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ALLEN THE FAMILY GENNARO FILICE:

Fifth-year senior Sarah Allen has gone from
inexperienced freshman to role-model cap-
tain for Michigan's volleyball team.
PAGE 8B

The Marlin Jackson of U
2002 is back. Just ask
Taylor Stubblefield.
PAGE 4B
The SportsMonday Column

October 25,2004

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Defensive linemen LaMarr Woodley, left, and Alex Ofi, right, pressure Purdue quarterback Kyle Orton. Once a Heisman Trophy candidate, Orton struggled mightily on Saturday against Michigan's physical defense, completing less than half of his passes.

TONY DING/Daily

Purdue passing attack no match for 'M'

defense

By Sharad Mattu
Daily Sports Editor
WEST LAFAYETTE - Time after time on Sat-
urday, Michigan's defense stymied Purdue's explo-
sive passing offense and hoped the offense would
give it some breathing room.
But that cushion would never come; the defense
would be awarded no margin for error.
It turned out the defense didn't need it.
The Wolverines forced 10 punts, blocked a field
goal and forced two turnovers on Saturday, and
they needed every one of those 13 stops to defeat the
Boilermakers 16-14 at Ross-Ade Stadium.
"I think our team, as a whole, is one of the most
mentally tough teams I've ever been around,"
defensive coordinator Jim Herrman said. "I told our
defensive kids, of the nine teams I've been coaching

defense at Michigan, I would've picked this one to
go play this game against Purdue."
Garrett Rivas ended an up-and-down day by loft-
ing a 35-yard field goal through the uprights with
2:45 left in the game. Then the Wolverines' defense
aced one last test.
When Orton found receiver Dorien Bryant open
in the middle of the field with room to run, Purdue
appeared to be in good shape. He got all the way to
Michigan's 41-yard line, where cornerback Markus
Curry took out his legs to send him airborne. Bry-
ant was on his way to landing harmlessly on the
turf when safety Ernest Shazor leveled him with
a vicious hit, forcing a fumble in the process. Cor-
nerback Leon Hall, who was beat by Bryant on the
play, fell on the football while rolling into Michi-
gan's sideline.
The win keeps No. 12 Michigan (5-0 Big Ten, 7-1

overall) in a tie for first in the conference with No. 6
Wisconsin (5-0, 8-0), and gave No. 17 Purdue (2-2,
5-2), which fell to Wisconsin 20-17 last week on a
fumble by quarterback Kyle Orton and a late missed
field goal, a crippling second Big Ten loss.
"They're a great team, but they're not a Michi-
gan-caliber team," Shazor said of Purdue.
On offense, the Wolverines were led - once
again - by running back Mike Hart. With the
passing game struggling, the freshman, who ear-
lier in the season was dubbed "midget," ran for
206 yards on 33 carries. Hart, who ran for 234
yards last week against Illinois, is just the second
player in Michigan history to run for 200 or more
yards in consecutive games, joining Jon Vaughn
in 1990. Hart now ranks 10th in the nation with
936 rushing yards, despite having a limited role in
the team's first two games.

"He's a great back. He's breaking off tackles -
you don't think he's going to get any yards and then
he just breaks it off," quarterback Chad Henne said.
Hart, who ran for 134 yards in the second half,
ran for three first downs on the Wolverines' game-
winning drive. But when the drive stalled at Pur-
due's 18-yard line, Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
called on Rivas, who had hit two-of-four field goals
at that point. With 14 mph winds aiding him, Rivas
- who had an earlier kick blocked - had no prob-
lem on his fifth attempt.
"Anytime the offense goes out there in the fourth
quarter, I don't have a shadow of a doubt that we're
going to win the game "Shazor said. "I always think
we're going to win."
While the defense led Michigan to victory, the
game's first drive won't be the one it will want to
remember.

Starting at its own 35-yard-line, Purdue marched
down the field in just 10 plays. But it was the legs of
Jerod Void that led the offense. While Orton com-
pleted two passes for first downs and drew a pass
interference for a third, Purdue ran for 36 yards,
capped by a one-yard touchdown run by Void.
With Purdue's offense seemingly back to its
usual prolific self following its touchdown drive,
Michigan's offense needed to answer, and it did.
The Wolverines' offense looked even better than
Purdue's on its first drive, as it went 80 yards in just
seven plays. The drive was capped by a 25-yard pass
from Henne to Hart, who used his blocks well and
then, as usual, fought for extra yards all the way to
the goalline.
The Boilermakers' other touchdown came when
they used the spread offense with five receivers and
See BOILERMAKERS, Page 5B

Icers' talent too
much to handle

0 FIELD HOCKEY
Blue gets revenge
on pesky Buckeyes

By Gabe Edelson
Daily Sports Writer
DETROIT - Lake Superior State hock-
ey coach Frank Anzalone feels good about
his team, and he wants you to know it.
"We played a game that could have won
a national champi-
onship - if we had
three more play- A
ers," said Anzalone
after his team's 5-2 loss to Michigan at Joe
Louis Arena on Saturday night.
Those may seem like strange words
from the man at the helm ofa winless squad
(0-2-0 CCHA, 0-4-0 overall), but Anza-
lone is a coach who knows what it takes
to climb to the top of the mountain. After
all, he guided the Lakers - who finished
11th in the conference in the coach's debut
season of 1982-83 - to the 1988 NCAA
Championship before the program's recent
decline, during which Lake Superior has

for the win. Sophomore center T.J. Hensick
led all scorers with a goal and two assists.
"(Hensick) is a great talent, and that may
be the thing that Anzalone doesn't have,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said. "So
the talent did show tonight in our favor."
Falling behind early is becoming a
trademark of Berenson's team this season.
Michigan looked weak in the first half
of the game, allowing Lake Superior to
remain on the offensive for long stretches.
On Thursday, the Wolverines trailed by
two goals late in the second period before
scrambling back for a 4-3 victory.
"We have to play better early in the
game," Berenson said. "Lake State had us
on our heels for at least a period and a half.
They were out-working us, out-hitting us,
out-muscling us, out-hustling us. We just
couldn't catch up with them, but we finally
did, and I think our team played better in
the second half of the game"
The game-winning goal came at the

By James V. Dowd
Daily Sports Writer
Rain was pouring and wind was roar-
ing up above, but it was the cloudy mem-
ories of past defeats that hung over the
Michigan field hockey team when it faced
Ohio State on Saturday.
During Michi-
gan's national title
run in 2001, Ohio
State derailed the
Wolverines in the Big Ten tournament.
Last season, the Buckeyes ended the Wol-
verines' chances for an outright Big Ten
title, forcing them to share it with Michi-
gan State.
With these emotional defeats in the
back of their heads, Michigan's seniors
took advantage of their chance to avenge
those losses in their final home game. The
Wolverines sent Ohio State home with a
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test to overwhelm them.
"It's an anxious day," Pankratz said.
"There are a lot of things going on and it
could be distracting or emotional for the
upperclassmen."
After Blake's goal, the game was less
than half over, and with such a slim lead,
it was up to Michigan's defense to seal
the victory. On the defensive end, senior
midfielder Katy Moyneur left her mark at
Ocker Field, turning aside the Ohio State
attack time after time.
"I think (Moyneur) played very nice
defense today,"Pankratz said. "(Curlynne
Wynn) is a very strong player for Ohio
State who can open up the match, and I
thought Katy really marked her up and
shut her down." -
Michigan's defense allowed just three
shots, none of which made it to the goal.
Sophomore Beth Riley and senior Molly
Maloney split time in the goal, and shared
credit for the shtout.

TOMMASO GOMEZ/Daily
T.J. Hensick, Brandon Kaleniecki and Chad Kolarik celebrate a goal on Saturday.

got caught in the ice. After unsuccessfully
struggling to get to his feet, he was helped
to the locker room, where he was told he
might have sprained his ankle. Despite the
injury, though, Ebbett returned later in the
period and scored a goal 5:15 into the third

"We're not that good," Berenson said.
"We have to play harder and better, and
maybe then we'll find out how good we
can be. We were lucky to win both games
(against Lake Superior)."
From the two coaches' reactions to their
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