Michigan vs Iowa
Lucas Oil Stadium
On the 2nd possession of the game for Michigan, the Wolverines Running Back, Blake Corum took off for a 67 yard touchdown. That score set the tone for the game and the Wolverines didn’t look back. The Wolverines followed that up with a 1 play, 75 yard touchdown pass to Roman Wilson.
The Hawkeyes had two trips to the red zone in the 1st quarter and only walked away with three points. After allowing the two big plays from the Wolverines, the Hawkeyes found a way to stifle the Michigan offense for the rest of the first half.
Opening up the 2nd half, Iowa had a forgettable six plays and out, which Michigan answered with a 27 yard pass to set up a four yard touchdown run by Hassan Haskins. The rest of the third saw both teams punting on their possessions.
After a blocked punt in the fourth quarter, the Michigan Wolverines drove 36 yards in four plays and ended with another touchdown by running back Hassan Haskins. That run marked the 20th touchdown on the season for Haskins and set a Michigan record for most TD’s in a single season. Michigan went on to score two more touchdowns in the quarter to end the game.
This game marked the 1st time that the Iowa Hawkeyes made it to the B1G Championship game. Lots of hype and potential surrounded the team early on in the season as they were ranked #2 in the country at one point but lost a few games along the way.
During the post game press conference with LB Aidan Hutchinson and John Harbaugh, they talked about how Aidan asked if the team could dedicate this game to Tate Myre, who was a victim of the Oxford High School shooting that happened on November 30th. Tate was a standout athlete and Michigan Wolverine fan who wore number 42. “I didn’t really think about it, no it wasn’t a goal to score that, until I walked up to Aidan and said hey that’s 42 up there” was the comment that Michigan head coach John Harbaugh said when asked about it.
Michigan had their share of drama surrounding the season as many fans and experts had the Wolverine’s Head Coach John Harbaugh (Michigan alum and former QB for the Indianapolis Colts) on the hot seat. What many called a mediocre run as head coach had fans starting to stir and want a change in the position. That talk seemed to change in the last regular season of the game when Michigan topped rival Ohio St. and found themselves looking at a ticket to the College Football Playoff. With the circumstances surrounding the other 3 teams in their conference championship games (2 of the 4 playing each other) Michigan and it’s fans can make a sound argument for them to go into the CFP as the overall top team once Current number one Georgia Bulldogs were beat by the #4 team Alabama earlier in the day.
The NCAA College Football Playoff games will be held on Friday December 31st starting at 3:30pm EST with the Cotton Bowl and the Orange Bowl. The National Championship Game will be held in the same stadium as tonight at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on January 10th at 8pm EST