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4B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, November 6, 1995

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S. Greene
N. Carter
T. Banks
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S. Greene

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down, had the ball bounce off of his hands
and into Mason's for a 22-yard play.
"I think he was trying to make a play,"
Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "We
needed a play. Charles has made a lot of
great plays and in that situation he had an
E STATISTICS opportunity to get the ball."
If it weren't for bad luck, Woodson
would have, well, he would have had a
much better time Saturday. Earlier he was
whistled for interference and was also
C-A Yds TD mnt beaten by Mushin Muhammad for a 42-
26-34 318 1 0 yard pass play on which he slipped.
The Michigan defensive line could've
26-44 318 ± 0 made life much easier for Woodson and
his secondary mates if it could've gotten
anywhere near Banks.
"We did not exert the pressure that you
Att Yds Avg Lg TD have to exert against a guy like Banks
because he has good mobility," Carr said.
19 59 3.1 16 0 Banks' mobility and accuracy allowed
6 25 4.2 12 2 the Spartans to cover 88 yards in 1:14.
Trailing 28-25, the Wolverines then had a
S 1 1.0 1 0 similar task in front of them: 80 yards,
1 (-)2(-)2.0 (-)2 0 1:24 left.
4)( 0 It isn't fairto say thatthe Michigan two-
4 (-)10(-)2.5(-)2 0 minute offense was nothing compared to
31 73 2.4 16 2 Michigan State's. It was nothing, period.
Quarterback Brian Griese could only
find Riemersma thrice for short gains. In
addition, all of those passes were in the
No. Yds Avg Lg TDfield of play, which meant the clock kept
ticking. When it did run out, the Wolver-
8 116 14.5 42 0 ines had moved only 13 yards - and
7 59 8.4 18 0 inexplicably had one timeout left.
"The biggest problem is that we had a
5 71 14.2 22 0 third down play that we completed short
4 59 14.7 25 1 of the first down," Carr said. "You've got
to get the first down there (because) then
1 17 17.0 17 0 the clock stops."
1 (-)4 (-)4.0 (-)4 0 If only the Wolverines had time to run
the ball - surely then they would've
26 318 12.2 42 1 scored.
Michigan ran the ball at will all game
long, with tailback Tshimanga
Biakabutuka (37 carries, 194 yards) doing
No. Yds Avg Lg most of the damage.
4 165 41.3 45 iThough the rushing game was effective
in the first half (96 yards) as well as the
4 165 41.3 45 second, the Wolverines could only man-
age three points in the first 30 minutes.
Michigan trailed, 14-3, at halftime
RNS chiefly because it couldn't convert a third
No. Yds Avg L TD down. The Wolverines got a first down
once out of six attempts on third down and
3 106 35.3 70 1 actually 'converted' more on first down
1106 35.3 70 1 (four).
The Spartans weren't exactly running
up and down the field either. However,
ETURNS Mason ran back a Nate DeLong punt 70
yards for a touchdown. Fullback Scott
Yds Avg Lg TD Greene scored on a7-yardrun with :30Oleft
9 4.5 9 0 in the half and Michigan State had its 11-
point halftime lead.
7 7 7 '0 The Wolverines came back in the sec-
2 2 2 0 ond half more committed to the run, and
the Spartans seemed unable to do any-
3 18 6.0 9 0 thing about it.
"We weren't stopping the run, and
we'd used everything in our bag to do
it," Michigan State coach Nick Saban
Solo Ast Tot said.
Michigan pulled something new out of
11 3 14 its bag-a handoffto Will Carr-andthe
7 3 10 Wolverines pulled within 14-11 on his 3-
yard run in the third quarter. And in the
7 3 10 fourth, Michigantook the lead on a 5-yard
9 3 12 run by Biakabutuka.
That's when Michigan State, which
5 2 7had been trying to run the ball somewhat,
5 2 7 went back to its passing game. That 42-
yard pass on which Woodson slipped led
5 1 6 to one score.
2 3 5 Though Michigan retook the lead on a
22-yard TD pass to Mercury Hayes, the
4 1 5Spartans still had plenty of time to come
1 3 4 back once more - and give Banks what
1 2 3 he called "the best feeling I've had in my

Dreisbach out for
season* wll have
surgery on thumb

By Antoine Pitts
Daily Sports Editor
EAST LANSING - Michigan quar-
terback Scott Dreisbach has been look-
ing forward to coming back ever since
injuring his right thumb in practice at the
end of September.
It is a comeback
that will now have
to wait until next sea- )95ffy
Michigan coach - 13af
Lloyd Carr con-
firmed after Notebook
Saturday's game N
that Dreisbach will
miss the rest of the
season because of
that injury. He is
scheduled for more
surgery on his thumb today.
After practicing Tuesday and Wednes-
day the Wolverines realized that the dam-
aged ligament in Dreisbach's thumb
needed some more attention.
"He's going to need surgery," Carr
said. "He's going to see a specialist on
Monday and he's done for the rest of the
Dreisbach's first season as Michigan's
quarterback got off to a flying start.
A last-second touchdown toss in the
season openergave the Wolverinesacome-
from-behind victory over Virginia.
Dreisbach started the first four games
of the season, but the injury knocked not
him out of action before Michigan played
Miami (Ohio) Sept. 30. He caught his
thumb in another player's jersey in prac-
tice and tore ligaments in it.
Pins were inserted into the hand for four
weeks. After having them removed Oct.
23, Dreisbach was expected to return to
the lineup within weeks.
That did not materialize, though, and
Carr decided to continue with Brian
Griese at quarterback.
"I asked (Dreisbach) Thursday morn-
ing what role he could play in an emer-
gency," Carr said. "He said, 'Coach, I can
hand the ball off going to my right."'
Dreisbach will now have to look for-
ward to the 1996 season. Carr didn't want
to take any chance of jeopardizing the
young quarterback's future.
"It was an easy choice because to put
him in the game even in an emergency
would not have been worth the risk of his
future," Carr said. "He's going to have
that hand operated on and hopefully he'll

be back for spring practice."
quarterback turned tight end, threw two
passes for the Wolverines on Saturday.
The first came on a fake field goal
attempt for Michigan.
Instead of attempting a 38-yard field
goal that would have cut the Michigan
State lead to 7-6, the Wolverines tried to
go for more points.
Jay Riemersma, normally the holder
on field goals, took the snap and dropped
back to throw. Kicker Remy Hamilton
headed along the sideline towards the end
zone.wide open.
Riemersma's throw sailed over
Hamilton's head and Michigan State took
over the ball on downs.
"I just didn't judge the wind coming
out of that side of the stadium there,"
Riemersma said. "It was open and I didn't
hit it. I take full blame for it."
The Wolverines have worked on the
play all season and Carr thought this
would be just the time to try it out.
"Remy's a heck of an athlete and I
thought if we had an opportunity from
that point on the field I had made up my
mind that we were going to throw it," Carr
said. "We worked on it all year long and
we just didn't execute it."
Later in the game, Riemersma took a
handoff from Griese and threw another
incomplete pass.
Riemersma was a backup quarterback
with the Wolverines before moving to
tight end last season.
MISSED PLAY: Fans tuned into ABC
missed live coverage of one ofthe game's
most exciting plays.
punt 70 yards along the left sideline to give
the Spartans their first score with 12:48 left
in the second quarter.
However, no one watching at home got
to see that until five minutes later. ABC
broke into its college football coverage
with news of the assassination of Israeli
prime minister, Yitzhak Rabin.
A replay was shown when ABC re-
turned to East Lansing.
FRsT-TME SUCCESS: The 28-25 Michi-
gan State win marks the first time a Spartan
rookie coach has beaten the Wolverines.
Nick Saban, aformerassistantat Michi-
gan State, served last year as the defensive
coordinator of the Cleveland Browns.
"I'm very happy for all the people who
are associated with this program," Saban


Totals 3
Player No.
Wright 2
Mason :1
Long 0
Totals 3
B. Greene
T. Reece




"I haven't done anything to equal this,"
Banks said.

Michigan State's Scott Greene works his way through the Michigan defense.

1 0
1 0

Team 2 0 2

Continued from Page 1B
came on Michigan State's game-
winning drive, culminating in a Tony
Banks touchdown pass with 1:24 left
in the game. In that drive, Michigan
couldn't stop the Spartans on a fourth
and 11, couldn't pull down an
apparent interception, couldn't put
any pressure on Banks and ultimately
couldn't stop the Spartans from
winning the game.
That's a lot of couldn't from a team
that, going into the game, still thought
it could go to the Rose Bowl. But
trying to pin the Wolverines' loss on
that drive alone is a little like blaming
World War II on a little imperialistic
aggression. There is obviously a little
more to it.
Just look at this list of big plays
gone bad for Michigan Saturday.
10:40 left in the first quarter of
Michigan's opening drive. The
Wolverines have a third and three on
the Spartans' 18-yard line, but
quarterback Brian Griese's pass to a
wide-open Mercury Hayes is tipped

first down. The ball is badly overthrown
and Michigan turns the ball over.
:30 left in the second quarter.
Michigan State has a third and goal on
the Wolverines' 7-yard line. Fullback
Scott Greene busts through several
Wolverine tackles and scores a
touchdown, giving the Spartans a 10-3
halftime lead.
Michigan State's first drive of the
fourth quarter. Michigan State gets
first downs on third and 7 and a fourth
and 1 en route to a touchdown and a
21-18 lead.
:40 second of the fourth quarter.
On Michigan's last drive of the game,
the Wolverines have a third and eight
yet Griese throws a seven-yard pass to
tight end Jay Riemersma. Because
Michigan didn't get a first down, the
clock continues to roll and Michigan
inexplicably waits until 19 second are
left on the clock to call a time out.
Of course, these are just six of the
140+ plays of Saturday's game, and it
may be a stretch to say that they alone
broke the Wolverines' collective back
But think about it - Michigan

By Scott Burton
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - Who would've
thought? Michigan State, a team that lost
to Nebraska by 40 points and Wisconsin
by 31, beating Michigan, ranked seventh
in the nation and coming off a 52-17
beating of Minnesota.
Well, Spartan coach Nick Saban did.
Although no first-year Michigan State
coach has ever beaten the Wolverines,
Saban said that he never doubted for a
second that his team could take out the
Maize and Blue Saturday.
"I thought we could win this game,"
Saban said. "I thought they had more
better players than we had, but I thought
that we had enough good players, that if
we plaved as well as we could play, that

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