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Newz Forum: COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Michigan sloppy but Edwards leads way past San Diego State

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posted on Sep, 19 2004 @ 09:35 AM
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Braylon Edwards helped No. 17 Michigan avoid a second straight upset.

Edwards caught eight passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in the third quarter of the Wolverines' 24-21 victory over San Diego State on Saturday.

The Wolverines (2-1) bounced back after last week's loss at Notre Dame, but it wasn't easy. They committed four turnovers and the Aztecs (1-1), who entered the game three-touchdown underdogs, missed two fourth-quarter field goals that could have tied it.

Edwards' 7-yard TD pass from freshman Chad Henne was the lone score of the second half.

With his fourth reception of the game, Edwards passed Marquise Walker to become Michigan's career leading receiver. He now has 181 catches for 2,562 yards and 28 touchdowns for his career.

"We've had some great receivers here, and (with) those records you have to be durable, you have to be tough and you have to be talented because you have to get open," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "Braylon is a guy who continues to come up with big plays. He's dangerous because he's strong, and he plays without the ball."

San Diego State's "Dark Side" defense, which ranked eighth nationally a season ago, kept the Aztecs in the game, but Garrett Palmer could not convert 46- and 49-yard field goal attempts in the second half.

It's the second straight year the Aztecs played tough against a Big Ten powerhouse. Last year, San Diego State lost 16-13 to then-No. 2 Ohio State at Ohio Stadium. It was the first meeting between Michigan and San Diego State, and the more than 109,000 in attendance was the most ever to see the Aztecs play.

"It hurts. We didn't come here to play tough and earn respect," San Diego State coach Tom Craft said. "I think people know who San Diego State is right now."

posted on Sep, 20 2004 @ 09:26 AM
i thought michigan was going to have a better season thus far


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