Toledo 13

(2-4, 2-1 away)

Michigan 10

(2-4, 2-3 home)

Coverage: BTN

12:00 PM ET, October 11, 2008

Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI

1 2 3 4 T
TOL 7 0 3 313
MICH 7 3 0 010

Top Performers

Passing: A. Opelt (TOL) - 257 YDS

Rushing: S. McGuffie (RICE) - 25 CAR, 105 YDS

Receiving: N. Moore (TOL) - 20 REC, 162 YDS

Struggling Michigan takes first loss to MAC team, off to worst start in 41 years

Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Holy Toledo.

Michigan's K.C. Lopata missed a 26-yard field goal with 4 seconds left, giving the Rockets a 13-10 win over the once-mighty Wolverines.

Big House Of Horrors

Michigan now has as many losses at home over the last two seasons as the team had in the previous eight seasons combined.

Michigan W-L at Home
Last 10 Years
2007-08 7-6
1999-2006 46-6
• Blog: UM seeks answers

Toledo coach Tom Amstutz, who has spent most of his life in the city just south of the Michigan border, gazed at the scoreboard displaying the stunning score as he celebrated on the Big House field.

"Yeah, I enjoyed looking at it," Amstutz said. "I wasn't in a hurry to get off the field. I lingered a little bit because it was such a great feeling."

The Rockets went ahead early in the fourth quarter when Alex Steigerwald's career-long 48-yard field goal bounced off the crossbar.

With a chance to seal the victory, Toledo came up short on a fourth down to make a comeback possible for college football's winningest team.

Michigan seemed to set up overtime by driving to the Rockets 9, but Lopata's chip shot from the right side of the field sailed to the left of the uprights.

"It never goes down on one play," Rodriguez said. "There are a lot of plays we'd like to have back."

The Wolverines (2-4) have their worst six-game record since 1967 -- two years before Bo Schembechler started coaching them -- and their streak of playing in 33 straight bowls is in jeopardy.

"We're kind of at a crossroads," linebacker Obi Ezeh said. "We could either go downhill or we can hang tough and weather this storm."

It will be difficult for Michigan to bounce back this month with matchups at No. 6 Penn State and against No. 23 Michigan State.

"This will hurt for 24 hours -- at least," Rodriguez said. "But we can't let it hurt longer because we have a game coming up against a top-10 team."

Everyone knew Rodriguez's first season would be a rebuilding one as he installed new schemes with inexperienced players, but this isn't what anybody had in mind.

Fast Facts

• Michigan, off to its worst start since 1967, lost to a MAC team for the first time ever (now 24-1).

• Toledo WR Nick Moore had 167 yards on 20 catches, tied for the fifth-most in FBS history. His QB Aaron Opelt was 33-for-50 for 257 yards in the first-ever meeting between these two schools, separated by just 45 miles.

• The Michigan QBs threw three picks, including one that was returned 100 yards for a touchdown.

• The last non-BCS conference team (excluding Notre Dame) with a losing record to defeat Michigan was Army in 1954. Army was 0-1 entering its game with Michigan, but finished with a 7-2 record.

-- ESPN research

"I'm just extremely disappointed and embarrassed," Rodriguez said.

Toledo (2-4) pulled off one of the biggest victories in school history -- rivaling wins over No. 9 Pittsburgh in 2003 and Penn State in 2000 -- and blemished Michigan's 24-0 record against the first Mid-American Conference.

"This one is special," said Amstutz, who was born in Toledo, played for the Rockets and was a longtime assistant before being named head coach in 2000. "It was a great, great win."

Nick Moore caught 20 passes -- a record against Michigan -- for 162 yards.

"I never thought I would have that many catches ever -- not even in little league," Moore said.

Toledo's Tyrrell Herbert returned one of his two interceptions 100 yards for the first score of the game.

Aaron Opelt was 33-of-50 for 257 yards and didn't throw an interception.

Michigan's Steven Threet was replaced in the second half because of a bruised elbow after completing 7 of 11 passes for 55 yards with a TD and an interception, a light toss that Herbert stepped in front of in the end zone.

Nick Sheridan wasn't much better and that was a problem for the Wolverines.

Sheridan was 8-of-16 for 65 yards and threw two interceptions, both of which went off receiver Toney Clemons' hands in the fourth quarter.

"I've got to be more accurate," Sheridan said after playing for the first time in three weeks.

Michigan's Sam McGuffie ran for 105 yards.

He also had a 29-yard reception that left him shaken up, but put his team in position to extend the game -- at least -- after getting the ball at its 33 with 1:32 left.

The Wolverines foreshadowed what the afternoon was going to be like by losing 2 yards on their opening drive and throwing an interception on the second drive that was returned the length of the field.

"We came in confident and we knew we had a chance to win," Herbert said. "To get a play like that, it just fueled the fire. We knew we could win in this stadium and we could beat these guys."


Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1719
Total Yards327290
3rd Down Conversions8-183-13
4th Down Conversions0-22-2

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Scoring Summary

TD06:05Tyrrell Herbert 100 Yd Interception Return (Alex Steigerwald Kick) 70
TD00:23Brandon Minor 27 Yd Pass From Steven Threet (K.C. Lopata Kick) 77
FG10:22K.C. Lopata 26 Yd 710
FG08:57Alex Steigerwald 29 Yd 1010
FG11:46Alex Steigerwald 48 Yd 1310