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No. 4 Michigan holds off Maryland in Big Ten opener

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Blake Corum carried 30 times for 243 yards and two touchdowns as No. 4 Michigan withstood a challenge from Maryland, winning 34-27 Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich., in the Big Ten opener for both teams.

J.J. McCarthy completed 18 of 26 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns as the Wolverines (4-0, 1-0) subdued the Terps (3-1, 0-1), who are 0-27 against ranked conference foes since joining the Big Ten in 2014.

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With Maryland up 13-10 late in the second quarter, Corum put Michigan ahead for good with a 33-yard scoring run. Then, with 3:31 to play in the game, Corum secured the victory with a 47-yard touchdown sprint.

Corum’s clincher came after R.J. Moten had an interception to help extinguish the Terps’ hopes. D.J. Turner also picked off a pass, and linebacker Junior Colson added 13 tackles for Michigan.

Maryland quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa completed 20 of 30 passes for 207 yards but struggled after sustaining a blind-side hit from Michael Morris in the third quarter.

Tagovailoa was replaced in the fourth quarter by Billy Edwards Jr., who directed a late touchdown drive, which he capped with an 18-yard touchdown pass to CJ Dippre with 45 seconds to go.

After a scoreless third quarter, the Wolverines extended their lead to 24-13 with an 85-yard scoring drive which McCarthy finished with a 20-yard touchdown pass to Roman Wilson.

Maryland was down 7-0 just eight seconds into the game as the opening kickoff caromed off the helmet of Tai Felton, and Matthew Hibner recovered at the Terps’ 10. On the next play, McCarthy rolled right and threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Luke Schoonmaker.

But Maryland fought back as Chad Ryland booted field goals of 53 and 52 yards sandwiched around a 2-yard touchdown run by Antwain Littleton II.

The kicks extended Ryland’s string of field goals to 23 as the Terps took their 13-10 lead.

– Field Level Media

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