Michigan drops Maryland with fast start
Written by Matt Pargoff   

 

It took just 11 seconds for the Wolverines to jump in front of Maryland on Saturday afternoon, claiming a lead they would never surrender. Led by impactful special teams play and red zone defense, Michigan built a commanding lead and cruised to a 38-7 victory.

Entering the contest with only two returns of 30 or more yards, those coming in U-M’s first two games, freshman receiver Giles Jackson opened the action taking the opening kick back 97 yards for a touchdown.

Following a third down sack by Josh Uche on the following possession, and a Maryland punt that netted just 26 yards after a Donovan Peoples-Jones 13-yard return, the Wolverines started out with great field position and a chance to extend their advantage. They did exactly that, going 41 yards in 11 plays, capped by a Zach Charbonnet touchdown.

Maryland resurged offensively after the rough start, putting together back-to-back lengthy drives. Each ended in the red zone though without points, one on a Josh Metellus interceptions, caused by pressure up the middle by Michael Danna, and the other on a missed field goal. The Terrapins made their way inside the Michigan 20 three times in the game, failing to score in each instance.

The Wolverines got another big play out of their special teams in the second quarter, still clinging to just the 14-point edge they had been spotted at the start. Successfully executing a fake punt, Michael Barrett ran for 14 yards to keep the Maize and Blue on the field. Shea Patterson found Nico Collins for 51 yards on the next play, with U-M scoring soon after on another Charbonnet run.

The Wolverines extended their lead in the second half, pulling away from the struggling Terrapins squad.

Patterson completed 13-of-22 passes for 151 yards and one touchdown, while Hassan Haskins led the way on the ground with 13 carries for 60 yards and one touchdown. Metellus racked up nine tackles, including two for a loss and the interception, and Uche recorded two sacks, both on third down plays.

The Wolverines get their second bye week of the season coming up, followed by a home matchup with in-state rival Michigan State on Nov. 16.


 
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