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Updated: Saturday, November 16, 2002 6:00 PM EST
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(10) Michigan 21, Wisconsin 14
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ANN ARBOR, Michigan (Ticker) -- Chris Perry had a memorable day while Barry Alvarez endured another frustrating one against Michigan.

Perry rushed for a career-high 175 yards and a touchdown as the 10th-ranked Wolverines continued their mastery of Wisconsin with a 21-14 victory in a battle of Big Ten rivals.

Michigan (9-2, 6-1 Big Ten) has won six straight, 15 of 17 and 29 of the last 32 meetings from the Badgers.

A 6-1, 220-pound junior, Perry had been bothered by a sprained ankle suffered in an October 19 win at Purdue. After fullback B.J. Askew took the bulk of the carries in the last three games, Perry returned to his feature back role and broke off runs of 43 and 28 yards to highlight his day.

"I thought about a day like this all the time," said Perry, who had 27 carries. "It just so happened to me today. Myself and B.J. (Askew) are capable of doing this."

Seeking a seventh straight New Year's Day bowl bid, Michigan will play at second-ranked Ohio State next week. However, the Wolverines lost a chance to play for a share of the Big Ten title when Iowa beat Minnesota on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Alvarez is in danger of not taking Wisconsin (6-6, 1-6) to a bowl game after a 5-0 start. The Badgers need to beat Minnesota next week in order to be bowl eligible.

The last six losses for Wisconsin in this series have come by an average margin of 5.8 points.

Saturday's defeat was just another exercise in frustration for Wisconsin, which rallied from a 14-point deficit but blew a chance to tie the game with 1:29 left when quarterback Brooks Bollinger underthrew a pass to receiver Jonathan Orr in the end zone.

"We dug ourselves an early hole, but we had our chances," Alvarez said. "We had our hand on the football in the end zone. What can you say? If you want to beat a very good football team, you have to make some of those plays. We didn't make enough of them."

Michigan snapped a 14-14 tie with a 16-play, 78-yard drive that consumed 8:43 of the third quarter. John Navarre completed all eight of his pass attempts for 43 yards and capped the drive with an eight-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards, who made the reception at the Wisconsin 5 and lunged into the end zone with 2:15 left in the quarter.

"That was as well-executed a drive as we've had all season and it came at the right time," Michigan coach Lloyd Carr said. "And I can't say enough about our defense."

The Badgers were stifled for most of the second half before driving from their own 46 to the Michigan 31 on their final possession. On a 3rd-and-10 play, Bollinger lofted a pass for Orr, who beat cornerback Markus Curry down the left sideline. But Bollinger's throw hung in the air and Curry was able to recover and make contact with Orr's right arm and the ball.

"When the ball left my hand, I thought we had a touchdown," Bollinger said. "It's real frustrating, especially for me. As a quarterback and leader, that's the only position you want to be in. When you flat out don't make the plays, that's tough to swallow."

On the next play, Bollinger, who sat out last week's loss to Illinois with a concussion, threw a pass well over the head of Darrin Charles.

Michigan then took over and Perry broke off a 43-yard run to seal the win.

"I wanted to get in the end zone, but I wanted to hang onto the ball," Perry said. "Everybody would have hated me if I had a long run and lost the ball."

Bollinger completed just 1-of-9 passes for nine yards in the second half and finished 7-of-20 for 60 yards.

Anthony Davis carried the offense for Wisconsin, rushing for 154 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries. He missed last week's game after being stabbed in the thigh during a domestic dispute.

Michigan stormed to a 14-0 lead in the first 4:19 on a 27-yard touchdown run by fullback B.J. Askew and an 11-yard scoring run by Perry after a fumble by Davis.

But the momentum shifted when walk-on Jim Leonhard scored on a 39-yard punt return with 1:27 left in the first quarter for Wisconsin.

Davis tied the game with a two-yard touchdown run with 4:31 remaining in the second quarter.

Navarre entered the game with just four interceptions in 10 games, but was picked off twice. Relying on mostly short passes, Navarre was 19-of-28 for 136 yards.

Perry highlighted Michigan's opening drive with a 28-yard run and Askew capped it with a 27-yard touchdown run 2:36 into the game.

"They overpursued and I just tried to cut it back," Askew said. "The offensive line did a good job sealing them off."

On Wisconsin's first play, cornerback Marlin Jackson forced a fumble by Davis and linebacker Victor Hobson, playing in his final home game, recovered for the Wolverines at the Wisconsin 19.

"Victor has played and led like an All-American," Carr said.

Three plays later, Perry scored on an 11-yard run to give Michigan a 14-0 lead.

Leonhard got Wisconsin back into the game when he fielded a short, low punt and raced 39 yards for a touchdown.

Leonhard also had an interception early in the second quarter in Michigan territory, but Mike Allen missed a 27-yard field goal for Wisconsin.

Davis had runs of 26 and 13 yards before scoring from the 2 on a third-down play with 4:31 left in the half, tying the game at 14-14.

An NCAA-record 773,763 fans attended the seven games at Michigan Stadium this season, surpassing the mark set here during the Wolverines' national championship season in 1997.


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