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11-04-2006, 05:34 PM
Michigan’s tuneup turned into quite a test.

Trailing by eight, Ball State threw an incomplete pass into the end zone with 2:46 left and couldn’t connect on a heave from midfield on the final play, allowing the second-ranked Wolverines to escape with a 34-26 victory on Saturday.

Michigan (10-0) let its guard down — maybe the Wolverines were looking ahead to the much-anticipated game Nov. 18 at No. 1 Ohio State? — and allowed the Cardinals (3-7) to make a late charge in a game they were expected to lose by five touchdowns.

Mike Hart ran for 154 yards and a TD and teammate Brandon Minor rushed for 108 yards and another score to help the Wolverines avoid a shocking upset. Chad Henne was 17-of-24 for 155 yards with a TD and an interception that Ball State ran back for a TD in the first quarter.

Ball State’s Nate Davis was 18-of-34 for 250 yards with a TD and an interception. Dante Love had six receptions for 107 yards and a score.
Michigan trailed for just the second time this season — 9-7 in the first quarter — then seemed to pull away with 17 points on three straight drives in the second quarter for a 24-9 lead.

The Cardinals of the Mid-American Conference showed they didn’t plan to go away quietly by driving for a field goal late in the first half to pull within 12.
Hart’s 1-yard run midway through the third quarter put the Wolverines ahead 31-12, but they managed to score just a field goal the rest of the game and came very close to having an unforgettable afternoon on a day that Mario Manningham’s return was expected to be the big story.