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By MAX COHEN as the favorite for the team title
Daily Sports Writer with the No. 7 ranking in the
EAST LANSING - Minutes "We knew we had to come
after completing its race in the out here and do what we've been
Big Ten Championship, the doing allyear," Addison said
Michigan women's cross coun- After Addison, the Wolverines
try team huddled beyond the had three runners earn second-
finish line, excitedly anticipating team All-Big Ten honors: fifth-
the posting of the team results. year senior Amanda Eccleston,
The team and the crowd filled senior Jillian Smith and fresh-
with Wolverine fans erupted man Shannon Osika. The trio
into cheers at the Forest Akers finished within four places of
Golf Course at Michigan State each other. Osika was also the
as the projector flashed onto the first freshman in the conference
giant screen and announced that to cross the finish line.
the Wolverines had captured the "It doesn't matter what place
Big10 title. on the team you're in," Eccleston
Senior Rebecca Addison led said. "It just matters that we
the way for Michigan, finishing work together, work as a team
third overall and earning first- and run together, and that's what
team All-Big Ten honors. By gotus throughthis race."
winning the team title, the Wol- This team-first philosophy
verines successfully completed has yielded great dividends for
their main goal of the season. McGuire, who earned his ninth
"Words can't describe it," said Big Ten team title with the win
Michigan coach Mike McGuire. and first since 2006.
"It was our primary objective "You draw strength from each
from the first day of camp. Real- other," McGuire said. "No one
ly, it was our primary objective person has to shoulder the load.
since we left Champaign last We did a good job of distributing
year a close second." the workload."
In the past two confer- At the start of the race, the
ence championship meets, the Wolverine runners ran out to
Wolverines finished second to the front of the pack, almost too
Michigan State, which finished quickly for McGuire's liking.
second this year. But, as the race settled down, the
This year, Michigan entered Michigan runners stayed toward
the conference championship the front of the group, refusing
to tire and fade back amongst
the large group of runners far-
ther back. For the majority of the
race, Addison remained out front
with Eccleston, Smith and Osika
running together close behind,
pacing each other throughout
"We don't get caught up on
our order," said McGuire, allud-
ing to the selfless mentality of
the runners. "Once we get our
first runner across, we've got to
get going after that."
The team effort showed for
Michigan, exemplified by fresh-
man Taylor Manett being a scor-
ing runner for the first time this
season, meaning she finished
among Michigan's top five run-
ners. The five scoring runners
for the Wolverines finished 31
seconds apart, putting them in
line for the win.
After Michigan and Michigan
State, Penn State, Minnesota and
Wisconsin rounded out the top
five in the team competition.
Michigan State's Sara Kroll won
the individual championship,
trailed by Iowa's Mareike Sch-
rulle, who finished second, and
Addison, who finished nine sec-
onds behind Kroll.
With their primary objective
for the season completed, Michi-
gan will go on to compete in the
NCAA Great Lakes Regional on
Nov. 9 in Madison.
opportunity cost. If Robinson
goes down, who goes in? Do I
still play Gardner? Will he be
ready? And the kicker: is this all
Risk. No doubt it's a risk. A
gamble, of course. You know it's
been a gamble all along. Hoke
had a choice between the known
- uninspiring as it may be - and
the exciting unknown. Hoke
gambled onthe faulty scheme.
He gambled on Robinson's
durability and Bellomy's ability.
Hoke chose to roll the dice.
For a while, it worked. It
lurched forward, as Gardner
became a serviceable but raw
talent at receiver and Robinson
fought through a persistent
right-arm injury and Bellomy
struggled in relief. It worked
until the bubble burst, until
Robinson injured his arm again
on Saturday, this time badly
enough to knock him out for the
entire second half. That's what
happens with these schemes.
The foundation gets yanked
away and the tower falls. These
weren't toxic bonds, they were
toxic roster moves, and Hoke
was praying for a bull market.
He was praying for snake eyes.
Problem is, this isn't Las
Vegas, this is the Big Ten. In
the real world, you hedge. In
the real world, you have a plan
B. You plan for what happens if
Denard isn't durable enough. If
Bellomy isn't good enough. Who
do you turn to then? Has Gard-
ner taken enough reps? Is Jack
Michigan had no quarter-
back, no plan, no chance against
a Nebraska defense smelling
blood in the water.
Gardner wasn't an option to
go in at quarterback, Hoke said,
"because he hasn't practiced
there a whole lot."
Still, Gardner would've been
the third option, after Bellomy,
Hoke said. But he also said no
matter how bad Bellomy played,
there was no threshold for send-
ing in Gardner.
"Russell probably would've
had to get hurt (for Gardner to
go in)," Hoke said. So Gardner
wasn't an option, until he was.
He could've gone in after all,
but wouldn't. And Bellomy
tested that threshold, darn it.
He finished 3-for-16. He threw
as many interceptions (three) to
Nebraska as he threw comple-
tions. His longest plays of the
day were penalties. But don't
blame the redshirt freshman.
He entered in the middle of
the game in a hostile stadium,
with no run game. And, Rus-
sell? Score us some touchdowns,
please, because we're trailing.
Never mind that we haven't
scored a touchdown in 90 min-
utes of game time.
No, don't blame Bellomy. He
played just like the plan said.
It was hardly a plan. Hoke's
own answers said that. So that's
what the hollow plan looked
like. Here's what it felt like:
It felt like Robinson, trying to
throw on the sideline at the end
of the third quarter, and throw-
ing the ball down in pain. It
felt like Robinson caressing his
injured right hand with his left
as the game spun further out of
Michigan's control in the fourth
It felt like Jack Kennedy, the
fourth-string loosening up on
the sideline. It felt like a medio-
cre Nebraska defense sending
men at the quarterback at will,
unafraid of Bellomy's arm.
And yes, it felt like a throw
into double coverage to a receiv-
er who should've been doing the
throwing in the first place.
Devin Gardner has said all
season he still considers himself
a quarterback, and before that
play, Michigan was seconds
away from going 120 minutes
without a touchdown. That's the
equivalent of two full games.
Yet there was Gardner, with
Bellomy reeling and Robinson
hurt, and he was trying to catch
passes instead of throwing
them. Gardner, the top quarter-
back prospect in his recruiting
class. Gardner, the best chance
at reaching the elusive end zone
again. Gardner, at wide receiver.
Now, it's easy to ask: How back-
ward is that?
So Michigan caught a few bad
breaks. Robinson went down,
though it should be noted, he
had shown signs of injury for
weeks. Bellomy played below
anyone's reasonable expecta-
tions. But when there's no
hedge, no backup, all that's left
after you bust is the long fall.
And, if Robinson doesn't
recover, a long, cold Big Ten
Helfand can be reached
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Nebraska, which was stymied on
the ground most of the night, take
to the air with quarterback Tay-
lor Martinez. Also, on both drives
the Cornhuskers used a hurry-up
attack to keep the Wolverines off
Martinez completed a 32-yard
touchdown pass to receiver Kenny
Bell in the opening minutes of the
second quarterto put Nebraskaup
7-0. The second sustained drive,
which came in the middle of the
third quarter, stalled, but Brett
Maher's 31-yard field goal helped
the Cornhuskers to their biggest
lead of the night to that point,16-6.
The Wolverine defense held
strong on several occasions when
put in bad position by Michigan's
offense, including just after half-
time when Bellomy threw an
interception that deflected off
fifth-year senior running back
Vincent Smith and was returned
to the Michigan four-yard line by
the Huskers' P.J. Smith.
But when Bellomy threw
another interception in the fourth
quarter, the defense promptly
gave up the game-sealing touch-
down on three Nebraska runs.
The poor play on that costly drive
was what Michigan coach Brady
Hoke dwelled upon after the
game, despitethe defense's overall
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that averaged 41.6 points per
game, the Michigan defense did
enough to slow it down, nearly
splitting that scoring average in
half. It bent but didn't break.
The Nebraska offense posted
season-low totals in points, pass-
ing yards, rushing yards and first
No defense in the first seven
weeks of the season held the
Cornhuskers to less than 29
points. Martinez and Co. averaged
279 passing yards and 233 rush-
ing yards before Saturday; Michi-
gan held them to 160 yards on the
ground and 166 more through the
But that wasn't enough.
There were lapses, of course.
Michigan coach Brady Hoke
and senior safety Jordan Kovacs
pointed out the same faults. Mis-
communication led to the Corn-
huskers' first touchdown of the
day, a 32-yard pick route to wide
receiver Kenny Bell. Nebraska
struck with big plays. Michigan's
tackling was inconsistent.
They had myriad excuses if
they wanted them.
Three Bellomy interceptions
rushed the defense back onto the
field and into quick-change situa-
tions. Nebraska started drives in
Michigan territory, including one
on the four-yard line. There's a
"No," Kovacs said. "We take
pride in that. Our motto is: 'Spot
the ball.' It doesn't matter where
the ball's at, just put the ball on
the field and we're goingto go play
defense and not let them get any
"They did (have several big
stops), but if (Nebraska) doesn't
score, they don't win," said oke,
who lamented what he saw as
poor tackling from the defense.
"The expectations for us from a
defensive standpoint, we've got
to play better. If we're giving up
points, we've got to play better."
Meanwhile, the team's offense
could do almost nothing to help
out its defense. Though the bulk
of the critical playing time fell on
Bellomy's shoulders, the offense
couldn't get much going even
when Robinson was in the game.
And though it wasn't quite as
unsightly as Bellomy's perfor-
mance, Robinson - who should be
back for next week's game at Min-
nesota, Hoke indicated - couldn't
establish a rhythm in the passing
"We just got to move the ball,"
Roundtree said. "It starts with the
line of scrimmage.... The offense,
we've got to turn it up. We got
four games left. We got to turn it
around and score points."
The Wolverines find them-
selves on more tenuous footing in
the Legends Division race.
"We've got three losses for the
season and we've just got to do
better, because last year we were
11-2," Roundtree said. "Our hopes
are still high, because we can still
get to the Rose Bowl, we can still
get to the Big Ten championship,
but it's in our hands. We got to do
what we do best."
Senior quarterback Denard
Robinson went to the turf with
a right-arm injury in the second
quarter and never returned to
the game. And the offense, for the
second consecutive week, didn't
score a single touchdown, putting
the defense in an almost-impossi-
ble position. There's an excuse.
"No," Kovacs said.
Not at all?
How can that be? Because the
expectation is zeroes. Hoke and
Kovacs both stressed the simple
point that if the Cornhuskers don't
score, they don't win. Makes per-
It's just not so easy to do against
one of the best offenses in the
nation. Though the players and
coaches won't budge off the com-
pany line that says that any points
on the board are a disappoint-
ment, there were promising signs
from the defense. There were the
six tackles for loss, the Roh sack,
the forced fumble and the inter-
ception from freshman defensive
end Mario Ojemudia. The defense
held Nebraska - an offense with
a 45.1-percent completion rate
on third downs - to 4-of-12 on
third downs. No defense had held
Nebraska beneath 200 rushing
yards or 179 passing yards. Michi-
gan did both.
The secondary still has more
interceptions (7) than passing
touchdowns allowed (5).
Still, Kovacs repeated, "We just
didn't do enough."
"We didn't play well enough
tonight, but we'll watch the film,
make corrections and we'll get
better for next week," he contin-
ued. "It's a tough loss, but as I said
in the Alabama game, you can't let
Nebraska beat you twice."
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lift this team."
But Treais's minimal produc-
tion and the lethargic defense on
Saturday stifled the Wolverines'
opportunity to sweep. Michi-
gan forfeited the trio of goals in
a three-minute span after car-
rying a narrow lead into the
third period. It was a late surge
for the RedHawks, coming back
with vengeful efforts after being
tagged with their first defeat of
the season. Miami had suffered
the loss in its first road game at
the hands of Treais and the Wol-
verines' gutsy offense.
Though Michigan may have
provoked the weekend's scrap-
py play, it still stands with the
lowest number of penalties in
the conference (9.2 minutes per
game), but fell to third in pen-
alty kills (90.0 percent), giving
the No. 1 spot to none other than
Miami (93.1 percent).
The RedHawks, however,
were scorned on multiple occa-
sions, notching 20 minutes of
penalties over the weekend.
On Saturday, Miami bounced
back and racked an early goal
four minutes into the opening
frame en route to its 4-3 win.
Though freshman goaltender
Steve Racine posted a solid per-
formance on Friday, Berenson
stood by his decision to split
Freshman Jared Rutledge let
one slip past him, surrendering
the 1-0 lead to forward Riley
Barber and the RedHawks.
The rookie netminder found
temporary rhythm as the game
progressed, inking 31 saves, but
gave up the three-straight tal-
lies to Miami in the final stanza.
In an uplifting two-thirds
of the game, sophomore for-
ward Travis Lynch found the
rebound off junior forward
Derek DeBlois and knocked it in
the net to tie it up deep into the
The Wolverines registered
back-to-back tallies as Gup-
till hammered the puck home
for the one-goal lead, assisted
by sophomore forward Kevin
Lynch 9:10 into the second peri-
The RedHawks' clinched
the finale on a power play with
DeBlois in the box for holding.
Though the Wolverines closed
the gap in the last two minutes
with senior forward Lindsay
Spark's rebound goal, Miami
maintained its lead and secured
"I think we were kind of
sleeping," said junior defense-
man Mac Bennett. "That's going
to sting aeittle."