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Game Recap: Michigan comes from behind, beats Northwestern 20-17

A nail-biter for Michigan

NCAA Football: Michigan at Northwestern Quinn Harris-USA TODAY Sports

A game in which the No. 14 Michigan Wolverines were down 17-0 turned into a comeback victory on the road against the Northwestern Wildcats.

This game wasn’t pretty, but it was a victory for Michigan.


First Quarter

- After a Michigan three and out, Northwestern has no trouble marching down the field. QB Clayton Thorson punches it in from the 1 yard line via QB sneak. Northwestern leads 7-0

- Northwestern makes it a two-score game with a 45-yard Charlie Kuhbander field goal. Northwestern leads 10-0

Second Quarter

- It kind of feels like the game is slipping away from Michigan at this point, as they now trail by three scores after John Moten scores on a 3-yard run. Northwestern leads 17-0

- Michigan had to score on this drive, and they did. Some big Higdon runs and chunk-yardage pass plays culminate with a 4-yard Higdon TD. Northwestern leads 17-7

Third Quarter

- Michigan stops Northwestern on their first possession of the half and proceed to get it within five yards of the end-zone before the drive stalls. Michigan settles for a Quinn Nordin 23-yard field goal. Northwestern leads 17-10

- Michigan gets it all the way to the 4 yard line, but the drive stalls and Nordin converts a 24-yard field goal. Northwestern leads 17-13

Fourth Quarter

- The minutes remaining are dwindling and Michigan needs a touchdown. The Wolverines have a methodical drive featuring a couple clutch throws and runs by Patterson to set up a goal to go opportunity. This time Michigan is able to score a TD thanks to a 5-yard rush by Higdon. Michigan leads 20-17