ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Just one week removed from an emotional win against its hated rival Michigan State, a letdown seemed like a possibility against Maryland.
Nope. Not this game. No let down here.
It was quite the opposite, in fact.
Michigan, well, looked downright unstoppable, and the facts proved it, as the No. 3 Wolverines dominated Maryland running away – literally – 59-3, in an emphatic blowout win.
And when you win so big, there is much to point out.
Star QB in the making?
It’s starting to become clear, the “budding” star for Michigan is quarterback Wilton Speight. Well, he might not be a “budding” star anymore, as Jim Harbaugh refers to his QB, but he just might flat out be a star.
Speight finished with a career-high 362 yards passing, completing 19-of-24 passes making picture perfect throw after picture perfect throw. He finished the first-half with a new Michigan record for passing yards, totaling 292, breaking Denard Robinson’s (262, versus Illinois) record from 2010.
Led by Speight, U-M’s offense scored TD’s on its first five possession, including a 10-yard scramble and high jump from Speight for his first career rushing score.
So, yeah, it’s clear, U-M’s signal caller has a firm grip of the Wolverines’ offense, and his star continues to get brighter and brighter.
Defense bends but does not break … early on anyways
Sure, when you shutout your opponent in the first half, that’s always the stat the matters the most defensively. But still, for the standards this defense holds itself to, U-M probably wishes it had some plays back.
Maryland had U-M against the ropes a couple times, and had its chances to score, just couldn’t covert. Maryland first missed a 29 yard field goal, then the Terrapins managed to take pass to U-M’s 1 as time expired to end the first half.
Maryland finished the first half with 180 total yards and had nothing to show for it.
Still, though, Michigan only gave up three points.
Butt Moves to No. 1 in TE Receiving Yards
Michigan’s All American moved to No.1 in receiving yards for tight end’s in U-M football history, now totaling 1,521 receiving yards in his career. He passed U-M all-time great Jim Mandich in the process, and finished the game with five catches for 76 yards. Oh, yeah, he also holds the U-M’s record for pass receptions by a tight end, too, with 126.
Offense clicks on all cylinders
Speight deserves his praise, but the offense as whole overwhelmed Maryland’s defense all game. U-M finished with 660 total yards of offense, 31 first downs, and averaged an astonishing 10.0 yards per play. This was a Big Ten game, remember that, simply put, Michigan’s offense is moving in the right direction as they prepare for Iowa next Saturday.