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Twelve-year run in jeopardy at Penn State

Daily Sports Editor
The Michigan football team's
nine-game win streak over Penn
State will end Saturday, since the
third-ranked Nittany Lions are
favored by 23.5
points. Michigan at
Or will it?
Michigan (2-4) Penn State
has been ranked Matchup:
lower than the Michigan 2-4;
Nittany Lions in Penn State 7-0
five of the last nine When: To ror-
games, including row 4:30 P.M.
last year's 14-9 Where: Bea-
win. And Penn ner eta-
State (7-0) has
been undefeated TV/Radio:
three times in the tSPN
streak entering its
matchup with Michigan.
"I said to the kids after the ball-
game, I said, 'Hey, I hope you guys
don't fall asleep and think that
because we beat Wisconsin in
pretty good shape, and Michigan
had some problems, that it's going
to be an easy football game,' " Penn
State coach Joe Paterno said. "I said,

"You've got to remember, these guys
have beaten us nine (games) in a
row. They know how to beatus.'"'
Even if the streak ends Saturday,
it will still go down as one of the
most impressive feats in Michigan's
storied history.
Although Michigan has had a
winning streak of atleastnine games
against every Big Ten team, none of
those streaks contained as many
wins over ranked teams. The Nit-
tany Lions were ranked entering six
of the nine games. No other Big Ten
team was ranked more than twice in
its losing streak to Michigan.
The first game in the streak
launched the Wolverines into the
forefront of the race for the 1997
National Championship, which they
split with Nebraska.
In 2002, Penn State couldn't cap-
italize on its only winning season
between 2000 and 2004. The Nit-
tany Lions pushed the Wolverines
to the first overtime game in Michi-
gan Stadium history, but fell 27-24.
An apparent catch on Penn State's
last drive was ruled out of bounds,
taking away the Nittany Lions'
chance of a game-winning field goal

in regulation. Paterno later filed a
complaint with the Big Ten regard-
ing the call, one of several that have
been questioned during the streak.
In 2005, then-Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr convinced the officials
to put two seconds back on the clock
during the Wolverines' final drive, a
decision the Penn State faithful fre-
quently decry. On a play that began
with one second left, Chad Henne
threw a touchdown pass to Mario
Manningham, giving the Nittany
Lions their only loss of the season.
The competition has kicked up
off the field, too. On national sign-
ing day this year, freshman running
back Michael Shaw decommitted
from Penn State in favor of Michi-
gan, drawing Paterno's ire.
The streak, which began before
Carr ever won a Big Ten title, will
be tested Saturday at 4:30 in State
College. The point spread has never
been so large in the series.
"It's an unusual place to be -
being a 24-point underdog going
to into a game," senior nose tackle
Terrance Taylor said. "But it makes
you angry, and it makes you play

Senior Terrance Taylor (left) and fifth-year senior Tim Jamison pursue Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli two years ago.
The duo knocked Morelli and his backup out of the game then and hope to get similar pressure on the quarterback tomorrow.

Nittany Lions
. have upper hand

Czarnik has chance to shine in CCHA
opener against Northern Michigan

Daily Sports Editor

over twice as manyr
downs (25) as pass
ground attack is likel

VS. PENN STATE RUSHING Michigan is ranke
DEFENSE Big Ten in rushing de
Penn State leads the Big Ten because it couldn't st
in rushing defense, allowing less liams when Illinoisc
than 90 yards per game. Defensive two weeks ago. Thou
end Aaron Maybin is a force to be quarterback Daryll C
reckoned with for the Wolverines' effective in the air,
front line with a conference-high Lions will still be ab
12 tackles for loss this season. the Wolverines.
Other than freshman running
back Sam McGuffie, Michigan's Edge: Penn State
running backs have been nonex-
istent this year.The Wolverine's SPECIAL TE
second leading rusher, redshirt Against Toledo -
freshman quarterback Steven time in weeks, th
Threet, has just 19 yards. And didn't fumble on a
with running back Carlos Brown Even though it looks
still out and running back Bran- verines may have fou
don Minor coming off a rib injury returners in redshi
from last week, don't expect either Avery Horn and fre
team's statistics to drastically tavious Odoms, they
change. consistent enough

ushing touch-
ing, and the
ly to be just as
ed last in the
'fense, mostly
op Juice Wil-
came to town
gh Penn State
Clark is more
, the Nittany
le to run over
for the first
e Wolverines
kick return.
as if the Wol-
nd go-to kick
irt freshman
eshman Mar-
haven't been
to be relied
Derrick Wil-
ey Lions' top
ing his. team
9.2 yards per
's opponents
4.5 yards per
Zoltan Mesko
gainst Toledo
'been one of
[he team. He's
in the Big Ten
pecial teams
ined by the

By CHRIS MESZAROS CCHA polls but suffered a 5-0 loss
Daily Sports Writer to Minnesota-Duluth last weekend.
Northern Michigan played the
They graduated from the same Wolverines well in all six games
high school. last year, including two 3-3 ties at
They both played for the U.S. Yost Ice Arena. '
National Team Development Pro- While Kolarik scored three
gram. goals against the Wildcats last sea-
Even the last two letters of their son, including a game-winner, the
names are the expectations for
same. Czarnik are not as
So who are the high - yet.
Wolverine coaches He rem inded But the Wash-
comparing fresh- ington, Mich.
man forward Rob- us a little of native has already
bie Czarnik to? 1 *1 s impressed the
"He reminded ~Chad olarlK, coaching staff
us a little of Chad Berenson said enough for them
Kolarik," Michigan to put him on
coach Red Beren- the top power-
son said of Czarnik. play line.
"He has reallygood Kampfer's
skills. He has always been one of injury created an opening on the
the top scorers in his age group. He unit Czarnik will fill, for now.
just seemed like a Michigan player, Michigan hopes to jumpstart a
a player that would thrive at Michi- power-play unit that scored just
gan." one goallast weekend against St.
Will he thrive as much as Kolarik Lawrence.
did donning the Maize and Blue? "(Czarnik is) a skilled player
It'll take a while to find out. and has good vision," Berenson
But Czarnik can make an impres- said. "When we lost Kampfer
sion upon his coaches this weekend, at defense, we put Carl (Hage-
when the second-ranked Wolver- lin) at the point, and that opens
ines (2-0) head to Marquette to up a spot down low, and we felt
take on a tough Northern Michigan Czarnik was the guy."
squad to open the CCHA season. Like Kolarik, Czarnik has an
With Michigan's defense reel- impressive shot. The Wolverines
ing from the loss of senior Mark targeted Czarnik as a recruit
Mitera, junior Steve Kampfer and since he was a sophomore in
freshman Brandon Burlon, the high school.
Wolverines will have to pick up the Czarnik is quick on the ice
slack in all facets of the game. and has soft hands that give him
The 19th-ranked Wildcats (1-1) touch around the net.
were the preseason darlings of the "He shoots to score," Michi-

gan assistant coach Mel Pearson
said. "Whereas a lot of guys like
that try to put it on the goal or aim
it, he tries to score."
Porter played on the development
team for two years before becom-
ing Wolverines. Similarly, Czarnik
and fellow freshman David Wohl-
berg played together last year and'
have known each other for several
years, developing a close friendship
along the way.
"They've known each other so
long that they can read off each
other," Pearson said. "Plus, they
really enjoy each other's company

both on the ice and off the ice."
Michigan plays its first big series
of the season this weekend against
the Wildcats. The Wildcats return
10 of 12 top point producers. They
are hungry to start the season
strong, something they didn't do
last year.
While Kolarik developed his
stardom over the course of four
years, Czarnik can start to develop
his own legacy this weekend.
"He's got skill, he's got speed,
he's got great work ethic, good
hands, good offensive instincts,"
Pearson said. "All what we look for
on the power play."

Edge: Penn State

upon yet.
Wide receiver I
liams is the Nittan

MICHIGAN PASSING OFFENSE kick returner, helpi
VS. PENN STATE PASSING to a Big Ten-high 2
DEFENSE return. Penn State
Threet is still recovering from have averaged just4
a bruised right elbow, which lim- punt return.
ited him in practice this week. If Michigan punter2
redshirt sophomore Nick Sheri- had a 63-yard punt a
dan starts in place of Threet, and has consistently
the Michigan offense will prob- the best players on t]
ably rely even more on its running the strongest punter:
game. Even if Threet starts, he right now, but this si
will likely be rusty without a full battle will be determ
week of practice. stronger kick return
The Penn State secondary has,
grabbed a Big Ten leading 11 inter- Edge: Penn State
ceptions this year, and Sheridan
has thrown two interceptions INTANGIBL
in each of his last two games. Penn State has
The opportunistic Nittany Lion straight against the*
defense will be able to take advan- dating back to 1996.
tage of a few small Michigan mis- gan has watched its
takes. snap stadium recor

Edge: Penn State

as the Wolverines'
against Mid-Americ
ence teams was sn

lost. nine
But Michi-
ds all year,
win streak
'an Confer-
napped last
, Penn State
safe to say
a very hos-

VS. MICHIGAN PASSING Michigan is down
DEFENSE is rolling and it's
It's hard to tell that Daryll Clark Happy Valley will be
is a first-year starting quarter- tile place tomorrow.
back. The Clark-led "Spread HD"
offense scored 48 points against Edge: Penn State
Wisconsinlast week and 38 against
Illinois three weeks ago, and both Prediction: Penn Stat
teams have stronger defenses than 41-14
The Wolverines have been
burned on deep passes all sea- NAS FINEST& FASTEST SI
son. Although defensive coor- ,
dinator Scott Shafer likely ,
emphasized improved coverage T.- s H I R T P R I
and tackling on wide receiver
screens this week in practice, . Expert Scree
the turnaround may not be that "r&
quick.m d


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Edge: Penn State
Penn State running back
Evan Royster is averaging 102.7
rushing yards per game. And on
average, the Nittany Lions tally
235 rushing yards to their oppo-
nents' 90 this season. They have

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