Minnesota Loses Against Powerful Michigan

Michigan had too many weapons against a young Gopher squad in Ann Arbor

by Nick Gerhardt

>With star running back Mike Hart nursing an ankle injury his backups filled in competently by rushing for 338 yards.

Surprisingly Minnesota led much of the first half until Brandon Minor scampered in from two yards out to give Michigan a 13-10 lead with 2:49 remaining in the first half.

Things quickly changed for the Gophers when the second half opened as the Wolverines scored 21 unanswered points to blow past Minnesota.

One of those players blowing past the Gophers was junior receiver Mario Manningham torched the secondary of Minnesota. Coach Tim Brewster started three true freshmen in the secondary and Manningham and company picked on Ryan Collado much of the afternoon as Manningham hauled in 5 catches for a career-best 162 receiving yards with a touchdown.

Freshmen quarterback Ryan Mallett replaced Chad Henne and Mallett completed 11-of-20 passes for 233 yards and one score.

Minor and Carlos Brown both rushed for over 100 yards as Minor carried 21 times for 159 yards and one touchdown while Brown had 13 carries for 137 yards and two touchdowns. Brown snapped off a 85-yard touchdown dash to break the backs of the Gophers.