3/4 Big Houses
With both teams 0-2 , it seemed to damped the pre-game aura a bit - it sure didn't feel like a Michigan-Notre Dame game. But the crowd showed up in full force. And other than an ill-timed attempt at "The Wave," it gave an otherwise solid performance.
BY KEVIN WRIGHT
Mike Hart showed exactly how you back up a guarantee.
Thirty-five carries for 187 yards and two touchdowns came to play, but his guarantee stretched deeper than self-motivation. He used it to reach out to his teammates.
When Hart went up to the podium after a horrific loss to Oregon and predicted victory over Notre Dame, the senior captain drew a fair share of criticism.
What prompted Hart to put so much faith in a team that opened the season with two bad losses? Why would he put even more pressure on a group of guys already hanging their heads over a heartbreaker and a blowout?
BY SCOTT BELL
Heading into Saturday's game, the usual suspects were expected to fire up the Michigan football team.
Embattled coach Lloyd Carr needed to pick up his team following an 0-2 start, running back Mike Hart needed to rally his teammates following his guarantee and defensive captain Shawn Crable needed to get his much-maligned defense back on track following two dismal performances.
But an unexpected source delivered perhaps the game's most rousing speech: Academy Award-winner Russell Crowe.
The Michigan Daily Top 10 returns for its third installment in this young season. Each week, Daily Sports staffers will fill out ballots, with first place votes receiving 10 points, second-place votes receiving nine, and so on. The results are published with first-place votes in parentheses.
1. Southern Cal (7): The Trojans were penalized in the rankings for having a bye last week. But after watching them thrash Nebraska 49-31 on Saturday, the rest of the nation can only hope the Trojans are involved in some scandal.
Staff Picks recap: So, uh, this is a little embarrassing. LSA senior Todd Karazim is just killing the Daily football writers. And the thing is, the writers aren't even performing that poorly. Karazim has just been on fire. He was the only one this week to pick the Kentucky upset, and the only one to take Rutgers and its 53.5 points. He also nailed the Duke upset and correctly didn't trust Minnesota to beat Florida Atlantic, a team that had lost to Penn State 59-0. Bell did make something of a comeback, though, winning the week by one pick.
Hypocrites unite! People have made mistakes - famous people!
What does that mean?
Well, we could forgive them and realize everyone makes mistakes.
But come on, what fun is that? Let's pounce. Let's act all holier than thou. It's much, much more fun that way.
BY JACK HERMAN
Early in the second quarter of Saturday's game, Michigan quarterback Ryan Mallett threw a lateral to wideout Adrian Arrington, intending to receive it back on a pass. Before he could make the catch, though, the 6-foot-7 freshman tripped, falling on the ground as the ball sailed over his head.
BY SCOTT BELL
There was nothing wrong with his palette, he just hadn't enjoyed the taste in a long time.
For captain Mike Hart, it was time to remember the taste of victory.
"I was just telling the team I lost the taste of winning for a while," Hart said. "I hadn't won a game in a while - four games - so we got that victory. I got that taste back in my mouth, and we want to keep winning."
To solidify his guaranteed victory, Hart carried the ball 35 times. He ran for 187 yards. He scored two touchdowns.