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MICHIGAN
ATHLETICS
SCOREBOARD

L A S T W E E K
M ON DAY (OC T. 29)
Men's golf: Texas12, Michigan 0
Women's golf: Edwin Watts Palmetto Invite, 4th
Men'sgolf: Georgia8, Michigan 4
TUESDAY (OCT. 30)
Men's golf: Washington14.5, Michigan 9.s
Men's soccer: Michigan 2, Detroit 1
WEDNESDAY (OCT. 31)
Women's soccer: Michigan 2, Wisconsin 0
THURSDAY (NOV. 1)
Field Hockey: Michigan1, Ohio State 0
Men's basketball: Michigan 83, Detroit 47
Wrestling: Michigan 46, Olivet 0
Wen's basketball: Michigan106, Slippery Rock35
Volleyball: Michigan 3, Nebraska 2
Ice Hockey: Michigan 4 (SO), Northern Michigan 4
Women's soccer: Michigan 2, Ohio State )
Field Hockey: Michigan 3, Indiana 0
tba:Michigan 35,Minnesota 13
Volleyball: Michigan 3, Iowa 0
Men's soccer: Michigan1, Michigan State 0
Ice Hockey: Northern Michigan 4, Michigan 3
Field Hockey: Michigan 2, Detroit 0
N E XT W E E K
MON DAY (N OV. 5)
Mens basketball: Michigan vs. Saginaw Valley
State, 7 p.m. (')
T UESDAY (N OV. 6)
Wrestling; Michigan at Central Michigan (7 p.m.)
"WEDNESDAY (N OV. 7)
Men's soccer: Michigan Vs. Wisconsin, 4:30 p.m.
(Evanston)
T HUR SDAY (NOV. 8)
Men's tennis: USTA/ITA National Indoor, TBA
(Flushing Meadows, N.Y.)
FR IDAY (NOV. 9)
Wons XC: NCAA Great Lakes Regional,1 p.m.
(Madison)
Men's XC NCAA Great Lakes Regional, 2:15 p.m.
(Madison)
Women's basketball: Michigan vs. Detroit,6 p.m.()
Volleyball: Michiganvs.Wisconsin,7 p.m.())
Ice hockey; Michigan vs. Michigan State, 7:35 p.m. *)
Men's basketball: Michigan vs. Sippery Rock,
8:30 p.m. (")
Women'stennis:Thunderbird InvitationalITempe)
Men's tennis: USTA/ITA National Indoor, TBA
(Flushing Meadows, NY.)
Men's soccer: Big Ten semifinals, TEA (Evanston)
Women'ssoccer NCAAfirst round,TBA
4SATURDAY (NOV. 10)
Football: Michigan vs. Northwestern, noon ()
Volleybal: Michigan vs. Minnesota, 7 p.m. C)
Ice hockey: Michigan at Michigan State, 7:OS
Women'stennis: Thunderbird Invitational (Tempe)
Men's tennis: USTA/ITA National Indoor, TBA
(Fushing Meadows, NY)
WomeTs soccer: NCAA first round, TBA
Field hockey: NCAA first round, TBA
SU NDAY (N OV. 11)
Wrestling: Michigan vs. Pittsburgh, 2 p.m. ))
Woens tennis ThunderbirdInvitationa (Tepe)
Men'senTnis: USTAITA National Indoor, TEA
(Flushing Meadows, N.Y.)
Women's soccer: NCAA first round, TBA
Men's soccer: Big Ten final, TA (Evanston)
Field hockey:NCAA second round, TBA
-I') All home events are eligible to earn points fo
the Athletic Departmens A prgamO
BIG TEN
STANDINGS
Igends Division BiR Ten Overall
Nebraska 4 1 7 2
Michigan 4 1 6 3
Northwestern 3 2 7 2
Iowa 2 3 4 5
Michigan State 2 4 5 5
Minnesota 1 4 5 4
Leaders Division Big Ten Overall
Ohio State 6 0 10 0
Penn State 4 1 6 3
Wisconsin 3 2 6 3
Indiana 2 3 4 5
Purdue 0 5 3 6

Illinois 0 5 2 7
THIS WEEKEND'S RESULTS
MICHIGAN 35, Minnesota 13
NEBRASKA 28, Michigan State 24
INDIANA 24, Iowa 21
OTIO STATE 52, Illinois 22
PENN STATE 34, Purdue 9
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GARDNER
From Page 1B
contest, though, as Gardner failed
to get the Wolverines on the
board in the first quarter, mark-
ing the ninth straight quarter
without a Michigan touchdown.
Minnesota was the first team
on the board, scoring on the first
play of the second quarter. Fresh-
man quarterback Philip Nelson
moved right in the pocket and
then looked left to find tight end
John Rabe wide open on the goal
line.
Michigan's defense did a stel-
lar job through the rest of the
game, though, especially consid-
ering the short field that Minne,-
sota's offense had to work with.
Four Golden Gopher drives start-
ed on the SO-yard line or in Wol-
verine territory.
"You hit on a key subject,
which was the lack of our special
teams being special at all," Hoke
said. "I thought the defense, we
gave a little bit ... too much yard-
age rushing the football. But
thought they had some good
stops. I think they played well
together."
On the next drive after the
Minnesota touchdown, though,
the Wolverines ended their
touchdown drought.
Pinned deep in Michigan ter-
ritory following a penalty on
RAWLS
From Page 1B
Robinson, they were lacking the
one player who's managed to pose
a consistent and explosive threat
on the ground this season.
That meant that the team
would have to rely on its running
backs more than ever for ground
production - it's telling, then,
that Michigan coach Brady Hoke
chose that situation to reinsert
Rawls into the rotation, in the
most prominent role he's enjoyed
in his two seasons.
"To be honest with you, we
planned on doing it a little more
a week ago and we didn't for one
reason or another," Hoke said.
"We wanted to get him involved

the kickoff, Gardner led a steady
drive to the Minnesota 45-yard
line over 11 plays. Then on third-
and-17, he extended a broken
play by scrambling outside of
the pocket, and he launched the
deep ball to junior receiver Drew
Dileo, wide open in the back left'
corner of the end zone.
"The fact that I improvised
is kind of my fault, I believe,
because I don't think I got in
the right protection during the
play," Gardner said. "Afterward I
just tried to make the best play I
could, and I saw Drew waving his
hands running down the field, so
I threw it up and just prayed that
it got down as fast as possible."
The Wolverine defense forced
a quick three-and-out after the
score, and Gardner went back to
work with just under six minutes
remaining in the first half. Start-
ing on Michigan's own nine-yard
line, he worked down the clock
on a 13-play drive that ended with
sophomore runningback Thomas
Rawls diving into the end zone
from two yards out.
Even with the slow start,
Michigan went into the locker
room with a 14-7 lead.
Gardner continued to roll in
the second half. Midway through
the third quarter and backed up
deep in Michigan territory, Gard-
ner found junior wide receiver
Jeremy Gallon open down the
right sideline for a 47-yard strike.
in the I-back stuff and under
center. He kind of suits it when
you put it that way. I didn't see
every play because I talk with
the defense sometimes, but I
know one thing, he's going to run
downhill and he's going to run
hard."
That he did. Rawls didn't set
the world on fire by any means,
gaining just 43 yards against the
Golden Gophers for a yards-per-
carry average of 2.7.
But he did things that Tous-
saint hasn't done this season as
much as the coaches would like.
Rawls wasn't as hesitant to pick
a hole as Toussaint has been,
wasting little time in going north
instead of east or west.
In turn, that allowed Rawls
to turn would-be losses into no-

Five plays later, on third-and-
goal, he lofted the ball to the
back right corner of the end zone,
where Gallon leaped over the
defender and came down with a
foot in bounds.
Gallon was Gardner's top tar-
get on Saturday, finishing with
four receptions for 72 yards. He
also picked up 21 yards on the
ground on a couple of end-around
runs.
On the next Michigan drive,
Gardner used another 47-yard
completion to set up the score,
this time to fifth-year senior wide
receiver Roy Roundtree. Three
plays later, Gardner rolled out
from the two-yard line, and kept
it to himself for the score, push-
ing the lead to 28-10.
The Gophers responded by
adding a chip-shot field goal to
cut the deficit to 28-13, but Michi-
gan answered with a 41-yard
touchdown run from junior run-
ning back Fitz Toussaint to put
the game on ice. With the vic-
tory, the Little Brown Jug - the
trophy awarded to the winner of
this matchup after each meeting
- will remain in Ann Arbor.
"It's always important," said
fifth-year senior safety Jordan
Kovacs. "It's one of our rivalry
games. That's one of those trophy
games that you want to win every
year, and it's a trophy that you
want to keep at Schembechler
Hall year in and year out."
gains, or one- or two-yard gains-
into three- or four-yard bursts -
a small difference, perhaps, but
a difference nonetheless, and a
difference that Toussaint hasn't
made consistently.
Toussaint, for his part, looked
better than he has in past weeks,
and the 41-yard touchdown run
he broke out for in the fourth
quarter was his longest of the
season.
Still, the redshirt junior didn't
do much besides that one big play
- he averaged just 2.8 yards per
carry with the 41-yarder taken
out.
"He may (play more)," Hoke
said. "The one thing, you've got
to earn it every day in every
practice. That's the competitive
nature of what we do."

ANSWERS
From Page 1E
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like I handled it
After some fi
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hit Jeremy Gall
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long vertical thi
one ball perfect
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touchdown. He
of forcing into t
Afterward, h
usual, he didn't
Reeling andr
on offense, Garc
broken scrambl

down.
B Gardner took the snap near
midfield and turned his back
to the pass rush. He scrambled
uld be said of wildly, dangerously approaching
the line of scrimmage.
"There's no question it's a fine
*** line," Hoke said. He was talking
about Gardner's scrambles: the
gan has needed risks, the improvisations.
s year, it has "When it works out, it's really
ner. good. When it doesn't, it's not so
never really good."
ke. He came in Drew Dileo appeared like an
cruit marooned oasis in the end zone. Gardner
n-a-generation heaved, Dileo caught and Michi-
.r, he'll have to gan ended 145 minutes and 11
nother hyped seconds of pain and embarrass-
Morris, who ment - more than two games
igan's pro-style without a touchdown.
ar, he was asked "I brought it upon myself to
iver, though it's run around like that," Gardner
r he had a choice. said. "And I was pretty tired
is protest was to after that soI was hoping we'd
iders himself a score a touchdown."
After that play, the ice broke.
Michigan thrust Gardner moved the ball at will,
rted territory: a finishing with 234 yards. It was
iven one week to only Minnesota, but Michigan's
rterback. There collective panic is over like a bad
ame to bail him dream. Gardner deserves the
ith Robinson, credit for that with a 35-13 win.
't scored a touch- Before the game, Robinson
mes. Gardner managed to throw a few passes,
at quarterback in and Hoke said he's optimistic
rs, but he had to he'll play next week. That seems
ctions and run more likely this time around.
s. Robinson can return and render
'nervous coming this game an aberration, a happy
I would handle anomaly - the time the Wolver-
aid. "But I feel ines won without three quarters
pretty well." of their offensive output.
rst-quarter hic- Now, all that's left for Gardner
rdner was 12-for- is to accept his praise and cel-
sing touchdowns ebrate the Jug, victorious, and go
ground. He back to the relative anonymity
on and Roy of receiver. Michigan's Cincin-
Drew Dileo on natus, called upon for just one
rows. He placed game of service at quarterback.
ly in the corner After the wild touchdown
to Gallon for a - one that possibly saved Michi-
took off instead gan's season from spiraling into
ight coverage. ruin - Gardner threw his head
e smiled, and as back and pointed his arms sky-
complain. ward. Then he clasped his hands
together near his chest as if to
*** pray "thank you." But Gardner
got it backward. Saturday, he
with no options wasn't the prayer. Thrust into
dner turned toa atough'situation once again,
e, a circus play. Gardner was the answer.

Michigan trailed 7-0 halfway
through the second quarter and - Helfand can be reached
had just picked up its first first at zllelfand@umich.edu.

WILDCATS
From Page l B
Jeff Rohrkemper on the blue line.
In fact, the coach believed the
team's sputtering had everything
to do with its limited numbers
of forwards who have a flair for
finding the back of the net.
Look to the final period for the
prime example - when the night
took a turn that was eerily simi-
lar to the one before, as senior
forward A.J. Treais's power play
tally kicked off a late surge of
Michigan goals. In the span of a
minute, the Wolverines scored
twice - the one from Treais and
another from junior defenseman
Mac Bennett - to close the gap
to 4-3.
Racine earned the starting
nod for the second night, but his
rough start seemed to spiral out
.of control as Northern Michigan
(1-2-1, 4-3-1) tacked on goal after
gdal. Racine took another hit in
the waning minutes of the first
frame when Scott Macaulay dan-
gled him out right before deking
and beating the goalie glove-side

to put the Wildcats up 2-0 to
enter the second period.
The Wolverines looked to
jumpstart a little life into their
team at the beginning of the sec-
ond stanza, but Northern Michi-
gan put a stopper in their plans
with a quick tap-in goal from the
crease. Not two minutes later,
junior forward Kevin Lynch
crossed the slot and neatly bur-
ied the puck in the open corner of
the net to finally put Michigan on
the board.
Lynch's goal seemed to finally
tilt the ice in the Wolverines'
favor as shots rained down on
Northern Michigan goalie Jared
Coreau. But Seckel found twine
a second time - on another
rebound, no less.
Whereas Berenson cited the
forwards for being unable to
stage a late rally, Bennett faulted
the blue line.
"Our D-zone coverage, we
kind of got caught up," Bennett
said. "They got pucks in and took
advantage of the chances. Unfor-
tunately for us, to come back in
the third, it was too little, too
late."

FOR A GOOD TIME

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