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By Kevin Wright
Daily Sports Editor
MINNEAPOLIS - The Lit-
tle BrownoJug had been removed
from Ann Arbor for less than a
And the Michigan football
players figured it could wait
a few more minutes before it
As the final 45 seconds ticked
off the clock in a nearly empty
Metrodome, a line of Wolver-
ines with arms locked together
walked slowly across the field
to a fold-up table that held their
There was no mad scramble.
No one stabbed a block 'M' flag
in the turf.
Just a calm, determined
Finally, senior defensive end
LaMarr Woodley broke the
ranks and raised college foot-
ball's oldest trophy above his
And the Wolverines celebrat-
For a team that suffered
through a five-loss season last
year, class was the name of the
game when No. 6 Michigan
staved off a late comeback to
defeat Minnesota 28-14 Satur-
"It hurt last year when they
took it because Michigan
doesn't lose the jug," running
back Mike Hart said. "We lost
the Jug last year, and the guys
from the team last year knew it
was our responsibility to come
back and get it. That's what we
wanted to do."
And the Wolverines (2-0
Big Ten, 5-0 overall) proved it
on their first drive of the game.
After a lackluster start against
Wisconsin a week ago, Michi-
gan came out the aggressor.
Quarterback Chad Henne took
the first six snaps of the game
and handed it to Hart, who did
See GOPHERS, page SB
Senior captain LaMarr Woodley presents his teammates with college football's oldest trophy after a redeeming 28-14 victory over Minnesota.
No. 6 MICHIGAN 28, Minnesota 14
Hart pumps Blue's offense
By Amber Colvin
Daily Sports Writer
He was supposed to wear red
and white someday. But thanks
to his dedication to the Maize and
Blue, sophomore Jack Johnson
now has purple and black in his
The Carolina Hurricanes, who
drafted Johnson with the third
overall pick in the 2005 NHL
entry draft, traded their top defen-
sive prospect to the Los Angeles
After multiple offers from Car-
olina, Johnson remained firm in
his decision to stay in Ann Arbor
for a second season. The Hurri-
canes hurting blue line couldn't
wait for Johnson, so they sent his
rights, along with defenseman
Oleg Tverdovsky, to the Kings for
forward Eric Belanger and defen-
seman Tim Gleason.
"Everybody has decisions to
make," Carolina general manager
Jim Rutherford said. "(Johnson)
wanted to spend another year
in school. I think that in his best
interests, for his development,
that he shouldbe playing pro now.
He's ready to do that. The sooner
he starts playing pro, the sooner
he starts to develop into a real
After hoisting the Stanley Cup
in June, Carolina lost Michigan
alum Aaron Ward to free agency
and Frantisek Kaberle to a shoul-
der injury. With Kaberle expected
to miss most of the season, the
Hurricanes intensified their pur-
suit of Johnson, hoping to fill
-some gaps in their ailing defense.
They tried to lure in Johnson with
the promise of a spot in their top-
six rotation and minutes on the
But Johnson - who has said
"the only way you're going to get
me out of (Ann Arbor) is by gun-
point"-maintained his commit-
ment to the Wolverines.
"I just felt more comfortable
See JOHNSON, page 6B
The first four yards were
what Michigan needed.
The next 50
were Mike Hart's
Just one more first
down away from 4
sealing a hard-fought
win over Minnesota,
coach Lloyd Carr
turned to Hart for the
31st time that night.
And for the 31st M
time, the Wolverines' SI
up to the challenge. Sprit
Hart took the ball
around the left tackle and picked
up the req
uired four yards for a "If there's yards out there, you
, essentially sending gotta get them," said Hart, who
Brown Jug back to Ann finished with a season-high 195
At that point, The 54-yard run was Hart's
no one could have longest this season, but it wasn't
blamed Hart for what proved his monumental
stopping. value to the Wolverines. It was
But "stop" just just the cherry on top of an
isn't in Hart's vocab- already spectacular game from
ulary. the constantly running piston at
Instead, he juked a the heart of Michigan's powerful
couple defenders and offensive engine.
cut the ball all the Against Minnesota's suspect
way back across to run defense, Carr and offensive
the right side of the coordinator Mike DeBord set up
field, eluding Golden a gameplan centered on estab-
Gophers until his lishing the running game.
(understandably) And Hart made them look like
finally gave out on him. geniuses.
Before the first quarter was
done, Hart had already made a
lasting impact on the contest. He
shimmied and shook his way to
67 yards on 11 carries, forcing
Minnesota's defense to creep up
in the box.
The result: Picture-perfect
touchdown passes from Chad
Henne to Adrian Arrington and
When the vertical passing
game looks as good as it did on
Saturday, it's easy to lose sight
of the nitty-gritty yards grinded
out by Michigan's rushing attack.
But focusing on the ooh-and-aah-
inducing deep passes distracts
from the real driving force
See SINGER, page 5B
Overtime loss a
By Amber Colvin
Daily Sports Writer
Three hundred sixty four days a
year, they are teammates.
But on Saturday, they were oppo-
nents in the annual Blue/White intra-
squad game at Yost Ice Arena.
And while Wolverines clashed
against Wolverines, the biggest
excitement of Saturday's exhibition
bout was a bond between two play-
Junior Chad Kolarik and sopho-
more Andrew Cogliano teamed up
for three goals in the White team's
6-3 victory over the Blue team, with
two goals and two assists for Cogli-
ano and one goal and two assists for
tion snapped in as the clock dwindled
in the first period. The shorthanded
buzzer-beater began with freshman
defenseman Chris Summers handing
the puck up to Kolarik, who swooped
down the left side. Cogliano joined
the two-on-one rush and took the
fast pass from Kolarik, flipping it in
over freshman goalie Steven Jakiel's
captain Matt Hunwick, who scored a
stick-shattering goal for the White
team. "Cogs has a lot of speed. He's
able to get Chad the puck. They're
both obviously two of the more
skilled guys on our team - they just
have that chemistry where they know
where one another is at."
The other two goals came on simi-
lar set-ups in the third period, dem-
onstrating Cogliano and Kolarik's
ability to find one another on the ice.
"They look like they're clicking,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"They've been skating together and I
think there's something there."
Rounding out the explosive line
was freshman Brian Lebler. The Pen-
ticon, B.C. native checks in at 6 foot
2 and 210 pounds, and Saturday he
used that size to his advantage, fight-
ing for loose pucks along the boards
and showing he's not afraid of gritty
play against his older, more seasoned
"He'sjust a strong physical player,"
Berenson said. "He's a player you're
glad he's on your team. He should
be strong along the boards, strong in
front of the net. He's going to make
Sophomore defenseman Mark Mitera and the rest of the Wolverines
battled each other In a special scrimmage Saturday.
some good subtle plays. He's got power play goal for the White team
smart hands" in the first period with a scathing
Good first impressions were all slapshot from the center that zoomed
around for the group of five freshmen through traffic and past senior goalie
playing their firstgame at Yost.Rook- Mike Mayhew.
ie blueliner Steve Kampfer scored a See ICERS, page 6B
By Chris Herring
Daily Sports Writer
STATE COLLEGE - Any
other time, ahard-fought overtime
loss away from home would be
comes at the hands of the defend-
ing national champions.
The Wolverines walked away
from this loss with more confi-
dence than they started with.
"Today our kids proved that
they can play with anybody in the
country" Michigan coach Nancy
Cox said. "Now that we realize
this about ourselves, we are ready
to make our move. Michigan State
needs to be ready, Indiana needs
to be ready, and everybody else
in the country needs to be ready,
because we demonstrated what we
are capable of doing:'
The Wolverines held their own
against No. 1 Maryland, sending
the game into overtime after tying
the score at one early in the second
half. But it was then that the Ter-
rapins showed why they hold the
nation's top spot - scoring a goal
in the early moments of overtime
to finish off the Wolverines, 2-1.
Following their worst defeat of
the season - a 4-0 loss to Penn
State on Friday - the Wolver-
ines (1-1 Big Ten, 5-7 overall) had
plenty to prove against Maryland.
And the general consensus among
the team was that this game dem-
onstrated a lot about the team's
"The most important thing is
that the kids can see it now;" Cox
said. "You can tell them until you
are blue in the face. But today,
the girls saw that they have what
it takes. Now we just have to exe-
See MARYLAND, page 6B