INDIANAPOLIS — From the dominance the offensive lineman showed at the line of scrimmage to the trick plays that led to touchdowns to its defense suffocating its opponent, everything that Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and the school’s fan base expected on the Big Ten Conference’s biggest stage came to fruition on Saturday night.
It came almost seven years later than expected for all involved, but that point of frustration is now just a footnote as the Wolverines are one step closer to getting back to the college football mountaintop.
Two first-quarter touchdowns – including on a 75-yard pass by wide receiver Donovan Edwards to fellow receiver Roman Wilson – got the Wolverines off to the perfect start while the game’s Most Valuable Player, defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, added to his school-record sack total as No. 2 Michigan dominated the 13th-ranked Iowa Hawkeyes 42-3 in the 2021 Big Ten Football Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium. The win gives the Wolverines its first Big Ten Championship since 2004 (and first outright title since 2003) while all but assuring that Michigan will be one of the four names called when the College Football Playoff national semifinal matchups are announced tomorrow afternoon.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Saturday evening’s game, with all the photos produced by ALOST photographer Carmelita Alfaro. After clicking on the first photo to enlarge the picture, make sure to press the left and right arrow buttons to scroll through the rest of the pictures. There are 30 pictures in total.