Observations on the win over Rutgers, 78-0
Michigan gained 8 red zones for 57 points, and scored 7 points off a Rutgers turnover. Rutgers had no red zones, and couldn't score of one Wolverine turnover.
Offense gained 600 net yards, 481 on the ground with 23 first downs, and were 6 of 12 in 3rd and 4th down conversions. Jabrill Peppers had 3 carries for 74 yards and 2 TDs. Wilton Speight hit 6 of 13 passes for 100 yards and a TD; John O'Korn hit 2 of 2 for 19 yards and a TD. Chris Evans had 11 carries for 114 yards and 2 TDs. Ty Isaac had 12 carries for 93 yards and 2 TDs. Khalid Hill had 2 carries for 2 red zone TDs, and a 11 yard reception for a 3rd TD. Karan Higdon gained 114 yards in 13 carries for 2 TDs. Amara Darboh caught 2 for 65 yards, and Jehu Chesson caught 2 for 34 yards including a 30 yard TD.
Defense was incredible! Rutgers had 39 net yards, 34 on the ground in 54 plays with 2 first downs, the first with 9 minutes to go in the game. We forced them into 16 punts and a turnover, and the Scarlett Knights were 0 for 17 in 3rd down conversions. Our time of possession advantage by 7 minutes gave us 18 more offensive plays. We held Pittsburgh to one first down in 1947, but we've never held any team to zero first downs.
Special Teams were solid on kickoff coverage. Kenny Allen punted 4 times for a 42.2 yard average with a "coffin corner" at the one. Garrett Moores scored a 2 point conversion on an extra point.
Ben Bredeson got his first start at Left Guard over Ben Braden. Juwan Bushell-Beatty also got his first start at Left Tackle, but Mason played most of the first half as Patrick Kugler moved to center. Jake Butt and Devin Asiasi started at tight end. David Dawson played backup at Right Tackle, and Michael Onwenu at Right Guard, and both played on defensive line in the game as well. Carlo Kemp also played some at Defensive End.
Michigan tied a record for most rushing touchdowns in their history with the 1939 team who scored nine TDs against Chicago. It was the largest win in Big Ten football history eclipsing Wisconsin's win over Indiana, 83-20 in 2010, and Ohio State's 59-0 drubbing of Wisconsin in 2014. It was also the 3rd highest margin of victory in Wolverine football history.
Bring on the Bye Week! Go Blue!
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