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48 - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - September 23, 2002

MICHIGAN 10,

UTAH 7

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
22
48/175
186
84
361
158
19/36/0
8/40
2/1
2/15
35:52

UTAH
9
20/13
208
59
221
71
23/39/2
11/42
O/0
5/38
24:08

M I C H I G A N

PASSING
Player
Navarre
Totals
RUSHING
Player
Perry
Askew
Navarre
Brabbs
Underwood
TEAM
Totals

C-A
19-36
19-36

Att
26
5
6
1
26

RECEIVING
Player No.
Edwards 9
Askew 4
Butler 3
Bellamy 1
Belr 1
Joppru 1
Totals 19
PUNTING
Player
Finley
Brabbs
Totals
KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No.
LeSueur 1
Totals1

Yds
91
43
12
7
1
_2
91
Yds
109
37
26
9
6
_1
186
No.
7
1
5

Yds
186
186
Avg
3.5
8.6
2.0
7.0
1.0
-2.0
3.5
Avg
12.1
9.25
8.7
9.0
6.0
-1.0
9.8

TD
1
1
Lg
11
21
18
7
1
O
13
Lg
44
19
17
9
6
-1
44

Int
O
O
TD
O
0
0
0
0
O
0
TD
1
0
O
O
0
1

Brabbs' job
not secure
ater misses
Orr injures right knee, out
for extended time period
By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Editor
Another game, another poor kicking perform-
ance by Michigan. In the Wolverines' 10-7 victory
over Utah on Saturday, kicker Philip Brabbs went
1-for-3, making a 37-yard field goal and missing
two fourth quarter attempts, one from 27 yards out
and the other from 42 yards.
The Wolverines are now 3-of-11 on field goal
attempts this season.
"I'm very concerned," Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr said. "I don't know what
else to do. We've been excel- FOOTBALL
lent in practice, but we have
not been able to take that to Notebook
the games."
Brabbs is responsible for six of those eight field
goal misses.
"It is kind of tough. I had a lot of confidence
going into the game and after hitting on the first one
I felt really, really confident," Brabbs said. "I just
have to focus on coming straight through the ball."
Carr told the media last Monday that punter
Adam Finley may get a chance to kick in an emer-
gency situation. After Saturday, that situation may
be now.
"Adam has only worked the past couple weeks
and that may be a possibility - we've got to do
something," Carr said.
While Brabbs was unsuccessful kicking the ball,
he nearly scored a touchdown on a fake field goal.
After taking the snap, Navarre handed the ball
off to Brabbs, who ran the ball seven yards for a
first down on the two-yard line.
"I wish I would've had more practice running
the ball. I almost had it. It was a blur," Brabbs said.
Boo-BIRDS: Michigan fans were not pleased with

to

Yds Avg Lg
284 40.6 50
35 35.0 35
235 47.0 52

Yds Avg Lg
26 26.0 26
26 36.0 26

PUNT RETURNS
Player No.
Curry, J. 8
Totals 8

DEFENSE
Player
Hobson
Draka
Jackson
Kaufman
Diggs
McClintock
Lazarus
June
Reid
Bowman
Orr
Finley
Nasif
Williams
Shazor
LeSueur
Stevens
Dubuc

Yds
105
105
┬žolo
10
3
2
4
3
1
2
2
1
0
Yds
27
0
0
0
19
1

Avg Lg
13,1 19
13.1 19
Asst
2
3
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0

0
TD
O
0
0
Tot
11
5
5
4
4
3
2
2
2
1
1
TO
0
0
0
0
? O
O

DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily
Michigan defensive end Shantee Orr grimaces in pain after injuring his right knee at the end of the second quarter.

Brabbs' and quarterback John Navarre's perform-
ances on Saturday - and Carr was not pleased
with the fans' reaction.
Fans booed the Wolverines twice: Once after an
errant Navarre pass on third down and again after
Brabbs missed a chip-shot, 27-yard field goal.
While players said they don't pay attention to
the boos, Carr was well aware.
"I don't think they're booing John Navarre, I
think they're booing me, and if they're booing a
college athlete, then shame on them," Carr said.
"Shame on them. I've got a theory about that, but I
won't go into it at this time."
Navarre's performance against Utah comes on
the heels of Michigan's 25-23 loss to Notre Dame,
in which many Wolverines' fans believed that
Navarre was at fault.
"I read (and) I hear people say John Navarre

cost us the Notre Dame game - let me tell you
something, anybody who says that, they don't
know a damn thing about football," Carr said.
"They don't know a damn thing about the
game."
Against Utah, Navarre was 19-of-36 for 186
yards and one touchdown. He was sacked twice,
but ran 18 yards for a first down on 2nd and 15 in
the second quarter.
INJURIES AND ABSENCES: In the first half, defen-
sive lineman Shantee Orr was helped off the field
after injuring what appeared to be his right knee in
Michigan's effort to get the ball back with time
winding down. Orr did not return to the game.
Carr did not discuss the extent of Orr's injury,
but indicated that Orr wouldn't return quickly.
"I would think he's going to be out a little
while," Carr said. "We're going to have to see."

PASS DEFENSE
Player
Curry
Hobson
Drake
Kaufman
Totals

Int
2
O
0
0

Lg
19
0
0
0
19

Brk-up
2
1

U T A H

PASSING
Player
Rice
Totals
RUSHING
Player
Werfield
Rica
Peroulis
Totals
RECEIVING
Player
Latendresse
Lyman
Sirstins
Houston
Jackson
Moa
Jorgenson
Benton
Totals
PUNTING
Player.
Lewis
Totals

C-A
23-38
23-38

Att
10
3
7
20
No.
7
5
2
2
2
2
2
23

Yds
18
-6
13
Yds
65
55
31
26
17
12
1
208
No.
11
6

Yds
208
208
Avg
1.8
0.3
-0.9
0.7
Avg
9.3
11.0
15.5
13
8.5
6.0
0,5
1.0
9.0

TD
1
Lg
4
5
1
5
Lg
29
33
22
14
10
6
33

Int
2
2
TD
0
O
O
0
0
0
0
0

Yds Avg Lg
465 42.3 62
258 43.0 50

McCOLLOU
Continued from Page 113
Michigan, 25-23? Or how abou
three fumbles that killed Michi
rhythm and kept its defense on
field time and time again?
Players are supposed to learn
avoid these critical mistakes wh
are playing their first Pee-Wee:
football game, and it makes me
der just what the Wolverines ar
at practice. After four games, w
should be a well-oiled machine
to rumble into Big Ten play loo
like a broken-down station wag
After Saturday's game, playe
they would have to look throug
game film to see why there wer
many mistakes. I hope they alo
plenty of time.
The Wolverines' offense seti
tone for the rest of the game w
took control of the ball on theT
15-yard line after a Julius Curr
ception in the first quarter. Aft
offensive line failed to create a
on two consecutive Perry runs,
Navarre pass was deflected at t
on 3rd down, Michigan was fo
delve into its bag of tricks. Kic
Phil Brabbs took a handoff out
field goal formation and ran fo
down.
Now that's great, and I'm sur
a crowd-pleaser, but this team s
not have to do that to get a first
in the red zone against Utah, nc
how "great" of a defense the U
have. Then, after another failed
by the offensive line on first do
from the 3, Perry got a little im
On 2nd down, Perry didn't ever

Defensive linemen Alain Kashama and Pierre
Woods are expected to see more time while Orr is
out.
Cornerback Markus Curry also did not play, but
Carr said that his absence was not caused by
health or disciplinary problems. Cornerback Zia
Combs played the majority of the time opposite
Marlin Jackson, with Jeremy LeSueur and Bran-
don Williams also seeing the field.
Markus' brother, Julius, did not know why
Markus did not play, but thought it might be a per-
formance issue.
"I'm not really sure," Julius Curry said. "Last
week, we allowed some big plays and you have to
make some changes sometimes when big plays
happen."
Fullback Sean Sanderson also missed the Utah
game after having surgery on his hand.
GH toseeifhislinecouldgivehimahole.
He jumped from behind the line with
the ball extended in his arms, begging
it the it to be knocked away. And of course,
gan's Perry did fumble - his third of the
the season - and Michigan lost a pristine
chance to take control of the game
Ito early.
hen they Michigan's bumbling offense and
tackle kicking game kept Utah in the game
won- for way longer than it should have
e doing been, and in the end, the Wolverines
hat were saved by Utah's own lack of dis-
ready cipline.:With just under two minutes-
ks more left in the fourth quarter and the ball
on. on their 26-yard line, the Utes caught
rs said the Michigan bug, taking two holding
h the penalties to push them back into a 1st-
re so and-29 on their own 7-yard line. It was
)tted too much to overcome.
Saturday's "win" may have been an
the official win for this team, but for the
hen it program, it represented an emphatic
Utah loss of respect. Utah players were not
y inter- impressed after the game, feeling
er the that they were equal to the Wolver-
push ines, who according to Utah running
and a back J.R. Peroulis, "did not live up to
:he line the hype."
rced to With each mistake-prone loss or
ker win, the hype and mystique surround-
of the ing this program loses a little bit of its
r a first luster.
For Michigan to come out.of its
e it was current Central Florida bowl rut and
hould win the Big Ten, this group of Wolver-
down ines has to accept that wins aren't
matter really wins if they come like they did
tes Saturday.

KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No,
Crockett
Total 1
PUNT RETURNS
Player No.
Scalley 3
Totals 3

Yds Avg Lg
25 25.0 25
25 25.0 25

r

DEFENSE
Player
Revill
Sanders
Kaufusi
Weight
Savage
Jones
Deckart
Crockett
Bahr
Parker
White
Sape
Fifita
Tune
Brand
Smith
Lyman
Dodds
Petersen
Johnson

Yds
24
24
Solo
14
11
7
6
4
3
3
3
3
3
3
2
1
1
Yds
0
0
0
0
0
1
O
O

Avg Lg
8.0 21
8.0 21
Asst l
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0

TO
0
0
TO
Tot
15
11
7
7
5
4
4
3
3
3
3
3
2
2
2
2
2
1
1-
TD
O
0
0
0
0
0

EMMA FOSDICK/Daily

Michigan running back Chris Perry has fumbled the ball three times so far this season.

Perry'sic' after goaline fumble,
makes amends with strong half

push
wn
patient.
n wait

J. Brady McCollough can be reached at
bradymcc@umich.edu

PASS DEFENSE
Player
Weight
Kaufusi
Savage
Parker
White
Totals

Int
0
O
O
0
0
0

Lng
O
0
0
0
0
0

Brk-up
2
1
1 (

C
C
C
C
C
C

........................................................................
PLAYERS THE GAME.

By David Horn
Daily Sports Editor
Chris Perry knows the fumbles can't
continue. If they do, it means his job.
Following a dramatic loss to Notre
Dame, when three fumbles by three
different players (including one by
Perry) cost Michigan momentum and
eventually cost it a win, Saturday's
game against Utah was an opportunity
to get the offense functioning properly
again. The dropped passes over the last
two games by various Michigan
receivers were enough to cause the
Michigan coaches to sweat; the last
thing they needed was their sure-hand-
ed tailback coughing the ball up too.
But on Saturday, Perry fumbled in
the first quarter on a 2nd-and-goal run
from the two-yard line. He dove over
the pack, Superman-style, losing the

football into the endzone where it was
fallen on by Utah linebacker Brooks
Bahr. A touchdown would have given
Michigan an early 7-0 lead.
"I was sick ... I can't do that," Perry
said. "If the team's going to trust me
with the ball, and trust me to take the
ball into the endzone, and I'm going
to be a leader on this team, I can't
fumble the ball."
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who
(like many coaches) views fumbles as
one of his greatest pet peeves, benched
Perry. In so doing he gave his younger
running backs - Tim Bracken and
Dave Underwood - an opportunity to
perform in a close game.
Bracken rushed six times for 19
yards, including a 12-yard run.
"We have to take care of the foot-
ball," Carr said. "And if you don't take
care of the football, then somebody

else will get a chance. There's an old
cliche in coaching that the best way to
teach a lesson is the bench.
"Chris Perry is a competitive guy.
He wants to play. I thought he went
back in and ran with real good
authority."
Perry was put back in the game in
the third quarter, and tried to make
amends. He carried the ball 20 times in
the second half, and made runs of
seven, nine and 11 yards. The junior
was as effective a weapon for the
Wolverines in their attempt at ball con-
trol as they had, ending the day with 26
carries for 91 yards.
"I wanted to prove myself," Perry
said. "When you put the ball on the
ground, you have to start over. My
teammates have faith in me, and for
me to put the ball on the ground I'm
just hurting their faith in me, so I
wanted to prove myself to my team-
mates and my coaches, and the fans
out here."
Perry attributes his second half

DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily
Michigan quarterback John Navarre was booed by the Michigan Stadium crowd for
his performance Saturday. He hit 19-of-36 passes for 186 yards and a touchdown.

Rumblin', bumblin', fumblin'
Michigan running back Chris Perry has at times been spectacular, but at

UTES
Continued from Page 1B8
and ran 7 yards down to the Utah 2-
yard line on a fake-field goal.
"I'm so excited about that play," Carr

ing a 12-yard out pattern for the score,
gave Michigan a 7-0 lead late in the first
quarter.
Ironically, Phil Brabbs' 37-yard field
goal late in the second quarter was the
difference in the game. Michigan's kick-

ITUM FELDKAMP/D~aily

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