159 and Counting
With today's attendance of 111,514, the third largest in Michigan history, the Wolverines have drawn 100,000 or more fans for 159 consecutive contests at the Big House.
Thomas Set Rushing TD Record
With his one-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter, senior tailback Anthony Thomas (Winnfield, La./Winnfield HS) became Michigan's career leader in rushing touchdowns (48). Thomas scored his second touchdown of the day on a 30-yard run for his 49th touchdown of his career. He broke a tie with Tyrone Wheatley (1991-94) at 47 rushing TDs, and needs five touchdowns to equal Wheatley's modern-era record for career touchdowns of 54. Thomas now has 12 rushing touchdowns on the season.
Backus Makes 45th Straight Start
Senior left tackle Jeff Backus (Norcross, Ga./Norcross HS) made his 45th consecutive start in today's Michigan State game, becoming the eighth player in Michigan history to start that many career games. Backus lists tied for fourth among U-M offensive lineman, tying John "Jumbo" Elliott with today's milestone start.
With his 23-yard catch in the first quarter, David Terrell (Richmond, Va./Huguenot HS) now has 21 straight games with at least one reception. His counterpart, Marquise Walker (Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger HS) took in a nine-yard aerial strike for his 20th consecutive game with at least one reception. B.J. Askew (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain HS) had a one-yard catch in the second quarter for his fourth game in a row with a reception.
Moving On Up
With seven receptions, David Terrell moved into sixth place for career receptions (131), bypassing Mercury Hayes (124, 1992-95) and Derrick Alexander (125, 1989-93).
Marquise Walker's three first-half receptions of nine, eight and nine yards were all on third down, and led to Michigan first downs.
Michigan recorded six sacks on the day, which is a season high.
James Whitley (Norfolk, Va./Norview HS) made his first sack of the season -- and fifth for his career -- for a loss of two yards in the second quarter.
Eric Brackins (Pigeon Forge, Tenn./Gatlinburg-Pittman HS) had a seven-yard loss on his second sack of the season in the second quarter. It was his third career sack.
Victor Hobson (Mt. Laurel N.J./ St. Joseph's Prep, Pa.) made his second sack of the season -- and third of his career -- in the third quarter for a four-yard loss. Evan Coleman (Houston, Texas/Alief-Elsik HS) also had his second sack of the season, for a four-yard loss in the fourth quarter. Shawn Lazarus (Canal Fulton, Ohio/Northwest HS) earned his first sack of the season for a seven-yard loss in the fourth quarter.
Michigan had back-to-back punts downed on the Michigan State one-yard line in the second quarter. Hayden Epstein (Cardiff, Calif./Torrey Pines HS) was credited with punts of 41 and 43 yards, respectively.
Anthony Thomas went over the 100-yard rushing mark for the sixth time this season (175 yards for the game) and 19th of his career. Thomas now has sole possession of second place on Michigan's career 100-yard games list, passing Jamie Morris (1984-87) and trailing only Tyrone Wheatley (1991-94), who had 20 100-yard games.
With his 25 carries for 175 yards Thomas moves his number of career rushing attempts to 791, 18 shy of Jamie Morris' (1984-87) U-M career record (809). Thomas now has 3,858 career rushing yards, three yards shy of Butch Woolfolk (3,861, 1978-81), who is third in Michigan career rushing.
The Wolverines have eight consecutive quarters without allowing any points by their opponent. Michigan has held six of eight opponents this season scoreless in the first quarter and has allowed just six total points on a pair of first-quarter field goals.
In the third quarter, Victor Hobson forced his second fumble of the year, which led to Eric Wilson's (Monroe, Mich./Monroe HS) first fumble recovery of the season and third of his career.
Michigan's Back-to-Back Blanks
Michigan's back-to-back shutouts over Indiana (58-0, Oct. 14) and Michigan State (14-0, Oct. 21) mark the first time that Michigan has had back-to-back shutouts since a pair of 49-0 wins over Long Beach State (Sept. 26) and Wisconsin (Oct. 3) in 1987. The last time Michigan had back-to-back Big Ten shutouts was in 1983 at Michigan State (42-0, Oct. 8) and vs. Northwestern (35-0, Oct. 15).
Larry Foote (Detroit, Mich./Pershing HS) paced Michigan's defense with a career-best 14 tackles, including eight solos. Foote has two tackles for loss (two yards) and one pass break-up and was named Michigan's Player of the Game by ABC TV.
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