Little Brown Jug: Michigan Keeps Revered Trophy Again

Alex CallosCorrespondent INovember 3, 2012

ANN ARBOR, MI - APRIL 16: Devin Gardner #7 of the Michigan Wolverines drops back to pass during the annual Spring Game at Michigan Stadium on April 16, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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Once again, Michigan will retain the Little Brown Jug as the Wolverines knocked off the Minnesota Gophers 35-13.

Even though news broke earlier in the day that Denard Robinson would not play, that didn't bother Michigan one bit.

After a slow start which saw Minnesota leading 7-0 midway through the second quarter, Michigan rattled off 21 straight points to put the game out of reach.

Junior wide receiver Devin Gardner took on the quarterback responsibilities and played very well. He passed for 234 yards on 12-of-18 with two touchdowns and one interception. He also had a rushing touchdown.

For the Wolverines, the difference once again was the defense. The group was solid throughout, holding Minnesota to 275 total yards. The Gophers were also only 4-of-14 on third-down conversions.

Michigan improved its record to 6-3 overall with two winnable home games before a trip to Columbus to take on rival Ohio State.

The win not only kept Michigan in the race for the Big Ten title, but also kept the Little Brown Jug in Ann Arbor.

The win marked the fourth straight in the series for Michigan, and also the 21st in the last 22 games between these two teams.

While the rivalry of these two teams dates all the way back to 1903, the battle for the jug actually began in 1909, and the teams have played 93 times since then.

Some historians consider it the oldest rivalry with a trophy. The rivalry has been dominated by Michigan, as the Wolverines hold the overall edge 68-22-3.

The history of the trophy is very interesting.

During a 1909 game in Minneapolis, the Wolverines were worried that the home team would not provide clean water, so Michigan purchased a five-gallon jug in Minneapolis for its players to drink out of.

After Minnesota tied the game in dramatic fashion, the jug was left on the field. Minnesota kept the jug for the time being, and so the tradition began.

Lately the game has been dominated by Michigan, and today proved to be no different.