Hart demonstrates how he does it
On Saturday, ESPN College Gameday broadcast a segment filmed at The Big House with Desmond Howard interviewing Mike Hart on Hart's technique for holding on to the ball. Following the Penn State game, Hart now has 606 consecutive offensive touches without a lost fumble. He had a streak of 450 consecutive touches without a fumble that ended on his first carry of the CMU game earlier this season. That fumble was recovered by Mario Manningham and Hart has held onto the ball without a miscue since then. Thus, he has extended his streak without a lost fumble to over two seasons. The last (and only time) Hart ever lost a fumble was on Sept. 25, 2004 vs. Iowa.
In the Penn State game, Hart started off by rushing for only 5 yards on his first 5 carries. He gained 26 yards on his last 3 carries, twenty-three yards of which came on his long run of the night. That leaves 18 carries in between where he gained 85 yards and scored a touchdown. Considering everything that was good production in a tough situation. He was still able to average well over 4 yards per carry for most of the game and keep the defense from "teeing off" on Henne because the running game got shut down. Go Blue!
*Note: Photo of Mike Hart (20) by John T. Greilick/The Detroit News
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