Coming into this game as huge favorites, the Michigan Wolverines will need to put on an offensive show. With most the of team’s question marks surrounding the quarterback position and new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis. They will need to score in the ’40s to keep people from continuing to question this tandem.
Michigan’s first drives have been a big story all season long. The Wolverines, however, left nothing to overthink this time as they went downfield in only a handful of plays. All of which were on the ground, and lead to a touchdown by Hassan Haskins. The Wolverines grab an early 7-0 lead.
After stopping Illinois, without much struggle. The Wolverines would march downfield with the run game once more. Only this time, the drive starts to derail when they decide to start throwing the ball. Also, killing this drive was Senior Ben Mason with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
Mason has been a vital part of the Michigan offense for the past couple of years. He has far too much experience to have these unforced errors. Then after fighting to get back into field goal range. K Quin Nordin missed the easy chip shot, and this game stays at 7-0.
Illinois would once again gain only a handful of yards against Michigans defense and be forced to punt. After only a 19 yard punt by the Illinois punter. The Wolverines are in a much better spot to start the drive.
The Wolverines wasted no time going downfield for a touchdown. Their drive was only four plays for 70 yards in only 55 seconds. Ending with a 25-yard touchdown pass from Shea Patterson to Luke Schoonmaker to make it a 14-0 game. So far this season, Michigan is outscoring its opponents 38-0 in the first quarter.
After a back and forth drive-by Illinois. Constant penalties on both sides refreshing the downs, then holding calls moving them back. After a time-consuming drive that went nowhere, Illinois is forced to punt. However this time it is blocked by the Wolverines LB Glasgow.
Starting from within the 10-yard line, Michigan scores on the ground on the very first play of the drive-by RB Zach Charbonnet, bringing the score to 21-0.
After another drive that goes nowhere, Illinois is forced to punt yet again. This time they pin the Wolverines on their own 1-yard line.
On the ensuing drive, RB Zach Charbonnet fumbled, and Illinois recovered it.
After trading a couple of drives of nothing changing. Michigan was able to move downfield after a huge play to WR Bell. That set up a Patterson to Eubanks touchdown to make the game 28-0.
Illinois will add a touchdown of their own with under a minute to go in the first half. That score brings the score to 28-7 at half time.
Illinois will start the second half with a drive down the field. They will have to settle for a long field goal, but they do chip away at the deficit and bring the game to 28-10.
After stopping the Wolverines and getting the ball back, Illinois marches downfield once again. This time the drive ends in a touchdown off of a QB sneak. With the score 28-17 now, Illinois is not out of this game.
First play of Michigan’s drive after the Illinois touchdown. Michigan RB Tru Wilson fumbled the ball, and Illinois recovered.
Illinois scores another touchdown, this time off of the turnover. Illinois running back Dre Brown took it right up the middle and was able to walk into the endzone. Then they added two more points after successfully getting their PAT in. With that, the score becomes 28-25.
Michigan fights back, and scores on a Patterson touchdown throw to Donovan Peoples-Jones. The score is now 35-25 in favor of the Wolverines.
After the Michigan defense forces an interception deep in Illinois territory, Shea Patterson sneaks it into the endzone for another touchdown. This score puts Michigan on top 42-25 with only 6 minutes left in the game.
Michigan stops Illinois on defense then runs out the rest of the clock to end this game 42-25.
Player of the Game: Shea Patterson
Paterson was the biggest reason the Wolverines were in this game with his 4 touchdowns and zero turnovers. His passing accuracy needs to improve but he did more than his share of the work in this win.