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A one-year subscription includes: n 11 monthly full-color, information-packed issues (double issue in June/July). n The Wolverine Football Preview, over 250 full-color, action-packed pages filled with great information about the upcoming season. (Mailed in July.) n 26 issues of The Wolverine Now, our digital newsletter, published every pre-game Wednesday and post-game Sunday during football season. n Digital access to current and archived editions of The Wolverine through the FREE iPad app as well as at Digital editions are optimized for viewing on computers or tablets. THE WOLVERINE • PagE 9 mIcHIGAn vs. IoWA QuARTeR-By-QuARTeR comPARIson Michigan 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. 1st Half 2nd Half Total Time of Possession 6:25 8:14 12:01 3:43 14:39 15:44 30:23 3rd-Down Conversions 3-3 3-4 3-4 0-1 6-7 3-5 9-12 4th-Down Conversions 0-0 1-1 1-1 0-0 1-1 1-1 2-2 Avg. Field Position MICH-25 MICH-19 MICH-27 MICH-21 MICH-22 MICH-25 MICH-23 Iowa 1st Qtr. 2nd Qtr. 3rd Qtr. 4th Qtr. 1st Half 2nd Half final Time of Possession 8:35 6:46 2:59 11:17 15:21 14:16 29:37 3rd-Down Conversions 1-3 1-3 0-2 4-6 2-6 4-8 6-14 4th-Down Conversions 1-1 0-0 0-0 0-2 1-1 0-2 1-3 Avg. Field Position IOWA-25 IOWA-30 IOWA-31 IOWA-37 IOWA-28 IOWA-35 IOWA-31 sITuATIon TABles fIRST anD Ten Rushing Passing Totals Plays yards avg. Plays yards avg. Plays yards avg. U-M 19 73 3.8 10 191 19.1 29 264 9.1 IOWA 11 32 2.9 13 79 6.1 24 111 4.6 THIRD-DOWn effICIenCy 3rd &1 3rd & 2-5 3rd & 6-9 3rd & 10+ Totals M/a Pct. M/a Pct. M/a Pct. M/a Pct. M/a Pct. U-M 1/2 50.0 5/6 83.3 1/2 50.0 2/2 100.0 9/12 75.0 IOWA 1/1 100.0 4/8 50.0 1/3 33.3 0/2 0.0 6/14 42.9  By THe numBeRs ReD Zone eFFIcIency (InsIDe 20-yARD lIne) Poss. TDs fGs no Score U-M 4 4 0 0 Iowa 4 2 1 1 PlAy cHART (no. oF PlAys) yards ................................................... u-M IOWa (- ) Yards ...............................................................2 8 0-5 Yards.............................................................35 29 6-9 Yards..............................................................9 10 10-19 Yards .........................................................9 11 20-29 Yards .........................................................2 1 30-39 Yards .........................................................3 1 40-49 Yards .........................................................1 0 50 or more Yards ..............................................1 0 BIG PlAys (25 yARDs oR moRe) MICHIGan •3-1 U-M30 Robinson rush for 40 yards to the IOWA30 •3-17 IOWA37 Gardner pass complete to Roundtree for 37 yards to the IOWA0 •1-10 U-M39 Gardner pass complete to Gallon for 51 yards to the IOWA10 •2-4 U-M34 Gardner pass complete to Gallon for 31 yards to the IOWA35 •1-10 IOWA43 Gardner pass complete to Gallon for 31 yards to the IOWA12 •1-10 IOWA29 Gardner pass complete to Funchess for 29 yards to the IOWA0 IOWa •3-2 IOWA20 Vandenberg pass complete to Fiedorowicz for 37 yards to the U-M43 THe seAson Game-By-Game first yards yards Passes Had fumbles Penalties Summary Score Downs Rush Pass Com./att. Int. no./Lost no./yards attendance Michigan 14 11 69 200 11/27 3 0/0 8/99 90,413 Alabama 41 20 232 199 11/21 0 1/1 7/55 Cowboys Stadium Air Force 25 26 290 127 10/19 0 2/0 5/35 112,522 Michigan 31 19 214 208 14/25 1 0/0 5/45 Home Massachusetts 13 15 112 147 15/30 0 4/1 10/69 110,708 Michigan 63 27 294 291 16/25 1 2/0 5/40 Home Michigan 6 19 161 138 13/25 5 2/1 5/38 80,795 Notre Dame 13 14 94 145 11/19 2 0/0 5/49 Away Michigan 44 19 304 105 8/16 0 1/1 4/36 50,105 Purdue 13 15 56 157 23/35 2 3/2 3/30 Away Illinois 0 7 105 29 7/16 1 1/1 5/45 110,922 Michigan 45 21 353 174 9/15 0 2/1 5/45 Home Michigan State 10 16 112 192 21/34 1 2/0 7/50 113,833 Michigan 12 16 163 163 14/30 1 0/0 6/55 Home Michigan 9 18 95 93 9/27 3 1/0 3/44 86,160 Nebraska 23 20 160 166 14/24 1 1/1 8/104 Away Michigan 35 18 155 234 12/18 1 1/0 7/69 48,801 Minnesota 13 21 128 147 14/31 0 2/1 9/68 Away Iowa 17 17 128 181 19/26 0 1/0 3/21 113,016 Michigan 42 23 199 314 18/23 1 1/0 3/35 Home vIDeo: click play to watch on the interactive edition Audio & Video Enhanced REMEMbER Trey Burke And The Wolverines' Drive For An NCAA Championship Falls Just Short a RuN TO THEWOLvERINE.COM | MAY 2013 | $3.95 Fifth-Year Senior Safety Thomas Gordon Emerges As A Leader THEWOLvERINE.COM | DECEMBER 2013 | $3.95 Sophomore Devin Funchess' Move To Receiver Has Been A Boon For The Offense caTcH ME IF YOu caN ocT. 20, 2013 BY JOHN BORTON M ichigan athletics director David Bran- don probably doesn't want to invest in new stadium scoreboards this quickly, fol- lowing a mega-million remake of Michigan Stadium. He'll have technicians checking the meltdown, though, after the Wolverines and Hoosiers left them smoking. U-M surged to a school-record 751 to- tal yards in stiff-arming the high-scoring Hoosiers, 63-47. Devin Gardner fired away through the air (21-of-29, 503 yards, two touchdowns) and scrambled past the defen- sively hapless Hoosiers on the ground (15 carries, 81 yards, three TDs) for another school record of 584 individual total yards. Wideout Jeremy Gallon snagged 14 catches for a Big Ten-record 369 yards and two TDs, and the Wolverines played just enough defense in the end to win. Safety Thomas Gordon's two fourth-quarter inter- ceptions set up Gardner's game-clinching plunge into the end zone and then put away what seemed like Indiana's 100th charge downfield. "Coach [Brady] Hoke always reminds me we need more," Gardner acknowledged. "Coach [Fred] Jackson came up to me and said it's going to be like a basketball game. You have to keep scoring." It felt like an NBA All-Star game for a while, Indiana ringing up 572 yards of of- fense on its own, including 288 yards pass- ing and three touchdowns by quarterback Tre Roberson. In the end, Michigan Stadium breathed one major sigh of relief in a game that left its denizens breathless. "A lot of frustration," noted Hoke, as de- fensive-minded as they come. "Sickening, sick feeling, that kind of thing. You don't win championships without playing defense, and we didn't play good defense today." But they did enough, on this day, to move on at 6-1 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten. Indiana delivered an early airmail re- minder of its quick strike ability. Starting QB Nate Sudfeld (8-of-19, 122 yards) gunned a 59-yard touchdown strike to wideout Cody Latimer in the opening five minutes, putting the Wolverines in rally mode. Little did any- one know, that marked the tiniest snowflake on the iceberg, for both teams. The Wolverines wasted no time, either. Set up by a 44-yard kickoff return by sophomore Dennis Norfleet, the Wolverines covered the other 56 in five plays, Gardner bolting in on a keeper to square the scoreboard at 7-7. U-M then demonstrated big-play ability of its own, Gardner tossing a quick pass to Gal- lon, who bolted away for 70 yards. With the skies opening into a downpour at Michigan Stadium, Gallon then made a juggling grab 63 47 Redshirt junior Devin Gardner set a U-M record by passing for 503 yards in the win over Indiana, mark- ing the first time a Michigan quarterback had thrown for even 400 yards, much less for 500. PhOtO by lON hOrwEDEl WILd RIdE Wolverines survive Record-setting shootout THE WOLVERINE • PagE 13 The writers of The Wolverine weigh in with their take on U-M football. • The bad news is, Michigan hasn't stopped anybody on defense since the wind and slop turbo-boosted the Wol- verines' effort in West Lafayette. The good news is, nobody has put a serious knock on Denard Robinson in more than a month. As has been the case all season, the latter represents Michigan's best hope against the second MSU on the U-M docket. For the year to end on an upbeat note, Robinson has to be the do- it-all force he was in the season's early games. Prediction: Michigan 35, Mississippi State 31 — John Borton • Michigan has done well against non-conference opponents in the last two years under Rich Rodriguez, has seen the read option plenty in practice and will play well in its first bowl game in three years. Quarterback Denard Robinson, too, is healthy and will be able to show the same explosion he did in the early part of the year. Mississippi State did a great job slowing Auburn's Cam Newton in a 17-14 loss, but the Wolverines are going to score points. Unfortu- nately, so will the Bulldogs. Prediction: Mississippi State 38, Michigan 34 — Chris Balas • I'm very interested to see how the offense stacks up against the Bulldog D, one of the best in the SEC. Against some of the best defenses they faced this year — Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin — the Wolverines struggled to move the ball early, which, combined with the defensive struggles, put them in a huge hole. Prediction: Mississippi State 35, Michigan 21 — Andy Reid • Under Rich Rodriguez, Michigan has played its best football com- ing out of fall camp. U-M started with four straight wins in 2009 and five straight wins in 2010. The 30-10 victory over UConn to start 2010 was arguably the Wolverines' most complete win of the season. Like fall camp, the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl has given Michigan five weeks to prepare for one opponent, so expect a better team than the one that took the field against Wisconsin and Ohio State. However, Mississippi State plays strong defense and will bring a balanced offensive attack — traits that have given Michigan prob- lems throughout the season. Michigan will not have the firepower to outlast the Bulldogs in a tight game. Prediction: Mississippi State 31, Michigan 28 — Josh Helmholdt EXTRa P INTS U-M Football Injury Report Games Player Injury Missed Gator Bowl? CB Troy Woolfolk Ankle/Leg 12 Out for the year S Jared Van Slyke Clavicle 12 Out for the year LB Mike Jones Leg 10 Out for the year CB J.T. Floyd Ankle Four Out for the year TB Teric Jones Knee Four Out for the year S Mike Williams Head 12 Out for the year WR Martavious Odoms Foot Six Possible DT Mike Martin Ankle Three Will play DE Craig Roh Head None Will play TB Michael Shaw Head Two Will play OT Taylor Lewan Head One Will play TB Vincent Smith Head None Will play WR Jeremy Gallon Arm One Will play WR Darryl Stonum Ankle None Will play WR Junior Hemingway Head One Will play Michigan vs. Notre Dame All-Time Head To Head In Winning Percentage School G W L T Pct. U-M 1,227 884 307 36 .7351 ND 1,181 844 295 42 .7324 * Both Michigan and Notre Dame went 7-5 this season. 2010 FooTBAll scHeDule Date Opponent Time/TV Sept. 4 Connecticut W, 30-10 Sept. 11 at Notre Dame W, 28-24 Sept. 18 Massachusetts W, 42-37 Sept. 25 Bowling Green W, 65-21 Oct. 2 at Indiana W, 42-35 Oct. 9 Michigan State L, 34-17 Oct. 16 Iowa L, 38-28 Oct. 30 at Penn State L, 41-31 Nov. 6 Illinois W, 67-65 Nov. 13 at Purdue W, 27-16 Nov. 20 Wisconsin L, 48-28 Nov. 27 at Ohio State L, 37-7 Jan. 1 Mississippi State 1:30 p.m. gaME WEEk POLL What is the best Big Ten bowl matchup? TCU vs. Wisconsin (Rose) Arkansas vs. Ohio State (Sugar) Michigan State vs. Alabama (Capital One) Michigan vs. Mississippi State (Gator) 331 votes Top four responses shown 40% 27% 13% 17% By The Numbers 7th Gator Bowl's rank among the best bowl matchups this season, accord- ing to college foot- ball editor Mike Huguenin. 14 Years since multiple U-M defenders had 100 tackles or more in the same year — Sam Sword (109), Jar- rett Irons (106) and Marcus Ray (104) in 1996 — until safety Jordan Kovacs (112) and line- backer Jonas Mouton (111) ac- complished the feat this fall. 19-31 The Big Ten's bowl record since 2003; the conference posted a losing record from 2003-08 before going 4-3 in 2009. 23 Cur rent Wolver ines that have previously traveled to a bowl game, in- cluding eight fifth-year seniors. Safety Jordan Kovacs and line- b a c k e r J o n a s M o u t o n b o t h topped 100 tackles this season for the Wolverines. 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