Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer 331d

Michigan replaces starting QB John O'Korn with redshirt freshman Brandon Peters

College Football, Michigan Wolverines

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan made a change at quarterback in the second quarter of its game against Rutgers, replacing previous starter John O'Korn with redshirt freshman Brandon Peters.

Peters made the most of his opportunity by helping the Wolverines score touchdowns on his first three drives to pull away and beat Rutgers 35-14 Saturday.

"It was time," Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Like a bird leaving the nest, a kid leaving the house."

Peters took full advantage of his first opportunity to play extensively for the first time, completing 10 of 14 passes for 124 yards with a TD.

"I was more confident and excited than nervous," he said.

O'Korn, starting a fourth straight game in place of injured starter Wilton Speight, was 3 of 6 for 13 yards with an interception and recovered two of his own fumbles off snaps.

O'Korn has been struggling this season since replacing Speight. Speight was injured in the first quarter after taking an awkward sack and was diagnosed with a broken vertebrae.

Since Speight's injury, O'Korn has only completed 55.5 percent of his passes with one touchdown pass and four interceptions. Peters came into the Rutgers game and led a touchdown drive going 3-3 passing for 37 yards before eventually handing off to Karan Higdon for a 10-yard touchdown run.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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