#3 Michigan (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000 (12:10 p.m. EDT)
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Projected Attendance: 110,000-plus
Radio Coverage: WJR (760 AM Detroit) will originate the game on the Michigan Football Network. Frank Beckmann handles play-by-play, Jim Brandstatter is the analyst and Fred Huemann provides sideline reports and analysis. WUOM (91.7 FM) has Tom Hemingway doing play-by-play and Tom Slade as analyst.
TV Coverage: ESPN Regional will broadcast the game to a regional audience. Wayne Larrivee will handle the play-by-play duties, Randy Wright providing commentary and Jim Barbar providing sideline reports. The game will be shown locally on Channel 7 in Detroit (WXYZ-TV, ABC Affiliate).
Series History: Michigan and Rice will meet for the second time on Saturday (Sept. 9). The Wolverines defeated the Owls 37-3 last year at Michigan Stadium (Sept. 11). U-M has compiled a 7-1 record against current or former members of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Michigan has a 7-1-1 record against schools from the state of Texas.
Last Meeting: (No. 6 Michigan 37, Rice 3 -- Michigan Stadium, Sept. 11, 1999) The Wolverines gained 356 total yards (224 passing and 132 rushing) and gained 19 first downs. Quarterbacks Tom Brady (10-of-15 for 115 yards) and Drew Henson (8-of-14 for 109 yards, one TD) led the aerial exploits, while tailback Anthony Thomas ran for 87 yards on 21 carries. Of the 224 yards in the air, 170 were caught by three Wolverines: Marquise Walker (5 for 59), David Terrell (4 for 62), and Marcus Knight (3 for 49). Jeff DelVerne connected on 3-of-4 field goals and added four PATs for 13 points. U-M's defense held Rice to 157 yards offensively, while forcing the Owls to go three-and-out nine times in the game. The Wolverines forced four fumbles and recorded two sacks.
QUICKLY ON COACH CARR ...
Lloyd Carr (Northern Michigan, 1968)
Sixth season as Michigan Head Coach
50-13 overall record at Michigan; 31-9 Big Ten Conference record
In his sixth year as Michigan's head coach, Lloyd Carr has a 1-0 record and posted his 50th career victory in the season-opener against Bowling Green (50-13 career record ). Carr posted a 32-5 record over the last three seasons (1997-1999) and led the Wolverines to three consecutive bowl victories (Rose, Citrus and Orange bowls). He was named the 1997 national coach of the year after guiding the program to a perfect 12-0 record and the Associated Press national championship. Carr led the Wolverines to back-to-back Big Ten Conference titles (1997-98), and his teams have finished in the top 20 nationally each of his first five years. Carr, previously a Michigan assistant coach for 15 years, began his college coaching career as a defensive backs coach at Eastern Michigan (1976-77) before joining Gary Moeller's staff at Illinois in the same role (1978-79). Carr came to Michigan in 1980 as Bo Schembechler's secondary coach. Carr served as defensive coordinator (1987-94) and was assistant head coach (1990-94).
2000 TOP STATISTICAL LEADERS ...
Rushing: Anthony Thomas (23 attempts, 108 yards, 1 TD)
Passing: John Navarre (15 completions, 19 attempts, 265 yards, 4 TDs)
Receiving: David Terrell (6 receptions, 91 yards, 1 TD)
Punt Returns: Ronald Bellamy (5 returns for 42 yards, 14-yard long)
Kickoff Returns: Walter Cross (1 return for 28 yards)
Punting: Hayden Epstein (3 punts, 127 yards, 42.3 avg., one inside 20-yard line)
Tackles: Larry Foote (6 tackles)
Sacks: Larry Foote (1 for 10 yards), Shantee Orr (1 for 13 yards), John Wood (1 for 1 yard)
Tackles for Loss: Larry Foote (3 for 14 yards)
Interceptions: Michael Manning (1 for no yards)
Pass Break-ups: Six players tied with one break-up
MICHIGAN TEAM AND PLAYER NOTES ...
Michigan Third in Both Polls
After posting a 42-7 season-opening victory against Bowling Green, the Michigan football team ranks third in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls announced Sunday afternoon (Sept. 3). The Wolverines vaulted three spots in the media poll and moved one slot in the coaches' poll. Michigan was last ranked No. 3 in the AP rankings on Oct. 9, 1999.
Carr Eyes 30th "Big House" Win
University of Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr heads into the Rice game looking to collect his 30th career victory at Michigan Stadium. Carr gained his 50th career coaching win (50-13 overall record) in the Wolverines' 42-7 season-opening victory against Bowling Green last weekend. In his sixth season as Michigan head coach, Carr has compiled a 29-4 record at the "Big House," with his .879 home winning percentage at Michigan Stadium listing tops among the Wolverines' seven previous head coaches.
Navarre Makes Impressive Debut
Redshirt freshman quarterback John Navarre (Cudahy, Wis./Cudahy HS) enters the Rice game after a record-setting four touchdown passing game in the season opener against Bowling Green. Navarre completed 15-of-19 passes for 265 yards. His four touchdown passes were the most by a U-M quarterback in a season opener and tied the school record set on 10 previous occasions. He completed a career-long 58-yarder to fullback B.J. Askew (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain HS), and finished the game with six passing plays of 20 yards or better.
Thomas Tops Century Mark ... Again
Senior co-captain and tailback Anthony Thomas (Winnfield, La./Winnfield HS) heads into the Rice game after tallying his 14th career 100-yard rushing game in the season opener with Bowling Green (U-M is 13-1 when he surpasses the century mark with the only setback coming in last year's Illinois game). Thomas gained 108 rushing yards on 23 carries and scored his 38th career rushing TD on a 28-yard run in the fourth quarter. He ranks fifth in career 100-yard rushing games at Michigan, trailing Tyrone Wheatley (20, 1991-94), Jamie Morris (18, 1984-87), Butch Woolfolk (16, 1978-81) and Rob Lytle (15, 1973-76).
Thomas Charting Top 5
With his 108-yard rushing performance against Bowling Green, Anthony Thomas moved from ninth in career rushing to seventh. He passed Lawrence Ricks (2,751 yards, 1979-82) and single-season record holder Tshimanga Biakabutuka (2,810 yards, 1993-95) on the all-time list. Thomas enters the Rice game with 2,845 rushing yards on 628 career attempts, and his 38 rushing touchdowns are nine away from Tyrone Wheatley's school record 47. Gordon Bell (1973-75) is sixth with 2,900 career rushing yards. Thomas has scored a touchdown in nine consecutive games (14 overall TDs in those games).
Junior/sophomore Justin Fargas (Encino, Calif./Notre Dame HS) heads into the Rice game after gaining 81 yards of all-purpose yards on nine plays (9-yard average). He rushed eight times for 70 yards (8.8 avg.) and took the game's opening kickoff and returned it 11 yards against Bowling Green. Fargas saw his first action since breaking his leg against Wisconsin on Nov. 14, 1998. He has gained 347 career rushing yards on 85 attempts and scored one TD (11 career games).
Perry Quickest to Rush for 100 Yards
Tailback Chris Perry (Advance, N.C./Fork Union Military, Va.) became the first true freshman to rush for 100 yards in a season opener and just the second back to achieve the century mark in his debut (junior tailback Walter Cross is the other). Perry gained 103 rushing yards on 10 carries and capped the scoring against Bowling Green with a 42-yard scamper in the fourth quarter. He surpassed Cross' record (Sept. 12) for earliest freshman by date to record 100 rushing yards, also bettering Anthony Thomas (Sept. 20, 1997) and Jamie Morris (Sept. 22, 1984).
100-Yard Rushing Duo
Anthony Thomas and Chris Perry became the second Michigan duo to rush for 100 yards each in a season opener, joining Glenn Doughty (15 carries, 138 yards) and quarterback Don Moorhead (11 carries, 103 yards) against Vanderbilt on Sept. 20, 1969, Bo Schembechler's first game as U-M head coach. It was the 31st time in school history that at least two players gained 100 rushing yards in a game. The last time Michigan had a 100-yard rushing duo in a game was Nov. 14, 1998, when tailbacks Clarence Williams (22 carries, 121 yards) and Thomas (13 carries, 102 yards) did so against Wisconsin.
Terrell Nears 100 Career Receptions
Junior wide receiver David Terrell (Richmond, Va./Huguenot HS) enters the Rice game nine receptions shy of the century mark in his career. Terrell lists 12th with 91 career catches and ranks 15th in receiving yards (1,278), and looks to become the 10th Wolverine to eclipse the 100-catch plateau in his career. He scored the first touchdown of the 2000 season for the Wolverines on a 41-yard pass from John Navarre with 1:00 remaining in the first quarter of the season opener. Terrell led the receiving corps with six receptions for 91 yards against Bowling Green, and returned two punts for 11 yards in the game. He is currently tied for 12th in career touchdown receptions with 10. Terrell has caught a pass in 14 consecutive games dating back to the Citrus Bowl against Arkansas.
Bellamy Grabs Pair of TD Tosses
Sophomore Ronald Bellamy (New Orleans, La./Archbishop Shaw HS) heads into the Rice game after converting 66 percent of his receptions for touchdowns in the season opener. Bellamy caught three passes for 53 yards against Bowling Green, with two of those catches coming as TD receptions. He caught his first career pass for a 19-yard touchdown and later stretched over the defender for an 11-yard TD (all three receptions came in the second quarter). Bellamy returned five punts for 42 yards, including a 14-yard long. He made his first career start in the season opener and played in his 10th career game.
Junior flanker Marquise Walker (Syracuse, N.Y./Henniger HS) made his season debut against Bowling Green, catching his lone pass on a four-yard TD pass from John Navarre. Walker has played in all 26 games of his career, recording 42 receptions for 431 yards and three touchdowns. Walker has caught a pass in 13 consecutive games dating back to the start of last season.
The Michigan offense, under the direction of first-year coordinator Stan Parrish, gained 554 total offensive yards on 72 plays against the Falcons. The Wolverines rushed 53 times for 289 yards and passed 19 times for 265 yards. Michigan surpassed the 500-yard mark offensively for the first time since the Hawaii game in 1998 (Nov. 28), and gained its most yards offensively since the UCLA game on Sept. 28, 1995 (559 yards on 85 plays). The 289-yard rushing outburst against Bowling Green was the most since the Hawaii game (325 yards).
Sophomore fullback B.J. Askew enters the Rice game after making his starting debut against Bowling Green. Askew caught a career-best three passes for 87 yards and carried the ball once for two yards. He hauled in a career-best 58-yarder from John Navarre that set up the team's second touchdown of the game (second quarter) and later added a 20-yard reception on a deflected pass from Navarre. He also saw action on special teams against the Falcons. Askew had three receptions for four yards as a freshman tailback last year.
Backup Quarterbacks Make Debuts
Redshirt freshman Andy Mignery (Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton HS) and senior/junior Mike Kaselitz (Grosse Pointe, Mich./Grosse Pointe South HS) made their career debuts in the fourth quarter of the Wolverines' 42-7 victory over Bowling Green. Mignery led two offensive series, including a five-play, 61-yard scoring drive that was capped by Chris Perry's 42-yard run. Kaselitz gained one-yard rushing on the final play as the Wolverines finished the game with the ball on their two-yard line.
Epstein Nears 50 Points
Junior placekicker/punter/kickoff specialist Hayden Epstein (Cardiff, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) enters the Rice game needing eight points to collect 50 in his career. Epstein converted a career-best six PATs against Bowling Green but had his 48-yard field goal attempt blocked. He punted three times for 122 yards (42.3 avg.) and notched one inside the 20-yard line. Epstein booted six of his seven kickoffs into the end zone, with only one of those being returned.
Foote Collects 50th Career Tackle
Junior inside linebacker Larry Foote (Detroit, Mich./Pershing HS) heads into the Rice game after surpassing 50 tackles for his career. Foote led the team with six solo tackles in the season opener against Bowling Green, including a career-best three TFLs (14 yards) and one sack (10 yards). He made his fifth career start and played in his 25th career game in the opener. Foote has 52 career tackles (38 solo), 11 TFLs (49 yards), five sacks (39 yards), two PBUs, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Williams Equals Career Best
Sophomore cornerback Brandon Williams (Omaha, Neb./Central HS) enters the Rice game after equaling his career high for tackles in a game. Williams registered four stops (three solo) and one PBU against Bowling Green, tying his four-tackle and two PBU performance against Purdue last year (Oct. 2). He has played in 10 career games, recording 10 tackles (seven solo) and five pass break-ups.
Spytek Makes Impressive Debut
Redshirt freshman outside linebacker John Spytek (Pewaukee, Wis./Catholic Memorial HS) made his career debut in the season opener with Bowling Green, finishing second on the squad with four tackles and two tackles for loss (three yards).
Bowman "Bows In"
Redshirt freshman nose tackle Grant Bowman (Blacklick, Ohio/St. Francis De Sales HS) heads into the Rice game after making his first career start in the season opener vs. Bowling Green. Bowman registered three solo tackles, with two of those being for a loss.
True Freshman Kashama Starts Season Opener
Rush linebacker Alain Kashama (Montreal, Quebec/Vieux Montreal) became the first true freshman to start a season opener for the Wolverines since senior safety DeWayne Patmon (San Diego, Calif./Patrick Henry HS) started in the nickel defense for U-M against Colorado on Sept. 13, 1997. The only other true freshman to start the season opener under Lloyd Carr was linebacker David Bowens against Virginia on Aug. 26, 1995. The last true freshman to start a game for the Wolverines was sophomore cornerback Brandon Williams at Indiana last year (Oct. 30). Kashama finished the game with one solo tackle.
Six True Freshmen See Action in Opener
In addition to Alain Kashama and Chris Perry, four other Wolverine true freshmen saw their first career action against Bowling Green. Wide receiver Calvin Bell (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) and linebackers Emmanuel Casseus (Montreal, Quebec/Vieux Montreal), Zach Kaufman (Claremont, Calif./Claremont HS) and Larry Stevens (Tacoma, Wash./Woodrow Wilson HS) all played on special teams, while Bell and Stevens (one tackle) saw action at their respective positions.
LeSueur Makes Solid Return
Redshirt freshman cornerback Jeremy LeSueur (Holly Springs, Miss./Holly Spring HS) enters the Rice game after tallying three solo tackles and one PBU against Bowling Green. LeSueur played in last year's season opener against Notre Dame, but was injured during practice prior to last season's Rice game and missed the remainder of the season. He looks to become the first player from the state of Mississippi to letter at Michigan.
Michigan Tabbed Big Ten Conference Preseason Favorite by Media
The Wolverines were tabbed as the Big Ten Conference preseason favorite as voted upon by the media members attending the 29th annual Big Ten Conference Football Media Day and Kickoff Luncheon at the Sheraton Chicago (July 26-27). The Wolverines received the preseason nod, followed by two-time defending Big Ten Champion Wisconsin in second place and Purdue in third.
Strong September Starts Under Carr
The Michigan football program has started strong under head coach Lloyd Carr, posting a 17-2 record during the month of September. Carr won the first 10 games of his career in September, and has outscored the opposition by a 567-281 differential during the ninth month of the year. Carr is 12-1 at Michigan Stadium, 5-1 on the road and 5-2 against top 25 teams in September. Michigan has a 115-27-3 (.803) all-time record during the month of September.
Carr vs. Non-Conference
Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr enters the Rice game with an impressive 16-2 record against regular-season non-conference opponents. Carr has won six straight contests against non-conference foes. He won his first 10 career non-conference games before suffering back-to-back 1998 setbacks against Notre Dame (20-36) and Syracuse (28-38).
Four Players Named Captain
The University of Michigan football program enters the new century with a first in school history ... four captains. Head Coach Lloyd Carr announced that seniors Steve Hutchinson, Anthony Thomas, James Whitley and Eric Wilson have been voted by their peers as captains for the 121st football squad at Michigan. Hutchinson was elected captain for the second straight season, becoming just the 10th player in school history to receive selection more than once in their careers.
Michigan Eyes 800th Win
The Wolverines head into the Rice game needing three victories to reach the 800-win plateau in school history (797-259-36 record). In its 121st season of gridiron action, Michigan ranks second in all-time wins (all division), trailing Yale University (799 wins entering this season -- first game is Sept. 16 vs. Dayton). The Wolverines list first in Division I-A history in all-time wins, and rank second in all-time winning percentage.
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