Michigan alumni Dick Caldarazzo (1968-69), All-American Pete Elliot (1945-48) and All-American Ron Simpkins (1976-69) represented the Wolverines as honorary alumni game captains for today's contest.
Following the 499th game played in Michigan Stadium today, the Wolverines hold a 374-110-15 home record since the facility's opening in 1927. U-M will play its 500th game in the structure against Wisconsin on September 27.
With the triumph, the Wolverines improve to 5-0 all-time against the RedHawks, with all five wins coming at home.
Michigan improved to a perfect 24-0 against current Mid-American Conference teams, outscoring MAC schools 831-216.
Rich Rodriguez, the 18th head coach in U-M football history, claimed his first victory at the helm of the program today.
Including today's result, Rodriguez has won 19 of his last 22 non-conference games during the regular season.
Sophomore/freshman quarterback Steven Threet started the first game of his career today. Threet finished the game throwing 6-of-13 for 63 and rushing for 36 yards on five carries, including a nine-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter.
U-M's running game nearly tripled last week's production in the first half, furnishing 110 yards on the ground in the first two quarters after only 36 total rushing yards against Utah (Aug. 30). U-M finished with 178 total rushing yards.
Junior/sophomore quarterback Nick Sheridan entered the game in the second quarter and logged significant minutes in the second half. He ended the game completing 4-of-5 passes for 40 yards.
Junior running back Brandon Minor's first carry of the game produced a 15-yard score in the fourth quarter.
With his fumble recovery today, junior/sophomore linebacker Obi Ezeh has now recorded a turnover in two straight games. Ezeh intercepted a pass and returned it a career-long 18 yards against Utah last week. He finished today with five tackles.
On the Wolverines' first offensive play of the game, freshman Martavious Odoms recorded a 50-yard pass reception, marking the team's longest play from scrimmage of the season. The reception was a career-long for Odoms.
Odoms has made a reception on the first offensive play in both contests this season. Last week against Utah, Odoms snagged a three-yard reception to open the game.
Freshman Sam McGuffie led the Wolverine rushing attack, gaining the team's season and a personal career best 86 yards on 17 carries.
Freshman Michael Shaw busted a career-long 30 yard rush in the first quarter to record the Wolverines' longest run of the season. Shaw closed the contest with 45 yards on two carries.
Freshman defensive tackle Mike Martin posted the first sack of his career in the second quarter -- a sack for a nine-yard loss.
U-M started three true freshmen on offense for the second consecutive game of the season with freshmen Sam McGuffie, Martavious Odoms and Darryl Stonum each earning his second career start.
Michigan has utilized five running backs in both games this season.
The Wolverines have had at least seven defenders record five or more tackles in back-to-back competitions.
Eight true freshmen have seen action for the Wolverines this season. Freshman linebacker Kenny Demens made his collegiate debut in today's game.
The Wolverines had two new starters at linebacker against Miami as Jonas Mouton and John Thompson opened the game on the weak side and strong side, respectively. The start was the first of Mouton's career and fourth of Thompson's.
Sophomore wideout Junior Hemingway started the second game of his career against Miami (Ohio).
Five Wolverines made their 2008 season debuts against Miami University: senior Brandon Logan, seniors/juniors Andre Criswell and Kevin Grady, junior/sophomore Bryant Nowicki and sophomore/freshman Avery Horn, who also made his collegiate debut.
Today's announced crowd of 106,724 is the 210th consecutive game welcoming more than 100,000 fans at Michigan Stadium. It is the smallest crowd to witness a game in Michigan Stadium since its expansion prior to the 1998 season.
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