Wolverines Rally Past Fighting Illini 27-17

No. 24 Michigan rallied from a 14-3 deficit in the second quarter to knock off the Illinois Fighting Illini in Champaign, Ill., on Saturday night. Wide receiver Adrian Arrington hauled in one touchdown pass and threw another for the Maize and Blue in the win. Running back Carlos Brown added 113 yards on the ground for the Wolverines.

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- No. 24-ranked Michigan (6-2, 4-0)fell behind 14-3 without running back hopeful Mike Hart in the backfield, but substitute back Carlos Brown ran for 113 yards and wide out Adrian Arrington hauled in a 14-yard touchdown pass, along with throwing the game-winner, as the Wolverines rallied to a 27-17 win over the Illinois Fighting Illini (5-3, 3-2) at Memorial Stadium on Saturday night.

"I thought it was a great football game," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "I thought both football teams played extremely hard. Illinois did a great job. They're a very, very good football team. I'm extremely proud of our team to come in here, fall behind and fight their way back with some of the issues we have on our team right now."

Tied 17-17 almost halfway through the fourth quarter, wide receiver Adrian Arrington took an end-around from quarterback Chad Henne and found fellow wide out Mario Manningham in the end zone for the eventual game-winning score.

K.C. Lopata added his second field goal of the night, this one from 39-yards out, with 3:49 left, and freshman cornerback Donovan Warren put an exclamation point on the win with an interception with eight tickets left on the clock.

Quarterback Chad Henne completed 18-of-26 passes for 203 yards and two scores in spot duty after suffering an injury in the first quarter. After a hit on the Wolverines second drive of the game, Henne jogged to the locker room with what appeared to be an injured shoulder.

"I think the only word to describe Chad Henne is courageous," Carr said. "He did something special today in that stadium that anybody who was a member of this team will never forget. It was an ultimate team win for us today."

After falling behind 14-3, Henne returned from the locker room to lead the Maize and Blue on a 6-play 80-yard scoring drive capped off with an 8-yard toss to Mario Manningham. Henne was 4-for-5 on the drive and connected on gains of 39 and 24 with Adrian Arrington and Manningham to set up the score.

Henne added a second touchdown pass, a score hauled in by a laid out Arrington, to give the Wolverines their first lead of the game at 17-14 as halftime approached.

Michigan appeared ready to take control of the game near the middle of the third quarter, but after driving the ball deep into Illinois territory, a fumbled snap by freshman quarterback Ryan Mallett sparked the Illinois offense, and the crowd of 57,078 people.

Illinois drove down the field and tied the game with a 38-yard field goal from Jason Reda, but that would be all Illinois would get as the Wolverines pulled away with a 10-point quarter over the final 15 minutes.

Illinois scored on just their second play from scrimmage following a 63-yard kickoff return by Illinois' Vontae Davis. Illinois pushed the lead to 11 points with a 90-yard drive finished by an 8-yard run to the left pylon by Daniel Dufrene.

Michigan returns home to Michigan Stadium on Saturday with a scheduled 3:30 p.m. kickoff against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. ESPN Classic will provide live coverage of the game.

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