Michigan Wolverines football at Rutgers
Michigan trailed at halftime, but you wouldn’t know it from the final score. Michigan used three interceptions in the second half to blow out Rutgers, 52-17.
Rutgers returned a blocked punt for a touchdown in the first quarter, and freshman QB Gavin Wimsatt looked composed in the first half as Michigan led 17-14 at halftime. But the second half was a completely different story.
Wimsatt threw three picks and Michigan just ran away with it. They are now 9-0 and will likely be ranked in the top four of next week’s CFP rankings thanks to losses to both Tennessee and Clemson.
FINAL: Michigan 52, Rutgers 17
Gash scores first career TD
-Q4 3:23: Isaiah Gash runs a few yards for his first career TD. 52-17.
-Q4 7:34: This game has become a three-pointer fest. Seriously. Watch something else.
-Q4 8:32: Now Michigan goes three and out. Game 6 of the World Series is underway. Watch that instead.
-Q4 9:20: Rutgers plays three and out again.
Michigan adds a field goal
-Q4 11:18: Moody makes his first field goal of the night to make it 45-17. Again, business hours.
-Q4 2:42 p.m.: Rutgers goes three and out. I say let’s go to class.
End of third quarter: Michigan leads 42-17
Michigan takes full control
-Q3 0:23: McCarthy to Cornelius Johnson for a touchdown. It’s 42-17.
Michigan gets its third INT of the half
-Q3 1:27: Wimsatt throws his third INT of the half, this time Will Johnson comes up with it.
-Q3 2:28: Michigan goes three and out.
-Q3 3:23: Wimsatt is sacked on third down and Rutgers has to punt.
Michael Barrett pick-six
-Q3 6:42: Another INT, and it’s Barrett again. This time he takes it home. What a turnaround. 35-17.
Michigan capitalizes on turnovers
-Q3 6:53: Corum hits him a couple of plays later. Michigan scores two touchdowns in 1:31 and now leads 28-17.
Michigan gets a big INT
-Q3 7:40: Michael Barrett picks out Gavin Wimsatt for a huge turnover.
Michigan takes the lead again
-Q3 8:24: JJ McCarthy hits Donovan Edwards in the back of the end zone to put Michigan back on top. 21-17.
-Q3 12:17 p.m.: Michigan’s defense comes off the field after a holding penalty nullifies a third-down conversion for Rutgers.
The second half is underway
Rutgers gets the ball to start the second half.
Halftime: Rutgers 17, Michigan 14
Moody misses another 50 yards. Rutgers leads 17-14 at halftime.
Rutgers takes the first lead
-Q2 1:44: Rutgers takes the lead. Gavin Wimsatt to Sean Ryan in end zone. They went up 17-14
-Q2 4:42: Jake Moody with a rare missed field goal. Rutgers takes over.
-Q2 10:06: Rutgers goes three and back.
-Q2 11:38: Michigan’s drive stalls as McCarthy’s pass is overthrown on third down. This time, they got the punt.
Rutgers passes the FG
-Q2 1:33 p.m.: Rutgers gets its first offensive points of the night—a 32-yard FG to make it 14-10.
End of 1st quarter: Michigan leads Rutgers 14-7
Michigan throws it in
-Q1 1:46: Michigan responds. Set up by Blake Corum’s 43-yard run, it took four goal-line attempts again, but McCarthy scores on the QB. 14-7
Rutgers ties it up with special teams TDs
-Q1 5:04: Michigan gets a first down, then the drive stalls. Then Rutgers blocks the punt and returns it for a touchdown. It was an unexpected turn. We are tied at 7.
-Q1 8:03: Rutgers goes three and out on the first possession.
Michigan bats first
-Q1 8:47: Michigan scores twice on its first possession. The only difference is that the second one was not wiped out by a penalty. It took four attempts from the one-yard line, but Corum throws it in for his 15th TD of the season. 7-0
Start the game
Rutgers wins the toss and delays until the second half. Michigan’s first offense.
WR Roman Wilson, OLs Ryan Hayes and Trente Jones, DBs Makari Paige and Ja’Den McBurrows, and LB Jaylen Harrell did not travel with the team this week.
After a big win against their in-state rival, Michigan hits the road to take on Rutgers. It will be the team’s second consecutive prime-time game and third this season.
On paper, this should be another easy win. Rutgers is Rutgers, though. Some people were high on the Scarlet Knights this season, but at 4-4 overall and 1-4 in Big Ten play, it hasn’t quite materialized.
Michigan was ranked 5th this season’s first College Football Playoff rankings, just missing the first four. All he can do to try to move up the ladder is to keep winning games.
Follow along here for live updates from Detroit News contributor Matthew Scheidel.
Michigan at Rutgers
▶ Start the game: 19:30 Saturday, SHI Stadium, Piscataway, New Jersey
▶ TV/Radio: BTN/950 AM
▶ Records: Michigan 8-0 (5-0 Big Ten); Rutgers 4-4 (1-4 Big Ten)
▶ line: Michigan by 25½
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