Michigan’s offense has already produced two touchdowns. And considering the Wolverines’ special teams and defense have also added touchdowns on their own, that’s a major problem for Northwestern.
In a game that was billed as “first to 14 wins” in a battle of top-ranked defenses, No. 18 Michigan has thoroughly dominated No. 13 Northwestern, taking a 28-0 lead into the break at the Big House.
The fun started for the Wolverines on the very first play, as Jehu Chesson returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown. Michigan then forced a three-and-out and moved 59 yards in seven plays, setting up a one-yard Drake Johnson touchdown plunge and effectively putting the game out of reach not five minutes in.
Jake Rudock added a two-yard keeper to give the Wolverines a 21-0 edge at the 2:35 mark of the first quarter. Jourdan Lewis added to the lead with a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown with 3:20 remaining in the half.
Northwestern’s offense, ranked 116th in yards per play and 89th in scoring entering the day, mustered only 95 yards, including 24 yards on 16 rushes, in the first half.
Michigan achieved an economical 213 yards, 119 on Rudock’s arm and 94 on the ground. And its defense hasn’t allowed a point since Sept. 19, pushing the maize and blue’s unanswered scoring run to 87 points.
Northwestern will receive the second half kickoff.