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October 3, 2005
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Michigan 34, MICIIRAN Svcm 31 (OT)
* Hart returns to
field and leads
Varsity to win
By Matt Vonogoni
Daily Sports Editor
EAST LANSING - What are the chances?
What are the chances that Michigan and Michigan State would
go to overtime for the second year in a row? What are the chances
that both teams would miss potential game-winning field goals?
And what are the chances that this will be the game that turns the
Wolverines' season around?
When junior Garret Rivas's 35-yard field goal split the south end
zone's uprights, Michigan came away with an overtime victory for
the second straight year and also may have righted its ship in the
"I think our leaders have done a great job of keeping this football
team together," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "They came in
today in a tough arena, and they played their hearts out. For that,
I'll never forget this day."
After failing to give Michigan a three-point lead with 48 sec-
onds left in the game by missing a 27-yard field goal, Rivas got
another shot in the extra period.
The Wolverines won the coin toss and put the Spartans on
offense. On a second-and-five, Spartans quarterback Drew Stanton
looked to his left for sophomore Terry Love, but junior cornerback
Leon Hall provided tight coverage. As the pass came in, Hall dove
and almost came away with an interception that could have sealed
the game. Instead, Michigan State had another chance. But once
again, Stanton was almost picked off. This time, Stanton rolled to
his right and looked for Kyle Brown, but defensive pressure forced
a poor throw that went straight to cornerback Morgan Trent, who
dropped the easy pick. On fourth down, Spartans kicker John Goss
pushed his 37-yard kick wide right - the second miss of the game
for the redshirt junior.
Goss's miss opened the door for Michigan to bring the Paul Bun-
yan Trophy back to Ann Arbor. The Wolverines' offense used two
quick runs to get the ball to the middle of the field to set up Rivas
for the game-winner. On third-and-two, the junior gave Michigan
the victory and redeemed himself for his previous miss.
"Every week, I fantasize about that moment," Rivas said. "I want
the game on my shoulders. I want that every week. It's like a dream,
especially when you come to Michigan State. These conference
games mean so much. It's great when it comes down to overtime
and you get a chance on a stage like this."
-fRivas had the game on his shoulders after a wild fourth quarter
sent the game to overtime.
See SPARTANS, page 5B
The Wolverines celebrate sophomore Mike Hart's fourth-quarter touchdown, which put Michigan ahead, 31-24 against Intrastate rival Michigan State. Saturday's contest marked
Hart's return to the field after a three-game hiatus. He also posted 218 rushing yards In the fourth 200-yard rushing game of his career.
. Late goal leads 'M' in exhibition opener
By Mark Glannotto
Daily Sports Writer
Junior captain T.J. Hensick had just
unleashed a shot on
Toronto goalie Ryan NT
Grinnell. The rebound
went to freshman
Andrew Cogliano behind the goal and, as
he attempted a wrap-around shot, Toron-
to defender Anthony Pallotta dove across
the crease to make up for the bad posi-
tioning of his goalkeeper, momentarily
making him the hero for Toronto. But the
puck deflected off his body and, luck-
ily for the Wolverines, the puck bounced
right to the feet of sophomore Kevin Por-
ter, who then punched it in for the game-
With that goal, the Michigan hockey
team barely escaped with a 3-2 victory
over the Toronto Varsity Blues at Yost Ice
Arena on Sunday.
Although one would think that a close
game against a team that last season lost
to Lake Superior State 15-1 would be
troubling, the Wolverines wanted to put
a positive light on the game.
"I think it was a lot better for us to
have a close game like this one," Hen-
sick said. "We didn't want to have an 11-
0 game like we've had in the past. The
team develops bad habits in games like
that. The little things we picked up from
this game are definitely going to help us
in the long run."
Freshman goalie Billy Sauer, tabbed
by Michigan coach Red Berenson as the
starter going into the regular season,
rebounded from giving up six goals in the
annual Blue-White scrimmage on Satur-
day night by shutting out Toronto in his
two periods of play. Although he faced
just seven shots, Sauer made a couple of
impressive saves including a stick save on
a breakaway in the second period.
"I would have liked to see more shots,"
Sauer said. "It's tough to keep your head
in the game in an atmosphere like Yost
where there's so much going on. It was a
close game so I had to be there on every
While Toronto mustered 18 shots on
goal, the Wolverines peppered Grinnell
with shot after shot, accumulating 53
See ICERS, page 6B
Icers off target
By Ian Robinson
Daily Sports Writer
En route to a weekend split with No. 9 Min-
nestoa and Iowa, the Michigan volleyball team
stayed competitive with Minnesota in each of the
three games but failed to close any of them (26-
30, 22-30, 25-30) on Saturday
night at the Sports Pavilion in ' VI
Michigan coach Mark Rosen
liked the toughness he saw his
team exude through much of
Saturday night's game, but he [owA
noticed some lapses in aggres-
"I didn't think we competed as well as I would
like to see us compete," Rosen said.
"There were times in each game where we
would break for a couple of points. All of sudden,
we are down to a really good team."
Against a team that has reached the final four
two years in a row, Michigan (2-2 Big Ten, 8-5
overall) could not afford to give away points.
Facing a 15-13 deficit in the first game, Lyndsay
Miller contributed two of her six blocks, igniting
a Michigan run that gave it an 18-17 lead. Michi-
gan dropped seven of the next eight points to put
the team in an insurmountable 24-17 deficit.
The Wolverines faced a similar situation in the
After holding a 17-15 advantage, the Gophers
By H. Jose Bosch
Daily Sports Editor
Almost 30 seconds into Michigan's
third power play of the game, junior
forward T.J. Hen-
sick stood idly
behind the Toronto
net, scanning the 0
slot for a white jer-
sey in the perfect
position. He found
it and fired a pass to sophomore for-
ward Chad Kolarik, who punched the
puck over the stick side of the goalie
- from the left side of the net- for
Michigan's first score.
The Wolverines failed to convert
again the rest of the game for a total of
one goal in 10 chances.
"I liked the way we moved the puck,"
rate five-on-three power play opportu-
nities during the game.
Still, Michigan did not seem frus-
trated by the missed opportunities,
instead skating toward the net harder
over the course of the game.
"We were just trying to get a feel
for each other and figure out what each
of us are capable of doing," freshman
defensemen Jack Johnson said. "Each
time we're out there on the power play
we'll get that much better."
Berenson believed that part of the
reason that Michigan was missing
opportunities was that his players were
still just a moment behind when mak-
ing their decisions. Instead of finding
the goalie out of position, he said,
players were being a bit tentative and
thus giving the goalie an opportunity
to make a play. Hensick knows what