Top Overtime Moments in Program History

Oct. 6, 2010

#1 - Michigan vs. Alabama (Jan. 1, 2000)
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The greatest overtime victory in Michigan football history is also the first overtime game in program history and BCS history, a 35-34 thriller in the 2000 FedEd Orange Bowl against No. 5 Alabama.

Michigan knotted the game 28-28 at the end of regulation and took the ball on offense to begin the extra period. On the very first play, senior quarterback Tom Brady hit sophomore tight end Shawn Thompson on a 25-yard touchdown pass and with the extra point the Wolverines led, 35-28. Alabama responded two plays later with a 21-yard touchdown pass of their own, but the Tide missed the crucial PAT, giving Michigan the victory.

#2 - Michigan vs. Michigan State (Oct. 30, 2004)
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The longest and most dramatic overtime contest in Michigan football history featured a 17-point fourth-quarter comeback and three overtime periods before the Wolverines pulled out a 45-37 win over Michigan State.

Trailing 27-10 with 8:43 remaining in the fourth quarter, Michigan tied it up 27-27 with 2:59 left in regulation and teams went to overtime. The rivals traded field goals then touchdowns, deadlocking the contest at 37-37.

In the third overtime, freshman quarterback Chad Henne found junior wide receiver Braylon Edwards in the corner of the end zone for the wideout's third TD of the game and junior tight end Tim Massaquoi hauled in the two-point conversion to put U-M up 45-37. The Wolverine defense kept Michigan State out of the end zone in their final attempt, capping the comeback win.

#3 - Michigan at Michigan State (Oct. 1, 2005)
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For the second year in a row, Michigan and Michigan State needed extra time to find a winner, with the Wolverines prevailing, 34-31. Michigan entered the contest 2-2 on the season and decided underdogs to the undefeated and 11th-ranked Spartans, who hosted the Wolverines in East Lansing.

Michigan State tied the game at 31-31 on a fumble returned for touchdown in the fourth quarter, but neither team scored again in regulation, setting up extra time. Michigan State started on offense but missed a 37-yard field goal, giving U-M the opening they needed. The Wolverines advanced to the Spartan 18-yard line, where junior kicker Garrett Rivas was money from 35 yards, pushing the Wolverines to the win.

#4 - Michigan vs. Penn State (Oct. 12, 2002)
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Michigan's first regular-season overtime game was a 27-24 slugfest with Penn State - a game that head coach Lloyd Carr referred to as one of the best played between the two programs since the series inception.

Michigan tied the score 21-21 with 3:24 remaining in the fourth quarter on a TD pass from junior quarterback John Navarre to sophomore wideout Braylon Edwards, sending the game into overtime.

Pass break-ups from linebacker Cato June and cornerback Marlin Jackson forced Penn State to settle for a field goal in overtime, but the Wolverine offense drove methodically toward the Penn State goal line and on third-and-one at the three, Navarre handed off to junior running back Chris Perry, who burst over the left side of the line for the TD, giving U-M a 27-24 final.

#5 - Michigan at Iowa (Oct. 22, 2005)
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Michigan snapped Iowa's 22-game home win streak and extended U-M's overtime win streak to 5-0 with a 23-20 win over the Hawkeyes in Iowa City. Iowa tied the game at 17-17 on a field goal late in the game to force the overtime. Iowa began the overtime period on offense and kicked a field goal, but Michigan pushed the tempo, moving to the Hawkeye five-yard line in two plays to set up junior running back Jerome Jackson's game-winning score, giving Michigan the crucial 23-20 road win.

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