By JACK VANASSCHE, Editor-in-Chief
Though thunderstorms in Ann Arbor delayed kickoff for Michigan’s prime time meeting with P.J. Fleck-led Minnesota, the Wolverines ran right by the Gophers in a 33-10 rout to retain the Little Brown Jug.
Karan Higdon rushed for a career-high 200 yards and two scores for the Wolverines (7-2, 4-2 Big Ten), while sophomore Chris Evans ran for 191 yards with a pair of touchdowns as well.
Higdon broke a 7-7 tie late in the first quarter with a 77-yard touchdown run–the longest of the season for a Michigan back.
Evans ran two long touchdowns in, first from 60 yards and later from 67 yards out.
Quarterback Brandon Peters got his first career start following an impressive performance last week against Rutgers. Under the prime time lights, Peters was 8-for-13 passing for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Peters was injured following a blindside sack in the third quarter, but did not miss a snap after the Wolverines punted on the next play.
Tempers flared late in the third quarter, minutes after Michigan unsuccessfully attempted a two-point conversion while leading by 26.
Punches were thrown to helmets. Michigan’s Josh Metellus and Minnesota’s Donelle Greene were ejected following the scrum.
Rodney Smith’s touchdown run was the only score for the Gophers (4-5, 1-6 Big Ten) until a late fourth quarter field goal, as Michigan solved Minnesota’s reverse-option offense after a slow start.
Khaleke Hudson had a career game, racking up 13 tackles, 6.5 for a loss and a forced fumble.
Overall, the Gophers were held to just 164 yards, compared to Michigan’s 426.
Next week, the Wolverines will head to Maryland for a 3:30 p.m. start on Saturday.