Michigan vs. Rutgers

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Jabrill Peppers ran for a career-high two touchdowns and set up another score with a 63-yard scamper in his return to his native New Jersey and No. 4 Michigan routed Rutgers, 78-0, on Saturday night in a game in which the Scarlet Knights were limited to 22 yards total yards and two first downs.

Peppers had scoring runs of 7 and 4 yards after taking direct snaps, and his career-long run midway through the first quarter paved the way to a 4-yard touchdown run by Ty Isaac for the first score of the game. It could have been a better day for the junior who has played 12 positions for Michigan (6-0, 3-0 Big Ten) this season. He had a 44-yard punt return for a first-quarter touchdown nullified by an illegal block.

The Wolverines are 6-0 for the first time since 2011. That team finished 11-2. Rutgers (2-4, 0-3) now lost three straight, with the last two being embarrassing for new coach Chris Ash. No. 2 Ohio State beat the Scarlet Knights 58-0 last weekend, holding them to 116 yards in total offense.

This was worse, and seeing Peppers come home and put up a highlight reel added to the woe for the crowd of 53,292. Rutgers did not get a first down until Trey Sneed had a 12-yard run with 9:06 left in the fourth quarter. The 78-0 loss was Rutgers worst since an 82-0 setback against Princeton in 1888.

AJ Pearson #18 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates
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AJ Pearson #18 of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates with Khaleke Hudson #7 of the Michigan Wolverines after a tackle during the first half at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines rushes
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Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines rushes the ball in the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Zach Allen #12 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights
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Zach Allen #12 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights looks to pass during the first half of the game against the Michigan Wolverines at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

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Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines
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Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines looks on from the sideline during the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines rushes
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Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines rushes the ball in the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Wilton Speight of the Michigan Wolverines signals a
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Wilton Speight of the Michigan Wolverines signals a touchdown during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines rushes
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Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines rushes the ball in the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Blessuan Austin #10 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights
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Blessuan Austin #10 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights breaks up a pass intended for Jehu Chesson #86 of the Michigan Wolverines during the first half at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

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Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines rushes
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Chris Evans #12 of the Michigan Wolverines rushes the ball in the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

4. Jabrill Peppers, LB/DB, Michigan, Jr.

Jabrill Peppers, one of the most exciting and
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Jabrill Peppers, one of the most exciting and dynamic players in the country, has 10 tackles for loss, 2 1/2 sacks, six QB hurries, 344 return yards, 98 rush yards and three total touchdowns in six games. Michigan returns from a bye to host Illinois. Last week: 4

Wilton Speight #3 of the Michigan Wolverines throws
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Wilton Speight #3 of the Michigan Wolverines throws a pass during the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Ben Gedeon #42 of the Michigan Wolverines tackles
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Ben Gedeon #42 of the Michigan Wolverines tackles Jawuan Harris #3 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the first half at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Jabrill Peppers of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates with
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Jabrill Peppers of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown in the first half against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on Oct. 8, 2016 in Piscataway, N.J.

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Michigan wide receiver Jehu Chesson (86) cannot reach
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Michigan wide receiver Jehu Chesson (86) cannot reach a pass as Rutgers defensive back Blessaun Austin (10) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Piscataway, N.J.

Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton (33) sacks Rutgers
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Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton (33) sacks Rutgers quarterback Chris Laviano (5) during the first half Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Piscataway, N.J.

Michigan running back Jabrill Peppers (5) runs away
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Michigan running back Jabrill Peppers (5) runs away from Rutgers defenders during the first half Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, in Piscataway, N.J.

Wilton Speight #3 of the Michigan Wolverines warms
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Wilton Speight #3 of the Michigan Wolverines warms up prior to the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines
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Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines throws with the quarterbacks prior to the game against Rutgers Scarlet Knights at High Point Solutions Stadium on October 8, 2016 in Piscataway, New Jersey.

Problems with Piscataway

Big Ten newcomer Rutgers has been the subject
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Big Ten newcomer Rutgers has been the subject of some ire from Harbaugh and his program in the last year. Perhaps it was Rutgers hiring ex-Ohio State assistant Chris Ash. Maybe it was Michigan landing four of the top eight recruits in New Jersey on signing day. When Harbaugh held a satellite camp near Rutgers, Ash had his own camp a few miles away with Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer as guest. Michigan has beaten Rutgers twice by a combined score of 127-16, including 78-0 earlier this season.

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