October 18, 2002
No. 11 Michigan at Purdue Tomorrow, Noon.. Ross-Ade Stadium ESPN
By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Editor
Trips to West Lafayette have not
been kind to Michigan on the past
two occasions, as the Wolverines
came in with high hopes only to
squander the opportunity. This sea-
son, the situation is the same, with
Michigan atop the Big Ten and Pur-
due looking to spoil hopes of a Rose
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
acknowledged his team's struggles in
"It seems like everybody in the Big
Ten has a place that is very difficult
for them on the road," Carr said. "It is
the same field, but there are a lot of
factorsain terms of the crowd, the
noise, and when the momentum is
against you, you are going to have to
deal with the energy that it provides
to the home team."
In 1996, the Wolverines entered the
game with a 7-1 record before falling
to the Boilermakers, 9-3. After the
loss, Michigan ended the season 1-2,
falling to Penn State and losing 17-14
to Alabama in the Outback bowl.
In 2000, one of the most heralded
offenses in Michigan history built a
28-10 halftime lead, but could only
muster three points in the second half
and lost 32-31 on a field goal by Pur-
due's Travis Dorsch with four sec-
onds on the clock.
The two games are the similar to
this season's game in that Michigan is
still vying for, the Big Ten title, but dif-
ferent in that Purdue is flying a bit
under the radar with its 3-4 record and
two Big Ten losses. But that record
may be deceiving, as the Boilermakers
have lost their four games by an aver-
age of five points with none of the
games decided until the final drive.
"We have got to get better because
I think that Purdue could very easily
be undefeated and has lost four very
heartbreaking games," Carr said.
Blue's 'Killer B's' key at Purdue
By J. Brady McCollough
Daily Sports Writer
Purdue coach Joe Tiller needs a break.
His Boilermakers, thought to be a
sleeper in the Big Ten, have lost four
games by a total of 20 points. Tiller
boasts a 1,500-yard passer, a 679-yard
rusher and an 817-yard receiver, but
he has just three wins to show for it.
That's probably because his
offense has coughed up the ball 21
times. Despite the way things have
gone, the Boilermakers' solid
defense and talent at the skill posi-
tions could make things interesting
in West Lafayette against a Michigan
team still riding the emotions of
another Big House classic.
MICHIGAN RUSHING OFFENSE VS. PUR-
DUE RUSHING DEFENSE: The Michigan
running game has gone on and off
like the flip of a switch. Last Satur-
day, against Penn State's massive front
four, Michigan struggled to get yards
on the ground early. But running back
Chris Perry gained 80 tough yards,
including the most important three to
win the game for Michigan in over-
time. A solid Purdue run defense that
is giving up just 144 yards per game
on the ground will likely stifle the
Michigan ground game, but when the
Wolverines' offensive line turns on
the switch, look out.
MICHIGAN RUSHING DEFENSE VS. PUR-
DUE RUSHING OFFENSE: Michigan's rep-
utation as a staunch defensive team
against the run was losing validity
before last Saturday. But Michigan
held Penn State running back Larry
Johnson to his second-lowest output
of the season with just 78 yards. Pur-
due has found a solid running back in
Joey Harris, but the Boilermakers will
have to take better care of the football
to have a successful week against
Michigan's front seven.
MICHIGAN PASSING OFFENSE VS. PUR-
DUE PASSING DEFENSE: Michigan quar-
terback John Navarre has turned into
a dependable signal caller in 2002.
The junior has taken just nine sacks
and has thrown just three intercep-
tions. The key to stopping the Wolver-
ines' attack will be shutting down
Michigan's "Killer B's."
If receivers Ron Bellamy, Calvin
Bell and Tyrece Butler disappear,
offensive coordinator Terry Malone
may have to dig into his bag of tricks
to move the ball. Purdue's pass
defense-has been impressive, although
the Boilermakers haven't faced many
pass-happy opponents. Michigan,
believe it or not, is pass-happy these
days, which doesn't bode well for a
secondary that hasn't been tested
through the air.
MICHIGAN PASSING DEFENSE VS. PUR-
DUE PASSING OFFENSE: Purdue's quater-
back situation could be worse.
Sophomore Kyle Orton has put up
decent numbers, and true freshman
Brandon Kirsch showed his athleti
cism in his first legitimate action at
Iowa two weeks ago. The player who
throws the passes Saturday will have
two big threats in receivers Jon
Standeford and Taylor Stubblefield.
Michigan cornerback Marlin Jackson
was dominated by Penn State receiver
Bryant Johnson, and will need to
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Senior fullback B.J. Askew carries the ball in a Ipss at Notre Dame. Askew and the
Wolverines have struggled on the road recently, especially in West Lafayette.
"They have 17 starters back on
offense and defense from a year ago,
and I see it as an outstanding defen-
sive football team."
Purdue coach Joe Tiller believes
that having a young and inexperi-
enced team is actually a benefit when
enduring so many tough losses.
"I think young guys, particularly if
you have a young team, they are just
anxious to go out and play another
game," Tiller said. "They get over a
loss quicker than a more experienced
team. That may be helping us."
Despite its poor record, Purdue still
has a potent offense that ranks 12th in
the nation with 446 yards per game.
With two capable quarterbacks in
sophomore Kyle Orton and the more
mobile freshman B ranidon Kirsch, the
Wolverines' defense will need to be
prepared for either situation.
"I think they both are pretty good
passers," Michigan free safety Cato
June said. "They can stay in there and
make decent passes. I think they are
going to hit passes here and there and
not go for the big play every time. In
their scheme, both of them can get
the job done."
Although Purdue put up more than
500 yards of offense in each of the
past two games, both were losses.
This is obviously a concern for Tiller,
who knows just how talented Michi-
gan's offense is.
Michigan wide receiver Braylon
Edwards "is a special talent. And I
think they have the best tight end in
the league," Tiller said. "I think their
skill people are exceptional and
maybe that is helping their quarter-
back out a little too."
Like in 2000, the problem for the
Wolverines won't necessarily be scor-
ing points, but figuring out how to
keep the Boilermakers out of the end-
zone. And with Iowa and Ohio State.
both playing extremely well, Michi-
gan cannot afford to drop another
game in West Lafayette if it expects
to keep pace.
Olsen to debut against Merrimack
By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Writer
Eric Nystrom has been a star during his short career at
Michigan. Walking onto campus last season, he became the
Wolverines' second leading goal scorer. This past summer, he
was drafted with the 10th pick of the NHL Entry Draft. But
even he didn't expect the honor that was bestowed upon him
"I was skating around in practice and (Michi-
gan coach Red Berenson) told me 'You're going
to be a captain, start thinking like one,"' Nystrom
said. "I was as surprised as anybody else."
While he is only a sophomore, Nystrom will
be wearing the 'A' on his sweater when the
Wolverines go up against Hockey East foe Mer-
rimack this weekend.
The role of alternate captain is almost always
given to an upperclassmen, but after senior John
Shouneyia got injured against Toronto and junior
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Nystrom is not the only player getting an opportunity
due to Burnes' illness. Sophomore Reilly Olsen will
make his collegiate debut tonight playing alongside Eric
Werner on defense.
Olsen came to Ann Arbor as part of one of the most
highly regarded freshman classes in school history, but
had trouble adjusting from Northern Alberta to Michigan.
While he did settle in as the season progressed, the
Wolverines could ill-afford to try him out on
defense as they were in a tight CCHA race
ARENA with Michigan State.
1-1-0) vs. "I think it was all confidence, Berenson said.
.s) "He was just overwhelmed by Michigan. I don't
. tomorrow think he had that worldly confidence like Eric
Werner had or Eric Nystrom."
'erines must To Olsen, seeing his name on the line chart
ses of Jason after practice was something he has been work-
Burnes in ing toward for quite sometime.
he CCHA "It's been a long time coming" Olseq said. "I
:k. hope to stay on top of my game, but I'm a little
In addition to Burnes and Shouneyia, Michigan will also
be without Jason Ryznar for at least tonight's game, due to
a shoulder injury. Michigan will need some players to step
up to put together a good performance against Merrimack.
Nystrom, who was Olsen's roommate last year, hopes that
Olsen can be one of those players.
"To get his chance is big," Nystrom said. "Especially in a
situation like this when guys are getting injured, and we need
somebody to step it up. Hopefully it can be him."
Andy Burnes was diagnosed with mononucleosis on Wednes-
day, Michigan' lack of upper-class leadership began to show
more than ever. Other than senior captain Jed Ortmeyer, no
healthy upperclassman has a regular spot on any of the
Wolverines' top lines. Thus, Berenson decided that Nystrom
was the best player to fill the void.
"(They're) big shoes to fill," Nystrom said. "Shouneyia is a
great leader and Burnes is the most consistent player on the
team. But for the time being I'm just going to fill the role the
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looked strong and played pretty
evenly. Although the defense was
hard-hitting on eachside, neither
team could manage to pull ahead,
leaving the majority of the game to
be battled out in midfield. Both
Michigan and Notre Dame demon-
strated smooth transitions and excel-
lent ball handling. With each team
unable to mount an offensive attack,
the Wolverines and Irish had few
"It was a lackluster game for us,"
Michigan coach Debbie Rademach-
er said. "We had a hard time gener-
The opportunities that did arise,
were easily captured by the goalies.
This back-and-forth midfield action
left the two teams in a scoreless tie
at the end of the first half.
With such a tight game, both
teams felt the pressure in the second
half to score. Starting off quickly,
Notre Dame attacked Michigan with
a very aggressive strategy, pushing
the Wolverines back into their own
territory. Just 13 minutes into the
half, the Irish's Amanda Guertin
managed to sneak by Michigan's
defense and score on a short, quick,
This goal changed the pace of the
game. Notre Dame began to domi-
nate, demonstrating more efficient
transitions and holding a strong
midfield. Michigan had difficulty
answering back. The Irish continued
to hold the Wolverines off the score-
board for the remainder of the