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Freshman Marshals Michigan

September 05, 2004|From Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Chad Henne was expected to go unnoticed while wearing a headset on the sideline at Michigan Stadium.

The freshman quarterback ended up having 110,815 people watching his winged helmet and right arm.

Henne threw two touchdown passes in a surprising start for Michigan, helping the eighth-ranked Wolverines to a 43-10 victory over Miami of Ohio on Saturday that ended the nation's longest winning streak.

Matt Gutierrez was supposed to start, but he was relegated to holding on kicks because of a sore arm, creating an opportunity for Henne. Rick Leach is the only other quarterback to start as a freshman for the Wolverines. Leach led Michigan to a victory on Sept. 13, 1975, at Wisconsin.

Henne, wearing the same No. 7 Leach and Drew Henson wore, completed 14 of 24 passes for 142 yards with one interception.

"He made one mistake," said Coach Lloyd Carr, who chose to start Henne after Thursday's practice. "But considering running out into this stadium after he just got out of junior-senior prom, I was impressed."

Carr would not say whom he planned to start at Notre Dame next week.

Braylon Edwards caught six passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns, and David Underwood had 61 yards and two touchdowns in 22 carries.

The RedHawks (1-1) had won 14 consecutive games, 13 last year with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, a first-round draft pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

But his replacement, Josh Betts, was 18 for 36 for 201 yards with four interceptions and a fumble. He accounted for four touchdowns the previous week in a 49-0 victory over Division I-AA Indiana State.

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