Ed Mulholland, USA TODAY

No. 4 Michigan destroys Rutgers 78-0

No. 4 Michigan eases to a 78-0 victory over Rutgers Saturday night, the third largest margin of victory in program history and largest in conference history.

Rutgers certainly looked the part.

The team wore all-black uniforms, Highpoint Solutions Stadium was striped in honor of the birthplace of college football.

Then, the game started. And that was that.

To say Michigan weren't challenged by Rutgers would be putting it lightly, as the Scarlet Knights (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten) were absolutely putrid in all phases of the game. The Wolverines (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) cruised to a 78-0 victory on Saturday night to continue its successful start to the season.

The game was technically over in the first quarter as the Wolverines jumped to a 14-0 lead.

However, the real damage was done in the second quarter.

U-M opened up the floodgates in the second quarter with punishing defense and an equally punishing offense that refused to step its foot off the gas.  U-M added 29 points in the second quarter in what can be considered as a light scrimmage before halftime as it took a leisurely 43-point lead into the half.

One of the highlights of the first half came when the Wolverines were up by 27 points in the second quarter, the coaching staff elected to go for two, much to the delight of the Rutgers fans in attendance, and were successful on a two-yard keeper by holder Garrett Moores.

The next possession, U-M quarterback Wilton Speight completed a 46 yard pass to Amara Darboh. And, in typical Khalid Hill fashion, he capped the drive off with a one-yard run for the score.

Hill finished the day with two touchdowns, which brings his total to seven on the year, as well as adding a receiving touchdown to his ledger, the first of his career.

U-M's do-it-all player Jabrill Peppers also had himself another great game, making sure to impress the crowd in his home state. Peppers finished the game with 74 yards and two touchdowns on three carries, with his longest rush of 63 yards.

The defense also continued its high level play on Saturday, forcing the Scarlet Knights to 39 total yards. By the time the first half was over, Rutgers finished the half with only one total yard as well as zero first downs.

To put it in these terms, the Scarlet Knights had as many yards (one) as it had turnovers (one) in the first half.

Alas, a second half of football still needed to be played. To summarize: It happened.

U-M's margin of victory is the third largest in program history and largest in conference .

The Wolverines have an upcoming bye week and will return home for Homecoming against Illinois on October 22.


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