Coming off back-to-back scares against Connecticut and Akron – not exactly the names you’d expect to get a scare from – Michigan was in need of a convincing win.
While they won handily against Minnesota on Saturday, the game was still not quite over heading into the 4th quarter. Two late touchdowns put the game away in the form of a Devin Gardner 2-yard touchdown tumble and a Blake Countess 72-yard interception return for a touchdown in the final 2:36.
Michigan pulled out the victory 42-13 and got a conference win at home in the process.
Gardner went 13 for 17 for 235 yards and a score and rushed 7 times for 17 yards and another score, and Fitzgerald Touissant rushed 17 times for 78 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wolverines.
Minnesota QB Mitch Leidner went 14 for 21 with 145 yards and a TD and an interception for a Gophers team that could muster only 282 yards of total offense.
Michigan moves to 5-0 on the season while Minnesota drops to 4-2.
Prior to the game, Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill suffered another seizure and was unable to attend. Gophers’ athletic director spoke about that with ESPN.
“I know it’s so frustrating for him.” Teague said. “He had a bounce this week and was at every practice. This is a setback for him. We have a bye week next week. We’ll keep managing it and move forward.”