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The Michigan Daily - Friday, September 27, 2002 - 9

STAFF PICKS+
WEEK 4 SELECTIONS
ALL PICKS MADE AGAINST THE SPREAD._
HOME TEAM IN SMALL CAPS. David J. Brady Jeff
MICHIGAN IN BOLD. Horn McCollough Phillips
Mi Ihgan (-7,) at ILONOts MichIg1n :1 in is Ilinois

Joe
Smith
Illinois

MATCHUPS
Continued from Page 8
is 3-of-4 in field goals, giving Illi-
nois the stability that Michigan
would die for right now. Wilson,
who is averaging 13 yards per punt
return, broke a 70-yard touchdown
against Southern Mississippi -
something Michigan hasn't done in
years.
Edge: Illinois
INTANGIBLES: Illinois and Michi-

gan are not satisfied with the way
they've played, and certainly, the
defending Big Ten Champions have
something to prove at home. The
Illini fans are some of the loudest in
the Big Ten, and Michigan is just 3-
5 on the road with Navarre leading
the charge. The Wolverines are gun-
ning for their 21st straight win in a
Big Ten opener, but the streak could
easily end at 20.
Edge: Illinois
ILLINOIS 38, MICHIGAN 35

PENN STATE (-8) vs. Iowa Penn State Iowa Penn State Penn State
OHIO STATE (-27.5) vs. ndiana Qhi 0 t te Ohto $tate Ohi State Inrdiana
MICHIGAN STATE (-23.5) vs. Northwestern Michigan State Northwestern Northwestern Northwestern
PuRlouE (-3) vs. Minnesota P due tnstaurdue Minnesota
LOUISIANA STATE (-13) vs. Mississippi State Louisiana State Mississippi State Louisiana State Louisiana State
Virginia Tech (-23) at WESTERN MICHIGAN Virginia Tech ViniTeViti Virginia Tech
SOUTHERN CAL. (-3) vs. Oregon State Southern Cal. Oregon State Oregon State Oregon State
LowA STATE (pick) Vs. Nebraska NebrIska owa State Nebraska Nebraska
ARIZONA STATE (-1.5) vs. Stanford Stanford Stanford Stanford Stanford
FLORIDA (-19.5) vs, Kentucky Flrid Fod Kentucky Florida
AUBURN (-14) vs. Syracuse Auburn Auburn Auburn Auburn
OrLAH MA (-27) vs. South Florida k1lhoma Oklama OOk lahoma Oklahoma
Georgia Tech (-2.5) at NORTH CAROLINA Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech Georgia Tech
ARKANsAs (-4.5) vs. Alabama Aabama A abam lArkansas Arkansas
Best bet Georgia Tech Oklahoma Virginia Tech Oklahoma

Record last week (Best bets)
Overall record (Best bets)

9-6 (0-1)
25-18-2 (1-2).

6-9 (1-0)
20-23-2 (3-0)

11-4 (1-0)
25-18-2 (2-1)

5-10 (1-0)
18-25-2 (2-1)

PROCRASTINATION
ST ATL ON
MITCHIGAN 9

record, but you can't win big games if
you turn the ball over. It's as simple as
that. You also can't stay within 50
points if you turn the ball over seven
times, four of which were inside the
20-yard line ...
I believe that it was coach Horn's idea
to hold the pregame warmup at Mitch's.
He underestimated my coaching abili-
ties under extreme conditions ...
Normally I wouldn't condone high-step-
ping every touchdown, but in this game
it was warranted ...
Michigan really could not handle our
pass rush. I was glad that the
announcers kept me posted with just
how badly the Wolverines' quarter-
backs were doing ...
I knew the game was over when I saw
that I was facing coach Horn.
Michigan head coach David Horn:

can say after a game like this. But
what I'd say is this: "QB No. 16 is to
quarterbacking what David Schwimmer
is to funny."
Coach Phillips allowed his players to
high step into the end zone on nearly
every touchdown. I mean, I know beat-
ing any team coached by myself is
cause for celebration, but I am submit-
ting a report to the NCAA, requesting
that coach Phillips be fined. That was
classless and completely unacceptable.
If those six interceptions had been six
touchdowns, the score would have
been 63-57 (assuming we converted
on all of our two-point conversions).
That would have looked a lot better for
us. It just goes to show - score touch-
downs when you can, don't throw inter-
ceptions when you can't ...
WR No. 19 led all receivers with 161
yards receiving. So coach Phillips can
suck it ...

ILLINOIS

63

the game, but I definitely won the
pregame warmup at Mitch's. Oh - and I
can run a killer 800-meters. Just try me.
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Before every football game this sea-
son, two of the Daily football writers
will take the weekend's matchup to
the Playstation 2.
For this week's matchup, coach
David Horn led the Wolverines and
Jeff Phillips coached the Fighting
Illini
Play of the game - One of Michigan
QB No. 16's four interceptions. With
Michigan at in the red zone, QB No.
16 dropped back to pass, threw over
the middle and was picked off by Illi-
nois CB No. 5, who danced 101
yards to the house for one of the Illi-
ni's two defensive touchdowns.
Most unrealistic play of the game -
The Michigan defense, completely
unable to stop any part of the Illinois
offense, somehow registers a safety
following one of the Wolverines' four
red zone turnovers.
Player of the game - Illinois CB No.
5. He helped keep Michigan QB No.
16 in check with two interceptions,
including a 101-yard TD return.
Michigan key stats
Passing: QB No. 16 - 9-of-31, 265
yards, 1 TDs, 4 INTs; QB No. 7 - 3-
of-7, 75 yards, 2 INTs; QB No. 18 -
4-of-7, 67 yards
Rushing: RB No. 23 - 8 carries, 46
yards
Receiving: WR No. 19 - 6 recep-
tions, 161 yards; WR No. 80 - 2
receptions, 69 yards, 1 TD; TE No.
83 - 2 receptions, 56 yards
Defense: DE No. 92 - 1 sack, 6
tackles for loss
Illinois key stats
Passing: QB No. 11 - 8-of-14, 244
yards, 4 TDs
Rushing: RB No. 31- 12 carries,
135 yards, 2 TDs
Receiving: WR No. 6 - 4 receptions,
107 yards, 2 TDs; WR No. 18 - 3
receptions, 128 yards, 1 TD; TE No.
89 - 1reception, 9 yards, 1 TD
Defense: CB No. 5 - 2 INTs, 1 TD;
No. 13, CB No. 15, FS No. 9, MLB
No. 42 - 1INT each; Defensive line
- many, many sacks.
PRESS CONFERENCE
QUOTES:
Illinois head coach Jeff Philips: If I
could point to one thing that Michi-
gan couldn't do well, it would be play-
ing offense. Frankly, I can't believe
the Wolverines scored at all ...
If I had to rate Coach Horn's perform-
ance this game using a five-star sys-
tem, I would give him one star. On a
letter system, probably an F+ ...
I don't want to sound like a broken
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