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Final

(4) Michigan 38

(5-2, 2-1 Big Ten)

(20) Minnesota 35

(6-1, 2-1 Big Ten)

8:00 PM ET, October 10, 2003

The Metrodome, MINNEAPOLIS, MN

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#4MICH 0 0 7 3138
#20MINN 7 7 14 735

Gophers allow 28-7 lead to escape

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- John Navarre directed the biggest comeback in Michigan history and put the Wolverines back into the thick of the Big Ten race.

Marion Barber

Minnesota's Marion Barber ran 197 yards on 21 carries.

Garrett Rivas kicked a 33-yard field goal with 47 seconds left to cap Michigan's 31-point fourth quarter as the Wolverines (No. 19 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP) rallied for a 38-35 victory over Minnesota (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) on Friday night.

"It just speaks to the human spirit," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "And those kids showed tremendous spirit."

The win was the Wolverines' 15th straight over the Golden Gophers in the 100th anniversary of the game that began the series for the Little Brown Jug.

Michigan trailed 28-7 at the start of the fourth quarter, but the Wolverines (5-2, 2-1 Big Ten) pulled within 35-28 on Navarre's 52-yard TD pass to Braylon Edwards with 10:18 left in the game.

Trailing 35-28, Michigan got the ball back at its own 40 with just over eight minutes to play. On second down, Navarre, who came into the game 0-6 on the road against ranked teams, connected with Chris Perry for an 18-yard gain to the Minnesota 13. Two plays later, Perry ran it in for a 10-yard score to tie the game.

The comeback eclipsed Michigan's rally from 17 down for an 18-17 victory over Virginia in 1995.

"We made up our minds that we've got to win this game," Navarre said. "We kept on the roll and got some good breaks with our defense and special teams. We made up our minds and were not denied."

Minnesota (6-1, 2-1), which looked to be on its way to its first win over Michigan since 1986, went three-and-out on its next possession and Michigan got the ball back at their own 42.

Navarre converted on fourth down with a 1-yard plunge to the Gophers' 48. He also found Perry for a 10-yard gain on third down to the Minnesota 22. Navarre took a knee on third down after Tim Massaquoi recovered a fumble by Perry at the 14.

That set up Rivas' kick.

"I only get worried if he's trying from 65," Perry said.

After the kick, Minnesota quarterback Asad Abdul-Khaliq had an 18-yard run to midfield negated by a penalty. Two plays later Markus Curry intercepted Abdul-Khaliq at the Michigan 14 to seal the game.

"I've never been in a game like this," Perry said.

Michigan's emotional win came a week after a disappointing loss to Iowa that dropped the Wolverines from No. 9 to 20.

Perry, who entered the game as the nation's fifth-leading rusher at 129 yards per game, was held to 85 on the ground. But he caught 11 passes for 122 yards and his 10-yard reception in the fourth quarter started the rally.

"I think that was a turning point because we answered quickly," Carr said. "From that point forward, we had a tremendous sense of confidence."

Just 1:24 after Perry's catch, Jacob Stewart picked off Abdul-Khaliq and ran it back for a 34-yard score to make it 28-21.

Navarre finished 33-of-47 for 353 yards with an interception and two touchdown passes. He also ran for a score in the third quarter.

Minnesota's collapse wasted a great effort on the ground and the most points the Gophers have scored against Michigan since 1937.

The Gophers outgained the Wolverines 424-94 on the ground.

"You can never just say you won the game because of how many yards you rushed for," Abdul-Khaliq said. "You have to go out, and at the end of the game, you have to be up by a point."

Marion Barber III ran for 197 yards on 21 carries and set a school record in the first quarter with his 14th rushing touchdown of the season. Freshman Laurence Maroney ran for 81 yards and two scores, while Abdul-Khaliq finished with 106 yards on nine carries -- including a 52-yard TD in the fourth that made it 35-21.

The game was moved to Friday to avoid a potential conflict with a Minnesota Twins' playoff game.

The Gophers haven't beaten Michigan in Minneapolis since 1977.

A win would have legitimized Minnesota's record and Top 25 ranking. The Gophers took criticism for padding their record with soft nonconference opponents.

Michigan avoided losing for the third time in four games.

In the first three quarters, the Wolverines looked nothing like the team that shut out Notre Dame 38-0 last month.

Navarre struggled to find his rhythm in the deafening Metrodome and his receivers missed several passes.

Minnesota cornerback Justin Isom intercepted Navarre in the third quarter and fullback Thomas Tapeh scored on a 2-yard run to put Minnesota up 28-7 with 58 seconds left in the quarter.

"We still played our hearts out," Abdul-Khaliq said. "We just didn't finish."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MICH
MINN
1st Downs2721
Total Yards483495
Passing38971
Rushing94424
Penalties5-497-65
3rd Down Conversions7-157-12
4th Down Conversions2-30-0
Turnovers12
Possession28:5031:10

Passing Leaders

MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Breaston1/13636.010-
Navarre33/473537.521-
MinnesotaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTQBR
Abdul-Kh...8/19713.702-

Rushing Leaders

MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Perry20854.3115
Underwood155.005
MinnesotaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Barber III211979.4145
Abdul-Kh...910611.8152

Receiving Leaders

MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Perry1112211.1121
Edwards79313.3152
MinnesotaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Barber III44611.5017
Ellerson22311.5014

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMICHMINN
TD6:14MARION BARBER III 20 YD RUN (RHYS LLOYD KICK)
Drive info: 12 plays, 80 yards.
07
SECOND QUARTERMICHMINN
TD9:17LAURENCE MARONEY 8 YD RUN (RHYS LLOYD KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 89 yards.
014
THIRD QUARTERMICHMINN
TD11:00JOHN NAVARRE 36 YD PASS FROM STEVE BREASTON (GARRETT RIVAS KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 83 yards.
714
TD8:04LAURENCE MARONEY 38 YD RUN (RHYS LLOYD KICK)
Drive info: 7 plays, 80 yards.
721
TD0:58THOMAS TAPEH 2 YD RUN (RHYS LLOYD KICK)
Drive info: 4 plays, 26 yards.
728
FOURTH QUARTERMICHMINN
TD14:24CHRIS PERRY 10 YD PASS FROM JOHN NAVARRE (GARRETT RIVAS KICK)
Drive info: 10 plays, 80 yards.
1428
TD13:30JACOB STEWART 34 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (GARRETT RIVAS KICK)2128
TD11:11ASAD ABDUL-KHALIQ 52 YD RUN (RHYS LLOYD KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 76 yards.
2135
TD10:18BRAYLON EDWARDS 52 YD PASS FROM JOHN NAVARRE (GARRETT RIVAS KICK)
Drive info: 5 plays, 79 yards.
2835
TD5:48CHRIS PERRY 10 YD RUN (GARRETT RIVAS KICK)
Drive info: 8 plays, 60 yards.
3535
FG0:47GARRETT RIVAS 33 YD FG
Drive info: 12 plays, 42 yards.
3835