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      === Toussaint, Michigan blasts Minnesota; Kill out with seizure ===
 
 Ann  Arbor, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Fitzgerald Toussaint carried 17 times for
 78  yards and a pair of touchdowns to lead No. 19 Michigan to a 42-13 win over
 Minnesota and claim its sixth straight Little Brown Jug.
 
 The  Wolverines have now beaten the Gophers, who were without head coach Jerry
 Kill  after he suffered a seizure early Saturday morning, in 22 of the last 23
 meetings  in this historic rivalry. They improved to 73-24-3 all-time over the
 Gophers.
 
 Kill,  who  has epilepsy, started  feeling ill Friday  night and had his fifth
 seizure  since  being hired as  head coach of Minnesota  (4-2, 0-2 Big Ten) in
 2011.  Kill was  not hospitalized  but stayed  home to  recover and  defensive
 coordinator Tracy Claeys served as acting head coach for Saturday's tilt.
 
 "We've  been  through a lot of  battles together and we're good friends. We're
 all  trained very well  on what our job is and what our responsibilities are,"
 said  Claeys.  "I thought we competed  hard. We've got  an off week to work on
 fundamentally getting better and preparing for our next game."
 
 Devin  Gardner  was efficient  in  leading  the  Michigan (5-0,  1-0)  attack,
 completing  13-of-17 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown. Gardner also rushed
 for a score and did not commit a turnover for the first time this season.
 
 "Today  I was able to manage the game and be pretty efficient on third downs,"
 said Gardner. "I felt like we played really, really well."
 
 Tight end Devin Funchess had a career day for the Wolverines, hauling in seven
 catches  for 151 yards and a touchdown. Jeremy Gallon had just two catches for
 39  yards but extended his streak of consecutive games with a reception to 31,
 fourth-best in program history.
 
 Mitch Leidner went 14-of-21 with a touchdown and an interception in his second
 collegiate start for the visitors. The redshirt freshman also ran 18 times for
 66 yards in defeat.
 
 Michigan  scored first  after Jibreel  Black forced  a Leidner  fumble on  the
 Gophers'  opening possession. The Wolverines took over at the Minnesota 35 and
 scored  in six plays without throwing a pass. Toussaint carried four times for
 21 yards on the drive and scored from eight yards out.
 
 "We wanted to run the ball, and we wanted to send that message," said Michigan
 head coach Brady Hoke. "I thought we did a pretty good job of it."
 
 Minnesota  responded  with an  impressive touchdown drive,  its longest of the
 season, which burned most of the first quarter clock. Leidner orchestrated the
 16-play,  75-yard trek  that spanned  nearly 10  minutes. The  Gophers were  a
 perfect  5-for-5 on  third down as Leidner  lofted a pass for Maxx Williams in
 the back of the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown connection.
 
 A  Michigan drive was derailed midway through the second quarter when Funchess
 couldn't  haul  in a  3rd-and-8 look  from Gardner  in traffic. The Wolverines
 caught  a break  however when Matt Wile  drilled a punt that was downed inside
 the Minnesota 1.
 
 A  quick three-and-out  put the Maize and Blue in terrific field position late
 in  the half, and  Gardner took advantage when he hooked up with Funchess, who
 corralled a pass and broke a tackle en route to his 24-yard touchdown catch.
 
 Michigan  added to  its 14-7 halftime lead  on the opening drive of the second
 half.  Gardner  marched his  offense down  the pitch in  nine plays, mixing in
 positive  gains on  the ground  and  through the  air. A  21-yard hookup  with
 Funchess  on 3rd-and-11  put the  Wolverines on  the opposing  2, and  Derrick
 Green trucked a defender as he fell into the end zone for a 21-7 advantage.
 
 Chris  Hawthorne's 44-yard  field  goal made  it a  two  possession game,  but
 Toussaint  scored  again with 11  seconds left in the  third period to put the
 Wolverines  up, 28-10.  Toussaint took a handoff from Gardner at the Minnesota
 12,  juked  to his  right and avoided  a pair of  arm tackles before sprinting
 towards the pylon.
 
 The Gophers' kicker added a 27-yarder early in the fourth, but Michigan scored
 the final 14 points to secure the win.
 
 Gardner's  2-yard rushing  score late in the fourth gave Michigan a 35-13 edge
 and  on  the  ensuing  possession,  Blake  Countess  intercepted  Leidner  and
 scampered  72 yards  untouched for  the final  tally. The  pick was  Countess'
 fourth of the season.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Gardner  did  not attempt a pass  in the first quarter ... Toussaint surpassed
 2,000  career  rushing yards ...  The announced attendance was 111,079, giving
 Michigan  at  least 100,000 fans in  248 consecutive home games dating back to
 1975  ...  Michigan remained undefeated in  18 home games under Brady Hoke ...
 The  Wolverines were  penalized just twice for 10 yards and converted 10-of-13
 on  third  down ... Michigan scored  a touchdown on  all five trips to the red
 zone ... Leidner threw for 145 yards.
 
 
 10/05 21:59:08 ET

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