Football

Redshirt freshman running back Hassan Haskins ran for 149 yards against Notre Dame.

If there was any question as to what Michigan is good at before Saturday, there isn’t now. This was Warinner’s run game — outside zones, pin-and-pulls and the rest — in full force, and it sprung the Wolverines for 303 yards on the ground and a 45-14 win over Notre Dame. They held a two-score lead before Shea Patterson even had a passing yard.

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Last week, Michigan got its second loss at Penn State, effectively ending any hopes of a Big Ten championship and the College Football Playoff. In the days leading up to the Wolverines’ matchup with Notre Dame, the biggest question was clear: What is there still to play for?
Michigan players insisted there was still plenty, most of all the chance to beat their rivals, but it was still a little hard to believe. At least, until Hassan Haskins ran 25 yards — several with a tackler on his back — on the Wolverines’ second drive of the game, one that eventually ended in a Zach Charbonnet touchdown.

Defensive line coach Shaun Nua moved from American Samoa to the mainland US as an 18-year old in 2000.

When Arizona State came calling in 2018, though, the Sun Devils offered something none of those previous offers could — proximity to family, allowing Nua to limit his trips to see family to annual visits back to the islands. A year later, he had to leave that behind to come to Michigan, an offer that he called “too good to turn down.”

Former quarterback Denard Robinson led Michigan to a comeback win against Notre Dame in 2011.

Before the Wolverines took the field for the first-ever night game at Michigan Stadium in 2011, they heard from Desmond Howard and Charles Woodson.

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh can still make something of the season if he beats his rivals.

Much as everything with this program centers around Harbaugh’s record on the road against ranked teams — the record that ultimately brought down his team this year — he still has the opportunity to notch wins against Michigan’s rivals. He has yet to beat Ohio State in four tries. He lost in his first matchup against Notre Dame last year. He has yet to beat Michigan State at home, with a lackluster 2-2 record against the Spartans.

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Under these kinds of circumstances, there is inevitably a debate about what the rest of the season means, and what there is to play for if there are no accolades on the horizon. For Michigan, those answers seem to lie in the remaining games on the schedule — and a steadfast belief in themselves.

The Michigan offense outscored Penn State, 21-7, in the second half on Saturday.

It was easy to forget as Michigan football slogged through its first six games of the season with one unconvincing offensive performance after another, as coaches and players faced media and seemed to ignore the obvious issues right in front of them. But this was what offensive coordinator Josh Gattis came to Ann Arbor advertising 10 long months ago.

Senior guard Ben Bredeson is trying to focus on the next game after Michigan’s second loss all but ended its chances of reaching its goals on the season.

Neither will say it, because that would undermine the significance of the season’s final five games, but both know their senior seasons will end without achieving their ultimate goals. Bredeson chose the Wolverines despite offers from Alabama, Oklahoma and Ohio State. Kemp could have gone to Notre Dame or Wisconsin, calling Michigan an opportunity to play “top-caliber football” when he committed. Yet, both will finish their collegiate careers without an appearance in the Big Ten championship game or College Football Playoff

Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh made several questionable decisions on fourth downs during Michigan’s 28-21 loss at Penn State on Saturday night.

This team is known for going on the road and playing scared, and on that front, coach Jim Harbaugh is guilty until proven innocent. In previous games, that’s manifested itself in the team completely crumbling after allowing an early score — like at Wisconsin, when it was 35-0 by halftime after the Badgers scored on their first possession. But that’s not what happened Saturday, at least not quite. This time, the players did about as much as you could’ve asked for after a slow start. Instead, it was Harbaugh and offensive coordinator Josh Gattis who panicked.

Shea Patterson threw for 276 yards in Saturday's loss to Penn State.

Criticized for not going through his reads, being too tentative to scramble and missing open receivers, Patterson excelled in those aspects against Penn State on Saturday night, finishing with a season-high 276 yards on 24-of-41 passing.