Michigan's Road Opener Bugaboo

With the loss in South Bend Saturday, Michigan has now lost five away openers in a row. Here are the road openers going back to the last Wolverine victory in 1999.

2004
Notre Dame 28, Michigan 20

2003
Oregon 31, Michigan 27
Michigan only had 42 total yards at the half as Oregon jumped to a 21-6 lead. The Wolverines made a fierce comeback in the past 25 minutes of the game, but a blocked Michigan punt in the end zone late in the 4th quarter for an Oregon TD gave the Ducks their winning points.

2002
Notre Dame 25, Michigan 23
Notre Dame scored a 'phantom touchdown' with 23 seconds left in the half to take a 16-7 lead into the locker room. Michigan stormed back with 10 3rd quarter points to edge back to a 17-16 lead going into the final stanza. But the Irish hit two long pass plays in the 4th quarter to score the go ahead touchdown and added a field goal to lead 25-16. Michigan scored a touchdown late to narrow the lead to 25-23, but failed on a 2-point conversion.

2001
Washington 23, Michigan 18
In a game featuring two young quarterbacks, Michigan's John Navarre and Washington's Cody Pickett, Michigan dominated the first three quarters and edged out to a 12-6 lead going into the final stanza. But two plays early in the 4th quarter sunk the Wolverines. Washington blocked a Michigan field goal and returned it 77 yards for a touchdown. And in the very next series the Huskies intercepted a Navarre pass and returned it 21 yards for a touchdown. Suddenly the score was 20-12. Washington added a field goal to make it 23-12 before Michigan scored a late touchdown and missed the 2-point conversion.

2000
UCLA 23, Michigan 20
In a surprise start by John Navarre due to Drew Henson's injury, Michigan led 20-17 at the start of the 4th quarter. After Michigan missed an early 4th quarter field goal attempt, UCLA scored the go-ahead touchdown with 6 minutes to go (missing the PAT) to make it 23-20. U-M was unable to convert on two more 4th quarter field goals, both under 30 yards, and the 23-20 score stood up.

1999
Michigan 18, Syracuse 13
A Drew Henson led Michigan team scored only one touchdown but Jeff Del Verne kicked 4 field goals to gain the victory.

Averages
Average Michigan score: 21.5
Average Opponent score: 23.8

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