisconsin team is coming off of a 34-17 win
over West Virginia, in which quarterback
Brooks Bollinger passed for 218 yards and
two touchdowns as the Badgers won their
third consecutive game. The Badgers will roll
to their fourth straight win even though last
year's Big Ten rushing leader Anthony Davis
has struggled of late.
Wisconsin 35, Northern Illinois 6
WESTERN MICHIGAN (1-1) AT PURDUE (1-1) --
2 P.M.: Purdue lost a tough game last Saturday
24-17 to Notre Dame, a team that has still yet to
score an offensive touchdown. The Boilermakers
committed four turnovers that resulted in all
three of the Fighting Irish's touchdowns on the
day. Western Michigan took a beating last Satur-
day in the Big House, and Purdue should come
away with an easy win.
Purdue 27, Western Michigan 17

No. 6 Ohio State will test its perfect record and potent offense against Washington State this
weekend, when the Cougars visit Columbus in a highly-anticipated nonconference battle.

Lehman nearing school, record for blocks

By Charles Paradis
Daily Sports Writer
Breaking records is nothing new to Michigan
senior Katrina Lehman, who set three school

I'm going to do it hopefully."
While Lehman has the chance to etch her name
into Michigan history this season, one aspect that
will not show up in the books may be the most

impressive

marks last season. But this season,
Lehman has the opportunity to
rewrite the books completely.
Lehman's run at the records continues
tonight, when the Michigan volleyball
team (3-1) squares off against Bowl-
ing Green (2-2).
Just four matches into the season,
Lehman is three block assists shy of
tying the school mark of 305, set by
Lindsey Ebert in 1997.
After breaking the school records

CLIFF KEEN ARENA
Who: Michigan (3-1) vs.
Bowling Green (2-2)
When: 7 p.m.
Latest: The Wolverines will
play host to one of the
MAC's best teams tonight.
The Falcons are 63-29 over
the last three years.

of all, her size.
Standing a mere 5-foot-10 in a
sport where most starters are more
than six feet tall, the relatively
diminutive Lehman is still a presence
at the net.
"I am the smallest middle hitter in
the Big Ten, the shortest for the last
three years," Lehman says with pride.
"I'm the only one under six feet, but
that just gives me motivation."
According to Lehman, the secret to
her success at the net has little to do

in the last few years - finishing sixth overall in
the Big Ten in blocks last season.
Not only could Lehman set a new block assist
record this year, but she is also on pace to break
the total block record at Michigan. She is just 39
blocks away from owning that mark as well.
Michigan's total block record has stood for more
than a decade, since Julia Sturm patrolled the nets
in 1990.
Despite all the adversity, Lehman is determined
to put her name at the top of the list.
"I guess when everything's against you, you just
have to dig deep and go as hard as you can,"
Lehman said.
Going as hard as she can is Lehman's motto for
the year. The lone senior on the team, Lehman
enters her last season with the Wolverines with a
sense of urgency and an attitude to relish every
moment.
"Every game I'm coming out here playing as
hard as I can, thinking it is the last game," Lehman
said. "I go hard and this is my last year. I have to
give it all I've got."

for block assists in conference and nonconference
play as well as total blocks in conference play last
season, Lehman is averaging more than a block per
game this season.
"I'm really excited and I want to break the
record," Lehman said. "It is one of my goals and

with her height or her leg strength. She relies on
another muscle.
"I've got a lot of heart and I work really hard and I
don't even have the biggest ups," Lehman said.
Even with the odds stacked against her, Lehman
has proven to be one of the most prolific blockers

Senior middle blocker Katrina Lehman (right) will try to break the Michigan block
assist record tonight against Bowling Green.

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