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Big 10 Championship: Michigan 26, Iowa 0

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By MICHAEL MAROT
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS - Blake Corum scored twice, tying the school record for touchdown runs with 55, and No. 2 Michigan beat No. 18 Iowa 26-0 in the Big Ten championship game.

With coach Jim Harbaugh back on the sideline for the first time in four weeks, the Wolverines (13-0, No. 2 CFP) routed Iowa (10-3, No. 16 CFP) to win three straight outright conference crowns for the first time in school history.

And with No. 1 Georgia falling to No. 8 Alabama in the Southeastern Conference title game, Harbaugh and the Wolverines are poised - finally - to claim the top playoff seed and reach No. 1. Harbaugh became the first coach in conference history to win three straight outright titles and he celebrated by running evasively to avoid getting doused in a Gatorade bath.

Michigan also extended its school record of consecutive wins over Big Ten foes to 25. Corum tied Anthony Thomas' school career rushing TD mark. Corum, the league's running back of the year, finished with 16 carries for 52 yards. J.J. McCarthy, who was selected the conference's best quarterback this week, was 22 of 30 for 147 yards.

For the Hawkeyes, it was more of the same.

While the defense held stout - allowing the TDs on drives of 5 and 6 yards and four field goals - the offense produced just 155 yards and became only the second team in Big Ten title game history to be shut out in the final season of the East-West division format. Ohio State opened that era with a 59-0 rout over Wisconsin 59-0 in 2014.

Deacon Hill went 18 of 32 with 120 yards and the Hawkeyes rushed for 35 yards on 24 carries. The loss snapped a four-game winning streak and was the second in three years for Iowa in the title game against Michigan.

The difference: The Wolverines capitalized on Iowa's errors; the Hawkeyes could not do the same.

Michigan jumped out to a 10-0 lead after making a 35-yard field goal on its first possession and Corum powered in from 3 yards out two plays after Semaj Morgan broke free for an 87-yard punt return to set a Big Ten title game record.

Corum is the only FBS offensive or defensive player who has scored in every game this season.

He scored again early in the second half when a replay review overturned an incompletion and ruled it was a fumble. Michigan recovered and outgoing Iowa offensive coordinator Brian Ferentz compounded the problem by drawing a penalty for unsportsmanlike penalty, moving the ball to the 6. following. That made it 17-0.

Michigan closed it out with three field goals, the final one being a 50-yarder from James Turner to set a title-game record.

Iowa's best scoring chance came after a 25-yard punt put it at the Michigan 38. Three plays later, though Jaziun Patterson lost a fumble at the Michigan 30.

THE TAKEAWAY

Iowa: Two streaks continued. The Big Ten West closes out the league's division era going 0-10 in title games and the Hawkeyes still have not won a conference crown since 2004. Few gave Iowa and its low-scoring offense any chance. Neither did the Wolverines.

Michigan: Harbaugh missed six games this season because of suspension and yet Michigan heads into the postseason undefeated for the second straight year. Getting the No. 1 seed could lead to a matchup with SEC champ Alabama, Big 12 champ Texas, two-time defending national champ Georgia or perhaps even archrival Ohio State.

Michigan athletics press release

December 2, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter MichIowa
Mich FG 6:01 James Turner 35 yd FG 3 0
Mich TD 1:07 Blake Corum 2 yd run (James Turner kick) 10 0
Third Quarter MichIowa
Mich TD 9:09 Blake Corum 6 yd run (James Turner kick) 17 0
Mich FG 0:22 James Turner 46 yd FG 20 0
Fourth Quarter MichIowa
Mich FG 9:14 James Turner 36 yd FG 23 0
Mich FG 3:38 James Turner 50 yd FG 26 0
Team Stats
  Michigan Iowa
First downs 13 7
  Rushing 3 2
  Passing 9 5
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 3-15, 20% 4-15, 27%
4th down efficiency 1-1, 100% 0-3, 0%
Rushes-Yards 34-66 24-35
Passing Yards 147 120
Return Yards 87 88
Completions-Attempts-Int 22-30-0 18-32-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 4--40 4--24
Punts 6 7
Punts-Average 42.3 50.4
Fumbles Lost 0-0 3-3
Penalties - Yards 3-25 7-46
Time of Possession 36:32 23:28
Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. McCarthy 22 30 147 0 0
Iowa Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
D. Hill 18 32 120 0 0
Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Corum 16 52 3.3 2
D. Edwards 4 28 7.0 0
K. Mullings 3 15 5.0 0
A. Orji 2 9 4.5 0
C. Johnson 1 0 0.0 0
J. McCarthy 6 -35 -5.8 0
Iowa Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
L. Williams 9 25 2.8 0
K. Johnson 6 14 2.3 0
K. Brown 2 10 5.0 0
J. Patterson 1 2 2.0 0
D. Hill 6 -16 -2.7 0
Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Johnson 9 64 7.1 0
C. Loveland 3 22 7.3 0
D. Edwards 4 19 4.8 0
R. Wilson 1 14 14.0 0
A. Barner 1 13 13.0 0
B. Corum 3 10 3.3 0
P. O'Leary 1 5 5.0 0
Iowa Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
A. Ostrenga 7 50 7.1 0
K. Brown 5 34 6.8 0
N. Ragaini 3 25 8.3 0
K. Johnson 1 8 8.0 0
H. Large 1 2 2.0 0
J. Patterson 1 1 1.0 0
Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Iowa Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Doman 6 254 42.3
Iowa Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Taylor 7 353 50.4
Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
S. Morgan 1 87 87.0
Iowa Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Wetjen 2 34 17.0
Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Iowa Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
K. Wetjen 2 54 27.0
Michigan Missed FG
Player Length
Iowa Missed FG
Player Length




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