Saturday night was the first road game of the season for the Michigan Wolverines. This day also was the first night game the Wolverines have participated in all season. All week we heard about the possibility of rain and weather issues for this game. There was some rain at the beginning of the game, but it did not slow down the high powered offense of Michigan. Michigan came to play and it was very evident from the beginning of the game.
The Michigan defense also showed their total dominance Saturday from the opening series of the game. They did not allow a single first down until 9 minutes to go in the game. Rutgers meanwhile had only 2 yards as a team at halftime.
The Wolverines came to play and everyone at home knew it. Mr. “Swiss Army Man” Jabrill Peppers showed his versatility on all aspects of the game while playing in front of his family and home state in New Jersey. Peppers was all over the field and you could not blink without worrying about missing him on the field. He was a difference maker Saturday, igniting the Wolverine offense at quarterback and the team on special teams. Jabrill ran the ball 3 times for 74 yards and 2 touchdowns, with a long run of 63 yards. He also ran back a punt for a touchdown but it was called back because of a penalty. His name was also mentioned on a list for early the Heisman watch for his play so far this season.
The Michigan offense used it’s rushing power to destroy the hopes of the Rutgers team and fans. The team scored a program tying record of 9 rushing touchdowns against the Scarlet Knights. Five separate players contributed touchdowns in the 78-0 slaughtering.
Freshman Chris Evans rushed 11 times for 153 yards, his best carry coming on a long run of 57 yards. Karan Higdon had 13 rushes for 114 yards and added 2 touchdown. Ty Isaac added 13 rushes for 93 yards and added 2 touchdowns. Fullback Bobby Henderson made his presence known with 3 rushes for 26 yards and a touchdown. Fullback Khalid Hill also made sure he was in the mix Saturday adding his two rushes for 2 yards and 2 touchdowns.
It has to be added that Michigan did not have to attempt any field goals, but did have to punt 4 times in this game.
The Wolverines were hungry for retribution from 2 years ago when they lost to Rutgers. Remnants of that game were not to be seen even once with the total dominance and destruction of Rutgers. Michigan did put in their reserves starting at halftime, but it did not slow down this team one bit. It was even heard that the Rutgers band played “It’s a hard knock life for us” from the movie Annie at halftime and the Wolverines fight song by the end of the game.
The outcome was decided early on in this one, but you would not know it with the hard play by “both” teams throughout the entire game. The reserves for Michigan played well and gives more hope to the future under coach Jim Harbaugh.