No. 3 Michigan football beats Illinois 19-17: What we learned ahead of Ohio State game

Michigan football will come to Columbus undefeated next Saturday.

The No. 3 Wolverines beat Illinois 19-17 in their final home game of the 2022 season.

Michigan is set to face No. 3 Ohio State on the road Nov. 26 for what could be the first meeting where both teams are undefeated since 2006.

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While Michigan held onto a slim 7-3 lead after the first half, Illinois used two Chase Brown touchdowns to take a seven-point lead.

Michigan kicker Jake Moody used two field goals to cut the Wolverines deficit to one before he hit a 35-yard field goal with nine seconds left to secure their 11th win.

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Michigan RB Blake Corum leaves with injury

Blake Corum began the Illinois game carrying the Michigan offense, recording 103 rushing yards — his eighth game of 100 yards rushing or more — and a touchdown on 17 carries.

But the Michigan junior running back suffered an injury scare late in the first half.

Michigan running back Blake Corum (2) runs the ball against Illinois in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Michigan running back Blake Corum (2) runs the ball against Illinois in the first half of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Mich., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

On a 4-yard rush in the second quarter, Corum fell to the ground holding onto his left knee, losing possession and fumbling the football. Corum was immediately sent to the locker room, walking off the field with trainers under his own power, but with a limp.

Corum returned to the field in the second half with his helmet and recorded one 5-yard rush at the start of the third quarter.

Running back Donovan Edwards was also unavailable with an undisclosed injury.

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Michigan finished with 168 yards on 40 carries in the run game.

In the passing game, quarterback J.J. McCarthy recorded 208 yards, completing 18 of his 34 pass attempts.

Michigan struggles against Illinois RB Chase Brown

Michigan came in with one of the best run defenses in the country, allowing 72.7 yards per game and 2.6 yards per rush. In the Wolverines' last three wins against Nebraska, Rutgers and Michigan State, they have allowed 126 rushing yards combined.

That narrative changed against Illinois running back Chase Brown.

The Fighting Illini junior recorded 140 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries, the most rushing yards Michigan has allowed to a running back since Michigan State's Kenneth Walker III in 2021, who recorded 197 yards and five touchdowns in the Spartans' 37-33 win against the Wolverines.

Overall, Illinois averaged 4.4 yards per carry against Michigan.

College football rankings 2022

  1. Georgia (10-0)

  2. Ohio State (10-0)

  3. Michigan (10-0)

  4. TCU (10-0)

  5. Tennessee (9-1)

  6. LSU (8-2)

  7. USC (9-1)

  8. Alabama (8-2)

  9. Clemson (9-1)

  10. Utah (8-2)

  11. Penn State (8-2)

  12. Oregon (8-2)

  13. North Carolina (9-1)

  14. Ole Miss (8-2)

  15. Kansas State (7-3)

  16. UCLA (8-2)

  17. Washington (8-2)

  18. Notre Dame (7-3)

  19. Florida State (7-3)

  20. UCF (8-2)

  21. Tulane (8-2)

  22. Oklahoma State (7-3)

  23. Oregon State (7-3)

  24. NC State (7-3)

  25. Cincinnati (8-2)

Michigan football's 2022 schedule

  • Sept. 3: Michigan 51, Colorado State 7

  • Sept. 10: Michigan 56, Hawaii 10

  • Sept. 17: Michigan 59, UConn 0

  • Sept. 24: Michigan 34, Maryland 27

  • Oct. 1: Michigan 27, Iowa 14

  • Oct. 8: Michigan 31, Indiana 10

  • Oct. 15: Michigan 41, Penn State 17

  • Oct. 29: Michigan 29, Michigan State 7

  • Nov. 5: Michigan 52, Rutgers 17

  • Nov. 12: Michigan 34, Nebraska 3

  • Nov. 19: Michigan vs. Illinois, Ann Arbor, Mich.

  • Nov. 26: Michigan vs. Ohio State, Columbus, Ohio, noon

Ohio State football's 2022 schedule

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This article originally appeared on The Columbus Dispatch: Michigan football beats Illinois: What we learned before OSU game