Nov. 10, 2012
Today's announced attendance of 112,510 marks the 243rd consecutive game of more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium.
With the win, Michigan improved to 53-15-2 all-time against Northwestern.
The Wistert brothers -- Francis, Albert and Alvin -- were recognized before the game, becoming the fifth to receive the "Michigan Football Legend" designation. Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard was the inaugural Michigan Football Legend, honored in 2011 prior to the Notre Dame night game, while Bennie Oosterbaan, Ron Kramer and Gerald Ford were recognized before U-M's 2012 home game vs. Air Force, Massachusetts and Illinois, respectively.
In honor of the Wistert's, senior safety Jordan Kovacs switched from No. 32 to No. 11 for the remainder of the season. A Michigan Football Legend patch over the left upper chest will be affixed to the No. 11 jersey worn by Kovacs and all future players donning the Wisterts' jersey number.
Michigan is 4-0 in overtime games played at Michigan Stadium and 8-1 all-time in contests decided by overtime.
U-M played in its first overtime contest since winning the Sugar Bowl, 23-20, on Jan. 4, 2012. It was the first overtime game played at home since U-M defeated Illinois, 67-65 in three overtimes, on Nov. 6, 2010.
Junior quarterback/wide receiver Devin Gardner made his second consecutive collegiate start at quarterback, stepping in behind center in place of senior quarterback Denard Robinson, who missed today's contest due to injury.
Gardner set new career highs in pass attempts (29), completions (16), passing yards (286), rushing yards (47), total yards (333) and rushing touchdowns (2). He tied his career highs with two passing touchdowns, set last week at Minnesota.
Gardner accounted for four touchdowns on the day -- two in the air and two on the ground -- his first career game accounting for four scores.
With five catches for 139 yards, senior wide receiver Roy Roundtree moved into 12th place all-time in receiving yards, passing Derrick Alexander's total of 1,977. Roundtree is the 12th Wolverine to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark. His five catches are a season high as well.
Senior safety Jordan Kovacs had five tackles on the day, pushing his career total to 320. He passed Mike Taylor (316) to move into 13th place on the all-time list.
Fifth-year senior linebacker Kenny Demens made nine tackles, moving into 18th place on the career tackles list with 251.
With four kickoff returns in the game, freshman running back Dennis Norfleet moved into second place on the single-season list with 31 returns this season. He moved past Steve Breaston's mark of 28 in 2004.
Norfleet totaled 107 yards on his four kickoff returns, giving him 735 return yards on the season. He moved into second place on the single-season list, passing Steve Breaston's 2004 total of 689 yards.
Senior/junior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon set a new career high with seven receptions. His previous high was five, which also came against Northwestern, on Oct. 8, 2011.
With a sack in the third quarter, Craig Roh upped his career sack total to 10.5, which is tied for 14th all-time.
Freshman linebacker Joe Bolden posted his first career fumble recovery in the second quarter.
Junior defensive tackle Jibreel Black recorded his first sack of the season and forced the second fumble of his career with a 12-yard sack in the second quarter.
Senior/junior safety Thomas Gordon had a career-best 11 tackles, his first game with double-figure tackles. He also recorded his third tackle-for-loss on the season.
U-M yielded a touchdown on Northwestern's opening drive, marking the first time the Wolverines have allowed an opponent to score on its first possession this season.
Michigan used 21 different offensive players during its two first drives of the game.