Michigan wallops Iowa to capture Big 10 title, clinches CFP spot

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Michigan manager  Jim Harbaugh and his players observe  aft  their 42-3 triumph   implicit    Iowa successful  the Big Ten rubric  game. Michigan manager Jim Harbaugh and his players observe aft their 42-3 triumph implicit Iowa successful the Big Ten rubric game. AP

INDIANAPOLIS — Hassan Haskins ran for 2 second-half touchdowns and broke a schoolhouse grounds portion moving backmost Donavan Edwards threw a 75-yard TD walk to assistance No. 2 Michigan seizure its archetypal Big Ten rubric successful 17 years and an expected playoff berth with a 42-3 rout Saturday implicit No. 15 Iowa.

Resurgent Michigan (12-1, No. 2 CFP) has won 5 consecutive and if it reaches the playoff, arsenic expected, would request 1 much triumph to instrumentality to Indianapolis to play for its archetypal nationalist title since 1997.

It’s been an improbable tally since manager Jim Harbaugh took a wage chopped pursuing a dismal 2020. The Wolverines started this play unranked and picked to decorativeness successful the mediate of the Big Ten East, whose champion has won the past 9 league crowns. And it came connected an affectional nighttime erstwhile Michigan paid tribute to the victims from Tuesday’s schoolhouse shooting, which resulted successful the deaths of 4 students astatine Oxford (Michigan) High School.

They handed the Hawkeyes (10-3, No. 13) their 2nd consecutive rubric crippled nonaccomplishment and prevented manager Kirk Ferentz from capturing his archetypal league crown since 2004. Iowa mislaid to Michigan State successful the 2015 rubric crippled and this 1 came connected a nighttime some quarterbacks, Spencer Petras and Alex Padilla, struggled against the Wolverines.

Hassan Haskins celebrates aft  scoring connected  1  of his 2  rushing touchdowns successful  Michigan's Big Ten rubric  win.Hassan Haskins celebrates aft scoring connected 1 of his 2 rushing touchdowns successful Michigan’s Big Ten rubric win.AP

All Michigan needed was an aboriginal two-punch scoring flurry.

Blake Corum made 2 cuts to the close and sprinted 67 yards to marque it 7-0. On Michigan’s adjacent violative play, Cade McNamara lateraled to Edwards and the freshman threw a cleanable 75-yard TD walk to a wide unfastened Roman Wilson for a 75-yard people and a 14-0 lead.

Iowa yet answered with a 22-yard tract extremity but the Hawkeyes conscionable couldn’t enactment connected the field.

Hawkins broke unfastened the crippled with a 4-yard TD tally midway done the 3rd 4th past sealed the triumph by becoming the archetypal Michigan moving backmost to people 20 TDs successful a azygous play connected a 1-yard tally aboriginal successful the fourth. Ron Johnson acceptable the erstwhile mark, 19, successful 1968.