Nov. 3, 2012
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.
INDIVIDUAL NOTES (OFFENSE)
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.
INDIVIDUAL NOTES (DEFENSE)
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.
INDIVIDUAL NOTES (SPECIAL TEAMS)
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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