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October 20, 2003

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Homecoming Perr-ade
MICHIGAN 56, L.NOS4

History shows
Varsity could use
Stevies mentality
S tevie, why can't they all be like you? After mak-
ing one of the greatest individual plays I've everT
seen - a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown
during which he ran about 200 yards - Steve Breast-
on was forced to address the media.
"Could you talk about the runback?"
"It was a runback."
"Could you at least admit it was a good play?"
"It was a play."
Yeah, and Catherine Zeta-Jones is just a woman.
With four games left in the Big Ten season, it's
imperative that the Michigan football team looks at its
emphatic, 56-14 victory
over the not-so-Fighting'
illini with a Stevie-like
mentality. It would go a
little something like this.p
"Could you talk aboutt
the great game you
played?"
"It was a game."J. RADY
But history shows that MCCOLLOUGH
Michigan's reaction to All About the Cause
this game will be more
of the "Hell yeah, we're sweet as hell" variety. And
then the Wolverines relax, get high on themselves and
lose a game they should win..
After losing to Iowa, Michigan knew it would have
to run the table in the Big Ten to have any chance of
making the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1997..
That meant winning six games in a row - something
the Wolverines haven't done since 1998 when they{
lost the first two games of the season and ran off eight
straight wins.
In the span of eight days, Michigan went from fac-
ing its third loss in four games, down 28-7 to Min-N
nesota in the fourth quarter, to controlling its own
destiny in the conference. How nice. Once again, it's a
up to Michigan and only Michigan. If the Wolverines
win their next four games, they can pack their bags
for Pasadena.
We all know they have the talent, but are they men-
tally disciplined enough to do it?
In 2000, Michigan began the season with three sets
of "win two in a row, lose one" football en route to a
6-3 record (the Wolverines finished 9-3). After back-'
to-back wins, it's the "we're rollin' baby, we're rollin'
" attitude that seems to quietly infuse itself into=
Schembechler Hall.
In 2001, the Wolverines really got rolling, winning
five games in a row to vault themselves to No. 4 in
the Bowl Championship Series rankings. Then they Chris Perry leaps over Illinois safety Marc Jackson while pushing off linebacker Antonio Mason for the first of his
See McCOLLOUGH, Page 5B Perry finished with 140 yards, leaving him one short of 1,000 on the season.
Back-to-back hat tricks save Blue's weekend

Backups and
defense shine
in blowout
By Kyle O'Neill
Daily Sports Editor
On a day when kicker Troy Nienberg got injured
because he was trying too hard to get a tackle, Michi-
gan was out on a mission.
One week after giving up 424 yards on the ground
while not being able to gain 100 itself, Michigan was
out to prove against Illinois that it would be ready for
Big Ten leaders, Purdue and Michigan State.
Consider the ground attack and defense back - at
least for this week in a 56-14 win over the Fighting
Illini.
Chris Perry ran for 140 yards, while his defense held
Illinois starter E. B. Halsey to just 12 on eight carries.
"We wanted to get an early lead and choke them
out for the rest of the game," Michigan captain line-
backer Carl Diggs said. "That is one thing we wanted
to do to prove to the coaching staff that we could get
the job done."
Michigan's early start began on its first drive, when
the Wolverines rode Perry for 42 yards of its 71-yard
touchdown drive. The senior cutback left from the
25-yardline to give Michigan its first first-drive
touchdown of the season.
After a quick Illinois three-and-out, Perry was run
ragged again - this time for 38 yards of the 61-yard
touchdown drive - and finished off the drive with
the first of his two one-yard leaps over Illinois
defenders.
"I always say that my vertical is 45 inches," Perry
said. "I just hope that when I jump, I land safely."
Michigan's offense cooled down, stalling out on its
next two drives, which amounted to just 29 yards.
Enter Steve Breaston - the unofficial crowd-
starter of the Big House.
Totaling minus-three yards in his first two punt
returns and staring a bouncing ball in the face, it
appeared that Breaston had two options. He was
going to let the ball bounce, or just take the two-yard
gain that he was going to get with Illinois' Marcus
Mason staring him down.
Juke right to the sideline, juke left, freeze Mason,
pick up a block from Jon Shaw and Alijah Bradley on
Illinois' Eric McGoey, reach the West sideline, get
blocks from LaMarr Woodley and Darnell Hood, cut
back to the middle of the field ... and then run into
the endzone for the second-longest punt return for a
touchdown in school history (74 yards, behind
Charles Woodson's 78-yarder in 1997).
"That was a great job, what he did," Hasley said.
See ILLINI, Page 5B

DANNY MOLOSHOK/Daily
two airborn touchdowns.

By Michael Nisson
Daily Sports Writer
When any hockey team scores eight
goals in two games, it has been a good
offensive weekend. When two players net
seven of those goals, it is just plain rare.
Sophomore forwards Brandon Kale-
niecki and Jeff Tambellini did just that,
scoring four and three goals on Friday
and Saturday, respectively. In addition
to pulling a magician's act, both players
netted the game winners that gave

Michigan a two-game sweep over
Quinnipiac. Michigan (4-1 overall)
won Friday's game _ _ __ _
5-4 and Saturday's QuINNIPIAC 4
game 3-2.
Tambellini's QuINNIPIAC '2
performance gave
him his first career
hat trick. His third goal came with 7:20
remaining in the third period Saturday.
Off a spot-clean faceoff win by fresh-
man winger T.J. Hensick, Tambellini
collected the puck on the outside of the

faceoff circle in the Quinnipiac zone
and nailed a shot into the left side of the
net, beating senior goalie Justin Eddy.
The crowd at Yost erupted when the
puck crossed the line.
"It's amazing," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said when asked about the
goal. "I think that we can all see that
faceoff goals can have a big impact on a
game."
Tambellini's other goals came in the
second period. With 18:45 remaining
in the period Tambellini collected the

puck at the point and drilled a shot
through traffic and through Eddy's
five-hole, giving him a powerplay
goal. Michigan continued to press,
outshooting Quinnipiac 18-7 in the
period and 54-21 for the game. There
were numerous scoring chances for
the Wolverines, and it was only a mat-
ter of time before they scored again.
With 5:28 remaining, Eddy tried to
clear the puck out of the Quinnipiac
zone, but failed to do so and was
caught out of position. Tambellini
intercepted the faulty clearance and
beat Eddy on the short side for his
second goal.
While it looked like the Wolver-
ines were going to go into the inter-
mission with a 2-1 lead, the
Bobcats did not stop trying to score
and were rewarded for their efforts
late in the period. With 53 seconds
remaining in the second period,
sophomore goalie Al Montoya
attempted to clear the puck from
Michigan's zone. Instead, he gave it
right to Quinnipiac forward Tim
Morrison, who scored easily for a
powerplay goal, tying the score at
2. This gave the Bobcats an edge
going into the lockerroom.
Berenson described the goal as
"flukey" noting that "it was maybe an
unearned goal, but it got them life com-
ing into the third period and it had us on
our heels"
The Wolverines could have opened
up a gigantic lead in the first period,
when they outshot the Bobcats 21-2, if
Eddy had not played brilliantly. He
denied Michigan time and again when
it seemed as if he had no chance.
"I thought he nlaved nhenomenal."

JASONCO4,R/Daily
Michigan's Adrienne Hortillosa battles a Hofstra defender - she tallied an assist
on Michigan's second score of the game.
Spartans' home unbeaten
streak ended by stickers

By Waldemar Centeno
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - With no time
left on the clock, the fifth-ranked
Michigan field hockey team set up for
the ensuing Michigan State penalty
corner.
The Wolverines (4-0 Big Ten, 13-3
overall) lined up MICHIGAN 1
side-by-side in the r i.

charge towards Michigan State. The
sixth-ranked Spartans fielded the
oncoming ball and rapidly shot a bullet
toward the goal.
With no deflections, the ball charged
forward until Michigan freshman
goalie Beth Riley dove flat on the
ground.to knock the ball out of
bounds, propelling the Wolverines to a
1-0 victory.
"It was just an amazing feeling to be

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