The Michigan Daily - SportsTuesday - September 7, 2004 - 19A
r Jackson says he's feeling
better after bad bruise
By Bob Hunt
Daily Sports Editor
1After playing a good portion of last sea-
son at less-than-full strength because he
was nursing a hamstring injury, corner-
back Marlin Jackson wanted to come out
of the blocks hitting on all cylinders in his
first game back at his old position.
And he did. Momentarily.
~ Jackson - who was moved to safety
prior to the beginning of
the 2003 season - put
a crushing hit on Miami
tight end Dan Tyler on the
first play of the game and
looked very comfortable
back at cornerback.
"I was feeling real good
about the whole day," Jackson said.
But the injury bug bit Jackson again
in the second quarter. The senior made
a hit in the backfield and badly bruised
his shoulder. Jackson said that he played
for about 10 plays after the incident and
that he could have still played more if
necessary. But the training staff, likely
cautious due to Jackson's previous injury
Woes, starting rubbing down his shoul-
der. Jackson did not suit up for the sec-
ond half and walked out of the locker
room after the game with an ice park on
Although Jackson said after the game
that he would undoubtedly be back for
next Saturday's contest against Notre
Dame, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr didn't
give any indication as to his status.
Jackson attended yesterday's media
luncheon and appeared to have the injury
behind him. He said that the ice packs
really made the injury feel much better.
"I'm playing on Saturday," Jacksen said'-
On other injury fronts, Carr would
not give any information on the status of
defensive end Lamarr Woodley.
THE RATH OF "WOLVERINE": In prepara-
tion for Saturday's game, Miami created
a special play called "Wolverine" that was
specifically designed to be used against
the Michigan defense. Little did the Red-
Hawks know that the play would change
the face of the game - against them.
Miami ran "Wolverine" when the
momentum of the game had turned its
way, early in the fourth quarter. Down just
24-10 and driving to the Michigan 16, a
Miami receiver ran the wrong route, leav-
ing quarterback Josh Betts' pass ripe for
picking by Michigan cornerback Ernest
Shazor. Shazor ran back the interception
to score his first career touchdown.
"We probably won't run it again this
year," Miami coach Terry Hoeppner said.
"They didn't give us the coverage we had
hoped to get, plus we got a little push
from a defensive lineman. If (Betts) had
to do it over, I know that he would throw
Before the play, the Miami coaches
were reminding their players of their
game in 1995 at Northwestern, where the
Redhawks came from a 28-7 deficit in
the fourth quarter to win 30-28 against
one of nation's best scoring defenses that
RUNNING TO A HALT: Michigan's runningf
backs came into Saturday having a gigan-t
tic void to fill with the graduation of Doak
Walker Award winner Chris Perry. After
Saturday, the void still remains.I
The running backs were less than stel-1
lar by all accounts, averaging about three1
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suffered minor injuries and are expected to play
against Notre Dame.
In the second half, the RedHawks continued to
give the ball away deep in their own zone. On first
and ten, Betts dropped back to pass, but the ball
slipped out of his°hand 'as he started his throwing
motion. Linebacker Pierre Woods fell on the ball
at the Miami 17. Michigan again rode Underwood
- who finished with 64 yards and two touchdowns
on 22 carries - into the endzone, and took a 17-0
With their next possession, the Wolverines put
together their only real drive in the game, moving
the ball 61 yards on eight plays. The drive culminat-
ed with Henne's first touchdown pass of his career.
Off of play action, Henne rolled to his right and spot-
ted Edwards wide open over the middle..Edwards
caught the ball and instantly vaulted into the end-
zone, putting Michigan up 24-0. Henne sprinted to
the endzone and into Edwards' arms.
"Chad made a great throw," Edwards said. "That's
something we did in the first half that was open and
we decided to come back to it. I told Chad, 'What-
ever you do, just stay calm 'cause it's gonna be open.'
Miami grinded out a 14-play, 61-yard drive that
ended with a Jared Parseghian 36-yard field goal.
Following a 70-yard punt return by Robinson,
Miami's Mike Smith cut Michigan's lead to 24-10
early in the fourth quarter with a one-yard touch-
With just over nine minutes left in the game,
Ernest Shazor put the game away by jumping a Betts
pass intended for tailback Luke Clemens and return-
ing it 88 yards for the score.
"I read the quarterback's eyes real well," Shazor
said. "I saw it come off his hands and I just tried to
look the ball in."
For Michigan's final two scores, Edwards added a
juggling touchdown grab and Jerome Jackson dove
over center into the endzone.
Carr was impressed with the overall effort, espe-
cially on the defensive side of the ball, but said that the
Wolverines' ground game left much to be desired.
"As far as the running game goes, it was not what
I would call good," Carr said. "And we've got to
work on that."
Shazor took advantage of a mistaken route to score his first career touchdown.
yards a carry. Michigan's longest run of
the day was a 13-yard scamper by true
freshman Mike Hart on the final play of
Senior David Underwood took almost
all of Michigan's carries in the first half,
running 17 times for 47 yards. Underwood
looked nervous, juking frequently before
Jerome Jackson was featured more promi-
nently in the second half.
NOTES: Fifth-year senior Kevin Dud-
ley received his first career carry in the
fourth quarter ... Michigan has never
lost to a Mid-American Conference team
... Miami wide receiver Ryne Robinson
finished up with a combined total of 249
blasting through the hole.
The Fighting Irish have had this date cir-
cled on their calendar ever since the Wol-
verines blew them out 38-0 at Michigan
Stadium last year. In fact, Notre Dame
has taken this game so seriously, that it
asked Brigham Young to reschedule its
Oct. 30 matchup against the Fighting
Irish to last week so Michigan wouldn't
be its opener.
Notre Dame got its prep game, but it
cost them a win. BYU won 20-17. Now
coach Tyrone Willingham brings his team
Eback to South Bend with a loss, and the
memory of an embarrassing loss just a
year ago. In the second game of the year,
there mau aIradv he a cne of urgencv.
BIG TEN STANDINGS
Big Ten Overall
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KICK START: In a sloppy game
that was delayed almost an hour for
a thunderstorm, No. 4 LSU trailed
the Beavers for over 55 minutes.
With 1:05 left in the game, and the
Tigers trailing 15-7, LSU quarterback
JaMarcus Russell hit Dwayne Bowe
for a 38-yard touchdown pass. Rus-
sell then dove into the endzone on
the ensuing two-point conversion to
send the game into overtime.
In overtime, Oregon State
appeared to have tied it up when
quarterback Derek Anderson found
Joe Newton in the endzone on
HOW THE AP TOP 25 FARED
Associated Press Poll for the week of Sept. 7.
Games updated through Sept. 6.
- TOP 25
(first-place votes in parentheses)
1. Southern Cal.
5. Florida State
9. Ohio State
10. West Virginia
beat Virginia Tech 24-13
beat Bowling Green 40-24
beat Georgia Southern 48-29
beat Oregon State 22-21
f beat North Texas 65-0
beat Miami (Ohio) 43-10
beat Cincinnati 27-6
beat East Carolina 56-23
at South Carolina
at Notre Dame
at Central Florida
1. Southern Cal. (51)
2. Oklahoma (10)
3. Georgia (4)
4. Florida State
5. Miami (Fla)
9. Ohio State
10. West Virginia
13. Kansas State
THIS WEEKEND'S RESULTS
M~cRGw4 43, Miami (Ohio) 1O
OHIO STATE 27, Cincinnati 6
WISCONSIN 34, Central Florida 6
IOWA 39, Kent State 7