ANN ARBOR - Is it easy to quantify 900 wins? Actually, yes, it is - Michigan became the first NCAA football program to reach 900 wins with Saturday's 12-10 win over Michigan state.
And it was a win for which Michigan won minimal style points. The Wolverines kicked four field goals - three from Brendan Gibbons, including the game-winner with five seconds left - and it was the first time in nearly 17 years that Michigan had won a game without scoring a touchdown.
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However, don't expect this to be the norm for the Wolverines, who faced a Michigan State team that has struggled to score touchdowns. (Yes, touchdowns - in Michigan State's last three losses, half of their points have come from seven field goals.)
Michigan plays at Nebraska at 8 p.m. Saturday - despite losing Rex Burkhead to injury this weekend, the Huskers defeated Northwestern 29-28 on a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns. Or to put it in a more humorous context, Nebraska scored four more touchdowns than Michigan on Saturday.
Next week's contest in Lincoln could either tighten the knot on the Legends Division or give Michigan, which is 3-0 in the Big Ten, more breathing room atop the divison. It's certainly not a stretch to say that touchdowns will be important next weekend.