Ten years later, the head coaches from both sides remember just about every detail.
Exact yardages, down-and-distance of individual plays, and pivotal fourth-quarter decisions.
Time doesn't dull the memory. It doesn't enhance it, either.
In fact, the memories of that game -- particularly the final outcome -- are as fresh as ever, as though it all just happened.
On Oct. 10, 2003, entering the fourth quarter of a Friday night game against Michigan in the noisy Metrodome in Minneapolis, Glen Mason and his Golden Gophers appeared ready to grab the Little Brown Jug and party like a program that hadn't had the old trophy since 1986.
With a 28-7 lead over Michigan, who could have imagined another outcome?
But the Wolverines scored 31 points in the fourth quarter and won, 38-35, on a 33-yard field goal by freshman Garrett Rivas with 47 seconds left. It remains the biggest comeback in Michigan history and was an absolutely vital and pivotal victory in the Wolverines' march to the Big Ten title.
"That game was … unbelievable. That's all I can say," said retired Michigan coach Lloyd Carr. "I'll say this -- that says a lot about that team. We lose that game, we lose the championship. Those kids never gave up. It was special."
Mason, now a Big Ten Network analyst, can't forget about it.
"I probably don't think about that game more than three, four times daily, only because, and I think Lloyd would agree, once a coach, always a coach," said Mason, who led Minnesota to a Brown Jug victory over Michigan two years later.
"That's an exaggeration, but when it's brought up, I vividly remember some plays in that game that had a major impact one way or another. It brings back my thoughts post-game of what we could have done, should have done or tried in an effort to change the outcome."
Michigan entered the game coming off an upset loss at Iowa. Two weeks before that, the Wolverines had lost at Oregon.
Trailing 28-7 as the fourth quarter began, Michigan's hopes for a Big Ten title appeared done.
"You're running the ball the way we were, we ate up a lot of clock, we had a 21-point lead, and you think unless you do something to self-destruct, you've got a good chance," Mason said.
No one had felt more pressure the week heading into that game than Michigan quarterback John Navarre, one of three captains of the 2003 team.
"We had high aspirations for that season," Navarre said. "After the Iowa game, we felt that you lose one more, your goals are pretty shot. We knew we had to perform in that game (against the Gophers). It was a Friday night, and all that goofy stuff added to that aura of the game.
"We understood what we had to get done. That second half, we didn't panic. We changed the game plan, kept doing what we did well. Everyone did their job and did it well. There was no panic."
Michigan's 1997 national title team had come back from a 21-7 deficit against Iowa. This game felt similar and familiar to Carr.
"I think most championship teams, they have that tipping point, something that turns the tide," Carr said. "It may be in the last game, it may be in the first game. That's certainly what happened with that (Minnesota) game."
After Chris Perry scored on a 10-yard pass from Navarre the first series of the fourth quarter to pull within 28-14, the Wolverines got a huge defensive boost when Jacob Stewart intercepted Asad Abdul-Khaliq on first down and returned it 35 yards for the score, cutting the lead to seven.
"There was no one pivotal turning point, but if I had to pick one, when Jake Stewart picked that ball off was it," said Navarre, who had scored Michigan's first points of the game in the third quarter on a 36-yard pass from receiver Steve Breaston, a play called "Seminole" since Carr had taken it from the Florida State playbook. "We scored 14 points in 3.5 seconds."
Minnesota had run the ball so well all evening and finished with 424 rushing yards.
Mason thought the first-down pass was a "brilliant" call.
"The way we were running the football, no one thought we'd run the naked and throw to the tight end," Mason said. "They had a guy outside the tight end who wouldn't take the fake. That interception gave them a spark to get back into it."
But the Gophers came right back and expanded its lead to two touchdowns, 35-21, when Abdul-Khaliq, on third-and-1, ran 52 yards up the middle for a touchdown.
"We put that play in for that situation that week specifically for Michigan," Mason said.
He now laments scoring so quickly rather than running the ball and continuing to use the clock. There were still 11 minutes left in the game.
"We're back down 14, but no time has run off the clock," Carr said.
The Gophers wouldn't score again. Michigan would score 17 unanswered points.
Michigan pulled within a touchdown after Braylon Edwards caught a 52-yard pass from Navarre and then tied the game with 5:40 left when Chris Perry scored on a 10-yard run. Perry finished with 85 yards rushing and 122 receiving.
"Two plays we didn't defend, the screen into the boundary and the flare pass to the field," Mason said. "I wish I had told both defensive ends, 'Don't rush. Boundary guy, play the screen, field guy play screen. Just play the screen."
With just more than four minutes left, Michigan began to drive from its 42-yard line. Navarre converted on fourth-and-1. He also converted on third-and-9 on a 10-yard pass to Perry. On third-and-3, however, Perry fumbled. Tight end Tim Massaquoi recovered for Michigan at the 16-yard line.
"In all my years of coaching, I've had five or 10 plays where my heart literally stops," Carr said. "We could have knelt down and killed the ball. (Offensive coordinator Terry) Malone said, 'We've got to run the ball.' I'm telling Chris, 'Hey, the yardage isn't important, just don't fumble the ball.' That ball came loose, and I'll tell you, imagine after that comeback and being in a position, if they recover the football imagine what's going to happen in overtime."
The stage was set for Rivas, the freshman.
"I remember not really knowing how big of a kick it really was," Rivas said. "I think being naïve was really comforting."
Rivas recalls an amusing exchange with Carr before the kick.
"We had called timeout before I went on to kick, and coach was talking to me saying, 'You don't have to go out on the field, because they'll call a timeout.' I said, 'No coach, I'll go out and I want to go through my routine.' Coach said, 'I know coach Mason. He's going to call a timeout.' I said, 'No, coach, I'm going to go out.' It's a good thing I did. Coach Mason didn't call the timeout."
And then there was one final message from Carr to Rivas.
"He also said, 'Don't worry about the wind,'" Rivas said, laughing, because the game was played indoors. "Looking back, I'm thinking, who was more nervous?"
Rivas said he was so into the moment, he didn't realize until later just what he had done.
"Being my first (game-winning kick), it was special to me," he said. "I'll never forget it."
Mason will never forget the phone call he took on Monday after the game. His secretary informed him that legendary Michigan coach Bo Schembechler was on the phone. Schembechler didn't identify himself, didn't say hello or goodbye.
"I can quote exactly what he said," Mason said. "'Mason, I never thought I'd see a day Ohio State or Notre Dame would rush for 424 against Michigan, let alone Minnesota.' And he hung up.
"I'm not really sure, but I think he paid me a compliment. That was typical Bo. That goes down as one of the fondest memories of coaching. I just wish he had called after a win in that game."