- Chantel Jennings, ESPN Staff Writer
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With a 24-21 win over Connecticut on Saturday, Michigan finished the nonconference schedule 4-0. Here are three standouts from the Wolverines’ second-consecutive ugly win.
LB Desmond Morgan. Morgan came up with the big one-handed interception deep in Michigan’s territory that allowed the Wolverines to set up the TD drive that would put Michigan equal with UConn, 21-21. He was brought back to his high school running back days as he snaked through offensive players and returned the interception 29 yards, but through all of it his athleticism was on full display. “We preached all game that we needed to create some energy for our offense -- get a turnover, make some big plays on defense,” Morgan said. And without that kind of a play there, the game could’ve been very, very different.
RB Fitzgerald Toussaint. The redshirt senior rushed for two touchdowns and 120 yards on 24 carries in what was his best showing so far this season. Generally, quarterback Devin Gardner has led the rushers, but Toussaint’s 120 yards nearly doubled Gardner’s yardage (64). Toussaint’s two rushing touchdowns -- one 12-yard spurt and a longer 35-yard cross-field run -- both came after the Wolverines were already down.
K Brendan Gibbons. When Michigan failed to convert on third-and-2 at their own four-yard line, Gibbons was called upon to make a 21-yard field goal to put the Wolverines up for the first time the beginning of the second quarter. With 3:35 left in the game and the threat that the Wolverine offense might not see the field again, Gibbons calmly gave Michigan a three-point lead.
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