Wolverines Snap Skid Against Gophers!

The Michigan football team improved to 3-7 on the season, and 2-4 in conference play, with a 29-6 win over the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday afternoon at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn. Greg Mathews and Mark Moundros scored Michigan touchdowns, while kicker K.C. Lopata was 5-for-5 on field goal attempts in the Michigan win.

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Wolverines are back on track! At least for this week...

Against the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday afternoon at The Metrodome, the Michigan football team finally put a full game together. In place of injured quarterback Steven Threet, back ups Nick Sheridan and Justin Feagin combined for 203 yards through the air, plus 88 yards on the ground in a 29-6 Michigan win.

Sheridan accounted for all 203 yards through the air and connected on one score, a slant to Greg Mathews that gave Michigan a 16-0 lead late in the first half.

Feagin saw just seven snaps, but racked up 50 yards on the ground, including a 35-yard scamper on a third and four situation. That drive ended with Sheridan's six-point strike to Mathews.

Following the disappointing 48-point performance by the Michigan defense at Purdue last week, defensive coordinator Scott Shafer and his staff tightened the screws today.

Ahead 16-0 at the half, Michigan surrendered just one first down over the first 30 minutes of action. The Gophers managed just 36 yards of offense over the same stretch.

The two teams exchanged field goals in the second half before Mark Moundros rumbled in from three yards out for the games final score.

Michael Shaw, Brandon Minor and Justin Feagin all finished with over 50 yards rushing for Michigan, who finished with 232 yards rushing as a team.

Michigan went up 3-0 on its first possession of the game. After a defensive three-and-out, Michigan took over on its own 34-yard line. Michigan moved into Minnesota territory with a 28-yard one-handed completion to Greg Mathews, and three plays later K.C. Lopata hit his first field goal of the game.

Over the next 15 minutes of game action he would add two more.

The lead ballooned to 16-0 with just less than two minutes left on the clock. Starting at their own 23-yard line, the Wolverines marched 77-yards on nine plays, the bulk of it coming on a 35-yard Feagin run, to cap a strong half. Sheridan finished the drive with an 8-yard strike to Mathews.

Michigan made it 19-0 on its first possession of the second half. Sheridan found Martavious Odoms and Darryl Stonum on a pair of consecutive receptions to quickly move into Minnesota territory. Lopata then added a 48-yard field goal to his day.

Minnesota finally broke onto the scoreboard on its next possession. A 26-yard run by Minnesota's DeLeon Eskridge brought the ball inside the Michigan 10-yard line, but on 3rd and goal the Michigan defense responded with a sack to force the field goal.

Michigan, however, kept the momentum. After starting their drive on the nine, U-M moved 88-yards on 10 plays to match the Gopher field goal.

Minnesota added one more field goal early in the fourth quarter, but Michigan maintained possession of the ball and the clock through much of the fourth quarter.

The Wolverines look to make it two straight wins as they host Northwestern in the final game of the year at Michigan Stadium next Saturday.

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