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Michigan Monday: Big Ten Championship Game vs. Purdue

Michigan Monday: Big Ten Championship Game vs. Purdue

Game Notes Nuggets

• Michigan has achieved its first 12-0 season under head coach Jim Harbaugh. It marks the fourth season in program history with at least 12 wins (1905; 1997; 2021). Thirteen (13) single-season wins would be a program record. The program’s 24 wins over the last two seasons are a program-best in any two-year span.

• U-M’s 14-game conference win streak is the program’s longest since a 16-game conference win streak spanning 1996-98.

• Michigan is seeking the program’s first back-to-back Big Ten titles since 2003-04.

• U-M played spoiler to the Buckeyes last weekend, who had won every game this year by double-digit points. U-M also ended Ohio State’s 29-game home Big Ten winning streak which dated to the 2015 season.

• Quarterback J.J. McCarthy has begun his career as a starter with an 11-0 record, setting a new standard for most wins to begin a starting quarterback’s career before his first loss. The previous record-holder was Dennis Franklin (1972), who won his first 10 starts before suffering a loss.

• U-M is scoring 39.8 points per game and allowing 12.7 points against, on average. Michigan is one of two teams ranked in the top 10 in both scoring offense (seventh) and scoring defense (third), along with Alabama (tied-fifth, offense; tied-10th, defense).

• Michigan leads the country in scoring differential (+27.2). Georgia (+26.4) and Ohio State (+25.3) are the only other teams in the country with average scoring margins above +25 points per game. U-M (+326) and Georgia (+323) are the only teams to have outscored opponents by 305-plus points cumulatively this year.

• U-M has scored points on its opening possession in 10 of 12 games this season (seven touchdowns, three field goals).

• The Michigan defense has forced 46 three-and-outs on the season, including 18 in the last four games. In 12 games, the opponent’s first second-half possession has resulted in a change of possession 11 times (five three-and-outs, four punts, one turnover).

• Dating back to this time last season, U-M has averaged three rushing touchdowns per game (48 rushing TDs in 16 games). The team has 35 in 12 games of 2022 (tied-No. 3, NCAA) and scored 13 in the final four games of 2021.

Blake Corum ranks eighth in the country in rushing yards (1,463), the highest total by a Wolverine since Denard Robinson’s 2010 season (1,702 yards) and the most by a U-M back since Mike Hart’s junior season of 2006 (1,562 yards). All this despite seven games where Corum…

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