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

A hush took over the Michigan Stadium crowd 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 J.J. McCarthy and avoiding a near-stunning upset, as Wolverines kicker Jake Moody hit three fourth-quarter field goals — the final one with nine seconds left — to give U-M a slim 19-17 victory over Illinois.

“I’d say it’s even better, honestly,” Moody said of the moment the ball went through the uprights compared to all of his dreams about a moment like that. “This was my first game-winner I’ve ever had in my entire life. Never had one in high school, middle school, nothing like that.

“For it to be in my final game at the Big House, it was pretty magical. I’m just glad we could send out the seniors on a good note.”

Michigan Wolverines kicker Jake Moody (13) and  teammates celebrate after Moody kicked the winning field goal against Illinois to seal a 19-17 win at Michigan Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022.

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Corum, Michigan’s Heisman Trophy candidate, left late in the first half after suffering an apparent leg injury. He entered in the third quarter for one carry for 5 yards, but had to leave the game and would not return again. He finished with 18 carries for 108 yards and a score and two catches for 39 yards.

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