This game was supposed to be a blowout, and while it started in a shootout, Michigan would eventually pull away and make the game what it should have been. The game was windy and while you thought there wouldn’t be many passes, there were many and Michigan took their shots when they could.
The game started out with back to back stops by both defenses and eventually Michigan would get on the board as running back Karan Higdon would punch it in one-yard away and Michigan took the 7-0 lead.
Rutgers wouldn’t go down without a fight though as on their first play on their next drive, running back Isaih Pacheco ran 80-yards for a touchdown and Rutgers tied the game at seven.
Michigan wasn’t happy with how Rutgers did that and buckled down. After a muffed punt by Rutgers, Michigan would drive down the short field again and Higdon would get another one-yard rushing touchdown as Michigan retook the lead 14-7. Higdon would finally reach 1,000 rushing yards this season, finishing the game with 15 carries for 42 yards and two touchdowns.
Rutgers got stopped again and Michigan kept pouring it on as quarterback Shea Patterson found the wide receiver Nico Collins wide open for a 36-yard touchdown pass as Michigan made it 21-7.
The defense did its job once again and the Michigan offense would keep on striking, as Patterson found the wide receiver, Oliver Martin for a crazy 16-yard touchdown pass as Michigan kept piling it on to make it 28-7. Patterson would have a great day overall, finishing with 260 yards and three touchdowns, going 18/27.
Michigan’s defense struggled at stopping the running game of Rutgers, allowing 194 yards on the ground, 5.7 yards per carry and a touchdown as the Wolverines were expected to shut down the Rutgers offense entirely and while they held them to only seven points, a team that is 1-8 shouldn’t have ease running the football against the number one defense in the country.
Michigan didn’t want to stop scoring as Patterson would find Collins again, this time for a 10-yard touchdown pass that would give Michigan a bigger lead, 35-7. Collins finished with three catches for 56 yards and two touchdowns.
The Wolverines defense would make another stop and the backups came in to start their fourth quarter. Brandon Peters would come in for Patterson as the backup quarterback and his first play was a handoff to running back Chris Evans for a 61-yard touchdown run as Michigan made it 42-7. Evans finished the game with six carries for 75 yards and a touchdown.
Michigan didn’t have troubles in this game besides the one scoring drive that they allowed, controlling the clock 33:38 to 26:22 and controlled the yardage 453-252. Michigan will take this win and now move on to Indiana where they finish their home season as they get closer to Ohio State.