Top-ranked Michigan won the College Football Playoff National Championship last night, dropping the No. 2 Washington Huskies by a score of 34-13. The win marks the program's 10th title, its first since splitting with Nebraska in 1997, and its second since 1948.
The Wolverines pounded the Huskies on the ground in the first and fourth quarters, with running backs Donovan Edwards and Blake Corum both rushing for more than 100 yards and two touchdowns a piece. Star quarterback JJ McCarthy was held to 140 yards passing and no scores, but made key plays when needed down the stretch. McCarthy, who has amassed a 27-1 record as a starter, is projected as a first-round draft pick should he declare for the NFL.
The victory also brought a sense of vindication for coach Jim Harbaugh, who quarterbacked Michigan for three seasons as a player (1984-86). Harbaugh missed six games this season, suspended twice for three games for recruiting infractions and allegations the program broke sign stealing rules.