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Michigan blows out Maryland behind Wilton Speight’s stellar performance

The Wolverines improved to 9-0 on the season with a blowout win over Maryland.

NCAA Football: Maryland at Michigan Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines improved to 9-0 on the season with a 59-3 win over Maryland. The Wolverines dominated the game with an outstanding offensive performance.

Wilton Speight led the way for Michigan by completing 19-of-24 passes for 362 yards and two touchdowns. The quarterback also added three carries for 16 yards and a score.

Michigan opened the scoring with a 34-yard connection between Speight and Amara Darboh. The wide receiver found the end zone with 9:50 remaining in the first quarter to give Michigan a 7-0 lead.

Speight was solid through the air all game, but impressed late in the first quarter with a 10-yard rushing touchdown. De’Veon Smith and Khalid Hill added rushing touchdowns of their own in the second quarter to push Michigan’s lead to 28 points.

While the Terrapins could not find the scoreboard in the first half, Michigan added yet another touchdown. Speight bought himself time, avoided a tackle, and delivered a strike to Jehu Chesson for a 33-yard touchdown. The score gave the Wolverines a 35-0 lead at the break.

As the second half got underway, Michigan made its presence felt with a 29-yard field goal off the leg of Kenny Allen. The Wolverines added another touchdown on a one-yard carry by Smith as time expired in the third quarter to take a 45-0 lead.

Maryland ended its scoring drought with 10:34 left in the game, as Adam Greene punched in a 37-yard field goal. The Wolverines increased the lead to 52-3 midway through the fourth quarter on Smith’s third touchdown. This time, it was a two-yard score for the running back.

Just as Maryland was putting together a drive, Delano Hill stepped up and recorded his second interception with 7:19 left in the contest.

Kekoa Crawford, a true freshman, recorded his first career touchdown with Michigan on a nine-yard reception from backup quarterback John O’Korn. With 3:26 left, Michigan held a 56-point lead.

After the 59-3 win over Maryland, the Wolverines will travel to Iowa for next week’s game. Michigan is 9-0 for the first time since 2006.