No. 6 Michigan scored on offense, defense and special teams in the third quarter alone to easily beat host Maryland 59-18 Saturday in College Park, Md.
Michigan’s Michael Barrett threw a cross-field lateral to A.J. Henning to set up a 79-yard, kick-return touchdown that made the score 38-10 Wolverines with 4:38 left in the third period.
Each side scored a touchdown on offense before Maryland’s Taulia Tagovailoa threw a pick-six that D.J. Turner returned 42 yards for a TD in the final minute of the period.
Turner’s return put Michigan (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) ahead 52-18 after three quarters.
Michigan’s Cade McNamara finished 21-for-28 passing for 259 yards and two touchdowns. His backup, J.J. McCarthy, went 5-for-5 for 58 yards and a touchdown and added a rushing score. Hassan Haskins ran for 78 yards and scored two touchdowns on the ground.
Tagovailoa completed 19 of 33 passes for 178 yards, a touchdown and a pick, also adding a rushing touchdown for Maryland (5-6, 2-6).
Luke Schoonmaker got Michigan’s party started with a 2-yard touchdown catch in the left flat with 7:09 left in the first quarter. Two drives later, Andrel Anthony’s one-handed grab set up Haskins to walk in for a 1-yard score.
Trailing 14-3 in the second, Maryland had a punt blocked by Matt Torey. McCarthy quarterbacked the ensuing drive for Michigan and found Mike Sainristil, who made a highlight-reel, one-handed, 13-yard catch in the end zone. The Wolverines tack on a field goal for a 24-3 lead at intermission.
On Michigan’s first drive of the second half, Maryland thought it had snagged an interception in the end zone, but a holding penalty was called on defensive back Nick Cross. Haskins scored his second 1-yarder on the next play.
Tagovailoa and running back Colby McDonald authored a belated response for Maryland with a 74-yard drive in just under four minutes, culminating in Tagovailoa’s 7-yard touchdown to Carlos Carriere.
That was when Michigan returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown, deflating whatever sparse confidence the Terrapins had begun to build.
Tagovailoa scored a 17-yard rushing touchdown and added the two-point conversion with his legs to make it 38-18 with 2:22 left in the third. But Michigan got the ball back, and McNamara hit Donovan Edwards, who sprinted past multiple defenders for a 77-yard TD.
Edwards finished with 10 receptions for 170 yards.
Turner’s pick-six and McCarthy’s 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter concluded the scoring deluge.
The win sets up Michigan to host Ohio State, also 10-1, next week for the first iteration of “The Game” since 2019, with both teams likely to be ranked in the top six of the College Football Playoff rankings.
–Field Level Media