Game Notes: Michigan 35, Gopher Football 13 (11/3/12)

Nov. 3, 2012

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Postgame Notes
Michigan [6-3, 4-1] 35, Minnesota [5-4, 1-4] 13
November 1, 2012   |   TCF Bank Stadium  |   Minneapolis, Minn.   |   Att. 48,801

• Today's game was the 99th all-time meeting with Michigan, and the Wolverines now hold a 72-24-3 lead in the series.
• Minnesota has lost five straight in the series, and 21 of the past 22 games. The Gophers' last win was a 23-20 victory in Ann Arbor on Oct. 8, 2005.

• Minnesota fell to 12-15 in games played at TCF Bank Stadium, but is 11-9 there since the start of 2010.
• The Gophers dropped to 4-2 at home this season.
• Kill's career record in home games fell to 82-31 (.726).
• Minnesota's defense forced a three-and-out on the opponent's opening series of the game for the second time this season. The Gophers forced a three-and-out on Wisconsin's initial series in Madison on Oct. 20.
• Minnesota held Michigan without a first down until 13:35 remaining in the second quarter. The Wolverines were limited to nine total yards on eight plays in the opening quarter.
• One week after recording 10 pass breakups in the 44-28 win versus Purdue, the Gophers were credited with just one.
• Minnesota finished with 13 points for the fourth time in five B1G games this season. The Gophers scored 44 points in last week's win versus Purdue.
• Minnesota's 14 pass completions were spread among nine different targets.

• True freshman quarterback Philip Nelson started his third consecutive game for the Gophers.
• Nelson threw a touchdown pass for the third straight game, and finished 13-of-29 for 142 yards with no interceptions. Nelson also rushed 10 times for 37 yards.
• Nelson caught his first career pass, as he took a throw from holder Peter Mortell for a five-yard gain on a fake field goal attempt.
• Senior tight end John Rabe caught his fourth TD of the season (sixth career) to open the scoring early in the second quarter.
• Sophomore running back Donnell Kirkwood and redshirt freshman right tackle Josh Campion are the only two offensive players to have started all nine games this season.
• Kirkwood was Minnesota's leading rusher, with 16 attempts for 58 yards.
• Freshman running back Rodrick Williams Jr. rushed nine times for 38 yards.
• Senior MarQueis Gray caught three passes for 27 yards.
• Junior wide receiver Derrick Engel had two catches for 45 yards.

• Sophomore safety Cedric Thompson intercepted his second pass of the season (and also career) on Michigan's second possession of the game.
• Junior defensive tackle Roland Johnson recorded his second sack of the season.
• Senior cornerback Troy Stoudermire tied for the team lead with nine tackles (four solo).
• Junior safety Brock Vereen tied Stoudermire with nine stops (two solo) and also had Minnesota's lone pass breakup.
• Junior nose tackle Ra'Shede Hageman recorded his fifth sack of the season as part of his six tackles (three solo).
• Five defensive players - Stoudermire, Hageman, sophomore defensive end Michael Amaefula, sophomore defensive tackle Cameron Botticelli, and senior cornerback Michael Carter - have started all nine games this season.

• Senior kicker Jordan Wettstein was 2-of-3 on field goals, making fourth-quarter attempts from 26 and 19 yards. His lone miss was a 55-yard attempt as time expired in the first half.
• Wettstein is 11-of-19 this season, with three of his misses coming from greater than 50 yards.




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