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Peters plays, helps Michigan pull away and top Rutgers 35-14

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Jim Harbaugh stood near the sideline between quarterbacks Brandon Peters and John O'Korn while making a popular decision at Michigan Stadium.

He finally put Peters in and benched O'Korn, triggering a roar from the crowd, and the redshirt freshman made the most of it by helping the Wolverines score touchdowns on his first three drives to pull away and beat Rutgers 35-14 Saturday.

''It was time,'' Harbaugh said. ''Like a bird leaving the nest, a kid leaving the house.''

Peters took full advantage of his first opportunity to play extensively for the first time, completing 10 of 14 passes for 124 yards with a TD.

''I was more confident and excited than nervous,'' he said.

O'Korn, starting a fourth straight game in place of injured starter Wilton Speight, was 3 of 6 for 13 yards with an interception and recovered two of his own fumbles off snaps.

Harbaugh insisted he planned to play Peters against Rutgers at some point, adding he start Saturday night against Minnesota.

Michigan (6-2, 3-2 Big Ten) broke a fourth-place tie in the East division with the Scarlet Knights (3-5, 2-3) with a desperately needed win after losing two of three and falling out of The Associated Press poll for the first time in two-plus years.

Rutgers, with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in attendance, kept its close while O'Korn was in the game.

Janarion Grant ran for a 65-yard score early in the second quarter, pulling the Scarlet Knights into a 7-all tie.

With Peters under center, Karan Higdon's first of two touchdowns broke a tie late in the second quarter. Peters lofted pass over a linebacker to running back Chris Evans for a 20-yard TD pass with 23 seconds left in the half. He handed it off to freshman Kareem Walker early in the third to give the Wolverines a 21-point lead they didn't have trouble keeping a year after beating Rutgers 78-0.

''It's signs of progress, hopefully,'' Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash said. ''Our guys compete. They play for four quarters. I couldn't have said that about our football team last year.''

THE TAKEAWAY

Rutgers: The Scarlet Knights lamented opportunities they missed in the first half. They almost picked off a Peters pass, were inches away from a fourth-down stop, missed an open receiver that might've scored and could've returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

''We left a lot of plays out there,'' running back Gus Edwards said.

Michigan: The Peters era has begun. It took a while for Harbaugh to give him a chance, but Peters was ready for the opportunity and likely will keep his job unless Speight somehow returns after having cracks in his vertebrae.

''It'll be a great week now knowing he's the starting quarterback in practice,'' Harbaugh said.

THE NINES

Peters completed passes to nine players. Michigan's defense had nine players have a tackle for a loss.

GROUND GAME

Higdon had a 49-yard TD run early in the fourth quarter and finished with 158 yards rushing on 18 carries. Ty Isaac ran for 109 yards on 14 attempts for the Wolverines, who ran for a season-high 334 yards.

''I don't care what quarterback was in there,'' Ash said. ''They ran the ball exceptionally well.

Rutgers, meanwhile, had just 94 yards rushing and didn't do much through the air. Gio Rescigno was 8 of 16 for 101 yards for the Scarlet Knights, who had won two straight Big Ten games for the first time.

UP NEXT

Rutgers: Hosts Maryland.

Michigan: Plays the Golden Gophers at home.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 14:10
3-Q.Nordin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
35
Touchdown 14:10
22-K.Higdon runs 49 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
61
yds
00:36
pos
14
34
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 7:01
97-A.Harte extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
14
28
Touchdown 7:01
13-G.Edwards runs 2 yards for a touchdown.
11
plays
75
yds
04:29
pos
13
28
Point After TD 11:30
3-Q.Nordin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
28
Touchdown 11:30
6-K.Walker runs 5 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
54
yds
01:47
pos
7
27
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:23
3-Q.Nordin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
21
Touchdown 0:23
18-B.Peters complete to 12-C.Evans. 12-C.Evans runs 20 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
49
yds
01:26
pos
7
20
Point After TD 2:49
3-Q.Nordin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
14
Touchdown 2:49
22-K.Higdon runs 10 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
77
yds
04:12
pos
7
13
Point After TD 10:52
97-A.Harte extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
7
Touchdown 10:52
1-J.Grant runs 65 yards for a touchdown.
3
plays
75
yds
01:14
pos
6
7
Point After TD 12:06
3-Q.Nordin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 12:06
80-K.Hill runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
13
plays
80
yds
03:44
pos
0
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Team Stats
1st Downs 9 25
Rushing 4 16
Passing 4 9
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 3-11 3-9
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-2
Total Net Yards 176 471
Total Plays 47 71
Avg Gain 3.7 6.6
Net Yards Rushing 94 334
Rush Attempts 31 51
Avg Rush Yards 3.0 6.5
Net Yards Passing 82 137
Comp. - Att. 8-16 13-20
Yards Per Pass 5.1 6.9
Sacked - Yards Lost 5-19 0-0
Penalties - Yards 3-20 3-25
Touchdowns 2 5
Rushing TDs 2 4
Passing TDs 0 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 1
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 0-0
Int. Thrown 0 1
Punts - Avg 8-44.0 3-41.7
Return Yards 64 87
Punts - Returns 0-0 3-28
Kickoffs - Returns 3-61 3-59
Int. - Returns 1-3 0-0
Kicking 2/2 5/6
Extra Points 2/2 5/5
Field Goals 0/0 0/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Rutgers 3-5 077014
Michigan 6-2 0217735
82 PASS YDS 137
94 RUSH YDS 334
176 TOTAL YDS 471
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
G. Rescigno 17 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 101 0 0 103.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.2% 300 1 0 114.1
G. Rescigno 8/16 101 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Grant 1 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 71 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 74 1
J. Grant 5 71 1 65
G. Edwards 13 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
12 34 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
119 521 6
G. Edwards 12 34 1 5
R. Martin 7 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
65 289 2
R. Martin 6 11 0 9
G. Rescigno 17 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 -20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
26 36 0
G. Rescigno 7 -20 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
J. Washington 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 196 1
J. Washington 2 33 0 30
J. Hicks 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 68 0
J. Hicks 1 28 0 28
H. Hayek 82 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 21 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
6 55 0
H. Hayek 1 21 0 21
D. Mitchell 5 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 130 0
D. Mitchell 1 8 0 8
E. Wormley 14 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 11 0
E. Wormley 1 6 0 6
G. Edwards 13 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 5 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 79 0
G. Edwards 2 5 0 10
J. Grant 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 167 1
J. Grant 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Harris 3 WR
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
J. Harris 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
A. Harte 97 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 2/2
SEASON FG XP
4/6 22/22
A. Harte 0/0 0 2/2 2
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
R. Anderson 96 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 44.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
56 44.3 0
R. Anderson 8 44.0 0 61
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
J. Grant 1 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 23.5 27 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
8 21.1 27 0
J. Grant 2 23.5 27 0
J. Hicks 8 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 14.0 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 13.9 14 0
J. Hicks 1 14.0 14 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Peters 18 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
71.4% 124 1 0 169.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
73.3% 128 1 0 167.0
B. Peters 10/14 124 1 0
J. O'Korn 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 13 0 1 34.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
55.2% 742 1 5 103.1
J. O'Korn 3/6 13 0 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Higdon 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
18 158 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
103 604 8
K. Higdon 18 158 2 49
T. Isaac 32 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 109 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
88 548 2
T. Isaac 14 109 0 21
K. Walker 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 34 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
10 49 1
K. Walker 6 34 1 13
C. Evans 12 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 29 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
76 298 2
C. Evans 5 29 0 15
E. McDoom 13 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 39 0
E. McDoom 1 9 0 9
O. Samuels 23 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 7 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 10 0
O. Samuels 3 7 0 3
K. Hill 80 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 15 2
K. Hill 1 1 1 1
B. Peters 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 -1 0
B. Peters 1 -1 0 -1
J. O'Korn 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
33 -21 0
J. O'Korn 2 -12 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
S. McKeon 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 31 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 223 0
S. McKeon 3 31 0 15
C. Evans 12 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 64 1
C. Evans 1 20 1 20
T. Wheatley 17 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 26 0
T. Wheatley 1 15 0 15
G. Perry 88 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 285 1
G. Perry 1 15 0 15
Z. Gentry 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 146 1
Z. Gentry 1 12 0 12
N. Collins 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 12 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 12 0
N. Collins 1 12 0 12
T. Isaac 32 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 16 0
T. Isaac 1 10 0 10
H. Poggi 19 FB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 21 0
H. Poggi 1 10 0 10
K. Higdon 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 63 0
K. Higdon 1 8 0 8
E. McDoom 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 51 0
E. McDoom 2 4 0 7
D. Peoples-Jones 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
10 137 0
D. Peoples-Jones 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Hurst 73 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
M. Hurst 1-0 1.0 0
R. Gary 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
R. Gary 1-0 1.0 0
C. Winovich 15 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 1.5
C. Winovich 1-1 1.5 0
M. Dwumfour 50 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
M. Dwumfour 0-1 0.5 0
D. Bush 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
D. Bush 0-1 0.5 0
K. Paye 19 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
K. Paye 0-1 0.5 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Q. Nordin 3 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 5/5
SEASON FG XP
14/17 23/24
Q. Nordin 0/1 0 5/5 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Robbins 3 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
3 41.7 2
SEASON NO AVG IN20
32 40.8 2
B. Robbins 3 41.7 2 48
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Thomas 1 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 19.7 32 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 25.1 32 0
A. Thomas 3 19.7 32 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Peoples-Jones 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 9.3 17 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
23 8.7 17 1
D. Peoples-Jones 3 9.3 17 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:14 RUT 19 2:06 4 -17 Punt
6:48 RUT 31 2:41 5 18 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:06 RUT 25 1:14 3 75 TD
9:50 RUT 28 2:39 6 29 Punt
2:44 RUT 31 0:48 4 -12 Punt
0:23 RUT 25 0:00 1 -2 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:53 RUT 25 1:23 3 -4 Fumble
11:30 RUT 25 4:29 11 75 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:00 RUT 20 0:43 3 -4 Punt
14:04 RUT 17 1:59 5 22 Punt
5:28 RUT 28 2:05 4 5 Punt
0:50 RUT 2 0:31 2 7 Game
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 MICH 25 4:33 8 27 Punt
7:59 MICH 40 1:04 3 -9 INT
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:59 MICH 20 3:44 13 80 TD
10:47 MICH 23 0:50 3 1 Punt
7:01 MICH 23 4:12 8 77 TD
1:49 RUT 49 1:26 7 49 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:17 MICH 46 1:47 4 54 TD
6:53 MICH 34 5:48 10 47 FG Miss
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:46 MICH 39 0:36 2 61 TD
11:56 MICH 20 6:20 11 52 Downs
3:12 MICH 43 2:10 3 7 Punt