Junior wide receiver David Terrell (Richmond, Va./Huguenot HS) has 14 consecutive games with a reception, including today's five catches for 93 yards.
Hutchinson Starts 35th Game
Senior co-captain and left guard Steve Hutchinson (Coral Springs, Fla./Coral Springs HS) made his 35th career start in today's game against Rice.
The A Train
Senior running back Anthony Thomas (Winnfield, La./Winnfield HS) has scored a rushing touchdown in 10 consecutive games with his 10-yard run on Michigan's opening drive. Thomas earned his 40th career touchdown on a 27-yard rumble in the first quarter, his second touchdown of the quarter. Thomas surpassed Gordon Bell for sixth place on the all-time rushing list, with 2,976 yards. The Rice game was the 10th time in Thomas's career that he rushed for multiple touchdowns. Thomas gained 131 yards on the day against Rice, the 15th time in his career he has rushed for over 100 yards. The Wolverines are 14-1 when Thomas rushes for over 100 yards.
Junior wide receiver Marquise Walker (Syracuse, N.Y./Henniger HS) has 13 straight games with a touchdown reception, including a four-yard reception in the season opener against Bowling Green and a six-yard reception against Rice. His four grabs for 31 yards and his two touchdowns today give him five catches, 35 yards receiving and three TDs this season.
Redshirt freshman quarterback John Navarre (Cudahy, Wis./Cudahy HS) went 10 of 15 for 129 yards and three touchdowns vs. Rice. For the season Navarre is 25 for 34 (.735) for 394 yards and seven touchdowns (no interceptions).
Michigan broke the school record for number of points scored in the first quarter with 28 points against Rice. The previous record was 24 points against Northwestern in 1991.
Going the Distance
Michigan's fifth touchdown of the game came on a 17-play, 96-yard drive, the most plays on a TD drive by the Wolverines since 1998 when they had 19 plays for a touchdown against Indiana (Oct. 24).
Attendance Streak Still Going
Today's attendance of 109,778 is the 156th consecutive Michigan home game crowd of over 100,000.
30 at the Big House
Today's 38-7 victory over Rice marks head coach Lloyd Carr's 30th victory at Michigan Stadium (30-4 record).
Calvin Bell (Simi Valley, Calif./Simi Valley HS) made his first career reception, seven yards from Andy Mignery (Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton HS), on a third-and-six play in the fourth quarter. The play was also Mignery's first completion as a Wolverine. Mignery finished the game 3 for 4 for 37 yards -- all to Bell -- including a game-ending 24-yard completion.
Michigan's Houston Heroes
Ryan Beard (Houston, Texas/Cypress-Fairbanks HS) had a kickoff return for 53 yards and rushed four times for 11 yards. Junior Evan Coleman (Houston, Texas/Elsik HS) recovered a fumble on the first play of the game which led to Michigan's first touchdown. Coleman's lone tackle from his rush linebacker position was a quarterback sack for minus one yard.
The Passing Game
Rice's 68-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter from Ben Wulf to Adrian Sadler represented a number of firsts. It was the Owls' first touchdown pass of the season, the first completion ever by Wulf (a converted running back) and the first reception ever by Sadler (a former defensive back).
When Rice's Travis Thompson caught his first career reception in the second quarter, it marked the first time since 1992 that the Owls have had two tight ends catch passes in a season. Brandon Manning had his first catch last week in the win over Houston. Before that play, Rice had not completed a pass to a tight end since the final game of the 1997 season.