Michigan secures their first national title in 26 years by dominating Washington

Blake Corum rushed for 134 yards and scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Jim Harbaugh and Michigan completed a three-year journey to win the national championship by defeating Washington 34-13 in the College Football Playoff title game. Despite facing suspensions and a sign-stealing case, the Wolverines sealed their first national title since 1997. Corum’s one-yard touchdown with 3:37 remaining secured the victory and sparked celebration among fans. Harbaugh, coaching his alma mater, delivered the expected championship despite missing games due to suspensions. The Wolverines’ dominant performance included 303 rushing yards and solid defensive plays against the Huskies’ passing game. Penix, Washington’s quarterback, struggled and finished with 27 completions for 255 yards and a touchdown. Michigan’s JJ McCarthy had a decent game with 140 passing yards and 31 rushing yards, improving his record to 27-1 as a starter. The Wolverines showcased the Big Ten’s strength against the Pac-12 champions. Donovan Edwards’ long touchdown runs and a strong first quarter gave Michigan an early lead, reminiscent of last year’s Georgia victory over TCU. Washington fought back and held Michigan scoreless in the first half. However, a crucial interception by Will Johnson early in the second half gave Michigan an opportunity to extend their lead. The Huskies managed to force a field goal, keeping the game close at 20-10. Michigan maintained a touchdown lead until the fourth quarter, where Corum’s 12-yard touchdown run solidified the win. Corum, a vital part of Michigan’s offense, missed the previous year’s College Football Playoff due to a knee injury. He was named the offensive player of the national title game.

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