Oct. 2, 2013
WOLVERINES AND GOLDEN GOPHERS
Michigan owns a 72-24-3 all-time record against Minnesota and a 38-12-1 mark at home.
U-M is 37-3 in its last 40 meetings vs. Minnesota, including 21 wins in the last 22 matchups.
U-M has won five consecutive games in the series, including a 35-13 victory last season in Minneapolis.
Minnesota's last win came in 2005, upsetting the No. 24 Wolverines on homecoming on Oct. 8, 23-20.
Saturday's game marks the 113th homecoming game in Ann Arbor, and it will be the 33rd time U-M has hosted Minnesota on homecoming, the most of any opponent.
The Wolverines hold an 85-27 record in their previous 112 homecoming contests, including a 24-8 mark against the Golden Gophers.
MICHIGAN AFTER THE BYE WEEK
Michigan has won nine of its last 10 games following the bye week. U-M posted a 44-13 victory at Purdue last season following the bye.
STREAKS TO WATCH
WR Jeremy Gallon has posted a reception in 30 straight games.
Gallon has posted at least four catches in nine straight games.
QB Devin Gardner has recorded at least one rushing touchdown in eight consecutive regular-season games.
K Brendan Gibbons has converted 117-straight PATs, which rank second in program history behind J.D. Carlson (126, 1988-91).
LB Desmond Morgan has tallied at least four tackles in 19 straight regular-season games.
Under head coach Brady Hoke, Michigan has won 17 straight games at Michigan Stadium -- the longest active home winning streak among BCS conference teams.
THE LAST TIME VS. MINNESOTA ...
Behind a three-touchdown performance by junior quarterback Devin Gardner, U-M defeated Minnesota, 35-13, on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at TCF Bank Stadium to keep possession of the Little Brown Jug.
Gardner made his first collegiate start at quarterback, completing 12-of-18 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns and carrying the ball 10 times for 21 yards and one touchdown.
BRADY HOKE AGAINST MINNESOTA
Saturday will mark Brady Hoke's third encounter against Minnesota as a head coach. In his first season at the helm of Michigan in 2011, Hoke and the Wolverines defeated the Gophers, 58-0, at Michigan Stadium. Last season, U-M earned a 35-13 victory over Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
MOVING THE CHAINS
Michigan has put together 13 70+-yard touchdown drives this season, including five against Central Michigan (Aug. 31), four against Notre Dame (Sept. 7), three against Akron (Sept. 14) and one against Connecticut (Sept. 21).
Gardner orchestrated 11 70+-yard touchdown drives over the final five games of the 2012 season, including three 90+-yard touchdown drives (two at Minnesota, one vs. Northwestern).