Sheridan Saves the Jug | U-M 29, Minnesota 6 (11/8/2008)
With Michigan on a five game losing streak and starting quarterback Steven Threet banged up, Rich Rodriguez’s Wolverines turn to walk-on Nick Sheridan, son of one of Lloyd Carr’s long time defensive assistants, a player not even named all-conference in high school, to try and salvage the Jug, especially important as Minnesota rotates off the schedule for two years, meaning the Gophers would get to keep it in the Twin Cities until 2011.
Three early field goals from K.C. (Kicking Competence) Lopata put the Wolverines up 9-0 before an 8 yard touchdown pass to Greg Mathews makes it 16-0 at the half, stunning pretty much every one. Two more Lopata field goals and a Mark Moundros run and Michigan kept their perfect record in the Metrodome intact (important as Minnesota would open up TCF Bank Stadium the next year) and the Jug returned to its rightful home.
Nick Sheridan would end up 18/30 for 203 yards and the game would merit an inclusion in an essay in Chuck Klosterman’s Eating the Dinosaur