In the 2000 Orange Bowl, Tom Brady, who was the arm behind the Michigan Wolverines at the time, threw for 369 yards to defeat Alabama. On Saturday, the number 369 became relevant for Michigan once again as fifth-year senior Jeremy Gallon broke the Big Ten record for most receiving yards in single game with that magic number.
Gallon, a Florida native and somewhat undersized wide receiver, has been part of an offensive dual threat for Michigan with sophomore tight end Devin Funchess, who was named to the midseason watch for the John Mackey award. Gallon’s record breaking yardage and two touchdowns out-shined Funchess’s 4 receptions for 89 yards, giving him well-deserved Big Ten recognition. He doubled (almost exactly) his career high, which had been 184 at Notre Dame earlier this season.
“I guess they focused in (on Michigan wideout Devin Funchess) and forgot about me,” said Gallon during a post-game press conference.
Chris Daniels (Purdue), who also hailed from the state of Florida, previously held the Big Ten record with 301 yards. Gallon took down Daniels’ record just three days after the record’s fourteenth anniversary.
In breaking the Big Ten record, Gallon also slashed the school record for receiving yards in game. The record of 246 yards was previously held by Roy Roundtree.
The Wolverines 63-47 win over Indiana on Saturday gave Michigan their 19th consecutive win at home. Next week, the Wolverines will travel to Michigan State. Michigan’s offense is hot, but then again, so is Michigan State’s defense. Saturday’s match up should allow both teams to battle out whose strength is stronger.