Michigan vs. Minnesota "Tale of the Tape."

Minnesota is 2-2 on the season, winning at Kent State (44-0) and home versus Temple (62-0), and losing at Cal (42-17) and at Purdue (27-21). The Gophers have only played one home game so far, versus Temple. Here is the U-M/Minnesota "Tale of the Tape" -- head to head stats.

Overall:

Minnesota is 3rd in the Big Ten in scoring, at 36.0 points per game. Michigan is 4th in the conference in scoring defense, at 14.5 points per game.

Michigan is 4th in the Big Ten in scoring, at 35.5. points per game. Minnesota is 5th in the conference in scoring defense, at 17.2 points per game.



Minnesota Rushing vs. Michigan Rush Defense

Minnesota is 2nd in the Big Ten in rushing offense, at 226.8 yards per game. Junior RB Amir Pinnix is averaging 96.5 yards rushing per game.

Michigan leads the nation in rush defense, allowing 18.5 average yards per game, and have held all 4 opponents under 50 yards - and no rushing touchdowns.



Minnesota Passing vs. Michigan Passing Defense

Minnesota is 6th in the Big Ten in pass offense, averaging 195.5 yards per game. Bryan Cupito is 5th in the Big Ten in passing, averaging 185.5 yards per game (57-90, 63.3%, 7 TD's, 3 ints.)

Michigan is 3rd in the big Ten in Pass Efficiency Defense, and 22nd in the country. Lamarr Woodley is 6th in the USA in sacks with 1.25 per game.



Michigan Rushing vs. Minnesota Rush Defense

Michigan is 5th in the Big Ten in rushing offense, at 182.2 yards per game. Mike Hart leads the Big Ten in rushing, and is 9th nationally, averaging 119.2 yards per game (4.6 yards per carry).

Minnesota is 9th in the Big Ten in rush defense, giving up 150.5 yards per game (4.1 yards per carry).



Michigan Passing vs. Minnesota Passing Defense

Michigan is 9th in the Big Ten in passing offense, with 198.5 yards per game. Chad Henne is 7th in the Big Ten with 169.8 yards per game (52-88, 59.1%, 7 TD's, 4 ints).

Mario Manningham leads the Big Ten, and is 2nd nationally, in touchdown passes caught with 6.

Minnesota is 8th in the Big Ten in pass defense, giving up 197.2 yards per game.



Misc. Defensive Stats

Michigan is 5th nationally, and 1st in the Big Ten, in Total Defense, giving up 217.0 yards per game.

Michigan is 1st in the Big Ten in opponents first downs with 51 in 4 games, and 3rd (and 5th nationally) in 3rd down efficiency allowed at 21.7%.

Michigan is 6th in the nation in turnovers forced (an average of 1.5 per game), and 8th in turnover margin. Minnesota is 3rd in the Big Ten in turnover margin, ad +1.0 per game.

Michigan leads the Big Ten in sacks (1.25 avg. per game) and fumbles recovered (1.62 ave.).

Alan Branch is 1st in the nation in fumbles forced with 2.



Misc.

Michigan is 1st in the Big Ten, and 9th nationally, in time of possession at 33:51.

Michigan is 3rd in the Big Ten in punt returns with an 11.8 yard average.

Michigan is first in the Big Ten in field goals with an 88.9 success rate.

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