4B - The Michigan Daily - SportsWednesday - October 18, 2006
NO. 4 MICHIGAN 17 - PENN STATE 10
Henne delights former coach i return
By Scott Bell
Daily Sports Editor
rrds 6/50 1/8 STATE COLLEGE - As 110,000 disappointed
fans filed out of Beaver Stadium Saturday night,
there was at least one Pennsylvanian who wasn't
M I C H I G A N cursing the name of Chad Henne.
C-A Yds TD Int After Michigan's junior quarterback shook hands
15-30 196 1 0 with some friends on the Nittany Lions and did an
15-30 195 1 8 interview for ABC following the game, Henne's
high school coach, Jim Cantafio, met him with
Att Yds Avg Lg TD open arms and a huge smile.
2 t12 4.30 23 The two hugged near midfield and exchanged a
1 1 1.0 1 O few words before Henne exited to the locker room
1 -2 -2.0 0 0 to celebrate his team's 17-10 win.
33 116 3.5 23 1 "I'm very proud of Chad; he's such a classy young
man," Cantafio said. "It's amazing that you can
No. Yds Avg Lg TD come into this environment and do what he does
5 83 16.6 27 1 and stay so in control.
5 79 15.8 24 0
3 16 5.3 7 0 Henne, a Wyomissing, Pa. native, was the subject
1 10 10.0 10 0 of derogatory chants, signs and even T-shirts, the
1 8 8.0 8 0 brain child of angry Penn State fans.
t5 196 10.1 07 t Byt the hostile homecoming couldn't stop Henne,
who his former coach said was calm, cool and col-
No. Toe Avg Lg lected considering the circumstances.
3 5 31 7 34 "He was so confident," Cantafio said. "He never
8 29 3e.1 43 seems to be nervous or uptight. He was looking for-
ward to this opportunity because it was going to
No. Yds Avg Lg TD be his only opportunity to come to his home state.
1 20 20.0 20 0 This was it, and he did, and I think he performed
1 20 20.0 20 0 very well."
Ns His numbers may not have been jaw-dropping
No. Yds Avg Lg TD (15-for-30, 196 yards, one touchdown), but Henne's
2 2 .0 0 0 leadership and poise in a crazy environment made
up for the average numbers - and then some.
Henne made checks at the line countless times,
Solo Asst Tot fighting off the crowd noise to make adjustments to
what Penn State's defense was showing.
3 2 5 "I think Chad Henne was just unbelievable in the
2 2 4 way that he was able to keep us in our offense and get
us in the right play," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.
3 0 3 "There (are) a lot of teams that go into those situa-
3 0 3 tions and just decide they're not going to check the
2o 0o 2 play, they're just going to call a play and run it."
1 1 2 But Henne's poise and vocal cords weren't the
1 1 2 only things that led the Wolverines to victory. Not
surprisingly, his arm did its part, too.
1 0 1 In the game's opening stages, Penn State's rush-
1 0 1 ing defense - second-best in the Big Ten - stifled
1 0 1 Michigan's star running back Mike Hart.
1 0 1 Henne was up to the challenge, playing mistake-
1 0 1 free football until finally breaking through and
leading the Wolverines to their first touchdown in
0 1 1 the second quarter.
0 1 1 He threaded a 25-yard pass to sophomore Adri-
1 0 1 an Arrington perfectly through two Nittany Lion
defenders, giving Michigan a lead it would never
-- - - - - --- relinquish.
"Henne made some outstanding plays," Carr
TEN STANDINGS said. "That's really what enabled us to score some
Junior quarterback Chad Henne extended his lifetime record against Penn State to 2-0 after helping lead his Wolverines
into Happy Valley and escaping with a 17-10 victory.
points." the game by angry Penn State fans who kept prank
Henne's performance was even more impressive calling her.
considering he was the Keystone State's most-want- But both the Wolverines from Pennsylvania and
ed man Saturday night. their teammates were able to come together and
"Of course there were some fans who were boo- remain undefeated despite all the obstacles caused
ing and were saying names that weren't politically by the trip out east.
correct," Henne said. "Just ignore it, let it go in one And in the process, Michigan was able to win
ear and out the other and just come out and play over at least one Pennsylvanian.
with your team." "Sure they can," replied Cantafio when asked if
Henne wasn't the only Wolverine who didn't Michigan could run the table this year. "As long as
get the kindest of welcomings during his return to they keep their heads on straight, they're going to
Pennsylvania. Senior wide receiver Steve Breaston's head into Ohio State undefeated and play for a right
mother was kept up until 4 a.m. the night before to the national championship."
3s .i 4 SSocIATED PREss POLL
With a month standing between the Michigan-Ohio State bat-
tie, the hype has already begun in earnest. The Buckeyes and
Wolverines now hold the top two spots in the AP poll, with
little standing in the way of a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle on Nov.
18. Florida's gut-wrenching loss to Auburn opened the door for
Michigan to move up and eliminated the final SEC team from
the ranks of the unbeaten. Southern Cal fought off a tough
challenge from Arizona State to remain at No. 3 in thepoll. Two
Big East powers, West Virginia and Louisville, also both hold
high spots in the AP poll, and seem destined for another clash
of the unbeatens when the two meet in Louisville next month.
Team Big Ten Overall
THIS WEEKEND'S RESULTS
Michigan 17, PENN STATE 10
WISCONSIN 48, Minnesota 12
Ohio State 38, MICHIGAN STATE 7
INDIANA 31, Iowa 28
Purdue 31, NORTHWESTERN 10
Ohio 20, ILLINOIS 17
AROUND THE NCAA
TIGERS TAME GATORS, NO UNBEAT-
ENS LEFT IN SEC: Trailing 17-11 at half-
time, Auburn came out of the locker room and
clamped down the Florida offense, holding
the Gators scoreless in the final two stanzas.
The Tigers benefited from a blocked punt
returned for a touchdown and a late Florida
fumble in the redzone to take the game 27-17.
Auburn used a balance air and ground attack,
with quarterback Brandon Cox throwing for
187 yards and running backs Brad Lester
and Kenny Irons running for a combined 161
yards. With the Gator loss, the highly touted
Southeastern Conference no longer boasts
an undefeated team, which could prevent the
nation's top conference from placing a team in
the national championship game.
COMMODORES LATE DRIVE DOOMS
GEORGIA: It's been 12 years, but it finally
happened. Vanderbilt, winner of just four of
its 43 contests againstrGeorgia, defeated the
Bulldogs 24-22. After Georgia's Tony Taylor
returned an interception 24 yards for a touch-
down,the Bulldogsojumped out to a22-21
lead. But Vanderbilt drove to the Georgia 16
yard-line, and kicker Bryant Hahnfeldt nailed
a 33-yard field goal with two seconds leftito
stun Georgia. Commodore quarterback Chris
Nickson passed for 190 yards and two touch-
downs in the upset victory. Georgia had not lost
to an unranked team since 2002.
FLORIDA FIGHT NIGHT: Go into the
Orange Bowl and you better not disre-
spect Miami. At least that's what Florida
International learned. On the extra-point
attempt following a Hurricane score late in
the third quarter, a team-wide brawl broke
out, resulting in 33 players suspended and
two Florida International players being
removed from the team. Featured in the
brawl were helmets used as weapons and
numerous stompings on heads and calves.
By Stephanie Wright
Daily Sports Editor
STATE COLLEGE - Mario Manningham might
have been sidelined, but that didn't stop Michigan from
airing it out.
Instead, receivers Steve Breaston and Adrian
Arrington proved they were up to the challenge of fill-
ing Manningham's shoes.
On the first play of the second quarter, quarterback
Chad Henne completed a 15-yard pass to Breaston
in traffic. One play later, Adrian Arrington gained
15 yards on his first catch of the day,
which Breaston followed with an 11- NOTEBOOK
The drive culminated in a 25-yard touchdown pass to
Arrington, who split two Penn State defenders to scam-
per into the end zone for the Wolverines' first score.
"(Arrington) caught two or three balls with people
all over him, where his feet ... were extended, and he
caught them early in the game," Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr said. "I thought Adrian made some great plays,
particularly in the first half."
Arrington finished the game with five receptions
and 85 yards, both career highs. Breaston grabbed five
balls for 79 yards, including a 24-yard catch that helped
set up Michigan's second touchdown.
Even though the receiving corps played well, Man-
ningham was still missed. Henne tried to connect with
Breaston on a few deep passes - Manningham's calling
card - but the fifth-year senior couldn't pull them in.
At his weekly press conference, Carr seemed opti-
mistic about Manningham's progress, reporting that
the sophomore had suffered minimal swelling after
undergoing knee surgery. But Carr didn't give a time-
table for Manningham's return.
On Monday, Carr confirmed that Manningham
started rehab on his knee late last week.
Apparently, the encouraging news put Carr in a jok-
"I saw him in there on Friday and asked him if he
had run, and he said, 'No: " Carr said after Saturday's
game. "I said, 'That's because you're soft and you're not
tough.' Of course that got a big smile out of him."
BRINGIND' A NOISE: When the student section started
filling in more than two hours before kickoff, you knew
Beaver Stadium was going tobe loud.
By game time, it was deafening.
"It was definitely a lot louder than the crowd noise we
prepared forin practice" Henne said. "I was screaming
at the top of my lungs just so everybody could hear."
Said linebacker Prescott Burgess: "This is one of the
loudest stadiums I've ever played in"
To get ready for the hostile Happy Valley, Michigan
practiced with its crowd noise machine on full blast last
week, blaring music while Henne tried to relay plays to
Steve Breaston shined in Mario Manningham's absence.
the rest of the offense.
The Wolverines' preparation seemed to be for
naught at the start of the game. Michigan racked up two
false start penalties on its opening drive, forcing back-
to-back second-and-long situations. But the offense
adjusted and didn't commit another false start for the
rest of the contest.
"It was a real problem early on; it was pretty rowdy
in there" Arrington said. "But we kind of settled down,
and once we got on the board, the noise kind of sub-
sided and it was pretty easy until the end."
Penn State tailback Tony Htnt's late touchdown off a
43-yard screen fired up the Nittany Lion faithful, mak-
ing it almost impossible to hear on the field.
That is, until Michigan's defensive stand shut the
Penn State fans up for good.
LET'S Go BowLING: During Sunday's NFL telecast,
FOX announced the Bowl Championship Series stand-
ings for the first time this season.
Thanks to their big road win over Penn State and
Florida's first loss, the Wolverines debuted at No. 3.
Predictably, Carr said he isn't concerned with Michi-
gan's place in the rankings, BCS or otherwise.
"As far as putting any stock into them, it doesn't mat-
ter because they're going to change next week:' Carr
said. "Somebody is going to fall, somebody is going to
rise, so you better take care of the business at hand"
Not surprisingly, Ohio State came in at No. 1. The
Buckeyes have been the near-consensus No. I team
in the AP and ESPN/Coaches polls since the season
Southern Cal's No. 2ranking was a little more contro-
versial. The Trojans have eked out a series of close wins
over mediocre teams recently, and pundits have ques-
tioned whethoer they deserve to be ranked so highly.
Either way, the Wolverines' No. 3 position means
they control their destiny as the season progresses. If
Michigan wins out, it's almost guaranteed a spot in the
BCS national championship game.
1. Ohio State
3. Southern Cal
10. Notre Dame
13. Georgia Tech
14. Loulslana State
18, Boise State
22. Boston College
23. Texas A&M
25. Wake Forest
LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
beat Michigan Indiana
beat Penn Iowa
beat Arizona at Oregon State
beat at UConn
beat at Nebraska
beat at Syracuse
lost to Georgia
beat Washi ngton Washington
beat Tewple 63-9 Georgia Tech
Idle at Clemson
beat Kentucky 49-0 Fresno State
beat SE. Missouri Mississippi
beat UCLA 30-20 at Washington State
beat Iowa Texas
beat New Mexico at Idaho
beat Navy 34-0 at Pittsburgh
beat Iowa Colorado
beat Minnesota 4812 at Purdue
beat Virginia at Florida State
beat Missouri 25-19 at Oklahoma State
lost to Texas Kansas State
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