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           === No. 15 Michigan needs late rally to get past UConn ===
 
 East  Hartford,  CT (Sports  Network) -  For the second  straight week, No. 15
 Michigan  flirted  with disaster  against an  inferior opponent but ultimately
 prevailed  with a 24-21 victory over Connecticut in front of the largest crowd
 to ever watch a game at Rentschler Field.
 
 Fresh off a narrow 28-24 win at home against Akron, Michigan (4-0) traveled to
 Hartford  looking  to get  back on  track, but  trailed 21-7 before responding
 with 17 unanswered points to finish the game.
 
 "We've  got  a major  league problem and  we've got to  fix it," Michigan head
 coach Brady Hoke said.
 
 Fitzgerald  Toussaint ran  for two  scores  while Brendan  Gibbons kicked  the
 decisive 21-yard field goal with 4:36 remaining in the contest.
 
 Turnovers  were  an issues for  the Wolverines, who  coughed it up four times.
 They  will have a much-needed week off before returning home to face Minnesota
 and begin Big Ten conference play.
 
 Connecticut  (0-3) had a chance to win late despite gaining just 206 yards and
 converting  1-of-11  on third  down.  After  receiving the  kickoff  following
 Gibbons' field goal, Martin Hyppolite ran for a first down to the Michigan 48.
 But on 4th-and-29 following Frank Clark's second sack of the contest, Chandler
 Whitmer  hooked up  with Deshon Foxx for  26 yards, just shy of the first down
 marker.
 
 "We contained them for a long time but not long enough," UConn head coach Paul
 Pasqualoni said.
 
 Devin  Gardner  completed  11-for-23  for  97  yards  and  two  interceptions.
 The  Michigan  signal caller  also lost  a fumble but  ran for  64 yards and a
 score. Toussaint netted 120 yards on the ground.
 
 Whitmer  threw  for 159 yards, two  touchdowns and an interception on 16-of-32
 for  the  Huskies, who will play  away from home  for the first time next week
 when they travel to Buffalo.
 
 Gardner  completed his first four passes on an early promising Michigan drive,
 but  his  fifth pass was high  for Jeremy Gallon and ultimately intercepted by
 Jhavon Williams.
 
 After  forcing  a Connecticut punt,  Gardner redeemed  himself for the pick by
 orchestrating  an 11-play drive, capping it with his 17-yard touchdown scamper
 up the middle.
 
 The  Huskies had  mustered  just two  first downs  midway  through the  second
 quarter  when  Whitmer looked deep for  Geremy Davis, who dove and appeared to
 haul  in a  39-yard touchdown  pass to  knot the  score. But  after a  lengthy
 review,  referees  determined the ball  hit the carpet before Davis maintained
 possession, resulting in an incomplete pass.
 
 The  Huskies  kept their composure and  a few plays later, Whitmer and Spencer
 Parker hooked up for an 11-yard score. The reception was Parker's first on the
 season.
 
 Another  costly  Michigan turnover,  its third  of the half,  came late when a
 UConn  punt hit  Da'Mario Jones'  leg inside  the Michigan  10. Obi  Melifonwu
 pounced  on the ball, setting up a 1st-and-goal with a little over two minutes
 before halftime. Two plays later, the Huskies took the lead when Whitmer found
 Lyle McCombs wide open out of the backfield on the left side of the end zone.
 
 Michigan's  woes continued on  its first drive of the second half when on 3rd-
 and-1,  Gardner  tried a  sneak but  fumbled when he  bumped into an offensive
 lineman.  Ty-Meer  Brown  recovered  the  loose ball  and  sprinted  34  yards
 untouched to the end zone, giving Connecticut an improbable 21-7 edge.
 
 Toussaint  finally injected some  life into the Maize and Blue when he took an
 option pitch from Gardner and made multiple defenders miss en route to his 35-
 yard touchdown run.
 
 Early  in  the fourth period,  Gardner was stopped  on a quarterback keeper on
 4th-and-2 to give the ball back to Connecticut, but Desmond Morgan made a one-
 handed  interception on  the  ensuing  UConn possession  and  one play  later,
 Toussaint trotted in from 12 yards out to tie the score at 21-21.
 
 Michigan  then forced  a three-and-out, setting up Gibbons' game-winning field
 goal.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  announced crowd  was 42,704 ... Michigan improved to 7-0 all-time against
 current  members of  the AAC ... The  Wolverines had been 3-6 under Brady Hoke
 when  trailing after  three quarters ... Connecticut gained just 1.9 yards per
 rush on 25 attempts.
 
 09/22 02:03:52 ET

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