Michigan Wolverines running back Hassan Haskins runs by Ohio State Buckeyes safety Ronnie Hickman during the first half Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021, Michigan Stadium.

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No. 5 Michigan runs down No. 2 Ohio State 42-27

Hassan Haskins tied a school record with five rushing touchdowns, four in the second half, as No. 5 Michigan ended a decade of futility against Ohio State with a 42-27 victory Saturday against the No. 2 Buckeyes at Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Wolverines (11-1, 8-1 Big Ten) will play in the Big Ten Championship Game for the first time on Dec. 4 at Indianapolis against either Wisconsin or Iowa.

Haskins scored from the 13 and the 1 in the third quarter for a 28-13 lead as the Wolverines took over while ending an eight-game losing streak to the Buckeyes (10-2, 8-1). It was Michigan’s first victory in the series since 2011.

The rivals did not face each other in 2020 because of an altered schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Haskins had 28 carries for 169 yards and Blake Corum ran for 87 yards on six carries. Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara was 13 of 19 for 159 yards and an interception.

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was 34 of 49 for 394 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked three times by Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson.

After the Buckeyes pulled to within 28-20 on a TreVeyon Henderson 1-yard TD run with 14:05 remaining, Haskins capped a 66-yard drive with a 2-yard TD to make it 35-20 with 9:14 remaining.

The Buckeyes got a 10-yard TD catch by Henderson with 4:45 left to make it 35-27, but Haskins carried five times for 63 yards on the ensuing drive and delivered the exclamation point with a score from the 4-yard line with 2:17 left.

The Wolverines’ 14-13 lead through two quarters was their first halftime lead in the series since a 10-7 advantage in 2016.

After the opening kickoff, Michigan went 75 yards for a 7-0 lead on a 14-yard run by A.J Henning.

Ohio State’s Noah Ruggles kicked a 31-yard field goal to make it 7-3 and the Buckeyes took a 10-7 lead on a 25-yard catch by Garrett Wilson early in the second quarter.

Haskins rushed for a 1-yard TD to put the Wolverines ahead 14-10 before Ruggles’ 30-yard field goal with nine seconds left in the half.

–Field Level Media

Oct 30, 2021; East Lansing, Michigan, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback Cade McNamara (12) looks to pass the ball during the first quarter against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Fresh off collapse, No. 9 Michigan needs rebound vs. Indiana

Michigan showed it could move the football through the air on Saturday against rival Michigan State.

What the Wolverines couldn’t do was hold an 16-point, second-half lead, as they fell 37-33.

No. 9 Michigan (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten) will look to bounce back from the disappointing first loss of the season on Saturday when it hosts reeling Indiana.

“My approach is very similar to a fighter getting knocked down,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. “You get up, referee wipes your gloves, you get up even more determined, with even more resolve, to prepare, to work harder, to find a way to finish.”

Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara passed for 383 yards and two touchdowns before getting injured in the fourth quarter.

“Really played outstanding in almost every way,” Harbaugh said. “He played really well, made some throws, not just the best throws he’s ever made but some of the best throws you can make.”

The Wolverines have been most effective moving the ball on the ground this season, averaging a league-best 239.9 yards rushing per game. But with Michigan State taking the run away, Michigan showed the ability to adapt.

“This year’s 2021 Michigan football team is going to be defined by what’s already taken place and what they do this Saturday, what they do the Saturday after that, the Saturday after that and the Saturday after that,” Harbaugh said. “That’s what’s going to define us. So the resolve is to get back to work.”

Indiana (2-6, 0-5) is coming off a 38-35 loss at Maryland. The Hoosiers have lost four straight and are still seeking their first conference win after notching six Big Ten wins in seven attempts a season ago.

“Just continue to be disappointed in our outcome from Saturday’s game,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said. “The guys took it hard. And a lot of emotion in that locker room afterwards. And the fight was there, just got to execute better.”

Five of the Hoosiers’ six losses this season have come against teams that were ranked in the Top 25 at the time of the matchup.

True freshman quarterback Donaven McCulley likely will make his second career start for Indiana, as starter Michael Penix Jr. (shoulder) and backup Jack Tuttle (foot) continue to rehab. McCulley set an Indiana true freshman passing yardage record in his first start, completing 14 of 25 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns against Maryland.

“Really proud of him, his preparation and his ability to rise up in a road game, which is always hard for a young guy,” Allen said. “But encouraged by that. And not surprised though. I do think — I’ve said all along I thought he’s a really talented player that has a big upside. And his best football is ahead of him.”

Tight end Peyton Hendershot has emerged as one of Indiana’s top receivers with 35 catches for 447 yards and four scores this season. The senior caught two touchdown passes at Maryland, matching his career high set at Rutgers last year.

–Field Level Media

Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III, right, runs for a touchdown as Michigan's Vincent Gray trails behind during the second quarter on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2021, at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing.

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No. 8 Michigan State rallies for 37-33 win over No. 6 Michigan

Kenneth Walker III scored his fifth rushing touchdown to lift No. 8 Michigan State to a 37-33 victory against No. 6 Michigan in a Big Ten rivalry showdown Saturday in East Lansing.

The Spartans (8-0, 5-0 Big Ten) overcame a 16-point, second-half deficit against the Wolverines (7-1, 4-1), who led 30-14 midway through the third quarter.

Walker rushed for 197 yards on 23 carries and Payton Thorne passed for 196 yards for Michigan State. Walker’s go-ahead 23-yard score came with 5:08 remaining.

Cade McNamara passed for a career-high 383 yards and two touchdowns for Michigan. Andrel Anthony caught six passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns, including a 93-yard hookup in the first quarter.

The Wolverines led 23-14 at halftime.

They opened the scoring with McNamara’s 93-yard touchdown pass to Anthony.

A Mike Morris interception of a deflected Thorne pass led to Jake Moody’s 26-yard field goal later in the quarter.

The Spartans broke through on the first play of the second quarter on Walker’s 27-yard scoring run. Moody nailed a 38-yard field goal on Michigan’s next possession.

Michigan State took the lead with 7:16 left in the half on Walker’s 8-yard run. It was set up by Thorne’s 40-yard, fourth-down pass to Jalen Nailor.

J.J. McCarthy completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Anthony with 3:45 left in the half to put Michigan back on top. An apparent Michigan defensive touchdown late in the half was overturned on replay when Thorne was ruled down after getting sacked. Moody kicked a 35-yard field goal in the closing seconds.

Michigan took a 30-14 lead midway through the third quarter on McNamara’s 19-yard pass to Mike Sainristil.

Jayden Reed caught a 28-yard pass on fourth down to set up Walker’s third touchdown, a 1-yard plunge. The Spartans added a two-point conversion to cut the Wolverines’ lead to eight.

Walker then exploded through the line of scrimmage for a 58-yard touchdown with 12:29 remaining. Thorne’s conversion pass to Reed tied it at 30-all.

The Wolverines regained the lead on Moody’s 36-yard field goal with 9:20 left,

Following a McCarthy fumble, Walker burst through the middle for a 23-yard score with 5:08 remaining to give the Spartans a 37-33 advantage.

Charles Brantley’s interception of a McNamara pass with one minute left sealed the Spartans’ win.

–Field Level Media

Oct 23, 2021; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA;  Michigan Wolverines running back Blake Corum (2) rushes in the first half against the Northwestern Wildcats at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

No. 6 Michigan runs all over Northwestern

Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins each rushed for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns as No. 6 Michigan pulled away from Northwestern 33-7 in Big Ten play at Ann Arbor, Mich. on Saturday.

Corum gained 119 yards on 19 carries, while Haskins picked up 110 yards on 23 carries for Michigan, which rushed for 294 yards.

Cade McNamara completed 20 of 27 passes for 129 yards for the Wolverines (7-0, 4-0 Big Ten). The victory sets up a showdown with undefeated in-state rival Michigan State in East Lansing next Saturday.

Evan Hull had a 75-yard touchdown run for the Wildcats (3-4, 1-3).

The Wolverines led 10-7 at halftime.

The first quarter featured five punts and no scoring. The Wolverines finally put together a scoring drive, which they finished off with 12:49 left in the half on Corum’s 1-yard dive into the end zone. The 13-play, 79-yard journey included a 19-yard run by Haskins and an 11-yard, third-down pickup by Corum one play before his touchdown.

Michigan moved inside the Northwestern 5-yard line on its next possession but settled for Jake Moody’s 20-yard field goal. That completed a methodical 16-play, 55-yard drive.

The Wildcats responded seconds later when Hull took a handoff, slipped through the middle and cut toward the left sideline on his 75-yard scamper.

Northwestern made a big defensive play to remain three points down before the break. On third-and-goal, Michigan’s Mike Sainristil fumbled on a pass reception and the Wildcats’ Chris Bergin recovered at his team’s 2-yard line.

Corum’s second touchdown, a 5-yard run, finished off a 74-yard drive to make it 17-7 at the beginning of the second half. Corum’s 24-yard run highlighted that possession.

Charlie Kuhbander missed a 39-yard field goal on Northwestern’s next possession.

Cornelius Johnson blocked a Derek Adams punt to set up the Wolverines’ next score. Haskins powered his way into the end zone on a 13-yard run with 4:50 left in the quarter. Moody made it 27-7 with a 44-yard field goal during the final minute of the quarter.

Following a Wildcats turnover, Haskins scored on a 4-yard run early in the fourth.

–Field Level Media

Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates a touchdown against Rutgers during the first half at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021.

No. 9 Michigan, Nebraska meet in search of more redemption

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh and Nebraska coach Scott Frost will walk tall into their Big Ten Conference matchup Saturday.

After recent months of ridicule, doubts and even calls from irate fans that both should be fired, there is reason for hope with both programs.

Both Harbaugh and Frost were expected to elevate their respective alma maters to heights seen during glory days, but despite still not meeting those expectations, No. 9 Michigan and Nebraska are trending in the right direction entering the game at Lincoln, Neb.

Unranked to start the season and with lower-than-usual expectations, Michigan (5-0, 2-0 in Big Ten) is coming off its most impressive performance of the year.

The Wolverines went on the road and dominated Wisconsin last week, leaving with a 38-17 win and feelings they could finally make the conference championship game at the end of the season for the first time in program history.

“This group is different,” Harbaugh said. “They don’t flinch.”

Through its first four games, Michigan used a dominant rushing attack to earn victories, but the win over Wisconsin showed the Wolverines can have success through the air as well.

After throwing just 53 total passes in the first four games, Michigan quarterback Cade McNamara went 17 of 28 for 197 yards and two touchdowns against the Badgers.

“We really believe in our quarterbacks,” Harbaugh said. “We believe in our receivers and tight ends. We believe we can throw the ball well and we believe we can run it well. We can do both.”

Having similar balance will be essential against Nebraska, which has seemed to find itself on both sides of the ball after a slow start.

In their past three games, the Cornhuskers (3-3, 1-2) played unbeaten Oklahoma tough on the road before losing by a touchdown, outplayed unbeaten Michigan State on the road before mistakes on special teams led to a 23-20 overtime loss, and then destroyed Northwestern at home 56-7.

“We’re a lot better team than we have been,” Frost said. “We have a lot of work to do still. (Northwestern) was one game. This is a world of exaggeration and hyperbole. This was one game. But this is what I know this group can do.

“We have talented guys in a lot of places. It’s a good first step, but we still have a lot of work to do. We can still get better.”

Saturday’s game will feature the top two rushing offenses in the Big Ten.

Michigan enters No. 1 in the conference at 255.0 rushing yards a game, while Nebraska is right behind at 237.5 yards, but they’ve had success in different ways.

Michigan has ridden the tandem of Blake Corum (521 yards, seven touchdowns) Hassan Haskins (373 yards, six TDs), while Nebraska relies on dual-threat quarterback Adrian Martinez, who has rushed for 412 yards and nine TDs, whole also completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,463 yards and six TDs.

The last meeting between the teams came in 2018, when Michigan walloped visiting Nebraska 56-10.

–Field Level Media