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TC Saturday, September 28, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER College fOOtballD-7 College football FSU, Michigan rely on QI There are some good games No. 13 Auburn plays No. 5 I ennessee and No. 19 Georgia Tech at No. 7 Clemson but all will be thoroughly overshadowed by this week's Game of the Decade when No. 1 Florida State travels to Ann Arbor to take on No. 3 Michigan. "This is one of the biggest games Florida State has ever been in," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said. "It's like playing Notre Dame in Notre Dame or Southern Cal at the Coliseum." V t W Jit- I ' fa"- , Kickoff: 1 p.m. at Nippert Stadium. Records: Miami 2-1, Cincinnati 0-3. Coaches: Miami Randy Walker (2nd year, 7-6-1 ; overall 7-6-1); Cincinnati Tim Murphy (3rd year, 2-22-1; 5th year overall, 17-30-1). Series: Miami leads, 51-38-6. Favorite: No line. TV: WXIX (Channel 19). Radio: WCKY-AM (1530); WOXY-FM (97.7). Tickets available: Plenty, at gate. What to look for: Miami, most agree, is the favorite. For instance, Miami is 1 1 th nationally in scoring defense (1 1 .0 per game) and allows only 83.0 yards rushing per game, while UC rushes for only 119.7 per game. Miami rushes for 228.3 per game (25th nationally). UC allows 260 yards rushing per game (97th nationally) and 50.7 points per game (1 05th of of 1 06 Division l-A teams). Miami's defense, led by end Jon Wauford, is more experienced and disciplined than UC's. That should be the difference. Player to watch: Vince Powell, UC tailback. The much-hyped Powell rushed 22 times for only 60 yards in his first start last week. If he has a big day, UC might surprise. BY DAVE DYE Detroit News ANN ARBOR, Mich. Some of the stereotypes that exist between players from the Midwest and the South apply to the quarterbacks for today's game between No. 1 Florida State and No. 3 Michigan (noon, Channels 12, 2). That's the viewpoint of FSU coach Bobby Bowden, who calls Michigan's Elvis Grbac and the Seminoles' Casey Weldon "two very interesting players." Of Weldon, he said, "He's faster, more nifty, has more agility, is more of a snappy thrower." Bowden said of Grbac: "He's bigger, stronger, he uses his head good and can throw the ball a mile. "For the things Michigan is trying to do, Grbac fits it perfectly. For what we're trying to do, this guy (Weldon) fits it better than any I've had." Grbac is coming off his finest game at Michigan. In a 24-14 victory over Notre Dame, he set the school single-game record for completion percentage (.909) with 20 of 22. That included a 25-yard touchdown pass to Desmond Howard on a fourth-and-1 play in the fourth quarter to help clinch the victory. "I think he's getting better," Michigan coach Gary Moeller said. "He's more comfortable. He's putting more personality into it. He'll be on the sideline hollering now. Tallahassee, Fla., he has completed 48-of-64 (75) in three games with seven touchdowns and no interceptions. He didn't become the starter until the seventh game last season. The Seminoles since then are 9-0. "I'm pretty pleased with the way I'm playing," Weldon said. "You always wish you had two or three throws back each game, but I think my decisions have been pretty good." Michigan linebacker Erick Anderson said that Weldon has "tre-! mendous poise" and does a "great job of using all of his eligible receivers. "He doesn't concentrate on just one receiver," he said. Moeller is concerned with Wel-don's scrambling ability. "He makes good decisions when he's running," he said. "With so many guys, it's a 50-50 chance. They'll throw it to me or to you (for an interception). But Weldon is an accurate passer when he's moving." Weldon and his wife, Lori, have a 2-year-old daughter. Bowden said he's able to give his quarterback advice in this area because he was married with three youngsters when he was in college. So what exactly is that great advice for the married athlete? "The advice I give him," Bow-' den said, "is to try to sleep the night before a game." 1 -V, .,.-. ,..,., milt A.,..,.MAill The Associated Press Elvis Grbac, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound junior from Willoughby Hills, Ohio, is coming off his finest game at Michigan. He set the school single-game passing record, hitting 20 of 22. He gets really emotionally into a football game." "The biggest thing is he's taken on the leadership role and he's comfortable with it," offensive tackle Greg Skrepenak said. "He's got great field awareness. He gets along with his offensive linemen well. He's a little immobile at times, but he fits our system. He does everything our offense asks him to do, and that's a lot." Grbac has fit in with Moeller's philosophy to open up the offense more than Bo Schembechler did, including the switch to the no-huddle attack last year. In two games, he has completed 72.3 (34 of 47) with four touchdowns and one interception. "The offense under Gary Moeller has evolved a little more," Grbac said. "He understands we have to balance up our offense. We can't be run-oriented all the time." Weldon, meanwhile, has emerged with Howard as the two leading candidates for the Heisman Trophy. A 6-1, 200-pound senior from Kickoff: 8 p.m. at Commonwealth Stadium. Records: UK 1-1, Kent 0-3. Coaches: UK Bill Curry (2nd year, 5-8; overall 62-61-4); Kent Pete Cordellie (first year as head coach, 0-3). Series: UK leads, 3-0. Favorite: No line. TV: None. Radio: WSAI-AM (1360). Tickets available: Limited number, at gate. What to look for: Kentucky came close to Bill Curry's expectations last Saturday in losing, 13-10, to Indiana. It opened the season with a 23-20 victory over Miami of Ohio, a Mid-American Conference member. "This is the time we should improve by leaps and bounds," Curry said. He has made some changes in his lineup, most notably in the secondary where Don Robinson has been moved from strong-side to weak-side cornerback and Sterling Ward from weak-side corner to rover, to achieve his goals. "We're looking for a steady performance," said Curry. "The first that you have to have from a secondary player to develop the ability to win in today's kind of football is you don't give up a cheap touchdown. It's a matter of record what has happened to us in that regard." Player to watch: UK tailback Clyde Rudolph, who missed both games because of an ankle injury, is expected to play Saturday. "If he is at full speed, he will be out there in a hurry," said Curry. Mirer up, Hunter down Contrasting QB styles in ND-Purdue match d 1 Tight end steps up for 'Skins BY JACK MURRAY The Cincinnati Enquirer happy with his 1991 performance. "Eric's going to be the quarterback, but we may have Matt Pike play," Colletto said. "If THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Purdue's Eric Hunter and Notre Dame's Rick Mirer are both Franklin (1-1) at Thomas More (2-0) at 1:30 p.m.: This is the Blue Rebels' home opener. Last season, quarterback John Paul Case carried the offense, but thus far Thomas More has shown a strong running game behind Derrick Jett (27 carries for 128 yards last week). Franklin is not real impressed with Thomas More. "I don't know if they've really been tested yet, but they've dominated both games ... If we play well, we've got a good shot," said Franklin coach Mike McClure. Eric isn t going real good, then Mr. Pike is going to get in there and play some football for us." Hunter has completed only 14 of 38 passes for 224 yards and been intercepted three times as the Boilermakers defeated Eastern Michigan, 49-3, and lost to No. 20 California, 45-18. "We're trying to do a lot of the same things with Eric that Mirer does with Notre Dame," Colletto said. "But, you're taking a quarterback quarterbacks and juniors. The similarity ends there. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Mirer arrives at Ross-Ade Stadium for today's game with Purdue firmly entrenched in his high-profile role with the eighth-ranked Irish. He has led the Irish to 1 1 victories in 15 starts, and his first-year statistics as a starter in 1990 bettered the marks of any Notre Dame quarterback in the past 25 years including Joe JL zjb t-rf ' ' f Eric Hunter Jeremy Patterson, Miami's backup tight end from Cincinnati Academy of Physical Education, poses a threat to the Cincinnati Bearcats today. Ball State, Eastern Michigan and Kentucky couldn't cover Patterson. "Jeremy is an interesting piece to the puzzle," Redskins coach Randy Walker said of the redshirt BEST BET: Florida State at Michigan, Channels 12, 2, 12 p.m. This may be the best bet all year. A victory would give Michigan a clear shot at the national title. Michigan hasn't won a national championship since 1948. Florida State (3-0) has the nation's longest winning streak at nine games. Michigan (2-0) has won its last eight. The Wolverines are 3-13-1 against No. 1 teams since the first Associated Press poll in 1936. OTHER GAMES: Florida vs. Mississippi, WTBS-Cable, 12:30 p.m. Miami at Cincinnati, Channel 19, 1 p.m. Hampton at Alcorn State, BET-Cable, 2 p.m. Pittsburgh at Minnesota, Channels 12, 2, 3:30 p.m. Central Michigan at Toledo, SportsChannel, 4 p.m. Massachusetts at Boston University, SportsChannel, 7 p.m. Auburn at Tennessee, ESPN, 7:30 p.m. USC at Oregon, ESPN, 1 1 p.m. Jeremy Patterson that's never done any of those things since high school," Colletto said. "He really hasn't learned how to be a good quarterback in this style of play. "He's learning by the seat of his pants and some of it is very hard for him . . . Dropping back behind the center . . . where he has to find out who you're going to throw to a lot faster than he did in the shotgun, the play-action passes and checking off plays is a new experience to him and he's struggling." Holtz, one of college football's biggest pessimists when it comes to his team, said he's encouraged by an Irish team that defeated Indiana, 49-27, lost to No. 3 Michigan and then gained 433 yards rushing and 650 yards total Montana, Joe Theismann and Tom Clements. Hunter is 5-11 as a starter and goes into the game being challenged for his job. "I think Mirer's competitiveness and attitude and the way he has run the ball club has really been impressive," Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz said. "I feel very confident with him. I had no idea he would progress as fast as he has." Mirer has completed 35 of 58 passes for 651 yards and six touchdowns this year and has also netted 90 yards on 18 rushes, including four touchdown carries. He's already passed for 2,655 yards and 14 touchdowns. Hunter had early success in the run-and-shoot offense of former Purdue coach Fred Akers, but current coach Jim Colletto isn't offense in a 49-10 rout of Michigan State. UK has something to prove freshman. "He's not listed as a starter in the program, but he plays more than a lot of people because he's so versatile as a tight end and in our Washington Redskins H-Back concept. "He's a big kid who can run fast and catch the ball." When Miami goes to its one-back offense, which is often, Patterson is in the game. He has two touchdown receptions and a two-point conversion catch. ZIMMER GETS KICKS: A year ago, reserve kicker Scott Zimmer kicked three short field goals in Miami's 16-12 victory over UC. He quit last winter so he could enjoy the lighter side of campus life. "I told him he had a chance to beat out Luke (Bryan Lucas)," Walker said. "He told me, 'There's too many things I want to do in college, and football isn't one of them.' " NEW PUNTER UNVEILED: Gary Layton, a freshman from St. Joseph, Mich., will take over punting duties today from Jon Valente. "I'm going to be unwilling to let a player continue to prove me wrong in a game," said Walker, who v-v disappointed in Valente's efforts against Kentucky and Eastern Michigan. "Ultimately, you have to perform in a game somewhat like you do in practice. If you don't, there's something wrong." PENDERGHAST PICKS BASEBALL: Former starting tailback Dennis Penderghast, an Elder High grad, gained 68 yards against UC last year before injuring his shoulder. Last spring, the academic all-MAC athlete, who also plays baseball for Miami, informed Walker that his future was in baseball, not football, and he couldn't devote the time to his studies and both sports. Duke (2-0-1) at Virginia (1-2). 1 Furman (3-0) at Western Carolina (1-2), 7 James Madison (2-1) at William & Mary (2-1). 1 MIDWEST Northern Arizona (2-1) at Akron (0-3), 1 Miami (Ohio) (2-1) at Cincinnati (0-3), 1 Ball St. (2-2) at Indiana St. (2-1). 7:30 Northern Illinois (1-2) at Iowa (2-0), 2:05 Florida St. (3-0) at Michigan (2-0), noon Rutgers (2-1) at Michigan St. (0-2). 1 Pittsburgh (3-0) at Minnesota (1-1). 3:30 Indiana (1-1) at Missouri (1-1), 2 Wake Forest (1-1) at Northwestern (0-2), 205 Notre Dame (2-1) at Purdue (1-1). 1 Illinois St. (3-0) at Southern Illinois (4-0). 2:30 Central Michigan (3-0-1) at Toledo (1-1). 4 Sam Houston St. (3-0) at W Illinois (2-1). 2 30 Ohio U. (1-1-1) at Western Michigan (2-2). 1 Eastern Michigan (0-4) at Wisconsin (2-0). 2:05 Northeastern (2-0) at Youngstown St. (2-1), 7:30 SOUTHWEST Louisiana Tech (2-1) at Arkansas St. (0-4), 8 SW Missouri St (2-1) at North Texas (1-2). 8 Virginia Tech (1-2) at Oklahoma (2-0). 2 30 Iowa St. (1-2) at Rice (2-0), 4:45 Baylor (3-0) at Southern Methodist (0-2), 1 Prairie View (0-3) at Texas ASI (2-1), 8:30 SW Louisiana (0-4) at Texas A&M (1-1), 7 Lane (Tenn.) (0-3) at Texas Southern (2-2), 8 Texas Christian (3-0) at Texas Tech (1 -2), 8 Miami (Fla.) (2-0) at Tulsa (3-1), 2:30 WEST Long Beach St. (0-3) at Arizona (1-2), 10 Nebraska (2-1) at Arizona St. (2-0), 10 Stephen F. Austin (1-1) at Boise St. (3-0), 9:05 Air Force (4-0) at Bngham Young (0-3), 2 Hawaii (3-1) at Colorado St. (1-3). 2 05 Northern Iowa (2-1) at Idaho (3-0), 9 0S Idaho St. (1-1) at Montana (1-2). 3:30 Montana St. (1-3) at Nevada (3-0). 4 05 N M. St. (0-2) at New Mexico (0-4), 9 05 Southern Cal (1-2) at Oregon (2-1). 11 Colorado (2-1) at Stanford (0-2). 3 30 Washington St (0-3) at Nev -Las Vegas (2-1), 10 San Jose St. (1-2) at Utah St. (0-3), 3 Kansas St. (3-0) at Washington (2-0). 3 30 Eastern Washington (1-2) at Weber St (2-1), 8 Texas-El Paso (3-1) at Wyoming (2-2), 2 EAST Harvard (1-0) at Army (1-1), 1 Massachusetts (1-2) at Boston U. (1-2), 7 Lehigh (2-0) at Columbia (0-1), 1:30 , Colgate (0-3) at Cornell (0-1), 7 Bucknell (1-2) at Dartmouth (1-0), 1:30 Princeton (1-0) at Fordham (0-2), 1 Penn (0-1) at Holy Cross (2-0), 1 Yale (1-0) at Lafayette (1-1). 1 Bowling Green (2-1) at Navy (0-3). 1:30 Maine (0-3) at New Hampshire (2-1). 12:30 Boston College (0-3) at Penn St. (3-1), 1 Howard (2-1 ) at Temple (0-3), noon Rhode Island (0-2) at Towson St. (0-2). 1:30 Connecticut (0-3) at Villanova (3-0). 1:30 SOUTH Troy (Ala ) St. (1-2) at Alabama St. (3-0), 8 Hampton (Va.) (0-3) vs. Alcorn St. (2-1) at Pontiac, Mich.. 3 Tenn.-Chattanooga (3-0) at Appalachian St (2-2), 1 30 SE Missouri (0-4) at Austin Peay (2-1). 7:30 Beth -Cookman (2-1) at Central Florida (2-2), 8 Georgia Tech (2-1) at Clemson (2-0), 3:30 S Carolina (1-1-1) at E Carolina (2-1), 1:30 Mississippi St. (3-1) vs. Florida (2-1) at Orlando. 12:40 Tennessee St. (0-4) vs. Florida A&M (1-2) at Atlanta. 2 Cal St.-Fullerton (1-2) at Georgia (2-1), 1 North Carolina A&T (2-1) vs. Grambling (1-2) at Dallas, 8 Kent (0-3) at Kentucky (1-1), 8 Southern Mississippi (2-1) at Louisville (1-2), 4 Brown (0-1) at Marshall (2-1), 7 Murray St. (1-2) at Middle Tenn. St. (1-1), 8 Arkansas (2-1) at Mississippi (3-1). 7 Tenn.-Martin (1-1) at Morehead St (0-3), 7 North Carolina (2-0) at N.C. St (3-0). noon Mississippi College (3-0) at NE Louisiana (2-1), 8 East Texas St. (2-1) at NW Louisiana (1-2), 8 SW Texas St. (1-1) at Nicholls St. (2-1), 4 Virginia Military (2-1) at Richmond (1-1), 1 South Carolina St. (2-0) vs. Southern (1-1) at Atlanta. 7 Auburn (3-0) at Tennessee (3-0), 7 30 E. Kentucky (2-1) at Tennessee Tech (0-3), 2:30 Syrncuse (3-0) at Tulane (0-4), 8 07 Alabama (2-1) at Vanderbilt (1-2), 8 Kent State will finally play before home folks on Oct. 5 against Eastern Michigan in a Mid-American Conference game. Curry is wary of Kent State. "We're playing another Mid-American Conference school," he said. "Kent has a new coach and the enthusiasm which goes with that new coach. "They were beaten badly by N.C. State down there, who beats a lot of people badly in that stadium. But they've been highly competitive against good MAC teams, which means they'll be ready to play us." THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LEXINGTON, Ky. Is it time for Kentucky to show its worth? Coach Bill Curry believes his Wildcats (1-1) are on the verge of a strong overall performance. They'll get their chance Saturday night in Commonwealth Stadium against Kent State (0-3). Kentucky came close to Curry's expectations last Saturday in losing, 13-10, to Indiana. It opened the season with a 23-20 victory over Miami of Ohio, a Mid-American Conference member. "This is the time we should improve by leaps and bounds," Curry said. Kent State is playing its fourth straight road game. "The people really glad to see us are Mariott and Holiday Inn," said Kent State coach Pete Cordelli. "Our guys are learning how to be good travelers." The Golden Flashes already made losing stops at Western Michigan (13-10), North Carolina State (47-0) and Ball State (28-27). "I think our kids have responded pretty well," said Cordelli. "Obviously, going to Kentucky will be a big trip for our football team. Just the excitement and atmosphere of that stadium, we're looking forward to coming down and playing there." Rivalry CINCINNATI MIAMI OFFENSE Redskins prefer Harp Miami's football camp says it expected to see quarterback Paul Anderson rather than Lance Harp starting for the Bearcats at quarterback today. And they'd prefer the one-dimensional Harp. "Not that Lance Harp can't run or attack you with the football as a runner, I just think Paul Anderson is a better quarterback," said Miami coach Randy Walker. "It would be like comparing Jim Clement to (Miami backup) Brad Smith. Smith is a pretty good runner he runs a 4.7 or 4.8. Clement is better." struggling against MAC teams. "Miami has turned it around quicker than us, because the top to the bottom in the MAC is not that far," Murphy said. "They've built confidence with some victories. Physically, we match up with them ... we've just got to get some confidence." Things to watch include: UC's potentially explosive offense against Miami's tough defense. "If it gets into a shootout, we're in trouble," Walker said. The no-huddle offense. Both teams will use it. The crowd. Projected to be near 20,000, with capacity 23,000. This was UC's first week of school, and it hopes for a large student turnout. The Victory Bell. Yes, the series' traveling trophy is at stake. The rivalry angle. The Redskins have 11 locals on their traveling squad, while UC has seven on its roster. "We really do know each other well," said Shannon. "We go to their parties, they come to ours. We talk our trash, they talk their trash. It's fun." UC is leaving few bricks unturned for this one. 1 No. Player Pos. No. Player Pos. 5 Marlon Pearce SE 87 Milt Stegall WR 65 Jim Carmon LT 71 John Healy LT 71 John Arena LQ 61 John Cannon LG 67 Jamie Crysdale C 52 Jeff Chabot C 73 Matt Vaupel RG 65 Chris Brenner RG 72 Richard Johnson RT 60 Mike Kreeger RT 88 Kris Bjorson TE 83 James Patton TE 1 Damon Bryant FL 81 Gordon Benning WR 19 Paul Anderson QB 15 Jim Clement QB 33 Vince Powell TB 20 Terry Carter TB 39 Chuck Fitzgerald FB 35 Tom Poynton FB DEFENSE 49 Nate Dingle OLB 50 Jon Wauford LE 95 Ronnie Dixon DT 51 Scott Frazier LT 57 BobDuckens NG 55 Mark Staten RT 97 Vaughn Booker DT 93 Thad Fidler RE 42 Reggie Hudson OLB 99 Mike McCreanor OLB 48 Jason Coppes9 ILB 46 Curt McMillan MLB 47 Scott Brown ILB 43 Barry Renfro OLB 8 Michael Davis CB 7 Shean Williams CB 6 Jocelyn Borgella CB 41 David Thomas CB 43 Kelly Sims SS 9 Ca)ardo Lindsey SS 17 Ronnie Shannon FS 21 Ron Carpenter FS CONTINUED FROM PAGE D-l faces a school-record ninth straight losing season. Randy Walker, Miami's second-year coach, has won respect for quickly reviving the program. ... The Redskins have beaten two Mid-American Conference teams by a combined 44-10, and lost at Kentucky by only 23-20. But Walker still fears UC, of course. It's one of those anything-can-happen rivalry games, he insists. "I know they started out rocky, but you can see them getting better," Walker said. "Defensively, they are noticeably bigger and stronger upfront." Miami ripped UC for 290 rushing yards last year, while UC ran for 136. Terry Carter, Miami's sophomore tailback, rushed for 123 yards against UC last year. He's averaging 108 per game this year, 22nd in America. ... Vince Powell, UC's junior tailback, could be a key man. Powell was held to 60 yards in 22 carries last week at Bowling Green, his first i I start. Powell was America's top junior-college rusher in 1989, but an ankle sprain and a suspension have kept him quiet. Miami's strength is defense. It is ranked in the top eight in America in three defensive categories and ranks 11th in scoring defense (11.0 per game). UC, which plays the tougher schedule, is still getting pounded by the tjig schools and

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