2003 FBL vs. Illinois -- Postgame Notes

 Today's attendance: 110,231

 Michigan claimed its 79th homecoming victory (79-24-0 overall).

 Head coach Lloyd Carr won his 50th career game at Michigan Stadium. Carr has compiled a 50-6 record at Michigan Stadium, with his .893 winning percentage ranking tops among all Wolverine coaches at the "Big House."

 With 35 points in the first half, Michigan has scored 30 or more points in two consecutive halves, dating back to last game. Michigan put up 38 points in the second half against Minnesota (Oct. 10).

 John Navarre surpassed the 2,000-yard passing mark on the season with a 17-yard strike to Jason Avant in the third quarter. Navarre finished the game with 203 yards on 18 of 27 passing and one touchdown. He is 166 for 286 on the season for 2,046 yards and 14 TDs. Navarre completed passes to more than 10 different receivers for the second straight game.

 Navarre has thrown for more than 200 yards five times this season, extending his Michigan career record to 23 games.

 Senior Luke Perl saw his first career action at kicker in the second quarter.

 Freshman LaMarr Woodley earned his first career start on defense against Illinois and had two tackles.

 With three touchdowns against the Illini, senior running back Chris Perry moved into fourth place on Michigan's career rushing touchdowns list with 33. He entered the game with 30 touchdowns, tying him with Tom Harmon (1938-40) for sixth all-time. Perry also passed Billy Taylor (1969-71) and Steve Smith (1980-83), who both had 31 touchdowns each. Perry is one shy of Rick Leach (34, 1975-78) for third place.

 Junior wide receiver Braylon Edwards pushed his consecutive games with a reception streak to 21 games. It is the sixth longest streak in U-M history.

 Perry has scored two or more touchdowns in five of the eight games Michigan has played this season. Perry finished the game with 140 yards on 24 carries and three TDs. He has rushed for over 100 yards in five games this season. Perry's six-yard run in the final two minutes of the second quarter put him over 3,000 rushing yards for his career.

 With his 74-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter, Steve Breaston broke the U-M single-season record in punt return yardage. Breaston passed Tripp Welborne (1987-90), who had 455 yards in 1990. Breaston finished the game with 72 punt return yards, moving his season total to 476. His play was the longest punt return since Charles Woodson's 78-yard return against Ohio State in 1997. Breaston has two punt return TDs this season.

 John Navarre threw his first incompletion of the game with 2:48 left in the second quarter after completing his first nine passes for 81 yards.

 Fifth-year senior tight end Andy Mignery scored his first career touchdown on a nine-yard pass from Navarre late in the second quarter.

 Michigan has not given up any points in the first half at home this season.

 Senior wide receiver Calvin Bell tied a career long with a 47-yard reception in the closing seconds of the first half. The play set up Chris Perry's one-yard plunge for his third TD of the game to put U-M up 35-0.

 Senior running back Tim Bracken scored his second career touchdown on a career-long run of 27 yards in the third quarter.

 Junior defensive back Ernest Shazor collected his first interception early in the fourth quarter. His 22-yard return set up Matt Gutierrez's 21-yard touchdown pass to Tim Massaquoi to put U-M ahead 49-7.

 Gutierrez's TD pass to Massaquoi was the first of his career. It was also Massaquoi's first career touchdown.

 Freshman running back Jerome Jackson scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard run late in the fourth quarter. Jackson rushed eight times for 54 yards.

 Freshman kicker Garrett Rivas converted on a career-high eight PATs.

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