UM running back Karan Higdon said it was "personal from the start" against Penn State Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News


Ann Arbor — Karan Higdon keeps churning yards, stacking up 100-yard rushing games. But somewhere in the midst of the Michigan defense stifling teams, and the praise extended to quarterback Shea Patterson and the offensive line, people are noticing the job Higdon is doing, but maybe not enough.

Higdon, a senior, rushed for 132 yards on 20 carries in fifth-ranked Michigan’s 42-7 victory over Penn State on Saturday, and he also scored on a 4-yard run.

He now has seven consecutive 100-yard rushing games, including all six in Big Ten play. He is now one game from Mike Hart’s school record set in 2007. Higdon has 963 yards this season, 37 from the magic mark of 1,000, which he missed by six yards last season.

“It’s time for him to get nominated for some big-time awards,” quarterback Shea Patterson said.

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During the Wolverines’ 90-yard, 13-play scoring drive that built a 21-0 lead, Higdon made a critical third-down conversion with a 19-yard run to the Penn State 38-yard line.

“They were trying to stack the box and they over-pursued, and I just kept the ball front side,” Higdon said. Our O-line got great push up front and I broke off to the left and off to the races.”

The first drive of the game, Michigan ran the ball eight straight times, half by Higdon. He ran for 10 yards on the second play of the drive and then 50 on the next. Patterson capped the drive with a 1-yard run for a 7-0 lead.

Higdon ran hard from the start of the game, mirroring how the rest of the team played against the Nittany Lions.

“It was personal from the start,” Higdon said. “From the jump. We wanted to make sure we turned the intensity way up. We did a great job of that all game.”

Higdon continues to first credit the offensive line for his production. For the record, Michigan is 12-0 when Higdon runs for 100 yards or more.

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