Michigan 38, Northwestern 31 (OT)

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan put together a second-half comeback and kept its narrowing Rose Bowl hopes alive with a 38-31 overtime victory over Northwestern on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
Quarterback Devin Gardner scored on a one-yard touchdown run in overtime, and linebacker Kenny Demens stopped Tony Jones of Northwestern on fourth-and-two to end the game.
Gardner started at quarterback in place of Denard Robinson, who sat out his second straight game because of an ulnar nerve injury in his right arm.
Venric Mark gave Northwestern a 7-0 lead less than seven minutes into the game on a three-yard touchdown run that completed a 10-play, 78-yard drive.
Less than six minutes later, Gardner tied the game on an eight-yard touchdown run, diving to the end zone and clipping the pylon with the football.
Gardner's touchdown run completed a 10-play, 78-yard drive for the Wolverines, aided by 20 yards in penalties against the Wildcats.
Michigan and Northwestern exchanged second-quarter turnovers, with Kain Colter's fumble on third-and-five from the Northwestern 49 setting up Thomas Rawls' go-ahead touchdown on a one-yard run with 6:17 left to give Michigan a 14-7 lead.
However, Northwestern tied the game, 14-14, with 25 seconds left in the half on Trevor Siemian's 19-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Dickerson.
The Wildcats converted a key third-down less than three minutes into the second half, before Dan Vitale caught Colter's screen pass and went 23 yards for a touchdown to give the Wildcats a 21-14 lead.
Jeff Budzien completed Northwestern's second drive of the half with a 37-yard field goal and the Wildcats led, 24-14, with 3:57 left in the third quarter.
Michigan cut Northwestern's lead to 24-21 on Fitz Toussaint's 23-yard touchdown two minutes later, and with 8:51 left in the fourth, Gardner found Devin Funchess in the end zone for an eight-yard touchdown to make it 28-24.
Tony Jones' 15-yard touchdown catch with 3:59 left in the game gave Northwestern a 31-28 lead before Brendan Gibbon's 26-yard field goal with eight seconds left sent the game to overtime.
NOTES: Michigan safety Jordan Kovacs was awarded the No. 11 jersey for Saturday's game against Northwestern, part of the Michigan Football Legends initiative. Francis, Albert and Alvin Wistert shared the No. 11 jersey at Michigan; all three Wistert brothers earned first-team All-American honors, which has never been duplicated by three brothers at any level of college competition. ... Michigan also honored Barry Larkin, former Cincinnati Reds shortstop and baseball Hall of Famer, who played baseball for the Wolverines from 1983 to 1985.

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