Michigan’s punishing running game and swarming defense ended in a 34-13 victory over Washington in the College Football Playoff final at NRG Stadium in Houston on Monday night. The game was billed as a battle between Michegan’s vaunted defense, ranked No. 1 in the nation, against Washigton’s Heisman Trophy-finalist Michael Penix Jr.
“There are over 100 Michigan men that are on this team, in uniform tonight,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said on the trophy presentation stage. “What they’ve done for the last 372 days is amazing. We’re champions, simply known as national champions.”
The victory capped a turbulent 15-0 season with Michigan accused of hatching a massive sign-stealing scheme which led to a brief suspension of Harbaugh late in the campaign.