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Michigan picks up sloppy win over Wayne State in exhibition
Time of Poss
By LUKE PASCH half, the Wolverines committed
Daily Sports Editor seven turnovers, and the War-
riors committed 11. Neither team
much of Friday night's shot the ball well either, as Michi-
tion basketball game, the gan finished the half just 3-for-16
1st thing on the floor was from 3-point range, and Wayne
and new block-M at half- State finished 2-for-11.
To "We came out really excited,
en WAYNE STATE 39 I think," Beilein said after the
wly MICHIGAN 47 game. "Almost too excited to
make simple plays - base hits."
Crisler Arena in Ann To open the contest, Beilein
No. 18 Michigan tipped off started senior guard Stu Douglass
t Wayne State, and it was at point guard over freshman stud
John Beilein's first look at TreyBurke,asexpected.Butwhen
is team would handle the Burke took the floor, he wasted
ure of former Wolverine little time getting involved. On a
guard Darius Morris to the fast break early in the game, he
And it didn't look too great. showcased his speed, outrunning
Volverines won the contest, his opponents up the floor. When
but play on the offensive he got into the lane, he dished to
as very sloppy. In the first center Jordan Morgan under the
M I C H I G A N
Playet C-A Yds TDa nt
Rbnson, D. A73 T94 2 1
Gardner, D. 1-1 2 0 0
Totals 1838 196 2 1
Player Att Yds Avg Lg TO
Toussaint 16 58 3.6 11
Robinson 12 55 4.6 22 0
Srnith 4 14 3.5 11 0
Gardner 5 0 0.0 5 .
Totals 37 5 3.4 22 0
P ly G No. Yds Avg Lg TO
Hemingway 5 64 12.8 19
Roundtree 2 37 18. 1 0
Grady 2 22 11.0 13 0
Smith 2 12 6.0 7 0
Va~8,,g~ 2 0
Gallon,, 1 10 13 0
Adm 1 1 230 1
Daieo 1 1 1. 1 0
Toussaint 1 5.0 5 1
Totals 18 196 10.9 19
Player No. Yds Avg Lg
Plyr No. Yds Avg Lg T
Galon 1 13 13.0 13 1
Koger 1 8 8.0 8
Totals 5 90 16.0 28
Player No. Yds Avg Lg TDO
Playe Solo Asst Tot
Kovacs 4 2 6
Countess 4 2 6
Morgan 2 4 6
Floyd 4 0 4
Van Bergen 2 0 2
Hawthorne' 1' 1 '2
Cavanaugh .1 1 2
Avery 1 1 2
IHeininger 1 1 2
Schofield 1 0 1
Simmnons 1 0 1
Fitzgerald 0 1 1
Hollowell 0 1 1
Totals 32 38 70
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"Trying to make a play and
put the ball on the ground,
that led to a field goal," Hoke
said. "And then the intercep-
tion down there going in. You
Hoke stopped and chuckled
"It does swing (the game),
when you havethe ball and don't
score," he said.
Gardner fared no better as
He completed a two-yard
pass earlier in the game but
also fumbled a snap. Spell-
ing Robinson, Gardner rushed
three times, threw an incom-
plete pass and handed off
Gardner topped off his inglo-
rious drive with a 12-yard sack,
and expanded the bad situation
by hurling the ball toward the
sideline as he fell to the ground.
The quarterbacks weren't
really Hoke's biggest concern
when he started at Michigan
11 months ago. That concern
was the defense. But there's no
question what the Wolverines'
biggest liability is today - Rob-
inson has the 97th-ranked pass-
ing percentage in the nation.
"(Robinson) keeps growing as
a quarterback," Hoke said.
It's a process - not what
Michigan fans want to hear.
There's hardly a quarterback
controversy brewing at Michi-
gan, but neither has consistently
proven he deserves the spot.
But as the referee standing
behind each play, Capron didn't
think Robinson and Gardner
were tA and 1B. He saw a clear
No. 1 and No. 2.
The performances may not be
pretty, the numbers may not be
as gaudy as in the past - Robin-
son finished 17-of-37 passing for
194 yards - but still, Robinson
holds himself responsible for
"No matter what, we just kept
fighting," Robinson said. "That's
just the biggest thing we'll take
away from this game.
"Learn from my mistakes."
basket, who slammed it home. But
as the crowd erupted, Burke com-
mitted his first rookie mistake,
taking his momentum into the
Wayne State defender and picking
up the offensive foul. The points
were erased, but the crowd still
had its first taste of the exciting
style of play Burke brings to Ann
"I was going full speed," Burke
said after the game. "I was just
kind of excited, really. All my
coaches have been telling me, 'It's
college now, they're going to be
taking charges.' There it was."
The excitement didn't stop
there, though. Six minutes into
the second half, Burke led anoth-
er fast break charge up the floor
and tossed an alley-oop dunk to
a streaking Tim Hardaway Jr.
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all season. It gave the offense a
chance to win the game. But this
time, it didn't win the game itself.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke
was disappointed his defense
couldn't stop one of Iowa's three
redzone trips, allowingthree easy
touchdowns. And those magic
turnovers - those that always
seemed to come at the most
opportune time - never came.
"We didn't cause any turnovers,
I don't think," Kovacs said. "That
was the turnover battle. That was
the difference in the game."
They had done all they could,
yet not enough. But Michigan still
had a chance to tie the game.
"Yeah, (Hemingway) caught it,"
Robinson said after the game. "Of
course I thought my teammate was
"I thought he caught it," added
Iowa linebacker Tyler Nielsen.
"I thought his feet were in, and I
thought he caught it."
Nielsen was the Hawkeye
who blitzed Denard Robinson,
untouched, in the second quarter.
Robinson escaped Nielsen briefly,
and then dropped the ball while
scrambling. Nielsen fell on it.
The miscue gave Iowa a field
goal and a17-6 lead. Bad gotworse
on the next drive, as Robinson
threw his 12th interception of the
season, in the red zone no less.
"Trying to make a play and put
the ball on the ground - that led
to a field goal," Hoke said after the
game. "And then the interception
down there going in. You know-"
Hoke chuckled to himself,
lamenting in his own way.
"It does swing (the game),
when you have the ball and don't
The slow start stung more,
against a middle-of-the-pack
Iowa defense that had a leaky run
defense and the Big Ten's third-
worst pass defense.
"Turnovers always hurt," he
continued. "The thing that we
missed today though was - we
didn't get any (turnovers) back."
Two turnovers could've bur-
ied the Wolverine offense, but
inexplicably, they wouldn't have
mattered if the call went Heming-
way's way in the final seconds.
"You know, I've got the worst
seat in the house," said the winning
coach, Kirk Ferentz. "It lookedfrom
where I was standing, it looked like
(Hemingway) came down on the
white and then seeing the replay
made mefeel a little bit better."
"I don't have a great seat," said
the losing coach, Brady Hoke. "But
the one (referee) in the back thought
he did and the other (referee)
to awaken an ice-cold Michigan
"In practice, we usually don't
get chances like that," Burke said.
"But he looked at me, I looked at
him, and I knew he was going to
catch it. That kind of gave us a
In 28 minutes of play, Burke
finished the game with seven
points on 3-of-7 shooting, and,
he had four assists. Hardaway
Jr. finished with a team-high 20
points on 7-of-17 shooting. Along
with the new look in the back-
court, Beilein decided to switch
things up in the paint as well,
starting sophomore Jon Horford
at center over last year's every-
day starter, redshirt sophomore
Jordan Morgan. But both big men
got their fair share of minutes,
and both cleaned up the boards
nicely, finishing with 10 rebounds
between the two of them. Of the
two, their teammates don't really
know who's going to start in next
week's season opener against Fer-
"Jon (Horford) has been work-
ing really hard," Douglass said.
"He deserved to start tonight.
Who knows what's going to hap-
pen - I don't really know what
goes on in (Beilein's) head."
All in all, the game would have
ended in a much larger margin of
victory if they could just get their
shots to fall. The team finished
just 33 percent from the field,
and until Hardaway Jr. starting
knocking down shots at the end
of the game, the Warriors had an
upset bid in the works.
Fifth-year senior junior Hemingway had five catches for 64 yards, but most will
remember his missed opportunity from the three-yard line.
Player C-A Yds
Vandenbeg 141 17
Totals 14-21 171
Playr Att Yds Avg
Coker - 29 132 4.6
McNutt 1 7 7.0
Totals 35 131 3.7
Player No. 94, Avg Ig
Guhrie 5 200 400 44
Totals 5 .200 40.0 44
Player No. Yds Avg Lg
Canzer 2 33 16.5 19
ernstine 1 23 23.0 23
Totals 3 56 18.7 23
Player Solo Asst Tot
Morri d yr4 4
Nardo 2 6 8
Miller 4 3 7
Kirksey 2 3 5
Hyde 4 0 4
Alvs 2 1 3
Binns 2 1 3
Sleeper 1 1 2
Lowderrmilk 1 0 1
Aln 0 1
Daniel 0 1 1
Lowery 0 1 1
Totals 39 40 79
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Mealer as the only backup line-
man with experience.
Though the offense struggled
at times on Saturday, the line's
play was solid throughout the
"I think they did some good
things," said Michigan coach
Brady Hoke. "As we look at it,
I think there'll be some things
they did real well and there'll be
some things we have to go back
More often than not, the line
gave junior quarterback Denard
Robinson plenty of time to find
an open receiver.
On 2nd-and-goal from the
five-yard line during Michi-
gan's first scoring drive of the
game, the Wolverines lined up
in I-formation. Robinson faked
the handoff to sophomore run-
ning back Fitzgerald Toussaint
and dropped back to pass.
He looked right. He ran left.
He looked to the middle of the
end zone, then danced left again
before ultimately scrambling
back right. He scanned the end
zone and finally fired a pass into
the belly of a wide-open Tous-
saint for the score.
Robinson held onto the ball
for 10 seconds before letting it
fly, and he was never touched by
an Iowa defender.
A quarter later, Michigan
was knocking on the Hawkeyes'
door again. From the 11-yard
line, Robinson took the snap in
shotgun formation. Once again,
he had plenty of time and no
defenders in his face. But on that
play, he threw the ball into traf-
fic, and the ball was tipped into
the air before falling into the
arms of Iowa linebacker Chris-
Robinson finished the game
just 17-for-37 for 197 yards, but
he was the first to say that his
struggles weren't due to a lack of
time to throw.
"(The offensive line) played
great," Robinson said. "Hats off
to them. And I love them."
KOVACS RETURNS: After
missing last weekend's game
against Purdue with a knee inju-
ry, redshirt junior safety Jor-
dan Kovacs returned to action
against the Hawkeyes.
Kovacs, who started along-
side fifth-year senior Troy
Woolfolk, didn't appear limited
because ofthe injury. He record-
ed six tackles against Iowa.
"(The coaches) were work-
ing me into the lineup all week
and I could tell they wanted
me to play," Kovacs said. "I felt
like I could play. (The knee) felt
Even though his knee felt
alright, Kovacs was still hurting
after the game.
"(This loss) hurt," he said. "It
still hurts. But we've just got to
remember the taste, get better,
watch the game film tomorrow,
learn from it but move onto the
"We can't let Iowa beat us
DILEO'S DISASTER: If Michi-
gan had scored at the end of the
fourth quarter, the Wolverines
still would've needed to convert
a two-point conversion in order
to force overtime - they were
down 24-16 at the time.
Sophomore receiver Drew
Dileo's miscue was the reason
a two-point conversion was
After Robinson's touchdown
pass to Toussaint made the
score 7-6 Iowa, Dileo jogged out
on the field - he's been the hold-
er on field goals and extra points
Until that point, Dileo had
been sure-handed. But for one
reason or another, he couldn't
handle the snap by fifth-year
senior Tom Pomarico.
The ball hit him square in the
hands, but he simply lost con-
trol of it. Realizing there was no
chance for redshirt sophomore
kicker Brendan Gibbons to get
the kick off, Dileo grabbed the
ball and tried to run but was
immediately brought down by
a swarm of Hawkeye defenders.
After the game, Hoke defend-
ed his receiver.
"He's caught probably a thou-
sand of (those snaps)," Hoke said.
"Like anything else, it was prob-
ability. It's going to happen."
NOTES: Iowa wore special
helmets to honor all of the men
and women serving in the mili-
They were the same tradi-
tional black head pieces but
featured a red, white and blue
tigerhawk on the right temple.
... Fifth-year senior receiver Kel-
vin Grady had two receptions
on Saturday, matching his sea-
son total. ... Gibbons converted
a 32-yard field goal in the third
quarter. He's now 7-for-9 on
field goals this season after fin-
ishing1-of-5 last season.
thought he didn't."
During Hoke's halftime inter-
view, he thought Iowa's corner-
back had hit the intended receiver
before the pass arrived on Rob-
inson's interception, which could
have prompted a pass interference
"Yeah, we want the call, we
want them all," Hoke said on TV.
After the game, he looked like
a man who had lost faith. His eyes
were glazed. Like something had
been taken from him - either
the game or his confidence in his
Before Hemingway's play, the
officials had already called off a
would-be touchdown on Michi-
gan's final drive. Junior running
back Vincent Smith appeared to
have run for an 82-yard touch-
down on the first play, but replays
showed his elbow was down. The
group had also picked up a pass
interference call onIowa that came
the play before Robinson fumbled
the ball in the second quarter.
But Robinson still had his
chance at redemption, having
orchestrated another heroic final
drive. The ball was at Iowa's
three-yard line, and Michigan
was down 24-16 with 16 seconds
left. Robinson had four chances
to tie the game, pending the two-
His first attempt at Heming-
way sailed out of the endzone.
On second down, 12 seconds
left, Hemingway drifted down-
field. Iowa cornerback Micah
Hyde had his back turned to Rob-
inson, who lofted the ball towards
the back of the endzone, again
heading out of bounds. This time,
Hemingway shifted his body,
nudging Hyde aside.
The rest is fuzzy.
The call on the play was an
incompletion. In the eye of the
beholder, Hemingway either
caught the ball in that frozen
snapshot, end of story, or the
of the ball touched out of bounds
when he landed.
"I caught that (one) no ifs ands
or buts about it!!!!" Hemingway
tweeted after the game.
The only opinion that mattered
was that of the replay official
who confirmed the incompletion,
sending Kinnick Stadium into
Chatter after the game cen-
tered on Hemingway's missed
opportunity, rather than Robin-
son's two incompletions after that
- the second of which could've
been called pass interference
on the defensive back covering
Say Hemingway did catch it.
Michigan would have still needed
a two-point conversion, because
holder Drew Dileo's dropped PAT
earlier still hung over its head.
And what about overtime? The
Wolverines' problems in regula-
tion, in both red zones, could've
Yet, all anyone wanted to talk
about was Hemingway's would-
"The referee said he wasn't
in," Robinson said, for once pre-
venting his smile from shin-
ing through. "Man, there's no
- there's no. We can't (put) the
game on the officials. We've got
to do it ourselves."
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