New Faces Shine In Michigan’s Win Over Rutgers

The Michigan Wolverines (6-2, 3-2) took care of business against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-5, 2-3) beating them 35-14 on Homecoming Weekend at the University of Michigan. 

Brandon Peters threw for 124 yards and a touchdown after coming in for John O’Korn in the second quarter. It was the most action he’s seen in a game since committing to Michigan. 

Karan Higdon led running backs with 18 carries for 156 yards and two touchdowns. The junior’s performance was enough to give him 1,000 career rushing yards, making him the 38th Michigan running back to reach the milestone. 

Sean McKeon led receivers with three receptions for 31 yards. Chris Evans had the team’s only receiving touchdown. 

The two teams kept each other off the scoreboard in the first quarter, with quarterback John O’Korn throwing an interception on Michigan’s second drive.

However, the team would strike first in the second quarter as they drive 80 yards on 14 plays for a touchdown capped off by a 1-yard touchdown run by Khalid Hill. The Scarlet Knights would answer right back with a 65-yard touchdown run by Janarion Grant. 

Two drives later, the Wolverines took out John O’Korn, who finished with three completions on six passes for 13 yards, and replaced him with Brandon Peters. The redshirt freshman from Indiana led the team down the field to give the maize and blue a 14-7 lead and was 3 for 3 with 37 passing yards on the drive. 

On the next drive, Peters would throw his first career touchdown pass, a 20-yard throw to Chris Evans, to give Michigan a 21-7 lead going into halftime. 

In the third quarter, Kareem Walker got his first career rushing touchdown with 11:30 left, giving the Wolverines a 28-7 lead. The redshirt freshman would finish the day with six carries for 34 yards but left the game later on with a sprained ankle. 

The Scarlet Knights would answer back with a touchdown of their own, but the Wolverines did just what they needed throughout the rest of the game to seal the deal. 

The Wolverines will return to action next Saturday, Nov. 4 to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers in The Battle for the Little Brown Jug. 

 

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