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Big Ten Roundup : No. 15 Indiana Defeats Michigan, 14-10, and Is Alone at the Top

October 25, 1987|From Times Wire Services

No. 15-ranked Indiana took sole possession of the Big Ten lead Saturday with a 14-10 victory over No. 20 Michigan at Bloomington, Ind., ending a string of 15 straight losses to the Wolverines.

Dave Schnell threw an eight-yard scoring pass to Ernie Jones and ran three yards for a touchdown as the Hoosiers defeated Michigan for the first time since 1967, the year Indiana made its only trip to the Rose Bowl. It was the first Hoosier triumph over a Michigan team coached by Bo Schembechler.

In a joyous frenzy, thousands of students raced onto the field after the game ended, tearing down both goal posts. Players carried Coach Bill Mallory off the field.

"It was a team effort," Mallory said. "The defense tightened up as the game went on. We had to hang in and keep our poise. When you lose the momentum, you have to fight to get it back and we did."

The victory gave Indiana a 4-0 Big Ten record. The Hoosiers, the only team in the conference to remain unbeaten and untied, are 6-1 overall, their best start since 1967.

Michigan fell to 4-3 overall, 2-2 in the Big Ten.

"The Big Ten race is wide open," Mallory said. "It boils down to one game at a time. We'll enjoy the victory, but it's back to work Monday. We can't sit back and think about what we've done."

Indiana defeated Ohio State earlier this season for the first time in 36 years. Until Saturday's victory, the Hoosiers had never beaten the Buckeyes and Wolverines in the same season in 39 previous tries since 1901.

Michigan St. 14, Illinois 14--At East Lansing, Mich., Illini defensive end Scott Davis blocked a last-second 28-yard field goal attempt by John Langeloh, and the 14th-ranked Spartans dropped out of a tie for first place in the Big Ten. Michigan State is 4-2-1 overall and 3-0-1 in conference play. Illinois is 2-4-1 and 1-2-1.

Illinois led twice in the game, 7-0 and 14-7, and held the Spartans without a first down in the third quarter.

Michigan State finally put together an 80-yard, 9-play drive in the fourth quarter to tie the score, 14-14, on a 3-yard run by quarterback Bobby McAllister.

With 38 seconds remaining, Todd Krumm intercepted a pass by Illinois quarterback Scott Mohr and returned it 28 yards to the Illini 15. The Spartans used two running plays to run the clock down to four seconds, then sent in Langeloh.

Langeloh's kick, from the right hashmarks, was a line drive that Davis blocked easily as time ran out.

Michigan State's Lorenzo White was held to 67 yards in 31 carries. His rushing attempts gave him a Big Ten career record of 925, one more than former Ohio State running back Archie Griffin.

Ohio State 42, Minnesota 9--At Columbus, Ohio, freshman tailback Carlos Snow celebrated his 19th birthday by scoring four touchdowns before a crowd of 89,801 as the No. 16 Buckeyes defeated the Golden Gophers.

Snow, who scored on runs of 3, 6 and 5 yards and a 55-yard pass play, gained 85 yards in 15 carries.

In Ohio State's first 6 games, he carried the ball 11 times for 36 yards and lost 3 fumbles.

Tom Tupa completed 12 of 19 passes for 158 yards as Ohio State improved to 5-1-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten. Minnesota, which started the season 5-0, fell to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten.

Iowa 38, Purdue 14--Chuck Hartlieb threw for 317 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Hawkeye defenders intercepted 4 passes in a win over the Boilermakers at Iowa City.

Iowa, 5-3 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten, scored on its first two possessions in beating Purdue for the fifth straight time. Purdue fell to 1-5-1 and 1-3.

Hartlieb completed 19 of 34 passes. Sophomore Shawn McCarthy, who started for Purdue in place of the injured Doug Downing, was intercepted four times, twice by sophomore cornerback Greg Brown.

Northwestern 27, Wisconsin 24--At Madison, Wis., Ira Adler's 43-yard field goal with 6:51 left dropped the Badgers into the Big Ten cellar.

The victory was the first of the season for Coach Francis Peay's Wildcats, 1-5-1 and 1-3, and lifted them out of a last-place tie with the Badgers in the conference standings.

Wisconsin is 2-5 overall and 0-4 in the Big Ten.

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