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4B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, October 23, 1995


Mirckian's engine runs
well after Carr's tune-up

coaching thing doesn't work
GAME STATISTICS out, Lloyd Carr might want to
try his hand as an auto mechanic.
Judging by the tune-up the Michi-
PASSING gan coach gave his offense for
Saturday's game against Indiana, he
Player C-A Yds TD int just might be good at it.
Griese 14-214 127 2 0 Two weeks ago, in a 19-13 loss to
Toomer 1-1 37 0 0 Northwestern, the Wolverines'
offense ran like a Dodge Dart in a
Biakabutuka 0-1 0 0 0 Viper body.
J. Carr 1-1 0 0 0 It looked fast and sleek, but it just
Totals 16-24 172 2 0 didn't go anywhere.
Saturday, however, in the cold
Indiana weather,
RUSHING the story was
Player Att Yds Avg Lg TD different,
Michigan -
Biakabutuka16 111 6.9 47 0 opened up its
Howard 10 65 6.5 13 0 playbook, threw
Floyd 12 45 3.8 9 0 in a new goal-s
line formation;
Hayes 2 22 11.0 15 0 and proved there
Davis 5 2 0.4 2 1 was still life left RYAN
1.CCrr 1 (-)3 (-)3.0 (-)3 0 in an offense that WHITE
J.Car14 days earlier White on
C.Williams 3 (-)5 (-)1.7 2 0 had looked ready Target
Totals 49 237 4.8 47 1 for the scrap
"I just felt after watching North-
RECEIVING western that we needed to play to our
Player No. Yds Avg Lg TD strengths," Carr said. "Those strengths
Howard 5 28 5.6 12 0 are the defense, the offensive line and
the running game."
Tuman 3 22 7.3 12 1 Everyone knew about the defense.
Toomer 3 53 17.6 38 1 The much maligned Wolverine unit of
Campbell 2 25 12.5 22 0 a year ago has been the team's
sparkplug much of this season.
Biakabutuka 1 3 3.0 3 0 But as the defense led Michigan to its
Totals 16 172 10.7 38 2 first five wins by making big stops and
causing even bigger turnovers, every-
one, including the players, knew that the
PUNTING offense would have to step it up.
Player No. Yds Avg Lg They knew there would be a game
DeLong 7 272 38.9 46 where the defense wouldn't get the
turnovers, and they were right.
Totals 7 272 38.9 46 Northwestern turned the ball over
just once, which the offense couldn't
PUNT RETURNS capitalize on, and the Wolverines lost.
It was time to make some changes,
Player No. Yds Avg Lg TD and here is where Carr deserves
Toomer 2 59 29.5 56 1 credit.
Totals 2 59 29.5 56 1 He saw there was a problem, and
he set out to fix it.
Change is a quality that his
KICKOFF RETURNS predecessors as Michigan's head
Player No. Yds Avg Lg TD coach were not always willing to
Toomer 2 26 13.0 14 0 Too often in the past, the philoso-
Hayes 1 20 20 20 0 phy seemed to be, if it doesn't work,
Totals 3 46 15.3 20 0 keep trying.
Carr took the stance, "It's not
working. How can we improve it?"
DEFENSE Michigan was going to run the
Player Solo Ast Tot ball, the Wolverines are always
layer going to run the ball, but they found
King 9 2 11 ways to open up the offense at the
Irons 5 3 8 right times.
They spread the Hoosiers out with a
W. Carr 6 1 couple of reverses and seemed intent
Copenhaver 5 0 5 on having as many players as possible
Steele 3 3 6 throw the ball.

Amani Toomer hit his receiving
partner Mercury Hayes with a 37-
yard pass. Later Tshimanga
Biakabutuka threw an incompletion.
Why not? With quarterback Brian
Griese still nursing a bit of a sore
shoulder, have someone else do the
"I thought (offensive coordinator)
Fred Jackson and the rest of our staff
did a good job finding a way to
exploit our big play guys," Carr said.
But Michigan's biggest problem
hadn't been getting the ball in
position to score, but scoring itself.
Carr, and the rest of the coaching
staff, found a solution for that
problem as well - William Carr.
The 6-foot, 285 pound nose tackle
moved to the offensive side of the
ball to block in goal line situations.
The Wolverines began working on
the formation after the loss to the
Wildcats and used it for the first time
in the first quarter against the
The play didn't work then, but in
the second quarter, it did. The result
was a two-yard Ed Davis touchdown
While the coaches should be
praised, Griese's contribution in
Saturday's win should not be
The sophomore, starting only his
third game, caught the brunt of the
heat for the Northwestern loss -- a
loss that he played three quarters of
with a bruised shoulder.
He didn't know whether or not he
would even play against the Hoosiers
until after warmups. Nonetheless, he
came in and completed 14-of-21
passes for 127 yards and two
He said he had something to prove
after his last performance, and he did
it. He proved he can lead the team,
and he can throw the ball.
This offense still has a ways to go,
For starters, Michigan is still
committing too many penalties. The
offense collected six of the Wolver-
ines' 10 flags, including three false
starts and two holding calls.
These are the kind of things that
killed Michigan against Northwest-
ern. Fortunately for the Wolverines,
Indiana was good enough to take
advantage of the mistakes.
Still, it was a much better perfor-
mance than we've seen this season.
In spite of fact that it was against
the Hoosiers, who look every bit the
worst team in the Big Ten, it was a
good win for Michigan ,and it was
good rebound from a tough loss.
The Wolverines' offense finally
started Saturday. Now we'll see if it
has the power to drive Michigan back
to Pasadena.
-Rvan White can be reachedovere-
mnail at targetumich.edu.

had more to
than it did
two weeks
ago against

Griese steps up, overcomes injury

B. Williams


By Ryan White
Daily Sports Editor
BLOOMINGTON-Michigan foot-
ball coach Lloyd Carr kept the secret of
who was going to start at quarterback
Saturday against Indiana so well even
he didn't know.
Okay, it wasn't as much a secret as it
was simply not knowing if Brian Griese
would be ready to play.
Carr held out until after the pregame
warmups to decide whether Griese or
senior Jason Carr would start the game
for the Wolverines.
Griese had started the last two games
for Michigan, stepping in for redshirt
freshman Scott Dreisbach who is out
with a thumb injury.
He led the Wolverines to a 38-19 win
over Miami
(Ohio) Sept. 30 in
his first start.
However, he
got banged up in
his second start
when he bruised
his shoulder in
the first 'quarter
Griese of the Wolver-
ines' 19-13 loss to Northwestern Oct.
Griese didn't practice at all during
Michigan's off week, and threw only
lightly during the week leading up to
the contest against the Hoosiers.
Furthermore, the Wolverines' train-
ers didn't want Griese throwing on Fri-
Carr, however, was not simply con-
cerned with Griese risking further in-
"I was very concerned because the
thing that beat us two weeks ago was
turnovers and I was determined not to
let that happen again," he said.
So Carr decided to wait as long as
possible to make the decision.
"I didn't know (Griese was starting)
until he walked out on the field," said
receiver Amani Toomer, who caught a
touchdown pass in the game.
In the end, Carr thought Griese threw
the ball well enough before the game to
give him the start.
It payed off.
Griese completed 14 of his 21 passes
for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
"The shoulder felt good," Griese
said. "I was concerned whether it was
Wildcats st
Associated Press
Northwestern clinched its first win-
ning season in 24 years and the 11th-
ranked Wildcats qualified for a bowl
berth, using seven Wisconsin turnovers
to rout the 24th-ranked Badgers, 35-0,
Northwestern (4-0 Big Ten, 6-1 over-
all) got its first shutout since 1986,
ensured its first winning season since
going 7-4 in 1971 and earned the mini-
mum number of victories to go to a
bowl, all on a damp, chilly afternoon.
Thousands ofpurple-clad Northwest-
ern students and fans, who've suffered
for decades, mobbed the field after the
final play in a homecoming celebration
at a school known more for academics
than athletic success.
The Wildcats don't want just any
bowl, not with a 4-0 record in the Big
Ten. They're aiming for Pasadena,
where in 1949 the school made its only
postseason appearance, beating Cali-
fornia in the Rose Bowl.
Northwestern, which has also
beaten Notre Dame and Michigan this
season. avenged 46-14 and 53-14

I think ir
.z. .
anyone in
this ,-.-

conference is
banged up
and has a
right to
complain and
cry and make
alibis about
certainly it's
--- Lloyd Carr
Michigan coach


Scoring by quarter


Scoring Summary:
First Quarter:
Indiana - Manopoulos 37-yard field goal, 3-0 Drive: 4 plays, 7 yards, 2:08
Michigan - Hamilton 22-yard field goal, 3-3 Drive: 8 plays, 78 yards, 2:35
Michigan - Toomer 56-yard punt return (Hamilton kick), 10-3 Drive : 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:00
Second Quarter:
Michigan - Davis 2-yard run (Hamilton kick), 17-3 Drive: 4 plays, 40 yards, 1:41
Michigan - Tuman 2-yard pass from Griese (Hamilton kick), 24-3 Drive: 8 plays, 58 yards, 130
Third Quarter:
Michigan --Toomer 3-yard pass from Griese (Hamilton kick), 31-3 Ddve: 13 plays, 88yards, 516
Indiana - Greenlee 9-yard run (Horn kick), 31-10 Drive: 6 plays, 59 yards, 2:57
Fourth Quarter:
Michigan - Hamilton 25-yard field goal, 34-10 Drive: 8 plays, 46 yards, 3:06
Indiana - Goode 2-yard pass (Horn kick), 34-17 Drive: 9 plays, 90 yards, 3:16
Attendance: 44,623
ay unbeaten in Big Ten

going to go the whole game, but it felt
good in warmups, I was throwing the
ball well and I was able to go the
whole game."
Griese's longest pass was a 38-yard
toss to Toomer that would have gone
for a touchdown if Toomer's momen-
tum hadn't carried him out of bounds at
the two-yard line.
Griese later hit Toomer with a three-
yard touchdown strike. He also hit tight
end Jerame Tuman in the end zone from
two yards out.

Most importantly, for the Wolver
ines, Griese played much better that
he did against the Wildcats when ht
completed only 14 of his 34 passes
threw two interceptions and fumblec
"I definitely wanted to prove
something (after Northwestern),"
Griese said. "I've only played three
games and I know the second wasn't
very good. So I wanted to prove I
could play, but most importantly I
wanted to prove that this team has


AUG. 27


SEPT. 2 Illinois
SEPT. 9 Memphis

SEPT. 16
SEPT. 30
OCT. 7

Boston College

1 p.m.

OCT. 21 Indiana

Hoying, playingjust over three quar-
ters, completed 20-of-29 passes for 276
yards with one interception. He also hit
Rickey Dudley on a 30-yard touch-
down pass.
Hoying tied his own school record of
19 touchdown passes, set last season.
A crowd of 93,111 watched in an
intermittent rain as Ohio State improved
to 7-0 overall and retained a share of the
Big Ten lead at 3-0. Purdue (0-3-1,2-4-
1) lost its third in a row.
fourth na-
tionally in 1'''T
w ith 1 48
y ar ds a ' 96
game, was
limited to
104 yards
on 23 car-o
ries and
had a
fumble at Games pSlayed
the goal ' W. 2U
line. He

Engram, who came into the game
tied for first on the list with Kenny
Jackson (1980-83), burned t the.
Hawkeyes (2-1, 5-1) for seven catches
for 150 yards after being held to two
receptions for 39 yards in the first-half.
Richardson, a 62-percent passer, was
10-of-24 for 202 yards and an intercep-
tion, but his 13-yarder to Engram deep
in the left corner ofthe end zone snapped
a 27-27 tie with 6:07 remaining.
The Nittany Lions rolled up 519
yards on offense, including 317 on
the ground, and sacked Matt Sherman
eight times.
Michigan State 34, Minnesota 31
Hard to believe. The two teams ran a
total of 143 plays which produced 1,085
yards. Yet the game boiled down to just
two plays.
Michigan State was successful on
its key play. Minnesota failed at
crunch time. The result was a 34-31
victory Saturday for Michigan State
and bitter disappointment for the
Golden Gophers.
The Spartans (2-1-1,4-2-1), who had
605 yards.got their big plavearly in the

NOV. 4
NOV. 11

Michigan State

NOV. 18 Penn State
Home games in CAPS

12 p.m.

Michigan sophomore Chris Howard ran the ball 10 times for 65 yards Saturday
against Indiana.

Big Ten Standings

All Games

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