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(2) Nebraska 44, (7) Colorado 21
(3) Florida 52, Georgia 17
(4) Ohio St. 56, (25) Iowa 35 .
(5) Tennessee 56, South Carolina 21
(14) Kansas St. 41, (6) Kansas 7
(8) Northwestern 17, Illinois 14
(9) Michigan 52, Minnesota 17
Arizona St. 35, (10) Oregon 24
Arkansas 30, (11) Auburn 28

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USC 21, (17) Washington 21
Penn St. 45. Indiana 21
Alabama 38, North Texas 19
Texas A&M 31, Houston 7
Texas Tech 34. New Mexico 7
Oklahoma 13, Missouri 9
UCLA 33, California 16

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Behid wi,
,vngerous
bits lurk
or those of you who managed
to stay awake during
Saturday's nearly four-hour
ong epic, you saw something that for
he most part has been missing in
ction this year.
You saw a sleeping giant return to
onsciousness
"s the Michigan
,ffense moved
p and down
he field with
relative ease,e
massing over
600 yards for
the first time
since 1992. ANTOINE
This season, PITTS
everyone has Pitts
talked about the Stop
Wolverines'
stellar defense,
but the same
could never be
said about the
offense.
Saturday's
52-17 butcher-
ing of Minne-
sota showed
quite a few
things about the
1995 version of
the Wolverines.
The first
thing the game
did was provide
the Wolverine
faithful with
something that
has not been
seen in Ann
Arbor the past
couple of years
- a homecom-
ing win.
The 52 points
showed that the
Wolverines do
have the ability
to be effective'
offensively with
both the run and
the pass.
Quarterback
Brian Griese
had his best
game yet,
throwing for
271 yards and
four touch-
downs. His four
scoring tosses tied a host of others for
most touchdown passes in a game in
school history.
"We know (the offense) can play
well also," quarterback Brian Griese
said. "We wanted to show that. That's
why I was so happy that we went out
and scored 52 points. It showed that
we are able to play."
The running game - led by
Tshimanga Biakabutuka's 196 yards
- racked up 305 yards, an average of
6.6 a carry.
The balanced air and ground effort
had been virtually nonexistent this
season for the Wolverines.
"It's always good to see the offense
fine tuning their skills and playing
like they played today," linebacker
Jarrett Irons said. "It was a real asset
to the defense and we're proud of
them."

More importantly though, the game
showed that the Wolverines still
aren't able to play a complete 60
minutes of football. Exhibit A from
Saturday: the second quarter.
The Wolverines came into the
quarter already up 21-0, but could do
nothing else to add to that lead.
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Michigan blasts
Gophers, 52-17
Toomer, Biakabutuka shine
By Darren Everson
IDaily Sports Editor
Even the sun left before this one was over.
Minnesota probably wished it could have left early, too,
especially after getting lit up for 623 yards oftotal offense by
Michigan. However, they play these things for 60 minutes-
or in some cases, four hours - and the Golden Gophers had
to stick around for every last moment of the Wolverines' 52-
17 beating Saturday.
Minnesota has had better days offensively than Saturday.
Coming into this game, the Gophers (1-3 Big Ten, 3-4
overall) averaged 31.7 points per game. However, that was
with star tailback Chris Darkins in the lineup.
With Darkins on the sidelines because of a high ankle
sprain, Michigan's defensive focus merely shifted to whom-
ever else might be carrying the football, namely Rafael
Cooper.
"We went in with the mindset that we have to stop the run
first, and then the pass," Michigan linebacker Jarrett Irons
said.
The Wolverines were pretty successful with that plan;
Minnesota only managed 46 yards rushing.
Meanwhile, the Wolverines (3-1, 7-1) were stopped by the
Golden Gophers about as often as motorists stop for hitchhik-
ers. They saw them out of the corner of their eyes, but usually
they just blew right past them.
And in some cases, like Tshimanga Biakabutuka's two
touchdowns, the Wolverines chose to run right over the
Minnesota defenders.
With 8:04 left in the first quarter, the Michigan tailback
broke through the Gopher defensive line, shook off Minne-
sota linebacker Justin Conzemius and sprinted 52 yards for
the touchdown, putting Michigan up, 7-0.
One play after the Gophers failed to cover the ensuing
kickoff, Biakabutuka went 16 yards for Michigan's second
touchdown, bulling through Minnesota safety Rishon Early
for the last five.
At that point, Biakabutuka had 107 yards on seven carries.
And this is against a team that, as Michigan coach Lloyd Carr
said, uses safeties to help defend against the run.
"I think that when teams blitz us, and we have guys like
Toomer and Hayes ... we're going to make them pay for it,"
Carr said.
The Wolverines did just that on their next possession.
From the Michigan 25-yard line, split end Amani Toomer
caught a pass from Brian Griese near the Minnesota 30.
Toomer, who was being covered only by Rodney Heath,
pulled away from the Gopher cornerback and went the rest of
the way for the touchdown. The play covered 75 yards.
"We knew they were going to try to (play man-to-man),
and we took advantage of it," Toomer said.
That play was just one of several highlights for Griese. The
Michigan quarterback threw three other touchdown passes and
was 14-of-19 for 271 yards. However, he needn't think of what
to do for an encore - with Scott Dreisbach returning from injury
perhaps next weekend, Griese might not get a chance.
"It really doesn't enter into my mind," Griese said of the
possibility that Dreisbach will retake the starting job this
Saturday. "I have no control over that, so I don't really think
See JUG, Page 4B

Volleyball bumps off Hawkeyes

By Andy Knudsen
Daily Sports Writer
Last week, the Michigan volleyball team lost
three conference matches and sole possession of
fourth place in the Big Ten. But it didn't lose its
poise.
Needing a win to get back on track, the Wol-
verines (7-5 Big Ten, 13-9 overall) made quick
work of Iowa (2-10,9-14) Saturday night at Cliff
Keen Arena to get back in the win column.
Michigan never allowed the Hawkeyes to get
a double-digit score, winning in straight games,
15-7, 15-5, 15-9.
"I love how composed we were," said coach
Greg Giovanazzi, citing his team's character as a
main factor in the Wolverines' win.
Although Michigan has had trouble scoring
points, sophomore setter Linnea Mendoza said
patience will eventually bring points.
The Wolverines were excited to move on after
losing three consecutive matches to the top three
teams in the Big Ten in straight games.
"We were mad at losing three in a row," senior
outside hitter Shannon Brownlee said. "We just
wanted to beat someone."
Iowa took an early 2-1 lead in game one, but

Brownlee and fellow senior Suzy O'Donnell
keyed the run, which ended with two aces by
O'Donnell.
The Hawkeyes battled for four points before a
ball-handling error cost them the first game.
Iowagrabbed its biggest lead ofthe match with
a 5-2 start in the second game. But then the
Wolverines' defense clamped down on the
Hawkeyes' scoring attack, not allowing a score
again in that game.
"Michigan blocked very well and put us on the
defensive from the beginning," Iowa coach Linda
Schoenstedt said.
Giovanazzi credited much of the Wolverines'
strong defensive play to adjustments made by
assistant coach Mora Kanim.
"Mora had a really good scouting report that
helped us go at their weaknesses," Giovanazzi
said.
Michigan's 13-0 run to end the second game
was sparked by two tips by Mendoza that fell
between diving Hawkeyes. Mendoza added three
kills on the night to complement her match-high
41 assists.
Brownlee keyed the Wolverine attack at the
end of the second with several fierce hits --her

Brownlee, who is averaging 4.71 kills per game
against Big Ten opponents. "A lot ofteams block
cross-court and I. like to hit down the line."
Michigan continued its strong attack and point
scoring run into the third game with a quick 4-0
lead, but Iowa was determined not to let the
Wolverines grab an easy win.
The Hawkeyes deadlocked the game at four,
and at 7-7.
Michigan took control of the game behind
Brownlee, who took a set from freshman Jeanine
Szczesniak and spiked it to the floor; she then
contributed a solo block to give the Wolverines
a 10-7 lead. O'Donnell and Brownlee gave the
Wolverines' an insurmountable lead at 12-7 with
successive kills.
"Brownlee and O'Donnell are seniors having
their best years," Schoenstedt said. "I have not
seen them play that well before."
Dockray said she had expected the Hawkeyes
to carry overmomentum from the strong finish in
their loss Friday night to Big Ten leader Michi-
gan State. Instead, she felt Iowa lacked focus
Saturday.
"We got in a rut ofhitting to the same spot," she
said.
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