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NCAA: The Michigan Wolverines win the US National Championship

NCAA: The Michigan Wolverines win the US National Championship

The University of Michigan Wolverines football program won its first national title in more than a quarter-century on Monday night, dominating the University of Washington Huskies 34-13.

The Wolverines, who have a clean 15-0 record this season, put the finishing touches on their crowning achievement in front of their fans at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor.

They didn't steal their spot in this final showdown, having defeated the powerful University of Alabama Crimson Tide in the Rose Bowl 27-20 last week.

The Huskies also entered this national tournament with an unblemished record of 14 wins.

This NCAA Tournament comes just months after Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh was suspended for three games amid sign-stealing allegations.

Harbaugh was sanctioned by the Big Ten Conference, and the veteran coach continued to deny the truth of what was alleged against his organization.

In total, he will have missed six matches for his club, after another suspension was imposed in relation to non-compliance with coronavirus (Covid-19) regulations last season.

“There are over 100 Michigan guys on this team,” Harbaugh said. What they accomplished was amazing. They will forever be recognized as national heroes. »

Since then, rumors have spread widely about the intentions of the 60-year-old who heads his government. Alma mater Since 2015, after four seasons in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, including a Super Bowl appearance.

Some American media reported that Harbaugh is the most prominent candidate to assume the position of head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

That position has remained vacant since Brandon Staley was fired in mid-December, along with general manager Tom Telesco.

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Blake Corum, who scored the winning touchdown in overtime against Alabama, rushed for 134 yards and scored twice in the fourth quarter.

His major one-yarder with 3:37 left on the scoreboard gave the Wolverines a 21-point lead.

“Michigan, this is victory, it's yours!” shouted Corome to a raving crowd.

Michigan totaled 303 yards on the ground, while quarterback Michael Penix Jr. and Washington's prolific aerial attack remained out of sight.

The Heisman Trophy finalist was the victim of two interceptions during that final stretch.

Penix had a remarkable six-season collegiate career end with what was likely his worst performance of the season.

Penix was generally comfortable under pressure, and repeatedly lacked accuracy against a Michigan defense that repeatedly prevented him from launching passes into deep areas.

On the other side of the ball, JJ McCarthy had a mediocre night, collecting just 140 receiving yards and another 31 on the ground. However, it was enough to improve his record as a Wolverines quarterback to 27-1.