Michigan (8-2) traveled to Maryland (4-6) to take on the Terrapins. The Wolverines left with the win by a score of 35 – 10.
Despite the shaky second half, Michigan was able to pull it out thanks to the lead they accrued in the first half.
Michigan went into the locker room at half up by a score of 28-0, but Maryland came back onto the field ready to play.
These are the kinds of games that Michigan falls into traps in. When they turn the ball over and commit penalties these games turn out close.
Thankfully for them, that didn’t happen this game. They picked up a late touchdown from Chris Evans that put them up by 3 scores, putting the game away for a final score of 35-10.
Michigan’s offense started out the game hot, scoring 4 touchdowns on their first 6 drives.
This was more of a balanced attack from the offense than the one we saw against Minnesota. This could be in part to try and get Peters looks passing the ball against one of the worst defenses in college football before they play Wisconsin next week.
Chris Evans was the best running back this week, in part because Karan Higdon was ruled out at half due to an ankle injury. Evans also fembarrassed the hell out of this guy:
Brandon Peters had an OK game, but I expected a bit more from him against this abysmal defense along with the way Michigan had been running the ball.
He finished 9 of 18 for 145 yards and 2 TDs. Going along with the trend where Michigan wins games in which they target their tight ends, Zach Gentry led the pass catchers with 3 receptions for 63 yards and adding a touchdown. Tight End Sean McKeon also added a 3 yard reception for a TD.
Offensive Player of the Game
Chris Evans once again had a big game for Michigan.
When Higdon went down with an injury, Evans was in as the main back. He finished the game with 80 yards on 15 carries and 2 TDs.
The running back also got involved in the passing game, reeling in 2 passes for 29 yards. After starting the season off slow, the Sophomore running back has been on fire.
The defense wasn’t excluded from the second half struggles, where Maryland scored all of their 10 points.
This isn’t to say that the defense played bad by any means, they just seemed to fall off a bit from the first two quarters. Maryland had 5 running plays go for 10+ yards, 4 of which came in the second half.
To continue winning games, Michigan is going to have to continue winning the turnover battle, which is something they did tonight with 2 interceptions.
Khaleke Hudson stayed hot this week with a pick, and David Long intercepted this ball in the endzone, taking it down to the 25-yard line.
Defensive Player of the Game
Big Mo Hurst was once again wreaking havoc on an opponent’s offensive line. He was constantly in the backfield putting pressure on the quarter back. Hurst finished 9 total tackles, 1 sack, and 1.5 tackles for loss. Also, here is a clip of 3 players trying to block Mo
Both Karan Higdon and Rashan Gary left this game with injuries, and neither of them returned. Higdon went down with what looked like an injury in the first half. Gary seemed to be hurt with an abdomen or chest injury, according to the broadcast. It goes without saying that if either of these guys miss significant time it could be disastrous for Michigan. Higdon cemented himself as the top running back on this team a few weeks ago, but Evans has been playing extremely well as of late. Rashan Gary would be impossible to replace up front.
Michigan is one of the heaviest penalized teams in the Big Ten, but they received their first and only penalty with 2 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. Playing penalty-free football is important for a Michigan team that is averaging 7.7 penalties per game.
What is going on with Quinn Nordin?
Nordin missed another easy field goal this week from 31 yards out. He didn’t miss any PATs this week, but fans keep asking, what the hell is going on with Quinn Nordin? Hopefully he can get back to the automatic kicker that we know he can be.