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Sports"Wednesday Chuckle
Why does Bo Schembechler
eat his cereal off a plate?
(For the answer,
turn to the bottom of page 2)

Inside Sports Wednesday
Women's Basketball 2
Hockey 2-3
Gator Bowl Coverage 3-5
Men's Basketball 6-7
Men's Swimming 8

The Michigan Daily - Sports Wednesday

January 9, 1991

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* Mike Gill

Mo smokes out
Rebs with Magic
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jarrod Bunch may be no
band director. But when you have just unmercifully
captured your opponent's turf, it's not too hard to get a
song off the ground.
So while Michigan fans pinched themselves with
delight and the band scurried onto the field, Bunch
attempted to direct his own chorus of the Victors right
at the 50-yard line.
Standing below a platform - a riser for the choir, if
you wish to call it that - Bunch looked up at his five
MVP teammates, the injured Tripp Welborne, his
fellow starters, and redshirt frosh, too.
"One. Two. YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO," he
*yelled.
And they were off, with a chorus of the Victors that
only a football squad can produce.
And, you know, Michigan knew what to do, when it
came game time.
Run that total yardage number by me one more
time?'
715?
Throw that total passing yardage number by me one
more time?
324? At Michigan? Under a man schooled in the
Schembechler logic of bang the ball down the other
team's throats?
Incredible.
Mo and the Surgeon General
So a giddy Gary Moeller could hardly contain
himself in the lockerroom. When handed a big fat cigar,
Moeller started to put it in his mouth. Then he paused.
Looked around. "Nah, I'm not going to do this," he
said. "You know who I'll look like, don't you?"
"Bo," someone said. And remember, Bo
Schkmbechler is not exactly a person one would want to
be associated with lately.
"No," Moeller said disgustedly. "Fontes," he
answered, referring to the Detroit Lions coach. "Isn't
that what he does? Hell, I used to smoke these things
all the time, Bo and I."
But only one coach is used to smoking bowl
opponents - the other is used to getting smoked.
"Things happen," was Mo's explanation of the
victory.
Yep. Things happen. And they happen when a
mammoth offensive line creates holes wide enough for
the Florida Highway Commission to begin debating the
merits of constructing a freeway through the Gator
Bowl.
Things happen when a defense surrenders a mere field
goal during an entire game, a 51-yarder at that.
And things happen when you have a man by the
name of Desmond Howard on your team.
TV viewers hurtin'
The magic man caused people to shake their head in
disbelief on New Years Day - something not
recommended for the first day of the new year.
First, Howard went long down the right sideline and
had to wait... wait... wait... until the ball finally
descended into his outstretched hands. The ball
seemingly hung forever -"It was like a punt," Howard
said.
And what was Howard thinking, hoping to complete
a 63-yard touchdown pass?
"I hope this guy doesn't get up because he had
slipped. I hope he doesn't get up and catch me. There's
See GILL, Page 4

Blue
attack
pounds
Rebels
by Ryan Schreiber
Daily Football Writer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - On
the last day of 1990, Michigan full-
back and senior co-captain Jarrod
Bunch spoke of Ole Miss when he
said, "Who are they to think that
they can beat Michigan?"
On the first day of 1991, he and
the rest of the team backed it up.
In a record-setting performance
and an awesome display of donina-
tion, the Wolverines crushed Missis-
sippi in the 46th annual Mazda
Gator Bowl, 35-3.
All the speculation about the lack
of success of the Big Ten in bowl
games, which finished a paltry 2-5,
and the difficulty that the option
might present to a harried Wolverine
defense went for naught.
Michigan held dueling Rebel
quarterbacks Tom Luke and Russ
Shows in check all afternoon while
its own offense churned out a team-
record 715 yards to dominate both
sides of the football and come away
with the Wolverines' most impres-
sive victory of the year.
"They are the best football team
we've played at Ole Miss... ever,"
Mississippi coach Billy Brewer said.
"They had a great game plan. They
kept us spread out, and we didn't ex-
pect them to throw as much as they
did."
Elvis Grbac had a career game for
the Wolverines, completing 16 of 25
passes for 296 yards, the third-high-
est total in Michigan history. And
the ground attack saw Jon Vaughn
and Ricky Powers lead eight different
ball carriers to 391 yards. For the
first time this season, Michigan's
two premier tailbacks each gained
100 yards in the same game -
Vaughn for 128 and Powers-at 112.
And the reason for all this of-
fense? Just take a look at the game's
MVP. Or rather MVPs.
For the first time ever, the Gator
Bowl announced multiple MVPs for
a team, giving the award to the en-
tire Michigan offensive line: Dean
Dingman, Tom Dohring, Matt El-
liot, Steve Everitt and Greg Skrepe-
nak.
"Back in 1985 or 1986, we had
an award like that for our entire de-
fense, and it's something very; very
special," Michigan head coach Gary
Moeller said. "It's hard to pick out
one offensive lineman, but just to
See BOWL, Page 5

A jubilant Dean Dingman hoists the Gator Bowl trophy after Michigan thrashed Ole Miss, 35-3, New Year's Day.

Massive

line quashes

Ole

Miss

by David Hyman
Daily Football Writer
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Ole Miss coach Billy Brewer de-
scribed the matchup as David vs. Goliath at the final press con-
ference on Dec. 31. The Rebel coach was referring to his team
facing national powerhouse Michigan in the next day's New
Year's Day game.
However, the David vs. Goliath matchup took place in the
trenches as the game was won at the line of scrimmage. Ole
Miss never posed a threat to the Wolverine offense as Michigan
did what it wanted to do.
On this day, Michigan totalled 35 first downs and 715 yards

of offense, new Gator Bowl records. Wolverine quarterback
Elvis Grbac threw for a personal-best four touchdowns and was
hardly pressured the entire day. The offensive line also allowed
tailbacks Jon Vaughn and.,Ricky Powers to each run for over
100 yards. %
Fittingly, the members of the line that averages 6-feet-5 and
290 pounds were named Most Valuable Players of the 46th
Mazda Gator Bowl. When this announcement came at the end of
the game, the Michigan players could not believe that tackles
Tom Dohring and Greg Skrepenak, guards Matt Elliott and
See LINE, Page 4

Jackson powers
OSU past Blue

by Theodore Cox
Daily Basketball Writer -

Michigan's 67-57 home loss to
Ohio State last Saturday proved the
Wolverines can play with the best,
but the question still remains: can
they beat the best?
Michigan (7-5 overall, 0-2 in
the Big Ten) hung with the
Buckeyes until the 8:41 mark of the
second half. At that point, No. 6
Ohio State (12-0, 2-0) led 43-42.
The Buckeyes called a timeout and
coach Randy Ayers turned the game

a single shot.
"I think we had them spread out
on offense," Jackson said. "That
provides me with an opportunity to
take the shots I wanted."
He along with the rest of the
Buckeyes blanketed the Wolverines
in a full-court press that choked the
Michigan offense.
"They did a real good job of
trapping us in the corners," Michi-
gan guard Michael Talley said. "The
breaks came their way on the press.
They were a little more aggressive

Presiden
cutting
by Theodore Cox
Daily Sports Writer
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In what
some have billed as the battle be-
tween athletics and academics, the
latter won the first round yesterday at
th 85th annual NCAA convention in
the heart of Opryland. Fifteen of the
17 proposed ammendments were ap-
proved by the more than 2,000 uni-
versity delegates in attendance.
Most of the reforms on the
agenda are intended to mainstream
the student-athlete with the rest of

ts begin
athletics
tool. However, University of Ten-
nessee athletic director Doug Dickey
demonstrated the fact that more leg-
islation only means more loopholes:
"We're not going to panic; we're
justgoing to add four more stories to
our athletic dorm."
The limitation of one student-
athlete training table meal a day.
Coaching limitations in all
sports.
Presently, only football and bas-
ketball have limitations on the
number of coaches, but there isn't a

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