The Michigan Wolverines clobbered the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday by the final of 78-0. The team would rush for nine touchdowns on the ground, tying the school record. Sophomore Karan Higdon, senior Ty Isaac, junior Jabril Peppers, and senior Khalid Hill, would all find the end zone twice, while senior Bobby Henderson found pay dirt once.
The last time the Wolverines rushed for nine touchdowns in a game? The year was 1939 and they were squaring off against the University of Chicago, who until recently, didn’t even field a football program any longer.
The win moves the Wolverines to 6-0 on the season and gives them their first shut out of the season. In five of their six games now, they’ve scored at least 45 points. In their first six games, they’ve allowed all of 62 points.
Maybe the most impressive part of the 78-point win on Saturday is the fact that “starting” running back De’Veon Smith had just five carries for 11 yards. Linebacker/returner/general swiss army knife Jabril Peppers carried the ball only three times, but he gained 74 yards and crossed the goal line twice.
While a depth chart isn’t all that important in a blowout win of such proportions, true freshman Chris Evans actually led the team in rushing with 153 yards on 11 carries. By the time it was all over, Michigan carried the ball 56 times for 481 yards and nine touchdowns.
Next up for the Wolverines is a bye week, which is followed by a home date against the Illinois Fighting Illini on Oct. 22 at the Big House.