ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Michigan Wolverines soccer didn’t rating within the second half however survived to beat Rutgers, 20-13 Saturday afternoon.
Here is a recap of how the sport unfolded.
Rutgers gained the toss and selected to defer. The Wolverines acquired and began on their very own 26-yard line. They drove 74 yards on a whopping 17 performs (two passes and 15 runs), capped off by a one-yard landing run by redshirt sophomore operating again Hassan Haskins.
Rutgers junior quarterback Noah Vedral picked up a third and 10 on a deep ball to junior vast receiver Aron Cruickshank that went for twenty-four yards, protecting the Scarlet Knights’ drive alive. Junior quarterback Johnny Langan got here in on a 4th and three, choosing up the primary down together with his legs to increase the possession, earlier than the Scarlet Knights stalled out and settled for a 40-yard area objective to chop into the deficit, 7-3, which was the rating on the finish of the primary quarter.
The Wolverines’ subsequent drive bought going with a 24-yard connection from redshirt freshman quarterback Cade McNamara to sophomore tight finish Erick All, who discovered a comfortable spot up the seam in opposition to the zone protection.
McNamara discovered freshman Roman Wilson over the center, earlier than the second-year participant raced up the appropriate sideline for a 38-yard achieve to the seven-yard line. A horse-collar name introduced the ball to the three-yard line, and Haskins punched in his second dashing rating of the sport on the following play.
Michigan led, 14-3, with 14:40 to go within the second quarter.
Rutgers went for 4th and 1 on the 11:21 mark, however junior operating again Isaih Pacheco, who took an under-the-center snap, was stopped brief, forcing a turnover on downs.
On the Maize and Blue’s subsequent possession, they needed to punt for the primary time since Sept. 11, with redshirt junior Brad Robbins pinning the Scarlet Knights on their very own three-yard line.
Rutgers went three-and-out, and a brief punt gave Michigan nice area place, starting on the Rutgers 40. Junior kicker Jake Moody knocked in a 32-yard area objective with 4:03 earlier than halftime, pushing the Maize and Blue result in 17-3.
The Scarlet Knights rolled the cube and went for 4th and 10 on the Michigan 44-yard line, coming away unsuccessful. The Wolverines capitalized, with McNamara hitting sophomore wideout Mike Sainristil over the center for a 51-yard achieve. A roughing the passer name, with concentrating on, moved the ball as much as the three-yard line.
After a first-down run and second-down incomplete move, head coach Jim Harbaugh elected to kick a area objective on third down with 5 seconds remaining. Moody nailed the 20-yarder, giving the Maize and Blue a 20-3 edge with two seconds to go within the half.
Both groups went three-and-out to start the half, earlier than Robbins pinned the Scarlet Knights at their very own nine-yard line. Rutgers proceeded to drive 91 yards in 12 performs, capped off by a Vedral 14-yard landing toss to sophomore operating again Aaron Young with 6:30 to go within the third, slicing the deficit to 20-10.
Michigan ran three performs and was compelled to punt, with Robbins booting it away for less than 36 yards, permitting Rutgers to arrange store at its personal 36-yard line on the 3:48 mark of the third quarter with an opportunity to tug inside one rating.
The Wolverines’ defensive struggles continued with out redshirt junior Josh Ross on the sphere (“stinger injury”). Rutgers drove 58 yards on 12 performs however settled for a 25-yard area objective to convey the rating to 20-13, Michigan lead.
The Maize and Blue went three-and-out for a 3rd straight drive (zero first downs within the second half to that time), giving it again to Rutgers at its personal 30-yard line with 13:10 to play.
Pacheco ran for 26 yards on Rutgers’ first play of the drive, beginning off a Rutgers drive that bought the Scarlet Knights get right down to the Michigan seven-yard line, earlier than junior kicker Valentino Ambrosio missed a 29-yard area objective.
The Wolverines went three-and-out for a fourth straight possession, and punted it away.
Rutgers took over at its personal 34-yard line. After choosing up a primary down, Rutgers discovered itself in a 4th and 1. Langan ran up the center, however was stopped wanting the road to achieve by second-year freshman Michigan linebacker Nikhai Hill-Green, who made the deal with on the play prior as effectively.
The Wolverines took again over on their very own 38-yard line, and commenced transferring the ball for the primary time within the second half. Michigan bought to the 29-yard line, earlier than Moody pushed the 47-yard area objective vast proper.
Michigan redshirt freshman linebacker David Ojabo compelled Vedral to fumblem, which was recovered by freshman linebacker Junior Colson with 1:37 to go. McNamara and the offense had been capable of kneel out the clock.
Michigan survived with a 20-13 win.
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