Steve Smith passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Wolverines, scoring 24 points in the second period, remained the only team undefeated in the Big Ten with a victory in the game for the Little Brown Jug.
"Right now, the conference championship and a trip to the Rose Bowl are on our shoulders," Smith said. "If we let down, we can still blow it. We don't intend to lay down after coming this far."
Smith passed to all-America flanker Anthony Carter for a 29-yard touchdown in the first quarter, then ended a 67-yard drive with a six-yard run early in the second period as No. 20 Michigan (6-2, 6-0) scored on three straight possessions. Smith passed a yard to fullback Dan Rice for the third touchdown and tailback Rick Rogers ran 10 yards for the fourth. After Minnesota (3-5, 1-4) scored on Mike Hohensee's 13-yard pass late in the quarter, Ali Haji-Sheikh kicked a 24-yard field goal on the last play of the half. Haji-Sheikh kicked seven extra points, giving him 66 in a row without a miss to break the Big Ten record set by Indiana's David Freud.