Today's announced crowd of 111,571 fans was the second largest crowd at Michigan Staduim and ranks second in the NCAA record book. The stadium and NCAA record is 111,575 fans set against Ohio State on Nov. 20, 1999, during a 24-17 victory by the Wolverines. With today's crowd, Michigan finished its six-game home schedule with 659,447 fans for a 109,908 per game average.
The Wolverines had 14 seniors play on Senior Day in the game against Ohio State.
Walker Becomes Game, Season, Career Reception Leader
Senior wide receiver Marquise Walker's (Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger HS) third-quarter touchdown reception was his sixth reception of the day and moved him into first place on U-M's career receptions list with 162; he ended the day with 171 career catches. Walker passed Anthony Carter (1979-82), who had 161 receptions. Walker also broke the single-season reception record on a fourth-quarter, nine-yard pass play which gave him 77 catches for the season; with his 15 catches against Ohio State, he finished with 81 on the season. The previous record was 76 receptions set by Jack Clancy in 1966. In addition, Walker tied his own single-game receptions record (15), which he set earlier this season at Washington (Sept. 8).
Walker Breaks 1,000 Yards
Wide receiver Marquise Walker surpassed 1,000 yards receiving for the season with a fourth-quarter catch that was good for a gain of nine yards. He finished the game with 1,043 receiving yards in 2001. Walker also extended to 35 his streak of games with at least one catch.
Walker Going the Distance
Junior/sophomore quarterback John Navarre's (Cudahy, Wis./Cudahy HS) 47-yard pass to Marquise Walker in the third quarter was Walker's longest reception of the season. His previous long was a 43-yard play against Purdue.
Howard Sets Defensive Record
Senior cornerback Todd Howard (Bolingbrook Ill./Bolingbrook HS) recorded his eighth interception of his career in the second quarter. Howard had a pair of pass breakups in the game to push his Michigan career record total to 41 PBUs. Howard is the only player in school history to reach double digits in pass breakups in a season three times during his career.
Navarre Goes Over 2,000 Passing
John Navarre's 16-yard completion to Marquise Walker with 4:26 left in the first quarter put him over 2,000 yards passing for the season. Navarre finished the day 21-for-47 for 206 yards to give him 2,195 yards passing on the season. That total ranks as the seventh best season output by a Michigan quarterback, as Navarre also became one of eight different quarterbacks to throw for 2,000 yards in a season (Tom Brady and Todd Collins did it twice).
Navarre Adds TD Toss
John Navarre's third-quarter touchdown pass to Marquise Walker was his 16th touchdown pass of the season. Navarre has thrown a touchdown pass in every game this year except the Minnesota game played in Michigan Stadium. He added his 17th TD pass to Walker in the fourth quarter.
Leaders Reach Double Digits in Touchdowns
Marquise Walker scored his 10th and 11th touchdowns of the season in the second half, both on passes from John Navarre. Junior running back B.J. Askew (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain HS) also scored for the 10th time this year on a dive from the Ohio State two-yard line. Walker and Askew lead the Wolverines in receiving (81 catches, 1,043 yards) and rushing (190 carries, 831 yards), respectively.
Special Teams Are Very Special
Michigan's punt block team came up with another big play as senior linebacker Anthony Jordan (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter's Prep HS) blocked an OSU punt early in the fourth quarter. The ball was recovered by redshirt freshman linebacker Roy Manning (Saginaw, Mich./Saginaw HS). The block led to a two-yard rushing touchdown by B.J. Askew. The punt block was the seventh of the season and tied the U-M season record for punts blocked set in 1950.
Shut Out in the First Half
Today's contest marked the first time Michigan was held scoreless in the first half by Ohio State since Nov. 23, 1996, when the Wolverines were down 9-0 at the half but rallied to win by a score of 13-9 in Columbus.
Buckeyes Snap Michigan Home Win Streak
Today's loss broke Michigan's streak of home wins against the Buckeyes. The Wolverines had won six straight games against Ohio State at Michigan Stadium dating back to 1987, when OSU won 23-20 on Nov. 21. U-M holds a 21-15-3 advantage against OSU at Michigan Stadium and is 29-17-4 in Ann Arbor.
35th Straight U-M vs. OSU Television Broadcast
The Wolverines and Buckeyes played on the television for the 35th consecutive meeting today. U-M and OSU have appeared on ABC Sports for the last 15 games in the series, including 14 of those being nationally televised games.
80th Consecutive Television Game
Today's game with Ohio State is the 80th straight television broadcast for the Wolverines. U-M is the most televised program in college football history (305 games), and has had 80 consecutive broadcasts starting with the Northwestern game on Oct. 7, 1995. The last non-televised U-M football game was against Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 30, 1995.