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Michigan 19, Illinois 17

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

By LARRY LAGE
AP Sports Writer

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Michigan survived a pair of scares.

Jake Moody made a go-ahead, 35-yard field goal with nine seconds left, lifting the third-ranked Wolverines to a 19-17 win over Illinois.

Michigan (11-0, 8-0 Big Ten, No. 3 CFP) played much of the second half without star running back Blake Corum, who hurt his left knee after being tackled just before halftime and had only one carry in the second half.

X-rays, though, gave coach Jim Harbaugh and his players a sense of relief.

"Structurally good, which is great news," Harbaugh said.

The Wolverines will now turn their attention to playing rival and second-ranked Ohio State on the road, where they have not won since 2000 with a spot in the Big Ten champinship game at stake and College Football Playoff implications.

"We've been preparing for this the whole year," defensive lineman Kris Jenkins said.

The Fighting Illini (7-4, 5-3) took a 17-10 lead late in the third quarter on Chase Brown's 37-yard touchdown run. But the couldn't build on it.

With a chance to run out the clock and a one-point lead, they had to punt to Michigan late in the game. The Illini failed to hold on and beat a top-three team for the first time since knocking off top-ranked Ohio State in 2007.

"Very angry. Very upset," coach Bret Bielema said. "I think our kids did a lot to win the football game and to continually have things just go against us, very frustrating."

Brown finished with 140 yards rushing and two scores on 29 carries, choosing to play with an injured right leg that he hurt last week.

Illinois quarterback Tommy DeVito, a Syracuse transfer, was 21 of 30 for 178 yards.

With Corum out and the passing game off, the Wolverines had to settle for Moody making four field goals in the second half.

J.J. McCarthy was 18 of 34 for 208 yards, missing some throws and having some dropped on afternoon that had a wind chill of 11 degrees and wind gusts hovering around 18 mph.

"A lot of things to fix, but it was great to go out there and just get the win and be in those elements," McCarthy said. "We haven't been in a game where the wind was really like that and it was great to get that experience."

Corum had 108 yards rushing and his 19th touchdown this season on 18 carries before watching nearly two quarters from the sideline with his helmet off. The Heisman Trophy hopeful has run for 100 yards in eight straight games to tie the school record set by current running backs coach Mike Hart, who set the mark in 2007.

HEAVY HEART

Bielema led his team two days after the death of his mother, Marilyn.

"I made the decision really during the day Friday that this was something I was going to do," he said. "Very emotional time and I'm still just on the high of the football game. It's going to be a rough couple days."

JUST FOR KICKS

Moody's four field goals gave him a school-record 65, breaking Garrett Rivas' record set from 2003 to 2006, and matched Remmy Hamilton's single-game mark at Michigan set in 1994.

MISSING MEN

The Wolverines went into the game missing defensive end Mike Morris, who has a team-high 7 1/2 sacks, and dual-threat running back Donovan Edwards due to undisclosed injuries.

Along with Corum, Harbaugh expects any player who is not completely ruled out to face the Buckeyes.

"Anybody that's on the fringe, knowing our guys they're going to want to play," Harbaugh said.

Illinois' No. 3 receiver, Pat Bryant, missed the game with a concussion.

THE TAKEAWAY

Illinois: After losing two straight games to Purdue and Michigan State, Bielema had his team prepared to play and made in-game adjustments to make the game much closer than expected.

"Thought our guys answered the bell and rose up to the challenge," he said.

Michigan: If Corum can't play or is limited against the Buckeyes, his teammates will have a hard time winning next week.

November 19, 2022


Scoring Summary
First Quarter IllMich
Mich TD 11:28 Blake Corum 2 yd run (Jake Moody kick) 0 7
Second Quarter IllMich
Ill FG 4:03 Caleb Griffin 29 yd FG 3 7
Third Quarter IllMich
Mich FG 11:10 Jake Moody 46 yd FG 3 10
Ill TD 7:43 Chase Brown 8 yd run (Caleb Griffin kick) 10 10
Ill TD 1:36 Chase Brown 37 yd run (Caleb Griffin kick) 17 10
Fourth Quarter IllMich
Mich FG 12:31 Jake Moody 41 yd FG 17 13
Mich FG 3:14 Jake Moody 33 yd FG 17 16
Mich FG 0:09 Jake Moody 35 yd FG 17 19
Team Stats
  Illinois Michigan
First downs 20 18
  Rushing 7 6
  Passing 13 11
  Penalty 0 1
3rd Down Efficiency 5-13, 38% 7-19, 37%
4th down efficiency 0-2, 0% 3-4, 75%
Rushes-Yards 34-148 40-168
Passing Yards 178 208
Return Yards 27 45
Completions-Attempts-Int 21-30-0 18-34-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 0-0
Punts 5 4
Punts-Average 41 28.5
Fumbles Lost 1-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 4-40 4-25
Time of Possession 24:57 35:03
Illinois Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
T. DeVito 21 30 178 0 0
Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. McCarthy 18 34 208 0 0
Illinois Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
C. Brown 29 140 4.8 2
I. Williams 1 13 13.0 0
R. Love III 2 4 2.0 0
T. DeVito 1 2 2.0 0
Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Corum 18 108 6.0 1
C. Stokes 11 36 3.3 0
J. McCarthy 7 18 2.6 0
I. Gash 3 6 2.0 0
T. Dunlap 1 0 0.0 0
Illinois Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Washington 6 53 8.8 0
I. Williams 5 26 5.2 0
C. Brown 3 24 8.0 0
B. Hightower 3 24 8.0 0
T. Reiman 2 24 12.0 0
M. Marchese 1 17 17.0 0
M. Scott 1 10 10.0 0
Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Loveland 3 50 16.7 0
R. Bell 3 44 14.7 0
B. Corum 2 39 19.5 0
C. Johnson 5 38 7.6 0
I. Gash 3 24 8.0 0
R. Wilson 1 9 9.0 0
M. Bredeson 1 4 4.0 0
Illinois Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Illinois Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
H. Robertson 5 205 41.0
Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
B. Robbins 4 114 28.5
Illinois Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
R. Bell 2 45 22.5
Illinois Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
P. Vining 1 27 27.0
Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Illinois Missed FG
Player Length
Michigan Missed FG
Player Length




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