The Wolverines ventured into Piscataway, New Jersey Saturday night to square off with the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. A raucous Scarlet Knights crowd hoped to replicate the 2014 demolition of Brady Hoke’s Wolverines when they last ventured into High Pointe Solutions Stadium. HPSS is located on the Busch Campus of Rutgers, overlooking the Raritan River to the South.
That ugly 2014 M defensive meltdown ended 21-24, and later helped usher then Michigan Head Football Coach Brady Hoke out as the Wolverine’s head man. That loss was Exhibit A. To say M’s defense played better Saturday is woeful understatement. They held Rutgers to two first downs. And those came late in the game. Only two!!!! Rutgers managed only 39 total yards. How could it have been done better?
Saturday’s game did not resemble 2014 in any of the game’s three phases as the Wolverines dismantled a severely outmanned Scarlet Knight team offensively, defensively, and on special teams.
JABRILL PEPPERS WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE START OF THE THE OFFENSIVE MAYHEM. HE WAS STEADY AND PRODUCTIVE IN THE OTHER SECTORS OF THE GAME.
All the accolades that were earned and will be heaped on Jabrill post Rutgers are highly deserved. Peppers captured an uncertain early first quarter Michigan offense, and turned the game Michigan’s way. He came in as QB after the first couple of fruitless possessions to start the game, He jump started the then soggy (heavy rain) and sputtering offense, and set the foundering offensive Wolverines on the path to a historic victory He played only in the first half, but produced 74-offensive yards and a pair of first half TDs.
Offensively, the Wolverines produced a record 9 rushing TDs and 481-yards rushing. Wilton Speight got going and got two more TDs though the air for a whopping total of 11.
COACHING CHANGES SINCE THE 2014 DEBACLE: Since then, the Head Coaches of both Universities changed. Beleaguered by scandal, prior Rutgers Coach Kyle Flood was replaced by Chris Ash as the Rutgers Coach for this season, and, of course you know Jim Harbaugh replaced Brady Hoke at the close of the 2014 season.
Chris Ash is a struggling but respected football Coach. At Rutgers, he has found the going rough so far. He is 2-4 overall and 0-3 in the BigTen after Saturday.