Michigan Football: 3 takeaways from a National Championship win

Michigan football has done it! They are the 2023-24 National Champions of college football with a 34-13 triumph over the Washington Huskies.

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Donovan Edwards only touched the pigskin six times on Monday night, but two of them went for 87 yards and two touchdowns. Michigan football catapulted out to a 14-3 lead with almost 150 yards rushing on three run plays in the first half. They were going for more, but got turned away by Washington's defense and settled for a field goal.

Michael Penix and his offense moved deep into Michigan territory before halftime, cutting the deficit to seven at intermission. They converted on fourth and goal for their only touchdown of the affair. However, the tide seemed to be turning in Washington's favor as they got the ball to begin the second-half festivities.

Will Johnson snatched a gift from Penix to open the third, which eventually ended with three. Washington drove right back and added three of their own. The teams traded punts until the fourth quarter when the maize and blue struck for the ultimate dagger.

J.J. McCarthy fit it in a small window to Colston Loveland for the play of the game up to that point. A 41 yard pass play that sparked a momentum shift for the Wolverine offense that they were in desperate of. Blake Corum capped the drive to go ahead by two scores with seven minutes remaining and Michigan could taste it.

Washington got on the Michigan football side of the field but were denied by Mike Sainristil on fourth down as he nearly housed it. His 81-yard return set up the touchdown king for one more trip to the endzone and a definitive national championship victory over the Huskies.

Here are three of the takeaways from one of the most extraordinary nights in Michigan's illustrious history.