Football

Senior guard Ben Bredeson called Saturday's game against Iowa a "measuring stick" for Michigan's offensive line.

As Michigan’s offense entered the season with sky-high expectations, every conversation was rooted in one assumption: The Wolverines would have a steady, reliable offensive line.

Freshman running back Zach Charbonnet has just seven carries the last two weeks.

The football theory of establishing the run has been long disproven.

After allowing 359 rushing yards to Wisconsin, Michigan's defensive line bounced back against Rutgers.

Any bounce back the Wolverines provided against Rutgers was always going to be shrouded in the caveat of the opponent. While Wisconsin features one of the nation’s best offensive lines, Rutgers was always going to be overmatched by Michigan’s athleticism. Still, dominating Rutgers beats the alternative.

Senior quarterback Shea Patterson ran for three touchdowns in Saturday's 52-0 win over Rutgers.

Had Michigan lost — or even played to a close win — we’d be gathered here to eulogize this football season and discuss the dying pulse of the program writ large. Instead, the Wolverines beat Rutgers 52-0. The Scarlet Knights turned around and fired their head coach Sunday morning, casting their net for a savior to their seemingly-interminable irrelevance.

Senior quarterback Shea Patterson and the Michigan offense seemed to play much more to their strengths against Rutgers.

Against Rutgers, Michigan came out firing. The Wolverines played mistake-free football to start, stuck to their guns and scored within five plays. Then they marched down the field again on the second drive, going up 14-0 before 10 minutes of game time had passed. Call it a result of Josh Gattis calling plays from the field or a result of simply playing a defense as porous as Rutgers’.

Sophomore linebacker Cam McGrone was one of a few inexperienced players to shine against Rutgers on Saturday.

There were a lot of contributors you might not be familiar with, younger players who suddenly showed up and made an impact. The Daily introduces you to some of those players, what they did and what it could mean for the future.

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The Daily discusses Michigan football’s 52-0 shutout against Rutgers this past Saturday, and how the Wolverines can win next weekend when they face Iowa.

Josh Gattis called plays from the field for the first time on Saturday.

Slowly, time ticked away, and the loss at Wisconsin continued to fade from memory. The clock finally hit zero. Gattis unfolded his arms, embraced his team and, for the first time all year, took a confident stride forward.

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In year four of Don Brown running Michigan’s defense, there’s little question as to what he wants his unit to be.

Shea Patterson threw for 276 yards in Michigan's 52-0 win over Rutgers on Saturday.

It took all of two minutes and eight seconds Saturday afternoon.

Two minutes and eight seconds for Shea Patterson to find Nico Collins on a 48-yard touchdown down the sideline.