By JERAMY STOVER, Sports Editor
Michigan welcomed in another much inferior Big Ten opponent on Saturday and took care of business.
The Wolverines led wire-to-wire and defeated Maryland 59-3 in a game that the Terrapins never really had a chance in.
“I enjoyed it a lot,” head coach Jim Harbaugh said of the win. “You feel like if you’re good in practice you’re going to be good in the game and I thought our guys were good in practice and they were great in the game.”
After receiving the ball to start the game Michigan (9-0, 6-0 Big Ten) marched 91-yards in just over five minutes and scored a touchdown on a 38-yard pass from redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight to senior wide receiver Amara Darboh.
Michigan would go on to score their remaining four drives in the first half taking a 35-0 lead into halftime. Maryland (5-4, 2-4) nearly scored on the final play of the first half but D.J. Moore was tackled at the one-yard line as the clock expired.
The Terrapins’ first score of the game would come on a 37-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to make the score 45-3. Michigan would score on the very next drive that was highlighted by a 53-yard run by junior running back Ty Isaac.
Speight threw for a career-high 362-yards completing 19-of-24 passes and had two touchdowns. He threw the ball with precision and eluded defenders when he needed to.
One of his main targets senior tight end Jake Butt said his quarterback had a great game.
“Wilton had an unbelievable game today, again he just keeps coming through for us when we need him most, extending plays breaking tackles and then finding guys down field he’s doing a hell of a job for us,” Butt said. “It’s great to see Wilton because without him you need a great quarterback to succeed the way we are and Wilton is doing a great job for us.”
Butt caught five passes for 72-yards and became the all-time leader in receiving yards for tight ends in Michigan history with 1,521. He had trouble describing the feeling of being a career record holder of a big time college football program.
“As far as the record goes it’s hard to take in at such a historical program like this to be up there as the number one guy and I want to get the touchdowns and the receptions now too but i just want to give credit to my teammates more than anything, it’s a collective effort it’s not a one man record, the (offensive) line, the receivers, the running backs, the coaches, the defense, special teams it’s not a one man job so credit to those guys,” Butt said.
Senior wide receiver Jehu Chesson had his best game of the season catching five passes for 112-yards and one touchdown. Chesson was coming off an injury to start the season and may now be hitting full speed nine games into the season.
Senior running back De’Veon Smith was the lead rusher for the Wolverines running for 114-yards and finding the end zone three times.
The Wolverines defense gave up over 200 yards passing for just the second time all season. They held Maryland to just 2.1-yards per rush but showed flaws in containing the edge on passes in the flat and screen passes.
Michigan will take their undefeated record to Iowa next week when they face-off against the Hawkeyes on the road. That game is slated to start at 8 p.m.