Michigan shuts out Maryland, 28-0, for 4th straight win
Wolverines shut out back-to-back opponents for 1st time since 2000
COLLEGE PARK, Mich. – The Michigan Wolverines picked up their first road win under Jim Harbaugh Saturday, pounding the Maryland Terrapins, 28-0, in College Park. It marked the first time since Oct. 21, 2000 that Michigan's defense recorded back-to-back shutouts.
Michigan's fourth straight victory improved its record to 4-1 on the season.
Offense was hard to come by in the first half as Michigan picked up just a pair of Kenny Allen field goals to lead 6-0. But the Wolverines broke the seal seven minutes into the 2nd half when a screen pass from Jake Rudock to Drake Johnson went for 31 yards and a touchdown. Khalid Hill caught a two-point conversion pass to make it 14-0.
After a three and out by Maryland, Jehu Chesson made it two straight touchdowns for Michigan with a 66-yard run on a sweep to the left sideline.
The final points of the game came on a Johnson one-yard run with 7:34 left in the game.
On defense, Michigan allowed 105 yards for the second straight game and surrendered just seven first downs. Maryland quarterback Caleb Lowe threw three interceptions before being pulled from the game. The Terps went just 1-18 on 3rd down.
Michigan also turned the ball over three times, but the running game picked up in the second half and ended the game with 198 yards on 40 carries. The bulk of the rushing yards came on Chesson's run as no Michigan running back gained even 30 yards.
Rudock was solid in the win, completing 16 of 30 passes for 180 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran three times for 12 yards.
Michigan will keep on eye on star defensive lineman Mario Ojemudia, who left the game on crutches after appearing to injure his right ankle. Ojemudia has been huge for the defense and disrupted Rowe for three quarters before exiting on Saturday.
The victory sets up a potential top-20 matchup next weekend at the Big House, as undefeated Northwestern comes to town. The Wildcats dismantled Minnesota, 27-0, in the Big Ten opener to improve to 5-0.
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