Michigan Postgame Notes

By NU Athletic Communications
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications
The announced crowd of 62,016 fans at the Alamodome is the fifth largest in the 13-year history of the Alamo Bowl. It was the second largest game attendance for two schools from outside the state of Texas.

Junior cornerback Leon Hall was named the Alamo Bowl Defensive MVP after collecting two first-half interceptions and four tackles in the game.

Chad Henne tied the Alamo Bowl record with three passing touchdowns in the game, each to a different receiver. He has thrown seven touchdown passes in two career bowl games.

Henne tied the Alamo Bowl record with four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in the game.

Henne completed 21-of-43 passes for a season-best 270 yards and three touchdowns against Nebraska and scored his first rushing touchdown of the season on a seven-yard quarterback keeper. Henne rushed 13 times for a career-high 38 yards in the game with four sacks figuring in that total.

Steve Breaston surpassed 200 all-purpose yards for the second straight bowl game, gaining 224 yards on 13 touches. In addition to his 146 kickoff return yards, Breaston had seven punt returns for 72 yards, one catch for eight yards, and a reverse that lost two yards.

Breaston set both the single-game and longest kickoff return records in the 2005 Alamo Bowl. His 69-yard kickoff return in the first quarter is the longest in the game's history, and his 146 kickoff return yards on four attempts broke the previous mark of 107 yards attained by Kansas State's Frank Murphy against Purdue in the 1998 game.

Breaston was named the 2005 Alamo Bowl Sportsmanship Award recipient for his performance.

Both of Michigan's tight ends scored receiving touchdowns in the Alamo Bowl, Tyler Ecker on a 13-yard pass during the first quarter and Mike Massey on a 16-yard scoring strike in the second stanza.

Senior wide receiver and co-captain Jason Avant finished his career with a 1,000-yard receiving season. Avant caught eight passes for 81 yards against Nebraska to eclipse 1,000 yards for the first time in his career (1,017).

Junior cornerback Leon Hall collected a pair of interceptions during the first half, picking passes on successive Nebraska plays. U-M turned those turnovers into seven points.

Hall's two interceptions match a key high achieved at Purdue last season (Oct. 25, 2003). The last time a Wolverine made a pair of interceptions was earlier this season when Willis Barringer grabbed two picks at Michigan State (Oct. 1, 2005).

With the two picks, Leon Hall became the eighth player in Michigan history to collect 25 career pass breakups. Hall lists tied for seventh on the school's career pass breakup list (25).

Sophomore tailback Mike Hart returned the lineup and led the rushing effort against the Cornhuskers with 19 carries for 74 yards. He added two receptions for 35 yards.

Senior free safety Willis Barringer registered a career-best nine stops.

Sophomore defensive end/tackle Alan Branch tallied a career-high eight tackles, including a Michigan bowl-game-record five tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.

Senior inside linebacker David Harris recorded eight stops and two tackles for loss.

Fifth-year senior Pierre Woods collected all three of his stops behind the line of scrimmage against Nebraska, including a half sack.

With his first completion of the game, a three-yard pass to Mario Manningham, Chad Henne passed the 5,000-yard mark in career passing. Henne has 5,269 passing yards in two seasons as a starter (24 games).

The Wolverines had 21 players don the Maize and Blue and famed winged helmet for the final time.


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