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Michigan avoided what would have been arguably one of the worst losses of the Jim Harbaugh era, coming back from a first-half deficit and surviving in triple overtime with a 48-42 win at Rutgers
The Scarlet Knights entered the game as big underdogs, but took a 17-0 lead before a quarterback change allowed the Wolverines to return to the game. Cade McNamara took over from Joe Milton and the offense regained some life, cutting off the lead before half-time and keeping the pace in a home and away game throughout the second half McNamara finished with 260 yards and four touchdowns with zero interceptions on 27 of 36 passes, connecting with Cornelius Jackson for two of those scores and helping guide the offense through those tense possessions in overtime.
But McNamara’s performance off the bench was almost not enough, as Rutgers quarterback Noah Vedral was in too much of a hurry to let this upset opportunity slip away from the Scarlet Knights Vedral literally transported defenders into the end zone when converting to two points tied with less than 30 seconds remaining in regulation, one play after slipping defenders in fourth place for the touchdown
To her man Noah Vedral finds Aron Cruckshank for @RFootball TD in 4th placeThe two point conversion is coming imageTwittercom / Lam6qAFafx
He finished with 378 passing yards and three touchdowns, but no yardage or score will be as meaningful as those late-rule games that both sparked Rutgers’ life and cast doubt on a team in the Michigan who apparently regained control of the game after half-time
The first overtime brought to light the chess match between Jim Harbaugh and Greg Schiano Facing a fourth and a 2 on the first possession of overtime, Harbaugh decided to attempt a basket which was missed. ‘needing only a basket to win, Rutgers played him conservative in third and long to avoid turnover and created a favorable spot for his potential winning goal in midfield, only to see him miss
Rutgers scored in the very first game of second overtime on a pass from Vedral to Jovani Haskins, but Michigan then responded with an equalizing touchdown from McNamara to force a third overtime. That’s when Hassan Haskins, who led Michigan with 112 rushing yards in the game, jumped over the line in fourth place and scored a goal to score what would prove to be the winning touchdown.
This victory will not be sealed until Rutgers have a chance to respond, and Michigan’s interception in the end zone will end the Scarlet Knights’ thwarted auction
As Michigan clinched the win to move up to 2-3, what remains striking is how much he looked like Rutgers, a team he dominated most of the time together in the Big Ten. The Wolverines have now earned six straight wins in the series, but this triple-overtime decision clashes with results like 52-0 in 2019, 42-7 in 2018 or 78-0 in 2016 Discussions over whether Michigan going in the right direction will continue, but with less fervor given that upheaval has been avoided
What bodes well for Michigan is the emergence of McNamara and the way the offense played out with him leading the charge The next ones for the Wolverines are home dates against Penn State and Maryland, both of which provide opportunities to build on Saturday night’s success, ahead of the highly anticipated regular season final against Ohio State.
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Michigan’s two-point try not good now Wolverines will have to rely on their defense to win the game
Michigan starts in 4th place and the goal in 3 overtime gets the score it is now time to try in 2 points
4th and 2nd and Michigan will shoot for a basket here in first overtime possession
Here we go: Michigan’s entire season is at stake on the road in Piscataway, NJ, as we’ve all imagined
OK, TD ✅ Griddy ✅ @ UMichFootball takes the lead, and we’re ready for a fun finish on B1G Network: photoTwittercom / CX1t8FqQDu
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