Northwestern vs. Michigan: Live Scores, Analysis and Results
Michigan 38, Northwestern 31 -- final, OT
If you thought that Michigan and Northwestern would end in thrilling fashion, you thought right.
Kenny Demens made a spectacular tackle on 4th-and-2 in overtime, stopping Wildcats running back Tyris Jones in his tracks and giving Michigan a 38-31 win at The Big House in Ann Arbor.
Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner started for the second consecutive week, building on a 234-yard performance this past Saturday against Minnesota with 286-yard showing against Northwestern today.
Michigan did a suitable job containing Wildcats stars Venric Mark and Kain Colter, who accounted for 282 combined yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Thanks to all who followed the blog during the game. And thanks to those who will read this afterward. Here's a piece that breaks down 10 key points from Michigan's win.
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Score update: Michigan 38, Northwestern 31 OT
Kenny Demens' 4th-and-2 stop of Tyris Jones secures Michigan's fifth Big Ten win of the year.
Score update: Michigan 38, Northwestern 31
I wanted to see Thomas Rawls on 3rd-and-goal, but Devin Gardner's one-yard touchdown (after play-action to Fitz Toussaint) will do.
Score update: Michigan 31, Northwestern 31
Roy Roundtree's 50-yard-plus catch put Brendan Gibbons in position for the game-tying field goal.
Roy. Freakin'. Roundtree.
Didn't expect this one to end any other way, other than Michigan winning 28-27 as I predicted.
Northwestern is always a team that hangs around. I figured this would be a game decided by special teams or a big, last-second play.
That was an awfully kind spot from the refs. Colter looked about a foot or so short.
That interception, and Kain Colter's reappearance, may have ended this game.
Score update: Northwestern 31, Michigan 28
Former Grand Blanc star Tony Jones just scored on a 15-yard pass from Trevor Siemian. Wild finish is on the way, you can bet on that.
Late hits by Brennan Beyer
Beyer has to be smarter than that. With just minutes to play and Northwestern facing third down, penalites like that are to be avoided at all costs.
What a game from Kain Colter. Hopefully he's OK after that tackle (knee).
I'll bask in the glory for a moment, if you don't mind, of course.
I've been so off about a couple games this season, it feels good to boast about being dead-on about this one.
Every dog has his day. Enjoy.
Score update: Michigan 27, Northwestern 24
Devin Funchess came out of nowhere with a touchdown catch in the back of the end zone, capping a season-long 91-yard scoring drive for Michigan.
Strap in, it's about to get wild.
Being patient with Fitz Toussaint has its challenges.
I'm not sure why Michigan continues feeding him the ball. No results to speak of, other than a great touchdown run today. But he hasn't been consistent enough to get carry after carry.
Just a random thought.
Roy Roundtree ran that route to perfection. I liked his concentration as he hauled that ball in over his left shoulder.
And don't look now, but we have a Drew Dileo catch. I raved about him earlier this week, calling him an X-Factor player. He's been absent today.
Drew Dileo is present. I was about to check the dress list to see if he joined the team today.
A commentor mentioned this earlier, and I've thought about it a lot this year, too: Do Michigan corners and safeties actually look for the ball, or just play the receiver.
Play the ball.
Is Venric Mark getting his motor revving? He looks combustible.
How many Jones play for Northwestern?
Tony, Christian, Tyris... anymore?
Score update: Northwestern 24, Michigan 21
Not a bad throw by Devin Gardner. This is a crucial drive, and a 42-yard toss to Jeremy Gallon only helps -- and soe does a 28-yard touchdown run by Fitz Toussaint.
I'm interested to see if Michigan will put Gardner under-center more, instead of running the split-back set. Just a thought. He looks a little better dropping back after taking a snap directly from center.
Score update: Northwestern 24, Michigan 14
Beyer just earned a few more snaps -- ferocious tackle on Colter to force a Northwestern field goal. The bad news for Michigan is that it's down 10 points -- and on the road, at that.
Again, another option-pitch works well for Northwestern. I jinxed the Wolverines by saying how they've defended that play well this year. Trumpy getting Trumpy on that last run.
Jake Ryan just nailed Kain Colter, right after nailing Venric Mark.
I'm telling you, Ryan is absolutely critical to Michigan's defense.
Nice grab by Northwestern's Tony Jones, a former Grand Blanc star, just like Michigan's Justice Hayes. Super athlete in high school. Just phenomenal.
Who is winning? #GoBlue
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