The Minnesota Golden Gophers overcame an early deficit on Saturday (Sept. 27) to defeat the Michigan Wolverines, 30-14, in Big Ten college football action at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Not only did the win lift the Golden Gophers to a 4-1 overall season record and a 1-0 mark in the conference, it allowed them the right to take home the Little Brown Jug, presented annually to the winner. The loss dropped the Wolverines to 2-3 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten.
After Michigan went up 7-0 on a 10-yard dash by running back De’Veon Smith, Minnesota scored 30 unanswered points to take a commanding lead early in the fourth quarter. The Wolverines struggled offensively throughout most of the contest, which featured just the second career start by sophomore quarterback Shane Morris. The young signal caller completed seven of the 19 passes he threw for a mere 49 yards, with no touchdowns and one interception.
After Morris took multiple direct hits from the Golden Gophers’ defense in the final stanza, one of which seemed to daze him, Devin Gardner took over under center. The fifth-year senior QB quickly led the Maize and Blue down the field and accounted for the game’s final points on a 3-yard run into the end zone with 7:27 remaining. In his limited time on the field, Gardner connected on three of the six passes he tossed for 39 yards, and he added 34 yards on the ground.
Learn more about U-M’s loss to Minnesota in a detailed recap on the school’s official athletic website, MGoBlue.com. The recap has links to additional content, including the box score, quotes and more.
The Wolverines will travel to Piscataway, New Jersey this Saturday (Oct. 4) to take on conference newcomer Rutgers. The Big Ten Network will televise the matchup, which kicks off at 7 p.m. EDT.