Wolverines dominant in win over Fighting Irish
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

While Michigan was coming off a loss to Penn State heading into a matchup with another top-10 opponent, the Wolverines performance in that comeback effort gave fans hope that team had found a missing spark. That certainly appeared to be the case against Notre Dame Saturday evening, as the Maize and Blue seized control early, hammering the Fighting Irish 45-14.

In a wet and raining first half, Michigan relied heavily on the ground game, finding great success through a combination of Zach Charbonnet and Hassan Haskins runs. Passing the ball just four times before the break, Michigan racked up 167 rushing yards, building up a commanding 17-0 advantage.

The Wolverines’ defense continued their first half dominance, but the offense struggled early in the second half, going three and out on their first three possessions. That’s when a seemingly bad break for Michigan once again ignited a fire under the offense.

Following the overturn of a Brad Hawkins interception by an inexplicable pass interference call on Khaleke Hudson, Notre Dame finally put points on the board, cutting U-M’s advantage to just 10 points. From that point forward, the Wolverines once again dominated, scoring touchdowns on four of their next five possession to definitively pull away.

Michigan more than doubled Notre Dame in yardage, outgaining the Fighting Irish 437-180. Rushing for 303 yards as a group, Haskins led the way with 149 yards, while Charbonnet racked up 74 yards and two touchdowns.

The Wolverines’ dominant defensive effort was spearheaded by Cam McGrone, who tallied 12 tackles, including six solo efforts. Freshman safety Dax Hill made his mark as well, recovering two fumbles.

Improving to 6-2 on the season, Michigan will head to the road next week, playing at Maryland at noon eastern on ABC. The Terrapins got off to a surprising start to the season, beating Howard and upsetting Syracuse early, but have lost five of their last six games. The lone win in that stretch was against Rutgers.


 
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