Scores

Final

Michigan 27

(6-2, 4-0 Big Ten)

Illinois 17

(5-3, 3-2 Big Ten)

8:00 PM ET, October 20, 2007

Memorial Stadium, CHAMPAIGN, IL

1 2 3 4 T
MICH 3 14 0 1027
ILL 7 7 3 017

Top Performers

Passing: C. Henne (MICH) - 201 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: C. Brown (MICH) - 25 CAR, 113 YDS

Receiving: M. Manningham (MICH) - 9 REC, 109 YDS, 2 TD

Brown, Henne step up for Hart-less Michigan 

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- With Mike Hart walking the sideline in a warmup jacket, Michigan (No. 25 BCS, No. 24 AP) needed some substitute stars.

The Wolverines found just what they needed in backup tailback Carlos Brown and a gritty performance by a banged-up Chad Henne.

Brown rushed for 113 yards and Henne played through a hand injury to throw two touchdown passes in the Wolverines' 27-17 win over Illinois on Saturday night.

Receiver Mario Manningham also caught nine balls for 109 yards and two touchdowns, including the tiebreaking score.

"The only word to describe Henne is courageous," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "He did something anybody on this team will never forget."

Hart, the nation's leading rusher with 152 yards a game, watched from the sideline after hurting an ankle last weekend in a win over Purdue. Michigan (6-2, 4-0) was still able to extend its winning streak to six games.

After starting the season with humbling losses to Appalachian State and Oregon at home, Michigan is tied with No. 1 Ohio State for the Big Ten lead.

The Illini have lost two in a row and are still looking for the win they need to become bowl eligible for first time since 2001.

"We had opportunities to win the game," Illinois coach Ron Zook said. "We let it slip away from us."

The Illini (5-3, 3-2) were flagged 10 times for 107 yards and kept two Michigan scoring drives alive with penalties.

Also return man Kyle Hudson fumbled away a fourth-quarter punt with the score tied 17-17 that set up Michigan's go-ahead score.

After signaling for a fair catch, Hudson dropped the ball at his own 13. Michigan senior Sean Griffith fell on it.

"I guess he just misjudged it," Zook said. "That was really the straw that broke the camel's back."

The turnover set up the Manningham's second touchdown, which came on a gadget play.

Wide receiver Adrian Arrington ran right on a reverse before tossing to Manningham open in the Illini end zone.

"I was thinking I was going to run it the whole time but then I saw Mario and I knew I had to throw it to him," Arrington said.

Illini sophomore Vontae Davis took the opening kickoff back 67 yards, setting up a quick 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Juice Williams to Jacob Willis.

A short punt and interference penalty by Illinois led to the Wolverines' first points, a 25-yard K.C. Lopata field goal that made the score 7-3.

Michigan took its first lead on a drive that, if not for another costly mistake, would have ended deep in Wolverine territory.

After back-to-back sacks of Henne, the Wolverines were forced to punt from their own 13. But Illinois' Joe Morgan ran into punter Zoltan Mesko, giving Michigan a first down on the penalty.

Ten plays later, Henne hit Arrington for a diving 8-yard touchdown and a 17-14 lead.

Henne hurt his hand on a first-quarter sack, and left the game twice. But he finished the game, completing 18 of 26 passes for 201 yards with an interception. Backup Ryan Mallett was 2-for-6 for 16 yards and an interception.

Carr declined to discuss the nature of Henne's injury, but said he let the quarterback decide whether he could keep playing.

"At the half, we were just hoping he would be able to return at some point," Carr said. "He played with a lot of discomfort."

The Illini sacked Henne and Mallett a combined four times.

But aside from a 90-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter, which put Illinois up 14-3, the Illini struggled to move the ball.

Carr said his team struggles in practice against the no-huddle, spread offense that Illinois runs, but handled it well during the game.

"Other than that [drive], our defense I thought adjusted to the speed of the game," Carr said.

Rashard Mendenhall, who came in averaging 119.9 yards, was held to a 85 yards on 18 carries.

Williams was 8-for-14 for 70 yards with an interception and one touchdown. For the fourth straight week, Zook gave backup Eddie McGee some time, looking for a change of pace. McGee was 6-for-12 for 46 yards.

"We just have to work from here," Willis said. "The game's over. We just have to forget about it."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
MICH
ILL
1st Downs2315
Total Yards343253
Passing228116
Rushing115137
Penalties4-3510-107
3rd Down Conversions6-164-12
4th Down Conversions0-00-1
Turnovers32
Possession34:4925:11

Passing Leaders

MichiganC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Henne18/262017.721
IllinoisC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Williams8/14705.001

Rushing Leaders

MichiganCARYDSAVGTDLG
Brown251134.5030
Minor9182.0011
IllinoisCARYDSAVGTDLG
Mendenhall18854.7013
Dufrene22110.5113

Receiving Leaders

MichiganRECYDSAVGTDLG
Manningham910912.1224
Arrington35819.3139
IllinoisRECYDSAVGTDLG
Willis34013.3126
Benn5357.0020

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERMICHILL
TD14:04Jacob Willis 26 Yd Pass From Juice Williams (Jason Reda Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 33 yds, :56
07
FG01:21K.C. Lopata 25 Yd
Drive: 10 plays, 44 yds, 4:05
37
SECOND QUARTERMICHILL
TD09:58Daniel Dufrene 8 Yd Run (Jason Reda Kick)
Drive: 13 plays, 90 yds, 6:23
314
TD08:01Mario Manningham 8 Yd Pass From Chad Henne (K.C. Lopata Kick)
Drive: 6 plays, 80 yds, 1:57
1014
TD00:45Adrian Arrington 14 Yd Pass From Chad Henne (K.C. Lopata Kick)
Drive: 14 plays, 81 yds, 5:05
1714
THIRD QUARTERMICHILL
FG03:47Jason Reda 38 Yd
Drive: 9 plays, 50 yds, 3:44
1717
FOURTH QUARTERMICHILL
TD08:12Mario Manningham 11 Yd Pass From Adrian Arrington (K.C. Lopata Kick)
Drive: 2 plays, 13 yds, :46
2417
FG03:49K.C. Lopata 39 Yd
Drive: 6 plays, 25 yds, 2:45
2717