MI thwarts Maryland after big second quarter


Peters connected with tight end Zach Gentry on a 33-yard touchdown pass.

Brand will face a formidable task against the Wolverines, who lead the country in pass defense and came to Maryland Stadium first in the Big Ten and third in the country in sacks and third-down defensive efficiency.

MI jumped out to a 28-0 halftime lead and rolled to its third straight win on Saturday, downing Maryland 35-10 at Maryland Stadium. Quinn Nordin missed a 31-yard field goal, his third miss in three straight games after making 10 straight. He was able to make the simple throws but struggled on passes 10 yards or more downfield.

MI has won three straight games over three overmatched opponents.

Fullback Henry Poggi, a Baltimore native, gave the Wolverines their first points on a 2-yard touchdown run.

Meanwhile, the Wolverines' tight ends and running backs were active in the passing game. It was his first career rushing touchdown.

Bortenschlager completed 11-of-20 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown before being knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter against Rutgers.

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Evans and Higdon combined for four receptions for 77 yards.

However, the second quarter is when the action really began.

He missed Saturday's wide-right, and was seen arguing with Harbaugh on the sideline afterwards. But it's a weird season nevertheless, because the Wolverines lost Penn State and Michigan State relatively early on.

Maryland: The Terrapins wrap up their road schedule at Michigan State, ranked 13th before Saturday's 48-3 loss to Ohio State. The Buckeyes are the lone Big Ten East team with one conference loss, but the Wolverines would hold the head-to-head tiebreaker if they beat Wisconsin next week and OSU on November 25.

This was always going to be a slightly down year - I predicted a 9-3 finish to the regular season and they now sit at 7-2 - but they can't drop a game like this to Maryland, a team near the bottom of the pack.

After building a 28-0 first-half lead, the Wolverines looked lackluster in the second half, as the offense stalled and the defense looked uninterested.