Michigan Wolverines defeat Rutgers Scarlet Knights in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR, me. – Hassan Haskins ran No. 19 for touchdowns the first two times. Michigan got the ball and the unbeaten Wolverines held 20-13 against Rutgers on Saturday.
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Michigan (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) opened conference play by running the ball on his first seven snaps, and Jim Harbaugh’s conservative game plan nearly cost him. After a 20-3 lead at halftime, the Wolverines failed to achieve a first down on their first four ball possession in the second half.
The Scarlet Knights (3-1, 0-1) bounced back from a 17 point deficit in the third quarter to draw within seven early in the fourth quarter, but Valentino Ambrosio missed a brief field goal. The next time they had possession, they flipped it down on the downs and fell to 1 of 4 on the fourth down.
Michigan ended its drought without a first down towards the end of the fourth quarter to score a 47-yard field goal and a chance for a two-point lead, but Jake Moody missed it.
That gave Rutgers the ball with 1:49 left and no timeouts. Two snaps later, quarterback Noah Vedral fumbled after his team’s first turnover of the season to seal the defeat.
Michigan entered the game averaging 350.3 yards to lead the nation and was kept on the ground to just 112 yards. Blake Corum was capped at 68 yards on 21 tries – half his average – and Haskins only ran 41 yards on 12 carries. Cade McNamara was 9 of 16 for 163 yards for the Wolverines.
Isaih Pacheco had 107 yards for the Scarlet Knights, who won their first three games for the first time since 2012.
Rutgers: The program hasn’t had a win against a ranked team since 2009, which robs coaches and players of any chance to proudly go home with a moral victory.
Michigan: Playing the ball early and often doing well before the Big Ten season, but conference teams will force McNamara to throw more to beat them.
Michigan could stay where it is or possibly slip into the AP Top 25 after the lackluster win.
Rutgers: Host # 10 Ohio State next Saturday.
Michigan: Take to the streets for the first time next Saturday to face Wiscons. The No. 18 Badgers were hit 41-13 by No. 12 Notre Dame.
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