12:00 PM ET, September 4, 2004
Michigan Stadium, ANN ARBOR, MI
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- Chad Henne was expected to go unnoticed while wearing a headset on the sideline at Michigan Stadium.
The freshman quarterback ended up having 110,815 fans watching his winged helmet and right arm.
Henne threw two touchdowns in a surprising start for Michigan, helping the Wolverines (No. 7 ESPN/USAToday; No. 8 AP) to a 43-10 victory over Miami of Ohio on Saturday that ended the nation's longest winning streak.
"You got 100-some thousand fans out there when you look up," Henne said. "It's like, this isn't high school."
Matt Gutierrez was supposed to start, but he was relegated to holding on kicks because of a sore arm, creating an opportunity for Henne. Rick Leach is the only other quarterback to start as a freshman for the Wolverines. Leach led Michigan to a victory on Sept. 13, 1975, at Wisconsin.
Henne, wearing the same No. 7 Leach and Drew Henson wore, was 14-of-24 for 142 yards with one interception.
"He made one mistake," said Michigan coach Lloyd Carr, who chose to start Henne after Thursday's practice. "But considering running out into this stadium after he just got out of junior-senior prom, I was impressed."
Carr would not say who he planned to start at Notre Dame next week.
The RedHawks (1-1) had won 14 straight games, 13 times last year with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger, a first-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers, saw his replacement have a rough day as he watched from the sideline.
"I told him, 'Everybody has a bad game and not to worry about it,'" Roethlisberger said. "The only thing he lost was a chance at an undefeated season."
Josh Betts was 18-of-36 for 201 yards with four interceptions and a fumble. He accounted for four TDs last week in a 49-0 rout over Division I-AA Indiana State.
"I don't think they confused us too much," Betts insisted. "I think it was just us beating ourselves. They're a good team, but we made them look a lot better than they are."
After a scoreless first quarter, Michigan led 24-0 midway through the third quarter.
The RedHawks then made it interesting with a field goal, Mike Smith's 1-yard TD run and a drive deep in Michigan territory.
"I thought the momentum was wearing white and I felt pretty good about our chances," RedHawks coach Terry Hoeppner said.
With a chance to pull within a score, Ernest Shazor returned an interception 88 yards for a TD to give the Wolverines a 30-10 lead with 9:01 left to play.
Turnovers were a problem for the RedHawks throughout.
"Their defense was destructive," Hoeppner said.
Betts' first turnover led to points midway through the second quarter. Ryan Mundy intercepted a tipped pass and returned it 38 yards to set up Garrett Rivas' 31-yard kick.
On Betts' next attempt, cornerback Markus Curry stepped in front of the intended receiver for his first of two interceptions. Underwood dived over a pile of a linemen on fourth-and-1 to put the Wolverines ahead 10-0.
Betts fumbled on the opening drive of the second half and four plays later, Underwood scored on another 1-yard run.
Edwards' 20-yard TD, a crossing route that led to a dive into the end zone, gave Michigan its 24-0 lead. He leaped for a 13-yard TD midway through the fourth.
Two of Michigan's standout players -- cornerback Marlin Jackson and linebacker LaMarr Woodley -- were on the sideline without shoulder pads after halftime. Jackson, with an ice pack on his right shoulder, said he would play at Notre Dame as did Woodley, declining to reveal his injury.
The Big Ten's version of instant reply was available for the game, but play was never stopped to review a play.
"If they reviewed a play, they didn't tell me," said Carr, who thought at least a couple plays should've been looked at.
Team Stat Comparison
|3rd Down Conversions||7-16||8-17|
|4th Down Conversions||0-1||1-1|
|FG||6:53||GARRETT RIVAS 31 YD FG|
Drive info: 6 plays, 14 yards.
|TD||4:48||DAVID UNDERWOOD 1 YD RUN (GARRETT RIVAS KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 9 yards.
|TD||12:25||DAVID UNDERWOOD 1 YD RUN (GARRETT RIVAS KICK)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 17 yards.
|TD||6:47||BRAYLON EDWARDS 20 YD PASS FROM CHAD HENNE (GARRETT RIVAS KICK)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 61 yards.
|FG||0:06||JARED PARSEGHIAN 36 YD FG|
Drive info: 14 plays, 61 yards.
|TD||12:38||MIKE SMITH 1 YD RUN (TODD SODERQUIST KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 2 yards.
|TD||9:01||ERNEST SHAZOR 88 YD INTERCEPTION RETURN (MISSED KICK)||10||30|
|TD||7:22||BRAYLON EDWARDS 13 YD PASS FROM CHAD HENNE (MISSED KICK)|
Drive info: 2 plays, 7 yards.
|TD||6:16||JEROME JACKSON 1 YD RUN (GARRETT RIVAS KICK)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 20 yards.