Jim Harbaugh recaps Michigan’s win over Minnesota.
Nicholas Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press

Michigan gamers embrace defensive again Lavert Hill (24), offensive line Juwann Bushell-Beatty (76) and defensive again Benjamin St-Juste (25) elevate the Little Brown Jug to have a good time 33-10 victory over Minnesota on the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Saturday, November Four, 2017.(Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

At one level, Jim Harbaugh appeared up at one of many large Michigan Stadium scoreboards and thought he was in one other life. 

Or with one other group. Perhaps in one other period. 

“I thought we were Air Force,” Michigan’s soccer coach stated Saturday evening. “I thought we were Western Kentucky back in the early 90s under Jack Harbaugh.” 

This wasn’t the early 90s, the Wolverines do not run the triple-option and Michigan’s not a service academy. 

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Still, Michigan powered and countered its method to a whopping 371 speeding yards in a bodily 33-10 win over Minnesota on Saturday evening to maintain the Little Brown Jug in Ann Arbor and provides Michigan back-to-back wins. 

The Wolverines (7-2, Four-2) will now put together to go to Maryland subsequent Saturday (three:30 p.m., BTN). 

“That was quite a performance,” Harbaugh stated. “That was a game for the ages if you’re an offensive lineman.” 

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Junior working again Karan Higdon completed with 200 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Sophomore Chris Evans added 191 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Higdon scored on a 77-yard run, and Evans had TDs of 60 and 67 yards. 

Michigan rushed for 1,zero79 yards over its final 4 video games and has seen a resurgence with its offensive line,  particularly with its energy sport. Harbaugh stated Michigan’s counter play “was good to us” on Saturday.

In actuality, it — together with the facility play — has been good to Michigan because it put up 271 speeding yards at Indiana on Oct. 14. 

Michigan working again Karan Higdon (22) celebrates with teammate extensive receiver Nico Collins (Four) after scoring a landing in the course of the first half towards Minnesota on the Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Saturday, November Four, 2017. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

“Each week I feel like we’re getting better, I told you guys that a few weeks ago,” senior left sort out Mason Cole stated. “We ran for lots of yards final week, much more this week. Our objective is to get higher every week and maintain enhancing.

“Hopefully we will peak on the proper time.”  

Redshirt freshman Brandon Peters — who made his first school begin — bought issues going for the Wolverines on the group’s first possession when he capped a 7-play, 83-yard drive with a 20-yard landing move to tight finish Sean McKeon halfway via the primary quarter. 

From there, it was all floor sport, on a regular basis. 

In a sport that was delayed an hour by lightning strikes, Higdon broke a 7-7 tie within the first quarter with a 77-yard landing run. Higdon went untouched, apart from brushing freshman offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz, and logged the longest scoring run by a Michigan participant since Denard Robinson scored on a 79-yarder towards Air Force in 2012. 

Roughly eight minutes later, Evans broke a sort out on an influence play, bounced to the surface and ran away from the remainder of Minnesota’s protection for a 60-yard scamper to place the Wolverines up 20-7. 


Our writers Nick Baumgardner, Jeff Seidel and George Sipple speak about Michigan’s win over Minnesota on the Big House, Saturday, Nov. Four, 2017.
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Higdon stretched the result in 20 after capping a 46-yard drive with a 5-yard run, and Evans slammed the door when he took one other energy play over proper sort out and broke a 67-yard run to make it 33-7 with 1:35 to go within the third. 

“Our room is so together that I don’t look at it as ‘(Higdon) made a big play, so I’ve got to make a big play,’ ” Evans stated. “When he scores, I’m as happy as when I score. It’s a team effort and we hold each other to a high standard.” 

Peters drew many of the consideration getting into Saturday’s sport, because the redshirt freshman took maintain of Michigan’s beginning quarterback job after an encouraging reduction efficiency final week in a win over Rutgers. 

He was barely wanted on Saturday, as he went eight of 13 for 56 yards and a landing. 

Defensively, Michigan — sparked by sophomore linebacker Khaleke Hudson’s huge day — improved as the sport wore on. The Wolverines held the Gophers to minus-33 yards within the third quarter and simply 36 whole yards within the second half. 


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Minnesota completed with simply 164 whole yards, a season-best for the Wolverines’ protection. Michigan has held 4 completely different opponents to fewer than 200 yards this season.

Hudson, in the meantime, completed with 13 tackles (6 half for a loss), two sacks and a pressured fumble. The 6 half tackles for loss was simply shy of Larry Foote’s single-game program document of seven. 

Hudson additionally almost blocked a punt. 

“What a game,” Harbaugh stated. “Spectacular performance by Khaleke Hudson … it looked like he was everywhere.” 

After struggling a humbling loss three weeks in the past at Penn State, Michigan has put collectively a pair of comfy residence wins, kick-started its run sport and probably discovered a brand new quarterback. 

Rather a lot must occur over the subsequent three weeks to get Michigan into the Big Ten title sport. Michigan State would want to lose twice, Penn State would want to lose once more and the Wolverines must win out. 

But proper now, Michigan says it is enjoying with confidence and is simply targeted on profitable the subsequent one. 

“We’re trying to win out the rest of the season,” McKeon stated. “We want to win the rest of our games.” 

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