No. 14 Michigan remain unbeaten after a victory in Madison over the Wisconsin Badgers. Michgian is now 5-0 on the season, while Wisconsin falls to 1-2. Here’s a quick game recap.
Michigan’s offense couldn’t get any points during their first two drives of the game, but drive No. 3 netted a score when a flea flicker turned into a 34-yard touchdown pass to Cornelius Johnson. This put Michigan up 7-0 in the early going.
@UMichFootball gets tricky with it for the first TD of the game! pic.twitter.com/6NWnemRtr7— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 2, 2021
The game was 13-3 Michigan with under a minute to go in the first half when Wisconsin QB Graham Mertz started to gain traction. Wisconsin had just -2 yards midway through the second quarter, but the last drive of the half netted 63 yards on just three plays, ending with a Mertz 18-yard touchdown pass. Michigan went into the half 13-10, and momentum appeared to be shifting back to Wisconsin.
Mertz wasn’t able to finish the game, leaving after safety Dax Hill sacked Mertz with a good hit to his ribs. Backup Chase Wolf would relieve Mertz, but did not do well, going 3-for-8 with 52 yards passing, 1 TD, 1 INT, and a fumble.
Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy saw more time in the second half and scored once on a QB sneak, and once through the air on a 56-yard pass to Daylen Baldwin.
McCarthy’s presence wasn’t a reflection of McNamara’s performance, McCarthy was clearly mixed into their gameplan. McNamara threw a nice backshoulder 16-yard touchdown to Cornelius Johnson in the second half and went 17-of-28 for 197 yards and 2 touchdowns on the day.
Michigan’s defense was fairly solid all day, and gave up just one garbage time score in the second half, helping propel Michigan to a 38-17 win. Michigan’s defense had six sacks and looked sharp besides the two touchdown drives.
Next up for Michigan is another road game against Nebraska.
Michigan vs. Wisconsin stats pic.twitter.com/6qTfDegyDN— Trevor Woods (@WoodsFootball) October 2, 2021
McCarthy touchdown pass
No. 14 @UMichFootball continues to add on.— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) October 2, 2021
This time, it's @jjmccarthy09's first career road TD pass. pic.twitter.com/I7VEYrorRC
McNamara TD to Cornelius Johnson
Second career 2-TD game @CorneliusNation // @UMichFootball pic.twitter.com/IzTIJ1qa2T— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) October 2, 2021
Dax Hill interception
Hilluva day 〽️@daxhill5 // @UMichFootball pic.twitter.com/xubXb2wFHX— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) October 2, 2021
Hill’s hit on Mertz that knocked the QB out of the game
Dax on the blitz is a thing of beauty.@daxhill5 // @UMichFootball pic.twitter.com/WPNQJBlwuY— Michigan On BTN (@MichiganOnBTN) October 2, 2021