Michigan hammered Rutgers on Saturday — its third largest margin of victory in program history — and drew criticism from those who didn’t watch the game. But at least one expert says coach Jim Harbaugh and Co. did nothing wrong.
“This is not classless,” long-time NFL defensive end Marcellus Wiley said on ESPN’s SportsNation on Monday. “It’s not classless when you put in your backups, who are hungry and starving for their moment of success, and they go out there and they pour it on.”
Michigan won 78-0 but threw just three passes to 30 runs in the second half. The Wolverines held Rutgers to 39 yards and two first downs.
“Those are backups who are 4-star, 5-star recruits,” Wiley said. “Guess what? They can still play football better than the Rutgers guys. And that’s what happened.”
Ex-Bills receiver Andre Reed, also on the show, took it a step further.
“Regardless of if they scored 78 points, Rutgers didn’t even show up. Come on man, you’re out there to play, you didn’t even show up,” Reed said. “I fault Rutgers.”