Nussmeier Recalls 2004 U-M/MSU Game

Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier recalls interesting experience from 2004 U-M/MSU game.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan’s unforgettable and historic comeback against Michigan State in 2004 provided one of the greatest individual performances the college football world might ever see.

Spartan’s tailback DeAndra Cobb provided the big plays early and late, starting the game with a 72-yard rushing touchdown through the heart of the Michigan defense before racing for a 64-yarder in the fourth quarter to give Michigan State a 27-10 advantage.

With 8:43 left in regulation, Michigan senior wide receiver Braylon Edwards, donning the infamous No. 1, went to work.

Edwards caught two touchdown passes in the corner of the end zone over Michigan State cornerback Jaren Hayes, jumping up and snatching the ball out of the air, even ripping one out of the hands of Hayes.

In overtime, Edwards would provide the game winner as well, catching a slant from then freshman quarterback Chad Henne and racing to the end zone to put the Wolverines up for good.

Michigan’s defense held in triple overtime, winning 45-37 and Edwards finished with 11 receptions for 189-yards and those three scores.

While most Michigan fans will look back on that game with the fondest of memories, the Wolverines improving to 8-1 on the year including a perfect 6-0 in the Big Ten behind the improbable comeback, others left early, believing the game was over.

For first year Michigan offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who at the time was the quarterback coach for Drew Stanton and Michigan State, he remembers the night for an entirely different reason.

“I’ll tell you guys a pretty funny story now,” Nussmeier said. “This is pretty good; I don’t know that; DeAndra Cobb was our running back and DeAndra, we were on a sprint draw, and DeAndra breaks a big run and I think we went up 17 with, I think there was just over eight minutes or something like that.

“We were sitting in the box and one of our coaches got really excited and that was back when those glass windows roll up, and he jumps up and goes ‘yeah!’ and the next thing you know we’re sitting there and just glass (pours) everywhere across the thing.

“So, we spent the rest of the fourth quarter and overtimes just draped in glass so, it was pretty interesting.

“So, then the next story is people thought we were upset cause we lost and that’s why the glass got broken. But it really wasn’t the story. That’s the one thing I’ll never forget about that game.”

Of course, when asked who that coach was that broke the glass in Michigan’s old press box, Nussmeier couldn’t divulge.

“I can’t tell you that,” he said with a smile.

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