Nov. 3, 2012
The Wolverines improve to 72-24-3 in the all-time series against Minnesota. U-M has won five straight over the Golden Gophers and Michigan retains the Little Brown Jug, as it has stayed in Ann Arbor since the 2006 season.
Michigan is 68-22-3 all-time against Minnesota in games that handed out the Little Brown Jug.
Michigan earned its sixth victory of the season, becoming bowl eligible for the 42nd time in program history. U-M has posted a 20-21 mark in its previous 41 bowl appearances.
Today's game marked Michigan's first contest against the Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium, Minnesota's on-campus stadium that opened in 2009.
Junior quarterback/wide receiver Devin Gardner made his first collegiate start at quarterback, stepping in behind center in place of senior quarterback Denard Robinson, who missed today's contest due to injury. Robinson had started 34 consecutive games dating back to the Sept. 4, 2010, season opener vs. Connecticut of his sophomore campaign.
Gardner set career highs in pass completions, pass attempts, passing yards, passing touchdowns and rushing attempts. He completed 12-of-18 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns and carried the ball 10 times for 21 yards and one touchdown.
Gardner threw a career-long 47-yard pass to senior/junior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon in the third quarter, then matched that mark with a 47-yard completion to fifth-year senior wide receiver Roy Roundtree in the fourth quarter. He also completed a 45-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Drew Dileo in the second quarter. Entering the game, Gardner's previous career-long pass was a 30-yard throw to Darryl Stonum against Bowling Green on Sept. 25, 2010.
Michigan put together back-to-back scoring drives of 91 and 90 yards, respectively, in the second quarter, marking the third time in program history that U-M posted 90-plus yard scoring drives in the same game. It also marks the first time in program history that the feat has been accomplished on consecutive offensive drives.
Michigan's 91-yard scoring drive in the second quarter marked the longest drive of the season for the Maize and Blue and is tied for the ninth-longest scoring drive in program history. The 12-play drive spanned seven minutes and five seconds.
For the sixth time this season, the Wolverines held an opponent to 13 points or less.
The U-M defense has not allowed an opponent to score a first quarter touchdown since Week 1 vs. Alabama and has not allowed a first-quarter score since Week 2 vs. Air Force.
Michigan has not allowed an opponent to score on its opening offensive drive all season. U-M and Penn State are the only two Big Ten teams that have not allowed its opponents to score on the opening series.
Gallon paced Michigan with four catches for 72 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown reception. He also added a career-high 21 rushing yards on two carries.
With his 47-yard reception in the fourth quarter, fifth-year wide receiver Roy Roundtree upped his career catches to 138, moving to ninth all-time among Michigan's leaders in the category. He surpassed Mario Manningham (137, 2005-07) to move up the all-time list.
With 64 receiving yards against the Gophers, Roundtree moved into 13th-place all-time on Michigan's career receiving yards list (1,963), surpassing Jack Clancy (1,917, 1963-66).
Junior/sophomore linebacker Jake Ryan finished the game with nine tackles, including 3.0 tackles-for-loss. Dating back to last season, he has posted a tackle-for-loss in 14 of his last 15 games.
Fifth-year senior linebacker Kenny Demens notched a team-high 10 tackles, including one tackle-for-loss. Demens has posted double-digit tackles in two consecutive games and nine times in his career.
Senior/junior kicker Brendan Gibbons was 5-for-5 on point-after touchdown attempts against Minnesota, upping his career total to 96 to move to seventh among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. He is tied with Gregg Willner (94, 177-78).
Gibbons' 82 consecutive made PATs are second in U-M history behind only J.D. Carlson (126, 1988-91).
Junior/sophomore wide receiver Jerald Robinson notched a career-long 22-yard yard reception in the second quarter.
Sophomore/freshman defensive end Keith Heitzman registered his first career tackle-for-loss in the first quarter, taking down Minnesota running back Donnell Kirkwood for a loss of two yards.
Sophomore running back Thomas Rawls registered 43 rushing yards and one touchdown on a career-high 16 carries.
After posting six tackles against the Gophers, Kovacs (315 career tackles) moved into 14th place on U-M's all-time tackles list, surpassing Curtis Greer (313, 1976-79).
Senior/junior running back Fitzgerald Toussaint amassed 70 rushing yards on 13 carries, including a season-best 41-yard touchdown scamper in the fourth quarter.
Michigan limited Minnesota to 49 yards of total offense (seven rush, 42 pass) and three first downs in the second quarter.
This is the first time in 31 years that Michigan played an outdoor football game in Minnesota.
The last time Michigan played on the Minnesota campus was 1981, Anthony Carter's junior season with the Wolverines. U-M won the game.
Head coach Brady Hoke and Michigan radio announcer Frank Beckmann are celebrating their birthdays today.
Former Wolverine great Jon Jansen (1995-98) was the sideline announcer on the Big Ten Network broadcast of the game.