Halftime Analysis of No. 19 Michigan vs SMU

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Halftime Analysis of No. 19 Michigan vs SMU

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Halftime Analysis of No. 19 Michigan vs SMU

In what was supposed to be a blow out win for the Michigan Wolverines, has been a rough start in the first half. The offense hasn’t been able to get the ball moving, as the Wolverines have 2.8 yards per carry, and quarterback Shea Patterson made a poor decision that turned into an interception. Michigan would finally be able to punch the ball in to take the early lead on a one-yard run by fullback Ben Mason.

The defense started out well by holding SMU to just 50 yards on offense before wide receiver James Proche would get wide open on a blown coverage and tie the game up at seven.

The offense would get it back in shape and go down the field and score on a 35-yard pass from Patterson to Donovan Peoples-Jones to get the lead back 14-7. Michigan’s defense would bend, but not break and finish the half with a pick-six by safety Josh Metellus and Michigan is up 21-7 at the break.

Positives:

  • The defense for Michigan has held SMU to 144 yards and while that isn’t very impressive, the pick six by Metellus helped the Wolverines get a much-needed score, and besides a blown coverage play that was for a touchdown, they have been doing well.
  • Michigan, while struggling on offense, is eating up the clock when they are out there. Michigan owns the time of possession 20:19 to 9:41. That is one way to stop the opposing offense, don’t give them much time with the football.

Negatives:

  • Michigan was doing great running the ball last week against Western Michigan. Today against SMU it hasn’t been great so far. Running back Karan Higdon hasn’t played as according to UofM Radio he was dinged in practice and while dressed, hasn’t taken a snap so far today. Chris Evans has been the lead back but hasn’t had much success with 15 carries for 45 yards.
  • The offensive line has been struggling with protection today. While they were able to help push fullback Ben Mason in the end zone for the first touchdown of the game, they have only helped the running backs get 73 yards on 26 carries, not pretty. Protecting Patterson has been an issue as well, letting him get sacked once and allowing pressure to come at him quickly, and forcing bad passes.
  • Shea Patterson, while 8/10 for 132 yards and a touchdown, has had some hiccups so far in the game. Throwing the interception inside the 10-yard line isn’t going to cut out, Michigan left points on the board there. He also almost had a second interception but it was luckily off the defender’s hands and to the wide receiver Oliver Martin. Patterson also fumbled inside the five-yard line and while he recovered it, it could have been another pointless drive.
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