Nov. 13, 2013
WOLVERINES AND THE WILDCATS
Michigan leads the all-time series with Northwestern 54-15-2. U-M is 29-4 in its last 33 meetings vs. the Wildcats. Last season, U-M overcame a 10-point second-half deficit on its way to a 38-31 overtime victory over Northwestern at Michigan Stadium. Northwestern's last win in the series came in a 21-14 victory in Ann Arbor in 2008.
Saturday will mark Brady Hoke's third contest against Northwestern as a head coach. In his first season at the helm of Michigan, Hoke and the Wolverines defeated the Wildcats, 42-24, at Ryan Field in 2012. Last season, U-M overcame a 10-point second-half deficit on its way to a 38-31 victory over Northwestern at Michigan Stadium.
STREAKS TO WATCH
Fifth-year wide receiver Jeremy Gallon has posted a reception in 35 consecutive games, which rank tied with Jason Avant for second all-time in U-M history. Braylon Edwards owns the program record with a reception in 38 straight games.
Gallon has notched multiple receptions in 15 straight games. He has posted 5+ catches in four consecutive outings.
TE Devin Funchess has a catch in 10 straight games.
Funchess has posted at least 65 receiving yards in five consecutive games. He has also posted four or more receptions in five straight contests.
Kicker Brendan Gibbons has converted a program-record 137 straight PATs.
LB Frank Clark has collected a tackle-for-loss in four consecutive games.
LB Desmond Morgan has tallied at least four tackles in 24 straight regular-season games.
U-M has generated 46 offensive plays of 20+ yards through nine games this season, 34 20+-yard receptions (14, Jeremy Gallon; 11, Devin Funchess; 4, Fitzgerald Toussaint; 3, Jehu Chesson; 1, Drew Dileo; 1, Joe Reynolds) and 12 20+-yard runs (5, Devin Gardner; 5, Fitzgerald Toussaint; 1, Derrick Green; 1, Dennis Norfleet.
TE Devin Funchess, who is averaging 95.6 receiving yards per game over his last five outings and leads all Big Ten tight ends with 35 catches for 623 yards and five touchdowns. Through nine games, he has already doubled his 2012 receiving output (15 catches for 234 yards).
Funchess' 623 receiving yards in 2013 rank second all-time by a tight end on U-M's single-season list, trailing only Jim Mandich (662, 1969). His 857 receiving yards through 22 games already rank ninth among U-M tight ends on the program's career receiving yardage list.
U-M ranks 13th in the nation in rushing defense, allowing only 107.7 yards per game on the ground.
U-M has tallied 12 interceptions over the first nine games this season after posting only seven interceptions throughout the 2012 campaign.
Senior/junior quarterback Devin Gardner is on pace to finish his Michigan career with the highest efficiency rating in program history. Gardner, who has appeared in 14 consecutive games for the Maize and Blue behind center, currently owns the top mark on Michigan's career efficiency rating list (153.3).
Through nine games, Gardner is averaging 291.9 yards of total offense, which ranks first in the Big Ten and 21st in the nation. His 2,627 yards of total offense through nine games already rank sixth on U-M's single-season list.
Gardner's 3,665 career passing yards already rank 11th all-time in U-M history.
Gardner has accounted for at least two touchdowns in 11 of his last 14 games. He has also tallied at least three touchdowns in nine of his last 14 games.
Gardner is averaging 15.8 yards per completion during his collegiate career, which ranks tied for third on U-M's all-time list with Demetrius Brown (1986-88).
In Gardner's last 14 games at quarterback, Michigan has made 53 trips to the red zone, scoring touchdowns on 40 of those trips.
In total, Gardner has accounted for 27 of U-M's 40 red-zone touchdowns over the last 14 games.
Through nine games, Michigan has scored on 32-of-38 red-zone opportunities (84%), including 26 touchdowns.