Tied At Half, U-M Prevails Over Badgers 27-13

It was a close defensive struggle in the first half, but Michigan broke the game open in the second stanza to prevail over the Wisconsin Badgers, 27-13 -- and to open the season 4-0 for the first time since 1999. Here are the game drives, and some teams and individual stats.

Michigan started with a touchback at their own 20, and got first downs, but Wisconsin intercepted a tipped ball at the Wisconsin 35.

Wisconsin started at their own 40, and after getting a first down stuck for a 30 yard touchdown pass at the 9:08 mark.

Wisconsin 7, Michigan 0

After returning the kickoff to the Michigan 27, Michigan got one first down, then punted.

Wisconsin also got one first down, then punted.

Michigan took the ball at their 28 at the 2:55 mark. The y got 2 first downs but turned the ball over on downs at the Wisconsin 19 at the :22 mark.

SECOND QUARTER

Wisconsin went three and out.

Steve Breaston returned the Wisconsin punt 29 yards to the Wisconsin 36 at the 14:28 mark. And after making 1 first down, Chad Henne hit Mario Manningham with a 28 yard touchdown pass at the 13:19 mark.

Michigan 7, Wisconsin 7

Following a touchback on the kickoff, Wisconsin started at their own 20 at the 13:13 mark. Lamarr Woodley got a sack on 3rd down, and the Badgers punted.

After a 6 yard punt return, Michigan started at the Wisconsin 49 yard line at the 11:22 mark. Henne got sacked on 3rd down however and U-M punted.

Wisconsin started at their own 12 at the 9:33 mark. After making three first downs, U-M stopped the Badgers at their 22. Wisconsin kicked a 39 yard field goal at the 5:37 mark.

Wisconsin 10, Michigan 7

After a touchback on the kickoff, Michigan started from their own 20 at the 5:32 mark. Michigan went three and out.

Zoltan Mesko launched a 57 yard punt in the air. Wisconsin fumbled the punt and Michigan recovered at the Wisconsin 18 at the 3:42 mark. Michigan stalled however and Garrett Rivas kicked a 31 yard punt at the 2:45 mark.

Michigan 10, Wisconsin 10

Wisconsin returned the kickoff to their own 16 at the 2:36 mark, and went three and out, with Michigan calling timeout after each play.

After a 52 yard punt, Michigan started at their own 28 at the 1:40 mark. Michigan went three and out.

Wisconsin took the ball at their own 32 and got a first down, then punted as the half ended.



First Half Stats:

Michigan gained 149 yards, 97 passing and 52 rushing.
Wisconsin gained 135 yards, 127 passing and 8 rushing.

Each side had one turnover, Michigan a pass interception and Wisconsin a fumble.

Chad Henne went 10-13 for 97 yards, a touchdown (to Mario Manningham) and an interception.
John Stocco went 10-17 for 127 yards and a TD.

Mike Hart had 13 rushes for 49 yards (3.8 yards per carry)
P.J. Hill had 12 rushes for 37 yards (3.1 yards per carry)



THIRD QUARTER

Wisconsin returned the opening kickoff of the second half to their own 19, then went three and out.

Helped by a late hit penalty on the kick return, Michigan started at their own 45 at the 13:36 mark, but went three and out as well.

Wisconsin went three and out.

Breaston returned the punt from the U-M 21 to the U-M 34 at the 9:38 mark. Michigan got two first downs, but Henne threw an interception in the end zone on a 34 yard pass attempt at the 6:28 mark.

Wisconsin started at their own 20, and went three and out.

Breaston returned the punt 9 yards to the 44 at the 5:00 mark. After getting one first down, Henne hit Manningham for a 38 yard touchdown strike at the 3:11 mark.

Michigan 17, Wisconsin 10

Wisconsin returned the kickoff to the Wisconsin 14, and once again went three and out.

Michigan had a penalty on the punt, and started at their own 27 at the 1:43 mark. The Wolverine got one first down, then punted to end the quarter.

FOURTH QUARTER Wisconsin started at their own 20 and went three and out.

Breaston returned the punt from the Michigan 40 to the Wisconsin 33 at the 13:12 mark. After a first down on a 20 yard pass to Adrian Arrington to the Wisconsin 6, Mike Hart scored from the 5 at the 11:33 mark.

Michigan 24, Wisconsin 10

After a touchback on the kickoff, Wisconsin started at their own 20 at the 11:27 mark. Wisconsin went three and out, with a 3rd down sack by Tim Jamison.

Breaston returned the punt from the Michigan 38 to the Wisconsin 41 at the 9:44 mark. Michigan got two first downs, then Rivas kicked a 32 yard field goal at the 5:30 mark.

Michigan 27, Wisconsin 10

Wisconsin took the ensuing kickoff to their own 15. Wisconsin made 4 first downs, then stalled at the Michigan 8 yard line and kicked a 26 yard field goal at the 3:10 mark.

Michigan 27, Wisconsin 13

Michigan and Wisconsin each had one more possession, but that was the end of the scoring.

Final Stats:

Michigan gained 322 yards, 211 passing and 111 rushing.
Wisconsin gained 248 yards, 236 passing and 12 rushing.

Chad Henne went 18-25 for 211 yards, a 2 touchdowns (to Mario Manningham) and 3 interceptions.
John Stocco went 22-42 for 236 yards and a TD.

Mike Hart had 23 rushes for 91 yards (4.0 yards per carry)
P.J. Hill had 20 rushes for 64 yards (2.7 yards per carry)

Mario Manningham had 7 receptions for 113 yards (16.14 yards per carry) and 2 TD's.

Steve Breaston had the 4th best punt return day in Michigan history, with 9 returns for 116 yards (12.9 yards per return).

On defense, Michigan had 4 sacks, one each by Prescott Burgess, Tim Jamison, Alan Branch and Lamarr Woodley. The Wolverines also had 10 tackles for loss.

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