MICHIGAN SEASON RECAP
Running back Karan Higdon had 105 rushing yards on 19 carries and
quarterback Shea Patterson had 90 of his own as U-M played turnover-free
football and went 4-of-5 in the red zone. Higdon racked up 94 yards in the
second half as ran the clock away.
Higdon scored the game’s first points after Patterson pulled a zone-read
handoff and sprinted 81 yards to set up a short touchdown. Michigan did not
relinquish the lead, and kicker Quinn Nordin hit field goal tries of 42, 33 and
35 yards yards
No. 24 Michigan State, Oct. 20, 2018, East Lansing, Michigan, 21-7
Michigan road tripped to East Lansing and reclaimed the Paul Bunyan Trophy
with shutdown defense in a 21-7 rain-soaked victory over Michigan State.
Michigan dominated the time of possession, owning the ball for 41:03 while
limiting the Spartans to their lowest scoring total in the series since 2002.
MSU was held to 94 total yards on 51 offensive snaps. U-M did not allow
a third or fourth-down conversion all afternoon (0-for-13) and the Spartans
totaled 15 rushing yards on 23 carries. MSU quarterback Brian Lewerke
mustered 66 passing yards on 5-of-25 attempts.
An unsatisfying 7-0 halftime lead saw U-M outgaining the Spartans 170-
49, but a Michigan fumble let the Spartans score out of the break to tie the
The next bounce went U-M’s way after a forced fumble from linebacker
Jordan Glasgow, and two drives later U-M iced the win with a 79-yard air
strike from quarterback Shea Patterson to Donovan Peoples-Jones.
No. 14 Penn State, Nov. 3, 2018, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 42-7
Hosting its only night game of the season, Michigan was all-systems-go
as it nearly shut out Penn State for the first time since 2001 in a convincing
42-7 victory. The PSU offense silenced until less than two minutes remained
while the Wolverines totaled five sacks and generated 403 yards of offense.
PSU was held to 2-of-11 on third down. U-M picked off two passes in
the second half while no Nittany Lion receiver caught a pass until midway
through the fourth quarter.
Michigan’s offense clicked in all phases, led by 132 rushing yards from
running back Karan Higdon, who also scored one of the team’s three rushing
touchdowns. Quarterback Shea Patterson completed 11-of-17 pass attempts
for 144 yards with a pair of touchdown passes.
Rutgers, Nov. 10, 2018, Piscataway, New Jersey, 42-7
Battling erratic winds in a late-afternoon matchup with the Scarlet Knights,
Michigan used balanced and efficient offense to earn a 42-7 road win in
Michigan totaled 453 yards and four different Wolverines scored
touchdowns as quarterback Shea Patterson completed 18-of-27 pass
attempts for 260 yards with two touchdown strikes.
The Rutgers passing game was held to 59 yards, and Rutgers scored its
only touchdown on an 80-yard run in the first quarter. A 9-of-20 team passing
line and four tackles for loss from the Wolverine marked the third straight
game in which U-M allowed a conference foe to just seven points.
Indiana, Nov. 17, 2018, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 31-20
Michigan celebrated senior day against Indiana with a 31-20 win, but true
freshman kicker Jake Moody stole the show. Moody stepped up after illness
kept Quinn Nordin from playing, and the rookie set a program and Big Ten
conference game record by converting six-of-six field goal tries and a pair of
PATs to score 20 total points.
U-M trailed 17-15 at the break despite outgaining the Hoosiers, but
scored 13 straight in the second half, and sniffed out a fake punt to push the
Michigan lead to 28-17.
The teams traded another set of field goals before time expired. Moody
converted tries of 23, 29, 30, 31, 32 and 33 yards while Karan Higdon had
101 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries.
Ohio State, Nov. 24, 2018, Columbus, Ohio, 62-39
The Wolverines had their Big Ten Title aspirations dashed in Columbus as the
Buckeyes led from start to finish in a 62-39 win. OSU made an interception,
blocked a punt, and returned it for a touchdown amid 17 points scored in
5:15 during the third quarter. That rush helped the Buckeyes pull away after
Michigan clawed to within five before halftime.
OSU scored three of the game’s first four touchdowns, but U-M responded
early with a pair of field goals in addition to a score of its own to make it
U-M got a break when OSU botched a kick return near its own goal line.
Wide receiver Nate Schoenle recovered, and U-M scored on a slant pass to
running back Chris Evans. The Buckeyes converted a field goal as the half
expired to take a 24-19 lead to the locker room.
The important bounces went U-M’s way in the second quarter gave way
to OSU in the third quarter as the Buckeyes scored 20 points straight to pull
away and never looked back.
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