The Wolverine

October 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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OCTOBER 2016 THE WOLVERINE 15   INSIDE MICHIGAN ATHLETICS FIVE YEARS AGO, 2011: Michigan ran its record to 6-0 under new head coach Brady Hoke with a 42-24 win at Northwestern. The No. 11 Wolverines trailed at the half in Evanston, 24-14, but scored 28 unanswered points over the final 30 minutes to comfortably control the game down the stretch. Three first-half interceptions thrown by Michigan quar- terback Denard Robinson put U-M in a hole, but they came storming out of it after halftime. Robinson rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the game, both of his scores coming in the second half. Despite the slow start through the air, he wound up completing 17 passes for 337 yards and two additional touchdowns. Junior Hemingway proved his top target, with five catches for 124 yards, while Jeremy Gallon caught five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown. "We were down 10 points," Hoke said. "We had thrown three interceptions for one reason or another, we'd had three penalties on ourselves offensively, we were not get- ting off blocks on the back end defensively, and that's what it was. That's kind of what we talked about, nothing more, and we talked about how we want to be as a Michigan football team." 10 YEARS AGO, 2006: The Wolverines moved to 6-0 — on their way to 11-0 — with a 31-13 smothering of Michigan State in The Big House. The Wolverines ran off the first 24 points of the game and never looked back in winning their fifth consecutive game in the series. Junior quarterback Chad Henne didn't have to fill the skies with footballs, but he made good use of the throws he put up. Henne went 11-of-17 passing for 140 yards with three touchdowns, including scoring passes of 41 and 27 yards to wideout Mario Manningham. Junior tailback Mike Hart carried the football 22 times for 122 yards, and Michigan's defense took care of the rest. The Wolverines allowed only 60 yards on the ground by the Spartans while picking off MSU quarterback Drew Stanton twice. Hart noted he could sense the Spartans' frustration while U-M piled up 211 yards on the ground and speared MSU through the air. "You can definitely feel it," Hart said. "You can look in their eyes. You can see stuff like that. When someone is pounding you for five yards, five yards, five yards, and they're doing ev- erything to stop it, then you just go over the top and score, it's like, 'What can we do as a defense?' "It feels great. That's one thing we try to do. We try to come out and run the ball so we can pass the ball." 25 YEARS AGO, 1991: The Wolverines had a score to settle following the 1990 contest with Michigan State. The ending to that one featured a controversial no-call on a trip by MSU defensive back Eddie Brown against wideout Desmond Howard, negating a possible two-point conver- sion and helping the Spartans to a 28-27 win in Michigan Stadium over No. 1 Michigan. The following year in East Lansing, it wasn't coming down to a two-point try. Instead, the Wolverines pounded out a 45-28 win, rushing for 326 out of their 501 total yards. Tailback Ricky Powers led the way with 148 yards on the ground, while quarterback Elvis Grbac threw for 161 yards and three touchdowns. "It feels really good to come in and beat Michigan State," Howard said. "We were expected to win, but that doesn't mean anything until you come out here and prove it. We've been waiting a year — now it was our chance to come out here and silence the doubters." — John Borton THIS MONTH IN MICHIGAN ATHLETICS HISTORY Michigan's 31-13 romp of Michigan State in 2006 was powered by tailback Mike Hart (above), who ran 22 times for 122 yards and helped take the defensive focus off quarterback Chad Henne, who threw for three scores on 11 completions. PHOTO BY ERIC BRONSON

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