Illinois 45 Michigan 20
In front of a crowd of 109,750 at The Big House, the Wolverines faltered in the second half and dropped the contest with the Fighting Illini by the score of 45-20. After taking an early 14-3 lead, Michigan was outscored 42-6 the rest of the way. Following are the game summary, boxscore, play-by-play chart (.pdf), postgame notes, quotes, player participation chart, photos (MGoBlue; Detroit News; Free Press; Associated Press) and videos (postgame press conference; Michigan Rewind; ESPN Highlights; BTN Highlights). Much analysis to follow when I'm done cleaning my clothes that got dirty when I got too close to the playing of the Mud Bowl. Go Blue!
*Note: Free Press Photo by JULIAN H. GONZALEZ of UMTailgate.com webmaster Frank D. preparing a "Pizza Steak" sandwich during the 10-4-08 pre-game tailgate sponsored by Cholula Hot Sauce.