Filling the "Big House"
The Michigan-Eastern Michigan game drew a crowd of 110,438 fans, the second-largest crowd in Michigan Stadium and NCAA history (111,012 vs. Syracuse, Sept. 12, 1998). The Wolverines have drawn over 100,000 fans for 144 consecutive home games, a streak that dates back to the 1975 season.
Carr Wins 30th Career Game
University of Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr claimed his 30th career victory as the Wolverines defeated Eastern Michigan, 59-20. Carr, who began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at EMU (1976-77), reached the 30-win plateau in his 40th career game as a coach. His record currently stands 30-10.
Jansen Makes 40th Consecutive Start
With today's start at right tackle, senior captain Jon Jansen (Clawson, Mich.) started his 40th consecutive game along the offensive trenches for the Wolverines. Jansen becomes the 12th player in school history to make at least 40 career starts and the first since Rod Payne and Jarrett Irons in 1996. The school record of 49 starts is held by former defensive tackle Mark Messner (1985-88), U-M's all-time leader in sacks.
A-Train Back on Track
Sophomore tailback Anthony Thomas (Winnfield, La.) recorded his first 100-yard game of the season and third of his career. Thomas gained 117 yards on 15 carries with three touchdowns. Thomas accounted for Michigan's first drive as he carried the ball on all four plays (69 yards), ending in a two-yard TD plunge. Thomas' second score, a two-yard run, capped the Wolverines second drive. His third TD came on a four-yard run midway through the third quarter. Thomas has eight career rushing touchdowns.
This is the third straight game that a Wolverine has rushed for 100 yards, and each time has been by a different player. Clarence Williams (Detroit, Mich.) rushed for 114 yards in the season opener at Notre Dame (Sept. 5), Walter Cross (Fort Washington, Md.) gained 104 yards against Syracuse and Thomas had 117 yards in today's game.
First Play Peterson
Sophomore cornerback William Peterson (Uniontown, Pa.) made an immediate impact on defense for the Wolverines, intercepting a pass and returning it 51 yards for a touchdown on his first play of the season. It was Peterson's first career interception and first career touchdown. The play was Michigan's first return for a touchdown since Andre Weathers' (Flint, Mich.) interception return in last season's Ohio State game. Peterson missed the first two games of the 1998 season due to injuries.
The Michigan defense, which had two turnovers in its first two games, created four turnovers against Eastern Michigan. Anthony Jordan (Jersey City, N.J.), DeWayne Patmon (San Diego, Calif.), William Peterson and Andre Weathers all had interceptions in the game. Peterson's pick came 3:43 into the second quarter. Weathers collected his first INT of the season (third of his career) came 3:30 into the game. Weathers returned the play 24 yards, setting up Michigan's second touchdown. Patmon's interception, the second of his career (first of the season), set up the Wolverines' fifth TD. Jordan picked off a pass early in the fourth quarter and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown. It was Jordan's first career interception and touchdown. This is only the second time the Wolverines have returned two interceptions for touchdowns in a game (Dave Debich, 23 yards, and Rich Seabron, 40 yards, against Northwestern on Oct. 18, 1975).
True freshman David Terrell (Richmond, Va.) caught his first career touchdown pass on a 13-yard slant pattern from Tom Brady (San Mateo, Calif.) with 2:33 left in the third quarter. He added a second TD reception early in the fourth quarter on a 32-yard pass from Drew Henson (Brighton, Mich). Terrell ended the game with four receptions for 65 yards and was named ESPN-Regional's Player of the Game.
True Freshman Firsts ...
True freshman kicker Hayden Epstein (Cardiff, Calif.) made his collegiate debut on Michigan's first kickoff. Eastern Michigan was limited to 35 yards on its three returns, with seven touchbacks. EMU's best starting field position off a kickoff was the 23-yard line. Epstein collected his first collegiate point on a PAT late in the fourth quarter. Freshman tailback Justin Fargas (Encino, Calif.) scored his first collegiate touchdown on a one-yard run in the fourth quarter. He carried the ball seven times for 34 yards, including a career-long 18-yard rush.