All hail to the Michigan champions. The Wolverines are unrivaled; they won their first national championship since 1997 with a 34-13 victory over the Washington Huskies in the College Football Playoff.
In Houston's NRG Stadium, Michigan raced out to an early lead and never looked back, winning the program's twelfth national championship.
Even though they entered the game with the nation's #1 passing offense—led by Michael Penix Jr.—and a top-ten offensive overall, the Michigan defense held strong.
Penix and company were unable to overcome falling behind, and Washington, which had been averaging 37.6 points per game coming into Monday, was kept to a season-low in points.
The Huskies were in the game for three quarters before the Wolverines finally broke away in the final frame.
Donovan Edwards and Blake Corum, the Wolverines' dual threat, paved the way for the offense with touchdown runs on the ground.
Edwards rushed for 104 yards on six attempts and scored twice, while Corum rushed 21 times for 134 yards and two scores. At quarterback, J.J. McCarthy completed 10 of 18 throws for 140 yards without making a single error.
The first 15-0 season in the lengthy history of the Wolverines and Jim Harbaugh's first national championship as head coach were accomplished despite two suspensions for recruiting irregularities and a sign-stealing scandal.