November 20, 2011

Michigan Newsstand - Nov. 20

FEATURED HEADLINE

With rout, Michigan reclaims old punishing identity
Bob Wojnowski The Detroit News
They pounded with power and attacked with animosity. On a chilly November afternoon, you could see it again, and you finally can say it again. Michigan's football identity is back, quicker than expected. And also just in time.

VIDEO OF THE DAY

Michigan Stadium transforms into American flag and more
Pete Cunningham AnnArbor.com
Pregame action at Michigan Stadium included two "card tricks." The first honored former Michigan football coach Lloyd Carr as he was presented his College Football Hall of Fame plaque. The second transformed half of the stadium into an American flag scene for the national anthem.

FOOTBALL

Michigan football team's thumping of Nebraska shows it's peaking at right time
Kyle Meinke AnnArbor.com
If ever you needed evidence the Wolverines have turned a corner this year - and you shouldn't, after their defense's rise to prominence - this is it: They bludgeoned a Nebraska football team that, outside of Michigan State, is the most complete team they've faced all season.

Lloyd Carr: Brady Hoke's U-M team 'believes in itself'
Shawn Windsor The Detroit News
Carr said U-M's win over Nebraska showed him a team ripe with intensity and one that "believes in itself." He said the Wolverines made a loud statement.

Denard Robinson moves up in Michigan record book
Kyle Meinke AnnArbor.com
Robinson's 38-yard pass to Martavious Odoms with just more than 10 minutes left in the game was the 35th touchdown pass of his career, putting him in a seventh-place tie with Tom Brady in program history.

Opponents taking notice of Michigan's Fitz Toussaint
Mark Snyder The Detroit Free Press
Michigan's lead running back, Fitz Toussaint, is already established after his impressive performances in the past month.Yet that makes him a target as well, something he is only just starting to experience.

Michigan special teams play up to their name in romp over Nebraska
Nick Baumgardner AnnArbor.com
When the week began, Michigan football coach Brady Hoke complimented his special teams unit for earning plenty of "hidden yardage" in a win at Illinois last week. When the week ended, Hoke and company were paying their specialty units much higher praise.

U-M's Denard Robinson has most complete effort of year
Shawn Windsor The Detroit Free Press
The Wolverines' starting quarterback put together his most complete and relaxed performance of the season at Michigan Stadium against the Cornhuskers. After the game, he refused to take any credit, giving thanks to his offensive line and receivers and talking about how well every part of the team had played.

Brady Hoke, Michigan turn attention to 'Ohio'
Angelique S. Chengelis The Detroit News
Michigan, coming off a dominating 45-17 victory over Nebraska to improve to 9-2, 5-2 Big Ten on Saturday, now prepares for its final regular-season game against arch-rival Ohio State on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

Game balls: They go to Fitzgerald Toussaint, Denard Robinson and others
Jim Knight AnnArbor.com
Toussaint averaged 4.8 yards a carry and finished with 138 rushing yards and two touchdowns. He's gone from one piece of a running back by committee to one of the key elements of Michigan's offense. He has 891 rushing yards and nine touchdowns this season.

Michigan notes, quotes from win over Nebraska
Mark Snyder The Detroit Free Press
It's been awhile since Michigan produced a win like this late in the season. But this was a statement that the Wolverines will be favored against Ohio State next weekend with a shot to end this season in a BCS bowl, unimaginable after the past three years.

FROM THE OTHER SIDELINE

'Murphy's Law' game leaves NU with lopsided loss
Sam McKewon Omaha.com
Meltdown at Michigan. Bust at the Big House. And lights out on a Big Ten title and a Bowl Championship Series bid. Nebraska's football team committed gaffes galore in its 45-17 loss to Michigan on Saturday.

Out of Legends race, loss raises questions
Tom Shatel Omaha.com
The stage was set, complete with charcoal gray November skies hanging over a holy cathedral of college football lore. The band played "Hail to the Victors." Nebraska and Michigan players charged out of the tunnel, while a Fiesta Bowl scout watched from the press box, and you figured this is what college football is all about. This first trip through the Big Ten has really been terrific. Too bad they had to play the games.

BASKETBALL

Michigan's Cazzie Russell adds to legacy with induction in college Hall of Fame
Mark Snyder The Detroit Free Press
Cazzie Russell will be recognized on a wider level today -- he will be the first U-M player inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City, Mo., which began enshrining players, coaches and contributors in 2006.

Memphis Tigers face nation's top coaches, players at Maui
Jason Smith The Memphis Commercial Appeal
When the Maui Invitational championship-round field was announced in October 2010, Odom said it had the potential to be the best field in the tournament's 27-year history, with five of the teams -- UCLA, Duke, Kansas, Michigan and Georgetown -- having combined to win 20 NCAA championships.

HOCKEY

Crane scores two as Ohio State completes road sweep of Michigan
Bob Miller USCHO.com
The Buckeyes punched and counterpunched their way to a 6-5 Saturday night victory over the Wolverines, sweeping their weekend two-game series with Michigan in Ann Arbor at Yost Ice Arena.

AROUND THE NATION

What we learned in the Big Ten: Week 12
Brian Bennett and Adam Rittenberg ESPN.com
Lessons learned from the penultimate week of the regular season in the Big Ten.

Sources: Ohio St., Urban Meyer talking.
Adam Rittenberg and Chris Low ESPN.com
Ohio State has been in contact with Urban Meyer about becoming the school's coach, sources close to the ESPN analyst and the Buckeyes have told ESPN.com.

Penn State tops Ohio State, first win without Patern
Rusty Miller The New York Post
he last time Penn State won a game without Joe Paterno as coach was December 1965. That day, the Nittany Lions used a strong defensive effort to beat Maryland, behind the coach who mentored Paterno, Rip Engle. Yesterday, No. 21 Penn State used a stingy defense to earn its first victory since Paterno was fired in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal surrounding JoePa's former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.



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