Michigan Football: 3 takeaways from win over Northwestern

Syndication: Detroit Free Press
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Michigan football paved the way to a prevalent victory over Northwestern in its long-awaited return to the friendly confines of the Big House.

The Wolverines got off to a slow start in this one but eventually took total control in the second half for an easy pulling away type of victory.

Blake Corum broke the seal of scoring with the first of his two touchdowns on the day. It took the Wildcats a while to get going, but they made things interesting before the half with a 75-yard scamper by Evan Hull to keep it tight heading into the locker rooms at 10-7. The Wolverines could have extended the lead, but Mike Sainristil gave it away at the goal line just before the break.

Michigan’s offense answered the call with a 74-yard drive to begin the second that was capped off by a five-yard dash to the endzone by Corum again.

It was all maize and blue from that moment on. They went on to shut out the Wildcats for the rest of the contest. Michigan football can now focus on one of its primary rivals as the trip to East Lansing beckons them.

Michigan’s defense found its footing in the second by vehemently swinging the gavel down and disposing of Northwestern’s chances.

The unit came up with two turnovers in the half, one of which was a  spectacular “I’ll take that” type of takeaway from D.J. Turner that Michigan converted into points on the scoreboard.

Cornelius Johnson even came up with a blocked punt in the third to also put more points on the board for the maize and blue.

Then when the outcome was decided in the fourth J.J.McCarthy made some head-turning plays that will be talked about in the ongoing quarterback conundrum between him and McNamara.