MINNEAPOLIS – Led by Jabrill Peppers’ 100 all-purpose yards, including a 6-yard wildcat touchdown run, Michigan held onto to win the Little Brown Jug, defeating Minnesota 29-26 on a last second defensive goal line stand.
Peppers, who had an impact on each of U-M’s first three touchdown drives, was clearly the difference maker in Michigan’s win at Minnesota. He had key kick return of 43-yards, and a punt return of 41-yards on U-M’s first two touchdown drives, giving the Wolverines favorable field position for each score.
“I tried to do what I am coached to do and get us in the best field position that I possibly can. That’s my job,” Peppers said afterwards. “That definitely worked well tonight.”
His lone touchdown so happen to be the first of his career, and put U-M up 26-21 early in the third quarter.
“It just finally feels good to finally get into the end-zone,” said Peppers.
His performance would earn the praise form his head coach, Jim Harbaugh.
“Very explosive performance by Jabrill in all three phases,” Harbaugh said afterwards, later adding: “The punt return game, he was one play away form making that one go the distance. He’s an explosive, great player.”
Michigan needed every yard from Peppers in their victory, who also finished with three tackles and one pass break up. But ultimately it was thier defense that had the lat laugh, said Peppers, who reflected on the defensive stand afterwards.
“You know what they say, defense wins games,” Peppers said. “We like the call that giving us a place to stand. Having them down on the half-inch yard line. Those big guys do a great job of preparing all week.”