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INDIANAPOLIS – The Michigan Wolverines needed an assertive victory after breaking through their defining hurdle of the season with a dominant win over Ohio State.

And late Saturday night, in a cold Lucas Oil Stadium in front of the largest crowd in Big Ten Championship game history, Michigan followed with a 42-3. rout on Iowa for the conference title, cementing a place for the Wolverines in their first college football playoff.

The Big Ten Championship game was the final of one of the most important days of the college football season, with teams battling for one of four places in the playoff semifinals. The selections, made by committee consensus, will be announced Sunday. The Oklahoma State No.5 fell to Baylor in the Big 12 Championship, overturning his claim. Alabama, ranked third by the committee ahead of the Southeastern Conference Championship game, handed Georgia No.1 a humiliating defeat in what might have been a playoff preview. Number 4 Cincinnati easily beat Houston for the American Athletic Conference title. That left Michigan’s No.2, a program mired in a cycle of years of going far, but not enough, yet energized by his victory over the Buckeyes and his chances of winning a national title.

The Wolverines (12-1) foiled all of the Hawkeyes’ attempts to reach the end zone on Saturday with a folding approach but no break in defense, and Iowa (10-3) finished with a thud. The Hawkeyes lost back-to-back games to Purdue and Wisconsin at the end of October, but went undefeated in November to claim their first place in the conference championship since 2004, when they shared the crown of the conference title. with Michigan. But an anemic attack and missed opportunities proved their downfall to the Wolverines.

Under coach Jim Harbaugh, Michigan had grown accustomed to underperformance disguised as an ability to mow its non-conference schedule and beat less important opponents. But far too often – at least by the standards of the high-stakes world of renowned college football – he would lose the big games. Harbaugh’s first season at Ann Arbor included a loss to Michigan State, then No.7 in 2015. The Wolverines were eliminated by Penn State (then No.2) in 2017 and lost by a touchdown to the Nittany Lions. in 2019.

And of course, prior to this season Michigan was 0-6 against Ohio State during Harbaugh’s tenure.

Last year, the Wolverines went 2-4 in a season that could have put an irreparable dent in Harbaugh’s legacy. Michigan’s notoriously vaunted defense was nothing like it. The Wolverines have lost every one of their home games. A coronavirus outbreak ended their season before they could face the Buckeyes.

And yet Michigan extended Harbaugh in January (although he suffered a significant pay cut) and he revamped the schedule, perhaps sensing the dwindling patience among Wolverines fans after the flop of the week. ‘last year. He has recruited six new coaches for his staff, including a new defensive coordinator.

The result was a top ranked defense in the country this season. Michigan allowed 319 yards per game and 4.78 yards per game before passing Iowa.

Wolverines defense limited Iowa to 104 rushing yards 33 attempts. Michigan reached quarterback once, on a 10-yard sack from Aidan Hutchinson, the Big Ten defensive player of the year who many experts say should be a Heisman Trophy finalist.

Iowa won the draw and, unsurprisingly, sent in their defense, which had been their strength all season, the first. The decision appeared to give the underdog Hawkeyes the strong start he needed to capture the momentum at the start of the game. After forcing a Michigan three-and-out, the Hawkeyes quickly stepped onto the field, only to see their promising practice canceled by a failed 33-yard field goal.

Michigan scored easily on the next drive. Running back Blake Corum delivered a 67-yard touchdown handover, using a gaping hole created by the Wolverines’ offensive line, a sneaky side step and a block down by quarterback JJ McCarthy surprisingly close to the pylon neon orange. It was the longest race the Hawkeyes have allowed this year.

It took just one game for the Wolverines to once again silence Hawkeyes fans in the sold-out crowd at Lucas Oil Stadium. In a trick play, running back Donovan Edwards passed back from quarterback Cade McNamara and hit a wide-open Roman Wilson in stride for a 75-yard score.

The Hawkeyes responded by strutting the field again with ease, but couldn’t capitalize on their scoring opportunity to go, settling for one more field goal.

It was starting to seem like the game was rapidly moving away from the Hawkeyes. Michigan’s next dive started with a backhand as wide receiver AJ Henning took 29 yards. But two games later, quarterback Cade McNamara passed behind tight end Erick All, and Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell was waiting for him, grabbing the first takeaway of the game.

Michigan finally found their running game in the third quarter by building a methodical practice that opened up the Iowa defense to a big play. Luke Schoonmaker, a tight end, jumped into the air to knock down a cover of 27. yards, which made room for running back Hassan Haskins, who got a good block off the right edge, to enter the end zone and seemingly put the game out of reach at 21-3.

Iowa replaced quarterback Spencer Petras in the Hawkeyes’ second practice in the third quarter, and backup Alex Padilla guided Iowa down the field in a tedious practice that ended in a resounding save at fourth base. of Michigan Defense.

The Wolverines blocked a punt, used a flea flicker and hit the ball from the yard line to add 21 cushion points in the fourth quarter.

Many in the stadium crowd of over 67,000 fans, as thriving and energetic as they were in the opening minutes of the game, had calmed down by the fourth quarter. The others, wrapped in their team’s corn and blue colors, roared as Harbaugh was shown on stadium screens jumping into his players’ arms.

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