In some ways, what Blake Corum did Saturday afternoon almost didn’t seem special.
Michigan football’s junior running back touched the ball just 12 times, exactly what he averaged through the first two weeks. He finished with 71 yards — and only recorded one run of more than a dozen yards — the fewest of any of his three games this year.
But then he was in the end zone; again and again and again and again and again.
Corum’s five touchdowns were not only a career-high, it tied a school record with Ron Johnson (1968) and Hassan Haskins (2021) as U-M steamrolled Connecticut, 59-0, in their final nonconference game of the season.
“No I haven’t heard from (Haskins) yet,” Corum said postgame with a smile. “I’ll call him a little later.”
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It’s been hard to learn much about Michigan through the first three weeks, as it combined to outscore opponents 103-0 over three first halves in what proved to be an extremely weak nonconference schedule.
“I don’t know how good we are,” Corum said. “I feel like we look good, but we haven’t faced no adversity yet. I can feel it. I feel like we’re going to be great, but I can’t tell yet.
“But I’ll tell you by the look of things, the sky is the limit for this offense.”
That said, it doesn’t mean there haven’t been a few tests.
Michigan’s fellow star running back Donovan Edwards was in street clothes on the sideline during walk-throughs Saturday, signaling he was out for the game. It provided an opportunity for Corum to show he can be a feature back.
After two pass plays to open the game got the Wolverines deep into Huskies territory, Corum ripped off a gain of 8 yards before he…
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Publish date : 2022-09-17 21:37:42
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