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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 4, 2002 - 5B
"THERE WAS NO CONTROVESRY THIS YEAR, JUST A STRAIGHT-UP WHIPPING."
MICHIGAN CORNERBACK MARLIN JACKSON
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WEEKEND'S BEST

HOW THE AP TOP 25 FARED

OH MY Goo: Boston College is every-
one's favorite spoiler, so it shouldn't
have surprised a soul when the Eagles
went into South Bend and took one
from Notre Dame, 14-7.
Boston College forced seven fumbles,
recovering three, and intercepted
Notre Dame quarterback Carlyle Holi-
day two times en route to unseating
the previously unbeaten Golden
Domers.
One of the interceptions - by Josh Ott
- was returned 71 yards to give the
Eagles the first points of the game.
Their other touchdown - which

proved to be the game-winner -
was run in by tailback Derrick
Knight. In addition to his touch-
down, Knight had 26 carries for 129
yards, wearing down a tough Notre
Dame defensive line.
MONEY IN THE BANKS: The opportunities
for Iowa to get tripped up on its way to
a BCS Bowl - indeed the Rose Bowl
- are fleeting. The Hawkeyes cleared
yet another hurdle in their Cinderella
season, defeating Wisconsin 20-3 to
improve their record to 6-0 in the Big
Ten, and 9-1 overall.
Quarterback Brad Banks - whose
name is increasingly being mentioned
among Heisman Trophy candidates -
completed 17-of-30 passes for 275
yards and two touchdowns. He used
two receivers, primarily; wide receiver
Maurice Brown caught six balls for
107 yards, and tight end Dallas Clark
caught five passes for 97 yards. Brown
and Clark each had a touchdown
reception.
Iowa plays at home against Northwest-
ern before traveling to Minneapolis to
finish the Big Ten season against the
Golden Gophers.

Associated Press Poll for week of October 29.
All games played November 2.

Team:
1. Miami (Fla.)
2. Oklahoma
3. Virginia Tech
4. Notre Dame
5. Georgia
6. Ohio State
7. Texas
8. Washington State
9. Iowa
10. North Carolina State
11. Southern Cal.
12. Alabama
13. Colorado
14. Kansas State
15. MIcHIGAN
16. Arizona State
17. Louisiana State
18. Florida State
19. Oregon
20. Penn State
21. Bowling Green
22. Iowa State
23. Minnesota
24. Colorado State
25. Tennessee

Last week: This week:
beat Rutgers 42-17 at Tennessee
beat No. 13 Colorado 27-11 at Texas A&M
lost to Pittsburgh 28-21 at Syracuse
lost to Boston College 14-7 at Navy
lost to Florida 20-13 Mississippi
beat No. 23 Minnesota 34-3 at Purdue
beat Nebraska 27-24 Baylor
beat No. 16 Arizona State 44-22 Oregon
beat Wisconsin 20-3 Northwestern
lost to Georgia Tech 24-17 at Maryland
idle at Stanford
beat Vanderbilt 30-8 Mississippi State
lost to No. 2 Oklahoma 27-11 at Missouri
beat Kansas 64-0 Iowa State
BEAT MICHIGAN STATE 49.3 AT MINNESOTA
lost to No. 8 Washington State 44-22 California
idle at Kentucky
beat Wake Forest 34-21 at Georgia Tech
beat Stanford 41-14 at Washington State
beat Illinois 18-7 Virginia
beat Kent State 45-14 at Northern Illinois
beat Missouri 42-35 at Kansas State
lost to No. 6 Ohio State 34-3 Michigan
beat Air Force 31-12 at San Diego State
beat South Carolina 1810 Miami

NEW AP
TOP 25
(first-place votes in parentheses)
TEAM PTS PVS
1. Oklahoma (42) 1,818 2
2. Miami (Fla.) (32) 1,804 1
3. Ohio State 1,705 6
4. Texas 1,564 7
5. Washington State 1,538 8
6. Iowa 1,501 9
7. Georgia 1,304 5
8. Virginia Tech 1,303 3
9. Notre Dame 1,268 4
10. Southern Cal. 1,210 11
11. Alabama 1,113 12
12. Kansas State 940 14
13. MICHIGAN 899 15
14. North Carolina State 795 10
15. Oregon 667 19
16. Louisiana State 647 17
17. Florida State 561 18
18. Colorado 486 13
19. Penn State 468 20
20. Bowling Green 437 21
21. Iowa State 372 22
22. Pittsburgh 357 NR
23. Florida 327 NR
24. Colorado State 307 24
25. Arizona State 155 16
Others receiving votes: Maryland, Tennessee,
Texas Christian, Auburn, Boise State, Minnesota,
Boston College, Marshall, UCLA, Georgia Tech

Iowa's Brad Banks

THE DAILY'S PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
In a week when Goliaths fell all over the country, The Daily's players of the
week honors go to a group of Davids. Pittsburgh running back Brandon Miree
helped tha Panthers knock off a seemingly invincible Virginia Tech team. The
Boston College defense forced fumble after fumble as the Eagles took down
Notre Dame and Georgia Tech quarterback A.J. Suggs led the Yellow Jackets in
the fourth quarter in their upset over previously unbeaten North Carolina State.

GAME PROGRESSION
First Quarter:
The Spartans start their first drive of
the game with excellent field position
and complete a 28-yard pass to
Charles Rogers, putting them deep in
Michigan territory. But the drive quick-
ly stalls, and Michigan State settles
for a 41-yard field goal which turns
out to be their only points on the day.
Michigan State 3, Michigan 0
Following the Spartan field goal,
Michigan marches down the field
with the help of big completions to
Ronald Bellamy and Jermaine Gonza-
les. The Wolverines have a hard time
getting the ball into the end zone,
however, and eventually face a 4th-
and-1 from the Michigan State 2-yard
line. Michigan elects to go for it, and
B.J. Askew rumbles into the endzone
on fourth down for the first of his two
rushing touchdowns on the day.
Adam Finley converts the extra point.
Michigan 7, Michigan State 3
After an Michigan State punt, the
Wolverines start with the ball on their
own 41. With the help of good field
position, strong running by Askew
and a huge 15-yard penalty on the
Spartans, Michigan takes the ball
down to the Michigan State 1. On the
next play, John Navarre keeps the ball
for touchdown.
Finley converts the PAT.
Michigan 14, Michigan State 3
Second Quarter:
Following yet another Spartan punt,
John Navarre throwsra 39-yard bomb
to Ronald Bellamy on the fifth play of
the drive for a Michigan touchdown.
Finley converts the PAT.
Michigan 21, Michigan State 3
Third Quarter:
On their second drive of the half,
Michigan once again has great field
position, beginning the drive at their
own 47. Several strong carries by
Askew take the ball down to the
Michigan State 36 yard-line. After
an 11-yard pass to Braylon Edwards
and another key penalty on the
Spartans, Navarre tosses an 11-
yard touchdown pass to tight end
Bennie Joppru.
Finley converts the PAT.
Michigan 28, Michigan State 3
With 3:18 remaining in the quarter,
Navarre finds a wide-open Bellamy for
a 47-yard touchdown, Bellamy's sec-
ond of the day.
Finley converts the PAT.
Michigan 35, Michigan State 3
Fourth Quarter:
Michigan State fails to convert on
4th-and-10, giving Michigan the ball
at its own 19. Ten straight rushing
plays later, the Wolverines have the
ball at Michigan State's 1-yard line.
B.J. Askew takes it in for the score.
Finley converts the PAT.
Michigan 42, Michigan State 3
After an interception is thrown by
Michigan State third-stringer Aaron
Alexander, Michigan starts their drive
deep in Spartan territory. Michigan
backup Spencer Brinton completes a
7-yard pass to Andy Stejskal, and
Dave Underwood carries it down to
Michigan State's 5-yard line. Tim
Bracken takes it in for Michigan's final
touchdown of the day.
Finley converts the PAT.

BRANDON MIREE,
PITTSBURGH
Why Miree?: In arguably the biggest
upset of the day, running back Brandon
Miree was the game's best player. Ana-
lysts had already assumed that both Vir-
ginia Tech and Miami (Fla.) would be
undefeated when they meet, but that was
before the vaunted Hokies' defense
encountered Miree. Virginia Tech came
into the game allowing just over 40 yards
per game rushing (No. 1 in the nation)
but the Panthers racked up 275 yards -
161 from Miree. Miree also ran for the
game-winning touchdown, a 53-yard
scamper with just four minutes left in the
game. This performance solidifies Miree
as the starting running back for the Pan-
thers, which has been in doubt through-
out the season.

DEFENSE,
BOSTON COLLEGE

AP PHOTO
Wisconsin star running back Anthony Davis was stabbed in a domestic dispute yesterday morning.
SCOUTI NG THE NATION

NEWS AND NOTES
Wisconsin running back Anthony Davis was stabbed in the
left thigh yesterday morning during a domestic dispute.
Police were called to an apartment around 5:30 a.m. after a
report of a domestic disturbance.
They found Davis with a deep puncture wound in the middle of
his thigh, and he was taken to the hospital. A 22-year-old
woman was arrested on a tentative charge of second-degree
recklessly endangering safety, police said.
Officials said Davis was taken to the University of Wisconsin
Hospital and admitted, but a hospital spokeswoman said he
was not there yesterday afternoon.
The 20-year-old Davis was the Big Ten's leading rusher last
year and has 967 yards on 188 carries and six rushing
touchdowns this season.
Wisconsin wide receiver Lee Evans, who's been out the
entire season with a knee injury, was charged with
misdemeanor marijuana possession, when police pulled over
the car he was driving in a routine traffic stop Friday night.
Coach Barry Alvarez said after Saturday's game with Iowa
that he had been made aware of Evans' situation, and the
legal system would have to run its course.
Florida receiver Taylor Jacobs injured his knee Saturday in a
20-13 victory over Georgia and could miss up to four weeks.
Jacobs, the leading receiver this season for the Gators,
appeared to get struck on the side of his right knee by a
teammate as he turned to block during Florida's first posses-
sion.
Coach Ron Zook said it was an injured MCL that would not
require surgery.
Ohio State receiver Chris Vance caught a touchdown pass in
the sixth-ranked Buckeyes' 34-3 win over Minnesota after
learning about the death of his younger brother, Percy, who
was shot Friday night. The senior flanker had his brother's
name, birth date, date of death and "R.I.P." written on a por-
tion of his uniform."
Kliff Kingsbury threw for 373 yards and three touchdowns in
Texas Tech's 62-11 win over Baylor, despite injuring his right

ankle slightly in the first quarter and hobbling until coming out in
the third. Kingsbury broke the Division I-A record for career pass-
ing attempts with 1,696, 17 more than Louisville's Chris Redman.
Larry Johnson ran for 279 yards to break his own school
record and scored on an 84-yard run as No. 20 Penn State beat
Illinois 18-7 Saturday. Johnson had a second 84-yard touch-
down run called back because of a holding penalty early in the
fourth quarter.
With a 10-yard run in the third quarter, he broke the school
record of 257 yards he set two weeks ago against Northwest-
ern. But Johnson fumbled the ball to Illinois' Derrick Strong on
the play.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano watched his team fall apart
against the Hurricanes after taking a 17-14 lead into the final
quarter, then he remarked at how close the Scarlet Knights
are to becoming a national power.
"For three quarters, we led the No. 1 team in the country,"
Schiano said. "When we figure out how to do it for four quar-
ters, then we'll be the No. 1 team in the country someday."
Against in-state rival Kansas, Kansas State quarterback Ell
Roberson ran for three touchdowns and threw for another -
before halftime - en route to a 64-0 win.
"I didn't think it would be this easy, but if you have an offense
that's clicking and a defense that can shut them out, it can
happen," Roberson said.
Notre Dame quarterback Pat Dillingham through quite possi-
bly the ugliest interception of the year, which Boston College
linebacker Jason Ott returned 71 the game's first touchdown in
the 14-7 upset.
"I was thinking, 'Don't trip, don't trip,"' Ott said. "The trick is to
always be around the ball and eventually something will happen."
Staff and wire reports contributed to this report.

Why the Boston College defense?:
Because it certainly wasn't the Boston
College offense that won the game for
the Eagles. In its 14-7 upset of Notre
Dame, the Boston College defense
gave the Irish a taste of their own med-
icine by forcing five turnovers in the
first half and returning an interception
71 yards for a touchdown. It also held
strong in the second half by letting up
just one touchdown - an incredible
play by freshman wide receiver Maurice
Stovall. The play of the Eagles' defense
made up for the fact that the Irish held
Boston College to under 200 yards of
total offense and just 77 yards passing
by quarterback Brian St. Pierre.

Boston College's defense

A. SUGGS,
GEORGIA TECH
Why Suggs?: Although his statistics
are not overwhelming - 21-of-36 for
211 yards with a touchdown and an
interception - it was A.J. Suggs'
fourth quarter composure in leading
the Yellow Jackets to a 24-17 win
over North Carolina State that earns
him this week's honor. Down 17-9 after
North Carolina State scored early in the
fourth quarter, Suggs and the Georgia
Tech offense went to work. He led two
scoring drives - one for 80 yards and
the other for just 21- and converted
a crucial 2-point conversion on the for-
mer to tie the game. After the scores,
Suggs was aided by running back Gor-
don Clinkscale, who ran down the clock
and kept the ball out of the Wolfpack's
claws. Clinkscale ended the day with
15 rushes for 94 yards and the game-
winning touchdown.

Minnesota's Asad Abdul-Khaliq

Georgia Tech's A.J. Suggs
AP PHOTOS

WHO's .N :
MINNESOTA
After an emotional two week rollercoast-
er of being blown out (vs. Iowa) and blow-
ing out (vs. Michigan State), the
Wolverines travel to Minneapolis to take
on the Golden Gophers. They play on the
road, at night, indoors and on turf, so
who knows what that alchemy yields?
Minnesota looks to reaffirm its strength
after a bad loss to Ohio State.

I

BIG TEN STANDINGS

Idiot No. 1 agrees
with Idiots 2, 3 and 4
At Daily Sports, we make every
effort to aid you, the student gam-
bler, in your picks against the
spread every weekend. So this
week, when a 6-9 record (shared by
David Horn and Jeff Phillips) is the
best we can offer, we're going to fill
you in on a little pattern we've
noticed.
Look at the games that all four of us
picked the same: Penn State, North
Carolina State, Colorado, Texas and
Virginia Tech. All four didn't cover.
Thus, we suggest that in the future,
when all four Daily football writers
pick the same team to cover, put
.ni mnavnnth nthar tm-

fght ichtguln latzu
STAFF PICKS
WEEK 9 SELECTIONS
ALL PICKS MADE AGAINST THE SPREAD.
CORRECT PICK IN BOLD.

David
Horn

J. Brady
McCollough
lowa
Penn State
Ohio State
Missouri
Boston College
North Carolina State
South Carolina
Colorado

Team
Iowa
Ohio State
Michigan
Minnesota
PennState
Purdue
Illinois
Wisconsin
Michigan State
Indiana
Northwestern

Big Ten
6 0
5 0
4 1
3 2
3 3
2 3
2 3
1 4
1 4
1 4
1 5

Overall
9 1
10 0
7 2
7 2
6 3
4 5
3 6
6 4
3 6
3 6
3 7

Jeff
Phillips

Joe
Smith

IOWA {-8) vs. Wisconsin

PENN STATE (-14) vs. Illinois
OHIO STATE (-13.5) vs. Minnesota
IOWA STATE (-10) vs. Missouri
NOR DAME (-10) vs, Boston College
NORTH CAROLINA STATE (-10) vs. Georgia Tech
Tennessee (-1.5) at SOUTH CAROLINA
OKLAHOMA (-12.5) vs. Colorado

Iowa
Penn State
Ohio State
Iowa State
Notre Dame
North Carolina State
Tennessee
Colorado

W1isconsin owa
Penn State Penn State
oaState
Missouri Iowa State
5oton College Notr~e Dame -
North Carolina State North Carolina State
Tennessee CoSouth CrolL a
Colorado Colorado

THIS WEEKEND'S RESULTS
Michigan 49, Michigan State 3
Penn State 18, Illinois 7
Northwestern 41, Indiana 37
Iowa 20, Wisconsin 3
Ohio State 34, Minnesota 3

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