The game was never a contest as the Wolverines continued their dream season by capturing their first Big10 title since 2004 and punching their ticket to the College Football Playoff.
What made the day even more special was the team honoring the victims of the Oxford High School shooting by wearing a memorial patch that was in the shape of Oxford’s “Block O” and featured four hearts along with the initials and number of Oxford football player Tate Myre.
The patch had 42 on it and that is extactly how many points that scored on Saturday.
“It was 42 points when we all looked up there,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh told reporters. “Describe that.”
Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel also arranged to have members of Myre’s family and his coaches serve as honorary captains for the game.
It has been reported that Myre died trying to disarm the shooter. Those who knew him suggested to the Detroit Free Press that might have been why he was among the victims.
“When you read all the accounts — and I talked to coach (Zach) Line at Oxford High School — Tate was a warrior,” Harbaugh said. “The best athlete in the school could have easily made it out of that school and been the first one out. He just felt he wasn’t going to run away from that fire; he was running into it. He’s a hero.”
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