The Michigan Wolverines went to Illinois looking for a win against a 4-5 Northwestern team. They were probably expecting a win, not an easy win, but a win. The Wolverines got on the board first with a field goal to cap their opening, and lengthy drive. Northwestern got their own field goal to end the first quarter and tie the game.
The second was a defensive struggle. On the last play of the half, Northwestern’s Jeff Budzien added a second field goal to take a 6-5 lead into the half.
The third quarter followed suit of the first half, just a back and forth struggle. Late in the third quarter Northwestern’s Budzien added his third field goal of he game to take a 9-3 lead.
In the fourth quarter Michigan’s offense came alive, sort of. They got into field goal range early in the quarter to kick a field goal and pull with in three points. Michigan got the ball back with 2:18 left in the game. They drove 44 yards to set up a game-tying field goal as time expired. Brendan Gibbons converted his third field goal of the game to force an over time.
In the first possession of overtime, Michigan finally found the end zone on a 11-yard touchdown pass from Devin Gardner to Jake Butt. Northwestern responded with a 1-yard touchdown run from Kain Colter and forced a second over time.
Both teams scored field goals in the second over time. In the third overtime, Devin Gardner ran into the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown run. Northwestern couldn’t score on their possession and the Wolverines won a game that started off fairly slow but had an exciting finish. The final score was Michigan 27, Northwestern 19.