GAMEDAY College Football



Michigan 31, Rutgers 7



By LARRY LAGE
Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - J.J. McCarthy threw a tiebreaking, 18-yard touchdown pass to Semaj Morgan late in the first half and No. 2 Michigan went on to beat Rutgers 31-7 with coach Jim Harbaugh on the sideline for the first time since serving a school-imposed three-game suspension.

The Wolverines (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) went ahead by 17 points on Mike Sainristil's 71-yard interception return with 4:31 left in the third quarter. Blake Corum's second rushing touchdown of the game - his eighth score of the season - put Michigan up 31-7 early in the fourth.

The Scarlet Knights (3-1, 1-1) took a 7-0 lead on the third snap of the game on Gavin Wimsatt's 69-yard touchdown pass to Christian Dremel, but they missed chances to score more in each quarter.

Corum capped a 94-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run to help Michigan pull into a tie on its second possession and the All-American running back finished with 97 yards on 21 carries. McCarthy was 15 of 21 for 214 yards with a touchdown and no turnovers, a week after throwing a career-high three interceptions.

Wimsatt completed 11 of 21 for 180 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He ran six times for 28 yards.

MISSED OPPORTUNITIES

The Scarlet Knights, with a chance to take a two-score lead, negated a 27-yard run with a holding penalty and were called for a false start on third down in the first quarter on a possession that ended with a punt.

Rutgers was called for a false start on fourth-and-1, leaving the Knights with a 51-yard field-goal attempt that Jai Patel missed when the score was tied early in the second quarter.

On fourth-and-2 from the Michigan 27 in the third quarter, Wimsatt was picked off on two plays after officials waved off an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against Michigan cornerback Will Johnson. On fourth-and-6 at the Michigan 19 in the fourth quarter, Wimsatt threw an incomplete pass.

THE TAKEAWAY

Rutgers: Wimsatt can make plays through the air and with his legs. Early in the game, he fooled Michigan's defense by keeping the ball on read-option plays.

Michigan: Harbaugh's return from a suspension for breaking NCAA rules coincided with the team having some communication breakdowns on offense, leading the Wolverines to use some timeouts that may have been costly if the game was closer.

THE STREAK

Michigan has 19 consecutive home victories, its longest run since winning 21 in a row from 1998-2001. The Wolverines have won 29 of their last 32 games.

September 23, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter RutMich
Rut TD 14:00 Christian Dremel 69 yd pass from Gavin Wimsatt (Jai Patel kick) 7 0
Mich TD 5:56 Blake Corum 2 yd run (James Turner kick) 7 7
Second Quarter RutMich
Mich TD 1:41 Semaj Morgan 18 yd pass from J.J. McCarthy (James Turner kick) 7 14
Third Quarter RutMich
Mich FG 7:00 James Turner 46 yd FG 7 17
Mich TD 4:31 Mike Sainristil 71 yd interception return (James Turner kick) 7 24
Fourth Quarter RutMich
Mich TD 12:38 Blake Corum 5 yd run (James Turner kick) 7 31
Team Stats
  Rutgers Michigan
First downs 10 20
  Rushing 3 11
  Passing 6 9
  Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Efficiency 3-10, 30% 8-13, 62%
4th down efficiency 0-3, 0% 2-2, 100%
Rushes-Yards 23-77 40-201
Passing Yards 180 214
Return Yards 0 92
Completions-Attempts-Int 11-21-1 15-21-0
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 2--9
Punts 3 1
Punts-Average 52 39
Fumbles Lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties - Yards 5-30 3-18
Time of Possession 23:52 36:08
Rutgers Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Wimsatt 11 21 180 1 1
Michigan Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
J. McCarthy 15 21 214 1 0
Rutgers Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
G. Wimsatt 6 28 4.7 0
K. Monangai 11 27 2.5 0
A. Young 2 17 8.5 0
S. Brown V 3 12 4.0 0
Michigan Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Corum 21 97 4.6 2
J. McCarthy 7 51 7.3 0
K. Mullings 6 40 6.7 0
D. Edwards 6 13 2.2 0
Rutgers Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Dremel 3 85 28.3 1
J. Jackson 3 37 12.3 0
I. Washington 2 26 13.0 0
I. Strong 1 18 18.0 0
J. Langan 2 14 7.0 0
Michigan Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
C. Loveland 5 75 15.0 0
R. Wilson 3 59 19.7 0
D. Edwards 2 41 20.5 0
S. Morgan 2 26 13.0 1
A. Barner 3 13 4.3 0
Rutgers Interceptions
Player Int Yards
Michigan Interceptions
Player Int Yards
M. Sainristil 1 71
Rutgers Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
F. Appleby 3 156 52.0
Michigan Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
T. Doman 1 39 39.0
Rutgers Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Michigan Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Morris 1 0 0
Rutgers Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
Michigan Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Taylor 1 13 13.0
S. Morgan 1 8 8.0
Rutgers Missed FG
Player Length
J. Patel 51
Michigan Missed FG
Player Length
J. Turner 42








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