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(1) Nebraska 41, (10) Kansas 3
(2) Ohio St. 41, Illinois 3
(3) Florida 63, South Carolina 7
(5) Northwestern 31, Iowa 20
(6) Florida St. 28, North Carolina 12
(7) Kansas St. 49, Iowa St. 7
(9) Colorado 21, Missouri 0
(11) Texas 53, Houston 20
(12) Southern Cal 28, Oregon St. 10
(14) Virginia 21, Maryland 18
(15) Arkansas 24, SW Louisiana 13
(16) Alabama 14, Mississippi St. 9
(17) Oregon 17, Arizona 13
(18) Texas A&M 17, Rice 10
(20) Auburn 37, Georgia 31
(21) Virginia Tech 38, Temple 16
(22) Washington 38, UCLA 14
(23) Syracuse 42, Pittsburgh 10
(24) Clemson 34, Duke 17
Wyoming 34, (25) San Diego St. 31
frel led to
lame it on the tarp.
Yep, if you want to lay
blame for the 5-0 final score of
Saturday's Michigan-Purdue game,
put it there.
, One reason would be that the tarp
was only 80 yards long and left the
areas inside the 20-yard lines
uncovered and even sloppier than the
field goal, safety;
Purdue gets zero
rest of the field.
That, in and of
doesn't lead to a
5-0 game. Nope,
there's a bigger
reason the tarp's
actually have its
own cover; it's
supposed to drain
well enough so
that it doesn't
By Antoine Pitts
Daily Sports Editor
Purdue coach Jim Colletto said that
one of the game's biggest plays came
before the opening kickoff.
Like many other times during
Saturday's contest, the Boilermakers
could not execute. A mistake ruined
Purdue also gave up three fumbles
and an interception to help Michigan
claim a 5-0 win in the lowest scoring
game involving the Wolverines in 57
Michigan won the opening coin toss
but deferred the decision to the Boiler-
Mike Alstott, one of the Purdue cap-
tains on the field, elected to defend the
north goal - the Boilermakers would
have had the wind at their backs for the
first and third quarters.
When the referee told Alstott that
Michigan would get the ball twice, it
made Alstott unwisely change hismind.
Purdue ended up defending the south
goal - it would be going into the wind
for the first quarter.
Colletto's wanted the wind at the
Boilermakers' backs right away.
"We didn't care whether they got the
ball twice," Colletto said. "We wanted
that friggin' wind at our back in that
first quarter and it didn't work out that
way. That was a mistake right off the
As it turned out, the Wolverines only
took advantage of that wind to put points
on the board once in the game. Purdue
still had a chance to win the game right
up to its final drive.
The Boilermakers took over at their
own 9-yard line with over a minute to
Purdue moved 36 yards out to its
own 45 before Glen Steele sacked
quarterback Rick Trefzger and the
clock ran out on the Boilermakers.
On that final drive, Purdue accumu-
lated two of its four first downs on the
"From my standpoint it was a great
football game," Michigan coach Lloyd
Carr said. "Purdue came in and played
A full day of rain, sleet and snow
completely saturated the Michigan Sta-
dium field. The brisk, cold wind made
things even more difficult on the play-
"You had to be down on that field to
understand the conditions and to know
how very difficult it was to play," Carr
said. "I thought both teams played hard."
The game became a battle for field
position, one which Michigan controlled
for the most part.
Purdue's first punt of the game gave
the Wolverines the ball at the Boiler-
makers' 47-yard line. Tshimanga
Biakabutuka gained 14 yards in four
plays on the ground to move the ball to
A 50-yard field goal attempt by Remy
Hamilton fell short even with the gusty
wind pushing the ball.
Michigan's next drive stalled as well,
forcing a Paul Peristeris punt. Craig
Allen was sent back to receive it. Allen
mishandled it and Sam Sword recov-
ered for the Wolverines at the 2-yard
Michigan could not put it into the end
zone - in fact, the Wolverines lost five
yards - and had to settle for a 25-yard
field goal from Hamilton.
That field goal was the only offensive
production of the day for either team.
Both teams had problems running and
throwing the ball all day long.
"In this field, we couldn't get anything
going," Colletto said. "We couldn't
See PURDUE, Page 4B
The Big House had to rent its tux,
so to speak, and, unfortunately for all
who had to see the game, it was
rented from Fisher Stadium.
Fisher is, of course, where the
Wolverines play baseball.
And you know what they say: "Use
a baseball tarp, get a baseball score."
Just look at it this way: Remy
Hamilton hit a three-run homer,
Michigan picked up a couple of
unearned runs in the late innings and
Brian Griese threw a shutout.
If I hadn't been there, that's how I
would have figured the game went.
Either that, or Hamilton netted a hat
trick with Clarence Thompson
picking up two goals in the final
See TARGET, Page 3B
Michigan's Jason Horn levels Purdue quarterback Rick Trefzger during Saturday's game.
M orri r rs ke injury, aesi reass trn
Michigan center overcomes knee injury, adversity to reassume starring role
By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Writer
XFORD - His torture was a twinge. It was only a
small sore spot, something that wasn't quite right
in his left knee, but a damned kink that was just
enough to keep Brendan Morrison off his beloved ice.
While the rest of his team was on skates, Morrison was on
crutches. He went hobbling around, trying to divert his
attention from hockey any way he could. In the four weeks
he was injured, he watched only one hour of practice, opting
instead to sweat through extra leg-lifts, boring bike rides and
grueling stairmaster sessions.
"I would try to prolong things as much as I could,"
Morrison said. "I didn't want to be forced to go down there
and see the guys doing the one thing I love to do - play
hockey. Things were bad enough. That only would have
made it worse."
It wasn't fitting or fair. Everything always seems to come
so easily for Morrison, from goals to accolades and attention.
When he returned from his injury Friday at Miami (Ohio), he
had a three-point night as if he'd been doing it all year.
He is a college hockey superstar, whose talent and
charisma put him on a pedestal that everyday concerns aren't
supposed to reach. And yet his body went up and pulled him
down, onto the sidelines, out of the lineup.
"I had a kind of helpless feeling," Morrison said. "I didn't
know how long I'd be out at first ... I was behind my
teammates, and all I could do was watch."
overtime loss to Maine in the 1995 NCAA Semifinals. He
had hit the post in sudden death, and thoughts of what might
have been echoed in his head for over six months.
Athletes get hurt all the time, and all must go through
the same emotional turmoil of being temporarily ampu-
tated from the game they love. Of course, there have been
worse injuries, much bigger comebacks and stories that
make this one look like the tale of a gladiator with a
But what made this particularly excruciating was the
expectation that 1995-96 is going to be Morrison's year -
Michigan's year. Ever since the loss to the Black Bears, there
has been a vague feeling of emptiness in the Wolverines'
Semifinal finishes and awards are nice, but they lose their
luster after you get them year after year. Everyone is tired of
getting experience and building character. They want glory.
So when official practice got underway in October,
everything should have been in place for the Wolverines to
begin preparing for their run at the NCAA title. They had a
championship-caliber team, a championship-caliber hunger
and a championship-caliber star.
Then came the twinge and the torture. Morrison was
missing and, as stocked with talent as the Wolverines are,
everyone was more than a little concerned.
Championship seasons aren't supposed to start that way.
"He's a leader," Berenson said. "And it's tough to be a
leader when you're not on the ice."
Morrison is Michigan's marquee guy. He was the nation's
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By Nicholas J. Cotsonika
Daily Sports Writer
OXFORD - The ticker can only take so much.
Michigan coach Red Berenson may like excitement, but he
wasn't disappointed that the Wolverines' win over Miami
(Ohio) Saturday didn't have any of the heart-stopping action
there was the night before.
"That was heart-attack hockey," Berenson said Friday.
Fourth-ranked Michigan may have swept a two-game series
with the Redskins this weekend, but it had to overcome a
sluggish start to do it. The Wolverines came back from a two-
goal deficit to win a nail-biter, 5-4, in front of2,572 Friday night,
and then had the momentum they needed to cruise to an easy 8-
0 victory Saturday before 2,552 silent fans.
Outstanding individual performances were rampantforMichi-
gan. Jason Botterill had four goals and an assist, Kevin Hilton
had six points, Bill Muckalt had four and Brendan Morrison and
Blake Sloan each had three. The team's overall performance
was the most telling, though.
"There might have been guys who had questions about how
good we really were," Hilton said. "We proved we were a good
team coming back (Friday). But coming out (Saturday) and
controlling the play the whole game was a big step and really
good for the team."
Michigan(5-1 CCHA, 7-1 overall) completely dominated the
Redskins (0-3, 1-6) Saturday. As they were all weekend, special
teams were the most impressive part of the attack.
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