INDIANAPOLIS — Hassan Haskins ran for two 2d-half of touchdowns and broke a college file whereas working support Donavan Edwards threw a 75-yard TD pass to abet No. 2 Michigan protect its first Big Ten title in 17 years and a likely playoff berth with a 42-3 rout Saturday over No. 15 Iowa.
Resurgent Michigan (12-1, No. 2 CFP) has received five straight and if it reaches the playoff, as expected, would want one extra employ to come to Indianapolis to play for its first nationwide championship since 1997.
“No one else believed in us,” star close Aidan Hutchinson said sooner than finding out he’d been selected as the fundamental defensive MVP. “We all knew, all of us knew we possess been going to connect these T-shirts on.”
It’s been an fantastic drag since coach Jim Harbaugh took a pay nick following a misguided 2020. The Wolverines started this season unranked and picked to enact within the center of the Big Ten East, whose champion has received the closing 9 convention crowns. And it came on an emotional night when Michigan paid tribute to the victims from Tuesday’s college shooting, which resulted within the deaths of 4 college students at Oxford (Michigan) Excessive College.
They handed the Hawkeyes (10-3, No. 13) their 2d straight title game loss and avoided coach Kirk Ferentz from shooting his first convention crown since 2004. Iowa lost to Michigan Mumble within the 2015 title game and this one came on an evening each quarterbacks, Spencer Petras and Alex Padilla, struggled in opposition to the Wolverines.
“We knew we would must play our finest and possess things creep our formulation,” Ferentz said. “Obviously, that didn’t materialize.”
Blake Corum made two cuts to the upright and sprinted 67 yards to originate it 7-0. On Michigan’s next offensive play, Cade McNamara lateraled to Edwards and the freshman threw a good 75-yard TD pass to a huge open Roman Wilson for a 75-yard gain and a 14-0 lead.
Iowa lastly answered with a 22-yard topic blueprint however the Hawkeyes upright couldn’t close on the topic.
Hawkins broke open the sport with a 4-yard TD drag midway by strategy of the third quarter then sealed the victory by changing into the fundamental Michigan working support to attain 20 TDs in a single season on a 1-yard drag early within the fourth. Ron Johnson location the outdated imprint, 19, in 1968.
After ending a shedding lumber to rival Ohio Mumble and a 17-one year title drought over the previous eight days, the Wolverines are waiting to appear to seem the attach the CFP likelihood committee puts it within the four-group playoff bracke.
As for Iowa, it became as soon as a bitter close for a group that reached No. 2 in October. Yes, Iowa received four straight and received the assistance it wanted from Minnesota to originate it to Indy. But the offense struggled mightily and the defense lastly wore down.