By RICKY LINDSAY, Editor-in-Chief
Michigan’s defense experienced a bit of déjà vu against Maryland Saturday.
For the second consecutive week, it held its opponent to 105 yards in a 28-0 shutout effort. It’s the first set of consecutive shutouts by Michigan since the 2000 season.
The Wolverines intercepted turnover-prone quarterback C.J. Rowe three times, holding him to 47 passing yards on 27 attempts.
In the first half, Michigan appeared to be a completely different team than the one that pummeled Brigham Young. It fumbled twice and missed a field goal as it sputtered to a 6-0 lead.
But the Wolverines turned it on in the second half, riding an elite defense and Drake Johnson.
De’Veon Smith didn’t make the trip to College Park, Md. Ty Isaac started at running back in his place, but he fumbled twice. Derrick Green saw playing time, but it was Johnson who shined.
He rushed for 68 yards and a touchdown, but his 31-yard touchdown reception in the second half jolted Michigan’s offense. It was the team’s first touchdown of the game; two more would follow.
Quarterback Jake Rudock went 16-for-32 passing for 180 yards and a touchdown. Jake Butt caught four passes for 61 yards, headlined by a 44-yard reception.
Jourdan Lewis, Jeremy Clark and Desmond Morgan totaled one interception each. Dymonte Thomas and Chris Wormley couldn’t complete the catch on would-be picks.
Michigan hosts Northwestern Oct. 10 for its homecoming game. The Wildcats are a surprising 5-0 and demolished former Big Ten West favorite Minnesota 31-0 in Week 5.