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On Top of the Pack 9 2 9 9 9 16 9 23 9 30 10 7 10 14 10 21 11 4 11 11 11 18 1 1 Bowling Green Rice at UCLA at Illinois Wisconsin at Purdue Indiana Michigan State at Northwestern Penn State at Ohio State 42-7 38-7 20-23 35-31 13-10 31-32 58-0 14-0 51-54 33-11 38-26 Seven points. The Universitys football team ' s three losses were by a f tota ' f seven points. A missed Wolverine field goal, a just-barely-good m m If Purdue field goal, and a fumble -all with less than four minutes remaining - cost the Wolverines three games and possibly a place in the national title game. Despite its heartbreaking losses, the team collected the program ' s 40th Big Ten Championship and earned a bowl appearance for the program ' s 26th consecutive year. The 2000 season began on a hot day in early September with the sixth ranked Wolverines destroying Bowling Green in Michigan Stadium. Redshirt freshman quarterback John Navarre stepped in for injured junior Drew Henson and promptly tied a school record for touchdown passes in a single game with four against Bowling Green. After their thorough dismantling of Bowling Green, the Wolverines appeared ready to surpass the expectations bestowed upon them by media, which tabbed the Wolverines as the preseason favorite to win the Big Ten Conference. The Maize and Blue entered the second week of the season as the third ranked team in the nation and the Rice University Owls quickly discovered why the Wolverines were so highly touted. The team set a new program record by scoring 28 points in the first quarter. Anthony Thomas juked and dragged Rice defenders for 131 yards and two touchdowns on only 14 carries during the rout. After two dominant performances, a confident Wolverine team headed to Pasadena to take on the UCLA Bruins and the oppressive Southern California heat. While the temperature on the field reached 1 10 degrees, Navarre never got hot; he completed just 1 of 10 passes in the second half. The Wolverines stayed close to the Bruins all game long due to the heroic effort of senior Anthony Thomas. Thomas carried the ball 24 times for 184 yards and had a chance to win the game. However, with just 3:27 left in the game, junior Hayden Epstein missed a 24 yard field goal, giving the Bruins a three point upset win. The Wolverines rebounded from the tough road loss at UCLA by rallying in the second half to beat Illinois under the leadership of the still injured Henson. Henson entered the game in the second half and rallied the team, with the help of the officials, from a two- touchdown deficit to a narrow win. After the Wolverine ' s two close road games, they returned to the Big House to beat Wisconsin for the 45th time in the program ' s history. Henson made his first career start and celebrated by throwing for 2 57 yards and a playground style touchdown to junior David Terrell. The Wolverines brief two game winning streak came to an end when they traveled to West Lafayette, to (continued on page 162) Auburn (Citris Bowl) 31-28 Overall Record: 9-3 Big Ten: 6-2 The Wolverine defense swarms Illinois running back Rockey Harvey. Michigan ranked third in the Big Ten in rushing defense and second in the Big Ten in scoring defense, photo by Jon Hommer 158 Football
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Ge hired Up Spreading spirit wherever they went, the Michi- gan cheerleaders never let an unfavorable mo- ment dull their ability to bring hope back up to high levels. Their endeavors brought each of them closer together in making close friendships. Junior Nicole Sockolosky affirmed that her fa- vorite part of being a cheerleader was the friends she made. " You build really close relationships with the people you spend so much time with. It ' s important to have that with every activity, but especially sports where it is a group effort. Cheerleading tryouts were in March, and con- sisted of a three day clinic where prospectives learn the basics. On the third day they have an audition in front of several judges during which they perform a tumbling pass, a back tuck and two stunts with a partner. Head coach Pam St. John believes that cheerleading is crucial to sports. " I think that they are part of the tradition of the game. They [cheer- leaders] bring a lot of enthusiasm, love of school and athletics to the game. That ' s what the game ' s all about. " Looking back at his cheerleading experience, fifth yearseniorcomputerengineering major Andy Marble remembered Home- coming 2000 as a very special moment. " All the alumni cheerleaders came back and it was really a lot of fun to see all these old guys and older women come back and they can still do all the crazy stunts. That ' s a huge tradition. " For St. John, working with the 47 total cheerleaders in both co-ed and all girls ' teams has been the best part of her career. " The students at this age are very optimistic and very enthusiastic about life. I love to watch them grow and make the transition from being so young into going into the real world. " by Nedda Mehdizadeh Two cheerleaders lead the Marching Band on the field at Illinois. The cheerleaders proved their versatility by leading the crowd at many different sporting events, photo by Jon Hommer As the crowd roars, the cheerleaders charge onto the field under the " Go Blue " banner. The cheerleaders fired up the crowd before the players even took the field, photo by Mike Cutri Sports 157
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Sophomore BJ Askew and juniors Marquise Walker and David Terrell celebrate Terrell ' s first touchdown of the season. Terrell led the Big Ten in touchdown receptions, photo by Mike Cutri Master of trash talk, junior David Terrell gives an Ohio State cornerback all he can handle. Terrell earned first team All Big Ten honors for the second straight year, photo by Abby Johnson Senior Anthony Thomas clears a Michigan State defender out of his running lane. Thomas, one of four team captains, was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation ' s best running back, photo by Mike Cutri Sports
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