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4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - October 28, 2002

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IOWA 34, MICHIGAN 9

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

IOWA
22
49/177
222
78
399
80
18/29/0
5/40.6
2/0
S1/66
38:27

MICH
12
20/22
149
59
171
99
17/39/0
8/42.9
1/1
4/29
21:33

Hawkeyes' defense breaks out
against bumbling Blue offense

M I C H I G A N

PASSING
Player
Navarre
Brinton
Totals
RUSHING
Player
Navarre
Perry
Askew
Brinton
Totals
RECEIVING
Player
Edwards
Joppru
Askew
Butler
Perry
Bellamy
Totals

C-A Yds
14-33 112
3-6 37
17-39 149

Att
5
9
3
3
20
No.
5
4
3
2
2
17

PUNTING
Playerr
Finley
Totals
KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No.
LeSueur 6
Totals 6
PUNT RETURNS
Player No.
Curry,M. 3
Totals 3

DEFENSE
Player
Hobson
Diggs
Drake
LeSueur
June
Stevens
Jackson
Kaufman
Shazor
Orr
Heuer
Lazarus
Woods
Rumishek
Casseus
Williams
Sgroi
Nasif
McClintock
Shaw
Dubuc
Spytek
Totals

Yds
21
14
-2
-8
922
Yds
69
45
7
12
6
10
149
No. Y
8
Yds
91
91
Yds
8
8
Solo
9
7
6
8
6'
4
4
3
3
2
2
2
1
1
64 *
Yds
0
0
0
0
1

Avg
3.6
1.6
-.0.7
-2.7
1.1
Avg
13.8
11.3
2.3
6.0
3.0
10.0
8.8
Yds
343
343

TO
0
0
Lo
39
7
6
39
Lg
16
16
9
6
3
10
16

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

By David Horn
Daily Sports Editor
Iowa's re-emergence as a Big Ten power
is one of the great stories of the season so
far. But what do you do if you're the Iowa
defense, which has been overshadowed by
the unrelenting power of its offensive
counterpart? You need a statement game.
It came on Saturday when Iowa beat
Michigan 34-9 in the Big House.
The Iowa defense - particularly its
front four, which deserves as many acco-
lades as Brad Banks and the offense -set
the tone for the game on Michigan's first
drive. On 1st-and-10 from his own 25-
yard line, Michigan quarterback John
Navarre dropped back and sent an incom-
plete pass to Braylon Edwards. But as he
let the ball leave his hands Navarre suf-
fered a bruising hit, courtesy of Iowa's
senior defensive tackle Colin Cole. Cole
found his way up the middle of Michi-
gan's offensive line and hit Navarre so
hard the 6-foot-6, 218-pound quarterback
had to leave the game.
"He got up slowly, and we knew right
then we had gotten to him - even that
early in the game," junior defensive tackle
Jared Clauss said.
If the mission was to set the tone, then
mission accomplished.
"As long as (Navarre) was moving his
feet and couldn't set himself, we had him
pretty beat," Cole said. "Other than that
one run (for 39 yards), he wanted to sit
back there as much as he could, and he

took a lot of hits for that."
Iowa has the second best rush defense
in the country, allowing just over 60 yards
per game on the ground. Michigan man-
aged just 22 against the Hawkeyes, which
had as much to do with the perceived
quality of the Iowa front four as its actual
performance. Michigan came out throw-
ing, seemingly intimidated by the prospect
of trying to grind it out against Cole and
his teammates.
"It seems to be a theme that every week
we come in and they don't try to run the
ball that much," Clauss said.
The Wolverines are not the first team to
adjust their game plan to avoid running
into the Iowa line. And as teams go to the
air, the Iowa secondary, which has been
identified as the team's weak link, has
improved because of the entire defense's
focus on the opposition's passing attack.
Navarre, who was second in the confer-
ence in passing yards entering the game,
threw for just 116 yards.
"Navarre is a pocket passer and we
wanted to get him out of his comfort
zone " safety Scott Boleyn said. "We did:"
After Michigan punt returner Markus
Curry fumbled early in the third quarter
- considered by both sides to be the turn-
ing point in the game - Michigan man-
aged two first downs, and crossed
midfield just once. An Iowa penalty
moved the chains the first time; the sec-
ond first down came on the game's last
drive, when junior Spencer Binton com-
pleted a 12-yard pass to Edwards.

On many of the three-and-outs that
came in that second half Navarre was
sacked or hurried to force a Michigan
punt. Iowa defensive end Howard Hodges
recorded two of those third-down sacks,
burning Michigan offensive tackle Court-
ney Morgan.
"I don't think I played like I needed to,"
Morgan said. "You have your ups and
downs, but in a game like this I can't
afford so many bad plays."
Iowa has been fighting for respect all
year, but its defense feels that it not only
has something to prove, but that it is the
difference-maker from week to week.
"We're not No. 1 draft picks," Iowa
coach Kirk Ferentz said. "We're just guys
who work hard. These are our guys -
we've got guys 6-foot-7, we've got guys
5-foot-8 - but our guys go out and
believe in each other and they play hard."
Iowa plays Wisconsin next, then finish-
es its Big Ten season against Northwest-
ern and Minnesota. If the Hawkeyes win
out, they will be in good position to go to
their first Rose Bowl since 1990. The
defense is taking it one game at a time, but
is confident that if it plays like it did on
Saturday, things will be fine with or with-
out respect.
"We're smelling Badgers right now,"
Cole said. "We had to make sure we put a
statement out there that if you don't pre-
pare for us, if you think you're just going
to push us around, you've got another
thing coming."
Statement made.

Avg Lg
42.9 50
42.9 50

Avg Lg TD
15.2 22 0
15.2 22 O
Avg Lg TD
2.7 5 0
2.7 5 0
Asst Tot
2 11.0
2 9.0
3 9.0
0 8.0
2 6.0
2 6.0
0 4.0
1 4.0
O 3.0
1 3.0
O 2.0
0 2.0
1 2.0
0 1.0
0 1.0
0 1.0
0 1.0
0 1.0
0 1.0
0 1.0
1 1.0
1 1.0
16 80.0

r r ti i3'mm gam i
BRANDON SEDLOFF/Daily
Michigan quarterback John Navarre was under fire all afternoon, thanks to a strong
performance from the Iowa defense, which recorded five sacks.
The list goes on
Before the season, Michigan touted its depth on defense and now it is getting
the opportunity to prove it. Against Iowa, the Wolverines suffered more injuries
to key seniors on the defense in Dan Rumishek and Cato June. Here is a look at
some of Michigan's injured players and their replacements.
injured player: Julius Curry, punt returner Replacement: Markus Curry
Juilus Curry was sorely missed on punt returns, where his brother could not
muster the same steady play. When Michigan was down 10-9, Markus fum-
bled a punt return, which gave Iowa the momentum it needed to score 24
unanswered points.
Injured player: Adam Stenavich, left tackle Replacement: Courtney Morgan
Like Curry, Adam Stenavich's replacement, Courtney Morgan, did not perform
quite as well. Morgan was part of an offensive line that allowed five sacks on
the day. Morgan himself was victimized by Iowa's Harold Hodges, who notched
three tackles for loss, two of which were sacks.
Injured player: Zia Combs, cornerback Replacement: Jeremy LeSueur
After it was announced that Zia Combs was done for the season, cornerback Jere-
my LeSueur became his permanent replacement. While the mention of his name
makes some Michigan fans cringe, LeSueur has played well in place of Combs.
Against Iowa, LeSueur was the Wolverines' fourth-leading tackler with eight solo
stops. This performance followed the career game LeSueur had against Purdue,
when he led the team in tackles and defended two passes.

I6a

PASS DEFENSE
Player
Drake, Charles
Jackson, M.
Orr Shantee
Totals

Int
O
0
0

Lg
0
0
0
0

Brk-up
1
3

TD
0
0
0

I o w a

PASSING
Player
Banks
Totals
RUSHING
Player
Lewis
Banks
Russell
Cervantes
team
Bradley
Totals
RECEIVING
Player
Jones
Clark
Brown
Lewis
Totals

C-A
18-29
18-29

Yds TO
222 3
222 3

Att
18
7
20
1
2
49
No.
8
5
3
2
18

PUNTING
Player
Bradley
Totals
KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No.
Jones 2
Total 2

PUNT RETURNS
Player
Hinkel
Totals

No.
3
3

Yds
10g
53
28
4
-6
-11
217
Yds
811
68
411
32
2221
No.
5
5
Yds
43
43
Yds
28
28
Solo
4
4
3
3
4
4
2
1
3
2
O
1
1
35
Yds
0
0

Avg
6.1
7.6
1.4
4.0
-3.0
-11.0
3.6
Avg
10.13
13.6
13.67
16.0
13.35

Lg
28
19
13
4
0
0
28
Lg
39
20
17
23
39

Int
O
O
TD
1
0
0
0
0
TO
2
0
0
3

Yds Avg Lg
203 40.6 45
203 40.6 45

DEFENSE
Player
Hodges
Sanders
Allen
Steen
Cola
Hodge
Worhty
Pagel
Clauss
Ejiasi
Greenway
Roth
Boleyn
Robinson
Johnson
Johnson
Shelton
Totals

Avg Lg
21.5 22
21.5 22
Avg Lg
9.33 25
9.33 25
Asst
2 !
2 !
3
2
0
0
2
3
0
18
2
0
0
0
0
0
18

TO
0
0
TO
0
O
Tot
5.0
5.0
4.5
4.0
4.0
4.0
3.0
2.5
3.0
2.5
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
0.5
45
TO
0
0
0
0

Michigan training staff aids senior safety Cato June, who was knocked unconscious on a hit in the fourth quarter Saturday.

By Jeff Phillips
Daily Sports Editor
As if losing by 25 points wasn't enough of a
concern for Michigan, it must now deal with the
possible loss of two key players on the defense.
In the fourth quarter, on the same play, the
Wolverines lost safety Cato June and defensive
lineman Dan Rumishek when June fell down into
Rumishek's knee. The colli-_
son knocked June uncon- FOOTBALL
scious and left Rumishek Notebook
limping heavily. _______
The situation was eerily
similar to the collision between Zia Combs and
Ernest Shazor on Oct. 12 against Penn State,
which left Combs temporarily paralyzed.
The same was feared for June, who remained
motionless on the field, but Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr dispelled any of those thoughts after
the game.
HAWKEYES
Continued from Page 1B
John Navarre all afternoon, sacking him four times.
"Iowa had a great defensive scheme today," E
said. "They knew that they were successful agai
run, and they knew that we would go into the gam
to pass. They did a good job of double-teami
receivers and when we got opportunities to make bi
today, we didn't. There were a lot of dropped balls 1
Michigan receiver Braylon Edwards dropped me
his share of passes, including one that could have
Wolverines on the board in the first half. Navarr
play-action fake and found Edwards streaking de(
ting the ball right in his hands, but Edwards drop
ball with nothing but green in front of him.
"As a receiver, you want the game to be put c
shoulders, and today we didn't play like we're cap
playing," Bellamy said. "We lost as a team, 1
receivers didn't show up today. Me being a senioi
full responsibility."
The Wolverines fought back and regained the 1
tum of the game at the end of the second quarter th
a bobbled snap by Iowa punter David Bradley, wi
tackled at the Iowa 2-yard line by wide receiver
Butler. After a one-yard touchdown run by Perry, a
extra point by kicker Philip Brabbs and a 40-yai
goal by Adam Finley to begin the third quart
Wolverines found themselves down just 10-9.
But following a Michigan defensive stop thai
have given the Wolverines' offense another chr
get going, the game unraveled in the Hawkeyes

"The only thing I know is that when he left the
field, he was conscious and he was moving all of
his extremities," Carr said.
The status of both is unknown for next week.
The possible loss of the two players will further
test the depth of Michigan, which has already had
its fair share of injuries. Combs and linebackers
Roy Manning (knee) and Lawrence Reid (blood
clot) are out for the remainder of the season.
In addition, safety Julius Curry and offensive
linemen Matt Lentz and Adam Stenavich, who
were questionable coming into the game, did not
play against Iowa.
All three were sorely missed against the
Hawkeyes as miscues at their positions were cost-
ly for Michigan. Courtney Morgan replaced Ste-
navich at left tackle and was torched all game by
Iowa defensive lineman Howard Hodges.
Curry's presence was missed on special teams
as his replacement, brother Markus Curry, fum-
bled a punt return that changed the momentum of

the game.
Julius Curry said he expects to be back next
week for Michigan State.
SLIP-SCREEN STRIFE: The Iowa offense picked
apart the Michigan defense with simple, well-exe-
cuted plays like the wide receiver slip-screen. The
Hawkeyes ran the screen well and took advantage
of the overpursuit of the Wolverines' defense.
"We ran a couple last year in the game and did-
n't quite execute it, and today I think our execu-
tion was a little bit better," Iowa coach Kirk
Ferentz said. "When you execute you have the
chance to make something good happen."
Ferentz said that the screen is run in the hopes
that the defense will blitz, but that Michigan did
not blitz every time against the screen.
SILVER LINING: If there is a bright spot in the
blowout loss, it is the possibility that Michigan
has finally found a placekicker.
In the third quarter, punter Adam Finley
knocked in a 40-yard field goal to close the

Michigan loses two more senior defenders in fourth

JOHN PRATT/Daily

PASS DEFENSE
Player
Rogers
Reeves
Phillips
Totals

Int
0
0
1

Lng
0
0

Brk-up
1 C
1 C
3
S

c
c
c
c

SMITH
Continued from Page 1B
Michigan Stadium in more than
years.
"I've never been in a butt-kic
like that," said fifth-year seniord
sive end Dan Rumishek.
Unlike the loss to Tennessee i
Citrus Bowl last January, which
perhaps be attributed to a differe
talent and team speed, this 34-91
hurt the Wolverines more becau
the way they were beaten.
The Wolverines were outplaye
out-coached. They allowed a Big
foe to come into their house and
them around - and then celebr
Gone was the heart shown wh
Wolverines willed out two last-s
big-game victories against Wash
and Penn State.
Gone were the swagger and c
dence the offense used to push I
around a month ago, and to engv
game-winning drives against the
Huskies and Nittany Lions.
Gone was the pride that usual
comes with donning the maize a
And as a result, gone are mos
of smelling the roses in Pasaden
"It's a frustrated team," Rumi

score to 10-9.
The fact that Philip Brabbs missed the extra
point on the Wolverines' lone touchdown did not
factor into the decision to use Finley; Michigan
had planned on it before the game.
"We were kind of coming into today where
Phil (Brabbs) was going to do the extra points
and I was going to do field goals - it was
kind of our game plan from the beginning,"
Finley said.
Finley's kick provided a ray of hope that the
Wolverines' kicking woes will be cured. The
Michigan kickers were a combined 5-of-14 on
field goal attempts coming into the game.
After the game, Carr said that Finley will now
handle both placekicking and punting duties for
the Wolverines. Brabbs will remain the kickoff
specialist.
Finley continued to punt well, averaging 42.9
yards per punt against the Hawkeyes and placing
four punts inside the 20-yard line.
everything if it signifies Michigan's
falling out, and sparks another four-
loss season - or worse yet, another
30 season with losses to Michigan State
and Ohio State.
king It's all up to the Wolverines to decide.
defen- "We're not making excuses or feeling
sorry for ourselves," Michigan coach
n the Lloyd Carr said. "We're going to come
could back and be the best football team we
ential in can be. We're not going to change
loss everything we've done."
se of While Carr shouldn't throw every-
thing he's installed into the fire, some-
ed and thing has to change. Most of Michigan's
g Ten flaws on defense were exposed by an
i push Iowa team that was definitely talented,
ate. but not that much better than Michigan.
hen the This time, the countless missed tack-
econd, les by the Wolverines, the soft zone cov-
lington erage that allowed Iowa to exploit the
middle of the field and the inability for
onfi- Michigan's defensive front to put pres-
Illinois sure on the quarterback finally came to
ineer the forefront. Such problems were no
longer disguised by the defense creating
turnovers.
ly This traditional bend-but-don't-break
nd blue. mentality isn't always going to work.
t hopes Especially when Michigan's offense
a. abandons the running game and leaves
shek the defense stranded on the field for

PLAYERS OF THE GAME:
it.p

DAVID KATZ/Daily
Iowa quarterback Brad Banks had plenty to celebrate after
Saturday's game, as he threw three touchdown passes.
Curry's fumble, as the lifeless Michigan defense took a
pounding from Iowa's mammoth offensive line and run-

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