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MICHIGAN
ATHLETICS
SCOREBOARD
L A S T W E E K
MONDAY (NOV. 19)
Women's basketball: Michigan 72, Seton Hall 29
WEDNESDAY(NOV. 21)
Women'svolleyball:Michigan3, Michigan
Ice Hockey: Michigan 3, Bowling Green 1
Men's basketball:Michigan67, Pittsburgh 62
FRIDAY (NOV. 23)
Women's basketball: Michigan 72, Harvard 61
Voleyball:Michgan 3, Ohio Stte
Mens bsk6tball: Michiga 71, ansas State 57
SATURDAY (NOV. 24)
Football: Ohio State 26, Michigan 21
Women's basketball: Michigan 67, Boston 58
Ice Hockey: Cornell 5, Michigan 1
NEXT WEEK
TUESDAY (NOV. 27)
Men's basketball: Michigan vs. North Carolina
State, 7:30 p.m. (*)
WEDNESDAY (NOV. 28)
Women's basketball: Michigan vs. Duke, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY (NOV. 29)
Volleyball: First Round, NCAA Tournament: Michi-
gan vs. Tennessee (Louisvile)
FRIDAY (NOV. 30)
Wrestling: Cliff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, 9 a.m.
(Las Vegas)
Men's swimming: Hawkeye Invitational,10 a.r.
(Iowa City)
Women's swimrming: Hawkeye Invitational,10
a.(Iowa Cty
Ice Hockey: Michigan at Ferris State, 7:05 pm..
(Big Rapids)
SATURDAY (DEC. 1)
Westing liff Keen Las Vegas Invitational, 9 a.m.
(Las, Vgas)
Men's swimming: Hawkeye Invitational,10 a.m.
(Iowa City)
Women's swimming: Hawkeye Invitational,10
a.m. Cowa City)
Women's basketball: Michigan vs. Florida, 2 p.m.
Men' basektball: Michigan at Bradley, 3 p.m.
(Pera),
Ice Hockey: Michigan at Ferris State, 7:05 p.m.
(Big Rapids)
SUNDAY (DEC. 2)
Men's swimming: Hawkeye Invitational, 10 a.m.
(Iowa City)
Women swimming: Hawkeye Invitational,,10
a.m.cowa City)
- ()Allhomeeventsareeligibletoearnpoints for
theAthleticDeportment'sHA.I.L program.
O H IO S TA TE 2 6
M IC H I G A N 2 1
Pa nsSlats MICH OSU
Pont 21 26
First Downs 13 22
Rush/Yds 27/108 52/207
Passin Yards 171 189
OffensvePlays 47 72
Total Offense 279 396.
Kick returns/Yds 3/62 2/47
PuntIreturns/Yds 1/-) /3D
Comp/Att/Int 11/20/1 14/19/U
Punts/Avg 4/478 3/44.3
Fumbles/Lost 3/3 3/2
Penalties/Yards 5/54 9/74
Tme Po ds 23:0 3650
Payer C-A Yds TD ' Int

BUCKEYES
From Page lB
and fourth quarter, respectively.
(Gardner also lost a fumble in the
first half.)
But the real back-breaker was
Gardner's interception on what
turned out to be the team's final
drive of the game. The junior
often found receivers for long
completions down the field
on Saturday, but this was also
Gardner's most mistake-ridden
game when it came to taking
sacks and missing receivers. The
Wolverines' defense was solid
for most of the afternoon, often
put in tough spots in the second
half because of the offense's sud-
den ineptitude. Dynamic Buck-
eye quarterback Braxton Miller
found success through the air but
was contained on the ground.
Hyde, though, wasn't con-
tained. The running back
torched Michigan's defense for
146 yards and a touchdown on
26. carries, constantly cutting
through the middle of the front
seven. It was Hyde who clinched
the game for Ohio State, burst-
ing forward for a gain of 13 yards
on third-and-7 with just several
minutes remaining on the drive
after Gardner's interception.
"(Hyde) out-leveraged us a
couple times in there because of
what we wanted to do, which was
a little different," said Michigan
coach Brady Hoke. "It worked in
the first half pretty well. Didn't
tackle very well, I didn't think,

from that standpoint. He's a
big back, and I didn't think we
wrapped him up on the first hit a
couple times like we needed to."
"He ran the ball hard," added
fifth-year senior safety Jordan
Kovacs. "We didn't get enough
hats to the ball."
The offense's woeful second
half could be blamed partially on
play calling. On the Wolverines'
first drive after halftime, Hoke
elected to go for it on fourth-and-
two from Michigan's 48-yard
line. The Wolverines then faced
third-and-short on each of their
next three drives. Offensive
coordinator Al Borges called a
running play each time, and each
time, Michigan failed to convert.
"You gotta look at where
you're at and what you feel you
may have an opportunity," Hoke
said of the three calls. "Upstairs
you see a lot of different things."
The Wolverines were in no
mood to second-guess or dwell
onmissedopportunities afterthe
game. Their faces were somber,
and they spoke with the low voic-
es one would expect after they let
a rival beat them and complete an
undefeated season in doing so.
Hoke talked briefly of the
future, of the freshmen and
other underclassmen that "will
remember" this loss and use it as
motivation.
But nothing could ease the
pain of Saturday.
"You don't want to come down
here and lose," a weary Kovacs
said. "That's about all I can say
about it."

TIP-OFF
From Page 1B
game against Pitt and a hard-
fought game today."
The game was broken wide
open after Michigan's six-
minute run in the first half,
and it was evident by the way
the Wolverines played. Michi-
gan cut down on its transition
game and started shooting
more outside shots, and fresh-
man forward Glenn Robin-
son III and Hardaway even
attempted dunks - something
that's only been done late in
Michigan's previous blowout
wins.
Hardaway, the tourna-
ment's Most Outstanding
Player, left the game early on
precautions for a concussion,
but was flanked by perfor-
mances from Robinson and
Burke. The Columbus, Ohio
native was silent for the first
half - he didn't attempt a shot
and had two turnovers - but
found the open lane and his
groove in the second half, put-
ting up 10 points, six rebounds
and four assists. Robinson was
close to his first career double-
double, as he contributed nine
points and 12 rebounds.
Freshmen Nik Stauskas and
Mitch McGary contributed
nicely off the bench with 10
and six points, respectively,
and with his career-high 12
boards, Robinson paced the
Wolverines to a 42-30 mar-
gin in rebounding. Michigan
coach John Beilein was pleased
with his team's rebounding
performance in the semifi-
nals against Pittsburgh and
was similarly happy with the
rebounding . efforts against
Kansas State.
"We haven't been able to
(rebound) in the past," Beilein
said. "We're doing it well now.
of blocking out and getting our
own offensive rebounds like
you saw today."
The first half wasn't so easy
for Michigan, though, as the
Wildcats were a force in the
paint. Despite shooting 29
percent, Kansas State kept it
close with 12 points on eight

offensive rebounds in the first
stanza. The Wildcats finished
with 12 offensive boards and
18 second-chance points, sig-
nificantly less than their 25
offensive rebounds per game
average.
"I thought rebounding was
the big difference in the first
half," Weber said. "Going into
the four-minute mark, they got
three or four of them down the
stretch and they kept the lead.
... Rebounding has been our
strength, and they end up pun-
king us on the boards. That's
supposed to be our strength,
and they made it their strength
this game."
The Wolverines also got
into foul trouble in the first
half, which forced Michigan
coach John Beilein to look to
his bench. -
Redshirt junior forward
Jordan Morgan and Burke sat
out 10 and six minutes of the
first half, respectively, when
each picked up his second per-
sonal foul.
McGary and freshman
guard Spike Albrecht filled
in nicely for the veterans, but
Michigan struggled offen-
sively without Burke. In the
final six minutes, the Wolver-
ines went 2-for-7 from the field
while Kansas State cut Michi-
gan's lead by seven, putting the
Wolverines up by five at the
end of the first half.
"(Foul trouble was) not con-
cerning at all," Beilein said.
"Burke had two fouls and
we have a lot of confidence
in Spike. Then we have that
third big guy if we needed him
... and thank God (redshirt
sophomore forward) Jon (Hor-
ford) was there to help us. We
haven't always had this luxury
of having that extra big guy to
help us or extra point guy. You
don't want to see anybody sit-
ting on the bench, but we know
when we turn to the bench, we
have some guys that can get in
there."
Hardaway and Burke were
named to the All-Tournament
Team along with Pitt's Talib
Zanna, Delaware's Devon Sad-
dler and Kansas State's Angel
Hernandez.

CORNELL
From Page 1B
for a high stick, negating the rest
of the man-advantage.
After Ryan left the box, a huge
hit to freshman forward Jus-
tin Selman in the Cornell zone
spurred a rush that ended in a
five-hole goal from the left circle
through Michigan freshman net-
minder Steve Racine. In the wan-
ing moments of the period, the
Wolverines seemed to generate
momentum again, but freshman
defenseman Jacob Trouba took
a tough boarding penalty when a
Big Red skater turned his back to
him right as he delivered the hit.
Michigan (3-5-1-1 CCHA, 5-7-1
overall) started the second period
far crisper than it had looked in
the first. But as is so oftenthe case
in hockey, it's not which team gets
the most opportunities, but who
finishes on them.
That was ,Cornell (1-3-2 East
Coast Athletic Conference, 4-3-
2) once again at the 12:42 mark
of the second period, when a pass
from behind the net set up Teemu
Tiitinen to put the Big Red up 2-0.
Three minutes later, Cornell
extended its lead to 3-0 when a
rebound from a point shot squirt-
ed to a crashing Greg Miller who
found the back door. Despite out-
shooting the Big Red 11-5 in the
middle frame, the Wolverines
walked back to the lockeroom
trailing by three goals.
The Big Red put the final nail in
the coffin with just over 12 min-
utes to play in the game, ensur-
ing there would be no late-game
drama like last year when the two
schools met in Green Bay, Wisc.
Eric Axell netted his first goal of
the year off a wrister from the slot.
The Wolverines did end up on
the board two minutes later when
junior defenseman Mac Bennett
launched a shot from the blue line
that finally beat Cornell goalten-
der Andy Iles. Berenson described
the environment at Madison
Square Garden as having an NHL-
like feel after the game, but Sat-
urday his team didn't have the
enthusiasm to mirror the crowd.
"I'm just sorry we didn't repre-
sent Michigan better," Berenson
said.

Gardner 11-20 1
Totals 1120 1
RUSHING
Player Att Yds
Robinson, D. 10 . 122
Gardner 7 -28
Totals 27 108
RECEIVING
Player No. Yds
Gallon 6 67
Roundtre 3 92,
Katkowski 1 92
Dileo 1 6
Totals 11 171
PUNTING
Player No.
Hagerup 4
Totals .4
KICKOFF RETURNS
Player No. Yds
Dileo 2 35
Norfleet 1 27
Totals 2 62

1 t
1 7

Avg
12.2
-4.0
4.0
Avg
11.2
307
6.0
15.5

L9
67
6
67
Lg
30
75
5
75

TD
1
0
0
1
2
TD
0
1
0
0
75

FAILURE
From Page 1B
Michigan's failure to adjust
doomed the Wolverines on third
down.
There were fumbles and inter-
ceptions, questionable calls and
misreads. Michigan managed
just 21 plays and a meager 60
yards and zero points in the sec-
ond half, as the offense - electric
in the first half - went out with a
whimper.
Michigan faced three third
downs in the final 30 minutes.
They ran with sophomore run-
ning back Thomas Rawls for
no gain, then again with senior
Vincent Smith for no gain and
with Smith once more for a loss
of two yards. On Michigan's final
drive, junior quarterback Devin
Gardner finally threw on a third
down, and the Wolverines finally
converted.
Michigan led, 21-20, by the
time it faced its first third down of
the second half. At that moment,
Michigan running backs had
rushed just three times for a col-
lective eight yards. Robinson,
meanwhile, ignited the offense
with six rushes for 124 yards and
a touchdown in the first half,
while Gardner threw for 107
yards and a score and rushed for
another touchdown.
It was third down and three
from Michigan's 48-yard line.
Gardner, at quarterback, handed
off to sophomore running back
Thomas Rawls over the right
guard.
He didn't gain a yard.
Fourth down. After a time
out, Michigan coach Brady
Hoke elected to go for it. Rob-
inson, lined up in the shotgun.
Ohio State's defenders had been
coached to focus on Robinson,
shut off the edge when he lined
up in what they viewed as a Wild-
cat formation. .
Robinson rushed over the left
guard. He lost two yards - a
turnover on downs. The Wolver-
ines wouldn't get as far as their
own 48-yard line for the rest of
the game.
"They were a little bit predict-
able in the first half," said Ohio
State co-defensive coordinator
EverettWithers. "Youknow,they
put 16 (Robinson) back there, he
was gonna run it. And they put 12
(Gardner) back there, they were
gonna throw it. And after a while
that became something that we
keyed on."
Michigan had run the same
play it ran on fourth down three
times in the first half, all for
gains. Robinson, though, chose
the wrong gap, according to
Hoke. The play still would have
picked up the first down, but red-
shirt junior Taylor Lewan missed
a block on linebacker Ryan Shazi-
er. It was Shazier who made the
stop.
Next possession, the Wolver-
ines trailed 23-21 and had a first
down on their 44-yard line after
a 30-yard completion. Robinson
again set up in the shotgun, and

the safeties started creeping in.
"The defensive coaches told
us that we needed to stop No. 16
because we knew he wasn't going
to throw the ball because of his
wrist," said safety Christian Bry-
ant.
So with Robinson in the game
without Gardner, they crept
up. If they were lined up on the
slot receiver, they changed their
leverage and pinched into the
box.
Robinson took the snap and
ran up the middle. Bryant, play-
ing near the box, met him there
and put his helmet on the ball,
which Robinson held in his left
arm. Earlier in the week, Michi-
gan offensive coordinator said he
was not concerned that Robin-
son's injury forced him to carry
the ballin his non-dominant arm.
The hit jarred the ball loose, and
Ohio State's Nathan Williams fell
on it. Two possessions for Michi-
gan in the half. Two turnovers.
"Too many turnovers," Robin-
son said. "We had big turnovers
in the second half, and in order
for you to win this game, you
gotta control the ball."
After Michigan got the ball
back, the Wolverines faced third
down again, this time third-and-
two from their own 30-yard line.
Robinson was in at quarterback
again, and he handed to senior
running back Vincent Smith.
Smith didn't gain asyard.
Before the run, Michigan
running backs had rushed for 11
yards on six carries.
"You kinda look at where
you're at and what you feel you
may have an opportunity," Hoke
said of the third-down calls.
"You know, upstairs, you see a lot
of different things."
Michigan was again forced
to punt. Through three posses-
sions in the second half, the Wol-
verines rushed eight times for
six yards. Gardner passed three
times, all complete, for 46 yards.
The Wolverines faced a third,
third down in the fourth quar-
ter. This time, Gardner was in at
quarterback, needing one yard.
He handed off to Smith. Smith
lost two yards.
Hoke said Gardner didn't pass
more, because "they just weren't
called."
Gardner fumbled on his next
possession, and by then, Michi-
gan had lost its offensive rhythm
after three second-half turn-
overs.
"When we gave the ball back
as many times as we did in the
second half, your rhythm kinda
fades away a little bit," Hoke said.
"And thenthe clock's against you
a little bit."
By Michigan's final drive,
Meyer and the Buckeyes didn't
have to worry about Robinson.
He was out of the game, as Mich-
igan needed to pass more, Hoke
said - though Hoke also said
Robinson could have thrown on
Saturday.
Ohio State had done its job.
Robinson actually lost two yards
in the second half. Michgian, its
star neutralized, found no other
answers.

Yds Avg Lg
191 47.8 56
191 47.8 56

I Avg
7 27.0
2 20.7

Lg TD
20 0
27 0
27 0

PUNT RETURNS
Player No. Yds Avg Lg TD
Galon 1 1 -1.0 -1 0
Totals 1 - -10 -1 0
BIG TEN
STANDINGS
Legends Division Big Ten Overall
Nebraska 7 1 10 2
Michigan 6 2 8 4
Northwestern 5 3 9 3
Michitan State 3 9 6 6
Minnesota 2 6 6 6
Iowa 2 6 4 8
Leaders Division Big Ten Overall
Ohio State' 8 0 12
0

Penn State'
Wisconsin
Purdue
Indiana
Illinois

6
4
3
2
0

2
4
5
6
8

8 4
7 5
6 6
4 8
2 10

THIS WEEKEND'S RESULTS
NEBRASKA 13, Iowa 17
NORTHWESTERN 50, Ilinois14
OHIO STATE 26, Michigan 21
PURDUE 56, Indiana 35
MICHIGAN STATE 26, Minnesota10
PENN STATE 24, Wisconsin 21(OT)

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