Hassan Haskins led a punishing rushing attack with 82 yards and two touchdowns and No. 18 Michigan rolled past No. 21 Minnesota 49-24 at Minneapolis in the opener for both teams on Saturday.
Making his first career start, Wolverines quarterback Joe Milton completed 15 of 22 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown, and also rushed for 52 yards and another score. Michigan gained 253 yards on 31 carries and scored five rushing touchdowns.
Mohamed Ibrahim rushed for 140 yards and two touchdowns for the Golden Gophers. Quarterback Tanner Morgan threw for 197 yards and a touchdown and was picked off once.
The Wolverines led 21-10 after a wild first quarter.
Minnesota struck early after blocking a Michigan punt. Tight end Ko Kieft scored two plays later on a 14-yard pass from Morgan.
The Wolverines answered on their next play from scrimmage as Zach Charbonnet broke free on a 70-yard scoring run.
Following a missed Wolverines field goal, they got a big play from their defense. Morgan was sacked by Michael Barrett and fumbled. The ball popped into the hands of Donovan Jeter, who raced 15 yards for a touchdown.
The Gophers' Brock Walker made a 29-yard field goal in the final minute of the quarter, but the Wolverines scored 24 seconds later. Barrett's 66-yard kickoff return set up Milton's 8-yard scoring pass to Ben Mason.
Minnesota cut Michigan's lead to 21-17 with a 75-yard drive, finished off by Ibrahim's 16-yard run.
Michigan scored two more touchdowns, both by Haskins, before the half ended to gain a 35-17 advantage. Haskins rushed for the last four yards of both drives.
Ibrahim scored on a 5-yard run early in the third, cutting the Wolverines' lead to 35-24.
Milton's 2-yard touchdown run with 5:20 left in the quarter made it 42-24.
Chris Evans' 5-yard run early in the fourth extended the Wolverines' lead to 25 points.
--Field Level Media