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Fall Saturdays in Ann Arbor are a special time
for Michigan Wolverines fans. On these rare
weekend mornings, as the colors slowly being to
change and leaves gradually accumulate on the
ground below, Michigan alumni, students, chil-
dren and local residents gather at Michigan Sta-
dium with one purpose in mind - to watch their
Wolverines participate in a battle and come out
victorious. This is Football Saturday.
We here atThe Michigan Daily have worked to
provide fans with a look at what's to come on this
glorious afternoon Inside Football Saturday, you'll
find a taste of the extensive football coverage we
bring to Michigan fans throughout the season
Enjoy the game.
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All About the Cause
ipe the slate clean. John
Navarre 's career record as a
Michigan quarterback is now
0-0. He's passed for zero yards and
zero touchdowns and holds zero Michi-
gan career passing records.
The reality is that if Navarre does
not beat Ohio State today, he'll be
remembered as a zero. Regardless of
being the most prolific passer in
Michigan history after this season,
Navarre will be the zero most Michi-
gan fans always expected him to be.
"If you want to be recognized
around here as a coach or a player, you
beat Ohio State," former Michigan
coach Bo Schembechler said this week.
"That's what you're here for."
Then judging by Navarre's 0-2
record against Ohio State as a starter,
he's been here for nothing.
"Nothing?" you say, now that you're
in Navarre's corner. Come on, I know
you love telling people about what a
good quarterback Navarre has turned
out to be just as much as I do. It's a
great story - from school laughing-
stock to poster child for all that is right
with this University.
But what will you do if Michigan
loses tomorrow to a Buckeye team
whose offense can't use the bathroom
without help from its defense? The
majority of Wolverine nation will look at
Navarre as the ultimate disappointment.
Imagine it. Three tries at the Buck-
eyes with all the talent in the world sur-
rounding him, no wins. Michigan
hasn't lost to Ohio State three times in
a row since the Wolverines lost seven
straight from 1957-63.
Defensive tackle and senior cap-
tain Grant Bowman, Navarre's room-
mate, spoke candidly about his
"It probably (will define his legacy),
and it's probably unfair, but a lot of
things are unfair," Bowman said. "With
a game like this, the opportunities are
bigger and the chance for loss is bigger.
But that's what you have to love as a
Navarre is that competitor. He's
shown that by improving markedly each
season he's been here. Under the tutelage
of quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler,
Navarre's passing efficiency rating has
improved from 116.43 his sophomore
year to 122.17 last year all the way to
134.65 this season. That's 18 points
worth of blood, guts, sweat and sacrifice.
But you'll forget all of that if he
doesn't bring you your Rose Bowl - if
you have to watch those damn Buck-
eyes celebrate on your field again.
"I don't think there's any game that
defines any football player as a per-
son," Lloyd Carr said. "Your character
defines you as a person."
No one is questioning Navarre's
character. They're questioning his abili
ty to win the biggest football game of
his life, which is, believe it or not, how
athletes' careers are defined.
"You really only have a chance for
greatness in critical situations,"
Bowman said, "and this is a critical
Got that right. Not only will Navarre
go down as the most disappointing
quarterback in recent Michigan history
if he loses, this group of seniors will
be remembered as underachievers as
But then there's that chance for
greatness Bowman mentioned. It's up
there hanging in the balance, constantl
teasing Navarre, begging him to grasp
it in his arms for the first time today.
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13 Stevens 90 Heuer
56 Woodley 96 Harrison
Braylon Edwards WR 6-3 205
Shawn Crable LB 6-5 223
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9 Anton Campbell
10 Troy Nienberg
10 Clayton Richard
12 Matt Gutierrez
13 Jeff Kastl
13 Larry Stevens
14 Andy Mignery
15 Jonathan Borden
15 Steve Breaston
16 John Navarre
17 Carl Tabb
18 Jermaine Gonzales
19 Willis Barringer
20 Mike Kaselitz
20 Pierre Rembert
21 Jeremy LeSueur
22 Ross Kesler
22 Jon Shaw
23 Chris Perry
24 Jerome Jackson
25 Ernest Shazor
26 Mike Carl
26 Ryan Mundy
27 Calvin Bell
27 Quinton McCoy
28 Jacob Stewart
29 Leon Hall
30 Markus Curry
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sS 6-2 215
QB 6-5 226
W R 6-1 206
QB 6-2 186
W R 6-3 211
R B 5-11188
PK 6-2 172
QB 6-4 220
QB 6-4 219
QB 6-3 214
DL 6-3 260
LB 6-1 226
WR 6-1 176
QB 6-6 228
WR 6-2 189
W R 6-2 210
QB 6-4 214
RB 6-0 214
CB 6-1 202
WR 6-2 201
FS 6-0 195
RB 6-1 228
DB 6-4 219
DB 6-0 195
S 6-1 193
WR 6-1 200
CB 5-9 160
DB 6-0 212
CB 6-1 170
CB 6-1 170
FB 6-1 235
W R 5-11201
PK 6-2 200
LB 6-2 225
LB 6-2 236.
ILB 6-1 234
DB 5-10 191
P/K 6-4 209
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56 LaMarr Woodley LB
57 Dave Pearson OL
58 Roy Manning OLB
59 Joey Sarantos LB
60 Grant Bowman DL
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62 Courtney Morgan OL
63 Derek Bell OL
64 Jeff Gaston OL
65 Leo Henige OL
66 Paul Sarantos LB
67 Matt Lentz OL
68 Patrick Sharrow OL
69 David Schoonover OL
71 Tom Berishaj OL
49 Brent Cummings CB
50 Jeremy Van Alstyne LB
52 Ross Mann LS
54 Mark Bihl OL
55 Andy Christopfel OL
40 Obianna Oluigbo LB 6-0 233
41 Tim Bracken RB 5-10 208
42 Lawrence Ried LB 6-1 222
43 Carl Diggs ILB 6-1 246
45 David Harris LB 6-2 246
46 James Presley LB 6-2 220
Buckeyes find a way to win with defense and si
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By Naweed Sikora
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan defensive lineman Grant Bowman put
it best when asked if he was surprised by Ohio
State's success given its weak offense.
"I think that offense is overplayed by people that
watch the game," Bowman said.
This coming from a guy whose team puts up an
average of 37.4 points per game.
But this is exactly the thinking that has put the
Buckeyes in position to defend their national title.
Their overtime win over Purdue was their third
win of the season in which they failed to score an
offensive touchdown. It was their fifth win by a
touchdown or less.
Some might call it luck, but in Columbus, it's a
way of life. The Buckeyes live on by just getting
by - and they're doing an excellent job of it.
It's not that Ohio State isn't trying to score
points on offense, it's just that it has built a system
that allows it to have success without offensive
touchdowns - a system built on solid defense and
"Teams that play good defense, have a good
kicking game and don't make mistakes are very
difficult to beat," Bowman said. "I'm not surprised
that they're winning - the system they have is not
flashy, but it's very effective and very efficient."
The Buckeyes average 24 points per game, less
than 200 passing yards per game, and have a 33-
percent conversion rate on third downs - none of
which rank them among the top 70 teams in the
But the defense more than makes up for these
deficiencies. The Buckeyes have allowed just 50.5
yards per game on the ground, and just five rush-
ing touchdowns. But it's not just about the statis-
tics - it's about the way the defense is able to
sense urgency and come up with a big play of their
own to put the Buckeyes in position to win.
With the score tied at six this past weekend in
the fourth quarter, Ohio State's Mike Kudla made
one of those special plays. He sacked Purdue quar-
terback Kyle Orton in the endzone, forcing a fum-
ble, which he pounced on to give the Buckeyes a
13-6 lead. They went on to win in overtime with a
The kicking game has been the second key
component of Ohio State's success. Placekicker
Mike Nugent has hit 16-of-19 field goals this sea-
son, and punter B.J. Sander has successfully
pinned opponents deep again and again. Out of his
10 punts against Purdue, seven were downed
inside the 20, and five of those seven were downed
inside the five.
"They have maybe the two best kickers in col-
lege football," Carr said. "If you put a great
offense inside the 10 yard-line against a great
defense, you're going to have a very difficult time
moving the ball."
The final key to the Buckeyes' success is their
ability to minimize their mistakes on offense and
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Michigan coach J. Brady McCollough:
Coach O'Neill outclassed me today.
His defensive gameplan was pristine.
He forced QB No. 16 to win the game,
and for one reason or another, he just
couldn't get it done. I feel for him.
We're headed to Central Florida
again, yes, I realize that. I've got a
condo down there now.
If you have anyhing to ask about this
actual football game we just played,
I'll answer it.
Yes, O'Neill's offense sucked. He
couldn't run the ball, he couldn't
throw the ball. He played to his
strengths better than I did. As the
game wore on, I wondered if I had any
strengths besides chucking the ball
deep to WR No. 1 and rushing from
the end with DE No. 13. The rest of
the team just didn't show up.
The Rose Bowl will be there next
year. We'll get there sometime, I
swear. This team has too much char-
acter to be held out of Pasadena for
seven straight seasons.
Did O'Neill win the season series? I
For this week's matchup, coach Kyle O'Neill led the Buckeyes and J. Brady McCollough took the helm for the Wolverines.
haven't seen the record. That's you
guys' job to pay attention to that stuff.
Should my record against O'Neill be in
question? Absolutely not. We have
Central Florida to deal with.
Ohio State coach Kyle O'Neill: Well, I'm
not happy beating the maize and blue ..
nope, not happy ... just f*&%in jacked up.
Break out the champagne! Questions?
RB No. 13 did not play. Defensive inter-
ception? What defensive interception?
Ummm ... sure, we won. Why not?
What is the force that binds the stars?; I
wore this mask to hide my scars; What is
the power that pulls the tide?; Never
could find a place to hide; What moves
the Earth around the sun?; What could I
do but run and run and run?; Afraid to
love, afraid to fail; A mast without a sail;
The moon's a fingernail; And slowly sink-
ing; Another daybegins; And now I'm
thinking; That this indifference; Wasmy
invention; When everything I did; Sought
your attention; You were my compass star
ou were my measure; You were a pirate's
map; Ofburied treasure; If this was all cor-
rect; The last thing I'd expect; The prose-
cution rests; It's time that I confess; I
must have loved you.
Yeah, suck on that for awhile kids. Hats
off to coach McCollough for a great regu-
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