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SPIKERS DROP PAIR IAN HERBERT: A MUCH-NEEDED WIN
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'THAT'S THE BEST GAME I'VE EVER SEEN OR PLAYED IN.' - ALA BRANCH, MICHIGAN

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Manningham's play
warrants a larger role
li e's a receiver with pillows for The second grab was perhaps less
hands, so it's no surprise that flashy, but certainly more memorable.
Mario Manningham's middle With one second left and the Nittany
name is Cashmere. Honestly. Lions up by four, Henne found Manning-
And a gigantic piece of Michigan's ham as the receiver slanted in toward the
puzzle fell neatly into place with two soft- middle of the end zone. The quarterback
gloved catches on Saturday, fired a 10-yard laser, and the
courtesy of the true fresh- freshman secured the prized
man. pigskin tightly against his
The first came with 9:32 chest for the dramatic, game-
left in the fourth quarter and winning reception.
Penn State ahead, 18-10. Manningham finished
Chad Henne dropped back with just three catches for
and tossed a 33-yard strike 49 yards, but his stats were
down the left sideline, where deceiving. He played far less
Manningham had exploded than half of the Wolverines'
into full gallop. The receiver GABE offensive snaps, and Henne
effortlessly blazed by corner- EDELSON didn't even throw to his
back Justin King, beating his newest target until early in
defender to the outside before Honest Gabe the fourth quarter, when a

leaning forward to scoop the
ball off his shoelaces as he crossed the
goal line. King, known for his athleticism,
floundered in Manningham's wake, div-
ing in a futile attempt to bring down the
Wolverines' newest - and possibly most
dangerous - weapon. After a two-point
conversion, the score was tied.

poorly placed ball went out
of bounds to stall Michigan's first drive
of the final frame. Every subsequent
pass from Henne to Manningham was
successful. The aforementioned pair of
catches went for scores, while a six-yard
completion on the Wolverines' final drive
See EDELSON, page 5B

Last-second catch
propels Blue to win

By Ian Herbert
Daily Sports Editor
Mario Manningham wasn't the first option
- that was Steve Breaston in the slot.
But with one second left in the game, Man-
ningham beat Penn State's best cornerback,
Alan Zemaitis, on a 10-yard post to finish
off the upset of No. 8 Penn State. With more
than 111,000 people screaming in Michigan
Stadium and who knows how many more
watching on TV, it was Manningham who
made the game's most important catch in the
game's most pressure-filled situation.
And then he was off.
After Manningham made the catch to seal
* Michigan's 27-25 win over No. 8 Penn State,
he dropped the ball and took off running. And
like much of the afternoon against Penn State
defensive backs, no one could catch him.
"I was trying to chase him down, but he's
just too fast,' sophomore running back Mike
Hart said. "He was running away from
everybody."
Twice this season - against Notre Dame
and Minnesota - the Michigan players
have had to watch visiting teams end games
in the Big House by celebrating with their
fans. This time, it was Michigan's turn. The
Wolverines ran from there to the student sec-
tion and jumped into the stands - to sing
and dance with their Maize-clad peers.
"That's the best game I've ever seen or
played in," defensive end Alan Branch said.
"It was an unreal feeling."

When the hoopla ended, Chad Henne went
back to his place - where his friend, a stu-
dent at Penn State, was waiting.
"He was pretty much shocked," Henne
said, "and didn't have anything to say."
Neither did Henne's critics. The sopho-
more quarterback led Michigan on an eight-
play, 53-yard drive in the final 53 seconds.
The drive, which came just after Penn State
scored to take the lead with less than a min-
ute left included five completed passes by
Henne to go along with an 11-yard run by
Hart. For the game, Henne went 21 for 36
for 212 yards and two touchdowns - both
to Manningham. The first came earlier in the
fourth quarter on a 33-yard pass down the
left sideline. After the game, Carr took the
opportunity to vent about the critics.
"Well, Chad Henne is a great quarter-
back, and anyone that knows anything about
quarterback play would understand that,"
Carr said. "But there are a lot of people out
there that don't know a quarterback from a
first baseman, so they don't know that."
But for a while, it seemed as if Henne
might have to continue to face the critics.
After taking a 10-0 lead four minutes into
the second half, Henne and the Wolverines
handed the ball - and the game - to the
Nittany Lions, literally. Just one play after
Penn State had tied the game at 10 on a four-
yard touchdown run by dual-threat quar-
terback Michael Robinson, Henne lined up
under center, and, with no receivers open,
See LIONS, page 5B

RYAN WEINER/Daily
Freshman receiver Mario Manningham caught a 10-yard touchdown pass as time expired to give the Wolverines the victory over previously unbeaten Penn State.
MAKING EVERY Down 25-21 with just
53 seconds left, Michigan
SECOND COUNT appeared destined for its fourth
lost of the season. Instead, the
Wolverines marched down
the field to save the game and
perhaps the season
1. Steve Breaston returns the kickoff
41 yards to the Michigan 47.
2. Ball on Mich. 47: Chad Henne pass com-
plete to Jason Avant for 17 yards.
fo 3. Ball on Penn State 36: Henne pass complete to Carl Tabb
for four yards. Michigan calls timeout with 30 seconds left.
4. Ball on Penn State 32: Henne pass complete to Tyler Ecker for five yards.
5. Ball on Penn State 27: Mike Hart runs for 11 yards.
6. Ball on Penn State 16: Henne pass incomplete to Breaston.
7. Ball on Penn State 16: Henne pass complete to Mario Manningham for six yards.
8. Ball on Penn State 10: Henne pass incomplete to Breaston. Michigan calls timeout with one second left.
9. Ball on Penn State 10: Henne pass complete to Manningham for 10 yards, touchdown.

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By H. Jose Bosch
Daily Sports Writer
On Sunday afternoon, just 10 minutes
before the Michigan hockey team warmed
up for its game against Merrimack, a spe-
cial delivery arrived
in the Wolverine's
locker room.
"I told my par-
ents to bring down. -MERRIMACK 2
my stick from last
year," forward
Andrew Cogliano said.
The freshman was hoping the change
of sticks would exorcise the bad luck that
had been plaguing him for the first three
games of the season. The stick did more
than help Cogliano. It seemed to help the
entire team (4-0-0) roll to a 9-2 victory
over the Warriors (0-2-0), bolstered by a

which he fired from the right point to beat
Merrimack goaltender Jim Healey on his
glove side. His second was a shot from the
left face-off circle that went top shelf.
"The first three games I had some bad
luck scoring and things like that," Cogli-
ano said. "To get the first goal in the first
period and the second one to follow is a
good feeling."
Sophomore forward Kevin Porter also
had a big night, notching a hat-trick in
the first period. The third and final goal
was set up by freshman defenseman Jack
Johnson. Johnson skated into the slot and
made a few stick fakes before dumping off
to Porter, who was able to punch the puck
in from the right side.
"I don't think I have (scored a hat trick
in one period)," Porter said. "Not since
mini-mites."
But the big game of the weekend was on

k atop polis
had a five-on-three power play. In a set
formation, junior defenseman Matt Hun-
wick passed the puck across ice to Porter,
waiting in the lower right corner of the
offensive zone. Porter passed the puck
back to Hunwick, who quickly sent the
puck to the right point. Johnson, waiting
patiently, fired a shot over the right shoul-
der of Eagles' goaltender Cory Schneider
just 1:44 into the game.
Six minutes later, freshman forward
Travis Turnbull took a shot from point-
blank range on the left side. Hensick
picked up the rebound, skated around a
Boston College player toward the middle
of the slot and flipped it over Schneider's
shoulder for the game's second goal.
"It was our gameplan from the get-go
to get all over those guys," Johnson said.
"Especially with having the home crowd
here, we knew we had the advantage."

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