Posted: 09/14/2021 / 12:17 PM MDT
Updated: 09/14/2021 / 12:17 PM MDT

If it’s good enough for George Patton, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is there for it.

Michigan plays an old-school brand of Big Ten football. The results work well for Harbaugh, who reminded the masses that he doesn’t care about style points.

The Wolverines relied on a run-based attack while defeating Western Michigan and Washington with a combined score of 54 points. They will try to go 3-0 in non-conference games when they play Northern Illinois on Saturday.

Michigan ran the ball 43 times for 335 yards and three points in their 47-14 season opener win over the Broncos. The Wolverines expanded their ground and pound philosophy in a 31:10 win over the Huskies, charging 56 times for 343 yards and four touchdowns.

Harbaugh does not apologize. The Wolverines moved up to 25th place in the national rankings.

“Heard a little bit of noise about it. “Why so much running? You have to throw more. ‘ Something like that, ”said Harbaugh. “There are many ways to travel. Some people travel on the ground, others by air.

“George Patton was able to do his job on site. Neil Armstrong through the air, ”he added. “Last Saturday night we decided to grind it on the ground and we were able to complete our mission.”

Michigan developed a nice 1-2 punch in running back, with the speed and agility of 5-foot-8 Blake Corum and the power of 6-1 Hassan Haskins. Corum averages 8.1 yards in 35 carries with four touchdowns. He also scored a receiving touchdown. Haskins averaged 5.6 yards in 40 carries with two scores.

Quarterback Cade McNamara has only tried 26 passes.

“Throwing the ball might be more fun to watch, but as an offensive linemen playing in it, I love running the ball every game,” said Andrew Stueber. “I’m very proud to get off the ball and physically reduce the defenders. I think everyone does that too.”

Northern Illinois (1-1) opened its season with a points win over Georgia Tech, then lost to Wyoming on Saturday 50:43.

The Huskies were 26 points behind in the third quarter, did a furious rally to take the lead, but allowed a touchdown with 1:35 minutes remaining.

“I love the resilience of our boys, they competed against each other for four quarters,” said head coach Thomas Hammock. “They didn’t let the score influence them, they just prepared for the next game.”

Quarterback Rocky Lombardi will look for an unprecedented double against the Wolverines. Last season, Lombardi led Michigan State to 27-24 upset their in-state rival at Michigan Stadium, who threw 323 yards and three touchdowns.

Lombardi moved to Northern Illinois and is now the Huskies quarterback. Just like Saturday’s game, his excitement with Michigan State was at the famous Michigan Big House last season.

Lombardi passed for 233 yards and a touchdown against Wyoming, but was also intercepted three times.

“They really look like they got things started. They are a team on the move, both offensively and defensively, ”said Harbaugh. “Do a great job of running and playing their systems.”

The teams have met only once, a Wolverines win in 2005. Michigan is 34-1 all-time against Mid-American Conference opponents.

–Field-level media