ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN — At this point, the biggest opponent the Michigan Wolverines football has every time it takes the field is themselves. Can it outperform its latest bits of dominance the week before?
They arguably put up their most impressive performance of the season, as J.J. McCarthy threw for three touchdowns while Blake Corum ran for two scores as No. 2 Michigan spotted Indiana an early touchdown before rolling the Hoosiers 52-7 inside Michigan Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The win marks the second consecutive game the Wolverines scored 52 points, after their 52-10 win at Minnesota last week, and also is the first time Michigan has scored at least 45 points in three consecutive conference games for the first time in school history.
The only real drama in the game occurred right before halftime, when second-string running back Donovan Edwards, a key cog in Michigan’s run to last year’s College Football Playoff when Corum was injured last in the season who has been relegated to backup duty so far this season, was denied his first rushing touchdown of the season when he was stopped just short of the goal line on a run with under 30 seconds remaining. Edwards waved Corum back to the sidelines as the Wolverines lined up to get another play off before the end of the half, but head coach Jim Harbaugh called a timeout.
Corum came back in after the timeout, and scored his 12th rushing touchdown of the season on the next play to put the Wolverines up 14 right before intermission.
Edwards would get his maiden touchdown of 2023 soon enough, scoring on a 2-yard run early in the fourth quarter which put the Wolverines over the 40-point mark at 45-7.
*Editor’s note: Above the byline is the photo gallery from Saturday afternoon’s game, with all photos taken by Detroit-area photographer Aaron J. Thornton. 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 18 pictures in total.