Michigan Comes Back Against Northwestern 20-17

Michigan Comes Back Against Northwestern 20-17

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Michigan Comes Back Against Northwestern 20-17

This game was closer than everyone expected it to be. Michigan would start the game with some issues on both sides of the ball. The offense started with it and went three and out, then Northwestern would strike quickly with a 2:23, six play drive and Michigan is suddenly down by seven.

After another three-and-out, Michigan would hold the Wildcats to a field goal and are down 10-0. Michigan would try and strike downfield and a wide-open Sean McKeon dropped a pass and after getting stuffed on fourth down, Michigan gets nothing on the board.

Northwestern would quickly drive down the field again as in just under three and a half minutes score once again and are up 17-0 against a top three defense.

Michigan knew they needed to score and score fast and they finally would. Seven plays in 3:35 on a four-yard touchdown run by Karan Higdon, Michigan cut the lead to 17-7. Higdon was the main playmaker on offense as he would finish with 30 carries for 115 yards and two touchdowns.

After back to back punts from both teams, Northwestern would get stopped on a three and out and Michigan had 1:50 to drive down the field from their own 46-yard line. Michigan got close and they seemed to be going for it on fourth down, but a false start penalty would force Harbaugh to punt the ball and after Northwestern doesn’t try and do anything on offense, the score stays the same at halftime.

Stopping the Wildcats on their opening drive to start the third quarter, the Wolverines would drive down the field and get stopped in the red zone and would be forced to kick a field goal to cut the lead down to seven.

Northwestern’s offensive line would be dominated again as Michigan’s defensive line made some big plays and a sack by Michael Dwumfour would force the punt for the Wildcats. Defensive end Chase Winovich was the big playmaker on the defensive side of the ball, constantly in every play and making some big plays on the defensive side of the ball.

Michigan would drive down the field once again and on a risky throw in the red zone, Patterson couldn’t punch it in the end zone and another field goal cuts the lead 17-13 to end the third quarter. Patterson started out the game rough, but finished strong, going 15/24 for 196 yards and seven carries for 31 yards, leaving the pocket and keeping drives alive when nobody is open.

Michigan would force another three and out on defense and when it came to the offense trying to take over the game, they were held back on a questionable holding penalty on a huge second down read option play by Patterson. Higdon was flagged for holding, but on replay, he was seen getting tackled, and that penalty would hurt the Wolverines as they would end up punting the ball after an incomplete pass on the next play.

The defense for the Wolverines changed completely in the second half as once again they force the Wildcats to a three and out and give the ball back to the offense. At halftime, Michigan allowed 17 points, the second half they didn’t allow anything.

Michigan was able to finally punch it in the end zone after an 11 play, 5:59, 67-yard drive that would give them their first lead of the game over Northwestern and Michigan got the lead 20-17.

Michigan would hold up in the end as defensive end Josh Uche got a sack to finish up the game for the Wolverines as time ran out. Michigan had a 17 point comeback for the first time under head coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines will take on Maryland at home.

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