Live updates: Goal line stand gives Michigan 29-26 win

Al Willman
The Detroit News

Final stats


Jake Rudock (U-M): 13-of-21, 140 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 1 fumble lost

Wilton Speight (U-M): 3-of-6, 29 yards, 1 touchdown

Mitch Leidner (MINN): 16-of-33, 317 yards, 1 touchdown


Drake Johnson (U-M): 10 carries, 55 yards

Jabrill Peppers (U-M): 4 carries, 16 yards, 1 touchdown

Joe Kerridge (U-M): 3 carries, 7 yards, 1 touchdown

Rodney Smith (MINN): 12 carries, 74 yards

Mitch Leidner (MINN): 10 carries, 37 yards, 1 touchdown

Shannon Brooks (MINN): 12 carries, 33 yards


Amara Darboh (U-M): 6 catches, 73 yards

Jake Butt (U-M): 4 catches, 38 yards

Jehu Chesson (U-M): 3 catches, 33 yards, 2 touchdowns

Brandon Lingen (MINN): 5 catches, 111 yards

Rashad Still (MINN): 2 catches, 69 yards, 1 touchdown

Special Teams

Jabrill Peppers (U-M): 84 return yards (41 punt, 43 kick)

Blake O'Neill (U-M): 5 punts, 220 yards

Ryan Santoso (MINN): 4 field goals (23, 30, 32, 47), 2-of-2 extra points

Michigan wins with big goal line stand

Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner threw a 23-yard pass to Drew Wolitarsky with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Two plays later, from the 1/2-yard line, Leidner attempted to score on a quarterback keeper, but was unable to cross the plane. The Wolverines won, 29-26.

Wolverines retake lead

Michigan quarterback Wilton Speight, in for the injured Jake Rudock, completed his first career pass with 8:22 left in the fourth quarter. Six plays and two more completions later, Speight had his first career touchdown pass -- a 12-yard connection with Jehu Chesson -- to put U-M ahead 27-26. The Wolverines converted the two-point attempt, with a pass from Speight to Amara Darboh. With 4:57 left in regulation, Michigan has a 29-26 lead.

Santoso hits his fourth field goal

Ryan Santoso added to Minnesota's lead on a 47-yard field goal with 11:43 remaining in the fourth quarter. It was his fourth field goal of the game, putting the Gophers up 26-21.

Rudock leaves game in third quarter

Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock left in the third quarter after being hit in the upper body, causing his helmet to fly off. The hit was reminiscent of the hit on Shane Morris last year -- at Michigan Stadium against Minnesota -- that caused him to have a concussion. Rudock was replaced by Wilton Speight.

Rudock returned to the sideline early in the fourth quarter. According to the U-M radio broadcast, trainers were looking at a possible back injury. His status to return is unknown. According to ESPN's Holly Rowe, Rudock will not return.

Leidner takes it in, gives Gophers lead

On third-and-one Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner gave his team back the lead on a 24-yard keeper. The extra point put the Gophers ahead 23-21 with 5:49 to go in the third quarter.

The Michigan defense, to this point, has been prone to the big play on the ground and in the air.

Peppers gives U-M lead to start second half

Jabrill Peppers, lined up in the wildcat formation, scored for Michigan on a 6-yard run with 12:01 to go in the third quarter. The extra point gave the Wolverines a 21-16 lead.

Four plays earlier, Peppers took the third down hand off from Jake Rudock, and then pitched it to Jehu Chesson who completed the end around for 22 yards. A defensive pass interference flag on Minnesota also extended the drive.

First half stats


Jake Rudock (U-M): 9-of-16, 100 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception

Mitch Leidner (MINN): 8-of-19, 179 yards, 1 touchdown


De'Veon Smith (U-M): 7 carries, 15 yards

Joe Kerridge (U-M): 3 carries, 7 yards, 1 touchdown

Rodney Smith (MINN): 6 carries, 40 yards


Amara Darboh (U-M): 4 catches, 43 yards

Jehu Chesson (U-M): 1 catch, 13 yards, 1 touchdown

Brandon Lingen (MINN): 3 catches, 85 yards

Rashad Still (MINN): 2 catches, 69 yards, 1 touchdown

Special Teams

Jabrill Peppers (U-M): 84 return yards (41 punt, 43 kick)

Ryan Santoso (MINN): 3 field goals (23, 30, 32)

Minnesota goes into half with lead

Ryan Santoso made a 32-yard field goal attempt -- his third of the game -- as time expired in the first half to give the Gophers a 16-14 lead at the break.

Gophers find the end zone

After forcing Michigan to punt, Minnesota needed only three plays to score its first touchdown of the night. Mitch Leidner connected with Rashad Still on a 52-yard pass-and-catch. With 4:17 to go in the second quarter, Michigan has a 14-13 lead.

Minnesota chips away at U-M lead

After Minnesota running back Shannon Brooks and quarterback Mitch Leidner broke free for 11- and 12-yard runs, respectively, the Michigan defense clamped down in the red zone yet again. Ryan Santoso hit his second field goal of the half -- a 30-yard attempt -- to cut the Michigan lead to 14-6 with 7:36 to go in the half.

U-M adds to lead

After Michigan's defense forced Minnesota to punt, Jabrill Peppers returned it 43 yards to give the offense good field position. Five plays later, Jake Rudock found Jehu Chesson for a 13-yard touchdown pass. With 12:14 left in the first half, the Wolverines lead 14-3. Peppers has 84 total return yards so far.

Wolverines take 7-3 lead

Michigan answered Minnesota's field goal with a 1-yard touchdown run from fullback Joe Kerridge. U-M went 57 yards in eight plays and leads 7-3 with :38 to go in the first. With his first touchdown of the season, Kerridge joins Sione Houma (three touchdowns) as the only other fullback on the roster to score a touchdown this year.

Michigan goal line stand holds Minnesota to field goal

A strong defensive stand from the Wolverines held the Gophers to a 23-yard field goal from Ryan Santoso. With 4:47 to go in the first quarter, Minnesota leads 3-0.

Michigan's first drive comes to abrupt end

After converting on one third-and-six, Michigan quarterback Jake Rudock was picked off on his second -- an attempted shovel pass to De'Veon Smith. It's still scoreless with 7:19 to go in the first quarter.

Start delayed

According to ESPN, kickoff is delayed until 7:10 p.m., ET. The game will start on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app, and then move to ESPN.

Harris doesn't make trip

Angelique Chengelis of The News reported earlier today that Michigan receiver Drake Harris did not make the trip to Minneapolis. According to a post Harris made on his Instagram account, he sprained his ankle yesterday in practice.

Jehu Chesson runs after a catch in the first quarter.