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ABOVE: The Wolverines dejectedly walk off the field following their disheartening 42-39 loss at the hands of No.1 Ohio State. BELOW: The Ohio State players celebrate in the midst of all their fans, who stormed the field following the win.
Game was good, but OSU was better Blue stays

COLUMBUS - Championship game, just one of
S ome way, somehow, The the many incentives on the line
Game lived up to all of the Saturday afternoon.
hype. There were bragging rights,
The two teams that met in the something the Buckeyes have
newly sodded Ohio Stadium were claimed for nearly the entire Jim
clearly the top two squads in the Tressel era. The Buckeye coach
nation. now holds a 5-1 advantage over
Michigan and Ohio Michigan.
State fought until the very And of course, there
end, with the Wolverines were the other prizes on
exchanging blow after the line. When you factor
blow with the nation's in a Big Ten title and a
top-ranked team. Heisman trophy for quar-
But as clear as it was terback Troy Smith, I'd
that the two were the 1 say the Buckeye faithful
cream of the NCAA crop, left their stadium with a
it was even more trans- SCOTT little more than just large
parent who the better of BELL patches of sod.
those teams was. Michigan? Well, they
Scarlet-and-gray clad Too Soon? left Columbus with the
students walked away dubious task of having to
after storming the field play the waiting game.
with much, much more than just Will there be a rematch? Should
the 10-yard chunks of grass they there be a rematch? Is a rematch
grabbed in the post-game celebra- fair?
tion. Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
There was a trip to the National See BELL, Page 3B
ICE HOCKEY
Road to victory
starts ln Bi a
By AMBER COLVIN the Spartans."
Daily Sports Writer Ferris State Friday night? A hard-
fought 3-2 win. Check.
BIG RAPIDS - The No. 8 Michi- Ferris State Saturday night? An
gan hockey team's to-do list for the authoritative 5-1 rout. Check.
current stretch reads something And on the subject of lists, this
like this: Fer- weekend's games brought a string
ris State, Fer- MICHIGAN 5 of accomplishments for Michigan
ris State, No. FERRIS ST. 1 (6-2-0 CCHA, 9-3-0 overall): a
4 Michigan five-game win streak, the first road
State, No. 14 MICHIGAN 3 sweep of the season and the first
Wisconsin, No. FERRIS ST. 2 win at Ewigleben Ice Arena since
1 Minnesota. Nov. 30, 2001.
After this weekend, the Wol- "I think everybody's confidence
verines can get out their pens, do a level is way up," sophomore goal-
little crossing off and say "Bring on See BULLDOGS, Page 3B

put in new
BCS poll
By SCOTT BELL
Daily Sports Editor
This weekend, Michigan debunked the myth
that a late-season loss must be deadly.
Even though the Wolverines lost their regu-
lar-season finale 41-38 to No. 1 Ohio State on
Saturday, they still are in the hunt for a berth to
the National Championship game.
Michigan stayed put as the No. 2 team in the
BCS standings, which were released on Sunday.
Behind the Wolverines, whose BCS average
is .9263, is Southern Cal (.9188).
Southern Cal (9-1) plays Notre Dame (No. 5 in
the BCS, No. 6 in AP and ESPN/USA Today) on
Saturday at home.
The Wolverines' regular season is over after
finishing with an 11-1 record.
Michigan is also still No. 2 in the AP poll,
with Southern Cal close behind at No. 3.
See BCS, Page 3B
Cagers crush Crimson, start 5-0

By DANIEL BROMWICH
Daily Sports Writer
Tommy Amaker has repeatedly
referred to junior Ron Coleman as
the "unsung hero" of the Michigan
basketball team.
But Cole--
man didn't HARVARD 50
produce any- MICHIGAN 82
thing the bas- -
ketball bards would bellow about
in the team's win last Wednesday
over Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
So when Friday's game rolled
around, the Romulus native came
out determined to reclaim his spot
as the under-appreciated, below-
the-radar role player on the Wol-
verine roster.
But he didn't stop there.
Just two days after tallying

just two points and one rebound
against the Panthers, Coleman
scored 12 first-half points in the
82-50 rout of Harvard en route toa
career-high 20-point performance
on the night.
"I just thought I should come out
more aggressive," Coleman said. "I
didn't think that I was as aggres-
sive (on Wednesday) as I've been in
other games. My teammates were
getting me the ball at the right
times, and I was trying to dribble
and take it to the rim."
Coleman's performance was the
most notable on the team, but the
rest of the Wolverines didn't leave
him on an island. Four other Wol-
verines scored in double figures,
and the team shot 60 percent from
the field.
See CRIMSON, Page AB

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