Nov. 30, 2013
The announced attendance was 113,511, marking the 251st straight game of at least 100,000 people at Michigan Stadium.
Today was the 110th meeting between Michigan and Ohio State and marked the 96th consecutive year the two teams played. The Wolverines fell to 58-46-6 in the all-time series. Michigan head coach Brady Hoke is 1-2 against Ohio State.
Prior to the game, Michigan honored 17 seniors who played in their final home game at Michigan Stadium.
Eight Wolverine players started all 12 regular-season games: fifth-year senior wide receiver Jeremy Gallon, fifth-year senior left tackle Taylor Lewan, junior/sophomore center Graham Glasgow, fifth-year senior right tackle Michael Schofield, senior/junior quarterback Devin Gardner, junior defensive end Frank Clark, senior defensive tackle Jibreel Black and junior linebacker Desmond Morgan.
Gardner completed 32-of-45 passes for 451 yards and four touchdowns and carried the ball nine times for 10 yards and one touchdown. Gardner posted career highs in attempts and completions, while his 451 receiving yards was his second-best performance. Gardner boasts two career 400-yard passing games -- the only two in program history.
Gardner upped his season passing yards to 2,960 to move to second among Michigan's all-time leaders in the category. He trails only record holder John Navarre (3,331, 2003).
Gardner posted a career-long 84-yard pass in the first quarter. His previous long was 75 yards, which he recorded last season at Ohio State.
Gallon posted 175 receiving yards on nine receptions for his fourth 100-yard receiving game of the season and seventh of his career.
Gallon's 175 receiving yards and Gardner's 451 passing yards are the most for a Wolverine player against Ohio State in program history. The previous bests were Braylon Edwards' 172-yard effort in 2004 and Tom Brady's 375-yard performance in 1998.
Gallon has posted a reception in 38 straight games, tying Edwards (2001-04) for the Michigan program record. He owns 5+ catches in seven consecutive games.
Gallon upped his season receiving yards to 1,284 to move to second place among U-M's all-time leaders in the category. He started the game in sixth place. He is just 46 yards shy of program record holder Braylon Edwards (1,330).
Gallon recorded a career-long 84-yard reception in the first quarter. His previous long was 71, which he tallied twice, most recently against last season against Illinois.
Gallon moved to fourth among Michigan's all-time career reception leaders with 164, passing Steve Breaston (156, 2003-06) and Anthony Carter (161, 1979-92).
Gallon's nine touchdowns this season are the most since Mario Manningham recorded 12 in 2007.
Michigan's 99-yard scoring drive in the first quarter is the sixth in program history and first since Oct. 6, 2007, against Eastern Michigan.
Michigan's 84-yard passing play in the first quarter was the third longest in program history, trailing only plays of 97 yards (Ryan Mallett-Mario Manningham vs. Wisconsin, 2007) and 90 yards (Todd Collins-Derrick Alexander vs. Illinois, 1993).
Freshman tight end Jake Butt posted career highs with five receptions and 85 receiving yards. He recorded a career-long 37-yard reception in the first quarter. He also posted his second career touchdown on a game-tying two-yard catch in the fourth quarter.
Senior wide receiver Drew Dileo recorded season highs with five receptions and 60 receiving yards.
Sophomore tight end Devin Funchess posted 41 receiving yards -- on four catches -- to move to seventh on U-M's list of career receiving yards by a tight end with 961.
Sophomore kicker returner Dennis Norfleet moved to second place among U-M's all-time leaders in career kick return yardage with 1,677, passing Carter (1,606, 1979-82). He trails only school record holder Breaston (1,993, 2003-06).
Fifth-year senior running back Fitzgerald Toussaint posted career highs with four receptions and 48 receiving yards.
Freshman running back De'Veon Smith recorded a career-best 57 rushing yards, featuring a career-long 38-yard run in the third quarter. In two other appearances this season, his previous bests were 41 rushing yards and a long of 16 yards -- both at Northwestern (Nov. 16).
Freshman linebacker Ben Gedeon registered his first career sack -- for a loss of five yards -- in the first quarter. He also posted a career-high six tackles.
Sophomore linebacker Joe Bolden posted his first sack of the season -- for a loss of seven yards -- in second quarter. It is his second career sack.
Junior/sophomore cornerback Blake Countess recorded his sixth interception of the season, returning it seven yards, in second quarter. It is the most U-M interceptions in a season since Todd Howard posted six in 2000 and ties for the seventh most in program history. Countess also owns the second-most interception return yards in program history with 169.
Fifth-year senior safety Thomas Gordon posted his first forced fumble of the season -- fourth of his career -- in the fourth quarter. Junior linebacker Desmond Morgan recovered the ball for his first fumble recovery of the season and second of his career.