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(2) Ohio St. 42, Indiana 3
(3) Florida 38, Vanderbilt 7
(4) Tennessee 34, Kentucky 31
(5) Northwestern 23, Purdue 8
(6) Florida St. 59, Maryland 17
(9) Colorado 27, (7) Kan. St. 17
(8) Notre Dame 44, Air Force 14
(10) Texas 27, Texas Christian 19
UCLA 24, (11) Southern Cal 20
(19) Penn St. 27, (12) Michigan 17

(20) virginia Tecn t>, (13) virginia 2
Louisiana St. 28, (14) Arkansas 0
(15) Kansas 22, Oklahoma St. 17
(16) Oregon 12, Oregon St. 10
(21) Auburn 31, (17) Alabama 27
(18) Texas A&M 56, Middle Tenn. St. 14
(22) Washington 33, Washington St. 30
(23) Syracuse 58, Boston College 29
(24) Clemson 38, South Carolina 17
(25) Miami (Fla.) 17, West Virginia 12

ANTOINE PITTS
Pitts Stop
Wolvenies couldn't
c their winning
ortof two years ago
t Beaver Stadium
TATE COLLEGE - It looked
like it might be a repeat of the
game played two years ago.
On Michigan's last trip to Penn
State, a late third quarter-early fourth
quarter goal-line stand by the
Wolverines turned out to the differ-
ence as they won, 21-13.
This time around, Michigan needed
a goal-line stand against the Nittany
Lions to keep the score close at 13-
10. A Penn State touchdown at this
point of the game would have pretty
much clinched a victory.,
The Nittany Lions didn't even wait
for fourth down to give it back to
Michigan, though. Tailback Curtis
Enis coughed up the ball on the first
play of the fourth quarter and the
Wolverines recovered in the end zone
for a touchback.
This was Michigan's chance to take
over. For the second time on the day,
Penn State looked like it was primed
for a score but forgot something on the
way - the ball. Fullback Jon Whitman
had fumbled after a reception inside the
10 in the second quarter.
The Wolverines, who seem to
move the chains better on first and
second down than they ever d on
third, had to convert on third down
right away.
Quarterback Brian Griese's pass
bounced off Mercury Hayes' hands,
and fell to the ground, ending yet
another Michigan drive.
The Wolverines punted the ball to
tite Nittany Lions and watched as
Pen State drove 57 yards in 10 plays
f*~ ake a 10-point lead with 9:40 to
ptay'in the game.
.Tbe Wolverines gave themselves
artither chance, though. Griese drove
Mihigan 73 yards in six plays for a
tji"chdown on the its next possession
to make it 20-17.
;Twe Wolverines made the Nittany
'bigrs punt from midfield on their
niext drive and looked to drive for
aher score but a familiar thing
h'piened.
You guessed it - another
dr*pped pass. Hayes had the ball
pop out of his hands to end yet
another drive.
Michigan punted and Penn State
came down for the game-clinching
score - this time on a fake field
goal.
Throughout the game, Penn State
tried to give the Wolverines some
early holiday presents, but Michigan
returned the gifts unopened
"We had a chance to win the ball
game but we didn't capitalize on
those chances," quarterback Brian
Griese said.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr echoed
those sentiments.
"We missed too many opportuni-
ties," Carr said.
It's been the same story all season
for the Wolverines. Missed opportu-
nities. Penalties. The inability to
convert on third down. An offense
that doesn't move anywhere in
some games. A defense that hasn't
been able to stop people late in
others.
You have a team here that is
stacked offensively at every position

but quarterback, yet can't move the
ball at times.
You have a defense that has put
outstanding numbers on the board this
year, but in critical, game-ending,
situations has let up game-losing
scores for the Wolverines.
Three weeks ago at Michigan State,
the Wolverines had 92 yards of real
estate behind them, but couldn't keep
Tony Banks and the Spartans from
driying for the winning score.
Saturday that defense struck again
in a clutch situation.
The coaching staff was running up
and down the sideline calling it out,
and even the players on the field said
they knew a fake field goal was
coming, but there was still nothing
Michigan could do to stop it.
Holder Joe Nastasi took the snap
and walked untouched into the end
zone for the game-clincher. He was
so open he could have down a few
cartwheels on the way in and he still
wouldn't have been touched.

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Fake field goal
stuns Wolverines
By Scott Burton
Daily Sports Writer
STATE COLLEGE - Penn State coach Joe Paterno
couldn't have picked a more unusual game plan for his
matchup with Michigan Saturday.
Against a Wolverine defense ranked first in the nation
against the run, Paterno called a bounty of running plays.
And when the game was on the line, Paterno -hardly known
for play-calling shenanigans -- stunned Michigan with a
well-rehearsed trick play.
The two strategies helped Penn State (4-3 Big Ten, 7-3
overall) to a 27-17 victory and gave the Nittany Lions the
inside track to the Outback Bowl. Michigan (4-3, 8-3) was
eliminated from consideration for the Florida Citrus Bowl
with the loss.
Penn State was clinging to a 20-17 lead in the fourth
quarter when Michigan stuffed the Nittany Lions on three
consecutive goal-line plays. The Wolverines' goal-line stand
seemingly forced Penn State to kick an innocuous field goal,
which wouls have allowed Michigan a chance to win the
game on its last drive of the game.
However, Paterno called a fake field goal on fourth down and
it worked to perfection. Holder Joe Nastasi took the snap on the
two-yard line and ran the ball in untouched into the end zone for
an insurmountable 27-17 lead with 2:40 left in the game.
"I just knew it was going to happen," Nastasi said. "I
wasn't going to be denied on that one.
"We wanted three men outside the tackle, that was the key.
We had them outmanned by two men. The blocking was
perfect."
Penn State had practiced that play all week and the
Nittany Lions had thought about running it earlier in
the game. The play depended on Nastasi recognizing
Michigan's defense - ifthe Wolverines were linedup
See PENN STATE, Page 4B

Michigan's David Bowens had seven tackles, but the Wolverines could not stop the Nittany Lions Saturday.

'M' Outsizes, outlasts Weber State
Blue advances to semifinals of Preseason NIT with 80-62 victory

By Michael Rosenberg
Daily Editor in Chief
Weber State was a long shot to beat Michi-
gan Friday night, and its chances hinged on
its ability to hit long shots. When the Wild-
cats' 3-point bombs missed their target,
Weber State missed its opportunity.
The Wildcats shot 6 for 26 from down-
town against the Wolverines, whose tre-
mendous height advantage was simply too
much for Weber State to overcome. Michi-
gan won the second round Preseason NIT
game, 80-62, in front of 13,408 at Crisler
Arena. The Wolverines face Arizona in the
semifinals at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night in
New York's Madison Square Garden.
"We shot the ball very, very well against
Fresno State (in the first round Wednesday
night)," Weber State coach Ron Abegglen
said. "We did not shoot the ball very well
tonight."
Scoring wasn't as much of a problem for
Michigan. Although the Wolverines shot
just 29 of 67 from the field, they hit 17 of 25
from the free-throw line, compared to 6 of 8
for the Wildcats.
"I felt like I could pretty much score
whenever I wanted to," said Michigan's

Jerod Ward, who apparently decided 13
points would be a good number. "I felt pretty
good about it."
Ward was one of nine Wolverines who
played between 19 and 24 minutes. Four
Michigan players scored in double figures,
including freshman Louis Bullock, who put
on the Wolverines' most encouraging per-
Preseason NIT semifinals
Who: Georgetown vs. Georgia Tech, 5:30 p.m.
Michigan vs. Arizona, 8:30 p.m.
Where: Madison Square
Garden, New York
When: Wednesday
Television: ESPN
Championship: Friday, 8 p.m.
Consolation: Friday,'6 p.m.
formance of the evening. Bullock scored a
team-high 14 points, dished out three assists
and was one of the key reasons Weber State
shot so poorly from 3-point range. Bullock
also turned the ball over just once, despite
playing point guard for much of his 24 min-
utes.
The Wolverines' performance was a
marked improvement over their first-round
win over DePaul Wednesday night.

"We looked a lot crisper today," said
Michigan forward Maurice Taylor, who
scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
"We were a lot more 'comfortable. I think
we're ready for Arizona. We're capable of
playing with any team in the country. We
have the talent. We just have to get the
technique."
Michigan had that technique in the first
half against Weber State. The Wolverines
jumped out to a 22-9 lead and were never
threatened after that. The best the Wildcats
could do was cut it to 30-22, but then Ward
took over. He hit four free throws and a
layup before Weber State's Justyn Tebbs
broke the string with a jumper. Ward re-
sponded with a 3-pointer, Michigan was up,
41-24, and Weber State was nearly finished.
The Wolverines took a 47-28 lead into the
lockerroom.
Weber State actually outscored Michi-
gan, 34-33, in the second half, but that was
almost irrelevant. The Wildcats never came
within 17 points of Michigan in the game's
final 20 minutes.
Tebbs was Weber State's top scorer, with
See WEBER, Page 7B

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily
Albert White glides in for a layup Friday against Weber State.

Wolverines put the freeze on Alaska in two-game set, 6-1, 4-1

By Danielle Rumore
Daily Sports Writer
Alaska-Fairbanks left its snowy
state just to get hit by another cold
spell this weekend. And the weather
had nothing to do with it.
The Michigan hockey team, despite
moments of inconsistency and a loss
of intensity, still managed to leave the
Nanooks out in the cold.
The Wolverines (7-1-0 CCHA, 9-
1-0 overall) swept the weekend se-
ries, beating Fairbanks (2-5-0, 2-6-
1), 6-1, Friday and, 4-1, Saturday at
Yost Ice Arena.
Michigan experienced a rash of
sluggish moments throughout each of
the contests, but showed why it is the

the right times.
"I felt good about the weekend
overall," Michigan coach Red
Berenson said. "I think we did some
good things."
Two of thosef
good things were
the power play
and the defensive
effort. Michigan r
clicked on seven
of its 19 total.
man advantages,
for an impressive
37 percent. The
Wolverines' de- Morrison
fense limited the
Nanooks to 12 shots on goal Friday

Fairbanks from creating many quality
scoring opportunities.
"Our defense has definitely come a
long way (since the loss to Western
Michigan). Now you're seeing the
real Michigan hockey team," Michi-
gan goalie Marty Turco said.
Friday night, the Wolverines
jumped out of the starting blocks,
taking control of the first two periods
before losing their intensity in the
third. Michigan was without right
wing Warren Luhning and left wing
Jason Botterill. Both were given game
disqualifications for fighting in last
Saturday's matchup against Miami
(Ohio).
Center Kevin Hilton notched the

contest, both on the power play. Bill
Muckalt flipped the puck to Brendan
Morrison who drilled a cross-ice pass
to Hilton in the right circle. Hilton
slid it past
Nanook goalie
Larry Moberg at
9:11 of the first
period, nine sec-
on ds into the
power play.
H is sec on d
score came off of
a rebound in the
low slot.

balanced Moberg at 13:19 of the first.
Michigan added four more goals to
its 2-0 lead, with Morrison scoring
three of the four. The Wolverines'
assistant captain, playing in his third
game this season, notched his first-
goal 37 seconds into the second stanza.
He took a feed from Muckalt and
fired a shot home fromjust in front of
the blue line. The puck passed Moberg
on his stick side, giving the Wolver-
ines their third power-play goal in as
many attempts.
Morrison continued to roll after his
first goal and looked as if he hadn't
missed a game. He finished the night
with a hat trick and two assists, be-
See ALASKA, Page 68

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Hilton Muckalt took a
shot that de-
flected off Moberg. Hilton grabbed

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