Mike Barrett and Derrick Moore combined for a touchdown, Christian Boivin blocked a punt for a safety, and Mike Sainristil snagged two clutch picks to stunt Maryland’s momentum. Without these impact plays, we are likely looking at a different result.
The pass rush also delivered at key moments. McGregor and Grant came up with huge sacks late, and Mike Barrett forced a touchdown in a one possession game.
Maryland moved the ball pretty well for a lot of the contest, so this was far from a strong performance, but big plays saved the day for Michigan.
The offense was stagnant for stretches and turned it over in the redzone, allowing Maryland to hang in the contest much later than they should have. Chalking this up as a ‘bad’ performance from the O would be a little rich, but it was not enough to beat, say, Ohio State.