4B - Monday, November 20, 2006
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GAME STATISTICS After Bo's
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By STEPHANIE WRIGHT
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2 13 65 12 V COLUMBUS - On Saturday, Michigan coach Lloyd
1 8 8 V Carr faced a task far tougher than trying to beat Ohio
4 -33 -8.2 V V State.
30 165 4.3 33 3 He had to coach just one day after his mentor, legend-
ary coach Bo Schembechler, passed away at age 77.
No. Yds Avg Lg TD At his press conference following Saturday's game,
6 86 14.33 25 Carr struggled to fight back tears when asked to describe
S N 1T.0 37 1 how difficult the past 24 hours had been for him.
3 18 GA0 V7 V0 Most of the time, he seemed unable to put his pain into
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2 s 2. S N Carr found out about Schembechler's death just min-
1 1 190 19 utes before the team's noon meeting on Friday. In addi-
21 267 1271 37 2 tion to dealing with his own grief, Carr had to pass the
sad news along to his players, a duty he called hard and
No. Yds Avg Lg emotional.
s 5 2 444 7 Even though most of Michigan's players are too young
S A 444 S7 to remember Schembechler's coaching days, nearly all of
them had developed a close relationship with the coach,
No. Yds Avg Lg TD who maintained an office in Schembechler Hall long after
2 39 19.5 20 he retired.
2 18 9.0 10 " "He was a great man," running back Mike Hart said.
4 ST 14.2 20 "He started the tradition of excellence in the classroom
and on the football field at Michigan. And it continues to
No. Yds Avg Lg TD this day. No one's ever going to forget about him on this
V V V V V team and what he did for this team. He was still a big part
of this program."
So big that the former coach addressed the team at the
IA Asst T start of Thursday's practice, the last major tune-up before
A V V0 Saturday's game.
6 0 6 Quarterback Chad Henne said Schembechler tried to
4 2 6 get the Wolverines pumped up for their big showdown
2 3 s with Ohio State, advice they listened to extra closely
4 V 4 because of Schembechler's long history with the rivalry.
A 4 4 Hart said the coach threw in a few Xs and Os, too.
2 1 3 "He just said if we want to win, we've got to come out
2 1 3 and win the line of scrimmage," Hart said. "That's Bo.
1 2 3 Offensive line and defensive line have got to win games."
1 1 2 It was also just like Schembechler to put upa fight after
a concerned Carr asked him not to speak to the team at
V 2 2 the last minute.
1 V 1 When Carr went down to Schembechler's office to
V0 1 bring him to practice, Schembechler said he was having
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Wolverine players and coaches shared their memories of former Michigan coach Bo Schembechler after Saturday's game. The coaching
legend passed away on Friday at the age of 77.
trouble breathing, a common complaint since he had a his passing as a motivational tool. He said that tactic
pacemaker/defibrillator put in last month. would have dishonored Schembechler's memory.
In typical fashion, Schembechler rebuffed Carr's "I'm a little mad at him because he didn't stay around
request and talked to the players anyway, even though it for this game," Carr joked. "But it wouldn't be fair to him
meant skipping a doctor's appointment to do it. to use that in any way, and we don't."
Schembechler never really stopped coaching. Instead, Carr told his players before the game that the
Last Wednesday, defensive end LaMarr Woodley sat in best way to honor Schembechler would be to "coach and
that office and listened to Schembechler "coach him up," play in a way that would have made him proud."
giving the senior co-captain a few tips on how to get the Although Carr answered questions about Schem-
defense fired up heading into Saturday's game. bechler after the game, he said little about how his close
It would be the last of many times Woodley spent in friend's death had affected him personally.
Schembechler's office soaking in the coaching legend's But what he did say spoke volumes.
wisdom. "All I can say about him is I loved that man," Carr said
Although Schembechler's death affected the entire with tears in his eyes.
Michigan program, Carr was adamantly opposed to using He didn't need to add anything else.
WHERE WE'RE ALWAYS
- UP FOR A REMATCH.
BIG TEN STANDINGS
Team Big Ten Oerall
Ohio State 8 0 12 0
Michigan 7 1 11 1
Wisconsin 7 1 11 1
Penn State 5 3 8 4
Purdue 5 3 8 4
Minnesota 3 5 6 6
Indiana 3 5 5 7
Iowa 2 6 6 6
Northwestern 2 6 4 8
Illinois 1 7 2 10
Michigan State 1 7 4 8
THIS WEEKEND'S RESULTS
OHIO STATE 42, Michigan 39
WISCONSIN 35. Buffal 3
PENNS SATE 17, Michigan State 13
PURDUE 28, Indiana 19
NoRTHWESTERN 27, Illinois 16
MINNEsOTA 34, Iowa 24
AROUND THE NCAA
FOURTH QUARTER SURGE LEADS
SOUTHERN CAL PAST CAL:
Southern Cal holds on to National
Championship dreams after it beat
rival Cal 23-9. The game was tightly
contested through three quarters, but
the Trojans blew it open in the fourth,
scoring two touchdowns to hold on
for the win, 23-9. The win gives the
Trojans their fifth straight Pac-10
championship and an automatic spot in
one of the BCS games. The Trojans will
battle fellow one-loss Notre Dame next
weekend for a possible slot in the BCS
National Championship Game.
AFTER MARQUEE WIN OVER LOUIS-
VILLE, RUTGERS OVERLOOKS CINCY:
The Rutgers bandwagon will undoubt-
edly be lighter after Cincinnati upset
Rutgers, 30-11. The Bearcats used
backup quarterback Nick Devila to
ruin Rutgers' perfect season. Cincinna-
ti jumped out to an early 17-point lead
before the Scarlet Knights registered
their first score, a field goal late in the
second quarter. Rutgers' feeble attempt
to stage a comeback was too little too
late, and the Bearcats held on for the
win. Rutgers' loss blows the race for
the Big East title wide open, with
three teams having just one loss.
FURIOUS FOURTH-QUARTER COME-
BACK LEADS LSU OVER OLE MISS:
With 8:46 left in regulation, Loui-
siana State decided it wanted to
play some football, and came back
from 13 points down to win in over-
time. Fourteen seconds remained in
regulation when JaMarcus Russell's
fourth-down pass found his receiver
Dwayne Bowe to tie the game at 20.
The Rebels blocked the extra point,
sending the game to overtime. After
Ole Miss quarterback Brent Schaef-
fer fumbled its overtime possession,
Louisiana State kicked a field goal to
cap the great comeback.
EAGLES CARRY AWAY TERRAPINS IN
ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE GAME:
In a positioning battle for the ACC title
game, Boston College routed Maryland
38-16 at home. Linebacker Jolonn Dun-
bar returned two fumbles for touch-
downs, and quarterback Matt Ryan
threw for two more. The Eagles have to
win once to make it to the title game.
Quarterback Chad Henne and the Michigan offense handled the crowd noise, committing just one illegal motion penalty.
Enthusiastic fans pack
Horseshoe for record
By KEVIN WRIGHT
Daily Sports Editor
COLUMBUS - With all of the national hype sur-
rounding the Michigan-Ohio State game Saturday,
the third-quarter attendance announcement was no
The public address announcer told the fans that
they were part of the largest
crowd in Ohio Stadium history. NOTEBOOK
The 105,708 attendance number
edged out the 105,565 crowd at
last season's Texas-Ohio State contest.
The Buckeyes players took notice from the onset.
"I was extremely emotional because when I heard
the roar of the crowd, I knew it was my last time to
play in front of the best fans in the land," Ohio State's
Brandon Mitchell said. "It is something to tell my
children about. I'll tell them how it was an honor to
get the win for our team, our school and the city of
Even though the crowd was the largest in Ohio
Stadium history, you wouldn't have known it from
the way the Michigan offense handled the noise.
The last time the Wolverines played in such a hos-
tile environment, they had a shaky start at Beaver
Stadium. The offense committed numerous false
starts, but Saturday was different. Michigan had just
one dead-ball penalty.
"To come in here and only have one penalty for
illegal motion, when honestly you could not hear - I
mean, to have 11 guys on the football field and per-
form like they did in that type of crowd, to me, is a
remarkable thing," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.
"I think our kids just did a magnificent job of dealing
with the pressure of the crowd offensively."
OLD-FASHIONED SHOOTOUT: Saturday's matchup
featured the No. 1 and 3 scoring defenses in the
With two devastating defenses going toe-to-toe,
no one thought the game to be a shootout. But 81
points later, the contest ranked as the second high-
est scoring game in the rivalry. Only Michigan's 86-
0 rout in 1902 featured more points.
The game started with the Wolverines driving
impressively down the field to score the opening
touchdown, grabbing the quick lead.
But no Michigan fan watching the game expected
the defense, which has been relied on to carry the
team for the most part this season, to give up 42
"You know, like I always say, whenever there's a
big play, you know, somebody's out the gap," defen-
sive end LaMarr Woodley said.
Surprisingly, Michigan came out of the gates
throwing the ball. Even though running back Mike
Hart gained 142 yards on the ground, quarterback
Chad Henne threw a season-high 35 pass attempts
for 267 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown pass to
wide receiver Adrian Arrington - the longest scor-
ing play the Ohio State defense has given up all sea-
"You know, what I believe offensively is that
you've got to have the kind of offense where you can
score quickly," Carr said. "That's really what you
work on. You work on two-minute offense. And you
have to bea great offense."
ONE FOR THE MONEY, TWO FOR THE SHOW: After
Michigan scored on a Hart one-yard touchdown
run to cut the Ohio State lead to 35-30, Carr contem-
plated a two-point conversion and kept the offensive
unit on the field.
As Henne lined up behind center, Ohio State
coach Jim Tressel called a timeout.
When the units returned to the field, Michigan's
offense stayed on the sideline, and kicker Garrett
Rivas converted the extra point to trim the Buckeye
lead to four.
"Well, the chart said two, and I was happy to have
them use a timeout," Carr said. "You know, we had
a play call. They lined up, saw what we were in, and
then called a timeout. And he was happy to have
them use a timeout at that point. I just felt it was a
little bit early."
ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL
Well, the "Game of the Century" came and went as Ohio State
edged Michigan in the No.1-No.2 matchup. But Wolverine fans
still have hope for a possible rematch in the National Champion-
ship game. Since Rutgers lost in a stunning upset at Cincinnati and
Southern Cal faces Notre Dame next week, the stars may align for
Michigan, who stayed in the second spot. Meanwhile Florida has
a chance to make it to Glendale, Ariz., if it can beat Florida State
over Thanksgiving Break and make it to the Southeastern Confer-
ence championship game. But the Gators might have to beat an
Arkansas team that keeps rolling over its opponents.
TEAM LAST WEEK THIS WEEK
1. Ohio State beat Michigan End of season
2. Michigan lost to Ohio End of season
3. Southern Cal beatCalfornia Notre Dame
4. Florida beat Western Florida State
5 Arkansas beat Mississippi State at Louisiana State
6. Notre Dame beat Army 41-9 at Southern Cal
7. West Virginia beat Pittsburgh South Florida
8. Louisville beat South Florida at Pittsburgh
9. Louisiana State beat Mississippi Arkansas
10. Wisconsin beat Buffalo End of season
11. Texas Idle Texas A&M
12. Boise State beat Utah State 49-10 Nevada
13. Oklahoma beat Baylor 36-10 at Oklahoma State
14. Auburn beat Alabama 22-15 End of Season
15. Rutgers lost to Syracuse
16. Georgia Tech beat Duke at Georgia
17, Virginia Tech beat Wake Forest at Southern Cal
18. Boston College beat Maryland 38-16 at Miami (Fl.)
19. Tennessee beat Vanderbilt Kentucky
20. Wake Forest lost to Virginia at Maryland
21. Brigham Young beat New Mexico at Utah
22. California lost to Southern Cal Stanford
23. Nebraska Idle Colorado
24. Clemson Idle South Carolina
25. Hawaii beat San Jose Purdue
Games updated through Nov. 20.