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N-E-M-E-S-I-S Once Again, Michigan Throws Ohio State’s Title Hopes Out The Window

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This was no nightmare: Michigan 13, Ohio State 9.

It was another bitter taste of reality that the Buckeyes, no matter how good, aren’t good enough to solve the puzzle that is Michigan.

It was another national championship chance wasted, another dream season ruined by the most-hated Big Ten rival of the Buckeyes (10-1, 7-1).

Hardly anyone among the 94,676 fans inside Ohio Stadium at Columbus, Ohio, could believe what transpired Saturday.

“It just seems like a bad dream,” said Ohio State freshman guard Rob Murphy, choking back the tears.

“This is why I didn’t come to Ohio State,” said Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson, Ohio’s Mr. Football in 1994. “I knew I can win this game at Michigan.”

Even though place-kicker Remy Hamilton made the winning 43-yard field goal for the Wolverines (8-3, 5-3) as time expired in the third quarter, it was split end Tai Streets who worked on the Buckeyes’ psyche and destroyed their confidence.

Streets caught a 69-yard touchdown pass from backup quarterback Brian Griese just 1 minute into the second half, trimming Ohio State’s lead to 9-7.

Suddenly, there was a haunting hush. The foot stomping and staccato applause came to an abrupt halt.

“They made every play and we didn’t,” Ohio State coach John Cooper said, “and that was the difference in the game.”

East

(7) Penn St. 32, Michigan St. 29: At State College, Pa., Brett Conway’s 30-yard field goal with 12 seconds remaining gave the Nittany Lions (10-2, 6-2 Big Ten) the victory over the Spartans (6-5, 5-3).

(16) Syracuse 36, Temple 15: At Philadelphia, Malcolm Thomas, Kyle McIntosh, Tebucky Jones and Keith Downing all ran for touchdowns as the Orangemen (8-2, 6-0 Big East) won their eighth consecutive game and clinched at least a tie for the conference title at the expense of the Owls (1-10, 0-7).

Midwest

(14) Kansas St. 35, Iowa St. 20: At Manhattan, Kan., Mike Lawrence rushed for a team-record 252 yards for the Wildcats (9-2, 6-2 Big 12) and Troy Davis rushed for 228 yards for the Cyclones (2-9, 1-7).

(24) Iowa 43, Minnesota 24: At Minneapolis, Sedrick Shaw and Tim Dwight scored two touchdowns apiece, and the Hawkeyes (8-3, 6-2 Big Ten) scored 26 straight points after blowing a 17-0 lead against the Golden Gophers (4-7, 1-7) in Jim Wacker’s last game at Minnesota.

Also: Missouri 42, Kansas 25: Brock Olivo ran for three touchdowns as Missouri rolled up a season-high 412 yards rushing. … Indiana 33, Purdue 16: Alex Smith rushed for two touchdowns and the Hoosiers added TD returns on an intercepted pass and a blocked punt… . Wisconsin 35, Illinois 15: Ron Dayne’s 289 yards helped Wisconsin defeat the Illini in Lou Tepper’s last game as coach.

Southwest

Texas Tech 22, Oklahoma 12: At Norman, Okla., Zebbie Lethridge ran for two scores and threw for another as the Red Raiders (7-4, 5-3 Big 12) beat the Sooners (3-8, 3-5), who lost eight games for the first time in school history.

Also: Oklahoma St. 37, Baylor 17: David Thompson rushed for 321 yards and three touchdowns for the Cowboys… . Rice 42, Tulsa 14: Chad Nelson scored two touchdowns and the Owls reached seven victories for the first time in 35 years… . New Mexico 44, Texas-El Paso 17: Lennox Gordon rushed for 127 yards before halftime for the Lobos.

MEMO: This sidebar appeared with the story: COOPER’S LOOP

John Cooper vs. Michigan Ohio State coach John Cooper is 1-7-1 against Michigan since taking over as Buckeyes coach in 1988. ‘96: (21) Michigan 13 (2) OSU 9 ‘95: (18) Michigan 31 (2) OSU 23 ‘94: (22) OSU 22 (15) Michigan 6 ‘93: Michigan 28 (5) OSU 0 ‘92: (6) Michigan 13 (17) OSU 13 ‘91: (4) Michigan 31 (18) OSU 3 ‘90: (15) Michigan 16 (19) OSU 13 ‘89: (3) Michigan 28 (20) OSU 18 ‘88: (12) Michigan 34 OSU 31

This sidebar appeared with the story: COOPER’S LOOP

John Cooper vs. Michigan Ohio State coach John Cooper is 1-7-1 against Michigan since taking over as Buckeyes coach in 1988. ‘96: (21) Michigan 13 (2) OSU 9 ‘95: (18) Michigan 31 (2) OSU 23 ‘94: (22) OSU 22 (15) Michigan 6 ‘93: Michigan 28 (5) OSU 0 ‘92: (6) Michigan 13 (17) OSU 13 ‘91: (4) Michigan 31 (18) OSU 3 ‘90: (15) Michigan 16 (19) OSU 13 ‘89: (3) Michigan 28 (20) OSU 18 ‘88: (12) Michigan 34 OSU 31



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