No. 6 Michigan remained unbeaten on Saturday when it defeated Northwestern on Saturday, 33-7.
The Wolverines earned the inaugural George Jewett Trophy between the Wildcats and the maize and blue, but the first half didn’t look like it was going to be easy. Michigan came out looking lethargic on offense, and the defense allowed some big plays — like a 75-yard touchdown run and multiple screen plays that went for more yards than they should’ve.
Michigan came out in the second half and played in dominating fashion. The Wolverines outscored the Wildcats in the second half, 23-0. The maize and blue forced two turnovers and the defense continued to cause havoc against Ryan Hilinski.
The Michigan offense relied heavily on its running game, and it worked. The Wolverines rushed for 294 yards, and both Blake Corum and Hassan Haskins had two touchdowns each.
There was plenty of reactions from the game and here were some of the best.
College football on FOX
👏👏 @UMichFootball took care of business against Northwestern to set up next week's big matchup against the Spartans
Catch the highlights in our 60' in 60" ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/dBo9g4mfcW
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 23, 2021
Dan Leach from 97.1 Ticket
Wasnt always pretty, but Michigan did EXACTLY what they were supposed to do…Take care of business…Now Michigan State/Michigan week can begin!!
— Dan Leach (@DanLeach971) October 23, 2021
ESPN writer Heather Dinich
LOL Illinois for the win … we all kept saying the Big Ten East would sort itself out. Didn't think Illinois and Iowa in the West would help it along. Meanwhile today, Michigan took another step forward w/ a convincing win against Northwestern. Let's see how Buckeyes look again. https://t.co/uY1lZvkuVz
— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) October 23, 2021
Chris Herring with Sports Illustrated
THAT was one of the coolest interceptions I’ve seen in a minute pic.twitter.com/2OpkVkEMGm
— Chris Herring (@Herring_NBA) October 23, 2021
Pat Forde with Sports Illustrated
Aidan Hutchinson is so good. Not just all the physical tools, but an instinct for what's happening. Showed it on that TE hide play. Chipped the TE coming out, then went after the passer.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) October 23, 2021
ESPN analyst Adam Rittenberg
#Michigan opens the second half with a strong TD drive, aided by a third-down holding call that could have gone either way. Wolverines blocking schemes are fun to watch.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) October 23, 2021
Hassan Haskins, the guy in the middle of this pile, ended up gaining 16 more yards this play. pic.twitter.com/oM8obTTfx8
— Scott Bell (@sbell021) October 23, 2021
Sam Webb with the Michigan Insider
Now that that's out the way the fun can begin! Best rankings/record match-up between #Michigan and sparty since '99… all the back & forth… the indomitable envy and the hate that comes from it… it's gonna be a fun week in the Great Lakes State! pic.twitter.com/U4U0jb3dNZ
— Sam Webb (@SamWebb77) October 23, 2021
Big Ten Network
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) October 23, 2021
Nick Baumgardner with The Athletic
Michigan takes the first installment of the George Jewett Trophy game — one of the cooler trophies we've seen in a minute, also gigantic. I think it's going to be a locker room trophy. https://t.co/D3aJGr2jSh
— Nick Baumgardner (@nickbaumgardner) October 23, 2021