Michigan wins first national title since 1997
Driving the news: The Wolverines won the old-fashioned way — with a punishing running game and a stout defense that contained Washington's dynamic air attack.
What they're saying: "Michigan, we did this for you," senior running back Blake Corum said. "Business is finished."
Why it matters: U of M cemented its place among college football's elite programs as the sport continues a major transformation.
What happened: Michigan jumped out to an early lead and led 17-10 at halftime.
- The game settled into a defensive battle in the second half before Corum broke the game open with a 12-yard touchdown run with seven minutes left.
The intrigue: With a national championship under his belt, U of M coach Jim Harbaugh's future in Ann Arbor is in doubt. He's expected to draw interest from NFL teams with coaching vacancies.
- "We've made it very clear that we want him to stay and I very much hope so," U of M president Santa Ono told the Detroit News before Monday's game.