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Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan Attendance: 110,225
No. 4 Michigan set for next step in Big Ten opener vs. Maryland
Maryland Terrapins at Michigan Wolverines
- The Wolverines have won nine of the 10 all-time meetings with the Terrapins, including each of the last six -- most recently, a 59-18 win in College Park last season. Maryland's lone win came in the teams' first meeting as Big Ten rivals, 23-16, in Ann Arbor in 2014.
- Maryland, who is 3-0 for the second consecutive year, is averaging 8.16 yards per play this season to rank third in the FBS behind Ohio State (8.44) and TCU (8.41). The Wolverines, however, are allowing 3.22 yards per play, third best in the FBS behind Iowa (2.92) and James Madison (3.09).
- Roman Hemby rushed for 151 yards on 16 carries and added four catches for 62 yards last week, becoming the first Terrapin in the last 25 years to have 150+ rushing yards and 50+ receiving in a game. Hemby's 385 scrimmage yards this season lead all FBS freshmen.
- Michigan is coming off a 59-0 win over UConn, the program's largest victory since a 78-0 win at Rutgers in October 2016. The Wolverines allowed 110 total yards, their fewest conceded since holding Michigan State to 94 yards in 2018; their 24 passing yards allowed were the fewest since that 2016 win over Rutgers (5 yards).
- Blake Corum had five rushing touchdowns last week, matching Ron Johnson (1968) and Hassan Haskins (2021) for the most by a Michigan running back in any game of the last 100 years. Corum's seven rushing TDs this season are tied with Minnesota's Mohamed Ibrahim for tops in the FBS and matches his total through three games last season; prior to that, no Wolverine had seven rushing TDs in the first three team games since Chris Perry in 2003.
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A trio of victories over badly overmatched nonconference teams was not a complete indicator of how elite No. 4 Michigan truly is this season.
The start of the Big Ten season, which begins Saturday with a home matchup against Maryland, will begin to round out the complete picture.
The Wolverines have outscored their opponents 166-17, including a 59-0 victory over UConn last weekend. Blake Corum tied the school record with five rushing touchdowns and the defense had no trouble shutting down a true freshman quarterback.
"I just think guys are excited to attack the next challenge," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "They're ready for it, they know it's going to be a step up in competition - start of Big Ten play."
Corum has solidified his status as the lead back. He gained 952 yards and scored 11 touchdowns on the ground last year and has cranked it up a couple of notches in the early going. Corum has 235 yards (6.9 per carry) in three games with seven TDs.
"No better example of selflessness in the program than Blake Corum. He is a tremendous worker and tremendous leader," Harbaugh said. "He's always been good. His approach has always been A-plus-plus. And his play speaks for itself."
J.J. McCarthy, who was named the No. 1 quarterback after the second game, completed 15 of 18 passes for 214 yards against the Huskies. Backup and former starter Cade McNamara injured his leg during the game and will be out an indefinite amount of time.
Michigan now can turn its attention to a conference team that has also taken advantage of a ho-hum nonconference slate. The Terrapins also are 3-0, though it required a go-ahead touchdown midway through the fourth quarter to put away SMU on Saturday 34-27.
Harbaugh praised the Terrapins' offense.
"Really good playmakers. Their quarterback is playing outstanding," Harbaugh said. "They're doing a really good job protecting him. They're making a lot of plays. He's making a lot of plays - in the pocket, out of the pocket."
Terrapins OB Taulia Tagovailoa has completed 77.3 percent of his passes this season after a 69.2 percent success rate a year ago. He has thrown for six touchdowns and rushed for one more in the early going.
Maryland coach Mike Locksley said his team should feel pressure-free entering the conference opener.
"We have nothing to lose," Locksley said. "We're going to face the reigning champ. We know we'll get a really good team. ... Keep the game really tight, get into the fourth quarter and you never know what can happen."
Locksley knows what will happen if the Terrapins don't play a lot cleaner than they did against SMU. They were penalized 15 times for 141 yards, yet still found a way to win. They won't be so fortunate against a ranked opponent.
"I actually showed them a video of every penalty," he said. "I showed the commentary of everything (the media) said. ... They're still kids. I'm a parent. I've got to get them to understand that the name on the front of the jersey represents us and we've got to continue to work to do better."
Michigan leads the all-time series 9-1 and has won the last six meetings. The Wolverines have a 6-1 advantage since the Terrapins moved into the Big Ten.
Tagovailoa was held to 178 passing yards and one touchdown last season when the Wolverines romped to a 59-18 victory at Maryland.
--Field Level Media
Updated September 20, 2022