Game Recap: Football | | Dave Ablauf, Chad Shepard
To place: Ann Arbor, Michigan (Michigan Stadium)
Goal: Michigan 31, Washington 10
Recordings: UM (2-0), UW (0-2)
Next Unified Messaging Event: vs. Northern Illinois (Sept. 18), 12 p.m. (TV: Big Ten Network)
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The University of Michigan football team took advantage of a dominant rushing performance to leave Washington in the dust on Saturday night (Sept. 11), riding the dynamic sophomore rushing duo. Blake Corum and senior Hassan Haskins to a 31-10 victory in the spotlight at Michigan Stadium.
Corum and Haskins led the Wolverines (2-0) with a combined 326 rushing yards and all four UM touchdowns. The victory gives the Maize and Blue an 8-2 mark in night games at the Big House, and improves their record to 8-5 in the series against Washington and 4-1 at home.
Corum punched the Huskies in the evening, finishing with a career-high 171 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns, while Haskins added an impressive 155 yards and a score of his own. The pair combined for 326 yards on the night.
Michigan’s defense was also impressive, highlighted by the elder Aidan Hutchinson2.5 sacks and a forced fumble from Brad hawkins. The Wolverines limited Washington to just 50 rushing yards in the contest and finished with four sacks.
With the score of 3-0 in the second quarter – thanks to a 52 yards Jake moody field goal in the first quarter – the Wolverines turned the momentum of a crowded Michigan stadium in their favor with a false punt. Senior Michael barrett got a first try from three yards to set up MU’s second goal. Corum sprinted to a 67-yard touchdown throughout his career in the next play to give MU a 10-0 lead.
The Wolverines extended their lead to 17-0 in their first practice of the second half, as Corum found the end zone seven yards for his second touchdown of the night with 10:52 left in the third quarter . After Washington ended the UM shutout offer with a field goal five minutes later, Michigan responded with two more touchdowns in the fourth – Haskins at six yards at 1:56 p.m. and Corum at four yards with 1:48 remaining in regulation time – – put the game out of reach.
Corum’s 171-yard performance means he has hit over 100 rushing yards and recorded at least two touchdowns in consecutive games to start the season, and scores the most rushing yards in a single game since Haskins had 149 yards against Notre Dame (October 26, 2019).
UM will be in action again next Saturday (Sept. 18), when it hosts northern Illinois for a noon kickoff at Michigan Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Big Ten Network.