Late Comeback Lifts the Michigan Wolverines over No. 24 Northwestern 38-31 in OT

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Late Comeback Lifts the Michigan Wolverines over No. 24 Northwestern 38-31 in OT
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The Michigan Wolverines (7-3, 5-1) shocked the Northwestern Wildcats (7-3, 3-3) 38-31 in overtime after coming from behind late in the fourth quarter and stealing a key win from their Big Ten Legends Division opponent.

Northwestern led the Wolverines by three points with 18 seconds left to play before a 53-yard pass from Devin Gardner to Roy Roundtree put the team in field-goal position with seven seconds remaining.

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It was a back-and-forth game that featured several lead changes and some exciting offense by both teams. The Wildcats stuck to their repertoire by running the ball relentlessly. Their offense put up an impressive showing against a good Wolverines defense by posting 431 yards of total offense.

Michigan stopped the Wildcats with three minutes to play, but the Wildcats went for it on fourth down and moved the chains after the replay confirmed quarterback Kain Colter picked up the necessary yards.

Then, they ran the clock down to 18 seconds before punting and subsequently giving up the big play to Roundtree to give Michigan new life.

Overtime was all Wolverines, who scored on a boot by Gardner and then stuffed the Wildcats on a 4th-and-2 try.

 

Grades

Devin Gardner, QB, Michigan: A

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Gardner played a great game in relief of injured quarterback Denard Robinson. His 53-yard pass before the end of regulation kept his team in the game and forced overtime.

However, he did almost throw the game away when his fourth-quarter pass was picked off by the Wildcats with about four minutes to play in the fourth quarter.

 

Venric Mark, RB, Northwestern: A-

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The dynamic Wildcats RB put up a pretty good performance against a good rush defense. His 104 yards helped put his team in a good position to win. However, he couldn’t get the yards needed in short-yardage situations to help them get the victory.

Mark also had a punt return touchdown called back due to a holding penalty during the return.

 

What’s Next

Michigan is hanging tight with Nebraska in the Big Ten Legends Division, but they could pull ahead if the Cornhuskers slip up against Penn State.

Michigan will host the Iowa Hawkeyes at the Big House next week before traveling to Columbus to take on the Ohio State Buckeyes at the Horseshoe.

Northwestern finishes up with a tough game in East Lansing against the Spartans before hosting the Illinois Fighting Illini in their season finale in Evanston.

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