No vacancy: today's announced crowd of 112,118 fans set a new NCAA single-game record. It surpassed the previous mark of 111,746 spectators set at Michigan's Sept. 13 game against Notre Dame at Michigan Stadium.
The Wolverines drew 776,529 fans to their seven-game home slate in 2003. The total sets a "Big House" record for the most total fans to attend Michigan football games during a season, surpassing the school record of 774,033 spectators set during last season's seven-game home schedule.
The 100th renewal of college football's greatest rivalry ended in victory for the Wolverines.
Michigan now holds a 57-37-6 advantage in the all-time series and has a 22-15-3 record against the Buckeyes in Michigan Stadium.
Twenty-seven Wolverine seniors made their final appearance at Michigan Stadium today: Calvin Bell, Grant Bowman, Philip Brabbs, Spencer Brinton, Tyrece Butler, Brent Cummings, Carl Diggs, Jeff Gaston, Norman Heuer, Mike Kaselitz, Alain Kashama, Zach Kaufman, Ross Kesler, Brian Lafer, Jeremy LeSueur, Andy Mignery, Courtney Morgan, John Navarre, Tony Pape, Dave Pearson, Luke Perl, Chris Perry, Jon Shaw, Demeterius Solomon, Andy Stejskel, Larry Stevens and Charles Young III.
Today's special teams captain for today's game was senior running back Chris Perry.
Starting with a three-yard run by Steve Breaston in the first quarter, Michigan scored a touchdown on four straight possessions, not including a kneel-down to end the first half. The second and third scores came on passes from John Navarre to Braylon Edwards, and Chris Perry ended the streak with a 30-yard rush to put Michigan ahead 28-7.
Michigan rushed for 170 yards on 40 caries in today's game. Coming into the game, Ohio State had the best rushing defense in the nation, allowing only 50.5 yards per game on the ground.
Ohio State's score late in the second quarter marked the first points Michigan allowed in the first half at home in 2003. The Wolverines outscored opponents 150-7 at home in the first half this season.
Steve Breaston scored Michigan's first touchdown of the game on a three-yard run. Breaston lined up as the quarterback and ran an off-tackle option to the right side for the score. It is Breaston's second rushing touchdown of the season.
Michigan's touchdown drive in the first quarter covered 89 yards on 18 plays and took 7:04 off the clock. It ties for the eighth longest drive in Michigan history in terms of plays, matching an 18-play drive against Indiana on Oct. 14, 2000. The Wolverines also had a 19-play drive earlier this season against Notre Dame on Sept. 13.
John Navarre completed the longest touchdown pass of his career, to Braylon Edwards in the second quarter. The 64-yard score surpasses Navarre's previous long of 53 yards to Ronald Bellamy (1999-2002) at Penn State on Oct. 6, 2001. The play was also the longest reception for Edwards in his career.
Braylon Edwards recorded his fifth multi-touchdown game of the season with a 23-yard touchdown in the second quarter, putting Michigan up 21-0.
Braylon Edwards surpassed the 100-yard receiving mark for the fifth time this season and for the third consecutive game. Edwards has 1,031 receiving yards this season, becoming the seventh Wolverine to break the 1,000-yard mark in a season.
Braylon Edwards reached the 2,000-yard receiving mark in his career today with his 130-yard game. He ranks sixth all-time at Michigan in receiving yards with 2,174.
With two touchdowns today, Braylon Edwards increased his touchdown totals to 14 on the season and 24 in his career. He is tied with Anthony Carter (1979-82) and David Terrell (1998-2000) for second on the season touchdown receptions list and moved into a tie for third with Terrell for third on the career list.
With his second touchdown pass of the game, John Navarre moved into a tie with Elvis Grbac (1989-92) for first on Michigan's all-time passing touchdowns list with 71 career touchdowns.
Chris Perry's 30-yard touchdown run in the third quarter put the Wolverines up 28-7. It was Perry's longest touchdown run of the season and put him over the 1,500-yard mark in 2003. He is only the fourth Wolverine to rush for 1,500 yards in a season, joining Tshimanga Biakabutuka (1993-95), Anthony Thomas (1997-2000) and Jamie Morris (1984-87). Perry finished the game with 154 yards to give him 1,589 yards rushing this season.
With 31 carries, Chris Perry moved into second on Michigan's season rushing attempts list. Perry has rushed 315 times this season for 1,589 yards. Anthony Thomas (1997-2000) tops the list with 319 carries in 2000.
Chris Perry's second touchdown run gave him his sixth multi-touchdown game of the season. The 15-yard run increased Perry's season touchdown total to 17 and moved him into a tie with Anthony Thomas (1997-2000) for third on Michigan's season rushing touchdowns list.
With 31 rushes for 154 yards and five receptions for 55 yards, Chris Perry gained more than 200 all-purpose yards for the fifth time this season.
With an 18-yard reception in the fourth quarter, Carl Tabb set a career high with 35 yards receiving. His two receptions also matched a career best.
Tyler Ecker caught a 30-yard pass in the fourth quarter that set up a 15-yard touchdown run by Chris Perry. It was the longest reception of Ecker's career.
Midway through the third quarter, Pierre Woods collected his team-leading sixth sack of the season. On the ensuing play, Alain Kashama recorded his first sack of the season to give the Wolverines back-to-back sacks. Kashama had two TFLs, both quarterback sacks for 16 yards.
Scott McClintock had a 19-yard kickoff return in the third quarter. It was McClintock's first kickoff return of his career.
Ernest Shazor's interception with two minutes remaining in the game was his second of the season and the second of his career. The interception allowed Michigan to run out the clock and sealed the victory for the Wolverines.
Markus Curry made seven tackles (five solo) in the first half. He finished the game with a team-high nine tackes.
Cornerback Jeremy LaSueur collected a team-high three pass breakups in the win over Ohio State. He also had eight tackles, all solos.
Marlin Jackson returned from injury to start his first game since the Wolverine's Oct. 10 game at Minnesota. Jackson made four tackles.
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