Harbaugh: QB McNamara ‘inspiring’ in 3-OT win


Michigan pulled off a 48-42 victory in triple time beyond regulation in opposition to Rutgers on Saturday, rallying from a 17-point deficit to tug off the third-largest comeback win in class historical past.With the visiting Wolverines scoreless deep into the second quarter, coach Jim Harbaugh pulled beginning quarterback Joe Milton and changed him with backup Cade McNamara.Milton was 5-of-12 passing for 89 yards and no touchdowns when he was changed, and McNamara immediately gave Michigan (2-3) a spark on offense.2 Associated”He was excellent. Actually gritty, actually gritty efficiency in all methods,” Harbaugh stated of the redshirt freshman. “Tremendous job executing, was excellent. His play was inspiring, so yeah, cannot say sufficient nice issues. So happy with him.”McNamara entered the sport within the second quarter and led Michigan to a landing in his first drive, then bought the Wolverines into area purpose place earlier than the top of the primary half. Kicker Quinn Nordin missed the sector purpose try, however the staff made up for the missed alternative when vast receiver Giles Jackson returned a kickoff for a landing to open the second half.Milton, a redshirt sophomore, began the sport after Harbaugh had stated he would open up the quarterback competitors following Michigan’s 49-11 loss to Wisconsin. Harbaugh acknowledged, nonetheless, that bringing in McNamara gave the staff some confidence and the spark it wanted to come back again and win Saturday’s recreation.”It was nice to see our gamers having enjoyable,” Harbaugh stated. “Noticed so many good issues out of him, the way in which he performed, the way in which he executed, how he was ready for the sport. Gritty, it was a gritty efficiency, but in addition actually nice quarterback play.”McNamara completed 27-of-36 for 260 yards and 4 touchdowns with no interceptions and in addition rushed for a rating. He is solely the fourth Michigan quarterback over the previous 20 years with 4 touchdowns passing and one dashing in a recreation, becoming a member of Devin Gardner, Denard Robinson and Steve Smith.The play at quarterback was a vibrant spot within the recreation, however the protection continued to wrestle. Within the 5 video games within the collection earlier than this one, Michigan had given up 37 mixed factors to Rutgers (1-4) in contrast with 42 in Saturday’s recreation alone.The Wolverines’ protection has already given up 137 factors on the season, probably the most via 5 video games within the staff’s historical past.However on condition that Michigan entered on a three-game skid, getting a victory and ending a recreation was the staff’s precedence.”This win meant the whole lot,” linebacker Josh Ross stated. “Our purpose coming into this week was simply to be 1-0, and we achieved that. We had an amazing week of preparation, and though we gave up a whole lot of factors on protection, we nonetheless got here out with the win and we fought our butt off the entire recreation, all the way in which to the top, and we got here out with the [win].”Harbaugh has stated all through the season he has needed to see his gamers belief themselves, belief their expertise and play freely the way in which he is aware of they’re able to enjoying. He stated he noticed that on Saturday from his staff, and whereas they acknowledged it wasn’t good, the Wolverines are taking the win as a constructive and purpose to make use of it as a basis transferring ahead.”That recreation might’ve gone both approach — I felt each groups performed their hearts out, made performs,” Harbaugh stated. “Guys have been having at it. I used to be pleased to see our guys making the performs, having enjoyable, enjoying their hearts out. That is been gut-wrenching to not see our guys having enjoyable.”Tonight they did, and we have been capable of get the victory. It is going to be a contented flight dwelling.”

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