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(1) Florida St. 77, North Carolina St. 17
(2) Nebraska 77, Arizona St. 28
(3) Texas A&M 52, Tulsa 9
(4) Florida 62, (8) Tennessee 37
LSU 12, (5) Auburn 6
(6) Southern Cal 45, Houston 10
(7) Penn St. 66, Temple 14
(9) Colorado 66, Northeast Louisiana 14
(10) Ohio St. 30, (18) Washington 20
(11) Michigan 23, Boston College 13

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(20) Oregon 3, p u2 A )C a
Arkansas 20, (13) Alabama 19
(14) Oklahoma 24, SMU 10
(15) Texas 38, Pittsburgh 27
(16) Virginia 41, Georgia Tech 14
Illinois 9, (17) Arizona 7
Colorado State 27, (21) Air Force 20
(23) Georgia 40, New Mexico St. 13
(24) Notre Dame 41, Vanderbilt 0
Miami (Ohio) 30, (25) Northwestern 28

ANTOINE PITTS
PFtts Stop
Idesp.ite pirvgi'g
trend mreuses to
run up the score
C HESTNUT HILL, Mass. -
For weeks, even years now,
the scores have rung in
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr's head.
The tone heard by Carr certainly is
unpleasant to him.
Every Saturday, you see teams
running up scores as high as they
can. The game may be long over,
but teams try to see how high they
can get.
This weekend that trend continued
in a big way. Half of the top-10 teams
ran up their scores to at least 50
points. The top two teams, Florida
State and Nebraska, went as high as
77.
One team you won't see running up
the score is Michigan. Twice this
season Carr has chosen to down the
ball and let time run out instead of
trying for another sure score. Other
teams simply try to put it in the end
zone.
"I'm sick of guys who run up the
score," Carr said.
Some may argue that the Wolver-
ines should not be showing any kind
of mercy toward the other team.
Instead, this may simply be a
display of true sportsmanship by
Michigan.
The NCAA has taken big steps this
year to curb what it believes is
unsportsmanlike conduct. You are in
violation if you celebrate too much, if
you remove your helmet before
reaching the sideline, and until
recently if you knelt in prayer
following a score.
Carr believes the nature of these
weekly blowouts is the real unsports-
manlike part of the college football
game.
"The American Football Coaches
Association has gotten on (the)
bandwagon about improving
sportmanship," Carr said. "They
won't let kids take their helmets off
on the field, and if they show any
kind of emotion we're penalizing
them and yet we have coaches trying
to defend running up the score. I
think that's ludicrous."
If the spirit of the game is sports-
manship, how can these lopsided
games continue?
"I think it's an embarrassment to
the coaching profession when they
run the score up like some of these
guys are," Carr said. "I think it's an
- indictment of our profession. It's
sickening."
Carr has a valid point, except he
forgets one thing. These blowouts
will most certainly continue because
of how the national championship is
decided. Since a poll eventually
decides who will take home the top
prize, each team feels it must impress
the voters as best as possible. Until
that changes, you are likely to witness
a lot more 77-17 scores.
Not running up the score seems
like a sensible, humane and sports-
manlike thing to do. Try telling that
to Joe Paterno.
Penn State was the No. 1 team in
the country last year until the Nittany
Lions beat Indiana by only six points.
Nebraska beat Colorado that weekend
to pass Penn State. The Cornhuskers
never relinquished the top spot.
Had the Nittany Lions won by,

say, 50 or 60, maybe it would have
a different story. Instead, Indiana
scored 22 fourth-quarter points
against Penn State's second-string
defense and the Nittany Lions
kissed their national title hopes
goodbye.
Until there is a true national
playoff, you really can't blame some
of these coaches for trying to get as
many points as they can. Somehow,
even if there is a playoff, it is hard to
belieye people would stop running up
the score.
Some of it has to do with pressure
from the fans. They think there's
something wrong with their team if it
doesn't go out to win by a large score
every time.
Like Carr says, it boils down to a
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M soccer settles for tie at home

By Marc Lightdale
Daily Sports Writer
The stubborn defense of Buffalo and
an inability to convert scoring opportu-
nities left the Michigan women's soc-
cer team with a frustrating 1-1 tie.
Yesterday, the Wolverines (1-5-1)
must have wondered whether their
newly-constructed stadium came
equipped with a glass shield to block
shot attempts.
While Michigan controlled the tempo
from the outset with solid passing, the
story of the game was that Michigan's
offense became stymied by an inability
to put the ball into the net.
"I felt like we definitely dominated
the game. We played with a lot of heart.
We just could not get shots off and
score," Michigan forward Jessica
Limauro said.
About halfway through the first-half,
a Debbie Flaherty penalty kick landed
just inside the lefthand corner of the
net, giving the Wolverines a 1-0 lead.

Later in the first half, Buffalo's
Annamaria Gasbarra knotted the score
at 1- l when she booted a ball that hit
Michigan goalkeeper Jessica Jone's
outstretched hand, bounced into the top
of the goal, and proceeded to creep into
the net.
The game remained tied at that score
through regulation and two fifteen-
minute overtime periods.
Some of the Wolverines believe that
their scoring woes stem from a lack of
intensity.
"We did not get our intensity level up
until later in the game. We needed to
come out with more intensity right
away," goalkeeper Jessica Jones said.
In addition, other players pointed to
the team's nervous play near the goal.
"We were just panicking when we
got near the box," Limauro said. We
were a little bit frustrated or nervous in
the box because we wanted to make it
perfect."
In order for the team to win, the

Wolverines believe that they have to
assert themselves offensively and take
advantage of the scoring opportunities.
"We don't have anyone stepping up
and saying we're going to score. There
is no one who has that killer instinct on
this team," Michigan midfielder Kim
Phillips said.
"We had every scoring opportunity
that we possibly could have had, and we
could not finish any of them."
Although the team struggled putting
the ball in the net, the team members
took some solace in their other im-
provements.
"I think our outside midfielders made
great runs up the sidelines which opened
up the field," Limauro said.
Earlier this weekend, the Michigan
women's soccer team traveled to Ohio
State, where it was shutout, 2-0.
"Against Ohio State, we did not have
very many shots at all. We are defi-
nitely an offensive threat, but we have
to take it one step further," Phillips said.

FILE PHOTO/Daily

The Michigan women's soccer team tied Buffalo yesterday.

.an 23, Boston College 13

The Woverines'
defense stifles
Boston College
By Ryan White
Daily Sports Editor
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass - It's not even October, but the
Michigan football team has already eliminated a team from the
Big Ten race.
"Let me just say this: we aren't going to the Rose Bowl,"
Boston College coach Dan Henning said after his team lost 23-
13 to the Wolverines in front of 44,500 fans Saturday night at
Alumni Field.
There was, however, some good news for the Eagles -
they're in the Big East and can't go to the Rose Bowl anyway.
The loss to Michigan (4-0) was Boston College's second
loss this season to a Big Ten school. Ohio State beatthe Eagles,
38-6, Aug. 27. Laterthis month, Boston College (1-2) will play
Michigan State, its third Big Ten opponent.
Forthe second straight week, it was the Wolverines' defense
which keyed their attack.
The Michigan defenders shut the Eagles down, holding
them to 188 yards of total offense while sacking Boston
College quarterback Mark Hartsell five times.
The defensive effort was necessary, since the Wolverines'
offense started slower than a '72 Pinto on a cold January
morning.
Michigan was forced to punt the ball on its first five
possessions of the game, putting the defense in the position of
having to make big plays early.
The Wolverines went backwards 12 yards on their opening
drive, and after a 12-yard punt by Nate DeLong, the Eagles had
the ball at the Michigan 23.
Boston College picked up a first down at the 13-yard line,
but on the next play Hartsell's pass was tipped by the Wolver-
ines' Glen Steele and intercepted by safety Steve King.
King returned the ball 98 yards for a touchdown, but the play
was nullified by a block in the back by the Wolverines.
The game remained scoreless until Boston College put
together a five-play, 56-yard drive that ended on a four-yard
touchdown run by Omari Walker.
The Eagles missed the point-after attempt because of a high
snap. Kicker Dan McGuire tried to throw into the end zone, but
his pass was broken up by Clarence Thompson.
Boston College led 6-0, but that was the most offense the
Eagles would see until the fourth quarter.
"We know that if we hang tough on defense, the offense is
going to come around," said tackle Jason Horn, who had three
sacks for Michigan. "We know we have talent (on offense) and
all it's going to take is one play."
That one play didn't come quickly, though. On the Wolver-
ines' first drive after the Eagles' touchdown, quarterback Scott
Dreisbach rolled left, and his pass was picked off by Boston
College corner Keirnan Speight.
The play again gave the Eagles prime field position, this
time at the Michigan 36.
"We knew that we were going to be able to do things (on
offense), but was frustrating," Michigan captain Joe Marinaro
said. "We just didn't complete passes in the beginning and we
didn't really run the ball that well."
With 7:41 left in the second quarter, the Wolverines finally
began to move the ball.
After two Tshimanga Biakabutuka rushes and an Ed Davis
See EAGLES, Page 48

JONATHAN LURIE/Daily
Michigan linebacker Mike Elston sacks Boston College quarterback Mark Hartsell during the Wolverines' 23-13 win. Hartsell, who had a field day
against the Michigan defense last season, had a much tougher time Saturday. Hartsell threw for 74 yards against the Wolverines after amassing
33 yards passing in last year's game.

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