Michigan 27, Minnesota 24
-- After making freshman mistakes, quarterback Chad Henne came through for Michigan like a savvy senior.
Tyler Ecker caught a short pass from Henne over the middle, eluded two tackles and lumbered down the sideline for a 31-yard touchdown with 1 minute 57 seconds left to give the 14th-ranked Wolverines a 27-24 victory over No. 13 Minnesota on Saturday.
"Everybody sees you as a freshman, but you need to step up and show them you're really not," Henne said.
Henne was 33 of 49 for 328 yards -- all records for a freshman at Michigan -- with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Minnesota led 24-17 early in the fourth quarter -- after scoring 17 straight points -- before losing another heartbreaker against Michigan. Last year in Minneapolis, Minnesota had a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter before losing, 38-35.
"Anybody that saw those two games saw two of the best football games -- ever," Michigan Coach Lloyd Carr said. "We were fortunate to win both."
The defending Big Ten champion Wolverines (5-1, 3-0) have not lost to the Golden Gophers (5-1, 2-1) since 1986.
Garrett Rivas's 29-yard field goal with 9:36 left pulled Michigan to 24-20 and started the comeback. The Wolverines forced the Gophers to punt on their next two possessions, setting up the winning score. Henne led the drive that started at the Michigan 13 with 3:04 to play.
After three passes for first downs, he found Ecker over the middle on a five-yard pass; the tight end ran another 26 yards by breaking away from Brandon Owens and getting past Mike Wojciechowski for his first career touchdown.
"We knew it was going to come down to a last drive," Ecker said. "We were preparing all week for something like this to happen."