Five Longest Passes in Program History

Sept. 21, 2010

97 yards -- Ryan Mallett to Mario Manningham, at Wisconsin (2007)
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Ryan Mallett may only have played one season at Michigan, but his 97-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Mario Manningham remains the longest offensive play in Michigan school history. Outcome: Wisconsin 37, Michigan 21
90 yards -- Todd Collins to Derrick Alexander, vs. Illinois (1993)
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Wide receiver Derrick Alexander had a career day against the Fighting Illini, hauling in seven receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns, including a 90-yard reception, which stood as the school record until Mallett and Manningham broke it 14 years later Outcome: Illinois 24, Michigan 21
83 yards -- Rick Leach to Jim Smith, vs. Purdue (1975)
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Leach did not need to throw much against Purdue but made it count when he did, connecting on 6-of-9 attempts for 218 yards (good for a 36.3 average) and one touchdown -- an 83-yard bomb to Jim Smith. Outcome: Michigan 28, Purdue 0
81 yards -- Drew Henson to Marcus Knight, at Michigan State (1999)
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Coming into East Lansing with a seven-game winning streak, Michigan's Drew Henson tossed an 81-yard touchdown to wide receiver Marcus Knight; however, the Wolverines went on to lose the Paul Bunyan Trophy to Michigan State. Outcome: Michigan State 34, Michigan 31
77 yards -- Jim Harbaugh to John Kolesar, vs. Ohio State (1985)
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Clinging to a three-point lead with less than 10 minutes to play and with the ball on the Wolverines' own 23-yard line, Harbaugh saw freshman John Kolesar break through the Ohio State secondary and connected on a 77-yard touchdown pass to seal the Wolverines' victory. Outcome: Michigan 27, Ohio State 17
77 yards -- John Navarre to Tyrece Butler, at Iowa (2001)
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Amidst a Big Ten battle between the Wolverines and the Iowa Hawkeyes, Michigan quarterback John Navarre flung a 77-yard pass to wide receiver Tyrece Butler that brought the offense all the way to the three-yard line, ultimately resulting in a Chris Perry touchdown run and a 32-26 win in Iowa City. Outcome: Michigan 32, Iowa 26

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