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6B -- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 27, 1995


Nobody said 'Go Blue' louder
Northwestern was Michigan's biggest suppofter Saturday

fY Nicholas J. Cotsonika
and Alan Boldonbach
Daily Sports Writers
EVANSTON - Even the pizza guy
wasn't sure.
His inspirational message, scrawled
on the top of one of the boxes he deliv-
ered to Northwestern's John C. Nicolet
Football Center, was filled with all of
the pride, hope and uncertainty the
Wildcats were feeling Saturday.
Pasadena or Orlando? No one knew
Where the best Northwestern football
team in 47 years would end up. Play-
eas, coaches, alumni, friends and fain-
iN' gathered in the team's film room,
where they had studied themselves
abd their opponents so many times
before; to watch Michigan and Ohio
State determine their team's fate in
Ann Arbor.
They had come so far. Last season,
they were 3-7-1, playing their tradi-
tonal role of Big Ten doormat, and
4)w they had beaten Michigan, Notre
D~ame and Penn State. They were 10-
t ranked fourth in the nation, Big
'tn Champions and bowl-bound.
Ab All that kept the Purple from Pasa-
dena was second-ranked Ohio State.
'the Wildcats' fate was Michigan's to
S"1 expected Michigan to win,"~
Northwestern coach Gary Barnett said
4fter the game, half-joking, half-seni-
ous. The Wolverines had to beat the
L~uckeyes to make the Cinderella story

Everyone in Evanston did what they
could to make sure it did. People hung.
"GO MICHIGAN!" banners out of
their dorm windows, "N" flags waved
from cars, and Barmett displayed a'
flag of his own next to the big screen
the game was shown on.
"I borrowed the Michigan flag from
my next-door neighbor, who went
there," Barnett said. "I had to hang it
up. They're my favorite team today."
The Northwestern players were par-.
tial to the Wolverines as well. Every
yard Michigan gained brought cheers,
and every Ohio State success made
the room groan. Flashbulbs explod-
ing at their every reaction, the players
were cautious with their optimism.,"
"Go! Go!" they quietly urged oil
Michigan's Tshimanga Biakabutuka,,
the same man they hated in Octobie~.:
"Let's go! Come on!"
Then came Wolverine Charles
Woodson's interception in the third'
quarter. Screams and cheers, and even1 a.
few smiles, were allowed. But Obits
State came back to score a touchdown;,
and it was back to white knuckles again
"I was more intense watching this
game than I was in some games I'
played in," Northwestern tight end
Shane Graham said.
The tension came and went, teasing
everyone in purple and black. After
Michigan's Clarence Williams scored
in the third, the room erupted..
Then the TV went out. In a pan-
icked silence, everyone looked over
their shoulder, stomachs turning over,

"Comne.on clock!
G.- ary Barnett,
Northwestern lootball-,coach,
near the end of Michigan's}
3t.-23 win over Ohio State
waiting. It came back on after an eter-
nal minute or so, rand' it was back to
The cheer _,nd shouts':got, louder..
Ohio State's Terry Glen~n dropped a5
pass from quarterback Bobby Hoy ing,
and several players playfujl yelled*
"HE'S THE.MAN I" 4,.Q J-.vgr
at the screen,
The cheers' got louder and loude~r
again. Cornfidence wasbiiglgaa
dena' was insighZ, ,
Michigan gjterb~i B41 re
convered a~tird dprn pass tb tight
end~a]imrm~n 3ant"fd
finally cikacW tbe'~ lel'Q , ""Id
allow the AB1~cxn( s ef -t
"At ..latIt.vw geh at
time" hesaid, relfemrngQ" his ear~r
on-air frown.
Biakabiituka 'saipered,':r niot
of his 313 yards and ran fin ,far 4
touchdown to put Michigan .up, 31I-
15, and the room roared.:flarnett
smiled. The players looked, at eaich
other in disbelief. farnel's wifq, said'
she was goinig to have a ,hart attack.
"Thank you, Biakabutuka," said six
year-od James kurzaws ki, he son of

eysas he saw Michigan help his Wildcats qualify for the Rose!So*C-B

a frietd '~a4i',' i
that Florida was beating FIorida State
and said, "Th e'eging,'t4 iui6i~opr
national tit~e'hbpe. M
pions? N.orthwestem. It was all com-
ing true. As'tfi&ga~n woun down,
the cheep iid~h<,t~r

"Come on click!" Barnett said.
"Tick! Tick!"
g Then~ carpe Woodson's second in-
terceptioni - and. euphoria.
The roses were passed out. The cam-
eras clicked on. The celebrationbe
gan. Someon brought the pizza box
in, with Orlando scratched out, 'and

it was over. It was for sure.'99h'ett
had kept the promise he made when
he was hired: The Purple were- qn&
to Pasadena.
"This is the greatest', ay ofm, ,f,
offensive tackle Brian Kardos said p
the same room where he wi tutidy
film of Southern Cal throughout e=
cember. "WE'RE GOING TOt' 1-"
Thank .you, Biakabutuka. _ °

Elorida neCxars national tit

'The Associated Press
SFlorida won its state championship
and an almost certain trip to~ the Fiesta
bowl with a 35-24 victory over Florida
$tate on Saturday. Now the Gators have
*eir sights set on a bigger goal - the
itional title.
SDanny Wuerffel threw for 443 yards
a id four touchdowns, including two
long ones to Ike Hilliard, as the No. 3
Gators beat No. 6 Florida State before
a record crowd of 85,711 at Florida
If the Gators (1 1-0 overall) beat Ar-
kansas in the Southeastern Conference
championship game next Saturday -
and they will be heavily favored to do
so - they will play top-ranked Ne-
braska in the Fiesta Bowl Jan. 2.
Nebraska finished the regular sea-
son at 1 1-0 after beating Oklahoma,

37-0, Friday.
The Fiesta Bowl now shapes up as a
clear-cut national championship game
because No. 2 Ohio State lost to Michi-
gan, 31-23, Saturday.
Despite its loss to Florida, Florida.
State (9-2) still will play in a lucrative
bowl alliance game, either the Orange
or the Sugar.
Florida tied a school record with its
11th straight victory and beat its
archri val for only the second time since
No. ;5 Tennessee "12, Vaioderbllt '
Jay Graham rushed for 211 yards
and scored on a . ne-yard run--with
three minutes left to rally No. 5 Ten-f
nessee past determined Vanderbilt,,
12-7, Saturday in a battle of in-state
Tennessee (10- 1) also scored on a 1-

half, butnnt th~xrxon a rlce P~ lp~ ~ L4---~(Btffhv;C~
and Vanderbilt{(2-9 clungtoa7-6 lead pe,2~ op ~;Texas Teh (Big 12six~th) vs. BYU, Utah or Air Force (WAC ~secondl)
until Graham bulled in on third downto - - .2Sg Aa6,,- 5 -", 01 asex asAM loser (Big12 fourt h) vs. Michigan (Big Tenforth}
c p 6- 'r ~ rv .,e .2 u eE a 6 o a{ i e ffh v .W s i g o Peyton * M anning began the w inning } 2 ' ri e ~ d n e h + L , LSU E ~ ix h , s.M c ir t
drive w ith footrpass com pletions for 50 b .29 H ll'c404 Clor d -tdAG c a pi n v .K ns s S . y r s t y n o e T n e s e to t e--0Lyn a t C rl na .S a f r
Vanderbilt 1* . 30 Cart4 X t ', <Sy?aduse(ig East third)s vs. North Caroia ABC furth} ~'
Five car s by Graham did thorestt ,. . 30U Peac4 A at ~Alabama, Arkanrsas or Auburrn {SEC fourth} vs. Virginia .:
thwart an excellent. defensive ef~fort by } c 31 Suar sk __~ew dreans" Texas Texas A&M winner Aline orh vs. la.St./Va. Tech (Alliance sixth)"
th orridors tJan, . Otback Tapa, Fla, Peno t. (ig Ten third) vs. >Alabama, Arkansas or Auburn (SEC third)
M an n n g i n sg O 2irAf"4; %fF a.2O h io .. B ig T e n s on ) v s . T e n n e s s e e (S E C . s e c o n d)ya d to s t s h o a s ,re d O R1a ir ' : t n f . 4 : r k k v F e > V rg ia T c { B g E t s c nd v .C e mn
th $© s . ' vSQ n - F n ti. ;,.tt r - 2 aI i:°, -'Coo'do (Big E1it second) vs. Oregon (Pacific-10 seconid) --
isled '9~s 4 o-300 X906 Jan. 1 R4O O - - 'Calif: '-Nrhwtestern (Big Ten champion) vs. Southern Cal (Pacifice4 champibt d)
y a rd s R !'ta *P 0 N o tre D a m e (A llia n c e third ) vis M i am i ( Fla .) (A llia n ce f ft h ) r h n s 2 , , . r s , e e a . a , i
*lara e s r y1d "N9araska . (Alliance first) vs, Florida (Alliance second)
high and helped -hi nitset s 3nnss ee:-,. -
season record of 1,438 yards, surpas- o .,, . ~ gtan ouhet ofrecs
ing Johnnie Jones' 1984 mark..

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The Names Project
AIDS Memorial Quilt
View five 12x 12's of the Quilt.
November 27-December 1
Michigan Union ArtLounge
AIDS Awareness Posters
On display by School of Art students.
November 27-December 8
North Campus Commons Atrium.
Day Without Ark
For more details call, 747-4284 or
message jmgiroux@umich.edu
Friday, December 1
Brown Bag Discussion
Cutting edge AIDS activism and education
strategies featuring K. C. Quirk from the
HIV/AIDS Resource Center.
Mon., November 27, 12-1:30 pm
~School of Public Health I, Room 3001
Panel Discussion
Personal sharing by persons living
with AIDS.
Tue., November 28, 7:30-9:30 pm
:Michigan Union Kuenzel Room
Lisa Tiger
HIV-positive, Native American woman
whose message stresses the importance of
AIDS awareness.
Wed., November 29, 8-9:30 pm
Michigan Union Ballroom
AIDS Awareness Speak-Out,
An opportunity to share personal thoughts,
feelings and experiences with students and
Thu., November 30, 8:30-10:30 pm
Michigan Union Kuenzel Room

t^,. '.


Shared Rights, Shazred, Re~spof bfiiese,
AIDS Awareness Videos
Mon., November Z27 , prp
SPH L, 3rd Floor Lounge and 1'=I, asemenf
Common Threads: ~ i~
Sto ries From The Quilt
A very moving and educational film.
Mon., November 27, 730 pm. RchmAd
Also offered by TVQ on:
Thu., November 30, 7:00 pm _
LGBPO Lounge -
A moving portrayal of AIDS fi s el1 so y
International film Ietival,
prize winner!
Tue., November -28,9:00 p~i*
Natural Science Building.Auditonlum :
N n eN e etbBet a:Marlon Riggs' documentary'Abeiit,
gay, HIV-posit' ve, :fri re
Thu., November 30, 73:00 pm e
Michigan Union, LGBPO Loun :e -
4th Annual -world AIDS -Day
LCandlelight VIgil-and.. rCh
Gather at 6:30 pm fotf the'open ing ceremony.-
March through-town,- closing ceremony id
reception vw lfollow.. h r ,
Fri., December 1, 6:30O4:O0pm
Michigan Union Anderson Room

RE-SEASONr' Entries Taken: Mon 11/27 - Thurs 11/30 11 am - 4:30pm
BASI(16ACLL Entry Fee: $35 per team
Manager's Meeting (Mandatoy: Thurs 11/30 6pm IMSB
Tournament Dates: Sat & Sun 12/2 & 12/3



Entries Taken: Tues 12/12 11 am - 4:30pmn IMSB
Entry Fee: $355.00 per team $ r
Manager's Meeting (Manatory): Tues 12112 6pm IMSB
tPlay'Beginys: Sun 1/14 at Yost Ice Arena (state street)


Baa~jhllT~a Racquetball,, Racquetball - Singles & Doubles,
,W U Rnge & Doubles, 3-Point Shootout,
Pt~g~optet, Swimming & Diving Meet, Relays Meet,
j ,Pre-Season Volleyball, Volleyball,
ay 'aalo~ , Broomball, Cross Country Run


BA~SKETBALL clinic begins 7:00pm Mon 11/27I



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