Saturday, October 10, 2015

Halftime: No. 18 Michigan 28, No. 13 Northwestern 0

                                        Photo Credit: Geno Green

With all of the hype coming into the game with Northwestern and Michigan being locked in a defensive battle for four quarters, all of the conventions went out the window on the game's first play.

On the opening kickoff, Jehu Chesson followed his blocks and went 96 yards down the sideline to open the scoring in the first 13 seconds of the game.

After Northwestern went three and out on its first drive and Michigan's drive starting at its own 41 yard line, Rudock's 32-yard pass to Jake Butt set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Drake Johnson to put the Wolverines ahead 14-0.

Northwestern's second drive produced three first downs, but Jack Mitchell's field goal attempt from 42 yards out would go wide left, remaining in a 14-0 deficit at the 5:46 mark.

Joe Kerridge's 34-yard run and Chesson's 27-yard reception set up Rudock's keeper from two yards out to put Michigan ahead 21-0 with 2:35 left in the first quarter.

In the late stages of the second quarter after Jabril Peppers dropped a sure interception, the next play saw Jourdan Lewis snatch away a sure reception from Wildcats wide receiver Mike McHugh and return the ball 36 yards for a touchdown to put the Wolverines ahead 28-0 at halftime.