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$B -The Michigan Daily -- SPORTSMonday Monday, October 16, 1995

George's 3 touchdowns lead Ohio State past Wisconsin

Associated Press
Eddie George rushed for 141 yards and three
touchdowns, including a 51-yard burst with
6:33 remaining that lifted No. 4 Ohio State past
No. 21 Wisconsin, 27-16, Saturday.
George's big run came just two minutes after
his 1-yard touchdown run erased Wisconsin's
16-13 lead midway through the final period and
silenced the rowdy crowd of 79,507, fifth-larg-
est at Camp Randall Stadium.
Ohio State (2-0 Big Ten, 6-0overall)won forjust
the third time in eight trips to Madison since 1981.
The Badgers (1-1 Big Ten, 2-2-1) had visions
of ruining the Buckeyes' season just as they did
twice before when Ohio State brought atop-five
ranking into town.
Penn St. 26, Purdue 23
Bobby Engram had career highs of nine re-

ceptions and 203 yards and Mike Archie scored
the winning TD as No. 20 Penn State rallied to
beat Purdue, 26-23, Saturday.
The Nittany Lions (1-2, 4-2) overcame five
turnovers in avoiding the upset by Purdue (0-
2-1,2-3-1). Penn State, which was in danger of
losing three straight for the first time since
1988, moved 80 yards in four plays to score the
winning touchdown with 2:34 to play.
Engram, whose previous highs were eight
catches and 200 yards, ignited the winning
drive by getting behind the Purdue defense and
making a diving catch of Wally Richardson's
pass at the Boilermakers' 31 for a 49-yard gain.
Then Engram, who scored earlier on a 48-
yard pass play for his 25th career TD, tying a
school record, caught a 14-yard pass three plays
later to give Penn State a first down on the 16.

Richardsonthrew a shortpasstaken bytailback
Archie at the left sideline and he raced into the
end zone for the winning score after Pete Marczyk
cleared away the only potential tackler.
Iowa 22, Indiana 13
Tom Knight stunned Indiana by returning an
interception 60 yards for a late touchdown that
secured No. 23 Iowa's 22-13 victory Saturday.
Knight's score with 4:31 left helped Iowa (2-
0, 5-0) overcome a listless performance by its
offense and a career-high 199 yards rushing by
Indiana's Sean Glover, a third-stringer forced
into action because of injuries to the Hoosiers'
top two running backs.
Glover set a Kinnick Stadium record with 48
carries and continually ripped off gains of 8, 9
and 10 yards through the middle of Iowa's line.
But Knight's interception took the life out of the

Hoosiers (0-3, 2-4) and enabled Iowa to stay
unbeaten in its last nine games.
Northwestern 27, Minnesota 17
Darnell Autry carried 28 times for 169 yards
and three touchdowns, including a 73-yard run
in the fourth quarter as the No. 14 Northwestern
rallied for a 27-17 victory over Minnesota.
The win guaranteed Northwestern (3-0, 5-1)
its best season since the 1971 team went 7-4,
and it gave the Wildcats their best start since the
1962 team opened 6-0.
Northwestern, which trailed, 14-3, in the
second quarter, also stayed in first place in the
Big Ten, a half-game ahead of Ohio State and
Minnesota (1-1, 3-2), became the first team
this season to score a first-quarter touchdown
against Northwestern.

Continued from page :lB
getlost with all the adversitythey face at Michigan. Some are never
even heard from again.
But what kept Horn on track was that he never forgot one thing:
No one in the program wanted him to fail; they wanted him to
improve. And his worst enemies early on - his teammates -
became his best friends in aiding his development.
"1 can't say enough for those seniors," Horn says. "They were
showing us how to do it every day. They were fifth-year seniors,
they had their spot established, no younger guys were threatening
them. Yet they went out there every day and busted their butt like
someone was pushing them."
Horn bulked up in the training room, quickened up on the
playing field and began to understand the intricacies of the
Wolverines' defensive schemes.
There would still be no game-day tackles or post-game acco-
lades for Horn in his freshman year, despite his improvement. But
he survived so that one day there could be.
"There is a saying around here that 'Those who stay will be
champions,"' Horn says. "And that's just it - I was able to
persevere and stick around."
Watch Jason Horn trot out of Michigan's lockerroom, decked
out in a bright maize-and-blue uniform. Watch as he listensfor the
roar of the crowd in Michigan Stadium. Watch him follow his
teammates, like a procession, through the tunnel.
Then, watch him rush onto the field.
And watch him lft his arms to touch the 'M Club' banner.
Horn doesn't remember his first tackle as a Wolverine. He
doesn't even remember his first sack. Between his rookie year and
now, there have just been too many snaps for any such moments

to stand out.
Buthewill always rememberhis firstgame. The buildup ofenergy,
excitement and anxiety leading up to his debut against Oklahoma
State, Sept. 19, 1992. Running into Michigan Stadium with his
teammates. Stepping
on the field and listen- .
ing for assignments...... . ...
"It was unbeliev-
able," Horn says. "I
went out there and
touched the banner
and proceeded to '
throw up. I've doner
that quite a few
Horn wasn't ready
to be an impact force
just yet. But due to
graduation and a rash
of injuries on the-
team, he was pressed
into duty earlier than
was customary for
redshirt freshmen.
It turned out tobe a
great season for Horn
and Michigan. He Horn
saw action in goal-
line situations and backed up middle guard Tony Henderson, while
concentrating on improving his run defense.
And Michigan went undefeated, earning a berth in the Rose Bowl.
"That season meant a lot," Horn says. "I was finally getting to
contribute and play and it meant a lot for me to go the Rose Bowl."
The taste ofaccomplishment kept Horn driven for his sophomore

and junior seasons. He kept getting bigger, stronger and quicker and
likewise, started making a larger impact on the field.
He collected30 tackles his sophomore season andpiledup another
50 as a starter in his junior season. And he was named first team All-
Big Ten in a coaches poll following the 1994 season.
"What makes him a special football player is that he plays with
great effort and great intensity," coach Lloyd Carr says. "He loves to
compete and tries to win on every play."
Horn also found out that the more integral a role he played on the
field, the more Michigan's success was important to him. So when
things got tough for the Wolverines, things got tough for Horn.
Michigan suffered consecutive four-loss seasons and the defense
was the favorite scapegoat during the turmoil. The Wolverines
allowed an all-time Michigan high of 268 points in 1994 and was
always an inch away from making any huge impact plays.
"The last two seasons were not anything to be happy about," Horn
says. "Other teams might be happy going 8-4 going to the Holiday
Bowl, going to the Hall of Fame Bowl.
"But there is a sense on the team that after we knew we weren't going
totheRoseBowl,itjustdidn'tmatteranymore. Becausethat's allthatreally
matters to us, the Rose Bowl. Any other bowl is just not acceptable."
Horn heard what people were saying -that the defense hadgone
soft, that it would continue to be the team's weakness in1995-and
took it personally. He also got obsessed with doing everything he
could to prove the critics wrong.
He welcomed aswitchtoa4-3 defense over the spring and summer
by improving his quickness in offseason workouts. He reacted to his
new status as a "senior leader" by making sure the Wolverines knew
he was going to bust his butt and expected the same out of them.
Greg Mattison says. "He does everything you'd ask an athlete to do. He
practices hard, he conditions hard and he leads by example."
Not coincidentally, the Wolverines now possess one of the top
defenses in the Big Ten and have a reputation for being a big-play
team. After six games, Michigan has as many interceptions (eight) as
last year and only nine fewer sacks (20).
All the while, Jason Horn has established himself as an All-Big
Ten and All-American candidate. He is fifth on the team in tackles
(35) and leads the team in tackles for losses (14) and, of course, in
And he stays hungry. More sacks won't give him the fix he needs.
Nailing a running back for a three-yard loss won't do it either. He
says, instead, that the only thing that will provide the ultimate
satisfaction is something his team will have to do together.
WatchJason Hornmakeabigsackattheendofagame. Watchhim
scream and holler and jump up and down.
Watch him walk off the field victorious.
Watch him extend his arms and embrace his teammates..

Continued from page 3B
That work ethic is what Jim Herrmann remem-
bers most about Ufer.
Herrmann, who is in charge of the Wolverines'
linebackers and kicking game this season, was a
linebacker on Michigan's '81 squad.
He remembers walking into Weidenbach Hall,
which was the football building before the team
moved to Schembechler Hall, and seeing Ufer in
the film room watching tape of the Wolverines'
next opponent.
Ufer would sit, watching film, and run through a
broadcast of the game. He did it to learn the oppos-
ing team's plays and to practice the player's names.
He also got to know the Wolverines.
"He would really spend a lot of time with the
freshmen to learn their names and to get to know the
person he would be talking about," Herrmann said.
In fact, Ufer had quite a relationship with the
teams he covered.
If you know anything about the rivalry between
the Buckeyes and the Wolverines, you should know
what part Ufer played in its early years. The days
when it was Bo vs. Woody Hayes and the game was
almost always for the Big Ten title.
Every year, during the week leading up to the
season finale against Ohio State, Schembechler
would play the tapes of Ufer's calls of previous
games against the Buckeyes.
"It got you fired up," Herrmann said. "You
might not have been paying attention, but then
you'd hear that horn and you'd stop to hear what
was going on."
He also gave numerous talks to the team. His pep
talk before the 1981 Rose Bowl is documented on
part two of a series of recordings called "Ufer of
Herrmann remembers the way Ufer "spoke from
the heart" while giving a speech to the Wolverines
after he had been diagnosed with his cancer.
"He was trying to tell a group of kids who were
18, 19, 20 years old that right now might be tough,
but savor it because you'll never have it again,"
Herrmann said."Back then I might not have gotten
it, but I definitely do now."
What he did for those Michigan teams is some-
thing that, according to Carr, not just anyone could
have pulled off.
"If someone else had said some of the things Bob
said-it would have come off as phony," Carr said.
"He had such a love for Michigan that he inspired
all of the teams he announced for."
In ways he still inspires the Wolverines. The blue
and yellow Ufer blimp flies over Crisler Arena
during select games keeping an eye out for his
beloved Wolverines.
"Besides my family, there are two things which
are important in my life: Michigan and Michigan
football," Ufer once said. "And I've had the privi-
lege and pleasure of broadcasting games for 37
years. It's been a labor of love."
There are far too many people on this campus
who don't know who Ufer was and how important
a role he played in Michigan's storied past.
Herrmann may have stated it best:
"Bob Ufer was Michigan football. That's what
he lived and died for. I think he would have liked
being described that way."
And everyone should know that.


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