Game recaps, thoughts and what mattered in the Week 11 games of the Big Ten college football season?
Michigan 42, Rutgers 7
What Happened: After a sluggish start and a 7-7 game going into the second quarter – with Rutgers scoring on a 60-yard dash from Isaih Pacheco – Michigan scored 35 unanswered points with Karan Higdon’s second touchdown dash and three Shea Patterson scoring passes, with two to Nico Collins. Chris Evans closed it out with a 61-yard scoring dash.
What Mattered: The Michigan ground game only ran for 193 yards, with a bulk coming late on the Evans dash. He led the team with 75 yards, with Higdon only running 15 times for 42 yards and two short scores. Shea Patterson completed 18-of-27 passes for 260 yards and three scores.
– Rutgers only got 59 yards through the air. Artur Sitkowski completed 8-of-19 passes for 40 yards with a pick. Pacheco completed the one other throw on a 19-yard play, and he led the team with 142 yards and a score.
– Michigan bled down the clock, holding the ball for close to 34 minutes and converting 9-of-14 third down tries. It didn’t screw up and give the Scarlet Knights a slew of easy chances, with just two penalties and no turnovers.
What It All Means: Rutgers was at least competitive for about 20 minutes, but the offense simply isn’t there to hang around with anyone, much less a team like Michigan. With Penn State and Michigan State to go, this isn’t going to get much better, but at least the Spartans don’t blow up offensively.
– It all keeps going for Michigan. The team went through the motions, got the easy win, and now it just has to beat Indiana to get to the Ohio State game at 11-1 with the Big Ten title game on the line.The Wolverines will be more than happy to get another chance to play Northwestern.
NEXT: Northwestern 14, Iowa 10