The usual electric Big House was rather quiet as 5th year Michigan QB John O’Korn was struggling yet again through the first quarter and a half against Rutgers on this chilly Saturday afternoon in Ann Arbor. Faint boos were heard throughout the crowd after the quarterback’s second fumbled snap of the day, not to mention the interception he gave up early in the game, his 5th of the season. With a 7-7 tie it felt like it was going to be another long afternoon at The Big House, and then Jim Harbaugh finally made the move that so many Michigan fans have been openly begging for. Out trots the redshirt freshman, #18 Brandon Peters. The energy in the stadium immediately changed. His first collegiate pass attempt goes for a first down, the crowd erupts. His first drive ends with a Michigan touchdown and they take a 14-7 lead.
The offense gets the ball back after Rutgers failed to get anything going, Peters, for a split second, almost hesitates to run out with the offense. Michigan effectively drives down the field and ends the drive with another touchdown. This time it was Peters on an over the shoulder pass from near the 27 yard-line to #12 Chris Evans. The home team went into the half leading 21-7, finally looking like the Michigan football team that fans expected to see this season.
Peters comes back after the half and drives the offense down for yet another touchdown. His first three drives as a Michigan QB all end with a touchdown. Though Harbaugh played it safe with Peters for the majority of the afternoon, he was the spark that Michigan’s struggling offense has so desperately needed. There was a couple under-thrown balls that could have turned into big plays had they been executed correctly, but overall it was an impressive first game for the freshman. Peters finished the game completing 10 out of 14 pass attempts for 124 yards and one touchdown. Safe to say Michigan has it’s new starting quarterback, at least for now.