The Michigan Wolverines improved to 9-0 (6-0 Big Ten) with a 59-3 victory over Maryland (5-4, 2-4 Big Ten) on Saturday afternoon. The win matched the Wolverines regular season win total from a year ago.
The Wolverines pretty much dominated this one from the opening kickoff. Michigan got started early, when Wilton Speight found Amara Darboh for a 34-yard touchdown, just five minutes into the game. Michigan didn’t look back, as they added on four more touchdowns, to take a commanding 35-0 halftime lead. Maryland was able to break the shutout early in the fourth quarter though, as Terps kicker, Adam Greene, connected on a 37-yard field goal. Ultimately the Wolverines would have no struggle with this game, as they punched the ball into the end zone two more times, en route to a 59-3 victory.
Overall this was another great TEAM win for the Wolverines, and another great Big Ten victory. A lot of guys contributed to the blowout win, but a few players played above the rest. Let’s see who are “Harbaugh’s Heroes” this week.
Wilton Speight, Sophomore, Quarterback
-19 completions on 24 attempts
-362 passing yards (292 in the first half, which is a new school record)
-3 carries for 16 yards
-1 rushing touchdown
Speight is the real deal, and continues to get better. He seems to be peaking at just the right time in the season. The Wolverines will need his performance to continue to be top notch, in order to win a Big Ten Title.
De’Veon Smith, Senior, Running back
-114 rushing yards
-3 rushing touchdown
-1 reception for 17 yards
I called De’Veon Smith out in my article earlier this week (like he actually read it, or cared…), and he responded with a BIG game! I fully expected the Wolverines to come out and run the ball a ton, with Chris Evans, and Karan Higdon. So what do they do? Pass for almost 400 yards….sweet! Anyway, De’Veon Smith was the answer when the Wolverines got close to pay dirt. He tallied 3-yard, 1-yard, and 2-yard touchdown runs. It’s possible the Wolverines have just been saving his legs a little for the month of November. Smith was basically non existent in the Ohio State game last year, gaining just 23-yards on 10 carries. Whatever it is, it was working on Saturday, and hopefully Smith can continue it the rest of the season.
Delano Hill, Senior, Safety
-.5 tackle for loss
Kekoa Crawford, Freshman, Wide Receiver
-3 catches for 43 yards
Crawford secured his first collegiate catch, and touchdown on Saturday, and that is worth a gameball in itself. However, I’m also awarding him a gameball for his down field blocks the past few weeks. There’s not much question that he is fast, and athletic, and will fit in nicely in the years to come, but his effort is what intrigues me most. Crawford has forced the Wolverine coaching staff to give him more playing time, based on his effort. With the recent Grant Perry issues, there is a spot opening nicely for Crawford on the Michigan offense.
The Team, The Team, The Team
-Gained 31 first downs, compared to just 19 for Maryland
-Gained 660 total yards, 10 yard average per play
-Allowed just 78 rushing yards (Maryland was averaging 252 rushing yards per game)
-56 point victory
Michigan will travel to Iowa City next week, for a date with the Hawkeyes. Make sure you are tuned in, kickoff is slated for 8pm. It should be another great Big Ten matchup, as the Wolverines look to improve to 10-0. Go Blue!