Michigan Continues its Dominance over Minnesota, Retains Little Brown Jug

Jeff ContizanoCorrespondent INovember 8, 2008

Today's Michigan vs. Minnesota game featured the second oldest rivalry in college football, the Battle for the Little Brown Jug.

Since it's inception in 1903, the "battle" has been one-sided, with Michigan dominating the series 66-22-3.

Today was no different.

The Wolverine defense, plagued all season by inconsistent play, gave up a total of 114 yards.

The offense, playing without quarterback Stephen Threet, amassed a staggering total of 435 yards.

Without the big ten's leading receiver in Eric Decker, Minnesota's Adam Weber finished 13-24, for 105 yards and one interception. Nick Sheridan finished a solid 18/30 for 209 yards and a touchdown for Michigan.

Michigan's offense featured a very balance attack (209 passing yards, 238 rushing), and the rushing attack featured seven different players with a carry.

For Michigan, this win comes at a very crucial point in the season. It releases some tension from the program, especially with the coaches and the players. And the game was definitely a huge confidence builder as well, this team played four quarters of solid football.

Minnesota falls to 7-3, but still has bowl eligibility and two more games to right the ship. But for today, Hail to the Victors.