Michigan Exposes Northwestern, 33-17

After taking a 27-17 lead in a wild first half, the Michigan defense shut down the heretofore potent Northwestern offense and Garrett kicked four field goals as the Wolverines coasted to a 33-17 victory. Here are: a game synopsis, the game drives, and key stats.

FIRST QUARTER
(Synopsis: U-M has a good TD drive; each team fumbles and intercepts, U-M's int goes for a Hall TD).

Michigan starts at their own 26 yard line and drives 74 yards on 9 plays to score. The key plays were Kevin Grady's 19 yard run, a 23 yard pass to Jason Avant, and Mario Manningham's 23 yard screen pass to the NW 1. Grady scores from the 1 at the 10:46 mark.

Michigan 7, Northwestern 0

Northwestern takes the ensuing kickoff to their own 25 at the 10:46 mark, gets 4 first downs in 5 plays to drive to the U-M 13, but Tyrell Sutton fumbles and Leon Hall, instead of just falling on the ball, alertly picks it up and takes it all the way back, 83 yards, for a TD at the 9:07 mark.

Michigan 14, Northwestern 0

Northwestern takes the ensuing kickoff at their own 20 at the 9:07 mark, and two plays later scores a TD on a 62 yard pass play at the 8:30 mark.

Michigan 14, Northwestern 7

Michigan takes the ensuing kickoff at their own 25 at the 8:22 mark and make 2 first downs before Chad Henne throws an interception on a bomb at the Northwestern 4 yard line.

Northwestern takes the ball at their own 4 at the 6:30 mark, gets a first down, but then Brandon Harrison intercepts a pass at the 50, returns it to the Northwestern 17, then fumbles, and the Wildcats recover.

Northwestern takes the ball at their own 17 at 5:03 mark and, for the first time, goes 3 and out.

Michigan returns the 3 and out favor, and Northwestern returns it back again, but not to be outdone U-M returns it back again to end the quarter.

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First Quarter Stats:

First Downs U-M 5, NW 7

Total yards:
-- U-M 114 yds (52 passing, 62 rushing)
-- NW 171 yds (149 passing, 22 rushing)

Passing:
Brett Basanez 6-9, 149 yds, 1 TD, 1 int.
Chad Henne 5-9, 52 yds, 1 int.

Rushing:
Kevin Grady: 7 carries for 33 yds
Tyrell Sutton: 4 carries for 12 yds

Time of Possession:
U-M 8:08, NW 6:65

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SECOND QUARTER
(Synopsis: U-M kicks field goal then has a good TD drive to extends lead; then U-M doesn't put the game away and settles for another FG; NW comes back with late TD)

Northwestern takes the ball at their own 34 to start the second quarter, gets a 33 yard run, then another first down, and finally stalls at the U-M 11 and kicks a 28 yard field goal at the 12:39 mark.

Michigan 14, Northwestern 10

Michigan takes the kickoff at the 34 yard line at the 12:39 mark, gets three first downs to the Northwestern 9, then stalls and Garrett Rivas kicks a 26 yard field goal at the 9:11 mark.

Michigan 17, Northwestern 10

Northwestern takes the ensuing kickoff at their own 20, get one first down, then punts.

Michigan takes the ball at their own 29 at the 7:19 mark and 12 plays later score on a 10 touchdown pass to Mike Massey at the 2:57 mark. Key plays: a 13 yard pass to Tyler Ecker, an 18 yard pass to Avant to the Northwestern 20, and two tough screens/runs by Steve Breaston.

Michigan 24, Northwestern 10

Northwestern takes the kickoff at their own 20 at the 2:57 mark and two plays later Grant Mason intercepts (Basanez's 2nd int) at the Northwestern 28.

Michigan takes the ball at the Northwestern 28 at the 2:05 mark and makes a first and goal on a 20 yard screen play to Steve Breaston, but then stalls and Rivas kicks his second field goal, a 19 yarder, at the 1:03 mark.

Michigan 27, Northwestern 10

Northwestern takes the ball at their own 20 with 58 seconds left, and in just 6 plays goes 80 yards to score a TD with 0:18 left. They go 6 plays, and 80 yards, in 47 seconds.

Michigan 27, Northwestern 17

Henne throws his 2nd interception to end the half.

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First Half Stats:

First downs: U-M 13, NW 15

Total yards:
-- U-M 273 (138 passing, 135 running)
-- NW 322 (264 passing, 58 running)

Time of possession: U-M 17:57, NW 12:03
3rd down conversions: U-M 3-7, NW 2-6

Rushing:
-- Jackson 10-39, Grady 9-39
-- Robertson 3-38, Sutton 6-15

Passing:
-- Basanez 16-27, 264 yards, 2 TD's, 2 ints
-- Henne: 12-20, 138 yards, 1 TD, 2 ints

Receiving:
-- Avant 5 recs, 67 yards
-- Philmore 6 recs, 138 yards, 2 TD's

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THIRD QUARTER
(Synopsis: NW has a holding call against it in every possession; U-M kicks a field goal)

Northwestern takes the opening kickoff at their own 20, gets one first down, but due to a holding call and a -16 yard sack by Shawn Crable has to punt it from their own 10.

Steve Breaston takes the punt back 17 yards to the Wildcat 45 at the 13:16 mark. They get a first down, but at the Northwestern 23 they go for it on 4th down and don't make it.

Northwestern takes the ball at their own 23 and, hurt by a second holding call, goes 3 and out.

Breaston returns the punt from the Michigan 43 to the Northwestern 36. But on 3rd down Henne throws his third interception at the Northwestern 20, returned to the Northwestern 36 at the 7:44 mark.

Northwestern starts at their own 36 yard line at the 7:44 mark. After one first down hurt by a third holding call, Northwestern stalls and punts it into the Michigan end zone at the 5:53 mark.

Michigan takes the ball at their own 20 and go 3 and out.

Northwestern, hurt by a 4th holding call, returns the favor.

Steve Breaston takes the punt from the U-M 25 to the U-M 42 with 3:19 to go in the third quarter. Michigan gets three first downs, but stalls at the Northwestern 21 at the 13:30 mark of the 4th quarter. Garrett Rivas kicks his third field goal, a 38 yarder.

Michigan 30, Northwestern 17

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Third Quarter Only Stats:

First Downs:
U-M 3, Northwestern 2

Total Yards:
U-M 69 (4 passing, 65 rushing)
NW 41 (10 passing, 31 rushing)

3rd Down Conversions:
U-M 0-4, NW 0-4

Time of possession:
U-M 8:44, NW 6:16

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FOURTH QUARTER
(Synopsis: U-M kicks a field goal; both teams go FOUR and out, NW twice)

Northwestern starts at their own 20 and, with a big 3rd down stop by Shawn Crable, goes 3 and out at the 12:20 mark.

Michigan takes the ball at their own 45 with 12:02 to go in the game and gets three first downs on a Henne scramble, an 11 yard pass to Ecker and a 12 yard run by Jackson. The drive stalls at the NW 11, and Rivas kicks a 28 yard field goal, his 4th, at the 7:18 mark.

Michigan 33, Northwestern 17

Northwestern takes the ball at their own 20 at the 7:11 mark and goes FOUR and out, turning the ball over on downs at the Northwestern 46 at the 5:03 mark.

Michigan takes the ball over on downs at the Northwestern 46 at the 5:03 mark and returns the favor, giving it back on (4) downs at the Northwestern 36 at the 3:41 mark.

Northwestern takes the ball at their 36, gets one first down, then turns it over on (4) downs once again at the U-M 43 at the 2:54 mark.

Michigan takes the ball at their own 43 with 2:54 left and get two first downs and run out the clock.

Final Score: Michigan 33, Northwestern 17

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Second Half Only Stats:

First Downs:
U-M 9, NW 4

Total Yards:
-- U-M 157 (36 passing, 121 rushing)
-- NW 93 (61 passing, 32 rushing)

Time of Possession: 19:58, NW 10:02
3rd down conversions: U-M 2-9, NW 0-7

Passing:
Brett Basanez 10-22, 61 yards
Henne 5-10, 36 yards, 1 int.

Rushing:
Jerome Jackson 14-68 yards

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FINAL GAME STATS:

First Downs:
U-M 22, NW 19

Total Yards:
U-M 430 (174 passing, 256 rushing)
NW 414 (325 passing, 89 rushing)

Turnovers: U-M 4, NW 3

Time of Possession:
U-M 37:55, NW 22:05

3rd Down Conversions:
U-M 5-16, NW 2-13

4th Down Conversions:
U-M 1-3, NW 0-2

Passing:
Brett Basanez: 26-49 for 324 yards, 2 TD's, 2 ints
Chad Henne: 17-30, 174 yards, 1 TD, 3 ints

Rushing:
Jerome Jackson 24-107 yards
Kevin Grady 20-64 yards, 1 TD

Receiving:
Jason Avant: 5 catches for 67 yards
Mark Philmore: 10 catches for 151 yards and 2 TD's

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