Michigan quarterbacks Alex Orji (10), J.J. McCarthy (9) and quarterback Alan Bowman warm up ahead of the Maryland game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022.

No. 4 Michigan holds off Maryland in Big Ten opener

Blake Corum carried 30 times for 243 yards and two touchdowns as No. 4 Michigan withstood a challenge from Maryland, winning 34-27 Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich., in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

J.J. McCarthy completed 18 of 26 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns as the Wolverines (4-0, 1-0) subdued the Terps (3-1, 0-1), who are 0-27 against ranked conference foes since joining the Big Ten in 2014.

With Maryland up 13-10 late in the second quarter, Corum put Michigan ahead for good with a 33-yard scoring run. Then, with 3:31 to play in the game, Corum secured the victory with a 47-yard touchdown sprint.

Corum’s clincher came after R.J. Moten had an interception to help extinguish the Terps’ hopes. D.J. Turner also picked off a pass, and linebacker Junior Colson added 13 tackles for Michigan.

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa completed 20 of 30 passes for 207 yards but struggled after sustaining a blind-side hit from Michael Morris in the third quarter.

Tagovailoa was replaced in the fourth quarter by Billy Edwards Jr., who directed a late touchdown drive, which he capped with an 18-yard touchdown pass to CJ Dippre with 45 seconds to go.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Wolverines extended their lead to 24-13 with an 85-yard scoring drive which McCarthy finished with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Roman Wilson.

Maryland was down 7-0 just eight seconds into the game as the opening kickoff caromed off the helmet of Tai Felton, and Matthew Hibner recovered at the Terps’ 10. On the next play, McCarthy rolled right and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Luke Schoonmaker.

But Maryland fought back as Chad Ryland booted field goals of 53 and 52 yards sandwiched around a 2-yard touchdown run by Antwain Littleton II.

The kicks extended Ryland’s string of field goals to 23 as the Terps took their 13-10 lead.

– Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA;  Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum (2) rushes for a touchdown in the first half against the Connecticut Huskies at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

No. 4 Michigan set for next step in Big Ten opener vs. Maryland

A trio of victories over badly overmatched nonconference teams was not a complete indicator of how elite No. 4 Michigan truly is this season.

The start of the Big Ten season, which begins Saturday with a home matchup against Maryland, will begin to round out the complete picture.

The Wolverines have outscored their opponents 166-17, including a 59-0 victory over UConn last weekend. Blake Corum tied the school record with five rushing touchdowns and the defense had no trouble shutting down a true freshman quarterback.

“I just think guys are excited to attack the next challenge,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “They’re ready for it, they know it’s going to be a step up in competition – start of Big Ten play.”

Corum has solidified his status as the lead back. He gained 952 yards and scored 11 touchdowns on the ground last year and has cranked it up a couple of notches in the early going. Corum has 235 yards (6.9 per carry) in three games with seven TDs.

“No better example of selflessness in the program than Blake Corum. He is a tremendous worker and tremendous leader,” Harbaugh said. “He’s always been good. His approach has always been A-plus-plus. And his play speaks for itself.”

J.J. McCarthy, who was named the No. 1 quarterback after the second game, completed 15 of 18 passes for 214 yards against the Huskies. Backup and former starter Cade McNamara injured his leg during the game and will be out an indefinite amount of time.

Michigan now can turn its attention to a conference team that has also taken advantage of a ho-hum nonconference slate. The Terrapins also are 3-0, though it required a go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to put away SMU on Saturday 34-27.

Harbaugh praised the Terrapins’ offense.

“Really good playmakers. Their quarterback is playing outstanding,” Harbaugh said. “They’re doing a really good job protecting him. They’re making a lot of plays. He’s making a lot of plays – in the pocket, out of the pocket.”

Terrapins OB Taulia Tagovailoa has completed 77.3 percent of his passes this season after a 69.2 percent success rate a year ago. He has thrown for six touchdowns and rushed for one more in the early going.

Maryland coach Mike Locksley said his team should feel pressure-free entering the conference opener.

“We have nothing to lose,” Locksley said. “We’re going to face the reigning champ. We know we’ll get a really good team. … Keep the game really tight, get into the fourth quarter and you never know what can happen.”

Locksley knows what will happen if the Terrapins don’t play a lot cleaner than they did against SMU. They were penalized 15 times for 141 yards, yet still found a way to win. They won’t be so fortunate against a ranked opponent.

“I actually showed them a video of every penalty,” he said. “I showed the commentary of everything (the media) said. … They’re still kids. I’m a parent. I’ve got to get them to understand that the name on the front of the jersey represents us and we’ve got to continue to work to do better.”

Michigan leads the all-time series 9-1 and has won the last six meetings. The Wolverines have a 6-1 advantage since the Terrapins moved into the Big Ten.

Tagovailoa was held to 178 passing yards and one touchdown last season when the Wolverines romped to a 59-18 victory at Maryland.

–Field Level Media

Sep 17, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA;  Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum (2) rushes in the first half against the Connecticut Huskies at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Blake Corum and No. 4 Michigan overwhelm UConn

Blake Corum scored five rushing touchdowns, four in the first half, and No. 4 Michigan overwhelmed UConn 59-0 on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Corum tied school records for rushing touchdowns in a game and in a half. He finished with 71 yards on 12 carries for the Wolverines (3-0) as they wrapped up their non-conference schedule.

J.J. McCarthy, named the team’s No. 1 quarterback after last week’s win over Hawaii, completed 15 of 18 passes for 214 yards. Ronnie Bell led the receiving corps with seven receptions for 96 yards.

A.J. Henning added a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown.

True freshman quarterback Zion Turner completed only 4 of 16 passes for 17 yards and rushed for 42 yards on seven carries for the Huskies (1-3).

Michigan held its opponent scoreless in the first half for the third consecutive game while racing to a 38-0 lead.

It took just over two minutes for Michigan to grab the lead as Corum scored on a 20-yard run. McCarthy completed a 38-yard pass to Roman Wilson during the possession.

Corum scored on a 1-yard plunge later in the quarter, completing a 54-yard drive.

Following a UConn fumble in its territory, Michigan kicker Jake Moody made a 26-yard field goal before the quarter ended.

A blocked punt gave Michigan the ball on the Huskies’ 18-yard line early in the second quarter. Corum scored from a yard out three plays later to make it 24-0.

Henning broke numerous tackles while returning a punt 61 yards for the Wolverines’ next touchdown. Corum capped his big first half with another 1-yard run with 3:11 remaining.

Corum scored his fifth touchdown on an 11-yard run up the middle during the third quarter.

Alex Orji scored on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Alan Bowman completed a 20-yard pass to Leon Franklin for the final touchdown.

Michigan has won all three head-to-head matchups with the Huskies. The Wolverines will begin their defense of the Big Ten championship with a home game against Maryland on Saturday. UConn will play another road game at NC State.

–Field Level Media

Mar 5, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan defensive lineman David Ojabo (DL36) goes through drills during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan’s David Ojabo injured leg at pro day workout

Michigan edge rusher David Ojabo sustained an apparent left leg injury during his pro day workout on Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Ojabo, who is regarded as a potential first-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, clutched his leg during a pass-rush drill and needed assistance to exit the field.

The severity of the injury was not immediately known.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound junior registered 11 sacks and five forced fumbles this season as the Wolverines advanced to the College Football Playoff.

Born in Aberdeen, Scotland, Ojabo didn’t start playing football until his junior year of high school after moving to the United States.

He did not appear in any games for Michigan as a freshman in 2019 and registered just one tackle in six games in 2020.

–Field Level Media

Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis watches warmups before a game against Northern Illinois at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

Reports: Miami hires Michigan OC Josh Gattis

Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis has agreed to serve in the same role with Miami, multiple media outlets reported on Sunday.

Gattis won the 2021 Broyles Award, given each year to the top assistant coach in the nation.

Gattis was hired as the Wolverines’ offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach before the 2019 season. He is the first Michigan assistant to win the Broyles Award since defensive coordinator Jim Herrmann was honored in 1997.

Under Gattis’ watch, Michigan finished No. 16 in the nation in scoring offense last season at 35.8 points per game. The Wolverines won the Big Ten and clinched a bid in the College Football Playoff.

The reported departure of Gattis will leave Michigan without an offensive and defensive coordinator. Mike Macdonald left the Wolverines to take over the defensive coordinator position with the Baltimore Ravens.

In addition, multiple reports in recent days have had Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh interviewing for the top job with the Minnesota Vikings, though Minnesota is now expected to head in another direction.

–Field Level Media

Michigan Wolverines running back Hassan Haskins runs by Ohio State Buckeyes safety Ronnie Hickman during the first half Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, Michigan Stadium.

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No. 5 Michigan runs down No. 2 Ohio State 42-27

Hassan Haskins tied a school record with five rushing touchdowns, four in the second half, as No. 5 Michigan ended a decade of futility against Ohio State with a 42-27 victory Saturday against the No. 2 Buckeyes at Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Wolverines (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten) will play in the Big Ten Championship Game for the first time on Dec. 4 at Indianapolis against either Wisconsin or Iowa.

Haskins scored from the 13 and the 1 in the third quarter for a 28-13 lead as the Wolverines took over while ending an eight-game losing streak to the Buckeyes (10-2, 8-1). It was Michigan’s first victory in the series since 2011.

The rivals did not face each other in 2020 because of an altered schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Haskins had 28 carries for 169 yards and Blake Corum ran for 87 yards on six carries. Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara was 13 of 19 for 159 yards and an interception.

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was 34 of 49 for 394 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked three times by Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson.

After the Buckeyes pulled to within 28-20 on a TreVeyon Henderson 1-yard TD run with 14:05 remaining, Haskins capped a 66-yard drive with a 2-yard TD to make it 35-20 with 9:14 remaining.

The Buckeyes got a 10-yard TD catch by Henderson with 4:45 left to make it 35-27, but Haskins carried five times for 63 yards on the ensuing drive and delivered the exclamation point with a score from the 4-yard line with 2:17 left.

The Wolverines’ 14-13 lead through two quarters was their first halftime lead in the series since a 10-7 advantage in 2016.

After the opening kickoff, Michigan went 75 yards for a 7-0 lead on a 14-yard run by A.J Henning.

Ohio State’s Noah Ruggles kicked a 31-yard field goal to make it 7-3 and the Buckeyes took a 10-7 lead on a 25-yard catch by Garrett Wilson early in the second quarter.

Haskins rushed for a 1-yard TD to put the Wolverines ahead 14-10 before Ruggles’ 30-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the half.

–Field Level Media