PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP)— Michigan needed to change quarterbacks, go 3 overtimes and play approximately 4 1/2 hours to prevent the football program’s worst start in 53 years. It deserved it.
Hassan Haskins dove in from less than a lawn out on 4th down in the 3rd overtime and the Wolverines snapped a three-game losing streak by lasting longer than Rutgers 48-42 on Saturday night.
” This win implies a lot,” protective lineman Chris Hinton stated. “It’s the primary step to return on track. We didn’t stop. We simply kept swinging.”
The person who provided the greatest blows was sophomore quarterback Cade McNamara, who changed starter Joe Milton late in the 2nd quarter. He tossed 4 goal passes and ran for another as Michigan (2-3, 2-3 Huge 10) handed Rutgers (1-4, 1-4) its 4th straight loss.
” Cade was impressive,” stated Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who has actually been under fire with his group off to its worst start in his now six-year period. “Actually gritty. Actually gritty efficiency in all methods. His play was motivating. I can’t state enough terrific things.”
Michigan missed out on the 2-point conversion after Haskins’ goal, however security Daxton Hill obstructed Noah Vedral’s desperation heave into completion zone from the 24-yard line to end the video game.
It marked the 2nd straight week Rutgers coach Greg Schiano saw his group misuse a second-half lead.
” There was a lot of men that are injuring actually bad,” Schiano stated. “Needless to state, a lot of men actually spilled their guts out there on the field. It simply, you understand, we’re not there yet. We’re simply not rather there yet. And we’ll keep slicing and keep working. We will arrive.”
Vedral tossed an 11-yard, fourth-down goal pass to Aron Cruickshank and after that brought 2 protectors into completion zone on the 2-point conversion go to connect the video game at 35 and require the additional sessions.
Both groups missed out on basket on the very first belongings of overtime. Vedral tossed a 25-yard lawn goal pass to tight end Jovani Haskins to put Rutgers ahead 42-35, however McNamara scored on a 2-yard go to connect the video game.
McNamara ended up 27 of 36 for 260 backyards. The sophomore had actually TD passes of 46 and 9 backyards to Cornelius Johnson, 8-yards to Nick Eubanks and a 6-yarder to Mike Sainristil.
” We got our swagger back a bit, specifically on offense,” McNamara stated. “To come out with a win, it feels great.”
Vedral was 29-of-43 passing for 378 backyards with 3 goals. Johnny Langan ran for 2 goals and Val Ambrosio made 2 basket, however missed out on a possible game-winning 45-yarder in the very first OT.
Giles Jackson had 95-yard kickoff return for a goal to spark a huge 2nd half that assisted Michigan conquered an early 17-0 deficit.
Michigan’s last 1-4 start remained in 1967 when it went 4-6 under Bump Elliott.
Michigan: Harbaugh has a brand-new quarterback. While McNamara does not have the movement of Milton, he has a fantastic arm and makes clever choices with the ball. The Wolverines can make it 2 in a row next week at house with a video game versus winless Penn State (0-5). No Nittany Lions team has actually ever lost its very first 5.
Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights have actually been competitive in Schiano’s 2nd stint as coach and this was another one. They simply need to discover a method to overcome the bulge. This is the 2nd straight week they blew a second-half lead.
Michigan: Hosts Penn State (0-5) on Saturday.
Rutgers: Check Outs Purdue (2-2) on Saturday.