Michigan routed Iowa on Saturday in the Big Ten championship game, 42–3, likely cementing the Wolverines' status in the College Football Playoff. And as they did, the team wore a jersey patch honoring the recent victims of the recent Oxford High School shooting.
Among them was Oxford football player Tate Myre, who was a junior running back/linebacker and wore No. 42. His jersey number was featured on the patch.
“We wanted to play for 42 and all those that tragically lost their lives in that community and everything," Michigan center Andrew Vastardis said, per the Detroit News. “It's up to God, man. We scored 42 points, man. So it just kind of—gave me chills when I noticed that.”
A 15-year-old opened fire at Oxford on Tuesday, killing four high schoolers and injuring seven others. The suspect is in custody. The suspect's parents were also taken into custody early Saturday morning.
Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh said in a postgame interview with Fox, "We wanted to honor Tate Myre in this game, for his courage and what he did in the shootings in Oxford. He's a hero."
Myre's family was invited on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis for the coin toss.
The Big Ten also honored all the victims Saturday, holding a moment of silence before the game.
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