COLUMBUS, Ohio – Cardale Jones threw for 288 yards and two touchdowns as No. 1 Ohio State beat Western Michigan 38-12 on Saturday in Ohio Stadium. Even more recently, the Terrapins were clobbered by No. 23 West Virginia, losing 45-6. But Smith said after the game he felt confident about being ready for the prime-time game at Maryland.
And most of the credit for that, they say, goes to Durkin and his defensive coaching staff. “They couldn’t have given any more”. The game was decided on a fourth-down tipped pass that was caught on a ricochet by TCU running back Aaron Green, but it wasn’t truly over until Texas Tech’s last-gasp “The Play” imitation fell 10 yards short.
“Michigan seized the day, and we didn’t”, Mendenhall said. He also had an intentional grounding penalty that snuffed a drive to complete the first half.
This Michigan team at the end of the season may not be special in its record or accolades, but it could represent a positive shift in the culture that’s become lousy in recent years.
“He’s seeing things, having fun and letting it rip”.
Everyone wants to point the finger at Smith, or Rudock, or the receiving core. Now, BYU does not have any championship to play for, which means it has nothing left to play for. The coverage units are going to have to be great, both the kickoff coverage and the punt coverage. “We try to be a team and support those guys”. The Wolverines are 47th in rushing and 96th in passing.
This week, Harbaugh sat down with Brad Galli to talk about the Wolverines dominant defense, going into Big Ten play after a convincing win, and Amara Darboh becoming a USA citizen. “It was a similar plan with a wrinkle here or there”.
Big plays generate points and swing momentum. He proclaimed he still believed in his receivers “100 percent” and it takes a team effort to improve this week. They dropped a shutout for the first time since blanking Illinois in October 2012.
Pick whichever bad BYU stat you’d like. The quarterback has limited the turnovers which has resulted in 2 of 4 games of over 400 yards of total offense for the Wolverines. Utah appears to be one of the top teams in the country, and Michigan outgained them 355-337 in the opener. There was a hole just big enough between tackle Mason Cole and tight end Henry Poggi, though. I’ll take the Mounties this time, but it will be much closer than the nearly two touchdown spread a few experts are giving. A heavy dose of Smith on the ground was expected, but he was tackled awkwardly in the third quarter and left the game with an apparent ankle injury, according to Larry Lage of the Associated Press.
His list was extensive: Michael Davis, Micah Hannemann, Harvey Langi, Kyle Johnson and Adam Hiné. Glasgow, Hurst, Henry, and Ojemudia led the way again as Michigan made Tanner Magnum look unsure and uncomfortable throughout.
Each team’s offense slowed down in the second half. But with those teams, and Northwestern, playing in Ann Arbor this season, the Wolverines control their own destiny.