ANN ARBOR – The Michigan football team started tough, but its defense shorted out toward the end of the first quarter.
Michigan and Minnesota are tied 7-7 to start the second quarter.
After forcing Minnesota to punt on its first possession, Michigan called six consecutive running plays on its opening drive, which Fitzgerald Toussaint finished with an 8-yard touchdown scamper.
Minnesota responded with a 16 play drive that covered 75 yards. Maxx Williams reeled in a 7-yard touchdown pass to cap off the drive.
Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner was 5 of 5 for 30 yards and a passing TD in the first quarter, while James Ross III led Michigan with five tackles.
Briefly: Minnesota coach Jerry Kill suffered an epileptic seizure on Saturday, and it forced him to miss the game. He did not travel with the team on Friday to Ann Arbor because of a sickness. He was expected to fly to Michigan early Saturday.
Prior to the game, Michigan freshman running back De’Veon Smith changed his jersey number from No. 4 to 32.