CFN: U-M Plays Best Game Of The Year on Michigan coming off the Minnesota win ... what does it all mean?

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Michigan 29 … Minnesota 6

K.C. Lopata was 5-for-5 on field goal attempts and the Michigan defense held Minnesota to 188 yards of total offense in the stunningly easy win. Lopata gave the Wolverines a 9-0 first half lead on three kicks before Greg Mathews caught an eight-yard touchdown pass. The Wolverines were up 19-0 before Minnesota finally got on the board with a 28-yard Joel Monroe field goal, but Lopata answered on the following drive with a 23-yarder. Minnesota was never in the game.

Player of the game: Michigan PK K.C. Lopata hit five field goals from 44, 34, 26, 48 and 23.

Stat Leaders: Minnesota

  • Passing: Adam Weber, 13-24, 105 yds, 1 INT
  • Rushing: DeLeon Eskridge, 11-80.
  • Receiving: Jack Simmons, 3-20

Michigan -

  • Passing: Nick Sheridan, 18-30, 203 yds, 1 TD
  • Rushing: Michael Shaw, 8-71.
  • Receiving: Martavious Odoms, 7-43

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Welcome back, defense. The Michigan D had been awful as the season had gone on, but it dominated the Minnesota offense, particularly the line, this week. Nick Sheridan wasn't anything special, but he kept things moving, he didn't make any major mistakes, and he ran the ball relatively well. The offense had way too many field goals instead of touchdowns, but the attack kept moving with a near-perfect balance. It seems like the team played loose now that the pressure is off. Beating Northwestern next week would be a nice next step before facing Ohio State.

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