Michigan Rolls Over Iowa to Win Big 10 Championship

By Terrance Turner

Dec. 4, 2021

The University of Michigan Wolverines dominated the Iowa Hawkeyes tonight to win the Big 10 Championship. Michigan’s stout defense held Iowa to just 3 points; their high-powered offense exploded for 42. The Wolverines shut out Iowa in the second quarter and second half, cementing their first Big 10 Title since 2004.

Michigan running back Blake Corum ran 67 yards for the score in the first quarter, and receiver Roman Wilson caught a 75-yard pass from running back Donovan Edwards for the touchdown with 5:27 left in the quarter. Neither team scored in the second quarter. But the Michigan defense shined. Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson swarmed the Iowa QB. With just 1:13 left in the half, Hutchinson for his 14th sack of the season.

Running back Hassan Haskins rushed four yards for the touchdown. Haskins nabbed the lone scoring play of the third quarter when he barreled into the end zone with 8:23 left.

Early in the fourth quarter, tight end Luke Schoonmaker made a spectacular one-handed grab to set up first and goal. Then running back Hassan Haskins leaped over both teams and into the end zone for the touchdown. Kicker Jake Moody added an extra-point kick to make it 28-3.

Quarterback Cade McNamara threw to Erick All, a 38-yard completion to put Michigan in Iowa territory. Then McNamara fired again to All, who made a one-handed grab for the touchdown. Edwards rushed a yard for another TD. Michigan won, 42-3.

“I’m so proud of everybody,” said Aidan Hutchinson, who was named MVP after the game. (That makes him the first defensive player ever to be named MVP of a Big 10 title game.) Hutchinson’s sentiment was echoed by McNamara, who spoke effusively of his teammates after the win. “I couldn’t love these guys more, and I couldn’t be more honored to be part of this team.”

Speaking of honor, tonight’s match had a poignant touch. The University of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh dedicated tonight’s game to Oxford High School football player Tate Myre, who was among the victims in the Oxford school shooting. Myre’s family members were present for the coin toss at the start of tonight’s game, and they were named honorary captains. The team members wore patches in memory of Myre, and Hutchinson’s wrist tape said “Play for Tate” in his honor. Myre’s jersey number was 42. Tonight Michigan scored 42 points.

UPDATE (Dec. 5, 2021): This has turned out to be a great weekend for Michigan sports fans. The Detroit Lions (who had been winless all season) finally got a win against the struggling Minnesota Vikings today. The Lions scored on a last-second touchdown to halt their 15-game losing streak (dating back to Week 13 of last season).

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