The University of Michigan football team won its 12th consecutive Big Ten Conference game with its 12-6 victory at Northwestern. The string started with a 13-9 victory at Ohio State on Nov. 23, 1996, and is currently two wins shy of the fourth longest in Michigan's storied Big Ten Conference history.
Streets and Tuman Make 30th Career Starts
Senior wide receiver Tai Streets (Matteson, Ill./Thornton Township HS) and tight end Jerame Tuman (Liberal, Kan./Liberal HS) made their 30th career starts in the Northwestern game. Streets has started 30 consecutive contests while Tuman has started 28 of Michigan's last 30 games (missed Minnesota game due to injury and did not start at Indiana because the Wolverines opened game in three wide receiver set).
Maurice Williams Makes First Career Start
Sophomore offensive lineman Maurice Williams (Detroit, Mich./Pershing HS) made his first career start, earning the opening assignment at right guard. The action was also Williams' first on the offensive side of the ball after lettering and playing in five contests along the defensive line last year. Williams was serving as the back-up right tackle behind senior captain Jon Jansen (Clawson, Mich./Clawson HS).
Gold Returns to Lineup
Junior linebacker Ian Gold (Belleville, Mich./Belleville HS) made his return to the field, starting at inside linebacker against Northwestern. Gold missed the last five games after sustaining a sprained ankle in the season opener at Notre Dame (Sept. 5).
Streets Makes 100th Career Reception
Senior wide receiver Tai Streets collected his 100th career reception in the Northwestern game, a 30-yard touchdown reception from junior quarterback Tom Brady (San Mateo, Calif./Serra HS). The score came with 35 seconds remaining in the first half and gave Streets his third straight game with a TD reception. The touchdown reception was also the 12th of his career, moving Streets' into a tie for eighth all-time among Michigan receivers. He lists ninth in career receptions at Michigan. Streets finished the game with two receptions for 41 yards.
Brandt Starts at Third Position Along Offensive Line
Sophomore offensive lineman David Brandt (Jenison, Mich./Jenison HS) made his third different starting assignment this year in Michigan's road games. Brandt started at center against Northwestern after making starts at left guard (Notre Dame, Sept. 5) and at right guard (Iowa, Oct. 3). He has started seven games this season.
Fargas Rushes for Career High
Freshman running back Justin Fargas (Encino, Calif./Notre Dame HS) was named the ESPN Player of the Game after rushing for a career-high 120 yards on 31 carries. His longest run was a career-best 27-yarder, and he returned one kickoff for 28 yards. Fargas became the fourth different Wolverine to gain 100 yards rushing on the year.
Williams Starts 15th Career Game
Junior defensive tackle Josh Williams (Houston, Texas/Cypress Creek HS) made his 15th career start at Northwestern.
Defense Holding Opposition Scoreless in Second Half
For the third consecutive game, the Michigan defense held a Big Ten opponent scoreless in the second half. The Wolverines have allowed only 15 points in its last two games, both in rain-soaked conditions.
Michigan Collects Second Consecutive Game with Safety
The Wolverines earned their second safety in as many games as Northwestern elected to snap the ball out of the end zone on a punt. The two safeties were the final points of the game in both occasions.