Oct 9, 2021; Lincoln, Nebraska, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers cornerback Cam Taylor-Britt (5) breaks up a pass to Michigan Wolverines wide receiver Daylen Baldwin (85) during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

No. 9 Michigan boots late field goal to edge Nebraska

Jake Moody kicked the game-winning 39-yard field goal with 1:24 left to lift No. 9 Michigan to a 32-29 win at Nebraska on Saturday in Lincoln.

Moody tied the game at 29-29 with 3:00 left on a 31-yard field goal, and then the Wolverines (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) recovered a fumble by Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez to set up his game-winner.

After a scoreless first quarter, Michigan opened the scoring with 9:52 left in the second quarter on a 35-yard field goal by Moody. The Wolverines then took a 6-0 lead with 3:19 left in the second quarter on a 21-yard field goal by Moody, which capped off an 11-play, 87-yard drive.

Before the end of the half, Michigan drove the field and took a 13-0 lead with nine seconds remaining on a 3-yard touchdown run by Hassan Haskins.

Nebraska (3-4, 1-3) responded on the opening drive of the second half, cutting Michigan’s lead to 13-7 on a 46-yard touchdown pass from Martinez to Austin Allen with 12:49 remaining in the third quarter.

Later in the third quarter, Michigan regained a double-digit lead, going up 19-7 on a 3-yard touchdown run by Haskins to punctuate a 10-play, 91-yard drive.

A 2-point conversion pass failed.

Nebraska immediately responded, going 75 yards in five plays and cutting Michigan’s lead to 19-14 on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Martinez to Rahmir Johnson with 1:24 left in the third quarter.

Following an interception by Deontai Williams that gave the Cornhuskers the ball at the Michigan 13-yard line, Nebraska took a 22-19 lead with 52 seconds remaining in the third quarter. First, Martinez hit Levi Falck for a 13-yard touchdown pass, and then Martinez ran in the 2-point conversion.

Michigan had an answer, taking a 26-22 lead with 11:21 remaining on a 29-yard touchdown run by Blake Corum.

Nebraska came back on its next possession, grabbing a 29-26 lead on a 5-yard touchdown run by Martinez with 7:08 remaining.

–Field Level Media

Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara (12) prepares for a snap against Northern Illinois during the first half at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021.

No. 19 Michigan revving run game for Rutgers

Michigan and Rutgers took care of business during the non-conference portion of their schedules.

They collide in the Big Ten Conference opener on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Wolverines are up to No. 19 in the rankings after three convincing victories, including a 63-10 pounding of Northern Illinois on Saturday. Relying on a powerful running game once again, the Wolverines scored touchdowns on their first nine possessions.

Michigan (3-0) has already surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark. The team is led by the duo of Blake Corum (8.5 yards per carry, seven touchdowns) and Hassan Haskins (5.7 YPC, four TDs).

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano knows the competition level will rise significantly this weekend. His team’s three wins have come against Temple, Syracuse and Delaware. The Scarlet Knights recorded a 45-13 win over the Blue Hens on Saturday.

“They’re playing good football. They’re playing winning football,” Schiano said of Michigan. “They’re holding onto the ball, playing good defense and running the ball. When you do that, you have a chance to win every week. We have our work cut out for us, for sure. But I’m anxious to see how we stack up, and I know our players are. That’s what it’s about.”

Wolverines quarterback Cade McNamara had a breakout performance against the Scarlet Knights last season. He passed for 260 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another score in a relief effort during a 48-42 win in triple overtime.

Rutgers gave away a 17-point lead that night.

“That game was a shame,” Schiano said. “We had our opportunity there and we didn’t take advantage of it. This is a different Michigan team, and I’d like to think we’re a different Rutgers team, too.”

McNamara connected with Cornelius Johnson on an 87-yard pass play against the Huskies but hasn’t been asked to throw very often this season, due to the success of the ground game. He’s connected on 64.9 percent of his attempts with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

“He’s been consistently good since he’s played in games,” Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said. “The ability to drive the team for points, that’s getting really impressive. I don’t know what that percentage is but it’s got to be pretty high. Overall, confidence, ability, time on task, reps, just like anybody, when you play in a game and realize, you can do this. Not as hard as it seems. You get better at football by playing football.”

The Scarlet Knights will be without two of their cornerbacks. Starter Malachi Melton and reserve Chris Long were suspended after being taken into police custody following an incident involving a paint ball gun.

Rutgers quarterback Noah Vedral has also avoided interceptions during the first three games. He’s completed 71.6 percent of his attempts with four touchdowns. Bo Melton (20 receptions, 227 yards, 2 TDs) has been his No. 1 target.

Rutgers has won every game by double digits despite averaging just 3.3 yards on the ground. The defense has forced eight turnovers and notched 14 sacks.

“Hard, tough. Guys that play all out, play together, don’t make mistakes, execute, disciplined teams,” Harbaugh said of the Scarlet Knights. “All the good stuff.”

–Field Level Media

Sep 11, 2021; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh during warm ups against the Washington Huskies at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Throwback style working as No. 25 Michigan awaits NIU

If it’s good enough for George Patton, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is here for it.

Michigan is playing an old-school brand of Big Ten football. The results are working just fine for Harbaugh, who reminded the masses he does not care about style points.

The Wolverines have relied on a run-based attack while defeating Western Michigan and Washington by a combined 54 points. They’ll look to go 3-0 in nonconference games when they play host to Northern Illinois on Saturday.

Michigan ran the ball 43 times for 335 yards and three scores in its 47-14 season-opening victory over the Broncos. The Wolverines expanded their ground-and-pound philosophy in a 31-10 win over the Huskies, rushing 56 times for 343 yards and four touchdowns.

Harbaugh isn’t offering any apologies. The Wolverines moved into the national rankings at No. 25.

“Heard a little bit of noise about it. ‘Why so much running? You’ve got to throw more.’ That kind of thing,” Harbaugh said. “There’s a lot of ways to travel. Some people choose to travel on the ground, some people by air.

“George Patton was able to get his job done on the ground. Neil Armstrong through the air,” he added. “Last Saturday night, we chose to grind it out on the ground and were also able to get our mission accomplished.”

Michigan has developed a nice 1-2 punch at running back, featuring the speed and shiftiness of 5-foot-8 Blake Corum and the power of 6-1 Hassan Haskins. Corum is averaging 8.1 yards on 35 carries with four touchdowns. He’s also scored a receiving touchdown. Haskins is averaging 5.6 yards on 40 carries with two scores.

Starting quarterback Cade McNamara has only attempted 26 passes.

“Throwing the ball might be more enjoyable to watch but playing in it as an offensive linemen, I love running the ball every play,” offensive tackle Andrew Stueber said. “Being able to come off the ball and reduce the defenders physically, it’s something I take a lot of pride in. I think everyone does as well.”

Northern Illinois (1-1) opened its season with a one-point win over Georgia Tech, then lost 50-43 to Wyoming on Saturday.

The Huskies were down 26 points in the third quarter, staged a furious rally to take the lead but allowed a touchdown with 1:35 remaining.

“I love the resiliency of our guys, they competed for four quarters,” head coach Thomas Hammock said. “They didn’t let the score affect them one way or the other, they just got ready for the next play.”

Quarterback Rocky Lombardi will try for an unprecedented double against the Wolverines. Last season, Lombardi led Michigan State to a 27-24 upset of its in-state rival at Michigan Stadium, throwing for 323 yards and three touchdowns.

Lombardi transferred to Northern Illinois and is now the Huskies’ starting quarterback. Just like Saturday’s game, his upset with Michigan State last season was at Michigan’s famed Big House.

Lombardi passed for 233 yards and a touchdown against Wyoming but was also intercepted three times.

“They really look like they got things going. They’re a team on the move, both offensively and defensively,” Harbaugh said. “Doing a great job executing, playing their systems.”

The teams have only met once, a Wolverines victory in 2005. Michigan is 34-1 all-time against Mid-American Conference opponents.

–Field Level Media

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Ex-captain among group suing Michigan to be heard on abuse

A Michigan Wolverines team captain from the late 1960s is among a group of former students who are suing the university over its response to allegations of abuse levied against former team doctor Robert Anderson.

Henry Hill, a former All-American who played for the Wolverines from 1968-70, is part of the group that filed suit Thursday, saying the university hasn’t allowed them to share their accounts of abuse, in violation of state law.

Hill and nine other victims say they weren’t allowed to speak at the university’s board of regents meeting this summer. A cited policy by the board — that only five speakers are allowed per session — is alleged to be in violation of Michigan’s Open Meetings Act.

“I thought I had a voice,” Hill said to ESPN. “I thought I had a perspective. I was a Black captain in that era. I thought I had a perspective that should be heard.”

The university believes it is accommodating victims properly.

“Anderson survivors have regularly been among the members of the public addressing the board, including as recently as the July board meeting when five Anderson survivors addressed the board,” university spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald told the Ann Arbor News.

The lawsuit is requesting the university put in place better safeguards so that all victims can be heard, not a limited number.

–Field Level Media

Michigan Wolverines quarterback Cade McNamara (12) signals at the line of scimmage during second half action against the Western Michigan Broncos Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.

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Michigan preps for more-focused Washington

Even as it prepared for its season opener, Washington had an eye on its Week 2 matchup at Michigan.

In hindsight, that was a mistake.

The then-No.20 Huskies suffered what has been labeled perhaps the worst loss in program history, a 13-7 defeat to visiting Montana, a Football Championship Subdivision school.

“We know we did not give a performance that was Husky football, and we apologize for that, and we’re going back to work to correct that,” UW coach Jimmy Lake said.

Missing his top three wide receivers because of injuries, quarterback Dylan Morris was 27 of 46 for 226 yards with three interceptions.

Linebacker Edefuan Ulofoshio vowed the Huskies would bounce back.

“That’s our only choice right? Can’t say ‘we lost to Montana, season’s over right?’” he said. “Gotta get back on your feet and keep moving. We’ve got 11 other games guaranteed and we’re going to try and win all of them.”

That won’t be easy at the Big House.

The Wolverines opened with a 47-14 victory against Western Michigan, though they lost star wide receiver and kick returner Ronnie Bell to a season-ending knee injury.

The Wolverines’ Cade McNamara completed 9 of 11 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns and Blake Corum rushed for 111 yards and a score.

One of the players who might’ve replaced Bell, Giles Jackson, transferred to Washington in the offseason.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said he isn’t putting any stock in the Huskies’ opening loss.

“I don’t think it’s relevant. You always think the first game is the second-hardest to prepare for, but the second game is even harder. Because both teams will go back and work on – they know where they’re at, they go back and work on the things that they need to improve and they will. It’s a race to make those improvements in one week. Got a good idea that Washington has been preparing for us for a long time. It’s an important game for both teams so I think that makes that first game irrelevant. As it most always is, but as they say, especially in this second-game scenario.”

–Field Level Media

Michigan wide receiver Ronnie Bell runs after making a catch against Western Michigan during the first half in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.

Michigan WR Ronnie Bell (knee) out for season

A knee injury will force Michigan wide receiver Ronnie Bell to miss the rest of the season, coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday.

Bell, a senior and a team captain, was injured on a 31-yard punt return in Michigan’s 47-14 season-opening win over Western Michigan on Saturday.

Harbaugh said Bell will eventually have surgery on the injured right knee.

“Talking to Ronnie, he’s going to continue to lead from the sideline and be a big part of our team,” Harbaugh said. “Fortunately, everything is surgically repairable.”

Bell led the Wolverines with 26 catches for 401 yards and a touchdown in six games during the abbreviated 2020 season. On Saturday, he had one catch for 76 yards and a touchdown and was expected to be the leading weapon for quarterback Cade McNamara.

He also led the team in 2019 with 48 receptions and 758 yards.

In his first three seasons with Michigan, Bell played in 32 games. He caught 82 passes for 1,304 yards and four touchdowns.

Michigan (1-0) hosts Washington (0-1) on Saturday.

–Field Level Media

Michigan running back Blake Corum celebrates with teammates after his touchdown against Western Michigan during the first half in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 4, 2021.Mich West

Blake Corum paces Michigan past Western Michigan

Blake Corum caught a touchdown pass and ran for another as Michigan opened its season with a 47-14 romp over visiting Western Michigan on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Corum rushed 14 times for 111 yards and caught two passes for 22 yards.

Starting quarterback Cade McNamara completed 9 of 11 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns, including a 76-yard strike to Ronnie Bell.

Bell, however, was injured during a punt return in the second quarter and did not return.

Wide receiver A.J. Henning scored on a 74-yard run in the third quarter. Hassan Haskins added 70 yards rushing on 13 carries and a touchdown.

The Wolverines are now 8-0 in program history against the Broncos.

Kaleb Eleby completed 20 of 37 passes for 191 yards and a touchdown for Western Michigan.

Sean Tyler rushed for 55 yards on 10 carries in the loss.

Michigan grabbed a 27-7 halftime lead.

The Wolverines drove 75 yards on their opening possession. Haskins converted a 4th-and-1 with a 4-yard run before McNamara connected with Corum on a 14-yard scoring pass.

Elleby’s 29-yard pass to Jaylen Hall set up Western Michigan’s first-half touchdown, a 2-yard run by La’Darius Jefferson.

Corum returned the ensuing kickoff 79 yards, setting up Jake Moody’s 37-yard field goal.

Bell had a one-handed sideline grab nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty early in the second quarter. On Michigan’s next possession, Bell beat one-on-one coverage on a 76-yard pass play. He caught the ball at the WMU 30-yard-line and raced untouched into the end zone.

On the play that Bell was injured, he made a 31-yard punt return to the Broncos’ 31-yard line. That set up Haskins’ 22-yard touchdown run up the middle.

Moody added a 20-yard field goal seconds before halftime.

Henning eluded two would-be tacklers on his 74-yard end around five minutes into the second half to make it 33-7.

Corum scored on a 30-yard run with just under 13 minutes remaining. JJ McCarthy’s 69-yard touchdown pass to Daylen Baldwin gave the Wolverines a 40-point lead with 7:57 left.

Corey Crooms caught a 27-yard pass from Eleby for the Broncos’ second touchdown.

–Field Level Media

Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara makes a pass against Penn State during the second half of Michigan's 27-17 loss at Michigan Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020.

Cade McNamara, Michigan tackle high-scoring neighbors

The University of Michigan opens its football season against a program with zero success against the Wolverines.

Following a miserable 2020 season, Michigan shuffles into a new season looking for a positive start.

The Wolverines have a 7-0 record against Western Michigan, with the most recent meeting in 2018. They’ll square off at Michigan’s Big House in Ann Arbor on Saturday.

Michigan finished last season with a 2-4 record and had its last three games canceled due to COVID-19 issues.

Sophomore Cade McNamara won a training camp competition for the starting quarterback job. McNamara appeared in four games last season, including a stellar relief effort against Rutgers when he threw for four scores and ran for another in a triple-overtime win.

“He’s ratcheted it up, really, in a lot of different areas,” coach Jim Harbaugh said. “The biggest one is consistency. Consistency of doing his job. Also, call it a talent of really making everyone else around you better. Maybe that is the most important part of being a quarterback.”

The rushing attack is led by Hassan Haskins, who has gained 997 yards and scored 10 touchdowns over the past two seasons. Ronnie Bell and Cornelius Johnson are the top returning wide receivers.

Western Michigan’s offense will test a Michigan defense that struggled to get off the field against any opponent last season.

The Broncos finished 4-2 a year ago playing a Mid-American Conference schedule. Quarterback Kaleb Eleby threw for 1,715 yards and 18 touchdowns, while running back La’Darius Jefferson averaged 5.6 yards per carry and scored five touchdowns.

“Offensively, they’re really good at what they do,” Harbaugh said. “They execute really well, at a high level. Quarterback Eleby, really fantastic. When you rank third in the country in pass efficiency, that’s playing really efficient, that’s playing really good football. La’Darius, a fine running back. All the running backs are really. They’re north-south guys, they hit holes fast.”

Western Michigan coach Tim Lester is wary of U-M defensive end Aidan Hutchinson and safety Dax Hill.

“They are an extremely talented team, big, fast and they have one of the best pass rushers in the country, projected to be a top-five pick, so you have to know where he’s at at all times,” Lester said. “They have a safety who in my opinion is one of the best I’ve seen. Obviously, they’re surrounded by a bunch of really good players, but those two I think are special, and so you have to keep an eye on those two and where they are on the field.”

–Field Level Media

Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara warms up before the Penn State game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020.

QB Cade McNamara to start season opener for Michigan

Junior quarterback Cade McNamara will be the starter when Michigan opens the season Saturday against Western Michigan.

Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh announced his decision Monday, saying McNamara had shown both improvement and consistency throughout preseason practices. He competed for the job with Texas Tech transfer Alan Bowman, five-star freshman recruit J.J. McCarthy and sophomore Dan Villari.

The 6-foot-1, 212-pound McNamara played in four games last season, completing 43 of 71 passes for 425 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He added one rushing touchdown.

Joe Milton started the abbreviated 2020 season at quarterback for the Wolverines but was replaced by McNamara in the Nov. 21 game against Rutgers. He was 27-of-36 passing for 260 yards with four touchdowns in a 48-42 triple-overtime win against the Scarlet Knights.

Milton transferred to Tennessee after the season, and on Monday was named the Volunteers’ starter for Thursday’s season opener against Bowling Green.

McNamara, a native of Nevada, didn’t see any game action in 2019.

–Field Level Media

Michigan redshirt QB Max Wittwer sits outside Schembechler Hall in Ann Arbor, Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

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Bo Schembechler’s son to speak about father ignoring doctor’s abuse

Matt Schembechler, the son of Michigan football coaching legend Bo Schembechler, is set to share details of his abuse at the hands of former Michigan team doctor Robert E. Anderson.

According to a press release, Matt Schembechler will be joined by two former Michigan players at a press conference Thursday to talk about their experiences and his father’s “failure to protect him and other athletes.”

Former wide receiver Gilvanni Johnson and offensive lineman Daniel Kwiatkowski will also allege that they were assaulted by Anderson during physicals. Kwiatkowski says he went to Schembechler, was told to “toughen up,” and then was subsequently assaulted by Anderson multiple times more. Johnson likewise reports subsequent abuses following his initial complaint.

A 240-page report commissioned by the university was released last month, detailing that Anderson had sexually abused hundreds of Michigan athletes and other students over the course of 37 years.

After the report’s release, current head coach Jim Harbaugh came to the defense of Bo Schembechler, whom he played under in the mid-1980s.

“There’s nothing that ever was swept under the rug or ignored,” Harbaugh said. “He addressed everything in a timely fashion. That’s the Bo Schembechler that I knew.”

–Field Level Media