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Northwestern took advantage of the mishandled punt return, taking a 7-0 lead on Simmons' 21-yard run on a third-and-18.
Michigan tied it late in the first quarter on Sheridan's 3-yard run and went ahead 14-7 early in the second when Michael Williams blocked a punt and Ricky Reyes returned it a few yards for a TD.
Bacher tied the game, throwing a 17-yard pass to Lane on a third-and-goal. Bacher put the Wildcats ahead 21-7 when he connected with a wide-open Peterman, who ran 53 yards untouched.
Threet, who had been sidelined by concussion-related symptoms, entered the game late in the third quarter after Michigan opened the second half with four straight three-and-out possessions.
He threw behind an open receiver in the end zone and Jordan Mabin intercepted it early in the fourth quarter.
Threet was hurt after running for a first down with 4:21 left and was replaced by Sheridan, who converted a fourth down with a run then turned the ball over on downs at the Northwestern 34.
Michigan got the ball back, but Sheridan couldn't complete a pass.
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