MI thwarts Maryland after big second quarter

Cesar Ruiz celebrates with Karan Higdon and Nico Collins after a touchdown in Michigan's 33-10 win over Minnesota

Of course, it did just that when MI quarterback Brandon Peters hit Zach Gentry with a 33-yard touchdown pass on the very next play to give the Wolverines a 21-0 lead with 11 minutes left in the half. During that time, Ohio State is 2-1 and Penn State and Michigan State are both 1-2, inexplicably getting the Wolverines (8-2, 5-2) back into the fringes of the Big 10 title hunt. The Terrapins have lost four of their last five games overall. Their bowl hopes were all but dashed and the remaining schedule promised a string of games like their discouraging 35-10 loss to MI on a gloomy late Saturday afternoon at Maryland Stadium.

Chris Evans scored from 1 yard out with 12:21 to play in the second quarter, and when MI got the ball back on a failed fake punt, Peters found Zach Gentry for a 33-yard score a minute later.

With Max Bortenschlager out due to injury, Ryan Brand got the start at quarterback for the Terps.

In one particularly embarrassing sequence, Lorenzo Harrison badly overthrew Brand with lots of running room ahead of the quarterback, and three plays later, caught a pass from Brand and managed to lose 14 yards.

The Wolverines blocked a punt on the next Maryland possession. Peters is now 3-0 as the starter. After Jaquille Veii gained just 3 yards and turned the ball over to MI, the Wolverines immediately scored on the 33-yard pass from Peters to Gentry. He connected with Ty Johnson for 28 yards, Taivon Jacobs for 26 yards, and D.J. Moore for 11 yards ultimately leading to a Henry Darmstadter 20 yard field goal.

After a 29-yard pass to Taivon Jacobs was overturned by replay, MI blocked Wade Lees' punt. The Wolverines haven't had much luck against the top teams in the Big Ten, but they still have more than enough talent to beat the lesser teams in the conference.

The Michigan Wolverines got out to a hot start in this game scoring the first two touchdowns of the game in the first half.

Maryland lost their last game, a 31-24 setback to Rutgers.

MI coach Jim Harbaugh called the Wolverines 35-10 win against Maryland on Saturday the best of the season.



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