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12:30 PM PT1:30 PM MT2:30 PM CT3:30 PM ET7:30 PM GMT3:30 AM 北京时间12:30 PM MST2:30 PM EST, Sep. 25, 2021
Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan  Attendance: 106,943

No. 19 Michigan revving run game for Rutgers

Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Michigan Wolverines

  1. Michigan has won six of the seven all-time meetings with Rutgers, most recently taking a 48-42 victory in Piscataway last season. The Wolverines have won all three meetings at Michigan Stadium by a combined score of 136-30, most recently winning 52-0 in 2019.
  2. Rutgers is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2012, and its +89 point differential ranks seventh in the FBS. The Scarlet Knights have yet to commit a turnover this season, one of just three FBS teams without a giveaway along with Louisiana-Monroe and Michigan.
  3. Bo Melton had five catches for 121 yards and a touchdown in last week's win over Delaware and leads the Scarlet Knights with 20 receptions and 224 yards. He's one of five Scarlet Knights in the last 25 years to record 20+ catches in the first three team games, joining Raheem Blackshear (22 in 2019), Mohamed Sanu (36 in 2011), Kenny Britt (21 in 2008) and Tiquan Underwood (20 in 2007).
  4. Michigan routed Northern Illinois, 63-10, last week for its largest win since a 59-3 win over Maryland in November 2016. The Wolverines have rushed for 300 yards in each of their first three games this season, the program's longest streak since a three-game streak in September and October 2011.
  5. Blake Corum ranks third in the FBS with 407 rushing yards this season and is tied with three others for the FBS lead with seven rushing touchdowns. He's the first Michigan back to rush for 100+ yards in each of the first three games of the season since Denard Robinson did so in the first five games of 2010.

Michigan and Rutgers took care of business during the non-conference portion of their schedules.

They collide in the Big Ten Conference opener on Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The Wolverines are up to No. 19 in the rankings after three convincing victories, including a 63-10 pounding of Northern Illinois on Saturday. Relying on a powerful running game once again, the Wolverines scored touchdowns on their first nine possessions.

Michigan (3-0) has already surpassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark. The team is led by the duo of Blake Corum (8.5 yards per carry, seven touchdowns) and Hassan Haskins (5.7 YPC, four TDs).

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano knows the competition level will rise significantly this weekend. His team's three wins have come against Temple, Syracuse and Delaware. The Scarlet Knights recorded a 45-13 win over the Blue Hens on Saturday.

"They're playing good football. They're playing winning football," Schiano said of Michigan. "They're holding onto the ball, playing good defense and running the ball. When you do that, you have a chance to win every week. We have our work cut out for us, for sure. But I'm anxious to see how we stack up, and I know our players are. That's what it's about."

Wolverines quarterback Cade McNamara had a breakout performance against the Scarlet Knights last season. He passed for 260 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for another score in a relief effort during a 48-42 win in triple overtime.

Rutgers gave away a 17-point lead that night.

"That game was a shame," Schiano said. "We had our opportunity there and we didn't take advantage of it. This is a different Michigan team, and I'd like to think we're a different Rutgers team, too."

McNamara connected with Cornelius Johnson on an 87-yard pass play against the Huskies but hasn't been asked to throw very often this season, due to the success of the ground game. He's connected on 64.9 percent of his attempts with three touchdowns and no interceptions.

"He's been consistently good since he's played in games," Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said. "The ability to drive the team for points, that's getting really impressive. I don't know what that percentage is but it's got to be pretty high. Overall, confidence, ability, time on task, reps, just like anybody, when you play in a game and realize, you can do this. Not as hard as it seems. You get better at football by playing football."

The Scarlet Knights will be without two of their cornerbacks. Starter Malachi Melton and reserve Chris Long were suspended after being taken into police custody following an incident involving a paint ball gun.

Rutgers quarterback Noah Vedral has also avoided interceptions during the first three games. He's completed 71.6 percent of his attempts with four touchdowns. Bo Melton (20 receptions, 227 yards, 2 TDs) has been his No. 1 target.

Rutgers has won every game by double digits despite averaging just 3.3 yards on the ground. The defense has forced eight turnovers and notched 14 sacks.

"Hard, tough. Guys that play all out, play together, don't make mistakes, execute, disciplined teams," Harbaugh said of the Scarlet Knights. "All the good stuff."

--Field Level Media

Updated September 21, 2021

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