Wolverines push past Maryland for homecoming win
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

The Wolverines got off to a slow start following a severe weather delay on Saturday against Maryland, managing only a field goal on their first four possessions. With that score quickly answered by a kickoff return for a touchdown, it looked for a time that Michigan could have a fight on its hands. Leaning on a suffocating defensive performance though, the U-M offense finally found its footing, scoring on six straight possessions to win 42-21.

Despite the defense allowing no drive over 30 yards well into the second half, Maryland made a late challenge, putting together a 15-play, 75-yard touchdown drive to pull within 13 points. Not letting up on offense though, the Wolverines responded with a nine-play, 81-yard scoring drive.

“The game is never over until there’s zeros [on the clock]. A lot crazier things have happened in college football,” said quarterback Shea Patterson. “That was really our mindset in the second half and after they scored. Just keep the gas on the pedal and don’t look back.”

Patterson completed 19-of-27 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns, finding nine different targets during the game. Zach Gentry led the way among that group, pulling in seven receptions for 112 yards.

Karan Higdon led the rushing attack, running the ball 25 times for 103 yards.

Defensively, Tyree Kinnel had seven tackles, while Devin Bush Jr. had six, and Khaleke Hudson had five, including two for a loss.

Improving to 5-1, the Wolverines will face a tough challenge next week, playing host to Wisconsin at 7:30 p.m. on ABC.

 
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