Wolverines Whip Wildcats

The Michigan Wolverines continued their impressive Run for the Roses Saturday with a convincing 41-10 smashing of Northwestern in Evanston. Impressive performances by the trio of Navarre, Perry, and Edwards, along with three Wildcat turnovers, fueled the win.

Michigan quarterback John Navarre led a potent Michigan offensive attack Saturday by completing 22 of 31 pass attempts for 288 yards and two touchdowns as Michigan improved its season record to 9-2 with a 34-10 rout of Northwestern. With the help of running back Chris Perry (25 rushes for 122 yards and two TD's) and Braylon Edwards (nine receptions for 110 yards and one TD), Michigan heads into next weeks Big Ten title showdown with Ohio State with five straight victories under its belt. During that stretch Michigan has outscored its opponents 193-82.

Northwestern took the opening kickoff and could go nowhere against a stingy Wolverine defense, punting to Michigan after going three-and-out. Michigan proceeded to put together a nine play, 65 yard scoring drive, capped by a two yard Perry dive up the middle for the score to put Michigan ahead 7-0. Michigan never trailed in the game.

After a 43 kickoff return by Derell Jenkins, Northwestern put together their own scoring drive. Their seven play, 36 yard drive resulted in a Brian Huffman field goal to get the Wildcats to 7-3. That's as close at it got as Michigan ran off 24 unanswered points, culminating with a spectacular one-handed grab in the endzone by Jason Avant to put the Wolverines ahead 31-3 going into Halftime.

After taking the second half kickoff at their own 20 yardline, Michigan put together a 15 play, 70 yard drive that resulted in a 28 yard field goal by Garret Rivas to give Michigan a 34-3 lead.

Redshirt freshman Matt Gutierrez started the fourth quarter at quarterback and fumbled a snap which was recovered by Pat Durr for Northwestern at their own 40. Northwestern brought the score to 34-10 after a 12 play, 40 yard drive resulted in a 12 yard Brandon Horn touchdown run. After the fumble the Michigan starters were brought back in on offense to finish the game. Freshman running back Jerome Jackon capped the scoring with a six yard run. Jackson finshed the day with nine carries for 31 yards and the score. Junior tailback David Underwood had 10 rushes for 40 yards.

The Wolverines had 504 yards of total offense while limiting Northwestern to 257, including three turnovers. Michigan had one turnover on the day. Northwestern was penalized seven times for 45 yards. Michigan was flagged four times for 25 yards, including an offsides penalty that negated an 83 yard TD punt return by Steve Breaston in the third quarter. Freshman cornerback Leon Hall grabbed his third interception of the year in the third quarter.

Michigan can secure its first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1997 by beating the Buckeyes in Ann Arbor next week.

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