Why was Michigan so successful against OSU? Well, having a strong run game helps, says OT Erik Magnuson, who helped pave the way for U-M's 225 yards on the ground.
"The biggest thing is we ran the ball very well," he said of U-M's line play against OSU. "We established the run. Which we couldn't do at Utah for a number of reasons. But all of them were very correctable, and that's what we did (on Saturday)."
Against Utah, U-M ran for only 76 yards, losing 24-17. And overall, have struggled running the ball in their previous seasons. So when they had success against Oregon State, Magnuson admits it was a "great feeling."
"Yeah, we haven't (run the ball well) - so that was a great feeling," he said. "And when you are blocking for a guy like De'Veon Smith, Ty Isaac or Derrick Green, who run so hard - it's a great feeling. Especially playing offensive line, that's what you want to do, you want to be able to impose your will in the other team. They know you're going to run and can't stop it."
Adding: "It was relief. It's a step. A small step. To become who want to (be), we have to do that every single week. We're not on our high horse yet."
What's the secret in becoming more consistent in the run? Magnuson has his thoughts.
"We have to do it every day in practice," he said. "Sometimes it sucks, because during the week practice can get long and tiring. But we have to keep that focus on doing it every single day in practice every play."
Michigan (1-1) plays host to UNLV (0-2) this Saturday at noon ET.