Blake Corum rushed for 123 yards and three touchdowns as No. 25 Michigan routed Northern Illinois, 63-10 on Saturday.
The Wolverines (3-0) scored touchdowns on their first 9 drives, eight of them on the bottom. The tenth drive additionally included a landing run, nevertheless it was known as again for a holding penalty and Michigan turned the ball over on downs. The Wolverines by no means punted.
Northern Illinois responded with its landing with 8:28 to play.
The Huskies (1-2) kicked a discipline objective on their second possession of the sport, nevertheless it was already clear they have been in main hassle.
Michigan scored brief dashing touchdowns on its first 4 possessions, two by Hassan Haskins, to take a 28-3 lead within the second quarter.
The Wolverines modified up a bit on the fifth possession, scoring on an 87-yard cross from Cade McNamara to Cornelius Johnson – the third-longest passing play at school historical past – to guide 35-3 on the half.
The Wolverines switched quarterbacks at halftime, placing in J.J. McCarthy, however he hadn’t thrown a cross when Corum scored on a 49-yard run to extend the margin to 42-3. Michigan used six quarterbacks within the recreation.
Whereas Michigan hadn’t performed Northern Illinois since a 33-17 victory in 2005, there was nonetheless a component of revenge for the Wolverines. Huskies quarterback Rocky Lombardi led Michigan State to a 27-23 win in Ann Arbor final season.
Michigan’s rather a lot higher than a Mid-American Convention crew that simply gave up 50 factors to Wyoming. That should not be a shock, however the Wolverines have had some powerful instances in opposition to the MAC in recent times.
The Huskies gained their opener at Georgia Tech and led Wyoming within the final two minutes, however the Huge Home was a step too far. Even on a sleepy Saturday – the late-arriving Michigan scholar part did not present up in any respect – Northern Illinois was overmatched in each a part of the sport.
The Wolverines are more likely to transfer into the highest 20 after taking aside a crew that does have a street win in opposition to a Energy 5 opponent. Nonetheless, the sport was so lopsided, voters may need a tough time taking it significantly.
Huskies: host Maine subsequent Saturday.
Wolverines: host Rutgers subsequent Saturday to start Huge Ten play.