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Michigan Wolverines football team ends 3-game losing skid with wild 48-42, 3-overtime win at Rutgers

Michigan’s Cade McNamara, right, throws over Rutgers’ Mohamed Toure during the second half Saturday in Piscataway, N.J. (AP photo)

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Michigan had to switch quarterbacks, go three overtimes and play roughly 4 1/2 hours to avoid the football program’s worst start in 53 years. It was worth it.

Hassan Haskins dove in from less than a yard out on fourth down in the third overtime and the Wolverines snapped a three-game losing streak by outlasting Rutgers 48-42 Saturday night.

“This win means a lot,” defensive lineman Chris Hinton said. “It’s the first step to get back on track. We didn’t quit. We just kept swinging.”

The guy who delivered the biggest blows was sophomore quarterback Cade McNamara, who replaced starter Joe Milton late in the second quarter. He threw four touchdown passes and ran for another as Michigan (2-3, 2-3 Big Ten) handed Rutgers its fourth straight loss.

“Cade was outstanding,” said Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, who has been under fire with his team off to its worst start in his now six-year tenure. “Really gritty. Really gritty performance in all ways. His play was inspiring. I can’t say enough great things.”

Michigan's Daxton Hill, right, intercepts a pass intended for Rutgers' Isaih Pacheco, left, as another Wolverines defender, Vincent Gray, goes up to make the play during the third overtime on Sunday in Piscataway, N.J. Michigan won 48-42. (AP photo)

Michigan missed the 2-point conversion after Haskins’ touchdown, but safety Daxton Hill intercepted Noah Vedral’s desperation heave into the end zone from the 24-yard line to end the game.

It marked the second straight week coach Greg Schiano of Rutgers (1-4, 1-4) saw his team squander a second-half lead.

“There was a bunch of guys that are hurting really bad,” Schiano said. “Needless to say, a bunch of guys really spilled their guts out there on the field.”

Vedral threw an 11-yard, fourth-down touchdown pass to Aron Cruickshank and then carried two defenders into the end zone on the 2-point conversion run to tie the game at 35 and force the extra sessions.

Both teams missed field goals on the first possession of overtime. Vedral threw a 25-yard yard touchdown pass to tight end Jovani Haskins to put Rutgers ahead 42-35, but McNamara scored on a 2-yard run to tie the game.

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