In the first quarter, Michigan quarterback Todd Collins threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Amani Toomer, giving the Wolverines a 7-0 lead. Colorado State answered with a 32-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Anthoney Hill to wide receiver Paul Turner to tie the game at 7. All-American kicker Remy Hamilton kicked a 34-yard field goal on Michigan's next drive, as they took a 10-7 lead into the second quarter.
In the second quarter, Todd Collins threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Mercury Hayes as Michigan took a 17-7 lead. That score would hold up until the third quarter. In the third quarter, running back Tyrone Wheatley scored on a 3-yard touchdown run giving Michigan a 24-7 lead. In the fourth quarter, Colorado State got an 18-yard touchdown pass from Anthoney Hill, as they closed the margin to 24-14.