Michigan stuffs Rutgers behind Patterson’s 3 TDs
PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Shea Patterson threw for 260 yards and three touchdowns, Karan Higdon ran for a pair of 1-yard scores and No. 4 Michigan kept its national championship hopes intact with a 42-7 win over Rutgers on Saturday.
The Wolverines (9-1, 7-0 Big Ten, No. 4 CFP) have won nine straight and remain in first place in the conference’s East Division. They have a final tuneup against Indiana next week at the Big House before closing the regular season at No. 8 Ohio State. Michigan hasn’t lost since the season opener against No. 3 Notre Dame and would have to beat the Buckeyes for just the second time in 15 years to keep any hope at a national title alive.
They showed no signs of a slip up against lowly Rutgers (1-9, 0-7) and kept the Scarlet Knights without a yard passing until the third quarter. The Wolverines took the field on a chilly night in front of thousands of fans in blue and maize winter hats and jackets who turned Rutgers into a Big House East. Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson, right, hands off to running back Karan Higdon during the first half Saturday.
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