Michigan put on a passing clinic against Maryland, and almost put up a goose egg on defense, winning 59-3.
Here are the key takeaways from the victory over Maryland
Wilton Speight’s Best Game Yet
Speight was locked in from the very start of the game, throwing accurate passes no matter if they were short or long. When the pocket broke down, he showed off his evasiveness, scrambling to pick up yards and buying time to throw. By halftime, Speight broke the record for most passing yards for a Michigan quarterback at half, a record set by Denard Robinson. It was a complete performance by Speight, completing 19-24 passes for 362 yards and two touchdowns.
Jake Butt becomes historic
Going into the day, Jim Mandich was Michigan’s all time leader for most receiving yards by a tight end, and Jake Butt passed Mandich today and is now the all time leader for the Wolverines. Butt finished the day with 5 receptions for 76 yards.
Smith carries the load
De’Veon Smith was the bell-cow back today and had a steady stream of big gains and kept finding the promised land, rushing for 114 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Chesson involved big
Jehu Chesson hauled in all of his targets and had two receptions of over 25 yards, with one touchdown. It was good to see Chesson have an exceptional game, as there have been weeks that the football hasn’t came his way much. Today was a reflection of what Chesson can bring to the offense on any given Saturday. Chesson had 5 receptions for 112 yards and a score on the day.
Delano Hill becomes pick magnet
The Michigan safety tracked the football well and hauled in two interceptions, one on a deep ball and the other on an intermediate throw.
Defense bent but didn’t break
The Michigan defense did give up 367 yards, but the Maryland offense only had three points to show for it. Time and time again Michigan’s D came up big when Maryland was driving, holding the Terapins to 0-3 on 4th down. On one drive Maryland had just one yard to go for the score and ended up missing a field goal that possession.
Defense brought the pressure
The defense was relentless play after play and consistently got into Maryland’s backfield, piling up 13 tackles for loss and 3 sacks.
Michigan’s offense looks really good and has arguably looked much better than Ohio State on that side of the ball and defensively also as this season has transpired. The team looks focused and is playing great football at each level.