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BLOOMINGTON -From the game's
first play, you knew special teams would
lay a role Saturday afternoon.
Indiana's Ajamu Stoner took the open-
ing kickoff and ran it back 68 yards to the
Michigan 27-yard line. If Bryan Williams
hadn't caught Stoner from behind, the Hoo-
siers would have had an kickoff returned
for a touchdown.
As it was, the Hoosiers couldn't move
the ball any further and had to settle for a
37-yard field goal from Bill
Manolopoulos. That gave Indiana its only
lead of the game at 3-0.
"I knew we had lots of time to play, I
would have liked a touchdown," Indiana
coach Bill Mallory said.
The. Hoosiers could not gain a first
own on their next drive and were forced
to punt. Alan Sutkowski sent it away,
right to the hands of an awaiting Amani
oomer at the Michigan 44-yard line. He
dodged Eric Smedley right after he caught
the 1aU and headed to his right towards
56 yards for the touchdown to give the
Wolverines a 10-3 lead.
"We've been waiting to break a punt
return all year long and it's about time we
did so," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.
"After the way (we started off the game
down) that was a big play."
In the second quarter two more special
teams plays figured big. Toomer was set
back deep in Michigan territory waiting for
another Sutkowski punt. Toomer gave a
late fair-catch signal and Smedley bar-
reled into him as he was catching the ball.
The officials gave Smedley a personal
foul and Michigan got 15 extra yards.
Instead of the Wolverines beginning at
their own 13, they had the ball at the 28.
"I thought (Smedley) got clipped,"
Mallory said. "They made it a personal
foul instead of five yards. We've gotten
hit like that this year and it's only been
Michigan held the ball for only four
plays and punted it away. Indiana was
then victimized again by its special teams.
ball popped free, to be recovered by
Michigan's Sam Sword at the Indiana
40-yard line. Four plays later the Wol-
verines reached the end zone to make it
The ensuing kickoff almost gave the
Wolverines possession again deep in Hoo-
sierterritory. Jay Feely's kickoffbounced
at the 25-yard line and looked like it was
making the recovery.
This time Indiana averted disaster as
the ball squirted free and ended up in
In the second half after an Indiana
touchdown cut it to 31-10, the Hoosiers
tried to surprise the Wolverines with an
onside kick. Will Horn, who replaced
Manolopoulos because of an injury in
However,a Hoosier needlessly touched
the ball before it went at least 10 yards.
Instead of Indiana taking over in good
field position, Michigan got the ball.
"I thought we had it," Mallory said.
.Upstairs (the coaches) said we did. It
would have been nice to have. We could
'have used it.
C-A Yds TD Int
23-40 229 1 2
23-40 229 1 2
md Northwestern loss
Player Att Yds
Greenlee 7 22
Glover 15 11'
S. Lee 1 7
Totals 23 40
Player No. Yds
Glover 9 62
S. Lee 4 21
Stoner 2 31
Kearney 2 16
Wilkerson 2 26
E.Matthew 2 55
Goode 1 2
Ward 1 16
Totals 23 229
0.7 7 0
7.0 7 0
1.7 14 1
the character to come back from a
He also proved that his shoulder was
fine by taking a number of hard hits in
"I don't really like the cold much,
being from Miami," Griese said. "But
the shoulder held up fine in it."
Griese also got some help by having
a couple of his teammates air the ball
Both Amani Toomer and Tshimanga
Biakabutuka tossed passes. Toomer
completed his, Biakabutuka's was in-
complete out of bounds.
"Toomer needs to get a little more air
under the ball," Griese joked. "Merc
(Hayes) was a little upset that the pass
hung up there."
As for Carr, he was happy with the
way his choice ended up.
"(Griese) came in and took some
shots, but he played within the offense
and led the team well," he said.
On a punt return
by Eric Smedley,
Noble stares down
an Indiana fumble.
The Hoosiers lost
two fumbles on the
7.0 10 0
15.5 20 0
8.0 9 0
13.0 24 0
27.5 52 0
2 2 1
16 16 0
9.9 52 1
is a vry
Carr paves the way at the goalle
By Ryan White
Daily Sports Editor
BLOOMINGTON - Michigan nose
tackle William Carr showed up in an
unfamiliar place for the Wolverines Sat-
He played a little offense.
Carr came in as a blocking back in
goal-line situations and made a hit that
helped break Ed Davis free for his two-
yard touchdown run in the second quar-
While the play was a new look for
Michigan, it wasn't for Carr.
Yds Avg Lg
268 44.7 53
268 44.7 53
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- Bill Mallory
"I knew I could
do it," he said af-
ter the Wolver-
ines' 34-17 win.
"It's really noth-
ing new, I did it
in high school."
Carr didn't get
to carry the ball
and said he didn't
really want to.
His first love is
-e, Indiana's Alan Sutkowski
citing Amani Toomer at the
er immediately dodged the tackle
I headed toward the sideline. He
,e blockers and went 56 yards
chdown. Remy Hamilton's extra
10-3 advantage with 8:18
an held the lead for the rest of
still defense and that's where he is going
to spend the most time.
But, since Michigan had plays where
bothreceiver Amani Toomer andtailback
Tshimanga Biakabutuka threw the ball,
is there a play that would let Carr try his
hand at quarterback?
"No, but I could do it," he said.
SWITCH HITTING: Michigan center Rod
Payne snapped the entire game against
the Hoosiers with his left hand due to a
broken right wrist.
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr was not
only impressed with the way Payne
played, but that he played at all.
"He's just that kind of kid," Carr said.
"He's going to play one way or another."
Payne said that his hand will remain in
Michigan receiver Amani Toomer juggles, then drops a third-down pass from
quarterback Bran Griese. Toomer later tossed a 37-yard pass to Mercury Hayes.
a cast for at least another week, and he'll in the air.
snap next week's game against Minne- Michigan tight end Jerame Tuman
sota left-handed. -caught his first career touchdown pass; a
"It's a big adjustment," Payne said. " two-yard toss from quarterback Brian
"It's really big, really tough." Griese.
FIRSTAND...: Saturday'sgamemarked HE WAS BORN IN A SMALL TOWN: One
a number of firsts: of the Hoosiers' biggest boosters is
Bill Manopoulos' 37-yard field goal going to have the school's new indoor
for the Hoosiers, 2:08 into the first quar- practice facility named after him.
ter, was the first score the Wolverines Who is he? Rock star John
have given up in the first period ofa game Mellencamp.
this season. Mellencamp Pavillion is a 100,000
Toomer had the Wolverines' first punt square foot facility that will accom-
return for a touchdown this season (56 modate year-round practice for nearly
yards). He also completed a pass to Mer- all of Indiana's varsity sports.
cury Hayes for 37 yards in the second Mellencamp, who is from
quarter. Bloomington, made a large donation to
Which did Toomer like best? build the structure.
"I liked throwing the pass," said But will the Hoosiers change the
Toomer, adding that he had pestered facility's name every time Mellencamp
the coaches all season to let him put one changes his ?
iy and cruised to a 34-17 win over the Hoosiers.
've been waiting to break a punt return all year long and
out time we did so," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said.
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>ffense and he directed the team well."
Carn had he option of going with
ither Griese or his son, Jason. Griese
ias started three contests since Scott
)reisbach injured his thumb. Griese's
njury in the last game against North-
vestern left Lloyd Carr without a sure
hoice for Saturday until he determined
3riese's health before he game.
"The shoulder felt good," Griese said.
'I was concerned whether it was going to
>e able to go the whole game. It felt good
1 warm-ups and I was throwing the ball
veil and it lasted the whole game."
The Wolverines didn't need Griese's
rm right away, though.
Michigan's first two plays from
crimmage were Tshimanga
iakabutuka runs. The first went for 13
ards and the second for 47 yards to
ove the Wolverines to the Indiana 23.
Michigan used three more plays, in-
luding a Mercury Hayes reverse, to
et the ball to the 2-yard line. The
Volverines could not punch it into the
nd zone and had to settle for a 22-yard
eld goal to match Indiana at 3-3.
Michigan ran for 60 yards on that
the score. That gave Michigan the lead
for good at 10-3.
The Wolverines got into the end zone
twice more before the half The first
score was set up by Michigan's first big
pass play of the game. Griese hit Amani
Toomer streaking down the sideline for
a 38-yard gain to the 2-yard line. Ed
Davis ran it in on the next play to make
On it's next possesion, Michigan got
a 3-yard scoring pass from Griese to
tight end Jerame Tuman to make it 24-.
3 at the half.
While the Wolverines had success
offensively the Hoosiers went nowhere.
They mustered just 60 yards rushing for
"Michigan is a very good football
team," Indiana coach Bill Mallory
said. "We had a difficult time running
the football. They were real stout up
The Wolverines came out in the sec-
ond half and put together an 88-yard,
time-consuming drive. Griese finished
off the 5:16 drive with a 3-yard pass to
Toomer in the end zone.
Indianaadded two second-halftouch-
downs and Hamilton hit another field
goal to finish out the scoring.
The game saw the Wolverines try
still in the championship race. This is
our first step and next week we have to
come back and do it again."
Griese did his best to silence his own
critics. After throwing for only 96 yards
against the Wildcats, Griese connected
on 14 ofI2 passes for 127 yards and two
"I definitely wanted to prove some-
thing," Griese said. "I've only played
three games now and the second one
wasn't too good. I wanted to prove that
I can play but most importantly I wanted
to prove that this team had the character
to come back from a loss and that's
what we did."
Indiana's first score was set up by a
big play on the opening kickoff. Ajamu
Stoner took the ball at the five and ran
it back 68 yards to the Michigan 27. The
Hoosiers got a 37-yard field goal from
Bill Manolopoulos to get on the board
That play, however, knocked
Manolopoulos out of the game with a
pulled groin. Matt Surface and Darren
Ward also had to leave the game with
injuries to add to Indiana's already de-
"I think if anyone in this conference
is banged up and has a right to complain
and cry and make alibis about injuries,
certainly it's Indiana," Lloyd Carr said.
"It's to their credit that they continue to
play week in and week out with great
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