Michigan was favored to win big against Northwestern on Saturday, and that’s what ultimately happened. However, the game was close in the first half and Michigan had their fair share of struggles before pulling away.
With the game still scoreless after the first quarter, Michigan was the first team to get on the board, a 13 play, 79-yard drive that ended with a 1-yard Blake Corum TD run. Michigan would tack on a 20-yard Jake Moody field goal to make it 10-0, but Northwestern answered quickly with a huge 75-yard touchdown run by Evan Hull.
It looked like Michigan was about to score once again right before the half, but a screen pass on 3rd & Goal that went nowhere wound up even worse when Mike Sainristil fumbled the ball and Northwestern recovered. Michigan would go into the locker room with a 10-7 lead.
Michigan started to gain traction in the second half, and the first drive of quarter No. 3 was the Blake Corum show, who kept churning out big gains before finishing the drive off with a 5-yard TD run to put Michigan up 17-7.
From here Michigan wouldn’t look back — Hassan Haskins ran it in from 13 yards out to put the Wolverines up 24-7 after a Cornelius Johnson blocked punt.
A 44-yard field goal by Jake Moody made it 27-7 heading into the final quarter. Although Cade McNamara’s production was dicey, Michigan running game and defense set the tone and gave the team a sizable lead.
Northwestern quarterback Ryan Hilinski was erratic all day, and dodged quite a few bullets but his risky play finally caught up to him when DJ Turner picked him off and put Michigan in the red zone. Haskins would net a 4-yard TD run to make it a 33-7 lead (Michigan’s 2-point conversion was unsuccessful.
33-7 is where the game would end. Next up for Michigan is 7-0 Michigan State in East Lansing next Saturday.