ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Michigan’s offense kept rolling their opponents scoring 59 points in a shut out over Connecticut in the Big House. Blake Corrum rushed for five touchdowns matching the modern-era UM record and joining just Ron Johnson (1968) and Hassan Haskins (2021) to score five times in a game.
“I don’t know how good this team can be, but I feel that we can be great. By the look of things, the sky is the limit with this offense,” says Corrum. “We treat every game like it’s a championship game. We are just playing our schedule and having fun. We are out there balling. The Big Ten is on its way and I am excited.”
Michigan had 465 yards of total offense with a balanced attack of 210 yards rushing and 273 yards passing. J.J. McCarthy saw action most of the game going 15-of-18 for 214 yards and no passing touchdowns. Corrum had just 71 yards rushing but put together a great short game with his five touchdowns. Ronnie Bell posted 96 yards receiving on seven catches.
“We are always competing with ourselves,” says McCarthy. “No who or where we are playing we are going to out there and be the best versions of ourselves every single week. Every single game is like you are going out there and playing in first grade again. Just playing football and having a great time. Of course we want to excel at it so we keep emphasizing getting better each week.”
With the offense came a potent defense that has not allowed a team to score in the first half yet. They have only allowed 17 points in their first three games which is the fewest total points allowed since the 2003 season.
“I was really impressed with our run wall today. We knew UConn was going to test us in this area and they did. I thought we did a really good job of stopping the run and defending the pass. There was a real emphasis to stop the run this week,” says head coach Jim Harbaugh.
Only allowing 110 yards of total offense with 86 yards total rushing, the defense forced three fumbles with one recovery. Junior Colson and Kris Jenkins led the team with five tackles.
“I’ve seen so many improvements in so many different areas of our team even from game one to game three. Our guys are hungry to play, starters, backups, guys on the third string, scratching and clawing and fighting to get better to play and to contribute. It’s a fun team to coach.
Up next for this Michigan team that keeps improving each week is an undefeated Maryland team to start the Big Ten.