No. 2 Michigan Takes Big Ten in Rout, Makes Playoff Pitch | Sports News

By MICHAEL MAROT, AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Hassan Haskins ran for 2 second-half touchdowns and broke a faculty file whereas operating again Donavan Edwards threw a 75-yard TD cross to assist No. 2 Michigan seize its first Big Ten title in 17 years and a possible playoff berth with a 42-3 rout Saturday over No. 15 Iowa.

Resurgent Michigan (12-1, No. 2 CFP) has gained 5 straight and if it reaches the playoff, as anticipated, would wish another win to return to Indianapolis to play for its first nationwide championship since 1997.

“Nobody else believed in us,” star end Aidan Hutchinson said before learning he’d been selected as the first defensive MVP. “We all knew, we all knew we were going to put these T-shirts on.”


It’s been an improbable run since coach Jim Harbaugh took a pay cut following a dismal 2020. The Wolverines started this season unranked and picked to finish in the middle of the Big Ten East, whose champion has won the last nine conference crowns. And it came on an emotional night when Michigan paid tribute to the victims from Tuesday’s school shooting, which resulted in the deaths of four students at Oxford (Michigan) High School.

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They handed the Hawkeyes (10-3, No. 13) their second straight title game loss and prevented coach Kirk Ferentz from capturing his first conference crown since 2004. Iowa lost to Michigan State in the 2015 title game and this one came on a night both quarterbacks, Spencer Petras and Alex Padilla, struggled against the Wolverines.

“We knew we would have to play our best and have things go our way,” Ferentz mentioned. “Obviously, that didn’t materialize.”

Blake Corum made two cuts to the proper and sprinted 67 yards to make it 7-0. On Michigan’s subsequent offensive play, Cade McNamara lateraled to Edwards and the freshman threw an ideal 75-yard TD cross to a large open Roman Wilson for a 75-yard rating and a 14-0 lead.

Iowa lastly answered with a 22-yard discipline purpose however the Hawkeyes simply could not keep on the sector.


Hawkins broke open the sport with a 4-yard TD run halfway by way of the third quarter then sealed the victory by changing into the primary Michigan operating again to attain 20 TDs in a single season on a 1-yard run early in the fourth. Ron Johnson set the earlier mark, 19, in 1968.

Michigan: After ending a dropping streak to rival Ohio State and a 17-year title drought over the previous eight days, the Wolverines are ready to see to see the place the CFP choice committee places it in the four-team playoff bracke.t

Iowa: It was a bitter finish for a workforce that reached No. 2 in October. Yes, Iowa gained 4 straight and acquired the assistance it wanted from Minnesota to make it to Indy. But the offense struggled mightily and the protection lastly wore down.

Michigan honored the Oxford victims with a patch on the proper shoulder of their jerseys.

The patch featured the initials of Tate Myre, a soccer participant and wrestler, and his jersey No. 42 together with 4 hearts — one for every of the scholars who died in the taking pictures — inside the varsity’s block (*2*)s 67-yard run matched the longest of his profession and Edwards’ TD cross got here on the primary throw of his profession. … The Wolverines improved to 3-0 all-time in Indy after beating DePauw in 1892 and Wabash in 1907. … Hutchinson added one other sack to his single-season college file, giving him 14.

Iowa: Ended the primary half with its second interception of the sport and No. 24 this season, breaking a faculty file set in 1986 and matched in 1987 and 2008. … The Hawkeyes beat three ranked groups this season however a streak of six straight wins over Top 25 foes ended. It was the second-longest lively streak in the FBS (Alabama, 11). …

Michigan: Will discover out Sunday the place the CFP choice committee has it seeded.

Iowa: Waits to see who and the place will play in its bowl sport.

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