Michigan football kicks its way to a 19-17 win over Illinois

A hush took over the Big House crowd, packed into Michigan Stadium on Saturday for senior day.

The hope for fans, initially, was the chance to get to send Michigan football out of its final home game in 2022 with momentum.

Instead, all the focus was on star running back Blake Corum, young quarterback JJ McCarthy and avoiding a near-stunning upset, as Wolverines kicker Jake Moody hit three field goals in the fourth quarter — the final one with nine seconds left — to give UM a slim 19-17 victory over Illinois.

Jake Moody (13) of the Michigan Wolverines celebrates his game winning field goal late in the fourth quarter with teammates while playing the Illinois Fighting Illini at Michigan Stadium on November 19, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

SHAWN WINDSOR:Michigan escapes vs. Illinois. Ohio State next. Let the hype begin.

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Corum, Michigan’s Heisman Trophy candidate in the backfield, left late in the first half after suffering an apparent leg injury. He returned in the third quarter for one carry for five yards, but had to leave the game and would not return. He finished with 18 carries for 108 yards and a score and two catches for 39 yards.

His departure seemingly sucked the juice from the stadium.

To make matters worse, Corum fumbled on the carry on which he was injured, for his first fumble of the year, deep in Illini territory in the final two minutes of the first half.

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