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Offense stalls, then gets in gear
Defense keeps Blue in game as Wolverine attack starts slowly
By Antoine Pitts
Daily Sports Editor
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CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - The Michigan
offense was going nowhere fast.
The physical Boston College defense held the
C-A Yds TD Int Wolverines at bay for their first six possessions of
-21177 0 1 Meanwhile, the Eagles took a 6-0 lead and had
0-1 0 0 0 success running the ball with tailback Justice
0-1 0 0 Smith.
0-1 0 0 0 The Wolverines took over the ball midway
123 177 0 1 through the second quarter and decided to get to
Two big runs by tailback Tshimanga
Biakabutuka seemed to get the offense rolling for
Michigan. Instead ofrunning at the line, Dreisbach
Yds Avg LgTD tossed the ball out to Biakabutuka and let him
117 3.7 19 1 Dreisbach pitched the ball to the right to
23 5.8 16 0 Biakabutuka for a seven-yard gain. The next play
was a pitch to the left to Biakabutuka. This time he
151.5 10 1 scampered for 16 yards and a first down.
6 1.5 7 0 A three-yard loss on an Ed Davis run left Michi-
gan with a second-and-13 situation from its own
44.0 0 0 34-yard line. That set up the Wolverines' first big
(-)3(-)1.50 0 play of the evening.
Dreisbach had thrown an interception to end the
1943.119 2 previous Michigan drive, but this time he dropped
back and hit a sprinting Mercury Hayes over the
middle for a 52-yard gain. That put Michigan in
Boston College territory for the first time.
rds Avg LgTD Four plays later, Remy Hamilton split the up-
rights from 25 yards away to cut the Eagles' lead
76 19.0 25 0 in half.
68 22.7 52 0 The Wolverines moved the ball well on their
next three possessions, scoring a touchdown and
33 16.5 27 0 field goal to take a 13-6 halftime lead.
N'I we can htang in
our offense is going to
- Jason Horn
Michigan defensive tackle
Michigan's early inability to move the ball not
only meant plenty of appearances by punter Nate
DeLong. It also meant that the Michigan defense
spent a good deal of time on the field. The first five
possessions resulted in DeLong punts, the sixth in
DeLong's first punt - an1 1 -yarder - put the
defense in a big hole. However, the Wolverines
were able to get an interception to thwart a Boston
College scoring chance.
"We know if we can hang in there defensively
... our offense is going to come around," defen-
sive tackle Jason Horn said.
"It's been like that a couple of times this season
but we know they're going to put the points on the
board if we can hang in there."
Michigan's defense was able to hold the Eagles
the rest of the evening, but the effort definitely
took its toll on the players.
"I can just look at Horn - he had three sacks
today - but if you saw him after the game he
could barely move," Marinaro said. "He was dead
tired. That's because he was on the field for too
long making too many plays. We can't let that
Player No. Y
Two runs by Michigan tailback Tshimanga Biakabutuka got the Michigan offense going in the first half
after a slow start.
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No. Yds Avg Lg
7 '2A33A 7A
'6 t I" t -143 04. t"140 run, Dreisbach finally got on track, hit-
Totals 7 24334.746 ting Mercury Hayes for 52 yards. The
play took the Wolverines to the Eagles'
14 yard line.
PUNT RETURNS Up until that point in the game, the
redshirt freshman had connected on just
Player No. Yds Avg Lg TD one of his first 1 I passes. Dreisbach fin-
Toomer 2 2412.016 0 ished the game 9-of-21 for 177 yards.
"(Dreisbach) showedwhat he was made
Hayes 2 1 .5 1 0 of because a lot of kids, after throwing
Totals 4 25 6.3 16 0 that interception in the second quarter,
would have lost their composure," Wol-
verine coach Lloyd Carr said. "He is a
KICKOFF RETURNS very, very tough kid, mentally and physi-
Player No. Yds Avg Lg TD Michigan was unable to punch the ball
Hayes 1 20 20.0 20 0 into the end zone after the play and had to
settle for a 26-yard Remy Hamilton field
Williams 1 9 9.0 9 0 goal.
B'well 1 0 0 0 0 That score, with 3:35 left in the second
quarter, got the Michigan offense going
Totals 3 29 9.7 20 0 andtheWolverinesputup 1 morepoints
before the half was over.
Thompson intercepted another Hartsell
DEFENSE pass and gave Michigan the ball back at
Playr Soo As Tot its own 44 with 2:47 left.
Player Solo Ast Tot I don't think you can go into a shell,"
Horn 6 2 8 Henning said when asked why he didn't
Irons 6 1 7 try to run the halfout. "Mark tried tomake
a big time throw and they made a big time
Swett 6 0 6 interception."
On the first play after the turnover,
King 4 2 6 Dreisbach hit tight end Jay Riemersma,
Steele 4 0 4 who made a brilliant one-handed catch,
for 27 yards to the Boston College 29.
Thompson 3 0 3 Three plays later, Biakabutuka scam-
Elston 2 1 3 pered 18 yards for the touchdown.
The Wolverines got the ball back
Ray 2 1 3 with six seconds to go in the first half,
Winters 2 1 3 and after Dreisbach connected with
Amani Toomer for 14 yards, Hamilton
Copenhaver 2 0 2 kicked his second field goal of the half
Sanders 2 0 2 as time expired.
The 13 points in the final 3:35 of the
Woodson 2 0 2 half gave Michigan momentum and con-
Dreisbach 1 0 1 trol ofthegame, and itneverreally looked
Hankins 1 0 1 The Wolverines jumped out to a 23-6
Michigan's Jason Hom had three sacks in Saturday's game against Boston College.
lead in the second halfoR another Hamilton
field goal (29 yards) and a one-yard Ed
Davis touchdown run. Both scores came
late in the third quarter.
Going into the game, Carr had been
worried whether Michigan would be able
to match up against what he believed
would be the best offense it had yet faced.
Now, the offense is the concern for
"We can't afford to have any more
starts like that because the defense is
liable to have an off-day," Marinaro
By Antoine Pitts
and Ryan White
Daily Sports Editors
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Joe Marinaro got the job done, and it had nothing
to do with his work on Michigan's offensive line Saturday against Boston College.
The task Marinaro, an Andover, Mass. native, had to accomplish was finding 60
tickets for family and friends who live in the area.
It was the first time that Marinaro had gone home to play a game, and it was
everything he had hoped it would be.
"It was a great expel ience," he said after the Wolverines' 23-13 win. "I was hoping
I'd be able to settle down after the first play and I did."
Each player is only allowed four tickets per road game, so Marinaro was forced to
search the lockerroom for teammates with extras.
"Fortunately no one is from Boston," Marinaro said.
Marinaro was on the team when it traveled to Boston in 1991, but he did not play.
OUCH!: Michigan quarterback Scott Dreisbach suffered a
slight concussion on one of his last plays Saturday night.
Neither Dreisbach or the coaches knew which play caused the
concussion, but Dreisbach wasn't worried about missing any
"Yeah, I'm going to be all right," he said. "We've got two
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