Michigan soccer coach Jim Harbaugh discusses the quarterback state of affairs Oct. 30, 2017, heading into the Minnesota recreation. By Nick Baumgardner, DFP.

Michigan Wolverines operating again Karan Higdon (22) runs the ball in the course of the first quarter towards the Minnesota Golden Gophers at Michigan Stadium.(Photo: Raj Mehta, USA TODAY Sports)

Brandon Peters received his first begin as a university soccer participant Saturday night time. 

He did not must do a lot. 

Michigan’s offensive line paved the best way for a whopping 371 dashing yards. Karan Higdon completed with 200 yards and Chris Evans added 191 throughout a 33-10 win over Minnesota in a battle for the Little Brown Jug at Michigan Stadium. 

The Wolverines transfer to 7-2 total, Four-2 in Big Ten play. Michigan will go to Maryland subsequent Saturday (three:30 p.m., BTN). 

In a recreation that was delayed by an hour on account of lightning, Higdon and Evans practically set a Michigan report as the primary pair of U-M teammates to hurry for 200 yards in a recreation. As it was, the Wolverines noticed two operating backs go over 100 yards for the second straight week, the primary time that is occurred since 1975. 

Peters — who threw a 20-yard landing move to Sean McKeon on Michigan’s first possession — wasn’t requested to do a lot, as he went eight of 13 for 56 yards and a rating. He was sacked 3 times. 

But this recreation belonged to the dashing badault, as Higdon received issues rolling with a 77-yard landing run — Michigan’s longest since 2012 — within the first quarter to interrupt a 7-7 tie. Evans adopted that up with a 60-yard scoring run halfway by the second half after which broke off one other 67-yarder late within the third quarter. 

Michigan’s protection, in the meantime, held Minnesota to minus-33 yards within the third, because the Wolverines blew the sport open and by no means seemed again. 


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Key play: Higdon’s 77-yard landing romp set the tone for the Wolverines on the bottom, as Michigan hammered Minnesota up entrance with powers and counters all night time lengthy. 

He was, imagine it or not, untouched on the play — solely briefly operating into his personal man (guard Cesar Ruiz) earlier than operating the remainder of the best way. 

Evans took benefit of some sloppy Minnesota tackling on his two lengthy bursts, however each backs got loads of room up entrance for a second straight week. 

Key stat: Hard to say it is something however 371 dashing yards. Michigan has now rushed for 1,079 yards over its final 4 video games. 

The 371 yards is a season excessive and one of the best since Michigan rushed for 481 in a 78-Zero win over Rutgers final season. 

What this implies: Michigan’s offensive line is paving the best way in addition to it has all yr on the bottom, although move safety was a little bit of a difficulty once more. 

Peters wasn’t requested to do very a lot, which is okay. He’s nonetheless a redshirt freshman and Michigan’s nonetheless bringing him alongside. 

The Wolverines have been capable of wipe out an unsightly loss three weeks in the past at Penn State with two comfy romps at house. Michigan was capable of overpower two overmatched opponents. That’s a confidence builder if nothing else. 

Now, a harder take a look at awaits as Peters and Michigan should hit the highway once more for a tilt at Maryland subsequent week. 

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