It's likely just coincidence, but it turned out to be a tribute that will forever by cemented in history.
Michigan football beat Iowa in the Big Ten championship game, 42-3, on Saturday in Indianapolis. While doing so, U-M scored 42 points, the number worn by Tate Myre, one of the four Oxford High School shooting victims killed on Tuesday.
It was a statement that wasn't lost on Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who mentioned Myre during the postgame interview on Fox.
Michigan wanted to honor Tate Myre with their play in the Big Ten Championship Game.
The Wolverines scored 42 points, Myre's jersey number at Oxford High School 💙 pic.twitter.com/7XFU9FsbFC
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) December 5, 2021
"We wanted to honor Tate Myre in this game," Harbaugh said. "For his courage and what he did in the shootings in Oxford. He's a hero."
The Wolverines were wearing a commemorative patch on the right shoulder of their uniforms — a maize-colored block O with Myre's No. 42 and four hearts to honor all four fatalities in Tuesday's attack.
The Big Ten also honored the Myre family on Saturday, holding a moment of silence for all the victims before the game and inviting the Myre family on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium for the coin toss.
The funeral for Myre, 16, is noon Tuesday at Kensington Church, 4640 S. Lapeer, Lake Orion (according to Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors) with visitation from 1-8 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday.
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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan football honors Tate Myre by scoring 42 in Big Ten title game