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The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 13, 1995 - 5B

Michigan defense impresses
in shutout of Boilermakers

By Darren Everson
Daily Sports Editor
There was something rather beauti-
ful that got lost in the muck that was
Saturday's Michigan-Purdue game -
seriously.
The Wolverines pitched a shutout,
and even though it was covered in
rain, snow, hail and mud, it was quite
a sight to behold.
That's partly because the Wolver-
ines don't pull this off very often. The
last time they did was Nov. 20, 1993,
a 28-0 win over Ohio State.
The team Michigan goose-egged
that day, though, wasn't fifth in the
nation in rushing like Purdue was be-
fore Saturday. Given the Boilermak-
ers' offensive might, Michigan's
chances of blanking them were, at
best, nonexistent.
"I don't think a team can run on us,"
Michigan linebacker Jarrett Irons said.
"Up to this point, we've emphasized
stopping the run and that's what we
did (Saturday)."
The Wolverines certainly did shut
down the run. The Boilermakers, who
were getting 252.3 yards per game,
got about 10 percent of that against
Michigan.
What makes that all the more im-
pressive is the fact that the Michigan
defense and the Purdue offense were
headed in totally opposite directions
before Saturday.
The Boilermakers had so much mo-
mentum coming into this one, they
were beginning to resemble one of
those trains they're so very fond of.
Against Wisconsin Nov. 4, the Boil-
ers butchered the Badgers by barrel-
ing the ball ahead for barely less than
400 yards.
Meanwhile, the Michigan defense,
which had lit a fire under the team all
year long, got torched by Michigan
State.
"We just wanted to redeem our-
selves after Michigan State," Michi-

GAME STATISTICS
PASSING

Player
Trefzger
Totals
RUSHING

C-A Yds TD Int
11-19 84 0 1
11-19 84 0 1

Player
Watson
Alstott

Att Yds Avg Lg TD
9 31 3.4 12 0
11 19 1.7 6 0

JOE WESTRATE/Daity Matthews

1

1 1.0 1 0

David Bowens (6) and the Michigan defense celebrate during its 5-0 blanking of
Purdue Saturday. It was the Wolverines' first shut out of the season.

Trefzger
Totals

7 (-)22 (-)3.1 12 0
28 29 1.0 12 0

gan defensive lineman Will Carr said.
"(Defensive coordinator Greg)
Mattison just kept using that as a mo-
tivation to stop them this week."
And Mattison didn't stop there.
Much like a catcher calling all the
right pitches in baseball, Mattison
could do no wrong as he signaled in
Michigan's blitzes and coverages..
That's evidenced by Purdue's 113
yards of total offense.
One of those calls even helped out
the Michigan offense. On a first-and-
10 from the Purdue 5-yard line, Wol-
verine defensive back Clarence Th-
ompson blitzed and sacked Boiler-
maker quarterback Rick Trefzger in
the end zone for a safety.
"That play gave us a lot of momen-
tum, offensively and defensively," Th-
ompson said.
"I thought that play changed the entire
complexion of the game because Purdue
was forced (to score a touchdown)," Michi-
gan coach Lloyd Carr said.

The safety put the Wolverines up,
5-0, which was an insurmountable lead RECEIVING
in Saturday's quagmire. Of course, in Player N
better conditions - perhaps on a day
when there's only one form of pre- Alford
cipitation falling - the Purdue of- Olivadotti
fense might have had an easier time
getting going. Blackman
"I don't think (the weather) gives
anyone an advantage when it gets cold I. Jones
like that," Irons said. Alstott
"It was tough to be a defensive line-
man," said Will Carr, who also played Watson
at running back. "You're trying to
make your moves but you can't be- Totals
cause you're worried about slipping.
It was to the offense's advantage."
Whether it was 'Advantage: Of- PUNTING
fense' on the field is debatable; what Player
isn't debatable is that, because of the
Michigan defense, the final tally was Deignan .
5-love.

No. Yds Avg
2 40 20.0

Lg TD
23 0

4 27 6.8 10 0

1

7 7.0 7 0

1 7 7.0 7 0
2 3 1.5 2 0
1 0 0.0 0 0
11 84 7.6 23 0

4

No. Yds Avg Lg
9 314 34.9 55
9 314 34.9 55

And anytime your opponent has
nothing but love to show for its effort,
that's beautiful.

Totals

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PUNT RETURNS

It wasn't perfect, but Nebraska stays Allen
Totals
perfect wicth 41-3 rout of Kansasxo

No. Yds Avg
1 (-)9 (-)9.0
1 0-90-9,0

Lg
0

it

0 0

FFRETURNS

The Associated Press
Nebraska played its sloppiest game of
the year Saturday. Fortunately for the
Cornhuskers, Kansas was even slop-
pier.
Tommie Frazier ran for two touch-
downs and passed for one as top-ranked
Nebraska routed No. 10 Kansas, 41-3,
and clinched a tie for its fifth straight
Big Eight title.
The Huskers (10-0), who hadn't com-
mitted a turnover in their previous four
games, lost two fumbles and had a pass
intercepted by Kansas. But the Jayhawks
(8-2) self-destructed with five turnovers,
including a botched punt return that
turned into a Nebraska touchdown, sev-
eral costly penalties and poor time man-
agement that prevented them from try-
ing a field goal at the end of the first half.
Nebraska extended its winning streak
to 23, beat Kansas for the 27th consecu-
tive time and stayed on track for a trip to
the Fiesta Bowl and a bid for a second
straight national championship.
No. 3 Florida 63, South Carolina 7
Danny Wuerffel returned to his start-
ing spot with five touchdowns passes
and got third-ranked Florida back to the
Southeastern Conference title game Sat-
urday night in a 63-7 victory over South
Carolina.
Wuerffel, rested last week by coach
Steve Spurrier, had 304 yards passing in

the first half as Florida quickly wrapped
up its fourth straight SEC Eastern Divi-
sion title. The Gators went 9-0 for the
first time ever and likely scored enough
points to hold their poll position another
week.
Florida goes to face Western Division
winner Arkansas in the SEC Champion-
ship game at the Georgia Dome on Dec.
2. South Carolina will just go home.
The Gamecocks (4-5-1) held out hope
for a second straight bowl trip and win-
ning season with a win here and next
week against archrival Clemson. But
the Gamecocks came up with just 83
yards on offense as Florida led, 42-7, by
halftime.
No. 7 Kansas St. 49, Iowa St. 7
Matt Miller threw three touchdown
passes to become the Big Eight's season
leader and No. 7 Kansas State scored on
seven of its first eight possessions in
overwhelming Iowa State, 49-7, Satur-
day.
Kansas State (9-1) hit on big plays to
set up its first four touchdowns and
capitalized on turnovers for two more
scores to stay on track for its best season
ever. With a victory over Colorado next
Saturday, Kansas State would win 10
games for the first time.
Shrugging off the zero-degree wind
chill, Miller kept Iowa State (3-7) off
balance all day. He hit touchdown throws

Nichiga n - Thompson tackled Trefzger in end zone for safety

of three yards to Brian Lojka, one yard Player
to Kevin Lockett and 31 yards to Mitch
Running and also scored twice on short Hagins
runs. L. Johnson
Miller ran his season total to 22 touch-
down passes, breaking the record of 20 Totals
that Nebraska's Vince Ferragamo set in
1976. He sat out the fourth quarter after
completing 14-of-17 passes for 209 DEFENSE
yards with no interceptions.
Iowa State's Troy Davis, the nation's Player
leading rusher, carried 41 times for 183 Washer
yards to run his season total to 1,830.
No. 9 Colorado 21, Missouri 0 Okeafor
John Hessler passed for two touch-
downs, extending his school record, and Hall
ran for another score as No. 9 Colorado Brown
overcame a listless start and gusty winds
to blank Missouri, 21-0, on Saturday. O'Connor
The Buffaloes (8-2) managed to with-
stand three turnovers and two missed Williams
field goals to stay in contention for a Smith
second-place finish in the conference.
Colorado, which had surrendered an Perez
average of 36 points the previous four Winston
games, recorded its first shutout since
1992. Burroughs
Missouri (2-8) sustained its sixth
straight setback and lost to Colorado for Coleman
the 1 1th meeting in a row. Krick
Hessler, throwing his 17th and 18th
TD passes of the season, ran 36 yards on Francis
fourth-and-four midway through the fi- Olivadotti
nal quarter for the clinching score.
Brush
Hagins
Metzger

No. Yds Avg Lg
1 26 26.0 26

2 34 17.0 19 0
3 60 20.0 26 0
Solo Ast Tot

10

1 11

The score relly doesn't tell how the

TD

9 3 12-
7 2 9
6 3 9,
5 1 6.
5 0 5
4 1 5.
4 0 4
4 0 4
3 1 4
3 0 3
2 3 5
1 0 1
1 0 1
0 1 1
0 1 1
0 1 1

TEAM STATISTICS

MICH PUR

First Downs
Third Down
Rushing
Passing
Total Offense
Plays
Turnovers
Penalties
Time

17

4

4-19 3-13

182
101

29
84

283 113
79 47

2

3

5-30 4-30
37:22 22:38

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