The Michigan football team kept the Little Brown Jug in Ann Arbor for at least another year with a dominating 58-0 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday.
The big stat: 0
The Michigan defense kept the Minnesota Golden Gophers off the board in the 58-0 white washing. It's the first time the Michigan defense has kept a team off the board since blanking Notre Dame 38-0 in 2007. In that game, Michigan blanked a Notre Dame team led by freshman quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
In Big 10 action, it's the first shutout in a decade. Michigan topped the Penn State Nittany Lions 20-0 in State College, Penn., back in 2001. In the 20-0 win Michigan had two touchdown tosses from John Navarre, who was honored at today's contest, plus interceptions by Marlin Jackson and Cato June.
Over the last three games, the Michigan defense has given up a total of 10 points. Michigan gave up just three to Eastern Michigan, seven to San Diego State, and shutout Minnesota on Saturday.
It's the first time the Wolverines have accomplished that feat in eight years. In 2003, on the way to a Rose Bowl birth, the Wolverines allowed seven points to Central Michigan, three to Houston, and shutout Notre Dame 38-0.
Vincent... Young? Jackson? Smith!
Vincent Smith accomplished the rare feat of rushing for a touchdown, catching a touchdown and throwing a touchdown in the Wolverines win on Saturday.
"I was just put in the right place at the right time. Coaches know what I'm capable of. Whatever I have to do for the team to help them out I'll do. It was really fun. The last time I threw a pass was in high school, but it was three in one game," said Smith.
Smith is the fifth Big Ten player to tally such a feat in the past 15 years. Mike Kafka (Northwestern), Zack Mills (Penn State), Kurt Kittner (Illinois) and Antwan Randle El (Indiana), all quarterbacks, also accomplished the feat.
Smith finished Saturday's game with five carries for 27 yards. He also had a 28-yard touchdown reception, and finished 1-for-1 passing the ball for 17 yards and a score. Drew Dileo was on the receiving end of the Smith touchdown toss.
Red Zone Offense Red Hot
At the conclusion of the Michigan vs. Minnesota game on Saturday, the Wolverines are 21-of-22 of in capitalizing on red zone opportunities. Michigan's lone mishap? Allowing the clock to run out in the fourth quarter last night.
Michigan has 17 touchdowns and four field goals, three coming off Brendan Gibbons left foot on Saturday afternoon. Michigan connected on just four field goals last season. Gibbons has already matched that number through five weeks.
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