Michigan Football: 5 key plays that led to victory over Iowa

Syndication: Detroit Free Press
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Michigan football annihilated Iowa 42-3 to claim its first Big Ten Championship in nearly 18 years. The Wolverines finished 2nd in the polls and will play Georgia in the College Football Playoffs. 

What a game for the Michigan Wolverines! Michigan football was clicking not just offensively but defensively for most of the game. There were times where it seemed Iowa was going to score, and the defense would buckle up and hold them to a field goal attempt or leave them empty-handed.

Offensively, Michigan seriously struggled with getting out of its own territory for a while. Iowa was able to play field position and keep Michigan inside the 20 for almost the whole 2nd Quarter, but after that, it was all Maize and Blue.

There were a few plays that really change the tide of the game, let’s look at those.

1. Blake Corum is healthy! (6:53 1Q)

I was fortunate enough to be in live attendance at the Big Ten Championship and the roof absolutely erupted when Corum ripped this run. Everyone was hugging random people, high-fiving, and so on. It was truly the best environment and the most excited I’ve seen a stadium be up close.

Corum’s run set a very important tone in the game that Michigan football was not going to idle against the Hawkeyes. Not just that, but it also signified that the time that Corum missed proved to be beneficial because he looks just as fast if not faster than before!

The two-headed monster of Corum and Haskins was quiet for most of the game combining for just over 100 yards, most of those 100 yards coming here but they played a huge role in blocking the blitz and getting critical short-yard situations.