Minnesota and Michigan finally met after the delay to a cold and rainy first quarter. Minnesota’s Golden Gophers began the game receiving the ball, but the Michigan defense stood tall and stopped them from scoring on the crucial 4th down play. This gave Michigan’s offense a chance to score and get an early lead in the game. The offense came out stronger than ever with Brandon Peters leading the team to their first touchdown of the game off of a cross field screen to sophomore tight end, Sean McKeon.
The exciting plays from Michigan didn’t stop after allowing Minnesota to score their first touchdown. The Wolverines responded fiercely with a two-play scoring drive that was completed with a 77-yard run from junior running back, Karan Higdon. Higdon continued to awe fans throughout the game, racking up his rushing yards to 200 in the game and 804 yards overall this season. Later on, sophomore running back, Chris Evans took it to the end zone, this time a 60-yard run, giving the Wolverines an even bigger lead over the Golden Gophers. Both Higdon and Evans exceeded 100 rushing yards with Evans reaching 191 on Saturday, leaving him with 489 yards this season. This duo is definitely something to keep an eye out for in the last couple games being so dominant in their running game.
With 3:27 left in the 3rd quarter, Karan Higdon took the ball to the end zone yet again, solidifying the dominance of the Michigan offense against Minnesota. The overall movement of the Wolverine offense looked clean cut and powerful against the Golden Gopher defense during the majority of the game. With the final touchdown for the Wolverines coming from a 67-yard run from Chris Evans, Michigan maxed out their points for the night. The newly formed dynamic between Brandon Peters and the offensive line seems to be flowing well, which gives the whole team hope in the up and coming games.
Meanwhile, Minnesota’s offense got put on hold by the Michigan defense throughout the majority of the game, and were only able to get 10 points on the board. The Wolverine defense was led by sophomore defensive back Khaleke Hudson, with 2 sacks and major defensive plays made all night long. The entire defensive line held up to the motto, “bend don’t break” during most of the game and only allowed one touch down, while the rest of Minnesota’s points came from a PAT after their touchdown and a field goal.
The game finished off with a switch up for the Michigan quarterbacks with about 2 minutes left in the game. Junior quarterback Alex Malzone from Brother Rice High School in Birmingham, Michigan had his first career play Saturday night and handed off a few run plays before the clock ran out. The Wolverines stormed the field in cheers and chest bumps as they reunited the Little Brown Jug with the Michigan student section.
Although the game was delayed an hour because of the thunderstorm, the fans, especially the student section rolled deep in support for the Michigan Wolverines. The fans definitely played a large part in Michigan’s win in my opinion. The fans didn’t seem phased and still brought in an attendance of 111,090 people in the Big House with the student section staying 4/5th full until the middle of the 4th quarter. The chorus of singing to fan favorites such as “Sweet Caroline” and “Mr. Brightside” were crystal clear, and the fans even began a flashlight sea throughout the stadium during the 3rd quarter. This support through rough weather gave the stadium an electric surge that powered the Wolverines to a win over the Golden Gophers, upping their record to 7-2.