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at last - At last, ; ' By TOMMY GEORGE ! Free Press...
At last, ; ' By TOMMY GEORGE ! Free Press Sports Writer ; ,,.EAST LANSING Each day he ; peeled another number off his office door until none remained. Michigan I defensive backfield coach Lloyd Carr ; began this daily ritual last spring. It ; was his personal countdown to Michi-; Michi-; Michi-; gan State, but it was there for all the Wolverines to see. And finally the long-awaited long-awaited long-awaited Satur-i Satur-i Satur-i day arrived, a year and six days since ; the Spartans beat the Wolverines at ; 'Michigan Stadium, 19-7. 19-7. 19-7. ; - "Last year was the first time since i I'd been at Michigan that we had lost to ; Michigan State," said Carr, in his sixth ; ,U-M ,U-M ,U-M season. "I never realized the em-; em-; em-; phasis on your season this one game ; can have when you lose. I never envi-' envi-' envi-' sioned how difficult it could make your ! year." So after Michigan had ripped MSU, ! 31-0, 31-0, 31-0, Saturday at Spartan Stadium, ; after its rigid defense had boxed and ' battered quarterback Bobby McAllis-' McAllis-' McAllis-' ter and tailback Lorenzo White and the . rest of the Spartans' offense, tackle ; Mike Hammerstein put Carr's ploy in ; perspective. ; "At last it came down to zero," ' Hammerstein said. "Just like the score today." MSU was strangled. THE SPARTANS could not run (35 carries for 56 yards); they could not pass (83 yards, one interception), and they even had a woeful time punting. U-M U-M U-M moved ahead, 7-0, 7-0, 7-0, set up by a Spartans fumbled snap at their 16 on the second play of the game. Two minutes later, Dieter Heren squirted through the gut of MSU's punt formation and blocked Greg Montgomery's Montgomery's kick. Ed Hood recovered it in the end zone, and U-M's U-M's U-M's defense No. 1 nationally in scoring defense had provided 14 points in the game's first four minutes. "I guess that really put them in a quick hole," said Heren, whose penchant penchant for big plays on special teams was first evident in U-M's U-M's U-M's season-opening season-opening season-opening win over Notre Dame. He forced an Irish fumble on the second-half second-half second-half kickoff that proved crucial to the .victory. "We thought looking at the film that we could slip through one of their gaps," Heren said. "The guy that was supposed to block me only got me with an elbow. So I rammed toward the

Clipped from Detroit Free Press13 Oct 1985, Sunmetro finalPage 91

Detroit Free Press (Detroit, Michigan)13 Oct 1985, Sunmetro finalPage 91
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