Michigan lays the biggest Big Ten beating of the century on Rutgers

Michigan and Rutgers made history on Saturday night, though it wasn't the kind of history Rutgers will want anyone to remember.

The Wolverines annihilated Rutgers on Saturday night in New Jersey, beating their division rivals by a final score of 78-0. Yes, that's right, 100 years and a day after Georgia Tech beat Cumberland 222-0, Michigan went out and beat Rutgers 78-0.

Seventy-eight to nothing.

Now, there's a lot we could talk about when it comes to this game. I could mention that Michigan out-gained Rutgers 600 yards to 39, or I could even point out that Rutgers punted the ball 16 times for 603 yards, and these would all be things to make you laugh.

What I want to focus on, however, is that margin of victory.

Simply put, since the calendar flipped itself from the 20th to the 21st century, Michigan's 78-point win over Rutgers is the largest margin of victory in any Big Ten game. The next closes was Wisconsin's 63-point win (83-20) over Indiana in 2010. The next after that would be Ohio State beating Wisconsin 59-0 in 2014.

Michigan's biggest conference win since 2000 was by 58 points, and it did it twice. Once against Indiana in 2000, and again against Minnesota in 2011. Both were 58-0 victories.

And this 78-point win isn't just the largest margin of victory in a Big Ten conference game, it's the largest deficit in any Big Ten game this century, and by 11 points! Ohio State's 77-10 win over Bowling Green earlier this season had been tied with Wisconsin's 67-point win (70-3) over Austin Peay in 2010.

Where does this 78-point deficit stand in all of FBS football since 2000? It's the fourth-largest of the era, but it's the largest deficit in any game featuring two FBS teams. Western Kentucky beat West Virginia Tech by 87 in 2007; Oklahoma State beat Savannah State by 84 in 2012, and Missouri beat Delaware State by 79 in 2014.

So congratulations to both of you, Michigan and Rutgers. You made some history tonight. Maybe 100 years from now, somebody will tell the tale of this game.

CBS Sports Writer

Tom Fornelli has been a college football writer at CBS Sports since 2010. During his time at CBS, Tom has proven time and again that he hates your favorite team and thinks your rival is a paragon of football... Full Bio

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