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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.

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 it fell to the ground as another Colorado receiver dived in vain to make the catch.

``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.″

The Michigan players swarmed the field to celebrate, and the Wolverines had something to talk about other than Kordell Stewart’s 64-yard Hail Mary to Michael Westbrook in Colorado’s 27-26 win two years ago at Ann Arbor, Mich.

Colorado coach Rick Neuheisel said the ball ``was in the right place, we just didn’t get the carom we got in ’94. ... 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. 14 Brigham Young 17, No. 15 Auburn 45, Mississippi 28, 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: Vanderbilt at No. 13 Alabama, Oregon State at No. 16 Southern California, 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 threw a 3-yard TD pass to Jerame Tuman late in the third quarter to put Michigan (2-0) ahead after Remy Hamilton’s 42-yard field goal tied the score at 13.

Colorado took a 13-10 halftime lead on Lendon Henry’s 11-yard TD run and Detmer’s 5-yard scoring pass to Phil Savoy. The extra point was missed after Detmer’s TD pass. 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 Curtis Enis who was out with strep throat, 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 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.

Washington 29, No. 14 Brigham Young 17

At Seattle, Rashaan Shehee ran for two first-half TDs, Shane Fortney threw for one and ran for antoher 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. Shehee had 131 yards on 21 carries. 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 in the fourth quarter for the Tigers (3-0).

Craig, 13-of-25 for a career-high 249 yards, had scoring 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. 17 Kansas St. 35, Cincinnati 0

At Manhattan, Kan., Marlon Charles and Mike Lawrence each scored two TDs as the Wildcats (3-0) overcame their own sloppy play. The Bearcats fell to 1-2.

No. 19 Virginia Tech 45, Boston College 7

At Chestnut Hill, Mass., the Hokies won their 12th straight game _ a school record _ as Brian Edmonds and Shyrone Stith each had two scoring 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 eight 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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