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Michigan Finally Gets A Bounce

September 15, 1996

Two years later, the ball took a Michigan bounce.

In an eerie replay of Colorado’s last-play win over the Wolverines in 1994, a desperation pass into the end zone fell incomplete Saturday and No. 11 Michigan escaped with a 20-13 victory over the fifth-ranked Buffaloes.

``I was thinking, Here we go again,″ Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. ``When the ball went up in the air, I held my breath. We were in a better position to hit the ball this time. Colorado got a good bounce two years ago. They didn’t this time.″

Colorado (2-1) gained possession at the Michigan 38 with five seconds left, and Koy Detmer launched a pass toward the end zone. As the ball arrived, several Michigan defenders jumped along with wide receiver James Kidd. The ball was tipped and fell to the ground as another Colorado receiver dived in vain to make the catch.

The Michigan players swarmed the field to celebrate, knowing they finally could brush aside the bitter memory of Kordell Stewart’s 64-yard Hail Mary to Michael Westbrook that gave Colorado a 27-26 win two years ago at Ann Arbor, Mich.

Buffs coach Rick Neuheisel said Detmer threw the ball to the right spot.

``We just didn’t get the carom we got in ’94,″ he said. ``It would have been unbelievable if it had happened again. I thought they could have run out the clock. Lo and behold, they gave us a chance to repeat history.″

In other Top 25 games, it was No. 6 Penn State 49, Northern Illinois 0; No. 9 Notre Dame 35, Purdue 0; Washington 29, No. 13 Alabama 36, Vanderbilt 26; No. 14 Brigham Young 17, No. 15 Auburn 45, Mississippi 28, No. 16 Southern California 46, Oregon State 17; No. 17 Kansas State 35, Cincinnati 0; No. 18 Virginia Tech 45, Boston College 7; No. 21 Iowa 38, Iowa State 13; and No. 22 Virginia 21, Maryland 3.

In later Top 25 games, it was: North Texas at No. 18 Arizona State, No. 24 Kansas at Texas Christian and No. 25 Texas A&M at Southwestern Louisiana.

Top-ranked Nebraska, No. 2 Tennessee, No. 3 Florida State. No. 4 Florida, No. 7 Texas, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 12 North Carolina, No. 20 LSU and No. 23 Syracuse were idle.

On Thursday night, No. 19 Miami beat Rutgers 33-0.

No. 11 Michigan 20, No. 5 Colorado 13

At Boulder, Colo., Scott Dreisbach’s 3-yard TD pass to Jerame Tuman late in the third quarter put Michigan (2-0) ahead after Remy Hamilton’s 42-yard field goal tied the score at 13.

Colorado led 13-10 at the half Lendon Henry’s 11-yard TD run and Detmer’s 5-yard scoring pass to Phil Savoy. Clarence Williams had a 7-yard scoring run for the Wolverines. Detmer was 23-of-39 for 287 yards.

No. 6 Penn St. 49, N. Illinois 0

At State College, Pa., Chafie Fields, replacing an ill Curtis Enis, ran for two TDs during a 21-point burst in 2:17 of the second period for the Nittany Lions (3-0). Tight end Joe Jurevicius caught two scoring passes, including a 51-yarder from backup Mike McQueary.

No. 9 Notre Dame 35, Purdue 0

At South Bend, Ind., Autry Denson ran for two TDs and caught a scoring pass from Ron Powlus to pace the Irish (2-0). Allen Rossum returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a TD. Denson had 66 yards on 15 carries, caught three passes for 61 yards and returned two punts for six yards. Powlus was 19-of-32 for 238 yards.

The Irish sacked Billy Dickens six times and held Purdue (0-2) to 44 yards rushing and 203 total yards.

No. 13 Alabama 36, Vanderbilt 26

At Tuscaloosa, Ala., fans booed the home team in a close game against the Commodores. The Tide (3-0) scored 21 points in a three-minute span of the third quarter and then held off Vandy (0-2).

Freddie Kitchens ran 15 yards for a TD, safety Kevin Jackson scored on a 44-yard interception return and a fumble recovery was converted into another TD as Alabama led 36-18.

Alvin Duke returned a punt 88 yards for a Vandy TD, but the Commodores got no closer. Vandy also scored on an 81-yard TD run off a fake punt by Bill Marinangel.

Washington 29, No. 14 Brigham Young 17

At Seattle, Rashaan Shehee ran for two first-half TDs and Shane Fortney threw for one and ran for another as the Huskies (1-1) stopped BYU’s passing whiz Steve Sarkisian (23-of-35 for 279 yards and two TDs).

The Huskies had eight sacks and Jerry Jensen tackled Sarkisian for a safety with 1:21 to go. BYU is 2-1.

No. 15 Auburn 45, Mississippi 28

At Oxford, Miss., Dameyune Craig threw three TD passes and Fred Beasley ran for two fourth-quarter scores for the Tigers (3-0).

Craig, 13-of-25 for a career-high 249 yards, had TD passes of 67 and 23 yards to Robert Baker and 22 yards to Karsten Bailey.

The Rebels (2-1) totaled 401 yards and four TDs against an Auburn defense that started the season with consecutive shutouts.

No. 16 USC 46, Oregon St. 17

At Los Angeles, LaVale Woods set a school record with a 96-yard TD run on the second play of the game, but USC (2-1) still needed a 26-point third quarter to put away the Beavers (0-2), losers of 12 in a row.

Woods’ run broke the school mark of 94 yards set by Dwight Ford in 1977 and equaled by Zef Lee in 1984. Chad Morton added a 73-yard scoring run for the Trojans.

No. 17 Kansas St. 35, Cincinnati 0

At Manhattan, Kan., Marlon Charles and Mike Lawrence had two TDs apiece for the Wildcats (3-0). The Bearcats are 1-2.

No. 19 Virginia Tech 45, Boston College 7

At Chestnut Hill, Mass., the Hokies won a school-record 12th straight game as Brian Edmonds and Shyrone Stith each had two TD runs.

Virginia Tech (2-0) scored on its first three possessions as Edmonds ran 19 and 21 yards for TDs and Stith added TDs of 8 and 11 yards.

No. 21 Iowa 38, Iowa St. 13

At Iowa City, Tavian Banks ran for a career-best 182 yards and three TDs, including an 89-yarder as Iowa (2-0) beat Iowa State for the 14th straight time.

Iowa State’s Troy Davis had 152 yards and a TD, but Iowa built a 24-0 halftime lead and finished with 526 total yards.

No. 22 Virginia 21, Maryland 3

At Charlottesville, Va., Tony Dingle returned an interception 10 yards for a TD and recovered a fumble to set up Tiki Barber’s 6-yard score for the Cavaliers (2-0). Barber finished with 123 yards on 29 carries.

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