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(1) Florida St. 46, Cent. Florida 14
(2) Nebraska 49, Pacific 7
(7) Colorado 29, (3) Texas A&M 21
(5) Southern Cal 31, (25) Arizona 10
(6) Penn St. 59, Rutgers 34
(8) Ohio St. 54, Pittsburgh 14
(10) Oklahoma 51, North Texas 10
(11) Virginia 22, Clemson 3
Stanford 28, (12) Oregon 21
(21) Notre Dame 55, (13) Texas 27

(15) Tennessee 52, Miss. St. 14
Washington St. 24 , (16) UCLA 15
Virginia Tech 13, (17) Miami 7
(18) LSU 52, Rice 7
(19) Kansas St. 67, Akron 0
Mississippi 18, (20) Georgia 10
(22) Washington 21, Army 13
(24) Maryland 41, Duke 28
Michigan St. 35, Purdue 35
Northwestern 30, Air Force 6

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Michigan spikes 2 victories
Wolverines drop Purdue, Northwestern over the weekend

By Chris Murphy
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's volleyball
team is on a mission.
After clobbering Purdue, 15-6, 15-
13, 16-14, on Friday and downing
Northwestern,8-15, 15-5, 15-5, 15-10,
on Saturday, it is plain to see the Wol-
verines have one thing in mind: regain-
ing some respect.
Michigan (8-4 overall, 2-0 Big Ten)
was coming offa tournament victory in
Massachusetts and a three-game road-
victory against Eastern Michigan as it
prepared to enter Big Ten conference
play.
After last year's 4-16 league record
and ninth-place finish, this year's team
was looking to establish itself early.
"Everyone has more invested in this
team this year," junior outside-hitter

Kristen Ruschiensky said. "We all have
a team goal and we want to achieve it."
The Wolverines had little trouble as-
serting themselves as they simply beat
up on the Boilermakers and the Wild-
cats.
"We are a very good volleyball team,"
coach Greg Giovanazzi said. "We've
worked very hard to improve and we're
deep at every position."
Northwestern (4-8, 0-2) was able to
take Michigan to four games. This was
the first time in four matches that the
Wolverines had to play more than three
games in a match.
Michigan started out flat. The Wild-
cats rolled over the lethargic Wolver-
ines, 15-8.
After the wake-up call Michigan
sprung into action. Led by sophomore
setter Linnea Mendoza (58 assists), the

Wolverines' offense was as potent as
ever.
"(Michigan's) offense looked much
better than I thought it would," North-
western coach Margie Fitzpatrick said.
"They did a good job with their serve."
Michigan's defense wasn't bad ei-
ther; the Wolverines held Northwest-
ern to only five points in each of the
second and third games.
Michigan again got solid contribu-
tions from its captains. Brownlee and
O'Donnel made up the bulk of the scor-
ing attack combing for. 35 kills.
Brownlee also had 14 digs.
Michigan handled Purdue (2-7, 0-2)
easily; the Wolverines practiced pa-
tience as well as agressiveness. The
Boilermakers never really got going as
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Emily Carr and the Wolverines blocked the Boilermakers and Wildcats.

Michigan's Chris Brockway came in
14th at the Michigan Invitational.
Blue 13th
at its own
Wolverine
InVtaiona
By Donald Adamok
For the Daily
Is there a home-course advantage
in golf? If this week's results are any
indication, the answer is no.
On the same day that the United
States suffered a rare home loss in the
Ryder Cup, the Michigan men's golf
team had a poor showing in a rare
home tournament.
Michigan finished 13th in the Wol-
verine Invitational's field of 21, 22
strokes behind tournament winner
Minnesota.
The tournament started poorly for
the Wolverines. Michigan shot a 317
Friday, leaving them in 17th placei
after the first day of play.
Michigan coachJim Carras was dis-
appointed with the results. Carras
said that Michigan is better than 15 of
the teams in the tournament and cred-
its the poor finish to the first day.
"After such a horrible start," he
said, "it's not easy to get into the top
third."
Michigan golfer Isaac Hinkle said
that poor playing conditions were a
reason for the high scores Friday but
he did see one bright spot in playing
on the Stadium Course.
"It was nice staying at home," he
said, "and not staying at a hotel."
Maybe it was that extra rest Friday
night that helped the Wolverines Sat-
urday. Michigan had a 16-shot im-
provement in its score (301) - the
seventh-best score on the day. Cap-
tain Chris Brockway's 73 was the
best round for the Wolverines all
weekend.
Michigan shot another 301 Sun-
day, the sixth-best score on the
tournament's final day.
Minnesota also fired a 301 Sunday,
which was good enough to pass Mi-
ami (Ohio) for first place. Miami
carried a six-stroke lead into the final
round, but played very poorly, card-
ing a 309, and held onto second place
by a stroke.
The tournament was a good indica-
tion of where teams stand in the Big
10. Eight of the eleven teams com-
peted, and Minnesota won the tourna-
ment (300-296-301). Of the Big 10
teams, Michigan finished sixth. Indi-
ana placed third in the tournament,
three strokes behind the Golden Go-
phers.
Individually, there was a three-way
tie for first place. Miami's Kyle

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'Magic' Mattison's defense casts its spell

By Scott Burton
Daily Sports Writer
ichigan defensive coordinator
Greg Mattison is not a magician
- or so he says.
Never mind that, in the one year Mattison
has been coordinator, the Wolverines' defense
has transformed itself from cheesecloth into a
monstrously stubborn unit. To Mattison, the
credit really belongs to just about everyone
but himself.
He's the first person to acknowledge that
Michigan's effective switch to a 4-3 defense
was the doing of his predecessor, and new
head coach, Lloyd Carr. He credits the
defense's tremendous amount of cohesion to
Michigan's senior leadership.
As for Mattison's role himself, he says he's
just a pawn. A man who stoically breaks
down film, draws up defensive formations,
guides practices and hopes everything comes
together come game day.
"It isn't the coordinator that makes the
difference," Mattison says. "It's what the kids
do and what the staff together does."

Carr has a different take on Mattison's
supposedly modest role, though. Carr, who
was Michigan's defensive coordinator in 1994
when the Wolverines allowed a team-record
268 points, knows that Mattison has played an
integral role in the Wolverines' dramatic
improvement.
"I've said this from the beginning. Greg
Mattison has done an outstanding job," Carr
said. "Not only with gameday situations, but I
think he's done a great job with the kids, he's
an enthusiastic guy, he's an outstanding
teacher .. "
Raw statistics partly demonstrate the
improvement of the defense. In Michigan's
perfect 4-0 start in 1995, it has allowed 245
yards per game. In 1994, the Wolverines
allowed 362 yards per game. In 1995,
Michigan has held its opponents to 2.0 yards
per rush; in 1994, the Wolverines allowed 3.4.
What the statistics don't show, however, is
the teamwork and intensity of the defensive
unit, facilitated by Michigan's senior leader-
ship. In particular, Mattison credits linemen
Trent Zenkewicz and Jason Horn for molding

the rest of the younger Wolverines into a
cohesive unit.
"The No. 1 key to our performance is the
seniors we have in the leadership role,"
Mattison says. "A team will reflect what kind
of leadership it is getting, and (Horn and
Zenkewicz) have taken it upon themselves to
be the leaders.
There are two components to Horn's and
Zenkewicz leadership, Mattison says. One is
their ability to "lead by example," in game-
time situations; Horn leads the team with
seven sacks and 11 tackles for loss while
Zenkewicz has three sacks and 1-7 tackles.
The other facet of their leadership is the
way they handle the presence of Michigan's
newcomers. Mattison says that any Wolverine
they recruit is capable of making significant
contributions. However, the difference in
whether they become key components of the
team or not is whether the Michigan leader-
ship molds them into team players.
And the performance of some of the
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Action-loving Jacon moves offense

By Darren Evwrson
Daily Sports Editor
t just makes sense having a guy who
loves to move running the offense.
Fred Jackson certainly fits that descrip-
tion. Michigan's offensive coordinator is as
well-traveled as they come: Michigan is the
fifth school he's coached at in the last eight
years.
One wonders why the 45-year-old Jackson
has moved so much, especially since he has a
family.
"Sometimes it's to better yourself;
sometimes it's because of bad (coaching)
situations," says the Baton Rouge, La.,
native, who is in his fourth season at Michi-
gan and his first as offensive coordinator.
"You just try to minimize it (because) it's
hard on your family."
Losing is no fun either, and that's some-
thing Jackson has:had to deal with at this
previous stops. His first 13 years coaching on
the collegiate level were spent at schools that
aren't noted for their football programs:
Toledo, Wisconsin and Navy, followed by
South Carolina, Purdue and Vanderbilt.
Then, however, Jackson joined a winner
when Gary Moeller, who was Michigan head
coach and offensive coordinator, hired him in
1992. And Michigan has continued to win
with Jackson now serving as the offensive
coordinator.

(155.8) and points (26.5) than it was at this
time last year (184.5 rushing yards, 29
points). It has also been anemic in the early-
going of games so far.
"I think offensive Fred
Jackson has done a great
job," Michigan coach
Lloyd Carr said. "Every-
body would say, 'Well,
you start slow.'N
"The truth is, when
you lose a guy like
(former quarterback
Todd) Collins, you have
to play to the strengths of
your players. And
(starting quarterback)
Scott Dreisbach is a
young, talented, inexperi-
enced guy."
Jackson certainly
understands Dreisbach's
situation, being a former
quarterback himself.
Jackson says his inten-
tion has been to bring the redshirt freshman
along slowly.
"You don't want to get into a spot where he
has to win a game for you, (or) try to play a
gigantic game," says Jackson, who was an all-
conference quarterback at Jackson State.
"Right now, he's coming along."

"(The offensive coaches) have done a
wonderful job ... allowing him to progress at
his own speed," Carr says, "rather than
saying, 'Hey, we have a
system here that we've
'x, run forever and we're
going to run that,' and
then blame the kid when
he can't pick it all up."
Jackson's experience
as a quarterback gives
him something to draw
back on when coaching
Dreisbach and
Michigan's other
quarterbacks. However,
his duties don't stop
there.
Jackson's job title still
includes offensive
backfield, which means
he's responsible for
teaching technique to
tailbacks and fullbacks.
"I haven't coached
running backs anywhere else," Jackson says,
"(but) once you're an offensive coach, you
know offense."
And if the Wolverines know anything about
Jackson, they ought to know he might not be
in Ann Arbor much longer. Although he says
that Michigan is one of the top places to

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