Michigan football dominated Minnesota on Saturday night. Here are the highlights and the gut reactions to another near-perfect performance.
You wondered if Michigan football could look better than it did a week ago in the win over Nebraska, but the Wolverines answered that question with a dominating performance against Minnesota.
When the schedule was released, it felt like a trap game. Minnesota has won nine games in three of the past four seasons and is a pesky opponent. Plus, it was on the road.
The Gophers even kept things interesting with a touchdown pass right before the half to get within two scores once again. But Michigan football put on a show in the second half.
J.J. McCarthy ran for his second touchdown of the game, then threw for his first, connecting with Colston Loveland down the sideline for six which pushed the U-M lead to 38-10.
When Michigan needed a drive to start the third quarter (in a 24-10 game) to create separation, McCarthy did a lot of the work with his arm, converting a key third-and-seven.
When he was taken out of the game, McCarthy had completed 14-of-20 passes for 219 yards. He also rushed for 17 and accounted for three total touchdowns.
Blake Corum had 69 yards but only got nine attempts. He had a long run of 40. Kalel Mullings had eight carries for 47 yards, including a 20-yard run of his own. Cornelius Johnson also caught a 49-yard pass that set up McCarthy’s first score on the ground.
Corum also scored a touchdown that tied Mike Hart for third in school history with 41 touchdowns in his Michigan football career. The defense actually scored more touchdowns than Minnesota.
Will Johnson opened the game with a pick-six in a moment that had to remind Michigan fans of the great Charles Woodson.
Keon Sabb, the talented sophomore, intercepted a pass and returned it for six in the second half, effectively ending the competitive portion of the game.
Here are the gut reactions from Michigan’s 52-10 win.
Gut reactions to Michigan football win
- J.J. McCarthy is the definition of an elite quarterback. It’s so much fun watching him work. He’s the total package.
- Michigan ran the ball well, but I loved that the Wolverines offense can be focused on the passing game.
- The Wolverines have committed one penalty in two games. That’s incredible.
- Blake Corum looks better every week. Will Johnson does too — he finally looks like he’s 100 percent.
- Minnesota ran the ball well for a while, and then those gaps got swallowed up, proving again that Jesse Minter knows how to make adjustments.
- Kalel Mullings is looking more and more like a dude.
- Jim Harbaugh looks like he’s having the time of his life. This entire Michigan team does. The chemistry is special and it starts from the head coach and the quarterback on down.
- Michigan hasn’t achieved anything yet, but this team feels special.
- Go Blue!