Michigan prepares for Ohio State by routing Maryland, 59-18 | Sports

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Eleven games over, and now it’s time for The Game.

Michigan knocked out the outclassed Maryland on Saturday 59-18 at Maryland Stadium, hours after Ohio State defeated Michigan State. Now the two will meet next week at Michigan Stadium. Both teams have 10-1 records and a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game and potentially a college football playoff spot will be on the line.

It’ll be a challenge for the Wolverines, who will face a loaded Ohio State team on offense with an arsenal on the receiver that quarterback CJ Stroud can choose from. The teams did not play last year after Michigan canceled the game due to a COVID-19 outbreak. But the Buckeyes have dominated the series for the past two decades and have won eight straight wins and 17 of the last 19.

To reach this point, the Wolverines had to overcome what many saw as a potential ‘trap game’ against Maryland. They got off to a slow start with two three-and-outs in their first three series – Michigan got its first touchdown on a Cade McNamara pass to Luke Schoonmaker on his second possession – and although the Terps did not care. not go, the Wolverines have flexed their muscles in every facet of the game.

Michigan didn’t just score on offense. DJ Turner returned a 42-yard interception for a touchdown, and the special teams delivered a trick when Michael Barrett, a former high school quarterback, lined up the punt, took a few steps and then threw at AJ Henning. to his right. Henning sprinted down the Michigan sideline for 79 yards. Don’t be outdone, because he was at Penn State last week, Jake Moody has a 39-yard field goal and is now 22 of 24 this season.

This is the first time since their game against Northwestern on October 10, 2015 that the Wolverines have scored in all three phases.

There have been a lot of goals but it’s not hard to figure out where to start. First-year running back Donovan Edwards put in an outstanding performance with 10 catches for 170 yards, including a 77-yard touchdown reception from Cade McNamara. Edwards, who returned to Penn State last week after missing two games with an undisclosed injury, also had three carries for 8 yards.

Running back Blake Corum was in uniform but did not play for what amounts to a third straight game (he injured his right leg at the end of the first quarter against Indiana). It meant more Hassan Haskins. Haskins, the top runner on the team that broke the 1,000 yard mark on Saturday, carried the workload in Corum’s absence. He’s scored twice against Maryland, bringing his touchdown tally to 13 this season.

Edwards wasn’t the only freshman to score touchdowns in Maryland. Substitute JJ McCarthy connected on a 13-yard touchdown pass with Mike Sainristil, who delivered a one-handed dive into the end zone. McCarthy also ran for 5 yards in the fourth quarter.

Since the Big Ten Media Days before the start of the season, Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who is 0-5 against Ohio State, has broken away from his usual form and has spoken openly about his willingness to beat. the Buckeyes.

“I’m as excited and excited as ever, still am, even more to be part of it, to win the championship, to beat Ohio, our Michigan State rivals, everyone,” Harbaugh said in July. “This is what we want to do. And we’ll do it or die trying.

Michigan’s only loss this season came at Michigan State last month. But beating Ohio State has been a rarity for the Wolverines over the past two decades and something Harbaugh has focused the team on achieving this season. Players spoke openly about the state of Ohio, also a change from previous years under Harbaugh, and shared that there were signs in the building regarding OSU and a “Beat Ohio” exercise at 9 to 7 that they did at least once a week.

In order for the Wolverines to achieve their goals of a Big Ten title, it is always assumed that the state of Ohio will be the roadblock. This is still the case this season. In an informal media poll before the season, the Wolverines were selected to finish fourth in the division. They have passed that bar and are now facing their biggest moment of the season.

Harbaugh, who signed a pre-season contract extension that cut his pay in half, has repeatedly commented on how much he enjoyed this team. It feeds off the fun they’ve had and the joy they’ve played with this season.

But now it’s all about Michigan and Ohio State. Everything revolves around the Game.

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