Michigan Leaps Over Maryland 42-21

Michigan Leaps Over Maryland 42-21

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Michigan Leaps Over Maryland 42-21

What started out as a wet and stormy homecoming as kick-off was delayed an hour and 10 minutes, football was underway and Michigan started off sluggish before waking up after getting punched in the mouth. The Wolverines were again without running back Chris Evans and for the first time this year, defensive end Rashan Gary. It didn’t matter in the end though.

The first drive for the Wolverines saw a good 18-yard run by running back Karan Higdon and a hurdle by fullback Ben Mason turn into nothing as the Wolverines were forced to punt. Higdon finished the day with 25 carries for 103 yards.

Michigan’s defense would get a stop and on their next possession, the Michigan offense would risk it on fourth down and get stopped. The defense had another hold on Maryland and forced them to punt once again. On their third offensive possession, the Wolverines would kick a field goal and take the 3-0 lead.

The lead wouldn’t last long as Maryland running back would take the 98-yard kick-off for a touchdown and Maryland had the 7-3 lead.

The next offensive possession saw quarterback Shea Patterson make a risky through that would bounce off the hands of tight end Zach Gentry and picked off by Maryland’s safety Darnell Savage. Gentry would rebound though and finish the game as the leading receiver for the Wolverines with seven catches for 112 yards

Michigan’s defense stopped Maryland again and on the next possession, 95 yards, the Wolverines would punch it into the end zone on a one-yard touchdown run by Mason. The drive had some big plays as wide receiver Nico Collins caught a 51-yard pass, fighting through a pass interference penalty and wide receiver Grant Perry threw a pass on a trick play to tight end Sean McKeon.

Another stop by the defense and Patterson would lead the charge down the field on a 22-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Ronnie Bell as Michigan would take the lead 17-7 at halftime. Patterson finished the game going 19/27 for 282 yards with three touchdowns and an interception.

The third quarter started off horribly for Maryland as they kept shooting themselves in the foot with penalties and Michigan would get the ball back. On their first drive of the second half, the Wolverines would only muster up three points as the offense stutters inside the red zone and Michigan extended the lead 20-7.

Following another stop for the Michigan defense, the offense wanted to score some more points and did. After getting banged up with a targeting call, wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones would come back in and on his first play back catches the ball and runs 34 yards for the touchdown as the Wolverines make it a 27-7 lead. Peoples-Jones finished the game with that as his only play.

Maryland would keep fighting as they would drive down the field and score on a one-yard touchdown run and cut the lead to 27-14. The defense, despite 14 points on the board, only allowed seven today and without Gary. Defensive end Chase Winovich was quiet today after his big game against Northwestern, only getting two tackles. Safety Khaleke Hudson was able to play this game in full after playing the second half only in back to back games and was a presence with five tackles, two for loss and a sack.

Michigan needed to answer back to Maryland and keep the lead comfortable and they were able to extend that lead once again. Patterson drove down the field with help from running back Tru Wilson and fullback Jared Wangler as Patterson would pass it to Wangler for a seven-yard touchdown pass and Mason would run it in on a two-point conversion and Michigan would be up 35-14.

We would finally see a turnover for the first time as cornerback Brandon Watson would get a pick-six for the Wolverines and they kept the beating going, up 42-14. Michigan dominated in yards for the game as they finished with 465 yards of offense while holding Maryland to just 220 and won the time of possession battle 35:39 to 24:21

Maryland wouldn’t stop trying though as two runs for 62 yards set up a five-yard touchdown for quarterback Tyler Pigrome and Maryland would be down 42-21 as that would be the final score as the Wolverines would win and improve to 5-1 and 3-0 in Big Ten play as Maryland falls to 3-2 and 1-1 in conference play.

Next week Michigan hosts No. 16 Wisconsin at night in what will be a big game for both teams as they try and keep their conference and national championship hopes alive.

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