Michi­gan stuffs Rut­gers be­hind Pat­ter­son’s 3 TDs

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - Trace Mc­Sor­ley and Penn State went back to a fa­mil­iar for­mula Satur­day — a steady diet of elu­sive Miles San­ders. The resur­gent run­ning game put the Nit­tany Li­ons of­fense back on track, and got Mc­Sor­ley a mile­stone vic­tory, too. Ne­braska’s high-pow­ered of

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.

NO. 21 PENN STATE 21, WIS­CON­SIN 10: NE­BRASKA 54, ILLI­NOIS 35: MIN­NESOTA 41, PUR­DUE 10: IN­DI­ANA 34, MARY­LAND. 32:

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