Scores

Final/OT

Northwestern 31

(7-3, 3-3 Big Ten)

Michigan 38

(7-3, 5-1 Big Ten)

Coverage: ESPN/ESPN 3D

12:00 PM ET, November 10, 2012

Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI

1 2 3 4 OT T
NW 7 7 10 7 031
MICH 7 7 7 10 738

Top Performers

Passing: D. Gardner (MICH) - 286 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: V. Mark (NW) - 23 CAR, 104 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Roundtree (MICH) - 5 REC, 139 YDS

Michigan outlasts Northwestern for wild OT victory

Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Devin Gardner ran for a 1-yard touchdown in overtime and Michigan's defense responded with a stop, giving the Wolverines a wild 38-31 win over Northwestern on Saturday.

Trevor Siemian threw a 15-yard pass to Tony Jones with 3:59 left in regulation to give the Wildcats a 31-28 lead and Gardner threw an interception on the next snap.

Northwestern couldn't pick up enough first downs to run out the clock in regulation and the Wolverines took advantage.

Gardner heaved a 53-yard pass to Roy Roundtree to set up Brendan Gibbons' 26-yard field goal with 2 seconds left to force OT.

The Wolverines (7-3, 5-1 Big Ten) barely prevented Northwestern (6-4, 4-2) from winning consecutive games in Ann Arbor for the first time since the 1934 and 1936 seasons.

The comeback victory keeps Michigan's hopes alive of winning a Big Ten title for the first time since 2004.

However, college football's winningest program needs another conference team to knock Nebraska out of first place in the Legends Division. The Cornhuskers would win a tiebreaker because of their win over the Wolverines two weeks ago when Denard Robinson left the game with nerve damage in his right elbow.

Gardner, making his second straight start in place of the injured Robinson, was 16 of 29 for 286 yards with touchdown passes to Fitzgerald Toussaint and Devin Funchess. Gardner ran for 47 yards and two scores.

Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, who was taken out once because he wasn't throwing the ball well and another time because he was injured, was 8 of 14 for 96 yards and a TD. Colter ran 24 times for 82 yards and fumbled, setting up one of Michigan's scores in a closely contested game filled with ties and lead changes.

Siemian was 6 of 7 for 87 yards with two TDs, a game-tying 19-yard strike to Cameron Dickerson with 25 seconds left in the first half and the go-ahead pass to Jones late in the game.

Venric Mark had 104 yards rushing and a score for the Wildcats, who had a lot of success with option pitches to the outside only to stop calling that play frequently in the fourth quarter.

Toussaint ran for 92 yards and turned a short pass into a 28-yard, go-ahead TD late in the third quarter by breaking a tackle and sprinting down a sideline.

Northwestern seemed to set itself up for an upset victory at the Big House when it went ahead late in the game, picked off Gardner and converted a fourth-and-1 -- by the nose of the football -- on Colter's dive with 3:07 left on a play that stood after review.

But the Wildcats needed one more first down to run out the clock and couldn't earn another one against a suddenly stingy defense.

In overtime, on a fourth-and-2 from the Michigan 17, linebacker Kenny Demens stopped Tyris Jones on a run up the middle to allow the Wolverines to celebrate a thrilling victory.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NW
MICH
1st Downs2721
Total Yards431419
Passing183286
Rushing248133
Penalties8-752-26
3rd Down Conversions8-167-10
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers12
Possession34:2825:32

Passing Leaders

NorthwesternC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Colter8/14966.910
MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Gardner16/292869.921

Rushing Leaders

NorthwesternCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mark231044.5130
Colter24823.4018
MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Toussaint18925.1050
Gardner9475.2217

Receiving Leaders

NorthwesternRECYDSAVGTDLG
Jones56112.2021
Vitale23015.0123
MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Roundtree513927.8053
Gallon79413.4042

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNWMICH
TD08:19Venric Mark 3 Yd Run. (Jeff Budzien Kick) 70
TD02:27Devin Gardner 8 Yd Run. (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 77
SECOND QUARTERNWMICH
TD06:17Thomas Rawls 1 Yd Run. (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 714
TD00:25Cameron Dickerson 19 Yd Pass From Trevor Siemian. (Jeff Budzien Kick) 1414
THIRD QUARTERNWMICH
TD11:00Dan Vitale 23 Yd Pass From Kain Colter. (Jeff Budzien Kick) 2114
FG03:57Jeff Budzien 34 Yd 2414
TD01:43Fitzgerald Toussaint 28 Yd Pass From Devin Gardner. (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 2421
FOURTH QUARTERNWMICH
TD08:45Devin Funchess 8 Yd Pass From Devin Gardner. (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 2428
TD03:59Tony Jones 15 Yd Pass From Trevor Siemian. (Jeff Budzien Kick) 3128
FG00:02Brendan Gibbons 26 Yd 3131
OVERTIMENWMICH
TDDevin Gardner 1 Yd Run. (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 3138

Research Notes

Northwestern's opening-drive touchdown was the first time this season that Michigan allowed points on the opening drive.

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