"All the effort that was put into it from the university, to the fans to everyone who had a part of tonight's game showed everyone who was watching that this was true, big-time college football," Pasqualoni said. "Would have been great to win."
The Huskies didn't appear to be in any condition to challenge Michigan, having already lost at home to Towson and Maryland — at least without help, and Michigan gave it to them.
Gardner threw a first-quarter interception deep in UConn territory. He redeemed himself with a 17-yard touchdown run to give Michigan a 7-0 lead with 1:52 left in the first. UConn ended the quarter with one first down.
But Michigan couldn't take advantage and Whitmer through two TD passes in the second quarter to put UConn up 14-7 at half.
Gardner didn't complete a pass in the second quarter and for the second straight week Michigan looked disjointed against an inferior opponent.
The Wolverines will go into their off week undefeated — if not totally satisfied with their play, especially the turnovers.
"We've got a major league problem and we've got to fix it because that's not going to win championships," coach Brady Hoke said.
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